For those of you who are new to my story, feel free to start at the beginning here or stay right where you are, in the present. From Sjögren's to Lyme-MSIDS to Non-HIV B Cell AIDS, all have been theories or diagnoses. Well, at this point a title doesn't do much for me other than connect me with other people who are just as lost. However, I feel very healthy and grounded. It's been a long year and a half, but the last fall brought me so much healing. Here are all the details. Warning: more poop talk. If you remember my first 29 Day Challenge you'll appreciate it..hahaha. I also use f*ck with passion here.
First and foremost, you must understand that laughter is my favorite medicine. I personally may not laugh every day, but there is not a day that goes by where I don't make a family member or friend laugh when I text them, "I can't talk, I am making a cafe latte" or I am laughing because I hear the Folgers jingle modified by my loving husband, "The best part of waking up is Folgers in my….arse". If you are totally lost jump here to catch up. Laughing has renewed my soul in so many ways.
I've had amazing doctors along the way all whom I would highly recommend. When I met Dr. Sangeeta Pati she looked at me as if she knew me. That made me uncomfortable, because I never wanted to let out the truth but also comfortable, knowing I couldn't lie. The truth was that I was scared as fuck to die. So she tapped into my will to live and gave me the best advice: “Do nothing for 3 months”. Yeah, right I thought. She looked at me seriously. If I wanted to heal, I had to start at ground zero. Oh boy. Best advice and prescription anyone gave me. But wait I had to be a Mom too...how the fuck will I do this? Insert amazing family and friend support. Okay, 3 months done. The saying "if there's a will there's a way" has new meaning now for sure. Then the real work started. Maintaining a life with daily treatments.
All the things I did a year a half ago I still do today and when I let even two days slip by, due to the fact that I sometimes forget the extraterrestrial things raging inside me, I crash. Yup, that easily and quickly. However, recovery is similar to a bad hangover. Too much toxin overload and back to my routine I go...and then I’m back to normal in one day. That right there is one of the most powerful lessons. Our body wants to heal but needs us to make healthy decisions like who we spend time with, when we sleep (if we have the time) and what we put into our bodies and hopefully what we think.
To date, I have not successfully battled the infection as I was not healthy enough. Last week I was given the go-ahead to start fighting the actual infection. I hope it warrants another post worthy to share. Stay tuned…
Until then, here's a day in the life of someone with too many diagnoses’ and a will to live. If you ever feel stressed, overwhelmed or just disconnected from yourself or your source, try one of these things. Who knows, maybe it will bring you some peace but if not, it will definitely rid you of any sort of constipation...hahaha.
6 AM - 9 AM:
My favorite time of day: breakfast with the babes. Then I get to work + homeschool + life + 80 oz of water a day (Water, GTL and Pink Salt to taste) + herbal teas all day.
I require 7, not 8 hours to feel rested. I learned this years ago and find it to be true still to this day. I really try to be in bed by 10:30 PM; I read and usually fall asleep by 11 PM. Sleep and repeat...every single day.
How long will I do this for? Possibly forever, if it keeps working. This is a life commitment to living. I have accepted my journey. You have to in order to keep moving ahead.
Travel? I travel with oxygen tanks and coffee.
Links to learn more...
*Our new location and online store coming soon will be carrying everything listed above that is available for us to sell.
My Mission is to keep living, healing, and researching until there's more noise and hopefully a cure for this "epidemic" that is not talked about enough.
Meet Sonni Abatta, local lifestyle blogger and podcast host of “30 Something”.
Recently she interviewed our co-Founder, Amanda Sosa Stone, for a very transparent conversation about motherhood, health, healing and so much more.
Click here to listen to Episode 16: https://soundcloud.com/user-629641666/tracks
Listen to her fabulous, fun and relatable podcasts "30 Something"
Meet Dale. He’s one of our original customers and if you don’t know him you must. His energy is contagious. 4 years ago he came to us telling us his doctor was concerned about his liver enzyme levels after his recent blood tests. She recommended he stopped drinking and get healthy. Well if you know Dales he’s a social happy guy who loves his life the way it is. Jed, our co-founder, recommended he try a shot a day of GTL (ginger, turmeric, lemon and black pepper). After 3 months he retook his labs and the doctor came into the exam room and was overjoyed. She said “finally someone listened to me. I am so proud of you for not drinking to bring your levels down”. Dale smiled and accepted her excitement. 4 years later Dale continues to do a shot a day and his labs continue to look good.
Maybe our slogan should e “A shot of GTL a day does keep the doctor away”.
It’s less about copying what Dale did, and more about listening to your own intuition. Here’s an example of one tiny change Dale made that had a huge impact on his health. Ask yourself what is one thing that you could do daily to change your health in a positive way?
