How I’m Slimming Down and Feeling Better with Trim Healthy Mama

Just in case you’re wondering, I am NOT sucking it in for this photo! This is how I really look. There’s still a little pudge, but it’s a smoother pudge than before, ha, ha.

After having six babies, I almost assumed that I’d always be, well…goodly-proportioned. “This is my mommy tummy,” I would tell my three-year old when she poked my belly and asked if there was a baby in there. “No, not yet. This is how my tummy got after having all of you!” And, of course, I would smile patiently. She’s cute, isn’t she. But, really: is the mommy tummy my inevitable fate? If it was, I wouldn’t be writing this article…and you wouldn’t be reading it. Continue reading

New Essential Oils Video with Me!

Okay, so this is the condensed version of the Essential Oils 101 classes I just gave in my house this past weekend. So far, I have given six presentations — whoo hoo! I’m still a beginner at this, but I feel like I’m learning so much, so fast! This is an exciting journey that our family started more than a year ago when we first started using Essential Oils from Young Living, and the momentum is growing!


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The End of Your Fork

Most people believe they are eating healthy if they are eating “whole-grain” wheat and don’t know that one slice of whole wheat bread raises the blood sugar more than a candy bar or a can of soda. Dr. Davis showed that the glycemic index of whole wheat bread is 72, while the glycemic index of a Mars bar is 68!

What do we eat for breakfast? Maybe we eat bacon and eggs but with toast, waffles, pancakes, bagels, or muffins. Lunch may often be a sandwich or a hamburger on a bun. Dinner may include  bread or biscuits and some cake or pastry as dessert. We are smothered in hybridized, dwarf wheat, and it is killing us.

I like this statement by Dr. Mark Hyman: “The end of your fork is more powerful than the bottom of your pill bottle.” Are we digging our graves with a fork?

[From Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life, by D. Gary Young, page 97]

Gary Young does not suggest that we stop eating wheat altogether, since it has been shown that gluten is likely an important part of our diet, but that we should eat wheat that hasn’t been hybridized and genetically altered. He recommends Einkorn, a type of ancient wheat grain with a very simple genetic structure that is easier to digest. This, he implies, is the question we must ask ourselves: what kind of gluten am I eating — the good kind, or the bad kind? (1)

Young Living sells Einkorn — which they grow themselves on their farms. As soon as I can, I would very much like to try it out!

This is a lot for me to consider. But, any sort of knowledge takes time to accumulate; there is a lot of acquiring, and sorting, and interpreting to do when it comes to topics like this. In the end, though, won’t the effort be worth it? I mean, even if we can’t get to the bottom of every single, health-impacting issue, if we could at least do better in a few major areas wouldn’t that compensate for all the hours spent reading?

No time is better than the present! Let’ start now!


(1) Page 72, Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life; D. Gary Young, 2014 Young Living Essential Oils.

New Food Adventures


All right. I’m gonna give this a try: Trim Healthy Mama!

I read the original version, and then the new version, about a year ago, but didn’t feel ready to start. It seemed overwhelming . . . too many changes . . . too much work . . . too little energy. And you know what? Day after day of feeling like a mashed potato with no energy is getting pretty old — it’s time to make some changes. Continue reading

Why Test God? Finding an Alternative to Chemicals

Thieves Home Cleaning Kit

Cleaning out my cupboards — and my life — can feel so overwhelming! As I look around our house — the food in our cabinets, the stuff under our sink, the shelves over our washer — the enormity of what it means to live a more healthy lifestyle begins to sink in. What, get rid of all those bottles of (toxic) cleaners? Throw out my “Fragrant Cherry Blossom” lotion (possibly more toxins)? Can I really stop eating white flour and sugar? This sounds like crazy land to me.

But it’s not.

What’s crazy is to keep living in a way that could end up harming me and my family. Continue reading

Great Natural Products I Personally Recommend

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I don’t know all there is to know about natural health, but everybody has to start someplace, right? Little by little I’m learning how to be healthier, and with each step taken, I like to think that I am getting that much closer to the wholesome lifestyle I want for myself and my family. Here are a few products I tried out recently that I liked: Continue reading

How I Was Introduced to Essential Oils


The “lavender” scented garbage bags made me cringe every time I opened up the cabinet door to throw something away; perfumes made me gag; air fresheners and scented candles were like being in a gas chamber; I even had to avoid lotions. That’s what being pregnant does to me: the nausea can be so overwhelming and persistent to the point that I wish I could retreat into a sterile, dark bubble. No smells, no bright lights, no loud noise, no nothing. Just rest. But there was one type of scent that I could handle–that I enjoyed, even! A fragrance that was both calming and rejuvenating at the same time. Continue reading