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Going Through Detox When Your Body Says “NO” – And What The Liver Has To Do With ItLi

Going Through Detox With The Vitality Reset Protocol Kit

I am dreaming of a healthier liver… what about you?

Dreaming Of A Healthy Liver I Going Through Detox With The DoTERRA Reboot Protocol Kit I Paleo Vegeo Barbara Christensen Wellness Advocate

I saw this image on Instagram and it was too perfect to not share being where I am this week. I’m into the second phase of my first Vitality Reset and my skin is going crazy. That means my primary “chimneys” are struggling to detoxify all of the toxins in my body. I feel like, knowing how clean and green I live, that my body doesn’t detox well. I probably struggle a lot with the endocrine issues because of the inability to detoxify properly. How many of you feel like you are dealing with the same sort of issues?

I am going to increase the detoxification oils to more than 2 drops, twice a day. I know that often you have to increase rather than decrease. I am only using, however, one gi cleansing oil capsul a day because I don’t want to release the toxins into my body too quickly. That’s why I like this cleanse. I get to control the aspects to suit my life… and I dream of being toxin-free… although I know I’ll have to go through many rounds of this to get there.

Why The Liver Is The Focus of My Detox

Going Through Detox With The DoTERRA Reboot Protocol Kit I Paleo Vegeo Barbara Christensen Wellness Advocate

The liver is one of the most important organ in the human body and during a program like this sometimes the liver will become overloaded with toxins that are being released from storage sites throughout the body. I know this, and I know what I’m living with. This is akin to overloading a toilet, and my skin is showing it. Until then you may only see photos when I’ve had my hair professionally done. LOL… you know what I mean?

Until then you can see me standing around taking supplements, and I’ll be increasing my Vitamin D and Kelp again, and making sure I get a good dose of undenatured whey every day. I went back off the hormones. The doctor’s visits were out of town, and not covered by insurance. $300 plus another $400 or more for blood tests through their lab. Then of course the compound hormones are not covered by insurance. I’m going to try to naturally clear out my body and get my hormones back on track.

A lot of you may not realize that one of the most important functions of the liver is to break down and remove excess hormones from our body. The one hormone in particular is estrogen. As you know, estrogen is a big player in our endocrine health. When estrogen has done it’s job in the body, it is sent to the liver so it can be broken down and removed through the colon. Unfortunately, my liver is all junked up, I believe, from the excess toxins and unable to function optimally and thus cannot remove estrogen at it’s normal rate.  Estrogen is not metabolized properly and can be reabsorbed back into the body causing lots of issues.

A great article I read from Experience Life talked about how this diet all is so important in this process:  

By encouraging us to eat a lot of meat (much of which is laden with toxins), and discouraging us from eating enough fiber-rich, water-dense fruits and vegetables, such diets can slow elimination. By loading us up with so many proteins that our stomachs can’t produce enough acid to digest them all, such diets can inhibit proper digestion, overloading our liver and intestines with a stream of nasty, internally produced poisons such as indican, ammonia, cadaverine and histide.

So be thankful that you are already ahead of the game by eating more vegetables than the average person. I’ll keep sharing the journey. I am on the second ten days, and then I’ll re-nourish my digestive tract with digestive flora. And then we’ll start all over again. How many cycles I will need, I’m not sure. Will keep you posted.

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Fight or Flight… the rise in cortisol and what it’s doing to both parent and child

Fight or Flight…

When your body gets stressed out, internally you feel it more than you show. It effects your emotions, your digestion, your mental abilities and then it starts to work on your hormonal systems. That response, you know the “fight or flight”, that is what you are feeling when you get stressed. This sends a signal from the brain through the nerves to the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. We’ve seen this rise in stress-induced obesity that is directly linked to our rise in cortisol and what it does to our bodies.

Fight or Flight Cortisol Response I Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo

So let’s talk first about what symptoms you may have if your are dealing with too much or chronic stess, or even chronically elevated cortisol. There is muscle pain and tension, fatigue, low sex drive, sleeping problems, upset stomach, chest pains and headaches. You may overeat and withdraw socially. Feel angry, restless, irritable, sad, depressed and have a lack of motivation and focus. You may even have outbursts of emotion and turn to chemical abuse of many different types. (Soda, Drugs, Alcohol, Sugar, Tobacco) This stress hormone group triggers your liver to produce more blood sugar, but the problems is that with chronic stimulation that elevated glucose could turn you into a type 2 diabetic.

