The Passion and Pain Will Keep Me Alive

Dancing with her lovey

I am a mother, I am also a step mother. I am incredibly passionate, which is both a blessing and a curse. My opinions and feelings on things are very big! I react instantly and and explosively. So imagine being a work at home mom. I do not “go to work” and a lot of people seem to think this means that I have free time, I don’t. I have almost no free time. My life quite literally revolves around the kids, from the moment I wake up in the morning to the time I go to sleep at night. So that does not leave much room for me to be passionate about things, while, my passion may hinder me on occasion, I wouldn’t give it up. When I stop giving 100%, and learning and changing, it means I don’t care, my light will be snuffed, and that is when depression sets in.

“I can understand how the edges are rough And they cut you like the tiny slithers of glass And you feel too much And you don’t know how long you’re gonna last” -Pink

 

Depression is a scary place to be. If you have never been depressed, it’s the darkest, coldest, loneliest place you can imagine, and it follows you everywhere. It’s impossible to describe to anyone, and and it’s unfair to everyone around you, everyone who wants to help but can’t. You’re numb, nothing touches you, food doesn’t taste the same, your friends and family don’t mean what they once did. You’d rather be alone, even though you hate being lonely. It’s a scary place where you’re confronted by your demons, and you don’t have the energy to fight. I have struggled with depression since I was in middle school. I was medicated and had a therapist from the time I was 11 until I was 19, and at that point I was no longer insured, so I took what I had learned in the 8 years of therapy, the 3 months of rehab and the weeks of outpatient, and I was ok sometimes, other times, I wasn’t. I got myself into horrible situations, terrible relationships, and at times I felt it would be easier to die than deal with my problems.

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My pregnancy was one of the darkest times in my life. I did not want to be pregnant, I was terrified, lonely and angry. And nobody wanted to hear me. Nobody wanted to know the truth, the truth that I was forced to live with. The hormones took me over and held me down, I was sick EVERY SINGLE DAY. I hoped I wouldn’t wake up as I fell asleep every night. Who do you talk to when everyone is so happy, and can’t possibly understand how far you’ve gone into the deep sea of depression. Especially when my daughter’s father’s family did not “believe” in depression and therapy. They did not acknowledge my misery, or anything else that wasn’t picture perfect. I could go on and on about my horrible pregnancy and depression, but that’s actually not the point. My point is, every time I started getting pulled under the surface, I had nothing to feel passionate about. I had nothing to fight for.

“I won’t let you make the great escape, I’m never gonna watch you checkin out of this place I’m not gonna lose you Cause the passion and pain Are gonna keep you alive someday.” -Pink

Passion. Passion is not only something to fight for, but, more importantly, it’s something to LIVE for. I am not ashamed of my passion, and I understand that not everyone will see it, not everyone will understand why the heck after my daughter was born, and she gave me life, I became obsessed with cloth diapering. I researched it, and it gave me something to do, something to right my little corner of the world. I breast fed my daughter until she was almost 2! That was another thing I fought for because I had not only friends who did not understand, and were negative, but family that that blatantly disagreed with my decision. Honestly, having people disagree only reinforced me, it pushed me to find studies proving why breast is best. No one ever thought I would potty train my daughter when she was only 14 months old, but, guess what, it was another thing to look forward to, to work for, another thing to be excited about! Over the past 4 years, many things have made it to my passion list, not all of them have stuck. One thing did stick, and is ever evolving. My passion for health.

Health was right up my ally, after nursing and all of the research I did, it was only a matter of time before I caught the bug. I am so glad I did! I have never been healthier, and I believe in this. I believe so much, that yes, it’s worth it to fight for. You’d think food would not be a fight (see my blog “(Fast) Food Fight”), apparently it is. It never was an issue until I became a step mom and started introducing real food to my family. I have not yet been here for a year, so this is all very new to my fiance and my step children. It’s a foreign concept to my future in-laws. It’s really hard for people to respect these choices when they can’t understand them. And harder still when they don’t want to.

To set the record straight, while health is my passion, the decision to eat real food was not mine alone. When I first moved in I shopped for my food at my store, and he shopped for their food at his store. He made the decision to try what me and Jo ate, he started reading labels, he jumped on board with me. For some reason there seems to be a misunderstanding there. James has a mind of his own, and he also has an open mind. Those are two things that I love about him. He is totally willing to try to understand why things are important to me, in doing so, he decided to stop eating fast food on his lunch breaks, and totally stand beside me when we made our house fast food free.

I mentioned that passion can hinder me… it does, in this case especially because people seem to think I’m judging, when I’m not. Yes I have convictions, yes my feelings are strong, and yes, I will fight for them. I do expect to be respected, particularly if you are someone who would like to be involved in our lives. We need support from the people who are close to us. Raising children that have been through trauma makes it that much more important for us all to be united, and for stability in their lives. I have only been here since March (2012), and I am doing the best I can. These kids are my life, I have nothing besides my family, most of my friends are busy with their lives, and have moved on, just as I have. You don’t have to understand, but I think it would be easier if you were on the same page.

I tend to push people away when my passion gets the best of me. It’s never my intention, but things get miscommunicated, and misunderstood, like I said some think I’m judging, others are jealous that I am blessed to have the opportunity to stay at home, and the ability to fully live what I believe is right. Others are afraid I will force my lifestyle on them. That’s not my pan. While I believe this way of eating can save your life, but it’s up to you to make this decision, just like I did not force JAmes to eat my way. He chose this. Now we do have kids, and we decided to do what we believe is right for them, and its been slow going, and I do not do it perfectly, but that is the beauty of this type of change, we can take baby steps. As parents, their nutrition is our responsibility. We are doing our best.

As I type this I can’t stop thinking about how this resembles a religious fight. I remember being  young and in church (a cult), and how hard my parents worked to do what they felt was right when it came to “The God Thing”. People thought I was so weird, and my church as so creepy. I hated that I was never allowed to go places with my friends, and I was the only one of my friends that was not allowed to date. My parents stuck to what they believed, and it did save me from a lot of dangerous  situations. I did not like it at the time, and I do have a lot of bitterness with the church, and all religion, for that matter, but I do appreciate the integrity that was instilled in me. I have always been a terrible liar, annoying at times, but considering I am the kind of person that can’t live a lie because lies fester in my soul and ruin me… It’s forced me to be honest, and stick up for myself. I don’t tell my kids that if they eat cinnamon toast crunch they will die, I just say, we don’t eat things like that because it’s not good for you. So I ope my kids won’t grow up and rebel, and hate me for never buying marshmellows, although I’m sure in a few years, they will eat what they want. My plan is to keep healthy foods at home, and for now, to keep feeding them real food, until they are older, and going out with friends, having sleep overs, and thinking fast food is a food group. Ideally, they will grow up, and still have a taste for salad, and I will know I did my part.

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****I have written many blogs that explain why nutrition is so important to me and my family. I have a facebook page where I post the things we eat, recipes, ask advice, share my blogs… my blog is open to anyone who wants to take the time to understand, before they judge. My facebook page is also open to anyone. I know some of you avid readers only do so in order to gossip, I knew that when I started this website. I want to be clear here, everything I say here I would not hesitate to say to anyone, particularly the people I write about. I do not hide my feelings, and I’m not passive aggressive. I encourage you to not take what I say out of context. for those of you with questions that you don’t feel comfortable asking, you can click on “Health and Fitness, and you will find all of my blogs that explain how we eat, and why.****

 

 

 

Sleep!!!

