2017

Reflecting on this last day of 2017. What a year we've had at SLW! We have been blessed with word getting out about our practice and have been going through a busy season of growth. We were able to move from a very small space to a much larger one just across the street. We love how it feels like home each time we go in. We were able to bring on a new functional medicine provider, Kim, as well as a new front office coordinator, Brittany. Having our family grow has been such a blessing.


And with more room at our clinic, we will be able to provide more services to our community. Starting tomorrow, January 1st through @kairosyoga, we will be offering Infrared Sauna therapy, in addition to Yoga, Pilates, and Barre classes. You can go to www.kairos.yoga to get signed up!


For those of you who have not been able to visit us at our new place, swipe through some photos from our Open House this month! You will be amazed at the amount of space we now have compared to what we had before. We have a spacious lobby area, a kitchen, a room for the sauna, the provider's office, and the yoga studio! We hope you can come on by and visit us with all of that we have to offer you now!


It has been a whirlwind this year and we are so incredibly grateful that we our visions are coming to fruition. The Lord has been so amazingly good to us. We are so thankful for everyone who has supported and prayed for us because we could not be where we are at without all of you! We are excited to see what the year 2018 brings, and that we can continue to be a resource and guide for you on your path towards healing and wellness.

Happy New Year from the SLW Team!

It is Official!

Hello everyone! I am Kim Williamson, PA-C, the newest functional medicine provider at Stewarding Life Wellness!

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Today, I am taking part in my first #fridayintroductions! A little bit about me. I’m a wife and a mom of three young boys. I had been practicing as a physician assistant in primary care for over nine years and in the clinical setting for about fifteen years prior to joining here. I turned to functional medicine years ago when I myself had health issues. I have a brain tumor where most of it was removed surgically, but a little bit that remains has been stable. Praise Jesus! I also have an autoimmune disease that I have been able to fight with food as my medicine, as well as natural and holistic therapies. My own health journey has given me so much knowledge in how we can take control of our health and use what God has gifted us to heal our bodies. When Jacob reached out to me about this opportunity, I was beyond thrilled! I actually cried and did the happy dance because God had answered this amazing prayer of mine that I had for some time and thought was only in my dreams! My heart was literally jumping inside all day! It just seemed like things fell into place all at the right time. I owe all this to the good Lord in how He has led me to SLW. I love their mission and their heart for people and the community. What a privilege and honor it is to serve alongside this team. Overjoyed and so incredibly grateful!

Some have been waiting and wondering when I would actually get started. Thank you again for your patience and grace during this transition period as the clinic has been busy and growing. We were finally able to move into a bigger and better space this past weekend and I now have my own space at the office! So with that, I am happy to share with you that I have been officially on board as of this past week! If you are interested in being seen for a consult with me as a new patient, please contact the office and we will get you taken care of! I can’t wait to meet you!

We Have Moved!

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Things have been quiet around here, but for good reason!  As you may have heard, we have been quite busy in the office as we have truly been blessed during this season of growth!

With that, it is with great joy that we are officially announcing our move to a bigger and better space!  Thankfully, we are very close to our previous spot in Old Town Keller.  We are directly across the street from where we were before.

Starting THIS COMING MONDAY, OCTOBER 30TH, we will be at the NEW clinic!

The new address is:

118 W. Olive Street
Keller, Texas 76248

We look forward to having you in our new home as we are planning exciting things for our space there.  We would also like to hear from you as well.  What kind of classes would you be interested in?  Would you enjoy a Paleo Potluck or some type of social gathering every month or so?  We are always open to feedback from you as to what you would like to see us offer!

Thank you again for your patience during this transition period.  We are so grateful for you and for your continued support and prayers.  God has been so gracious to us and has encouraged us immensely with all that He has provided for us.

What to Pack for School Lunches

Packing lunches for school is a necessity for the school year... but honestly something that we all kind of dread.

By the second month, it feels like we are packing the exact same thing every day! So here are some ideas we put together for you all. A lot of it is simple but can be helpful to have ideas, right? 

The first biggest tip we can share is to PREP for the week! 

Plan what lunches you want to prepare for the week and keep it simple. It's ok if you have the same foods for a whole week if you want- just switch it up the next week! 

Second, prep as much as you can in advance!

Cut up a ton of veggies to have ready to eat and store in glass mason jars or glass storage containers. This makes packing lunches and grabbing healthy snacks so much easier. 

When you are cooking dinner, grab some extra veggies and chop while you are cooking to have fresh things available all week. 

