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IN NEED OF DECLUTTERING YOUR LIFE? HERE’S SOME HELP

Take a deep breath and get ready to turn the page. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the start of a new year or just time for a change. Whatever the last period of your life represented, now is the time to plan ahead and shift your energy in a new, better direction. Forget what’s bogging you down and focus on simplifying so you get down to the important things in life. That starts with decluttering. Rid yourself of unnecessary worries mentally, while also decluttering your physical spaces.

Decluttering can go deeper than just cleaning or organizing, too. It’s a chance to focus on choosing what’s really needed and what’s not. Making these decisions is paramount. That’s because it’s never a bad time to hit the reset button. You just have to be willing to take the required steps to do so. Whether that’s throwing away clothes that have sat in your closet for too many years, or even taking a break from continuously scrolling social media. Everybody needs a little push when searching for ways to declutter physically and mentally.

If you’re overwhelmed with everyday life, or have a hard time taking a break for yourself, you’ve come to the right place. With a little help from the list below, you can find what’s most important and methodically trim everything else. And whittling your life down to the essentials can help you focus and feel less overwhelmed.

Follow this rundown to identify issues, digesting what’s wrong, and find different decluttering methods and set yourself up for future success.

Item 1. Identifying the Clutter in Your Life

Clutter is everywhere. In your house. In your head. On your phone.

It’s nearly impossible to escape from your busy life these days. And the more you take on, the more clutter creeps in. Disorder takes you away from everything else on your to-do list. It preoccupies you with routine tasks rather than focusing on truly experiencing your life and planning for a better future.

To tackle the clutter, first you need to identify what truly has sentimental value, what you cannot live without. So, you have to be honest with yourself. Sometimes brutally so. Look closely at that old gift on your desk. Forget about what it might’ve cost a friend five years ago and ask what it means to you now. Think about the decorations you’ve been keeping in the closet just in case. Will you ever use them?

List what’s really important in your life and make those your categories to label items. Identify what fits in each category. And as for everything else? If it doesn’t fit in a category, serves no proper function, or has no emotional importance, chuck it. If you have too many of the same sort of item, get rid of the extras. Decluttering your life can help you take control.

Item 2: Focus on Decluttering One Spot at a Time

It’s easier to target a certain spot in your house when starting a serious clutter detox. Otherwise, the task can feel too big to tackle. Remember, little bites will still get the task done. So, make a game plan—breaking the task into parts will help you—and follow it as closely as possible.

Start with an easy spot. Getting that first decluttering win will give you momentum. The desk in your home might be the easiest spot to target. That’s where work and life clutter seems to collide most often. But it’s also small, contained, and can count as impacting two aspects of life. First, find defined areas for work and home. One side of your desk could be business-specific: notes, files, projects, etc. The other can be where you store day-to-day items like headphones,  checkbooks, and more. (Don’t forget to weigh what’s important and what’s just clutter.)

Next, open the fridge and toss out anything that looks bad or smells worse. If you haven’t used something but need to, plan a meal around the foods or condiments in your fridge that are nearing their end. You’ll feel better than just dunking it in the trash. Same goes with the freezer. If you get a little angry with yourself every time you open it up, commit to making the best possible meal with what’s packing the freezer.

Now you have momentum and can start tackling the bigger areas of your house. Work your way up to what is likely the most arduous task—tackling your sleeping quarters head-on.

Your bedroom can be a sanctuary for self-care and a place to get good sleep. But it probably could use some decluttering.

Luckily, there’s a four-container method you can use. Make four piles: trash, give away/sell, storage, and put away. By containing the clutter in specific categories, you’re better able to distance yourself from what is an absolute must and what no longer qualifies. Anything you don’t need or want, toss it in the trash or give-away pile. If something is broken and doesn’t need fixing, toss it. For necessary, important items, place them in storage or just put them in their proper place.

And the four-container method isn’t just for the bedroom. It can be applied to any room in your house.

One more tip: If you’re having a hard time parting with some things, think of the decluttering like this: you’re making room for the things that matter.

Item 3. Decluttering Your Digital Spaces

If you can’t find that photo of an old vacation you want to share on social media, consider this: Compartmentalizing and decluttering your life digitally might be just as important as in real life.

Now that everyone is glued to screens nearly every day, your digital life should be as comfortable and clutter-free as your physical one. Start with your phone.

Better organize your apps. Putting them in folders or creating some kind of order helps a lot. That way, the next time you really need your travel app you can scroll right to it.

