The day I thought my baby was dying in my arms

Today I want to share with you the scariest day in my life, and what I wish I had known ahead of time.

 

When you have your baby you just want to protect them. As mommies, we do all we can to do just that. We babyproof the house, we follow them all over the playground, make sure the carseat is properly installed and the straps are just right, research everything we can think of, focus on their health and nutrition, and so much more!

So we never expect we will need to call 911 when we think our child is dying right there in our arms.

 

It was just two days ago. My youngest, Aaron (two years), had been having a slight cough and low grade fever for about two days. He had been exposed to Influenza A, but he seemed to be doing quite fine. Still eating okay and still playing during the day. It was actually his older sister that I was watching more closely. Her fever was quite a bit higher, she didn’t have an appetite, and was very tired. So I was just watching them both, but feeling pretty okay about their bodies fighting it off.

They had had a good morning, so I laid them both down for naps in the afternoon. With their immune systems working they were both tired and went right to sleep. I caught up with some things and took a shower. Then I would normally have headed downstairs to do some cleaning, cooking, catch up on an actual adult show, or whatever. BUT for whatever reason, that day I just sat down on our bed upstairs, in the silence. For this I will ever be grateful, for without that I might never have heard Aaron in the next room.

 

As I was just scrolling social media I heard a very strange sound coming from Aaron’s room. Because it was so different from anything I’d heard before I jumped up and ran right in. (To hear the sound you can watch this sad youtube video of another child whose dad is handling calming attending to his seizing child.)

There was my precious boy, rolled over on his tummy, kind of coughing, moving with each sound he made. I immediately picked him up and a string of fluid ran from his mouth to the bed. My immediate thought was that phlegm from his cough was choking him. I help him facedown and patted his back to try and dislodge anything. Nothing came out, so I used my own mouth to try and suck out his mouth/noise and swiped my finger to make sure nothing was in his mouth. All to no avail.

He seemed lifeless, eyes rolled back in his head, his lips were all blue, and I couldn’t believe this was reality. I was panicking and remembered verbally telling myself “this is real, this is really happening.”  Middle school health class jumped into my mind and I bent over and gave him a breath, a few chest pumps, and two more breaths. Finally his chest was moving! Very little and weak, but it was moving! I then immediately dialed 911 and started praying over my boy. I didn’t even know what to pray, I think I just kept saying “Lord bring him back, please save my little boy” over and over. It seemed like forever for the 911 operator to pick up, and James 5:14 flushed to my mind. “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” As the phone rang, I was able to run and grab my Frankincense to splash on his chest. I just thought “if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for my precious boy” and continued to pray over him.

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I gave my address, told them what was going on, and she was so great to help calm me and tell me what was best to do. He was breathing now, but still a limp ragdoll and non-responsive. About 4 minutes later the police officer arrived. Just then Aaron finally started to open his eyes, but appeared very sleepy and disoriented. I was just SO glad to see those beautiful eyes, and was confident that I wasn’t going to lose him.

A minute or so later the ambulance arrived. The EMTs were so calm and thorough. By now Aaron was awake and moving around some. One of my big fears after he started breathing was how LONG was he not breathing before I found him. I know it can be just a matter of minutes for brain damage to occur, but seeing my boy slowly come back was such a relief!

Mike got home just as they were taking Aaron out to the ambulance, so he was able to drive Hailey while I rode with Aaron. The EMTs reassured me his stats were looking great and continued to help me feel calm and confident.

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At the hospital there were so many people, but we chose to go to a small local hospital which was great. It is rural and as far as I knew there was only one other patient there, so everyone was very calm and thorough. I retold the frightening events over and over to each new doctor and nurse.

They ran some tests, blood work, nose swab, chest x-ray. My poor little guy was such a trouper. His temperature was 102.6 when they took it and I was so surprised that it had spiked that much. As they continued to ask questions I could see where they were going, and things started to make sense.

