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Healing without hurting

Friends! This is amazing. I have finally finally had time to properly place my nose in the most amaze-balls book and it’s blowing my mind. So of course, I’m ready to share! I’ve been looking forward to its release for months, and then life happened and it’s been sitting on my Kindle waiting for my vision, and time, and sleep patterns to align themselves! And here we are.

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If you have a child, and you know something isn’t quite “right”. If your “mommy alarm” is going off, even if there is no firm diagnosis, read this book! If your life is just harder than it seems it should be, you’re not alone.

She discusses everything from food sensitivity, antibiotic use, vaccines, genetic mutations, tests and doctors and support options. This is an amazing manual from a mom that has done it, and done it very, very well.

We have been getting deeper and deeper into genetic data and the results are mind blowing. Granted, it’s a little overwhelming to go back to chemistry and remember RNA and DNA and atoms… but, when it’s related to your child and how they feel it’s EVER SO MUCH MORE fascinating than it was in college! orrrr maybe I’m just geeking out.

Last night I handed my husband the chapter on Oppositional Defiance Disorder (yes, it’s a real thing) at 11pm. I mean, how could I NOT?  We’re 10 for 10 on the “you might have this if:” list. And there is some reassurance that it’s not just us, our parenting, our discipline. It’s not just that we SUCK as parents.  There is a real, valid, understandable reason for this behavior. It’s not an easy fix mind you, there is no pretty yellow pill that makes it all go away, but there is a roadmap. And if you stop to pay attention to it, it all kind of makes sense.

Gosh, we’ve been to so many doctors, and healers, and specialists, and … everything. And never found real answers, but now it’s all finally falling into place.  So grateful.  Just keep going, don’t let anyone discourage you.

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Now I can’t wait to get all of our tests by 23andMe and our Igg Food Sensitivity test!

I leave you with a lovely quote from my dearly departed friend. xoxo

Create your sunshine life, keep going and loving, and believing.

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5 items to add to your Facebook Feed

I use Facebook much differently than many people. The cool thing about FB is that it is smart and figures out what you look at, and brings more of that.  I used to pay attention to the drama of people I knew decades ago, or the endless pictures of kids (which I still do) but now I use it more as an educational and inspirational tool for myself when I need a quick recharge.

Here are 5 of my favorite Facebook feeds – if you’re here, there’s a good chance you may also enjoy:

1.  Healing ADHD & Aspbergers without Hurting – This woman is incredible. It’s a great feed to follow for ongoing recipes, tips, nutritional supplements and new studies. Hugely informative. If you look to the right there is a link to go straight to Amazon and purchase her amazing book.

2. Tut – Mike Dooley – Total uplifting, happy, lovely reminders of how wonderful it all is. Every messy moment.

3. Wake Up World – Great “news” feed for alternative news. Nutritional information, health suggestions, and new inventions to save the world. Wonderful perspective.

4. TED – Ted talks. Go there. Follow these beacons of hope. Take time to watch the talks, they range from 5 – 20 minutes and are always worth the time.  Great place to reset, find perspective, be curious and fascinated with the world around you.

5. National Vaccine Information Center– I know it’s controversial. But it’s life. This site isn’t against vaccines so much as it’s pro-education. As with anything regarding my family’s health I always check multiple sources before believing anything. But it’s a great place to stay informed of the newest information.

And one to grow on. My favorite. Liz Gilbert. I love her because, well… she’s REAL. She’s a real person. She’s candid about life, hope, flaws and love. You may know her as the author of EAT, pray, Love. She’s also been touring with Oprah on the Life You Want Tour. She’s a cool cat and does her own posting on FB so it’s worthwhile. (oooh and her new book, the Signature of All Things is amazing!)

Enjoy. Spice up your time a the computer with a few things that make you grow. In knowledge, in love, in peace, in hope. And for heavens sake, hide those drama queens that make your stomach flop. (it’s really easy and they will never know you did it – just click the little arrow in the upper right corner of a post and it will drop down and ask if you would like to hide all posts from this person ).

Create your sunshine life, everywhere you look. Leave little traces of magic for yourself to find when you least expect it (Mike Dooley feed).

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Change Everything

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I’m continually stunned and saddened by the state of the health of our children and the overall lack of concern by the population. The rates of autism increase daily, not to mention Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and a whole mess of other similar neuro illness with names like ODD, OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, etc.  Our kids get sicker and sicker.

