EAT GOOD FOOD!

If you know me or Laura personally, or follow either of us on Facebook, you probably know that when it comes to health, diet and the right kind of supplements are important to us. Yet there is so much information out there about what is healthy and what is not. Combine that with the slippery slopes of food marketing for the purpose of selling a product (not because it’s wholesome and beneficial to your body), and eating healthy can become tricky. So, let me make things very simple: EAT GOOD FOOD!

What! That’s way too simple…and that’s the point. Not long ago, I was praying about my diet and asking God for wisdom, and that was His response to me, “Eat good food.” God’s wisdom is usually very simple and very profound. Eating good food simply means that whenever you pick something up to put in your mouth, first ask the question, “Will this food make my body feel better, run better, look better?” If you can answer this question with a resounding, “Yes!” then more than likely you are putting good fuel into your body. If you have to hesitate or think about it, then it probably means that the answer is “no” and you should put the food down….or in the garbage 🙂 Asking the above question has helped me greatly in making better food choices.

Some of you may be thinking, “There are a lot of foods that I don’t know whether they are healthy or not.” That’s ok. I’m in the same boat, and I’ve been researching this stuff for the past two years. Therefore, when you encounter the response of “I don’t know,” allow it to be a springboard for discovery. Look into the matter and search it out. Find out for yourself if something is healthy or not. Ask me, ask Laura, talk to an expert, read blogs or articles, do something to build your knowledge. The more knowledge you have, the better you will be able to answer the question, “Will this food make my body feel better, run better, look better?” The better you are able to answer the question, the more you will be choosing to “eat good food.”

Now, let’s look at the issue of, “What happens when I don’t eat good food?” The one thing you don’t do is say to yourself, “Aww man, now I’ve blown it. I might as well go back to my old ways of eating.” NO! Instead, give yourself some grace, allow yourself to enjoy whatever “bad” food you consumed (hopefully in a small quantity), and then take some mental or physical notes of what happens next. How do you feel after eating the “bad” food? Did your stomach start cramping? Did you get a headache? Did your stomach start to gurgle and the next morning was unpleasant when you visited the bathroom? Did your tongue feel rubbed raw afterward? The questions could continue. The main thing is to begin realizing the signals your body sends off when you put “bad food” into your body. When you can identify these signals, it becomes easier to resist the bad the next time and the next. I’ll end this paragraph with a confession: Last night, I had a fair share of fried jalapenos and pickles while celebrating my mother in law’s birthday. I allowed myself to enjoy them but took note of what happened next: bloating, gas, and an unpleasant visit to the bathroom this morning (I apologize to those readers who are uncomfortable with this kind of info, but get used to it if you want to talk about health).

Finally, here are some general tips on what kind of foods are healthy. Fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, raw and unprocessed dairy and meat, spices, honey, herbal teas, and organic coffee are generally “good” foods that have health benefits for your body. On the other hand, sugar, most grains, processed meats and dairy, processed foods in general, manufactured (artificial) sweeteners and food additives such as Splenda, Sweet-N-Low, MSG, maltodextrin, and a slew of others are generally harmful in some way to your body. For the keen reader, you may have noticed that I did not mention oils. This is a topic I would like to tackle in a separate blog post, so look for it in the near future.

God’s blessings on your health and vitality,

-Kurt

 

 

 

Fresh Garden Salad

I never was a salad person until recently. And to tell you the truth it was Chick Fil A that turned me on to salads. Go figure! (the Market Salad to be exact)

Here’s what I like to put in my salad!

I start with a base of organic mixed greens or spinach.

From there I add these things:

  • 1/2 cup chopped chicken
  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • handful of raisins
  • handful of sliced almonds
  • 4 diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • handful of granola- I go for the kind that is sweetened with honey or maple syrup and has seeds and berries. I try to stay away from sugar as much as possible.

Homemade Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegarette
  • spoonful of maple syrup
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients up in a jar and refrigerate when not using. This will make plenty of dressing for several salads. I make more as I go so it’s fresh!