I had severely high stress levels during my pregnancy because I had suffered from a miscarriage two months before I was pregnant again. They were worried about the hole in my heart, my asthma, how this all was going to affect my IBD, and I started eating like crap. I didn’t know that these high levels of stress make bacterial vaginosis more likely. This during your pregnanc may increase the chance of your baby’s developing asthma or allergies later in life. And my baby did. Had I know I would have started doing prenatal yoga and meditation, but I didn’t. I also would have been making sure I was givng my child a toxic-free body to grow in, and I think that it’s only that we live that way now that she has been able to overcome so much of what her epigenics started out as.

Cortisol has a well-defined circadian rhythm. The cortisol awakening response (CAR) is an increase of about 50% in cortisol levels occurring 20–30 minutes after awakening in the morning in some people. So think about what it’s doing to you, and what about your children.

I found a study that they did in daycares on children very reflective of what happens to us when our cortisol levels are out of whack the the HPA axis activity which I’ve talked about before.

“We examined the increase in salivary cortisol from mid-morning to mid-afternoon in 151 children (3.0-4.5 yrs) in full-time home-based daycare. Compared to cortisol levels at home, increases were noted in the majority of children (63%) at daycare, with 40% classified as a stress response. Observations at daycare revealed that intrusive, over-controlling care was associated with the cortisol rise. For girls, the cortisol rise was associated with anxious, vigilant behavior, while for boys the rise was associated with angry, aggressive behavior. Child behavior did not mediate or moderate relations between care quality and the cortisol rise, except for evidence that boys scoring low on angry-aggressive behavior were more sensitive to variations in warm-supportive care than boys scoring high on this behavior.”

There was no significant associations between any of the structural measures of care quality and the rise in cortisol at daycare, and so this was completely child based.

Someone like myself and my daughter can easily sucomb to allergies and infections if we don’t watch how we eat, how we supplement and how we react to this world around us. When your adrenals crash, which mine have done many times even though I am healing, I feel just constantly drained and exhausted. It comes after even just a few short days of not getting to bed on time, eating something outside of my regular healthy diet for a number of days – although that is often a trigger from not enough sleep. Then if I am working out too much, like this last weekend, I hit the low. I need to know that I cannot do two P90X3 workouts just because I missed one if I’m going to stay up until midnight and wake up at 6am and start it all over again.

Many of you that have gone through this know how that low blood sugar and blood pressure feeling goes. Did you know that our asthma sprays contain adrenal-like hormones that mimic cortisol in the body. It’s how it works to keep you breathing. And adrenal fatigue goes hand in hand skipping through the court yard with chronic fatigue. And unfortunately then thyroid problems overlap adrenal problems. YIKES.

So what are we setting our children up for?

How can we heal our own bodies from this cortisol issues as well? 

Astragalus is both a tonic and an adrenal support herb. I noticed that when I use a supplement with this in it, I feel better. It’s why the Mito2Max from doTERRA is called an “Energy & Stamina Complex” promotes health and wellness up to the cellular level – but it’s only one part, and for me I need more than that. I take the LLV, and then the powdered greens, the shake, the irons supplements, the b-vitamins… and so on. I would like to figure out how to use just the most minimal supplements and the essential oils in the future and I believe this research is leading to that.

The Astralagus root extract is also helpful in boosting immune system function, influencing the killer T Cells, and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Dr. Axe has talked about a number of herbs to support our systems and lower our cortisol levels. That includes the astralagus root and cordyceps. We also know what ginko, and turmeric root extract (95% curcuminoids) and resveratrol are going to do to squelch that inflammation that the cortisol creates. In several experiments, ginkgo components showed activity against arthritis, skin inflammation, eye inflammation, and colitis in laboratory rats. You’ve read tons on my blog about turmeric. Also resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, appears to suppress inflammation and may fight aging, according to a new study on professional basketball players.

Another study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. It investigated the effects of resveratrol extract on oxidative stress and inflammation. The University suggests that resveratrol may reduce oxidative stress and inflammation through increased expression of anti-inflammatory cytokines and a reduction in the pro-inflammatory molecules.

Now, the real secret is to find something that actually works on all of this, is organic, healthy?? Well, I’ll try to share more as I do more research, but just know that I am looking at products and foods every day because there is nothing more important to me than my health, and the health for my family.

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Why Resolutions are just so hard to keep

Why Resolutions Are Just So Hard to Keep You Ask?? 

