Nov 29, 2013

I like to think I am much healthier than I was three years ago. There are days when I have doubts...But then I think about the following:

My nails are SO much stronger than they used to be.
My skin has cleared up.
I cured myself of asthma and I have little to no allergy symptoms.

Let me explain each of those reasons a little more. When I was younger I used to bite my nails all the time. As I got older my nails were always very brittle and they would never grow. When they did get to a good length they would break. I thought I was destined to have weak nails; I thought by biting them most of my life I had ruined my chances of having strong, beautiful nails. I am happy to say that my nails are growing nicely now!

I used to have bad cystic acne. I hated it. I went on birth control, I tried ProActiv and other topicals. I used every face soap and cream possible. NOTHING cleared up my face...until I gave up dairy. I had done my research and what I read about dairy allergies really opened my eyes. One thing that I read that has stuck with me is we are the only mammal that consumes another mammals milk...why is that? I'm also terrified of all the hormones that are in our dairy. I'm not going to lie though, if I have the option to get some frozen yogurt, I'll take it! But other than that I try to avoid dairy completely.

I never had any allergies until I moved to Nashville. In the spring of 2006 my body went through some major changes and I guess it was trying to adjust to the new atmosphere. It was my first time experiencing true seasons and I developed seasonal allergies. I was in and out of the hospital and I had a hard time breathing. I eventually got used to all the pollen and the new air I was living in but then every time the seasons changed I would have another reaction.

The same thing happened when I would come home to visit and when I eventually moved home. My body had to adjust once again. I remember calling in sick from work on multiple occasions. I was in and out of the urgent care every spring and every fall. It was awful.

In November of 2012 I started coughing. It was a dry cough that persisted. Nothing would help it go away. I ended up going to an allergy specialist in December of 2012 and she told me I had asthma. I was in shock. She gave me several inhalers and instructed me to use them twice a day. I didn't want to live like that. I was already taking allergy medicine frequently. I didn't want to add inhalers to that.

I didn't plan on curing my allergies and asthma when I gave up dairy but I did! I NEVER use my inhalers anymore and when fall rolled around I didn't need to take any allergy medicine. I put my body through hell for seven years! I'm so glad I have finally found a natural cure. Prescription meds are so over rated! I may still fight with the scale every morning to meet my goal but I have taken steps to become healthier and that's what matters most.
My nails! Seriously, they've never looked this good!
Canadian Bacon, Pineapple, Cashew and Daiya Cheese Bagel Pizzas! So good!
This Daiya grilled cheese was delicious!!! I made it with Rosemary bread and it really hit the spot!

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Nov 8, 2013

A Letter To My Brother...On The Eve Of Your Wedding

I remember the day you came home from the hospital. I remember being so excited when I saw that red forerunner pull into our driveway. I had waited (what felt like forever) for you to be born and you were finally home!!! And you completely changed my life for the good. I know I may have only been four but I was very aware of the impact you had made on my life.

We never really fought. I can't remember a time when we weren't talking. Obviously we argued over the years. We are two very different individuals and we have very different personalities. But our difference in opinions never caused us to stop speaking to each other. Mom always told us, "You will be each other's only brother and sister so you better be good to one another." I think we have done a pretty good job at that. I hope we continue to treat other with love and respect. As you embark on this new journey in your life, I hope you always know how much you mean to me.

I always imagined this day would come but I guess I never really thought about it in detail. Maybe I was always too sensitive to the idea of "letting you go". You are a grown man after all, but I still see you as that little boy with ringlets and overalls.

I pray that you and your new bride will be the happiest of couples. I pray that you will love each other every minute of every day. Never go to bed angry. Always say "I love you" before saying "good-bye" or "goodnight". Forgive easily. Laugh a lot. Split the chores. When the toilet paper is out, grab a new roll. Always make time for dates. I know you and Erin both hate spiders so I would highly suggest getting an exterminator.

Just like mom would tell you that I am the only sister you will ever have, she is the only wife you will ever have. Treat her the way you have always treated me, only better.

I will always be there for you no matter what. Don’t forget where you came from and please don’t lose your sense of humor. As you go off and start your new life don’t forget the ones who love you back at home. I’ll miss you greatly but I am extremely happy for you.

I love you, Tyluuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Love, Sissy

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