Jessica’s Superfood Peppermint “Mocha”


The holidays are upon us!

Here in Colorado, it’s been a brisk below zero and so beautiful outside with snow covered trees and the sun shining down making the snow sparkle like diamonds. When it’s this cold, I always crave a hot drink in my hands. This week I got creative with my magic tricks in my cupboard and wanted to share my latest concoction with you!

Here is a snapshot of the crazy amazing properties the ingredients in this one drink has…


Dandyblend (amazing for liver/gallbladder!)
Maca root (hormones, adrenal glands, energy)
Chaga (what doesn’t Chaga do?? It’s Rediculous: immune booster, cell regenerator, destruction of unhealthy cells…)
– Raw cacao powder (highest food source of magnesium, loaded with minerals, antioxidants)
– Albizzia from Jeff’s Best Hemp! (Amazing stress tonic and adaptogenic herb)
Sunnydew stevia from Sunrider (food for the pancreas to stabilize blood sugar, hormones, and digestion)
DoTerra peppermint essential oil (amazing for digestive system, mind, and energy)
DoTerra Cassia (cinnamon) oil (also amazing for digestion, liver function, and cell regeneration)
– Coconut oil (insert everything good here: metabolism booster, great for adrenal & thyroid function, weight loss…)
– SoDelicious coconut creamer-OR-homemade coffee creamer! ( amazing for the taste buds!)



  • 2 C. Hot water
  • 1 Tbs Dandyblend
  • 1/2 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 dropper full of Surthrival Chaga (or other brand/form works)
  • 1/2 tbs. Raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Albizzia flower extract from Jeff’s Best Hemp
  • 1 Drop each of doTerra peppermint & Cassia oil
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Sunnydew stevia & coconut creamer to taste


**All of the measurements and ingredients can be changed to your liking. To make your drink, mix all of these ingredients in your hot water until completely dissolved. Some over you may even want to throw it in your blender real quick to blend well. Just make sure not to crack your blender jar with the hot water! Speaking from experience…haha


ENJOY! Let me know how you like it!

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So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 8:15

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How to go Gluten-Free & LOVE it! (Part 3 of 3)

Hey Friends!

Finally part 3 to my Gluten-Free series has arrived! This is the FUN part! Today, I’m going to give you some awesome tools to going gluten-free and how you can make it taste delicious and not ruin your life…because let’s be honest, in the beginning of a huge lifestyle change like this, it can suck all the fun out of life. I am here to tell you, it does NOT have to be that way.

I’ve been gluten, sugar, and dirty-dairy free for about 4 years. It’s been a big transition, but a challenge I have actually loved! Below you’ll find some of my favorite recipes and alternatives to traditional gluten-filled foods.

Transitional foods

Instead of….                          Choose…

Pasta                                       Quinoa or brown rice pasta (it comes in all shapes and sizes)

Bread                                      Gluten-Free breads. Udi’s usually has the best taste. OR cut out the bread in  your life!

Tortillas                                 Sprouted or gluten-free tortillas OR lettuce

Soy Sauce                               Organic Tamari or Braggs Aminos

Crackers                                 Gluten-free crackers

Cakes                                      Dangerously Delicious Chocolate Cake! See recipe below…

Cookies                                   There are many gluten-free cookies you can buy OR make some yourself!

Muffins                                   Use a gluten-free flour mix and make your own!

Breakdown of all bread products

  • Hamburger buns
  • Hotdog buns
  • Pasta in all forms
  • Sandwich bread
  • Dinner rolls
  • Bread for dips
  • Tortillas
  • Wraps
  • Baked goods
  • Pie crust (CHECK OUT

ALL of these items can EASILY be replaced with either a gluten-free bread alternative OR by just going “bun-less” or “bread-less”! I promise, it’s not that scary! 🙂

5 Tips for eating out

  1. Ask for a gluten-free menu or options if that restaurant has one.
  2. Choose your favorite burger or sandwich without the bread. Get it lettuce wrapped
  3. Order your favorite salad, just make sure there are no croutons or fried food items.
  4. Avoid soy sauce at Asian cuisine as soy sauce contains gluten. Bring your own gluten-free tamari or simply order something with no soy sauce.
  5. If you eat animal protein, look for clean meat options, such as wild caught Salmon, free-range chicken breast, or grass fed beef.


***REMEMBER- The more whole, unprocessed, and natural the food is that you’re eating, the better! You’re not going to have to worry about hidden ingredients in an organic piece of fruit.


I picked a few DELICIOUS recipes in various categories for you to experiment with. Let me know how you like them!! 🙂















I hope today’s post was helpful for you and your family on your healthier happier journey! It’s a great idea to keep a journal through this process as you start realizing your energy and mood improve and less aches and pains. It’s a fun process to look back on! I’m so proud of you all for taking this tremendous step in your life!


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Why Go Gluten-Free- The Story of Mr. Gary Gluten (Part 2 of 3)

A few days ago, we talked about some symptoms of gluten-intolerance, the foods that contain it, and the alarming statistics of health issues correlated to gluten (you can read that post here). Today I want to go a little deeper into why it may benefit your quality of life to go gluten-free and what happens when you eat it.