100oz. of Water and lemon (add pink salt to taste for added minerals). Budget worthy action of a juice or shot a day. You can even make it at home. Check out this video of Carly from FitLiving Eats making her own.
The point is, we are health advocates. We want you living your best life without sacrificing what makes you uniquely you!
CBD is no stranger to controversy. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, and is commonly confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). As legalization and awareness spread, misinformation swirls about the medically beneficial powers of CBD. CBD often lives in the shadows of the much more famous THC, and people wrongfully associate it with marijuana oil. The use of CBD yields vast health benefits, and it frequently marketed as a health supplement. Read on to discover the surprising benefits of CBD, and learn the multiple advantages of a daily CBD regimen.
Relief of Stress and Anxiety
CBD can quickly target and boost serotonin levels, leading to improved mood and decreased anxiety. Pharmaceutical antidepressants target the same areas of the brain, but possess unpleasant side effects compared to CBD, which is relatively side effect free. In a recent study, researchers found CBD reduced the amount of blood flow to the hypothalamus and other areas of the brain that are linked to anxiety. For people who suffer from anxiety, CBD can calm the regions of the overactive regions of the brain and provide relief. Additionally, CBD stimulates activity in the hippocampus (a vital component of the brain’s limbic system aiding in emotion regulation) by increasing the amount of calcium within the mitochondria. It typically takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks to for users to feel the therapeutic relief of antidepressants, compared to CBD which works quickly to help the brain reach a healthy homeostasis.
Minimize Skin Conditions
CBD provides powerful relief for a variety of skin conditions and lessens the symptoms typically associated with them. CBD can be ingested or applied topically to achieve relief from skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkle prevention. CBD topicals are even used to relieve radiation-induced burns for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Many ointments and creams used to treat skin conditions are not meant for long term use and may potentially lead to skin irritation and damage, kidney issues and high blood pressure. Those who suffer from chronic skin conditions need sustainable solutions. CBD is relatively side effect free and safe to use as a long term dietary supplement.
Improves Brain Function
When the body is unable to detoxify the harmful consequences of free radicals, you can experience oxidative stress. Over a long period of time, the effects of oxidative stress can lead to compromise regions of the brain responsible for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease and varying cancers. CBD restores brain function by acting as a natural antioxidant and reestablishing optimal cell function. CBD can counterbalance the effects of free radicals, prevent neurodegeneration and protect against changes in brain chemistry.
Relieves Chronic Pain
CBD oil can reduce chronic nerve pain and neuropathy. CBD works with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, located within the nervous system, to ease pain and discomfort associated with nerve damage. The endocannabinoid system contains two cannabinoid receptors which are vital for maintaining essential bodily functions, CB1 and CB2. CBD works to protect both the central and peripheral nervous system, including the brain, nerves, cranial nerves, ganglia and the spinal cord, and targets the nerves to prevent degeneration. Amide hydroxylase (FAAH), a fatty acid in the human body, is an enzyme that breaks down anandamide (a neurotransmitter responsible for neural generation and neural development). CBD lessens the impact of FAAH, leading to higher levels of anandamide; the newly boosted anandamide levels bind to the CB1 receptor to encourage pain management.
The power of CBD is constantly being evaluated by researchers and medical professionals. As we continue to learn more about the health benefits, more people can take advantage of the potential relief CBD can provide for a wide array of health-related issues. Always be sure to talk with your doctor before adding any new health supplements to your diet. CBD is a viable alternative to traditional pharmaceutical drugs that carry harsh side effects, and may provide the relief you need.
Blog Post Written by Kono Naturals. Product available at Grounding Roots.
2nd Annual "29 Day ReBoot Challenge" Giveaway has launched... Join us!
What is the 29 Day ReBoot Challenge: 29 days of eating clean raw fruits and vegetables. Day 1 starts off with a one-day juice cleanse, followed by 28 days of a clean organic raw fruit and vegetable based diet, with a strong focus that goes beyond the food and integrates healing modalities to help cleanse and detox the body. This challenge is all about allowing your body to get back to square one.
Enter to Win $3,200 in juice, food & treatments:
|1 One-Month Jumpstart Program, 1 cooking class & 1 Post One-hour consultation post-challenge from:||FitLiving Eats, Health Coach|
|1 hour Intuitive Healing Session from:||Elyse Falzone, Healer|
|2 days a week, for 4 weeks of personal training from:||Jason Philyaw, Personal Trainer|
|2 Bio feedback sessions and 4 infrared sauna treatments from:||Healing House|
|1 day juice cleanse & 3 Juices a day for 29 days from:||Grounding Roots|
|1 Acupuncture treatment from:||Medica Vita|
1 Massage from:
|@ Peace Massage & Bodywork|
|1 CranioSacral Session from:||Dr. Shelley Lynch|
|5 Class Pass of Yoga from:||College Park Yoga|
|(4) $100 Gift Certificates to the grocery store of your choice from:||Grounding Roots|
|1 Pit Cream & 4 Detox Bath Salts from:||Naked Bar Soap Co.|
How to Submit:
Why submit online:
It’s about learning to be vulnerable and helping others become vulnerable through inspiration of seeing you online. While only one person will win, we believe everyone who shares their story online will win in many ways as well. A friend may read your post and ask to do the challenge with you or another friend will confide they too are feeling the same way. Just by being vulnerable we can help beyond the impossible!
