Keeping It Together

When it’s all about to fall apart, what is a mother to do to hold it all together?

Anything she possibly can!

Months ago I wrote a blog about how Cowden’s Syndrome changed… my phone.  And its true.  I could not manage the appointments and chronic craziness without Siri, my BFF.

And, when the navigation in my car quits, which it often does, Siri is the one to get me home.

So how did Cowden’s Syndrome change my entire way of eating?

After our diagnoses in the fall of 2011, my dear husband ate his way through his stress.  I can’t blame him.  Imminent cancer risks for your young daughter.  Thyroid nodules galore.  Biopsies every 6 months.  Vascular problems.  Pain.  A wife facing a mastectomy, and subsequently a cancer diagnosis, and a hysterectomy.  Tumors on her spleen… and the list goes on.

By November of 2011 he was here.

Felix and Meg November 2011

I had known him since 1997 and had seen his weight fluctuate from attempt after attempt to get the stress eating in check.  Being a big attractive guy, he was able to disguise his weight very well for most of the “ups.”  But I knew this level of yo-yo dieting was not good for him.  I also knew we needed him, strong and by our sides.

My husband is soft-spoken, and talks to very few people by his own choosing.  I had to get his permission before I hit “publish” on this one.  But if you listen carefully when he does talk, he always has valuable advice and a story to tell.

Some time over the winter of 2011, into early 2012… maybe it was right after my double mastectomy in March of 2012, he had a revelation.  While sitting uncomfortably on the couch one night, he tried to move a pillow out of his way.  Only to realize it was his waist.

A month after that during a physical he left the doctor’s office with prescriptions for his high triglycerides, his high blood pressure and his high cholesterol.  Darned if I was going to put MORE junk in his body we went to a trusted cardiologist.  He told Felix there was nothing wrong with him that losing 50 pounds wouldn’t fix.  He gave him a script for a prescription strength fish oil.  We tossed the other scripts in the trash.

That was the moment of truth, and we went on a hunt together for what would help.

Fortune, and opportunity, and the grace of God had placed a new friend in our lives that year.  She was a blessing to Meghan, but subsequently to all of us.  She had begun her Isagenix journey that  year and was seeing incredible success.

For years I knew that diet and nutrition were the key to so many things.   Meghan never even spoke until we removed gluten, dairy and soy from her diet at the age of 2.  We saw her developmental delays resolve as her stomach quieted.   We moved mountains to feed this kid right, and provide her with nutritional supplementation of only the highest quality.  As I listened to my new friend describe Isagenix, I heard words I already knew to be true.  This company had everything I knew about nutrition – ready to help my husband.

So we started him on the “30 Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System.”  Within days he reported feeling better.  He was expressing clarity of mind.  He had energy.  He had less of a desire to eat junk.  His palate was changing and he was fighting me for the rest of the vegetables at dinner.

I was amazed, grateful, and impressed.  But not surprised.  It all made sense.  Put maple syrup in your car’s engine and you ruin it.  Run it of pure gasoline, change the oil regularly, and you are golden.  Why would we treat our bodies any less efficiently?

Felix and Meghan January 2013
Felix and Meghan January 2013

Over the next 11 months I dutifully adjusted his “autoship” so that the products would arrive at our home ever 29 days.  He modified the portions of the program that work for him, and he woke up in August on his 40th birthday 50 pounds lighter than he had been over 18 months before.

For the first time, in the 17 years I have known him, the weight is GONE.  RELEASED – not lost.  It will NOT be found again.

He tells me this is not a “diet” but a lifestyle change.  He will not start his morning without his shake and his ionix vitamin.  He will not go more than 3 weeks without a “nutritional cleanse” that is the lifeblood of why this works.  (Nutritional Cleansing releases toxins from the body.  Without that release of toxins your body begins to hold onto the weight again.)

http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/areyoutoxic.dhtml

After all of this regulating the autoship, and paying monthly for high quality nutrition, some time in May I looked up and realized I was missing a HUGE piece of this.

First of all, I ordered myself some meal bars, a few shakes, and some E+shots.  My body, stressed to the max, even though it was thin – needed nutrition badly.  I was able to eliminate my diet soda habit – something I had tried to do for years with no success.  I can not stomach dyes and junk foods I used to live on.  My body just WANTS the real stuff.

Then they came out with a shake that would meet Meghan’s needs.

isagenix berry

And then we were three consuming Isagenix, and feeling better each day.  What an amazing thing to listen to your ten-year old TELL you when she NEEDS a shake.  I am convinced the only reason she can swim the way she does is because she refuels with Isagenix.

So, what does a family benefiting from a product do?

They talk.  Finally.  After all that I finally got around to telling people of our success.  Of the quality of these products.  Of the positive life changes.

And people wanted to know more.  So I learned more.  And I helped them.  And they are getting healthy too.  What a rewarding feeling.

I have had to contend with the negative folks along the way.  The ones who whisper, “That’s a multilevel marketing company..”  as if that made it evil?

Yes. Isagenix is a multilevel marketing company.  There is no mystery,  And no one tried to hide it.  There is no one breathing down your neck to sell or share the products, and you are free to purchase and use for as long as you like.  We did it for 11 months.  But if you share (which is what I learned to do as a small child in school – simply share) and you help others, you get rewarded for that.