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Sleep… I love sleeping, I am one of those people who would gladly sleep all day, will leisurely roll out of bed at noon (given the option), I will press snooze 12 times, and be a complete bitch if I am woken up before I am ready, rudely, by the doorbell, by the neighbors screaming children, by my screaming children, or if we are not going to Disneyland. I have always been like this. On my 16th birthday, my dad came in to wake me up and I threw a shoe at him. (Don’t throw shoes at your dad, you’ll be in big trouble, and it does’t matter if it’s your birthday.) Something about mornings just rubs me the wrong way. I can’t eat in the morning. I can’t even drink coffee before 9 or 10 am. I have read so many times that it’s best to drink 12 ounces of water first thing in the morning to cleanse your body and start fresh, yeah…. I would throw up. I’m not kidding, any water in the morning is slowly sipped on. Otherwise I wait until after my stomach has agreed that it is, in fact time to ingest something. I will also suddenly get a fever and throw up if I do not get enough sleep. I do not like speaking to anyone about anything in the morning. I especially do not like to be asked questions. My mornings last forever. I take my time waking up, I read my Facebook news feed like it’s the morning paper, I return text messages, and then get up, brush my teeth and head for the coffee maker. I then sit quietly and read articles about health, human rights, or my favorite blogs, and answer emails…. Then I am available. I’m caffeineated, I have had my space, I can deal with human contact now.

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That was all before Isagenix, anways. Isagenix changed me! My first cleanse blew me away, but more importantly, it blew my fiance away! Poor James has to walk on egg shells in the morning so as not to piss off the Big Bad Wolf that lives in me before 10 am. Not anymore. For no reason at all, a few days into my first cleanse I started waking up around 8 am. I was wide awake, my mind was clear, I still was not hungry, and I still had to wait to drink my shake, BUT I DID NOT NEED COFFEE! I’m not kidding, and it’s crazy because if you know my family, you know that coffee runs through our veins! Growing up, my dad who is 27 years sober, went to AA meetings (where they serve coffee), led groups (where they serve coffee), worked in rehabs (where they LIVE on coffee), led Bible Talks (where they serve coffee), and eventually began roasting his own coffee beans as a hobby, he started buying raw coffee beans from Costa Rica and Panama and roasting them, so we had the best, freshest, most delicious coffee possible. My family HATES Starbucks, in fact, I’m probably not even allowed to say that word! It’s like calling on The Coffee Devil, or something in my family. My dad even has a running tab at his local coffee shop! Who has a coffee tab? IF I wanted to, I can even go to Element Coffee (in Camarillo) and order a drink, and put it on my dad’s tab. My mom does not believe in decaf, and my sister drinks coffee all day long. My parents might not even own a regular coffee maker, they do have an esspresso machine, and they make coffee by the individual cup by heating water, and pouring it over this little cup thing that sits on top of your mug. It took me a while to figure that one out. Also, they never pre-grind coffee beans. They always grind as needed.

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So you get the idea, coffee was my life source, and one day… it wasn’t. I still love coffee, don’t get me wrong. I drink it on weekends now, since weekends can be “cheat days”. I have started looking at coffee as a treat instead of a necessity. The IsaLean shakes give me all of the energy I need, and have given me better sleep at night. Having better sleep means needing less sleep, which means I am up earlier, functioning faster, and I have a better attitude!

 

Why is sleep so important? For one, you are recharging, you are resting your mind, giving it a break from all of your stresses, you are giving your subconscious a chance to take a deeper look at your problems. Your pores open when you sleep, which is why you should always wash your face before bed! Not sleeping enough stresses your body out and can cause weight gain! For those of you who have done the Belly Blaster (ask me about it!!!) with me, I have explained that part of the reason it works so well is because the protein and calcium puts your body into a deep sleep, and you lose inches over night! Better sleep means a better mood, mental clarity, and more energy.

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I was talking to a couple moms about sleep training this week. Sleep training your infant can be tough, but sleep training your toddler is HELL! Trust me, I know, I tried teaching my daughter how to sleep in her own bed when she was a baby, and that was such a failure! She co-slept until she was 2 years old. Honestly I did not mind much, I kept her on my schedule, and I breastfed until then, so she always needed me close, anyways. But I can see the benefits of having your child sleep in his/her own bed. For one, it destroys your sex life. I did not notice because I had lost interest in sex the moment I got pregnant in the first place. So a few years of co-sleeping did not bother me, in fact, I liked it. Nap time was a pain. She never had a scheduled nap time so she would just pass out while nursing and I would gently try to escape, but most of the time I was stuck. I watched Desperate Housewives, Prison Break, and House straight through on DVD during the first year!