I can’t believe how many people that have not yet been touched by autism (or any of the other Neuro conditions), cannot muster compassion for those that do. The only explanation is that it is so terrifying, people can’t bring themselves to contemplate the reality of what that looks like.  What it feels like.

The growing population of educated moms learning to help their kids is awe inspiring. But they cannot do it alone. We have to help each other, sharing what works, sharing grace, acceptance and non-judgement when we experience these wild little creatures in our world.

If you run into a “naughty” kid in a public place, or a child trick or treating without a costume, please remind yourself not to judge. These parents and kids are dealing with more than most people could ever imagine and sometimes just surviving another day is all they can hope for.

Their nervous systems are on overload, neurotransmitters are out of balance, and many are sickened by regular day to day activities.

Whether these disorders affect you now or not, they likely soon will. With the increasing vaccine schedule, toxins in self care products (shampoo, soaps, lotion, toothpaste) gmo’s in our food supply and artificial colors that have been proven to be neurotoxins, fluoride in the water, and lack of sunlight and fresh air – these kids are all jumbled up.

SO please, have grace, send love, give encouragement if you see a stressed mom who’s child is melting down in Target. Read ingredient lists. Learn what is in your food, your water. Become educated about the world we live in and support others doing the same.  Take time to learn about initiatives such as GMO labeling, and reducing the toxins in your home.

Because it does matter.

These are our people. This is our planet. And we’re screwing it all up under the guise “that’s someone else’s problem”.

We work our jobs, take care of our kids, go to college, do homework, all the things that society says we must do. But we missed all the important stuff. We missed empathy. We missed personal responsibility. We forget to care about what we eat and trust a mess of politicians to do it for us. We must learn to care about our world and our people – all of it.

So please, the next time you think to yourself “that kid needs a good swat” or “that mother is doing a terrible job” consider to yourself that perhaps that mother is trying desperately to heal her child. Maybe she hasn’t slept in weeks. Maybe the child hasn’t either. Maybe someone gave her sensitive child a sucker filled with artificial coloring and high fructose corn syrup without her consent (happens all the time at banks and grocery stores) and the child is having a hard time processing. Maybe what they both need more than anything is understanding. Compassion. Respect.

Perhaps that Momma Bear is a warrior, studying late into the night, getting her very own personal online medical education with no goal other than to save her children and the children all around her.

Create your Sunshine Life – by sharing the Sunshine with someone who really needs it.

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Methylation, Hope and New Doorways

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You know the saying “when god closes one door…he opens another”.  I’d be happy if we could just leave one closed for awhile and take a breather. I feel like I’m in back to back marathons. I haven’t even been able to sort out top from bottom in order to post… so here goes.

 

My beloved gallery has sold to wonderful to new owners.  It’s been a gradual process of letting go and sending love. I spent 7 years growing, planning, loving that little art gallery it seems like it’s embedded in my DNA.  Letting go. It’s an art. Finding out your life plan isn’t unraveling in the way you thought it would is a bit of an adjustment. I say a daily prayer for it as part of my mindfulness exercises. I think it helps.

My neurosurgeon has cleared me for awhile anyway. No more surgeries, the leak is most likely sealed and I’m in high pressure rebound. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I’m still in a lot of pain and strange and mysterious symptoms, so it’s time to (open another door) find a D.O. – here I’d be happier to just CLOSE THE DOOR on the whole situation and have a miraculous healing miracle rather than starting fresh with a new specialty … yet here we are – .  Apparently the time isn’t quite right for healing, and I need more practice in surrendering to the greater plan.(surrender is not exactly my strong point).

On a positive note… Unschooling is going beautifully. It seems as though we have all settled into a more relaxed pace. We are working together, listening to each other, and finding more time for peace and laughter in our day. What a blessing. I’m grateful each day.  I think a major part of it is not having the morning school battle (with sensory issues – getting up early, putting on clothes, eating food in a hurry just causes more pain that it could ever be worth – then doing it all again at bedtime meant we spent hours each day in battles over hurrying to complete sensory activities). The kids are eager for learning time and reading books. For me, it feels like a daily victory. Complete and utter gratitude.  I feel like the Divine really has my back on this one, and I’m reassured it’s the best direction for us, at least right now.

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And then we come to methylation. Attention: for those mom’s of challenged, special, high needs kiddos THIS IS FOR YOU!  We had a genetic test done from 23andMe.com several months ago but never really finished the analysis. After some recent flare ups for both kiddos it caused me to dig into the wild and overwhelming world of methylation and detox genetic pathways.

