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More On the Brain

The other day I made a post about how essential oils affect the brain and I wanted to continue on that post today. Another way that essential oils affect the brain is through our smell receptors that travel up to the olfactory bulb. These smell receptors make direct links to the limbic system, a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain.

The limbic system connects to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, hormone balance, emotion, and mood. Different chemicals in odor molecules cause different nerve impulses to be sent

Depending on the type and amount of essential oils used, different body reactions can occur. Certain essential oils trigger the brain to release specific neurochemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and enkephalin. These substances reduce pain and inflammation, calm and relax the body, and create a feeling of well-being. This is why essential oils can be so helpful when using them aromatically!

You can use essential oils aromatically by just adding a few drops to your diffuser with water or you can breathe in the aroma out of cupped hands or from the bottle. You can add 1-3 drops to a tissue or cotton ball & inhale, and you can also wear oils as perfume or in diffuser necklaces to get the aromatic benefits!

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Enzyme Magic

Week One—Eating Right

I don’t know about you guys but digesting is a tricky process for me. I am super careful as to what I eat, but if I eat out or or eat something that is not my normal foods, I pay the price—at least I used to!

DigestZen TerrayZyme are whole food enzymes to support healthy digestion and metabolic process. I will not be without these guys! I take them when I eat something that may not agree with me, or if I eat too much.

I also learned recently that enzymes taken on an EMPTY stomach can help to reduce inflammation in the joint! We are learning more and more that inflammation comes from the gut imbalances!

Check out this AMAZING video that shows how these little capsules break up food and can help with digestion!

For more information on this amazing product, click here. If you want to learn more, juse send me an email at staciewyatt@gmail.com, and if you are READY to get started, go to https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/staciewyatt and click join and save to get started! 


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Investing in Yourself 

How many times have you thought that something for your health is “too expensive”…..consider looking at areas of your budget that you might be able to replace health with. The fast food for a homemade pot of soup (I guarantee cheaper, packed with flavor and at least two meals), the $5.00 coffee for making your own (using amazing and health benefiting essential oils), the weekend shopping trips for an afternoon of DIY natural skin care products? 

Trust me when I say I not only used to weigh 100 pounds more, but I was a toxic mess who also was in financial debt, tired all the time, ate crappy food, used toxic cleaners, didn’t honor my body AT ALL… I overcame it all with mindfulness—choices on where I was investing and I began investing in myself, rather than what I thought was important. 
You can too! I would love to walk the path of health with you! 


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Fall Soup 

Yummmmm Butternut squash soup! I love making and EATING soup! Super creamy and warm, this soup is perfect for a cold winter day. 

Ingredients:

¼ cup medium diced onion

¼ cup medium diced celery

¼ cup small diced carrot

3 cups medium diced butternut squash

2–3 cups chicken stock

½ cup heavy cream or evaporated skim milk

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 drops Cardamom essential oil

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil 

Directions:

 Roast first 4 ingredients in 350 degree Fahrenheit oven; when nicely browned put in sauce pan.

Add 2 cups chicken stock, heavy cream, salt and pepper.

Simmer until just boiling, place in food processor.

Puree until smooth, add more stock if needed for smooth, soupy texture.

Add essential oils.

Add more seasoning if needed. Serve hot.


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No Shame Oatmeal

I’m not really an oatmeal girl but my body was craving it today. Add in some slivered almonds, unsweetened shaved coconut, fresh blackberries and blueberries, a drop of lemon essential oil and voila! Yumminess in a bowl! 
I used to obsess about eating certain foods especially grains when I changed my way of eating to a more paleo style. However, in my process of listening to myself and my intuition, I have come to realize that my relationship with food shouldn’t be so stressful and really shouldn’t be punishing or shaming.  I learned that it really is okay to eat what my body is craving. Because I eat so clean, I rarely crave anything “bad” like sugar or super carby foods. 

But, today my belly said oatmeal and berries. And that is exactly what it got. And it is okay. 

No Shame Oatmeal: 

  • Steel cut oats cooked as directed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shaved coconut 
  • 1/4 slivered almonds 
  • Handful of berries 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • Drop of lemon essential oil 

Interested in learning more about incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle? Or how to shift out of the shaming around food? 

 I am here to help! 


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Creating a Morning Ritual

Creating a morning ritual can be as detailed as your personality prefers to the simplicity of adding one thing to your already existing routine.  For example, if you are one who loves a challenge or thrives on being accountable then creating a morning ritual can be an experience that fuels your fire.  On the other hand, if adding one more task seemed insurmountable then consider tacking on a simple daily mantra to your post-teeth brushing regime.

Why do we need a daily ritual?

1. Rituals grounds us.  Being creatures of habit and rhythm it nourishing our souls to have consistent and almost automatic routines or habits that require minimal thinking. By having a set list of patterns that we address each day we are more inclined to feel less disconnected and more in tune to our start of day.  For some of us it is coffee and the morning news and for others it is a workout or time to reflect.  Whatever your choice is, know that rituals truly do tether you and they help to create a grounded sense of self which in turn helps us be more productive and happy individual.

2. Rituals help us to overcome some of those not-so-mindful hangups that keep us stuck. Consider this scenario: waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual to set aside time to make a healthy lunch, eat a protein packed breakfast and meditate.  This looks way different from rushing out the door grabbing a Pop Tart from the kids uneaten breakfast, hoping that you have a granola bar in your desk and haggling with your family to move faster. One misstep leads to another and the result is often an underfed and overly emotional person. Find what kind of things would nurture you and create a sacred time to do it.  If eating better is something you want to achieve, then your ritual might be prepping the days food.  If being more mindful is your goal then meditation should be as important as brushing your teeth.

3. Rituals help us see that we can overcome challenges. There is nothing quite like the empowerment that comes when you realize that you can.  By allowing yourself the space to work on what you desire and carving out the time each and every day to make those things happen, it is likely that you will see and feel success.  There is nothing like making a choice and then in a short time seeing how easy it really is.

Some ideas for rituals include:

  • meditation
  • journaling
  • affirmations
  • walking
  • prepping your food for the day
  • reviewing your calendar
  • reading a meaningful passage
  • connecting with your partner and/or kids
  • completing the daily crossword
  • steeping tea or brewing coffee
  • prayer
  • a simple yoga practice


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My Thanksgiving Table

The naysayers who say that eating clean during the holidays is too hard, check out my menu. Of course there will also be “traditional” foods for my non-cleaning eating family. 🙂

Cheers!