Coach Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo I Doterra Living Winter ResolutionsWell just about all of them. Why? Well we’ve been taught to believe that it will only take us 21 days to make those new routines a habit. But it takes about three times that. According to research it takes 66 days to get into a habit of a new routine without having to think about it. That’s well into March.

Every January we see this influx of folks signing up and heading to the gym. As a certified personal training it’s a boom… for about a month. People in our society want fast results. We want dinner in a hurry. We want to lose 10 pounds tomorrow. We want to look ten years younger overnight. We want to be rich yesterday.

When we find out that health and wealth actually take a little work, we get frustrated and walk away. In fact 88% of you “new year’s resolution” folks are going to walk away by February. And that’s out of the 45% that made a resolution in the first place.

So how can you reach your goals and keep your resolution? 

I think that last year I read an article that actually covered this and I truly believe it from my practice as a life coach. So here are those tips.

1. Keep Your Energy Up: When you are feeling low energy you will make excuses. You really are just tired often times when you say you don’t have the time. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercise to keep aligned to those items you want in life.

2. Make the Right Goal: Don’t say you want to lose 10 pounds if it’s not a good fit resolution for you. If you don’t hit that goal you’ll be depressed and walk away. Say “I’m going to lose 2% of my body weight this month” or “I am going to drop a dress size this year”… make it something you can strive to attain. And align your goals to your priorities and your purpose. It’s like the network marketing business. Those that get into it to “get rich” are either scummy and prey on people’s desperation, or walk away when they have no passion for the product. Go for the things you love, you cherish and will enhance your life experience. Go for the things that make your family better, and give you joy.

3. Be S.M.A.R.T: You’ve heard me no doubt talk about setting specific goals if you’ve known me long enough. Goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. I’ve been connected with what Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital has been up to because of the essential oils and so here is a boring great video that you can watch to cover SMART goal setting.

I love how one programmer used the concept of Agile Programming with SMART goal planning he said:

  • S for specific: during each sprint planning, the team agrees on a specific set of tasks to achieve, and commits to doing them. The tasks (and the user stories), answer the questions of what do I want to accomplish, purposes/benefits of accomplishing the goal, who is involved, where it takes place, and constraints.
  • M for measurable: the list of these tasks, plus the movement of the tickets throughout the sprint, from development to code review to QA to release (or whatever your flow is), answers the questions of how much work and when will it be accomplished.
  • A for attainable: functioning Agile groups don’t typically commit to something in the planning stage unless it is clearly attainable — all the pieces are there to know how to accomplish it
  • R for relevant: questions like is it worthwhile, is it the right time, does it match our other efforts — stories and tasks don’t get pulled into a sprint, and committed to, unless the answer is yes to all these questions (typically…YMMV)
  • T for time-bound: a sprint is necessarily time-bound, be it 2 weeks, 3 weeks, more, or less.
  • 4. Make A Plan: If you take this to your own resolutions what you can see is that you need to break it into chunks that are able to get done in 2 – 3 weeks. Make this plan, but be prepared to fail. That’s part of Agile. You learn from it. Daily check in with what you’ve done, what was successful and what you are going to do next as you go through these action steps. My husband has pushed me into Agile over years of me trying to get away from it… but really it’s a big part of what I think helps you be successful. Chalene Johnson says you should reverse engineer your goals, and I believe in that. Reverse engineer what you are going for, and then use that as your agile guide.

    I believe if you look at this in the new light of longer term, smaller, realistic goals you will tip that 88% scale and we’ll start seeing a lot more people reaching those resolution (intention) goals instead of feeling frustrated and failing.

    Detoxing From Heavy Metal Poisoning Can Be Toughest For Vegans

    Detoxing From Heavy Metal Poisoning 

    Heavy metal poisoning is far more common than you may think.  You can get it from mercury tooth fillings, immunization shots, poor environmental factors. The average adult inhales thousands of trillions of mercury atoms a day from a mouthful of amalgams; fish provides trillions more, the air more, and in children, vaccines provide surges of trillions of mercury molecules per day in the form of ethyl-mercury, which is vastly more toxic than metallic mercury. Insulin molecules are directly assaulted as are insulin receptor sites.

    The Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen I Doterra I Detoxing From Heavy Metal Poisoning
    Did you know that the geometry of your insulin can be changed by mercury? If it is the message that insulin has arrived to give glucose to the cell is not received.

