Burning Candles Versus Diffusing Essential Oils

essential oils wellness Oct 08, 2019

Burning Candles Versus Diffusing Essential Oils

Many people love to burn candles, especially during months when temperatures are cooler. They make your house smell nice and create a cozy atmosphere. Candles may smell nice, but very often the scents are made from synthetic chemicals that are typically labeled as “fragrance”.

Candles actually reduce the quality of the air. Phthalates are often found in scented candles and have been linked to allergic reactions and asthma related problems. Paraffin, found in many candle bases, is a petroleum byproduct when burned, these candles release carcinogenic chemicals into the air. Imported candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which is released into the air. Many soy candles are a combination of soy and paraffin, so unless clearly labeled as 100% soy, stay clear of them.

So, is there a safer alternative? Yes, diffusing essential oils. However, make sure you purchase oils from a reputable company. Essential oils are not...

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Journaling Through Breast Cancer

breast cancer Sep 24, 2019
 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2016, I started a journal. When I went to see the doctor that day, I knew I was going to have questions and because of my emotional state I probably wouldn’t remember what she told me. I recorded everything in a notebook from that day forward. I wish now I had used something prettier.

I recorded everything in that notebook. It has the dates and times of doctors appointments, what the doctors told me at those appointments, the plan for treatment and what I could expect going forward. It includes dates like when my hair started falling out and when my head was shaved. I recorded how I felt each day and after every treatment, what I ate, when I exercised and what I did, how I performed at work, how much sleep I got, and much more.

It became a great resource. It contains a lot of details but I wish I’d written down even more. This morning I looked at it for the first time in over a year. There were things I had forgotten and...

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Healing Your Body With Food

diet wellness Sep 10, 2019

I just finished the book Eat to Beat Disease, The new science of how your body can heal itself. It is written by William W. Li, MD. I was introduced to Dr. Li when I took the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate Program through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at eCornell. In the course, he talked about angiogenesis, which I had never heard of, and the ways it can affect one's health. 

Eat to Beat Disease approaches food differently than the other books I have read. Instead of recommending foods to avoid and eliminate from your diet, Dr. Li shares foods that should be consumed to help keep the body healthy or return it to health.

In the book, he introduces and explains in detail the body’s 5 natural defense systems. They are Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection and Immunity. Dr. Li sites numerous studies that have been done, throughout the world, to support his ideas on how the human body is equipped to fight disease. Dr. Li...

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Eat Beets

hummus wellness Aug 27, 2019

I've been harvesting beets from the garden for the past several weeks. They are a great source of nitric oxide which helps open up your arteries to allow for more blood flow. Thus, beets help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Have better workouts. Beets provide energy and stamina. Consume them two to three hours before exercising. They increase oxygen uptake and promote better circulation due to the nitrates they contain.

Beets are rich in the antioxidant betacyanin, which gives them their beautiful red color, that protects against cancer cell growth. 

Two ways I like to cook beets are boiling and roasting. To boil beets: cut off the tops, place in a saucepan, cover with water and boil until tender when pricked with a fork. To roast: wrap them in aluminum foil, place in a 375º oven and roast until tender when pricked with a fork. In each case remove skins when they are cool enough to handle. 

They are great sliced on a...

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How To Use Essential Oils

 

How Do You Use Essential Oils?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils: 

1. AROMATICALLY

  • Scents can affect mood and memories. 
  • Scents are the fastest way to reach the mood center - which is through the limbic system of the brain. That’s why essential oils are fantastic for mood support especially when used aromatically.
  • Most American homes have some kind of synthetic air freshener (such as plug-ins and aerosol sprays), which contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health issues. 
  • Use oils in a diffuser or spray bottle with water to replace replace synthetic air fresheners in the home to save money and get chemicals out of the home.

