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Week Three—sleep and stress

Week Three—Rest and Reduce Stress

Sleep improves mood and gives your body the opportunity to repair and renew. It is estimated that 80% of disease is the result of persistent stress. Essential oils provide dynamic support for getting consistent quality sleep and managing stress. Our moods are as important as our physical health!

dōTERRA Peace Reassuring Blend of floral and mint essential oils is a positive reminder you don’t have to be perfect to find peace. Slow down, take a deep breath, and reconnect with the composed, collected you.

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Holistic ways

As a holistic gal I turn to a bunch of tools when my body is in struggle. One of my favorite things is to grab my gemstones, pull some tarot cards, read something motivational and sit with it. I love how things fall exactly as they should.

This morning I reached for labradorite and amethyst as they are two powerful gemstones used for addictions. Labradorite helps to detoxify you energetically and balances the mind and the spirit. Amethyst is a great stone for assisting during withdrawals and assists with promoting a calm state of being. The clear quartz crystal is added in to cleanse and also amplify the other gemstones. I loved that I pulled the third chakra card because the affirmation that goes with this power house is I CAN. The other card I pulled came from Mark Nepo’s Book of Awakening and it is spot on—“love whatever gets in the way until it ceases to be an obstacle”.

So today, I am going to love this opportunity and know that something amazing WILL come of it, because I believe the greatest question that we can ask ourselves is—What will I do with this?


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Week Two–Exercise

We are finishing up a week of learning how to incorporate exercise into our health lifestyle, and how oils can help!

I know that the most important way to keep your commitment is to find something you LOVE to do, and keeping yourself accountable! I use my planner to write down my weekly goals for myself, and my daily habits. Somehow, for me, checking things off and having a visual helps keep me accountable.

Another fun way to add doTERRA into your healthy lifestyle is there Trim Shakes. They come in several flavors and make an amazing smoothie! My personal fave is the chocolate as a nice meal replacement of snack mid afternoon.

Primary Benefits
*Provides a convenient low-fat, low-sodium, low-calorie, sugar-free, lean alternative that is a good source of fiber for individuals trying to lose fat or maintain a lean body composition through calorie reduction and exercise
*Helps manage the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with the accumulation of fat, particularly around the stomach, hips, and thighs
*May help control stress-induced appetite, overeating, and carbohydrate cravings
*May help support blood sugar levels already in the normal range and enhance energy levels while helping to alleviate fatigue commonly associated with dieting and exercise

Check out this fun article with more tips to exercise and healthy living.

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/brochures-magazines-doterra-living-spring-2016-slim-sassy-and-strong-do-anywhere-exercise-routine

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If you are ready to start incorporating some lifetsyle choices into your life, send me a message and I will help get you started!


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Week Two—exercise & pain

Week Two—Exercise

If you haven’t exercised in a while, your body is going to likely speak to you. Muscles respond to new movements and sometimes we get discouraged because what we are told is “good for us” actually sometimes causes discomfort or even pain. Start slow and ENJOY what you do. There is nothing worse than dreading exercise. Find what resonates with you!

The good news is, there are some great choices for muscle and joint pain when it comes to essential oils.

My top TOPICAL pain oils are:

–marjoram

–cypress

–lemongrass

–Deep Blue Soothing Blend

–Blue Tansy

–Copaiba

*When applying oils topically, it is best to use a carrier oil fo best absorption. I drop the above oils (a total of 15-20) into a 10ml roller and add FCO. Fun fact: Lemongrass essential oil helps to improve blood circulation and can therefore relieve muscle spasms and backaches. Frankincense and cypress essential oils are also awesome at reducing inflammation and improve circulation, which helps reduce pain and spasms.

My top INTERNAL pain oils are:

–copaiba

–frankincense

–Siberian Fir

*I drop 3 drops of each into a veggie cap. ALWAYS check (and double check) the EO bottle and look for the supplement facts. If it does not have one, DO NOT take internally.

Some great tips for exercise include:

*Whatever exercise you participate in, trainers recommend using different oils in both pre- and post-workouts.

*Before and after any workout use Deep Blue rub

*Pre-workout some like to use Peppermint or doTERRA Breathe essential oil for a feeling of clear airways. Apply four to five drops to the chest five minutes before exercise or an event.

