What happened when I quit the Paleo diet?

What happened when I quit the Paleo diet?

First, what is the Paleo diet?

The Paleo diet is a style of eating based on nomad, hunter-gatherer times when we had the easiest access to meat, vegetables, and fruit. Food was simply picked or killed and then eaten. Today, The Paleo diet is often used as part of a holistic healing journey. Difficult to digest foods such as dairy, gluten, grains, and refined sugars are removed from the diet. Leafy greens, low starch vegetables, lower sugar fruits, grass-fed meats, and bone broths are enjoyed to support a healthy gut microbiome, and allow the digestive tract to heal any damage that may have been caused by stress, antibiotics, or the Standard American Diet.

Over the last six or seven years, I have experimented with many healing diets that all seem to be Paleo based. The Simple Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome diet (GAPS), Autoimmune Paleo or Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), just to name a few. All share very similar values and practices: Eat real, whole food. Consume low amounts of carbs and sugar. Support gut health.

Over the years of experimenting with these diets, I did notice some improvement in my symptoms. The reason I haven’t had as much success as most people is more of an environmental issue… mold, heavy metal, Lyme, chemical toxicity… I need to get out of the moldy environment and detox for any diet to work optimally. A story for another day.

More subtle changes I realized later were, better dentist appointments… healthy gums and minimal cavity concern. I didn’t get as sick in the winter as I used to. I also had a lower, more balanced weight.

Why did I quit?

(Note: I’m not pointing fingers or blame. I’m establishing a timeline. I love IIN and am currently enrolled in and enjoying an advanced course they offer.) As I started the health coach certification program at IIN we were encouraged to experiment with the different dietary practices we learned about. I was in a place where my digestion was okay, and I felt like I could reintroduce some things that were discussed, like gluten-free whole grains, cacao, and potatoes.

That led me down a path of eating more starchy and sugary foods, as well as some “cleaner” junk food. For the first couple of weeks of having whole grains, I felt like my bowels were benefiting from that reintroduction. But it only lasted a couple of weeks. The more I reintroduced the worse I gradually felt. I started to gain weight, and I lost motivation to eat well.  Throughout that year of school, I went from about 115 or 120 pounds to close to 160 pounds (I’m only 5ft tall). Part of that was because of the increased amount of sitting doing school work, but a larger part was the food choices I was making.

It’s almost two years after the start of my coaching training, and I have finally gotten myself back into the headspace to recommit to my health. I am back on Paleo-based habits and my weight is slowly starting to come back down. My digestion is becoming a bit less painful and unpredictable. I am starting to notice my hormones balancing out, and my period starting to regulate again. My skin is a little less spotty. And my anxiety levels are slowly lowering. 

What’s next?

Now that my food choices feel healthier, I am incorporating yoga. Yoga helps me feel stronger, more flexible, and less bloated. The routines on the app I use give me a good sweat, which also helps with detoxing, which I need!  I am also working on getting out of my moldy environment. Once I do that, I will be tightening up the reigns on my die, even more, to help get all of the toxins out of my system. For now, I am focusing on rebuilding healthy routines.

No one’s body thrives in the same way. The Paleo Diet feels good for me at this point in my life and works well for many others. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay!  Please share in the comments what style of eating you thrive from.

-Lizzie

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself. I also earn points on what I buy and can pick out free gifts. This months order was a nice mixture of both purchased and gifted.

 

Essential Oils:

Grapefruit – This is for my mom. She loves Grapefruit EO as a perfume! Young Living’s meets her specific tastes.

DiGize – I always have this oil on hand! It soothes any tummy upset.

Thieves Roll-On – I decided to give this a go. We have gone through many bottles of Thieves EO so I thought it would be great to have a pre-diluted option on hand. I plan to use it on my neck at any sign of a sore throat or sniffles.

Deep Relief – Muscle rubs are a staple. This one smells sweet and soothing. It is pre-diluted, so it won’t be so irritating on your skin.

 

Personal Care:

Acne Treatment – This stuff seems to be helping! It reduces redness and inflammation overnight and I don’t wake up with any weird discoloration or flakiness from the cream.

