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Essential Oils at Whole Energy Lifestyle Living

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At Whole Energy Lifestyle Living, essentials oils are part of our daily routine. They keep us calm, rejuvenated, and shining! In other words, they are… essential!

You may see them being used during your session or in Meg’s office. Don’t be shy, they are free for you to test. We also have several scents for sale. But first, what exactly are essential oils? Read our Essential Oils 101 to find out more.

What is aromatherapy?

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants {aka essential oils} to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.

What are essential oils?

Pure essential oils are extracted directly form different parts of plants {peels, rinds, flowers, leaves, stems, berries, resin, or roots}. For it to be considered essential, it must be extracted from the plant by physical means only such as distillation (using water or steam) and expression (cold pressing citrus peels).

What are the benefits of essential oils?

The olfactory system is our sense of smell, which is an incredibly important factor when it comes to our moods. Studies link aromatherapy to improved mood, relaxation, stress and anxiety relief, better balance and well-being, and reduction in headaches and body aches and sinus/chest conditions to name a few.

The olfactory system is connected to many body systems. When we inhale airborne molecules through the nose, they immediately interact with the brain, specifically a variety of receptor sites in the limbic system, which is considered the ’emotional brain.’ The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. Furthermore, if we inhale through our mouth, odor molecules immediately pass through our lungs having an impact on the respiratory system.

So, by breathing in beautifully smelling essential oils, they affect the body on an physical and emotional level.

How can I integrate them into my life?

There are many ways to easily integrate essential oils into your life. At W.E.L.L. we sell the doTerra line in over 15 scents as well as beautiful diffusers. You will see diffusers on around the office for our patients to enjoy during their visits. Some of our favorites are Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peppermint, and blends such as Breathe, Elevation, and On Guard.

How do I use them?

  • Mix a few drops in water and place in a diffuser.
  • Put them in your hot bath water.
  • Soak a washcloth in warm water with a few drops of oil.
  • Add a few drops to your lotion.
  • Place on your temples and all the spots you put perfume like neck and wrists.

Next time you’re in, make sure you give our essential oil selection a try or meet with Meg for a personalized consult on the BEST oils for you and your family.  If you would like to replenish your supply or learn more about essential oils visit Meg’s online webstore at: www.wellconsulting.org

How to Stay on the Healthy Path for HALLOWEEN

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     Sugar causes Cancer. That is now proven. It’s responsible for our obesity and diabetes epidemic and a host of other health disorders. But this stuff is addictive. It’s hard to break up with.  Many of my wellness warriors and clients tell me it’s impossible to avoid sugar around Halloween. It’s everywhere—at the office, in the grocery store, in your kids’ candy buckets. When the pull of sugar feels too strong, fight back! Use these simple tricks to help you enjoy Halloween without the toxic sugar overload.  An eye opening fact for you: Did you know that sugar is only a few chemical molecules different than the makeup of cocaine.  In fact in a recent study using mice, which were given a plethora of either cocaine or sugar to feast upon, the mice undoubtedly and undeniable chose the sugar to consume over the cocaine!  Are we ourselves addicted to this “legal drug” that is in EVERYTHING?  Why are we giving this DRUG to our children?

