My Life with PCOS

“There’s no test to definitively diagnose PCOS. Your doctor is likely to start with a discussion of your medical history, including your menstrual periods and weight changes. A physical exam will include checking for signs of excess hair growth, insulin resistance and acne. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

-MayoClinic.org on PCOS

Living with PCOS is a lot of unknowns. There is no way to know for sure if you have it, we don’t know the cause, and there’s really not much we can do about it  but we will give you a lot of medicine for it. When I first became diagnosed I was happy because I thought that it meant I had answers for what was going on with me. I was having extremely irregular periods, and when I would finally have a period then it was extremely heavy and painful. Other than that, my only other symptoms were weight loss resistance, and extreme mood swings and imbalance. I didn’t have really bad acne, or body acne, and I didn’t have any abnormal hair growth. The only other symptom are the cysts, which you have to check with an ultrasound. Even if you do have ovarian cysts, your treatment plan isn’t any different (or at least that’s what I was told).

I was diagnosed in 2016, since then nothing has really changed except that the birth control they put me on regulates my periods. The metformin that they prescribed only helps with weight loss by causing me extreme gastro-intestinal distress, as far as I can tell. So, I have ended up taking the metformin off and on. At the time of diagnosis they just told me that I needed to lose weight and it would fix the rest of the symptoms and potential infertility later in life. It has been three years since my diagnosis and I finally went back to the doctor. This was the best decision I could’ve made.

I went to the OBGYN for the first time back in April. What pushed me to go was the amount of uterine pain I was having. I was so scared that I would go and would be told I had developed endometriosis, or they felt a growth, or just the worst possible scenario. (Pessimistic much right?) Everything checked out clear, but I got the same homework… to lose weight, and my doctor put me on some weight loss medication to help with the weight loss resistance. He also gave me this homework:

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When I saw this I had hope, because I already had the tools in my arsenal. I had the perfect tool. The only thing I had to do was add in some exercise. With my next appointment I brought in all of my Arbonne supplements and my 30 days to Healthy Living kit. My doctor was thrilled that I had these tools and they had the quality they did.

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Digestion Plus: Helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and blood sugar levels, by promoting                                      healthy serotonin levels through gut  health.

Detox Tea: Helps reduce inflammation and reduce bodily toxins through supporting                               liver and kidney function.

Protein Shake: Healthy, easy, meal replacements that are glycemic balanced and safe for                             anyone with insulin resistance.

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Greens Balance: Adds 7 superfood salads worth of vitamins and minerals per serving!

Vitamin Boost: Any vitamins not found in Arbonne’s products already, are found in the                                Vitamin Boost to fill in all the gaps.

Fizz Sticks: Helps boost metabolism and control blood sugar in between meals.

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Thermobooster: Helps boost metabolism to promote weight loss.

7-Day Cleanse: An extra boost and support for your liver and kidneys while processing toxins and heavy metals from the body.

All of the products are perfect for promoting the optimal conditions for weight loss and healing with PCOS, especially when used with Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living challenge.

Check out my post about the 30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge! If you have PCOS or even suffer from hormonal imbalances I highly recommend giving this a try.

I Promoted to District Manager!

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After a team call in July I hit a big turning point in my goal to become a district manager by the end of July. I was fired up after the team call and I was determined to do everything I could to make the promotion. I started to pray, I mean really pray. The kind of prayer where God knows your serious. I wasn’t asking for it, I was telling God I had heard him. When he told me he wanted me to sell Arbonne I said okay and I was excited, but I wasn’t determined. I hadn’t resolved myself to realize this was bigger than I knew. When I prayed after that team call God brought this verse to my mind, “For I KNOW the plans I have for you. Plans to PROSPER”. Specifically those parts of the verse. I couldn’t remember the rest of the verse so I went and looked up the rest. “to give you HOPE and a FUTURE”. If you all have checked out one of my earlier posts, I talk about my why for Arbonne being to provide a way for my future, to be able to save to start and family and feel confident in my adult life. God heard my why, and God told me to just trust him, he knows he plans he has for me, to prosper me, to give me hope and a future. I also really love that its not hope FOR a future, but hope AND a future. I can hope and dream and plan, AND have my future, and I am so grateful.

It came down to the last day of the month, but on the last day, I hit my 3,500 qv and promoted to District manager. I am on my way to supplementing my full income with Arbonne, and I am thrilled. I’m not thrilled because on the money. I am thrilled because I know I can’t do this alone, and I know that everyone that comes and joins my team is joining because God has a plan for me and how I can serve them through my Arbonne business. I am thrilled that I get to serve others is such an awesome way!

I have a special vision for my team, and if I reach out to you about being on my team I want you to know my vision:

  1. Know that if I reach out to you, it is because I got that little nudge from God saying, “They need this”.
  2. “This” is a family. It’s filled with imperfect people seeking freedom in health, life, and wealth.
  3. My team will be filled with encouragement for whatever you need. Whether that be in your business, or anything else.
  4. We are going to push each other to meet our goals in our businesses, our physical goals, our goals for bettering our relationships, and our spiritual goals.
  5. There is no room for hate or ugliness, but there is always room for feedback. You need those people in your life that you can trust to check you, and tell you the hard truth.
  6. That spreading love and opportunity is our main mission.

My name is Mikayla Benigno, and I am a recently promoted Arbonne Independent Consultant, District Manager! Would you like to Join my Girl Gang?

My Girl Gang!

She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.

-Proverbs 31:25

My favorite thing about being apart of this Arbonne thing is the opportunity I have to give others the freedom that Arbonne has given me. I am so grateful for the amazing women who have decided to join my team, and have me help them on their way to NVP! Lets meet them!

