I’m not in love with my husband…

I'm not in love with my husband. And I'll tell you when I knew.

Baby C had a problem this morning and we had to promptly rush him to the emergency room. During this time it was very stressful, as he couldn’t stop vomiting and screaming but was hungry at the same time. Conflicting for a tiny baby. My husband and I began to bicker from the stress and from there, hurtful feelings and words started to fly.

It was then that I knew I was not in love with him.

Being “in love” with a person naturally indicates the opposite may happen: falling out of love.

My husband and I have had some severe fights, fought the distance of loving each other across the country, and moving him here to our state. I would never dream of leaving him despite my anger at the time. But yet, I fear him walking out on me every time I make a mistake.

Perhaps this is societal conditioning or a result of my own perfectionistic tendencies. As women, we need to remind ourselves that this is not the case with our husbands.

On that day where we stood at that altar with tears in our eyes, we pray. We dedicate our hearts, tattered and torn from prior lovers who mistreated and tossed us aside, to our other halves. We smile through the tears of joy, and we promise.

Marriage is a picture of unconditional love. Like God’s Love for the church and for his children.

We don’t need to live in shame and fear when we make a mistake.

We can walk freely despite our anger and come to a resolution in forgiveness with our spouse.

We are not “in love.”

We are unconditional love displayed in two human beings. We are eachother’s halves and teammates. For now, and for the end of time.

And that is, perhaps, the best love story that’s ever been told.

Why Go Gluten Free?

Why Go Gluten Free?

Most of us are familiar with falling victim to the ‘carbs of wrath’ over holidays, special occasions, or just out of sheer exhaustion. Whether you’re battling inflammation or health issues, or simply tired from the 40-hour work week, eating clean is not easily attainable. Carbohydrates, specifically the ‘white carbohydrates’ such as gluten (found in bread, pasta, and pastries), are general fallbacks in many daily diets that can upset the body balance despite eating ‘clean.’

Gluten is damaging for so many people, specifically those struggling with thyroid issues, mast cell activation, Lyme disease, diabetes, MTHFR mutations and general inflammation issues.

According to an article published in Endocrine Connections, “In most patients who strictly followed a 1-year GFD [gluten free diet], there was a normalization of subclinical hypothyroidism, suggesting that in distinct cases, gluten withdrawal may single-handedly reverse the abnormality.” (54). The article goes on to explain that following a gluten free diet regardless of what thyroid disease one suffers from can reverse the autoimmune factor of the disease that flows from diet.

Hundreds of other peer-reviewed articles support the link between gluten, inflammation and autoimmune in chronic illness. You can read up on my favorite articles under Resources.

Axing gluten in the modern-day diet can be difficult, but worth it. Check out my thirty day diet plan for thyroid rehabilitation and reset! Complete with snack selections and easy-to-make recipes for the on-the-go lifestyle, this plan gently introduces the gluten free diet change so it can be easily implemented and affordable!

Lerner, A., Jeremias, P., & Matthias, T. (2017). Gut thyroid axis and celiac disease. Endocrine Connections, 6(4). 52-58. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435852/