Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Health Nuts In Progress.

For the past month, Tod and I have been adjusting to a Hunter-Gatherer (or Paleo) diet.  The diet typically encourages fruits, colored vegetables, greens, fish, organ and grass-fed meat.  Breads and pastas are usually discouraged.  We cheated a few times this past week and boy, I can feel it.  If In-N-Out serves grass-fed meat and Schlotzsky's bread is gluten-free, then maybe we're okay. We do gladly make compromises on our diet though when we have people over for dinner or go out to eat with family. 

Motivation came not only from family, but a Dr. Terry Wahls.  Wahls beat her progressive multiple sclerosis with a strict diet, exercise and electrical therapy.  She also does this without medication.  Within a year, she was out of her wheel chair and biking to work.  If you have a few minutes, watch her incredible story on YouTube! She solely praises science behind her healing, but her story of dedication is inspiring. 

In her book, Wahls guides you through her case studies and daily eats.  In her case, her diet was more strict because of her extreme conditions.  She encourages tweaking your diet based on your health, but sticking to a hunter-gatherer's ingredients.  (Her rule of thumb was to also not eat anything with an ingredient that you couldn't pronounce.)

The logic behind eating healthy makes so much sense, but it's still difficult to steer away from what we're used to eating.  After a few weeks of no caffeine, milk or bread, I drank a diet coke and had a few "glutensified" snacks.  Within a couple of days, I had less energy and my hopeful attitude wavered. It was fascinating to me to see a difference in the way I felt.  I hadn't had energy like that in a while! After hearing about Dr. Wahl and observing my own health, I'm convinced that eating nutritiously can alleviate symptoms of many illnesses. 

Our ultimate goal is to honor God with our bodies and consistently rely on Him to heal us and give us strength for each day.  We want to be healthy and energetic for our children too.  I encourage you to tweak your diet! Oh, and you will feel so much better.  It can be a little expensive, but it has definitely helped us monitor and adjust our finances.  God does provide.

Our blender has become a good friend to us and has made downing all of those greens a bit easier.  Tod has also become a Master blender.  Dieting has been a work in progress, but we are trying to make it enjoyable.  Here's one of our favorites.

All Things Fruit
Soy or Almond Milk

Blend to your desired consistency and enjoy.

Fruity fun for all ages.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ode to Tod, My Valentine

I met Tod in the summer of 2004 at a discipleship training program after our freshman year of college.  We first met in Norman, OK to take the long trip to Elgin, IL where we would be working, studying, and learning about the Bible and missions.

Tod always tells the story of how he didn't like me much when we first met.  My best friend (Jenny) and I were organizing the caravan that would make the long trek from Oklahoma to Illinois, where we would meet up with the other fifty people doing the program with us. Originally, our plan was to leave Oklahoma around 6 a.m., but Jenny and I thought it would be okay to leave a couple of hours later.  We called our caravan list to update them about the change of plans.  Tod never got the memo.  He and his parents had a good three hours of quality time in the parking lot waiting for us that morning.  Several apologies later, we started a challenging and amazing summer.  (Tod usually leaves out the part where he possibly gave us the wrong phone number to reach him.)

Chicago 2004.

Despite a rough start, we ended up getting along great that summer.  We each ate half of a cricket as a dare and even got a date during a "Dating and Relating" weekend. Several months later, he would ask me out and practically propose to me before our second date.  His desire to serve the Lord and his ravishing, good looks won my heart. 

We've been married for four years now and he continues to show me love, grace and patience. He has been an amazing and loving father to our two kids and I'm SO grateful to call him my hubby. 

Daddy and Deacon.

Tod and Maevri.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I married a botanist.
He's good lookin' too. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blogging, eh?

Recently exploring the blogging world has sparked a desire in me to record these seasons of my life.  I have learned many things over the years, and I am always challenged to glorify God in ALL that I do.

"This Little Light of Mine" and my daughter were the inspiration behind the blog's web address.  Whenever I ask her to sing me a song, she frantically waves her thumb in the air to shine her little light.  (Her index finger is set aside for singing the University of Oklahoma fight song. Boomer!)  This is a sweet reminder of my relationship with Christ and the joy that I should have in making Him known in my lifetime.

God has graciously given me an abundant life.  I can depend on Him because He is perfect.  Most gladly I will boast in Him because I am joyfully His.  I am excited to start documenting the happenings of our family and reflect on the goodness of God. I'm an occasional over-thinker and can be indecisive and nitpicky at times, so we will see how this blogging venture goes!

"Jesus gave it to me, I'm gonna let it shine."