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

The Silence.

I have been pretty quiet on the blog lately.  I know you guys have noticed (or maybe you haven’t and it’s all in my head…).  Why the silence?

Well, I live in a bubble.  A Corn-free bubble.  I’m not out in the world being poisoned and affronted by Corn and its evil minions on a daily bases.  Also, my research focus has shifted more towards healing and optimizing our detox pathways than on corn and corn derivatives.  We very much avoid all corn, but it is easier for us than most.

I still plan to post on the corny things that come my way but I am not actively seeking them out at this time.  This means my posts will probably be more sporadic and possibly not as in depth as they have been in the past…not unless something really burns me up.

I’m still here.  Please ask questions if you have them.  If I do not know the answer I will do my best to put you in the path of someone who does.  We all have to support each other in the mishigas.

Here’s my email:  cornfreelifestyle (at) gmail (dot) com

Invitation and a Giveaway

Good Monday morning, All!

I’m stepping back into the world!  Sort of…we’re still at home (though we go outside more now) but I have decided to use my new-found energy to start a business.  I love to crochet, as if you didn’t know and I love jewelry.  I gave up on buying and wearing jewelry because all the pieces I attempted to wear were contaminated with laundry and other fumes; many pieces smelled like adhesive.  I attempted to ozone them but the stench seemed to be engrained.  Nothing worked.  It was depressing.

So I started to experiment with organic cotton thread.  I wanted to see what I could create on my own.  That seems to be the trend around these parts. 😉  The thread only was fairly successfully so I threw beads into the mix.  Another success!  I ordered some earhooks and had earrings!  Woo hoo!

I wanted to invite my Corn Free Lifestyle colleagues over to my new endeavor.  You can view my new venture by checking me out on Facebook, on Etsy, or on the website dedicated to Zo-Zo’s Space.

My goal with this little venture is to make unique and usable jewelry for those needing to avoid fragrances and corn.  Most jewelry I’ve ordered reeked of laundry detergent, perfume or smelled of adhesives.  I would attempt to ozone them but some were never usable even after months of airing out and ozone treatment.  I realize I am more sensitive than most but still even not as sensitive as some.  Everyone is different.  Everyone’s triggers are different.  This is something that I noticed for myself and I wanted to do something about it.  So I did!  I’m going to be hosting a giveaway beginning later today on my Facebook page.

You guys can use the coupon code:  FREESHIPCFL to get free shipping on anything in my Etsy shop, Zo-Zo’s Space.  I am in the process of making earrings using recycled glass beads that have not been processed in any way (no paint, varnish, sealant, dye, lacquer, sprays, etc).  Those will be under the section:  Crochet – MCS.

I will not repeatedly post about Zo-Zo’s Space on the Corn Free Lifestyle blog.  I have no intention of inundating you guys with this, I just wanted to share it today because I am excited!

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Updated Page: So…What DO you eat?

This page has now been updated.  You will notice quite a few changes.  Please keep in mind that Yipi and I are currently doing the GAPS diet and no longer consume the majority of these foods (and we haven’t in some time).  Call the company before deciding to trial something new to you.

If you are eating / using something in the kitchen that works well for you (and is company confirmed corn-free…for whatever that is worth), please include the item and company name on the page linked below.

So…What DO you eat?

Updated Page: Personal Care Products

Hi gals and guys,

I’ve begun updating pages and started with one of the most popular on the blog,  Personal Care Products.  If you are using and have confirmed the corn-free status of any other products and would like to share, please do so in the comments section of the Personal Care Products page.  

I plan to make a new page for the blog:  Homemade Personal Care Products.  I would love to link to any blog posts you all have created for the homemade, corn-free items you use daily.  Be on the lookout for this page.  Oh, and what do you guys think of the new layout?  The little apple is my favorite.

I hope you’re having a great day!

Time for an Overhaul!

It is time to completely update the site.  I need to completely review and edit all of the stagnant pages to include what we are and aren’t doing now.  Also I need to give a GAPS update (it is helping us…slowly but surely).  Look for the updated content and new post in the next couple of weeks.  I hope everyone is doing well!