Let me give you a little visual example of my light reading: Now DON’T Freak out. 🙂 (learn more about methylation here)

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I have to read it several times to fully assimilate all of the information (strange I know) It’s a lot. it’s a whole new vocabulary. But you know what else it is? Ladies and gentlemen, this is HOPE wrapped up in a confusing little package. This is healing. This is what it looks like for the mothers that have healed their children from ADD, Autism, and host of other nasty little words. And you may have heard that these are “incurable ” conditions. But I don’t buy it. If there are mothers out there who’s non-verbal children start to speak (after only two months of protocol), and there are people that spontaneously heal from terminal cancer – then I tell you what, it CAN be done. There is an answer for all of us. It’s just how deep down the rabbit hole we are willing to dig.

As I’ve always been described as… tenacious.. I’d go to the core of the earth, digging with only my fingernails to find a healing solution.  Hmm, maybe I need to pray about that more, release and trust and let that go.

Is anyone out there here with me?  I’m reading books and studies and starting to grasp, but I’d really love to geek out about it with someone else…  We are on a modified version of the FODMAP protocol (we can’t have nightshades or dairy, in addition to the rest of the program) currently, and it has helped some, but we can’t eat ANYTHING so the kids have actually requested the GAPS diet in an effort to regain some of our diet. Do you know about the GAPS diet?? Can you imagine a child requesting nothing but chicken broth and chicken soup round the clock?

How their little tummies hurt daily. It’s enough to drive a momma completely insane. And with that, the door to the full GAPS protocol has been cracked. Do I have it in me to step through the door into the next adventure?

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Create your sunshine Life, just keep stepping through those doors as they open and surrender to the Divine plan, regardless if the road doesn’t take you where you thought you were headed. Maybe the destination is worth the trip.

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Time Warner Angel

After much debate, prayer, tears, anxiety, and hope… I have decided to … HOMESCHOOL.

What?

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I totally know. Only crazy people with TONS of energy and a the patience of a real life saint choose to homeschool. I’m mediocre in the patience department not to mention I currently lack full physical and mental capabilities. So why, oh why, would I choose to do that… NOW of all times?

A combination of reasons really, but probably not what you’d think.  We had to let go of Montessori, basically as we just can’t afford private school while I’m not working, and to be quite honest it didn’t really work for my son although it was a blessing for our daughter.  Anyway,  I was resigned to public school. I researched our local school (which ranks really well in test scores – by the way). Again and again we were told that this is a really good school, we’ll be happy here.

So we went to the “new family intro night”. It was held in the school cafeteria, kind of what you’d expect, fold out picnic tables, commercial grade tile, principal and top staffers there to talk and meet the families. A couple of things struck me. 

#1. This was really, painfully boring.  The lackluster powerpoint presentation, and monotone speeches made ME feel restless and it had only been 40 minutes. 

#2 – there was no natural light. Where were the windows? And when will it be over? 

#3 School starts at 7:30am. WHA?

#4 The principal asked the kinds if they like Whattaburger and Chic-Fil-A? They screamed yes (except for my kids which looked at me with total confusion) He proceeded to tell us that we’d LOVE the school lunch program! (folks you couldn’t make this stuff up…) 

#5 They had asked us to bring the children to orientation but only two coloring sheets and about 4 crayons per table suggested perhaps these people were not familiar with entertaining children for an hour?   The kids in the audience began to get louder and louder and energy levels started to peak.  A glance around the room showed children were starting to vibrate.

Finally, blissfully, it was over and time for the tour of the school. The kids were beyond excited to see a new school and their very own classrooms.  Montessori only had 4 rooms in the whole school and this was a complete K – 6 school !  As we began to walk the halls I felt a tightening in the back of my jaw and throat. Like the one you get when you walk by the stack of tires at Costco… chemicals.  Oh well, it will be ok. Then we enter the Kindergarten room and my heart fell. Where were the bright colors? The happy room? WHERE OH WHERE was the natural light? A room for 20 kindergartners yet it was filled with a half dozen computer monitors and dark chairs on dark carpet (yes carpet), and dark lockers in the corner.  The fluorescent lights flickered above. There was no joy in this room. No light. No plants. No color.  How could I get excited about this? How could I ask my 5 year old to spend 7 hours a day in this tiny dark room?

