Back to School

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Are your little ones back into the swing of things yet with class and schedules? It can be really overwhelming and take some time to really process it all and create healthy consistency.

Going back to school can bring up a lot of things. Emotional health –> such as fear, sadness, excitement, worry, etc. or also physical health –> such as germs, sniffles, sickness, and weakened immune systems.

So what can a family do to help be prepared and ready for the emotional and physical wellbeing of their littles? Check out  a few of our favorite products for your family to maintain healthy bodies and happy days!

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Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power – This is a powerful source of healthy probiotics to encourage that MUCH needed gut health for your little ones to help boost their immune system. The healthier the immune system, the less likely our bodies are to fall susceptible to illness.

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Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 – Not only does this incredible supplement help support your child’s structural system, but the D3 has been known to be an excellent immunity booster to help keep those sniffles and aches at bay.

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Sugar – This sneaky ingredient takes all shapes, forms, and names, and is one of the biggest dangers to your littles and your family’s health. Instead of filling your child up with sugary foods such as cereal, processed granola bars, candy, chicken nuggets, fruit cups, bread, etc. try replacing with:

  • veggies and hummus
  • meat and cheese
  • fresh fruit
  • lettuce wraps
  • yogurt and homemade granola
  • etc.

Remember, sometimes “health food” isn’t actually very healthy. Read labels, research what different ingredients are if you do not know them, and trust you gut 🙂

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Valor Essential Oil – “Valor promotes a sense of calm and confidence. Add a drop to the fissure jewelry, hair ties, or simple bracelets for an easy way to diffuse at school.” -Tanya Weeks

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Thieves Essential Oil – “Kids pass around all sorts of yuck at school! Diffusing Thieves at bedtime is a great way to boost immunity while sleeping.” – Tanya Weeks

For more info on Young Living Essential Oils, contact Tanya Weeks at www.myyL.com/tweeks or check her out on Facebook!

What are some of YOUR favorite resources and tips that help keep your family healthy and happy? 

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Iridology: The storyteller of our body

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Did any of you grow up reading Encyclopedia Brown? Those old, thin books, that started in the 60’s, where you followed the life of a young boy who would solve neighborhood “crimes”? At the end of each chapter, you were asked to solve the crime yourself, using the clues and tips throughout the chapter. All of the answers were at the very back of the book to check your work. I couldn’t get enough of them! I loved being on the edge of my seat, transported into an interactive story, reading between the lines, and being my own detective.

Our bodies are our VERY own detective story. They are filled with clues and hints, constantly dropping tips about what’s going on. We get to read between the lines and connect the dots to put all those clues together to discover the story that our body is sharing with us. Our eyes happen to be one of the storytellers of our bodies and they share beautiful and deep insight.

The What

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Iridology: Iris examination to identify weakness and potential health concerns in the body.

Iridology is the story of our body. Each chapter can be vastly different than the first, with twists & turns and surprises you may not be anticipating. Our eyes can tell us of any weakness, but also the strength and healing going on inside our unique and incredible body system. Your left eye will reveal what is going on inside the left part of your body, and the right eye will reveal what is going on inside the right part of your body.

Do you ever feel tired and weak and in pain, and you KNOW that something is just not right, but you can’t figure out what is going on? I’ve had this happen time and time again with clients. They will sit down, frustrated, broken, and just aching to be heard and taken seriously. They don’t feel well but cannot seem to find answers that point to a real solution. Iridology is a wonderful tool and is absolutely one of my favorite ways to help identify health concerns in my clients.

The How

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Iridology is a non-invasive process that each practitioner does it a little differently. I will explain my process. When I meet with a client, I take a very up-close picture of both the left eye and the right eye, and make sure I can see as many details in that picture as possible. I will then take about 2 days to really study them both, using graphs, charts, research, and resources, to come to a final educated conclusion with their results. Each client will receive these results along with supplement and nutrition recommendations to help provide healing.