He was doing quite well, but tested positive for Influenza A. They kept us for a while to watch him, gave some tylenol to control the fever, and pumped him full of fluids. When the doctor came in at the end he said that it was probably a Febrile Seizure. That his body could have seized to kind of “reboot” if the temperature got too high too fast. That we should watch him carefully and call a doctor if it would happen again, but that he should have no lasting effects, and that we could go home.

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Since getting home, of course I am watching him like a hawk. Constantly checking his temperature, sleeping in his room, and all that. I’m sure I will not sleep soundly for quite some time, but that’s just part of being a parent. After returning home, of course I headed online to learn more about this. I am by no means a medical professional, but would like to share some of what I learned with you.

Usually when a parent starts googling something medical it leaves you 10 times more worried than when you started, but as I read on I felt much more comfortable and less fearful. So here’s some things I wish I had known, and that I now feel every parent should know.

Febrile Seizures are a lot more common than I thought, about 1 in every 25 kids in the US have them. Generally they occur with a high temperature between the ages of 6 months to 6 years. Once a child has a Febrile seizure they have a 1 in 3 chance of recurring, so now we will be watching him closely whenever he gets future high temperatures. The are usually less than 5 minutes and rarely have lasting effects on the child. It is mostly the body trying to “reboot” and usually the brain is unaffected long term. This was a huge sigh of relief!

Next time I think I will be much more emotionally and informationally prepared to respond differently. So if this should ever happen to your child call 911 the first time. If it is your child’s first seizure I would definitely contact emergency response to have them checked out. If they are continuing to seize hold them somewhere soft and safe, such as a carpet or rug, and hold them on their side to avoid choking. Start to keep track of how long it lasts, so that you can let the doctors know. After a seizure the child will be very tired. Remain calm and talk to your child to help them get through it and wake back up without alarm.

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I pray this never happens to any of you, but I hope that this has helped spread some knowledge about febrile seizures and helps you feel more confident to handle the situation should it ever occur. Don’t leave this post fearful, but confident in learning more about how to best help your children.

I found it a God-thing the shirt I happened to wear that day. It was from a women’s conference I had just been to and said “She is Strength” in reference to Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” I remember looking the the mirror of the hospital bathroom and seeing that phrase and thinking “I sure don’t feel strong right now, but Lord I need You to be my strength now.” He gave me a peace over the events, and helped me to be strong for my little guy. I still struggle with the fears of this happening again, but know that God is going through this life with me and will always be there in my time of need. No matter what you are going through right now, we can always lean on Him for our strength, and can have faith in the fact that He holds the future in His hands. 

Some of our Favorite Recipes!

One week left for our official 30 Day Sugar Detox, but we do hope you will continue to cut-out or reduce your intake of processed sweeteners. To make it a part of your daily life, having easy and yummy sugar-free recipes is essential!

I thought I would put together a list of some of our favorite family meals. Nothing I make is difficult or takes lots of time or ingredients. With two toddlers and working part-time, everything needs to be quick and simple. But that doesn’t mean we need to resort to processed foods or takeout. Here are some of my go-to recipes.

Some of the recipes below, we tweak the ingredients. For instance, if it contains a processed ingredient we would be using a home made version, if it says fat-free we are definitely using full-fat options, or if it has sugar we would be substituting with a natural sweetener like honey. Remember, any recipe you find can be adjusted to be healthier for your family! So if you have a favorite family recipe, consider how you could swap out a few ingredients to make it even better!

I could’ve made blog posts of all these recipes as we eat them often, but why reinvent the wheel, when they are already online. So click on any image below to find the full recipe on other great blogs!

Breakfasts

I am NOT a morning person….
So breakfast needs to be quick and simple with little cleanup!
Many of our breakfasts are smoothies. Just grab the ingredients out of the fridge, freezer, and pantry; and blend them up. The kids will eat anything in a smoothie!

Other simple breakfasts we enjoy are some plain greek yogurt with fruit, peanut butter, or cinnamon. No need for added sugar or artificial sweeteners when there are so many natural ways to sweeten it!

For days we need to head out of the house quickly, we love to have finger foods ready to grab and eat in the car. Granola bars, protein rolls, etc. are great. You can find tons of recipes for those on pinterest as well.