When I finally did sleep train, she was old enough to understand, and defiant enough to pee every time I put her in her room. No we are not talking about a puppy… my daughter used to literally take off her panties, and pee at me. That’s what I get for potty training her when she was 14 months old. She knew how to hold it, and would pee to get out of naps. She would also occasionally throw up at me. Once, she was so tired she sat on her potty in the hallway and fell asleep peeing, and fell off, and I found her passed out, completely naked in the hallway. Eventually she did get the idea, and one of the best things was that she had “lovey’s” I think I got the idea from “The No Cry Sleep Solution”. (I mentioned it in my blog “Bonding”, if you want more details.) Now, she recommends A LOVEY, my daughter has like 25 lovey’s. She is extremely attached to her stuffed animals, and “squishies”. (Squishies are weird rubbery squishy toys that Jo is obsessed with.) It works for bedtime though, if she has her “friends” she is content. We have some nights where she does not want to sleep, but if you threaten to take her friends, she’s over it. She does not even need a night light, she is not afraid of the dark because she has her friends.

Dancing with her lovey
Jo (4) and her lovey

I do suggest sleep training sooner than I did. Everyone needs sleep, and it’s fair and respectful to your kids for them to have a safe comforting sleeping space and time. Kids need structure, they feel safe when they know the schedule. And I think, as parents, we owe it to our children to give them enough sleep, and to give ourselves some down time. Having time in the evening with James is very important to me. If James were not around I would appreciate the quiet by reading a book, scrapbooking, chatting with a friend on the phone or zoning out on TV. ME time is sacred. It should be to you, as well.

My friend’s mom reminded me of this a recently. The best way to get on a healthy sleep schedule is to get up at the same time every day. Even on weekends. I will be honest, I do not do this, I still stay in bed late on weekends, usually because James and I stay up late on weekends, but it is good advice, especially if you don’t like mornings. Once your internal clock figures out your schedule, mornings will be easier. Until then, try Isagenix!

If you have questions about trying Isagenix I would love to help! It’s risk free with a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!!

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I am not very good at this whole website situation, and there are things that I wish I could do but have no clue how to do them, and more importantly, I do not have time to mess around with this site… YET… One day I hope to! Until then, this is my table on contents. I hope it makes navigating my website easier!!! AND Thank you for reading!!! Please register, find me on Facebook and Twitter!!!

 

