Passing On the Legacy of Health and Wellness to the Next Generation

Tonight as I was putting my oldest son to bed (7 year old) I put a combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils on his feet. This has become a daily habit for us since his nasal allergies have been so bad lately. I was delighted when he asked if I would show him how to put the drops on his feet. He asked to do it himself. I put a drop of each on his left foot and then let him do the same on his right. (It may have been an overload of oils tonight, but hopefully those allergies will stay at bay through the night!)

It caught me off guard that he asked to do it by himself, but the more I’ve thought about the prouder I am! This is exactly what I hope for for my children! I think that one of the best gifts we can give our children is teaching them how to take care of their bodies and health. Hopefully by teaching them early on about good health, wellness, nutrition and exercise they can avoid many of the problems some of us have experienced as adults.

In my adult years (I’m 32), I have taken crash courses in vitamins, supplements, chiropractic, essential oils, nutrition, and naturopathy. The path I’ve been on with my own and my children’s health issues have lead me to explore all these areas of wellness. It’s been a long, windy road with many ups and downs, successes and failures. It is a fact that through all of our experiences and all I’ve learned that we are healthier because of it. I hate to imagine what condition we all would be in if God had not led us down the road we are on.

My kids have been on various supplements since they were infants. Taking vitamins is a normal part of life for them. We’ve had to be extremely mindful of the foods we eat. Now we’ve taken up essential oils as part of our healthcare regimen. I am continuing to learn about nutrition and am working to feed my family the best I can give them. We never stop learning and I am really enjoying this crazy roller coaster ride because of how much I’m growing in my knowledge and experience. I love that my family is healing and becoming healthier.

It is my hope that I can teach these things to my children and spare them many future health problems and from having to relearn to care for their bodies as adults. Start guiding them from the ground up. Be a good example. Teach them that their bodies are a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and to love and care for them appropriately. To be their best selves. It has become a big goal for me as a mom and I am overjoyed that I can see the fruits of my labor every once in a while!

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Bye Bye Baby Weight!

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A picture of a scale? What?? 😮 That’s right, friends. I bought a scale today. Normally this little thing is my worst enemy, but with my crazy diet plan I’ve been dying to see how the numbers read. Folks, I am proud to say that today it said 121.4! The lowest weight I’ve been in 4 years!! 😃😃😃😍😍💃💃🙏🎉🎈🎉🎉🎉 Finally lost the rest of the baby weight!!

I really wish I had an accurate weight measurement from when I started my diet plan. I think I have lost between 7-10 lbs. I have 4 weeks left on this diet so I’m curious to see what the number will read a show the clothes will fit then! Plus I feel better than I have in a long time! It is a happy day!

My Sugar Control Diet

I wanted to give an update on my health. I found out that I have issues with my blood sugar (among other health issues) and so 2 weeks (and a few days) ago, my Naturopath put me on a “Sugar Control Diet”. I’m supposed to be on it for the next 6 weeks. Then I’ll go for another checkup and see how my body has responded and decide where to go from there. I also have some food sensitivities, so those foods were cut out as well. Here’s the outline of my diet:

All the protein I want
All the veggies I want
Nuts and nut butters
A very small serving of fruit (half an apple or some avocado)
No grains except brown rice at dinner (my doctor said 100 grams of carbs per day)
No starches- beans, potatoes, corn
No sugar or sweeteners except Stevia
No dairy
No alcohol
Plus: no chicken, tomatoes, zucchini, lemons, red grapes, no diet sodas (waaaah!) 😂 I love me some Diet Cokes.

Whew! That is an exhausting list and very restrictive! It’s definitely the strictest diet I’ve ever been on. The one major thing that is motivating me to stick to it is that it’s for health reasons. I have no choice if I want to be healthier.

After 2 weeks, I am excited to say I haven’t felt this physically good and healthy in a LONG time! I have lost at least 5 lbs. I have been struggling to lose the last 10-15 lbs. of baby weight for 3 years and the weight is melting off on this meal plan! Woohoo! That’s another motivating factor. I’m not even halfway through, so I’m curious to see what shape I’ll be in at the end of the 6 weeks!

For the most part, it hasn’t been as difficult as I expected. I have definitely had moments of frustration though since I get tired of cooking almost every meal, and it would just be nice to have a cookie or a Pumpkin Spice Latte or the chips and salsa at a Mexican food restaurant. Or cheese. Or a glass of wine at the end of a tough day. I know it’s not forever though! I’ll update again after a while. Till then, I’m going to make my nightly ritual of a cup of hot tea!

The Daily Rubdown

So, I’m really embracing the essential oils thing. I have been using a variety of them daily lately on my family. They have been very gracious and willing to let me slather them with oils. I call this our “daily rubdown”. (: (Disclaimer: I use DoTerra brand oils as they are the highest, therapeutic grade oils and one of the best brands on the market. Not all essential oils are created equal.)

Here’s what I’ve been doing: for my entire family (2 children, my hubby and me), On Guard in the morning before they leave for school/work and some days at night if we’ve really been around sick people, germy places or I think they’re fighting off illness.
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My eldest son has had bad allergies lately, so I’m using 1 drop each of lavender, peppermint and lemon oils on his feet, sometimes multiple times a day if necessary. Apparently it’s a magic blend that fights off allergies. Another way to take it is to put a drop of each in a little bit of water and drink it. I tried that when I felt allergies coming on and it honestly made the sneezing stop! I’m a believer! (:

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I use Breathe oil on my oldest son’s chest or his sinus area for cough and congestion. My sister had an interesting experience using this the other day. She has trouble with asthma and was going for her inhaler. She had put a drop of Breathe oil on her chest and no kidding, while we were talking on the phone, she said, “Oh my word! This is strange. All of a sudden I can take a clear breath!” No need for the inhaler!

I’ve also started trying the Slim and Sassy oil blend for metabolism. my friend who got me started on essential oils says she puts it on her arms and has seen it make a difference. We’ll see if I can tell any change.

I bought the Fractionated Coconut Oil to dilute some of the oils for topical application. I’ve been using store bought unrefined, virgin coconut oil but thought I’d try the kind sold by DoTerra to see if it makes a difference.

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My mom and sister have gotten on board too and ordered their own Family Physician kits.

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It’s a great kit to have with some basic oils and a few oil blends. It meets all the basic needs. Let me say that I am not an expert on essential oils. I am learning as I go and as I use them. I regularly use this website to find protocols for using the oils for various needs: Everything Essentials

I also ask my very knowledgeable friend who teaches classes on essential oils for advice. If you’re on Facebook, you can follow her page:
Wellness Empress

My next goal is to buy a diffuser to emit the oils into my house. Diffusing the On Guard oil will cleanse the air of germs (and with germs coming home from school, that sounds great to me)! You can also diffuse oils in the air to help with winter colds and coughs. Happy Oiling, my friends!

(One more note- my naturopath, chiropractor and son’s pediatrician ALL promote the use of essential oils in health and wellness! Go getcha some and see for yourself!) (: