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When You Vacation With an OIL Addict!

Essential oils are cool but ever wonder how often people actually use essential oils in their daily lives? It really became apparent to me the degree of oily addict I’ve become when I started packing for our recent vacation to Gulf Shores, AL. It was serious work trying to decide which oils I thought I couldn’t live without rather than just bringing my entire (growing) collection.  And I thought what better way to highlight how I actually use my essential oils in my daily life for my followers!?!  So read on to find out which oils made the vacation cut and to learn some of my favorite oily recipes that I use in my daily life!

My Bathroom Sink

Above is the picture of my bathroom sink in our beach house.  I brought many more oils and products with me but I always find it telling to see what people keep within easy reach.  You really know how much someone uses a product if it’s right there on their bathroom sink.  She here’s my list of oils on my bathroom sink:

DIY Lavender & Rosemary Detoxing Deodorant (for sensitive skin) – Seriously, I love this stuff! It really is my Holy Grail of DIY Deodorant (<– click on the link to learn more) I’m almost out of it and will have to make a new batch soon.  My only complaint is that it does leave a bit of a powdery residue on my shirts from either the Bentonite clay or the arrowroot powder, especially on black tank tops.  Read on to find out my solution for when I want a powder free deo alternative!

Deep Relief roll-on – This was the first (and so far only) thing I spent my Essential Rewards points on (I’m saving the rest for high $$ oils) and who doesn’t love FREE oils!?!  Deep Relief is Young Living’s proprietary blend of Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam Canada, Clove, Copaiba, Wintergreen, Vetiver, and Dorado Azul in a coconut oil carrier.  It comes in a 10 ml roll-on bottle for ease of application and helps provide support for head and muscle tension and helps ease minor aches and pains.  I love this stuff for when I get a crick in my neck from either long drives or sleeping funny.  Gulf Shores was an almost 7 hour drive from our home and its never the same sleeping in a bed that isn’t your own so this one I knew I couldn’t leave home without! Deep Relief is highly coveted because of Young Living’s commitment to quality and sustainable farming practices which means that the sometimes the ingredients have to wait to be harvested and distilled.  As a result, Deep Relief is often out of stock and members rush to order it as soon as it comes back!  Message me for a DIY “Ache Away” recipe which I use as an alternative to Deep Relief when I can’t get my hands on the real stuff!

DIY Thieves Toothpaste – Seriously one of my favorite recipes! I’ve been making my own toothpaste for almost 2 years now (I haven’t had any cavities and my oral hygienist approves!).  I modified my recipe when I joined Young Living back in April to include Thieves essential oil because of all the awesome properties that support oral health and help fight bad breath! I’ve already shared my recipe, but in case you missed it you can find it in my blog post Are you brushing your teeth with toxic toothpaste?

DIY Natural Sunscreen – protecting your skin from the sun is important every day, but especially at the beach! But I don’t like using sunscreen on my face because I find that the ingredients in store bought sunscreen tends to clog my pores and cause breakouts, so I made my own, with essential oils of course! I use this as an alternative to moisturizer every day to help nourish and moisturize my skin every morning as well as providing 40+ SPF protection from the sun! In case you missed it, find my recipe here: DIY Natural Sunscreen.

DIY Facial Serum – I have a lot of scarring from my crazy hormonal acne that I had when I went off birth control back in 2013.  So when I started my essential oil journey it was important to me to find something to help minimize the appearance of these scars.  Frankincense oil was the answer! This stuff is amazing! So after doing a bit more research I found a great combo and created my own facial serum to use to help heal and nourish my skin at night. You can find my recipe on my blog post My All Natural Skin Care Routine: Plus My Favorite DIY Facial Serum Recipe (using essential oils)!  I will add that since I wrote that blog my skin started breaking out somewhat so I modified my original recipe by using jojoba oil instead of fractionated coconut oil and that seems to have fixed the problem.

DIY Astringent – Historically I have just used Thayer’s alcohol free witch hazel toner as my astringent.  I have always loved the Rose scented one.  But recently I’ve been using the unscented with aloe and just adding my own healing oils.  Young Living’s Melrose essential oil blend, which includes Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Clove is the perfect addition to my DIY Astringent because it helps cleanse and nourish the skin while providing natural protection against occasional breakouts.   I fill a 2 oz travel container with witch hazel and add about 8-10 drops of Melrose. Shake well before use and squirt a little on a cotton round to apply all over your (clean) face morning and night.

Stress Away – one of my FAVORITE essential oil blends, Stress Away combines Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender for a unique combination to help reduce every day stress and provide mental clarity.  I added the roller fitment that came in my Premium Starter Kit to my bottle of Stress Away and use it almost daily as a perfume alternative.  It’s lovely and was the perfect, almost tropical fragrance to wear on my beach vacation and help keep my mind relaxed and carefree!

Rosemary – So Rosemary essential oil is technically a dietary supplement that can be added to cooking but a quick google search (check out NIH, Mercola, and Dr. Axe for some interesting facts about Rosemary and other essential oils) will turn up dozens of other uses (that may not technically be FDA approved but who doesn’t love to experiment!?!).  A friend of mine had shared with me that she was using Rosemary as a deodorant alternative so I excitedly ordered my first bottle to give it a try before I found the recipe I linked above for my Detoxing Deodorant. Since I was wearing a lot of tank tops at the beach and didn’t want to walk around with powdery residue on my shirts I brought my trusted bottle of Rosemary with me as a deodorant alternative. And I must say, it didn’t let me down!  Just a couple drops on my fingers rubbed into the pits kept me odor free!