Then I signed someone up.  And they were happy.  And I felt good.  And then another, and another.

And before I knew it there was this Visa card on my desk with money on it.  Money I had earned from telling our story.  Money I can use to do whatever I’d like.

It got easier and easier.

You see people say to me, as I had said to my friend, “I am not a sales person.”  Me either.  I am sure I couldn’t sell knives, or vacuums, or other random products.  What I CAN do is tell the truth.  I do it well.  My candid honesty ties into my “take me or leave me” philosophy.  I have no time for nonsense or drama in my life.

But now I tell people, quite honestly, that I don’t pay for my Isagenix.  We eat MORE products than ever, and we eat them for FREE.  Now in my 8 years of buying nutritious food, THIS is a new concept.

And I like it.

Isagenix has changed all of our lives in different ways.  And we have all benefited.  Felix needs to be strong for Meghan and I.  And my Cowden’s Syndrome buddy and I, with our tendency towards cancer, tumor growth and a whole host of other problems, need to give our bodies pure nutrition so we have the strength to stay healthy.

We are now, and forever an Isagenix family.

It’s one of the strategies we use to keep it all together.

We can help you too!

www.meghanleigh8903.isagenix.com
http://www.meghanleigh8903.isagenix.com

No more “Toxic” environments

Almost a year ago – in June of 2012 – my husband was introduced to Isagenix, a nutritional program designed to help him shed some unwanted pounds and help him feel better.

You see it had only been a few months since his wife and daughter were diagnosed with Cowden’s Syndrome.  Meghan had had knee surgery (her 4th) in February of 2012.  I had my mastectomy, with the subsequent DCIS diagnosis, in March, and a hysterectomy in May.  By June the stress eating was evident as he just didn’t feel well.  We all needed his energy level to stay high.  There was certainly no time for our anchor in the storm to get sick or run down.

So, with the guidance of a friend – an Isagenix consumer and “pro” herself, we got him started on a 30 day program designed to help cleanse his body of unwanted toxins.  The thirty day program was a breeze for him.  He is one of the most determined people I know when he puts his mind to it.  It wasn’t long into those 30 days when he started finishing the extra vegetables at dinner, and choosing water over soda.  He just FELT better.

The information below is from the Isagenix website.

http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/cleanse_overview.html

Nutritional Cleansing unlocks the miracle of the human body


Nutritional Cleansing increases the health benefits you’ll receive from the ancient health practice of cleansing. The herbs, vitamins and minerals that aid cleansing do two things:

  • Accelerate the removal of impurities from the body.
  • Nourish the body with vital nutrients to rapidly revive health.

A cleansed and revitalized body is stronger, resists illness better, is more efficient and performs at a higher level than one that is filled with impurities. Many people notice an ability to reach and maintain their ideal weight.

So when the thirty days were up, he chose to continue on a maintenance program.  He uses the Isagenix for one or two meals a day,  and snacks.  It fits in with the “on the go” lifestyle of a NYC employee.

And, as he sees fit – he opts to do a “cleanse day” where he drinks a power packed vitamin supplement and lots of water.  He eats very little food.  And he always feels better when he is done.  He knows now that toxins build up in the body, and he knows when  its time to let them go.

10 months later he is down a solid 35 pounds and countless inches.  No fluctuation greater than about 3 pounds.  It is gone for good.  The future is wide open, because as soon as his schooling is over – the exercising will begin again, and the remaining 15  pounds he looks to lose I am confident will melt away.

Father Daughter Dance November 2011
Father Daughter Dance November 2011
Father Daughter Dance January 2013
Father Daughter Dance January 2013

So how does all this have anything to do with “Beating Cowden’s?”

Here’s how I see it.

I haven’t used the Isagenix program, because I have not had a need to lose weight.  But, I have learned so much from reading and watching.

Essential to the program is the release of toxins.

This, I know a lot about from being Meghan’s mom.  From a young age it was evident toxins were difficult for her body to process.  She seemed to hold onto things, food dyes, additives, “extras” in everything she ate.  Nothing seemed to agree with her.  An almost exclusively organic diet became essential.

We used Epsom Salt baths in the younger years to help clean out what her body couldn’t get rid of.

I learned about biochemisty, and methylation.  I learned about Vitamin B12 and its ability to help her get rid of toxins.

So, over the last few weeks and months, when Meghan’s pain level has gotten progressively higher again, it was time for me to reevaluate.

Looking closely at her diet, there wasn’t much to clean up.

I have Dr. Elice looking closely at her blood. 28 vials this week!

But, it occurred to me that stress – life experiences – could be equally toxic.  So I started to wonder if the stressful situations in our life were causing a decline in Meghan’s overall health.

ichoose

This week we changed churches and schools.

I haven’t heard her laugh like this in months.

There is a spark to her smile, and a hope in her eyes.

Her hip still hurts.  There is a knot in the side.  There are aches and pains – but somehow… she seems just a little less toxic.

Felix is taking the Isagenix – but we have all benefited.

http://meghanleigh8903.isagenix.com/us/en/landing_toxic.html#  (Message me if you want to know more!)