If you can, go ahead and divide and store other foods in small containers to put straight into the lunch box like chicken salads, sauces, trail mix, etc. 

Third, an easy rule for preparing lunches is to always include fat, fiber, and protein in meals.

This helps stabilize blood sugar levels and give kids balanced meals to have the most consistent energy and focus possible. 

Fiber:

-Carrots, celery, cucumber, bell pepper (easily prepped in advance!)

-Mini sweet bell peppers are ready to eat as-is

-Fruits: apple slices, grapes, oranges, berries, etc. 

-Hummus in individual snack packs (at Costco!) to pair with veggie sticks or gluten free crackers

-Dried fruits or raisins (check for sugar and sulfates or unwanted preservatives)

-Nuts (omit if nut-free classroom)

-Seeds 

-Pressed by Kindbars (at Costco); a nut free option, too!

-Larabars

-Gluten free or grainfree granola 

-Custom trail mix to your liking with coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, clean chocolate chips, etc. This is a GREAT way to get kids involved with packing their lunches and being excited about creating their own food!

-MamaChia squeeze pouches 

-GoGo squeeze pouches

-Pure Organics or Stretch Island fruit strips 

-Plantain chips

-Cassava chips

-Non-gmo air-popped popcorn (if you tolerate corn)

-The Good Bean Dried chickpeas (if you tolerate beans)

-Pickles (check for unwanted dyes and sugars; love the organic dill pickles from Trader Joe’s)

-Gluten free pasta with veggies and protein (nuts, seeds, or meat) Trader Joe's is our favorite price and flavor.

- Jackson's Honest chips 

 

Fat:

-Guacamole snack packs or tubs (Great prices at Costco)

-Justin's Almond butter snack packs: pair with carrot/celery sticks, or apple slices for the fiber.

-Trailmix has great fats as well!

-Chia seed pudding

-Avocado slices

-Grassfed/Organic/Raw cheese (if dairy is tolerated well)

-Simple Mills muffins (mixes are easy to make!)

 

Protein:

-Trail mix. (Pumpkin seeds are an amazing form of protein!)

-Simple Mills almond flour crackers,sprouted seed crackers (if nut free is required), or cookies.

-Organic turkey breast slices rolled by itself or with mayo or hummus spread

-Lettuce wrap with turkey and avocado slice

-Lettuce wraps with tomatoes, bacon for a breadless BLT

-Hard boiled eggs

-Deviled eggs or egg salad

-Chicken Salad with crackers

-Chicken tenders with sauce to dip

-Protein bars like RX bars and Primal Kitchen are favorites

-Unsweetened organic/grassfed yogurt with berries and granola

-Egg muffins- another great thing for kids to help make! 

-Smoothies store well in insulated thermos' and can be super nutrient dense and a fun treat! (Using collagen is a great protein source to add!)

Introducing Kim Williamson PA-C

We are growing at Stewarding Life Wellness, and are excited to introduce our newest team member, Kim Williamson (PA-C). Many of you have felt the growing pains as we’ve taken on new patients and I (Jake) have struggled to keep up with emails and portal messages. I apologize for any delays that you have experienced during this busy and challenging season. We’re hopeful for what the future holds, as we onboard Kimberly as another provider at our clinic.

We have prayed from the birth of our business that the Lord would bring in the right provider in His perfect timing. It was important to us that we find someone who shared the same foundational core values and beliefs that shape our practice. Kim has been an answer to this prayer, beyond what we could have imagined!

Kim has already begun training in the Kalish Method, which is what I was trained under. She will also be taking seminars from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and likely pursuing a full IFM certification over the next few years. You will likely see her responding to email and portal messages in the weeks to come. Please give her a kind welcome into the Stewarding Life Wellness family!

I recently spoke with one of Kim’s former colleagues, and he referred to her as a “gem” and we couldn’t agree more. Very soon, we’ll post a video interview with Kim so that you can catch a glimpse of her passion and heart for helping people pursue wellness. Speaking of video interviews, we’d also like to start interviewing some of YOU soon, so that you can share your health journey and encourage others with it. If you’d be interested, or if you have questions for Kim, let us know.

Thank you again for your patience during this time of transition and growth. We are grateful for your support and prayers. We have more exciting things coming later this year, so stay tuned, and we will keep you updated!