 

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NingXia Red – I started my 30 Day NingXia Red challenge on September 21 as part of my morning routine and Oily Support for Healthy Weight Management: A Supplement to My 10 Day Detox. My detox may be over (and Lord knows I wasn’t “dieting” on my vacation!) but I’ve enjoyed continuing to take my shot of NingXia Red in the mornings.  NingXia Red is Young Living’s propriety blend of Wolfberry with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices and it does help provide a bit more energy and get up and go in the mornings (although admittedly I started drinking coffee again every morning on vacation because I just missed the taste and having my warm cup of yummy coffee while swinging in a porch swing and watching the sunrise over the lagoon was priceless!) and helps keep you healthy!

DiGize – In addition to my morning shot of NingXia Red I’ve been adding 2 drops of DiGize to help promote healthy digestion and keep me regular.  DiGize is Young Living’s blend of Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils.  It contains naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen which can help soothe stomach discomfort, calm burning sensations after meals, and promote regular movements and healthy GI function.  I’ve been taking it daily since starting the NingXia Red challenge and honestly I do believe that it helps keep my tummy comfortable throughout the day.  It was especially important on vacation because for the last month or so I’d been eating really healthy but I was bound and determined to eat my weight in fresh seafood on this trip and didn’t care if it was greasy and fried!

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Our beach house rental had an amazing Jacuzzi tub! I’m a big fan of hot baths for relaxation, always have been, and have long since swore that whenever I can afford to renovate my house I am SO adding a Jacuzzi tub to my bathroom! So I planned ahead and made myself some relaxing aromatherapy bath salts to bring with me so that I could really reap the benefits of the tub at our rental.  I’m blessed to have a hubby who gladly accepted baby duty to give mama some personal tub time to rest and relax on our vacation!

Aromatherapy Muscle Soak:

  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 10-12 drops Aroma Siez essential oil blend – Aroma Siez is Young Living’s blend of Basil, Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint, and Cypress specifically formulated to help reduce tension and ease aching muscles.

Directions: Combine ingredients in glass container.  Mix well.

To Use: Fill tub or jacuzzi with hot water and add 1/2 container bath salts for a relaxing aromatherapy bath to ease aching muscles!

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Do you sleep well when you aren’t in your own bed? I know I don’t.  Plus, we had our 9 1/2 month old daughter with us who was sleeping in her pack ‘n play rather than her crib so it was especially important to me to bring ALL the sleepytime oils in my collection to help!  We haven’t found the perfect sleep inducing combination to help our daughter sleep through the night but we do diffuse oils in her nursery nightly and I feel like she sleeps “better” on the nights we do compared to the nights we don’t.  So I wasn’t about to leave the diffuser at home!

Cedarwood – Cedarwood helps promote a calm, grounding, relaxing state of being when applied topically or diffused.  Plus, I just love the earthy, woodsy smell! There is a lot of research on how Cedarwood can help promote restful sleep so do yourself a favor and google it – them PM me to order some Cedarwood essential oil! 😉

Lavender – Lavender is another soothing oil that can help promote rest and relaxation.  Often called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because of all the amazing properties that Lavender oil has, helping with sleep is perhaps the most cited use of the oil.  It is great to add to your bath or lotion to help your mind and body wind down  before bedtime or diffused to promote relaxation and make it easier to fall asleep.  Lavender and Cedarwood are probably my favorite sleepytime diffuser combo!

Stress Away – I love Stress Away so much I brought not one, but TWO bottles with me! lol! My first bottle (pictured in the Bathroom Sink graphic) I added the roller fitment attachment to so that I could wear as a perfume.  But I keep a second bottle of Stress Away to use in recipes and diffuse.  I love the way it smells and it also couples well with Lavender or even a little extra Cedarwood to help you relax at bedtime!

(not pictured) SleepyIze – SleepyIze is part of Young Living’s KidScents oil collection.  It is a proprietary blend of Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Tangerine, Bergamot, Sacred Frankincense, Valerian and Rue pre-diluted and safe to use topically as is on children ages 2-12.  I occasionally diffuse this at bedtime but do prefer to use it topically in conjunction with diffusing other oils.  Since my little one is under 2 I do dilute with just a touch of coconut oil (I keep a baby food jar with CO on the changing table to use for diaper rash and diluting oils so I just grab a small little dab and put one drop of any of the KidScents oils and rub my fingers together to mix before applying to feet, chest and/or belly and/or behind the ears, depending on the oil and purpose).

(not pictured) Gentle Baby – Gentle Baby is Young Living’s blend of Geranium, Rosewood, Coriander, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Jasmine, and Rose designed for babies and mother.  It is specifically formulated to calm emotions and is particularly soothing for the skin, making it not only a good oil to add to sleepytime blends but also for DIY Diaper Rash Ointments (one day I’ll get around to writing a blog post about that too!).  It’s not only safe for use with babies but also pregnant (and nursing) mothers to use to help alleviate anxiety and promote a feeling of calmness and can be a great addition to your homemade Belly Butters to help prevent stretch marks!

 

Other Oils That Made the Cut (but aren’t pictured):

Abundance – Abundance is one of my recent favorites and perfect for Fall! It is a blend of Orange, Frankincense, Patchouli, Clove, Ginger, Myrrh, Cinnamon, and Spruce.  It smells a little like Constant Comment’s orange spice tea and I love, love, love to wear it like a perfume.  Abundance was specifically formulated to enhance the magnetic energy field around us.  This higher frequency creates a “Law of Attraction.”  Therefor, Abundance essential oil blend is supposed to help us open ourselves up to what we attract to ourselves.   Who knows, we could all use a little more abundance in our lives, right?  May sound like hocus pocus but I do love the way this oil smells and wear it often since I purchased it in August.  I admit, I didn’t wear it as much on our beach vacation as I’ve been wearing it at home.  It seems much more fitting to wear as my daily perfume while home watching the changing of the seasons in my little mountain community rather than lounging at the beach.  Stress Away’s somewhat tropical vibe just spoke to me more on vacation but now that I’m back at home Abundance has re-emerged as my daily fave!

