May
19

AIP Week One

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Last post, I mentioned that I was going to do the Paleo Auto-Immune Protocol. Shortly thereafter, I did start the program, but was derailed after a few days because I came down with the flu. It has taken me two weeks to recover from that. I re-started the program again this week and will be on strict AIP for 4-6 weeks, until I can begin re-introducing foods.

Here’s the menu I’m eating this week.  Because most of the AIP recipes online are for four people, and I’m doing breakfast and lunch alone and trying to combine dinner with the family, you will see me eating a lot of leftovers.  I will also be stocking the freezer for future meals to make staying on AIP for the 4-6 weeks easier.

You’ll notice that while I am sticking strictly to AIP, I am not sticking to low-carb.  I have decided to try AIP as-is for now, and later if I see I need to reduce my carbs, then I can do so.  AIP does restrict processed foods and all sugars, so the squash and the dates are the highest carb items I’m eating.  Overall, I do think I’m getting less carbs than I would be getting if I were eating a gluten-free diet that included grains or baked goods.

I’m also eating ferments at every meal.  Kraut, pickles, dilly carrots and other items.  At least 1/4 cup per lunch and dinner, and a little on the side when I have a savory breakfast such as the breakfast skillets.

 

Monday

  • Breakfast Skillet– ground beef, mushrooms, spinach, thyme and rosemary
  • Cauliflower Alfredo over spaghetti squash with diced, grilled pork.  The alfredo was made with coconut milk, nutritional yeast and chicken stock to stay on AIP.  Doubled with half frozen for later meals.
  • No lunch today, I slept in, ate a late breakfast and a huge, early dinner.

Tuesday

  • Leftover Breakfast Skillet with some cauliflower alfredo over the top.
  • Leftovers of an AIP dish I made on Sunday that I would not make again.  🙁
  • Taco meat (garlic, salt and onion powder only) wrapped in plantain tortillas with a side salad and black olives with AIP Ranch.  The tortillas are very good, I will be getting more plantains and making these for the freezer next week.
  • Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream with no sweetener other than the fruit- kids liked this.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Bacon and baked butternut squash pureed with coconut cream.  The butternut squash puree is actually already in my freezer from this Fall, so I am making good use of it for AIP.  I baked the squash until tender and pureed it with coconut oil and coconut cream from Wilderness Family Naturals.
  • Garlic Soup
  • Leftovers for dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast sausage- ground pork, thyme, sage, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt, fried into patties.  I found ground pork on a major mark-down because it expires soon, so I bought four pounds and will be putting cooked sausage patties into the freezer.
  • Butternut squash
  • Bacon wrapped dates and a salad
  • Leftovers for dinner

Saturday

  • Leftover sausage and butternut squash
  • Grilled steak with a big salad
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Paleo wrap with salad, AIP Ranch and smoked salmon on a picnic.



I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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Apr
30

What if God Gave You a Do Over?

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Refining fire? Trial? No thanks, Lord, I’m perfectly comfortable where I am!

At times, I have laid in bed at night and wondered what I would do if I became sick again, what I would do differently, how I would have made the healing process go quicker, easier and not have to struggle so much. How would I handle a Do Over?

That time has come.

Today, my job is to praise God in this storm. I move forward, trying to be transparent and humble. So often, bloggers present a perfect front and what we really need is people who pull off the plastic persona and are real, raw and honest. This hurts. It doesn’t feel fair. But it is here.

A series of events has unfolded going back to the car wreck I was in in January that has pushed me back into old territory. Back into ground I had already covered. Backtracking is a painful, terrible, messy thing. It’s scary. It’s hurts to lose the freedom you’ve found and the normalicy you’ve gained after being so sick. So much of my life has changed since I became ill with celiac in 2006. As part of that process I’ve found strength I didn’t know I had, I’ve found a life I never imagined for myself. But like most trials, it’s two steps forward, one step back in a very long process. This time, it’s several steps back.

I’ve also developed new problems I never expected or anticipated. I am experiencing anaphylactic reactions to latex, a new problem, along with OAS to latex-related foods. Latex is EVERYWHERE. Your clothing, furniture and your computers most assuredly have latex in them. Even your food, as many places still wear latex gloves on food processing lines. Even unprocessed fruits and vegetables that get picked, packaged and shipped can be handled with latex gloves, provoking a reaction.

So this week, I go on the paleo auto immune protocol and go back onto my gut healing protocol- digestive enzymes, probiotics, Betaine Hcl and digestive clay. The same supplement protocol I used in 2006. Long term, I see myself on a version of the paleo diet as a life long maintenance issue.

I’m also taking steps to reduce my stress, allow my body to heal quickly, and be able to function in the meantime. We resume homeschooling in the Fall, we are in the middle of changing churches, a major house remodel, and more. We are eyeball deep in a season of change, and change is messy, difficult, consuming and necessary. Very, very necessary.

This is honestly the least stress I’ve had on myself in many years, but I still find myself working to reduce my schedule and taking time to care for myself. Daily prayer, praise, exercise and planning/cooking for the AIP diet are the cornerstones of that stress reduction. A positive attitude is necessary in all healing.

The Lord knew this was coming; it was no surprise to Him. And the Lord crafted just what we needed for this time. We have a home business in It Works that supports us and allows us to own our time with great flexibility, and medical practitioners whom we trust to help us through this. I am also making a conscious effort to look outside of myself. Focus on helping others during this struggle, to keep my eyes off of myself. I don’t know why I’ve been chosen to face this trial again, but I know my Lord knows why. My job is to trust His plan, and light the way for others who come behind.

What the Lord has planned for us is always better than what we had planned for ourselves.

Today, I will praise God in the storm.




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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Mar
03

From Chaos to Order – Challenge Six

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I’ve taken a bit of a break in the series because so many of you on the Facebook Discussion Group seemed to be still on Challenge Three as it was taking more time than you expected.  Today, we’ll pick up with challenge six.

 

Your Method Looks Great, But…

Kids.  Yes, you have kids.  I do, too.

I get it.  You don’t think it’s possible to ever get onto a schedule because you homeschool, you have small children, you have kids that come home at 2:30 in the afternoon and wreck everything you’ve done. Why bother?

Children are not deal-breakers.  They are deal-modifiers.  Women have been working with children beside them for many years.  The trick is to figure out how to make it work for your family while you still get your work done.

 

The Problem

I have written, and re-written and written this post again.  I don’t want it to come off as snarky or anything less than understanding.  I know what it’s like to be a mom with small kids and feel like you aren’t accomplishing anything and your life is passing by because for everything you get done, they create another hour or two’s worth of work. And as soon as you are done washing dishes, someone sits another dirty plate in the sink. It never ends.

So please don’t take this post the wrong way.  I’m trying to help you determine what works for you.

 

Mom’s Influence

As the mom, you set the tone for the home, and you also are the decision maker about what goes on in the home.  Outside of a child who is special needs, your guidance should control the children’s behaviour, not the other way around.  Turning that around can be amazingly tough work.

Mom, it is your job to teach the kids from an early age to not be destructive, but constructive, while limiting their ability to destroy anything indiscriminately AND giving them items they can explore (read: destroy) in ways that are both safe for them AND fill their need to be busy.  Toddlers, especially, have a huge need to explore, and a ton of energy to expend on it.

To that end, with younger children, I strongly recommend you limit their ability to ‘explore’ (read: destroy) the majority of the house.  A series of baby gates combined with a child-proofed, safe room with plenty of explore-worthy things that are easily contained or picked up is the way to go.  Plainly put, if they are making more of a mess than you can reasonably clean, then you need to limit their ability to make those messes.

Then keep them with you at all times when they’re in an area in which they could make a mess.

I’ve been known to fold laundry on a table higher than they can reach while distracting them with toys, leave it there, then quickly put it away once they’re asleep.  Things that didn’t need to be folded, like washrags, took up permanent residence in a bin out of their reach in the bathroom. I would let them ‘help’ me fold that, so they felt a part of the process and could explore it. Underwear and undershirts got stuffed into drawers after being sorted into piles and play folded with the toddlers.

In warm weather, feed them wearing only a diaper. Keep them out of every bedroom except the room in which they sleep, and have that childproofed. This is especially important if you have older kids have that toys on which they could choke, such as Legos. Take them outside to let them destroy in the sandbox, or on a water table on the porch, or the like.  Let them make LOTS of messes.  Outside.  Run around, get messy, burn the energy. In the winter, let them make LOTS of messes.  In the bathtub.  Take them to an indoor play area and let them run themselves out. Be sure you’re fulfilling their desire to both explore and to be busy in ways that are not overwhelming to you.  Let them wear themselves out.  Then put them in a sling on your back and get busy getting your work done.

I found it was far better to drive to an indoor play area and let them wear themselves out than to stay at home and try to work- in the grand scheme of things, I got about the same amount of work done, but we were both happier if they had had time to run themselves out first.

 

Reasonable Expectations

To that end, it is important that you have reasonable expectations as to what you can and can not accomplish with children in the home, and come up with creative solutions to minimize their mess-making abilities.  This will change as your children grow.

However, sometimes the problem isn’t working with a child’s natural tendencies, but of how the child is being directed as they grow. If older children are running rough-shod over mom, wrecking everything and the needs of the adults in the family are being completely ignored and the adults are wasted of their energy due to a litany of bad behavior, you need to start there, as no schedule will fix children who have not been taught kindness and consideration.  A schedule will be a tool to help THEM, not you.

If you have special needs children, you are best to use a routine and not a schedule, as your child’s needs can be unpredictable, and should take the priority.

However, if your children are just being normal kids and will allow you to guide the way, you have some options to make this type of a lifestyle work for you.

First, you can run the schedule while they are at school.  Or, if you homeschool, you can run the schedule during the day after school is done.  Or flip it- run the schedule in the morning and do school mid-morning and afternoon if that fits your children better.  When we return to homeschooling this Fall, that will be what we do, as I have a child who strongly prefers to sleep until 9am and her brain doesn’t function until 10am.  My schedule will run from 6-10, then resume once school is done for the day.

Second, you can run a routine instead of a schedule.  This works particularly well if you’re dealing with the time-suck that is known as a toddler.  Small children have no concept of time at all.  In order to accomplish this, double the amount of time you think a project would take as a guideline, and do everything as a routine instead.  We will cover routines very soon.  For now, get everything on paper, and instead of blocking out time, just work on the most important thing as much as you can until it’s done, then move to the next important thing, taking breaks as needed to care for the kids and handle normal meals and naps/bedtime.

 

Make A Mix

You can also mix routine and schedule, which is what I personally do to some extent.  I have a daily routine that I start my workday with for things that are done every day, then move into a schedule once the routine is done.  This allows me the flexibility of both methods, while minimizing the time limitations that having a family can give.

