Young Living For An Active Lifestyle

Young Living For An Active Lifestyle

 

Caring For Yourself

Trying to carve out time for our health can be a real struggle in the world we live in. You know that taking care of your body matters, it’s what keeps you going. But between work, family, chores, activities, and responsibilities, it takes a real commitment to make time to care for yourself as well.

In recent years we are seeing more and more cases of everyday products being detrimental to our health. As someone who knows the value of your health, how can you ensure that the products you’re using are helping you stay in that place of wellness you’ve dedicated so much time to?

How can you be confident in your products without spending hours either creating them yourself or researching every artificial ingredient in the world and how to avoid them? What you need is an effective, all-natural solution that’s convenient for you. You need Young Living for an active lifestyle.

 

Seed To Seal

 

What Is Young Living

Young Living is an Essential Oils company that has really become a natural lifestyle company. They use only 100% organic (and in most cases, better than organic) products. These products are made from plant based materials and use the natural properties of these plants to support the various systems of your body. They never use plants grown with pesticides and absolutely no artificial chemicals anywhere in the process. They call this standard of integrity “Seed to Seal.”

This is so important because even some products that are marketed as pure, natural, or organic can contain some toxic items within them. You can scan your products at home or on the store shelf to see how even the ‘organic’ brands measure up using the “Think Dirty” app for your smartphone. Then learn more about the better than organic standards at Young Living as well as the process they use and the purity of their products on the website www.SeedtoSeal.com

 

 

The Dangers In Commercial Products

At this point some of you may still be wondering “But what’s wrong with the products I’ve always used? Could they really be THAT bad for me?” To answer this I’d like to take a look at one of the most common products we use when we are out playing, exercising, or just going about our lives. Sunscreen. If you’re outdoors for long periods of time you probably use sunscreen to keep your skin healthy amidst all those rays. If you have children sunscreen is especially important to protect their delicate skin.

Most people don’t realize that sunscreen typically contains ingredients that act as “penetration agents” to help the product adhere to your skin. This unfortunately means that your body more readily absorbs the toxic chemicals contained in that product. According to the EWG (environmental working group) website “many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body and can be measured in blood, breast milk, and urine samples”

What about the other products we use as we’re out and active? Bug spray can keep away mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, but they can also contain DEET and Permethrin. DEET can impair cellular function in parts of your brain and has been found to be a behavior modifying chemical. Permethrin is a neurotoxin, meaning it can kill brain cells. It is also damaging to the environment as it can harm cats, bees, and all forms of aquatic life. These are just some of the products you may be reaching for before you go out.

 

Cool Azul Pain Cream

 

There Is A Better Way

Now what if you could take all those toxic chemicals and replace them with something that is beneficial to your body instead. That’s exactly what Young Living has done. Their Mineral Sunscreen Lotion protects against UVA and UVB rays and is naturally derived from plant and mineral based ingredients.

Their Insect Repellent is clinically proven to repel mosquitoes and other tiny invaders using only 100% naturally derived, plant based ingredients. They also have Cool Azul Pain Cream which provides relief from muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Its an effective and natural alternative to medicated pain creams or “over the counter” sports gels, which use artificial ingredients and petroleum.

They carry a complete Active & Fit Kit which contains Cool Azul Sports Gel (made from organic plant based ingredients) and five essential oils that provide aromatic and topical support to help you do your best when you’re at the gym or after a long day of activity. These include Peppermint with it’s invigorating aroma that helps you wake up and get moving. R.C. to support your respiratory system and keep you breathing easy. Deep Relief with it’s soothing, cool sensation during or after a workout (or a long day). Thieves to help support your immune system and leave you with #noexcuses to not give today your all. As well as Copaiba which works with your body system to ensure they are all operating in harmony.

 

Active and Fit Kit

 

Make It Happen

You already dedicate time and energy towards your health everyday.  The next step is to start using products that support the level of wellness you’ve worked towards, instead of taxing your body and setting you back. The best way to get started on this journey is with a Starter Kit from Young Living. There are four starter kit options to choose from so you can pick the experience that will best support your journey of wellness.

The first is an Essential Oils Starter Kit, this comes with 11 of the best oils to get you going and your choice of diffuser. This kit is ideal for anyone who prefers to take their health 100% into their own hands. It gives you the ability to start benefiting from the therapeutic properties of the oils directly, simply by adding them to the diffuser or applying them topically. It’s also the best option if you intend to create your own products.

The second option is the NingXia Starter Kit, which focuses on nutritional support for your body through our powerful antioxidant drink.

The Thieves Kit is for those wanting to start their natural living at home. This kit contains everything you need to get started detoxifying your home and replacing toxic cleaners.

If you’d rather have an experience that’s tailored to you, the custom starter kit is just what you need. You can Create Your Own Starter Kit using the products we discussed here today that will help support your active lifestyle or any products you choose to help replace those toxins in your life with something better.

When you choose the starter kit that’s perfect for you, you also have the ability to set up Essential Rewards. This amazing program offers discounted shipping and access to free products every month and additional products when you keep it active for several consecutive months. When placing an order you are always getting a better deal when you have Essential Rewards activated. The best part is that you can turn off this program (and restart it) whenever you like.

To get started go to bit.ly/CoriSchultzEssentialOils and get ready to Thrive!

