Feeling Drained? Avoid these energy zappers!

I hope you all are having a great Monday!  It is nice to have an extra day off to relax and rejuvenate.  I was talking with some girlfriends a few days ago about the afternoon slump and how we all feel it around the same time.  Some of my friends grab a coffee or snack on chocolate to get through it.  I thought I would share a few energy zappers and how to get past that afternoon slump.   

High Sugar Snacks
Candy Dish
High Sugar Foods

These may give you a temporary boost but once they are out of your system you will usually crash.  Avoid reaching for the candy dish at 3pm.  Instead try adding in a high protein or high fiber snack instead.  I  like celery and peanut butter or a small protein shake. 

Get Enough Sleep

Not having enough sleep inevitably will leave you feeling fatigued later in the day.  Make sure you are getting quality sleep.  One of my favorite things to help with sleep is lavender and cedar wood essential oils.  I apply it to my feet, chest and neck prior to bed plus diffuse them an hour prior in my bedroom.  This signals my body that it is time to relax and gets me in sleep mode.  

Get Enough Exercise

hiit workoutGetting enough exercise can help improve your sleep which will lead to having more energy as well.  Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.   I also find that if I am dragging in the afternoon when I get home it helps to take my dogs on a brisk walk.  I always feel refreshed after.  Plus it helps me to have a little downtime before my kids and the hubby get home.

Manage Stress
Stress Relief
Mediate

Stress can take a toll on our bodies and zap us of that much needed energy to get through the day.  Try to manage your stress with meditation, yoga, journaling or spending time with loved ones.  You will always feel energized after hanging out with your friends!  

 Dehydration
Water
Sparkling Water

Not drinking enough water can zap your energy quickly especially if you workout.  Water helps us to flush out the toxins, keep our tissues hydrated and our energy levels up.  Instead of reaching for a coffee reach for a glass of water.  You can add a splash of lemon or lime juice or a drop of grapefruit essential oil to add some flavor.  Try sparkling water to mix it up as well.  

I hope these simple tips will help you power through that afternoon slump.  As always if this has been a serious problem for you I suggest seeking advice from your doctor or naturopath.  Have a great week!  

 

 

February Friday Faves

February Friday Faves

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week.  I am really looking forward to a long relaxing weekend ahead.  I thought I would share a few random Friday Faves with you this week.  These are just a few things that I am currently loving right now:  my new air fryer, orange essential oil and bean pasta!

Nuwave Air Fryer

You have probably heard the hype about these just like I have.  I decided I really wanted to try one.  So far I love it!  It is super easy to use and gives food that crispy “fried” texture without all the fat and oil.  I have made bagels, French fries and chicken nuggets.  They all turned out delish!  The only downside is the size of my appliance.  It is a bit large so storage space could be an issue.  I think it is worth the extra space though!

I have been on a major orange eating kick and now I am on an orange oil kick.  I have been adding a drop of Orange Vitality oil into my water and it is so good.  I have also been diffusing it for an instant mood booster in the afternoon.  Orange oil has so many benefits like boosting immunity, helping with digestion and it can be uplifting to the mood.  It can even help whiten teeth.  I am also loving grapefruit oil in my water as well.  If you want to try it you can order here .

Orange Essential Oil

Banza Pasta 

This pasta made from chickpeas is an awesome alternative to regular pasta.  It is high protein, high fiber and gluten free.  To me it tastes like regular pasta.  I made spaghetti the other day with it and my kids never mentioned anything about the taste or texture.  I didn’t tell them I made the swap.  It comes in many different options like ziti, shells, rotini and even wheels.  You have to  try it and let me know what you think.  You can buy it at most grocery stores, Target or order it here:

 

Here are a few other favorites from around the web:

This Workout!  I did it again on Saturday.  It is awesome! 

Valentines Dessert

Bagels (still obsessed) 

What are you into lately?  I would love to hear from you.  

 

Flat Belly Tips: Beating Bloat

Now that the holidays are over do you find yourself feeling a little bloated like you have a small food baby in your tummy? Don’t worry bloating is totally common and you may be surprised to find out what contributes to it. Today I am sharing tips for beating that bloated feeling.

Tips for bloating

Eating Too Quickly:  Slow down and really enjoy your food.  Focus on chewing your food thoroughly and enjoying the taste and texture.  No need to rush!  

Chewing Gum:  I don’t chew gum anymore!  I found that this was a major cause of my bloating.  Chewing a lot of gum can lead to ingesting a lot of air.  Instead opt for mints or a little peppermint essential oil on your tongue if you need to freshen your breath.  

Too Much Fiber:  Be sure not to increase your fiber too quickly.  This can lead to bloat.  If your New Year’s resolution is to eat more veggies (yeah that is mine too) then you could see an increase in your bloat.  Go slow and be careful with cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts.  Those tend to be gas producing.  

You’re Dehydrated:  Be sure to stay fully hydrated.  When you are dehydrated your body can tend to retain water.  Aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.  

Artificial Sweeteners:  This one is big for me too.  When I was eating a ton of protein bars I noticed I was always gassy and bloated!  Then I realized they contained sucralose.   Artificial sweeteners can lead to gas and bloating so try not to consume too many or opt for natural sweeteners instead.  

Constipation:  Be sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet and staying hydrated.  Being physically active 3 times a week can also help with constipation.  

Carbonated Drinks:  Drinking too many carbonated drinks can cause major bloating.  Carbonation causes gas to get trapped in your intestines causing gas and bloating.  Instead add lemon or lime to regular water.  

One of my favorite ways to combat bloat quickly is with Digize essential oil.  It totally helps me with any tummy issues when get them.  I dilute it with a little coconut oil and rub on my tummy for quick relief.  Sometimes I will do a few yoga poses for digestion as well.  Total game changer.  Give it a try!  

I hope your 2018 is off to a great start!  I will be sharing lots of healthy tips, workouts, essential oil recipes and more on the blog in January so be sure to subscribe to get the latest updates.  Have an awesome week!  

 

10 WAYS ESSENTIAL OILS SAVE US MONEY

Hi guys I hope you all had a great Christmas.  We sure did!   I wanted toEssential Oils Can Save You Money share a little something I am currently trying to focus on this month and into the New Year.  I am going to try to ditch some of the chemicals I am using in my house and as personal care products on my family and I.  I have been using Young Living Oils now for a few years but I have never realized until recently that they have so many uses.  So many people say that oils are expensive but I have to disagree.  I thought I would give you 10 ways essential oils can save us money and help us stay healthy too!  So here you go!  

10 WAYS ESSENTIAL OILS SAVE US MONEY!

  1. You don’t have to buy room sprays, candles or plug-in’s anymore— diffuse Purification + Lemon  or Lavender + Lemon or  Frankincense + Stress Away!
  2. You don’t have to run to the store for something on the shelf when your oils at home do the trick— Thieves for immune system, RC for chest rub, Lavender on accidents in the kitchen and scars while. Purification on blemishes, Lemon to detox, and more!
  3. You don’t have to buy fancy face makeup wipes or washes  when you can make your own at home.  Try this amazing oil cleanse .  It smells so good and it works!   I love it!  
  4. You don’t have to buy veggie wash anymore— just put your veggies and fruit in the sink or stainless steel bowl with water and add 3-5 drops Lemon and some vinegar!  So easy and so inexpensive over time!
  5. You don’t have to buy household cleaner anymore— make your own with water and Thieves!   Check this out: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PZFmyfpjJ_s
  6. You don’t have to buy scented Epsom salts, body scrubs or lotions anymore—add your own oils to the salts or lotions! 1 cup Epsom salts with 3-5 drops Panaway or Lavender! I love peppermint body scrub post workout!  So invigorating.  
  7. You can replace your perfume with Stress Away, Frankincense, or Thieves!  My favorites are Stress Away and Joy!
  8. You can make your own hand soaps, salves, and lotions using oils and natural ingredients! Hand soap: 1 Tablespoon Unscented Castile Soap, water, and 10 drops Thieves and Lemon essential oils then put in a foaming pump!
  9. You don’t have to buy breath freshener anymore— use Peppermint instead!
  10. The oils keep your immune system up so ya know, less trips to the store and the doctor— use Thieves, Frankincense, Lemon and RC!

These are just a few ways!  Sometimes people say “ Wow, the Starter Kit is Young Living Starter Kitexpensive.”  I always try to be mindful of our budgets BUT I also have to stress the importance of how the Premium Starter Kit can save your household money and you will be using less chemicals on your family too!  

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils email me at 4liviingthewrightway@gmail.com.  Don’t forget I will be starting a Healthy New Year Facebook group too so head on over and like my page to get updates!  Have a great week!

 

Super Sweaty Treadmill, Arms and Abs Workout

Happy Friday!  I am so glad it is the weekend and December 1st.  I have all my holiday decorations up and I am feeling festive.  

This week I changed up my workouts a bit and boy am I feeling it. I added in an additional run/weights day using the workout below.  I tried to make it similar to an Orangetheory workout just not using the rowing machine.   It was AWESOME and I am super sore.