Yesterday was a particularly stressful day.  I live in a heavily-wooded suburban neighborhood and the neighbor’s garage caught on fire. Fire can VERY easily jump from house to house in this type of a neighborhood. We have a very tense few hours in the middle of the afternoon, waiting to find out if our house would be at risk, if we would be evacuated, and if our neighbors were alive.  I stopped my routine while we waited.  Once things were over (no one was home at the time, they were finally able to contain the fire even though the neighbors suffered a total loss), I was able to finish my routine before readjusting my schedule and moving on for the day.

Normally my routine covers the beginning of the day, but on days where it gets delayed due to appointments, sickness or emergency, I just pick up the routine when I can and move onto the schedule once the routine is done.  If there are no more hours in the day that day, I simply push those items back on the calendar and reorganize.

 

So the key to working this with children is to create a flexible routine with some scheduling towards the period of the day where their love cup is full and you can get things done.

 

I have made some videos for my It Works business about working your home-based business around your children.  But really the concept works no matter what you’re working on, paid business or not. These principles also apply to doing projects at home.

 




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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Feb
10

From Chaos to Order – Challenge Five

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In Challenge four, we went through our brain dump list and scheduled anything that had a specific date attached to it.  We also blocked out time for self-care, and set time according to our priorities, with margin built in. Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

 

Calendar Check

If you have any empty time on your calendar for the week, go through and assign it a priority- husband, kids, job, home, etc…  Don’t forget to put in adequate time for errands and shopping, meal planning and food preparation for every meal you fix at home.

All of your time should be blocked out to a priority except time for sleep and margin.  For me, that means my day is blocked out from the time the kids leave for school (because we have a morning routine that doesn’t change to get them out the door) until after dinner’s dishes are done, Monday to Friday. Weekends except some calls for my job are left free for family projects or in-home parties/events for my business.

If at all possible, leave thirty minutes on Sunday afternoon or evening open for a quick calendar exercise.  But I highly recommend you take the rest of Sunday off unless it’s an ox-in-the-ditch type of situation like laundry due to a stomach virus in the house.  Everyone needs a break, even mama.  Break out the paper plates on Sundays, eat leftovers and give yourself some desperately needed rest.  We love Sunday afternoons for family time and complete rest. Plan on completing your important work during the week, and take one down day each week to relax and recharge.  It isn’t lost time, it’s happy mama time because mama’s brain and body needs a break, too.

 

Well Begun, Half Done

Go through your brain dump list and look for the simple projects that are half-completed or more, except for things on your job.  Items already in progress that would take you less than 2-3 hours to complete and get off of your plate. Place those in your calendar, according to their category.  It is very motivating to get those projects in progress completed.

I create a category on my to do list that is called ‘scheduled.’  This allows me to have a place to store those line items, and check them off as they are completed. When I schedule things, I move them to that category.

I don’t recommend you do this for your job. I recommend you strictly work on projects via due date for your business, so you don’t accidentally miss a due date and have a problem with co-workers or your boss.  However, if your job is reasonably flexible or you don’t have any pressing deadlines, go ahead and work the half-completed projects first.

 

Consistent Work for Ongoing Projects

If you have a long-term project with weekly, monthly or quarterly hard deadlines, such as filing taxes, committee reports or teaching a class, schedule in the needed amount of time each week to get those things done.  If your calendar offers it, you can set that time block to automatically repeat weekly or monthly, as you need it.  I use Cozi as my calendar application and it works very well for repeat scheduling. I spend two hours on financials and taxes once a week to do the household budget, pay bills and to scan and record tax deductible receipts and work on the 2014 taxes.

If you are behind on this commitment, such as you know April 15th is coming for taxes and you have a lot to do to be ready, take that time block to consistently work on the project weekly (daily or monthly) to get caught up.  If you’re seriously behind, allot and extra hour or two each time or create a second time block during the week on a different day to work on it, as well.

After all, when it comes to doing your taxes, working on it 3 hours a week for the next three months sounds far more appealing than an 40 hour marathon that starts April 5th.  You’ll also be less prone to make mistakes from exhaustion (or your eyes crossing from looking at numbers) with the small, consistent bites.

 

Timing

Figure out how much time you’ll need to complete each project and add 20-25%.  If I think a single task is going to take an hour, I block out an hour and 15 minutes for it.  If I think a full project is going to take 10 hours, I schedule 12 for it over the course of the week or two. That allows for set up, clean up or something taking longer than you anticipated.  If you begin to notice you’re consistently over- or under-estimating how long each project would take, adjust accordingly.

If a project is going to take more than one day’s block for a priority, I divide it between days to ensure it gets finished before moving on.

 

 

Set It Down, Walk Away

It is SO freeing to know you can set a project down and walk away, even a big one where you’re really far behind, instead of burning yourself out on marathon sessions.  If you’re really behind, schedule two work blocks during the week instead of one, until you are caught up, then move to one block a week to stay caught up.

What normally happens?  People get behind and pull a marathon to get caught up.  But then they make themselves sick of it, and they allow themselves to get behind again because they have burnt themselves out.  It becomes a vicious cycle of dreading this HUGE project, avoiding it until the last minute, doing a marathon to get caught up, then letting themselves fall behind again.  This style of scheduling breaks this cycle.

You can do ANYTHING for one hour once a week.  Set the timer and get moving on it.  Blast loud music, sing at the top of your lungs, dance around the house, do whatever you have to do to convince yourself to make that one hour productive, then walk away from it until you have it scheduled again.  I will readily admit to blasting music and singing along while I scan and file tax receipts and do the deep cleaning, two of the necessary chores I hate the most. You will gradually move yourself out of burn-out mode and into consistently staying caught up if you are consistent and stick to your calendar.