Click any image below to find the full recipe of our favorite breakfasts!

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Lunches

When my two year old gets hungry for lunch, he wants it NOW. haha
So, these are also quick, but nutritious.

A very popular lunch at our home is eggs! Boiled, pan-fried, scrambled, as an omelet, any which way! They are full of protein and fats which are great for the kids growth, brain health, and energy.

Many lunches I will also give them a handful of nuts for added fat and protein. The love some pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc. as a sweet treat on the side! Also all lunches I offer a fresh fruit/vegetable as well.

Click any image below for links to our favorite lunches.

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Dinners

Now dinners I SHOULD have more time to invest in, since we don’t eat until after they are done napping. BUT, the day always seems to get away from me. So the crockpot, one pot meals, etc. are life savers!

This is just a small sample of some of our favorite recipes, but wanted to give you a few to build up your recipe book without being overwhelming. Click any image below for the link to the full recipe.

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Desserts

I DEFINITELY have a sweet tooth!
If I didn’t let myself enjoy some of these healthier desserts, then I would fall off the bandwagon and get a Culver’s ice cream sunday…true story. So the best way to stay on track, is to have some yummy treats available that are still good for you.

Other sweet treats we enjoy are apples dipped in peanut butter, fresh fruits, smoothies, and nuts. Yum!

Click any image below for the full recipe, and remember to always choose a natural sweetener like raw honey, pure maple syrup, or liquid stevia extract.

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Pantry Makeover

As we begin our 30 Day Sugar Detox, we need to eliminate temptations!

Time to get at that pantry, fridge, and freezer. Let’s dump everything with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, truvia, agave, coconut sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, turbinado, saccharose, dextrine, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, maltodextrin, syrup, palm sugar, etc.

Obviously, this means it’s time to dump the ice-cream, cookies, candy, etc. BUT, some of the biggest offenders can be disguised as “health foods.” Some are here are the biggest offenders to check.

  • Yogurt
  • Granola/snack bars
  • Low-calorie or Low-fat snacks
  • Things marketed to children
  • Sauces
  • Ketchup
  • Breads
  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Processed foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Drinks and drink mixes
  • Canned goods
  • Many more!

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L&G Approved Ways to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth

Welcome to everyone joining us in the 30 Day Sugar Detox! These are going to be some difficult weeks, but will be well worth it!

Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, so definitely expect withdrawal and cravings. So we decided to explain your options for sweeteners to satisfy that craving without giving in to your desire for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.

God has given us many sweet things naturally in nature, but our over-processed food culture has retrained our taste buds and we crave it like no other generation before. So let’s take a look at some natural sweet options to use in place of that 3pm Snickers bar as you check out at the grocery store 😉

The key here is to be prepared. If you get a craving and only have a house filled with carrots and celery, you’re bound to fall off the wagon and run to the store for something sweet. So I took some time to look up some yummy sugar-free recipes on pinterest (we will post continually throughout the month) and make sure I had all the ingredients on hand.

Now we do know that some of you joining us have taken this detox as a personal challenge to push your limits and avoid all sweeteners. If that’s you, awesome! This list is for those choosing to avoid processed sweeteners specifically, and these are healthier sweet options.

Lavender & Grace Approved Sweeteners to Satisfy your Cravings:

  • Raw Honey (local preferred)
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Liquid Stevia Extract (no truvia as that is highly processed)
  • Dates (make sure they don’t have added sugar as some do)
  • Fruits

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Looking for some recipes using these sweeteners? Check out this great pinterest board!

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Simple Homemade Granola Bars

We are doing a Sugar Detox for the month of February!

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Breakfast foods are one of the biggest sources of added sugars! We think that getting some cereals, yogurt, granola bars, protein drinks, etc. are all ‘supposed’ to be good breakfasts for on-the-go.

BUT, they are LOADED with added sugar, as well as other icky ingredients.

Aside from breakfast, we also love granola bars for just an afternoon snack, or even a late-night goodie. So here is an easy recipe that we make at home. Super easy, good ingredients, and kid-approved! We also like to precut the bars and put some in packaging to grab on our way out of the house.