Going All In

This post isn’t a post that focuses on one area of life but on all. If we go all in for Jesus, that means we go all in. As a family we have been discussing what that looks like. We have had an intense desire to reach others with the Gospel but know so many things can and do hold us back. We are tired of talking about ways to reach people, talking about how to grow, talking, talking, talking. James 2:26 says, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith from works is dead.”

In the Church we have been bombarded with messages against legalism which I totally agree with. But I also think it has numbed us to not do anything because we don’t want to do anything in the wrong motives. The only way we can be doers is to be motivated by Christ’s love. We are inside His Will when motivated by Love.

Going all in looks different for everyone. God asks some people to literally move to other countries, sell everything, start a business, move jobs, pray for people, or find their identity in Him.

What would going all in look like in your life? What is holding you back?

Maker’s Diet: Using Herbs and Spices

For some of you, beginning the Maker’s Diet will be a huge change and for others it may be smaller changes. My goal during January and February is to provide tips, recipes, and encouragement for the journey in March so that the transition is as smooth as possible. The tip for this week has to do with herbs and spices. These two things make what could be a boring meal into something very tasty. My recommendation is to take inventory of your pantry to see what you have and then visit your local grocery store’s spice section and see what is available.
The great thing about using spices is twofold. One, it makes your food taste better. Two, there are many health benefits that come from eating spices and herbs. For example, curcumin, found in turmeric, has a myriad of health benefits that include being anti-cancer. Another example is cinnamon. Cinnamon contains a significant amount of calcium, manganese, iron, and vitamin k. Cinnamon is anti-microbial, anti-cancer, boosts the immune system, protects against heart disease, and more (www.draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/ ). Why not make your food taste great and gain some serious benefits for your body? Here is a list of some of my favorite spices and how I use them:

Cumin – goes well on just about any dish that isn’t sweet. If used in guacamole, use sparingly
Coriander – used the same as cumin, has earthy slightly bitter flavor…very tasty
Basil (fresh or dried) – makes any Italian inspired dish better; goes well with most Asian dishes
Black pepper – this common spice does have health benefits! I like to use a grinder to get more flavor out of this spice
Sea salt – just remember to use in moderation
Cinnamon – on toast, mixed into pancakes or waffles. I’ll have to get creative with this one since most bread items are excluded from the “Makers Diet”
Garlic – great fresh or powdered in just about anything not sweet. Use as much as you want. This potent herb is packed with antioxidants.
Oregano – used mainly in soups and Italian dishes
Crushed red pepper – spice up your meal with a sprinkle…adds great flavor and is beneficial for your gut
Cayenne pepper – same as above
Thyme – see use for oregano

This is by no means an extensive list. Please feel free to use others not on the above list. Herbs and spices come from plants, so they are generally safe and healthy to use regularly but with moderation. If you are already in the habit of using an array of spices, keep it up and maybe find a new one or two to experiment with this month. If your spice use is restricted, purchase some spices from the list above and begin experimenting. Blessings to each of you, and if you have any health concerns about using spices, consult your doctor before use. The same goes for starting the Maker’s Diet.

Kurt Lindsey

The 3 Things That Keep My Family Out of the Doctor’s Office

I didn’t realize how long it’s been since my family’s been to any doctor. For me, I haven’t been sick and needing a doctor since we lived in Thailand in 2012. So, over 4 years ago was the last time I needed a doctor for an illness. I occasionally get adjusted by a chiropractor (great preventative health). Both of my children have been sick once or twice in 2 years. My husband has gone twice. I will preface this by saying when we do go to the doctor we use a natural doctor so if we did receive “treatment” it was a supplement or herb capsule of some kind. Always helped us and was a quick recovery!

BUT the way we treat our bodies usually determines our health. 

Here are 3 things we implement into our lives that have built our immune systems up, protected our health, and given us relief and sometimes a treatment!

