What’s all this about “IF”?

 

 

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I have been curious about Intermittent Fasting (“IF” for short) for awhile now.  Several of my friends are doing it and have raved about how they feel great, have more energy, and just generally feel better physically and emotionally!!  Who doesn’t want that?  So, I’ve done some research and was planning to write a blog article about it until I got this AWESOME email from The Daniel Plan today!  I could not possibly add anything better to this so here it is, sharing from their website!  Check out the entire post here.

What are some health benefits of IF?

(SOURCE: this is straight from the blog post from The Daniel Plan linked above)

1. Lowers cancer risk.

Multiple studies have shown a link between intermittent fasting and a reduced risk of breast cancer.

2. Enhances heart health.

Intermittent fasting is thought to lower heart disease risk due to its ability to lower triglycerides and blood pressure and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol.

3. Improves autoimmune conditions.

A fasting-mimicking diet under 1,000 calories a day for three-day cycles has been shown to improve symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis as well as lupus.

4. Improves blood sugar.

When it comes to managing blood sugar, intermittent fasting takes center stage. With its proven ability to lower insulin resistance and increase metabolism, it’s one of my favorite tools to recommend to patients with blood sugar problems.

5. Encourages weight loss.

Weight-loss resistance can often be due to an underlying hormone imbalance. Leptin resistance occurs when your brain stops recognizing leptin’s signals to use your body’s fat stores for energy. This causes your body to continually store fat instead of using it. Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve chronic inflammation that can dull the brain’s leptin receptor sites.

6. Curbs cravings.

If you’re worried you’ll be starving while fasting, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Intermittent fasting decreases your hunger hormone ghrelin, which in turn can increase dopamine levels in the brain. (Just another example of the gut-brain axis at work.) Fasting can also help free people from emotional eating and kill cravings by transitioning your metabolism from unstable sugar-burning to steady fat-burning.

7. Increases cognitive function.

Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

8. Improves lung health.

One study showed intermittent fasting’s ability to decrease asthma symptoms as well as reduce oxidative stress.

9. Helps heal the gut 

Lowering inflammation in the gut with intermittent fasting improves inflammatory gut problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

While the idea of fasting can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done it before, intermittent fasting can actually be a lot easier than many other types of eating plans. Since you are fasting for a good chunk of the day, you’ll be eating less food, which eliminates a lot of the stress around having to meal prep. When you are eating, you’ll still want to focus mainly on healthy fats, clean protein, and carbohydrates from whole food sources—but this isn’t an excuse to hit the drive-thru and load up on sugar the rest of the time!

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I trust The Daniel Plan to give us the best info possible and not lead us astray!  There is a ton more info over at their Blog, so hop on over there to find out how IF works, some great recipe suggestions, and more!

If you are one of those that is doing IF, drop me a comment below and tell us what you think about it and how it makes you feel!  I’d love to hear from all the IF-ers out there!

Until next time…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

 

Diets, oh my!!!!

I truly think that diets are the new craze!  There are TONS of diets floating around out there – which one do we choose?  Are any of them the “right” diet?

I don’t think that these “new” diets are really dieting…they are more of an eating habit than a diet, which in itself is a good thing!  We could all probably stand to change our eating habits to a healthier lifestyle!  Check out some of the “eating lifestyles” we have to choose from today…

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There is seriously a “Hay Diet”???  And what in the world would you eat on a Prison Loaf diet?  Or do I really want to know?

What do we do with all of this indecisive diet planning – do I eat meat or do I not eat meat?  Do I eat fat, or not eat fat?  Do I eat lots of protein, or just a little protein?  Do I…you get my drift.

So, I have come up with the Oily Homestead Diet!  Our meals “normally” consist of healthier foods – no fried food, minimal salt, good fats, veggies, tuna (hubby doesn’t like fish but I could eat fish daily!), organic/free range chicken, grassfed/organic beef on occasion, and fruits, especially the berry family fruits – although I have been “addicted” to oranges recently!

