Thursday, July 10, 2014

Weight Loss

I've lost almost 20 pounds in the last 3 months. I'd like to lose another 35 by Christmas of this year.

I've been miserable looking at myself. My clothes didn't fit, but I refused to buy more. So much in fact that even now, 20 lbs lighter, I still haven't had to buy new clothes. They just finally fit like they are supposed to.

infographic_good_fat_vs_bad_fat_HQI have been eating low-carb, moderate protein, high fat (good fats). No exercise and I've been loosing about 1.5 pounds/week on average.  I do plan on including exercise, but you know what, I need to lose some weight first. I know that sounds crazy, but I just don't have it in me to start exercising yet. I assume it's a mental commitment just like choices of what to put in my mouth.  I know I'll get to the point of wanting exercise, but I'm not there yet.

Part of what keeps me making better choices is the physical health problems I have when I make bad food choices. I get migraines from too much sugar when I've been off it for awhile.  I also get TERRIBLE low-carb "flu" when I go through the induction process. It takes me about 4 days IN THE BED for my body to detox from carbs/sugar.

I've never stuck with a "diet" for 3 months before. I think the difference is that I now see this as a life change. I plan to have occasional treats, but I also plan to make better choices overall. I finally see that it's all about choices. I'm not depriving myself if I really don't want it.

I have been very conscious about asking myself, "Do you really WANT that or are you going to eat it just because it's there?"  Since I've started asking myself this (and am past my carb-detox), I have found that I really don't want it. So I don't eat it. I've taken the boys out for ice cream without getting any for myself and did not felt deprived because I just didn't want it. I have ALSO gone out for ice cream with the boys and have purchased a little for myself when I do want some. I've got to live, but I've got to be deliberate in my choices.

I totally see where losing weight is not a matter of willpower, but a matter of changing your mindset. I by no means have this conquered, but I think it's important for me to write this down to be able to come back to it when I stumble.

(This is my first journal entry "required" by NO CAKE TILL CHRISTMAS. :)

Want to join me on my journey?

I keep track of my loss and food on MyFitnessPal as missbecky75 if you'd like to friend me there :)

I'm read several LCHF groups on facebook, but I think 90 Day LC Challenge is my favorite for newbies.

I also have some LC boards on Pinterest if you're interested.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils: Personal Testimony

My middle son had a severe case of strep throat a few weeks ago. Took him to the doctor and he received antibiotics. He has now been diagnosed with "Serum Sickness". 

Basically, his body is still fighting the antibiotics that were put in his system weeks ago. He has been breaking out in hives, has severe stomach pain, inflammation and pain in the joints (similar to arthritis from what I've read), and lethargy. He has been so pitiful. It could take up to a month for him to be back to regular health. He will never be able to take that family of antibiotics again as it could result in Anaphylactic shock.

He has been waking up every morning holding his stomach, walking slowly, and just miserable. Last night I did a modified raindrop therapy on him using:

#oregano : contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system

#thyme : one of the strongest antioxidants known

#basil : useful for fatigued or aching muscles

#fennel : stimulating to the circulatory, glandular, respiratory, and digestive systems

#copaiba : aid digestion and support the body's natural response to injury or irritation

This morning? NOT ONE COMPLAINT!  Regular energy and happily went to school. Even though we've been using #YoungLiving EOs for a few years now, I am TOTALLY AMAZED!

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*Nothing in this post is meant to diagnose or treat. It is purely for informational purposes. I am not trained as a medical professional in any way. This is just what has worked in our family. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Topical Application of Essential Oils

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition; nor am I prescribing. I am merely sharing collected information and my personal experiencesThe decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.

Do essential oils really get absorbed through skin? Do they really enter the bloodstream and travel to all parts of my body? 
"The fact is that ultimately experimental science was able to establish that essential oil components applied to the skin of a test person did show up in the bloodstream of that person, even after the nose was clipped shut with a clothes pin and breathing air was funneled in from an oil-free space."( The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, page 122)
Yes, topical application works!
Where to Apply?
It would seem intuitive to apply oils to the part of the body that is bothersome, and this is certainly the case.  You can apply EOs over your heart, liver, kidney, and any other organ. You can also apply onto cuts, scrapes, and bruises of the skin.  Sore muscles and tendons may also benefit from essential oil application. After applying essential oils to the skin, the bulk of the oils will be eliminated in about an hour and a half, so for persistent symptoms they may be reapplied frequently. Otherwise apply as needed. (The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, page 120).
Here are some of the essential oils we have used with good results. (These essential oil links are purely informational, if you would like to purchase, please visit my website or use Referral #1296503).
Remember, topical application of essential oils should include a carrier oil - especially for those oils that are "hot" or are being used on children/elderly.  This is not to say that I have never used EOs "neat" because I certainly have, but after learning more about carrier oils, I certainly see the benefit of using them.
On my FEET????
If you have done any research at all on essential oils, I'm sure you've heard, "Put it on your feet."  Ever wonder why?  Well, it's because your feet have such large pores that it makes for quick absorption. Your feet are actually the second fastest area of the body to absorb oil. (The fastest way being the olfactory system via inhalation.) Other areas for quick absorption include behind the ears and on the wrists. (Reference Guide for Essential Oils)

If there is an oil you can't stand the smell of, and trust me, there are some doozies, put it on the bottoms of your feet and cover with your socks and shoes. Within 20-25 minutes, the essential oils will be distributed through your body. (Can't find the reference for that time frame at the moment, but that's what I remember it being.)
Kids enjoy the ticklish part of the application, too. I remember my youngest son, around age 5 at the time, running through the house after an oil application, "Smell my feet! Smell my feet!" Too cute. :)
Baths and Showers
One of the most relaxing ways to apply topically, is a warm bath.  I pour 1-1.5 cups of Epsom salts in a bowl. Then add 8 - 12 drops of essential oils (my favorite is Cedarwood before bedtime) to the salt.  The salt will keep it from evaporating too quickly.  Fill a warm bathtub and dissolve the scented salts. Enjoy your soak!
The shower is a bit of a different approach. The oil you choose should not be "hot: in any way. You want oils that you know you can tolerate "neat" (without a carrier oil). A suggestion that works for many is Lavender,  but this is "warm" for one of my sons, so be sure to do a test on yourself first.
Here's how to use EOs in the shower: After you have enjoyed the warmth of the shower and the pores on your skin are opened, turn off the water.  Apply your chosen essential oil a couple drops at a time to your wet skin. Because oil and water repel each other, the essential oils will be pushed into the skin much faster.
Please note that both the bath and shower are heat + essential oil. This means some of the therapeutic properties are going to break down. I suggest using the bath and shower as more of an enjoyment of the oils. Inhalation and other topical applications are going to be more therapeutically beneficial.
Vita Flex
Foot chart of Vita Flex points on feet.You may have seen hand, feet, or ear chart suggesting where to apply oils for different parts of the body.  These contact points are basically nerve endings and our feet have a HIGH concentration of nerve endings, as do our hands and ears.
Just putting the oils on these contact points won't be as effective as using the hand rotation movements that create vibrational energy. The way I understand it, the vibrational energy creates the path for the flow of essential oils.
I know it all sounds like a bunch of hocus-pocus, but have you every poked yourself in one place on your body and felt a tingle somewhere else? Or how about those "brain-freezes" when you drink something cold? It's really your stomach that is hurting from the cold. Vita Flex kinda works like that in my mind. There are several instructional videos on youtube if you want to learn how to do the movements.
Raindrop Technique
This technique was developed by D. Gary Young. It involves dropping oils along the spine and then using light strokes to disperse the oils to the nervous system. Again, I am going to recommend youtube as a source for a visual on how the technique works.

 Please share some of you success stories using essential oils!

Earlier Posts in this Series:
What are Therapeutic Essential Oils?
Inhaling Essential Oils
How Carrier Oils Work

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