1. Healthy Guts

Our gut health is key to our overall health! 80% of our immune system is found in our guts. So, all that sugar in the average American’s diet is wreaking havoc on their immune system. The gut is sometimes referred to as the 2nd brain in our bodies and I totally agree. Our guts can control how we sleep, how we eat, our mentality even! Serotonin is produced in the gut. Our cravings come from our gut.

To keep our guts healthy we must feed them good bacteria and help eliminate the bad bacteria. My family has seen life changing improvements through taking products from Plexus- specifically the Probio 5 and BioCleanse.

The Probio 5 is a powerful, high quality probiotic that contains 5 strains of probiotics, has these 3 SPECIFIC enzymes: Chitosanase, Cellulase and Protease, and contains antifungals. The hard outer shell of an extremely unfriendly yeast in our gut is comprised of Chitin, Cellulose and Protein. If your probiotic doesn’t contain ALL THREE of these enzymes, then it’s not going to get through the shell.

The Biocleanse is a gentle daily cleanse that helps detoxify the body. The main ingredient in Biocleanse is magnesium and because it is combined with Vitamin C, it turns into magnesium ascorbate which is even more gentle than magnesium citrate and therefore easier on the body. It also interacts with the sodium to oxygenate the tissue creating an alkaline environment in the digestive tract. Certain sickness-causing cells cannot survive in an alkaline and oxygenated body! There are also over 300 reactions in the body that occur because of the presence of magnesium. Most Americans are deficient so this one is a must have as well!

To get these two products you can go here.

Bone broth is an excellent gut healer as well. We make our own homemade bone broth and we love having it on hand!

2. Healthy Diets

My family has drastically improved our diet over the last 2 years. We used to eat better than the typical American diet but still would buy things without reading labels thoroughly.

Today, we eat very clean. We buy organic produce from the dirty dozen clean 15 list, we don’t eat dairy unless its raw and unpasteurized, we have eliminated all processed sugar, and we lean heavily towards gluten free. Between all of us in our family we see adverse digestive effects from one or more of each of these items if we have them in our diet.Eating clean is another way we keep our guts healthy! See the connection? We do occasionally consume these things because if someone is going to serve them and prepare a meal for us we are going to eat it graciously.

Eating clean is our routine and we have never felt better! We are going to be starting The Maker’s Diet soon which will take our diet to a whole new level and I’m excited to see how it is!

3. Essential Oils

We love our essential oils! We don’t use them daily except through our homemade hand soap and laundry detergent.When any of us get sick (which can be rare) or just have the sniffles they work so well at supporting our immune systems. I have noticed we haven’t needed them quite as much since we have been taking our probiotics. Our favorite way to use them is to diffuse them. I love the scents and all the combinations that can be used for different health support!

These 3 things are essential to my family’s health. We have all been the healthiest we can be and enjoyed not seeing doctor’s bills pile up. Debt free health is the way to go! Which brings me to one last thing…Samaritan’s Ministries!

Samaritan’s Ministries International is a health sharing ministry that we have been using for about 3 years now. It has blessed our family greatly and really helped keep healthcare costs extremely low! It is a Christian ministry that shares health care costs by sending newsletters out to families each month to help pay other people’s bills. So every month, we receive a prayer letter in the mail reporting on someone’s condition and we pay our share of their bill. Like wise, when we have a medical expense our need will be sent to people so that we can receive checks. My last baby was a c-section and we paid the costs in full within 4 months of the birth. And it was 100% covered! It’s been a huge blessing to pray for others and help share in their needs. If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to email me at lauralindsey89@gmail.com!

I pray you and your family has a healthy and blessed 2017!

❤ Laura Elaine

 

My Word for 2017

I have never picked a word for a year before or really went into a year reflective and prepared. Maybe you could call that laziness or flying by the seat of your pants with two babies in tow. The last 3 years have brought much confusion, transition, and clutter into my life spiritually, mentally, and physically. Yes, there have been huge blessings along the way but there have also been a lot of dreams shattered and focus made foggy.