Exploring my daughters 2nd Grade class showed no improvement.  Each class was carpeted and had only one tiny window. Everything in the class was dark – navy or black. Why do the fluorescent lights flicker so? I mean – have you people see One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest? I mean, seriously. Have you?

By the time we got to the gym (also carpeted , also without windows) and the playground (wood chips in a parking lot- no grass or dirt) I started to realize this wouldn’t work for us.  It isn’t about religion, or test scores, or socialization. It’s about Environment. Do you know how depressed I felt after 2 hours?  I don’t care if you taught my kid to be a quantum physicist (which is really quite cool) I wouldn’t ask anyone I know to spend 7 hours a day without color or sunlight. Not to mention starting lecture at 7:30am in a small dark room.  My gosh, if that were my job I’d be miserable. And grumpy.  And my kids are EXTREMELY sensitive to environment, electronics, chemicals, sunlight.

So now what?  Um. I’m learning. I’m reading books and blogs on Montessori at home, Unschooling, and child led learning.  I’m also working on structure, plans, and strategy. I’m overwhelmed but powering forward. (by the way, I do know proper English writing style but I prefer blogging as I speak so please refrain from any grammar lessons – I’m too fragile to take it with grace!)

There are many, many public teachers in my family and my life. One of my best friends is an amazing teacher at a public school. I have the utmost respect for these people and I don’t judge the system or  kids in the system. I just don’t feel like it’s the best solution for us. But will I be good enough? Will I do good enough? Oh, the doubt that bubbles to the surface.  In fact, I haven’t even told  most of the people I know because I worry.. they’ll judge me. I worry they’ll ask a question that I can’t answer.

But really, my kids are 5 and 7.  And I’m pretty smart. And I know what they need, what they are interested in, and how to keep them engaged.  I know I’m doing the right thing. I do.  I just caught myself worrying what “everyone” will think.

And then an angel came to my door today. Dressed as the Time Warner repair guy. Our internet has been blinking in and out for weeks so they finally sent the big guy to check out the source. He showed up while we were working on making cards at the kitchen table, and eating lunch. My house was not clean. There were flip flops flung and legos on nearly every surface. The pillows of the couch constructed into a fort for Transformers and Legos to fight off the intrusion of teddy bears.  My skin glowed warm with embarrassment as I led this stranger into our home.  The shame only grew stronger as we walked outside into the yard and found random undies that had been discarded in a flower bush after a sprinkler session one hot afternoon and I could see that the leaves must be raked and the grass around the edges had grown long. 

We went back into the house and the kids were wild and excited to show off for a stranger. Jumping on couches and distracted from the project. I kept trying to redirect them, break up the fist fights before blood was drawn, put back on task of addressing an envelope, reminding them to clean up their mess. Between my shame of a messy house and my exhaustion trying to keep the kids on point and have a meaningful conversation with a stranger (not to mention I realized I hadn’t laid down in a couple of hours and my head was starting to spin) I was kind of a wreck.

Finally, the blessed internet was fixed and I could go back to homeschool focus. I had broken out in a sweat and stood defeated in my messy living room as the Time Warner man shook my hand and told me to have a nice week.  As he walked out the door he turned out, looked me the in the eye and said “I really appreciate the way you are raising your children.  I see a lot of people with their kids, friends, family, and work and you’re doing an amazing job.” Of COURSE, me being me, my eyes welled with tears.  I stood 5 feet from this stranger who had just spent the last hour witnessing my messy house and wild kids and he left me with a compliment.

His words ring over and over in my mind. I’m doing an amazing job. Amazing? Really?

Well thank you Universe. I needed that today.  I really, really, really needed that.

 

Create your Sunshine Life – follow your intuition when it tells you to compliment someone. Don’t hold back. Give the love. You have no idea what it could do to someone’s day… or week… or life.

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Top 5 Mommy Ninja Tricks for Sore Tummies

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Some kids have worse tummy issues than others. Mine, have a LOT. There are more and more kids with nuero challenges (autism, ADD, Aspergers, bipolar, etc.) and they are consistently finding a connection between gut health and nuero health. So if your little person (or your big person) is struggling, here are a few tips to help tummies and all the rest of it.

We find that increased tummy aches are a foreshadowing of other problems to come, so take heed.

**KEEP IN MIND FOLKS, I’M A MOMMA NOT A DOCTOR. This is what works for my family, but always do your own research, especially if your kids are on meds or have allergies!