*Post workout, place four drops of Lemon into 16 ounces of water and drink, then apply Lemongrass to calves.

doTERRA created Deep Blue Soothing Blend—a relieving mix of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus essential oils. This blend of oils is perfect to use to soothe and cool. Deep Blue oil is a popular oil blend for beginning to advanced athletes of all kinds to use before and after exercise. To obtain the benefits of the Deep Blue essential oil blend, simply apply the oil to the desired areas and rub the oil in. This special blend will produce a deep and penetrating cooling effect that will help soothe the areas in need.


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Reality

It may be that I am leaning towards the age of 50 and the things that used to matter so much to me now have much less weight in my day-to-day.  For example, I am finding that I am far more confident than I was even just 5 years ago.  One example of this lack of confidence showed up in my insecurities about my ability to effectively share yoga, when in truth I am a fine teacher.  It showed up during the times when I worried way too much about my appearance, or my speed running up a mountain or the amount of work I could pile onto my plate.  This all seems to be fading with every passing year.  I was driving home today thinking that I really don’t feed an internal need to be “liked” anymore, and with that falling away a sense of authenticity has begun to emerge the last few years.  My voice has gotten stronger and my attitude about life has gotten much richer.

And then life showed up in a real big way.

Three years ago this month, I severely tore tissue in my hip called the labrum. It is likely that it was already slightly torn, but during a snow storm while shoveling my driveway, I tore it to then point of needing to go to the emergency room.  I was prescribed pain medications, although since I had just had foot reconstruction a couple prior, I had some leftover and opted to not get the prescription filled. When the surgery to repair my hip came in April, I had been taking pain meds off and on since the January snow storm.  The surgery had a rough 4-6 week recovery time and the pain control was tough.  By the time August came, I knew that my hip was still not quite right despite my greatest efforts to heal.  Another MRI and unfortunately another tear.  A bigger tear.  Another round of pain meds while we waited for surgery.  Surgery was the end of December and that meant another 4-6 weeks on crutches and another round of pain meds.  When March came, I again knew that my hip did not do well with the 2nd surgery. The month of May brought a consult with a specialized surgeon in Denver who does nothing but reconstruction on tissue of the hip.  Surgery was scheduled, but not until the month of September, which meant 4 months of pain meds.  The surgery in September was a HUGE and long surgery that encompassed two very detailed procedures.  I had a couple of nights in the hospital and an even longer recovery than the first two ahead of me.  And more meds. My body had taken a toll.

It has now been 4 months and my hip is finally starting to stop hurting every minute.  Sure, some days are hard and when I do teach a lot, I feel hip pain, but it is tolerable. What is not tolerable is the effects of long term—low dose—narcotics.

When we hear on the evening news the term “opioid crisis” some of us may see in our minds a picture of the strung out druggie doing anything they can to get high.  We might even see someone in chronic pain who has given up and chooses to self medicate with more than the needed amount of pain meds. Who you might think of last, is a person like me.  A healthy, vibrant, positive and upbeat Yoga teacher.  Someone who has been prescribed rounds and rounds of narcotics because life has handed her some hard physical challenges in the last 4 years.  I have never taken more than I was prescribed, in fact I take half of what they tell me to.  Why?  Because I know the power that they have.

So in my authentic truth, I am dependent on opioids and I am fighting with all I have to get off them.  I am working with doctors and I have a strong plan of tapering them out of my system.  Even going slow, and barely taking any, the effects of withdrawal are living HELL—runny nose, shaking, lack of breath, stomach issues, racing thoughts, adrenalin, anxiety and panic, and PAIN.  Pain that makes my hip pain a walk in the park.  You see, our brains have the capacity to change—both positively and negatively—its called neuroplasticity.  My brain and its chemical structure has become dependent on the external chemical and without it, my brain sends different pain signals to other areas of the body, until I take the drug.  Once I take it, my symptoms go away….temporarily until the brain wants it again. And again.

Besides lowering my dose, I have some strategies in the uncomfortable moments of withdrawals.  I take epsom salt baths, I walk, I meditate, I cry and I use essential oils.  I have come up with an amazing blend that helps reduce the symptoms of withdrawals.  I apply the blend to my spine, the base of my skull, my wrists and under my nose.  Within minutes, the symptoms are tolerable. Sometimes I have to apply every twenty minutes, and sometimes the effects last longer.

