This blog post has been a long time coming. Too long. It’s hard to pour your heart out to hundreds of thousands of strangers, you know? But it’s worth the inevitable backlash to be able to share the most important part of my healing journey and my life.
However… a quick disclaimer that if you don’t agree with my views, I completely accept and respect that! I’m using this blog as a space that I created to share my views on God and reading my views are totally optional. No hard feelings if you’d rather just take some recipes and skip anything else.
Now, I won’t lie to you and tell you that I’ve had it the very worst run with my health. I’m fortunate compared to so many of my friends and acquaintances who have had it worse. But it hasn’t been easy. No one really has it easy for one reason or another. My hashimoto’s made me incredibly fatigued, I lost my hair, it made me socially isolated. My gut issues made me even more socially isolated, took away so many of my favorite foods and activities that I once enjoyed, and contributing to me feeling like crap for a huge percentage of my time of this Earth. It could always be worse, but it’s not easy.
When you can’t always trust doctors, you feel like you can only trust yourself. Like healing is all in your hands and all other authorities have left you. You ask, “why is this happening to me?” “Who can I trust?”. Even in the hardest moments, my answer has been God. Even when I felt like everything I ate made me sick, and I didn’t understand why such a bad thing could happen to me, I still trusted God.
The question that I know a lot of people have is why? And how? That’s why I wanted to share Why I trust God with my health. Even in the hopeless moments, and even when I don’t understand, and why it’s the most important part of my health journey.
Why I Trust God With My Health
First, I recognize that perfect health does not exist.
One of my favorite verses is…
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33.
So, what does that mean? One of the biggest misconceptions is that when we start following God and living like Christ, everything is perfect and we live a blessed life. If God is on our side, nothing can go wrong, and all it takes is a quick prayer to get us out of a sticky situtation. Like a helicopter parent bailing a 13 year old out of some trouble. We’ve all heard that mentality, right? Maybe even believed it. When in reality, that’s far from the truth.
We’re never promised a perfect life… whether we follow God or not. Original sin has made it to where we will have problems in this world. We will experience pain, we may get sick no matter how healthy of a lifestyle we live, and we will all experience death. No free passes are guaranteed and nobody gets one. Of course there’s a spectrum of what struggles people face, but none of us are immune to struggles in general.
The point is that even though we all experience trouble in this world because of sin, Jesus has overcome the sins of the world by taking them on himself. Even if we have troubles in this world that are painful, unfair, and completely confusing, there is a world beyond this one, and hope in a God that has overcome this one.
Whenever I feel hopeless with my own health or life, I remember that this life isn’t meant to be perfect, but that God provides salvation.
I also recognize that I can’t do it all and don’t understand it all.
The question always arises, “How could God allow “x” to happen?”. First, I always refer to the verse above, and second, we don’t always have the answer for that. We just don’t know why everything happens. I don’t understand why certain things happen, and I don’t claim that I know how to fix it. But I have chosen to trust God even when I don’t understand. For more reading on that, I love this article from Lee Strobel.
We all want to have it all figured out. Especially with our health. We endlessly Google, listen to podcasts, buy books, and even go to schools ourselves. The answer to perfect health has to be out there right? It’s just not that easy.
I’ve accepted that I will never fully understand every inner working of my body at every given moment. No one has it all figured out. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do what’s in our power to learn more and strive for better health. Clearly, I work on my own health and help others do the same. But, it’s important to remember that we’ll never have it all figured out… it also takes trust.
Personal relationships are about trust and faith… and that’s not always easy.
God isn’t this lofty man in the sky in a white robe sitting on a throne that we can’t come anywhere near knowing. A personal relationship with God is possible, and it’s what God wants with us. Through prayer, through reading His word, and through striving to be like Him, we can form that relationship.
And with any relationship, there’s a certain element of not knowing 100%… you just have to trust.
For example… my husband, Daniel, is super creative and loves making home improvements. From installing vintage light fixtures, to mixing and pouring his own concrete, to ripping out the bathroom tile on a moments notice, he does it all. A lot of the time he’ll give me a quick rundown of his vision, and I just don’t really see it working. Regardless, I choose to trust him and have faith that he’ll do the best he can… and he always does.
Clearly, that’s only a very small example of trust in our relationship. Trust can be as small as trusting your friend to make dinner reservations, or trusting a spouse to be in it with you for a lifetime. Every time you get behind the wheel of a car you’re trusting the drivers around you to not crash into you. No matter the situation, life always take a certain amount and trust and blind faith.
The same thing goes for a relationship with God. Even when I’m stepping back looking at my life or my health as a mid-remodel bathroom in shambles with broken tiles, and dust, I still have to trust that in the end it will all come together. Trust is never easy. We want to be in control and see the outcome before it happens. But even when we feel our most of out control, in one way or another, it always works out.
Nothing gives me more comfort or purpose than my relationship with God.
Just like any personal relationship always takes work and trust can waiver, the same goes for a relationship and trust in God. It’s a journey and process.