Let’s get to some sugar education and demystification:
Is there a connection between cocaine, heroin and sugar addiction? Many will be surprised to know that there is. The fact that a bag of Sour Patch Kids or gummy worms is related to cocaine, heroin, or other drugs might seem far fetched, but they’re similar in how they can affect the brain.  Sugar, like drugs and alcohol, activates the reward cycle of the brain by stimulating dopamine (the reward-seeking chemical that is also responsible for addictive behaviors). “A sugar binge alters brain function and fuels the desire for more sweet stuff,” says Princeton University psychology professor Bart Hoebel. There is a sugar high caused by a surge of dopamine, similar to the “feel-good” rush of drugs or alcohol. This can be followed by the psychological and physical symptoms of withdrawal when sugar is then denied. (Medheadlines.com)   As with drugs and alcohol, chronic use can cause down-regulation or even damage to neurotransmitter receptor sites, disrupting the brain’s natural chemistry. This leads to withdrawal symptoms, feeling of loss of control, bingeing, anxiety, stress, depression, cravings, and deeper levels of addiction (just think of how our little ones feel now after they crack open their Halloween goodies- it gives a new meaning to “little monsters!”)    Sugar causes neurochemical changes in the brain that are similar to drugs and alcohol addiction. As a result, sugar could act as a gateway drug for other drugs (Princeton University). Maintaining a healthy diet that is personalized for you can be crucial in keeping neurotransmitters and the reward pathway of the brain in balance, as well as the sugar cravings at bay.With the Halloween Madness just a few days away I compiled some of my tricks to help you start the path towards sugar elimination:

Start Your Day With Protein: The typical breakfast of carbs and sugary food sets you up to crave this food all day long. Instead, begin your day with a healthy smoothie that’s loaded with pea protein powder, healthy fats (like coconut oil), and phytonutrients; maybe add a little pumpkin and espresso and voila you now have a “Pumpkin Spice Smoothie!”
Move Your Body: Exercising, dancing, yoga, even going for a walk can reduce tension, boost your energy and mood, and decrease your need for a sugar lift.
Get Enough Sleep: When we are tired, we often turn to sugar and caffeine to counteract exhaustion. Don’t put yourself in this predicament—go to bed at the same time each night and give your body the rest it needs.
OIL Pull when you are CRAVING: Are you familiar with this method?  If not search the past blogs at WELL Consulting or contact Meg and she can email you the step by step instructions.  I promise you do this and you will reap so many benefits!
Take L-Glutamine:  When all else fails or when you decide to make that commitment to get rid of the sugar for you and the whole family- this will be the GAME CHANGER!  For acute sugar cravings, try this amino acid. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels and diminishes sugar cravings.  Glutamine is an amino acid that helps diminish sugar cravings, plays a vital role in gastrointestinal health, supports a strong immune system, promotes muscle tone and enhances mood and mental clarity.  This “super” amino acid is concentrated in the brain, skeletal muscles, gut lining, lungs, heart, kidneys and liver and provides a dynamic source of fuel for the whole body. It supports overall health with its huge range of benefits.

What it does

Helps stabilize blood sugar levels which is especially helpful if you are looking to kick your sugar habit and reduce your cravings for high-glycemic carbohydrates.

Nourishes the cells that line the gut and is essential to maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract – a key factor for a healthy immune system.

Helps to synthesize the neurotransmitters in the brain which can help relieve depression and fatigue, elevate mood and enhance relaxation.

Helps improve brain agility, focus, concentration, memory and alertness.

Helps build protein for strong muscles, making it a favorite for those who work out regularly.

How to take it

Take 2 capsules twice a day between meals or when the craving creeps up on you!  You can even sprinkle the powder option under your tongue!

It’s your secret weapon for when all else fails!

Here is where to purchase and brand recommendations: http://www.npscript.com/wellconsulting/l-glutamine-1000mg-1-gram-/PU0140PAR  and here is a powdered option for our children or those who have a hard time swallowing capsules: http://www.npscript.com/wellconsulting/l-glutamine-powder/PU0142PAR

As you know I am a firm believer that if you give the body what it needs,  it has the innate ability to HEAL itself!  Use these tools to begin the path towards wellness and join the Wellness Revolution with Meg at Whole Energy Lifestyle Living / WELL Consulting. www.wellconsulting.org

An ESSENTIAL Tip + How to Join the Wellness Revolution

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Wellness Your Way, A Tip for Today:

Rosemary has been called the herb of remembrance, even Shakespeare referred to in Hamlet.  Traditionally, rosemary has been used to improve memory and nervous disorders, as well as to reduce mental fatigue.  Scientific studies has found that rosemary may enhance the production of proteins essential for nerve growth and function.  One interesting feature of rosemary is that its essential oil positively affects short and long term memory when the scent is inhaled.  In a clinical study published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, blood levels of rosemary oil’s active compound 1,8-cineole after inhalation corresponded to improvements in speed and accuracy of cognitive tasks.  You can bet this is something I am diffusing as I write this tip, as well as have my children inhale during homework time!  Inhaling deeply now!  A special note to teachers: I have seen many studies finding that this aids significantly when diffusing in the classroom.  A win for you and a win for your students!  Rosemary also has been associated with enhanced levels of contentment.

Do you have Rosemary oil and utilize it?  Leave comments on tips that other Wellness Warriors can take advantage of.  If you are looking for the most HEALING  Rosemary Oil, ask Meg or go to her link at: www.wellconsulting.org

In addition to the above by diffusing Rosemary oil in my office and during “homework hour”, I am also adding it to my turkey dinner this evening.  No fresh herbs needed, just therapeutic oil from Doterra and voila dinner that is rich in nutrients and flavor!

In addition if you have not yet gotten you INVITE: There’s a wellness revolution going on right now and there is so much we can do to grow it — join us and be a part of the change. Get informed, get involved and spread the word to your friends by joining my Facebook community at Whole Energy Lifestyle Living: https://www.facebook.com/wholeenergy?fref=ts&ref=br_tf   and following me at my blog at: www.wellconsulting.org   Just sign up and commit to the wellness path, and know that you have the support of a wellness tribe that is surrounding you and here for YOU!

Manifesting Wellness

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Greetings all my Wellness Warriors~

It is truly a delight to invite you to be a part of the wellness revolution!  “Whole Energy Lifestyle Living”/ WELL Consulting has an updated webpage, as well as many other exciting opportunities for you to manifest wellness, balance, and peace in your life!  The invitation awaits you at: www.wellconsulting.org sign up for the blog updates, which will include wellness driven recipes, education on supplements, and techniques to bring health into your daily routine and lasting lifestyle.  WELL Consulting also has a new online web store, where you can purchase all the supplements and skin care that we carry in the practice.  This allows for you to have your essentials shipped directly to you, whether you are home or traveling.  These supplements are of the highest grade and are available to you due to our medical degree and health training certifications. Trust me I  check ALL the boxes when we bring the right supplements to you and your family.  This is just another way to stay the path towards wellness!

This is also a personal call to my wellness warriors to remind you that it is your primary job to take care of yourself.  Now is the time to make your health and well being your top priority: otherwise I fear you will run out of oxygen and purpose.  When we lose sight of this priority we become weakened and defeated, and find it difficult to see the light in each day.  Being well is a decision and a choice, and Living Well is the BONUS!  Wellness flows from the inside out.  It fundamentally aligns the physical, emotional, environmental, nutritional, and spiritual elements in our life.  Wellness nourishes the spirit and marks importance to your heart and soul.  Part of this process is making sure we are surrounding our brains and cells with positive thoughts and thinking… remember our thoughts CAN and WILL become our reality, so we need to be mindful of our mindset!

So, how do we begin to manifest this path towards wellness? Prayers and meditations need not be spoken, they MUST be LIVED!  Being fully present in every moment we are given on this earth is the greatest meditation.  Being present is our prayer of praise and gratitude to the here and now.  Finding this present being is how we can create wellness and peace in our hearts.  Breathe in this moment and offer gratitude.  When we cultivate wellness in our life , we can then manifest doing well and finding success in every grace we are offered.  Live in this moment and put your thoughts on the WELLNESS that you deserve and can find with the right intention.

Please continue your path towards wellness and peace, and as always reach out to me at “Whole Energy Lifestyle Living”/ WELL Consulting if I can help nourish your journey or make your path less rocky.  It is an honor to offer many services that are personalized for each individual to stay their course of action towards wellness.  No two plans are the same, because we all need personalized care and medicine to manifest the wellness that each of us deserve and essentially require to create the lives we WANT!

