Friday, January 28, 2011

A Few Interesting Facts

I am actually completely enthralled with all this new found information regarding this Maker's Diet.  I haven't been able to look at food the same way again since reading this book.  There is so much need-to-know information in there. 

Take for instance, artificial sweeteners, they are really bad for you.  Since it's supposed to taste like sugar and not actually be sugar, it's quite deceiving.  After 20 minutes in your body, Aspartame begins to break down from its ingested compound. What is in your body, then?
•Methanol
•Formaldehyde (a Class-A carcinogen used to embalm corpses)
•Formic acid (ant venom)
Research shows that when you want sugary substances, use real sugar.  Artificial sweeteners will only tamper with your systems and can wreak havoc in your body.  Not to mention they completely mess up your blood sugar levels and your body's response to them. 

I can't believe it's not butter.  You know what, that's totally a lie.  I CAN believe it's not butter.  For one, it tastes horrible, nothing like butter.  Two, it is made artificially with artificial products that are also completely horrible for your system.  From looking at the ingredients, there are a ton of soy products.  Which is also completely horrendous for your system as well.  Basically, it is always better to use real butter then any of it's low fat, low calorie look alikes.  One of the reasons soy is bad for your body is it mimics estrogen in your body.  Estrogen is good to a certain extent.  Your body already produces the amount it needs, if you have a lot of estrogen, it also can create some not so good side affects.  Soy has been linked to several forms of cancer and from various websites, they are saying the negative in using soy products far out way the benefits. 

Herbs are frankly a fighting machine! They are so great for your body.  I read up on the various herbs and spices and what they can do for your body.  Most of them help in so many area's I would be typing out a massive novel with all the benefits these natural spices have.  To name a few: They are anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, help fight cancer, help your digestive system, they fight arthritis, skin sores, bronchitis, coughs, congestion, muscle spasms, headaches, ulcers, tooth-decay, depression, fungi, candida, viruses, psoriasis, indigestion, body odor,  and even some can be used as disinfectants or anesthetics.  Man! Those are some powerful little warriors that are so easy to add to our daily lives!

That's only a small percentage of the things I have been learning! Crazy stuff, ey?  

Brand New Day

Good Morning everyone! And I truly mean that too.  I sincerely hope you have a good morning. Yesterday was one of those days, one that I wish I could just push fast-forward to 10:30 at night where I could be in my bed, under my covers, sound asleep.  Needless to say, it was not a good day yesterday.  Unfortunately half of my day is going to be left to the imagination for you guys.  Sorry! But I can tell you, I fell sick at work and spent the whole morning in complete pain and apparently my body just rejected my breakfast.  It was kind of funny actually, some of my co-workers just saw me after I had thrown up and thought I was angry! They had never seen me "angry" before so they were quite surprised.  I profusely said that I actually wasn't angry and was fine, but they didn't believe me.  Little did they know I had actually left my half digested breakfast in a toilet bowl a few seconds earlier.  Thankfully I felt almost up to par after a little pain medicine and sprite zero and was able to stay at work and complete my day. 

After another few events happened later that day, I was ready to just crawl in my room and hide out for the rest of the evening.  To my hesitation, I had a church event I wanted to attend to last night so I left early and went there instead of quarantining my self to my room.  It was a great time of reflection, encouragement, and talking.  I felt a lot better after going to church.  I am so happy I went.

There is a reason I say this all to you, I am just extremely thankful for NEW days.  After a day like yesterday, there is nothing quite like waking up in the morning, refreshed and ready to start anew.  Things of old are in the past and there is always the possibility of having a great day ahead.  And you know what? I have never been more thankful for a friend who is always by my side, ready and waiting, for when days go sour and I can vent to Him and tell Him all about it.  I am so happy to have a friend like Him.  :) He's actually a little goofball because, well you want to hear a funny story?

We had a One-by-One Tutoring Christmas Dinner last Monday because or original date came on a day a big snow storm hit.  We unfortunately had to post-pone.  My student came along with her mother and her Aunt and Uncle.  There was a computer give-a-way drawing being held that night.  They had 9 computers to give.  My student's uncle and his wife were expecting their first child. He was really hoping for a computer because he didn't have one and needed one.  I said I would pray he gets one.  We were all excited when the drawing started to take place.  I was secretly praying and praying that he would get one.  My student's mom told me they never get lucky on this sort of thing.  Computer 1's winner was called, then computer 2, 3, 4 and so on.  It came to Computer 9 and that was when I was praying really hard.  The name called was not his.  We were so bummed.  And then! Just at that precise moment, a 10th! Computer! was donated!! and guess what! Her uncle's name was called!! He had won!!! I couldn't believe it! God definitely has a sense of humor!! We were so shocked and excited! What a surprise! I know my student's aunt and uncle are going to thoroughly enjoy their new, used, God-given, comptuer!  Thank you Jesus!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Venture at The Tea Garden

Yesterday, in going with this whole healthier side thing,  I decided to take a gander at this wonderful place called The Tea Garden.  My whole experience there was wonderful, and they were extremely nice to me no matter how indecisive I actually (well really is more like it) was.  I am not a tea drinker. I think it tastes like a heavily watered down juice.  In reading The Maker's Diet, I have decided to try it sparingly and hopefully make an acquired taste for the hot liquid. 

