All I can do is shake my head in disbelief. More and more I feel as though I’m living in a scary movie plot and not a real life that exists in the United States of America. God help us all.
More money making lies and deceit fed to us by advertising campaigns and propaganda. It seems just about everything is fake these days. I am truly disgusted but should not even be surprised.
Addiction comes in many forms and is about the most damaging and difficult battle a person can face. It’s like the spirit against the body and the body’s will is very strong. If a person is not strong enough mentally to combat those cravings, they will lose, every time. I doubt there are many people on the face of the planet that don’t battle something at sometime throughout their life. And you don’t have to be shooting up with dirty needles in an abandoned house to be an addict. Many of you are walking around unknowingly addicted to some sort of substance or behavior.
For 16 years I was addicted to nicotine and finally, at the age of 30, quit smoking, cold turkey. I was able to do it because I was genuinely ready, grossed out from and sick of it. It was time and mentally I was up for the challenge, and it was just that. I also quit drinking 3 years ago. I was not physically addicted to alcohol although, I am one of those people who just cannot have a few drinks. Never have been able to, never will be able to, so I don’ t do it. I come from a long line of alcoholics and addicts, on both sides of my family, for many generations. It’s scary and I decided it will stop with me. I pray my own children will be spared of the generational curse passed down from as far back as I can see.
I live a fairly healthy lifestyle and continue to keep taking steps in that direction. Yet, there is still one addiction that sticks with me that I cannot seem to shake. I do good for a day or two and then there I am, right back at it. I do believe this is my most challenging substance to kick to date.
Sugar……. I want it, crave it and I eat it every day, in some form. I can usually do good throughout my work day but when I’m home at night, I cave. Ice cream, chocolate, pastries, you name it and I like it. You may be thinking, so what? What’s the big deal with an evening snack? The big deal for me is my inability to control how much I eat, it’s similar to drinking for me. I don’t have a few bites. I have a few servings. Sugar is terrible for our bodies and many disease and sickness thrive and grow from it. It breeds disaster.
My next goal toward a healthier me is to eliminate processed sugar from my diet, one thing at a time. Now I’m talking about white refined sugar here, not the natural stuff found in fruits or other great sweeteners such as raw honey, coconut palm sugar, stevia, xylitol, agave, maple syrup (grade B for nutrients), blackstrap molasses, brown rice syrup, and more (although the key here still is moderation). I have failed at this attempt time and time over. But I will continue trying and hopefully get to a point where I don’t crave it and when I think of it, it doesn’t even really sound very good. Kind of like a cigarette these days…. yuck!
What do you struggle with? And what steps are you taking to grow strength in that area for a better, happier and healthier you?
*This is going to be somewhat lengthy, however I really wanted to be as detailed as possible. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless
Striving for a healthier lifestyle and an ability to make educated choices, I find myself researching any and all ways of natural health that I can think of. I also enjoy surrounding myself with people who are doing the same, so I can learn from them as well. One of my most recent searches has been on essential oils, it is in no way near having reached its fullness, but I have had some affirmations as of late. There first leg of the journey was where do I get my oils from? This was a very lengthy process for me. There are so many companies to choose from. I have been buying and trying oils, reading articles, blogs (thank you Whole New Mom for your outstanding blog series, you can read it here: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/the-great-essential-oils-showdown-in-search-of-the-best-essential-oils/) , clinical trials, attending MLM oil company seminars, learning about purity, extraction, application, ingestion…. the list goes on and on and on and I still have so much to learn! I have, however, chosen one company to buy my oils from, for now. They have good business practices, high quality and fair pricing. I also like the fact that they give credit for their resources to Whom the credit is due. Our Generous Creator has provided us with the materials and instructions to live a long and fruitful life, all we have do to is listen, learn and follow.
I decided to go with Native American Nutritionals and so far have been very pleased with their products. My first order from them was prompted by a good friend and colleague who constantly battles migraines. He suffers through at least 2 a week all while dealing with the before and after effects of them. His doctor has been giving him Fioricet (http://www.drugs.com/fioricet.html) for years. While it does occasionally offer him relief, it does not do the job very well and tends to make him very sick to his stomach and light-headed. Who knows what other damage it may cause? Anyways, he has been having them so frequent that he went back to the doctor twice in one week to complain that the medicine was not helping. The doctor then gave him 3 new scripts, one for the same medicine but this time for the name brand, telling him it may be a quality control issue (that’s comforting), one for 800 mg Motrin for inflammation and one for Zofran for nausea. My friend is telling me that he is now on triple the medication for this issue; I feel awful for him, what can I do? Then the light bulb went off……oils! This brings me to my first order and true test. I ordered the following:
Tummy Rub blend (for Nausea) http://www.nativeamericannutritionals.com/Copal-Blends-Essential-Oils/Tummy-Rub.html?keyword=Tummy+Rub
Breathe EZ (For possible sinus/headache issues) http://www.nativeamericannutritionals.com/Copal-Blends-Essential-Oils/Breathe-EZ.html?keyword=Breath+EZ
I am very excited to report that my friend has used the peppermint oil for the small headaches with great success (his wife did too!) and he used the migraine blend for the first time last night, as he was getting a horrible migraine, and guess what? IT TOOK IT AWAY! I’m amazed and excited and thrilled for him. He has not touched the meds in one entire week. To quote him today “I’m a believer in the oils”. WOW! I’m overjoyed by this outcome.