Lemon – I love to add Lemon essential oil to my water because it ensures that I drink enough water throughout the day so I always have it with me! I just add 1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil to my 20 oz glass water bottle and fill with ice and water.  Once I’ve drank all 20 oz I can refill my water bottle with ice and water and don’t even have to add more essential oils, although you could if you wanted to, because I can still taste a little bit of the lemon! A little goes a long way and it tastes really yummy!  Plus, Lemon is one of three oils in the “Seasonal Relief Trio”: Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon.  I had my Seasonal Relief roller bottle with me (see below for recipe) but also like to have them on hand to diffuse together if something triggers a sneezing attack or gives me that itchy throat feeling.

Peppermint – Peppermint is by far my favorite instant headache remedy! I have my Headache Remedy roller bottle blend (see recipe below) that travels with me but a drop of Peppermint on a q-tip applied neat to my temples often will help get rid of more severe headaches.  You can also layer it with the Headache Remedy blend for an extra strength formula! Some people love to put a drop or two of peppermint in a spray bottle with water to help cool them off in hot climates or a drop or two in their water for a cooling sensation, both of which would be excellent for use at the beach! (Note: Peppermint is a “hot” oil which means it can tingle or burn the skin where applied.  Always do a patch test before using any oil neat but especially hot oils! More about essential oil safety here –> What are Essential Oils? (And why you will want them as part of your natural lifestyle!))

R.C. – R.C. is Young Living’s blend of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus (E. Globulus, E. Radiata, and E. Citriodora) oils which includes the naturally occurring constituent Limonene (do yourself a favor and google uses of Limonene! You won’t regret it!!!).  RC was specifically designed to support healthy respiratory function.  I love to diffuse it when I am stuffy or having difficulty breathing for any reason.  It’s also the main ingredient in my Breathe Easy roller bottle blend (see recipe below).  My daughter seems to come home frequently with colds from day care so we often diffuse a little bit of R.C. with some Lavender and sometimes even Cedarwood to help her breathe easier and have a more restful night’s sleep!

SniffleEase – SniffleEase is part of Young Living’s KidScents collection and is pretty much the children’s version of R.C.   It is a blend of Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Lavender, Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Black Spruce and Peppermint essential oils prediluted for use topically, as is, on children ages 2-12.  I occasionally diffuse SniffleEase but prefer to diffuse R.C. and apply SniffleEase topically to the Vita Flex points on her feet and a little on her chest to help her breathe easier.  Just like with SleepyIze I dilute more with a little coconut oil since my little one is under 2.

Thieves – Thieves is one of those oils you should seriously never leave home without! I use it in so many ways! I brought it with me on this trip specifically because the hubby had been a bit under the weather before we left home and I wanted to have the option of diffusing to help keep me and the little one healthy.  Plus, gargled with some water or added to hot tea, Thieves is excellent to help relieve a minor sore throat! Learn more about Thieves in my blog post All About Thieves!

 

Celia’s Personal Collection of DIY Roller Bottle Blends (that travel with me daily, even when not on vacation):

All of these recipes are intended for a 10 ml glass roller bottles (stainless steel roller balls are preferred because essential oils can break down plastics).  Add your drops of essential oils first then fill with the carrier oil of your choice (I find having a small funnel and a pipette helps).  I prefer fractionated Coconut Oil as my carrier but if you are allergic or want an alternative, Sweet Almond Oil is a good choice.  But any carrier oil will do. I usually fill halfway with carrier oil and test my blend before filling the rest of the way.  This way I can add more essential oils for a stronger blend or more carrier for a more diluted blend, especially for children or those with sensitive skin.

Ouchie – 30 drops Tea Tree, 20 drops Lavender, and 15 drops Frankincense essential oils.  Apply to any minor cut, scrape, blister or sore to help cleanse, promote healing, and reduce that stinging sensation! It’s also great to apply to scaly, itchy patches of skin to help provide relief! See my previous blog post about this blend here –> Ouchie! For Life’s Scrapes & Bruises: An Essential Oil Roller Ball Recipe

Itch Relief – 20 drops Purification essential oil blend and 10 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense essential oils.  Apply to any bug bite, minor rash, or itchy spot to help provide relief.

Seasonal Relief Blend – 15 drops each of Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon.  Bonus: Add 5-10 drops of Copaiba to enhance the effectiveness of this blend!  I apply this to my throat to help calm that itchy throat sensation or to the bridge of my nose to help with a runny nose.  Be careful to avoid the eyes as peppermint can irritate and sting a bit if it gets too close! 

Breathe Easy – 15 drops each of R.C., Peppermint, Lemon, and Frankincense.  Bonus: Add 5-10 drops of Copaiba to enhance the effectiveness of this blend!  I apply this blend to my chest or bridge of my nose if I’m extra stuffy! Just like with the Seasonal Relief blend, be careful to avoid the eyes as peppermint can irritate and sting a bit if it gets too close! 

Headache Remedy – 10-15 drops each of M-Grain, PanAway, and Peppermint.  Bonus: Add 5-10 drops of Valor.  You can also add more Peppermint to the blend or layer with Peppermint for more severe headaches.  I apply directly to my temples, forehead, and/or back of my neck for relief from sinus or tension headaches.

 

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Totally forgot to pack my DIY Bug Spray (<– click link for recipe) which was a pretty Doh! moment.  I could’ve kicked myself when we were sitting outside on the porch enjoying our impromptu boiled (fresh caught) Blue Crabs for lunch one day.  I don’t know if it was sand fleas or biting flies or what but the hubby and I were getting eaten up! Thankfully, I had my trusty bottle of Eco Diva’s “Bug Me Not Bug Spray” in the diaper bag so I ran inside real quick to grab it and sprayed us both from the knees down.  The biting stopped and the best part was our lovely daughter who was also outside with us in her booster seat didn’t get one single bite! Winning! See my review of Eco Diva’s “Bug Me Not Bug Spray” and find out how to order yours here –> Want an eco-friendly, chemical-free, safe and effective bug spray but don’t want to DIY it? Check out Eco Diva’s Bug Me Not Bug Spray!

 

Also in the diaper bag (not pictured) is my DIY Alcohol Free Thieves Hand Sanitizer (<– click link for recipe) which I love having with me at all times because you never know when you will need to clean gunk off your hands or get rid of germs but aren’t near a bathroom or sink! Plus they put all sorts of nasty chemicals in store bought hand sanitizers and the alcohol dries my hands out.  So this recipe is perfect!

 

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So there you have it! The oils I can’t live without and use in my daily routine, both at home and while on vacation! Can’t get away to your own beach vacation? No problem! Grab a bottle of Stress Away to help the stress melt away and promote a relaxing sense of calming!

 

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.


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10 Day Detox: My Daily Journal and Meal Plan

If you follow my blog you’ve already seen my recent blog posts My New Adventure: The 10 Day Detox and Oily Support for Healthy Weight Management: A Supplement to My 10 Day Detox.  If you haven’t already, please check out my two previous blogs for more info on the detox itself and how I’m using essential oils to provide support on my detox adventure. This post is my daily journal and meal plan for those who are interested to know exactly what I did, my progress along the way, and my ultimate results.

As much as I don’t like following pre-made meal plans that come with diets I did make my own Meal Plan before I started my detox to help with grocery shopping and help the hubby, who is the primary cook in the house, know what to cook that would be allowed given the restrictions of the detox.  But I’ll tell you this, be flexible.  I wound up getting sick in the middle of my detox and we altered the meal plan significantly from it’s original plan to what you see below.  Figures that the week that I really try to start getting healthy and focus on me is the week that I get sick after almost 2 years of being overall healthy and not needing a Dr.  I tried desperately to avoid taking any medication since I was on a detox and trying to get sugar and other toxins out of my system but here’s the thing, when you need medicine, you need it.  I’m a firm believer in Western Medicine, but with a holistic approach.  When the oily remedies aren’t helping or the pain is bad enough it’s time to rely on medicine.  I just think that overall we tend to over-Rx and overuse medicine without first looking for other solutions.

So without further ado, here is my daily journal and what I ate.  I will share my results at the end.

Day 1: Monday, September 21, 2015

We went shopping over the weekend and stocked up on lots of healthy fruits, veggies, lean meats, healthy fats, and other ingredients to get started off right this morning.  I also ordered a Glucomannan fiber  supplement from Amazon which arrived on Sunday.  I forgot to discuss this in my intro blog to the 10 Day Detox but Dr. Hyman recommends adding Glucomannan, what he calls the “super fiber” supplements to your daily regimen as a way to get your daily fiber intake and promote a feeling of fullness.  Glucomannan comes from the root of the Konjac, or Elephant yam, native to Asia.  It is making it’s rounds through the weight loss circles because it can absorb up to 50x it’s weight in water which helps promotes satiety and pushes more calories through your colon rather than letting them be absorbed and lowers the energy density of the foods you eat.  Which is basically a fancy way of saying that it fills your stomach up with zero calorie fiber so you feel more full and don’t overeat or aren’t tempted to keep eating after you’ve already eaten your allotted amount for your meal. This was important to me because portion control is a really difficult thing for me to master and I have concerns that I will feel super hungry by cutting so many things out of my diet for this detox.  My goal is to take between 1-3 Glucomannan supplements approximately 30 minutes before meal times per the recommended dosage. (Read more about Dr. Hyman’s thoughts on Glucomannan here: The Super Fiber that Controls Your Appetite and Blood Sugar)

So, armed with a fridge full of healthy food and my new fiber supplement I geared up to face my day.  First thing in the morning I weighed myself and took measurements of my bust, under my bust, my waist, hips, thighs and upper arms just so I had a point of comparison.  Even though I am doing this detox to help break my sugar addiction rather than to specifically lose weight, I certainly wouldn’t complain if I lose some weight along the way so thought it would be nice to have some objective data. Oddly enough, I was at my lowest weight since well before I got pregnant with my daughter when I started the detox!  I did pretty good sticking to my original meal plan that I had set for myself.  I did skip my afternoon snack because I elected to take off work early to go visit family.  Overall I’m impressed with my resolve.  But it’s always easy the first day of any new diet because you are super excited and optimistic about the results.  I did have a pretty major craving after dinner but was able to resist. We shall see if I can keep it up.  I did have a little bit of a headache around my morning snack and again before bed. Wasn’t super bad and I was able to help minimize the discomfort with my Headache Remedy roll-on essential oil combo.

Day 1 Meals:

a.m. – 1 Glucomannan supplement and 8 oz of water when I first woke up

Breakfast – Smoothie.  Dr. Hyman’s detox breakfast smoothie didn’t sound super appealing to me and I had heard many people say that they didn’t care for the taste so I found an alternative breakfast smoothie recipe from Smart and Savvy Mom’s blog when she did the 10 Day Detox.  Here is her Strawberry, Banana, Almond Smoothie recipe.  I modified it slightly by using Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk instead of the Soy Coconut Milk that she used as I didn’t want the added sugar since that was my main issue.  I also added 1 tsp of Brewer’s Yeast and 1 Tbsp of Flax meal to my smoothie to help keep my milk supply up since my caloric intake would be decreasing without all the added sugar.

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water.  Since I didn’t have my essential oils order in yet to do my Oily Support supplements I added 2 drops of Grapefruit oil to my water to help boost my metabolism and keep my blood sugar within normal limits.

Morning snack – 1-2 servings of mixed nuts (Seriously, 1/4 cup of nuts is almost nothing!)

