Sugar…What is so bad about it?

SugarI am continuing to hear about all the bad things on what sugar does to the body.  I have decided to do some research into this favorite delightful tasty treat and see what is so bad about it. Here is what I am finding…

Sugar is a natural ingredient that has been in our diets for thousands of years. It is a simple carbohydrate and when broken down it provides energy to the body. How fast or slow it’s broken down is the key and makes all the difference in how our bodies respond to it. Anything thing that ends in “ose” is sugar. The most common sugars are:

Sucrose: table sugar which is made of glucose and fructose. It is extracted from sugarcane and is found in fruits and veggies.

Fructose and glucose: are found in fruits, honey, and veggies.

Lactose is called milk sugar because it is found in milk and dairy products.

Maltose is known as malt sugar and is found in malted drinks and beer.

There is a difference between refined and processed sugars such as table sugar and unprocessed sugars that are naturally found in fruits and veggies. Unprocessed sugars contain help promoting nutrients that break down at a slower rate. While refined sugars such as candy and baked goods do not have health benefits and break down at a faster rated which is not good.

Natural sugars, when eaten in balance with other healthy foods, are more health-promoting. This can make natural sugars nutrient-dense food.  Eating processed sugars are always health-depleting and are empty-calorie foods. Processed sugars also rob the body of essential nutrients and can leave the body nutrient-deficit.  They have no B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other minerals that the body needs to digest and metabolize.

I have craved sugar for some time now, and I am just starting to really realize that refined sugar can destroy the body.   There is much more information to come…stay tuned as I continue to figure out the sugar craze.

Peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living

Peppermint Essential OilI love this oil because it helps me in so many ways. Keep in mind these are ways that Peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living has helped me. I am not saying that it will cure these issues – only how it has helped me with these issues.  I am not a doctor. That being said I use Peppermint for the following:

  • To help me focus or wake up
  • To clear up my sinuses from a cold or allergies
  • To calm my upset stomach
  • To help with bowel movements
  • To help with heartburn
  • To cool off on a hot summer day

I tend to keep a bottle at the office so I can open it and simply let it sit on my desk – open – for 5 minutes. This helps to clear up any sinus issues I may be having. I also like to do this in the afternoon when I hit that afternoon slump. Smelling Peppermint helps to wake me up and focus my thoughts back on my work. I’ll rub a drop or two of Peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living on my stomach when I am not feeling well or I am having digestive issues. I heard recently that someone puts one or two drops in their toilet before sitting down when they need to have a bowel movement.

I have also put one or two drops of Peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living under my tongue to help with heartburn. In the summer it is nice to have a spray bottle with some of the peppermint oil and water combined to help me cool off in the heat. If you try this be sure you do not spray this on your face or in your eyes. Lastly, Peppermint oil is one of the 3 oils I use from Young Living as support for my sinus allergies. I combine the Peppermint with Lavender and Lemon in a capsule with the Young Living V6 carrier oil.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the information in these blogs please feel free to contact me through The Hammock LLC.

Well, that is it for now. We will chat again later.

Melissa

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking Care of YourselfYour children can often pick up on your stress much like a sponge.

  • Do routine things to ensure less stress for all
  • Do your best to make sure the entire family eats a balanced meal to stay well and nourished. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and exercise.
  • Do not forget to take care of yourself. If you are not feeling okay, it conflicts with the order of everything else.
  • Take a nap, read a book, or take a long hot bath. Relaxation is one of the ways you can best approach the struggles with that following stress and anxiety.

So Let’s Talk about CBD Oil

CBD OilHello again. First off CBD is NOT marijuana. They both come from the same plant, cannabis (hemp) but they are two different varieties. Think of it like apples – the granny smith is sour but the red delicious is sweet. They both come from apple trees but they are different varieties.

Just like apples, there are different kinds of CBD oils. Young Living uses the CBD oil that does NOT contain any THC (the mind-altering and addictive substance). Young Living essential oils are also mixed in with the CBD oil to help boost the effects of the product.

Young Living uses plants that are grown in chemical/toxin-free soil and have the seed to seal approval. Seed to Seal guarantees no chemicals/toxins are in the soil, used in the growing stage, or in the processing stages. Every oil is kept pure and free from chemicals/toxins.  This is why Young Living products are more expensive than the ones in your local store. You pay more to guarantee no chemicals/toxins are being added to your body.

  • Calm CBD Roll-On creates a peaceful environment that will help relax and quiet your mind.
  • CBD Muscle Rub can specifically target those sore, achy muscles.
  • Cool Mint CBD targets Digestion, Immune function, Inflammation, Neuroinflammation, and Pain.
  • Citrus CBD targets Mood, Sleep, Appetite, and Memory.
  • Cinnamon CBD targets Appetite, Digestion, Immune function,  and Inflammation.

If you are ever interested in learning more about any of the information in these blog posts please feel free to contact me through The Hammock.

Well, that is it for now. We will chat again later.