    Mercury is the most potent enzyme inhibitor that exists; it is in a class of its own and well deserves its title as the most toxic non-radioactive element. Since mercury and lead attach themselves at these highly vulnerable junctures of proteins, they can readily provoke biochemical shifts and then morphological changes in the body.

    The formula I’ve most seen online to get rid of heavy metals – a gel cap 2x a day filled with a couple of drops each of cinnamon, clove, cassia and oregano.

    “Supplements helpful in the detoxification process include: cilantro, Vitamin C, selenium, garlic and others. Eating a clean diet, free of pesticides, is a must for a detoxification program. I encourage my clients to eat whole foods, with adequate amounts of plant based protein sources while detoxing. Eliminating the refined sugar, refined flour, and refined salt will help any health condition and help any detoxification program.

    Here’s the deal, however, you have to have sulfur in your diet to detox properly, even with the support of something like essential oils in your plan. Nutrition is so important and we are so busy thinking about the medicine, we often forget the nutrition.

    In a study these doctors, Dr. McCully,  and Dr. Ingenbleek, MD that took place in Chad, they looked at twenty-four rural male subjects ages eighteen to thirty, and fifteen urban male controls, ages eighteen to twenty-nine. (Women in this region of Chad could not be studied because of their animistic beliefs and proscriptions against collecting their urine.)

    The rural men were apparently healthy, physically active farmers with good lipid profiles. Their staple foods included cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, millet and ground nuts. Cassava leaves, cabbages and carrots provided good levels of carotenes, folates and pyridoxine (B6). The rural Chadian diet is plant-based because of a shortage of grazing lands and livestock, but subjects occasionally consume some B12-containing foods, mostly poultry and eggs, though very little dairy or meat. Their diet could be described as high carb, high fiber, low in both protein and fat, and low in the sulfur-containing amino acids. The urbanites added in meat. The results fround that the near-vegetarian subjects were thinner, with poorer muscle tone, and showed subclinical signs of protein malnutrition.

    So are you deficient in sulfur? 

    If you aren’t vegan, eggs are among the highest dietary sources of sulfur, more so than meat. Another major source of sulfur in your diet is methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM. The plant foods that are typically high in MSM include Brussels sprouts, garlic, onions, asparagus, legumes and kale. Mmmm… Kale!! Two B vitamins contain large amounts of sulfur. These are thiamin, or vitamin B-1, and biotin, which is also known as vitamin H or vitamin B-7. Biotin is present in large amounts in a variety of protein foods, including egg yolks, sardines, nuts and legumes. Other good sources include cauliflower, bananas and mushrooms. I also take a great B Complex daily because I just don’t feel like with my allergies I’m getting enough.

    Dietary sulfur helps to improve the health of your joints, skin, hair, nails and connective tissues. It can also slow nerve impulses, potentially helping to reduce pain. So let’s think about that… if you struggle to detox, you have issues with inflammation, joint pain, and you aren’t getting the sulfur needed to detox – you’re going to just be pushing the toxins out and into other areas of your body, and causing more inflammation and pain. And what you are most likely doing if you aren’t flushing the toxins out of your body, is flushing the good bacteria out of your body instead. So you’re making the digestive issues worse, and that is the lead brain in all of this we’ve learned. Your gut is in more control than you think.

    So this sulfur enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes. You want the essential oils to be able to pass in through the cell membranes. And since sulfur is directly below oxygen in the periodic table, these toxic elements have similar electron configurations. Not only does sulfur have a unique action on body tissues, but it will decrease the pressure inside the cell. In removing fluids and toxins, sulfur affects the cell membrane. Sulfur is present in all cells and forms sulfate compounds with sodium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. Organic sulfur, in addition to eliminating heavy metals, regenerates, repairs and rebuilds all the cells in the body.

    Get it right, support the detox and hopefully feel better. And tomorrow I’ll share why I got into this in the first place… because it all comes together if you can wait long enough to really figure out my thought process. See you tomorrow for Part 2.

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    Hormone Contributing to the Unhealthy Way You Feel, For Women And Men

    Hormone Contributing to the Unhealthy Way You Feel, and what it does to your life.

    Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen I Supplements for Hormone SupportI started working on hormones a few months ago, about four actually. I can make it through the day now, when I couldn’t before. My life has become this weirdness of supplements and creams and timed pills. I’m now to a point where I’m going to push even more to fit in more of the natural changes to get rid of some of the supplements, more nutrition, and more essential oils. It’s crazy to think of how far I’ve come in this. So have hope that you will get better, but it does cycle. Good days, AMAZINGLY good days are often a sign of an upcoming crash. Keep up the work and be hopeful for your health.Let me tell you my opinion (nothing on my website as you’ve read is a medical diagnostic or claim of a cure. I am not a doctor) just what I’ve found through this process. 

    Here are some insights on hormones that I’ve read up on: 

    Out of whack hormones are the culprit behind so much disease–type 2 diabetes in particular. Some indicators are;

    • persistent weight gain
    • loss of muscle mass
    • low libido
    • fatigue 
    • anxiety, irritability, depression (omegas/essential fatty acids also reduce bad cholesterol which contribute.)
    • insomnia (lavender, slim and sassy to calm adrenals.)
    • excessive sweating
    • digestive issues (digestive enzymes and probiotics can help)
    • food cravings

    This was a huge red flag for me before having the five vials of blood drawn and tested. The fatigue for me had gotten so bad that I some nights could not drive home from picking my husband up. I had to have him drive because I was ready to just fall asleep at the wheel. My weight kept going up regardless of the workouts I was doing, and I couldn’t sleep through the night. Don’t even get me started on the cravings… it’s really been a huge change to deal with for someone like me that was always healthy and never dealt with weight before my daughter was born.

    I didn’t realize I was moving into that place where I was at the hormone inhibitor UNHAPPY zone: Hormone inhibitors are;

    • age (I’m 45)
    • poor diet (I ate JUNK when I was pregnant and for the first 18 months after in part to trying to conform to Suburban life) 
    • oxidation 
    • xenoestrogens (fake estrogen caused by pretty much everything bad around us—Phytoestrogen supplement helps eliminate xenoestrogens and it is adaptogenic to balance estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.)
    • inflammation (this one is chronic for me)
    • stress (Let’s see… miscarriage, pregnancy, lay off, move, job change, move… lots of illnesses for my daughter)
    • sedentary lifestyle (Went from nothing to something, but for a while it really wasn’t enough)
    • environmental toxins

    High estrogen—even fake xenoestrogens push down your progesterone to be low. I take a pediatric does of progesterone now because I have lots of allergies to the things you can take to support your progesterone. Things that help bring up your progesterone are; whole seeds and nuts, avocado, leafy greens, yams. I’m using some supplementals with both thyme and oregano essential oils in them, and using geranium essential oil which really should be a must have oil for any woman or man dealing with hormone imbalance. In fact I recommend you rub 1-2 drops of the thyme and oregano with a few drops of FCO (fractionated coconut oil) on the bottom of the feet daily. Do not over-use oregano! Use daily for 10 days, and then give your system a rest. I also use just a dab of geranium with my aluminum-free deodorant. In fact Geranium and Cypress are an amazing combination to dab after you’ve done the deodorant. I use the Kiss My Face Sport. Geranium has this sweet floral smell but also has astringent and antiseptic properties. And the Cypress helps reduce excessive sweating. And if you’ve moved into the “aluminum-free” you know that sweating can be a problem on those hot days. Enough said. You’ll thank me for that tip if not all others.

    Some other oils that help with the whole endocrine system are: citrus oils (think lemon oil in the morning), ylang ylang, Roman Chamomile, Serenity, Balance, Elevation, Frankincense, Lavender, Conifer Oils. I use daily for specifically my adrenals Basil and Rosemary. there is also another great blend that is great for those PMS/PMSD symptoms.

    Essential Oils for menopause symptoms;

    Hot flashes – Peppermint, Geranium, Citrus oils, Clary Sage
    Fatigue – Ginger, Peppermint, White Fir
    Libido – Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Peppermint,  Clary Sage

    Many studies Indicate the benefit of EO’s to protect DNA and reverse DNA damage—-DDR Prime is a great supplement for that, and as I get into the protocols in the next few months remember this. And also you have to really boost that glutathione level back to where it’s supposed to be. Glutathione is truly the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system and to get rid of those xenoestrogens this is your travel agent, Can you see the importance of having enough Glutathione in the system?