Treadmill Workout
Super Sweaty Treadmill Workout

If you need something for those sore muscles you need to try using all natural essential oils none of that junk in the stuff you can buy at the store.  I made a muscle rub and it totally did the trick.  Give it a try after this workout!  Here is the recipe:

Post Workout Rub All Natural

You can order Essential Oils Here 

Don’t forget to check back for CRUNCHMAS!  Starting soon!  The 12 days of CRUNCHMAS!!!!  Have a great weekend!

 

Friday Faves: The Squatty Potty and DIY Poo Spray

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and got to enjoy the yummy food and festivities.  Is anyone else out there shopping on Black Friday?  My mom and I have a tradition and we go every year. It’s fun to hang out and get some awesome deals.  Although shopping is not my favorite I still like to go.  

Today’s Friday fave may be a little TMI for some of you but I just have to share it.  I had been contemplating getting a Squatty Potty since I saw it on Shark Tank years ago.  I finally got one a few months ago and I love it!!!!  If you are not familiar with the Squatty Potty check out this hilarious commercial.  It pretty much explains how it works in a humorous way.  By the way I got mine at Costco!  Great deal!

I will spare you all the details but if you have ever dealt with constipation you need this in your life.  It works people!!!  

As long as we are on the subject you also need this DIY Poo Spray to go with your squatty potty.  Get rid of those aerosol sprays for a more natural cleaner version.  Put this in your bathroom and people will be glad you did!  

DIY Poo Spray Recipe DIY poo spray

  • 2 Teaspoon Rubbing Alcohol
  • 20-30 Drops Essential Oils (I like orange, lemon, and lavender) 
  • Distilled Water

Add essential oils and rubbing alcohol to a 4oz glass spray bottle.  Fill the remainder with distilled water.  Spray to freshen the room or spray in the toilet before you go.

I only use Young Living Essential Oils.  They are the best!  

I hope you guys enjoy the holiday weekend.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the squatty potty!  Have a great weekend!  

*This is not a sponsored post just sharing my love of stuff like usual.  

Friday Faves! My Favorite Essential Oils and Uses

Happy Friday!!!!!  I hope you guys had a great week.  It is officially Thanksgiving break for me and I am so ready.  For my Friday Faves I wanted to focus on how I use essential oils.  I have used Young Living Essential Oils for a few years now.  I get a lot of questions from people about how I use them so I thought I would share the details  in my Friday Faves post.  First I only use Young Living Oils.  They are by far my favorite.  I have tried others but those are sub par!  Just being honest.

Here are my most commonly used oils in my house and how I normally use them.  This is just the basics, there are so many more uses I need to try.  

essential oils

Purification:  I add a few drops into my smelly workout laundry with a bit of baking soda and/or vinegar.  This totally helps with the stink!  

Lavender and Cedar wood:  I like to diffuse one of these in my bedroom at night.  Lately my daughter has wanted to have a diffuser in her room and this is what I put in.  

Valor:  I use this one daily to help with any anxious feelings I have.  Being a mom, wife and teacher can cause some anxiety and this helps!  Plus I really love the smell.  It’s my natural perfume.  

Essential OilsPeppermint:  Headaches, Tummy Aches, and Energy!  If I feel a headache coming on I rub a bit on my temples.  It also helps with tummy troubles.  You can rub it on the tummy with coconut oil  or put a bit in your water.  I also use it pre-workout by putting some on my wrist or workout towel for an energy boost!  

Digize:  Tummy Troubles!  Just the other day my younger daughter had a tummy ache.  I rubbed this on her tummy with coconut oil.  Worked like a charm.  I also find it can help with bloating.  

Stress Away:  For stress of course!  I rub it on my wrists or diffuse as needed.  And it smells so good.  The hubby is currently trying this one! 

Thieves:  This is another popular one for immunity.  I usually diffuse it or rub it on my feet when I feel the yucky stuff coming on in our house.  Or at school!  

Tea Tree:  Acne and Athlete’s Foot.  I have been trying tea tree oil on my older daughter for blemishes (more to come on that) and it is great for athletes foot too.  

Wow I didn’t realize I used that many oils!!!!  Most of those are empty bottles!  I need a refill! 

Those are my most frequently used oils.  However, I do have to say that I also love lemon, orange,  and eucalyptus in my diffuser.  

I thought I would also mention that I just recently signed up as a Young Living distributor after taking some time off.  I realized that I was out of most of my favorite oils and I wanted to purchase a new kit with the new Aria diffuser (a kit is by the way the best way to get a ton of oils)!  If you would like more information on ordering an oil starter kit or how you can get more information on oils and Young Living feel free to email me at 4livingthewrightway@gmail.com.  I would love to chat with you more.  

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  I am ready for a little break!