Emotional Eater

It was not that long ago I would have eaten my favorite (terrible for me) food to  help me deal with whatever emotional stress I was dealing with at the time…

I struggled with the idea that I was an emotional eater…

I didn’t want to accept the fact that I used food as a crutch to get me through hard times…

Food was my friend!  It brought me comfort, it tasted good, and it eased whatever pain I was going through.  It was my favorite coping mechanism.  But not long after eating, I felt GUILT.  It was awful!  It took me so long to truly realize and understand all these elements and put together a better way.

I have done a lot of work on myself in the last year.  I’ve read a lot of books, spent a lot of time learning about food and how REAL food helps my body.  I’ve succeeded and failed (a lot)  Now I know how to listen to my body better and avoid certain foods because they make my body feel awful or sluggish.  I even discovered that cabbage gives me migraines!  (who knew?)

One of the biggest things I’ve discovered?  I like to run!  ok, I know…not many people like to run, but I’ve found joy in it.  It is an amazing feeling to set a goal with my running and accomplish it!  It’s an awesome rush to cross a finish line and beat your previous time!  I never dreamed that one day I would enjoy running, but here I am!

We had a crazy, busy, stressful week where I spent most of it as a single parent because my husband had a lot of meetings in the evenings.  It happens sometimes, and we were doing pretty good handling it.  He asked me if there was something I wanted to do on Saturday on my own since I probably needed a little time away.  My very first response was, I want to run!  I want to go run and not worry about how long I’m gone.  I wanted to hit the trail and just GO.  This shocked me when I thought about it later…when did I change into someone who WANTED to run?!?

Well, I went!  I decided to run 5 miles.  It was a little longer than I normally run, but I have an 20160514_1648198k race coming up on Memorial Day, and I needed to get a practice run in.  It was hard!  My knees hurt, my back hurt, my toes even started to hurt…but I just kept telling myself, you can do this!  You can achieve this!  Don’t give up!  And I didn’t.  I hit 5 miles and it was AMAZING!  I was so glad I didn’t give up, and so thankful that I didn’t quit when it got hard.

This is my change of pace.  This is the new me.  No longer do I need food to help me get through the hard times in my life because I have figured out healthier ways to handle the blows life brings my way. No longer do I need to be an emotional eater!

How do you handle your stress?  What helps you when going through a lot of emotions?  Do you eat, run, meditate, draw a bath and turn on soft music?  How do you deal with life’s hard times?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Hope

Wow…just wow!  I am blown away by the response from last night’s blog post sharing with all of you the very beginning of our journey with our son.  So many of you reached out to me in support and love.  Offering prayers, ideas for food, books, resources, and most of all…hope.  You gave me hope that we can do this.  That we can help him as a  family and that this is a good thing.

In my reading last night I came across this, “The Brain Balance program is based on clinically proven findings that the way your child’s brain functions today is not necessarily the way that it has to function for the rest of his life.  Dr. Melillo’s research and the research of others has found that many children can recover from disorders such as autism, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, dyslexia, and others when their unique developmental needs are met and the underlying causes of these disorders are addressed.  Even children with the severest forms of these disorders have the capacity to improve behaviorally and academically and learn skills that will enrich their quality of life.”  –Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo

This also gave me hope for my son.  I realize this isn’t a cure all, or a one stop miracle.  This is going to take work, effort and commitment and will give him skills that we will continue to build on for the rest of his life.

He will not receive a label in this program.  We aren’t told an exact diagnosis, just that he has a right brain weakness and that disorders such as ADHD, autism, OCD, anxiety, and Aspberger’s also align with right brain weakness.  Since we homeschool and don’t require an IEP like in the school system, it isn’t a big deal for us not to have a label for him.  We actually are thankful for this because many times once these children are labeled, they are put into a box that they can only do so much.  I’ve seen many overcome these boundaries and labels, so I totally realize that is possible.  We feel blessed that he doesn’t have to endure that obstacle (at least right now) and that this is the path we have been lead down and are thankful we are in a position where a label doesn’t matter.  We realize this isn’t the case for everyone, that we all have different journeys, and are happy to have you a part of ours.

I’m so thankful for all of the positive feedback and thankful to have this online community of support for us!  Keep following this blog and my facebook page, Wellness Momma – Elyse McLeod to be a part of our adventure.

Failing at Weight Loss

I have NEVER been skinny, but I’ve never really been healthy either.  I didn’t understand my relationship with food and truly how it affected my weight.  I know what you are thinking…Use more calories than you eat…right?  But it isn’t always that simple.  I have failed many times in this journey to be happy with the body that I have, and honestly, I still fail at it!  It has NOT been easy! That scale is one of my worst enemies some weeks, and learning and valuing that I am more than just a number on that scale, has been absolutely freeing! Taking the time to educate myself on what good food and nutrition is, has changed me into someone I’d never thought I’d be.

You see, changing the way you eat isn’t easy and isn’t as black and white as some people who don’t struggle with food make it out to be.  Any of you out there who have tried to change their eating habits, know exactly what I’m talking about.  We all are raised a certain way, grow up with certain foods, and many celebrated life events happen around food.  When you tell your friends and family that you can’t have some amazing dish that they know you love, they unknowingly sabotage you by saying something like, “it’s ok to just have a little bit…right?  I mean it is your favorite!”  Many times you give in and justify that little bit, which why not?  It’s just a couple bites, it can’t really hurt!  But what difficult thing I have learned about myself is…the justification in that moment, leads to another one the next meal, and another the next day.   Soon I realize that I have drastically veered from the eating plan that I was completely committed to before going to that family event!  Can anyone else relate?

Here’s the good news…it just takes practice!  Now that I have been committed for some time now, I get less flack for bringing my own food and sticking to my plan.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still difficult, and I still struggle with wanting to eat what everyone else is eating.  But now, I’m able to remember how those foods make my body feel awful, and in turn how awesome my body feels when I put REAL food in it!  You know that saying, “It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.”  That can completely apply throughout many struggles in your life! That’s not only my mindset with food, but with exeslique_tea_550rcise. It isn’t getting easier, I am getting stronger!

One of my favorite little secrets that get me through what used to be my afternoon snack is Young Living’s Slique Tea. I just brew a cup of that at about 3pm on the days I need to tide myself over to dinner, and it does wonders for me! Plus it has vital essential oils that assist in detox of my body, and we all need help detoxing the yucky stuff out of our bodies!

I’m still on the journey to truly be happy with my size.  I’m still losing weight, gaining muscle, and shaping this body God gave me.  It’s a journey that has taken me YEARS to get through.  I hope that I can be a support to you on your journey to be a healthier version of you!

Contact me and I’ll help you with your plan and share more with you on how I do what I do.

Super B…super Me!

Not too long ago someone asked me how I could possibly have so much energy with all that I do?  Working from home, homeschooling my children, pursuing this healthier version of myself and going to 3-4 TRX classes a week, running, multiple activities at church, and of course taking care of my children and running a household!  You know, we pursue and do everything that the Lord puts in front of us.  Have you heard that saying that the Lord will never give you more than you can handle?  Many times I question that!  (I think we all have our moments)  I took the time to really think about her question before I responded.  It took me a few minutes to realize that ever since I started taking better care of myself, and taking Super B every morning, my life doesn’t seem so busy.  It doesn’t seem like it’s more than I can handle because I have the energy to handle it!

Super B is a comprehensive source of the B vitamins essential for good health, like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B12, biotin, and folic acid.  It even includes minerals that aid in the assimilation and metabolism of B vitamins.  I realized that even though I was working hard to eat a healthier diet, getting a better source of B vitamins really gave me the energy I needed to “handle it all” so to speak.  🙂  Now I don’t go a day without it!

What are some ways that you like to boost your energy naturally?

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

 

My Top 10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

There are so many fun and interesting ways that we use Tea Tree Essential oil in our home, that I thought I would share my top 10 list with you!  Tea Tree Oil is one of the best selling essential oils of all time, and is pretty famous for being gentle on your skin.  I find it quite practical and useful, like many other essential oils as well.  Here’s how we use it:

10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  1. Give Deodorant an Extra Punch ~ If you make your own homemade deodorant, adding a little Tea Tree oil gives it some extra aweseomeness for your skin!teatreetop10
  2. Support Aging Skin ~ Just give a little dab to yourself where you feel you need some support to assist in beautiful aging skin.
  3. Add to Your Shampoo!  ~ Do you make your own shampoo?  Or go for an all natural sulfate free version?  I love to accelerate mine by adding tea tree oil to it to support a healthy scalp!
  4. Diffuse with Lemon ~ Oh I saw this tip on a blog somewhere to add about 10 drops to any diffuser with Lemon and you have a wonderful purifying scent that is great all year round support!
  5. Add to a Neti Pot ~ A good friend of mine told me to give it a go in my Neti Pot when I was having some congestion issues.  5 drops of Tea Tree with 8 tablespoons neti pot salt that I mixed in a small jar.  Then it was ready for me when needed to add to my Neti Pot as much salts as called for.
  6. Cleanse the Skin ~ I like to dab a little bit of Tea Tree oil on a blemish, the cleansing properties get rid of that unsightly sucker in no time.
  7. Support Healthy Skin ~ Tea Tree goes quite well with coconut oil, especially when tending to sensitive bottoms.
  8. Support the Immune System ~ Diffuse Tea Tree to cleanse and purify the air and support your immune system.
  9. Power Up Your Body Wash ~ Have you ever had a not-so-clean feeling on your skin, even right after a shower?  Add a few drops of Tea Tree to your body wash and WHA-LAH!  It cleanses like nothing else I’ve seen.
  10. Add it to Your Lotion ~ You’ve caught on by now that Tea Tree is GREAT for the skin!  Just one more place to get some extra bang for your buck.

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What’s your favorite way to use Tea Tree oil?  Are you going to try something new? Let me know!

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Get past Summer Sniffles

In the past few days my younger 2 children, ages 5 and 2, have been working on fighting some summer bug that’s gotten ahold of them.  The first sign was a fever hit our 2 year old hard and fast and spiked up to 104.  Beoil cabineting an essential oil momma for nearly 2 years now, I went right to my oily cabinet and set out to put something together to assist my son’s immune system in fighting this bug!