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste – This is a great, clean toothpaste!

Thieves Mouthwash – I’ve been using this mouthwash for quite a while. I love the ingredients and it leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.

 

Home Ware:

Thieves Dish Soap – This was $12 and it does not suds up very well…enough said.

Blender Bottel – I lost the little spring blender thing for my old one so I decided to grab this one for $6.

 

Other than the dish soap, this order has been a hit! Everything is getting used, and being loved.

What are your Young living staples? Tell me about your favorites in the comments!

 

-Lizzie 

5 Great Books For Gut Health

5 Great Books For Gut Health

Gut health has been a big topic of research for me over the past 5 years, give or take. I have read many blog posts, articles, and books, as well as listened to many webinars, podcasts, and YouTube videos on the topic. I even enrolled in a nutrition school to learn more about digestive health. It is something that I find very interesting to learn about, and I feel that it is something everyone should be aware of. The gut is essentially the core of your immune system and most of the “mechanics” and wellbeing of your entire body. These are my top picks to kick start a gut health library:

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Often referred to as “the yellow book”, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book on the GAPS Diet is incredibly detailed and science-based. She was inspired to write her book after successfully treating her own son’s Autism with a modified version of the SCD (Simple Carbohydrate) Diet. In this book, she covers a vast number of gut health-related topics including elimination diets for little ones, for pregnancy or breastfeeding, and for your average Joe. The importance of being aware of environmental chemicals is a topic covered thoroughly in this GAPS book. Dr. Natasha recommends a number of ways to detox, from supplements to baths, and even just enjoying some sunshine. She talks about staying away from pesticides and herbicides and she even discusses how to go about a safer vaccination protocol. There are a number of simple recipes to experiment with. They are written in such a way that the ingredients can easily be adjusted based on one’s food sensitivities as well as what you happen to have in your pantry. I really love her bread recipe! It’s great with some bananas added!

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook

This is a wonderful cookbook to have on hand as you go through the GAPS Diet. The recipes are categorized by each stage of the elimination diet, and there are lots of notes for substitutions or alterations depending on dietary restrictions or what phase of the diet you are working on. To start, there are lots of yummy soup and broth recipes, gradually building toward steaks, burgers and even a few sweet treats in later sections.

Eat Dirt

I have been a massive fan of Dr. Axe since the beginning of my gut healing journey. He has incredible articles on his website. I highly recommend you use the search box on his website as though it were Google. Search anything holistic health related! You can also find very high-quality supplements and essential oils. This book is an extension of all of that that I like to have on hand to refer to quickly. When reading this book for the first time, what really struck me was the list of illnesses and diseases that likely have leaky gut as the main cause. It was the first time I had seen such a long list of diagnoses that were linked to poor gut health. It made me think of many friends and family members that were diagnosed with one thing or another. All of those were on this list, and it made me so sad that this was such a foreign concept to so many people.

The Primal Kitchen Cookbook

This book doesn’t give much information on gut health, but it is full of amazing Paleo recipes. It would also be very easy to use for GAPS and Keto diets too. The Primal Kitchen brand is full of many yummy Paleo condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and salad dressings.

Practical Paleo

The first half of this book is organized by food groups explaining the benefits of eating Paleo. When I first read it I was blown away by how easily the food pyramid that we are taught throughout school could be debunked. This was my first proper explanation of the nutritional science behind a “gut supporting” diet and I was in awe. Diane makes Paleo practices so easy to understand. To make life easier, included in the book are shopping guides… finding the best quality meats, understanding what the little stickers on fruits and vegetables mean, and which flours and oils to keep on hand. There are also 30-day meal plans for specific health concerns such as diabetes, IBS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc. I believe the new version of the book has added a section for Autism. The back half of the book is full of delicious Paleo and AIP (Auto-Immune Paleo) recipes with plenty of notes to make the necessary modifications.

There are soooo many great books about gut health. These are five that I have really enjoyed, but I have so many more on my gut health shelves and  “to read” list. What books would you recommend to someone just getting into gut health?  

 -Lizzie

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning.