What you need to be prepared: A Calendar & Blender. That’s it.
Final Day to Submit:
May 18th - deadline Midnight on the 18th
May19th - reviewed by team of practitioners
May 24th - winner called
May 25th - winner announced on social
Meeting with Winner:
May 26th - juice tasting, schedule sessions and set intentions
Challenge for Everyone:
May 27th – Challenge announced for everyone on social
Challenge Start Date:
June 1st - 29 Day ReBoot Start Date
What we are looking for: Someone who is committed and ready to reboot their life and start living their best years! The winner needs to be open to being vulnerable, open to releasing the past, ready for change, has time to commit to making this work and is prepared to work hard for 29 days.
Why are we doing this: After Amanda, the co-owner of Grounding Roots, completed her own personal 29 day cleanse inspired by the Medical Medium, she wanted to give back and allow someone to experience the same positive experience she had. Each practitioner and company, included in this giveaway, positively impacted her own healing and has generously donated their time to help the winner change their life too. You can follow that journey here: Day 1-29
Meet Sarah, last year's winner who sealed the deal that "Healing" is possible. Read more about Sarah and her experience after winning the 29 Day ReBoot Challenge here. She is a busy mom, wife and working woman and she actually made time for herself! This alone is a miracle. The healing that came afterwards was the blessing.
Meet Lauren, she did not win the challenge and yet still came to Orlando, stayed with family and did the challenge on her own. (this is her today, while traveling at the airport). Her determination to win her life back is inspiring!
What if you don’t win: For anyone who didn’t win but wants to do the challenge on their own, along side us - we will provide recipes, workouts, meditations, etc. for your 29 Day experience… In addition – you have the opportunity to get:
Every year, on January 1st, people make resolutions. They promise to change, give something up, or do something new. In so many cases, these same people never follow through. There is something refreshing about moving forward into a new year, and it always inspires the hope that we will make ourselves better than we were before. But what would happen if we just accepted who we are, and simply made improvements in our everyday life? What if prioritizing our health and wellness was the standard? It would certainly be much easier to accomplish our goals and to live a full, happy life.
It seems that January 1st is like a deadline. We make sure to eat that last piece of pizza or smoke that last cigarette on New Year’s Eve. There is this impending pressure to do something healthy, or something that society defines as “better", when each new year approaches. If people made health and wellness a priority in their everyday lives, there would be no need for resolutions and the pressure to change. By forming these resolutions and giving in to societal pressure, we are setting expectations that we may not meet. And what happens when we don’t meet these expectations? We feel that we have failed ourselves, when, in reality, we may have set ourselves up for this failure.
Don’t get me wrong; failure can be important and valuable in that it teaches us how to appreciate when we are successful. However, it is also important that we challenge ourselves to raise our standards for health and wellness in everyday life, and not just when the new year comes around. If we did this, there would be less need for accountability and expectations, and far more happiness and feeling as though we have succeeded. At the end of the day, if we are truly happy and healthy, there isn’t much more we need.
Whatever your idea of total well-being is, just live it. As long as you take care of yourself mind, body, and soul, there is no reason to change or set unrealistic expectations. We are all wise enough to know that junk food isn’t good for us, smoking harms our body, and excessive alcohol is damaging (just to name a few examples). If we carry this wisdom with us, we should then also be wise enough to eat clean, do what we can to minimize stress, take care of our body, and stay active. If you’re doing the best you can, there is no reason to feel as though you’ve failed. So while it may be a new year, it doesn't mean there has to be a new you. Instead of focusing on one big change, just focus on making each day the healthiest and happiest you can.
Two common questions we are often asked by customers are, “Which juice has the lowest amount of calories?” and “Which has the least amount of sugar?” And our answer is always very simple. We don’t have the nutritional information for the juices, because it doesn’t really matter (we know we will get a lot of criticism for this – but this is our truth and what we stand behind). The juice at Grounding Roots is 100% organic, 100% natural, and cold-pressed. It is the healthiest, most nutritional thing you can put in your body. Our belief is that when you eat real, clean food, calories do not matter. Hear us out: our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for. They know what to do with the food we feed them, so long as it is real and isn’t full of processed chemicals and junk. This is especially true for sugar and calories, the biggest concerns for many people.
