If you read my blog, follow me on Pinterest and/or Instagram, or know me in person, you’ll know that I’m a health nut. (I’m Dawn from The Baby Sitters Club! I’ve even lived in California!) I am probably the biggest health nut in my immediate family. (I specified for you, Aunt Sandra. You excel us all. 😂) My mom and sister frequently wonder out loud how I can possibly say no to sugar-filled, gluten constructed (gluten is what holds stuff together — it literally comes from the word for glue!) treats. I’m not going to say it’s easy, ’cause it’s not. This week we’ve had Eegees, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream, and scones in the house. (I just want to let everyone know this is not the norm for our family. We aren’t sugar monsters. 😆) The temptation is crazy. I had one serving of Eegees and ice cream last weekend, and then we were out a lot and I ate a ton of sugar. So I decided not to eat sugar this week, and I did pretty good! The sugar that I did eat was in ketchup and barbecue sauce from Trader Joes and a nibble each from a doughnut and a scone. Oh, and I ate ONE chocolate chip. Not one chocolate chip cookie, one chocolate chip. The pull to the dark side was too strong. BECAUSE CHOCOLATE.
Okay, back to my amazed family. When people started complementing me on my strength of will, it sort of surprised me. I thought everyone was like that. But I guess not. My reasoning is, if I can have a better, healthier, happier life by refraining from a few things, it’s worth it to me. Plus I imagine that maybe I’ll be eating bread in heaven that won’t have unpleasant side effects. Maybe.
But cutting out gluten and eating low amounts of sugar is not my only way of living healthily!
I eat organic and/or non-GMO foods.
I use Young Living essential oils every day. For cooking, cleaning, healing, sickness prevention, and body care. I actually got my own Starter Kit for my birthday, which is still amazing!
I use herbs too, not as much now that we have essential oils, but over many years back they have been our go-to for sickness and ailments. And I still love using them and the salves we make with them, and browsing the beautiful Bulk Herb store website (https://www.bulkherbstore.com). I’m eyeing some delicious looking tropical infused black tea at the moment (https://www.bulkherbstore.com/tropical-black-tea-1-2-lb).
I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Trim Healthy Mama is something we started a little over three years ago, and it’s amazing. I’m in a bit of a rut right now, but I’m hoping to get back on board completely soon!
I only use natural deodorant and try to only use natural body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. My mom makes deodorant and hair pomade (which is pretty much just for guys, but I use teensy bits every so often), so that makes it even better since we know where the ingredients come from.
So that’s a sum-up of how I, and my entire family, try to lead healthful lives! What are some things that you guys do to stay healthy? I know at least one of you is into YL essential oils, herbs, and THM (hi Halee!). Leave a comment! I love hearing from you guys!