I am signed up for various coupon daily deals through out the metro. They send me a daily deal every day to my inbox with fabulous 50% off deals for businesses.  Some of them I automatically delete but they had a deal yesterday at crowdcut.com where I could spend $5 and get a $10 voucher at The Tea Garden! My curiosity sparked my interest.  I have been there once prior but that was a while ago, I also remembered the service there to be excellent as well, not to mention the products. 

Needless to say, with my $10 voucher, I got a Mango Guava Shake (not ice cream by the way) with Tapioca pearls.  It was good, and I got 2 bags of wonderful smelling tea! I hope my free bags of tea do me justice and I acquire the taste quickly. 

As far as my progress on The Maker's Diet you might ask? Well, I haven't particularly started yet.  I am still finishing up the book which should be done by this afternoon.  I am meeting with my dear friend, who is already on the diet, tonight for coffee where we can discuss this topic further.  I'm pretty excited.  This feels right.  There is a tremendous amount of information in that book that I would have never known.  Even if you don't want to start the diet, which is totally okay, I highly recommend reading the book.  Because some of the health insights in there is highly valuable. 

So there you have it! more exciting info from the mind of Kelley! I urge you to check out The Tea Garden though, it is an amazing little place!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Maker's Diet

What is it about what we eat day in or day out that severely impairs our health? Where did we go wrong? What things should I be eating? What things shouldn't I be eating? Questions upon questions.  I am at the point in my life where, eating is a life altering thing for me.   My health is extremely dependent upon what food's I am choosing to inhale.  Where do I go for answers?

My friend from church has been on what is called, The Maker's Diet.  (Although I refuse to use the word "Diet" in my vocabulary, I much prefer "Lifestyle Change")  Through this lifestyle change, she has been able to feel a lot healthier, have more energy, and lost some weight to get down to a healthier size.  She has been on this since I met her and she looks great.  I've been curious about the whole thing, so one day I went on Amazon and bought the book on this particular lifestyle change.  I am only half way through it and so far I am liking what I am reading. 


A short summary to explain this to you, The founder of this diet is a man named Jordan Rubin.  During his college years, he was stricken with a deadly case of Crohn's Disease.   This man was on the brink of death.  He weighed under 100 pounds and couldn't do anything to get his weight back up.  His body rejected any type of food or nourishment.  His body was starving itself.   Jordan was determined to find a way to live.  He searched high and low for any type of cure or ailment to alter his disease.  He went to doctor upon doctor, and even researched far outlandish alternative medicine.   One day, he decided to see what God had said in his most powerful source of information, The Bible.  Jordan picked apart the Bible and wrote down what food's God has said were okay or "Clean" in biblical terms, and also anything God had said were unclean to eat.  When he put this new found information to practice, his Crohn's disease symptoms were basically reversed.   He was able to gain weight, and his body started to retain the nourishment it needed.  Till this day he has not felt one symptom from Crohn's Disease.  He, I believe, is now a healthy 230 pounds.   I'm not sure I have the number exactly correct but you get the point.  He showed us a Before and After picture and it was SHOCKING. 


Everything really makes sense, he even included several stories of other people who had similar cases with various incurable diseases who have been cured.  His grandmother included.  (she had a severe case of cancer and was on her death bed as well) This is not to say, that this method of lifestyle change is going to cure everyone or something, but it has been proven to help. 

I am really enjoying this book and after a long time thinking about it and praying about, I'm interested in starting this.  I don't have an incurable disease or anything but I know, at the weight I am at, my health is not too good.  I can feel pains in my body in places I never had before.  I want to live a long healthy life and not have everything spiral out of control at the age of 40.   I look at my uncle, (whom I love dearly), once he got close to 50 his health severely deteriorated.  He is one miserable man with all the pains he has in his body, including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Asthma.  He has even been considering quitting his job because it is just so hard on him.   I want kids someday, and it will mean everything to me to be able to pick them up and play around with them, run after them, shoot them in the air and catch them, put them upside down and tickle their tummies without running out of breath and having to take a rest after 5 minutes. 

I plan on documenting my journey once I start just in case you might be interested in this as well.  First, I have to finish the second half of this book.  :) Prayers are always appreciated.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Future In the Shadows

I kind of wonder as I sit here at my desk looking out at the cozy fireplace with flames reaching for the sky and snow falls gracefully outside, what will my future hold? Many times I think, what will I be when I grow up? even though I've already grown up.  What job will I have? Where will I live? How much kids will I have? Will I love what I am doing? Will I be bored? Will I be content?

