Whole 30 Challenge? It Really Does Start With Food

Oh man! ok so I thought I would post on here about my journey on starting this lifestyle change with my eating habits. I have started my Whole 30 challenge with a friend and its only been 4 full days and today is my 5th…

So I prepped, got my habit foods that I eat just to eat hidden, and printed out recipes that I will need. And Whole 30 has a nice timeline as to what to expect during your 30 days emotionally. It has helped me understand why I’ve been so up and down these last few days.

You see on this 30 days you are not allowed to have sugar or sweetener of any kind unless it is from the whole fruit (you have to eat the orange not buy the orange juice), no grains of any type including quinoa, no dairy of any kind except eggs and clarified butter or ghee (because regular butter still has proteins from the milk) , and no legumes (beans) of any kind which includes peanuts, because we are all learning that peanuts are a bean type not a nut. That means I have cut pastas, breads, candies, creamers, refried beans and shells for my tacos (which I LOOOOVVVVEEEE). I also have to be careful with the types of oils I buy because most are highly processed. Most people would think this is a low carb diet but I can have potatoes, fruits, and things of that nature. Honestly I still eat alot of food and actually feel full longer than I used to. But it is the psychological stuff and the and addictions that this is changing. And boy have I been feeling the ups and downs!!

The first day was easy as pie and was like this isn’t so bad except for a nagging headache. But day 2 and 3 was bad headaches, cravings, really tired was hitting but stuck to it.(so glad to be doing this with a friend because I would not have made it through the day) Day 4 was no headaches any longer but was still really tired. Most likely due to my body relying on sugar for energy all the time instead of fat that its withdrawling.

Well today I was expecting (as said on the timeline) the “kill everything” emotions where you just feel snappy and angry for no reason. But instead I have been tearing up over EVERYTHING!!! Literally! Normal everyday things that I don’t even think about have been putting me into a crying mode. That was unexpected and I know it will pass as everything else has but its difficult for the time being. Just being honest.

So not even a full 5 days in and it has been a journey already. But the food is good and I like feeling full after eating and not gorging myself because I can’t get enough… (also a side affect of sugar overconsumption).

So I just wanted to do something a little different today and if anyone has questions or comments I would love to hear! If you have been on the Whole 30 Challenge already please comment and let me know what the hardest thing for you was. Or if you are thinking of doing this yourself join me!

Thanks for letting me rant and release! 🙂


Christina Smith

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Quick tidbit for today

So I and my husband were walking around today and the thought came to me.

Don’t forget to kiss and say I love you today to your spouse… It really means the world.


Song of Solomon 1:1-2, 1:15


The song of songs [the most excellent of them all] which is Solomon’s.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! [she cries. Then, realizing that Solomon has arrived and has heard her speech, she turns to him and adds] For your love is better than wine!


15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love! Behold, you are beautiful! You have doves’ eyes.

Had to share.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!!


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Art is No Longer Optional

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Leading by Design


If you want to create something beautiful in life, you’ve got to know how to distinguish between what is good art and what is bad art, or not art at all, in your life. It doesn’t matter your occupation. Art can happen anywhere. It can happen on a soccer field, in a bank, in a church, in a theater, or on a sidewalk. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself creative.

Here’s what it takes to recognize great art. Art must cause a connection. It must communicate the connection between what is lovely and holy and what is baser and needy– In other words, it must communicate redemption. Art lies in the sacred space of connection between mankind and God. Think Les Miserables: it communicates the connection between the horror of what we experience in life and hope of something amazing beyond that experience.

Whatever we do, we have to recognize that…

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Why Questions…..Funny… and True

Got this in an email and just had to share it with you all.

In a couple days I will be posting a series about the sacred dance of marriage which will start with Created For Connection by Garry Brantley 

All the while I will have funny little sayings or jokes to start the day off 🙂 Hope you will enjoy this next series coming up.

If you have something that you would like me to post about that you have been wanting to know about or question please let me know and I will see how to incorporate an article on it…

Have a BLESSED day in the Lord!!

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store
to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?

Why do banks leave vault doors open and
then chain the pens to the counters?

Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in
our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do ‘practice’?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring,
and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all
your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the
slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is
used on airplanes? Why don’t they make
the whole plane out of that stuff??

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If flying is so safe,
why do they call the airport the terminal?

Now that you’ve smiled at least once, it’s your turn to spread the
stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile
to (maybe even a chuckle)… We all need to smile every once in a while.

OH you didn’t smile – well how about this one:

God promised men that good and

obedient wives would be found in

all corners of the world……

then He made the world round

and laughed and laughed……

“Faith is not believing that God CAN …
It is knowing that He will”

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Whats Ok I Our Marriage? Day 6: Fetishes, Adult Nursing, Bondage/Spanking/BDSM, Watersports/Scat, and Erotic Asphyxiation

Love is patient, love is kind, love is everlasting

Love is patient, love is kind, love is everlasting

So here is our last article in the series. As we finish this series we hope that it has helped in some way to inform you of things that are or aren’t ok in YOUR marriage. Remember MOST things are pretty much open in your marriage as long as you honor each other and respect each other with what they themselves are ok with. Just be sure to pray about it with each other and by yourselves. God made sex as a gift and He wants us to enjoy each others sexuality and love each other for who we are in Him. And don’t forget to HAVE FUN!  😉

So here we go!


