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. These oils are very effective in trimming down and increasing my energy. Be sure to ask me how.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
Avoid the following foods
Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and acidic fruit juices
Bulky raw 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.