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When I started The Nourished Mom, I knew I wanted my faith to be a part of it. I wanted to operate within God’s will for my business (and my life). I didn’t truly know what it would mean to include my faith in my business model and I wasn’t quite sure of God’s will. But since I started my business, I have been on a journey to find out.


I hold tight to the well know verse of Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” I believe this promise to be true. I thought that I trusted in the Lord. But God showed me that trust is more than a feeling and an idea - It’s an action…


Trusting in the Lord means that we quickly take refuge in Him when we have questions or face trouble. It means that we are confident in his ability to lead us and protect us. It means we acknowledge that He is in control.


But when I am faced with a decision or a problem my instinctual reaction is to lean on my own accumulated knowledge and understanding. And my own understanding tells me that I need to take control of the situation - now!


I had always believed that if I did things ‘just so’ and implemented the ‘perfect plan’ that things would turn out the way I needed them to. I stressed and I struggled to get it right. But there is so much in this life that is beyond my control; It’s impossible to truly figure out the ‘perfect plan’. Trying to rely on my own understanding left me feeling stressed out and defeated.


God doesn’t want us to feel stressed and defeated, striving to do life on our own. Proverbs 3 continues to say “be not wise in your own eyes”, in other words, ‘don’t depend on your own wisdom.’ He has a better way for us. He wants us to depend on His wisdom and to quickly turn to him for refuge. Psalm 46 tells us He wants to be our refuge and strength.


When I strive in my ‘knowledge’ alone I cut myself short, because God’s way, His knowledge and His thoughts are so much higher than my own. (Isaiah 55:8-9) He sees each situation with much more clarity and wisdom than I ever could. Sometimes my knowledge and understanding might be in line with God’s will, but sometimes (many times) it’s not and the only way for me to know is to ask Him. I must seek him, pray and listen.


As I grow in my trust of the Lord and I continually (try my best to) come to Him first in all things, I’m finding that his ways are so much better than my own. He opens doors that need to be opened and closes doors that should be closed. He makes moves I would have never imagined doing myself. As I look back, I can see his sovereign hand directing me and guiding me. He works in big ways and he works in the small everyday details. It's amazing and I am constantly in awe.


When you have a problem, a concern, a question or a need, do you take it to the Lord first? Do you seek refuge in Him? Do you put your confidence in him? Or, are you struggling to figure it all out on your own?


Nothing you could plan in your own knowledge or strength could ever compare to the path God has planned for you. He’s just waiting for you to come to Him. Lay your fears, needs and desires at His feet and ask for His guidance. Pray to Him, call out to Him, trust in Him. Listen and he will guide you through the decisions you need to make and he’ll help you solve the problems your faced with. Trust in the Lord, and just as the Proverb promises, He will ‘make straight your path’.


Lot's has changed since I started The Nourished Mom. And I’d like to share with you the path that God had been leading me down…


As I’ve worked with clients, I’ve always been passionate about sharing my faith and the lessons God teaches me. But, in my role as a Nutritional Therapist, it wasn’t always fitting to share the things that the Lord put on my heart. I have a vision to empower women to better themselves and my vision includes faith in God as the foundation upon which we build our lives. I had been dancing around this idea all year, trying to include faith into my Nutritional Therapy programs. But it just didn’t seem to fit right as something in addition to nutrition – it had to be the foundation.


So, after much prayer and many divine lessons, I’m shifting the focus of The Nourished Mom to be in alignment with the direction God is calling me. I'm focusing my coaching programs and workshops on helping women to balance their lives according to biblical principles. My teaching will center on Gods’ word and practical life skills. (Don’t worry, I’ll still cover some nutrition, as I believe God’s best for us includes knowing how to use food to help us feel our best.)


I’m working on new coaching programs and workshops that I will launch in January. I’m also redesigning my website to reflect these pivotal changes.


My hope is that I can continue to offer encouragement and be an inspiration for you through the content I offer at The Nourished Mom.


In Love and Health,

Brandy

We have been in a dinner rut, rotating the same 6 meals over and over and over and over again since school started. I love trying new dinner recipes (and creating my own), but I've been discouraged; Lately, when I try to break free and try something new I've been getting some major push back from my kids. My boys are not the pickiest of eaters, but they definitely have their preferences and are not fond of trying anything new. In an effort to keep dinner time pleasant I've been rotating their favorite meals. But, this strategy won't work for our family long term - my husband and I love variety and I know it's best to expose my boys to different types of foods to expand their palates, offer a variety of nutrients and encourage them to try new things.



