Finding Real Success

Ever get that feeling your lips are moving, but the recipient can’t make out the words? I get that feeling all the time with my kids. I know they hear me, but they ignore what I have to say, usually because they don’t want to do whatever it is I have asked of them. They keep on watching TV, playing video games, roll their eyes, or turn their back and walk away.  

Someone reading this right now can relate.

Lately I’ve had similar feelings about my blog. I have a message that gets shared, but only a faithful few “like”, share, and comment. Guess what? My mom is not one of my faithful followers. Hehehe. That’s a good thing because my core followers are solid. I am grateful for them. They keep coming back because they want to, or at least that’s what I tell myself.

What about the other views? There are other readers that keep viewing, reading along in silence. They don’t know how powerful a direct comment on the blog can be. A simple share… a “Here’s a new take on…”, “This is really cool…”, “Have you thought about this…?” builds huge momentum. If nothing else it lets me know someone gets value from my message, and I should keep moving forward.

And, I am moving forward.

I have been reluctant to share my vision, but when I put a hard deadline on a task, failure is not an option. Here is where my feet get held to the fire and I put myself on a timeline. I’ve had to learn a few things about food and health for the sanity of my family, and I’d like to share the common sense approach with you. I’m writing an ebook. You didn’t know? Probably not. I keep these secrets close to the vest until I’m ready to release them. In the next six months I will release “What the F**k are You Eating?” It’s about the sexual nature of food, how it seduces us, and how it acts in our bodies.

The deadline is timely because that’s Halloween. By October 31st I’ll be releasing the ebook, just when all that candy, sugar, and dye becomes prevalent, and keeps revisiting our tastebuds until year end.

Why do I care, and why should you?

I hold my breath and get really real. There are two little girls who are the reason why I do what I do. They would be carrying a label and be taking daily medication if we had not experimented with food. Too much wheat, gluten, dye, especially red dye, and sugar cause their bodies to act differently. By that I mean change their temperament to an unnatural state where reason cannot be attained, and put themselves, or someone else in physical danger.

At first we thought that the outbursts were behavioral, so we went to family counseling. The counselor couldn’t help us. One day we left her office and never went back. The doctor said they are normal and healthy. So we started looking for other common sense solutions. Both girls are exceptionally bright and high energy. After attending a conference by Kirk Martin we found that food can cause all of the actions our girls exhibit. Check out his website Celebrate Calm. I was skeptical at first. So we started experimenting in our kitchen. We didn’t have to tell anyone. We made subtle diet changes that improved the temperament of our home.

I am not a dietician, or an organic diehard. I don’t purchase anything organic, except rice. My husband has an agricultural background allowing him knowledge of how food is processed, and we know labels are not always a true indication of food properties. We passionately read ingredient labels. Together we discovered how we could change the course of our family one meal at a time. We eat clean, but not always. We allow splurges, and we carefully monitor them so the girls’ blood sugar doesn’t spike or drop too severely.

It angers me when someone comes into our family, telling us to let the girls be kids and eat junk. Look out when the Grandmas come to visit. They don’t understand where we’ve been, and how hard we fight on a daily basis to keep peace in our home. If Grandma had control of the girls’ diets for one week she would do damage that would cause us better than eight weeks of work to restore the harmony in our home. This is a risk we cannot accept.

I am not a proponent of all medical issues being solved with a natural prescription. I don’t believe that is possible for everyone. In our home we use natural solutions as a first line of defense, then evaluate next steps. The counselor couldn’t fix unnatural behavior, the doctor evaluated health, then approved what we do with food.  

As of this writing it is a six year experiment, and by the holidays I’ll share some of what we’ve learned with you. Remember the Halloween release, friends. Can you taste the rainbow of fruit flavor, and feel the Fun Dip sizzle on your tongue? Does the sweet smell of chocolate cause you to salivate? I’ll be working daily to bring by Halloween, “What the F**k are You Eating?” Maybe some of it will stick with you through the year end food choices.

On the blog I don’t only tackle food issues. I write about anything healthy. Professional and relationship health are there, as well as matters relating to the body and Spirit. When I get a little off beat I’ll tuck something under surprises that will help you get to know me better.

If there is something healthy you have wondered about, but haven’t had the time to study, please comment, or follow the connection possibilities. I’ll do the investigation for you, it’s my passion.


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About the Author

Nicole Akers believes in this Marc Anthony quote, "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." She is a life-long writer. She is schooled in Creative Writing, Literature, British Literature, and Poetics. As an English major she honed her skills in Creative Writing, Journalism, Copy Writing, and even self published a book of poems. Today she is a Writer, Content Writer, and Blogger.

Reagan - April 26, 2016

This really was an awesome post, Nicole (Not just saying that- it was). You were straightforward, and I admire how you are so willing to share your story so you can help others. The points you’ve made about health and nutrition I agree with 100%.
Also, as a blogger, I can completely relate to the desire to have commenters. It adds so much to a post or the blog in general to have everyone offering their own opinion.

Great post. Glad I was able to discover your blog!

    Nicole - April 26, 2016

    Reagan, Thanks for the compliments. It is refreshing to share views with fellow bloggers who believe that health matters, and can sometimes be fixed with diet changes.

Karna Tecla - April 26, 2016

You have certainly been through a great deal of struggle. I’m glad you looked toward what is in the food you eat to solve your problems. So many of the additives in our food are not good for us. It is by food research that my husband and I have worked to get his diabetes and his A1C numbers under control – enough control that the doctor took him off one of his meds this past week. Yipee!
That said, your struggles, research, and success make you an authority. In fact, you probably know more than most parents and some people in the medical field.
Keep up the good work.

    Nicole - April 26, 2016

    Karna, Congratulations on you husband’s success in getting off his diabetes medications. I have heard several times that it was possible to cure diabetes with food. Your story affirms that thought. I know personally how difficult it is to work a cure from the stovetop, but the effort is worth it. I’m sure you agree. So glad you shared your success story. Thanks for your time to read and comment.

Hope - April 26, 2016

Hey Nicole, this is an awesome piece i can totally relate.
On your struggles can i say it’s impressive how you and your kids are following the narrow path, the healthy one. I’ve been trying to do that but i have failed terribly. I hope i get back in track and you help me with that through your posts.
Good work.

    Nicole - April 26, 2016

    Hope, thanks for your time to read and comment. There is no failure, only a new beginning. Maybe we can work on it together. If there is a topic that you wonder about, please share it so I can address it in a future post. Best wishes.

Karen Monteith - April 28, 2016

This is an interesting post. I can relate to the red dye. I cannot eat orange cheese but I am fine with white. I am sure it is the dye. I have had a Naturopath who has helped me so much that I am able to stay off of my arthritis medications most of the time. I will be posting on some alternative help that I have had down the road a bit…just to share what has helped me. Nutrition by addition and subtraction from our diet can make or break how we feel.

    Nicole - April 28, 2016

    Karen, so glad you took the time to read and comment. Thanks! Your comments lend themselves to the idea that food matters. I’d like to hear more of your personal success story. Please share it.

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