If you’re on your desktop or laptop, trash files that aren’t useful anymore. And organize those that remain. Accessing your own vital information should be easy—instead of a chore. Just like you can do on your phone, organize everything into folders on your desktop to avoid searching for documents with names you can’t exactly remember.

And if you’re really looking to trim down the digital clutter, consider the amount of devices you have. Do you really need a laptop, smartphone, and a tablet? You can also put respective time blocks on each, making sure that when your allotted time on each is reached, you put it down.

Item 4. Be Screen Savvy for Some Mental Decluttering

There is more clutter in life than too many clothes or cramped desk space. One of the most important of all detoxes could be one from the world you live through your smartphone. All the stimuli from social media and other screen-based time drains.

New operating systems now update you weekly about how much screen time you’re averaging a day. If you need another reminder that your life is dominated by screens, take a look. The reports might help shape your behaviors. Depending on what you see, you might want to declutter your mental state by cutting out some screen time.

Studies show social media detoxes might be worth it because they can help improve your overall mood. It might also help you feel less competitive with strangers that always seem to be living their best life. You can also conquer your FOMO (fear of missing out). This type of detox (even if it’s brief) can slow the digital stimuli to help you live more in the present and realize that life before social media was just as rewarding.

Cutting yourself off from social media altogether might not work for you. There are plenty of good things about social media (like the Ask the Scientists Facebook page!). But placing limits can help you declutter your mind and your life. And the free time and mental energy you obtain can be put to good use in different ways that you might’ve forgotten about since the apps have taken over.

Item No. 5 Decluttering Your Schedule

Finding room for yourself in the midst of your to-do list is another key decluttering task. The good thing is, you have some control to prioritize your schedule the way you want.

But sometimes that means skipping events—especially those you know will be disappointing or underwhelming. Saying no isn’t bad. So, rid yourself of that stigma.

And remember, it’s OK to put yourself first, too. There’s nothing wrong with rolling with an urge to see a movie, take a walk, or sit in a coffee shop reading a book. You don’t always have to be making others happy. Declutter your schedule so you have time to enjoy yourself.

Item No. 6 Exhausted? Remember Why You’re Decluttering

Mental clutter so often generates stress, which has ties to several negative effects on your mind and body. But physical clutter can also be stressful.

Researchers discovered a direct correlation between clutter and stress. They explored the relationship between 32 families and objects in their homes. Turns out, clutter has a serious effect on mood and overall self-esteem. So, more stuff, more dishes, and more clutter equals rising anxiety.

Physical clutter has damaging potential, too. It can be a serious fire and tripping hazard in your home. Physical clutter might also be a resting place for dust, mold, and animal dander. All of these can be harmful to those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

There’s No Better Time Than Now to Declutter

You have so many different ways to declutter. Embrace the diverse options for ridding yourself of things you don’t need or harmful habits. There is nothing like a fresh start. So, instead of putting things off, instead of ignoring it all over again, get to work.

Do your best to simplify and rid yourself of the trinkets you don’t use. Give away the clothes you don’t wear. Cut down your digital stimuli by limiting screen time.

The clutter doesn’t have to stress you out. So, take a breather. Get to work and see just how much you can accomplish when you take a step back and realize how freeing decluttering your life can be.

Had to share this article it has many great tips and tricks to help you with beginning the years off lighter and clutter-free.   It’s very liberating, like lifting a weight off.  We would love your feedback of what you thought and the steps you are talking to de-clutter.

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10 HEALTHY HOLIDAY PARTY SNACKS

With the holidays right around the corner, your friends and family are getting ready to gather, feast, and share. Stories will be told, recipes will be exchanged, and a good time will be had by all. The question is, what will you bring to the festivities this year? And why just bring something tasty when you can bring something that’s both tasty and healthy?

We’ve scoured the internet for a handful of healthy holiday recipes to get your festive ideas flowing. Use them to start brewing up batches of party snacks and treats you can share with pride.

Savory Pumpkin Hummus

Whip up this delicious pumpkin snack and bring some color to any holiday get-together. Plus, pumpkin is rich in many crucial nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and beta-carotene.

Recipe

Eggplant Ricotta Bites—Food Network

These crispy wafer eggplant chips are fried with olive oil and topped with light ricotta cheese and tomato. These little bites, filled with flavor, will bring a touch of class to your holiday table.

Recipe

Crudité Vegetable Wreath with Ranch Dip—EatingWell

If you’re looking to dazzle your friends and family this year, then check out this clever vegetable wreath. Sometimes a simple presentation can go a long way. In this case, it goes a very long way.

