Ho-Ho-Holiday Foods & Gut Health

The holidays (and seasonal weight gain) are upon us! Work parties, class parties, family get-togethers… there’s no escaping the food spreads! And oh, it can be soooo tempting to go back for seconds!

But there’s more than just an expanding midsection at stake this holiday season, did you know that your gastrointestinal tract (GIT) health is the cornerstone to 80% of your overall health? Find out how to promote, maintain and support your GIT health this holiday season and year round with these tips and tricks.

Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) Health: Cornerstone to Your Overall Health

If your digestive system is in order, it should be filled with healthy bacteria (flora) and enzymes that break down your food while supporting your immune system, nervous system and all of your hormonal functions. Translation: You’ll feel great!

Common body functions/systems a healthy GIT can help support:

  • Energy
  • Positive Mood
  • Healthier Cravings
  • Digestion
  • Immune System
  • Skin
  • Vaginal health
  • Mental Focus
  • Healthy Weight Maintenance

What damages the gut flora lining?

Our gut lining is one cell thick, so supporting its health (and preventing the spread of candida yeast) is crucial. Candida spreads and is hard to kill! The result: a “leaky gut” that allows partially digested foods to flow through the damaged area of the intestinal lining and enter the bloodstream directly (Yikes!).

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This leak can cause intolerances and the release of stress hormones. One of these stress hormones, cortisol (produced in Adrenal Glands), further taxes the body, starts to IMPAIR the body's immune system, and promotes WEIGHT GAIN in the mid-section.

Substances that damage the GIT

  • Pain Killers
  • Poor food choices (processed foods)
  • Viruses
  • Parasites
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Antibiotics
  • NSAIDs
  • Bad bacteria

The 4 R’s of GIT Health

Support your GIT health by remembering the 4 R’s.

1. REMOVE

God created our bodies and our foods... let's just try to stick to His foods – His plan. Start your journey to GIT health by removing stressors and these unhealthy food choices from your life:

  • fake foods that are loaded in toxins (aka “processed foods”)
  • strong & excessive caffeine
  • sugars
  • sugar substitutes
  • diet colas & regular colas
  • preservatives
  • alcohol
  • gluten & dairy (test these one at a time to see if your body responds because not everyone is sensitive to them)

Rule of thumb: If there are words on the ingredients list you can’t pronounce, then don’t buy it. And if the ingredients probably won’t be found in your own kitchen ingredients pantry, then don’t buy it.

2. REPAIR

I take   Oregano Oil,   Copaiba , and  Thieves  to promote organ health. Organic coconut oil is great for its probiotic power. 

I take  Oregano Oil, Copaiba, and Thieves to promote organ health. Organic coconut oil is great for its probiotic power. 

Time to take action! Here are 4 steps to help repair your GIT health.

Step 1: As part of an unprocessed diet, be sure to include omega-3s like OmegaGize and vitamins such as zinc, antioxidants (vitamins A, C, & E), L-glutamin, quercitin, aloe vera, and turmeric. Master Formula contains all your vitamin needs, plus oils that research has proven to support organ tissue health.

Step 2: Allow your gut to rest by juicing or fasting.

Step 3: Consume Caprylic Acid, which comes from coconut oil, to kill candida yeast. Longevity contains coconut oil plus essential oils that support healthy cells.

Step 4: Take Oregano Oil, Copaiba, and Thieves to promote organ health.

3. RESTORE

Life 5, a powerful probiotic, is on my DAILY supplement lifst! 

Life 5, a powerful probiotic, is on my DAILY supplement lifst! 

Probiotics help restore gut flora. It’s a good idea to take a probiotic daily. On days you are taking antibiotics or are sick, increase your dosage. This is why Life 5 is on my DAILY supplement list!   

Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity. Life 5 contains 10 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times.