2013 brought us back to the States after being in Thailand for year so we had a LOT of adjusting to do. We loved Thailand and dreamed of going back and it almost paralyzed us once we were back. All we could think about was Thailand and how we would go back. Then we got pregnant….

2014 we had our baby girl and it started a year of firsts. Lots of joy and lots of learning!

2015…..pregnant again with #2 and everything happened the opposite of how we prepared ourselves during the birth. Lots of healing in many ways has had to occur.

2016, we are growing in community in Odessa and really feeling plugged in. Loving our church family, friends, and community. We then decided Longview was where we were supposed to move to after much prayer about starting a health business (Lindsey Health Coaching). We know God lead us there and we were very unsure of what lay ahead. We fixed up a travel trailer and lived with in laws for a few months until we figured out what on earth we were doing there. Now we are in Tyler (Kurt teaching and I am staying home).

With this transition came more reflection and change in priorities. If we are really, really, really supposed to be in Tyler we need to stick to it and get our lives and priorities lined up with God’s. So this has brought me to my word for 2017….

discipline.

So many transitions, changes in seasons, moves, job changes. My life has been in survival mode for 3 years it seems. I lost my discipline in so many areas. My focus was gone. My purpose was foggy. My relationships were constantly changing.

With discipline will come many blessings and growth. I know deep down that’s where I have been lost all along. It just wasn’t noticeable until the last couple weeks. My discipline may look different than someone else’s but the core of it focuses on Christ.

How my Discipline in 2017 is going to look:

  • seeking the face of God every single morning at 5:30am
  • working unto the Lord in my health and Plexus business for an hour before my kids wake up
  • keeping surfaces clear in my house, not letting clutter steal my joy
  • developing relationships and renewing lost relationships with friends no matter the distance- because they are worth it.
  • caring for myself because if I don’t I can’t care for my family and others like I should
  • taking risks, no matter the cost to love people

This is a short list of areas I need discipline in. I know it won’t happen all at once but starting with Christ will lead me into the rest.

Thank you for being open to my vulnerability and for bearing through this lengthy post. May God bless you this year and I pray you are encouraged and excited to see what God has in store for you this year!

Laura

 

The Maker’s Diet: A New Year’s Resolution Built to Last

Dear friends, family, and others,

For some time now, I have wanted to do a diet called The Maker’s Diet, made popular by author, speaker, organic farmer, etc, Jordan Rubin. It is a 40 day plan that is meant to be continued for a lifetime. It is not a fad or quick way to loose weight. No, it is a way of living to transform your health. In summary, this diet weeds out harmful foods, and returns to a diet prescribed by God as seen in the Old Testament. To those who might say, “That’s old school, out-dated stuff,” or “That was in the Old Testament. We are under the New Covenant now,” please don’t abandon the ship just yet. In his book, The Maker’s Diet, Jordan Rubin describes how the diet that God commanded His people to follow is backed by good science as one of the healthiest diets available (Go figure…). If you are at all interested in going on this journey, I would highly recommend reading, The Maker’s Diet. You can find it on Amazon for $5 or less. However, beware. If you are not familiar with a more natural approach to health, you will most likely find some things in this book that are shocking and possibly offensive. Please don’t let that stop you! Let’s face it, if you read the Bible, then you are going to come across some things that shock and offend you…same principle here 🙂

So, why in the world would I, or anyone else, want to do this diet? First, long before I read, The Maker’s Diet, this summer, I had tossed around the thought that a truly healthy diet would be one that has its roots in the Bible. If God created everything, then it would only make sense that He knows the best way for His creation to eat, just like the maker of a car knows the right maintenance and care to get the most out of the vehicle. Second, I have had issues with the function of my gut surface in the past couple of years, and this diet addresses many of the root causes. From the research I have done over the past year and a half, I firmly believe that adhering to this diet addresses a wide range of health issues, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune disfunction, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, and much more. Third, what do you have to loose? You aren’t being asked to consume some weird formula or purchase an expensive product. All you have to do is stick to the foods (most can be found in your local grocery store) on the list that I have attached for a 40 day period. This list includes fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy products, spices, honey, and even coffee. If you don’t like the results, you can go back to your old ways. My hope and belief is that you are going to experience some amazing results and will want to stick with the plan long-term.

