Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 14 – Peace with Endometriosis with Aubree Deimler

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 14 – Peace with Endometriosis with Aubree DeimlerToday’s episode is with Aubree Deimler, author, healer and Endometriosis coach over at Peace with Endo. Aubree takes us through her journey on making peace with Endometriosis, living with Hashimoto’s and writing her book that just came out in February, Energetics of Endo. Listen in to learn more about her, her journey and tips she has on how to heal from Endometriosis.

Also, did you know that March is Endometriosis Awareness Month?


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Peace with Endometriosis with Aubree Deimler

Today’s episode is with Aubree Deimler, author, healer and Endometriosis coach over at Peace with Endo. Aubree takes us through her journey on making peace with Endometriosis, living with Hashimoto’s and writing her book that just came out in February, Energetics of Endo. Listen in to learn more about her, her journey and tips she has on how to heal from Endometriosis.

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In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • What is endometriosis?
  • Aubree’s journey with endo – how she has healed and helped her symptoms
  • How she helps women with endometriosis
  • Healing isn’t just physical – it’s emotional and spiritual
  • All about her book, Energetics of Endo!

Links and things …

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March 2019 Wedding Update

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? If you didn’t know, Chicago becomes a shi*-show during St. Patrick’s Day, so it was a little nutso. I ended up doing a podcast interview on Saturday morning, edited some pods while Ben was at work, then we finished up some wedding details that afternoon. Sunday we hung out in the morning, did some cleaning and work and then I had my last call with Amy, my life coach!

So today I wanted to update you a bit on the wedding. Things have… imagine this … drastically changed. AGAIN.

It’s no surprise (especially if you watch my Fritz Fam YouTube vids) that we’re in some debt. Ben is still struggling with his health and a big, expensive wedding just isn’t in the cards right now. So, we’ve decided to cut back to a very small, immediate family and a couple close friends at Ben’s parents’ house. The following weekend, there will probably be a chill party up at the barn up north for my family.

So far we’ve:

  • Told everyone the change in plans
  • Talked with Ben’s mom about logistics and food
  • Figured out where I’d get my hair and makeup done
  • Ben tried on rings!
  • I also tried on wedding bands and decided I didn’t want one

What we’ve still got to do:

  • Bridal shower next month!
  • Get my dress altered (I know, I’m so behind on this!)
  • Order Ben’s ring
  • Figure out what Ben and his groomsmen are wearing
  • Figure out what my bridesmaids want to wear
  • Actually make decisions on decorations?
  • Print & send invites in April

There’s probably more… there’s a lot to do, but I’m honestly so burned out on wedding planning. I’ve “planned” two weddings, dealt with drama from family and friends and have had to change my mind 100 times. I’m over it. Sounds so sad, but it’s true! I’m sure it’ll be wonderful no matter what it’s like and I’m happy we’ll get to be with our closest friends.

So those are the updates! Any ideas or recommendations, definitely let me know!

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Hashimoto’s Update – March 2019

Happy Friday, friends – we made it! So pumped for another chill weekend. What are you up to this weekend?

Today I wanted to give a little update on my Hashimoto’s – I hope you’ll tune in!

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Update | Liver Detox?

Hi friends! On today’s video I’m taking you through what I’ve been doing to continue towards symptom-free Hashimoto’s in the past month. There have been some hiccups along the way and a few ALMOST flares, but we’ve also had some wins. Tune in!

What are your plans this weekend?

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 13 – Chatting Hashimoto’s with the Danny Bowman & Ginny Mahar of Thyroid Refresh

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 13 – Chatting Hashimoto's with the Danny Bowman & Ginny Mahar of Thyroid RefreshThis episode with Ginny Mahar & Danna Bowman of Thyroid Refresh was so much fun! We chatted about living with Hashimoto’s while running multiple online businesses. Ginny & Danna also told us all about Thyroid30 – a 30-day wellness adventure with game-based rewards and scoring. The next Thyroid30 opens for enrollment on Friday, March 15 – so be sure to check it out (links below!)

 


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Ep. 13 Chatting Hashimoto’s & Thyroid30 with Ginny Mahar & Danna Bowman

This episode with Ginny Mahar & Danna Bowman of Thyroid Refresh was so much fun! We chatted about living with Hashimoto’s while running multiple online businesses. Ginny & Danna also told us all about Thyroid30 – a 30-day wellness adventure with game-based rewards and scoring.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes!


In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • Living daily life with Hashimoto’s
  • Running Thyroid Refresh and Thyroid30
  • All about Thyroid30 and how you can join in on their next challenge!

Links and things …

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5 Saves + 5 Splurges

Happy Monday! We’re back at it. How’s your Monday been so far?

As you all know, I’ve really gotten into budgeting recently and trying to knock down our debts quickly. With that, I wanted to chat with you today about the 5 saves + 5 splurges we currently have in our budget. Now everyone is different, but this is just our best breakdown as of right now!

5 Saves + 5 Splurges

5 Saves

  1. Eat at home & don’t go out drinking (for the most part)
    Now this one might not be super easy for everyone but for us? A no-brainer. Ben is much better at this than me (I still like ordering in food and going out with friends sometimes for dinner) but since starting this budget, we’ve drastically changed up our eating habits to eating almost entirely at home. And honestly – I rarely drink alcohol unless I’m at someplace for work and they pay for it. 😉 Alcohol (particularly in Chicago) is HELLA expensive.
  2. We don’t buy things until we’re out of them
    Now this is something Ben’s still struggling with. 😉 But for me, if we’re not out of toilet paper, we don’t buy it. Now, a lot of you may say “but Jessie, if you buy in bulk it’s actually better for your budget” and I’ll say… yes, you’re right. BUT for us, living in a small-ish apartment in Chicago … we don’t have room for it. Plus, particularly with food, Ben will “over-buy” and then we end up throwing things out or not using them. Sticking to our list and not budging from it is really important with our budget right now.
  3. We rarely purchase clothing
    I’m sure you remember me doing a lot of Trunk Club and Stitch Fix hauls. I used to love getting those – and I still would – but not right now. Particularly in winter, I’m lucky if I get out of leggings and sweaters anyway, so I’ve stuck to my very small wardrobe for now. It means I can’t be a fashion blogger, BUT I am saving money.
  4. Live close to work
    It’s no secret we pay for where we live, but actually in Chicago, it doesn’t get much better wherever you go. We looked into moving to the suburbs and while some of the places were less expensive, by the time you pay for the $200/month (one person…) train ride to get into the city, it takes some of that away! For us, Ben can walk to work and I take the bus to work every day which is about $2.25/way … which ends up being between $80-$100/day. That’s the only thing I miss about my old job – free transportation!
  5. Utilize family and friends spaces instead of vacation
    Ben and I love to travel, but it’s not in the cards both financially and physically (Ben is still recovering) so instead we take small trips for free! We go to the suburbs every few weekends to let Cora run in his parents’ yard. We go to Ben’s grandparents or my parents in Wisconsin during the summer to get some nature. And we recently starting staying at Ben’s friend’s extra (I know… lol) weekend home in Michigan. We love all of these places and really, besides food and gas, we don’t have to pay for anything yet still get some time out of the city.

5 Splurges

  1. We buy organic food
    This was something that actually took me some time to get me on board, BUT once we started eating organic and drinking filtered water, my thyroid antibodies (basically my autoimmune markers) dropped by 50 points in 3 months. So to me, that’s worth it.
  2. We live in a nice place
    It’s no secret that Chicago is a scary place to be in sometimes. From shitty apartments (like my first landlord here…) to unsafe neighborhoods, you have to be careful where you go. Plus, we have a dog and want to be sure we’re in a safe space to walk her at night. Plus, close commute! We pay a lot for our apartment (seriously, too much) but we feel safe, secure and happy. The lighting in this space and the kind front desk people are just a few of the perks of living here. We won’t be staying here once our lease is up because we want to spend less money, but it will be pretty difficult to find a safe space + less expensive + easy commute here in the city.
  3. We purchase a lot of supplements
    For Ben’s health and mine, we take a lot of supplements to keep our bodies healthy. We also use things like collagen, special oils, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, etc. things. All of those things come at a price, but we do it for our health, which is our number 1 priority.
  4. We use non-toxic, organic products whenever possible
    And guess what? Healthy shit is expensive (which is backwards, but whatever #America – *eyeroll*) but it’s important. We use non-toxic beauty from Beautycounter, soaps, appliances, cleaning supplies – you name it, we’ve got it… or we’re working on getting it! This has been a slow process for us switching things over, but it’s super important.
  5. We have coaches and therapists
    Now, I will say I’ve cut back on my coaching as compared to last year, but I see a therapist every two weeks plus have a coach working along side my naturopathic doctor (because my coach is much more well-versed in Hashimoto’s.) Thankfully my therapy is covered by insurance so I only pay a co-pay, but coaching is not. I pay a pretty good amount toward it every month and Ben also has paid for some coaching programs and goes to therapy regularly.

I think that’s it for now! Let me know in the comments: What’s one splurge and one save you do for your budget every month?

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 12 – Epstein Barr, Adrenal Hypofunction & Hypothyroidism with J Muenz

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 12 - Epstein Barr, Adrenal Hypofunction & Hypothyroidism with J MuenzToday’s episode is with J Muenz, the woman running the show behind Fearful to Fit! J is a business owner, mama and wife living her best life while ALSO living with chronic illness. J takes us through her journey with Epstein Barr, Adrenal Hypofunction and hypothyroidism in this episode!


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Living with Epstein Barr, Adrenal Hypofunction & Hypothyroidism with J Muenz

Today’s podcast is with the owner of Fearful to Fit, J Muenz! J was so much fun to talk to and takes us through her story living with Epstein Barr, Adrenal Hypofunction and Hypothyroidism. I loved finding out what she does to keep herself strong and healthy while running her own business.

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In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • J’s story living with chronic illness
  • What she does to keep her body healthy
  • How so runs a business with chronic illness
  • The retreats and programs she runs over at Fearful to Fit

Links and things …

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What I Eat in a Day – Hormone Balancing Diet

Happy Wednesday, friends! Apologies on missing a post this past Monday – I had all intentions of showing you my March budget but honestly… I’m not sure how to show it to you on here! It’s much easier to show it on YouTube, but I’ll try to figure out a way around it! If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments below.

As for today’s post, I wanted to take you through my Sunday “What I Eat in a Day” since I’ve started a more hormone balancing diet (aka I kicked caffeine – mostly – grains, dairy, soy, sugar, etc.)

7:30 am: Thyroid medication and a big glass of lemon water (I have to take my thyroid meds on an empty stomach and wait to eat for an hour.)

What I Eat in a Day - Hormone Balancing Diet9 am: Hash browns with hot sauce and homemade tomato soup (super random, but we didn’t have any protein in the house!)

11:30 am: Green smoothie with spinach, banana, strawberry, mango, almond butter, almond milk and collagen.

What I Eat in a Day - Hormone Balancing Diet1 pm: Chipotle salad (we were in the suburbs and needed a quick lunch out!) Lettuce, chicken, veggies, pico, green salsa and guac!

What I Eat in a Day - Hormone Balancing Diet2 pm: Grande unsweetened iced green tea from Starbucks (last few days weening off of caffeine!)

5 pm (unpictured): snacked on a pickle, few strawberries and a little bit of leftover flank steak at Ben’s parents’ house

8 pm: Late dinner! Cauliflower gnocchi sautéed in avocado oil with Rao’s marinara sauce, red pepper flakes, mushrooms, spinach and sun-dried tomato chicken sausage.

What I Eat in a Day - Hormone Balancing DietThis specific diet has been much easier now that I eat closer to a grain free diet than I’ve done in the past! We have a wonderful cookbook that gets us through these rough diets with lots of tasty meals. I’m so happy I’m in a much better place right now that it’s not causing me to get SUPER sick like I have in the past. I’ve eaten entirely gluten free and mostly sugar, soy and dairy free for the past few months. I will say that cutting out rice and corn has been a bit of a struggle (I miss my chips and salsa!) but I know it’s for a good cause!

Hopefully this diet will help my body recover after coming off of birth control PLUS hopefully I can find which foods are still irritating my stomach!

March 2019 Budget with Me

Happy Tuesday, friends! This post was supposed to go up yesterday but unfortunately my weekend was crazy and I didn’t have time to get to this! Today I wanted to take you through my March budget.

Please keep in mind this is only my second month budgeting ever and I’m still finagling my budget to make sure it works for me. This month is going to be tight for me, so here’s a quick view of my overall budget. I couldn’t figure out the best way to show you via the blog, so I’ve copied in my video on YouTube for my new Fritz Fam TV channel!

Budget with Me! | March 2019 | FIRST BUDGET | Zero-Based Budget

budgetwithme #debtfreecommunity Today’s video is my FIRST budget with me! We go through my (Jessie’s) personal budget for March – only the second month I’ve been budgeting. March is a tight month, so take a look at how we’re getting through it!

I’ll figure out how to show it to y’all soon (I know you don’t all love YouTube!) but I hope you enjoy!

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 11 – Jordan Ray’s Chiari Malformation Story

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 11 - Jordan Ray's Chiari Malformation StoryToday on the podcast we’re chatting with Jordan Ray about her crazy story with Chiari Malformation. Definitely listen in if you’ve ever been interested to learn more about this OR if you’ve never heard of it.

Jordan’s story is inspiring and she’s even started her own business after being diagnosed, Limitless Medical Logs!


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Ep. 11: Jordan Ray’s Chiari Malformation Story

Today on the podcast we’re chatting with Jordan Ray about her crazy story with Chiari Malformation. Definitely listen in if you’ve ever been interested to learn more about this OR if you’ve never heard of it.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes!


In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • When it all started for Jordan during her softball journey
  • Her diagnosis of Chiari Malformation and her brain surgery
  • The company she started, Limitless Medical Logs, for people suffering from chronic illness

Links and things …

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Book Review: Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten

Happy Wednesday, friends! I’ve been on a book kick lately and I wanted to bring you another book that I’ve absolutely been loving – Beyond the Pill by Jolene Brighten. I know I’ve chatted about my decision to kick the pill (or IUD, in my case) which I’m doing today! This book has a ton of background on the WHY and HOW I’m doing just that. For those of you interested, I thought I’d give you some background!

Book Review: Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten

This is a new book (just came out at the end of January 2019!) but if you happen to follow Dr. Jolene Brighten on Instagram, then you’ve probably heard her talking about it for awhile.

Pros:

  • Helpful tips from a doctor about getting off the pill
  • Helpful tips for those who want to stay ON the pill, but want to do it healthily
  • Quizzes within the book that help you understand yourself better. For example, I found that I’m most likely estrogen-dominant (which I expected) so I know how to take care of that a bit more
  • Lots of helpful recipes!
  • Lots and lots of supplement recommendations (in a table form!) if you want to support your hormones coming off birth control (or stay on it OR if you’re having symptoms of post birth control syndrome)
  • Backed scientific data
  • Manageable ways to support your hormones even if you don’t want to take supplements. She give examples of lifestyle changes, self-care practices and foods you can eat

Cons:

  • Honestly, the only con I can think of is that the book is more “science-ey” than I prefer to read. BUT because I want to make these changes in my life, I figured it out. She adds in some humor within the book, too!

For myself, I’ll be using the book to help me with the adventure of coming off birth control after being on it for over 15-years! I’ll keep y’all updated on the process.

That’s my take on Beyond the Pill! If you’re thinking of coming off birth control or just want to be healthier while you’re on it, I highly recommend this book OR just following along with Dr. Jolene Brighten on Instagram. She gives SO much free and helpful information. Highly recommend!