In a Nutshell…How Gluten Does Its Damage

Everyone, meet “Mr. Gary Gluten”-

Looks harmless, right? Well I’m going to tell you a story of the journey this little guy goes on in your body when you eat him. He is found in the majority of foods you find at the supermarket today- breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, pasta, sauces, etc.

Here is Gary’s family traits-

  • From a Genetically Modified family (GMO). This means his family was first created in a laboratory where their genes were altered to no longer resemble their family genetics.


  • A couple thousand years ago, Gary’s family looked MUCH different than him, only having about 14 chromosomes. Gary has over 42.


  • He and his family have been modified genetically in such a way that they won’t die when their “keeper” sprays them with hundreds of dangerous chemicals known as pesticides and herbicides. These poisons kill all of the naturally growing weeds, bugs, and basically any life around them. These poisons also act to kill our human cells, effecting us in every way.


  • Gary was grown in a soil much different from his ancestors. He grew up in a soil that was stripped of all the minerals and life-giving nutrients except for Phosphorus, Nitrogen, and potassium, because many humans realized if only these 3 are present, the plant will look the same, but for a fraction of the cost. So, unfortunately Gary doesn’t have all of the “good-for-you” vitamins his family had hundreds of years ago even though he still may “look” the same.


  • Usually, before he is put into a food such as pasta, bread, etc… he is stripped of all his nutrients, fiber, protein, and good stuff, to be turned into a white flour substance.


 Now that you know a little bit more about Mr. Gary Gluten and how he is different from his ancient ancestors. Let’s take a look at what happens when you put him in your body…

  • You eat a sandwich, pasta, or cookie with Mr. Gary Gluten inside…
  • He is absorbed into your blood stream and causes your blood sugar to go sky high, even more than regular table sugar does! This increases your insulin (fat storing hormone) levels immediately. High blood sugar and insulin levels have a whole myriad of problems on their own including:
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • Metabolic X syndrome
  • and more…
  • Once he reaches your stomach, ideally you will have a good amount of stomach acid to break him down in order to make the job easier for your small intestine. Unfortunately, many people have a deficiency in stomach acid due to stress, adrenal fatigue, or taking antacids, and Gary doesn’t get digested properly, many times leading to heartburn, acid reflux, or bloating.
  • After his time in the stomach, he slips on down to the small intestine. This is where a large amount of damage happens. Our small intestine is critical to our overall health. This is where we absorb all of our “energy”, vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that feed the rest of our body. When this area is damaged, usually people have various digestive issues, chronic fatigue, pain, allergies, malnourishment, hormonal issues, skin disorders, and other seemingly “mysterious” health ailments. Due to Mr. Gary Gluten’s characteristics of being a GMO food, covered in nuerotoxic pesticides, and having way more chromosomes than the human body was meant to digest, Gary cannot be broken down very efficiently and he stays in the small intestine longer than he should. This causes “fermentation” in the gut which is bad news bears for intestinal health. This causes:
    • Bloating 
    • Constipation and or diarrhea


    • Damage and even wiping out of the microvilli that line the small intestine. These little finger-like structures are what are most critical to the small intestine as they are responsible for absorbing all nutrients from food. Without them, we don’t absorb the foods we eat, and they will go straight through us.


    • Leaky-Gut syndrome- This happens when we eat gluten, GMO foods, and other processed foods that cause fermentation in the gut and damage. Basically, the walls of the small intestine are compromised by these foods and little holes begin to form, leaking undigested food, parasites, and chemicals out of the intestine and into places they should never be.

    • Due to the internal stress your body is going through from the damage and from the malnourishment due to the microvilla being damaged, your adrenal glands have a much heavier load and become fatigued. This in turn effects ALL other hormones including your thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. This may show up in symptoms such as:
      • Chronic fatigue
      • Insomnia
      • Women’s hormonal issues: irregular or absent menstrual cycles, heavy bleeding, endometriosis, PCOS, etc.
      • Infertility
      • Men’s hormonal issues: impotence, lack of drive, gynecomastia (men with bigger breasts due to excess estrogen)
      • Headaches & migraines
      • Emotional disorders
  • After a while, eating Mr. Gary Gluten and his family causes some significant damage to your digestive tract, even if you don’t feel the internal damage, it’s building up. 80% of your immune system is within your digestive tract, so now that you have damage in this area, your immune system is going to be very weak. The stress causing your adrenal glands to be fatigued also decreases your immune system, and you will most likely get sick rather easily.





  • Your brain also is going to work less efficiently. There is something called the “Gut-Brain Axis” which is a direct relationship between the health of your gut to the health of your brain. So, this damage and the increase of bad bacteria in the gut could cause…
    • Foggy brain
    • Lack of mental sharpness
    • Anxiety/and or depression
    • Poor memory
    • Inability to retain information
    • Emotional instability
    • And similar symptoms…


  • When Mr. Gary Gluten is eaten with a poor quality fat such as with fried foods, when they combine, they create a dangerous cement-like substance. This can coat your arteries and digestive tract, and as you can imagine cause some serious problems.

WOW! Did you know products with gluten could do that much damage?!

For some of you, ALL of this is going to make sense, and be potentially life changing for you! Can you imagine having many of these symptoms and no medical professional being able to tell you what’s wrong?

I was in that situation, and if you haven’t been there, let me tell you, it is MISERABLE! You start to lose hope after trying numerous medications, doing a zillion tests that empty your pocketbook, and being left even more confused than before with no legitimate answers to what the problem is. Many people go throughout their whole life without finding the cause. They end up on 20+ medications to try and fix all of these symptoms, but end up feeling even more horrible. Their hope is gone, their health is gone, it lowers their quality of life and effects the rest of their family. How crazy is it that ALL of this could have been solved just by switching up their diet?!


In my next post I’m going to give you some real life tools to use to make the process of going gluten-free much less scary and much more enjoyable! Keep your eyes open!


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Do YOU Have a Gluten Problem? (Part 1 of 3)


These days, just about everyone has seen or heard the word “gluten”, but few understand what it is and how it affects the body. This week I want to go back to the basics and explain all their is to know about gluten to hopefully help you better understand how this little protein is causing health problems of epic proportions.



glu·ten  (gltn)n.

1. The mixture of proteins, including gliadins and glutelins, found in wheat grains, which are not soluble in water and which give wheat dough its elastic texture.

2. Any of the simple plant proteins found in cereal grains, especially the protein molecules in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats, that cause digestive disorders such as celiac disease.


Any food products containing:

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Barley
  • Oats (these do not contain gluten on their own, but are commonly cross contaminated when processed. You can purchase gluten-free oats)
  • Orzo
  • Bran
  • Bulgar
  • Farina
  • Kamut
  • Semolina

It is very important to read labels as many foods contain by-products of these grains. Here is a list of common foods that contain gluten:

  • Pizza
  • Breads
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, etc.
  • Pretzels
  • Cereal
  • Beer
  • Soy sauce
  • Couscous

You will find hidden gluten in these types of foods:

  • Broth or Bullion
  • Sauces and dressings
  • Sodas
  • Chips
  • Candy, ice cream
  • Cured or processed meats and cheeses
  • Fast food
  • California Roll sushi (The fake shrimp is made with gluten as well as the soy sauce)


  • More than 3 million people in the US suffer from celiac disease, which is approximately 1 in 133 people. However, more recent numbers suggest the number may be closer to 1 in 100. Either way, the more disturbing statistic is that only 1 in 4,700 have received an official diagnosis.
  • More than one of every ten individuals with celiac disease (more than 10%) may develop one or more of the following conditions:
    • Arthritis
    • Ataxia (see Gluten Ataxia)
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Lactose Intolerance
    • Liver Disease
    • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (Cancer)
    • Peripheral Neuropathy
    • Obesity
    • Osteomalacia or Low Bone Density
    • Thyroid and Pancreatic Disorders
    • Type I Diabetes

    Anemia, Dermatitis, Migraines, and Osteoporosis are also common conditions suffered by Celiacs, and people with untreated celiac disease are at far greater risk of developing some form of gastrointestinal cancer than the average person (some numbers suggest they are more than 50 times likely to develop a GI cancer).

  • 5% and 10% of all people may suffer from a gluten sensitivity of some form. recent findings indicate that many people with a gluten intolerance but not celiac disease may have a different form of disease altogether. The BMC Journal in early 2011 suggests that there is a form of gluten sensitivity that is medically different from celiac disease. And none of this takes into consideration the confusion over gluten allergy symptoms.
  • It takes an average of 11 years for patients to be diagnosed with celiac disease. The average cost of a misdiagnosis is $5,000 – $12,000 per person per year.
  • More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.



Gluten is an inflammatory food that triggers your immune system, rips up the gut, and in turn effects hormones, so your symptoms could be a wide variety of issues. However, there are some more common health ailments that people experience due to eating gluten. These include but are not limited to:

  • Digestive Distress: constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, bloating, gas, abdominal pain.
  • Pain in the body such as arthritic pain, inflammation and swelling, back pain, neck pain and stiffness, nerve pain, feet pain, joint pain.
  • Autoimmune Disease such as such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
  • Hormonal imbalance including PCOS, Thyroid disorder, adrenal fatigue or burnout, heavy prolonged cycles, amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle), severe cramps, abnormal or no ovulation, infertility.
  • Chronic migraines or headaches
  • Anxiety and/or depression or other mood disorders such as ADD (this is a HUGE connection!!!)
  • Anemia and malnourishment
  • Hair loss
  • Acne, breakouts, rashes, and skin problems
  • Allergies related to food or other allergens such as seasonal allergies
  • Fatigue, brain fog, and lack of that mental edge.
  • Restless legs
  • Poor circulation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inability to gain OR lose weight

“There’s hardly a single organ system that is not in some way affected by wheat products. The health impact of Triticum aestivum, common bread wheat and its genetic brethren, ranges far and wide, with curious effects from mouth to anus, brain to pancreas, Appalachian housewife to Wall Street arbitrageur. If it sounds crazy, bear with me. I make these claims with a clear, wheat-free conscience.”

– William Davis, M.D. from the book “Wheat Belly”

Pretty unbelievable the damage that can be done from one little protein molecule, right? Imagine all the people suffering with these conditions, who are taking loads of medication when all they really need to do is clean up their diet!