 

Big Deal

Next, once your half-completed and ongoing projects are scheduled, sort everything remaining in your brain dump into categories named:

  • Big Deal
  • Important
  • It Can Wait A Bit
  • Some Day
  • Shopping Lists

So you have seven categories in all, as ‘Brain Dump’ and ‘Scheduled’ are also categories.  For each brain dump item, move them into one of these categories.  If you’re doing this on paper, you might want to place the numbers one to four beside them to help you sort before re-writing the lists.

Try to only place one or two items from each priority into Big Deal.  This helps to cut down on the amount of overwhelm you’re feeling.  Look at your list and really pick out what is most important, most pressing and start there.  Even though it can feel like it, especially on your job, not everything is top priority.  Pick the items with the closest due dates for your job.

If your program allows for sub-projects or headers within your categories, take all components of an item and group them together. For example, the living room remodel you are planning might be under ‘It Can Wait A Bit,’ and you might have ‘buy paint’ and ‘pick out new lamps’ both as part of that project in the sub-group.

For shopping lists, you can further break them down by store or project.  For groceries, I keep a running list of everything we normally purchase in each store, and check or uncheck it as we need it or buy it without ever archiving completed items.  That makes it quick and easy to add things to the shopping list and review it before shopping day.  But I also have shopping lists that require items to be budgeted in or future planning, so I have two types of lists going under the shopping category.

 

One Week of Work

Now that you have everything sorted, return to your Big Deal category and see if you have any remaining time in the week in which to begin scheduling out your top priorities.  If your Big Deal projects are something big, like ‘pack up the house to move,’ then you need to break that down into small increments.  Each bite gets its own line item and time allotment.  A good example would be:

Pack Up The House

  • Pack up non-essential dishes and small appliances in the kitchen
  • Pack up the out of season clothes for the kids
  • Sort through in-season clothing for Goodwill donations
  • Clean out the pantry and donate excess food to the food bank
  • Pack up the dining room china and serving dishes
  • Buy paper plates, cups, forks and spoons
  • Pack up the pictures on the walls
  • Pack up the knick-knacks

Now take each item in the order they should be completed in and schedule time for it for this week (don’t forget your extra 20%!) until your time blocks are full. Move the scheduled items to the ‘scheduled’ category. Once your week is full, leave the rest of the project in the Big Deal category and allow it to sit until next week.  Only consider scheduling time that is set aside for margin if you have too much work to possibly accomplish up against a hard deadline.

 

I Don’t Know Where to Start

If one week is too much for you, just schedule out today or maybe two or three days. Schedule it all according to your priority list. The point of this isn’t to overwhelm you and make you feel like you’re behind, but instead of help you see clearly what your priorities are, what your deadlines are and where your time and attention should best be focused.  It is a tool, not a slave-driver. Make it work for you.

 

Coming up, I’ll talk about making this system fit around kids with their unpredictable demands, show you how to back-engineer projects, do a daily brain dump, how to organize weekly going forward, and more.

 

 

Photo credit- From Chaos to Order by Sebastien Weirtz on Flickr




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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On Wednesday, we did a major brain dump onto paper.  Getting everything out onto paper does you no good if you don’t DO anything with it, so today we begin the process of doing something with everything we’ve written out. Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

 

Hard Deadlines

First, go through your brain dump list and find anything that has a specific date or deadline connected to it.  Move those items to your calendar, including time needed to prep for those items.  For example, if your child has an invitation to a birthday party on Saturday, you would place the party time on the calendar, and you would block out 15 minutes to RSVP early in the week.  If you could text the RSVP instead, do so right now. If you teach a class, mark out the time you’re in class, and appropriate prep-time in the days beforehand.

Mark these items off as you place them on the calendar.  They are now out of the way and you don’t have to worry about them until it’s time to handle them. They are officially off your plate, you just have to pay attention to your calendar to know what to do when.

 

Straight Talk for Moms

Next, you’re going to schedule in some time each day for self-care.  If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?  After all, when the airplane plummets and the air masks drop out of the ceiling, you have to put your own mask on before you can help others with theirs, even your own children.  You can’t adequately take care of your family when you’re totally neglecting yourself, and you’re setting one heck of a bad example to your kids in the process.

Let me be clear- this is not indulgence, this is self-preservation.  We’re mothers, not martyrs. Your children shouldn’t see your wrecking your own health for the sake of their whims or their fun. No child should think they have an expendable parent. Their mental health doesn’t benefit when you’re always strung out tired, irritable and cranky. They should see you seeking balance.

I know it’s hard, I’ve been there, and the cultural pressure is strong to make everything perfect for your kids and sacrifice yourself in the process.  But it isn’t Godly, nor is it the right example.  Unless your overwhelm comes from something like massive upheaval or illness of someone in the family, you are likely in this situation of being overwhelmed at least in part because you’re not taking care of yourself and giving yourself appropriate margin. And if you’re in massive upheaval due to family illness or emergency, you need self-care to help preserve yourself and your strength to see your family through this trial.

Schedule in your showers and bedtime. Food and time to prepare it comes next. Adequate sleep and regular, nutritious meals are your best ally to get you through overwhelm mode and out the other side. Even with eating real food, I try not to spend more than 30 minutes prepping any one meal.  There are plenty of real food dishes you can do without a ton of prep work.  If you can block out an hour or two when you come home from the grocery store each week, you can prepare things then to help cut down on that prep time even more.