1. Welcome! http://healthymama.net/?p=1

2. This is my first time http://healthymama.net/?p=6

3. The way it was, and the way it is now http://healthymama.net/?p=6

4. Cinderelee, Cinderelee http://healthymama.net/?p=10

5. Support System… We all need one! http://healthymama.net/?p=16

6. Easy Healthy Food  http://healthymama.net/?p=18

7. Day in and day out http://healthymama.net/?p=20

8. If I knew then what I know now http://healthymama.net/?p=22

9. Baby Steps http://healthymama.net/?p=24

10. When they are gone http://healthymama.net/?p=28

11. Yoga Breaths for Life… Out with the bad… In with the good http://healthymama.net/?p=30

12. Bonding http://healthymama.net/?p=32

13. Making Commitments, Setting Boundaries, and Keeping Promises http://healthymama.net/?p=34

14. Let’s get organized! http://healthymama.net/?p=36

15. Let’s make parenting less of a dictatorship http://healthymama.net/?p=38

16. Food and Feelings http://healthymama.net/?p=40

17. Body Image http://healthymama.net/?p=42

18. Tantrums… adults have them, too! http://healthymama.net/?p=44

19. PMS http://healthymama.net/?p=46

20.Healthy is the new skinny  http://healthymama.net/?p=48

21. The importance of cleansing http://healthymama.net/?p=50

22. Consistency http://healthymama.net/?p=52

23. Team Work http://healthymama.net/?p=54

24. Workout HELL http://healthymama.net/?p=56

25. The glamorous life of a stay at home mom  http://healthymama.net/?p=58

26. Organizing and cleaning… not the same thing! http://healthymama.net/?p=60

27. Work at home mama! http://healthymama.net/?p=62

28. Fool proof, my @$$ http://healthymama.net/?p=72

29. Intimacy after kids (TMI!!!) http://healthymama.net/?p=76

30. Terrible horrible no good very bad… luck. http://healthymama.net/?p=80

31. Food = Fat… I mean FUEL. http://healthymama.net/?p=83

32. Parenting and health: Uphill battles http://healthymama.net/?p=85

33. Happily Ever After… reminiscing <3 http://healthymama.net/?p=88

34. The goal is happiness http://healthymama.net/?p=92

35. Taste testing and scheduling  http://healthymama.net/?p=94

36. Is Subway Junk Food? http://healthymama.net/?p=96

37. 30 Day Fitness Challenge!!! http://healthymama.net/?p=99

38. Week ONE! 30 Day Fitness Challenge!!! http://healthymama.net/?p=103

39. It must be love. http://healthymama.net/?p=111

40. (Fast) Food Fight! http://healthymama.net/?p=113

41. Live and Let Live http://healthymama.net/?p=117

42. Bridesmaidzilla! http://healthymama.net/?p=120

43. It’s bleeds for 5 days and doesn’t die 😉 http://healthymama.net/?p=123

44. The God Thing http://healthymama.net/?p=125

45. The Fighter http://healthymama.net/?p=128

46. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” http://healthymama.net/?p=131

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, or a fan on my fan page ( https://www.facebook.com/isahealthymama ) you know I am obsessed with Isagenix! Yes, I am obsessed with eating organic, tips and tricks to improve your immune system and metabolism, and proper nutrition for children, and being a work at home mom… but what you may not know is that Isagenix has all of that in one place! I like to give advice on going to the grocery store and finding real food for your family, because I know a lot of people are hesitant to try new things, especially when they are looking at prices. Let’s face it, most people go to the grocery store to find the best deals and don’t think twice about what they will be eating. Most people see that the Sunny D has 100% Vitamin C and don’t bother to read the actual ingredients. Ingredients that completely cancel out the “100% Vitamin C” that the label claimed. People love coupons, and get excited to save $20, $30, $50 on their grocery receipt. You may be saving money now, but in the long run, when your blood pressure is through the roof, when you have stomach problems that you spend extra money on antacids to cure, acne that you spend hundreds of dollars to cure, when you can’t lose weight and spend even more on drugs to lower your apatite, potentially develop an addiction that you now have to kick, when you have weight loss surgery, when your children are obese, when you have a heart attack… was that extra $50 worth it? Now that you are in debt from medical bills that could have been avoided if you had been simply eating right. How much are you will to spend on your health?

“Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent and underutilized antidepressant.” -Bill Phillips

We live in an age where it is so simple to get a prescription! For every problem you have, you can ask your doctor to fix it. My question is, is the problem gone? Or masked? You will forever be taking medications instead of solving the problem! Let’s address the problems before they start, and the best way to do that is proper nutrition! I’m not talking about avoiding getting a cold or the flu… everyone gets those, I’m talking about avoiding cancer, liver problems, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders! Nutrition is the answer!

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry state as the souls who live under tyranny.”  -Thomas Jefferson

Going to the grocery store may be simple to you, if it is, you’re probably doing something wrong. Going to a big chain like Vons or Ralphs gives me anxiety! Reading labels and Googling words I can’t pronounce is exhausting! I have been so frustrated that I avoid grocery stores as much as I can. Trader Joe’s, Lassens, and Fresh and Easy are easier for me, yes I still have to read labels, at least more of what I’m reading can go into my cart! Corporations have taken over most of our mass produced foods so we are not getting the nutrients our bodies need to function properly. We are given the option of fillers, chemicals and GMO’s. Do you want to be eating food that was was grown in soil that was sprayed with insecticides that made the bug’s stomachs explode? That does not sound healthy to me.