This week the time had come to break free from the rut and try something new. Meatloaf isn't necessarily a new meal in our house, but it is one that has recently been resisted. And sweet potatoes have been a no-go for years unless they were in french fry or chip form.


My goal: to re-introduce meatloaf and to introduce sweet potatoes in a form other than french fries.


In an effort to minimize complaining, I decided to make this meal fun - and what's more fun than cupcakes and sprinkles?!


Outcome: I was met with a little resistance; the classic "I hate meatloaf" and "this looks disgusting" phrases were tested. (Seriously... dinner has sprinkles on it!) But, after they took a bite they were sold. Both of our boys ate everything on their plates! (and this rarely happens). So I have to say that 'Meatloaf Cupcakes' were a success.


Here is the recipe:


Sweet Potato 'Frosting'

1 Sweet Potato (peeled and cubed)

2 Tablespoons Ghee

2 Tablespoons Coconut Milk (full fat)

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

10 drops monk fruit sweetener or other sweetener of choice

Sprinkles (optional) (I use the Whole Foods 365 brand because it's free of artificial dyes)


Meatloaf

Cupcake tins

2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

1 Pound Ground Chicken (we always use organic and try to also find pasture raised meats. Ground turkey would also work well in this recipe.)

1 Egg

1/4 White Onion (minced)

1 Garlic Clove (minced)

1 Apple (cored & diced)

1 teaspoon each of Garlic, Onion, Coriander and Salt

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour


1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

2. Heat Coconut Oil in saute pan. Add Onion and Apples, saute 2 minutes. Add Garlic and saute another 2 minutes until apples are starting to soften. Remove from heat. Set aside

3. Boil Sweet Potato until soft

4. While sweet potato is boiling prepare meatloaf. In medium bowl, beat Egg. Combine Onion/Apple/Garlic mixture to Ground Chicken. Add Coconut Flour & all Seasonings

5. Separate meatloaf mixture into 8 muffin tins.

6. Cook for 20 minutes.

7. While meatloaf is cooking combine all ingredients for Sweet Potato Frosting in medium bowl. Whip ingredients together. Put mixture in frosting bag or sandwich baggie with tip cut off the end.

8. Remove meatloaf and 'frost' the muffins with the Sweet Potato Frosting. Add sprinkles (if using).

9. Cook in oven an additional 10 minutes.


10. Serve!


I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think!






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I often find myself praying ‘Lord be with me’.

This is my way of telling God, “I need you to keep my family safe, to guide my steps so my efforts are not in vain, to keep me on the right path”.

But as I sat in my car praying this the other morning it occurred to me that maybe I’m not asking for what I really need…

The bible tells us that God is always with us. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 states, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “


The Lord is near to all who call on Him. This is something I experience in my daily life; I count on the Holy Spirit to help me make decisions, temper my impatience, see the beauty in other imperfect people and for so many other things. But this week I feel so out of step with Him. Where I usually see beauty and blessings, I’m seeing stress and obligations… So, I prayed, “Lord be with me. I need your guidance”.

But as I spoke these words, I realized God is with me and will never walk away. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us He will never leave us or forsake us.

So, what’s really happening here?!


I realize, It’s not God who’s wandered - It’s me! I’m running every which way, distracted by obligations and interests; completely focused on my to-do list to the point that I neglected to put God first. My time with Him has been rushed - I’m going through the motions but my thoughts are on other things. I don’t need to ask God to be with me, I need help staying on track with God!

So, instead I pray “Lord help me to stay focused on You & not become consumed with the busyness of life”.

A relationship with God is like any other relationship. It takes commitment, time and open communication. Too often we see relationships suffer as we fill our days with the busyness of life. Tasks, obligations and other interests fill our time and take our focus. Relationships with our friends, spouses and family can't flourish when we don’t take the time to focus on them. With God, it’s the same way! If you’re feeling out of step with God, take the time and focus to communicate with Him. Put aside your to-do list. (The dishes and tasks can wait!) Open up your bible, pray and take the time to listen to what He has to say. The joy of being in open communication with our God is greater than any check mark on your ‘to-do’ list.

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DISCLAIMER:  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN MY COURSES, POSTS , ON MY WEBSITE AND IN ALL MATERIALS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE. THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND IS NOT INTENDED TO PREVENT, DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY CONDITION. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR  HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WHEN BEGINNING ANY DIET OR LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS.

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