Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Anti-Inflammatory Recipe of the Week

In September of 2015 I started Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis.  I share a new recipe each week to help those who may need to modify their eating habits to better their health. 
Food is medicine - You are what you eat 

You can find out more about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet by going here

Say it with me - 


Aberdeen's Kitchen nails it with this recipe.  It's so fricking good.  When I make this I double the batch, add a meat side for my guys and then go to town on this as my dinner.  Then, oh, the then is so important.  THEN I save the leftovers (after I fight off my husband and middle son for it) and use it as my side for breakfast with eggs.  Sweet peas people, it's AH-MAZE-ING!


Ok, here is the recipe for the Southwest Roasted Potato Vegetable Salad.

And, here, are my modifications - I use canned corn, skip the ancho chili pepper (we don't do spice), and half the dill required (it's pretty strong for my taste buds).  Just my 2 cents, but you do you.   

Now, go forth, and eat great food.  Your dietary limitations should not limit you from enjoying great food.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?   

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.
You can read more about that here

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients? 

Why DIY when there are perfectly acceptable options available for purchase?  In this case I say, SAVE YOUR TIME! 

I shared a little about my obsession with Dr. Bronner's here and I'm going to share a little tip for cleaning your bathrooms with this amazing soap in addition to a scouring powder.  It's all good stuff, folks, I swear.  

First, the specifics on these two products -
Bon Ami - Only contains Limestone (calcium carbonate), Feldspar, Biodegradable cleaning agents (alkyl polyglucoside), Soda Ash (sodium carbonate), Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate).  I pick mine up at Target.  You can find out more about Bon Ami here.

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds - IS AMAZING!  I love this stuff.  I use it as dish soap, laundry soap (when I run out of my Young Living Laundry Soap), and as a deep cleaner when mixed with Bon Ami.  I pick up my Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds at the Vitamin Shoppe You can find out more about Dr. Bronner's by going here.  

So, how do I use these two products to clean my bathrooms?  First I spray down my shower, tub, and tiled areas around there with water.  Then I shake the Bon Ami powder all of  the place.  I let it set for about 10 minutes, which is roughly the time it takes me to fill a small bucket with hot water and 1 tablespoon of Sal Suds, and grab my scrub brush on a stick and head back into the bathroom.  I dip the scrub brush into the soap mixture and then scrub down the tiled walls, bathtub and shower enclosure.  It gets all of the the hard-water build up off.  It's pretty amazing.  Also, this duo cleans toilets like nothing else! 

To find out how these two products (and anything that you have in your cabinets) rate on the EWG website, go here.  Bon Ami get's an "A", so does Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds!  

I'm all for DIY'ing to avoid chemical yuck, but I'm also about saving my time.  These are two great products that I can purchase at the store that do just that.  I encourage you to take a moment and go to the Environmental Working Group's website and check to see what your cleaning products are rated.  From there, make a decision, an active decision, to do better if any of your products have scored a "C" or lower.  There are better options out there.  Do you research and then experiment.  And, like I did, it's okay to start off slow as you are swapping the products out. If you are reading this you are likely the "gatekeeper" to your home.  You decide what crosses the threshold of your home.  You can do better for your and your family.    

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oil Focus - R.C.® Essential Oil Blend

Statements made in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure disease.  

Congratulations!  You have purchased your Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit and ARE using the oils (unlike what I did when I first got my kit).

Each week I'm going to focus on a different oil which is included in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit to help educate you on the many different uses of this oil.

First, why Young Living™?  I choose to use Young Living™ essential oils because of the purity of the oils.  You can find out more about that by checking out there Seed to Seal® process here.

Nine weeks ago I shared information about the "Swiss army knife" of essential oils, Lavender!  You can read all about Lavender Essential Oil here.  

Eight weeks ago I shared information about Peppermint Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

Seven weeks ago I share information about Lemon Vitality™, you can read more about it here.

Six weeks ago I shared information on another Vitality™ oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Copaiba Vitality™, you can read more about that here.

Five weeks ago I am moving on to another oil in the Young Living™ Premium Starter Kit - Frankincense Essential Oil.  This oil is knows as the "King of Oils", you can read more about that here.

Three weeks I shared about Purification® Essential Oil.  It's known as the "Neutralizer".  You can read more about that here

Two weeks I shared more about one of my favorite oils, Thieves® Vitality™ - it is the most popular Young Living essential oil - here

Last week I shared more about Digize® Vitality™ Essential Oil.  It's a great oil for people who eat...anything 😉

This week I'm going to share about R.C.® Essential Oil.

R.C. Essential Oil Blend - Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Myrtus communis (Myrtle) oil, Origanum majorana (Marjoram) leaf oil, Pinus sylvestris (Pine) leaf oil, Eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, Eucalyptus citriodora oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf/nut/stem oil, Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil

  • Rub on your chest and the back of your neck before an early morning workout
  • Place two drops on a warm moist towel and use as a compress on your throat or chest
  • Place two drops in a bowl of warm water, place your face a few inches above the bowl and cover the back of your head with a towel (making sure that it drapes over the sides of the bowl).  Close your eyes and inhale the steam for respiratory support.
  • Apply a few drops to the bottoms and tops of you feet at night for respiratory support while you sleep. 

Homemade R.C.® Chest Rub Recipe
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 15 drops of R.C.® Essential Oil
  • Mix well, store in a small mason jar, and use as needed