I’m back today with a little unboxing of my monthly Young Living Essential Rewards Box. The Essential Rewards Box is something that I am able to personalize to my own needs each month. Ordering YL oils this way allows me to receive a decent discount on Young Living’s retail prices and also receive points to turn in for even more discounts in the future.

Three of these oils are very well used and loved here in the Fox home, but one is a new addition to try out.

Orange

This is amazing added to a diffuser. It makes the area smell so bright and fresh. I also sometimes enjoy a drop of orange EO in a glass of water. On Pinterest, there are many pins suggesting to use orange oil for teeth whitening. I’ve added a drop to my toothbrush here and there, but have not done it consistently enough to notice a difference. It does taste nice though.

Spearmint

This is another great one to diffuse. It actually pairs really well with orange in the diffuser. Once in a while, if I’m out of peppermint or DiGize I will use this to soothe a funny feeling stomach.

Lavender

I love lavender! It’s great to diffuse to add a bit of calm to a room. I use it on acne and mix it into face masks. When feeling stressed or anxious lavender is great to rub on my chest and wrists or to put on diffuser jewelry. Basically, I’m never without lavender or something that has lavender in it.

Gentle Baby

This is the new addition to my collection. I am on the hunt for a Young Living dupe for Plant Therapy’s Relax. This is my first test. No luck yet. Gentle Baby is really strong in ylang-ylang and geranium… stronger than I prefer.

I’d love for you to share in the comments what you picked out for your box this month. What are your top favorite oils? What are some interesting oils that I should try?

Thanks for stopping by!

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value. (You can learn more about their manufacturing process here.)
Each month I receive an Essential Rewards box of products that I have personally selected. I also earn points from each month’s order that allows me to get free products in the future.
This month I ordered Di-Gize and Peace & Calming II.
Di-Gize is my savior. I don’t know how I’d manage without it. I haven’t been without a bottle since I discovered it about 4 years ago. It’s the best tummy soother ever. (You can read my full review of it here.)

Di-Gize Ingredients

“Artemisia dracunculus† (Tarragon) oil, Zingiber officinale† (Ginger) root oil, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Juniperus osteosperma† (Juniper) oil, Foeniculum vulgare† (Fennel) oil, Cymbopogon flexuosus† (Lemongrass) oil, Pimpinella anisum† (Anise) seed oil, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil” – YL’s Website

Peace and calming II is a beautiful, unique relaxing blend. It’s great to diffuse or apply topically to calm your senses.

Peace & Calming II Ingredients

“Citrus reticulata† (Tangerine) peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis† (Orange) peel oil, Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil, Picea mariana† (Northern Lights black spruce) leaf oil, Chamomilla recutita† (Matricaria) flower oil, Vetiveria zizanoides† (Vetiver) root oil, Cistus ladaniferus† (Cistus) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil, Cinnamomum cassia† (Cassia) leaf oil, Artemisia pallens† (Davana) flower oil” – YL’s Website

This month’s order was small and just reached the minimum spending requirement, but both products have been used many times since receiving.
What did you order in your Essential Rewards box this month?
~ Lizzie

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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10 Natural Ways to Combat Stress and Anxiety

10 Natural Ways to Combat Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety is something I have been struggling with on and off for most of my life. Over the past 5 or 6 years since my digestive issues have worsened, my anxiety worsened right along with it. After reading many articles, listening to many doctors, and learning how to listen to my body, I realized that my gut problems and my anxiety had weaved themselves into and endless cycle – One causing the other. With the help of several natural practitioners, virtual support from stories found online, and my family and friends’ support, I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Keep reading to learn what has helped me maintain some control over my anxiety. (I am not a medical professional. These are what I have found works for me. They may or may not work for you – Everyone is different.)

1. Apps

A good percentage of us have smartphones. Take a snoop around the app store on your mobile device and you will find a plethora of relaxation apps. A few of my favorites are:

Relax Lite: Simply guided breathing with soothing music in the background. When I get panicky I forget to breathe. This guide gives me something to focus on, other than my nerves.

CalmThis app is very popular. It has a lot of great guided meditations for balancing emotions and relaxation. There is also a work book bassed on the Calm app, with a similar concept.

