Heal psoriasis quickly

I lived with psoriasis for YEARS not knowing how bad it would get as time went on. What a scary feeling!

I now live totally in control of this disease! If life circumstances do bring about a flare up, I know exactly what to do to clear it up and be symptom free once again. Yay!

My heart aches for people living in the dark with this disease; I know how embarrassing it can be.

Follow these 7 steps/tips to living symptom free SOON! You can heal faster than you think.

How I lose baby weight fast

Hey guys, I’d like to share with you some of how I shed baby weight fast. I’ve had three great pregnancies, during which I gained varying amounts of weight.

Knowing the amount of misinformation there is surrounding health, weight loss and just maintaining healthy body weight in general, it comes as no surprise to me that most women struggle so hard to feel good again after Baby comes.

As a coach it certainly hurts my heart to watch women work so hard and feel so much frustration, just to get tired and give up on their health.

Mom, you CAN feel great in your own skin again! The healthier and happier you are, the more of yourself you can give to your family and community.

You deserve it! Heck, the WORLD deserves you!

I don’t apologize for being great.

I’m “that mom”. You know, the one who is obsessively perfectionistic about her kids.

They don’t eat junk food – heck, don’t come anywhere near them with GMOs – they’re home schooled, and they don’t watch TV, save the occasional pre approved Netflix shows.

The real cherry on top is their questioning of the dietary habits of adults around us, “Does that ( diet Pepsi ) have sugar? Mommy says that’s not good.”

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They, whoever they may be in this particular context, have a name for moms like me, the one accompanied by that obligatory eye roll: Crunchy Mom.

I really can’t stand that name.

Anyways, there was a time, I’ll admit, where I tried to blend in with my fellow American mom. Now I just own it.

I own my natural inclinations, my unique scope of the world, my devotion to seeking God and truth in the mundane and in the exciting; I truly love being extraordinary.

Full Definition of EXTRAORDINARY

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a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary <extraordinary powers>
b : exceptional to a very marked extent <extraordinary beauty>

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“OK,” you’re now thinking. “Ashley is full of Ashley.”

If admitting to being more than ordinary is conceit, I’ll own that too.

I contemplate often the real meaning of what it is to be extraordinary, vs ordinary. After all, how do we define ordinary?

: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special

: neither very good nor very bad : not very impressive
Full Definition of ORDINARY

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: of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events : routine, usual <an ordinary day>
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: having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also : belonging to such jurisdiction
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a : of common quality, rank, or ability <an ordinary teenager>

What I have learned to possess in the past years’ journey to becoming a woman is the understanding that ordinary is, despite the definition, actually a simple facade; an illusion of conformity we create anew generation after generation to ensure that the existing forms of hierarchy persist.

I don’t imagine it takes much more than a basic understanding of human psychology to run the world. It is said that there are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations and 2,400 publishers all owned by 6 corporations and 272 executives. 

It doesn’t take a mastermind of discernment to figure out that a very few create normal, and a great many enforce normal.

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What am I getting at?

I am thrilled about being liberated from my cage of normalcy, and it’s OK for my children to know they ARE different from everyone else!

I struggle with a lot of things on a day-to-day basis, and despite what I may try to convey through social media, my life is no glamorous health show.

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But so many times people say to me, in regards to health for example, “I don’t want your kids to feel left out,” or, “I wish your kids could eat what everyone else is eating.”

By all means, LEAVE them out! I so badly WANT them to know they aren’t normal.

I want them to know that there aren’t any ‘normal’ people, only caged people waiting for their chance to escape and release the greatness trapped within.

We each have a unique light and mission within us that we are sent here to share. The question is, will you wait for others to grant you permission to share it?

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By waiting you chance cheating the world of your irreplaceable contribution.

None of us is purposeless or without greatness. You are a divine creation of the Father; walk with him, that which strengthens you, and do not wait for worldly acceptance to do your work here.

 

Flat belly for health

Hey Mamas! So many women, particularly us moms, suffer from chronic fatigue and brain fog throughout the day. If your energy and spirits are not up to parr, the first thing to address is digestion!

Believe it or not, there is a big correlation between a flat belly ( which is an indication of good digestion ) and your energy levels and mental clarity.