As fellow stewards of God’s grace,
And with many thanks,

Jake Duncan and the SLW team

Beautycounter: Safer Beauty & Personal Care Products

At Stewarding Life Wellness, we are passionate about living a healthy, balanced, and toxic-free lifestyle. We strive to eat healthy food that supports our health, we use safe cleaning products in our home, exercise, sleep well and meditate often. However, one thing that is easily overlooked in the pursuit of health are the cosmetics and personal care products we use daily such as lotions, soaps, deodorant, and make up.

Americans spend over 62 billion dollars every year on personal care products, and many of these are filled with toxic chemicals. Thousands of these chemicals are used without adequate testing or research done to identify the effects they have on us. The FDA does not require testing to approve chemicals used on humans, nor do they have the power to recall a product that could be dangerous. The European Union has banned nearly 1400 toxic chemicals from their cosmetic products. America has only banned or restricted 30.

Why are avoiding toxic chemicals so vitally important for our health?

It is easy to assume that, since we are only using these products on our hair or skin, that it isn’t affecting our health like food or supplements do. But did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body, and that it absorbs these toxic chemicals in less than 26 seconds directly into the blood stream? Some of these chemicals have dangerous impacts on our body. Research has shown that toxins in our personal care products can contribute to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, autoimmune diseases, rashes, and many other medical conditions.

We have found lots of healthy options that just don't work effectively - especially cosmetics! In our search for safe products, we were introduced to Beautycounter and have been very impressed. Beautycounter has extremely rigid third party testing, a "Never List" of over 1500 ingredients they never use, and the strictest heavy metal standards in the industry. Not only do we love the quality of their products, we also are impressed with their mission as a company. Below is a short video discussing their mission to provide safe products for their consumers:

One of my favorite things about these products is that they are high performing, and I have the comfort of knowing they are safe. My daughter has a lot of fun “dressing up like Mommy,” and I love being able to let her play with my make up with out being concerned about heavy metals or dangerous chemicals.

Some of my favorite products for our family are:

 

Charcoal bar
 

Charcoal helps to extract toxins from the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and clean. It is great for men, women, and teenagers!


Balancing Face Mask

I feel like I have been to a spa after using this. It leaves my skin feeling amazingly clean and rejuvenated. I have also used it on rashes and other skin irritants, and it helps tremendously in healing. This is fantastic for men and women!


Tinted foundation

This tinted foundation is amazing! I have never been a fan of liquid foundations because of how heavy and sticky they feel, but this one feels light and covers well. For a thicker coverage, you can also use this concealer pen


Baby products

 Children today are exposed to far more environmental toxins than we were as children. I am committed to minimizing the number of toxic chemicals that my children are exposed to at home during our daily routines. I have tried many baby products, but these are the best I have used! I use these products on my children every single day, and I use the baby oil on my own face every night before bed - it's that awesome!


It is so important to be mindful of the things we are putting IN our bodies, but also equally important to consider what we are putting ON our bodies. We believe in the importance of removing toxins from our lives, and would love to help you find the best products that will continue to support your best life. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our nutritionist, Stephanie. Stephanie@stewardinglifewellness.com.

Curb Your Sugar Cravings with this Delicious Smoothie

When you cut refined sugar out of your diet, what is the first thing you crave? I don’t know about you, but for me, it is chocolate. I’m not even much of a chocolate person, but I crave it when the sugar is gone.

Oftentimes, there are ways to curb our cravings without giving into unhealthy ways of eating again. That’s why I love this smoothie.

This Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is the perfect way to satisfy that sweet tooth and keep you cool and refreshed this summer. Made with almond butter, almond milk, cacao powder, and bananas, it almost tastes like a liquid peanut butter cup!

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
1 banana
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 date
Dash of sea salt

To make this delicious smoothie, simply toss all of the following ingredients into your favorite high-powered blender, and blitz until smooth. If you’re feeling fancy, top with almond slivers and/or cacao nibs for some added crunch.

Almond milk is quickly becoming the favorite non-dairy milk product of the health conscious and lactose sensitive. Fortified almond milk contains many of the same nutrients as cow’s milk, without any of the effects of the lactose - and it has a fraction of the calories. Almond milk also contains no cholesterol or saturated fat.

You’ll notice that this recipe also calls for cacao powder. You may be asking yourself, “Couldn’t I just use cocoa powder instead of cacao powder? What’s the difference?” You could use the cocoa powder sitting in your pantry that you would typically use for baking, but you would be doing your body a disservice. While the two powders look identical, there is a vast nutritional difference.