Try to also include fermented food & beverages such as greek yogurt (no sugar), water kefir, milk kefir, kombucha, kimchi, or sauerkraut. These fermented foods and drinks are high in probiotics. Go to your local health food store for all of these (or brew your own... or contact me for grains to get started on your own)! I take Life 5 DAILY along with drinking Kombucha!

4. REPLACE

Young Living’s  Core Supplement Kit  contains EVERYTHING you need for gut health (Master Formula, Life 5, OmegaGize, and Longevity).  I would also add in Essentialzyme for the breaking down and absorption of vitamins and minerals from your food!

Young Living’s Core Supplement Kit contains EVERYTHING you need for gut health (Master Formula, Life 5, OmegaGize, and Longevity).  I would also add in Essentialzyme for the breaking down and absorption of vitamins and minerals from your food!

Help the gut ease back into proper functioning by taking digestive enzyme supplements, such as Essentialzyme. Continue taking Life 5 probiotics for gut health maintenance. Try to eat ½ a plate of vegetables at each meal and also eat something raw at each meal. “Raw” foods provide live enzymes! This could be an apple, mixed salad, or raw cheese.

Young Living’s Core Supplement Kit contains EVERYTHING you need for gut health (Master Formula, Life 5, OmegaGize, and Longevity) and I would also add in Essentialzyme for the breaking down and absorption of vitamins and minerals from your food!

Ask Santa (or Me!) for Help Stuffing Your Stocking with Essential Oils

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Holidays can be exciting! Just try to enjoy the company more than the second plate of food! Get plenty of sleep and rest for the gut. And, oh yeah… ask Santa for a stocking full of Young Living supplements and essential oils!

Christie Brooks, Registered Dietitian

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Young Living Essential Oils Distributor & Educator #1376241

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Thanksgiving How-To: Incorporating Essential Oils into your Holiday

Feeling a little overwhelmed about getting through these next few days? There's the house to clean, food to cook (including a giant turkey!), and family to see. So take a deep breath, apply some Stress Away or Peace & Calming (now that it's back in stock!) and read the following tips and tricks on how to incorporate your oils into your Thanksgiving festivities! You will be happier and healthier because of it!

Setting The Mood

Set the Thanksgiving mood with this festive trio: Cinnamon Bark, Orange & Clove. 

Set the Thanksgiving mood with this festive trio: Cinnamon Bark, Orange & Clove. 

To get into the Holiday Spirit, get your diffuser(s) and add a few drops of OrangeCinnamon Bark and Clove. It will lift your spirits, increase immune support and, of course, make your house smell wonderful!  

Make Your House Sparkle

It's easy to achieve that a fresh, holiday-ready sparkle with the power of Thieves Household Cleaner + Lemon. 

It's easy to achieve that a fresh, holiday-ready sparkle with the power of Thieves Household Cleaner + Lemon. 

Spruce up your house with the oh-so-popular and versatile Thieves Cleaner. Just pick it up and spray everything down at once; floors, mirrors, counters, whatever you can think of! Add a few drops of Lemon to your spray bottle for an extra fresh scent and a little boost of cleaning power! And it may just help you focus on what to clean next!

Spice Up Some Treats

Spice up your favorite dishes the Young Living way! I love cooking with Cinnamon Bark, Lemon & Nutmeg essential oils. 

Spice up your favorite dishes the Young Living way! I love cooking with Cinnamon Bark, Lemon & Nutmeg essential oils. 

Essential oils make a great addition to many recipes. I've added Oregano to spaghetti sauce, Lemon to ice cream and Rosemary to chicken. For this holiday my recommendation would be to substitute your typical Thanksgiving spices such as CinnamonCloveNutmeg with your essential oils instead. Just remember essential oils are pretty potent so just try a drop or maybe 2 to start with.

Favorite Side Dish: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

2-4 Sweet Potatoes

Olive Oil (to toss)

1 drop each of Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg and Ginger

Pinch of salt and brown sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Set oven to 350.

  2. Peel sweet potatoes and chop into cubes.

  3. Toss in olive oil and essential oils.

  4. Spread out on a cookie sheet.

  5. Bake for about 45 minutes.  

So delicious! I could eat the whole pan! Really...I think I did one time. But they're so good for you, it's ok! The sweet potatoes provide nutritional value and Vitamin A, and the essential oils contribute immune support from the Cinnamon Bark, digestive support from the Ginger and a boost of energy from the Nutmeg!

Favorite Festive Drink: Cider

Another great treat that’s even better when infused with essential oils is a good cup of Cider! Young Living shared a great recipe around Halloween for Witch's Brew, but it would be even better for this holiday. It's infused with Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Clove and Nutmeg. It has the same benefits as the Sweet Potato recipe (due to the similar oils used) except you have the added benefits of Lemon Essential Oil to help give you a more positive outlook and ability to focus on what else you need to do before the guests arrive!

Rapid Recovery

Spend time with your family...not the bathroom with the help of DiGize and Peppermint essential oils. 

Spend time with your family...not the bathroom with the help of DiGize and Peppermint essential oils. 

After you have consumed all your Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad and any other annual side dishes, you may need a little help to get through the rest of your evening and decrease your trips to the bathroom. After all, you will probably be sharing your typical 2-bathroom household with 10 times the amount of people as normal!

Apply some DiGize and you will be able to finish watching that football game with minimal interruptions, while your uncle misses out on the whole 3rd quarter. Complement the benefit of DiGize and tackle some of that post-Thanksgiving drowsiness by adding some Peppermint to your water or applying topically.

Festive ideas? Time to share!

From cleaning to side dishes, there are so many ways to incorporate Young Living Essential Oils into your holiday. We'd love to hear some of your ideas! Comment below with your favorite tips and tricks!

2015 Young Living Holiday Catalog: The Joy of GIVING

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? There are only 45 more days until Christmas, YIKES! But don’t worry, the Young Living Holiday Catalog has something for everyone on your list. Kids, pets, sports fans, busy moms, friends and even that really hard to buy for person on your list.

The Joy of Giving

Glass Water Bottle with 5ml Grapefruit

Water Bottle with Grapefruit Essential Oil

Everyone on your list can stay hydrated with this Young Living glass water bottle. Add a drop of Grapefruit Essential Oil for a refreshing twist. Use your glass water bottle on the go, at home, in the gym or at the spa.

Shop the Young Living glass water bottle, $19.75.

Kids Diffusers with 5ml KidScents® Sleepylze™

Kidscents Diffusers

All the kids on your list will love these diffusers. Choose from Dino Land or Dolphin Reef. These diffusers do triple duty as atomizers, aroma diffusers, and night-lights in one fun, simple-to-use product. The gift set comes with Sleepylze.™ Formulated especially for children, this blend has a calming and relaxing aroma, ideal for bedtime.

Shop the Dino Land Diffuser, $91.75.

Shop the Dolphin Reef, $94.75.

Massage Gift Set

Massage Gift Set

Give the gift of a home spa experience with the 2015 Massage Gift Set. It includes a 5ml Aroma Siez™ Essential Oil blend and a bottle of V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex with pump in a beautiful ready-to-gift box. The set also includes instructions on how to give a basic back, hand and foot massage, plus a free download of peaceful music.

Shop the 2015 Massage Gift Set, $32.25.

Golf Gear

Golf Gear

 

This fun gift set is perfect for your favorite golfer. A box of NingXia Nitro will keep them alert, while 12 Young Living-branded golf balls and a new gym bag will get them ready for another year on the greens.

Shop the Gym Bag Kit - Golf Gear, $100.00.

Fitness Favorites Gym Bag Kit

Fitness Favorites Gym Bag Kit

Your fitness pals will be able to pack up all of their workout essentials in this Young Living gym bag. This set includes Cool Azul Sports Gel, and Breathe Again Roll-on. 