The terminology these days between all of these different labels can get confusing. Here is the breakdown…

    • Basically this is exactly what it sounds like…your body is “intolerant” to gluten, meaning it does not tolerate it well when exposed. Your body can’t digest it well leading to digestive issues after eating glutenous foods, and most likely is beginning to destroy your intestinal lining, which leads to “leaky gut syndrome” and if continued will further health ailments.
    • This is very similar to gluten intolerance, but in most cases is considered a mild form of symptoms such as fatigue after eating gluten or slight bloating. Your body is “sensitive” to glutenous foods, but you haven’t been diagnosed with a full blown allergy.
    • This is a diagnosis that comes from a medical doctor or a health care professional who performs an allergy test on you and it returns positive that your body (immune system) responds negatively to gluten and you actually have an allergic reaction to glutenous foods when you eat them. This can vary from mild to life threatening.
    • Celiac Disease is the most serious of all forms of gluten issues and is classified as an autoimmune disease, which means, the body is actually attacking itself. People with celiac disease usually have minimal to no microvilli on their intestinal lining. Villi are little finger link structures that line the small intestine and are responsible for absorbing all minerals and nutrients from the foods we eat. Without villi, it is very difficult to absorb any nutrients, which is where a huge problem comes in for those with Celiac.
    • It is widely and commonly believed that Celiac Disease is something one must live with for the rest of their life with no hope of ever living without it. I however, do not hold the same beliefs and have seen people become completely healed. This isn’t something I would work with a person one-on-one about to find the root cause of their disease and give them the tools they need to get the job done and restore their health. Exciting, right?! 🙂



You see, my friend…the all-American wheat grain that this country is oh so proud of is a billion times different than the wheat grain from the Bible days. This is why even 100 years ago, people ate wheat and bread all the time, but obesity, heart disease, diabetes, infertility, and digestive disease were significantly lower than what they are now, because wheat has considerably changed into a genetic mystery of complex proportions.


Bread and other foods made from wheat have sustained humans for centuries, but the wheat of our ancestors is not the same as modern commercial wheat that reaches your breakfast, lunch and dinner table. From the original strains of wild grass harvested by early humans, wheat has exploded to more than 25,000 varieties, virtually all of them the result of human intervention.

The first wild, then cultivated, wheat was einkorn, the great-granddaddy of all subsequent wheat. Einkorn has the simplest genetic code of all wheat, containing only 14 chromosomes.

Shortly after the cultivation of the first einkorn plant, the emmer variety of wheat, the natural offspring of parents einkorn and an unrelated wild grass, Aegilops speltvoides or goatgrass, made its appearance in the Middle East. Goatgrass added its genetic code to that of einkorn, resulting in the more complex twenty-eight-chromosome emmer wheat.

Emmer wheat, Dr. Davis explains, was probably the wheat of biblical times. Later the emmer wheat mated naturally with another grass and produced Triticum aestivum, the forty-two-chromosome wheat that humans consumed for centuries – right up until the past 50 years or so. That’s when the story of wheat becomes a bit of a modern Frankenstein tale. Modern wheat also known as “dwarf wheat” was created by a geneticist, Dr. Normal Borlaug with the intention of feeding a starving world. Although his intentions seemed good, this form of spliced, diced, and reformulated wheat was never tested for human consumption.

    • Unfortunately for years now, our modern everyday wheat has been the offspring of a lab, pesticides, herbicides, and scientists. In fact, today’s wheat literally can’t survive in a natural setting. Take away the modern pesticides and fertilizers and it will quickly die.

Perhaps overjoyed at the prospect of the feeding the world, the developers of modern wheat varieties weren’t interested in conducting tests to see if these genetically-modified strains were actually fit for human consumption. Dr. Davis believes they’re not. At the very least, we’re now consuming wheat that’s genetically different from what our ancestors consumed:

Analyses of proteins expressed by a wheat hybrid compared to its two parent strains have demonstrated that while approximately 95 percent of the proteins expressed in the offspring are the same, five percent are unique, found in neither parent. Wheat gluten proteins, in particular, undergo considerable structural change with hybridization. In one hybridization experiment, fourteen new gluten proteins were identified in the offspring that were not present in either parent plant. Moreover, when compared to century-old stains of wheat, modern strains of Triticum aestivum express a higher quantity of genes for gluten proteins that are associated with celiac disease.

Hybridization efforts of the past fifty years have generated numerous additional changes in the gluten-coding genes in Triticum aestivum, most of them purposeful modifications of the “D” genome that confer baking and aesthetic characteristics on flour. It is therefore the the “D” genome of modern Triticum aestivum that, having been the focus of all manner of shenanigans by plant geneticists, has accumulated substantial changes in genetically determined characteristics of gluten proteins.




The absolute BEST and CHEAPEST way to find out how gluten is affecting you is to remove it. With the dangers of GMO foods and the unfortunate reality that wheat these days rips up the digestive tract, and ultimately leads to health problems, I wouldn’t recommend eating gluten for anyone. Even if you currently don’t have any of these symptoms, unfortunately with the way our food supply is going, eventually you probably will, and it’s not worth it to wait until the doctor bills begin to add up.

