The Silent Monster Destroying our Health

The Silent Monster Destroying our Health
For years we have heard the growing warnings about all our electronics and how they are affecting us as a society, our intellect, and now we are learning how electronics are affecting our health.

How do you eat an elephant..

How do you eat an elephant..

Becoming a mom for the first time almost 9 years ago transformed the way I thought about everything.  

It wasn’t overnight, but I started down a path of learning about health, and honestly, what I discovered left me feeling overwhelmed at first. I realized that we needed to make changes to everything from our cleaning products to our toothpaste, to the foods we were eating.

I wanted to examine with a microscope every product I allowed into our home, and much of what I had bought before needed to go. 

I became relentless to get rid of toxins...  why? Because I had created this little life, and it was MY JOB to help him stay healthy and teach him how to keep his own body healthy. At the time, I felt like I didn’t really know the first thing about that.

But changing EVERYTHING? All at once? There was no way! I couldn’t make that many decisions, and actually get what little sleep a new mom gets! It was way too much.

I was reminded of a silly statement that helped me through this. “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is “One bite at a time.” I chose to tackle my ‘elephant’ by learning about one product that we might need to change out for a healthier one each month, and make a decision to change just that one product.

I would usually try to choose something that was already almost gone, and tackle that one next.  So one month it was shampoo.  I learned what toxins manufacturers put into shampoos (google it - it’s pretty scary!), and what to look out for on the ingredients label.  I would go to the store and make a decision.  Many of those earlier healthy decisions aren’t the same ones I would make today.  I learned more along the way.  But it didn’t matter.  

I had learned and applied that knowledge and put it to the test. One item at a time. One month at a time. I gave myself time to get the research done, get reviews from others who were removing toxic chemicals too and put that product to the test before moving on to another decision.

Ok, so fast forward to now...  Nearly 9 years and easily 100+ decisions later...  my friend, there’s not really much left to change anymore.  (Yay!!). We did it in a way that made sense for our budget, and made sense for my sanity.  😂 

I want you to hear this story, and see hope.  If you feel like one little decision about the kind of deodorant you buy won’t make a difference, I’m here to tell you it WILL!

Less toxins means our systems are working with greater ease, and that means we stay healthy.  We visit the doctor far less frequently, and my kids are shocked by the “average” number of colds most kids get per year (it’s 8).    

A lot of the products we switched to actually save us a ton of money too, because they last so long - like laundry detergent ...  I know people who buy two bottles from Costco every two weeks.  I haven’t had to buy laundry detergent in months!

And the biggest payoff - there is a distinctly noticeable difference in my personal health - which means a noticeable difference in my ability to do this thing called parenting.  

Specifically, I don’t have daily pain through my left side neck, shoulder and back anymore.   There was no one single product, supplement, oil, etc that fixed it.  But eliminating toxins in as many areas as possible has made all the difference.  

And I know because when I’m around things like synthetic fragrance, I get an instant headache, and the longer I’m exposed, the more the left side of my neck, shoulder and back hurt.  I also find I’m far more irritable, and want to eat everything in the kitchen.  

So, in addition to the money saved on the products, it’s profoundly saving my own health, and the health of my kids too.  

November News

The Scariest Part of Halloween...

The Scariest Part of Halloween...
It’s not the costumes, the haunted houses, or the movies!  
It’s the CANDY!  
The sweet treats can cause all sorts of dental issues, inflammation all over the body, digestive upset, and worst of all – leave you craving MORE!  (And then it’s followed by 2 months of sweet and savory food treats to satisfy that craving and wreak havoc all season long.)   Oh, and don’t get me started on the artificials in so many of them...  the food dyes (which are neurotoxins – toxic to the brain), the artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners – basically poison for our bodies.   We do indulge in a little candy at Halloween, but those three are NOT allowed. We find alternatives that don’t have them, and make swaps.  
So what is one to do to make it through this holiday and the next few months successfully? 

Here’s a few ideas that can make all the difference!

First off, let’s talk about some easy ways to steer clear of the candy bowl:

One simple way is to inhale Young Living Peppermint essential oil.  Studies have been done showing that it may help people feel more satisfied.  I love to wear Peppermint in my diffuser necklace – so anytime a craving strikes, I can take a quick whiff.

Young Living has formulated some other great products that are great for passing on the treats.  I love keeping a bottle of Slique Essence with me so I can add it to my water throughout the day.  Be sure you are drinking out of glass or stainless steel.   There’s lots of pesky chemicals in plastics that wreak havoc on our bodies too, and its not a good idea to drink out of plastic containers especially with essential oils.

I also keep a pack of Slique gum with me.  Chewing one piece for a few minutes - I notice that the nagging voice in my head asking (rather begging - lets get real) for chocolate quiets.    
And the Slique tea is amazing!  It contains frankincense resin, Ocotea, and spearmint, as well as oolong and cacao.  The ingredients go to work doing what they do to keep my blood sugar stable, make me feel satisfied, and make me feel calm and relaxed.  It also happens to be awesome for detoxifying too, which is a double bonus if you happened to slip up want to get back on track.
On the topic of indulging…   If you did, it’s ok!  Beating yourself up does no good anyway.  Lets talk about what we love for post-indulgence!

Digize is my go-to whenever I eat something that doesn’t sit so well, or just to help my body digest a little easier.   My favorite way to use it is to put a drop of the Digize Vitality on my tongue, and then drink a little water.  It’s also nice to put in a capsule or just add a drop to your water.  We also use Digize topically on the abdomen and feet, and in the diffuser.

Essentialzymes are digestive enzymes that are amazing for helping to break down foods and make them easier to digest.  We like to take them at every meal.

Did you know Young Living has an entire collection of nutritional supplements for cleansing?   That’s right – all the ones with the green labels are fantastic for cleansing.  I can point you to some great resources for finding out more about each one too.
Lastly, lets cover how to keep those pearly whites – pearly and white!  

Young Living has dental care covered for us too!  My favorite is the Thieves Whitening toothpaste, or Thieves Aromabright with a drop of Orange Vitality on top of it.  My husband is a huge fan of the Thieves mouthwash, and the kids love the Kidscents toothpaste.  Don’t forget the Thieves dental floss!

Eternal Laundry Soap Recipe

Eternal Laundry Soap Recipe

We had so much fun at our Healthy Hangout last Wednesday - snacks, wine, stories, laughs!  We chatted about ways to save money and detox your home on a budget.

In case you weren’t able to make it, here's the recipe so you can use it - if you did make it, now you can share it with a friend!  Just click the picture to the left and save it.  The info is for a High Efficiency machine, so if you don't have an HE washer, just double the amount you use per load.  :)
I suggest printing a copy (it’s set to print on a 4x6 post card), and then stick it with a magnet to the washing machine. 

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