We have cut back on the amount of gluten and sugar we eat because I do believe that gut health determines your overall physical and emotional wellness!  Gluten and sugar are not “gut friendly” so therefore we (we in this case means more “I” than “we”) try to stay away from both as much as possible.  My dear hubby is diabetic so he already eats a {mostly} sugar free diet.

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Basically, we try to eat healthy foods.  Foods that are low in “bad” fats, low in sugar, minimal gluten, and mostly lean protein.  We don’t drink milk {we just don’t like it} but we do eat yogurt, cottage cheese, and a lot of “real” cheese, so we are obviously not “dairy free”! That’s pretty much our “diet”!  Personally, I honestly believe that we need to take care of the temple God gave us, but being obsessed about what goes IN to our body is, in my opinion, unhealthy.  We need “treats” sometimes, we need to be able to eat that piece of cake at a birthday party and not beat ourselves up about it for days, we should be able to splurge now and then by getting dessert on date night.  We need to actually enjoy life while we are here, while at the same time, eating healthy foods so we can hang out here a little longer than if we didn’t eat those healthy foods!  Does that make sense?

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For a little extra gut boost, we take a really good probiotic, I drink kombucha first thing in the morning before anything else goes in my gut (fermented foods are an excellent natural probiotic !), we stay away from taking any antibiotics unless it’s a life threatening necessity!  We do also eat prebotic foods like onions, garlic, and oatmeal, apples and  bananas.

I’d love to hear about YOUR eating plan!!!  I’m always up for new and better ideas!

Until next time…

~ Blessings

Heather

 

Why are Plant-based Cleaners the Best?

 

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Here are 5 reasons that Plant-based Cleaners are Best for Your Family…

Safety

Have you read the label on the back of a commercial cleaner? Warning! Flammable! Do not ingest! Keep out of reach of children! Many chemicals used in household cleaners have not been tested for safety. Household cleaning supplies are one of the top five substance classes accounting for calls to the National Poison Control Center. Many commercial cleaners contain ingredients that are endocrine disrupting chemicals, carcinogens, or neurotoxins. Kids, babies, and pets are even more vulnerable to chemical exposure because they are smaller and cannot get rid of toxins as easily as adults. It is definitely worth ditching harsh chemicals for a cleaner with plant- and mineral-based ingredients.

Air Quality

Did you know that indoor air is 5–7 times more polluted than outdoor air? Most cleaning products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which have been associated with many health problems, including damage to the liver, kidneys, and the central nervous system. They have also been shown to harm our lungs and cause throat irritations and headaches. VOCs are released when products are used and can linger in the air long after we clean. When we breathe, we inhale the air—as well as whatever is in the air.

Environmental Impact

Harsh chemicals found in cleaners are not only harmful to our bodies, but they also have a major impact on the environment and are huge contributors to environmental pollution. Some conventional cleaning products contain ingredients that are toxic, non-biodegradable, and from non-renewable resources like petroleum, so they harm the Earth’s ecosystems. Harsh chemicals may contaminate the water through rivers, streams, and lakes, which affects wildlife, plants, trees, and us! Plus, there are thousands of chemicals that are in cleaning products that have never been tested for safety.

Convenience

It’s much easier to clean with a few products that take care of all your cleaning needs, rather than a having whole arsenal of toxic products under your sink and in your bathrooms. With Thieves® Household Cleaner, you can tackle multiple cleaning jobs in your home without switching products as you clean! It cleans countertops, windows, mirrors, floors, toilets, showers, and pretty much everything else. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting bleach stains on your clothes or accidentally mixing dangerous chemicals together. It’s worth a try for the convenience alone.

