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Welcome!

I’m  just writing a “welcome” blog now for 2 reasons:

1. A lot of people recently registered to this blog, and since I have no “website building skills”, there is a lot you wouldn’t know about this website unless you’ve been following me for the last year or so.

2. Things have changed recently, and I feel I should address those changes. (Yes, I’m referring to the cult)

HELLO

Hi, My name is Justine and I started blogging because I needed a place to pour out my heart. As a mother, step-mother, wife, health coach and writer, my hands were very full, my time extremely limited, and the ‘vacations” I require in my head to write or read were diminishing. Making a commitment to this blog was a commitment to myself.

You will notice that in the beginning my blogs were centered completely around health and parenting. As I have become more comfortable, I have written more personal and therapeutic posts.

HEALTH and PARENTING

Half of you are here because you are on the road to health, or you’re a parent and *hopefully* felt refreshed by my candor on the struggles with parenting. I have no shame in saying that my pregnancy was a bitch, I hated every minute of it, and think labor is the most disgusting experience of my life. I have no desire to repeat either endeavor, therefore, my tubes are tied. I was blessed with 2 amazing step children, whom, along with my daughter and my husband complete me. They inspired me to get healthy, you see I was “skinny fat”, and over the last few years have made the life style change and commitment to eating whole, real, non-GMO and preferably organic food. This was a huge change for my husband and my step-son and step-daughter (and the in-laws) *See my blog for details: http://healthymama.net/fast-food-fight/ * but it has made a huge difference in our energy, attitudes and certain behavior issues we were having with one of our little rascals.

***I used to be associated with a health company, however it would seem they do not appreciate blogs about their products so I am removing all information pertaining to this company. I apologize, it appears I was not in “compliance” when I posted that my husband and I had no wedding debt thanks to “this company”(…. It’s true, I made $9,000 in a couple months which paid for our wedding.)

THE CULT

The other half of you… actually at this point maybe more than half of you are here because you read one or more of my blogs about the International Church of Christ (ICC)/ International Christian Churches (ICC). I want to start this subject by saying that I never imagined my little blog could cause such a stir. Upon writing the first blog about my past with the ICOC, “Because The Bible Says So” * http://healthymama.net/lets-make-parenting-less-of-a-dictatorship/  * Some feathers were ruffled, but all in all, it was not a big deal, so MONTHS later… maybe a year later, I wrote “So… I Grew Up In A Cult…” * http://healthymama.net/so-i-grew-up-in-a-cult/ * and holy WOW! Facebook blew up (I am friends with a lot of members and former members) I started getting lots of emails and tons of views on this particular post. The emails were (mostly) people saying Thank-You for being the voice of those who were burned so badly by the ICOC. I had no intention or writing another blog on the subject until I was accused of lying, and to back me up, and to gain closure, a few people asked me to share their stories, too.  Although I’m a Pisces (typically a go with the flow kind of person) my moon (emotions) is in Aries, which is code for: I’m a stubborn f*ck. So, being accused of lying only ignited my Aries emotion. The more I was challenged, the more my fire was fueled. After a few weeks of compiling stories and quotes, I posted “Queen of the Damned (Recovering from Cult Life)” *http://healthymama.net/queen-of-the-damned-recovering-from-cult-life/ * and this one has been read over 1,000 times, in less than 5 days. Which is insanity to me, but, I’ll be honest, I get it. Not only was I validating hundreds of people’s pain and suffering, I evidently struck a chord with current members. If someone else had written it, I would have been sharing it all over Facebook and Twitter saying “OMG! Someone gets it! Someone else feels the way I do! See, I’m not crazy!!!”

I want you to know something, I am proud to be the voice of former Kingdom Kids. I wish someone had stepped out a long time ago, because I needed this fellowship to heal. I have decided to take my role a little further. I have started a Facebook page called ICOC Recovery *https://www.facebook.com/icocrecovery * and I encourage you to “like” the page so we can start some healthy dialogue. If you don’t feel comfortable posting publicly, feel free to private message me. I am here for you. I believe it is my calling to be support for people in need (there is that Pisces nature), if you need to tell your story, TELL ME. (I only posted stories that people specifically asked me to publish) If you need help getting out, I will help. If you disagree with me and want to tell me how the ICOC/ICC is the only way to god, go for it. I enjoy a healthy debate.

I have definitely had my character attacked by people in one of these organizations in order to discredit me, and I fully understand. They are scared. Their church is young, made up of young impressionable (sheeple) people, and I know from experience that they don’t want me to shake their young one’s faith with my facts, memories and reasons. It must be scary to see a little fish make such a huge wave, especially when you’re trying to rule the pond.

I want to make it clear here that I don’t believe in god, but I don’t consider myself a soul-less heathen. My heart is good, and I know it can be hard for Christians to see good in someone who doesn’t believe same way, it’s OK. I won’t lose sleep if you condemn me to hell. Just bear in mind, I know The Bible (as my best friend said, “You give her a book, she’ll read it!”) and YOU can’t condemn me to anywhere, Jesus said. If you are curious to know my personal spiritual views, click here * http://healthymama.net/the-god-thing/ * I also want to make it clear that I am an LGBT advocate, and I do not tolerate racism, sexism, bigotry or hate.  I believe in love, and I hope for everyone to find their other half, regardless of race, color or sex. Love is love, and it is beautiful. For more on this, read “Stop! Hating is bad” * http://healthymama.net/stop-hating-is-bad/ *

I hope this has cleared things up, and I am working on making some sort of an archive for all 60-ish blogs, and to make this website easier to navigate. If any of you happen to be tech savvy, I would love some help 😉

****If you are reading this because you have had a similar experience, have history with the ICOC/ICC, or you need help leaving, I am going to post some resources here for you. Free to email me at isahealthymama@yahoo.com or find my “recovery page” on facebook www.facebook.com/icocrecovery Here are a few blogs and websites from people who have left the ICOC/ICC and have shared their experiences and knowledge:

http://www.reveal.org/ <— This page has the truth about the ICOC.
http://www.spiritualpornography.com/ <— Don’t worry, it’s totally appropriate, she named it Spiritual Pornography because that’s what Kip McKean called it when you read anything negative about the church. They post information it might be harder to find, such as Kip’s (supposed) resignation, and letters written to the church.

http://henrykriete.com/ <— Here you can read what REALLY happened with Henry Kriete and his family.
http://ministeriolatino.blogspot.com/ <—- Here you can read a blog from a former member of Kip’s current church (City of Angels International Church of Christ). He has written actually experiences between himself and Kip, AND other “leaders”. A very interesting read. He came across my blog and actually recognized someone I had written about (I kept it confidential).
http://www.tolc.org/ <—- Here you can read Henry Kriete’s letter and other letters written to the church. You can also click “debate” and you will be transferred to http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/main.asp?webtag=ICCdiscussion&nav=start&prettyurl=%2FICCdiscussion%2Fstart where you can interact with current and former members.

 

“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 =)

You can also check out my Isagenix website and order for yourself! If you’d like a discount click “sign up and save”!!! www.healthy.mama.isagenix.com