“It is easier to stay well than get well.”

This is why I chose Isagenix after months of looking into all of the shakes out there and being disappointed and frustrated. Isagenix is organic, actually, higher quality than organic. If you are looking for a home-based business and a great nutrition plan you will be hard pressed to find one that is organic. Isagenix also uses whey from grass fed cows who roam pastures in New Zealand. They have not been given antibiotics or hormones. (Animals being treated ethically is very important to me!) The whey is undenatured which means it goes through a low heat process which saves the nutrients. The whey is also 99% lactose extracted, since I am lactose intolerant I needed either a dairy free shake or no lactose. (Isagenix also has a vegan shake!) The whey in Isagenix (IsaLean) shakes helps you build lean healthy muscle, the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn! IsaLean shakes are filled with 90 essential nutrients that our bodies need to work properly and have active enzymes which aid in digestion. They are gluten free and soy free!

My first cleanse changed me! I was waking up earlier, with energy, staying up later, my workouts were better, a rash I had for a few months vanished, my acne cleared up, my hair and nails grew faster, I dropped a pant size and I didn’t need coffee anymore! All in 11 days! I fell in love with my shakes! I joked with my husband that I was having a love affair with my shakes… and it’s not much of a joke. Giving your body the right nutrients gives you a high! The specific nutrients in IsaLean makes your brain release a chemical called Oxytocin which is the “falling in love chemical” and Seratonin which is the chemical that makes you feel high. Imagine that, a safe, natural high that does not cloud your thinking, but actually helps your mental clarity, and there is no unfavorable come down! Too good to be true? It’s not! I live this every day! My kids even drink these shakes!

I have not even talked about Cleanse For Life! CFL is a juice that you can either drink every morning and night, or drink on deep cleanse days. It is full of nutrients, and pulls toxins from your blood and organs. A deep cleanse day is a day where you do not eat food, you only drink CFL, suck on Isagenix Snacks and drink tons of water and tea. Cleanses can be difficult, but there is so much support, and it’s so encouraging to do group cleanses, and after you have done one day, you wake up feeling fantastic, you have so much energy! You flush all of those icky toxins that hold onto fat, and clean out all your organs! Deep cleanse days are an option for people who want faster results. Isagenix has so many options, I can help you find a program that fits YOU.

My sister lost 10 pounds and 16 inches (collectively) in only 14 days on Isagenix!
My sister lost 10 pounds and 16 inches (collectively) in only 14 days on Isagenix!
My sister lost 10 pounds and 16 inches (collectively) in 14 days using Isagenix!
My sister lost 10 pounds and 16 inches (collectively) in 14 days using Isagenix!
My sister has continued using Isagenix and has gone from 178 pounds to 143 pounds!
My sister has continued using Isagenix and has gone from 178 pounds to 143 pounds!

I have friends who have lost between 7 pounds (in 5 days) and 30 pounds (in 30 days)! I know people who have lost their baby weight, I have seen people lose over 100 pounds! This is a program for anyone! If you do not have weight to lose, you won’t lose weight, if you do, you will!