    Glutathione elevation is aided by;
    Undenatured Whey Protein (WAVSmart)
    D-limonene (Grapefruit and Wild Orange oils, metabolic oils are a great tool for this)
    Exercise – Yoga, Walking, Strength Training and HIITS

    These tools and ideas are so related to men as well. Men suffer at the same rates these days as women with hormone imbalances. Hormones are balanced when we have our deficiencies corrected. For women it’s usually iron, but for men it’s usually zinc. Also for both it’s bad diet, obesity, and those darn xenoestrogens. Also for those men that like to drink, alcohol converts testosterone to estrogen which is why men that drink more often get man boobs. If you are vegetarian and add in soy milk… dude you are in trouble! So keep in mind that phytoestrogen is even great for men! A good supplement pack is something I recommend for most men. More so than women they often are getting even less nutrients and minerals during the day. 

    So what does a hormone balancing day of meals look like now? 

    For Breakfast it’s something like collard greens in coconut oil, side of berries and a protein shake with added Maca powder. (capsule dumped in because the air corrupts the maca, so don’t buy bags of it.) Lunch is a green salad with either some salmon or other lean protein and added omegas, an apple sliced with some pumpkin or squash puree with cinnamon in it. Then dinner is a sweet potato or other root vegetables, some selenium rich crab and salsa.

    This of it like this: 

    Breakfast: {Eat Like A Queen}
    Lunch: {Eat Like A Princess}
    Dinner: {Eat Like The Pauper} 

    Follow the 40/30/30. That’s where I was actually most successful before in life because I was following the Zone. But the Zone for most people still has too many of the bad carbs, the bad fats and the bad red meats. Think of this like the Paleo Vegeo Balanced version. Keep watching for more protocol information and more info on how this relates to so many other problems we are facing in our current social model of health. 

    Natural Anti-Inflammatory Support and Pain Relief for All Ages – Starting with my loves!

    All Natural Anti-Inflammatory Support and Pain Relief for All Ages

    muscle soreness essential oils

    My husband has amazingly bad knees (surgery and otherwise), and my daughter they want to test for autoimmune issues. She’s just turned 8. After the conference I started talking everything I’d learned, and finally he was in such pain the other night I decided to use the Force {Wintergreen, Frankincense, Deep Muscle Oil Blend, Birch Essential Oils} and then added in Cedarwood and Rosemary. My husband started Monday back to his workout program, Body Beast, which is a lot of heavy lifting for him, so he was more sore than usual. On vacation we used the cedarwood every day, but I didn’t think to use the combination I had heard about during one of the talks.

    So Monday night I applied The Force Plus Yoda (which I’m calling it around the house) and gave him the omegas and some curcumin supplements, and then did the oils on my daughter as well. I noticed my daughter just almost lied right down and went straight to sleep. First off she never does that. She uses every bit of energy and is your total ADHD kid that can’t just go to sleep. The last time she did something like that was with teething tablets when she was a baby. She’d be in so much pain and when the tablets would finally work, she would be out. Like it was like instant relief. My husband seemed to go to sleep pretty easy as well, and last night he was really complaining and did the same. Into bed and fast to sleep. I’ve applied this every night since.

    This morning he posted, “Actually, I think I’ve just realized that everything *but* my knees hurts. I’ll be keeping on Barbara Christensen’s concoction for a few days to see if this keeps up.”

    This is a guy that thinks this is all natural hooey. LOL… and now he’s sold. Got to love that, and I love that I have something to help him, and my little girl with her pain. I think we’ll start with twice a day to see how it goes, but this is a life saver for any sort of muscle/joint pain in my opinion.

    So what is in the Anti-Inflammatory Essential Oil Protocol?

    The Force was created by this amazing kid, Patrick. he was diagnosed with childhood arthritis (spondyloathropathy) as well as Enethetis which happens to be another form of arthritis when he was just 11 years old. He had several years of just not feeling good, not being able to play sports with other kids, and had been on medication for six years. He was pretty sick, lots of gut issues and was overweight when Laura Jacobs met him. She introduced him to our amazing oils, and with his mom 15 year old Patrick decided to make some changes in his life. He went to the allergist, and my daughter and I haven’t been in over three years so now is the time for us to go. Patrick also not only eliminated the bad foods from his diet, he started drinking green smoothies and started working out. He felt a vitality and the ability to be a kid!