An individual with a fetish either can’t have sex, or can’t enjoy sex, without engaging in the fetish or fantasizing about it. Common fetishes are items like leather or high heels, activities like spanking, a man dressing up as a woman, or an inordinate fascination with body parts like feet or certain sized breasts. It’s often hard to draw a clear line, since a preference is not a fetish until it becomes required for normal sexual function. For example, some people have an oral sex fetish, but most who enjoy oral sex do not have a fetish and can have sex without it.

Many folks say “It’s harmless, just go along.” However, the Bible tells us not to be controlled by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12), and we feel a fetish violates this scriptural principle. Fetishes are far more common in men than in women, and most fetishes seem to be a result of something that happened fairly early in life or early in a person’s sexual awareness. Fetishes can be dealt with through therapy, but only if the person wants to change. (The AACC has some people trained to help with this.)

Adult Nursing

Adult nursing means the husband nurses the wife. While this would include a man “sampling” breast milk while his wife is nursing a baby, having an “adult nursing relationship” means much more than this. Serious adult nursers continue long after the children have stopped nursing, maybe even after they have grown and left home. Others come to adult nursing after the woman has stopped nursing children, working very diligently to “re-lactate” so the woman has milk for the husband.

Those who have this kind of relationship say it is a real blessing to them, and their marriage. Most freely admit it is at least partly a sexual thing, but many say it is far more than just sexual. Having done some searching we cannot find any evidence that there are health reasons to avoid adult nursing, nor can we find a biblical principle that would preclude it. For some it may be a fetish, but for some it is not. As long as both husband and wife understand the dedication it takes to keep the milk flowing, and both are fine with that, we cannot see a reason to say adult nursing is wrong. That said, we wonder if it is not usually an attempt to fix something broken in the relationship, or provide something missing. There are probably other, easier, ways to deal with broken or missing things!

Bondage, Spanking and BDSM

BDSM means bondage, discipline (or domination), sadomasochism (or slave-master or submission). This is a wide category with unclear boundaries; at “low levels”, playing at these things is fine provided both husband and wife enjoy them. However, all these things can be, or can become, fetishes, and then are wrong for that reason (see above in Fetish). BDSM is openly sexual, and is different from so-called “Domestic Discipline” To read more on this subject click on the link.

  • Bondage: Tying a partner up can be very arousing for both of the one tied and the one who not tied. It can show a sense of trust, and can allow the bound person to feel free to do nothing and just receive. If bondage is mutually enjoyed and not extreme, we see no reason not to make it a part of a couple’s sex life. Some people practice bondage in a way that causes pain, making it a form of S&M.
  • Spanking: There are valid biological reasons why mild pain can be arousing. Spanking, scratching and biting all fit into this category. We can find no scriptural or scientific reason to avoid this so long as both partners agree to it. However, if the pain is more than mild, this moves into S&M.
  • S&M: A sadist is sexually aroused by causing pain; a masochist is sexually aroused by receiving pain. Aside from the fact that this is virtually always a fetish, we do not see either behavior to be compatible with who God has called us to be. Desires for S&M may be a result of sexual or physical abuse in the past, or may reveal problems with self-image or self-confidence.
  • Dominance and Discipline: Sexual arousal from dominating or punishing another, or from being dominated or punished. This involves humiliation and degradation, and again we do not see it as compatible with who God calls us to be.

Watersports and Scat

Using urination (as opposed to female ejaculation) and defecation as a part of sex.

  • Scat: Because feces is bacterially unclean, defecation as a part of sex is unwise for medical reasons.
  • Water sports: Urine is normally sterile, so there are no medical issues. On the other hand, there is no good evidence that urine has inherently biological reasons for being sexual or sexually simulating, so it’s likely that this is usually, if not always, a fetish. In addition, most people would see this as degrading to the person being urinated on.

Erotic Asphyxiation

This is restricting oxygen flow to the brain by choking, otherwise compressing the carotid arteries, or limiting oxygen intake. Reduced oxygen and a build up of carbon dioxide in the brain results in euphoria, and this can make sex and especially orgasm more powerful.

The massive downside is that this can also cause death. A person who has reached the point of oxygen deprivation that gives the “thrill” has also passed the point of being able to judge when they need to stop. Even if the event is being controlled by the spouse, there is no way to know where damage can occur. Additionally, underlying medical conditions mean that what would be “safe” for one person could be deadly for another.

It seems very clear to us that it is not loving to risk death to give your spouse a sexual thrill. So we believe that this should not be practiced.


Surely we have not covered everything in these articles, but hopefully we have given you a framework for discussing things and a way of determining whether something will build or harm your marriage. Talk and pray together to find what is right for your marriage.

Here are some other resources to consider:

The vagina absorbs things from semen that benefit women

Intercourse benefits blood pressure levels more than other sex acts

Prolactin levels suggest intercourse is more satisfying

Vaginal exposure to semen may reduce chance of breast cancer

More frequent intercourse, but not other sex acts, leads to great satisfaction with sex, life, relationship and mental health

We hope this will help you in your marriage as much as it has helped ours to understand that sometimes God gives us things that we need to choose for ourselves if it will benefit us or not help us. That is the joy and freedom we have in Him.

Thank you to Paul & Lori Byerly from The Marriage Bed for offering such extensive help and research in these subjects.

Tim and Christina Smith
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