1. Chia Seeds. These little gems are awesome. They add fiber, Omega 3 (brain health) and help the gut function. The texture does get a little crazy jello like in water so don’t let them sit. I sprinkle on granola and yogurt and they think it’s a treat. It definately helps our world.

2. Aloe Vera Juice (George’s brand is best) – Aloe vera is an amazing anti-inflammatory that also helps your body absorb nutrients. This is a deal breaker for us. We always have it in the house. My kids get a daily morning juice at breakfast and there is about 1/2 – 1 oz a day of Aloe Vera juice. It’s tasteless and easy to hide in a cup of apple juice. When I run out, I almost always start seeing tummy issues. When I use it, we rarely have issues.

3. That little bottle of homeopathic pills is NUX VOMICA. Get some. Like now. This stuff is magic. If you aren’t familiar with homeopathic they are safe for all ages and taste a little like a sugar pill to be dissolved on the tongue. You might remember similar teething tablets for babies? Well this stuff is for tummies. Nausea and indigestion and I’ll put it up against Tums any day of the week at kicking heartburn out of town.  These are easy, tasty, harmless, and extremely beneficial. It’s around $8 for a bottle at the health food store. I recommend putting them on your list.

4. Probiotics. One of the best things you can do to help gut health is add probiotics! Now yes, you can eat yogurt but here’s the thing A) most yogurt is cooked and packaged and processed and all the good stuff is mostly killed long before you get it or B) even if you had the really, really good stuff you’d have to eat A TON of it. So do yourself a favor and get some chewable probiotics. Kids love them (around $6 at the health food store). These also help increase the immune system so they’re great for back-to-school or when the sick starts going around. We take them every day.

5. Isagenix Cleanse – this product is also an anti-inflammatory and cleanses the body of fat soluble, water soluble and metabolic waste. It does amazing things to boost the immune system and clear any toxins or “junk” out of the body that are causing adverse reactions (around $32). It’s also great for mommas trying to lose those last few pounds by cleansing toxins… so it never hurts to have in the cupboard!

Check out my sweet little man eating his morning granola with Chia!

xoxo to you mommas. Do you have any tummy secrets to share? We’re always looking for a new trick!

Create your Sunshine Life Today!

~Clover Sunshine

Sometimes you have to say screw it…

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Yup, that’s my kids eating CORNDOGS. The nasty carnival foot long kind. Were you thinking… um I thought that kid couldn’t eat grains?? Well you were right. Also no chemicals, msg, preservatives,… the list is long. But sometimes you just have to say SCREW IT and let kids be kids.  Look at her smile.  In all fairness, Hugo eats the cornbread and she had the dog (those two are like Jack Sprat, one eats the meat, the other eats the carbs!).

So you all have permission to say ” I told You So” when tomorrow I’m whining about my terrible day! But that smile was worth it. Saying yes instead of always no. Dancing and laughing and playing.

Even though it got ugly later.. and people stared.. and … well it was ugly. It was worth it. To have a normal kid play kind of day.

We balance our life on schedules, sleeping and eating, vitamins, detox, epsom salt baths, exercise, blood sugar… it’s a dental floss tight rope. Sometimes we all need to let loose and dance on the bridge, eating cotton candy (gasp) and corndogs.

I’m grateful we went.

xoxo to you

Create your Sunshine Life today (even if it means cheating sometimes)

What is your favorite way to cheat???

~clover sunshine

The *&(^ Dentist.. I mean seriously? And a Mommy Ninja Trick for unruly kids …

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Yesterday, Avani had a dentist appointment. Anyone with special needs will tell you that dentist appointments are a special kind of torture. Seriously, I got karma points yesterday for sure. See, although we don’t eat sugars or drink juice she has a mouth filled with cavaties – go figure. She has a phobia to needles that is unrivaled. So they have to use laughing gas. Fine for most kids. But MY daughter has a violent reaction to pretty much any drug. I mean VIOLENT, RAGE reaction. She cleared about an entire wing at Childrens Hospital when she woke up from her MRI. They underestimated her sweet look and dropped like flies! (funny in hindsight but not so much at the time). Back to the dentist. I had to pick the fullest moon of the year to go, she went bonkers coming out of the gas. I had to carry my 6 year old flailing out the doors while she clawed at her face in a desperate attempt to feel SOMETHING (anesthesia). She had a very hard afternoon. We both did. It’s emotionally and physically draining. BUT this story has a happy ending.

