A deeper look into the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

We Live and We Learn 💙💚

Did you know there are alternatives to drinking this toxic YUCK. Well I didn’t 😔So last Tuesday into the lab I went and down the hatch IT went. I felt very uncomfortable and very ill within minutes! If you follow myself or know me personally you know that our family does not consume processed foods, dyes, processed sugars, gluten or conventional cows milk dairy. We eat very intentionally clean mindfully monitoring what we consume. So why in the WORLD would I drink this?!?!? Well I didn’t know I had options and I DIDNT ASK or do my own research for lack of information and time.

It took me until Friday to begin to recover from the massive shock and strain the Glucola put on my system. Here’s and shocker for you (NOT) I also failed the test! I wonder Why?!? It was days of MISERY while my body recovered and repaired just ask my husband 😜 So I have spent some time looking into this and speaking to other warrior Mommas like my sister in law 💜 and guess what I discovered? There ARE alternative options available for consumption allowing you to complete the test and also possibly get a more accurate reading. Especially if your like myself and do not consume much sugar or a “standard diet”. Am I disappointed this happened yes, but I’m so excited to have been given an opportunity to grow and learn!!! Begin a advocate for our own health and wellness is a ongoing journey. There are going to be set backs, opportunities to make changes and grow. I’m thankful to have been given another one. I encourage you to do your research always, even if it’s after the fact sometimes. Because yes we are all human even me and I am not a robot with unlimited time. But seeing the value and prioritizing my health is vital, something I take very seriously especially with a reminder like this one!

I am to go in and take the 3 hour glucose challenge tomorrow. My midwife and I have created a protocol that I am comfortable with and I will be writing more on the experience afterwards.

Stay Tuned 💫

But for now if you are looking for alternatives you here are a few by Dr. Romm;
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imple blood test that doesn’t require you to ingest anything prior. While there is no set level that determines gestational diabetes (there are levels for non-pregnancy-related diabetes), done early enough in pregnancy it can determine whether you already had undetected diabetes before even becoming pregnant, and a level of 5.45% may be associated with gestational diabetes, in which case you can make dietary changes and wait until 24-28 weeks gestation, when the glucose challenge and GTT are typically done, and then decide whether to test.

2. Consider an excellent diet and random glucose testing. This just requires finger stick blood testing which can even be done by you at home, and is a commonly used alternative for women who can’t tolerate the Glucola. However, one test result alone is not enough to diagnose or rule out GDM, so you’ll want to work with your doctor or midwife to come up with a reasonable schedule for testing and assessing your results.

3. Consider ‘The Jelly Bean Test.’ This test, which has you eat 28 jelly beans, which also provide 50 grams of sugar, has been popular amongst midwives for decades, and now there are GMO-free and naturally-colored brands to choose from. While some data suggests that the results are not entirely as reliable as using the oral glucose test drinks, an article published in a major obstetrics journal states that jelly beans are a reliable alternative that are actually preferred by women and have fewer side effects.” (source)

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Starch Spray

I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to share information with you. Starching clothing is a dying art but one my grandmother took pretty seriously 😋 Personally the spray bottle with numerous warnings never beckoned me to take up this practice but it does not have to be that way. Did you know you could starch your clothing naturally. Please just ensure the ingredients you are choosing are Gmo and pesticide free. Happy Starching 💜

Ingredients

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch. You can vary the amount to get a greater or lesser degree of stiffness.

1 pint cold water

1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

1 clean spray bottle

Preparation

1. Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be milky in color)

2. Add a couple of drops of dōTERRA essential oil for fragrance (if desired)

3. Then, transfer to a clean spray bottle, and use. You want to use a clean spray bottle that hasn’t been used for chemical products. Cornstarch is a neutral chemical, but it could still pick up traces of other products.

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doTERRA OnGuard Cleaner Consentrate

This is the liquid gold of the cleaning products!!

“This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.”

MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER: Mix 2 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

BATHROOMS: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per 24 oz. of water.

DISHES: Mix 3 tbsp of concentrate per gallon of water.

TOUGH JOBS: Apply concentrate directly on designated area and let soak.

I personally have used it on many more ways then it is advertised! I use it for stains on clothes, added boost to my laundry, hand soap, you name it, I use it!

It’s absolutely brilliant and will never go back!!

