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.

potato chips

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.

chocolate chip cookies

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.

mac n cheese

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 marjarom, 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

holiday stress

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 the Grounding Blend and the Calming Blend.
  • Most of all, remember the reason for the season, carry that spirit through the month and beyond.
During a recent team meeting, one of our Wellness Consultants, Melissa Mitchell, did an amazing presentation on using oils for emotional wellness.  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 support you when you feel the stress and anxiety that comes with the season.    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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Physicians Using Essential Oils

More and more physicians are using essential oils in their medical practices. Doctors are finding innovative ways to use natural elements to effectively treat their patients.  Essential oils provide a safe, pure and natural way to improve overall health and well being.

Every year at convention, a panel of physicians are featured who share how they use essential oils 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)

Au Naturale Support Using Essential Oils

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I’m always looking for ways to incorporate natural options in my home.  This year, at our house with four active boys, I want to be prepared for anything.  With the help of my good friend Fran, she shared this amazing recipe that I prepared for our arsenal with this natural throat soother ready to use;   ingredients include:

8T Honey

8 drops Lemon Oil

8 drops Peppermint

8 drops Frankenscence

8 drops Wild Orange.

This concoction 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 soothing relief to a dry, scratchy throat.  This is one of several essential oil uses available.  Try it today and share with me your results on our Lavender Living Facebook page.

New Products Introduced at Convention

The essential oil company’s annual convention is a lot like Christmas, there’s always so much anticipation around new essential oil products rolled out during the event.  This year was no exception and after spending the last 30 days really trying them out, I’m happy to report that each new product is a hit!  There continues to be additional essential oil uses in 2014

So……here’s what’s new:

New oils:  Arborvitae

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in therapeutic benefits. Arborvitae essential oil has a high content of tropolones, a group of chemical compounds that protect against environmental and seasonal threats, have powerful purifying properties, and promote healthy cell function. Hinokitiol, one of the tropolones in Arborvitae, protects the body from harmful elements while supporting normal cell activity. This compound also contributes to Arborvitae’s natural insect repellent properties. Thujic acid, another tropolone found in Arborvitae, has been studied for its ability to protect against common threats in the environment. Native to Canada, all parts of the Arborvitae tree were used extensively by Native Americans for health benefits and for building vessels, totem poles, baskets, and clothing. Because of its natural preserving properties, Arborvitae prevents wood from rotting, which makes it popular in woodcraft and for preserving natural wood surfaces.

 

New Product:  Cardamom 

A close relative to Ginger, Cardamom is known as being the most expensive cooking spice and for being beneficial to the digestive system in a variety of ways. Cardamom is commonly used to help reduce indigestion and nausea, and to soothe stomach discomfort and promote digestion. Its distinct scent can lessen motion sickness while promoting a positive mood. Cardamom has profound effects on the respiratory system due to its high 1,8-cineole content, which promotes clear breathing and respiratory health. Native to Southeast Asia, Cardamom is added to traditional Indian sweets and teas for its cool, yet minty aroma and flavor. TōDERRA Cardamom essential oil is extracted from Cardamom seeds grown in Guatemala, using our strict CP testing standards. Through a collaborative and responsible sourcing arrangement, we are able to have a significant impact on the lives of local partners, ensuring that these farming communities enjoy improved livelihoods.

 

Product Update: Respiratory Blend with Cardamom

Enhanced with the powerful respiratory benefits of Cardamom, Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils that combine to help you breathe easier. A staple in the essential oil line, Breathe supports healthy respiratory function when seasonal threats are high and can be used safely by all members of the family to soothe airways and promote clear breathing. This proprietary blend consists of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom essential oils, all known for their positive effects on the respiratory system. The Respiratory Blend can be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet, or diffused at nighttime to calm the senses and promote sleep.

 

New Product:  Respiratory Blend

Respiratory Blend is a long-trusted essential oil blend and has helped many with oils such as Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and now Cardamom. These type of issues are not fun and we all turn to anything that will help, but very little ever does. Respiratory Blend essential oil is a tried and true support to this age-old foe. Respiratory Blend all-natural drops are a blend of selected oils from Certified Pure essential oil blend mixed into a respiratory drop to make it more convenient to enjoy the benefits of these oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa, and Cardamom essential oils all help to clean and soothe airways and now they can be delivered straight to your mouth and throat in these great-tasting lozenges.

There’s much more products added but due to extremely compliance regulations, I am unable to share them here.  Please email me and I will get you more detailed information.

 

Top 20 Fruits & Veggies

I recently read this list on msn.com about the top fruits and veggies based on nutritional value.  Take a look:

20. Cactus leaf

19. Kale

18. Savoy Cabbage

17. Beets

16. Kiwi Fruit

15. Passion Fruit

14. Cantaloupe

13. Mustard Greens

12. Green Beans

11. Raspberries

10. Arugula

9. Summer Squash

8. Black berries

7. Peaches

6. Snow Peas

5. Curly Endive

4. Asparagus

3. Strawberries

2. Tomatoes

1. Bok Choy

You can learn more about these wonderful whole fruits and vegetables at http://www.thedailymeal.com.

