The Savvy Path

    Autoimmune Disease: Changing the Game Brynn's Way

    Really, it’s all about CHOICE.

    “A funny thing happened on the way to the doctor’s office…”

    But, there’s no punchline.

    There is a “thing” that happens when one is diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease: one changes. Is this a good “thing”? Is this a bad “thing”? In the fall of 2010 I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus. An autoimmune disease with no known cure. It was like getting sucker punched.

    In the face. With a train.

    Sweet mother of buggernackles, friends.

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    My Full Fragrance-Fail Confession

    A Suspiciously Tiny Package

    My daughter skipped toward me swinging a two-toned striped bag.  With a glance, I assessed that nothing from Victoria's Secret, that could fit in that teeny tiny bag, should be in my 13-year old's hands.  I knew Victoria's off-shoot brand, Pink, had imprinted its marketing claws into my daughter's Pinterest page, but she had only 45-minutes with her besties to walk the mall while I scanned for Whole Foods sales. Images raced through my mind of red and lace and less. What could she have purchased with only $15 dollars cash? 

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    A Powerful Lesson of Mold

    That Nagging Voice 

    In the spring of 2000 I walked into the home for the first time and immediately knew something was wrong.

    I told my husband we needed to eliminate it from our house-hunting options, even though it was 5,500 square feet and would easily accommodate our eight children and three pets. We were preparing to move cross-country from Illinois to Colorado. Unable to find the right home, our realtor suggested we reconsider. “Think of the potential,” he said. My husband agreed. “It’s five levels. We’ll make it our own.” Chris’s optimism led me to a new vision for the house and how we might use it.

    A nagging feeling remained, but I pushed it down.

     We moved into the home in June. Within six months one of our children was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Within a year our bird died and our dog was diagnosed with diabetes. Mood disorders surfaced in the kids. We were at the doctor repeatedly. I assumed it was the change in elevation.

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    Perceptions of 'Health' and a Teenage Athlete

    Meg Payne reveals misconceptions, struggles, epiphanies and turning points highlighting the life of a teenage athlete and the perception of health.  How much of her story resonates with teens you know? What perceptions of health are we teaching the next generation as adults, coaches and parents? 

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    Living Joyfully | Rising Above Ulcerative Colitis

    Founder's Note: Not many of us were born with a 'sustainable bamboo spoon' in our mouth or raised crunchy green. Many 'arrived' to Savvy after an a-ha moment that shook our beliefs about health. Meet Amanda. Amanda exudes joy but behind her constant twinkle is the story of a fighter.  I am proud to share Amanda's story knowing many will identify with the hurdles she faces.   

    It Makes Me Physically Ill...

    Stress doesn't just make me irritable or snappish with my husband and young children, ages 7, 6 and 1 – it makes me physically ill. I have ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disorder that causes severe pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. The more stressed I get about stuff like mounting deadlines for the public relations business I own or the writing contracts I’ve signed, or just navigating the complicated waters of parenthood while working from home, the more likely I am to have a flare-up.

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    When A Pop-Tart Fanatic Grows Up

    Founder's Note: How often will we wonder "When will I see results? Is change happening?" or "How hard should I try?"  Do you hear a tiny voice chiding, "Are we creating mini-monsters who will rebel against our high standards?  Or are we raising responsible healthy citizens?" Trusting our heart is all we have - until you meet someone like Julia.  It is an honor to feature Julia's confession as one of Savvy's first blog posts, offering a delightful glimpse of what 'can-be' when we embrace this journey.   

    When I was a little younger than I am now, my favorite breakfast food was a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tart.

     I would pop it in the toaster and eagerly watching the wires glowing red inside, evidence of the mini oven at work. I can remember that first glorious, sugar-filled bite; the perfect balance of sweet, gooey filling and crispy cracker crust. The toaster oven always melted the insides just right. Most of my mornings began with a trip to the toaster oven. Eggo waffles, french toast sticks, those cinnamon roll things with icing in the middle… I was the freezer aisle’s biggest fan. I was young, I didn’t really care where my food came from, and I just cared that it tasted good. If I ever felt the inkling to eat healthy I would reach for Special K or Cheerios. Because those were good for you, right?

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    Is Savvy for the Not-Exactly-Green?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I am a sucker for double stuffed Oreos.

    Especially when they’re dipped in milk, and it’s not often organic milk.

    I try not to get on my own case about my choices for the same reason I try not to judge other people for their decisions:  going green is a process, and we are each on our own path. It isn’t always easy. I spend a lot of time reading labels to determine if the ingredient list is safe, and I feel let down when I learn that a company I once thought was eco-friendly actually isn’t. I question when a product says “Eco” or “Green” in the name and wonder if they are being truthful?

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