AudibleSometimes, when my mind is racing at night, I put on a story that comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Relax Melodies: If you enjoy noises, tones, or sounds for relaxation, this app would be great for you.

2. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing,  4 counts in and  4 counts out. Focusing on the counting and feeling the breath deep in the bottom of my lungs helps to calm me.

3. Essential Oils

I LOVE essential oils. I use them for everything. Some great single oils to use for anxiety are Lavender, Chamomile, Orange, and Ylang Ylang.

There are also a few blends that are amazing: Relax, Peace and Calming I and/or II, and Stress Away. Each of these is unique, with beautiful, calming scents. All of these oils work well applied to the skin – for stress, I like to rub them over my chest – and diffused in an essential oil diffuser (the one I’m currently using – great for smaller to medium sized spaces, not so great for larger, open spaces).

4. Yoga and Meditation

When I include a few minutes of yoga and meditation in my day I feel a whole lot better overall, both physically and mentally.

A few apps I like to use are Daily Yoga, Asana Rebel, Butterfly Yoga, and Yoga Academy.

5. Get Outside/Grounding

Getting out into nature, into the fresh air has so many benefits both emotionally and physically. Grounding or Earthing – getting skin to earth contact – in ways I don’t understand supports our overall health in so many ways: reducing stress, reducing pain and inflammation, speeding up healing, and supporting adrenal health. (wellnessmama.com has a really great article about grounding.)

“Playing” in the dirt can provide lots of beneficial probiotics. Having a healthy microbiome is the basis for a healthy body and mind.

So get out there in the sun and dirt! Breath in the fresh air, soak up the vitamin D and play in the probiotics.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Reach out to a friend or family member you can trust. Explain what you are feeling. Don’t be afraid to tell them exactly how to help you when you do have a panic attack.

Seeing a Therapisteapist can do a world of good. I really enjoyed the time I spent with mine. She provided me with many great tools to understand what was going on with my brain and how to manage it and correct it. Panic attacks don’t just come out of the blue. There is a cause. Maybe we can’t identify the reason right off the bat – and that’s okay – but with time a professional can help you understand the underlying causes of your anxiety and find a way to retrain your brain to overcome what triggers your anxiety.

7. Staying Busy

Staying occupied helps me to keep my mind off of whatever might be stressing me.

For example, I get quite anxious when we have company (I’ve made a lot of improvement on that recently) so staying busy in the kitchen or cleaning around the house in preparation for guests really helps keep my freak out to a minimum.

8. Reducing Toxicity

Detoxing can do a world of good for the body. You can start by making sure the products you use on yourself and your home are chemical free. (Sign up for my email newsletter or follow me on Bloglovin’ to get even more tips on living chemical free.)

With your Doctor’s approval remove synthetic medications. Search for natural options. A Naturopath, Functional Medicine Practitioner or Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner may be able to help with that search.

9. Check hormone and vitamin levels

I really recommend finding a Functional Medicine Practitioner in your area. I absolutely love mine. She is the best Doctor I’ve had so far (and I’ve seen a LOT of Doctors). She is dedicated, open-minded and thorough. Functional Docs have access to both sides of medicine – pharmaceutical and natural. They can also request testing from both sides of medicine. Functional Docs have access to more unique, detailed and possibly weird tests. Ask to get your hormone and vitamin levels checked. My results have been very revealing and helpful for future treatment and healing.

10. Supplements

There are many supplements that can help with stress reduction and mood balancing. (Always speak to your doctor before introducing a new treatment.)

Taking a high quality probiotic to keep your gut flora balanced will, in turn, help the rest of your body. Anxiety can be a side effect of vitamin b deficiency. I recommend finding methylated b’s in case there is an MTHFR gene mutation.

A few supplements such as Holy Basil, Gaba, and L-Theanine are very helpful with mood balancing.

So there you have it. Those are my tips and tricks for keeping a lid on my anxiety and panic attacks. I hope you find something here that could help you but remember, everyone is different. (You should always speak with your doctor before making any changes with your health.)

Do you have any tips that I didn’t include? If so, please share them in the comments!