 

Some Science Behind Gratitude

Science of GratitudeAccording to researchers at Indiana University, the mental benefits of gratitude include:

  • Decreased feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Individuals have a better ability to cope with stress
  • Feelings of individuals are more confident and have more self-worth
  • Individual have generally higher feelings of happiness
  • Individuals who practice gratitude may even rewire the brain to be more sensitive to experiences gratitude

They also found that there are physical benefits associated with having an attitude of gratitude such as:

  • Improved cardiac health
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Better sleep habits
  • Quicker recovery from illness
  • Increased energy

Ways to practice gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Keep a gratitude jar and put little notes in the jar each day
  • Observe “30” days of thanks. Post something you are grateful for or post a picture of something you are grateful for each day.
  • Thank 5 people who have an impact on your life and write each one a letter to express your gratitude.
  • There are also gratitude calendars that can be helpful
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Spend time with loved ones
  • Volunteer

How Essential Oils Work With the Five Senses

How Essential Oils Work With the Five SensesOur sense of smell is the most primitive and most closely associated with our emotions and how our body responds to them. Essential oils activate the limbic region of the brain to release emotions that are stored there, including emotions that have been stored in our DNA from previous generations.

Together with a balanced diet, nutrition, adequate exercise, and water, aromatherapy can help you achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. It can become a part of your daily routine and when paired with other mind-body exercises, it can also help to gently access the deeper, unconscious levels of physical process, including the release of habitual tensions and emotional blocks.

What is Meditation?

What is Meditation?Meditation is an experience that engages your mind and can offer both relaxation and energizing benefits. It develops a mind-body connection that encompasses fitness, health, and wellness.

Essential Oils are a great way to further deepen that connection and ignite your inner senses.

Meditation exercises, when practiced regularly, can be powerful at calming the nerves and bringing the mind to a restful state.

Research shows that meditation may physically change the brain and the body and can potentially improve health and promote healthy behavior.

Wellness Coaching Benefits

Wellness coaching is ideal for addressing the flowing health and wellness benefits:

  • Wellness Coaching BenefitsLosing weight
  • Lowering your stress levels
  • Quit smoking
  • Improve interpersonal relations and your relationship with yourself
  • Eating better
  • Achieving better work-life balance
  • Improve your sex life and relationships
  • Practicing personal goal setting and follow-through
  • Stretching your mind to adjust your perceptions of yourself and others
  • Prioritizing self-care
  • Balancing wellness with a busy/crazy schedule
  • Practicing a positive mindset.
  • Being ok with who you are right now
  • Making progress as you never knew how before
  • Finding balance, freedom, energy, happiness

It’s helpful to think of working with a certified wellness coach will help you to become accountable for your health and wellness goals.  Our coach is there to give you inspiration and guidance when you begin and will support you when you feel like giving up. When you have a wellness coach at your side, setbacks are temporary, not permanent. Success will be great in your life.

Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Products

  • Household cleaner for countertops, tables, and stains
  • Dish soap, dishwasher soap, and fruit & vegetable spray
  • Laundry soap for washing clothes and taking out stains
  • Toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, and thieves spray
  • Bar soap and foaming hand soap
  • Cough drops, throat lozenges, and mints
  • Hand sterilizer and wipes

Hello, again!  So, let’s talk about Thieves today. Thieves is an oil that helps to boost your immune system and kills germs. Thieves can be used for cleaning, for an air freshener, for sore throats, and for helping your body fight off sickness like the common cold.

Young Living has many products made from the Thieves essential oil – all-natural of course. No chemicals or toxins. You can breathe while you are doing your cleaning. No need for masks!

Keep in mind that these products are very potent and can usually be split into 3rds. You only need to use just a little bit of toothpaste to get clean fresh teeth. The household cleaner is potent enough you only need to use one cap full for a 12 oz. spray bottle. I only use 1 tablespoon of the laundry soap per load.

I love that I can make a spray bottle with thieves household cleaner or the thieves oil and use it to clean my counters and windows, spray on stains, and as an air freshener.

Well, that is it for now. We will chat again later.

– Melissa

10 More Benefits of Yoga

  1. Ups your heartrate! While not all yoga is aerobic, you can take a flow vinyasa class or ashtanga class. This can boost your heart rate. Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen. One study found that subjects who were taught only pranayama could do more exercise with less oxygen.
  2. Do More YogaDrops your blood pressure. Savasana (corpse pose) of lying down and breathing was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (top number), and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (bottom number).
  3. Regulates your adrenal glands. Yoga helps to lower cortisol levels. Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, If cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis they can compromise the immune system.
  4. Makes you happier! Studies have shown that consistent yoga practice improved depression, and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in levels of monoamine oxidase and cortisol that has been correlated with greater levels of happiness and better immune function.
  5. Healthy Lifestyles. Move more, eat less. Regular yoga practice promotes movement, enhances the spiritual and emotional aspects and may encourage you to address any eating and weight problems on a deeper level.
  6. Lowers blood sugar.  Yoga lowers blood surge and LDL (bad cholesterol) and boosts HDL (good cholesterol).  By getting your blood sugar level down, you can decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness.
  7. Helps you focus.  An important component of yoga is staying in the present. Studies show yoga improves coordination, memory, reaction times, recall information better, and are less distracted.
  8. Relaxing your system.  Yoga encourages you to relax, focus on the present, and creating a balance within your parasympathetic (rest and digest) and sympathetic (fight or flight) systems.
  9. Improves your balance.  Practicing yoga regularly will increase your ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space.  This helps to improve your balance and coordination.  Better balance less falls, and more stability.
  10. Maintains your nervous system.  Practicing yoga helps to create a more efficient nervous system that can enhance brain wave patterns, regulate the temperature in the body and much more.