All while I’m having this very cool experience, so has my good friend and cousin. She and I have been in search of many of the same things over this past year and it has been wonderful having someone to share this journey with. She is a very determined woman, mom, friend and wife who strives to take care of her family in a natural manner, no matter how difficult the task. She has faced much adversity with sickness in her son and has aided in wonderful healings for him through naturopathy, homeopathy and herbalism. Here is her testimony of her recent experience with essential oils, and by the way, through her own research, she decided to use NAN as well:
“My son was diagnosed with viral induced asthma when he was about four years old. We have constantly tried to find alternative ways to heal the body, rather than band-aid the ailment with nebulized albuterol, or an over the counter cough syrup recommended by, “pediatricians everywhere”. Resp EZ, an essential oil by Native American Nutritionals, has stopped his cough within seconds of just smelling it out of the bottle! We gave him some hot tea with a spoonful of local honey, applied a drop of the oil directly onto his chest and bottoms of both feet, and rubbed it in. We also laid a hot wash cloth over his chest to draw the oil in more. I remember hearing him cough a few times before he dozed off that first night. His coughing the next day was greatly improved. Now it’s noon on the third day, and no cough! I had been praying intensely to Father to help me heal my son. Nothing less than a miracle for this family”!
We wanted to share our personal experiences with you for one reason only, and that is to help. We are not affiliated with Native American Nutritionals in any way and we gain nothing from telling you our stories except for possibly leading you or someone else to a more natural choice in your health care routine. A choice that can aid your body in healing and not just mask the symptoms it’s giving you, to tell you that something is wrong. We hope this leads you on your own journey in the quest for natural and attainable health resources.
*** This is not medical advice and you should not use the information in this article for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional for all health related questions and/or concerns.
Another GREAT idea for our dwindling pure food chain! I continue to be disgusted and appalled on a daily basis. A big thanks to the U.S. for allowing such grotesque practices and experiments on its trusting population. I can’t buy property and grow my own food fast enough. There’s going to come a point when this junk is all that’s mostly available to us. We’re all so dependent on supermarkets for our food that we have no choice but to partake in this nonsense… it just keeps getting worse and worse. In short, we’re screwed if we don’t start looking back and remembering how to be more self-sufficient and provide ourselves the necessities for our own families. We’ve become so far removed from those times that I question as to whether it’s even a possibility anymore…..
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Not only will I not purchase Del Monte “rose” pineapples, I will not purchase Del Monte products at all. Period. The list of companies I won’t buy from just keeps growing and growing. Do not support genetically modified food! I know it’s inconvenient, but if we don’t purchase, they won’t sell. The responsibility now falls to the consumers.
As defined by Merriam Webster
A. Serving as an original or generating source
B. Serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function
This core word can be applied to such a vast sea of subjects but, inevitability for me, after you filter it through the multitude of applications, it still has one origin and one origin only…….
I’ve always been an avid reader, since I was a child I have loved books. Going to the library and checking out as many books as they would allow, I would sit in my room and read for hours on end. The enjoyment of reading also lead to the enjoyment of writing. Poems, stories, journals. As a young girl and teenager I found writing to be the most gratifying way of expressing myself. I still do to this day at 30 something…..but back to reading; So many books I have read and been touched with, grabbed by the characters and relationships formed. I’ve missed them when the last page had been turned and have been unable to start a new book until the previous one had finished soaking in. I almost had to “get over it” in a sense. I have been inspired by others writings, new outlooks created, walls knocked down and barriers put up. I have felt happy, sad, angry and frightened all in an afternoon’s absorption in words. But no matter how much I have been affected by what I’ve read, or determined to change, to grow and remember that content, carry it with me…. it slowly dissipates, the memory dims, the insights get muddled and more often than not, forgotten. I slowly turned right back in to the same person, with the same mindset, I had been before I picked that book up and opened the cover. I mean, in all honesty, how much can a book actually change the core being of who you are?
I’ve never been a religious person. I was not raised having been taught about anything remotely religious. I would even say that I aired more on the atheist side than agnostic. I’m not sure if it was the kooky “send me your money and God will bless you” evangelism, the fairytale sounding stories of raptures and guardian angels, or maybe it was just the way that many Christians I had encountered gave me a feeling of inferiority and the hypocrisy I saw in that. Whatever it was, I never believed and I never even really questioned too seriously the thought of an actual Creator. During the first 30 years of my life I saw no need for such beliefs nor did I spend anytime searching for the truth in that. I created a truth that was conducive to my lifestyle and I was comfortable and at ease with my lack of caring. Until I started reading a book…….