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Gift Guide For Someone With Digestive Disorders

Gift Guide For Someone With Digestive Disorders

With Christmas coming up rather quickly, I thought I’d put together a gift guide for something a bit unique, something I know a bit about; digestive disorders. More and more you hear about people with Celiac, Chrones, IBS, IBD, Leaky Gut, I could keep going. I bet you know somebody like that. If you are stumped on what gift to give them this Christmass, here are a few suggestions. These products are favorites of many in the gut healing community.

Cozy Clothes

Solmate Socks

I have a couple pairs of Solmate Socks. I absolutely love them. They come in all sorts of colors and I love how unique they are. An added bonus: they are very cozy and warm. (And made from recycled cotton, and made in the US)

Joggers

I love wearing pants like these. I have a few fleece pairs and a few  that are a cotton blend. I love both. Most of the time I prefer cotton clothes but when you need something extra snuggly and soft to cuddle up in, baggy fleece is amazing. Walmart is a great place to get cheap, cozy PJ pants of all styles.

Sweatshirt of Sweater 

Everyone loves a warm sweatshirt or sweater! Champion is one of my favorite brands for “active” wear. (Even though I’m not a sporty person.)

Slippers

Sperry Top-Sider is a brand my family has loved for ages. I can only imagine how amazing these slippers could be! Soft and furry is the way to go in the slipper department when winter hits.

 

Cuddly Bedding

Throw

As I am writing this post, it is about 3o℉ outside, and I am bundled up with this Sonoma blanket by the fireplace. Several Christmases ago we received one for each of the three of us from cousins, and we have been loving them since. (My cat is currently snoozing in one of the others.)

Body Pillow

Regardless of one’s state of health, a lot of people really love body pillows. Pregnancy pillows are so big, you can just curl up inside one massive pillow and be supported by squishy cuddliness on all sides. It sounds pretty great to me!

Essential Oils

One of the most important parts of my healing is using essential oils. They have helped me with my digestion, anxiety, cleaning and even managing my cat’s fleas!

It is important to note that there are many different levels of quality with not real regulations. I wouldn’t put a lot of trust in the cheap oils you can pick up in your local health store. I have gotten the most benefit from Young Living’s Essential oils. For a cheaper option, I enjoy a few oils from Plant Therapy as well.

Digize

I don’t know what I would do without Digize blend from Young Living. It has all of the most beneficial oils in it for gut health: peppermint, ginger, fennel, lemongrass, etc. You can read my full review about it here.

Thieves

Thieves is another favorite. I love diffusing it. It is a blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon and eucalyptus and has a very Christmasy scent. These ingredients are also wonderful for cleaning. They are antibacterial and antifungal. It knocks out a cold at the earliest sign and it can also be rubbed on the tummy (with a carrier oil to dilute) to help with something along the lines of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Young Living has created many personal care and housekeeping products with this Thieves blend as a base. Thieves Household Cleaner does wonders for mold problems.

Citrus Fresh

Added to a glass of water, diffused or applied topically this essential oil blend is beautiful. It tastes wonderful, smells wonderful, and also aids in detox. Lemon, orange, mandarine, grapefruit, and spearmint are blended to create this sweet oil.

Relax Synergy 10 ml

Relax

Diffused or applied topically, I find great relief from this blend. It has a really strong, sweet lavender scent. It pairs well, diffused with Citrus Fresh.

Books

Eat Dirt

Dr Axe is a great expert in gut health. His website, www.draxe.com is overflowing with articles, information, recipes, DIYs and more that are related to gut healing. His recent book is sort of a sum of what he teaches.

Gut and Psychology Syndrom (GAPS)

The “yellow book” is kind of a bible of gut healing for a lot of people. There is so much information in this book! When I was reading it, I felt like every paragraph I was thinking “wow!”, ‘no way” or “that explains it!”. I highly recommend this book!

Journal

Writing is an important part of healing for a lot of people. A beautiful journal is a great place to keep track of how your feeling, positive accomplishments, goals or even track food and symptoms.

 

Tea

Peppermint Tea

Tea Pig’s Peppermint Tea is sweet, minty, and soothing. It’s enjoyable in a hot mug or in a cooler glass of water.