The big realization to me that day was… “This used to be so new, scarey, and intimidating!” (using essential oils) “Now it has become second nature to me!”  I just looked through what I had on hand and used the knowledge that I have compiled over the last couple years to blend together something I knew would assist his little body in overcoming whatever was trying to take him down.  My kiddos love the oils.  I think they truly know that they help them!  Using these oils, getting some rest, and being sure they are drinking water is really helping them through!  Plus, it’s building their immune systems to have the ability to be stronger.

Mommy's "all better" oil                          "all better" oil

I just put some drops of each oil in the re-used lavender bottle that I covered with colorful tape, then add carrier to dilute it for my kiddos.  There’s a picture of my  youngest showing you his “all better” oil.  🙂

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

thieves soap

Awhile back I purchased this awesome bottle of Thieves foaming hand soap from Young Living.  I fell in love with this powerhouse soap and wanted to continue using it.

Being that I LOVE all my essential oils and products SO much, sometimes I like to do a few things to pinch some pennies to redirect fund for more oils and products from Young Living.  Hence, making my own Thieves Foaming Handsoap.  I’m sure there are MANY recipes floating around out there, but here’s mine!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLvnsGFrKjo

Recipe:

  • 6-8 drops Thieves Essential Oil
  • 4-6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 tsp. Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap
  • fill the rest with distilled water

ENJOY!

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DIY Shower Stones

I guess I’ve been on a DIY kick lately, but I really just want to show all of you how easy it is to incorporate Essential Oils into your life and reap all the benefits from their therapeutic qualities!

Today I want to share with you these EASY and CHEAP shower stones.  ANYONE can make these, even people who don’t like to DIY!

Simple Shower Stones

These cute little things have quite a few uses in our home!

  • We use them with 1-2 drops of purification and throw them in the washer to help with mildewed towels or clothes, totally takes the stink right out.
  • I put 2-3 drops of jade lemon on it and place it in the bottom of the shower for an awakening aroma.
  • I have one in a decorative sachet with 2 drops of lavender in my lingerie drawer too!
  • 10 drops Citrus Fresh on one placed in your car makes a great air freshener.
  • For stuffy sinuses place a few drops of Eucalyptus and Lavender on it, and place on the floor of a hot shower, inhale deeply and enjoy some relief!

Now, I bet you’re wondering how to make these!

  1. Mix 1 box of baking soda and a ½ cup of water in a bowl with a whisk.
  2. Scoop out small amounts and place in a silicon baking mold filling about 2/3rds of the way full.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. (or until moisture has baked out)
  4. Allow them to cool completely before unmolding.
  5. Store in an airtight container until ready to use!

Simple, easy, and CHEAP!

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Need a Bottle of Energy?

Have you ever seen small children running around and playing endlessly while having such a great time?  You look at them and think, if I could just bottle up a little of that energy I could do so much more in a day!

Now I’m not big on sports drinks, energy shots, or caffeine concoctions, but I will try a more natural approach to getting more energy so that I can be more productive in a day.  I have always felt like I never have enough time or enough energy to get everything done that I need to in a day, so I decided to give the blend Young Living makes called En-R-Gee a try.

I wasn’t sure if it would help me at all, but I figured it couldn’t hurt me either.  So I applied a drop to each wrist, rubbed them together and then rubbed them on my neck.  Then I inhaled for a minute or so from what I applied so that I could breathe in the aroma of the oil.  It was a little invigorating right off the bat, but I thought maybe that was all in my head.  I was headed to the gym even though I didn’t want to go, so I was trying to give myself a boost.  Directing VBS this last week with very little sleep, then visiting with a close friend who lives out of town until 1 am has left me a little exhausted.  But, I’m bound and determined to continue making more positive and healthy changes in my life, so I had to go.

I began walking on the treadmill, and was feeling pretty good.  All of a sudden I thought, you know, I’ve been doing really well with a faster paced walk, maybe I should start the Couch 2 5k app!  This seemed a little crazy to me at first because I was so tired, but something lit a fire in me, and I powered through it!

I was amazed!  I have used this blend before with mixed results, but tonight those 2 little drops of En-R-Gee pulled me through!

En-R-Gee

En-R-Gee’s whole purpose is to increase vitality, circulation, and alertness.  It contains Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Idaho Balsam fir, Clove, and Black Pepper.  Each of these oils have little jobs to help bring you the energy you need.  Rosemary helps you overcome mental fatigue, Juniper detoxifies, cleanses, and improves nerve and kidney function, Lemongrass increases blood circulation, Nutmeg supports the adrenal glands for increased energy, Idaho Balsam fir is stimulating and calming at the same time and empowers and motivates one to go forward and achieve goals, Clove is a powerful stimulant with antioxidant properties, Black Pepper stimulates the endocrine system and increases energy in all systems of the body.

If you’d like to continue to learn more about Essential Oils, visit the Oils 101 tab at the top of the blog.  You can also contact me via email or in the comments section with any questions you might have.