Recipe 

Pan-Roasted Chestnuts—Chowhound

You know the holidays are right around the corner when you first catch that hearty smell of roasting chestnuts on the crisp air. You can easily bring this warm, nostalgic snack to your own festivities. And chestnuts are high in fiber and calcium.

Recipe

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bars—Pinch of Yum

These chocolate bars are no-bake, easy to make, and have no refined sugars. Because sometimes you just want some chocolate for the holidays. Now you can, and still have enough left over to share. Or keep for yourself. We won’t judge either way.

Recipe

Frozen Yogurt Bark—My Fussy Eater

Frozen greek yogurt sweetened with honey and topped with dark chocolate and strawberries—there’s a lot to love here. And this healthy treat is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Recipe 

Herbed Whole-Grain Yeast Rolls—CookingLight

These delicious whole-grain rolls pack an aromatic punch. Sage, rosemary, and chives—they have it all. You can serve them alongside a holiday meal, or use them to make small sandwiches.

Recipe

Santa Snack Mix—myrecipes

This healthy, crunchy snack mix will become a family favorite for the holidays. Bring it out to add a salty-sweet treat to any holiday gathering.

Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Falafel Bites—She Likes Food

Butternut squash adds a seasonal spin to this classic falafel ball. These are healthy, delicious, and easy to make. Give them a chance, and you’ll wonder how you ever made it through the holidays without them.

Recipe

5-Ingredient Chocolate Orange Bars—Scrummy Lane

These treats will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, and they have zero refined sugar. Dates, cashews, sultanas, cacao powder, and orange juice—that’s all it takes to create a snack to take your festivities to the next level.

Recipe

When it comes to preparing holiday snacks, making one that’s both tasty and healthy feels like a miracle. But with a little research and practice, you can bring flavorful ingredients to life to share with your loved ones during this special time of year.

Staying healthy through the holidays can be a challenge for anyone. For some tips on how to enjoy the holidays without the weight gain, check out this blog post.

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dōTERRA Cheer® Uses and Benefits

Cheer

doTERRA Cheer Product Description
With a bright, fresh aroma, doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend was designed to help promote optimistic feelings while counteracting negative emotions that naturally occur in everyday life. When you are feeling down or blue, doTERRA Cheer essential oil blend is waiting to help promote feelings of optimism, cheerfulness and emotional well-being.

Where to Buy doTERRA Cheer
Are you ready to experience the benefits of the doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend? Visit the doTERRA Cheer essential oil blend page for information about ordering. As part of the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy System, doTERRA Cheer has been formulated with CPTG® essential oils that are designed to help the user deal with negative emotions. Allow the fresh aroma and warming properties of doTERRA Cheer brighten your day as you put pessimistic feelings to rest, and let a little more sunshine into your life.
doTERRA Cheer Benefits and Uses
  1. When tensions rise or overwhelming feelings abound, diffusing doTERRA Cheer can help promote an uplifting and positive environment. Try diffusing doTERRA Cheer in a classroom to promote positivity among students. Put a few drops of doTERRA Cheer in your diffuser at home to help your family enjoy the fresh, warm scent that will help create an inviting, happy environment. Diffuse doTERRA Cheer at your desk or in your home office when you need a little pick-me-up.
  2. Wish you could carry the bright smell of doTERRA Cheer around with you all day? Experience the uplifting, happy scent of doTERRA Cheer while driving by applying a few drops of the essential oil to a terra cotta plate or even to a cotton ball and placing it in your car. As you run errands, make your morning commute, or drive the kids around, you’ll have the lovely scent of doTERRA Cheer as your companion, keeping your spirits bright all day long.
  3. Feeling lonely? When you are alone, don’t let heavy feelings weigh you down and discourage you—diffuse doTERRA Cheer in your favorite essential oil diffuser to promote happy, bright feelings that will invigorate your mood.
  4. When negative emotions creep into your day, consider applying one drop of doTERRA Cheer to your hands, rub the palms together, and take a deep breath to inhale the comforting, warm scent of the oil. The scent will linger, so you can cup your hands over your nose or mouth throughout the day and inhale doTERRA Cheer for an added dose of optimism.
  5. Have a friend, neighbor, or loved one who has been feeling down lately? If someone close to you has been feeling discouraged, consider giving them a “box of sunshine” care package. Gather items that will cheer them up to include in the care package—you can even make all of the items yellow, so that everything is bright and happy. You can include things like a yellow journal for them to write in, a yellow blanket or pillow case, and of course, yellow-labeled doTERRA Cheer. This care package will bring comfort to anyone who might be struggling, or who needs a boost of love and sunshine.
  6. Looking for a good diffuser blend that uses doTERRA Cheer essential oil? Combine three drops of doTERRA Cheer, one drop of Douglas Fir, and one drop of Wild Orange to your diffuser for an uplifting, invigorating blend. If you have a friend who could use a little pick-me-up, consider giving them a bottle of doTERRA Cheer with a list of ideas for elevating diffuser blends that will lift their spirits.
  7. If you tend to feel grumpy or discouraged in the morning, try diffusing doTERRA Cheer while doing your morning yoga, drinking your morning tea, or reading the morning paper to help promote feelings of optimism as you start the day.
Ingredients 
  • Wild Orange Peel
  • Clove Bud
  • Star Anise Fruit/Seed
  • Lemon Myrtle Leaf
  • Nutmeg Kernel
  • Vanilla Bean Extract
  • Ginger Rhizome
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Zdravetz Herb
Chemistry of doTERRA Cheer 
doTERRA Cheer is made up of citrus and spice essential oils, which contribute to its warm, inviting aroma. Like the rest of the oils in the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy System, doTERRA Cheer was specifically and chemically constructed to bring light and sunshine into dark or dreary days.
Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with the eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying the product.
Ordering Information:

If you are interested in purchasing Cheer or any other doTERRA essential oil click on the

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select SHOP and select oils – FYI CHEER is a Blend (all oils are in alphabetical order) Place your order and your essential oils will be shipped directly to you. It’s quick and easy, the shipping is modest.

If you are interested in becoming a Wholesale Customer, you can sign up at No Charge and receive 25% savings off of every purchase. or if you wish to Enroll and go on the Loyalty Reward Program, you will not only save 25% but you will earn free oils and be eligible for monthly savings.  If you are overwhelmed by online ordering, I would love to help you find and receive the product(s) you are interested.

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BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE WITH 4 SUMMER SKINCARE TIPS

Your Instagram feed is bursting with sun bathers, pool parties, and warm hiking trails. Snapping plenty of summertime selfies is great until you’re too self-conscious to post anything because your skin looks like a juicy tomato instead of a radiant glow.

Radiant and Protected Is the Ultimate Skin Goal

As you enjoy summer days, your skin can suffer from too much sun exposure. Skin damage appears as discoloration, a change in texture, and even blisters or dark blemishes. Our skin protects us, but it’s a fragile barrier we need to nourish.

Although a sun-kissed glow makes skipping makeup a breeze, it doesn’t mean you should get lax with your skincare routine. Soak in these four summer skincare tips to keep you glowing and help you maintain your beautiful selfie skin.

The Good, The Bad, and The Sunshine Vitamin

Sunshine can feel invigorating and brighten your mood thanks to the powerful vitamins in its rays. Vitamin D enriches our bodies with so much goodness there’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin.

That being said, your skin can easily get burned, flushed, and irritated from the dangerous side effects of the sun. Going on a date, or giving a presentation at work, with your face peeling or flaking is sure to make anyone self-conscious. There’s even an increased risk of skin problems, and possibly skin diseases, if your skin is exposed to too much sun over the years.

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Lady with hat

Make sure you’re using a moisturizer in your summer skincare regimen with at least a 15 SPF to keep your skin moisturized and protected each day. The skin on your lips is ultra-sensitive to the sunshine, so pick up a chap stick or lip balm made with UV protection to keep them kissable. If you use a product with a higher SPF, you won’t need to reapply it as often.

Get Shady to Save Your Skin

I have very fair skin that freckles rather than tans. Just 15 minutes outside with my skin unprotected, and I get sunburned. If you forgot to apply sunscreen before heading out the door, there are several hideouts for your skin if you’re caught outside without UV protection.

Keep your skin glowing while still enjoying the fresh air.

  • Keep a wide brim hat or baseball cap in your trunk
  • Choose umbrella-covered seating
  • Host a dinner party under your covered patio
  • Wear light-weight, breathable cotton long-sleeved shirts

Your skin can keep its summer glow if you’re careful about how long it’s in the sunshine.

Hello Hydration, Goodbye Lackluster Skin

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Water Bottle

No one wants to look like a dry piece of coral at the beach. While you’re out enjoying the long summer days, remember to keep hydrated . Your skin loses moisture more quickly when there’s a heat wave. If your skin loses moisture, it’s bound to look older and lackluster.
It can become so dried out and flaky you may want to hide behind oversized sunglasses and a scarf all day.