I am having so much fun with YouTube, and I’m so appreciative of all your feedback.

I hope this is helpful to you!

 

Circumcision – a cosmetic procedure?

Between three kids and home school I have less time to blog than ever, though I find myself WANTING to blog more than ever. It is a comfort to me to be able to share in this space, and I thank you so much for allowing me to do so!

For now it is difficult to find the time to write and edit, but I really have wanted to touch on the subject of circumcision and share with you my thoughts and understanding of the highly debated topic!

Here’s my quick video. Due to convenience I’m going to be doing more in the way of vlogging, so if you would like to see more holistically minded content and you don’t mind the (temporary) poor video quality, please subscribe below!

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Sugar Bug! The mysterious vein on your child’s nose

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As divine intervention would have it, last night I stumbled upon an article that has the potential to help me understand my four-year old daughter better – an article I wish I’d been able to read when she was a baby.

Here’s our back story: as a baby my daughter was happy, smiling constantly and crying infrequently, although admittedly she was a very light sleeper.

I don’t remember exactly when things changed, but I do remember that by the time she was a year and a half old she was, for lack of better words, troubled. Frequently at night she awoke in uncontrollable screams and angry shrieks that left her dad and I feeling helpless and confused. By day she was hyperactive and very reactive, always quick to lose her temper and shriek in an aggressive and irrational manner that generally could be indicative of explosive or negligent parenting behind the scenes, which was not the case at all.

Well apparently my daughter was born with a Kanmushi, as it is referred to in Chinese medicine, otherwise known as a Sugar Bug, which is indicated by the bright blue vein exposed on the bridge of her nose.

A what?! I know, it’s a first for me too.

At her birth, my very knowledgable lay midwife said that blue spot was probably a bruise from the birth canal and that it would fade and disappear. Obviously I soon realized it wasn’t going away, and I have since always considered it normal. However, two days ago at a check up I found it odd that her doctor asked if it was a bruise; naturopathic doctors are extremely knowledgable and aware of the odds and ends of the human body.

So I say divine intervention because how funny that just two days later while scrolling through The Holistic Squid for some late night reading I see a picture that says, “Is your baby’s blue vein a sugar bug?”

I was so surprised, I felt like the article was written about my daughter!

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What exactly is a Sugar Bug?

A blue vein visible on the bridge of a baby’s nose is called a “Sugar Bug”, or Kanmushi. In Chinese medicine it is known that this vein indicates that the child will be very sensitive to sugar. It is considered a “curvy road sign”, that forewarns parents to proceed into the future with caution in order to prevent physical and emotional/behavioral problems from manifesting as the child ages.

What makes the Sugar Bug child different from any other child?

As indicated, the Sugar Bug will be sensitive to sugar, and it is likely highly addictive for him/her, so the parent should avoid giving too many sweet treats, including fruit. Sugar Bugs are deficient in essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins ( as was my daughter, so much so that she has had dental problems ), among other nutrients, and will need a nutrient dense diet and quality probiotic to thrive.

The Sugar Bug has problems sleeping at night, has difficulty with focus, tends toward a trademark “shriek” and screaming, and is prone to being labeled with ADD and ADHD. For emotional health and to avoid behavioral roadblocks, the Sugar Bug will require continuous rhythm, structure and schedule in his/her daily life.

What causes a Sugar Bug?

It is not known exactly what causes a sugar bug, but the author theorizes that in short it stems from a maternal lack of nutrition, balance and good gut flora at the time of Sugar Bug’s birth.

So wow, I feel like I’ve let my daughter down, and in addition I’m frustrated that as a holistic practitioner I’ve never heard of this “Sugar Bug” business!

Truth be told, until this last year or so, I’ve wasted a lot of time being rather unorganized and unscheduled in my parenting, lacking a natural knack for routine myself, and I know it’s affected my daughter. I know we could have avoided a lot of trouble, frustration and worry had I known about the Sugar Bug sooner, or perhaps had I just been a more organized person.

Parenthood guilt never ceases, does it?

There is an upside!

I subsequently searched the internet, finding that apart from motherhood forums and the aforementioned article, nothing is out there on Kanmushi.