I hope that you embrace the ocean of beauty and mystery in the human body. And that you begin to explore what your body may be trying to tell you!

If you’re wondering what your eyes may be trying to tell you about your health, and if you are interested in an Iridology Exam for yourself, contact us

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What’s a girl to do when she doesn’t like health food?

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I have never ever considered myself a picky eater. I will eat basically whatever is put in front of me (within reason of course). But let me tell you……I don’t like healthy food. There. I have said it. I don’t like eating raw vegetables and I never have. Kale is gross. Bell peppers taste like ear wax. And try as I might, I really really hate cauliflower. Fruit is less hateful, but still limited. I can eat Watermelon allllll day long. But give me anything else and I’ll love it for a day or two and then give up.

I don’t like eggs very much without a tortilla or bread. Protein shakes are grainy and the thought of drinking my meal usually grosses me out. I have had quinoa in all different ways, and even mixed with brown rice and it’s still a weird texture and nasty.

I have heard many talk about changing your taste buds and that if you eat it for long enough, you will eventually like it……because that sounds totally appealing…..

This is by no means my way of saying ‘be gone with ALL the healthy food!’, but instead my way of being realistic. I love food. I love how food brings people together. I love how food teaches about other cultures. I love how food can show a person’s giving and hospitable heart. I love how food is an adventure and there is a never ending supply of new things to try. I love cooking and trying new recipes. Food is an art form and can be used in so many different ways. Food can be a form of love, it can be a form of bonding, it can bring someone out of their shell, it can provide confidence, it can be healing.

So, how am I supposed to limit my passion for food to some “diet”? We get one life. In that one life, I intend to live it to the best of my ability. For me personally, that does not mean eliminating everything unless it is no less than 100% healthy. It does mean researching what is better though! Instead of wheat flour, I find heirloom, organic, non GMO flour and stick to making my bread products myself. Instead of fries, I make jicama fries. Instead of sugar, use raw honey or maple syrup (make sure to research the kind you get though). For dairy, find as many raw products as you can. Etc : )

So what’s a person to do when they have allergies, pickiness, or a true dislike for all things “healthy”?

  1. Improvise! There are so many ways to find GOOD tasting food, especially through the never ending lists on Pinterest.
  2. Explore! Don’t be afraid to try new things. I know, sometimes that burger wrapped in lettuce doesn’t look nearly as amazing as a normal burger with a bun. And when eating healthy, feeling ‘normal’ can be hard. But give it a try. You might find something you love that you thought you would hate. I’m constantly looking for a good almond bread recipe and have tried a couple that are pretty good.
  3. My favorite healthy meals are: Taco Salad, grilled chicken with a side, hamburger patty wrapped in lettuce with Jicama fries (my picky hubby LOVES these fries…..possibly more than potato fries), Cracklin’ chicken (a yummy substitute for fried chicken, and if you’re a southern gal like myself, that’s a necessity!).
  4. Don’t be afraid to explore with sweets either. I love this milkshake recipe that I make, or even just blending frozen mango’s up to make a yummy mango ice cream. And those chocolate chickpea cakes are actually good!
  5. Find your “soul mama’s” with cooking! Nom Nom Paleo, Against All Grains, & Pete Evans are a few of my daily go-tos for colorful, inspirational, and delicious dishes.

Cutting out things that make a person feel deprived & alone, especially a foodie, is a hard decision and reality. It took me a very long time and several health conditions to fully accept the reality that I didn’t have a choice. So as soon as I ‘decided’ I started googling and pinteresting as many yummy recipes as I could find so that temptation isn’t quite as hard. It’s brave to go against what others do and the norm. But you deserve that. You deserve to not only love what you eat, but for your food to also heal your body. AND to ENJOY doing it!! You are absolutely not alone and there are very “normal” and delicious recipes out there to explore. As you embark on this adventure, let’s do it together. ❤lauren-lester-205923.jpg