11:30 a.m. – 1 Glucomannan supplement (made sure to drink a fair bit of my water from that morning when I took it)

Lunch – Salad with tuna.  I threw together a bunch of salad ingredients that I liked all of which are included on this cheat sheet to Dr. Hyman’s Super Salad Bar.  For dressing I just used my homemade balsamic vinaigrette but you could pretty much use any oil and vinegar based homemade dressing recipe you wanted. I also had another 20 oz water with Grapefruit eo with my lunch.

3:00 p.m. – Left work early to go visit family so didn’t have an afternoon snack.  Did however have another 8 oz of water before I left.

5:00 p.m. – 1 Glucomannan supplement and 20 oz of water.

Dinner – Baked chicken, sauteed kale, steamed green beans, and side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.  Finished my water from before my meal.

Total Water Consumption = 76 oz

Day 2: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I know I said I wasn’t doing this for weight loss and that you should never weigh yourself daily because of natural weight fluctuations but I totally couldn’t help it and weighed myself this morning.  Down almost 2 pounds in 24 hours! Say what!?!  Probably just a fluke or normal weight fluctuations but hey, I’ll take it.  Hope I get some good results by the end of this!

My Essential Rewards oils shipment came last night so before bed I got to make my Oily Support supplements in anticipation of today.  I was super excited to add NingXia Red and my new oily supplements to my routine today.  I decided to up my Glucomannan from 1 supplement to 2 to see if that helps promote more of a feeling of fullness today.  Totally forgot to take it before lunch.  Need to figure out a good way to help me remember.  My biggest struggle today was that I woke up with a headache that has pretty much persisted throughout the day.  Even though I didn’t drink a whole lot of caffeine I did drink 1-2 cups of coffee daily.  I wonder if I’m having caffeine withdrawal headaches? It’s possible it could be sinus stuff too.  My poor little booger is living up to her name and has been super congested, snotty, and generally under the weather so I may be fighting off whatever she has.  Either way, the Headache Remedy roll-on is helping some but not a lot and I’m resistant to the idea of taking medication since the whole point of a detox is to rid your body of toxins.  Will see how long I can handle it before I give in. But, no sugar cravings today!

Day 2 Meals:

5:30 a.m. – 2 Glucomannan supplements and  1 Oily Support supplement with 8 oz water; 1 oz shot of NingXia Red with 1 drop DiGize added (I find it’s best to add the essential oil first then add the NingXia red – otherwise the oil sits on top and DiGize can be a bit hot on the lips).

Breakfast – Smoothie with Brewer’s Yeast and Flaxseed Meal added

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

Morning snack – probably more like 3-4 servings of mixed nuts… I portioned out a small amount but still felt hungry so I portioned out another bit.  Going to have to work a bit more on self-control.

11:30 a.m. – totally forgot my Glucomannan supplements

Lunch – Salad with leftover chicken and balsamic vinaigrette. 10 oz water with 4 drops of Slique Essence essential oil blend

2:00 p.m. – 20 oz water

Afternoon snack – raw veggies (carrots, sugar snap peas and bell peppers) with hummus

5:00 p.m. – 20 oz water

7:30 p.m. – 2 Glucomannan and 1 Oily support supplements with 8 oz water

Dinner – baked salmon and leftover kale and green beans from last night. 20 oz water. Ate later than I wanted to but our daughter got sent home sick and hubby (who usually cooks for the family) wasn’t able to prepare food before I got home from supervision because she was being super needy all afternoon and evening.

Total Water Consumption = 96 oz

Day 3: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Down another pound today! Woo-hoo! I seriously can’t stay off the scale now and that’s counter to my entire philosophy.  I really think obsessing over numbers on the scale is a bad idea in any diet or lifestyle change, but alas… here I am.

Our daughter is home sick today so I called in to stay home and snuggle with her.  Threw my routine off a little bit but I was pleased overall with how well I ate even though I had a bunch of food not on my diet plan staring me in the face all day.  Honestly, I didn’t have any cravings for junk until right before bed.  That time of night is pretty much my Achilles heel it seems.  Did well and resisted though.  Go me! Headache not as intense as yesterday and was intermittent instead of persisting throughout the day. Thinking it’s caffeine withdrawals. 😦

Day 3 Meals:

5:30 a.m. – 2 Glucomannan supplements and 1 Oily Support supplement with 8 oz water; 1 oz shot of NingXia Red with 1 drop DiGize added

Breakfast – Smoothie with Brewer’s Yeast and Flaxseed Meal added

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

Morning snack – raw veggies with hummus

12:15 p.m. – 2 Glucomannan with 8 oz water

Lunch– salad with tuna and balsamic vinaigrette. 20 oz water with 4 drops Slique Essence

Afternoon snack – seaweed snacks from the local Asian market (yum!)

3:30 p.m. – the hubby watched the baby and let me take a nice, relaxing detox bath! 20 oz water during my bath.

5:00 p.m. – 2 Glucomannan and 1 Oily Support supplement. Finished water from bath.

Dinner – baked salmon, baked eggplant, and steamed broccoli. 20 oz water

Total Water Consumption = 96 oz

Day 4: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Headache is back today. But it’s coupled with considerable pressure in my head and sinuses as well as a bit of a sore throat.  Lovely.  Hoping my NingXia Red helps provide some immune support and I think I’ll diffuse some Thieves tonight to help me fight this crud.  Busy at work so no real time to snack but honestly I’m just not that hungry today.  As much as I’d like to think that this is because of the detox I’m pretty sure it’s because I don’t feel well.

Took off an hour early today and found out when I got home that I was running a 100.5° fever! No wonder I wasn’t feeling well! Reluctantly took some Tylenol but wanted to see if it would help bring my fever down.  Seemed to help for a bit.

Day 4 Meals:

5:30 a.m. – 2 Glucomannan supplements and 1 Oily Support supplement with 8 oz water; 1 oz shot of NingXia Red with 1 drop DiGize added

Breakfast – Smoothie with Brewer’s Yeast and Flaxseed Meal added

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

11:00 a.m. – 2 Glucomannan supplements and 20 oz water

Lunch – Salad with leftover salmon from last night and balsamic vinaigrette.  Ate less than half of it because I wasn’t feeling well and it was decidedly not appetizing.  Did eat a handful of mixed nuts to make sure that I had some food on my tummy for energy to get through the rest of the day. Finished water from before lunch.

1:00 p.m. – 20 oz water with 4 drops Slique Essence

4:30 p.m. – unsweetened herbal lemon ginger herbal tea with 2 drops Thieves oil.  Skipped the Glucomannan and Oily supplements because I honestly wasn’t very hungry at all and didn’t want to fill up on fiber with no real substance.

Dinner – homemade chicken and vegetable soup, with homemade chicken broth (because my husband loves me!). 20 oz water

10:30 p.m. – 8 oz water

Total Water Consumption = 96

Day 5: Friday, September 25, 2015

Figures the week I’d start trying to take better care of myself would be the first week in almost 2 years that I get sick.  The little one didn’t want to sleep in her crib last night so I wound up on the couch with her and was having alternating chills and sweats all night long.  I was still running a 100.3° fever this morning so called in to works and went to the Dr. Sure enough, bacterial sinus infection (thank goodness not the flu and the rapid strep was negative too). Got a round of antibiotics to help clear it up. So my goal was to relax and take care of myself today. Skipped my supplements because I wasn’t particularly hungry to begin with and wanted to make sure I ate enough food.

Day 5 Meals:

 5:30 a.m. – shot of NingXia Red with 2 drops DiGize

Breakfast – Smoothie with Brewer’s Yeast and Flaxseed Meal added

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

11:00 a.m. – warm detox bath and 20 oz water

Lunch – leftover chicken soup. Finished water from when I had my bath.

3:00 p.m. – unsweetened lemon ginger herbal tea

4:00 p.m. – 20 oz water

Dinner – leftover chicken soup. Finished water from earlier.

After dinner snack – cheated a bit and had a peach. It was one of the few things that was appetizing to me today and in the grand scheme of the glycemic index not too terribly high. 10 oz water.

Total water consumption = 70 oz

Day 6: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Still feeling under the weather but woke up with no fever! Yay! Have very little appetite today but no sugar cravings. And much to my surprise, I’ve lost almost 8 lbs in 6 days! I’m sure part of the reason my weight loss is that significant is because I haven’t eaten a whole lot the past couple days due to not feeling well, but if I can beat the sugar cravings and get back to eating well maybe I can lose a few more!  TMI alert – my stomach got really angry after eating the bacon and eggs this morning.  I desperately wanted something other than a smoothie and didn’t want to get hungry in the middle of shopping at our big bi-annual Kids Market consignment sale this morning.  My mom thinks it’s the antibiotics that upset my stomach not the bacon but I’m not so sure.  This is the first grease I’ve had in awhile (since even before starting the detox).  Of course it could be because I pretty much ate nothing but liquids the past 24 hours too.  Will have to see what tomorrow brings.

Day 6 Meals: 

5:30 a.m. – shot of NingXia Red with 2 drops DiGize

Breakfast- bacon and scrambled eggs with 1/2 peach. 20 oz water.

7:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

Lunch – the last of the leftover chicken soup. 20 oz water.

Afternoon snack – raw veggies and hummus

4:30 p.m. – unsweetened lemon and ginger herbal tea

Dinner – “Italian” meatloaf (made with almond flour instead of breadcrumbs and a homemade tomato sauce instead of ketchup) with sautéed kale and baked zucchini. 20 oz water.

Total water consumption = 80 oz

Day 7: Sunday, September 27, 2015

Feeling a little bit better than yesterday but still not well.  Didn’t have a headache for most of the day.  Did have one hit in the late afternoon that was pretty bad and broke down and took some Ibuprofen and took a relaxing detox bath.  That helped and my headache went away for the rest of the day.  No sugar cravings today but still not much of an appetite.  I’m pleased to report that whatever upset my stomach yesterday didn’t bother me today.  I did make some bacon as an experiment and it didn’t bother me so who knows what it was yesterday?

Day 7 Meals:

7:00 a.m. – shot of NingXia Red with 2 drops DiGize

Breakfast– bacon and scrambled eggs. Glass of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

10:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

Lunch – leftover meatloaf and a few raw veggies with hummus. Finished water from earlier.

1:00 p.m. – 20 oz water

3:30 p.m. – unsweetened peppermint herbal tea

4:00 p.m. – detox bath.  20 oz water.

Dinner – baked chicken, sauteed Brussels sprouts, and steamed yellow squash, carrots, and onions.  10 oz water

Total Water Consumption – 70 oz

Day 8: Monday, September 28, 2015

Feeling a little bit better but still not 100% yet.  Had to return to work and anticipated that my appetite might return today so I resumed taking my fiber and oily supplements.  Trying to get back on track with the Meal Plan I had made after several revisions due to not feeling well and working in some chicken soup for some comfort food.

Day 8 Meals:

5:30 a.m. – 2 Glucomannan supplements and 1 Oily Support supplement with 8 oz water; 1 oz shot of NingXia Red with 1 drop DiGize added

Breakfast – Smoothie.  Ran out of Brewer’s Yeast but added Flaxseed Meal

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

10:30 a.m. – handful mixed nuts

Lunch – salad with leftover chicken and balsamic vinaigrette. 20 oz water with 4 drops Slique Essence.

4:00 p.m. – 10 oz water

5:30 p.m. – 2 Glucomannan and 1 Oily Support supplement. 20 oz water.

Dinner – turkey stuffed poblano peppers with broccoli, green bean and avocado salad. Finished water from earlier.