 

PS:  Don’t forget to sign up for my blog at www.wellconsulting.org  and share the wellness by inviting others to the health and wellness they can find with us!

 

 

 

Joy!

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Happy Wednesday to all my WELLNESS Warriors!

I believe that JOY is a spiritual practice!  How can you cultivate JOY in your life?  How do you currently make JOY included in your daily ritual?

The dictionary defines JOY as a noun with 3 definitions:

a feeling of great happiness
a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
success in doing, finding, or getting something Read More

Breathe in Peppermint for Energy & to Fight Fatigue

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Breathe in some peppermint, Breathe in ENERGY! For hundreds or, in many cases, thousands of years, people have regularly applied different essential oils for purposes of health and well-being. But did you know that inhaling certain scents could actually help boost mental clarity? Newer research has suggested that inhaling essential oils, such as peppermint, may reduce the perceived level of mental fatigue or burnout.Peppermint has a strong and clean aroma – making it a pleasant smell to breathe in, but you can also try applying it to the back of your neck and shoulders to help support your energy over a longer stretch of time. Keeping a bottle at work as a go-to (instead of more coffee) serves as a great strategy for enhancing energy and a great tool to keep your breath fresh.

For the best quality peppermint oil visit Meg’s virtual store: www.wellconsulting.org

More Addictive than Cocaine? YIKES!

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Are you addicted to sugar? You’re not alone. In 2007 a group of researchers found that sugar surpasses what is called “cocaine reward” in most mammals, including rats and humans. The frightening result of this study is the conclusion that sugar is more addictive than cocaine.

Although sugar does not contain opiates (like other addictive substances such as heroin) it does stimulate the release of endogenous opiates. Opiates and their receptors have largely been attributed to what is known as “reward.” When the opiate receptor is filled over and over again, we feel a sense of pleasure and reward. No matter how harmful a food or substance may be to the body, this sensation of pleasure keeps us coming back for more, while at the same time altering our brain chemistry. Read More

Skin & Bones SYNERGY

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Eczema patients beware: A recent study from Northwestern University showed that those who experienced the sensitive skin condition of eczema and psoriasis in the past year had a 53% higher chance of bone and joint injuries compared to those of non-sufferers.  Chronic inflammation leads to brittle bones (as can oral steroids) and also fatigue.  As Meg your best options for treating eczema and how to get to the ROOT of the condition so that you be your healthiest self!

THE HONEST to GUT TRUTH

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The Honest to GUT Truth   

~How to Unlock Vibrant Health by Looking at the Gut~

Written By Meg Landis, W.H.E. & C.N.P.

We have all heard the saying, “listen to your gut.” And while that advice often refers to our intuition, it should also speak to our digestion. Your gut guides your overall well-being. Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health. Yet it is all too common to experience lots of digestive issues that make a huge impact on our strength and vitality. If you want better immunity, efficient digestion, improved clarity and balance, focus on rebuilding your gut health.  By supporting this mighty system, you’ll see chronic health issues such as, fatigue, brain fogginess, colds, aches and pains, diminish. Furthermore, you will feel abundant energy return. In the article you will learn what your gut does and why it’s so important to keep it healthy. Then, we will cover how to care for your wonderful gut so that it continues to take care of glorious you! Read More

POTTY TALK: A great tip for your “office” visits.

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Warning this BLOG contains potty talk, and a new way to drastically improve your HEALTH!  Are you prone to constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel, or bloating? Did you know that people in cultures that squat instead of using toilets rarely have these symptoms? Rather than putting a hole in your floor, try elevating your feet in the bathroom. I figured this out when I was a young child and have used various devices including stacked phone books, a small box and a step stool. There are also devices like the ‘squatty potty.’   I LOVE mine- what difference it does make, and the children use it also. Try out this easy trick and great product to make your bathroom trips faster and easier. http://www.squattypotty.com/

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