Cost

The cost of buying cleaners is expensive, especially if you have to buy multiple different cleaners. Thieves Household Cleaner is very cost effective, and it comes in a concentrated form. There are approximately 60 capfuls of the cleaner in a 14.4-ounce bottle. Using the medium degreasing ratio, you can get about 29 16-ounce cleaners. That’s less than $1 a bottle!

Why worry about all the what if’s? Be empowered and take charge of your chores by using a cleaner with plant-based ingredients.
**  These 5 reasons to use plant based cleaners was too go not to share…I got this straight from Young Living’s Training and Education Facebook page!!!!  Yep…I borrowed it 😉  Check it out here.

I would LOVE to help you clean up your house (pun totally intended) of all those toxic cleaners!  Contact me for all the deets or check out my “official” oily website here for tons of great info!

Until next time…

Blessings,

~Heather

 

Dump The Chemicals!

I don’t “advertise” much here on the blog…but I am sooo excited that Young Living has put two new oils AND is now offering the Desert Mist Diffuser in the Premium Starter Kit!!!  Yep, that’s right!!!  The much loved Desert Mist !!!!

But first, let me tell you about my additional Thank You Gift this month!  The Premium Starter Kit (PSK) comes with a $25 CASH BACK offer only through the end of March!!!  This is my personal Thank You gift to you after you order a “PSK” with me!

You will also get an entire community of oily friends that will be cheering you on as you start your oily journey!

So….read on and you see why you need to grab your Premium Starter Kit today!

THE POWER OF THIEVES!

If you have small children in your home, you’re probably no stranger to child safety locks on your cabinet doors.

And the reason is simple… think of all the harmful, toxic, dangerous chemicals hiding in plastic containers behind those doors. They’re used to clean toilets, scrub sinks, and dissolve that disgusting glob of gunk that’s been hiding behind the trash can for 3 weeks now.

But there’s a better way.  Instead of stocking your home with unpronounceable toxic chemicals, you can use NATURAL essential oils for cleaning!

With the power that cleaning chemicals wield, we of course want to protect the precious little-ones in our lives from letting their curiosity lead them to a dangerous – and potentially fatal – accident.

*To be sure, you must always use essential oils with safety, according to the label, and in the correct amounts.

Getting Started
You can use essential oils for household chores alongside other natural products like bicarbonate of soda, Castile soap, and vinegar. Oils provide not only an amazingly-fresh aroma, but also put the elbow-grease behind the cleaning with their naturally derived, plant-based ingredients.

Some great oils for cleaning include Lemon, Lime, Tea Tree, Lavender, Pine, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Orange, Rosemary, Peppermint, and the essential oil blends – Thieves® and Purification®.

All have cleansing properties and the bonus is that these oils have multiple purposes, so you can use them in all sorts of ways to support your health and wellness!

Cleaning Around The House
Here are a few ways to use essential oils in household cleaning…

Floors: Pop a few drops of essential oils into your mop bucket with hot water and a splash of vinegar. You’ll get those floors sparkling clean.

 Toilet: A few drops of eucalyptus oil with some bicarbonate of soda in the toilet bowl will clean it, remove odors, and keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

Shower: Lemon oil + vinegar in the shower removes hard water stains and unsightly mildew. Soak shower heads for a sparkling shine.

Your Whole House: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water. This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need.

Now you can actually ditch overpowering and harsh chemical-based products and keep your home smelling fresh and clean, using all-natural ingredients!

How’s that for the power of mother nature?

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FREE Essential Oil Class!

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Have you ever wondered what essential oils are all about? Would you like to go to class but just don’t know anyone that’s teaching one? I have a solution for you!

I have an awesome Intro to Essential Oils class and I’d be happy to  email you an MP3 file.  This is one of the best classes that I have ever heard! It’s recorded by Sara Harnisch, author of the book “Gameplan”. I just love listening to her speak, she was a radio host for many many years and has the best voice ever!

I learned so much about essential oils, listening to this class…why it DOES matter where you buy them, why the Seed to Seal guarantee is so important, and so much more!

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