The Confident Mom http://www.theconfidentmom.com Empowering Moms - Strengthening Families - Embracing God's Design Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Living Large with Health Challenges http://www.theconfidentmom.com/02/essential-oils/living-large-with-health-challenges/ http://www.theconfidentmom.com/02/essential-oils/living-large-with-health-challenges/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.theconfidentmom.com/?p=6943 Living Large with Health Challenges is a post from: The Confident Mom

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I had a different blog post to share with you today, but yesterday I got some fabulous news and I knew that I had to share it with you all NOW!

I have talked about my health struggles in the past; I  have been a pretty open book and I know I have been an encouragement to others who are struggling with similar issues.  Emotional balance and physical struggles are hard, especially on a mom who doesn’t get a day off.   (Forgive me for not specifically stating my issue(s) – per the FDA I cannot do so within the context of sharing any natural remedy that has worked effectively to help me, I can only share in vague and non-specific terms, but I have to share what I can!)  I struggle with an issue that rhymes with Rufus – get the picture….. but I cannot tell ya!

I just returned back from a check up with my Rheumatologist with regard to one of my continually watched issues and am over-joyed with some great news.  I have been on a mission for the past two years to feel better – at one point I was on over 1000 MG of an anti-inflammatory source (I can’t name it) daily and taking other medications.  It was not a good outlook.

Every six months I have blood work done which helps monitor my situation.   Well, I am over the moon excited to share that my blood work results are the best they have been in over 5 years!!  I typically have low white blood cell count, red blood cell count, and platelet count.

Proof is in the paper!!

Blood-work

Even though my white blood cell count is a bit lower than average, this is high for me!!

As we talked and my Dr. asked how my other symptoms were I simply responded that I rarely experienced the typical issues associated with my struggle.  He got a big smile that stretched across his face. You see, my Dr. has been a great support for me, and he has been willing to allow me to venture outside his normal scope of expertise to try some alternative support for my body.  We have worked together trying different remedies….. and thus we seem to have come to a good outcome.

He told me to keep doing what I am doing and he would see me again in six months and hopefully it would result in only yearly visits after that.

Can I just say that I loved hearing that!!????  WOO HOO!

So, because I care deeply for those who join in this journey with me and I know I have something of value that could in fact impact someone who is struggling deeply right now, I am sharing with you what I currently do to support my body.  I need to say that I am not cured of my issue,  there is no cure.  In addition, what I do to help my body control my symptoms may or may not work for you, but it is with a full heart that I share what I do in the hopes that it may.

Our God has given us an amazing wealth of natural goodness to support our bodies, He also gave us incredible doctors as well, so my recommendations or routine I share should not replace you working closely with a doctor you can trust.

I am beyond thankful for my discovering of Young Living and their amazing oils, but to go even further and I believe what has helped me even more is their amazing supplements that are infused with essential oils.  To be clear…… I am not telling you all this to have you buy from me…. yes, I do have a Young Living Business and I love sharing – but if you have someone else you purchase Young Living from or you can become a member through, please do it!!  If you do not, then I am your girl and would love to add you to our community and help you take great care of you and your family!

Here is how I am caring for my body naturally, effectively AND with great results.

I have made changes over the past two years, and changed my life.  This is not a one time thing, I gradually made changes to my lifestyle.  It is a lifestyle change to move from only traditional medicine to caring for your body in a more natural way, so please keep that in mind.  I do not drink soda, limit my coffee (yes, I still drink coffee) and do have goodies every now and again, but what you put in your body does effect how it responds.

I have shared about the great benefit of detox baths, I try to get at least one in a week.  

I use a Young Living product called Progessence Plus Serum, which is a pure, harmonizing serum that is designed specifically for women.  It contains wild yam and vitamin E as well as  Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils for optimal results.  Perfect for helping with hormonal support  – I use this daily – 2 drops on neck, throat – 2 times a day.

Prenolone® Plus Body Cream is a natural moisturizer containing Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage essential oils to nourish the skin and help maintain overall well-being.  It contains DHEA, which is helpful for hormonal health as well  –   apply as directed once per day.

Vitamin D – I take 5,000 IU every other day  (check your level before deciding what you need)  I use this brand.

Life 5 Probiotic is a high-potency probiotic, it builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity – 1 tablet a day – before bed.

NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree  –  NingXia Wolfberries have been cherished for centuries for its health, energy, and longevity benefits (this is a HUGE part of supporting my body!!)  I take 2-4 oz per day 

Mineral Essence™ is a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils.  According to two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling PhD. “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available. I take 3-4 droppers added to my Ningxia Red (I do believe this has made significant changes for supporting my body systems!)

NingXia Nitro™ combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed.  This is something I struggle with frequently, that brain fog….. so I will take one Ningxia Nitro in the afternoon to give my body a burst and some clarity.

Super B™ is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing eight essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular function, and helps with internal enzyme reactions. I take one per day.

Sulfurzyme® combines wolfberry with MSM, a naturally occurring organic form of dietary sulfur needed by our bodies every day to maintain the structure of proteins, protect cells and cell membranes, replenish the connections between cells, and preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue. MSM also supports the immune system, the liver, circulation, and proper intestinal function and works to scavenge free radicals.  I take 4 tablets per day, I also know this has helped my body function much better.

