An essential post for those interested in simple and effective ways to support healthy habits and nutritional needs
My personal "calling" over the last three years has drastically changed. It is truly empowering to know how far I have come with my own awareness and knowledge in a short period of time, which speaks to how incredible this wellness journey has been. I think it’s important to share all my lifestyle habits that play an important role in my overall health goals, because it's much more than using essential oils. Trust me, I DID NOT DO THIS ALONE (read on to find out how I learned from some top level mentors).
My husband and I work toward wellness together which has helped me immensely in changing my lifestyle for the better. We have really gotten to a really good place with our nutrition but we are not perfect. We also enjoy life as a young adult too but we certainly have changed many habits.
Having the support and accountability from my husband through this journey has truly brought me to a place that I have never been before. When we are both working toward similar goals, there are less distractions to get in the way of wellness. I also finally feel that I have control, I feel good about myself and I feel confident in how I am taking care of my body. I want these things for you too.
Over the years, I have turned my lifestyle focus to the idea of longevity, doing things that we can do to support healthy aging, wellness, and support the body function effectively and efficiently. Remember, my husband and I have always lived a “healthy” lifestyle, we were active in sports from childhood through college, ate healthy and hearty meals (so we thought), but we also ate anything we wanted and never really considered how it's truly affecting us, boy has this changed.
Why did it change? After getting motivated in our mid-twenties for some personal growth, we started reading and listening to several podcast about wellness. From this new hobby, I have a deeper understanding on nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress and the impacts these things have on our health. Listening to topics also sparks interest in finding current research in the field of wellness and looking into recommended readings. For example, just this morning I was listening to Ben Greenfield talk to Vani Hari or “The Food Babe” discuss her book, Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry’s Playbook and Reclaim Your Health, which actually ties perfectly to this post. After the podcast, I felt that I needed to read her book, visit her website, and discover information she had to share with the world. I was pretty impressed to find she is actually working toward changing the industry by leading petitions and putting pressure on major food corporations to make changes in their ingredients.
From information I have gotten from digging into food choices and ingredients, I realize it’s time to open our eyes to the facts, science, and research. The science behind my lifestyle changes fuels my motivation to really work hard at healthy changes, it's not easy to choose wellness but it's worth it.
One of my biggest influences has been Dr. Rhonda Patrick. Dr. Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science, Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry/chemistry, and has done extensive research on aging, cancer, and nutrition. I have been following Dr. Patrick for about a year now and the information is incredible. I also value the guests she interviews, such as Matthew Walker, Dr. Valter Longo, Dr. Satchin Panda, and Dr. Ruth Patterson. Listening to the extensive podcast discussions have certainly been life changing. You learn more about her and discover her incredible podcast at www.foundmyfitness.com .
Listening and following people such as Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Ben Greenfield, and Dr. Andrew Weil has reinforced my choice to use Young Living products. The community at large is seemingly not aware that Young Living is more than just an essential oil manufacturer. Young Living offers great alternative products for practically all your routine household needs. Examples include: Thieves household cleaning products, personal care products, Seedlings baby products, Ningxia Red wolfberry products, Savvy Minerals makeup, Kidscents products, Animal Scents products, they even have supplements and Einkorn flour products too. Young Living has turned into our one stop shop, honestly making my life a little bit easier and a lot healthier for our family
Instead of running around with a list of errands, making stops at a variety of health food stores, Young Living allows us to use our time more efficiently. We order everything directly from Young Living in our monthly Essential Rewards, which gets delivered right to our doorstep each month. I will talk more about essential rewards in future posts, because once you are a member it is the most effective and economical way to track and order on a regular basis.
Essential Rewards just made sense for us, as we learned more and more about chemicals, such as parabens, preservatives, formaldehyde, and carcinogens, the more we became fully invested in choosing Young Living for everything in our home. In our first few years, we have largely converted to utilization of essential oils via personal care products, mineral makeup, Thieves household cleaners, and Ningxia Red products. These changes came on the heels of putting time and focus into learning about optimizing wellness through food and nutrition and becoming wary about what we are putting in and around our body. Young Living takes the guesswork out of finding the best products and natural ingredients for our body and also adds trust through their Seed to Seal promise.