However, nothing gives me more comfort than that relationship with Him. In both life, and in the health space, we so often stumble for answers. We jump from different protocols, different diets, different fitness regimens, looking for the answer and looking for a way to make us feel good and worthy. Here’s the thing… these things are necessary, but nothing will ever give as much comfort and purpose to me than a relationship with God and the knowledge that even though this health journey is hard, and that trouble will constantly exist around ever single turn, He has overcome the world.
Thank you for reading to this super personal post! I hope that it can help you along whatever tough spot you’re currently in, or give you some fresh insight.
Thanks, YogaByCondace for sponsoring this post! This box was gifted to me by YogaByCandace LLC. All opinions are my own.
Ever since partnering with one of my all time favorite brands, Yoga By Candace on their amazing Mantra Box, it’s been like having Christmas come every season. I can’t tell you how excited I get to see the box waiting on my door step and to tear it open for all of the fun surprises. Like I said in my last review, I love the idea of subscription boxes but had to shy away from most because they just never aligned with my preferences and my food/ingredient restrictions until The Mantra Box! I’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful goodies from the last box I shared with you guys, and the spring box was also filled with such amazing value!
So what is The Mantra box? It’s a quarterly discovery box filled with goodies from small health and wellness business such as yoga companies, food and snack brands, personal care and beauty products, and more. You can pick your gender preference as well as paleo, vegetarian, and standard “I eat everything”.
There are new boxes filled with tons of surprises that come out every quarter. When you pre-order the box, the products are kept a surprise until they arrive on your doorstep. As you’ll see in this review, products are from brands that you may already know and love, and brand new ones. All of the products come from small business with a natural focus, so it’s all something that I can really get behind! Since it’s all small businesses, the boxes are limited, so I’d suggest jumping on your pre-order for summer ASAP!
YBC Mantra Box Spring 2017 Review
At only $49.99 (plus shipping) the box is clearly filled with so much value! Tons of the products are full size, and the samples are all large enough for you to really get a feel for the product.
Here are just some of my favorites from this box…
may not be totally essential oils crazy, but I love them for things like holistic care of headaches, colds, and the like. This germ fighter blend from plant therapy is a great one to use for warding off seasonal threats. This stuff smells amazing and I’m excited to have it as a purse stapleIf you want to try it out, you can use the code MANTRA for 20% off, here.
Immortelle Perfecting Creme from Floracopeia
This hydrating eye creme from Floracopeia was the first thing that I went for in this box. The packaging was beautiful, and the product went on so smooth. It instantly brightened up my eyes and I loved wearing it all day. I don’t use a ton of products on my face anymore as I’m still building up more natural, cleaner, products, but this is an awesome addition!
If you want to try out this brand, Floracopeia is offered 20% off their perfecting creme with the code MANTRA20, here.
Peppermint Cream Cocoa Butter Soap from Graham Gardens
I love, love, love anything peppermint. It’s one of my favorite scents in fragrances, and flavors in treats. The second I opened this box I instantly smelled the peppermint fro this soap! This soap from Graham Gardens is a full size bar and smells so amazing!
If you want to try it out, use the code MANTRABOX to get 20% off, here.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson and a Beeswax Candle from Sol Organic and their sister store, Tru melange.
I was excited to see a whole book inside the box! Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson has actually been on my Amazon wishlist for months after I’ve heard such great things about it. I really love funny, but still realistic books, so I can’t wait to dive into this one.
And what’s better than snuggling up with a good book and a candle? Sol organix sent this amazing bees wax candle from their sister store, tru melange, and they’re also offering a 20% discount on their organic sheets with code YC20, here.
Here’s what else was in the box…
- Paleo Protein Superfood from Rootz Nutrition. – We’ve gotten a sample of this before, and it’s an awesome powder for paleo folks! My husband uses it after workouts and he really likes it. If you want to try it, use the code yogabycandace for $5 off.
- Coupons from Maple Hill Creamery – Another brand that we’ve tried before in my house and my husband really likes! They have great quality yogurts.
- A meal kit from Grainful. For those who eat grains, use the code YBC20 for 20% off!
- A beautiful greeting card from Ingrid Stevens Photography. If you want one of your own, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Whole probiotics from BIOHM Health. Use the code MANTRA20 for 20% off your own if you’d like to try them!
- Omax3 The Ultra-Pure Omega-3 from Omax Health. Use the code YBCMantra20 for 20% off!
- Daily Super Spice Shot from Pranayums – Use the code PranayumsYBC for 15% off.
- Spicy Red Pepper Pork KRAVE Stick & Rosemary Lemon Turkey KRAVE Stick – This is another one that I couldn’t have myself, but it’s a great option if you can have certain spices and legumes! You guys know I love jerky as a snack on the go. Use the code YOGABYCANDACE for 20% off.
- Icelandic Relief Eye Cream Pen from Skyn ICELAND – Another awesome eye care product in this box! Use the code SKYNMANTRA for 20% off.
- Happy Tea / Man Tea (depending on the box) from Your Tea. This was another full size product in the box that I was so excited for. It’s a delicious herbal tea with adorable packaging.
