Thursday, August 17, 2017

Grateful for Plexus

Just another Mama that decided to take a chance. She was tired of being sick and tired.
I wonder how many people I know that could relate to this story.....

"Hello everyone! Here is my story in a nutshell.
I have always been a fairly health conscious person.... but only when I felt like it. I LOVED desserts and because I'm very thin I didn't think it was important to limit my sugar/carb intake. That all changed when in May 2013 I found out that my 4 yr old son's severe health issues stemmed from poor gut health. He had been having some serious health issues since he was 2 and the Drs could find nothing wrong with him. So I went to a Naturopath in MN after my mother in law suggested it, I was desperate to help my son!

My son was put on a strict no sugar, no starch and no grain diet as well as some homeopathic meds. It didn't take long for me to notice a huge change in his moods and overall health. I was amazed and intrigued! So I became a researching fanatic and soon had my whole family tested by the same Naturopath. We all had poor gut health (to varying degrees) except my very non health conscious husband! Completely floored me! Until I learned that the issue we had is passed from a mother to her children. So I was the one guilty of passing it on to my children. Go figure! 

It was 8 months later that I learned (on her 1st birthday) that my baby girl was very sensitive to many different foods, which explained why she cried almost nonstop for the first few months of her life. 
I knew something was wrong by the time she was eating table food because she always had diarrhea, but I never thought of food sensitivities, because nobody in my large family had ever had any.

She got a lot better immediately, when I cut all of those foods out, but it was getting harder as she got older to keep her away from the foods she couldn't have. A year later she was able to tolerate some dairy and also eat eggs, but she still couldn't have peaches, apples, onions, gluten, wheat or any corn products without being doubled over in pain and having diarrhea for hrs after. 

At this point we were all eating much healthier! Rarely did we have sugar or any type of junk food. We ate almost all our meals from canned foods or boxed food anymore. We all felt better...for a while.

Last fall I started showing symptoms of my old severe fatigue issues again as well as having some digestive and skin issues again. My (now 7 yrs old) son also started getting sore throats again, his tonsils were always huge and he couldn't focus well in school anymore. So in Nov. 2014 I took a ProBio5 capsule and a Slim stickpack to my Naturopath to get his thoughts on them. I really wanted to use the Probio 5 to help Kaylin with her food issues. He didn't think we should use them, so I left very disappointed! I had read so many stories of babies and toddlers having found relief from their food sensitivities so I had been praying that Plexus would be Kaylin's help too! So I tried other probiotics and natural supplements with limited/no success.

But in April 2015 I decided to become an Ambassador and got my first Triplex Combo! I had read soooooo many testimonies and seen the change in some of my own I knew there had to be something to this.

After 2 weeks.....Taylor (my 6 yr old) went from not focusing in school to getting a whole week of school done in ONE DAY! (I homeschool)
After 3 weeks....Taylor's swollen tonsils looked NORMAL!
After 3 weeks... Kaylin got into a cake and I realized she never got a tummy ache so I started slowly testing her on other "no no" foods. She can now eat anything with no ill effects!

After 3 months of using the Triplex....I NO LONGER HAD:
- Digestive problems
- Seasonal sneezing and sniffling
- Severe fatigue symptoms (I used to fall asleep while daytime driving, and reading out loud to my children.)
- Brain fog (I always had to use lists, but still forgot things! I hardly use lists anymore.)
- Lack of energy
- Exhaustion upon awakening
- Pain during my periods
- Body odor
- Sugar Cravings
- Bloating
- Severe Mood Swings
- Seasonal “blues"

- Skin issues (90% better)
- Fungus toenail (50% better)

Before Plexus I had NO IDEA that it was possible to address so many of our health issues simply by addressing the root causes of most health issues...
1. Insulin Imbalance
2. Unhealthy Gut
3. Inflammation
Please take some time to learn as much as possible about these life changing, natural products. Your body will thank you! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

A New Phone

Well, people, it has finally happened. Thanks to a recent change in our cell phone program and the free Samsung Galaxy I accumulated as a result, I, Katrina Britton, now actually own a smart phone! I know, I know...I’m probably one of the only people you know who has resisted this long! For years, I have only wanted a phone that texts and calls (you know - the "old fashioned" kind!) in order to keep my screen time limited (my computer gets enough of me as it is) and because I just plain liked texting better on a slide-out keyboard rather than a screen. But the time has come when even I have admitted that having a smart phone would be beneficial for actually being able to read other people’s texts, conduct business-related activities, use money-saving apps, etc. Even so, I am determined to OWN my phone and not let IT own ME. I read this article three years ago and its message has stayed with me ever since. I share it again now as a reminder to myself to keep boundaries in this high-tech world we live in and in hopes that it will encourage you veteran smart-phone-owners to really LIVE your lives - outside of the screen. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Adoniah Turns 2!

There are so many words I could use to describe our big 2 year old!
An eating machine.
A chatter-box. 
Our Sunshine-Boy.

Adoniah just has a way of bringing cheer to the world around him.  He’s always ready for fun with a big, contagious smile and a twinkle in his eye!  He makes me laugh at the things he says (or tries to say), and then makes me pull my hair out in exasperation at the things he gets into!  I have learned that I cannot turn my back on this mischievous little man for a minute!  He’s never still, except when he’s sleeping.  Addy Boy, as we like to call him, loves to eat, loves to snuggle with his precious green blankie, loves to ride on feet-propelled cars or tricycles, loves to swing, and loves to make messes.  His specialty is the bathroom where he can empty a cupboard or drawer in a few seconds flat and has been known to play in the toilet way more times than I would like to remember.  He also enjoys emptying drawers in the kitchen, knocking over towers his brothers build, and zooming cars or trains around the floor.  Adoniah can pitch a fit with gusto, but he is learning well to respond to correction.  He is brave and fun and ready for a good time all the time!  This past year, Addy has learned so many things that come with a child’s second year of life.  His speaking skills have taken off in recent weeks, and it’s the cutest thing to hear him sing “Jesus Loves Me” to himself as he plays.  He has a tender heart for prayer in one so young and enjoys the Bible stories we read on a regular basis.  As with all my children, I pray that Adoniah will continue to grow into a boy who loves Jesus and a man of Godly character who will serve Christ with his life!

Here is my annual round-up of pictures from his past year of life:

On his first birthday last summer.

Putting coins into his piggy bank with help from Grandmommy.

He really loves his Grandmommy!

Fun at the beach!

One cool little dude.

Too tuckered out to enjoy the boat ride.

Crawling through a tunnel is fun!

First day of school for the older brothers.

Our little tag-along couldn’t miss out!

Playing outside. Photo credit: Isaac

Dirt does not phase this kid.

Good thing he loves baths!

Driving cars is another of his specialties.

Playing in corn.

He LOVES to be outdoors!

Still a finger-sucking, blankie boy.

My grandfather, “Papa,” with his two great-grand children namesakes: Adoniah Wesley and Wesley. (My grandfather’s middle name is Wesley)

Farmer boy in his cute overalls!

Getting in some winter sunshine.

Dressing up is fun!

It’s a snow day!

More dress up.

A halo for Addy.

He loves to eat!  And he always gets super messy while doing so. :)

Playing with play dough and learning to not eat it.

Meeting his baby brother.

Adoniah Wesley, we love you!!!

Happy Birthday!
(Photo credit: Sarah Britton Robertson)