I know a set bedtime is difficult if your children are small.  Many women fall into the ‘me time’ trap of staying up wayyyy too late at night on Facebook after a hard day with the kids to vent and commiserate.  I know, I’ve been there.  Mama, you’re only hurting yourself by not getting enough sleep.  Without enough sleep, you become impatient, irritable and you’re already in overwhelm mode before your child even wakes up for the day.  Every small thing becomes another irritation because your ability to cope is low, if it exists at all.

Consider setting a bedtime no later than 10-10:30 each night.  This allows your adrenals to rest and recharge, and gives you a better advantage to getting out of overwhelm mode.  Sleep is one of the most critical factors to getting out of overwhelm mode, and if you don’t’ get adequate sleep, chances are high you will not be able to overcome the issue and dig yourself out.

Block out enough time at night to get adequate rest.  If this means you’re up and down with a baby or toddler at night, you block out 10 hours for that.  Go to bed earlier if necessary.  The dishes will wait, I promise, and when you do get to them, you will have a FAR better attitude about it.  Many women have observed they feel more rested if they sleep from 10-6 versus 12-8.  It’s something about circadian rhythm and adrenals.

Showers are necessary– when you’ve had a shower within the last 24-48 hours, you just feel better.  Cleanish clothing, too.  Block out a little time before the kids get up or after they go to bed to shower, even if it’s just a very fast, 15 minute shower.  If your husband can watch them, 30 minutes.  Better yet, you take the shower while he puts the kids to bed if he is home in the evenings.

Don’t forget to brush your teeth and comb your hair while you’re in there, too. In the mornings, get a routine down where you comb your hair and brush your teeth with the kids.

While we’re talking about you, when was the last time you got a break from the kids?  Or had a date with the hubby?  Had sex?  Did something with that hobby you haven’t touched since your oldest was born?  Schedule in some margin time.  Give yourself a break.  If you don’t have regular breaks, you’re more likely to go back into overwhelm mode.

Yes, it’s hard when you have kids at home and have yourself pulled in a million directions.  But it’s going to be harder when your kids leave home and you realize you’re living with a stranger with whom you have little in common.  Make time to connect NOW, so you don’t wake up beside a stranger in ten or twenty years.  That’s part of having margin, and providing your own happiness.

 

Priorities

Next, look at your priority list, and block out time for your priorities in their order.  For example, if God is your top priority, you will want to block out time for your worship services and daily prayer or Bible reading.  If your husband, you would want to consider a date night or at least scheduling some time during the week for intimacy.  Then work your way down your priority list.

For my, our church times are blocked out, as is my time each morning for prayer and Bible reading.  I have time blocked out each week to spend with my husband. I block out any needed doctor’s appointments and other one-time needs that require appointments. I block out the needed time for self-care, meals and cleaning. Then the kid’s activities and school needs are blocked out and assigned to the appropriate adult.  My job is then blocked around their activities and time for my husband.

We will block out what to do during your job/cleaning/flexible times later in the week.  For now, just earmark time to each thing according to its priority.

 

Family Margin

Also schedule in some daily margin as a family.  Personally, my daily schedule stops each day at 7pm, which for us is the end of after dinner clean-up, so if anything got backed up during the day, I have adequate time and space in which to accomplish it, and I’m available for whatever the kids might need for homework or special projects.

If you homeschool or your children aren’t yet school age but don’t nap, I highly recommend you schedule in an hour of quiet time during the afternoon.  If your kids are old enough to stay in their own rooms and play quietly without supervision, do so.  If your children aren’t yet able to be unsupervised in their room, do quiet activities like reading to them or put them in a safe zone while you rest.

I strongly recommend you don’t run your schedule for 6am to 10pm each day.  Give yourself some flexibility to over-estimate or under-estimate the time needed for projects, allow for some downtime, and always have some flexibility should something come up.

 

Safe Zones

If your children are very small and require constant, complete supervision, turn one room in the house into a safe room.  Baby gate it off so no child can escape, put a mattress on the floor, a comfy chair and remove anything out of the room that your child shouldn’t have access to or you wouldn’t want to clean up.  Legos, crafts and crayons don’t belong in this room.  Soft toys, board books and things that are quick and easy to pick up are what goes in this room.  When you hit overwhelm as a mom, someone is sick or you just need a nap to keep from being impatient, gate everyone in and take it.  When it’s quiet time, use the chair to read to them, then let them crawl down and go play while you doze lightly or recharge your batteries with a good book you want to read.  The benefit is that you know the room is safe and you can read without having to keep one eye on them.

You should NEVER feel guilty for trying to meet everyone’s needs, including yours.  If you were up all night with a sick child or a family emergency, you need a safe place to nap where your child can play without worry.  This gives you that space to meet your needs and theirs at the same time.   Until your child is old enough to not pull a stupid if you have to nap, this really is a needed safe zone for every mom who does not have someone they can call on to help.

If this isn’t an option, consider finding a friend for whom you could swap child care on short notice when things get really tough.

 

On Wednesday, we will look at what to do with the rest of your brain dump list.

 

 

Photo credit- From Chaos to Order by Sebastien Weirtz on Flickr




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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Feb
04

From Chaos to Order – Challenge Three

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First we figured out an app to use for our to do lists (your paper brain, as it were), then we figured out what our priorities are.  Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

Now we begin the hard work of emptying our brains onto paper. This step has been one of the biggest breakthroughs of my life.

