Hi, my name is Shannon. I can’t tell you how excited I was when Angie suggested we start this blog! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do!
A little background info…
I live in northwest Indiana (“the region”) with my husband and two kids. I attended Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance. I started my career at Deloitte in Chicago. After working there for a couple years, I ended up leaving Deloitte to work for one of my clients, Van Kampen Investments. I loved my job at Van Kampen; most of all, I LOVED the people I worked with. Needless to say, it was difficult when I decided to leave there for my current job…personal chef, maid, assistant, teacher, etc. to Sienna and Nathan. It doesn’t pay as well, but it has some nice perks. :)
How I got started…
My whole journey to “detoxify” started years ago. I was in my early-twenties, just married and for some reason, sick all the time. I basically felt “under the weather” constantly. I was run down, achy, dizzy, foggy…just not right. Unfortunately after multiple visits to my doctor, an allergist, a neurologist, a toxicologist, and even the Mayo Clinic, I was left with more questions than answers. So I decided to trust my instincts and started removing some of the chemicals from my life. I didn’t start to feel better immediately, but slowly after detoxifying my environment and then my diet, I was feeling like myself again. To say I was happy about my return to normalcy is a gross understatement. I was thrilled!!! Did detoxifying “cure” me? Who knows! But there’s no turning back now! :)
A short while later, I became a mom. Before my daughter’s first birthday, she was having issues digesting dairy. I remember thinking, what is the deal with dairy? Everyone I know who has had issues nursing was told to cut dairy. Why is that? So of course, I started researching dairy and nutrition. Wow, did I open a can of worms. :)
Then my son came along and had severe eczema. The poor little guy would scratch his face until he bled. His hands were constantly in mittens. We even had to swaddle him when he was in the car seat and crib because he would just scratch, bleed, and scream. It was difficult to see him in pain and frustrating not knowing how to help him. That said, I don’t want to sound dramatic. What we were facing is nothing compared to parents of children with serious health issues. I remember thinking – oh my gosh, how do those parents even get through the day?! My mind can’t even go there. (If your child has serious health issues, I sincerely wish you all the best and I admire your strength.) When we took our son to our well-intentioned pediatrician, she prescribed a steroid cream. Although this offered a temporary solution, it was not the answer for us. We didn’t want a band-aide; we wanted a solution. What was causing the eczema? I hit the internet and learned about the strong correlation between eczema and food allergies. I tried omitting the most common foods that cause eczema from my diet because I was nursing him, but I couldn’t wait two weeks for those foods to be out of his system; he was miserable! So at the same time, we had him tested for food allergies and discovered he is allergic to eggs and peanuts. I’m not exaggerating – the results of removing these foods from our diet were astonishing. If you saw him today, you wouldn’t even know he had eczema.
I love to learn about what chemicals we should be avoiding, what we should be eating, and how our diet and environment affect our bodies, but I’m nowhere near a “purist”. I’m happy just feeling informed and making better choices than I was before. So don’t be surprised if you see me rolling through the drive-through at Wendy’s. It doesn’t happen often, but if I’m having a tough day, I give myself a pass.
When it comes to buying products and food, I like to “work smarter, not harder”. Instead of being an expert label reader, I mostly buy food without labels (whole foods such as produce, meat and dairy). It’s just easier! And if there are personal products or cleaning products I can go without, I do. The same goes for making food. If I can make a nutritious, tasty meal with a handful of real ingredients in a crock pot – life is good! I want to make healthy choices, but I want a life too!
So that pretty much sums me up. :) I really hope some information on this blog is helpful to you! And I wish you and your family a healthy, happy life!