When people talk/write about being sort of health minded, but not one of those super crunchy, health freaky moms…I grin and chuckle. Because I am. Health freaky. Just sayin’. My kids think that bread comes from heaven itself. They almost never have it. And jelly on it? The very height of a delectable dessert.
It’s been quite a while since I have written much of anything about health and crunchiness. After my mom died of cancer, it became sort of a painful passion of mine, one of the strange ways I dealt with grief and the incredible fallenness of this world. Since then, it has mellowed into more of a sane discovery of what is right for us, and what we want in our future and for our children.
My mom was actually a hair crunchy herself. But I still had a very unhealthy life up to about 32 years of age. Which gave me time to do a lot of damage. I’ve never been super strong and healthy. Actually, my life in Kenya was about the best I’ve had as far as not getting sick. I dealt with a lot of amoeba, but never had malaria and very rarely a cold or flu.
But back to the present!
I am who I am. And I want to do the best for my remaining years. But my kids do have a chance. And I’m trying hard to teach them good habits and good taste. So far, we all still think ice cream tastes fantastic. But I buy it about once a year. If it’s not here, we don’t eat it! I’m noticing that my twins do better than Bomani. He didn’t have the start they did. Daisy loves raw veggies. Sauteed cabbage. Bomani has a fairly…carby and sugary bent. And they will make their own decisions as they grow! That’s life. But for now, they are stuck with what is in my fridge.
Pregnancy has complicated my choice of food. In my first trimester, I had to eat whatever went down, and at the same time, eat very high protein. That was a challenge! And some of my not so wise choices have carried over. When you need to eat more than usual, it’s hard to stick with meat and veggies, berries and nuts. So in other words, I’m not eating perfectly as I want to for myself right now. But I am eating about five times wiser than in any other pregnancy!
What do we really want? We idealize eating lots of healthy protein. Grass fed. Lots of healthy fats. Grass fed as well. And more vegetables than we ever did before. Chemically untouched. I’m not saying “organic”. I’m saying “no chemicals”! Dairy is a tough call for us. We LOVE dairy. I’m pretty sure we’d be better off kicking it, but I also believe it’s not the worst compromise to make. Berries. Nuts. Herbs. Spices. I’m learning that you can make really good food with these things! But it takes time. And you need to be strong. Because the way you have eaten for so many years really defines what you love.
So maybe someday we will be better set to eat this way. For now, we are working toward it. But my half pancake in the morning, with real maple syrup, is just too helpful in making my 3-4 fried eggs stick around longer! So I compromise. I make high protein pancakes, gluten free…
And that’s sort of where we are right now.
It’s no secret to me that I feel better when I make wise food choices. It not only helps regulate blood sugar, it also makes a big difference in gut health. And I’m starting to wonder if those two things are not some of the most important out there…
Which brings me to something that has been niggling at the edges of my consciousness, every now and then bursting into view…
When I first heard of it, I thought the very name sounded plastic and unnatural! I gave it not another thought, instantly deciding it is a fad diet pill!
Instead, it has taken off like nothing I’ve seen in years, and I’m old.
Because it works. It’s that simple. It has made a life-changing difference in people’s lives, and that sells something faster than anything else.
For a while, I became more and more weary of it cropping up everywhere. Another facebook friend bites the dust and it clogged my feed more and more until I wanted to scream! And I have a very limited number of friends. Finally I blocked the worst from my feed, just for some peace of mind.
It kept nibbling at the edges of my brain. Until I came to the place where I am now!
Plexus works. How? It attacks those two areas of your health, or lack thereof. It regulates blood sugar. And depending which products you take, it improves your gut health, getting rid of yeast that can inflict more damage than you really want to know is going on. That’s why people’s lives are being changed. And I love that! So that is where the “love” part of the “love/hate” thing came in for me. I love that there is a product out there that is easy to take, and at least mostly natural, and is making huge changes in peoples’ lives.
Why then, the “hate” part? Part of that was easy. I dislike the business part of it. If one of my friends finds something that totally brings her health back, and she wants everyone to know about it, I love her for it. I love hearing about it! But if she is also doing everything in her power to sell it to her friends, so that she can get the expensive product free, it actually almost hurts a little. I wish Plexus were decently priced for people who are absolutely not interested in running a business. And I wish I knew these people would be working this hard to get the truth about Plexus out there to help others, not to make money. Just being frank here.
The other reason that Plexus has bothered me took longer to emerge. But it did emerge. That is that Plexus is for people who don’t want to make lifestyle changes, but still want to be healthy. You can keep eating bad stuff, but your blood sugar is regulated for you. That’s a sweeping statement. In fact, I made a lot of sweeping statements here. And I doubt all of them are true! I’m just saying how things feel for me and what I believe now. I do know of a friend who already had made healthy lifestyle changes, but Plexus still did a ton for her. So that is not across the board! But I finally realized that this phenomenon is what was bothering me about Plexus.
We as America have wandered far from the way God meant for us to eat. Yes, there were bread and milk in the Bible. We read about it! But I’m quite sure it has evolved quite far from the nutrition and balance and health it held back then.
And then we have immunizations that compromise babies’ systems and alter us for life. (You are very free to disagree, but I still believe it.) And we have drugs that save our lives, but also do bad things to us at the same time. And we have chemicals everywhere, formulated to make our lives easier and faster, and make money for corporations. And we have bugs and virus’ and diseases. They come because of sin. Read the Old Testament if you wonder where I came up with that. New Testament too. (I mean “sin” in a general sense, not that you got this illness because you sinned.) And we are left broken and not feeling well and dying.
And so, honestly, I’m grateful for Plexus. I’m thrilled that it is making such a difference!
And I may take it someday.
But I remain a strong advocate for lifestyle change. For wise eating. For kicking out every cleaner in your house, and using things like lemon essential oil and Basic H. (That’s what I clean with–that, and washing soda.) For throwing into the trash all your lotions and soaps that contain bad stuff. For mixing up a simple deodorant and toothpaste that nourishes your body, not clogs your pours with aluminum. Etc. Just a few things we do that we love…
In fact, my body is so free of cosmetic chemicals that when I forgot to take my homemade sunblock to Mexico, so I used some “normal” sunblock, I got very nauseated! That came as a bit of a shock. It’s been years since I used anything like that.
For some reason, I feel like I need to write some ending, soothing comments, about how much I respect and appreciate doctors and modern medicine. But I’m not going to. I didn’t knock doctors or modern medicine. I just acknowledged that while they help us so much, they also can hurt us.
Actually, I am going to say something about it. Because I’m quite sure that my rants of the past have left some of you believing I’m against hospitals and doctors and drugs.
I am very grateful for them! We have a beyond fantastic pediatrician here, who is fine with non-immunizing parents. Who isn’t fast to stick your child or admit your child. Who is experienced and wise. And widely loved. And we need him. We need doctors and nurses. We need drugs. They save lives.
So there is my honest belief on that.
I need to go…I’m hungry, thirsty, and need to make an enormous green bean dish for our church’s outreach Thanksgiving meal tonight.