Cocoa powder has been roasted at high temperatures, which removes the enzymes that actually makes chocolate (or cacao) healthy. Cacao powder is cold pressed, so it retains all of the healthy enzymes. By using cacao powder, you will feel a mood boost – as if you were eating a chocolate bar, without worrying about looking great in a swimsuit.

If you are trying to stay healthy, but can’t seem to shake that chocolate craving, this smoothie is sure to help.

Want fresh, chef-crafted smoothies to sip on this summer but don’t want to make them yourself?

Get a month of free smoothies when you sign up for a SAVOR meal delivery service from now until July 31. To get started, simply fill out a food questionnaire and mention this blog post!

 

Written by Savor Culinary Services | www.savorculinaryservices.com

Conversations with Jake: SAVOR Culinary Services

Jake recently had the pleasure of talking with Chef Deb from SAVOR Culinary Services, a personal chef company that has been in business for over 15 years and served over 5,000 families in the DFW area.

They provide busy families, professionals, athletes and those with special dietary needs, chef-prepared, customized meals made with fresh, wholesome ingredients delivered right to their fridge! Besides their weekly prepared meals, SAVOR also provides food intolerance testing, dietary consulting and boutique catering.

Here is a recording of Jake and Deb's conversation:

Do you experience some of the symptoms Jake and Deb talked about like fatigue, brain fog, weird weight gain, etc.? Let us know! We would love to help you find natural solutions to the root cause behind your symptoms so you can experience optimal health.

 

Fore more information about SAVOR, click here.

Essential Oils: Weight Management

Did you know that essential oils can aid weight loss, manage food cravings, and support digestion?

Essential Oils have so many benefits! They have many medicinal benefits, and they also make great alternatives to the many toxic cleaners and fragrances surrounding us daily.

Dr. Axe wrote a great article about his Top 3 Essential Oils for Weight Loss and how to use them. As he says at the beginning, "you’re not going to start using essential oils and lose 20, 30 or 50 pounds. But it could help your body in shedding a few pounds, plus support your body in important, healthy ways for weight loss." We're sharing Dr. Axe's insights below, but for more information, we suggest reading the original article (it has videos and links to additional resources!).

Grapefruit

The grapefruit peel is where the EO is derived from, which is very high in compounds like D-limonene, which support the metabolism and the lymphatic glands. Topically applied to the skin in small amounts, grapefruit EO is an excellent diuretic. It's often included in cellulite creams and blends used for dry brushing. Taken internally, it activates enzymes in your saliva, which help the body break down fat.  It is also known to lower cravings and hunger, especially when mixed with patchouli oil. Add several drops to your water, diffuse it in your office or home, or massage some onto your chest and wrists when a craving strikes.

Cinnamon

Time and again, cinnamon oil has been shown to regulate blood glucose levels, and something in your body called GTF, or glucose tolerance factor. It helps balance blood sugar, which long-term will help with weight loss and reduce those sugar cravings. Unstable blood sugar can lead to overeating, low energy, and weight gain. Adding cinnamon oil to fruit tea, oats, baked goods or smoothies helps to slow the rate at which glucose is released into the blood. It is a fantastic support for anyone with diabetes.

Ginger

It is essential that, if you are going to lose weight, you also reduce inflammation in the body, and support digestion and absorption of nutrients. Ginger not only reduces sugar cravings, but it also reduces inflammation in the body. The compounds in ginger are called gingerols, which have been scientifically proven to reduce disease-causing inflammation in the intestines, and improve overall absorption of vitamins and minerals being consumed.

How to Use:

Topically. Use a carrier oil like coconut oil, especially when you’re using the cinnamon oil (which is considered a "hot" oil). It's safest to use a 1:1 ratio, especially when you haven't used an oil topically before.

Internally. You can add any of these oils to water, foods, or capsules that you can swallow. Not all oils can be ingested, so it's important to always check with the manufacturer/supplier.

Diffusing. Any of these oils, or blends containing these oils, can be diffused to activate all of your senses. They'll make your home or office smell great!

Where to Buy:

We believe quality matters tremendously in all things. There are several sources putting out high quality oils. At Stewarding Life Wellness, we're currently using Young Living essential oils, but if you already use oils from a different source, we applaud and encourage you to keep going!

One reason we love Young Living is their Vitality™ line of EOs, which are designed specifically for internal use. These are separate from their regular oils, and have different packaging so it's easy to keep your topical-use oils separate from your internal-use oils. 

If you're new to using essential oils, send Kim an email about your interest, and she will happily get some oils in your hands!