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Shake Up Your Morning

It was in September that I saw my OBGYN about intense ovulation and menstrual pain. It had been several months of this so I wanted answers. I started to assume it was the endometriosis my mom may have so “kindly” passed down to me.

After an ultrasound, I received a phone call from another doctor telling me that I had a cyst on my ovary the size of a baseball!

A BASEBALL! I freaked out… ain’t gonna lie… especially when they then instructed me that I should have blood work done to double check…cancer levels… That was it! I quickly lost it!

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Then, the doctor went right into talking about having to monitor it for a few months and then discussed going on the pill or even surgery.  That was not a good night for me or my husband to say the least. (It was also the night I found out he would be traveling to Paris for business without me….double whammy!!)

After I gathered myself again, I turned to prayer, believing everything would be okay.  Instead, of my typical reaction of panic, panic and more panic.   I consciously chose to train my brain to believe that: I. WOULD. BE. TOTALLY. OKAY. AND. HEALTHY.

A week later, the blood work came back with the wonderful news that my inflammation number was in the normal range.   So now it was just waiting game until I would be rechecked in a couple months. Therefore, I reached out to a holistic doctor about what I could do. She gave some supplements to help decrease estrogen levels and also suggested lots of cruciferous vegetables and as many greens as possible. Sadly, she also recommended that I cut out alcohol and dairy for 30 days. Noooo not the wine!

So, I loaded up on broccoli and cauliflower in my lunches and dinners.  Riced cauliflower was my best friend in my stir frys, salads, and even soups. I already wasn’t eating dairy during the week, only on the weekends with pizza.  With liquor, I stopped the random glass of wine during the week, only a glass or two on the weekends.  But as far as the other greens…. how many greens could I actually eat? That is when I decided to play around with morning shakes, finding my favorite green one.

I called it my morning “Shake Up” or as my daughter calls it, a green “milk shake.”

And here it is… with some variations. I like to vary it up too.  My husband turned me into a creature of habit, or maybe I always was one.  Regardless, variety is important so I try my hardest to vary it up.


  1. ice cubes (a couple handfuls)
  2. 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  3. 1 cup almond milk or Silk’s Protein Milk (almond, cashew, pea)
  4. 2 dates (You can add up to 4.  I keep it light for sugar purposes)
  5. 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  6. 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
  7. 1 Tablespoon – a good sourced Cacao powder (optional)
  8. A teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  9. a cup of spinach or kale (I usually stick to spinach although lately I’m on a kale kick)
  10. 1-2 stalks of celery or even cucumber
  11. Maca powder (optional)
  12. Organic protein powder (optional)

Directions:  Combine and blend well. We use a Vitamix to blend. (It was by far one of my best purchases as far as kitchen items.)

Two months later, when I was retested, the cyst was almost completely undetectable.  Thank you God! Thank you for shakin’ it up and making my faith grow even more.  Thank you for those morning shakes that kick start my days right, even as we rush out of the house with the Vitamix still dirty in the sink.


Is My Milk Doing My Body Good?

I am always amazed at how many different kinds of milks are out there now.  From rice milk to soy to almond to now even milks like hemp and oat, it fascinates me how many choices exist.


Aside from my son having a severe allergy to cow’s milk, I myself have always had a sensitivity to it.   As a young girl, I would often sneak around and dump my whole milk down the sink when my parents were not looking to avoid the stomach aches I would sometimes get.  (Sorry Mom & Dad!)

During my pregnancy with my son, strangely enough I had none of my typical symptoms to cow’s milk.   Then sure enough right after he was born, those old sensitivities started up again.   That is when I started to switch between cow’s milk and almond milk.

Then came TJ’s anaphylactic reaction to yogurt.  For many reasons that I will discuss in another post, I felt like continuing to breastfeeding him despite his multiple food allergies was the right decision for him…for us.  At the time, his allergies to coconut, soy, cow’s milk, oats, almond and other nuts made the only option rice milk.  Therefore, I drank rice milk for 5 months until he passed an oral food challenge to soy.   That is when I started to drink soy milk for the next month of the elimination diet. Even though it has been over 4 months since I stopped breastfeeding, I have still been only drinking soy milk.   During this time, the stomach pains that I had experienced most of my life were almost non-existent.

After reading up on milks recently and trying to really restore my gut health, I personally felt that I needed to open my diet up to several different types now.   Therefore, I have just started to alternate between cow’s milk, almond, oat, and soy.  With all of that being said, here are some interesting articles about different milk options. Hoping you find them as interesting as me, we smile on…


Which Type of Milk is Healthiest?

Source: http://www.usnews.com/

The Best Kind of Milk is…

Source: http://www.prevention.com/



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