I must say, I am adventurous.  I yearn for new opportunities that spice up my life.  I would love to do something exciting, something out of the ordinary.  I love change.  God's given me a great place to live here, a great church packed with great friends, a great job on top of all else.  I've been given a great lifestyle here.  A place I call home.  Yet somehow I find the fascination and wanting sensations to just drop everything here and go somewhere, do something, move to a different state, maybe even country? I am at the age now where I can.  But dare I? I don't know.  Does God even want me to go somewhere else?  After all he's provided me with so much here. 

Career's have always been on my mind. I'm 23 and a receptionist at American Family Insurance.  I love it there.  I love the people there.  Is this what I will be doing the rest of my life? Would I be okay with that? Am I okay with that? Or do I want something else? Something more?  I've had dreams and aspirations when I was a kid of who I would be, but I never decided on just one.  I always had a list of things I could do, never one that I really had all my hopes and dreams on.  There's the Singer, Artist, Hair Stylist, Flight Stewartess, Architect, Nurse, Interior Designer, Teacher... For a while I had my heart set on singing or having my career at least have something to do with my voice.  Several months ago, God told me to take a break from singing.  Now, I wonder if I even want that anymore.  I still want to use my voice but who knows the extent of that ruler. 

I do know one thing... well 2 things in fact.  I want to be a mother, and second... I want whatever it is that I will do for the rest of my life, whether I become an Office Receptionist or any other of one of my dreams, I want it to be for God and in God's will.  I just get tired of waiting sometimes, you know? I've come to find out that God is an extremely patient man and loves to teach me that very attribute.  So as a 23 year old whose never gone to college, I'll just have to wait some more to find out what I really want to do with my life. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Misses and Wishes

I am one part of a huge family.  I have mercy sisters all over the United States, Family spread out through various states, and at some points, country's, I have cousins, aunts, and uncles miles and miles away.  I can't help but really miss not being able to see them.  I've been looking through pictures and reading blogs lately about those close to me that live far away and I can't help but feel a pinge of sadness that I can't see them as often as I'd like.  Our Welu's family has made it a point that we have a Welu Reunion ever year.  We started this a few years back at my sister's wedding because years would just fly by without seeing each other.  It would only be the next big family event such as Weddings that we would meet.  Although I cherish our annual get together but sometimes it still feels not enough.  My relatives are dear to me and I have grown up with them.  Now, I wonder if I even really know them anymore.  I know who they used to be? But people change.  I wish that I could just take a needle and thread and close the distance between us. 

My mercy sisters are important to me as well.  We lived with each other for 6 months.  We laughed together, we cried together, we witnessed very interesting things together, we bonded together.  But graduation day came and we all flew home.  Home is different for all of them, some are in Texas, Washington, North Carolina, Tennessee and so on.  The fact that it's been 2 years since I have seen any of them is sometimes hard to believe. 

Thinking back at all of this makes me wish sometimes that I worked at an Airport.  Free flying would be so beneficial to see all of my friends and family!!

My friends and family out there, I miss you! More than you know! Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Family Weekend of Fun

The fun of Holidays and family has now officially ended.  With Christmas and New Years over, we now have nothing to look forward to till spring.  The last few months of Winter will come bringing with it a never ending accumulation of snow to remind us.  But I had a great time.  Probably one of the better times in my life. 

Over Christmas, my family drove up and we got to celebrate our traditional annual Christmas get-together at Grandpa's.  With candles lit, rice pudding being temperamental, slow cooked ham smell permeating the air, a Christmas prayer, Luke chapter 2 voiced through the room, and a couple Christmas gifts for the kids creating a sense of familiarity as we embark on our family weekend together. 

Christmas has now ended and we yet look forward to New Years.  Plans were made to spend our intimate family Christmas together in South Dakota with mom and dad.  Yet, weather decided to make it's own plans.  With ice storm warnings across the state, I was forced to change my plans and head out of town on Wednesday night instead of Thursday.   My never ending applause of thankfulness is ever present, if I had left on Thursday, I would have never made it.   Ice had covered all of the roads. 

Due to the weather, we also chose to stay mainly indoors creating much needed family time for all of us.  We got the opportunity to grow closer, get to know the in-laws more, and play with the little ones.   I unfortunately came across a cold and was sick the entire weekend.  I didn't want it to let me down so I pushed through to make this weekend a memorable one.   I am so thankful for my family, for our time together, and for my boss who was very lenient in letting me take Thursday off last minute.  I am spoiled with a great job, a great car, a continuous paycheck, and so much more.  It's time to appreciate what I do have.  Always wanting more only leads me to forget what I already have right here in front of me, not to mention the feel of underappreciation and thinking I never get anything.