Homemade cleaner

I’m sometimes asked how would a homemade cleaner work exactly if the oils do not mix into the water and disperse evenly. Well the answer is it’s all in the composition of the oil itself. The power in any essential oil is due to the constituents that make up that oil!

So in lemon (and most every citrus oil) the rockstar constituent is a monoterpene called d-limonene. It has the ability to dissolve dirt + pesticides which are petroleum based. You can read research on that here:

Properties of limonene: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol56/mono56-9.pdf

It is best to add a natural castile soap to the water that you’re adding the citrus oils to so that the castile soap can help disperse the essential oil with the water. (Castile soap such as D.Woods, is made of coconut olive and hemp oils and has lots of uses around your home – it’s natural, and safe if ingested which makes it great for this use) The Best way to soak produce is to use a large bowl that will fit in the sink and add approx 1 tsp castile soap and 5-7 drops of citrus essential oil such as lemon or grapefruit or tangerine. Mix it around and then add your produce to sit for 10 min. Then rinse really well because that soaking water now contains soap, pesticides, dirt and bacteria.

This method will cost you a total of about $0.25!

Essential oils inhibiting cell attachment and biofilm development indicates a promising tool for reducing microbial colonization of food processing surfaces. Use of natural antimicrobial agents could provide alternative or supplemental methods for the efficient disinfection of microbe-contaminated industrial surfaces.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713511005561

DIY – Powder Laundry Detergent

Hello everyone!

Here is my FAVOURITE powder laundry detergent! It cleans like a charm, saves you money and all natural! I have truly fallen in love with making my own natural laundry. Knowing what ingredients are in the day to day items I use has come very important to me. I strive to reduce our toxic load and irritants in our every day life.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Baking Soda 10 cups
  • Coarse Sea Salt 3 1/3 cup
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap 6 bars
  • Cheese Grater or Food Processor
  • Large Bucket or Container
  • (OPTIONAL) doTERRA PURIFY Essential Oil Blend
  • (OPTIONAL) Knuckle Band-Aids (haha)

 

I have learned my lesson from previous times to cover my 3 fingers with knuckle band-aids to protect my finger tips. My cheese greater is extremely sharp and this is a highly recommended easy step. Some people also use a food processor with the grater attachment to shave their bars of soap. I find it much easier to just do it by hand. I can grate the 6 bars in less than 10 mins.

So with that said grate all 6 bars of soap! I love the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap. It is all natural and fair trade. Here is a list of the ingredients; Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.

This soap does not create suds and is safe for all types of washing machines.

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Proceed by adding the entire content of the baking soda and coarse sea salt content into your container. Mix well.

Baking soda will boost the natural cleaning properties of the castile soap, controls detergent suds (if there are any), reduces and removes laundry odors, softens water and laundry (no need for toxic fabric softners) and is safe to use in HE / front load washers.

Coarse Sea Salt is a great natural stain fighting agent (pre-wash and during wash), it keeps colours colourful, removes stickyness to clothes, reduces yellowing of clothes and controls mildew (in your machine).

OPTIONAL

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Purify is a special essential oil blend that is meant to eradicate foul odors in a natural and safe way. It is a bright uplifting blend that combines citrus and pine essential oils. I absolutely love the fresh and airy scent that it leaves behind! I also add this blend to my dryer balls. Here are the ingredients; Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils.

You can choose to add about 20 drops to your container or add 1 drop per load. All depends on how you want to function.

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I use 1/4 cup each load. Sometimes with the very dirty toddler/preschooler clothing I tend to bump it up to 2.

How much is this all going to cost?

Here is the break down

(I buy my items at my local grocery store, you can find cheaper prices at Bulk Barn or other similar stores. ALL PRICES IN CAD, and does not include taxes.)

  • Baking Soda – 2kg box – $5.99
  • Coarse Sea Salt – 750mg – $5.99
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap) – $4.99 X 6ea = 17.99$
  • (OPTIONAL) doTERRA Purify – 15ml – $23.00 (wholesale price) = $0.09 per drop x 20 drops = $1.84

For the sake of the laundry cost per load calculation I will not include the essential oils as they are not necessary.

SAVING MONEY

Based on the weight/contents of the ingredients (minus essential oils) and using 1/4 cup per load… you will get 50 loads per recipe. which ends up being about $0.59 per load!!!

