16 November 2018

Our Family Tree

 When I was a child there was a big maple tree in our yard that we spent hours playing on. My brothers hung swings from one branch that reached out across the lane. If you look closely at the photo, you can even see where the stretched out branch has been scarred by the ropes of our swings. 

 Another branch reached out the other direction, running along the ground and then angling up toward the sky; the perfect climbing tree. 

I have a goodly heritage

 As we grew older, it became the favourite backdrop for many family pictures. Eventually, the tree started to die, and my parents made the decision to have it removed....but those roots stretched deep, and the seeds from that maple tree had been scattered for years. The tree may be gone, but it lives on in our memories and in the many new trees it seeded.

25 October 2018

My Oral Lichen Planus Diet

 In my post, 5 Steps to Living Well, I wrote a little about my diet, as well as some of the supplements I take that have helped me keep my Oral Lichen Planus in check and avoid the need for medication.
  "I've eliminated citrus fruits, spices, vinegar, tomatoes and tomato sauces. I also try to avoid soy, and for now, I've reduced my gluten and lactose intake, cut added sugar and sugary foods, quit junk food such as chips and other empty snacks, and fast foods."

 Today, I thought I'd share a little of what I've learned about food choices and list some specific foods that I've found helpful.

autoimmune diet

16 October 2018

Life Is Short, Live It Well!

  I couldn't help it! When she made the following statement on FB, I just had to respond,
"Good nutrition can heal any illness and keep you from getting sick." And just like that, I was unfriended! 

Living Well Defined

8 September 2018

Wellness In Every Aspect

  This morning, I was blessed to be able to enjoy a brunch with the ladies at our church and to hear from our special speaker, Melanie Sasek. Her topic was Building Faith in God's Purposes, and she spoke on the inevitability of change, and how God uses it in our lives. It's funny how God can use a stranger to speak to me about things I didn't even know I needed to hear or be reminded of, and to get my focus back to where it should be.

Surrendering to God every aspect of life

4 September 2018

We Grow Best Outside Our Comfort Zone

 I love how this flower decided to plant itself on our patio outside the comfort of  the planter! I have no idea why these plants choose to grow in a narrow crack between patio blocks, but in my experience with Yarrow, the tougher the conditions the better they grow. They don't need a lot of water or even good soil to thrive, they just put down their roots, look up to the sun and bloom! Maybe we should take a lesson from them!

Benefits of stepping outside our comfort zone

Are you feeling like you're not growing where you are? You may find this article on the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone helpful.