31 Days of Gratitude

For the second year in a row, I will be joining in a writing challenge for 31 days of blogging on a topic…my chosen topic is gratitude.

Last year at this time, I was in a challenging place in my life. I spent the days of October reflecting on what it means to surrender to God. Opening my heart to God and surrendering my hopes, desires, dreams, and everyday challenges really stretched my faith and allowed me to see God work daily in my life. In big ways. In small ways. In amazing ways. In everyday moments that made me simply pause and remember He is always, always with us.

This year, I want to take the month of October to reflect on gratitude. Life is messy. Life is challenging. Life is not always easy. Trusting God comes with sacrifices and trusting when you have no idea how the story…a.k.a your life…will turn out.

Taking time to reflect on the blessings in the challenges of everyday life helps me to keep my focus on gratitude which is exactly where it needs to be.

A gratitude journal changed my life last year. Gratitude can change yours, too. Even if nothing in your life changes, if the crazy, hard, challenging circumstances don’t change, if your perspective and attitude become one of gratitude…everything can change.

Join me this October for daily reflections on gratitude.

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Too Much of a Good Thing

When you have been dealing with food intolerance issues for a while, you become a bit of an expert at reading your own body…especially when you have had nutritional counseling with a nutritionist and allergy testing with your chiropractor through the BAX 3000 energy based allergy elimination system.

Enter peanut butter… my mainstay food throughout my childhood and teenage years. And my young adult life. And my middle adult life. Okay, who am I kidding? I have eaten large quantities of peanut butter for as long as I can remember. My mother-in-law even commented once that when she first met me, that’s what she remembered…I ate a lot of peanut butter!

I’ve never been a huge fan of meat besides chicken so peanut butter has a been a good source of protein for me. Interesting, though…I don’t really like peanuts. My nutritionist has reviewed my blood work and says the low levels of hydrochloric acid in my stomach make it hard for me to digest meat. But…I also have trouble with beans so I focus on chicken, eggs, grass-fed beef, Orgain protein powder, and nut butters for protein.

I’ve been relying on peanut butter too much lately. I’ve been treated twice for it through the BAX allergy elimination treatments. I don’t have allergic reactions but too much of it causes GI distress. I love the PB2 powder in my morning breakfast smoothies. I love melted peanut butter in warm applesauce. Okay, so I admit…too much of a good thing. So, I need to do a peanut butter free diet this week. Yes, I know I can buy another nut butter, but I eat that stuff too quickly. So, peanut butter elimination diet for me.

That stinks. I love peanut butter. And chocolate. And bananas. Together. But….my 11 year old son is motivating me towards my best health:

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And  one more thought…this one from my Yogi tea…”Be proud of who you are.” Flaws, imperfections, food issues…I am who I am. Hoping a PB free me this week  will calm the GI distress!

Anyone else have a favorite food that their body isn’t too fond of…maybe too much of a good thing?