Busting out!

Good evening folks,

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I have been making changes, HUGE changes, to pull myself out of the abyss.  It has taken a lot of work, practice, focus and dedication and I am pleased to announce that it is working, beautifully and effectively.  I am reclaiming my life.  In the recent weeks I have been to a local health food store (multiple times), Earth Fare, Office Depot, Books-A-Million, AND T-Mobile!  I have used a brand new phone, my new computer….  I’ve eaten in a restaurant, been around others eating, been around MANY different fumes and scents and I am doing so great!

I’m sorry for not posting, anything….but I am really busy living now.  I hope you all can understand.  I will check back here once a month, to update on what we’re doing, where we’re going and what we’re eating.  Life is not just changing, life is actually happening now.  I’m living now.   It is SO exciting.  Thanks for all of the support you guys have given us the past few years.  It’s been a struggle but that struggle is almost over for us.  We have found what works and we are throwing ourselves in 100%.

If you are interested in what I’m doing, you can check out DNRSystem.  Skeptical about it working?  Yeah, I was too….for over a year and a half and refused to order it or try it.  BUT I gotta tell ya, it works and I am living proof.  I don’t get paid to sell it….but I am singing it’s praises.  Now, if you will excuse me.  I’m about to go eat some apples, grapes and cheese and then gorge on an omelet and brownies and play with my brand new cell phone (the other new phone didn’t work so we got a new one).  Bye-bye issues….I won’t miss you at all.

Small Success

This post is about poop, toddler poop…but poop nonetheless.  Stop reading now if the topic is not your cup of tea.

Still with me?  Ok.  Let’s continue.

Refresher:  April 2012, Yipi started to have bowel movements that including whole, undigested food.  It looked the same, completely untouched by any stomach acid.  Red flag.  Something was going wrong.  We already knew we had food issues, we already knew we had chemical/fume issues…but now she couldn’t digest her food.   This became increasing worse ALL of Summer 2012.  By August 2012 she was extremely constipated.  I was trying to massage her stomach, do the bicycle legs on her, having her up and running around wasn’t an option because she couldn’t walk…how would she run?  I was, at the time, terrified of enemas so I thought that was out of the questions (now…enemas and me an BFF).  So it just got worse, she was recycling toxins ALL of the time and the next thing I knew she started to rip her hair out, in huge chunks.  It was awful.  I was lost.  It continued this way and became progressively worse by December 2012.  At this point, we were safely eating beef and broccoli.  I decided we would start the GAPS Diet in January 2013 (I had nowhere else to turn), so I gave myself all of December to get ready (I still wasn’t prepared but we started with the help of the Moms on the GAPS Kids group on Facebook).  I read the book, read blogs, made lists, made sure we had enough beef and jumped in head first.

I’m so glad that we did.  We are doing a lot to get to healthy.  I will be writing a post in September about all of the healing things we’ve included in our lives since January 2013.  They are working.  So very thankful.

Now, back to present and our recent success.  Poop!  Have you guys seen this poop chart?  Click over, I decided to link it instead of posting the image (you’re welcome).  I have this chart saved to my computer.  It has been my prayer all year that Yipi would make it to #4.  Well, the last three days she has had absolutely beautiful poop.  Yes, I’ve taken pictures.  No.  I won’t share them.  ;-)  I’m just so thankful that we’ve turned a huge corner.  She is actually digesting her food, she is actually getting nutrients from her food, she is actually growing and thriving.  I shared the following picture on my personal Facebook page.  It’s a side-by-side of Yipi April 2012 and Yipi April 2013.  I’m going to copy and paste what I wrote along with the picture (though I will blur her face).  She really is doing tremendously better with all of the changes we’ve made.  We still have a ways to go but I can actually see healing now.

I am so thankful for the GAPS diet, all of your prayers, and all of the alternative practitioners that haven’t given up on us and that are continuing to try to help us navigate our way through this valley.

The picture on the left is Yipi, April 2012. She was so malnourished, not gaining weight and she couldn’t walk…couldn’t even stand on her own and had difficulty pulling up to stand behind a push toy, walking wasn’t an option. She cried out in pain. So many things were going wrong, so very quickly. It was heart breaking. Every month we took more and more foods out of both of our diets until we were down to beef and broccoli…and milk for Yipi.

The picture on the right is of Yipi, April 2013; four months into the GAPS diet. HUGE difference. We started the GAPS diet January 2013 because…I had nowhere else to turn. I’m so thankful for GAPS. It was exactly what we needed to get us going in the correct direction. Yipi started to actually get nutrition from her food. My ability to think began to return and I was able to start researching doctors again. The doctor I picked hasn’t been that helpful, but she did put me in touch with other people who have been and she’s pointed me in directions on which I’d given up; allowing me to meet other practitioners who have been very helpful for Yipi and me. Yipi is now walking, running (her version), jumping (again…her version) and climbing stairs like a champ.

We are doing a lot to heal in addition to the GAPS diet. Healing is going to take a while, probably a lot longer than I want, but it is going to happen. We are finally making baby steps in the correct direction.

Yipi April 2012 vs April 2013

Quick Post: Safe, Corn-Free Beef

Quick post for you guys.  My butcher has about 6 beefs that will be ready at the end of August.  The cows are all grass-fed, no grain whatsoever and processed in a water only facility.  He does not ship.  I’m sorry.  This would be great for those individuals living in the Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi area.  If you’re up for a little drive (we drive over 10+hours to pick up our meat) this would be a perfect opportunity to get some safe beef.

The cost is $1.30/lb live weight.  Minimum order is 1/4 Beef.  Please send me an email cornfreelifestyle (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested.

Have a great night!

It’s Saturday!

I hope everyone’s doing well!  Today is Saturday and you know what that means….Farmers Market time!  Get up and get out!

I trust everyone has found a safe source for locally grown (corn/pesticide/herbicide free) food and if you haven’t, the Farmers Market is the perfect place to meet/interrogate farmers.  Get out, ask questions, don’t be afraid to ask the wrong questions and don’t be afraid of rejection/angry farmers (those are the ones you want to avoid anyway).  Let me know if you need any help with developing questions!  Good luck, save for winter and be healthy (as healthy as possible).

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Oh, and don’t forget your mask!  Some Markets have taken to making popcorn or other corny foods that can effect some of us.  Wear your mask or get there before the popping starts.

Free Online Conference: Eating Psychology!

Nichole from Hopecentric just posted this on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you all!

Dr. Natasha Cambell-McBride (GAPS Diet), Sayer Ji, Mark Hyman…the list is huge and this event is BIG!  Sign up for FREE to listen to these and more through the online Eating Psychology Conference that starts in only a few days.  Eating Psychology http://buff.ly/19yTmaK

What is Xanthan Gum?

Girl Meets Nourishment recently tackled the popular ingredient and guess what she discovered?  It’s made from corn.  Imagine that.

I know you guys know this.  Most of the individuals subscribed to the blog react to Xanthan Gum…even though we’ve been told multiple times, by multiple companies: “no corn proteins” remains in the final product.  Our bodies obviously didn’t get the memo on the “protein” allergy food rule.

Check out the article.

Check out my previous article about Xanthan Gum.