2. TOPICALLY

  • Essential oils are absorbed by the skin, which is the largest organ of the body. In fact, the the bottom of the feet have over 2,000 pores and have some of the largest pores on the body, so it’s a great way to get the oils absorbed rapidly into the body OR to apply an oil that you don’t...
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Avoid Processed Foods

nutrition wellness Aug 06, 2019

Eating a whole foods plant-based diet is one of the healthiest choices you can make. If you aren’t ready to take that leap do your best to consume as many foods as possible in their natural form. More and more studies are linking processed foods to health issues including an increased risk of disease and mortality.

Americans are consuming more and more processed foods such as packaged snacks, soft drinks, ready-made meals, and sugary cereals, which contain added flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and other non-food ingredients. 

Eating these foods can lead to an increase in the rate of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. On the flip side, higher consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods is associated with lower risks of all reported disease. 

Consumption of processed foods, more than four servings daily, was associated with an increase in mortality. People who consume the most processed foods tend to eat fewer...

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What Is CBD And How Does It Work?

Uncategorized Jul 30, 2019

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring substance of the cannabis plant. There are two primary species of cannabis, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but hemp contains lots of it while marijuana produces more THC. CBD does NOT produce the mind-altering effects caused by THC. All CBD available from Nature’s Ultra is distilled into an isolate and contains absolutely NO THC.

CBD helps promote feelings of calmness and relaxation for virtually everyone, including kids, adults, and even pets. This is because CBD has an amazing ability to support the body's regulatory systems and help us achieve homeostasis or ‘balance’. Whether you are experiencing physical or mental pain, digestion issues, arthritis, emotional stress, problems sleeping, acne, or even seizures - the root causes start from some level of ‘imbalance’. CBD can help your body’s systems get back on track.

The science behind CBD is amazing - it helps direct the body to use...

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Facts About Iron and Plant-Based Sources

nutrition plant-based Jul 16, 2019

Iron is an essential nutrient in our diets. Although red meat and seafood are good sources of iron, many plant-based foods also contain plenty of this mineral.

Numerous vegetables, legumes, and other foods contain a form of iron called nonheme iron, which accounts for the majority of people's iron intake in the United States. The type of iron in animal products is called heme iron.

Although the body can absorb it more easily, heme iron is not essential to the human diet.

If you are not receiving enough iron in your diet the symptoms may include:

  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • poor appetite
  • headaches
  • pale skin
  • heart palpitations
  • cold hands and feet
  • brittle nails

Plant-Based Sources of Iron

  • Legumes - lentils, tofu, tempeh, lima beans, kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas
  • Grains - quinoa, fortified cereals, brown rice, oatmeal
  • Nuts and seeds - pumpkin, squash, pine, pistachio, sunflower, cashews, unhulled sesame
  • Vegetables - spinach, baked potato with skin, tomato sauce, Swiss chard, collard...
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The Benefits of Batch Cooking

nutrition wellness Jul 02, 2019

Preparing meals can take a lot of time. Most likely you don’t have time in your weekly schedule to make healthy meals nor do you want to use the time you do have in this manner. I don’t blame you!

If you don’t want to invest time every day preparing meals, batch cooking is a great solution. It’s just like it sounds, cooking in large batches. You cook or prep a bunch of food at once and use it throughout the week.

Batch Cooking Ideas

There are a variety of ways you can approach batch cooking. I will share a few but feel free to expand on my ideas and implement what works best for you. 

  • If you make a weekly meal plan, you can prepare items for multiple meals at the same time.
  • Pick a recipe and double it. Either cut up and prep everything for it and assemble and cook it during the week. Or make it ahead and reheat it. Place the rest in serving size containers and freeze them.
  • Cut vegetables and place in containers in the refrigerator. You can use these for...
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Facing Challenges While Traveling

exercise nutrition vacation Jun 25, 2019
 

Maintaining a plant-based diet and exercise regimen while traveling can be a challenge. Plan ahead, do your best, and get back into a routine when you get home. 

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