About Me

[January Update]

A few things have changed since I last blogged. I decided that the medication I was taking for my fibromyalgia was causing side effects that were worse than the disease itself so I am trying to manage my symptoms through diet, herbal supplements, and essential oils. So far my routine consists of taking turmeric twice a day, a hot glass of water with lemon essential oil every morning, and frankincense on my big toe each morning. I also apply frankincense with coconut oil to my back each morning and use a drop under my tongue for nerve pain as needed. Honestly, the effects of doing this are just as good as what I was getting with pharmaceuticals. And they don’t make me feel crazy!

Adding in the supplements and oils is by far the easiest part. If I want to control my autoimmune problems without pharmaceuticals, I have got to completely clean up my diet and get back into a moderate exercise routine as well. One step at a time. I’m slowly trying to get myself on a healthy way of eating. My husband is the most supportive person in my life. He’s willing to stand by my side and eat the same foods I eat as I embark on this journey. I know that I won’t succeed if I just make myself give up everything that I love to eat so we are doing the 100 Days of Real Food mini-pledge program. This is 15 weeks of mini-pledges with the goal that if you add on one new pledge/habit a week, by the end of the challenge your diet should be pretty healthy. Of course eating for autoimmune health differs from a standard healthy diet, but I thought this would be the perfect bridge between the Standard American Diet and getting into the strict Paleo/GAPS/AIP type of diet that is usually required to heal fibromyalgia.

We started the week one challenge today. The first week’s challenge is to include 2 servings of fruits or vegetables at each meal. It’s only day one, but so far so good.

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This morning I made a green smoothie. I used to drink smoothies daily, but now it’s more like once a week. My smoothie chef game isn’t what it used to be. I picked up some coconut milk this morning that I plan to use in a smoothie sometime in the next day or so. Trying new ingredients is key to keeping me from getting bored with smoothies. For lunch I tried my hand at making minestrone soup. I barely followed my recipe because I was using things we had on hand, but it still turned out delicious. I also found a great deal at the local grocery store on dried thyme so that was a bonus.

I work evenings so my dinner isn’t usually a conventional one. Tonight I just brought along a banana and a cucumber with some lemon pepper and cayenne pepper. It’s going to take some creativity for me to meet this week’s challenge with my evening meal. I do have access to a microwave at work so I may have to learn to enjoy leftovers.

I’m going to try hard to keep this blog updated with how our progress is going. I know this is getting long, but I just wanted to mention that Bruja Botanicals is continuing to grow behind-the-scenes and is still set to be open online and at the Crossett Farmer’s Market by spring. I’m trying to get things set up to have some essential oil and DIY classes locally. That may take a few months to get started. I also should have another business adventure opening up in a month or so, but I can’t talk about that just yet.

Peace & Love

xx.Jess

[I’m Back]

College is finally over. Well, technically not until Sunday, but I’m done with all of my work. I can actually write for fun now. I’m excited to get back to writing. I’m definitely in a different place in my life now. My daughter is getting older now and I don’t feel like the “mommy blogger” label fits me. I intend to blog about a little of everything–my spiritual search, current issues, green living, and of course parenting. I don’t know if “The Alt Mommy” is still the perfect title for me, but it matches my gmail and Pinterest accounts, so TheAltMommy I shall remain!

I had an idea for a great blog post a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t let myself write it because I was working on my thesis. Thesis=DONE. So now it’s time to work on my reintroduction back to the world of writing. Damn, it feels good!

I’ve been seeing this survey go around some of the blogs I read. I haven’t been tagged, nor do I intend to tag anybody (BOO… Lame, I know.) I did think it would be a good chance for you guys to get to know a little more about The Alt Mommy though. So, here it is…

1. Where were you born? Arkansas. But I don’t relate to the South at all. Even though I’ve lived here my entire life.

2. Were you named after someone? My middle name is the same as my aunt’s first name. My alias Lola was picked by a toddler. We were playing like we were at a salon and had to have fancy names. She said we were both Lola.

3. How many children do you have? One biological daughter. One step-daughter. My step-daughter also has an older sister who stays with us about half the time that she does.

4. How many pets do you have? One dog named Abbey.

5. Your worst injury? A week after I turned 18 I split my chin open. I drank a pint of tequila on an empty stomach and blacked out walking to bed. My face broke my fall. I landed on a hardwood floor. I then crawled to bed, spit out some blood, and announced that I must have busted my lip. My husband (boyfriend, at the time) said that I lifted my head up and my chin just opened up. “It was like you had two mouths.” <— That’s his description.

6. Do you have a special talent? Not really.

7. Favorite thing to bake? I can’t bake from scratch to save my life. I’m all about trying to live a natural lifestyle, but I have not made the switch to all-natural baked goods. I do make a pretty damn mean funfetti cake though. Anytime I bake (or pretty much anytime I cook, for that matter) I use coconut oil in place of butter, shortening, or vegetable oil. It makes the food so moist and ooey-gooey!

8. Favorite Fast Food? I would say BBQ from the local BBQ food truck, but I was just informed yesterday that he was closed. I don’t really like fast food at all. Breadsticks from the local pizzeria are about as close to fast food as I get.

9. Would you bungee jump? No. I can’t imagine getting any sort of thrill from dangling by a stretchy cord and jumping off of a platform. Not my thing, at all!

10. What is the first thing you notice about people? Distinguishing characteristics. You know, the things that make people unique.

11. When was the last time you cried? Today. It would have been my mom’s birthday, but she died when I was a teenager.

12. Any current worries? Financial insecurity. My family is in the gap that makes slightly too much money for any government assistance, but way too damn poor to live comfortably. Those people that the media totally ignores, the families in which both parents work full-time while one also attends college, but still are unable to be secure. Yep, that’s us. It sucks.

13. Name 3 drinks you drink regularly. Water. Wine. A soda in the morning (when I can) even though I know I shouldn’t.

14. What’s your favorite book? The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

15. Would you like to be a pirate? Perhaps I already am one…

16. Favorite Smells? Lavender and Patchouli

17. Why do you blog? To say the things I can’t say every day in real life.

18. What song do you want played at your funeral? Whatever will make my family happy.

19. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? I have a hard time finishing things. I call it popcorn brain. New ideas pop into my head all the time, but I get bored with them just as quickly. I believe ADHD is the medical term for this, but popcorn brain sounds much less clinical.

20. Favorite hobby? Ehh, see the above answer.

21. Name Something you’ve done, you never thought you would do? Maintained a 3.93 GPA in college. I graduate this summer.

22. What do you look for in a friend? An open-mind.

23. Favorite fun things to do? Going out with my family, but my favorite kid-free activity is going to concerts. Nothing beats a good live show.

24. Pet peeves? Bad grammar, loud televisions, and more than anything else, tardiness.

25. What’s the last thing that made you laugh? When I was telling my MIL about some of the funny things my daughter has said lately.