Drinking plenty of water is easier than you think. Pack plenty of H2O to take to with you on summer activities. Throw a few water bottles in your beach bag or pack a small cooler the next time you spend the afternoon soaking in sun rays. By staying hydrated, you’ll have more energy to enjoy the day—and look good doing it.

Get Summer Strong

Summer is the perfect time to change your daily workout scenery. Go for a jog around the neighborhood, bike to the park, or hit up your local tennis or basketball court. I love going to my local water aerobics class to exercise outside. Your skin will probably sweat a little more in the higher temperatures. I always joke with my friends that I “sparkle” May through July. But if you’re drinking extra water as a part of your new, outside summer skincare routine, you’ll likely keep your supple summer glow.

4 Summer Skincare Tips Infographic Get #SkinConfident

Rub in your SPF, drop some lemon in your water bottle, grab your tennis racket, and take on this summer with simple skincare tips to keep you glowing. By taking care of your skin, your body will shine with vitamin D and you’ll rock this summer with stellar confidence.

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INTERMITTENT FASTING: THE SCIENCE OF GOING WITHOUT

Intermittent Fasting: Feature Photo

If you’ve recently had a conversation about dieting and weight management, then you’ve probably heard talk of intermittent fasting. But what is intermittent fasting? And is it healthy? Currently, this is quite an under-researched topic, with limited research in humans.

In other words, the answer is a little complicated, but let’s break it down together.

The Science of Going Without

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It’s a way to manage your weight and promote overall health, not by limiting what you eat, but by limiting when you eat.

There are several different intermittent fasting methods, such as:

  • Daily intermittent fasting: 16-hour fast followed by an eight-hour eating period each day.
  • Alternate day intermittent fasting: Cycle between 24-hour periods of eating and fasting.
  • The 5-2 method, eat regularly for five days during the week and restrict food during 2 days to about 500 to 600 calories during the fasting days.

How does intermittent fasting work? To put it simply, when your body is digesting food, it’s in the “fed state.” This typically lasts three to five hours after your last meal. During this state, your body doesn’t burn fat as efficiently because your insulin levels are high and you are getting needed energy from food.

But if you don’t eat for around eight to 12 hours after your last meal, your body will enter the “fasted state.” Your insulin levels are low because your body has stopped absorbing food and, as a result, your body burns stored food energy (fat) more easily.Intermittent Fasting: Scale

The Pros and Cons

So we know what intermittent fasting is and what it does, but the real questions are—is it healthy? Is it safe? Is it something you should do?

Your body is unique. And so is everyone else’s. Many people have tried intermittent fasting with great results, and they happily want to share their success with others.

But for many people, intermittent fasting is not the answer they’re looking for. For some people, it could even be a danger to their long-term health.

Let’s look at just a few of the many possible pros and cons of incorporating intermittent fasting into your daily life.

Pros:

  • Promotes health and weight management. Some studies show intermittent fasting may be a promising way to lose weight and improve metabolic health.
  • No calorie counting. With intermittent fasting, you don’t have to change what you eat in order to stay under your daily calories. By controlling when you eat, you have the freedom to eat what you want.
  • It’s simple. Intermittent fasting makes your day simpler. When on a fasting program, you plan for and cook less meals. Some people find this simplicity liberating, as they have more time to devote to other activities they love.

Cons:

  • Dropout rate is high. Recent studies show people may be more likely to quit an intermittent fasting routine before it can provide any real benefit to their health.
  • You could develop bad eating habits. Intermittent fasting can be very stressful for some people. This, coupled with a lack of satisfaction, means they end up eating much more than they should during non-fasting periods.
  • Dangerous for people with certain conditions. While safe for most people, intermittent fasting can have negative effects if you have diabetes, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or take certain medications. Make sure to always consult your physician before introducing any fasting routine or change in diet as part of your everyday life.

The Choice Is Yours

Intermittent Fasting: Plate

At the end of the day, there is not yet enough scientific evidence to prove or disprove intermittent fasting as superior to traditional dieting, nor to prove or disprove it promotes long-term health better than counting calories. On the flip side, there also isn’t any strong evidence it’s harmful to average adults, either.

If you have the willpower for an intermittent fasting routine, then more power to you. If not, there’s nothing wrong with a more traditional method of weight management.

Research is ongoing and, hopefully, we’ll soon know the benefit of intermittent fasting. Until then, the best diet is one you can maintain consistently—along with plenty of exercise.

 

Click here for more fun and useful articles on proper nutrition and healthy dieting.