The theory is that your brain has a set capacity, more or less, and can perform only two functions- storage or growth (thinking, learning, creativity).  The more things you’re storing in your brain, the less growth that occurs, the less thinking you can do, the less creative you are and the more disorganized you become because you’re using all of your RAM for remembering the things you’re storing and constantly recalling them instead of learning and adapting new information.  More or less.

In my own life, I find this to be true.  When I began brain dumping regularly and got ever-y-thing out on paper, I had two immediate effects. First, I felt far less chaotic, and second, I fell asleep quickly, instead of laying there, going over tomorrow’s to do lists and what I needed to pick up at the store.  I knew it was on my paper brain and I didn’t have to keep reminding myself in the background.  I could rest. It was like my subconscious didn’t have to constantly throw things up to my conscious mind from the big sea of storage soup that was over-running everything.

After doing this method with myself a few close friends, we all noticed a pattern. The more you’re storing, the less patience you have with yourself, with others and with life in general. The more storage I was using, the less rested I felt because I would wake up feeling like my brain ran on high every night while I was asleep. The more room for growth you have, the happier you are, the more in control of your own brain that you feel and the more patience you have.  While this pattern might not hold true for everyone, it was interesting to observe it in myself a few friends.  The extra dose of patience might solely have come from the ability to go to sleep immediately instead of laying there a while, but I wasn’t the only one who noticed it.

That alone was worth the price of admission.  I felt more at peace and more in control.  Was I really?  No, nothing in my physical life had changed. Still the same people and circumstances. But I had freed up enough mental space from using storage and having things constantly pop to mind in a bid to not forget it, that I had a greater capacity to think, to learn and to be creative. My ability to absorb more information and learn new things quickly skyrocketed plus I was getting more sleep.  I no longer felt like my brain was at capacity and I was just dull and unable to learn more. A win-win, right?

Try it, you might like it.

Pull out your app, your notebook, whatever you chose in challenge one to use to be your ‘paper brain.’  Find some quiet time in a quiet place, with no kids or husbands in the room- once you begin this exercise, it will start pouring out and you will become highly irritated at being interrupted. Begin inputting anything and everything that comes to mind with no filters and no attempt to organize the contents- just type or just write.  Every important date, every to do item, everything you need from the store.  Anything that wakes you up at night or keeps you from sleeping. All of your goals, dreams, plans, solutions and brainstorms.  Everything you need to do in that home remodel you’ve been dreaming of (or putting off). That item you can only get when you go two towns over next week. That RSVP you’ve been meaning to get to, or the present for Timmy’s friend’s birthday party next week that you need to pick up.  The location of that recipe you’ve been wanting to try. That phone call you need to make to your mom or mother-in-law that you’ve been putting off. Dump everything you’re storing in your brain onto that piece of paper or that app.

If you’re like me, you will actually have to take several hours of quiet time to do this, over multiple days and in multiple sessions and you’ll use a LOT of paper.  I dumped more and more and more and more out into that notebook, as one thought would remind me of something else I needed to do.  I put down every birthday, anniversary, child’s request for the next birthday party,  and school event.  What I needed to buy to paint the living room, all of the little niggly home repairs that needed to be done, the family addresses I needed.  The business projects I was dreaming up, a list of people I needed to contact, half-completed projects that were on the back burner, reminders for anything and everything that needed to be completed and even my ideas for easier menu planning.  I poured my brain out onto that paper.  Every bill that needed to be paid, every bit of housework I was behind on.

If you are using an app, I recommend you create a category called ‘brain dump’ to hold all of these to do items.  Soon, we will begin the work of making this brain dump work for you and creating more categories.  For today, just one category is needed.

I also used a very creative memory jogger list to help me find everything that needed to be dumped out of my brain.  You can find the post here and you can find the list here.  I highly recommend you use a memory jogger or an aid to help you completely empty your brain.  I know this website is aimed at ADD and ADHD people, but I honestly believe this tool is so awesome that every busy mom should have a copy.

This step has had a profound impact on my life.  My creativity and ability to learn and press forward in meeting goals has skyrocketed.  Next, we begin to organize and act on your paper brain to put it to its best use.  That step begins on Friday.

 

 

Photo credit- From Chaos to Order by Sebastien Weirtz on Flickr




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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During challenge one, we picked out an app to use for organizing information. Today, we begin brain dumping by looking at your priorities.

When you begin organizing everything and setting time amounts or routines to get out of chaos, you must always keep your priorities in mind.  What are your priorities? Write them down in order.  Things that might be included are:

  • God
  • Your husband
  • Your kids
  • Your home
  • Your job
  • Your parents or other extended family
  • Your church
  • Your extra-curricular activities and hobbies
  • Down time

Once you have set your priorities, it is easier to figure out how you should allocate your time.  Your higher priority items should always be allocated enough time to be dug out from chaos first, and once the chaos is over, they will receive the most focus.

On Wednesday, we will begin the process of emptying your brain onto paper during Challenge Three. Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

 

 

Photo credit- From Chaos to Order by Sebastien Weirtz on Flickr




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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Today, we begin our series on creating order mentally and physically to help get yourself and your family out of overwhelm mode.

The first step in putting together a system that works for you is to figure out how you best function with organizing information.  It doesn’t matter how good a system is, if it doesn’t function in the way you best function, it will likely be of no help to you.  You won’t be prone to use it, and it will set you back to square one.

Do you do best using paper and pencil?  Cell phone?  Laptop?  Desktop?  A combination? Something with cross-platform functionality? What type of a system are you most prone to use and stick with?