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Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (Make your own or check ingredients here)
  • 1 cup Raw Honey (We like to use a honey that is solid at room temperature to help solidify the granola bars)
  • 2 1/2 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
  • Dash of Vanilla

Melt Honey and Peanut Butter in a saucepan. In a large mixing bowl combine Oats, Flax, Hemp, and Vanilla. Then combine liquid with oats and mix well. Add to a 9×13 pan for thin granola bars, or a 9×9 pan for thicker bars. Chill until set in the refrigerator or freezer. Then slice and enjoy 🙂

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Sugar Detox 2016!

Who’s ready to DETOX?????

DID you know SUGAR is as ADDICTIVE as CRACK! That’s right, cocaine baby! Are you addicted? Are your kids addicted? Did you know that it’s in almost all processed foods and that it causes weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, feeds cancer cells, depletes the body of essential minerals and vitamins, and suppresses the immune system?

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Homemade Coconut Milk

Yummy. I love Coconut milk! I finally started making my own; as part of my mission to continue making everything from scratch. Now that I have tasted homemade, I’ll never go back to store bought!

Slowly but surely the items I need to buy in the grocery aisle are becoming less and less. All of the other items I use on a regular basis I order in bulk from my food co-op at great discounts.

Buying organic and eating healthy really can be affordable but it does take a lot of extra planning, requires some more time in the kitchen, and needs to be a priority, but in the end it is sooo worth it because I know that the food my family is eating is healthy and nutritious!

Coconut Milk

How do I use coconut milk?

Drink it. Ha! Pour it over homemade muesli, or baked oatmeal. Use it as a base for healthy smoothies. Like this one. Yum! Add coconut milk to a homemade chicken curry (Anthony’s favorite) or to a vegetable Thai soup.

 

Why make homemade?

Firstly coconut milk is dairy free, nut free and vegan. So it is a great option for anyone with food allergies or special diets. Coconut milk and almond milk are the best two options as alternative milks in my opinion. The problem with rice and soy milks are that rice milk is basically sugar water, and soy milk is full of phytoestrogens that wreak havoc on your body and hormones. Soy milk and soy products should be avoided, they have been linked to infertility, birth defects in baby boys and breast cancer just to name a few (more on soy at another time). Back to coconut milk!

Second making homemade is the only way coconut milk should be consumed, and here is why…

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical used to line canned products and cartoon goods including coconut milk (and just about any other alternative milk, either found in the chilled dairy section or in the grocery aisle. So why should BPA be avoided?

According to Chriss Kresser, a acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine,

“We’ve known for decades that BPA has estrogenic activity. In vivo animal studies and in vitro cell-culture research has linked low-level estrogenic activity associated with BPA exposure to all kinds of fun stuff, like diabetes, ADHD, heart disease, infertility and cancer.

 

Is BPA exposure common? You bet. This CDC report found BPA in the urine of 93% of adults. Perhaps most troubling is that companies like Nestle, Similac, Enfamil and PBM all use BPA in the linings of metal cans holding baby formula. This is scary in light of a recent study which found an association between neurobehavioral problems in infants and high levels of BPA in their mothers.

 

So why is BPA even legal, you ask? Its safety status is still somewhat controversial. Although I’m not sure how “real” the controversy is.

 

On the one side you have consumer advocates and independent researchers and scientists who claim that there’s sufficient evidence against BPA, including plausible mechanisms for how it causes harm, to ban it completely. They argue that continued use of BPA in industrial and commercial materials is akin to performing a large, uncontrolled experiment on us all. I tend to agree. On the other side, you’ve got industry scientists claiming that there’s no significant evidence that low levels of BPA causes harm in humans. If I was a cynic, I might point out that these chemical industry groups are out to protect a multi-billion dollar market from government regulation. Global BPA demand is up to 12 billion pounds and growing at 5% per year.

 

Okay, back to coconut milk. BPA is used in the lining of certain canned foods. BPA especially leaches into canned foods that are acidic, salty or fatty, such as coconut milk, tomatoes, soup, and vegetables.