AND if you wanted to add the essential oils in your laundry detergent it would bump the cost up to $0.63 per load!

So depending on how often you do laundry this detergent can last you from 60 months to 1 year! How is that for savings!!!

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In conclusion, you do what is right for you and your family. I did not always do this. I always just went for the store bought stuff because it was so easy. However after taking the 15 mins it takes to make this all natural detergent, I was hooked! Hooked on giving my family a healthier alternative, hooked on saving money, and hooked on living naturally!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Biblical Healing and Whole Wellness 

 

It is imperative that we recognize our lifestyle and eating habits pollute our temple, break down our immune system and cause us to be sick. Sickness is simply the body reacting to us putting something into it that God did not intend or design for it to have. Until steps are taken to recognize and remove the cause of disease and suffering, only degeneration an early death will result. Bible puts it this way and we must learn “be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap” Galatians 6:7. We cannot eat the diet of this world and enjoy perfect health and vitality. The choices we make determine whether we live in sickness or health.

If we choose to have abundant life, it will be necessary to change the diet and lifestyle to which we have been accustomed or addicted. Although it initially may sound difficult and restrictive to obtain optimal health it is the only choice we have. Our heavenly father set laws for our infinite good to preserve life and allow his children to attain their highest possible state of wellness. He made no boundaries on what we may attend, but our diet and lifestyle choices often limit us when we knowingly or unknowingly violate his natural laws. When we bring our lifestyle into alignment with God’s laws, most physical problems just simply begin to be washed away.

Yes, God wants his children to be well, and he is able to heal our broken bodies just like when he walked among us. However, we are called to be reverent of his natural laws! When natural laws are violated, we reap the consequences of our actions. Many Christians want to live the way they like, eat what they want, and then they get sick and some blame and question Him. But God very clearly warns us and calls us to reject worldly was the flesh and driving selfish nature of want and need placed in us by sin. As we humble ourselves and become obedient to our creator and the natural and physical laws he established, we will realize that it is a privilege and indeed an honor to serve God and honor his Holy temple.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and destroy: I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10

In today’s world most have strayed so far from the guidelines we have been given in the Bible. We have violated all the natural laws God provided at the time of creation, and we have become complacent about our health. We except illness as a normal part of life. So let’s consider some of the reasons why it is imperative for us to get back to a biblical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle. Too often we feel the need to seek physicians, whom we have been taught have the cure for all our ills. When in fact what Physicians do is address, alleviate and suppress symptoms. However, prevention and maintenance are much easier and certainly more cost effective. But that would affect the powers at be bottom line. So it is not the primary focus. Having a population that remains generally unwell is much more profitable than a population that is objective and aware. Is important for everyone to learn how to more effectively implement these natural laws that God has given. God set before us life and death and asked us to choose life. He did not leave us with out some guidelines to follow. These guidelines are quite simple and are found in the Bible and in nature all around us. These guidelines do not stress the body nor will they tax the emotions, even though they contain tremendous powers. The guidelines God gave us are

-proper nutrition

-pure air

-pure water

-active lifestyle

-sunshine

-adequate rest

-thankful and grateful faithful spirit

The sad and unfortunate truth is as a people we have adulterated and negatively impacted every single one of these required sources for life. There is no longer any pure source of nutrition due to pesticides and soil nutrient depletion we have adulterated our food source with GMO’s. Our air is laden with toxic irritants and our bodies are under constant attack. There is no longer a pure source of water on our planet. And our lifestyles are that of sedentary complacency. Often with attitudes of blame and Great lack of responsibility. If we believe he created us than we realize the reality is that someone designed and created us. And if someone designed and created us we have just like a vehicle requirements to maintain our optimal performance. They cannot run on just anything and remain functioning at top capacity and capability. If we don’t change our oil for example eventually our vehicle will fall into disrepair and stop working We in our ignorance and unbelief, have totally changed and adulterated gods plan, and the result is sickness, disease and unhappiness. We can’t serve the Lord in a sick body, so it is time to take responsibility for our own bodies and health and not leave it up to anyone else or blame other people or outside causes for our declining state. God has not failed us. He is the same yesterday today and forever. We my friends are the ones who have gone astray. I invite you to truly meditate upon this. Digging to his word and ask him what he has for you to do in this area.

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