This year at the essential oil company convention, a new product was introduced that is a dietary supplement with whole food fruits and vegetables combined with superfruits. This powdered mix packs a daily boost of fruits and vegetables into a mix that can be stirred into 8 oz. of liquid for easy and convenient nutritional supplementation.

Some of the benefits of this product include:

  • Provides body with nutrients
  • Supports immune health
  • Support digestive health
  • Support weight management
  • All natural ingredients
  • GMO, gluten free
  • Vegan friendly

 

 

Remember, this is a supplement and not meant to replace the daily recommended serving of veggies; however, there are a lot of great, creative ways to use this supplement to better your nutrion.  Check it out today!

 

The Right Way to Hydrate

Yes you can drink too much water.  The recommendation for daily water consumption is to limit water intake to a little over 2 liters, or up to 10 (8 ounce) glasses per day.  Your kidneys do a good job of filtering excess water, but more than this is generally not needed for nonactive hours.

Consider drinking the Metabolic Blend in your water or taking the geltabs as a way to maximize your body’s hydration efforts.  The oils used in the Metabolic Blend are carefully formulated to maximize your body’s natural functions. to aid in weight loss and engaging your natural metabolism.

The Metabolic Blend is specially designed to help control hunger and to help limit excessive calorie intake.  The oils in this blend are calming to the stomach and work to improve emotional well-being.  Metabolic Blend is most effective when combined with exercise and healthy eating and contains the following:

  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon

 

Beat the Bloat

Sometimes, no matter how hard you work and no matter how disciplined you are about dieting and working out, you may still feel like your a little chubby.  This feeling is normal and is not evidence based but instead on a perception you may have.  To put perspective to this, what you may see or feel could very well be temporary and a something that may be easily fixed.  The condition I’m describing is one that everyone has heard of, it’s known as bloat.

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Bloating is an abnormal swelling, increase in diameter or feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdominal area as gas and liquid are trapped inside.  Common causes of bloating can include overeating, menstraution, constipation, food allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome.

When dealing with bloat, it’s important to identify a few things.  First, there are four factors that can influce how prone you are to bloating or fluid retention.  Consider if your life has one or more of the following:

  1. Stress:  A stressful event triggers hormone fluctuations that raise blood pressure and divert blood to your extremities, causing your digestive system to slow down.  This can leasve that last meal sitting around in your intestine a little longer, causing bloating
  2. Lack of fluid.  It’s true that you need about 8 glasses of water a day.  Drinking water and eating “watery” foods such as greens, melon, and other fruits and veggies gueard against water retention and constipation, which can cause bloating.
  3. Lack of sleep.  Your nervous system depends on adequate sleep.  Too little sleep disrupts the intricate workings of this system, which controls the rhythmic contractions of your GI tract and helps keep thins humming along.
  4. Air travel.  The average plan maintains cabin pressure equal to 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level in order to provide a comfortable atmosphere for the assengers.  At that altitude, free air in the body cavities tends to expand by around 25 percent.  Pressure changes also increase the production of gases in your digestive system.  As the pressure in the cabin drops, the air in your intestines expands, causing bloating and discomfort.  Cabin pressurization is also responsible for increased water retention because it impacts your body’s natural fluid balance.  Add in the dehydration caused by recirculated air, and those bloat miles add up.  Before and during your flight, drink as much water as possble and walk around as often as possble during the flight.

Each of the factors listed above can be controlled or reversed.  What’s more, there’s a lot we can do to minmize bloat by what and how we eat.  Take some time and practice avoiding the following foods:

  • Eat four 300 calorie meals a day
  • Drink on full recipe made with drops of the Metabolic Blend Water per day
  • Eat Slowly
  • Avoid the following foods
    • Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and acidic fruit juices
    • Bulky raw foods
    • Carbonated drinks
    • Chewing gum
    • Excess carbs
    • Fatty foods
    • Fried foods
    • Gassy foods, including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, citris fruits, legumes, onions and peppers
    • Salt from the saltshaker, salt-based seasonings and highly processed foods
    • Spicy foods, including foods seasoned with barbecue sauce, black pepper, chilie peppers, chili powder, cloves, garlic, horseradish, hot sauce, ketchup, mutard, nutmeg, onions, tomato sauce, or vinegar
    • Sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and maltitol, which are often found in low-calorie, low-carb, or sugar free products such as candy, chewing gum, ice cream and jam.

Finally, using essential oils for health is also a great way to reduce bloating.  In addition to using the Metabolic Blend on a daily basis, also use Digestive Blend by applying directly to the stomach and to reflex points on the feet.