Changes I have made, yet to be made and steps taken toward stress relief



Welcome!  This is the written recording of my journey to an overall healthier lifestyle. I have been on this road to better wellness for a lifetime. The theme of my journey is progress, not perfection.  I am not expecting perfection from myself.  I am striving for overall progress, slow and easy continuous progress.

These are the changes I have made to date:


  1. Paleo gluten free diet

  2. Explore histamine intolerance

  3. No processed foods

  4. No processed sugars

  5. No soda

  6. No foods on my allergy list

  7. Rediscover myself

  8. Create an inviting home environment

  9. Stress management

  10. Green cleaning


I’ve also been working towards reducing my exposer to harmful chemicals as well. Some of the changes I made are with deodorant, body lotions, face creams, and home cleaning products.  


  1. I switched my antiperspirant deodorant to just a deodorant.  I was not satisfied with the experience just a deodorant provided, especially during the hot summer.  I am still exploring this area, so, if anyone has deodorant suggestions, I would love to hear them.

  2. For my facial care I am currently using Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – Rose and rose water facial toner.   I used to have problems with white heads around my nose and chin.  Ever since I started to use Dr. Bronner’s, that has not been an issue.  I also use doTERRA - Anti-Aging Moisturizer, the essential oils smell lovely when I use it.  It helps to put me in the right frame of mind in the mornings.  To help with the fine lines on my face I use from Motives Cosmetics Lumière de Vie® Needle-Free Serum that has a nice citrus scent.  

  3. The body lotion I use is Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Body Lotion with Lavender, Natural Oatmeal and Chamomile & Ylang-Ylang Essential Oils.

  4. I make my own home cleaning products.  I love the bathroom chrome and mirror cleaner I use that has peppermint essential oil added to it.  The scent lingers after cleaning.


I have had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) since I was a kid.   My digestive troubles went undiagnosed.  I noticed I reacted to certain foods and beverages and simply avoided them as best I could, I was a kid. My food sensitives were sausage, chocolate, dark colored soda, greasy food and fast food.  I didn’t realize then how gluten was affecting me.  About five years ago I adopted a paleo gluten free diet and greatly reduced my IBS symptoms.  I still was experiencing eczema and chronic hives though.  After researching histamine intolerance and completing a histamine elimination diet, my skin issues greatly improved.   2019 will be my year to investigate the root cause of my histamine issues.


I believe that it is a mistake to take on more than what we can reasonably handle. The changes I have made have been over a period of years. Again, it is important to be realistic with ourselves and practice slow growth and improvement.  Take it one step at a time.

I’m recovering from adrenal exhaustion, the last stage of adrenal dysfunction.  Stress is an absolute must to reduce in my life.  Learning to better handle the stress I experience and following the nutrition and targeted supplement program from the nutritionist I see has greatly helped me handle stressful situations.  I will continue to incorporate the tools and actions below for stress reduction:


  1. Pinpoint the things that cause stress in my life by daily journaling and then going back and highlighting anything stressful in my day.

  2. Incorporate 30-minutes of exercise and stretching into my weekly routine.

  3. Take time daily to meditate and ground myself.

  4. 30 minutes minimum daily learning, reading and growing spiritually.

  5. Very limited political news.

  6. Very limited television.

  7. 1/2 hour daily reading and talking extra time with my dog.


I am more energetic and have clearer thinking after making the health changes I have so far. 



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