Isn’t that all so much fun? Preorders for the upcoming Summer Mantra box are available now, and they ship around the world! Remember, that there’s a limited supply and all of the products are a surprise. Hope you enjoy, friends!
Thanks, YogaByCondace for sponsoring this post! This box was gifted to me by YogaByCandace LLC. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been in the love with the idea of subscription boxes and discovery boxes since college. It always seemed like such a fun treat to get a box of unexpected goodies in the mail! I used to scour websites trying to find the perfect box, for the perfect price, with the perfect contents. I looked at tons of makeup boxes that just had too many ingredients I couldn’t use, clothes boxes that were too expensive, and snack boxes that came with too many foods that I was intolerant to. I do live vicariously through my husbands snack box that he gets delivered to his office every month though. I ask for pictures just to see the fun surprises he gets on his monthly snack Christmas! But needless to say, I never really found my own box that fit my interests and apparently very niche specifications aligned with.
That why I was doing back flips (or full wheels?) when I got the opportunity to partner with one of my absolute favorite online brands, YogaByCandance to try out and review The Mantra Box! I’ve been using YogaByCandace at home YouTube yoga videos, using the app, and reading the blog and her book for a while now. Candace is an amazing inspiration who healed from chronic lyme with real food and shares yoga content online, and in retreats, and in her awesome book.
So, what is The Mantra Box? It’s a quarterly discovery box filled with goodies from small health and wellness business such as yoga companies, food and snack brands, and personal care and beauty products.
You can choose male and female boxes as well as paleo, vegetarian, and standard “I eat everything”. Clearly, I went for the paleo box!
There are new boxes every quarter, and I got to try out the Winter box which was full of tons of great brands and products that I already love and use regularly, and some new ones that I was glad to get acquainted with!
YBC Mantra Box Winter 2017 Review
You guys, this box was so well curated. It’s perfect for paleo yogi’s with a love for natural products. So basically if you’re anything like me, you’re gonna have a good time. It typically comes with 7-11 items, and there were both sample and full size products in this box. Clearly there is a ton here and it’s an amazing value for $49.99 (plus shipping). Here are some of my favorites…
I’m kind of embarrassed to say that this is my first time trying Kasandrino’s… I have no idea what took me so long. They’re a well known brand for their high quality olive oil, and as we all know, olive oil has a bad reputation for being cut with cheaper, low quality oil. Healthy fats matter for our hormones, brain health, and overall health, so it’s important to use high quality fats.
I loved getting this travel size Kasandrino’s for my upcoming trip to Florida and to get a taste of this olive oil. I’ve already been drizzling it over fresh salads with lemon juice. You really can taste the difference!
Shenzhen LeWangYiGou Tech Ltd Yoga Strap & Clever Yoga Socks
Bring on the yoga stuff!
I actually don’t have a yoga strap at home… I only use them when I practice in a studio. Frankly, I find most of the designs kind of annoying, but this yoga strap is awesome. It has tons of loops which makes it easy to loop through your hands and feet without making awkward loops and knots.
Also, these yoga socks from Clever Yoga have stick pads on the bottom which keeps you from slipping. It’s great if you slip around on your mat (which I often do.. especially in hot yoga) or if you’re doing yoga without a mat. Yet another great travel item if you don’t want to bring along a yoga mat but still want to get in some yoga on a trip/
Okay, first… you guys know I love Vital Proteins collagen. It’s made from grass-fed beef collagen and promotes hair, skin, nail and gut health. It’s perfect for adding a healing and protein boost to drinks, just like this tea.
I paired the vital proteins with some of these teas from Numi. Numi Organic Tea included a few different turmeric tea samples which I loved. We all know that that turmeric is a powerhouse spice with tons of anti-inflammatory benefits, and it tastes amazing.
Here’s What Else Was In This Awesome Box…
- Refreshing stress supplement pack. All good stuff in here!
- Four Sigmatic Mushroom coffee! This stuff is super popular and gets rave reviews!! I’m pretty caffeine free and only have it on special occasions. so I haven’t tried it yet, but they sent a whole box!! I see some nice Sunday morning drinks in my future!
- Unbound $25 Giftcard. Nice name, Unbound 😉 They’re an online sexual health retailer that has tons to choose from.
- Dandelion Creative Co. – The artist for the beautiful art print.
- Rootz Nutrition . Another really popular brand with rave reviews! I can’t have some of the ingredients so I passed it along to my husband as a post workout smoothie ingredient, but I hear from everyone that this stuff is great if you’re paleo.
- The Grandpa Soap Co soap. They sent a full size bar of soap that smells so amazing.
- Dandelion Creative Co. The artist who sent the lovely Namaslay print!
- Raw Spice Bar spice pack. Warming winter spices which would be so yummy in a warm winter drink with some Vital proteins added in 😉
The Spring Box is Available For Pre-Order Now!
These boxes ship quarterly, and the spring Mantra Box is available to pre-order now! Remember, it’s all a surprise which makes it all that much fun, and clearly you gets tons of awesome goodies. They only have 150 boxes available for order as it supports only small businesses, so don’t wait to order if it’s something you want to try out. I hope you love it as much as I do!