8 year old girl, helping her cancer fight through diet.

The point of starting this blog was to raise awareness that nutrition has to be a consideration when dealing with disease in your body.  I would never claim that it is a cure all or that it is ever the only thing you should do in these situations… but it has to be a huge part of the equation and a vital step on your road to wellness.

Here is a video about a young girl who has changed her disease equation by giving her body proper nutrition.

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Admitting you’re wrong . . .

I stumbled across this article and I love it for many reasons.  The most important reason being that this doctor admits that what he has been telling his patients for many years, has been wrong.  I admire that he is willing to evaluate his work and see the evidence that he has personally seen in countless people and realize that he needs to reevaluate his advice . . .   I think we can all learn from this doctor in more ways than just this one.  See for yourself!




Good Karma!

Sometimes you just need good karma . . .

I feel like I have some little guardian angels watching over me this morning.

Yesterday, I was feeling extremely overwhelmed by all of the food, meal prep, planning that takes place in my little world.  I think part of this has to do with the fact that my almost 11 year old son has also decided to be a vegetarian. While I support this wholeheartedly, the reality of this is a different issue.  My son has never, ever, been what people would call a “good eater”.  Don’t get me wrong, he likes to eat, but he is the pickiest little guy I have ever met . . . and vegetables have NEVER been on the list of things that he willingly eats.  As a mother, I want to make sure that he is getting what he needs to grow and to be strong and healthy.  And then there is my 9 year old daughter, who will eat anything and everything that is in the house.  So I have to make sure that the snacks are healthy, but more importantly that she is making good decisions and not eating out of boredom, anxiety, stress.  Wait, there is more . . . oh yeah, my husband.  Trying to integrate something more than a salad into his dinner repertoire so that he doesn’t get bored with the food and also invites variety for a healthy diet and life.   Hopefully that explains the “extremely overwhelmed” statement, sorry it was a little lengthy but this is my therapy!

Every day is a new day and I am thankful for this one.  I received two links to blogs, one from a co-worker of Ryan’s that had a recipe he tried and the other from my sister-in-law’s friend who has heard about our struggles.  These two blogs are amazing and I’m excited to try some of the recipes they offer. But more importantly, I just needed a little nod from the universe that I’m on the right track . . .

Here are the blog links, just in case you are interested:





Appreciation for the Simple Things

Would I be able to appreciate all of the little things in life if I had not endured these past few years?  I don’t think so.  Sitting in bed on a lazy Sunday morning talking to my husband as we both wake up, we are both reflecting on struggles we both have in our current state of life.  Ryan, the desire to be more engaged with me and the kids, our friends, our community;  me, the struggle that I continually have with being kind to the people that matter the most.  I am humbled by his willingness to reflect and to ask the tough questions that we both need to find the answers to.  But more than anything, I am thankful that we are asking these questions, that we are having these conversations and that we are both much more present in this life.


The “juice” question?

I have been asked a few times about what I mean by “juice” on my lifestyle page.  I thought it was worth some clarification.

All the juice I drink is vegetable juice.  We purchased a twin gear juicer (picture attached) and we make our own juice most mornings and evenings (and by ‘we’ I mean mostly Maribeth, my juicing queen).  Now that I’m putting this picture of our juicer on this site, it almost feels like I should have a name for ‘her’.  I have no idea why, but from this moment on I’m going to call her Sheila for referencing purposes.

It is very important to note that I steer away from juicing most fruits.  Most fruits have a lot of natural sugar which has a very acidic effect on your body.  The exceptions I make are lemons and limes.  While these are acidic fruits, they have a very alkalizing affect on your body.  I will throw in half of an apple once in awhile to change up the flavor, but mostly I do all green veggies.  If you are just starting to juice, you can also use carrots, beets and bell peppers for some sweeter flavor.  Please note that these are more acidic then green veggies so use them sparingly.  Sheila does most of her work with cucumbers, celery, lettuces, kale, red cabbage, zucchini, broccoli and parsley.  We also add a chunk of ginger root to most of our juices for flavor, but use sparingly or Sheila will make it burn!

If you have any questions or comments, please click on the comment bubble at the top of this post!

There is a link on our ‘resources’ page for more information on types of juicers (Sheilas).

Happy Juicing!




Welcome to our world!

We literally feel as if we wandered into a better life!  Although we were pushed there with the crazy reality of having a disease, we are both extremely grateful for the journey that we have been on and the new reality of wellness we are creating for ourselves and our children.

This website is a way to share our story and we hope that our experience will allow you to question and look at your disease/health/lifestyle from a different perspective.  The blog will be about our continued journey as we learn about this new lifestyle, but it will also be about our recollections on the difficult times and how we were able to muster through them (in other words, our therapy).

Thank you for checking out wanderingtowellness.com.  We look forward to having conversations with you in the future!