 

Chamomile

Before bed, a warm cup of chamomile can help calm the mind and body. A good night’s sleep is so important for healing.

Fun Mug

A fun mug always makes things 10X better. Who wouldn’t love a color changing Maurader Map mug?!

Kitchen Tools

Food Processor

Having a food processor on hand is always a good thing. I love using it to chop up foods like cauliflower to make cauliflower rice.

Slow Cooker

Having the ability to throw some ingredients in a pot and not have to think about it for a while takes a lot of stress way. Food that is cooked well is a lot easier to digest as well. This particular slow cooker that is linked is made out of clay, without any glaze so you don’t have to worry about any metals, plastics, dyes or chemicals leaching into the food. It also has a setting for yogurt making. The beneficial bacteria from plain, organic, homemade yogurt is very important to repairing the gut and restoring health to the rest of the body.

 

For Curiosity

DNA Testing

There are many genetic factors that can play into digestive issues. Doing 23andMe, I learned about many genetic abnormalities that could be contributing to my health battles. I really recommend doing it. It’s actually really cool learning about the fine details of what makes you, you. You can read a bit more about my experience here.

 

Did I miss any of your must-haves? Add others in the comments.

-Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Young Living Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste

Young Living Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste

All of Young Living‘s toothpaste are quite similar. At this time they have three options (and a forth for kids). Over the past few months, I have reviewed the other two here and here.

After trying all three I find it quite difficult pick one that stands out from the other two. They are all very similar. They feel effective, they taste minty fresh and they all have clean, low harm ingredients.

The AromaBright has a bit of a sweeter taste compared to the other two. I didn’t care for it at first but as I kept using the toothpaste I adjusted and couldn’t notice the sweetener anymore.

I have noticed that this toothpaste is a favorite for a lot of people. I have a hard time picking which one I will repurchase first. But, for me, just by a hair, the winner is the Dentarome Plus toothpaste. I prefer the taste of that one and I felt like it helped my teeth stay just a little bit whiter than the other two YL pastes.

If you haven’t yet signed up for Young Living (You should! Their products are very high quality and effective.) I would love it if your would use my member referral code 2949525, upon creating an account. If you need any help or have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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What are your favorite Young Living products? Please keep the conversation going the comments section!

-Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Young Living Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste | Review

Young Living Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste | Review

A few weeks ago I reviewed Young Living’s Thieves Dentarome Plus Toothpaste and liked it so much. As I wrote in that review, I was really interested in trying Young Living’s other toothpaste. When I finished the Dentarome Plus, I decided to order the Dentarome Ultra. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as blown away by the Ultra as I was by the Plus.

I don’t love the flavor as much, but the texture is a bit better than the Plus. I noticed the Ultra didn’t have the same whitening power as the Plus. My teeth started to yellow again when I switched to this one.

Another drawback for me it the Xylitol. Ever since I was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption I have been extremely careful about they types of sugars I ingest (no, I’m not actually eating the toothpaste, but I am still cautious). No sugar alcohols for me!

To my surprise, after running the ingredient list for the Dentarome Ultra toothpaste through EWG’s Skin Deep database, the overall score is a 4. I am a bit snobby about the EWG ratings of the products I use. I don’t really like to use anything over a 2 or 3. However, a couple of the riskier ingredients are essential oils that some people can be a bit more sensitive to.

All in all, I didn’t hate this toothpaste, but because I liked the Dentarome Plus much better I would purchase that one over the Dentarome Ultra.

If you are interested in trying any Young Living products I would love it if you used my referral code 2949525 when you create your online account! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me in whatever way is easiest for you (Social media, email, comments, etc.)

What is your favorite non-toxic toothpaste? Please leave some recommendations in the comments!

Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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The Honest Company Organic Sanitary Pad | Review

The Honest Company Organic Sanitary Pad | Review

Pads and tampons are a big part of many of our lives. We use them quite regularly. They go on/in/around one of the most delicate, sensitive parts of our bodies. Shouldn’t we be keeping that area as healthy and chemical free as possible?

Many of the conventional brands that are easy to pick up at you local drugstore use cheap cotton that has been grown with pesticides/herbicides. When cotton is sprayed with those chemicals, the spray goes directly onto the fluff that is used to make our personal care items, bedding, towels, and clothing. That cotton is then bleached, dyed, and treated with even more harmful chemicals. When we put that toxic material on our most sensitive skin we are allowing all of those dangerous chemicals to be absorbed by our bodies. Knowing my own personal issues (MTHFR, etc.) with detoxing toxins like pesticides, synthetic dyes, and chemicals I can no longer allow myself to use products containing those hidden ingredients.

A while back I shared a video on this topic to my Facebook page. The reporter explains this whole issue with the chemicals in feminine care products really well. You can find it here. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook while you are there!

The ingredients that are used in pads and tampons are not regulated and it is not required for the companies to disclose what they have used. Luckily there are more and more companies who are beginning to care about this issue. These Eco and health conscious brands are considerate enough to list the ingredients on their products packaging and website.

The Honest Co. Pads are made out of organic cotton, and plant-based “plastic” materials. They are made without plastics, fragrances, dyes, bleach, etc.

Under my phone, in the yellow wrapper is Honest’s Liner. This comes folded in thirds and sealed in the yellow packaging. -Side note… The Honest Company has such cute packaging!- This regular liner is great for lighter days, backup for a tampon (which The Honest Company also sells) or every day wear if you like. I have tried a few other organic panty liners mostly by Natracare, and I found that The Honest Co. holds up the best. The adhesive on the bottom is stronger and the surface doesn’t fall apart and get crumbly.

The same can be said for the thong liners. They don’t come folded and sealed like the other three pads. They have a peel off paper backing and are the thinnest of the four. As you can see, it is shaped like a normal panty liner but has dotted lines so it can be folded to fit around a thong. I am not a thong wearer so I haven’t tried that myself but unfolded they work fine in regular underwear. These are so thin and flexible, and they are great for everyday wear, tampon backup or the very tail end of a period.

The Regular and Super pads are both ultra-thin, yet super absorbent. I would compare them to Always Radiant pads or U by Kotex Clean Wear pads, just without all the synthetics and chemicals! I like to use the regular pads during the day and the super at night.

All four of these pads are wonderful! I have not been disappointed by an Honest Co. product yet. I would highly recommend these. They are comfortable, healthy, a bit more Eco-friendly and you don’t miss out on any of the quality and durability from your favorites like Always, Kotex, Stayfree or Playtex.

What are your favorite non-toxic feminine care products? Please tell me in the comments!

-Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Thieves Dentarome Plus Toothpaste | Review

Thieves Dentarome Plus Toothpaste | Review

I have been enjoying Young Living products for almost a year, and I have not been disappointed with a single item of theirs. One of my recent purchases has moved me forward in my journey to detox my beauty and personal care products. This is the first “clean” toothpaste I have ever tried and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner!

I have never been so happy with the results of a toothpaste! My teeth feel very clean after using it. The flavor is a nice mint with a cinnamon hint in it. It’s not strong or overpowering, though. Some of the conventional, drugstore toothpaste have very strong flavors and they made my eyes water. This Thieves toothpaste doesn’t do that. I’ve also noticed that eating soon after brushing my teeth does not make the food taste funny, or sour. My teeth have whitened a few shades as well! And it’s not even marketed to do that! In the past, whenever I would buy toothpaste, I would always go for the whitening ones. They never did a thing. This toothpaste is the first one that has ever made a noticeable difference.

What’s in it?

“Baking soda, deionized water, vegetable glycerine, xanthan gum, ionic trace minerals, thymol, eugenol, steviocide (Stevia rebaudiana), the essential oils of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbent), peppermint (Menthe piperita), and the blend of Thieves [clove (Syzygium aromatic), lemon (Citrus lemon), cinnamon (Cinnamomum serum), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiate), and rosemary (Rosmarinus officials)].” -Young Living site

The baking soda does cause it to be a little bit saltier than what I was used to. It also has a slight grit to it.

There are no chemicals, like fluoride, which has recently been labeled a dangerous substance.