Shop the Fitness Favorites Gym Bag Kit, $100.00.

Power Pack Gym Bag Kit

Power Pack Gym Bag Kit

Work out anywhere with the strength training Power Pack. This set includes three high-quality resistance bands and BLM to support healthy joints, normal tissue health and cell function.

Shop the Gym Bag Kit - Power Pack, $100.00.

NingXia Red Gift Set

NingXia Red Gift Set

Give the gift of wellness with a bottle of NingXia Red. This powerful formula contains the super fruit wolfberry that has been touted for its health-supporting benefits. It is infused with Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils along with blueberry, aronia, cherry pomegranate and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This set comes in a sophisticated ready-to-gift box with two Young Living branded champagne flutes and an exclusive 5ml bottle of Red Shot essential oil blend.

Shop the 2015 NingXia Red Gift Set, $65.50. 

Animal Scents Gift Set

Animal Scents Gift Set

Don’t forget to add the furry family members to your list! Your four-legged friends need essential oils too! The Animal Scents Gift Set includes a fun yellow squishy ball and a 15ml bottle of T-Away essential oil blend, with a soothing scent formulated especially for pets.

Shop the Animal Scents Gift Set$23.75.

Wolfberry Tea Gift Set

Wolfberry Tea Gift Set

Share a warm mug of tea, and start your day off right with a delicious hot drink infused with the power of organic wolfberries. This set includes two exclusive Young Living branded mugs, 16-oz. bag of organic NingXia Red Dried Wolfberries and a recipe card.

Shop the 2015 Wolfberry Tea Set Price: $34.00. 

Collector’s Edition Roll-On Set

Collector's Edition Roll-On Set

This Collector's Edition set contains three of Young Living’s most popular blends in a convenient roll-on. Stress-Away, Breathe Again and Deep Relief are fitted with our unique roller fitment for easy application. Give as a set to one lucky person on your list or gift the roll-ons separately. 

Shop the 2015 Collector's Edition Roll-On Set, $73.25. 

Manuka Essential Oil 5ml

Manuka Essential Oil

Manuka is a shrub in the myrtle family and is indigenous to New Zealand. This warm and gentle fragrance is ideal to add to your favorite skin care products to support healthy-looking skin.

Shop Manuka Essential Oil, $35.75. 

Cool Azul Essential Oil Blend 15ml

Cool Azul Essential Oil Blend

 

Cool Azul blend combines 13 cooling essential oils, including Peppermint, Wintergreen, Sage, Lavender, Copaiba, Blue Cypress, Elemi, Oregano, Vetiver, Caraway, Dorado Azul, and Niaouli. Cool Azul is ideal for use before, during and after physical activity.

Shop Cool Azul Essential Oil blend, $74.75.

Ceramic Diffuser with 5ml Christmas Spirit

Ceramic Diffuser with Christmas Spirit

Take the spirit of the season along with you everywhere you go. The ceramic diffuser can be used as a necklace, car diffuser, or ornament. Christmas Spirit is a sweet and spicy blend of orange, cinnamon and spruce that will remind you of the holiday season when you wear or diffuse this blend.

Shop the Ceramic Diffuser with 5ml Christmas Spirit, $27.25. 

Lip Balm Gift Set

Lip Balm Gift Set

Don’t forget the stocking stuffers! These Lip Balms are perfect for Winter weather. This set includes four Lip Balms in a reusable tote bag: Lavender, Cinnamint, Grapefruit and the holiday exclusive, Vanillamint.

Shop the Lip Balm Gift Set, $16.00.

Essence of the Season Essential Oils Collection

Essence of the Season

The beautiful Essence of the Season Essential Oils collection includes a 5ml Frankincense, 5ml Myrrh and 5ml Christmas Spirit, plus Frankincense and Myrrh resin. These precious spiritually uplifting aromas will remind you of holiday traditions.