 

So what’s the solution here? In short, if you want to be on the safe side and reduce your exposure to BPA, you have to reduce your consumption of canned foods (including coconut milk) as much as possible. I made this recommendation in 9 Steps for Perfect Health-#3: Eat Real Food.

 

A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that families who ate fresh food for three days with no canned food, and using only glass storage containers, experienced a 60% reduction of BPA in their urine. The reductions were even higher (75%) for those with the highest BPA levels at the beginning of the study.”

Is BPA the only reason to be concerned when considering consuming store bought coconut milk? Not exactly, guar gum is added to coconut milk and used to thicken other foods, it is a polysaccharides which is derived from the endosperm of guar beans. There is no evidence that guar gum causes any potential harm unless you are someone who suffers from digestive problems like myself, “In my clinical experience, many patients with gut issues improve when they remove guar gum from their diet – including canned coconut milk” says Kresser.  As a general rule I like to avoid all unnecessary ingredients and focus on eating wholefoods in the closest form possible, which means, home and freshly made without additives, chemicals and preservatives.

We should also be concerned about the the harmful additives in store bought coconut milk, such as synthetic vitamins. Even organic brands have synthetic vitamins. Sarah from The Healthy Home Economist and board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation says,Even small amounts of the synthetic fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A can prove toxic and should be strictly avoided!” Synthetic Vitamin A has been associated with birth defects and bone fractures. Added Vitamin D2 is another culprit and should be avoided as well because it is also very toxic.

Making homemade really is the best way to go. Unfortunately we need to be very careful about the “store” bought products that we buy. Most store bought items, even organic are still filled with preservatives or produced with soy and corn fillers, or unhealthy oils such as canola or vegetable oils. Read your labels carefully and research the companies you decide to purchase from.

It is a never ending battle, so take one step at a time. Decide what to tackle next in your pantry and decide to make one more thing homemade at a time. Slowly you will have less and less store bought items in your pantry. It is a slow process! It is taking me 3 years, but slow and steady wins the race, right? Making changes for your family is hard, but it is well worth it.

 

Is Coconut Milk Healthy?

Why yes! Kesser states,

“From a nutritional perspective, it’s an excellent choice. It’s high in saturated fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are both easily burned as fuel by the body. MCTs are particularly beneficial in that they don’t require bile acids for digestion, and they’re directly shunted to the liver via the portal vein.”

Coconut milk also has a variety of vitamins and minerals and may aid in:

  • maintaining blood sugar
  • keeping skin and blood vessels flexible
  • building strong bones
  • controlling weight
  • decreasing the risk of joint inflammation
  • lowering high blood pressure
  • maintaining a healthy immune system
  • promoting health of prostate gland

 

Coconut milk is also high in lauric acid which is also found in natures best milk, breast milk! Lauric acid helps in building a healthy blood cholesterol profile. According to Elizabeth Walling at Natural News,

“When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.

 

The compound monolaurin is an effective treatment for candida albicans and fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot. Monolaurin also specifically targets bacterial infections as well as lipid-coated viruses like herpes, the measles, influenza, hepatitis C and HIV. Researchers in the Philippines have even begun studies to prove the effectiveness of lauric acid against HIV/AIDS because of its strong antiviral properties. Plus, lauric acid is basically non-toxic, which gives it a distinct advantage over modern pharmaceutical drugs that are typically used to fight viruses, bacterial infections and fungal infections.”

Coconut Milk(1)

 

You will need:

  • 3.5 cups dried unsweetened shredded coconut or  coconut flakes
  • 7 cups of hot water
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract (the real stuff)
  • blender and a strainer or milk bag, and a bowl
  • 1/2 gallon mason jar for storage, or a glass pitcher with air tight cover

Directions:

  • Place coconut, vanilla and hot water (not boiling) in a blender
  • Carefully turn on the blender and slowly increase the speed, make sure that you have the blender cover on tight, and a towel over it so that you don’t burn your hands if hot water seeps out…blend for at least 2-3 min…
  • Strain the liquid into a bowl over a strainer or a milk bag, be sure to push out all the liquid out.
  • Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. It won’t be hard to use it up fast because it is sooo yummy, especially in smoothies!

 

Feel free to play with the consistency, you can make it thinner or thicker in consistency just by adding more water, or using less, it really just depends on what you are using it for. Don’t freak if the fat separates after it cools,this is perfectly normal, just make sure to shake it up real good before using.

 

Alright well enjoy and have a great week folks and give homemade coconut milk a try. Not only is it healthier and super easy to make but you also will save some cash!

 

Eat & have a milky day,

xoxo Brittany

 

Chris Kesser  / The Healthy Home Economist / Natural News / Dr. Granny

VERY Basic Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are all the bomb right now! I started making them right after I got my Vitamix (6 years years ago now) before I was a little apprehensive to make them in my little ol’ blender! Scared that the spinach would get stuck and end up as a chunk in my mouth (yuke, heaven forbid I get a spinach chunk), or worse, that the blender would explode or something! I know, I know, pretty irrational right!?

You can actually make these delicious smoothies no matter what type of blender. My sister makes them in her Oster and it works just fine. It may take a few blends with adjustments but it works! (no explosions and no chunks). Tip: blend liquids with greens first, then add frozen items.

Delicious you say? Yep! They really are!

Now I am going to be honest, the idea of it at first was, stomach turning to say the least!

I first heard about green smoothies from Diana Stobo’s youtube videos. After we got our Vitamix my husband was super excited to pretty much blend anything and everything in the HIGH POWER blender. He highly enjoyed the green smoothies. I on the other hand took a little time to convince my mind that it was “ok” to drink veggies all blended up! Once I got over the initial reaction of horror, and I really started to drink them (not just pretend to, haha!) my body started wanting more, and more!

Now I need to have a green smoothie a few times a week, if not everyday. It has made a world of a difference in my over all health, energy and crabbiness! That is right, I am so much less irritable and snappy! Just ask my husband! ????

So give the green smoothie a whirl! It might take a few tries but I promise you it will change your life!

VERY BASIC GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

What you will need:

  • blender
  • 2-4 large kale leafs (make sure to alternate your greens)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Optional: 

  • 1 tbs hemp or coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 tbs flax seed
  • 1 tsp wheatgrass powder or a super greens supplement

It is always important to pair a good fat source such as flax seed, hemp oil, coconut oil, or avocado to be combined with your greens in order to aid your body in proper digestion of the minerals and vitamins in the dark leafy greens. You may also try other milks, such as almond or hemp milk (homemade is best — store bought, even organic is full of nasty ingredients!) I would be cautious about adding dairy (organic milk, yogurt, or kefir) to any smoothies in combination with fruit. If you do add milk, RAW milk or raw kefir from grassfed cows is by far the most healthy for you! (we avoid processed dairy in this house).

According to Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, the leading expert on food combining, different types of foods digest using different enzymes and acidity/alkaline levels. Fruit digests very quickly through the body and when it is pared improperly it will sit in the stomach, ferment, and cause indigestion and gas. If you are someone who is a frequent sufferer of these things you may want to take note of the food combinations and avoid combinations that upset your stomach. If your stomach is rarely bothered and you want to put organic dairy products in your smoothies than by all means give it a go!

Directions:

  • place all ingredients into a blender and blend

 

This recipe makes enough for you to enjoy a large heaping glass for yourself, and some leftover for lunch if you wish, or feel free to share with a friend, or  store in the fridge for later in the day.

Enjoy! As always eat well & be merry,

xoxo Brittany

Nut Milk….mmmmm yum!

Nutmilks do take a little bit of extra time in the kitchen to make, but it’s worth it if it means avoiding certain nasty ingredients that are lingering in your milks (see this post here!). This milk is super creamy & fabulous! We use all organic ingredients & add just 1 drop of nutmeg essential oil! It’s divine.

Directions:

  • Soak 1 cup cashews, 1 cup hemp seeds for 4-8 hrs.
  • Strain.
  • Add to vitamix with 8 cups water. Blend for 3 min on high.
  • Strain with a nut milk bag, then add back to blender, add 1 drop nutmeg, (seeds) from 2 vanilla beans and 4-5 small dates.
  • Blend again until super smooth then chill.

Enjoy!

NUT

 

Support your Emotional Balance through the Holidays!

It’s no secret that the most wonderful time of the year, can also be the most stressful time of the year!

With so many plans, dealing with crowds and traffic, stretching your budget, and more it is a lot for us to handle.

Essential oils are amazing for supporting emotional balance, and that was actually the first way I was convinced these oils actually worked!

When we inhale an oil through our nose it travels to the olfactory nerves in the nose. From there it stimulates the limbic system in the brain, where memory and emotion is stored. So when using oils for emotional support, aromatic is a very effective way to use them!

To use oils aromatically you can diffuse them, make a misting air/fabric/perfume spray, add a drop to your hands and cup over nose and mouth to breath in deeply, smell directly from the bottle, and more! You could also apply these oils over the heart, on the back of the neck, insides of the wrists, ears, and more. Read each bottle label for specific usage directions.

I’ve chosen 7 of my personal Favs for emotional support. I bring these oils with me all the time in my purse. You never know when you’ll need a little pick-me-up. Continue reading to hear more about each oil and why I love them!

Keep the Joy in theSeason with these Awesome Young Living Oils! My 7 must-have emotional supporting oils and blends for the busy Christmas Season. www.lavenderngrace.com

Lavender

A lot of us just tend to be too busy and not get proper rest each night. We love lavender to support a restful night’s sleep! Great to diffuse or mist onto your pillow to help calm your mind and get your body some much needed rest.

Lavender, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Peace & Calming

This was the first oil I ever tried on my kiddos, and is now always in my diaper bag! It smells so relaxing. I diffuse or apply to my kiddos feet for a good nap or nighttime rest. As an adult I love to apply this one to my wrists for calming and clearing my head.

Peace & Calming, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Joy

This is what I refer to as my “gateway oil.” When my kit arrived I wasn’t totally convinced these oils could actually support the wellness of our bodies. I was having a hard time post-partum from my second baby and decided to give it a try. After using topically and aromatically every two hours for three days, I was a new mommy! Definitely solidified my understanding of oils.

Now I don’t need to use this oil every day anymore, but is still my go-to for an emotional lift and to get me moving when I’m feeling stuck.

Joy, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Valor

This is also one of my favorites! Smells amazing! Valor is known as “courage in a bottle” for its ability to support your social courage. I love this oil before social gatherings to calm nerves, help me just be comfortable in myself, and to encourage my small talk to flow naturally.

Valor, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Stress Away

This one is pretty self-explanatory. We are pulled in a hundred different directions during the Christmas season, and this oil is great for calming and relaxing. Use on-the-go as you tackle Christmas present shopping or travel. Also awesome at the end of a crazy day to help decompress and ease you to sleep.

 

Stress Away, one of my 7 must-have Young Living essential oils for the busy Christmas Season to support your emotional balance. www.lavenderngrace.com

Frankincense

Frankincense has the ability to go beyond the blood-brain barrier and is known for its emotional supporting abilities. If it was good enough for a gift to baby Jesus, then it is good enough for me! I love smelling this oil and thinking about the real reason for the season and what it must have been like to bring these gifts to the Christchild.

Vetiver

This oil is my favorite for attitude. This is what I use for my toddlers to keep them in a good mood all day while at long Christmas parties and their schedule gets all out of whack. It is a thick oil, so we like to add it to a roller bottle and roll on the back of their neck. It has also proven to help keep them awake and alert, so it is great if we know naptime is going to be missed that day.

 

Keep the Joy in theSeason with these Awesome Young Living Oils! My 7 must-have emotional supporting oils and blends for the busy Christmas Season. www.lavenderngrace.com

 

I hope you will have a peaceful and joyful Christmas this year, and that these essential oils will be helpful!

New to Young Living essential oils? Learn about what they are, how to use them, and why we only trust Young Living oils in our families here.

Want to get your hands on these oils? Order soon to get them before Christmas. Get your starter kit here!