When I talk to people about the cleanse, one of the most common things I hear is, “I don’t need to lose weight.” So I thought I would clarify here: The nutritional cleanse is not about weight loss, weight loss is a side effect, and not everyone will lose weight. When I did my first cleanse people kept saying, “but you’re so skinny.” Ok, great point! I don’t cleanse to lose weight, I do not have weight to lose, in fact, I gained muscle when I did my 30 day. I gained 6 pounds! I dropped a pant size, because my body changed, but I did not lose weight. The point of this cleanse is to clean out your body, think of it like changing your oil. We all need an oil change every once in a while. We all have toxins! Everywhere we go our skin absorbs toxins, we inhale toxins, we ingest toxins. We can’t get away from toxins, we can however, take care of ourselves so these disease causing toxins don’t ruin our lives. It’s so superficial to only focus on what you look like on the outside, and I admit, the way I get your attention is by appealing to your superficial nature, let’s face it, seeing results make a huge impact. I can’t show you what my arteries look like, I can tell you how different I feel, how I sleep better, wake up easier, with energy, how I cut out coffee because I don’t need it anymore. I can tell you how nice it is to no longer struggle with acne, and to be able to push myself like never before in my workouts. I can show you my long strong fingernails, and how long my hair has grown, how thick and healthy it is. I can tell you how happy I am. My body finally has the tools to deal with stress properly and I live in a perpetual state of contentment. I hope this clears things up! Watch this video!!! It’s only 2 minutes =)

http://www.isamovie.com/AreYouToxic.html

This is a video that explains the how a cellular, or blood cleanse works, and the effects it has on your cells! THIS IS NOT A COLON CLEANSE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ghAls_KdMnQ

Besides all of the amazing health benefits, Isagenix is an incredible business! This company is so generous! When you order product and get the membership (only $29/year!) you can make back the money you spent simply by referring your friends. I know what your thinking, “A pyramid scheme” well, let’s look at any company you have worked for, you have a cashiers,  sales people, managers, a district manager, a vice president, an president and a CEO, that CEO gets to rake in the cash while everyone under him/her does all of the work. Sound familiar? The only difference is this gives you the opportunity to be your own boss. There are over 50 millionaires in Isagenix! Maybe more now! But you don’t have to do the business if you order the product. You might simply want to share the product so your shakes are paid for every month! It doesn’t hurt to try it for yourself. Isagenix has a 30 day money back guarantee! So if you are not happy with your results, you can simply return it. (But you’ll be happy with your results)

2 of my favorite Isagenix poducts!
2 of my favorite Isagenix poducts!

This blog has been a long time coming, and I did not want to be super sales-y, but I am so excited about Isagenix and I want to share this with you! Email me if you want more information!!! isahealthymama@yahoo.com and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ISAhealthymama and Instagram ISAHEALTHYMAMA and “like” my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/isahealthymama AND if you haven’t yet, please register to my blog =)

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The Fighter

This blog has been my crutch over the last couple months, a place for me to be honest, to work through my shit, a place to vent and give advice, it has been great for business, but most importantly, and surprisingly I have made amazing friends. I did not expect friendships to develop, in fact I was worried I would drive people away. Honesty in large doses has that effect on friendships. I wanted to tell you all about a specific friend, and her family. A woman I would never have met if I had not began blogging, and I would never have been touched so deeply, or inspired so greatly.

Months ago Lynsay friend requested me on Facebook, she had been following my blog and my fan page and wanted advice on losing baby weight. I shared information about the Isagenix Nutritional Cleanse, (She ended up losing 10 pounds, I believe! Maybe more now!) and we got to talking. She told me that I had inspired her, that she felt like we were already friends. We related on breastfeeding, healthy food, working out, and putting our families first, even the loneliness of parenting when most of your friends don’t have kids. It was like meeting my twin! Until she mentioned that her husband was a paraplegic. They had been high school sweethearts, and had two adorable children when Gavin was in a motorcycle accident. My heart immediately broke for Lynsay and her family. I could not understand how she could possibly say that I had inspired her, when she was so strong, she stuck by her husband, she takes care of him and their children, even though there was no hope for Gavin. Not only did Gavin fight for recovery, he fought for their relationship, and miraculously Lynsay got pregnant! They now have three little ones, and as for Gavin”s recovery, please watch this video. I can’t even describe what you are about to watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VY2m-fYjsY

Gavin and Lynsay, you are my inspiration! Here I am totally blessed wit health, and an able bodied supportive partner, and life can be so tough… You have really put life into perspective for me. I hope I can help share your victory by sending your inspiration out to the world.