Personally, I needed something that I could access from a laptop, desktop or cell phone to make things function best for myself.  In order to accomplish that, I used a program called Asana.  It has a website that  I can access from any laptop or desktop, and a cell phone app that is easy to use so I have it on the run, too. It’s free, I’ve used it for several years and it has been very reliable.

Today, decide how you best organize information and pick a notebook, app or website to help you begin your organizational journey.  On Monday, we will look at the next step in organizing- emptying your brain.  Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

 

 

Photo credit- From Chaos to Order by Sebastien Weirtz on Flickr




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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When the New Year rolls around, it always feels as though everyone makes a resolution to get organized. They work for two or three weeks, then something comes up and their life descends back into chaos. Out of a survey of my ten closest friends, seven felt like they lived in constant chaos, disorder, and felt like they couldn’t catch up. In short, they’re overwhelmed.

Early last year, I discovered a method to dig myself out of the chaos, restore order to my home, and feel as though I had time to tackle the projects I have always wanted to do but didn’t feel as though I had the time for. After talking with several friends in the last couple of weeks, I decided to start a blog series and a Facebook group to share my method to help other moms who are looking for a way out of the chaos.

I have started a Facebook group called Order from Chaos- Solutions for Overwhelmed and overworked Women and Moms.  I will be posting the challenge tasks here on the blog during the week, and discussion will be in the group.  Please come join us!

 

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I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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Jan
26

Attitude Check

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We have had a whirlwind two-and-a-half weeks.

Out trip to Disney World and getting to eat gluten-free went awesome.  Four days of theme parks were a blast.  We had no gluten exposures and the staff at every restaurant was nothing less than stellar.  I was able to stay allergen-free and keep my carbs and my grains to a minimum.  I even lost weight while on vacation. Disney isn’t an inexpensive place to eat, but we were quite happy to be able to eat out without having to pack the kitchen sink each morning.

There are website dedicated to allergen-free dining at Disney. Allergy-Free Mouse is where I did the bulk of my planning.  I picked which restaurants we wanted to eat at for each park, then planned the day’s rides, shows and activities so we would land at those locations at about the right time.  If you plan on dining at Disney for two meals a day, plan about $40 a day for each person eating adult meals, more or less.  The counter service restaurants are less expensive than those with a waiter, generally speaking.

I had planned on writing a long post about where we ate each day, what we had and review it all, and I will still try to pull that post together.  But today I want to write about the aftermath.  After our fun at Disney, we were set to attend a conference for It Works!  We had combined the vacation to see the mouse with the conference because, after all, who can go to Orlando without a pit stop at the happiest place on earth? The day the conference started, our daughter woke up with diarrhea and vomiting.  Then that afternoon, we were in a car accident.  It totaled our van, damaged both mine and Jeff’s knees, and left us limping with no transportation. Thankfully, the sick kids weren’t in the van with us, but were back at the hotel with their grandparents.  All while I was supposed to be attending the most important conference we have each year, with about 30 of my team members there and missing me.

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Attitude

But before we talk about all of that fun, let’s talk about your attitude.  Or, rather, my attitude.

It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter how smooth life is sailing (or not), you’re eventually going to have some REAL fun happen, and sometimes you can have several really fun things happen all in a string.  It could have been very, VERY easy for me to be sitting in a hotel room floor with a bum knee, swollen all up and in pain with black and blue shins, with a totaled van and no way to get home, sitting on the floor beside the bed of a kid who had it going at both ends and feel sorry for myself, disappointed, like the trip was ruined and I was stuck far away from home.  And I believe had I felt that way, no one would have blamed me.  Had I come home and griped about how awful the trip was, people would have nodded and sympathized.

Instead, I decided that I was going to show up, anyway, and try to have as good of an attitude as I could possibly muster.  I was late, I had to use a wheelchair, but I showed up.  No hair, no make-up, looking bad, but I showed up.  And I tried VERY hard to be an encouragement to those around me.

Because it isn’t all about me.  I had gone there with a purpose, and I wasn’t going to miss that with my team, wreck or not.  I wasn’t in the hospital and I had one good leg.  The truth is that I had no excuse to not show up.

I was blessed by going.  Did I hurt?  Oh heck yeah.  Did  I cry?  You bet. But I would have hurt and cried had I laid in the bed that day, too.  At least I was around people, distracted by an awesome conference, and had people encouraging me and praying for me.

Instead of feeling sorry for myself over being injured, I was happy the conference center had wheelchairs and I could go from the car, to the wheelchair and back without having to climb stairs.  Instead of being embarrassed about having to be pushed around,  I was thankful I had team members willing to help.  Instead of angry about the wreck and the inconvenience of having no car, I was thankful we had family to step in to get us there and back and help us pick up the rental car.

Despite the adversity, I was happy to be there, to be alive, and to get to meet many on my team for the first time.  Was it ideal?  Nope.  But I am so glad I didn’t allow the circumstances to steal my joy.

And in the end, going was the right decision.  The company doubled the leadership bonuses, and I have many people on my team who will be going for bonuses of $500, $20,000 and more.  If I can promote another rank by March 31st, I can earn a $100,000 bonus.  We shall see if I can get there.  I am praying hard and working towards that goal.  If you’re a hard worker, and you want to join a positive team who works together, I’d love for you to consider joining my team.

What happens in life doesn’t matter as much as how you respond.  With the right attitude, you can mentally recover from these types of setbacks.

How’s your attitude?

