April 24, 2016

Sense Your Way

In the realm of things that will get us back to our intuitive selves, pouring oils all over it sounds to be a most powerful potion, in this life.

If we give the human body what it needs it will heal itself. If we're depleted in our life, we will see symptoms. When we give the body what it needs these things start to disappear. If we can support our emotions and spirituality we can nab it before it becomes symptomatic in the body.

What is an essential oil?
They are all around us in the rinds of fruits, flowers, tree barks, leaves, in nature. The protective mechanism in plants protect them from things like, fungus and bacteria. They have the same effect on the human body and the human system.They support us on many protective layers; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Natural healing can sometimes feel "airy fairy", but essential oils reach the masses, as it's grounded in a rich history of science and scientific research. Not all oils are created equal, most are synthetic because of consumer demand. DoTerra created a certification standard, in house and out house testing. 15,000 research studies on Pub Med regarding autism, cancer..burn units at John Hopkins are doing major research on the therapeautic quality of essential oils.

Essential oils can't be a replacement for the basic foundations of health and happiness. Eating real food, having healthy relationships with others, our finances, our career all matter and the oils can help us with those lifestyle matters. Managing stress has become a matter of life and death across the globe. I learned recently that Australia is beating the US in obesity #'s. Not a competition most Australians want to win. Learning to rest, understanding that the moon moves the ocean and the human body is more than 60 percent water, blood is 92 percentwater, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water- We've got to start working with the way the moon works because whether we know it, or not, it's moving us.

There are 3 ways to use the oils. Internally, Topically and Aromatically. For matters such as throat health, digestive tract and mucous membranes you can take them internally by making capsules, or by adding to food, smoothies, mouth washes, oil pulling with coconut oil or even added directly to water. Internal sends it straight into the stomach acid. For those of us who know that our immune system is in our gut, you can imagine the benefits to doing it that way.

Topical suggestions on our hands, feet, spine, hind brain and areas of the body where there are the most amount of nerve endings so they will absorb quickly. It only takes moments for it to go through the entire blood stream. Topical suggestions are made for issues with circulation and inflammation.

Aromatically the oils are such bliss to have diffusing in your car, home and even on jewelry. I carry a bottle in my car, at all times and sniff it directly out of the bottle. This takes the powers straight to my brain and immediately directs my mood. I be sure to clear my vibes in between work and home so that I don't bring my work home with me.

Among the many powers of the oils, they work on a really quick symptomatic level, but also work towards the root cause. Practitioners working with aromatherapy and essential oils will be looking at your root cause, but can also help with spot treating and putting it where it hurts.

"Just get them in your life" Nick Fairbain, Louise Hay Radio Host, Author and Practitioner.

Lavendar, "the queen of essential oils" for anxiety, burns, LAVENDAR ICE CREAM, lavendar tea, calm the mood in the house by putting it in the diffuser. Nick says, "when in doubt lavendar comes out." Apply to hands and feet. 

Lemon, a physical and emotional cleanser- 1 drop in your water in the morning helps be sure you're not taking some of the dramas from yesterday, into today. It's delicious in guacamole and in your favorite libation. Nick suggested adding it to Corona. It's also a great antibacterial. I use orange and lemon to clean my house. It's uplifting and lifts me up to do something I don't really love doing!

Tea Tree Oil comes from Australia! Who knew? DoTerrra has a method of sourcing their oils from the best environment that each specific plant grows in. Great for cuts, stings, bites, fungus, candida (prevents nutrition from getting into your cells, caused by sugar, alcohol, the pill, antibiotics, stress sex..) protection from negativity, anything throat related. 

Oregano in a stir fry, less is more! It's very strong so always dilute. Dilute all of your oils in a factionated coconut oil (where the fat molecules have been taken out). This one is great for parasites and infection. When the girls and I used to get sick, I'd give us Oregano oil immediately. 

OnGuard, a replication from Thieves oil was a blend created in the plague. A couple of guys covered their mouths with a rag covered in this oil and did not get the plague. It has eucalyptus, cinnamon and a blend that has been known to be VERY powerful. It's used in hospitals, in the home when people are sick and it's a protective blend energetically. Apply topically to the bottom of the feet and eat it in your Chia Seed Pudding!

Deep Blue, DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY, intergreen is not good for the digestive track. It's used for pain, inflammation, circulation, sore muscles, growing pains, restless leg and athletes love this one for help in recovery periods. Diluting the stomach acids while you eat leads to leaky gut!

Digest Zen for digestion and bloating, motion sickness, Solar Plexus chakra. Also for bloating, don't drink water, or fluids while you eat. Drink 15 minutes before, or 15 minutes after.
Easy Air for lungs and heart chakra

Peppermint, put in your chocolate! I have a love of jungles, tropics and forests, but a thing about bugs, "GIRL", so I don't leave home without my peppermint oil. Spiders, I got your number, yo. This oil also helps with focus and getting men in touch with their feelings because men don't have feelings so this is really helpful HA.

