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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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

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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Four Months at IIN

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

What is IIN?
IIN is an online school that provides its students with a certification in health coaching. The content is very holistic and offers a lot of great information on many health-related topics. They teach about over 100 different diets as well as digestion, exercise, lifestyle, emotions, relationships, and also include guidance in the vocational, business side of coaching.

They have been around for over 20 years and have produced many great professionals such as the creator of Purely Elizabeth granola and even my own Functional Medicine Dr.

What is the commitment level?
It can be taken as a part-time course alongside other college classes and/or work. I find it to be pretty common sense information while being interesting and new at the same time. On average it is about a 5 to 8 hour a week workload.

Why have I enrolled?
Just after I graduated, when I was at my sickest, and just getting into learning how to care for my body myself holistically, a friend of mine was enrolled here at IIN and told me all about it. I was very interested and keep them in the back of my mind (and email inbox) for the future. When I saw that they were having a little deal on tuition this fall I thought it would be the perfect time to enroll. I’d been feeling slightly fidgety with where my life was at… or rather wasn’t at, and was ready for something new, but not overwhelming. I am taking this as an opportunity to learn more about health and wellness to continue my healing journey as well as help my family and friends on theirs.

Over the years I have known many people, friends, family, and acquaintances, who have dealt with similar digestive issues as I have. I find it fascinating listening to their story and what has worked for them. I also enjoy offering advice when I can. I’d love the opportunity to help more people in similar situations.

I also hope to grow my confidence to share healthy living tips here and write about topics a bit more serious than makeup. Don’t get me wrong! I do love makeup very much and will not be cutting it out of my posts, but I’d love to offer help to others virtually via my blog.

Have you taken any courses like what IIN offers? How did it go? To get in the spirit of health coaching comment one area of your life that you would like to improve.

~ 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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Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds | Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds | Recipe

Where we live all of the neighbor kids carve pumpkins, place them in the small woods between our homes, and we all enjoy a little pumpkin walk after sunset. At 21 I still count as a little kid right? I love doing anything artsy so I always contribute a pumpkin or two. This year I carved Twisty The Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show and a long screaming face on my second pumpkin. I always like to save the seeds and roast them. This year I decided to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon and flavor my roasted seeds that way. I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest, as inspiration. I made some modifications to suit what I wanted to make and what I had on hand. Feel free to do the same with my version of this recipe!

 

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Let's turn our pumpkin carving scraps to trendy pumpkin spice sweet treats!

Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Filtered Water (for overnight soaking
  • 2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds (mine came fresh from 2 large pumpkins)
  • 3 TBSP Healthy Oil (I used 1 TBSP Ghee and 2 TBSP Coconut Oil)
  • 2 TBSP Maple Syrup (or another natural sweetener, like honey)
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice Blend (heaping tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Enjoy the autumnal, Halloween activity of cleaning out and carving pumpkins! Save the scraps.

  2. Separate seeds from the pulp.

  3. Rinse seeds in a colander.

  4. Put seeds in a glass bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak overnight to release enzyme inhibitors.

  5. Drain seed in a colander.

  6. Place seeds on baking sheet and dry out in the oven at about 200℉ for 45 - 60 minutes or until they feel dry and are just barely turning golden. 

  7. Melt ghee and coconut oil together.

  8. In a mixing bowl, mix seeds, melted oil, maple syrup, spices, and salt.

  9. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet.

  10. Bake at 250℉ for 40-50 min or until golden.

 

Specific products I used:

Ghee made from this butter

Coconut Oil

Maple Syrup

Spice Blend

Cinnamon

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

 

Please feel free to take creative liberty and make any changes that sound good to you. Share what works in the comments.

If you are impatient you can skip the overnight soaking and low temp baking to dehydrate (steps 4, 5, and 6). If you do have the time, do those steps. Releasing the enzyme inhibitors by soaking them makes it so much easier to digest any nuts or seeds.

You don’t have to use a fresh pumpkin, but I recommend it purely for the fun of having a carved pumpkin for festive decoration.

Let me know how it goes, and share any modifications 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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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

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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)

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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.

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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.)

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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

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Eat-Dirt-Health-Problems-Surprising/dp/0062433644/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&qid=1481314064&sr=8-2&keywords=dr+axe&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=7d5303e48195303256414735f45db242" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=0062433644&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=0062433644" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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.

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&qid=1481314413&sr=8-1&keywords=gaps&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=5b5756046b236261b9c7f357338f3cec" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=0954852028&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=0954852028" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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!