Total Water Consumption = 78

 Day 9: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nothing new to note really.  Haven’t had any sugar cravings for a couple days now so that’s good.  I’ve also noticed that I’ve been actually physically hungry, rather than what I call emotionally hungry lately.  I can’t remember the last time that I felt hunger pains before I thought about food.  So I guess that’s good that I’m not constantly obsessing over food and what my next meal will be!  Got sick midday, had to leave work early and couldn’t even think about food in the evening.  Poor hubby already took the day off to take the baby back to the pediatrician and I couldn’t even give him a break when I got home from work.  He did great with the bedtime routine and let me crash around 7:45.  He takes such good care of me. I got a keeper!  Love my man so much!!!

Day 9 Meals:

5:30 a.m. – 2 Glucomannan supplements and 1 Oily Support supplement with 8 oz water; 1 oz shot of NingXia Red with 1 drop DiGize added

Breakfast – Smoothie with Flaxseed meal

8:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

10:30 a.m. – handful mixed nuts

Lunch – couple bites of salad greens with leftover ground turkey and broccoli, green bean and avocado salad from last night.  20 oz water with 4 drops Slique Essence.  Something got the better of me and I was unable to keep lunch down. Went home from work sick.  I swear, this has not been my week!

2:00 p.m. – 20 oz water

3:30 p.m. – unsweetened peppermint tea

Dinner – couldn’t even fathom eating food.  Waves of nausea kept hitting me all night long.

6:30 p.m. – 8 oz water

Total Water Consumption = 78

Day 10: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Holy smokes! I lost 10.1 lbs!!! Say what!?! I’m sure part of it is because I was sick yesterday and didn’t eat much though. No nausea this morning but boy did my milk supply take a hit from yesterday. I’m sure I’m borderline dehydrated.  Even drinking water wasn’t super appealing yesterday evening but I tried to drink enough to get by.  Decided to skip the supplements today because I didn’t want to add anything to potentially upset my already delicate stomach.  Poor hubby woke up with a fever himself this morning so now he’s taking a sick day for himself.  Apparently we are just sharing germs among the whole family…

Day 10 Meals:

5:30 a.m. – shot of NingXia Red with 2 drops DiGize

Breakfast – Smoothie with Flaxseed meal. 16 oz water.

9:00 a.m. – 20 oz water

Lunch – I couldn’t even look at the salad mix at home after eating so much of it and having stomach upset after eating it so I ventured out to the cafeteria on campus for lunch.  It is really hard to find food that meets the detox’s restrictions in a college cafeteria, or any buffet style restaurant I would assume.  They have a soup and salad bar so I figured I’d be safe there.  Unfortunately they only had really small side salad plates (I had to go back twice!) and both their soups had either rice or potatoes in them… Bummer.  But I was good overall.  I did cheat and used the Italian dressing which I’m sure has added sugar in it but I desperately wanted something other than oil and vinegar, which is the basis of my balsamic vinaigrette that I make.  16 oz water.

5:30 p.m. – 20 oz water

Dinner – Baked chicken, steamed broccoli, and blanched green beans. Finished water from earlier.

7:00 p.m. – 10 oz water

Total Water Consumption = 82 oz

So this was really not my week.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so sick and I hate that it fell during the week that I was trying to do a detox to break my sugar addiction because I don’t think this really reflects my every day appetites.  But alas, when picking baby up from day care you often bring home more than just the baby.  I guess we were overdue.  It’s a lesson in being flexible I suppose. I am pleased to report, however, that I feel like I’ve managed to overcome my sugar addiction.  There has been A LOT of stuff in the house that is not on my diet plan (Did I mention the hubby got donuts the day he took the baby to the pediatrician) and I’ve done well to not only avoid eating it but haven’t really craved it.  There were a few evenings, especially early on that I really wanted something sweet after dinner.  I’m not sure why but it seems that before bed is my Achilles heel when it comes to sugar cravings.  But I’m reasonably confident that I can grab a piece of fruit or have a hot cup of tea with honey to satisfy my sweet tooth instead of eating something loaded with processed sugar. So that’s a win!

Also, my hunger cravings in general don’t seem to be bad.  I love food and honestly could eat all day, even when not hungry.  But lately I’ve found myself actually getting physically hungry rather than “emotionally hungry” or just thinking about food.  So that’s a huge change.  My portion control seems to be a bit better under control as well.  Of course several days I was sick so it’s not an accurate reflection of my appetite but by the last day I was more or less back to normal and these changes appeared to be lasting.

Which brings me to my weight loss.  Overall in the past 10 days I’ve managed to lose 10.1 lbs.  In addition, I’ve lost 3″ off my waist, 1.5″ off my hips, 2″ off my bust, 2″ from under my bust, and .5″ from my upper arm with no loss from my thighs. Even though this wasn’t my main objective, I’m really pleased with the results.  I honestly didn’t expect such dramatic loss.  I can only hope that by getting back into a clean eating/whole foods lifestyle that I’ll be able to keep it off and hopefully lost a bit more.

The question remains as to whether I will pursue the Transitional phase of the diet or not.  I’m seriously contemplating just adding back fruits, legumes, starchy vegetables, and gluten free grains (like quinoa) and continuing to abstain from dairy and gluten.  I haven’t decided yet and am still researching the pros and cons.  I admit, I miss cheese. And really I didn’t eat a ton of dairy or gluten anyway.  So we shall see.  If the research indicates that I might be able to shed a bit more weight by remaining dairy and gluten free for awhile I might just try it.  See resources below for more information on dairy and gluten.

 

Have you done the 10 Day Detox? What were your results like? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below to share your story!

 

Resources

Dr. Hyman on Dairy:

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/24/dairy-6-reasons-you-should-avoid-it-at-all-costs-2/

Dr. Hyman on Gluten:

http://drhyman.com/blog/2013/12/04/gluten-making-sick-can-going-gluten-free-help-lose-weight/


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Oily Support for Healthy Weight Management: A Supplement to My 10 Day Detox

Sadly, my September Essential Rewards order processed a couple days later than expected so it did not arrive in time to start my new weight management routine or my 30 day NingXia challenge on the same day as my 10 Day Detox but better late than never! I’m excited to tell you all about my new oily routine to help support my healthy weight management goals as a supplement to my 10 Day Detox.