Young Living is now our go-to resource for purchasing supplements and natural health food ingredients! I have become increasingly aware of how difficult it can be to find products with all natural ingredients at your local store. Young Living Vitality Essential Oil, Einkorn products, and Ningxia Wolfberry products all support our nutritional goals while helping us make cooking in the kitchen a little more fun and delicious, without the added sugar, unwanted additives, modified ingredients, and artificial ingredients.
The best part about utilizing making the switch to Young living products is how simple the learning curve is. Those before us have created incredible resources and we are hoping to add to an already incredible body of work. Personally, I have found that using my vitality essential oils in the kitchen was made so simple by keeping a few critical resources handy at all times.
Let us review the products that Young Living offers to support healthy cooking:
Vitality Essential Oils
Young Living’s dietary supplement essential oils, also known as the vitality essential oils, which we have talked about before, allow us to add flavor to foods or drinks without worrying about unwanted ingredients that could build up in the body. There are over 40 Vitality essential oils that can be added to all types of recipes.
In December, I bought the Young Living Vitality Set which included an awesome culinary cookbook, healthy cookware, and six essential oils (peppermint vitality, orange vitality, oregano vitality, lavender vitality, rosemary vitality, and cinnamon bark vitality). The culinary set has turned into a great resource for using my vitality oils because of the conversion chart included in the cook book. Now there is a little less chopping, mincing, zesting, juicing and less money spent on herbs and spices that have a shelf life. We add vitality essential oils to main dishes, breakfast, side dishes, desserts, drinks, and marinades.
Vitality essential oils that we use often for a variety of meals and deserts are Lemon, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Basil, Black Pepper, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg and Oregano. I often do not add a a full drop when I use a strong essential oils such as oregano vitality. I simply use a toothpick and add less then a drop into recipes.
With the goal to remove sugar, refined foods, and other unwanted ingredients, as well as to eat whole foods full of nutrients, we have found Einkorn to be a big help in replacing unhealthy choices in our home. Since Einkorn is probably something very new to you, at least it was new to me when I got started with Young Living, I want to share why we love it so much in our house.
Einkorn is the original “staff of life” grain and is one of the oldest varieties of wheat known to man. Using Einkorn products instead of other grains from the grocery store allows me to eat some of my favorite foods, on occasion, without feeling guilty. Einkorn has a primitive genetic code of 14 chromosomes and has unhybridized genetics, which makes it much more compatible with the human body than other modern, highly hybridized wheat which has about 42 chromosomes.
Einkorn products are stone-ground ancient grain with no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors, and they are non-GMO ingredients, which is everything I am looking for in a product and its coming from a brand I trust, even better! Einkorn products are also known to be low in gluten and high in nutrients such as: protein, vitamin B6, riboflavin or Vitamin B2, and vitamin A. Personally, I take that as a win.
Each year, Young Living continues to expand as a well rounded company. The products continue to grow in number each year, last summer alone they added about 5 new Einkorn products!
We started to fill our pantry with a variety of Einkorn products over the summer and we have come to love them. Personally have tried the Einkorn flour, cereal, spaghetti, pancake & waffle mix, granola, and really yummy einkorn crackers!
Here’s a complete list of Gary’s True Grit Einkorn products and some ideas on how to use the products:
Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
First off, Young Living has Einkorn flour which is really great for those looking to replace refined or processed grains with ancient grains. The einkorn flour can be used for all your cooking and baking needs. It’s really easy to use and basically can be a substitute in any recipe in a 1:1 ratio. Although, cooking and baking with einkorn does take some getting used to because you may need to reduce the liquids in the recipe when baking. With the support from a few of the cookbooks above, I have had no trouble switching traditional recipes to include Young Living Einkorn and essential oils.
You can use the Einkorn Flour for baking desserts like cookies, cakes, bars or you can also use it to bake breads and noodles. Be sure to share your favorite recipes with us! Here’s one of my favorites:
4 cups Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
2 ½ baking powder
½ baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
3 large eggs
½ cup dark brown sugar
1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons blue agave
You can really make any flavor muffins or breads that you desire, simply replace the wolfberries with other healthy fruits or nuts that you enjoy.I have even added a few drops of cinnamon bark vitality to the batter because it makes for delicious muffin with coffee in the morning.
Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Rotini Pasta and Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti
These two are family favorites, marrying into an Italian family, pasta has always been one of my husbands favorite meals. Unfortunately refined white pastas are not the type of foods we are looking to eat, so we were excited to find that Young Living had a nutritious option to keep these yummy meals. These pair perfectly with a big bowl of salad.
Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Berries
Not exactly talking about fruit berries here, einkorn berries are a great option in the cold winter months when you're looking for a warm breakfast option. We prepare einkorn berries very similar to oatmeal or rice. The einkorn berries are really special because it offers the whole kernel, bran, germ, and endosperm. You can read more of the benefits and the product at Young Living.
After I prepare the Einkorn Berries by the direction on the box, I like to add a drop of vitality cinnamon bark, walnuts or pecans, and fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, banana slices, or apple slices for a warm and healthy breakfast.
Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola and Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flakes Cereal
Whether you enjoy granola or cereal for breakfast, dinner, or late night snacks these two products are awesome options for the whole family. They offer the crunch and cold cereal options that people love, plus they are lightly sweetened with Coconut sugar. I can’t believe how much sugar can be found in cereal on the shelves. It’s basically like eating a box of cookies for breakfast. If you get a chance to read, “The Food Babe’s” book, you will also start to learn how to make informed purchases based on ingredients too.
I like to add some Einkorn Granola to top my yogurt, cereal, and acai bowls because yummy cluster of natural sources of grains, nuts, berries, seeds, and Wolfberries that provide long lasting energy. If you really wanted to make a healthy treat you could even drizzle a little Ningxia Red, Ningxia Berry Syrup, or Elderberry syrup on top.
Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix and Gary’s True Grit Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix
Ok, my lifestyle and wellness goals do not really call for pancakes and waffles on the regular but I do love them, it's always a treat when eating them for breakfast or dinner. Growing up, food has been the center of many traditions and gatherings. I understand it is tough to break away from unhealthy habits, specially when they are such a big part of social events. We typically celebrate holidays together over breakfast, lunch, dinner, and parties. In the summer, when we vacation at our family cabin many enjoy eating a large, yummy, breakfast before heading out on the boat for the day. Unfortunately, in the past those large breakfast were mostly filled with sugar, refined pancake flour, whipped cream, and dessert toppings. Now 2019, I make informed decisions about what I eat instead of falling for the sugar cravings. Thankfully, I decided to make these choices to learn about the effects of sugar , high fructose corn syrup, and refined foods on the body and I have a company that provides healthy options to replace those unwanted empty calories.
It’s nice to be able to eat comfort food every once in a while or provide a yummy taste to the little ones in the family, without feeling like we are compromising our health. Einkorn products allow me to keep my health and fitness goals over the entire year.
I simply follow the Einkorn Pancakes directions on the box which is nice because you mix the flour with all other ingredients from scratch. I love having control over the ingredients being added to the pancake mix so we can chose trusted organic options. We make the recipe from the box with local eggs, unsweetened almond milk, and other natural baking ingredients. I like to blend in fresh fruit such as banana or apple slices and few drops two of cinnamon bark vitality essential oil to the recipe. I can simply substitute traditional pancakes with Einkorn pancakes ditch the whipped cream for some bananas, blueberries, or raspberries and the entire day’s energy levels have changed.
Other Healthy Snacking
Other healthy cooking products:
Seriously, I love that I can even buy my toxin free cookware from Young Living. Have you been interested in updating your cookware? Since watching a few Netflix series I realized it was time to replace the old cookware we have gotten from family. It was a great time to just ditch one thing at a time through Young Living Essential Rewards. My husband and I did some research on safe cookware and everything pointed back ordering the ones from Young Living. Your options are a frying pan, saucepan, high rim frying pan, steamer, and glass lid.
Although some of these foods are not things we eat everyday, because personally we eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole food, I simply like having better options to help support a balanced life. Personally, I think that is the goal. I try to make better choices everyday by considering ingredients and nutrients. These products are delicious, healthy, and comparable to organic products that I used to spend money on at other whole food stores. Buying these products through Young Living actually allows me to save more because I am earning reward points and receiving free gifts from Young Living monthly. I know exactly what I am getting when buying through Young Living.
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