 

‘Fun’ With Norovirus

I had gone prepared for the classic flu and some other maladies with my normal array of supplements, herbs and homeopathics, but I wasn’t really fully prepared for a stomach virus.  And I wasn’t prepared for a car wreck (who is?), but I had brought a good amount of gelatin-containing food in case someone should get a body flu.

For the norovirus, I used a very potent, soil-based probiotic and tripled the dosage, along with probiotic foods and drinks aplenty.  Norovirus is beyond horrid, and you can re-infect yourself as you do not develop immunity to it, so I strongly suspected that probiotics might help combat the severity and duration of the illness by out-competing it.  Activated charcoal and digestive clay and some homeopathics for nausea were on the stand-by.  I figured if I completely couldn’t stop the vomiting and diarrhea, the least I could do would be to make everyone more comfortable and try to get it over with as fast as possible without spreading it, right?

We also hit hard on the rehydration solution, called the doctor at home and they told us what to look for to know to go to the ER.  Thankfully, we never reached the point where we had to consider it.  Norovirus is NO JOKE and you shouldn’t hesitate to seek medical care swiftly and without second-guessing yourself, if you are showing signs of dehydration or worse.  Do not rely on what we used, please seek medical advice if you are facing Norovirus because I am not a doctor.  I’m just telling you what worked for us, it might not work for you.

We kept peppermint Essential Oil on hand to sniff to relieve nausea, and had plenty of ginger-containing items to eat when needed. I was advised that after a vomiting jag, waiting a few hours before trying to sip anything was a good starting point for us to consider.  For the kids, that worked to stop further vomiting episodes.  After four hours (longer if they were asleep), they could tolerate a small (one teaspoon) sip of a probiotic drink every 15 minutes for one hour, then every 10 minutes for an hour, then as they felt able to have it to rehydrate. This, of course, only works if they aren’t dehydrated when the vomiting jag starts, and if the vomiting stops and they can catch a break.  If they’re vomiting with no breaks or already dehydrated, this is clearly something that shouldn’t be considered, call your doctor immediately.  When we realized we were facing a virus, we made sure everyone was well-hydrated to give us some added insurance, and my daughter normally keeps herself well-hydrated so she didn’t start the virus on the edge of dehydration. Even so, waiting for a few hours was kinda scary because grandmas the world around (and on Facebook) are pushing you to do something RIGHT NOW or haul them to the ER.  But once I figured out how long they needed to ‘reset,’ the vomiting stopped unless they snuck something.

For myself, the four hour mark didn’t work.  I really needed eight hours and a slower re-introduction of fluids to keep the vomiting at bay.  I believe this is what kept us out of the hospital, because had we continued to push fluids after an hour or so from the last vomiting episode out of fear of dehydration, we would have pushed ourselves further down the vomiting and dehydration cycle that leads to the ER and more germ exposures.  Not to mention the misery of having to do anything but lay very still when you’re so sick.

We then broke out the Lysol III.  Being away from home and in a small hotel room with only one toilet, we didn’t really have good options (major understatement), and it is the one thing I knew of on the market that says on the label it can kill norovirus.  Remember, I said above you can reinfect yourself.  And others, of course.  After every bout of diarrhea, we would close the toilet lid and flush, then spray down the underside of the lid, the seat on both sides and the rim, following the label directions, to try to prevent re-infection.  After every vomiting episode, we would throw out the trash bag and spray down the entire trash can. And, of course, lots of hand washing with warm water and generous amounts of soap, as well as keeping the sick-o isolated to their own bed and not allowing them to touch anything that could possibly infect someone else, like the remote control or light switches.

Our biggest fear was both adults being struck with the virus before we could get home, so we made the decision to leave as soon as we could after the conference was over and everyone was stable.  We finally rode home with both kids in the back seat of a rental car, wearing diapers with trash cans between their knees.  We had to make frequent stops for fresh air and bathroom breaks and dealt with two vomiting episodes while on the road, but we finally did get home.  I hope I never have to repeat another trip like that in my life.

I was hit with the virus about 24 hours after we got home, and Jeff went down a few days later.  I believe we are all finally on the mend.  The kids wound up missing two weeks of school between the trip and the horrid virus.  They went back to school today.

I woke up Friday morning, feeling better, with a fire in my belly.  The fire to help more people reach their goals, be happier and live a debt-free life.  I’ve been back to work on my cell phone and laptop as I have been able, while finishing my recovery.

 

Knee Damage

So what about my knee?  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get to a doctor yet due to dealing with the virus.  That is top priority tomorrow. My knee is painful, very crunchy and something feels injured.  Jeff’s knee is crunchy and just odd.  I’m taking in lots of joint-related supports, like bone broth, gelatin, and a joint and pain relief supplement that It Works offers, while we wait.  I will update the blog once we know more.

 

Moral of the story? I will never make another family trip again without a nicely stocked, portable supply of all of the items needed to combat the classic flu AND the stomach flu.  And I will do my best to continue to keep a good attitude and learn to be content in ALL things.




I'm KerryAnn Foster. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband, Jeff, and our two kids, a teen and a tween. I blog here at Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). I blog about Paleo, beauty, health, family, homeschool and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond. I have over sixteen years of real food and natural lifestyle and health experience.

I am also an It Works! Global Triple Diamond Independent Distributor. I love that crazy wrap thing! I have been extremely happy with how the It Works Products have tightened up my loose skin and healed my stretch marks after losing 179 pounds and having a 10-pound baby.

Read about my journey to health through celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals.
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