    The Force is his own blend of Deep Muscle Oil Blend, Frankincense, Wintergreen + Birch. It helps his arthritic pain, and then when he works out during the day he uses Deep Muscle Oil Blend and Ginger. I added the use of Yoda to make this something more specific for my family. I don’t think anyone realized how amazingly powerful The Force Plus Yoda would be…

    “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.” – Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

    Rosemary has been used for treating circulation problems, as well as joint and muscle pain such as myalgia, sciatica and intercostal neuralgia. And the Cedarwood has been amazing. Cedarwood essential oil may be useful they say for anxiety, arthritis, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, psoriasis, fluid retention. It’s the safe “oregano” so that you can apply it to the skin without diluting. It also may help stimulate the pineal gland they say, which will release melatonin… and there it is. The sleep factor. It all made sense to me to use this for my family in a way that I didn’t get initially, but knew it was something important. Sometimes we all need a little Yoda in our lives. Powerful, loving, kind, wisdom.

    Supporting and healing adrenal fatigue naturally

    Supporting and healing adrenal fatigue naturally with essential oils, vitamins, and nutrients

    Adrenal Fatigue Support with Barbara Christensen Coach Ocean Avenue Founding Ambassador doTERRA

    I had a severe adrenal fatigue issue a few years ago, and then I started drinking coffee. MAJOR fail! So I dropped the coffee, and cleaned up my act, and thought that maybe it was just a passing phase.

    So then this last month I really up’d my workouts, after a long Beast 90 days, and the extra HIIT and Plyo workouts made me feel AMAZING at the end of them, but then I would totally crash!

    So …. you may think, ‘that sounds like me’.

    What is Adrenal Fatigue?

    Do you feel tired for no reason, or get that post-workout High then crash? Do you find that where you used to get up easily, you are having trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Is the first thing you reach for a cup of coffee, soda, energy drink, sweets or salty treats to get you moving? (or to keep you moving mid-afternoon) Do you feel more stressed than usual and totally run down?

    If you answered “yes” to these questions then you are probably experiencing this really unpleasant thing called adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal gland function becomes less than optimal. And your diet, the way you workout, the stress at work or surrounding relationships can have an effect on all of that.

    To support your adrenals you can add these essential oils to 1/4 teaspoon of the FCO (coconut oil) and apply as a warm compress over the adrenal glands (located on top of the kidneys).
    . 3 drops clove
    . 3 drops nutmeg
    . 7 drops rosemary

    That’s a great start.

    Also besides that, I have to say “Welcome to my Life Trim60! Invigorate and WheySmart has been the best support to my adrenal glands, and in reducing stress. Didn’t I hear that somewhere before? {Thanks, Franco for the info!} I have learned that you have to support your adrenals specifically with nutrition, especially when you up the game.

    While the adrenal glands need numerous nutrients to function normally, perhaps the most important of them all is vitamin C, and a lot of people with really stressed out adrenals can’t tolerate the vitamin C supplements, but they can tolerate acerola berries in a highly concentrated formula like in WheySmart. Sufferers of adrenal fatigue are hit particularly hard by vitamin C deficiency. The production of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, characteristically low in this disorder, is dependent on an ongoing supply of vitamin C. If this supply dwindles, so too does the secretion of adrenal hormones. This feeble response from the adrenal glands places the body under further stress, further increasing demand for the vitamin C. The importance of intervention with the appropriate amounts of this nutrient should not be overlooked. And the ingredients in Invigorate also work to reduce that cortisol and daily stress level. I love it.

    One of the most relevant features of this immune imbalance is the susceptibility to yeast infections. So if you have stressed out adrenals then you need to stay away from added sugar. The products I recommend have no added sugar. The way I eat – which is Paleo Vegeo – has no added sugar.

    Adrenal Support Soup

    Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Soup by Taz using Support from Paleo Vegeo

    The following vegetable soup recipe has proved helpful in adrenal support. It is rich in minerals and alkalinizing to help balance the acidity that usually occurs in people experiencing adrenal fatigue and stress. I talk a lot about alkalinizing with using the Paleo Vegeo basic lifestyle changes in your diet starting today. This soup has a calming, settling effect. They call it “Taz,” comes from Dolores S. Downey’s “Balancing Body Chemistry with Nutrition” seminars.

    Ingredients:
    16 oz. green beans
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 zucchini, sliced
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 cup tomato juice
    1 cup spring water
    2 tbsp. raw local honey
    1 tsp. paprika
    1 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth}

    Directions: 
    Combine ingredients and simmer for one hour until vegetables are tender. Pepper to taste.

    How easy!! I hope that you’ll move forward with more health!