NingXia 30 Day Challenge

First up is NingXia Red.  I’ve been hearing so many things about this great product since I joined Young Living.  I tried the samples in the Starter Kit but didn’t really know a whole lot about what it was or why I need to take it until recently. Have you ever heard of the Wolfberry or Goji berry? The wolfberry is a “superfruit” that has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to help strengthen the body, promote fitness, prolong life, and ease transitioning of the seasons. In addition, Wolfberry supports healthy eye function and some research suggests that they may even help improve vision imperfections common with Type 2 Diabetics!

NingXia Red is Young Living’s propriety blend of Wolfberry with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion.  The wolfberry and other superfruits provide sustainable energy and also contains powerful antioxidants to help support a healthy immune system by preventing free radical damage and oxidative stress.  The citrus oils contain d-limonene a powerful component that can help support GI and other bodily systems.

Now that I know a little bit more about NingXia Red I figured it was a good time to take the 30 Day NingXia Red challenge.  Not only could I use a bit of a sustainable energy boost as I give up coffee during my detox but the added nutritional benefit couldn’t hurt either. Not to mention, everyone around me is getting sick lately with the changing of the seasons so a little boost to immune support seems like a good idea!

More about the Wolfberry here from the National Institute of Health – Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects of Chinese Wolfberry.

More about d-limonene and how it helps support various body systems here from the National Insitute of Health – D-Limonene

DiGize Support

In addition to my shot of NingXia Red each morning I’ve decided to add a couple drops of DiGize to help support my digestive system.  DiGize is Young Living’s proprietary blend of Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils.  It contains naturally occurring constituents like menthol, citrol, and zingiberen which can help soothe stomach discomfort, calm burning sensations after meals, and promote regular movements and healthy GI function.

My GI tract function is hit or miss and honestly I don’t really know what all sets off discomfort or irregularity.  I’m actually kind of hoping that after my 10 Day Detox when I add back dairy and gluten per Dr. Hyman’s recommendations that maybe I’ll discover the root cause.  But since a detox is all about flushing toxins from the system I figure a little boost to the Digestive system might help rid my system of sugar and unwanted toxins in a more efficient manner.  I’ve heard lots of personal testimonials about people taking DiGize daily either before meals or in a capsule as part of their vitamin and supplement routine.  I highly recommend searching some of these out to find out how DiGize has helped others maintain a healthy digestive system and minimize discomfort!

 

Weight Management Support

Lastly, is my weight management routine.  There is lots of information on the interwebz about essential oils for weight loss.  In fact, Lemon, Peppermint, and Grapefruit have long been dubbed the “weight-loss trio.”  The idea of taking essential oils to help reach and maintain a healthy weight seemed a bit too good to be true but I did a little research and was surprised by what I found about these oils and how they can be used along with proper diet and exercise to help support healthy weight management goals.  First a little about the individual oils then I’ll tell you how I use them.

Lemon – Lemon is well known in diet and weight loss circles as having a natural detoxifying effect on the body. In fact the Master Cleanse diet that was so populare several years ago is based on this premise. Lemon essential oil contains limonene which helps aid in healthy digestive function, cleanses and revitailizes the urinary tract, supports a healthy immune system and can promote healthy, younger looking skin.

More about limonene from WebMD

Peppermint – Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.  Peppermint may also act like a diuretic to help flush the toxins from your system!

Grapefruit – Grapefruit helps promote healthy weight management by supporting proper metabolic function and reducing sugar cravings.  Like Lemon essential oil, Grapefruit oil contains limonene and also helps cleanse the system and aids in digestion and immune system support. (Note: consumption of Grapefruit, or other citrus oils, may increase photosensitivity.  Always wear sunscreen!)

 More about Grapefruit essential oil from Dr. Axe

Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamon Bark contains the naturally occurring constituent cinnamaldehyde which stimulates metabolism, helps support healthy blood sugar levels and promotes a healthy immune response.

Ocotea – Ocotea is an essential oil extracted from an Equadorian tree, Ocotea Quixos.  It is also known as “fake cinnamon” and like cinnamon Ocotea may help support healthy blood sugar levels.  In addition, Ocotea has the highest level of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil, which is a compound that helps aid the body’s natural response to irritation and injury. Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties and can help promote relaxation as well.

More about alpha humulene here from The Leaf Online – Terpene Profile: Humulene

Slique Essence – Slique Essence is a unique blend of Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, Spearmint and Ocotea essential oils with stevia extract.  It is part of Young Living’s Slique line of products designed to help promote satiety and support healthy weight management.  They also offer Balance Complete meal replacement shakes, Slique protein bars, Slique tea, Slique dietary supplements, Slique gum and a Slique Complete kit of products to help you find the right solution for your weight management needs.

 

 

Oily Support

So how am I using these to support my healthy weight management goals?

First thing in the morning I take a 1 oz shot of NingXia Red with a drop or two of DiGize to help provide some energy and support my digestive system during my detox.

In a vegetable capsule (which I also ordered from Young Living) I combine 3 drops of Lemon, 3 drops of Peppermint, 3 drops of Grapefruit, 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark, and 2 drops of Ocotea and fill with carrier oil (I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil).  I take a capsule in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before dinner.  To make it easy I’ve been taking them at the same time as my Glucomannan fiber supplement, about 20-30 minutes before meals.

In the afternoon after I finish lunch, I add 4 drops of Slique Essence to my water.

 

Want more information on how essential oils can help you achieve your weight management goals? Check out this article from Natural Living Ideas: The Complete Guide to Using Essential Oils for Weight Loss

 

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