It’s CRITICAL to remember when “testing” your body’s response to gluten that you do so 100% and know exactly what you’re putting in your body. If you have 1 cracker during the testing period, it will throw off your results, because yes, just that much can have an impact.


You can also have a blood test done through a local healthcare provider such as a chiropractor or naturopath to see what food allergies you currently have. And lastly, those who believe they have Celiac disease can choose to have a biopsy done of the small intestine to confirm the results. ***HOWEVER*** These results are not definitive. Many people DO have Celiac, but the biopsy came back negative.


SO, as you can see, the easiest and cheapest way to avoid all of this is simply to remove gluten from your diet and stick to gluten free alternatives. To learn more on how to do that stay tuned for tomorrow’s post! In the mean time take a look around my site for gluten-free recipes!

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Gluten-Free foods increasing your cancer risk?


Those of you who know me, know that I am a gluten-free foodie, and I have been for years. I have watched hundreds of people change their health and their life around simply by eliminating this one type of food from their diet.


Recently, as I was walking down the gluten-free isle at the grocery store and reading label after label, It occurred to me that many people may not know how UNHEALTHY many of these gluten-free foods really are. In fact, many formulated gluten-free foods are loaded with artificial colorings, sweeteners, sugar, fillers, binders, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients!


Isn’t the point of switching to a gluten-free diet to switch to a healthier lifestyle and heal the digestive tract? Well, unfortunately with these types of foods, there will not be much healing going on, and some of your symptoms may even get worse!


Today, I want to point out to you exactly what to look for when reading a gluten-free label and give you some great suggestions that will help you out the next time you go to the supermarket.




  • CORN, SOY, CANOLA, & DERIVATIVES OF THESE FOODS (corn flour, corn syrup, soy protien isolate, etc…)

    • If a food product contains any of these ingredients, it MUST be labeled GMO-FREE, NON-GMO, or 100% ORGANIC. This ensures that even though the company may use one of these foods, it is a clean, non-GMO source.



    • All of the above are either sugar or an artificial sweetener. A small amount of REAL evaporated cane juice, or sugar in small amounts in my opinion is ok in small portions. But, read those labels, because many gluten-free foods are loaded with sugar. Make sure you read the serving size. It may say only 5 grams of sugar, but that’s per tablespoon, so when you eat 1 cup of the product, you’re getting a sugar overload. Artificial sweeteners are even worse as they can damage the pancreas, are proven neurotoxins (kill brain cells), and damage the gut. Here is more info on the link between sugar and cancer.
    • Make sure you choose a food that is has no sugar, is low in sugar or uses natural alternatives such as coconut sugar, stevia, erythritol, or non-GMO xylitol.




So, next time you’re in the gluten-free isle shopping for your favorite foods, make sure to watch out for these ingredients to make the best choices for you and your family. Here are some brands committed to the NON-GMO project that may help you navigate your way through the store-

To make things easier, eat simple whole foods such as organic veggies, cultured foods and drinks, low-glycemic fruits, clean animal protein, raw organic dairy, sprouted nuts and seeds, and grain-like seeds such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, & buckwheat!


Stay tuned tomorrow for more on gluten sensitivity & Celiac’s disease!

In Health, Hope, & Happiness,

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Busy Mom went from Victim to Victor

Tears well up in my eyes just in calling to memory the progress I have made since choosing to go through the Empowered Woman program…LIFE CHANGING!!!!

I am a 37 year old wife and mother of two (ages 7 & 4).  I work 40+ hours a week as a project manager for an engineering company, pay the family bills, make most of the meals, get the kids off to school/daycare, do most of the household chores, etc. etc.

SDocument_C13080710021In a nutshell, from a very young age in an effort to be the perfect little Christian girl, I put everyone first, held them on a pedestal  and denied myself of any feelings (besides guilt, I felt guilty about everything). The need to overdo everything and be everything to everyone came from wanting to gain acceptance of others and God and if I was lucky or perfect enough, maybe even their love.  This led to a very unhealthy relationship with food.  I reached for food to numb me, which was comforting but only for a while. As one could imagine, the scale shot up and then began the self hatred and subsequent rounds of people pleasing…why would anyone like me for me; the fat worthless slob that I was?

In 2006 I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 110 pounds.  Sure, this fixed my weight but did not address the mental or spiritual aspects behind my weight struggles. I desperately tried to fill the emptiness that I still had by doing more and more “stuff” because that was all I knew to do, but it landed me in & out of the hospital with secondary anxiety and reactive hypoglycemia because of my poor food choices.

I seriously thought I was going to die.

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I was maxed out and my body was finally manifesting physical signs in a desperate attempt to get me to slow down. I began taking steps to a more balanced diet to correct the hypoglycemic portion of the problem and then early in 2013 I attended a couple of seminars held by Jessica.  She talked about her Empowered Woman program and the body, mind, and soul connection.  I knew in the core of my being that I needed to be a part of her next group.



