It's a Twinderful Life

Looking For the Silver Lining in All of Life's Clouds

diabetes and redemption.

Oh my gosh, you guys. I watched this video this morning because I was interested by the title: “What if we’re wrong about Diabetes?” And I was TOTALLY floored by what I saw. I’ve been thinking this way about diabetes and other illnesses for a couple of years now, but I didn’t expect many others, especially a physician trained in western medicine, to think the same way. Not only was I surprised to learn that an E.R. doctor is trying to change how we think about/treat diabetes and insulin resistance, but I was also touched by his humility. In short, I felt inspired.

As some of you know, Steve was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 5 years ago. It was completely out of the blue. He had no noticeable signs or symptoms and wasn’t overweight. We’re lucky that it showed up on a routine blood test.

Since then, we’ve been trying different ways of eating and exercise to see if we can “reverse” it. We’re making progress.

This video is SO WORTH the 16 minutes.

Have a great week!

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paleo diet recommendation from a heart surgeon.

If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning you’ll know that Bre and I are big fans of the Paleo/Primal lifestyle as a way to have the healthiest and happiest life possible. It has made all of the difference for me living life with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Some people may think this way of eating to be extreme because it is completely opposite of the Standard American Diet and how we have been told to eat for the past several decades. Well today at work, a friend sent me this article, written by a heart surgeon with twenty-five years of experience. Want to know why you should look into trying out the Paleo/Primal diet for yourself? Take a quick read ( 3 – 5 mins.) and I think you’ll find his propositions to be both eye-opening and convincing. Happy learning!


happy lovers day.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I know it’s a day late but I wanted to say it anyway. Wherever you are in your relationship (or lack thereof) to a significant other I hope that you were at least able to celebrate love in its many forms. Over here I’m recuperating from a nasty sinus infection that took me down like a deer so we haven’t celebrated yet, but I’m looking forward to spending some romantic time with my sweetheart in the near future.

At work yesterday I felt like I was in elementary school. People were passing around Valentines and candy and it was so fun! I had every intention of passing out some Valentines myself but it wasn’t in the cards since I had literally been in bed for the 5 days prior. Oh well, I’ll look forward to next year. One of my coworkers sent around a few Valentines that I thought were SO creative and fun, and I thought I’d share a few of my faves here.

nerdy valentines


nerdy valentines






I also came across this TED talk about the secret to desire in a long term relationship that I found very interesting. It’s 19 minutes long but is a very captivating talk. It definitely gives some food for thought.

I hope that you have a fun (3-day, for some of us) weekend ahead of you. My schedule for the weekend includes chopping off 15 inches of my hair, sleeping, going to Breanna’s last doula appointment where we’re going to do a “fear release” (which sounds awesome), sleeping, loving my husband and pups, hoping that my taste buds start working again soon (which I lost 7 days ago from all of the sinus congestion), helping sis in the final preparations before baby girl makes her appearance, and did I mention sleeping? It’s going to be epic…


guide to childbirth.

OMG kids, I just finished one of the most FANTASTIC books I’ve ever read – “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” Bre asked that all who are going to be in the room for baby girl’s arrival (I’m one of the lucky ones) read it and I am so glad that I did! I have literally never felt so empowered as a woman. I had no idea that my body was capable of such amazing and complex processes! Even though I’m not expecting a baby myself and may never have the opportunity to carry a biological child of my own, I feel like I’ve come to know myself better from reading this book. I want to take better care of myself and feel a newfound kinship with every female I come across (I apologize if this sounds crazy, but it’s true!). Seriously you guys, read it. It will expand your horizons and amaze you at how beautiful our bodies (both male and female) really are. We are so blessed.

Next on the docket to read: “Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Bre is almost done with it and says there is so much more information in it besides how to breastfeed (e.g. like how to swaddle, how to take care of and really help a new mom out, nutrition, etc.). She says that it’s just as fantastic as the first. I can’t wait.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Top o’ the Tuesday to you. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend (especially since it was a 3-day weekend for most here in the U.S. of A). We had a ton of fun here running errands and setting up more of the nursery for my cute little niece who will be here next month! I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown!

If you’ve followed us from the beginning of this little blog you may remember that I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyrioditis. This disease manifests itself as an under-active thryoid in my body. Since my diagnosis almost 2 years ago I have been on a journey to try to heal my thyroid and let her know that everything is A-OK. I’ve done a lot of reading, changing my diet, re-evaluating the ways in which I handle stress/exercise, etc. I’ve learned so much along the way and am so grateful for all of the support that I’ve received and continue to receive. It hasn’t been easy, but I feel blessed to say that I have learned so many things about myself along the way that I wouldn’t have learned any other way and I feel stronger for it.

I came across this article whilst perusing my usual blogs that really hit a chord in me because it reminded me what it was like to try to find a doctor who would listen to me without judging me as a hypochondriac/commit to helping me find the right diagnosis. This article comes from a blog I just discovered called Alt-Ternative Universe. If you or someone you know is struggling with an autoimmune condition please know that there is hope and that you’re not alone. You can read the article here.

And if I don’t post anything for the rest of the week, I hope that it’s a fantastic one!

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