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Want to know me a little better? Here’s my story.

 They say that in order to truly learn something, you must first know what you don’t know, only then you will be able to learn what you don’t know, and finally you will practice it until it becomes second nature and you are able to teach it to others.

My journey into healthy living goes something like that. I used to think I knew what it meant to be healthy, and that it was less fat and sugar, and more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. And maybe some exercise. At the same time, I wasn’t sure how much good those things really did since it seemed like everything around me was said to cause cancer. I even joked about it, but secretly I was scared of what kind of disease I would contract when I got older, and scared that I would get fat. Maybe it would help if I ate less . . . ?

Then I met my husband – and his family – who ate grassfed beef, drank out of glass bottles, and never used their microwave. I began to wonder what I hadn’t known all of these years. Could butter really be good for you, after all? And was there something wrong with some of the food I’d been buying from the grocery store? For the first time in my life, I was motivated to find out the truth about what I’d been eating. Instead of just assuming that if it was for sale, it must be fine for human consumption, I started reading labels and questioning why I didn’t recognize many of the ingredients. And I began to realize that there’s way more to being healthy than choosing what food you eat and how much you exercise!

Completely intrigued, I delved head first into all of this new exciting info, attempting to change my lifestyle far too quickly. I watched documentary after documentary, experimented with juicing and detoxing, and began to realize that I didn’t have to fear getting horrible diseases after all. Our bodies actually tend toward being healthy, and if given the right tools, like minerals and vitamins from real foods, will be able to mend themselves! 

Fast forward about 3 years into marriage, and I find that my husband is suffering from toothaches and migraines. What I didn’t realize is that all the “healthy whole grains” we’d been eating were not as healthy as I thought! We embarked on a grain free, low seeds and nuts diet based on Ramiel Nagel’s book (How to Cure Tooth Decay) to try to heal his cavities, and in the process, his headaches disappeared! Apparently, he’d been sensitive to gluten this whole time. I’m so happy to have been able to help him feel better!

 That’s where the teaching part of my story comes in. At the same time we were focusing on diet to heal my husband’s teeth, we were still adjusting to life as parents for the first time. I love my daughters, but I didn’t really feel like “the mothering type” and felt like I was really lacking in homemaking skills and knowledge. I’ve always had a heart for leading young women, and as I struggled through this life change, I hoped to be able to share some things that I’ve learned to make other mom’s lives easier and less overwhelming.
To be honest, I’m still learning what I don’t know. I’ve struggled with fatigue, as well as hormonal and digestive issues throughout the years that have gotten worse since the birth of my oldest daughter. I’m learning that I need to take care of myself first so that I can do my job well as a wife and mother. So I do things that will support my body’s desire to heal itself and I have been getting better, but it’s a process that I would like to share with you.
Life is a Melody captures my goal in life – and that is, to live life to the fullest, bringing a smile to my Creator’s heart and bringing good news and joy to others. 
To me, it’s all about being content with who you’re meant to be, nurturing a close relationship with Christ, loving others, and taking care of yourself so you can be the best possible version of you – which is a clear reflection of Him. I’m fascinated by the concept that food is medicine. I’m even more in love with my Creator today than since I embarked on my healthy living journey. I’m still overwhelmed by the things I don’t know, but I’m excited to share with others what I’m learning. I hope to be an encouragement to you!
(Update: in 2015, we lost our second little girl. Stay tuned for Hope’s Story and how it’s changing me.)

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  - John 10:10