    Naturally Vegan and Paleo ways to lighten skin spots on your body

    Naturally Vegan and Paleo ways to lighten skin spots on your body with doTERRA Essential OilsNaturally Vegan and Paleo ways to lighten skin spots on your body

    It can be hard to find natural, organic, certified products to use on your skin, especially for those items like skin spots. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found great skin care products, but not one of them did a thing to the ever present skin spot on my face. So I went searching to find a natural way to take care of this problem, and of course had to share with all of you.

    Daily Skin Care process {use after your have done your regular cleanser, but before you do your moisturizer}

    AM Process for lightening skin spots: 

    1. Step One: Combine one teaspoon honey with 1/2 teaspoon WheyBeyond and 1/4 tsp distilled water. Apply directly to affected areas. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes, and then rinse clean with tepid water. 
    2. Step Two: Apply fresh unprocessed Orange Juice {Finally something to do with the oranges besides eating them} directly to age spot. OJ contains lactic acid and vitamin C, which exfoliates sun-damaged skin and areas that are over-pigmented.
    3. Step Three: Combine 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil with about ½ ounce of  fractionated coconut oil. Apply to age spots twice per day. Your lemon essential oil naturally offers the bleaching properties that will gently lighten spots; however it does take time so make sure to apply the solution daily.

    PM Process for lightening skin spots: 

    1. Step One: Combine 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil with about ½ ounce of  fractionated coconut oil. Apply to age spots twice per day. Your lemon essential oil naturally offers the bleaching properties that will gently lighten spots; however it does take time so make sure to apply the solution daily.
    2. Step One: Apply fresh aloe vera gel, straight from a plant if you have one. This helps get rid of old cells and encourage new healthy skin growth.

    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    Seattle Weddings by Design uncorks – a fun event

    Seattle Bride invited us out, and with Seattle Weddings by Design uncorks with BevMo’s Tukwila location

    As a support system to the catering industry with my amazing certified pure grade essential oils like black pepper oil, cilantro oil, and for the best lemon buttercream our lime essential oil, LifeEssentially.com went with Seattle Weddings by Design‘s very own Mindy Alderson to the special pre-launch event at BevMo’s newest location in Tukwila. Some of the amazing vendors there were photographer, Elizabeth Messina, Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas, beautiful dresses by Kirstie Kelly, and some of the best catered food from Melissa of Foodz Catering. The Caprese Salad Pipets were to die for. A creamy balsamic sauce a pipet (those quaint little devices commonly used in laboratories) accompanies fresh mozzarella, basil, and sweet cherry tomatoes. I could have eaten the entire plate full of them. They were a huge hit, as were these amazing little wrapped asparagus things in a small container with a yummy tart sauce in the bottom of it. Honestly I almost didn’t have room for the Creme de la Creme cupcakes… did I say “almost”. They had a key lime cupcake and a red velvet cupcake with a cheesecake buttercream frosting. Let’s just say I had to do an extra workout on top of my usual Body Beast after eating two… I admit… I had two. I couldn’t help myself. It was a very non-paleo evening, but worth it.

    So on to the best part Seattle Weddings By Design uncorks Bevmo’s Tukwila location

    Seattle Brides event at BevMo in TukwilaI admit I have never heard of BevMo and I was surprised by it. I have never seen so many different kinds of vodka in one place, or wine, or gin… need I say more. What I loved is that you can register your reception there and let their team of beverage experts help you and your wedding planner select the best beverages for your special day. With the registration you get a personal one-on-one service. They had some great ideas like His & Hers cocktails, a martini bar, a mimosa bar, and they have prices to fit every budget.  The new 10,000 square foot store, located at 17197 Southcenter Pkwy, will provide local beverage lovers a selection of thousands of wines, spirits, and beers, as well as scrumptious gourmet food items, cocktail mixers, glassware, bar accessories and more. I have never seen so many amazing drinks in my life. The Tieton Cider Works Precipice Perry I thought would be perfect for a wedding. This amazing pear Cider is made exclusively from traditional Perry pears grown in our Washington orchards. These pears are slow and challenging to grow, but the nose of a ripe pear and the dry finish of this cider are worth it. 6.9% Alcohol. Ciders are an expression of the harvest and reflective of the fruit and the place that it is grown. Tieton Cider Works organically grow over forty varieties of cider apples and perry pears for our award winning ciders as well as many varieties for the fresh market. It really was a wonderful event, and I was so glad to be a part of it.
    Barbara Christensen is the owner of  Bija Coaching, a holistic lifestyle coach and certified personal trainer.  She offers  essential oils to clients as a way of naturally healing, enhancing events and for aromatic therapy.