PRODUCTS

I have done a fair amount of research and have tried many different products over the years. Some I love better than others and I'm excited to share them with you. I am also recommending some books and resources that have been highly instrumental in my journey.

 

Plexus offers life-changing products and a unique business opportunity. My family takes these awesome products and have experienced better health because of them. If you follow me on social media you know how impactful they have been!

 

My family avoids medication at all costs. There is absolutely a time and place for medicine, but I have found essential oils to be a fabulous alternative. Oils are my go-to. I believe in them and use them daily. If you are wanting to get plugged into an 'oily' community I highly recommend Young Living and can connect you with some 'oily' experts.

 

EXERCISE

I love Beachbody! I have done T25, PiYo, P90X and more. I love to run and these workouts have only enhanced my running performance. If you are wanting some accountability and a re-vamp of your workout regime I would love to connect you with an awesome coach. She's a dear friend, mom of 3 boys and is gifted at what she does.

 

COOKBOOKS

Danielle Walker has an amazing story of overcoming and maintaining her autoimmune disease through a Paleo diet. She tried the modern-medicie route, but it wasn't until she changed her diet and lifestyle that healing occurred. She put out her first cookbook of amazing recipes and I am a proud owner. I have owned this cookbook for many years now and LOVE it. Many of our weeknight go-to's are in this book. Our favorites are blueberry waffles, mashed cauliflower, slow cooker chicken tacos, pulled bbq chicken sandwiches with coleslaw, and real deal chocolate chip cookies! 

So I love Danielle Walker so much that I purchased her 2nd cookbook, Meals Made Simple. This has a bit more meal prep and bulk cooking tips. It's also equipped with shopping lists and meal planning. It's awesome! Our favorites from this cookbook are southwestern frittata, Italian wedding soup, Peruvian-style chicken, chicken verde, beef tacos, maple-dijon pork tenderloin, and the fudge brownies!

Have I mentioned how much I love Danielle Walker?!? She seriously has had an incredible impact on me and the way I feed my family. This cookbook is an awesome guide to how to cook Paleo options for all the major holidays. It's a go-to for me and is beautifully inspiring.

Practical Paleo has been dubbed “The Paleo Bible” by readers so it's pretty stellar. She explains how simply eating real, whole foods and avoiding processed, refined foods can improve our health. Paleo or not, this cookbook offers a great guide for cooking. She even breaks down certain meals/foods for certain health issues. This was a great resource for me when dealing with thyroid issues. I highly recommend.

Sarah Fragoso's Italian Cuisine is another staple in my kitchen. She has perfected the art of Italian cooking for the Paleo or gluten-free family. My family loves Italian food and this book is full of delicious, truly authentic recipes that are grain-, dairy-, and legume-free.

 

BOOKS

This book changed my life. It changed the way I view the American system we are reared in and was incredibly eye opening to how medicines, vaccines, foods, and environmental factors are seriously affecting our children. Autism is an epidemic: It has spiked 1,500 percent in the last twenty years. ADHD, asthma and allergies have also skyrocketed over the same time period. One of these conditions now strikes one in every three children in America. This is not a coincidence. I believe it directly correlates to the changes our society has made, both in the medical and food industries. This book offers hopes and a guide to begin healing. This is the book that finally puts hope within reach. I think it was awfully courageous for Dr. Kenneth Bock, M.D. to write this and I'm very thankful he did.

All of today’s most-diagnosed ailments can be traced back to an injured and irritated gut. The gut is an intricate and powerful system, naturally designed to protect and heal the body every moment of every day. And yet for far too many of us, this remarkable system is in disrepair, which leads to all kinds of health problems—from extra pounds, aches and pains, allergies, mood swings, and lack of libido, to heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, and depression. This book has profoundly changed my way of thinking about my gut/GI tract. Health and healing truly begin here and too many ignore this fact.

Over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat every day. As a result, over 100 million experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative cardiologist William Davis calls "wheat bellies." According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: it's due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch. This book only confirmed my feelings about our culture and my family's over-abundant wheat consumption. It's a great read.

This was the first book I read on the topic of being gluten free and what it would mean for my family. Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a neat story of discovering she had celiac disease while on the TV show Survivor. She shares the ins and outs of being strictly gluten free in practical ways. She now has a cookbook which I'm anxious to get my hands on.