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Twilight-Garden-Journal-Notebook-Format/dp/1593596723/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&qid=1481314724&sr=8-17&keywords=journal&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=61079e35540c77cdce7541549d955c7d" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=1593596723&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=1593596723" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/teapigs-Peppermint-Leaves-Tea-Count/dp/B005TJYXZK/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&qid=1481315072&sr=8-1&keywords=teapigs+peppermint&th=1&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=20ba986f73022a14ffc0f1e1944f04e7" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B005TJYXZK&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B005TJYXZK" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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.

 

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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.

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/VARANO-Marauders-Activated-Changing-Ceramic/dp/B01MQ12XHT/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&qid=1481315586&sr=8-5&keywords=mauraders+map+coffee+cup&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=bbff2dcd3b67269f6d603a717c035381" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01MQ12XHT&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B01MQ12XHT" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Fun Mug

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

Kitchen Tools

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-2011CHBY-Prep-11-Cup-Processor/dp/B01AXM4WIK/ref=as_li_ss_il?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1481315847&sr=1-6&keywords=cuisinart+food+processor&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=e20798eb009ee817e7d8f514f5ceb186" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01AXM4WIK&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B01AXM4WIK" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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.

<a href="https://www.amazon.com/VitaClay-VS7600-2C-Yogurt-Personal-Stainless/dp/B00W49YV46/ref=as_li_ss_il?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1481320689&sr=1-14-spons&keywords=vita+clay&psc=1&smid=A3AYKKZ4APZIHU&linkCode=li3&tag=misselizabeth-20&linkId=d782412cd837579c2a6ab135776ca7e9" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00W49YV46&Format=_SL250_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=misselizabeth-20" ></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=misselizabeth-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B00W49YV46" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

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

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The Best Stomach Ache Remedy | Young Living’s DiGize

The Best Stomach Ache Remedy | Young Living’s DiGize

Do you ever get stomach aches? Are you sensitive to some foods?

I do and I am! For the past four years, I have been dealing with a lot of food sensitivities and digestive issues. So far, I have not been fully diagnosed. A lot of foods can give me a stomach ache. So easing the ache as quickly as possible is always a nice thing! I prefer to do things as chemically free as possible. Young Living’s DiGize works really well for me! I have seen that it is supposed to be pronounced by taking the Di from digestion and the Gize from energize. So Digestion + Energize= DiGize.

My body has been having a hard time tolerating any supplements that could help me. Through several friends, I learned about Young Living oils. I tried a couple that were highly recommended and looked like they might be helpful, but they are quite pricey. I really liked what I tried so I looked for less expensive options. I tried a couple other, cheaper brands and I liked them, but they were not as effective for me. I decided that the high quality and effectiveness was worth the higher price tag. The more I learned about these oils the more I fell in love with them.  I have become a member, which allows me to purchase oils at a wholesale price instead of the retail price. So I do save some money there. There are also ways to earn points and then cash in those points for free products. I can also sign people up and then earn a little bit of commission. If you would like to sign up and use my referral number I would greatly appreciate it! It is: 2949525

I used to take over the counter anti-acids like any other person would for a tummy ache. My mom started to read in many places that they are very bad for you and will cause a lot more damage than good in the long run. I started to notice that. I did keep taking them every once in a while when I felt I absolutely needed to, eventually, they started to make me feel even sicker. I then started to look for other options.

When I was introduced to this company I went straight to Pinterest. There, you can find all kinds of information and recipes for these oils. I basically searched “Young Living for stomach aches” and found single oils that could be mixed together. I also found the DiGize blend. It has pretty much every oil that is beneficial to your digestive system in it. There are oils to help calm your stomach, make the stomach healthier and stronger, are antifungal, and  anti-parasitic. To me, it seems to cover all the bases!

To take it, I normally put 1 to 3 drops on my tongue and wash it down with a couple big sips of water.  The way I do it is not exactly how the directions say. You can either apply it topically or take it orally, but because these are all hot oils you are supposed to add a carrier oil (I like using coconut oil) to dilute it. The heat and burning don’t really bother me so I normally just skip that step. It works pretty quickly and really helps ease a tummy ache. An extra tip: if you can, get someone to gently rub your back. For me, it calms me down and helps my muscles relax so I feel better even quicker!

This has not cured my stomach issues but it sure helps with the immediate discomfort. I have gone through several bottles of this and am in love with it! It is a lifesaver for me and I can’t imagine not having it on hand ever again!

Do you use essential oils? If so what is your favorite oil to use?

❤️ 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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