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I am a mother of two beautiful girls and want to model a life that they would be proud of! I recently have been offered a 2 year modeling contract. I want to use that, and my Arbonne business, to have a platform to advocate for health food relationships and what healthy body image. Arbonne is my freedom to love my girls as a single mom without being over worked!

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I am a momma to a rambunctious 22 month old boy and to another boy still in my belly. I am a firm believer in Jesus and what he has done for me. At this point in my life I need extra income. Just a few weeks after this realization, Arbonne popped up again. There is no time like the present, so why not now?

Manifest

Manifest:

Adjective:

  1. Clear or obvious to the eye or mind

Verb:

2. Display or show (a quality or feeling) by ones acts or appearance, to demonstrate

  • Be evidence of: prove
  • (of an ailment) Become apparent through appearance of symptoms
  • (of spirit) Appear

Antonyms: Hide, Mask, Deny

Origin: From the latin “Manifestus” through old french to late middle english in the form of Manifest.

I have been marinating on my word for 2019 for a while. Some of my other ideas for my word were: Peace, Joy, or Self Discipline. A couple of days ago this word just came to mind, and it has been in the forefront of my mind ever since. Manifest seems to be a pretty straight forward word. It is not used in daily conversation much anymore, but it is still a relevant word. I originally though this word was in my head because 2019 was the year I would “manifest my dreams into reality”, but that didn’t feel quite right.

I started to research, because as time went on, it wasn’t just the word Manifest that was stuck in my head but a phrase. “Make manifest the glory of God”. Like a song lyric, this phrase has been stuck in my head replaying over, and over, and over. “Make manifest the glory of God”. So I started googling. I thought it was a bible verse and I could not get it to come up anywhere. Then, I for some reason clicked on the image search, and up popped the poem I have used as encouragement thousands of times. I read it a Seth’s funeral too.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”

– A poem called, “Our Deepest Fear”, by Marianne Williamson

I can’t take all the credit, this poem was introduced to me by my good friend Bethany. The same Bethany that started us on the tradition of picking a word for the year. It’s funny how things come full circle!

The thing is, when using this poem to encourage a crowd I usually leave out the line, “It’s not just in some of us; It’s in everyone”, because that’s not entirely true. John 1: 12-13 says, ” But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believed in his name , who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God”. See, to make manifest the glory of God you have to first be a child of God, and receive his glory. “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God.” –Acts 7:55 So I look at this line in the poem with a clause. Yes, the glory of God is in everyone that has received the holy spirit, and we can all make it manifest in our lives, but it is not in everyone because not everyone has the holy spirit.

This isn’t what God was trying to show me when he brought the word manifest to my mind. So I did some more research. In researching I realized that I didn’t really understand what it meant to ” manifest God’s glory”. I realized that even if you have expected the holy spirit you may not be ready to tap into God’s glory. I learned that when you ask for manifestation, you’re asking for two things.

  1.  For God to manifest ( show) his glory to you.
  2. For God to use you to manifest (show) his glory to others.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

-1 Peter 5: 6-11

I want you to marinate on the verse above. Does anyone else see the relation in this verse to my previous post about my reflection of 2018. Last year my word was “determined”. Being determined isn’t a bad thing. However, I was determined for myself, I wanted to succeed in self alone. Last year I had to suffer. I had to see that I am not alone that my family of believers is suffering too. I had to learn to cast my anxieties on the lord. I had to let God restore me so I could make manifest the glory of God that is within me, because the holy spirit is within me. So this year I am asking God to use me and his glory for you, to manifest his glory that you can have in your life. We all have to suffer to be restored.

Are you ready for what’s in store for you in 2019? 

 

 

Please message me with any question you have, I would be happy to share my testimony, talk to you about what it means to accept the holy spirit, and what it means to live a life manifesting God’s glory.

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

Dear Readers,

This, perfect for fall, soup will leave you feeling satisfied in more ways than one. It is hearty, warm, and layered with flavors. It’s a Jamaican twist on a fall classic, and a crowd pleaser for sure!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Total Active Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 8 Side Portions/ 4 Main Portions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of butternut squash
  • 1 leek (white and light green part only)
  • 1 T of Avocado oil
  • 2 T of Jamaican Curry powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t celery salt
  • 1/2 t Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 t white pepper
  • 1 32 oz box of chicken stock
  • 1 14 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 14 oz can of coconut cream

Method:

  1. Peel and seed butternut squash, then cut into 1/4 in cubes. To save time, some stores have precut butternut squash. The reason I cut it into such small pieces, is for reducing the cooking time.
  2. Cut the dark green tops off of your leek but save them to make stock (recipe coming soon). Cut the root bulb off the other end and slice lengthwise. Make sure to rinse your leek really well. They are grown in sand, and there is nothing worse than crunching down on a piece of sand in a creamy soup. Finish by slicing them in half moons once rinsed.
  3. Heat the oil in a 8 qt soup pot. When the oil is hot, add the leeks and caramelize them. Once caramelized, add the spices and butternut squash, toast everything together until aromatic.
  4. Add the chicken stock and scrape any fond off the bottom of the pot. Let the soup come to a steady simmer. Simmer until the squash pieces break apart easily, about 20 min.
  5. Take an immersion blender and blend the soup until most of the butternut squash pieces are smooth. Now add the can of pumpkin and coconut cream. Blend again to desired consistency. Just like with potato soup some people like chunks some don’t!
  6. Check a final time for seasonings, and add any extra salt or pepper.

Crockpot method:

  1. Caramelize leeks and toast spices then add to your crock pot with the squash and chicken stock.
  2. Set and forget, on low for at least 2 hours.
  3. Finish the soup the same way as above!

I served this soup with some herb and lemon roasted chicken thighs. It’s also a great pairing for a fall quiche and salad!

I hope fall is everything you’ve been hoping for!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress