Busting Belly Fat Naturally

As I get older I am noticing the harmful effects of gravity on my body.  I pride myself in the amount of effort I exert each day at the gym trying to crunch, plank and cardio my way to better abs.  Then one morning, while in my cardio class, the instructor said “remember ladies, your abs are made in your kitchen.”  What? Did she just really just say that?  You mean, all this time and effort at the gym is meaningless if I continue to eat the way I do?  Preposterous!

Then, that very same day, as I went home and jumped on the computer and made my way to my email account I stumbled on this doosey of an article on MSN  and I realized I am going about this all wrong.

So… starting today, I have turned over a new leaf.  I work harder at home in my kitchen by watching what I put in my mouth and still do my work at the gym but with less worry and anxiety over whether or not it is actually working.

One other way that I am accelerating the effect of my work at the gym and to curb my appetite at home is using essential oil products to assist me in my journey.  This product line of oils are very effective in trimming down and increasing my energy.  Be sure to ask me how.

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New Essential Oil Products for Spring

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2015 Leadership Retreat was amazing.  It was a week filled with inspiration making new friends and becoming acquainted with doTERRA’s new product line.  Here is a short summary of what’s new to our amazing product line:

– Slim & Sassy Control Instant Mix– powdered mix that serves as an appetite suppressant ands tastes good too.

– Slim & Sassy Control Bars– appetite suppressant on the go bars! Comes in apple cinnamon, lemon and apricot! (Not available until April 15th

Peppermint and On Guard Beadlets with new plastic bottle and cap! No more glass!  Beadlet dispensing made easy.

Mito2Max– is reformulated with a new energizing formula with new, slimmer bottle design!  This product is perfect for those weaning themselves from the use of caffeine.

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex- new supplement designed with a powerful polyphenol complex to help with soreness and pain.  This is not another rub, it’s a gelcap that’s taken internally.

Daily Nutrient Pack– newly formulated xEO Mega and MicroPlex MVp that serve as a total daily supplement. These now come in a pack without the Alpha CRS for only $59.50! (The LLV pack will still be available too!) 
Over the next weeks, I will post more information about each product.  Click here To order any of these products today.  Enjoy!

Turmeric – Wellness Gold

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If you love Indian food, you recognize the rich, deep-yellow color found in any modern Indian curry dish.  Tumeric has been a go-to item for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia, not only as a food and a dye, but also as a curative herb.  While the use of Tumeric dates back to the 7th century, the herb’s natural healing ability continues to gather attention as modern sientific research validates its potency and popularity among modern wellness advocates in Asia, Europe and North America.

Found primarily in Soutern Asia, turmeric is a perennial plant and member of the ginger family.  Fully grown, it reaches heights of five to six feet and boasts deep, dark yellow trumpet shaped flowers.  However, it’s the root of the plant that boiled, dried and ground into that familiar yellow powder.

Historically, holistic medicine dictated the use of turmeric for a long list of health issues, including intestinal support to respiratory distress.  It’s used to help deal with parasites and bacterial and viral infections as well as surface bites and bruises.  Natural healers relied on the plant to treat kidneys and bladder inflammation and even used the root to treat leprosy.

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The wide variety of medicinal uses can be attributed to turmeric’s inherent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.  Scientists have discovered the plant to contain the following important compounds:

  • Polyphenols and phytochemicals
  • Vitamins A, C, E and several Bs
  • Iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and other minerals
  • Immunity-boosting carotenoids and carotenes
  • COX-2 enzyme inhibitors to alleviate pain

With more than 90 active constituents in its bilogical makeup, it’s no wonder that healers have relied on turmeric since ancient times.

Although there is currently no official system governing the use of herbal medicine in the U.S. studies on the the practice continue here in and medical science communities around the globe.  Recent research has shown:

  • The American Cancer Society reports that turmeric has been found in laboratory studies to slow the development of several forms of cancer and to shrink tumors (in animals) – particularly those that occur in colon and rectal cancers.
  • In a 2010 Italian study, subjects with osteoarthritis took a turmeric formulation for 90 days and experienced a 58 percent decrease in overall pain compared to a control group.  They also experienced a 16 fold decrease in their blood serum levels of C-reactive protein, the inflammation marker.  Subjects were able to decrease their use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by 63 percent with use of turmeric formulation.
  • A 2014 German study found turmeric promising for treating neaurological disorders and events, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. The study was performed on rats, but researchers found that subjects given a turmeric compound exhibited an increase in the same type of brain stem cells that are found in adult humans.  This indicates that cells might be able to self-repair and recover brain function in instances of neurodegenerative disease.
  • A 2011 study an Chiang Mai University in Thailand, the use of turmeric following coronoary bypass surgery decreased the incidence of heart attack.  Researchers say that phenols in the turmeric root were responsible for reducing the risk of heart attack in subjects by 56 percent.  They concluded that by lowering inflammation, oxygen toxicity and damage from free radicals, turmeric acts in a cardio protective capacity.

For centuries, Turmeric has been used to heal and enhance skin.  When ingested, its antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic benefits can ease acne and other skin conditions.

All in all, turmeric has a range of health benefits from its use.  Anyone interested in the use of herbs to support their health are encouraged to research more and seek advice of a holistic healthcare professional.   As always, the content of this article is not intended to give professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis, the content of this blog is for informational purposes only!

Source:  Day Spa Magazine – Jan. 2015

Diet Alternative: Emotions and Food Cravings

As I’m learning more about the emotional roots behind all of our health problems, it got me to thinking that there must be emotions at the root of our cravings.  As I researched, I learned the validity of this idea.  Here is what I found…..basically, there are three primary emotions behind our cravings for food.  1) anger:  this is manifest in the cravings for salt.  As we hold onto our anger we tend to subconsciously crave ways to release anger without having to yell at our spouse or our kids which also plays into our cravings for all things crunchy.  Combine the salt and the crunch and you have potato chips, nuts and other crunchy snacks.  So next time you have a hankering to down an entire bag of chips, stop yourself and think of the emotion behind it…..it’s likely anger.

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2) If you are going through a difficult time and maybe you are missing someone significant in your life whom you lost to death or divorce, you will likely be reaching for a plate of home baked goodness, perhaps a plate of cookies, a cake or cupcakes.    As you begin to consume these sugar filled caloric treats, consider the emotion behind it is a need to comfort yourself.

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Finally, there is a craving we have to help us overcome loneliness.  This is manifest in our desire for 3) all foods soft and gooey.  This often comes in the form of foods packed with high carbs like pasta smothered in cheese sauce.  Next time we have that craving for a plate of macaroni and cheese, consider the source and ask yourself, “am I lonely?”  Also consider that often we can feel lonely even when we are surrounded by family and friends.

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As you successfully identify the emotion behind the craving, next consider alternatives to satisfying the depleted emotions that may be in the form of other, more wholesome foods or a session of self care including meditation or exercise that will help to satisfy the unmet emotional need which will naturally dissipate the craving for unhealthy food.  Of course, it’s not always easy to tie our cravings for food to our emotional deficiencies and then quickly finding a more healthy alternative; however, I believe that consciousness is half the battle and knowing where these cravings are coming from sure helps to move forward in healthy, more productive ways.

As we effectively identify the emotions behind our cravings, there is always an essential oil that can be used to support our emotional health and lend to an alternative way to temper our eating habits.  For instance, some essential oils use to overcome feelings of  loneliness include Marjoram, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh.  For anger, consider using Thyme, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, and Spikenard.  Some great comfort oils include the Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Cedarwood, Jasmine and Rose.

 

15 Ways to Get Fit in 15

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Welcome 2015.  Time again to think about what the new year will bring.  Fitness goals seem to top most peoples lists of new years resolutions.  I am no different, at this time of year I am always thinking about what I can do to become more fit.  I am also a lover of lists, I am always making lists with bullet points, numbers and check boxes which really excites me.  Lists allow me to organize and track my life; it also allows me to focus my research while preparing blog posts.  Sooooo……here is the first list of the new year..here it goes….

  1. Write down your workout – if you write it, you manifest and affirm it and you are creating your workout program.  Don’t just write it once, write down what you plan to do every single week.
  2. Mix up your workout routine – especially for cardio exercise.  Doing this will help you to not plateau and will continually challenge your body.
  3. Sleep – The U.S. is the most sleep deprived country on earth.  Think of how healthy it is to sleep, so much occurs to our bodies during our sleep time, especially healing.   Sleep is the best form of self care.
  4. Change one thing about your diet – don’t make huge, sweeping resolutions to eliminate entire food groups, just start small, eliminate soda pop to start.
  5. Exercise at least 20 minutes per day.  You can always fit 20 minutes into a busy day.  Getting up 20 minutes earlier to exercise is doable.
  6. Focus on your gut – the best abs are created in the kitchen.  Also include a probiotic into your food regimen
  7. Eat Healthy Fats – avocados, nuts, olive oil, flax seeds.  Consume daily.
  8. Drink more water – add your favorite citrus essential oil to  8 oz of water for a refreshing flavor that will help with detox.  This is also a great way to wean from soda.  Drink 1/2 of your weight in ounces everyday.
  9. Eat a healthy breakfast that includes a protein.  Breakfasts is still the most essential meal of the day, don’t skip it and be sure to add an egg or a good protein shake to the menu.
  10. Always workout on Mondays.  This will set the tone for the rest of the week.
  11. Make your schedule more active.  Go on active dates, have a meeting while walking, walk to lunch, take the stairs, go on a bike ride instead of watching t.v.
  12. Try a new workout program – instead of going running, try Zumba
  13. Let go of the past  – if you didn’t meet your goals last year, it’s o.k. let it go and move forward!
  14. Push yourself physically everyday – do one more pushup, run one more lap, add 5 lbs to your barbell.
  15. Don’t overbook or over commit – make self care #1 and minimize the busyness in your day so you have time to get fit.

If you incorporate all 15 points into your fitness regimen, you will feel stronger, emotionally balanced and have increased energy during the up-and-coming year.

Source: MSN

Managing Your Personal Energy During the Holidays

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The holidays are so stressful!  There is so much going on and the expectations we hold for each other can be back breaking.  There is so much that needs to be done in the next few weeks to prepare for the big day.

Following are some suggestions to manage your energy to get through the month in a healthy and happy way:

  • Write your story of how the holiday will unfold, use phrases like “stress free”, “restful”, “exhilarating”, “best holiday every.”  Audibally repeat this story as you are busy preparing – it will happen the way you write it.
  • Get plenty of rest – plan and delegate so that you are NOT doing “all nighters.”
  • Fit in self care – don’t stop exercising becaue you’re too busy.
  • Manage your food intake to minimize the amount of sugar you are eating.   Too much sugar will lead to a crash.  When you crash, you lose you momentum.  You know the saying…..”When momma’s not happy…..”
  • Don’t be afraid to say no to something.  If you are overprogrammed, don’t hesitate to eliminate something, maybe this year isn’t the year for Christmas cards.
  • Use essential oils to calm and balance yourself, specifically Balance Grounding Blend and Serenity Calming Blend.
  • Most of all, remember the reason for the season, carry that spirit through the month and beyond.
During our November doTERRA team meeting, one of our Wellness Consultants, Melissa Mitchell did an amazing presentation on using oils for emotional healing.  With her permission, the powerpoint to this is here for your review.  ESSENTIAL OILS with emotions. Please take a minute and read it and use your essential oils to help minimize the stress and anxiety that comes with the season.  Use your new-found knowledge on emotional healing.  Thanks Melissa!

Eliminating Toxins from Your Home

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You exercise regularly, you eat healthy and done other things to clean your personal environment in your home including ditching BPA bottles, thowing out the Drano and stop using pesticides to kill spiders.  But, unknowingly, you may still be exposing your self to serious levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCS).  Research shows the EDSs can hijack hormonal systems in your brain and thyroid, putting you at risk for diabetes, unexplained weight gain, asthma and cancer.  A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, links exposure to EDCs called phthalates – found in beauty products, processed foods and plastics – to a 13 percent lower testosterone level in men ages 40 to 60.

According to Heather Patisaul, a biology professor at North Carolina State University specializing in EDCs, “we’re swimming in a soup of nealry 90,000 chemicals, most of which have not been tested for endocrine disruption or safety.  It is not something to panic over but simple lifesyle changes can cut exposure and reduce risks,”  using these simple strategies:

  1. Ditch Chemical Cleaners:  Most detergents and household cleaners are full of EDCs, which you inhale and absorb through your skin.  “Cleaning products are not required to list ingredients,’ says Caroline Cox of the Center for Environmental health, “so even if they’re marketed as ‘green’ or ‘natural,’ you don’t really know what’s in them.”  Choose products that carry the EPA’s Design for the Environment seal, which Cox says certifies that products are safe.
  2. Store food in metal or glass:  One major sourch of phthalates is plastic food-storage containers and plastic wraps.  “the longer plastic is in contact with food, the more likely EDCs are to migrate,” says Rolf Haden, director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University.  Microwaving makes the phthalates leech even more quickly.  Put your leftovers in glass or ceramic and pack lunches in stainless steel versus plastic bags.
  3. Use old-fashioned soap:  For your sink and shower, you want plain bar soap.  Antibacterial soaps and body washes often contain either triclosan, which mimics a thyroid hormone and can affect your metabolism, or triclocarban, which may interfere with testosterone, Haden says.  “Besides posing a health risk there’s zero proof synthetics clean any better than regular soap.”
  4. Limit packaged foods:  Anything mass produced and wrapped is suspect of containing high levels of phthalates.  It’s impossible to avoid packaged food entirely, so as much as you can “eat fresh foods that have undergone as little porcessing as possible,” says Joh Meeker, an EDC researcher and dean at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
  5. Upgrade your couch:  Furniture with foam is often treated with brominated flame retardants and one common type, called PBDEs, can impair thyroid function and brain development, says Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency.  Replace the foam lining in your mattress or couch cushions with fire retardant-free foam, or buy a new model and double-check the brand via the watchdog website http://www.greenscienceepolicy.org.
  6. Avoid synthetic fragrance:  Air fresheners, candles, hand lotion, if it’s scented, you can bet it contains EDCs.  “Phthalates are wonderful carries of fragrance,” Patisaul says.  “That ‘new car’ smell? That comes from phthalates releasing into the air.”  Eliminate all scented home and body products and look for brands that specifically say they’re phthalate-free, or that use natural, plant-based oils.

These are a few of many inexpensive and simple ways you can be detoxing your house today.  Take some time and look for ways to improve your living environment.  Besides, you don’t know what might be killing you.

Source:  Men’s Journal, November 2014

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2014 Essential Oil Holiday Catalog

The 2014 essential oil holiday catalog if finally here.  There are so many unique gift ideas in the catalog; you can also add a personal touch by doing a creative DIY project that you can give as a gift.

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Physicians Using Essential Oils

More and more physicians are using doTERRA in their medical practices. Doctors are finding innovative ways to use the natural capacity of natural medicine with pharmeceutical to effectively treat their patients.

Every year at convention, a panel of physicians are featured who share how they use essential oils in their practices and offer practical advice for our use. If you missed the physicians panel at convention, you can catch here.  Please take a listen.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIe96KecmuU (Part 1)

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDBlMoE0Pu8  (Part 2)

A Natural Cough Medicine Using Essential Oils

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I’m always looking for substitutes for the medicines I commonly use at our house.  This year at our house with four active boys, I can tell that we are going to be dealing with some heavy coughs so with the help of my good friend Fran, she shared this amazing recipe that I prepared for our medicine cabinet with this natural cough medicine ready to use:

8T Honey

8 drops Lemon Oil

8 drops Peppermint

8 drops Frankenscence

8 drops Wild Orange.

This formula costs less than $3.52 to make and less than .35 per tablespoon dose plus its all natural.  I have found that using this compound offers instant relief from those hacking coughs.  This is one of several essential oil uses available.  Try it today and share with me your results on our Lavender Living facebook page.