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    • A new on-the-go item

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    •  12/17/2010 9:52:00 AM
    •                               Activz Whole 9

       

       

      I was walking through my local grocery store when I passed a man trying to sell a  "healthy" drink.  I laughed at he thought in my mind and started walking right by.  I wasn't even going to stop, but my curiosity got the best of me. (and maybe I was looking for a fight) I couldn't wait to ask him questions about his so called "whole" drink supplement. I started by asking for a list of actual ingredients... he flipped over a box and showed me the list: grapes (every part), carrot, beet, apple, broccoli, cranberry... and more, all organic. The company he is part of takes it from start to finish.  I have to be honest, I was pretty impressed. So what now, I asked him where they get the fruits and veggies they use. He started naming the exact farms and organic farmers from east to west coast. I was even more impressed. I settled down and decided to be on his side. We talked for about 45 minutes about the importance of a Whole Food Plant Based diet. Then I tried his drink.... I knew it wouldn't taste good, It wasn't even green! To my pleasant surprise it was delicious. And I bought a box on the spot. I have used a couple over the last week when I have been in a bind, running Christmas errands and taking kids to and from their various activities. It had made a great lunch on the go for me. I looked up their website when I got home and was thrilled when I saw clips of Dr. Campbell and The China Study references.  I would say, give it shot and let me know what you think. You can find their story here

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    • Essential oils (a few favorites)

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    •  12/10/2010 11:34:03 AM
    • I have finally started to dive into essential oils.  I am just scratching the surface, but I am just thrilled with what I am learning!

       

       

      PEPPERMINT oil:  Two nights ago I had a crazy terrible headache (rare for me, I know it was from the stress of all the family and the lack of water and proper nutrition). Lucky for me, I had just purchased a family physician kit for DoTerra. I pulled out my kit and my new "Modern Essentials" book looked up my ailment and found that just a drop of peppermint oil on my temples, across forehead, and on my neck would relieve the headache. I tried it........ WHOA... a few deep breaths and  the headache dulled, by 5-10 minutes I had forgotten about the headache all together! I was thrilled and shared the news with my skeptical husband, he was thrilled.  I wasn't squinting my eyes or clenching my jaw, he saw the result. It helps with stress or tension headaches!

       

       

      OREGANO: I have been reading so much about this wonderful herb. I love the flavor and had no idea how much good it was actually doing for me! Now I sprinkle the dried version on everything (well maybe not my oatmeal)! What a powerful antioxidant it is! WE love antioxidants, they are powerful little guys that help maintain health and PREVENT diseases such as cancers and heart disease. It also comes in an essential oil and can be used for many things including maintaining healthy digestion. 

       

       

      LEMON oil: Boy, has this oil come in handy over the last few weeks. I read that just rubbing some on your neck when you feel a sore throat coming can help prevent it. I have used it on myself and my children several times with the success! This one is also a great antioxidant, I put a drop in my twins water bottles when they were both coming down with a cold. Love the smell and the taste(mixed with water).

       

       

      LAVENDER oil: YUM,  just thinking about it makes me take a deep breath. Its so calming and relaxing. I love just putting a drop in the palm of my hand and rubbing a little on my each of my girls just before bed, I rub a small amount on their pajamas right by there neck to help them relax and sleep well. 

       

       

      There are so many more oils and uses out there, I am just getting started, Its is so much fun to learn and apply all this new information. I highly recommend taking the time to read up on essential oils. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I can help cure and heal my children without constantly relying on a medical doctor. 

       

      The book I use: Modern Essentials

      The oils I use: DoTerra Family Physician Kit

       

      I know there are many books and oils out there. Take the time to check them out, if you haven't already.

       

      Happy oil-ing ha!

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    • Staying focused during the Holidays

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    •  12/4/2010 9:13:12 PM
    •          I know sounds impossible for some of us. I have been off and on already for the last couple of weeks. With all the family gatherings, holiday parties, shopping, and traveling, we end up cutting back on exercise and eating things we know we shouldn't. It's a tough season and I find myself getting stuck in the rut, "I'll get back on track on Monday.. or hey, Jan 1 is just a few weeks away". This year I have been practicing a few new tips I want to share with you.

      When you know its going to be a busy day, start with a quick smoothie, we have several great recipes on our site or throw one together on your own. If you start the day with a healthy breakfast you will be less likely to overeat at lunch. Avoid long stretches of time without eating to keep your appetite under control. 

      Holiday parties... these are always tough, you don't want to hurt feeling by not eating anything. Try offering to bring something to share, veggies with hummus are always a hit or a delicious green salad (we have fabulous recipes). If bringing food is not an option, try to gravitate towards the real food. It's not easy when your favorite crackers are calling your name and begging you to try a few cheese dips.... stay away. Plan one splurge item before you leave and stick to it! If your you'd rather splurge on cheese and cracker than a piece of pie then so be it.. (you are crazy like me!)  Make a plan and keep your word to yourself! 

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