Country Gravy

Country Gravy

Country Gravy

This delicious gravy is perfect poured over biscuits for a warm and hearty breakfast. You can whip this up without the sausage and serve it over mashed potatoes, country fried chicken or a savory ham steak. Any way you use it, country gravy can turn a few simple ingredients into a hearty meal.

The Secret to Smooth Country Gravy

Brown one package of Ground Sausage in a skillet. I prefer to use Maple Sausage, since it gives just a hint of sweetness. When the sausage is fully cooked, turn off the heat but do not drain. Sprinkle ½ cup Flour over the sausage and mix it in. The fat from the sausage will absorb the flour, allowing the sauce to thicken without creating lumps.

Country Gravy

 

Thicken to Your Hearts Desire

Pour in 8-10 cups of Milk. I recommend using 2% or whole milk, as a lower fat content will keep the gravy from thickening as much. Let this mixture simmer until it has thickened to a sauce-like consistency, about 15 minutes. When you scoop up a spoonful and pour it back in, the mixture should be somewhat slowed and not flow back into the pan as quickly as water. Add 1 tablespoon Pepper and a ½ teaspoon Salt. These can be adjusted for taste.
Serve this delicious sauce straight out of the pan or package in an airtight container and refrigerate for later use.

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce

 

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce

Never use store-bought sauce again

 

Spaghetti is such a classic and simple dinner to make. It can also be a great place to squeeze in an extra serving or two of vegetables. This delicious crock-pot spaghetti sauce is a breeze to throw together and filled with big bites of flavor! The best part is that you can prep it in the morning and let the sauce simmer while you go about your day. This recipe also makes enough sauce for several uses, just package up the extra and freeze. Having a jar of this spaghetti sauce on hand will help you create delicious homemade meals without all the extra time and effort.

 

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

 

Get those veggies in

Begin this simple spaghetti sauce by chopping up some fresh vegetables. This gives your sauce a boost of vitamins and flavor! I like to include Zucchini or Yellow Squash for a rich flavor and a splash of color. Sliced White Mushrooms will make this a more hearty dish. Chop onions and mince garlic to flavor the sauce. I always add Green Peppers, but mixing it up with Red or Yellow Peppers can give this sauce an added burst of color. Dice a few fresh Tomatoes and mix in enough Tomato Sauce to cover the veggies. You can keep this dish vegetarian or add either Ground Beef or Italian Sausage slices that have been fully cooked. Brown the ground beef or sausage in a skillet while you chop your vegetables and you can throw this sauce together in minutes! Add Italian Seasoning and let this dish simply simmer in the crockpot on low heat while you go about your day (about 6 hours).

 

Smoothie Pops by TheLookingGlassCraft.com

Smoothie Pops

Warm sunshine on the beach, a cool breeze on the green grass, and sweet frozen smoothie pops are the best things about summer. These sweet and colorful smoothie pops are so simple to make. I love making a big batch to freeze after going berry picking at our local farms! Nothing compares to the taste of fresh berries.

Fresh, Ripe Berries

These smoothie pops are an all natural, healthy treat for your daily dose of sweet! They can be made with all varieties of fruit for your favorite flavor combination. Frozen berries can be substituted, but for the best results use fresh, unblemished berries.

Pick out ½ cup of your favorite Berries or cut fruit. This can be a single flavor, or a combination. Experiment and have fun! Pour berries into a blender and add 1 cup Yogurt.  I use plain, unsweetened yogurt for my smoothies, but you can substitute with whatever kind you like. However, if using a sweetened yogurt, omit Brown Sugar and only use ½ of the Honey called for.

Organic, Local Honey

Add in 2 tablespoons Honey to your smoothie mix to sweeten and flavor it. I like to use organic, locally grown honey whenever possible. Using locally grown honey has the added benefit of boosting your immune system and resistance to potential allergens in your area. Bee’s use the local plant life to gather nectar and make their honey, in the process their immune system neutralizes potential allergens from these plants. Just 2 teaspoons of local honey a day helps your own immune system to neutralize local allergens as well, reducing allergy symptoms.

Sweeten to Taste

Finally, for unsweetened Yogurt, add in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to sweeten. You can substitute this with a more natural sweetener, like agave nectar, if you prefer. However, if you use an alternative sweetener, adjust to taste as these can tend to be stronger than normal sugar. A drop of vanilla extract or another suitable extract can be added for flavor if you like, but start small with these as a little bit goes a long way. Pour smoothie mix into a popsicle mold and freeze.

Create and Have Fun!

One of the neatest things about these smoothie pops, is the way that berries and fruit will naturally color your smoothie, making these a fun and healthy treat for the kids as well. I recently made these smoothie pops for a 4th of July cookout and the effect was spectacular! Instead of choosing just one, I made three different flavors of smoothies. One smoothie was made from raspberries, another from blueberries, and the last one was made with a banana, cut into slices. Using a popsicle stick and plastic wrap to cover, I layered the colors one at a time into my popsicle mold. By letting each layer freeze slightly before adding the next, beautiful red, white, and blue striped popsicles were created. What a fun addition to our holiday cookout! Have fun creating your own unique combination of smoothie pops and share with us in the comments below.

Smoothie Pops

1/2 cup Berries (or cut fruit)

1 cup unsweetened Yogurt

2 T. Honey

2 T. Brown Sugar

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Experiment with new flavors and enjoy!

Smoothie Pops by TheLookingGlassCraft.com
Perfect for summer parties or a sweet treat for the family.