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WHOLE FRUIT VS. FRUIT JUICE: A FRUIT STUDY INFOGRAPHIC

We all know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and a study led by USANA scientist, Dr. Jessie Nicodemus Johnson, shows why it’s a good idea to heed that advice. The study shows that eating whole fruit provides different benefits to the body versus drinking fruit juice. Although juice consumption may help with vitamin and mineral absorption, the immune system pathways associated with juice consumption are different than that of the humble whole fruit consumer, likely because the fiber in whole fruit is regulating what and when different compounds that are consumed are taken into the body.


Read the full study here.

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Intermittent Fasting: The Science of Going Without

Intermittent Fasting: Feature Photo

If you’ve recently had a conversation about dieting and weight management, then you’ve probably heard talk of intermittent fasting. But what is intermittent fasting? And is it healthy? Currently, this is quite an under-researched topic, with limited research in humans.

In other words, the answer is a little complicated, but let’s break it down together.

The Science of Going Without

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It’s a way to manage your weight and promote overall health, not by limiting what you eat, but by limiting when you eat.

There are several different intermittent fasting methods, such as:

  • Daily intermittent fasting: 16-hour fast followed by an eight-hour eating period each day.
  • Alternate day intermittent fasting: Cycle between 24-hour periods of eating and fasting.
  • The 5-2 method, eat regularly for five days during the week and restrict food during 2 days to about 500 to 600 calories during the fasting days.

How does intermittent fasting work? To put it simply, when your body is digesting food, it’s in the “fed state.” This typically lasts three to five hours after your last meal. During this state, your body doesn’t burn fat as efficiently because your insulin levels are high and you are getting needed energy from food.

But if you don’t eat for around eight to 12 hours after your last meal, your body will enter the “fasted state.” Your insulin levels are low because your body has stopped absorbing food and, as a result, your body burns stored food energy (fat) more easily.Intermittent Fasting: Scale

The Pros and Cons

So we know what intermittent fasting is and what it does, but the real questions are—is it healthy? Is it safe? Is it something you should do?

Your body is unique. And so is everyone else’s. Many people have tried intermittent fasting with great results, and they happily want to share their success with others.

But for many people, intermittent fasting is not the answer they’re looking for. For some people, it could even be a danger to their long-term health.

Let’s look at just a few of the many possible pros and cons of incorporating intermittent fasting into your daily life.

Pros:

  • Promotes health and weight management. Some studies show intermittent fasting may be a promising way to lose weight and improve metabolic health.
  • No calorie counting. With intermittent fasting, you don’t have to change what you eat in order to stay under your daily calories. By controlling when you eat, you have the freedom to eat what you want.
  • It’s simple. Intermittent fasting makes your day simpler. When on a fasting program, you plan for and cook less meals. Some people find this simplicity liberating, as they have more time to devote to other activities they love.

Cons:

  • Dropout rate is high. Recent studies show people may be more likely to quit an intermittent fasting routine before it can provide any real benefit to their health.
  • You could develop bad eating habits. Intermittent fasting can be very stressful for some people. This, coupled with a lack of satisfaction, means they end up eating much more than they should during non-fasting periods.
  • Dangerous for people with certain conditions. While safe for most people, intermittent fasting can have negative effects if you have diabetes, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or take certain medications. Make sure to always consult your physician before introducing any fasting routine or change in diet as part of your everyday life.

The Choice Is Yours

Intermittent Fasting: Plate

At the end of the day, there is not yet enough scientific evidence to prove or disprove intermittent fasting as superior to traditional dieting, nor to prove or disprove it promotes long-term health better than counting calories. On the flip side, there also isn’t any strong evidence it’s harmful to average adults, either.

If you have the willpower for an intermittent fasting routine, then more power to you. If not, there’s nothing wrong with a more traditional method of weight management.

 

Research is ongoing and, hopefully, we’ll soon know the benefit of intermittent fasting. Until then, the best diet is one you can maintain consistently—along with plenty of exercise.

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Essential Oils 101

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East Coast Life Solutions has regular Essential Oils 101 classes. These classes are fun and informative to give you quality information on how to use and experience oils safely for you and your family. Please check our Specials for up-to-date dates and locations. If you are so inclined, we can do a presentation in your home or for clubs and organizations.

 

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

Aromatic

Certain essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odors.

Topical

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically.

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements for targeted wellness.

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s health. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or taking essential oils internally, the positive effects of essential oils are boundless.