So, here I am, 14 weeks into the program; I have lost 12 pounds, I have not had any anxiety attacks, I feel as though I can breathe IMG_7625but most importantly I have finally learned to not only be ok with myself, but to actually love ME!!! Exactly how I am in this time. My relationships are being restored, and most importantly my relationship with my Heavenly Father. As I look back over my life I see His hand of mercy. Given the magnitude of my unhealthiness I could have landed just about anywhere but He led my choices and prepared me for this time; for complete healing. For the first time in years I am not searching for something to fill that deep void; I feel connected and at peace because I am acknowledging my feelings and needs. I am taking responsibility for where I am, not just taking the back seat and wondering how the heck I got here and blaming others on the way. I am putting into place healthy boundaries and trusting God.

Sure this could have happened regardless my choice to go through Jessica’s program but I truly believe that her program expedited the process and got me to think about things that could have otherwise taken years to arrive at. Each week she releases a section for the body, mind, and soul; the materials were easy to read and worked into my busy life. You will get out of it what you put into it, trust me!! What I love…Jessica is genuinely accessible and makes sure you get it, on a weekly basis with her group calls and personal check-ins!  She will laugh, cry, pray and work hard with you. I have never felt judged for what I didn’t know.  Her materials provide a solid foundation for taking the necessary steps towards a healthier you, in every aspect of your life…if you choose to do so.

For me, this choice changed my “victim mentality” into “victor mentality” and my life will never be the same.

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This amazing woman is such an inspiration to so many. Watching her flourish in every area of her life has been such an honor and a privilege of mine. If you find yourself frustrated and hopeless and are looking for a way out, I want to speak with you.

If you’ve been waiting for the answer to your health problems, visiting specialist after specialist to be left more confused and an empty wallet, and are looking for LASTING results that bring the FUN & VITALITY back to life, I really believe THIS is what you’ve been looking for. I’d love to talk with you!

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I’m looking for 3 Women for a LIFE-CHANGING Opportunity…

Hey Ladies!!!

I am thrilled to announce that in only 12 DAYS from today I will be starting a new group in The Empowered Woman program!

The results women have seen throughout this 4-month journey have been more than I ever anticipated. My passion to educate and empower women around the globe is only continuing to grow. I feel incredibly blessed to be in a position where I can teach this foundational mind-body-soul health program from anywhere in the world and TO anyone in the world!

So, let’s get to the point, shall we?

I am looking for ONLY 3 MORE WOMEN to join me on August 12, 2013 to start this journey together, and YOU may be that perfect person. I know there are numerous women out there who are desperately looking and praying for a place where they can learn everything they need to know to reach the pinnacle of wellness. A place where they can explain all of their struggles, questions, fears, health ailments, and stressful life factors and have it all sorted out in a way that makes sense to them. THIS is what I do and what you will get within weeks of this program.

There are thousands of opinions out there when it comes to health, but only specific ones fit your body and it’s unique needs. In these 4 months together, you’ll learn all foundational elements that need to be addressed to keep you and your family running strong.

What Will I Learn In The Empowered Woman Program?

In Summary, here are a few topics that will be covered during these 17-weeks…

  • Key nutritional theories and strategies to fuel your body with exactly what it needs.
  • Instant energy boosters to keep busy women going strong.
  • How to easily and safely reach your goal weight and keep the unwanted pounds off…really!
  • Easy switches to feel sexy & confident in your own skin.
  • How to master your hormones no matter what phase of life you are in.
  • Heal & Bullet-proof your digestive system to ensure proper nutrient absorption.
  • Learn what environmental factors may be preventing you from ever getting well…and how to address them.
  • How to get to the ROOT cause of Depression, Anxiety, & other mental/emotional imbalances and heal it for good!
  • How to handle acute health situations for you and your kids (cold/flu, injuries, asthma, food poisoning, etc)
  • Importance of oral health and how you can take charge of your pearly whites from home!
  • Learn powerful tools against cancer, learn how cancer operates, and how to starve cancer cells.

As you know…this is MUCH MORE than a program only focusing on your physical body because as individuals we are much more complex. We will also be addressing areas such as…

  • The power of faith over fear
  • How to stress detox & tools to manage stressful situations
  • Restoring a positive outlook on life
  • The power of forgiveness
  • How to use life’s challenges in the most POWERFUL way.
  • How to let go of past struggles and trauma
  • Restoring and balancing your relationships
  • How to eliminate anger and restore peace in your life
  • And much more…



So, my question for you is…


Women of all walks of life have dramatically benefited from investing in this program for themselves. I have had successful entrepreneurs to stay at home moms connect together and support each other through this process. We all have needs and need support and guidance in one way or another to flourish and blossom into the best individual we were created to be.

Your family benefits.

Your career benefits.

Your relationships benefit.

YOU benefit.


This is where I come in.

I want to help you in any and all ways I can to ensure your success.

What people are saying…

“Tears well up in my eyes just in calling to memory the progress I have made since choosing to go through the Empowered Woman program…LIFE CHANGING!!!!” – Rashell, 37, CA

“I am so glad that I made the decision to join The Empowered Woman program. It makes perfect sense- healing of the mind, body, and soul all in one program; any program that just focuses on one aspect of our lives is lacking. I hadn’t realized it, but before I started the program, I had accepted that I was going to have to live the rest of my life in pain. I had basically given up on any hope that my symptoms and my quality of life could get better. I truly believed that things were as good as they were ever going to get. For over ten years, I have struggled with the chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies that come with Crohn’s disease.  I have had multiple intestinal surgeries and had tried every medication out there that was available for inflammatory bowel disease. My senior year of high school my doctor decided to give me a double dose of an immuno-suppressive drug, and that is what finally put me into”remission” so I could finish high school and attend college.

Ever since then, my symptoms were tolerable enough so I could function, but I still suffered from chronic abdominal pain and all symptoms I previously suffered from, but in a milder version. Although I was taking extra doses of strong medication to try and treat my anemia, I became so iron deficient and anemic that I needed 2-units of blood to restore my body. Getting out of bed each morning felt like an impossible task some days, it was hard to accept that I would have to endure another day in pain. It was no help that coupled with my Crohn’s disease, I suffer from chronic and sometimes crippling anxiety and depression.

I met Jessica first in nursing school,  and I had been keeping my eye on her activities via Facebook since graduating.  Her Empowered Woman Program caught my eye, but I have to admit, I was quite skeptical at first. With each video and article that I read about her program, it just made more and more sense to me, and I knew I had to do it. Now, I can honestly say, after only 6 weeks in the program I have never regretted joining, and I am so overjoyed that I did it. She introduced me to the Sunrider foods, and they have already benefited me so much. My nausea has diminished, my energy has increased, my abdominal pain has decreased, and I look forward to each new day. Jessica is so approachable and has a genuine friendliness and care about her that makes it a joy to learn form her. I have already gained so much knowledge and wisdom from her about taking the best care of our bodies, and how to tap into the amazing sustenance that God continually offers us. Most importantly, Jessica has restored my hope. God is working through her to do amazing things, and though her and by His grace I was reminded that Jesus our Lord is our healer, and that even things that I thought were no longer possible are through Him.” – Stacey, 25, CA

Read more here…

What is Included In The Empowered Woman Program?

  • A Comprehensive Health Analysis looking at all your major body systems, nutritional intake, toxic load, mental/emotional health & more.
  • A Delux Welcome Kit LOADED with goodies to get you started
  • 17-Weeks of information to empower you to live the life you’ve always dreamed of
  • 17- Q&A Calls (1 per week) where you can call in and ask me any questions about any part of the process you are learning
  • 1-on-1 private calls as often as you need to talk about your personal journey and how I can support you in the process.
  • Unlimited email & text support- email or text me 24/7!
  • Membership in our PRIVATE VIP online forum where you can find additional support and build relationships with others in this same journey as you.
    Special surprise gifts & incentives along the way!


I am ONLY opening the group to 3 more women. I keep the group small so I can offer each person as much attention as they need during the process. These spots will fill up rather quickly as the word spreads, so make sure you contact me ASAP if you are interested! Email me at

For pricing info & payment options, please visit-

I hope to hear from you soon!!!

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FREE Healthy Call-A-Thon!!!


Hey There!

Help me spread the good news about the subject specific CALL-A-THON being offered for FREE this week!
These calls are offered only once or twice a year and let me tell you, they are life changing!

I am SO excited about this week! Personal lives will be changed…families will be impacted…stubborn pounds will be lost…diseases will disappear…cancers will have met their match…and hope restored. All as a result of spreading the news about a secret weapon many are unaware of.

There have been countless people eat the Sunrider foods and dramatically improve their lives because someone cared enough about them to get them on these calls. Invite your friends and loved ones to get on the calls. They will thank you!

Call in to: 1 (832) 553-9635 PIN 9093 followed by # sign



Monday July 22nd 6pm PST–Kandesn Skin Care
Tuesday July 23rd 6pm PST–Kids and Sunrider – Raising Healthy Kids – From Pregnancy through Teens
Wednesday July 24th 6pm PST-Digestion
Thursday July 25th 6pm PST–Immune System
Friday July 26th 6pm PST–Women’s Issues (Women’s call only!) – Menstruation through Menopause
Saturday July 27th 9am PST –Sunrider as a Business- How to get your Sunrider for free 


If YOU have been wondering what Sunrider is all about and how/why it changed my life and is changing the lives of my clients, this is the BEST opportunity to listen to real-life stories and how it is affecting people around the world!

Talk to you there!!

In Health, Hope, & Happiness,

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Hey Everyone!

I’m SO sorry this is last minute, but I wanted to make sure you all know that tomorrow at 1pm I will be speaking for FREE in Sonora, CA!

It’s off of Tuolumne Road in the Warehouses. Because I don’t know what address to give you, here are general directions…

Turning off of Tuolumne Rd. or Standard Rd. (depending on which way you’re coming), into the warehouse/storage area, you will see a road turning into the warehouses that has a sign advertising dance. Once you turn in there, it will vear to the right and you will see a large Century 21 sign advertising a building for sale. Turn left at that sign and then the immediate right. You will see lots of cars and the warehouse that we are in will be on the right.

PHEW! Did you get all that?? 🙂 Just incase you didn’t you can text me at 785-477-4988.



This will be a very unique class/discussion where I want to highly encourage dialogue and question asking. I am going to be talking about some of the most important things you can do for general health, including:



Great, right?!

I really hope to see you all there!!!!







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SUN: Cancer Causer or Conquerer?

