Thursday, April 27, 2017

CBD {Transdermal Patch}

There are many rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder - MANY RUNGS.

The use of CBD is just another one of those rungs on my Healthy Living Ladder that I have found exceptionally helpful for me.  That's the key, it works for me.  I don't know if it'll work for you.  But, I'll give you the information that I have and you can make that decision.

To find out what CBD is, click over to this post
To see how I choose to use CBD, click over to this post 

I shared a little about the legality of CBD here
I shared how I use CBD tincture here

I shared why I use CBD salve here



In addition to using 250mg CBD with a dosing of 1.0ml I use a CBD Transdermal Patch when traveling and when I am about to enter what I consider to be a potential high stress situation for me (an example of this would be a large family gathering).

Why?

  1. Because I do not travel well.  
  2. Because I do not like large crowds and family can often times be tricky.    
I use the Mary's Nutritional Patch which has 10mg of hemp extract (aka cbd).  I typically place it on the veiny part of my arm by my wrist.  I've only had to use this patch four times in the past year. As I was leaving for a road trip to Texas (on the first day), that return trip from Texas (on the first day), on Thanksgiving, and on Christmas Day.  I have one patch on reserve and will be ordering another five within the next few weeks to stock up again.  I have not experienced pain from my endometriosis so severely that I needed to use the patch, though.    

I take my normal dosage of CBD tincture, apply the patch after I've cleaned my skin with rubbing alcohol, and I find that whatever anxiety or stress that I had prior to that just melts away.  I'm easier to deal with and I deal the the situation at hand better.     
    
I find that the patch is very effective for me up to 8 hours and I consider it a nice buffer dose for me.   I have found, in general, my routine and regular use of CBD has increased my quality of life on a daily basis.  Mentally and emotionally, I am better.  I am not anxious or stressed, which prior to starting the use of CBD would often times result in my taking that anxiousness or stress out on my family.  Not the case anymore.  Also, I am sleeping better.  Often times, though, I find that my regular and routine use of CBD just needs a small added increase to handle situations that in the past seemed to incapacitate me (such as large gatherings or family).  I view my use of CBD as how I'm able to lead a happy, joyous and free life.  I'm much happier.  It's amazing.  It's been a total game changer for me.    

Wednesday, April 26, 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

Like I shared last week, I eat A LOT of Mexican food.  Mexican restaurants are safe places for me to eat and to enjoy a meal out with my family or as a date night with my husband.  

I absolutely love this recipe from Veggie Inspired.  I can make it as a side for my husband and boys and use it as my main course because it has all of the good things in it.

Protein
Fiber
Veggies

...and FLAVOR


How yummy does this look?  Right!  You can find the recipe for the Black Bean Taco Salad with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas HERE .

Let me tell you, it's the roasted chickpeas that make this recipe.  So, so good.  

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DIY Tip 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? 

Vent Diffuser!  Yep, you read that correctly - vent diffuser.  And, it's super easy to make.  I use this in my mini-van, but it can be used in your home as well (you know, if you want to pop off your vent covers).  

First, you are going to want to pick up some wooden clothes pins.  

Next, choose your favorite essential oil.  Personally, I like to be as calm as possible when I'm driving so I like using Stress Away®.  
Pinch open the clothes pin and put a few drops on each side.  Make sure that it's saturated, if you need to, use your finger to rub the oil in.  
Lastly, clip on to you vent slat.  
And, TA-DA - and totally cheap DIY vent diffuer that you can use until you can purchase one that works in your car's outlet.