Can I kick the onset of a cold w/ Essential Oils?

It started with a sneeze, followed by several more sneezes. Was this a cold coming on? NO! I don’t have time for a cold. I mean does any one had time to get sick? Then the stuffy nose started. Instead of just waiting for the cold to bring me down I decided to kick it tongue curb before it even goes any further. 

First thing I did was start diffusing, and not just any oil but Thieves.  I love the smell of theives oil and its antibacterial properties so if there are any germs going around in the air I knew thieves would get rid of it. Then I have my coconut oil mixture with thieves in it and i applied it to the bottoms of my feet. Using essential oils on the bottom of your feet gets them into your blood stream quicker. Then I made a cold bomb. I had peppermint , lemon, frankincense, and oregano to my ningxia red and drank it. And last but not least I put lavender on the bridge of my nose. 

I mean it was a lot of steps but really only took about 5 minutes total. Within 15 minutes my runny nose was gone. I went to bed with thieves diffusing and woke up feeling good. No more cold symptoms. I did use more coconut oil thieves mixture on my feet before putting my socks on and drank another cold bomb for safe measure but voila. Stopped the onset of a cold naturally. Way better in my opinion than getting a full blown cold or even taking night quil. 

Of course I’m not a doctor but all I can say is this worked for me. 



Be Mindful – Yoga Intention

This morning I made it to the 5:30 am Ashtanga class at my local yoga studio. I couldn’t believe I actually peeled myself out of bed at 4:45 am. While changing into my yoga clothes and brushing my teeth with my eyes still half closed I thought to myself, what am I nuts? But proceeded anyways – gave the hubby a kiss and was on my way. Got to class and rubbed some much needed Young Living peppermint oil on my chest. Even though I was about to get the pick me up I needed from class I wanted a boost of energy before we started. Oh and who doesn’t love the smell of peppermint?

At the beginning of the practice the teacher asked everyone (all 2 people that were crazy enough to be there) to set an intention for our practice, our day, and our life. For my practice I chose to be mindful. Be mindful of what my body needs physically, be mindful of my emotions as I go through class, and be mindful of the other students. For my day I thought motivation would be a good intention. Sometimes a little motivation can go along way. Although I figured I would diffuse something at work to keep me focused. My intention for life today was to have humility. Sometimes it seems that the world is just constantly stressed and everyone is so wound up in their own lives. So humility for my life seemed fitting. We all need to laugh a little more.

As I was matching my breath with the poses I kept thinking about being mindful . At one point we were in plank for not what seemed like for but was forever and I just had to go into child’s pose. I thought right then that I was being mindful. I was being mindful of what my body needed and at that moment by body needed rest. I would rather hold plank pose in good form with breaks than to hold plank pose for the full duration and to have awful form. My body needs to be strong not to grow tired from holding poses incorrectly. That wasn’t the only time I was mindful of what my body needed through my practice this morning.

On my drive home I though about being mindful a little more. Was I able to be mindful mentally in my practice this morning or was it all physical? Mentally I have been stressed in my daily life. With work, school, and being a wife (not a mother just yet) but takes energy (I mean what doesn’t really). Then I realized this morning when I decided to go to yoga I was being mindful of what I needed mentally. Yoga for me has been an outlet for so many things, especially stress. I felt like I had not just a good start to my morning but a great start.

At this point I had been mindful of my body during practice, I had been mindful when I made the decision to go to yoga, but had I been mindful of others? During class I didn’t pay any attention to what the other student was doing. It was just me and my mat. I still felt that my intention wasn’t complete with out the last part: being mindful of others. This is where I decided it was pertinent to carry my intention throughout my day. How could I be more mindful of others that I interact with? Each interaction may be different. I may need to be mindful of someone’s feelings or maybe I need to be mindful of what that person needs from me.

So today maybe take a step back and just be mindful of others, of your surroundings, of yourself.

Why the title “The Humble Warrior”?

When I was trying to think of a blog name the first thing that came to my mind was the humble warrior. Now if you know anything about yoga you might know that it’s a pose, and you’re probably thinking it’s my favorite one since I named my blog after it. Well actually it’s probably my least favorite pose of all time. Something about that pose is just uncomfortable for me. If you’re not sure what humble warrior is check out this link http://leighferrarayoga.com/humble-warrior/ (This is clearly not me since I dislike this pose). So why would I name my blog after a pose that is my least favorite? Well yoga has taught me many things and one of the lessons is to embrace the things in life that are challenging. Life wouldn’t be life if everything was easy right? All sorts of crazy shit can get thrown one’s way and all one can do is learn to deal with it. Embrace the good times and endure the hard times with equal determination. Yoga has helped me endure these are times or struggles know that this is life and it will go on. So again why name my blog after a pose I don’t like?

