If you’re new, you’ll want to read the first two blog posts I wrote on my clean eating and oil journey:
I left off by saying that I was going to share with you a few things we must remember to kick food intolerance in the rear. Below are somethings — a combo of JJ Virgin’s tips from her book (see previous post) and my own revelations. Then, I’m going to share with you about the oils! Buckle up! There’s a lot of good info in this post! I’ve tried to keep it organized and easy to read.
Things we must do and must remember:
*** STOP COUNTING CALORIES *** “Your body is not a savings bank or a calorimeter. It’s a chemistry lab.” – JJ Virgin We must remember that the source of calories matters more than the calories. Even moderate intake of foods that are a problem for your body will set you up for just more weight gain. I have found this to be SO true for me. I was frustrated beyond words when I started a journey a while back in which I replaced meals with a very, VERY nutritious shake. I didn’t lose ANY weight. And I was even exercising! The problem? The shakes had soy in them. I have a food intolerance to soy and I was drinking it every day!
*** NO MORE MODERATION *** “Moderation doesn’t work….if you want to get that extra weight off [and feel better], you have to heal your body’s chemistry.” – JJ Virgin We’ve heard it our whole lives…..you can eat anything, as long as you eat it in moderation. This doesn’t work for me. And chances are, if you’ve struggled with cramping, acne/rosacea, ADD, Asthma, brain fog, chronic stuffy nose, congestion, constipation, dark circles under eyes, depression, eczema, fatigue, cravings, gas/bloating, headaches, moodiness, and the list could go on — this may not work for you either.
*** FOOD IS INFORMATION *** “…food isn’t just calories or fat grams or even a source of energy, food is information. Each bite of food that you put into your mouth send your body a message – maybe even several messages.” – JJ Virgin Most diets will tell you that all calories are equal. That is just not so. Three different foods can have the exact same number of calories, but send your body three totally different messages.
*** WE MUST STOP PUTTING CHEMICALS IN OUR BODIES *** I plan to write several posts on different things I used to put into my body that are full of chemicals. These posts are in the works already and I’m continuing my research on what chemicals are in what and what these chemicals are. Stay tuned! But, in a nut shell, this is what I’ve done…my journey to a chemical free body and replace my medicine cabinet with essential oils….
– I got rid of caffeine. I know. You hate me. My journey, not the gospel. I’ve never been a huge caffeine drinker anyway, but in the past six months I begin using. That’s right. I use the word *using* because that is just what I did. Whether we like it or not, caffeine IS a drug and we’re the users. Some people may say it doesn’t effect them. It does, but they have different tolerances to different things. I can guarantee this: If a daily caffeine drinker gave it up for 30 days — detoxed their body from it — and then added it back — it’d be rough. Then, and only then, would they see the effects it has on their body. Not saying you must give up caffeine, but I did. My doctor once told me that he never understood how he was supposed to help women who have lots of headaches if they weren’t willing to give up caffeine.
— I started eating antibiotic free food It’s self explanatory…if we’re putting foods in our body that have been pumped up with antibiotics, then we’re also putting those antibiotics into our body. I plan to do a whole post on this as well as share recipes and brands.
— I started using essential oils as an alternative form of therapy and medicine. I’m so excited to share this part with you. I told you how my journey started in my first post. Now, I want to continue and show you the oils and how I use them.
T H E O I L S
What brand do you use? I use Young Living and they are the only brand I’d recommend to anyone.
Why Young Living? Because they have a “Seed to Seal” guarantee. They set the standard for purity. They carefully monitor every step of the process to ensure the purity of each essential oil. This tells me that coming from a company that has been in business for over 20 years (and is growing by leaps and bounds), that the oils are safe to use on myself and my family. Above all of this, I’ve experienced great results and have witnessed complete wellness in friends and family due to the oils.
Did you ask your doctor before using? Yes, I did. Like I said before, he is a D.O. and has a more Holistic approach to healing his patients. He knew about the oils, he had experience in using them, and he was all for it! But be warned….most doctors have not been trained in oils at all and to put it in my doctor’s words “If they’re not up on it, they’re down on it”. Ultimately, these are God’s plants that HE created. He gives us everything we need for our bodies in the earth. I strongly encourage you to ask God what He wants you to do for your health, use wisdom and discernment, and do what the Lord tells you. He alone is the Great Physician!
How do you use the oils? The different methods of using oils:
The FDA has approved many of YL’s oils as GRAS (generally regarded as safe to ingest). Ingestion isn’t always the best way to approach to a problem, but it’s safe. I say this with confidence because I’ve watched my friend’s husband get completely well for the first time in 17 years due to ingesting the oils. He had Crohn’s and ingestion was the only thing that worked for him. He’s been symptom free and pain free for the first time in over a decade. Supervised medicine was all his doctors gave him. His life was difficult and extremely painful. The Young Living oils are the only thing that has given him a new life and he is now finally starting to heal from all the meds he was on for years! I can’t say the same things for quote “essential oils” you might buy off the store shelves. They most likely will have fillers and/or chemicals and these should NOT be used like pure Young Living essential oils. That is why it’s very important that you do you own research and read every label. But, I can assure you that Young Living oils are safe!
Why oils anyway? Like I explained before in previous posts….we didn’t have insurance and I was desperate. Desperate to feel better. I couldn’t afford to keep going to the doctor and I couldn’t afford to stay on lots of meds (nor did I want to stay on lots of meds — I mean, have you ever heard the super fast speed talking portion of the end of drug commercials?!). It’s all in your perspective. My friend Lynn said it best: This is what the Lord is calling the church as a whole to….alternative medicine. With all the changes in health care, our country is going to have to change they way they take care of themselves…or *don’t* take care of themselves. It’s going to be harder and harder for next generations to get health care and we need to instill in them how to better take care of themselves. Just like everything else, it should start at home. I can only share my journey, but Know God brought the oils into my life just when I needed them and it started a really great healthy journey for me. It just makes sense to me. It’s God’s economy. That’s how He rolls. He provides everything we need. I started to only treat our anxiety and my son’s allergies. I quickly saw how God was offering relief for us financially while offering a great way to treat things without meds or side effects. God is good.
I couldn’t get one image to upload so I’m working on another post for tomorrow about the different oils! Stay tuned!
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