Posts in Health
5 Tips to Stick to a Healthy Diet When People Around You Eat Differently

Two weekends in a row now I found myself bitter with my husband for eating what I like to call “junk” while we were on hunting trips. I’ve been eating a Paleo diet for a year and two months now without “cheats.” At first, when I began my journey I insisted that my husband eat only what I could eat because otherwise I felt tempted. But now, I’ve learned not to even be tempted by those around me, and my bitterness stems from my desire to see him achieve the same health benefits I have….

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How Functional Medicine Changed My Life

My life was falling apart. Suspected causes of my nerve pain and intense bladder urgency and pain included multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, interstitial cystitis, lupus, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome--no doctor could quite figure it out. 

I was always in pain. My whole body hurt. I had tingling, burning sensations covering my body......

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Why It's Hard to Celebrate My Son's First Birthday

My baby turns a year old today. I should be looking back at pictures reminiscing the memories, the good times. I should be smiling because the year was filled with joyful baby snuggles, baby-wearing, rocking, breastfeeding, and so many other parts of motherhood that I adored and dreamed of. But unfortunately, that's not the case for us. 

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Social Media's Impact on the Brain

Well, friends, it looks like I’m  a couple weeks late in posting this. Guess what happened—I got back on social media and got so sucked in and distracted again that I didn’t make time for my favorite thing—WRITING! Point in case. Maybe I should just end here. Social media can become a very negative thing when we aren’t careful, and I for one, have a hard time being careful and limiting myself. So, my apologies, truly!!

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3 WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH

As promised, I’m beginning a series of posts on how social media impacts our mental state and has the potential to increase mental illness. If you want to start at the beginning and see what led me to start this research and discussion, pause for a moment and read Social Media Addiction: When God Commands You to Fast and Rest 

I’ve gone around and around on where to start with this discussion—do I start with the research on how social media impacts our brain, or do I start with the studies that show there is a correlation between mental health struggles and social media habits? Do I present the information like a full-fledged research paper, or do I just give you the basics of the information I found?

After a great deal of thought on where we are headed, I’ve decided we’ll begin with a basic discussion on mental health trends and social media use. Next week we’ll cover the basics of how it actually impacts our brain. In these posts, we will only scratch the surface of research, but I invite you to dig deeper if you are interested. What you will find may alarm you, convict you, and challenge you just like it did me.  

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Social Media Addiction: When God Commands You to Fast and Rest

Hi, I’m Sydney, and I have a social media addiction. This addiction has subtly worsened my struggle with pride, it’s robbed me of precious family-time, and it’s caused emotional trauma that I wasn’t even aware of while it was happening. It’s an addiction that I believe many have but often goes unrecognized as such, and as a result, I think Satan easily uses it as a sneaky tool to manipulate, distract, and poison.

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