Sometimes you just gotta do things you don’t like and honestly I hope if I practice enough maybe I will like the humble warrior pose. There is always the chance that it will be my least favorite pose forever though and I am ok with that too. Some say that the pose you like the least is the pose you need most in your life. I just gotta be okay where I am at in my practice and in my life. I truly believe it is stillness that brings great things whether it’s striving for a stress-free life or in yoga by stretch and trying to reach the fullest expression of a pose.

Now get up and try the humble warrior pose 🙂 Is it your favorite?

Whole 30 – Day 9 – Meal 3

So I’ve really been slacking on the blog but I really hadn’t made any new recipes – the last few days have been much of the same. But tonight I did try another recipe from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott. The recipe I made was a chicken stir fry and I must say it was the bomb. Actually it was a 2 part recipe but was really easy and let’s just say I got my fix of chinese with this stir fry.

I thawed 3 organic chicken breast and planned to cook them tonight to use for several different meals throughout the week. It’s a pretty basic recipe for shredded chicken breast.

Shredded Chicken Breast

Ingredients: 2 lbs pastured chicken breast (skin on) ( I didn’t have this type on hand so I used skinless), 1/4 salt, 2 Tbsp solid cooking fat, 1 cup bone broth (I didn’t have time to make bone broth so I used organic chicken broth).

1. Rinse the chicken breasts with cold water and pat dry. Bring to room temperature and sprinkle them with salt.

2. Heat the cooking fat in a skillet over medium heat.

3. When the fat is melted and the pan is hot, place the chicken top-side down and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until browned. Flip the chicken, add the broth, cover, and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

4. Let cool and shred the meat.

Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp solid cooking fat, 1 yellow onion (chopped), 6 cloves garlic (minced), 1 1/2 inch piece ginger (peeled and minced), 3 large carrots (thinly sliced on the diagonal), 1 lbs broccoli (chopped), 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 cup coconut aminos, 2 cups mushrooms (chopped), 2 cups shredded chicken breast meat, 1/2 lemon (juiced, about 1 tbsp)

1. Heat the cooking fat in a wok or a large skillet on medium heat.

2. When the fat has melted and the pan is hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring for another minute. Add the carrots, broccoli, salt and coconut aminos and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. The vegetables should be firm yet cooked.

3. Add the chicken and stir to heat throughout. squeeze with the lemon juice and serve warm.

 

Just a bike ride through a cemetery

Since today is America’s Birthday and everyone deserves the day off so naturally the yoga studio I go to was closed. I could have still done yoga but today I wanted to be outside and just take a bike ride. So I got up, got dressed, brushed my teeth, laced up my shoes and got on my bike. I opened the garage and realized the fog was really think this morning, kind of earie but pretty at the same time.

I didn’t really have a path or somewhere in mind. So I rode down some of the side streets in my neighborhood and made my way through the cemetery that lines the local lake. The fog was still thick, but I managed to capture a really cool picture from the cemetery overlooking the lake.

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Whole 30 – Prep for Day 5

So again I am hanging with my bestie on America’s birthday so naturally we had to do some prep so we could eat good healthy food while we’re out on the boat. 

Actually the bestie made most the food and I watched but oh well. 

We made homemade burgers for grilling (I should have taken a picture). We just took ground beef and added some spices and formed them in to patties. Then to change it up we made sweet potato buns (I added the link). We also made some parsnip chips. Then I still need to make the kale salad from Day 1 – Meal 2 – it’s really good. 

 

 

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Whole 30 – Day 4 – Meal 3

My bestie is also doing the Whole 30 with me and today I was going to visit her and see her new house. Which by the way I must say is fabulous. So anyways she made us a Whole 30 dinner and it was really good and something different off the beaten path and actually something that I probably wouldn’t have attempted. My bestie is a good cook and does make the best chocolate chips cookies ever. Okay I have to stop thinking about cookies and get back to the healthy yet fabulous dinner she made. 

We had crab cakes with an avocado dipping sauce and sweet potato fries. Below is the recipes she used for the crab cakes. 

Low Carb Crab Cakes w/ Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

 

 

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