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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The Health Benefits of Meditation

meditation wellness Jun 18, 2019
 

Do you meditate? Have you ever tried? I have at various times over the years. Finally, about two months ago, I gave it another try and have been much more successful this time. If you don’t currently meditate I highly recommend you start.

Meditation can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. It can help you remain calm throughout the day. Your body and mind will be revitalized and refreshed during this time of deep relaxation. Meditation may also be useful in relieving stress and anxiety. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance

 

When it comes to your physical health, meditating on a regular basis can result in the following benefits:

  • Relieve asthma
  • Lessen chronic pain
  • ...
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Alternative Activities as Exercise

exercise fitness wellness Jun 04, 2019

When you hear the word exercise what comes to mind? Is it things like running, riding bike, walking, hiking, swimming, spin class, tai chi, yoga, or weight training? Those are some of the most traditional methods of exercise. I’m going to suggest that any activity that gets your heart rate up and burns calories can be considered exercise.

Sometimes it can be a challenge to get your workout in. It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of high intensity aerobic activity 5 times a week or 90 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. On those days, or weeks, when you can’t seem to find the time to exercise, I urge you to get creative!

Think about activities you perform that could be considered exercise. You can burn calories by climbing stairs, grocery shopping, house cleaning, mowing the lawn, gardening, engaging in active play with children, painting, and etc. 

Maintaining an active lifestyle is the key. If you don’t have time to get a workout in, try to be...

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Quick Healthy Plant-Based Meals

nutrition wellness May 21, 2019

Getting healthy meals on the table can be a struggle if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead. Instead of grabbing or ordering takeout, stopping at a fast food restaurant or eating cereal for dinner, I challenge you to whip up a quick, nutritious dinner. You’ll want to have the freezer and pantry stocked. After that it’ll be easy.

To create a quick salad, start by purchasing pre washed packages of greens like lettuce blends, slaw, or spinach. Choose toppings like cherry or grape tomatoes, pre sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, pre sliced beets, quartered artichoke hearts, sliced water chestnuts, canned garbanzo or black beans, olives, hummus, avocado or guacamole, nuts or seeds, and etc. You can put almost anything on a base of greens. What you choose will determine how filling your salad is so if it’s your dinner make sure you include some protein.

Have a supply of frozen vegetable noodles like zucchini, carrots or butternut squash on hand....

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Controlling Your Health Is A Choice

exercise nutrition wellness May 14, 2019

Do you believe you have the ability to be in charge of your health? It’s a personal choice to take better care of your body in order to prevent or reverse the effects of certain ailments or diseases. You have the ability to eat a healthy diet, exercise and develop a positive mindset.

If you aren’t sure what to do or how to go about implementing strategies to improve your health and wellness find someone to help you. Hire a coach, like me, a nutritionist, or a personal trainer. Enlist a family member, friend, or colleague.

Many of the common ailments people in the United States are afflicted with are preventable. Things like diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer are linked to nutrition. So, potentially you could avoid them by changing your diet. Wouldn’t it be worth it? 

Exercise goes hand in hand with nutrition. The human body is meant to move. Cardio workouts increase your heart rate and help burn calories. Burning...

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