Shop the Essence of the Season Essential Oil Collection, $74.75.

Thieves AromaBright, 5 Pack

Thieves

This popular toothpaste is now available in 2oz. tubes. Perfect for the busy traveler on your list. Keep their smiles looking bright and holiday card-worthy. Makes a great stocking stuffer.

Shop the Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste 2.0 oz. - 5 pack: $28.00.

Resin Burner and Frankincense Resin

Resin Burner

Use the Resin Burner during quiet moments to transport your emotions to ancient lands. Simply place a few pieces of resin on the burner to take in the aromatic spirit of the desert and deepen your meditation with a sacred atmosphere.

Shop the Resin Burner, $32.75. 

Aria Diffuser

Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser

The Aria diffuser combines ultrasonic technology and beautiful aesthetics. It has a solid maple base and a glass dome with relaxing multicolored LED lights and a selection of soothing sounds. For the holiday, it comes with 5ml exclusive Northern Lights Black Spruce.

Shop the Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser, $225.00. 

Dewdrop Diffuser

Dewdrop Diffuser

 

Inspired by the elegance of a drop of morning dew, the Dewdrop is a humidifier, atomizer and aroma diffuser all in one. Up to four hours of continuous diffusion, automatic shut-off and ambient light control, the Dewdrop Diffuser can transform any space into a spa-like atmosphere. This comes with a 5ml exclusive Northern Lights Black Spruce.

Shop the Dewdrop Diffuser, $63.75.

Zyng

Zyng

Start your day with a little Zyng! This is the perfect bubbly beverage to add to your festivities. This sparkling, essential oil-infused beverage is made with wolfberry puree and flavored with Lime and Black Pepper essential oils. It contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. With only 35 calories per can, this guilt-free spritzer invigorates the senses and delivers a splash of hydrating energy.

Shop the NingXia Zyng 12 pack, $39.75.

Slique Bars

Slique

Delicious and nutritious! Packed full of exotic fruits and nuts with Vanilla, Orange and Cinnamon essential oils. 

Shop Tropical Berry Crunch Slique Bars, $17.75.

Shop Chocolate-Coated Slique Bars, $17.75.

Oil Case

Oil Case Blue

Fill these oil cases with love and health this holiday season. This thoughtful and practical gift is perfect for your loved ones this year.

Shop your choice of Fuchsia, Blue, or Green 10-Oil Case, $16.00. 

Shop the 30-Oil Case, $37.25. Comes with a free 5ml bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil.

Thieves-Infused Products

Thieves Products

Check out the entire line of Thieves products. Infused with the power of Thieves, containing Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Lemon, these natural, plant based cleaners and personal care products are the perfect gift for health-conscious people looking for chemical-free alternatives.

Shop all Thieves Natural cleaning products

Gift Bag Set and Wrapping Ribbon

Gift Wrapping

Make your gifts stand out with elegant white and gold gift bags and wrapping ribbon.

Shop Wrapping Ribbon 10 yards, $5.00.

Shop Gift Bag Set, $8.00.

Premium Starter Kit

Premium Starter Kit Holiday

This is the perfect starter kit for that special someone on your list. This kit includes a diffuser, 11 of Young Living’s most popular essential oils and other goodies they will be sure to love. The packaging is beautiful and by buying the starter kit bundle, the diffuser is FREE! Plus wholesale members SAVE 24% on all purchases.

Premium Starter Kit with DewDrop--$160

Premium Starter Kit with Bamboo--$160

Premium Starter Kit with Raindrop--$205

Premium Starter Kit with Aria--$225

I am happy to help you with your holiday order or if you are new to Young Living, you can get a Premium Starter Kit here. I love teaching people about essential oils, contact me with questions, orders, or information on how to become a member of the Tree of Life Team.

Dena Jones 501-626-1954 or dena.jones@gmail.com

Dena Jones, Young Living Silver Leader

Member #1410697