The simple truth about fruit sugar in its original state is that it isn’t bad for you. The problem is, when people hear the word “sugar,” they automatically associate it with the white, granulated stuff you find in the baking aisle. Now that is something to be worried about. What we are talking about is natural sugar most commonly found in fruits. What people sometimes cannot see is that there is a huge difference between natural and processed sugars. For example, a cup of grapes has 15 grams of sugar, while there are 14 grams of sugar in a store bought muffin. The muffin has less sugar, but it is processed and has ingredients that are unhealthy. When we eat the grapes, our body knows how to use the sugar properly (i.e. to make glucose, support brain function, give us energy, etc.). However, when we eat the sugar contained in processed food, our body gets confused. This type of sugar can make your skin breakout, make you gain weight, and can lead to diabetes.
Here’s the thing with calories: people obsess over them, and the truth is they don’t have to. As long as you eat the right portion sizes, exercise regularly (or live an active lifestyle) and manage your stress, the calories will get used up in your body. We need calories to function properly. In fact, when you don’t eat enough calories, your body starts to retain fat more easily and your metabolism will slow down. Eating less can actually make you gain weight.
"Instead of worrying about the sugar and calories, start worrying about the chemicals and the lack of life in your food." -Jed, owner
Eating clean doesn’t have to be complicated. Try eating something “real” with every meal. Look at your plate, and ask yourself: can you imagine where this was grown or where it came from? If not, ask yourself if the food serves a purpose other than just tasting good, and if it will contribute to your overall health. Most importantly, trust that you have the knowledge, ability, and love for yourself to make the right decisions in regards to your health.
Walking into my local supermarket, I was excited to see that a popular brand of cold-pressed, organic juice was now being sold there. I was glad that they had decided to branch out and sell their juice in stores besides their own. However, when I got home, I read the label and was disappointed to find that it was High Pressure Pasteurized (or HPP). The juice sold in the brand's store is not HPP, but raw and cold-pressed. To reach a larger audience, they compromised the quality of their juice. The real kicker was that the bottle of juice was smaller, and the same price as their fresh, in-store juice. So, my question to consumers is: Why settle and pay for something that will not benefit you nearly as much as a raw, cold-pressed juice?
What is Pasteurization?
There are two types of pasteurization. One type is heat pasteurization, and the other is HPP. Heat pasteurization kills all the bacteria and microorganisms in the juice, including the good kind. This leads to the loss of vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. HPP is the "cold" version of pasteurization. Juice is already bottled and ready to go, and is then subjected to an extremely high level of pressure. This process does not kill as much bacteria and microorganisms as heat pasteurization, but the good bacteria is still effected.
While still organic and cold-pressed, the juice at the market had an HPP label on the back, meaning it was pasteurized.
The problem is that many people do not understand that our bodies need bacteria to thrive and grow stronger. Introducing a variety of bacteria to our bodies helps build up our immune system, while keeping the good bacteria is essential for a healthy body. When flavonoids (antioxidants in plants) and phytonutrients (nutrients that develop in plants to protect the plant) are removed from the juice through pasteurization, our bodies do not know where to send the vitamins and nutrients that enter the body, or how to use them. Phytonutrients are used for protecting our bodies from harm, such as cell damage and inflammation. Flavonoids assist with telling the body what nutrients are used for, and where they need to go in the body to help us. When both these things are destroyed in the process of pasteurization, we are left with useless nutrients that our body will simply expel.
It is important to know what is in the food we are consuming, and how it was made. This is especially important with juice, because our body absorbs the nutrients right away when it is in liquid form. Many people refer to pasteurized juice as a "dead" product, because there are virtually no benefits to drinking it. In most cases, vitamins are synthetically made and added to pasteurized juices, as well as an astonishing amount of sugar and preservatives. When we drink this kind of juice, these fake and harmful ingredients are being absorbed, and they serve no purpose. We, any and all consumers, need to be more aware of what we put into our body. Check the labels of what you're purchasing, and make sure that the ingredients are serving a purpose for your body. The truth is, if the food or drink isn't in its purest, most simple form, it most likely will be more harmful for you than beneficial.
Grounding Roots only serves raw, organic, cold-pressed juice.
We are 17 Days into the 29 Day ReBoot Challenge. We are so proud of everyone that is doing this ReBoot. Our very talented Health Coach Carly Ferguson, from FitLiving Eats, provides more of her favorite recipes to add to your repertoire. Please check out Carly's amazing blog for more amazing tips, ideas and recipes.
Meal Recipe Ideas:
You can learn to love foods you don't like. This article shares how. The first step is deciding that there is value in enjoying a food you currently do not enjoy. The second step is dedicating yourself to keep trying the rejected food until you find it prepared in a way you like. Have fun and trust the process!
Check out Carly at FitLiving Eats.