That’s why you’ll want to ensure that the essential oils you are using are capable of delivering on their promise. You’ll want to make sure that you are choosing essential oils for their potency and their purity.

Frankincense
Frankincense
Lavender
Lavender
Lemon
Lemon
Melaleuca
Melaleuca
Oregano
Oregano
Breathe
dōTERRA BreatheTM
DigestZen
DigestZen®
On Guard
dōTERRA On Guard®
Deep Blue
Deep Blue®

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Is It Safe to Ingest Essential Oils?

Contributed by Dr. Joshua Yorgason, MD – Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon)
Member of doTERRA Medical Advisory Board 

Introduction

 

Each type of oil contains a mixture of natural chemical compounds unique to that species of plant and to the environment in which the plant is grown. For thousands of years, humans have ingested plants in the form of food as well as plant parts and extracts as herbal health products and teas from leaves and flowers, which contain essential oils.

One could argue that it should also be safe to ingest essential oils in small quantities, just as we have been doing when ingesting plants containing essential oils. Because they are produced naturally by plants, essential oils are found in naturally balanced mixtures. Then why is there an ongoing concern about the internal use of essential oils? Internal use can not only be very effective, but is also safe.
Local Tissue

Oils first have an effect on local tissues. The local effect may be felt more strongly when applied internally compared to when applied to the skin because the nerves in the mucosa are closer to the surface, often more numerous, and can be more easily stimulated compared to the nerves in the skin. Although the skin is thicker and seems to be less fragile than the mucous membranes, the reality is that similar to the skin the mucosa has many features that are protective, and therefore conducive to the use of essential oils.

Like skin, the mucosa has many layers designed to protect the body against disease and toxic exposures. And similar to skin, the mucosa has an ability to constantly restore itself and to regenerate after harmful exposures, such as trauma from teeth or heat from foods that can cause ulceration.

The mucosa heals an open sore very quickly, so it can resume its protective function. The mucosa also has thousands of mucous glands that secrete mucous to create a protective film over the tissues. The mucous is continually being produced and continually migrating as the cilia beat, limiting any local exposure.
Mucosa Absorption

When essential oils contact the mucosa, they are absorbed to some degree at the initial point of contact, but much of the oil will be continually diluted by the mucous. Rapid absorption and constant dilution allow the oils to have a dramatic yet temporary effect, which explains why any sensation you have in the mouth or throat from essential oils taken internally is temporary. Because the mucosa is designed to be protective, essential oils can be safely used internally.

The premise of all of these discussions is that essential oils could be harmful when taken internally. However, studies suggest just the opposite. Essential oils may actually be protective to the mucosa. Many studies show that essential oils can have a positive effect when there is a problem with the stomach’s mucous membranes.* For example, limonene, found in citrus oils, was shown to help protect the stomach mucosa in a preclinical study.This protective effect was shown without affecting normal stomach acid secretion, gastrin enzyme secretion, or antioxidant glutathione production.3 Many other studies have also demonstrated similar effects.1–6*

Avoiding hot oils that may be irritating to the mucous membranes, using small single use amounts, or using less than the maximum daily amounts recommended, are all safe practices that can help us have confidence in using essential oils internally. If we are using the oils for a local effect, such as to soothe the mouth and throat, then the oils can be appropriately diluted. Internal use of essential oils may be the best method to help improve function of the gut and improve digestion, because the oils can get to the area of need.
Conclusion

Taking essential oils internally may be a very effective method to get the oils to be absorbed into the body to promote health and wellness, for an overall soothing effect on the body, and for a calming effect on mood. Using the appropriate amount of oils in Veggie Caps or prepackaged in the appropriate amounts in softgels can be an effective way to take essential oils internally so that they can be maximally absorbed by the gut for a whole body effect.

East Coast Life Solutions has two Wellness Advocation who are ready to serve you any time, if you have questions and need assistance in ordering.

Pop on over to our Upcoming Events pages and have a look at our regularly scheduled 101 Essential Oil Education class in our local area.

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5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Feature

Whether it’s for business, fun, or family, we all pack for travel from time to time. From an overnight trip to that month-long adventure abroad, there’s a lot to bring along: bath and beauty products, clothing, chargers, the Kindle/iPad/Switch. But there’s one bit of travel prep many people dismiss until it’s too late: nutrition. In the hustle and bustle of packing, it’s easy to forget about hunger until it strikes.

Instead of perceiving food as just another hassle while on the go, it’s time to view nutrition as a tool to help you power through your trip. Let’s go over five tips for eating healthy while traveling.

Tip #1: Pack Your Staples / Shop When You Touch Down

When I’m daydreaming about my next vacation, I love to think about all of the delicious, decidedly unhealthy food I’m going to eat. There’s nothing wrong with looking forward to extravagant eating, but it’s important to balance these out with “staple” nutrition to keep your body in check. Consider the foods you eat often. Which are the healthiest? Bonus points if they don’t need to be refrigerated. For me, it’s roasted almonds and eggs. Plan a grocery list for your arrival at your destination and buy whatever’s reasonable for your accommodations.

Another travel concern is the number of new people, and germs, you’ll be coming into contact with. Even if you aren’t flying (and especially if you are), give your immune system a boost with a supplement such as Booster C 600™, which uses USANA’s propriety Poly C® complex to provide higher levels of vitamin C over time.* There’s nothing worse than getting sick on the first day of a sun-kissed cruise.

Tip #2: Enjoy Fresh, Local Cuisine

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Market

One of the best parts of visiting unfamiliar places is having the opportunity to experience local cuisine. Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, all with their unique local flair. Skip the McDonald’s and head to a locally owned restaurant or, if you have the time and accommodations, make a trip to the local farmers market to stock up on fresh ingredients to craft your own meals.

Of course, you’re going to be eating and drinking things that are either a little, or a lot, out of the norm. This can mess with your belly’s biology, causing uncomfortable temporary bloating or other mild digestive issues. I always pack USANA® Digestive Enzyme to help maintain gut health and, hopefully, prevent the infamous “beached whale” feeling after eating—especially if you happen to be going to the beach!* Even on business, you want to avoid the uneasiness of a rumbling stomach during your workshop.

Tip #3: Split Meals or Order Half Portions

Most trips involve eating out often, which can be a fun break from cooking. And, c’mon, you have to live a little—it’s not always about eating healthy while traveling. Many restaurants are notorious for serving larger portions than most would want to eat in one meal. The problem is, biologically speaking, we don’t really feel full until 20 to 30 minutes after we eat, which is why it’s so easy to overindulge.

There are a few solutions to this problem:

  • Drink water 10 minutes before the meal. It will help speed up the satiated feeling while eating.
  • Order a half portion, if available. You might not save a lot of money, but it’s better than going overboard.
  • Split the meal with someone else at the table. Request an extra plate to make sharing easier.
  • The last tip, and one I use often, is to get a to-go box at the time the food is served. I’ll split the meal and commit to only eating the portion on the plate. If I wait to get a box, I’m already two-thirds of the way through the plate and will definitely eat more before the box makes its way to the table.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Snacks

Tip #4: Snack Often

Keep yourself fueled throughout the day and avoid binge eating by snacking on satisfying, high-protein treats. Have plenty of water and a serving of nuts, berries, cheese, or other satisfying, natural foods between meals to keep yourself at the top of your game. If you decide to go for something processed, like jerky, make sure it’s the healthy kind.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Checklist

Tip #5: Utilize the Glycemic Index

In a perfect world, your body would recognize it was in “vacation mode” and adjust how it utilizes the food you eat for energy. Since this is definitely not the case, it’s important to recognize what kinds of foods will help you thrive while on a trip and which ones will leave you feeling tired and unmotivated. One factor to consider is the glycemic index, which determines how much a particular food will affect blood sugar levels.

Processed foods such as white bread, white rice, soda, and raisins cause a sharp rise, then fall, in blood sugar levels. Other foods, like oats, most fruit, peanuts, and carrots, cause a steadier rise in blood sugar levels, meaning a more consistent level of energy throughout the day. Our very own Matt Jaggi wrote a great article breaking down the dos and don’ts behind the glycemic index.

Bonus Tip: Heading Home

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling: Travel

Even the most amazing adventures must come to an end. When it’s time to head home, what you eat and drink during your final hours of travel could impact how you get back into your daily routine. Some people try to beat jet lag by drinking lots of coffee for extra oomph on the last day of the trip. Caffeine has a half-life of five to six hours on average, meaning you may still be jittery at the end of the day.

As you begin to wind down from your travels, your body might not be on the same page. Avoid stimulants like alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. To help realign yourself back to your natural sleep and wake cycle, try a melatonin supplement like Pure Rest™ for the first night or two back home.*

We might like to add, if you interested in a travel location that has the best of all worlds maybe you should try a trip to Nova Scotia, Canada. Our playground will give you a diverse touch of coastal living, with laid-back hospitality that is warm and friendly. Look us up, and stop by we are sure to make you feel right at home.

Healthy Travels, Friend