All of the essential oils are of Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade. They farm nearly all of their plants themselves. Everything they use has been grown organically or in the wild. They also distil and bottle everything themselves and have rigorous testing done by both their own employees and external companies to be sure that only the highest quality products are going out to their customers.

Young Living also makes several other kinds of toothpaste. I am very excited to try those as well!

I have gone through a couple of wheels of the Thieves Floss. I have been pretty happy with it. It does its job well. From what I can see on the YL website there are no other ingredients than the floss and essential oils. In the past, I’ve found that regular floss is really flavored and sweet, with lots of “beneficial” chemicals added to it. I am very happy with this chemical-less floss to go along with my chemical-less toothpaste.

I really recommend both of these products! If you are interested in purchasing them I would love it if you would use my referral code (2949525) when creating your account. All you have to do is check the box that says you were referred by a member on the bottom right-hand side of the sign-up page. Then copy and paste my number into the boxes provided. (I will be able to receive a small commission from your purchases. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, that’s okay too. I still recommend the toothpaste and floss, or anything else from YL for that matter!)

Have you tried any non-toxic toothpaste? What are your favorites? Please share your stories in the comments!

Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Young Living Period Rescue

Young Living Period Rescue

Periods are a weird thing to talk about on the internet. Although, many of us come to the internet looking for suggestions on how to alleviate some of the side effects and deal better with that time of the month.

When I first got my period I took Midol to get rid of the cramps. I did that for several years. Most of the time it helped. When I started to have digestive issues I switched over to Tylenol. There are a lot of ingredients in Midol that I should not have. I figured that Tylenol would work better for me because it is advertised for people with sensitive stomachs. It did work, kind of, for a while, until it didn’t. After a while, there were many times where I would take the Tylenol and felt no better and there were many times where I would take it and felt a lot worse. My stomach is already pretty messed up when I have my period, I don’t need anything else making it worse.

I had just gotten into the essential oils when I was getting fed up with the bad cramps and wacked out tummy, so I went to good old Pinterest, looking for a solution. Pinterest Is the place to go for essential oil info and tips. I found that Young Living makes an oil blend called Dragon Time, for PMS type of symptoms . It is quite pricey so I searched for an alternative. I found a couple of Pinterest posts that said Geranium Oil works really well for them. I recently did a bit more research on geranium oil and learned that it is great for improving circulation, blood flow and mood boosting. On a side note, it is also great for keeping the skin looking younger! I was still hung up on the Dragon Time because it is specifically made for PMS. After doing a bit of browsing around the YL website, I found the Dragon Time in a massage oil formula! This is a big bottle, about a million times the size of a little essential oil bottle, it seems to have more uses and it was about ten dollars cheaper! I had to get it! And I love it! I use it all the time and not just when I have my period. It is very soothing to have a back rub with it. There is one specific time I remember I was in the worst mood, I rubbed this all over my torso and on the back of my neck and within minutes my mood completely turned around!

For period cramps I mix about half a pump of Dragon Time Massage Oil and about three drops of Geranium Oil and rub it all over my lower stomach and lower back. It works really well at keeping the pain at bay.

When I feel really bad I will add in one or both of these oils. The PanAway is similar to Icy Hot or Tiger Balm. It provides heat that can help relieve some of the internal pain. The DiGize is my best friend! It calms wacky tummies in minutes! I prefer to take a few drops on my tongue. Both of these oils are hot oils so it is recommended for them to be used with a carrier oil. I am lazy and the heat doesn’t bother me or irritate my skin so I normally don’t. But when I do feel like following the directions, I find that the Dragon Time Massage Oil works well as a topical carrier oil. I love using coconut oil as an oral carrier oil.

I highly recommend all four of these oils! The Massage Oil is great for both men and women to relax with. The Geranium Oil Is great for circulation and preventing wrinkles. The PanAway is great for body aches. And the DiGize is a tummy ache miracle worker!

If you are interested in purchasing any of these, it would mean a lot to me if you used my referral code 2949525 when logging into the Young Living site!

Do you use any of these oils? What do you use them for? What is your favorite essential oil? Please tell me in the comments below!

❤️ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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