The Texas Ragnar Trail Relay Debacle

This past weekend, seven friends and I ran the Ragnar Trail Relay at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, Texas. We trained, we planned, we packed and we ran. Every person on each team of eight runs 3 legs: a 3 miler, a 5 miler and a 7.7 miler along rocky trails with intense inclines and declines. These runs are separated by the runs of your other teammates and happen relay-style, with one runner handing off the race number to the next. There were 200 teams camped in the area, with a central location called “The Village” – which happened to be several tent vendors and food trucks set up near the race start/end point. All of this went down on a large ranch with trails usually used for mountain biking. We all started out with strong legs and high spirits. Our team of eight was all female. As you send out one runner, the other seven ladies get to chat and hang out to wait for their leg to start. During these chats, we realized that collectively we were the mothers of 33 children. Yes, 33 kids! I know – that’s a LOT of kids. Luckily most of these children were school-age and older, thus not draining our daily stores of energy in the way infants and toddlers do…but still, 33 kids require some serious love and energy. So as a diversion from said kids, we train to do crazy adrenaline-pumping things and occasionally get some adult-time. What I didn’t realize was that this race would be quite as difficult as it turned out to be. I can run...

The Great Einkorn Wheat Experiment

I cannot tell you how much I truly love bread – and anything like unto bread: pizza crusts, rolls, bagels, cookies, doughnuts, funnel cake. MMMMmmmmm! Makes me happy just thinking about it. But then reality hits and I remember: I can’t eat bread. Or wheat. Or anything with gluten for that matter. I really want to eat it. I long for the day when my body will be magically healed and I can eat whatever I want. But until then I’ll tell you what wheat does to me: it makes me sad. In days past, I did not get stomach pains or bowel issues or cramping or any of those things. I just got really… overwhelmingly… sad. Some people call it depression. And for the most part, they’re right. But the word “sad” sums things up quite nicely so that’s my go-to word. Wheat also makes me overwhelmed, irritable, scattered, and not a little cranky to be around. It took me years to figure out the cause of many of my health issues because I had no signs at the source of the problem – just really weird side-effects. I explain this whole ordeal in detail in Broken Vessel Restored, but here I’ll just say: wheat doesn’t like me. So I broke up with wheat and pretended I didn’t care anymore. I was a strong, independent woman who did not need wheat in my life. I could do the gluten-free thing. No problem. But the truth was that because I loved wheat so much I really, really wanted to find a loophole in this whole mess. So I researched all about...

Knowledge is Relevant, Truth is Eternal

In the last chapter of Broken Vessel Restored, I wrote a chapter titled “Knowledge is Relevant.”  In that chapter I tried to convey that humankind’s search for knowledge can result in a collection of ideas and facts that we may think are iron-clad. But from my journey for “facts” about how to heal the human body, I realized that much of what mankind believes today about health and proper diet is convoluted and muddled at best. I uncovered poorly executed scientific studies and government recommendations skewed to favor certain industries. I also began to understand that all the vitamins and nutrients needed by the human body work in harmony with each other. Scientific studies and trials that study only one nutrient can never properly grasp its true functionality and importance. The reason why is that it works in harmony with all the other nutrients needed by the human body in many different ways. It’s like saying: Let’s study the importance of this drum in the symphony by isolating it and observing what happens. The drum sounds completely different alone than when combined with dozens of other instruments in a myriad of ways to create beautiful music. How will you ever accurately determine the benefit of the drum when considered without the other instruments in the symphony? That’s how our bodies use nutrients: in countless different combinations in limitless different songs. They need access to each other to work effectively. Sure, they may be beautiful alone – but their power is magnified when combined with other vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and fiber. So how does this example pertain to...

Around the Corner

    I run because it keeps me sane. It helps me sleep at night and feel better during the days when I summon the energy to do it. But, being honest, there are a lot of days where I just don’t want to go. On those days, I often force myself to get dressed and just try running for a bit. Sometimes it works. I start running and I realize I had more energy than I thought. Other days, I wish I had just stayed at home. It was on one of these days that I realized I am an “around the corner” girl. What does that mean, you may wonder? It means that if I know another runner is behind me or has passed me going in the opposite direction, I will run to the next corner and turn out of view before I walk (or perhaps, collapse – depending on the day). Out of pride or stupidity, I have to make it to the next corner just so that other runner won’t see how pathetic my stamina and pacing really are. Sometimes I walk for a looooong time before I start to run again. How many times have you made it around the corner before you collapsed so others wouldn’t know you were struggling? I have a hunch people do it more often than you would think. You could apply this principle to lots of areas of life – career, family, income levels… There are lots of others I will leave to your imagination. But do know this – just because it seems like someone is running faster than...

Broken Vessel Restored

Available soon from Amazon.com Broken Vessel Restored was written for women who suffer. Within its pages, I hope you will find the keys you need to unlock your former health, and with God’s help, repair what has been broken. There are chapters on how to overcome issues such as mental illness, food intolerances, isolation, hormonal imbalance, infertility, stress, abuse, and depression. And all these topics were researched diligently and experienced personally. This is not a book based on second-hand knowledge. Every chapter is written from the perspective of someone who has been in the trenches, was able to escape, and can show others the way out. With compassion and empathy, I hope to guide you out of the darkness and despair, and let you know there is a way to heal. After decades of struggle, I regained my health. And in Broken Vessel Restored, I hope to teach you how to regain your own as quickly as possible. Within this blog, I hope to add further detail and helpful information to assist you in your journey. I send you love and support. May the weight of our collective journey become lighter because it is shared. With love, Wanda...