There is WAY too much misinformation out there about the sun. I remember growing up hearing the sun was what caused skin cancer and that the absolute healthiest thing I could do was to put on the highest SPF commercial sunscreen possible. That’s all I heard through nursing school as well. You can only imagine how excited all of my nursing professor’s were when companies came out with a 100 SPF Sunscreen!!

Today, I want to straighten out a few facts about the sun and give you a few tools to have fun in the sun all summer long!

So, what’s the deal with the sun anyways? Where did the whole “Fearing the sun” thing start and why? Is it really dangerous? Think about it for a minute. Why do you put that creamy solution on your body? Maybe it’s to prevent a sunburn, which is a legitimate concern, I am definitely not a supporter of sunburns. BUT did you know between the sun rays and that bottle of Coppertone, there is only 1 of those that has been proven to prevent and even fight skin cancer (and other cancers!) and the other has been proven to increase your risk?

The SUN is actually incredibly GOOD for you!!

So, why all of this propaganda against the sun? Well, I’m going to let you connect the dots, but think about the following facts…

  • Sick people make pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars.
  • Healthy people make pharmaceutical companies no money.
  • Pharmaceutical companies are intertwined with the FDA, government, and major companies in the world that manufacture supplies.
  • UVB from the sun is the ray that is health promoting and feeds our body’s Vitamin D. UVA is the type that has been shown to be more dangerous and lead to burns, aging of the skin, and melanoma. Many sunscreens do not accurately block UVA, only UVB.
  • Chemicals in traditional sunscreens have been PROVEN to increase your risk for various cancers including skin cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
  • When you wear these chemicals in the sun, they bake into your skin and go DIRECTLY into your bloodstream.
  • Vitamin D from the sun is incredibly GOOD for you and necessary to have a ninja-like immune system. When you use these traditional sunscreens, they prevent the Vitamin D from being absorbed into your skin.
  • When people get sick from toxic cancer causing chemicals and a lack of Vitamin D, usually they purchase or need pharmaceutical products, depending on the illness, sometimes it’s a SINGLE dose of a $30,000 chemo drug.

Dr. Mercola addresses a few of these dangerous chemicals found in regular sunscreens…

Oxybenzone is one of the most troublesome ingredients found in the majority of sunscreens. According to EWG’s findings, 56 percent of sunscreens contain this harmful chemical. Its primary function is to absorb ultraviolet light. However, oxybenzone is also believed to cause hormone disruptions and the type of cell damage that can provoke cancer.


Retinyl palmitate, a type of vitamin A, is another high-risk ingredient found in many sunscreens. According to a recent CNN reportii:

“Government-funded studies have found that this particular type of vitamin A may increase risk of skin cancer when used on sun-exposed skin. However, these reports have been in mice and evidence has been inconclusive for humans.”

According to the research compiled by EWG’s chemical database, however, retinyl palmitate gets a classification of “high concern” due to its developmental and reproductive toxicityiii. Research indicates that retinyl palmitate is readily absorbed by your skin. According to a report by the National Institutes of Healthiv:

“Cosmetic formulations containing retinyl palmitate are substantially more stable than those containing retinol. Furthermore, retinyl palmitate readily penetrates into the epidermis and dermis. In vitro measurements of retinyl palmitate’s percutaneous absorption indicate that 18 percent of retinyl palmitate, topically applied in acetone, penetrates human skin within 30 hrs.

Percutaneous absorption of retinyl palmitate in currently marketed cosmetic products may be still greater due to the considerable efforts of cosmetics formulators to maximize the effectiveness of products containing retinyl palmitate and retinol.

Studies indicate that absorbed retinyl palmitate is readily hydrolyzed to retinol by cutaneous esterases. In addition, skin contains the enzymes required for further metabolism of retinol to retinaldehyde and retinoic acid, and some studies have shown that levels of retinoic acid in the skin can increase following topical application of retinyl palmitate or retinol.” [Emphasis mine]

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Two other dangerous ingredients that I’ve mentioned before are parabens and fragrance.

  • Parabens were found in 99% of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology. That’s a HUGE number! Parabens are chemicals found in common cosmetics (Make up, lotions, soaps, hair products, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreens, medication, etc). These chemicals mimic estrogen in the body and completely throw off your hormonal balance. THIS is a massive reason why we have SO many women with hormonal imbalance. And as this study shows, they are a huge risk for cancer.

Toxic Sunscreens

5 Fun in the Sun Safe Alternatives

  1. Try to get in the sun with as much of your skin showing as possible for at least 20 minutes per day with no sunscreen.

  2. Avoid getting sunburns. Do this by applying non-toxic sunscreen when in the sun for long periods of time. Read more about safe brands here-

  3. Eat nutrient-dense foods, especially dark leafy greens. Plant-based whole foods have been shown to decrease chances of sunburn and even skin cancer.

  4. Use coconut oil and pure aloe on the skin. These two substances are phenomenal for skin health and help to prevent burn and heal the skin if you do experience some redness.

  5. Choose a sunscreen NO HIGHER than 50SPF and preferably 30SPF or lower.

Here are some additional resources on keeping you and your family safe in the sun:

In Health, Hope, & Happiness,

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