The upside is that the advice given for the Sugar Bug is the same exact advice that can benefit EVERY parent and child! Every child deserves as nutrient dense a diet as can be afforded, and as much structure and routine as can be provided.

If you’re reading this and your baby has the telltale blue vein on the bridge of her nose, you have an opportunity to be prepared with understanding for your child during the restless nights and irrational shrieks. Or perhaps you become so prepared and proactive that you avoid these experiences altogether.

My search for information on the Sugar Bug is far from over, so stay tuned. Please comment your experiences if you have a Sugar Bug too!

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Raising happy daughters in spite of stretch marks

I find it’s almost impossible, surrounded by so many digitally altered women everyday, to feel confident about my body ALL the time. I’ve counseled women on body image and blogged about it more than enough, yet still I find myself frowning in the mirror about certain ‘unchangeables’ on a daily basis, and all advice I’ve given seems completely meaningless in those moments.

MAN my nose is weird, my hair too thin and seriously, could my legs be any twiggier?

*Sigh*. It’s not easy being a woman today. The struggle will always be real, but this morning I feel compelled to share with you something personal from my life that helps me stay present with rationality.

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In the face of my ever-present insecurities, and though I have many, many faults as a mother, I have always remained conscious of how I regard my physical self in front of my kids. Of particular concern to me is my daughter, for obvious reasons.

When Nevaeh asks about my stretch marks, I tell her with a smile that they are the love marks I got to receive when God knit her and her brothers together in my belly.

When she sees me putting coverup on and asks me what it’s for, I tell her with a smile that sometimes I like to put makeup on for some extra pizazz, but that I don’t ever need to wear it.

And when my husband compliments my looks in front of my daughter, I don’t ever give the usual courtesy denials. You know, “Oh, noooo, geez, I’m looking a little chubby,” or, “No way, I totally look like death today”.

NO WAY.

I answer my husbands compliments with something less hostile, such as, “Thank you, I so appreciate that”.

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It traces back to the concept that our kids don’t do what we say, they do what we do. It is less recognized, however, that they also believe what we say when we think they’re not listening to us. This is something my mom understood when my sister and I were growing up. Were we completely sheltered from body shaming and negative self-image? No, we had struggles, but our moms ability to filter some of her more negative ideals of ‘self’ certainly gave us water wings on which to stay afloat the madness.

There’s an unspoken rule among women that if you don’t negate the nice things someone says about you, you are a narcissistic weirdo. Yeah, I engage in that behavior myself, but I toe the line of censorship when my daughter is present, teetering on the fine line between perceived vanity and the self-loathing vernacular we are more comfortable with.

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Women desperately need this wakeup call: However different you and your daughter may look, she will grow into a young woman who sees herself EXACTLY, and with no exception, as you see yourself.

When you look in the mirror with disgust and contempt for the body that serves you, please look at your daughter and imagine her living that same way.

We can’t change overnight the way we feel about ourselves or the advertising we are exposed to, and in truth there’s a high probability that we’ll never be able to change those things.

One thing we always have control over is the vocabulary and expressions we choose to share with our daughters. As mothers of daughters it is our responsibility to filter what we say and to teach our girls gratitude for a body that is functional and facilitates life.

No matter how you feel about yourself today, try it. Say something nice about yourself in the presence of your daughter.

vaeh

 

 

 

Body Image Takes Toll on Health

How do YOU feel about your body? 

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Your body cannot serve you well when you think negative thoughts about it. In fact it is estimated that between 90 and 95% of all health problems originate with negative emotion!

Your body is doing the best it can for you, and it is the only place you have to live! Honor it today using the following 3 tips:

* Do your best to dismiss any negative images or physical frustrations that come to mind today about your body.

* Find at least one thing today that you appreciate about your body and focus on that every time a negative thought arises.

* Take at least 10 minutes today to exercise! Exercise increases self esteem and encourages positive body image.

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The society we live in detracts from healthy body image and integrity in many ways. With practice we can retrain our minds and develop a more easy and natural relationship with our bodies. It just might be the most important preventative medicine we ever practice.

What is your favorite thing about your body?