Master Formula HERS™ was formulated to support the special nutritional needs of a woman’s body, it is an incredible overall vitamin from Young Living – 1 table per day.

Longevity, a Young Living Supplement protects DHA levels, a nutrient that supports brain function and cardiovascular health, promotes healthy cell regeneration, and supports liver and immune function. Longevity also contains clove oil, nature’s strongest antioxidant, for ultra antioxidant support.  I take 1 tablet per day

Young Living Lemon oil in a capsule or water, at least 10 drops a day, this has been studied for helping to raise white blood cell levels.

I continue to eat mainly Gluten Free and only raw dairy products for the most part, which is minimal.  I do exercise and am getting back into my running routine.  I also do Pilates and Yoga, which have been very helpful for my flexibility and emotional health. 

If you have a family member or friend who suffers with health issues, please share this information with them.  It may very well seem like a lot to do each day, but when you are experiencing health challenges that significantly decrease your quality of life and you could find some type of possible relief naturally, you may as well try.   Be empowered in your health choices and find support battling the struggles. 

I pray that there will be something beneficial for everyone who reads this post.  :-)

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living, please CLICK HERE to go to my information page. I hope to offer an online workshop in March on more specifics with my routine to help others – watch for that!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Prayer – Revisiting It’s Importance http://www.theconfidentmom.com/02/faith-and-family/prayer-revisiting-its-importance/ http://www.theconfidentmom.com/02/faith-and-family/prayer-revisiting-its-importance/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.theconfidentmom.com/?p=6926 Prayer – Revisiting It’s Importance is a post from: The Confident Mom

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I wrote this post nearly 3 years ago…… it was a rough time.  We all have those seasons, which either break us or make us stronger.  I obviously survived – here I am nearly three years later….. but these times do change us.  We can either reach out towards God or fall away.  

I feel a bit like my prayer life is a bit dry.   I am praying daily, but am not feeling the connection, His divine presence…..so I thought this post was a good reminder for me, but might be helpful for another mom who might be struggling with the same.

I pray this speaks to those who need it today  :-)  It is a great reminder for me.

My spirit is crushed, I feel defeated and neglected.  Our family is journeying through some really rocky territory and honestly, I just don’t like it at all.  Who likes going through the storm – no one.  But I also know that it can either drive me away from God or draw me near – I choose to draw near and hold on – with prayer.

How is your prayer life? 

Are you meeting Him and sharing your heart?  Here are a few reasons why you should make sure it is on your to-do list everyday, all the time.

Importance of Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a time they are communicating with God and it should be taken very seriously. While there is deep theological meaning in prayer, it doesn’t have to be something that is complicated and difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time.

Drawing Near to God

It’s impossible to know someone if you don’t spend time with them. Prayer is an opportunity to spend time with God. To really understand the heart of God, you need to pray. In John 15:15, Jesus says He no longer calls us his servants, but calls us His friends. Talking with God develops a deeper relationship with Him. The deeper the relationship becomes, the more time you want to spend with Him. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, God calls us His fellow workers. How can we be His fellow workers if we refuse to talk to Him?

Prayer Brings Light to Darkness

Sometimes we forget just how powerful prayer is. We aren’t fighting against something imaginary, our prayers are fighting against spiritual battles that linger in dark places. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The power of prayer is so great it has the power to defeat the devil and his power over us. He wants to destroy us, but God wants to bring us closer to Him. Prayer is our tool to win that battle. Prayer gives us the strength and the faith to finish the race victorious.

Prayer Changes Us

We often think prayer changes God. This simply isn’t the case. Prayer changes us. When we spend time with God, He is working to change our heart to be more like His. The more time we spend with Him, the more we are like Him. Our habits and lifestyles change. We no longer live a self-centered life, but one that is focused on others with a pure and sincere heart. Prayer changes us inside out.

Prayer Protects

Protection is ours just for the asking. We need to pray for protection for our loved ones every day. Pray for loved ones by name, one by one. You can never pray too much for one person. Sometimes it helps to make a list of all the people that you need to pray for each day. Doing this not only offers us protection, but also sets a great example for our children.

Do you pray daily for your husband and children for protection?

Prayer Brings Breakthroughs in Life

One of the most important aspects of prayer in your life is the breakthroughs that come. Sometimes we are faced with devastating circumstances and feel we have nowhere to turn. It’s at that point we should pray (although there should have plenty of prayer beforehand, too). Fasting and praying is powerful, too. Sometimes you need a message from God and you need to be solely focused on Him to get it. It may be painful during the prayer and waiting process but once you receive it you will be so happy you sought Him. While you wait, you can also sing praise songs, read the Bible, or anything else that brings you closer to Him. Even if the breakthrough doesn’t happen that day, you will receive the strength and the grace to carry on. Eventually you will receive an answer to your prayers, or a peace about waiting longer. When you look back over this time you will most likely see it as some of the most spiritually rich time of your life.

Do you need a breakthrough today?

Prayer – Revisiting It’s Importance is a post from: The Confident Mom

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