I am planning on beginning this 40 day journey on March 1 and ending/continuing on April 9, which largely overlaps with the season of lent. Between now and then, pray about it, read up on it, follow this blog and posts that I make on Facebook, tell others, and stay in contact. I will most likely be making a Facebook group once I get several people interested and posting recipes and tips to help you and I prepare for March 1. Don’t forget to take a look at the list of foods that are part of The Maker’s Diet! makers-diet-exl God bless, and may 2017 be your best year to date 🙂

Kurt Lindsey

PS / FYI – The Maker’s Diet comes in three stages, each one about 2 weeks long. The first stage is the most restrictive and the third is the least. This is to help your body heal and recover more efficiently.

 

 

 

 

Minimal Meal Ingredients

Over the past 3-4 years my husband and I have simplified our meals and their ingredients. When it comes to quality food, more ingredients is usually less healthy than its minimal counterparts. We have shifted our grocery shopping from weaving all up and down the aisles to going around the perimeter of the store. Have you ever thought of that? Most stores have all of the processed food in the center while placing the fresh produce and vegetables around the outside. Where do you find most shoppers? In the crowded aisles that drive me crazy!

By revolutionizing our diet and shopping we have improved our health drastically! And made meals simpler and fresher.

Here’s a sneak peak at our usual grocery list! We try to buy what we can organic and non-GMO.

  • almond milk
  • free range eggs
  • organic orange juice
  • celery
  • carrots
  • bananas
  • apples
  • oranges
  • avocados
  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • cilantro
  • spinach
  • kale
  • onion
  • bell peppers
  • jalapenos
  • poblanos
  • sweet potatoes
  • grapes
  • raisins
  • peanut butter
  • sprouted bread
  • sprouted rice
  • lentils
  • black beans
  • kidney beans
  • garbanzo beans
  • pinto beans
  • free range chicken broth
  • whole chicken (we use the bones to make bone broth)
  • grass fed beef
  • tortilla chips

This is a pretty good list of what we buy in the store on a normal basis. We can make so many meal combinations and season it up to our taste. Fresher is tastier!

The clean 15 and Dirty 12 is a great resource for knowing which foods are ok to consume non organic and which ones to try hard to find organic. You can check out a graphic here!

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RV Remodel Revealed

So we got this project started back in June expecting it to take a couple weeks and no more than a month. Boy were we wrong! Lets put it this way….it ate up all our time and money and we worked on it for about 3.5 months.

Here’s what we started with…

 

I knew we wanted to paint, put new flooring in, and take the window treatments down. So we started with that. From there we found damage that needed to be fixed so we repaired the large pop out ceiling and wall, the floor in the large pop out, the insulation underneath, a wall in the back pop out and floor area, and our floor in the big bedroom.

Here’s the finished product! It’s a beauty and it has been a joy to live in but with small children it has been tough at nap time and bed time.


Unfortunately it has been a struggle to live comfortably in the RV with a baby and toddler. We have decided to sell it and let someone else enjoy it!

When His Light Shines Through

What do you do when life gets away from you? When there is nothing else you can do? When everything you thought and dreamt about fell out right from under you?

That’s where we are. We prayed and prayed and prayed about the season we are walking through before we got here and thought we heard God’s voice loud and clear. What do we do now? We pray. We trust. We walk through disappointment and pain knowing God is doing something we may never understand.

He’s working in and through us, molding us into what he’s called us to be. Whatever it is he has for us it will be good. His Glory will shine through this season, not our own.

So if you are in a season of confusion, doubt, fear, or disappointment know that God is for you. He is working something in your life so that He gets the glory. This life is not our own. God created it and sent his Son to die on your behalf. Why not let your pride go, your sin be repented for, and move towards the true identity to which you were called. Be a son, be a daughter. Stop grasping everything so tightly and open your heart and hands to his perfect plans.