This is not a post about essential oils.  It is about reality.  It is about authenticity and being real.  It is MY face of the opioid crisis. It is about my truth. It is about being confident enough in myself to be transparent.

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In a 10ml roller combine the picture of oils, 8 drops each (yes it is a TON of EO), top with FCO. It may be trial and error like it was for me.  I researched and looked in my resources to find what is best for me.  I also take zendocrine detox daily and put lemon in my water.  If you want more info, or you are also struggling, I would love to connect—doing this alone should never be an option.


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Week Two–Exercise

Week Two—Exercise
 
Last week we explored nutrition, and I do believe wholeheartedly that nutrition is the foundation of healthy weight. When I see people at the gym I teach yoga at frantically racing on the elliptical and then eating a heavy amount of carbs following, I just cry for them because I know first hand that it starts with food. Three hip surgeries in 15 months forced me to tighten up my nutrition because I was forced to move a lot less. With that, I have maintained my weight. However, exercise is not just about losing weight!
 
Exercise strengthens the muscle and supports the heart, circulatory, and lymphatic systems, among other crucial benefits. Exercise can be anything from walking to running or taking group exercise classes and yoga. Essential oils support greater focus as well as ease feelings of tension in the body to help you stay active and strong.
 
Last week we also talked about some habits I switched up in my life to break unhealthy habits and to help develop new habits. When I began my healthy lifestyle I did not have a gym membership (that came later and it had its own set of positives and negatives).
 
Instead, I chose to walk 30 minutes twice per day. This habit remains, except because of hip surgery I am only allowed one walk per day.
 
Walking outside–for me–gives me a chance to hit a reset button in my mind/body/spirit. I used to worry/obsess on distance but really I have come to know that enjoying what you are doing is the key. For me, as the obsession over distance or speed crept up into the forefront of my intention, I was leaking the simple joy of breathing and being alive with all that surrounds me—even if my walk was in my neighborhood.
 
This week we will look at some exercise and movement topics and how essential oils can play a part in this too!Week Two


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Gut Health

Week One–Eating Right
We are finishing up the first week in a month long series of health and wellness. I hope that you have learned a few things and are thinking of ways to incorporate healthy foods and habits related to eating.
About twelve years ago I injured myself racing up the manitou incline and tore my calf muscle. Upon a routine blood work test while treating my calf, the blood tests revealed that my antibodies in my blood were abnormal. This lead me into the world of rheumatology and autoimmune diseases. Eventually over a few years of monitoring, I diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder. In time I came to learn more about it and unfortunately, the symptoms and features of the disease began to show up in my body.
At the time, I was eating fairly healthy with a balanced diet of grains, meats and veggies. I came across some books about gut health and inflammation and began to learn that grains and dairy can be triggers for inflammation and pain in the body.
I eliminated grains and dairy and watched in amazement as not only did the last extra pounds go away, but my body felt better…in fact it felt amazing. About six months after I started eating this way, my routine rheumatology lab work was done and I was called back into the office because the results were so “normal” my doctor felt that there was an error. My inflammatory indicators were in the normal range for the first time in years.
Another key component to my diet was that I started eating lots of probiotics—kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut and more. I also started taking a pre/probiotics everyday.
What I have come to learn is that most inflammation (if not all) starts in your gut. When we clean up our diets by eliminating processed foods, eating whole and fresh foods and compliment that with plenty of probiotics, our bodies have less inflammation, less pain, less brain fog, less sickness and less stress.
I know that if I eat grains, specifically quinoa and wheat, I will hurt the next day. I am not as strict as I used to be about it, and I know that is an area I should look closer at. My blood work still shows an abnormal “something” and I still do battle chronic pain in my body, BUT I know that eating right and gut health is key. I can only imagine how much pain I would be in if I was still heavy, eating crackers and processed snacks and not taking probiotics.
Check out the study below about then learn about the probiotics I choose to take in addition to kombucha and other food based probiotics.
If you are interested in learning more about my journey, I would love to chat–you can email me at staciewyatt@gmail.com. If you are ready to start using essential oils and supplements,  go to www.doterra.com/US/en/site/staciewyatt and click join and save!