But she came out of it. She pulled it together. She took a nap and then used her words to speak about how she felt about the experience. This is a monumental step for us. Normally it could mean two days of hitting and screaming and rage. She got it through her system in hours. We had a lovely night. Really, truly Lovely.  She lost her first tooth (unrelated to the dentist) and proudly and sweetly held it up to show us.  It was honestly one of our best evenings of the last several weeks.

OK. I might have had a few Mommy Ninja tricks up my sleeve this time. What were they? I thought you’d never ask… (this is for my daughter with serious outbursts.. of course choose for your own child wisely…)

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-Gentiana Complex – This is care of my super duper great friends at TigerLily Acupuncture. I’m not an herbologist, but let’s just say it drains the “anger”. It is a chinese herbal supplement. We use it frequently during bedtime madness or other uncontrollable times. Fortunately, she will swallow a pill now. This stuff is legit. If you have an angry child, it’s the bomb.

– ER911 – OK THIS stuff is really really great too (I’m such a fan). It’s a tasteless, homeopathic spray. The bottle says “support during emotional, mental or physical truama, high pressure or stressful situations… ”  it goes on and on with everything you’d ever dream it would say. Spectrum kids are kind of stressed a lot. I keep a bottle in my purse. Again, care of the good people at TigerLily.

Pure Body Touchstone Essentials Zeolite – This is gold in a bottle. All natural chelator. My kids are seriously toxic. Heavy Metal toxic. Pick up pesticides and crap everywhere we go and it affects their brain, nervous system.. everything. This is a colorless, odorless, tasteless spray of ZEOLITE. Google it. Zeolite attracts “junk” in the body (that’s my technical term) because of the way it is charged. It’s very very safe for childrens and even pregnant women (do your own research first OF COURSE). I don’t give my kids anything unless it’s infant safe. We are too fragile. It is strong. We started with a single drop every day and increase dosage every 3 – 5 days. The first month was hard getting the bad stuff out, but it has changed our life. We have gone from a 9.9 daily on the Richter scale to a measley 6.3. And sometimes, even a 4.1. So there. Victory. I claim it. It’s only around $25 a bottle for the drops (more for the spray). I cannot recommend it highly enough. I spray her before and after medical procedures to help her clear out the toxins quicker.

– Balance Oil by DoTerra. Huge Fan. Huge. Huge. Huge. Huge. Fan. I rubbed it on her feet while she was in the chair. Calming, balancing, grounding blend. Highest quality essential oils. (Don’t play around with cheap oils – splurge on good ones – cheap oils are NOT THE SAME.) We put this in a mister at bedtime or a drop in a bath during highly stressful or emotional trauma.

– And of course, we started our stressful day with an Isagenix Chocolate Shake so we had all the optimal nutrition, brain chemistry, and protein to give us support to tow the line. Thank god my shipment showed up in time. Isagenix days are 100x better with her.

So there. My victory for the day. Hope that someone out there can benefit, or at least find hope. There are possibilities. We just have to find them.

xoxo to you Mamas. Do you have any secret Ninja tips to share with the rest of us???

Create your Sunshine Life.

Clover Sunshine

Elimination Diets Suck. For Real.

So, on Day 2 of my kids health series we need to talk elimination. Ugh. There is just no easy way to say it.

But it’s important. And furthermore, it WORKS. So before you grab a glass of wine and put your head in your hands, hear me out. (well, wine is really ok at any point).

Start quietly taking note of all of the chemicals in your life. Dish soap, shampoo, hand soap, carpet cleaners (ewww), air fresheners (bigger eww), laundry soap.  You don’t have to change it all at once, but start to pay attention. Some of us are more sensitive than others. Those little tiny amounts of chemicals could be making you (or your kids) sick.

What about food? Packaged foods? Processed foods? Is it really food? Can you read the label out loud with confidence? Do you wash your fruit? Really, do you??? 😉 Do you know that the people that pick strawberries in non-organic fields have to wear Haz-Mat suits? not kidding here… Suddenly the extra $2 for organic seems like a pretty good deal, eh?

Don’t change it all today and stress yourself out. Just start a quiet mental list and think about what you could change without too much difficulty (while you pour another glass of wine).

Tomorrow we talk tests. The reasonably priced kind that give YOU the information…

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