Frankinsense, "the king of essential oils", penetrates on a deep cellular level. It's a sacred oil with a high vibration of the universe. Cleopatra bathed in frankinsense and it's known for it's anti aging and skin benefits. They used to steal frankinsense before gold from graves. Apply to third eye, crown, roof of the mouth and under the tongue. Brings us closer to our intuition, which keeps us from harm and leads us to our destiny. Oxygenates our pituitary and pineal gland, which is great for serotonin, which makes us happy. Endocrine systems love frankinsense and that helps our body regulator a bunch!

Clarycalm and Balance are great for hormone balance & menopause so roll that one over your ovaries and reflex points. It helps "bring us back from our heads".

Adding the oils to food:
Peppermint, Orange, Lemon will enhance flavors and bring them out.
Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary can held enhance the flavor of sauces.

Adding the oils to your workouts:
Peppermint helps with motivation, pain, inflammation and circulation as well as clearing the sinuses.

Text book suggestions: Essential Life and Modern Essentials (comes in an app too)

Nick Fairbain, Louise Hay Coach, Holistic Health Practitioner, Radio Host on Louise Hay Radio and overall Guru of life, who says, "The power is in you. Own yourself and your journey. You can do this. Make these part of your healing journey."

He suggests cleansing slowly, but be sure to cleanse the toxins from around you and then go
to the next step. Nick reminded us what the Dalai Lama said, "Western women are going to be the ones who save the world. No pressure. Thanks Nick, that was super fun to be a part of.

Thank you for reading. I love you. Sarah xoxo

April 17, 2016

The Way We Were...

photo: Free People 

Blog written on The Whole FoodVs Sugar Workshop inside our Goddess Project, liveand archived. 

Cooking was once a spiritual practice. Family and friends would gather to prepare the food together. Healing, nourishing and connecting to the energetics of food were a natural human ritual. As women, we were in charge of the kitchen, cooking for the kids was part of our duty. Before we ate we would center ourselves, thank the food, the chef, put a moment of our energy into the food we were about to eat. We would say a prayer, or a pre-meal meditation and then bond over the experience of sharing the earths bounty. 

Our thoughts while preparing and eating food are different now than they were years ago. 
Aveline Kushi's reminds us how cooking is an art and talks a bunch on spirituality and food. 
How we prepare food actually creates our bodies, cells, hair, nails, thoughts, feelings...
Our bodies are constantly rebuilding themselves from the food we eat. 
Every five days the lining of the stomach rebuilds itself, blood every 4 months, DNA every 2 months, skin every month, lungs every two to three weeks, brain once per year, liver every six weeks, bones build a whole new skeleton in 3 months. 

We've stopped preparing and cooking our food in a nutritious way because we're thinking about fast and convenient. The fast foods we get addicted to, they have no nutritional value and that's why we're going back for more. What we're lacking most in our diet are LEAFY GREENS, or foliage, scientific name, folic acid. If we can find ways to implement more greens into our life, daily, the effects on our body will be astounding. These changes will show mind, body and soul. 

Keeping our bodies balanced doesn't have to be about sacrifice. Keeping our bodies alkaline with the right foods could mean the difference between health and disease. What we teach about in the emporium are UPGRADES. Giving our bodies what they need eliminates the cravings, making it mouth watering makes it stick. 

Cravings are messages from our body. We need to deconstruct the messages. Chocolate cravings, for example, could mean your body is asking for magnesium (dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more. The current daily value for magnesium is 400mg.) Sweets cravings indicate, "I need energy", "I'm not up to scruff", or "I need a nap!" Sugary sweets are at the heart of hormone imbalance. Sweet vegetables, honey, maple syrup, agave are great help in getting us off of the bad sugars, which are as addicting as heroine, as studies show. Examples: Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Red Radish, Root vegetables, pumpkin, beetroot, onion, squash, turnips.. Eat them first thing in the morning BEFORE the cravings begin.

Nature has its own messages. Have you noticed what a walnut resembles? The brain! It just so happens that nut is filled with omega 3 and 6, making it a powerhouse for the brain. Nuts in general are great for balancing our sex hormones, especially almonds. Broccoli resembles our lungs and oxygenates the blood. Grapes resemble the alveoli in the lungs and allows oxygen to be transferred from inside our lungs through into our blood stream. String beans, help our hair grow and have a hairy sort of likeness, right? Carrots look like the iris of the eye and help our night vision. Kidney beans aid kidney health and help detoxify our blood. Tomatoes look like our heart chambers and help prevent cardiac disease. Our bones get soggy like celery does when we don't have enough sodium. Did you know that celery is 28% sodium? Also, one of my favorite foods sweet potatoes resemble the look of our pancreas and this power sweet veg regulates insulin levels and have to be the world's best food for diabetics. Bananas look like a smile and have a protein called tryptophan that gets converted to serotonin, a mood regulator that acts as an antidepressant. There are so many instances of nature sending us messages like this.

Nutrition is a science that's constantly evolving. Misconceptions about sugar are unraveling more and more. Sucrose is sugar: a sugar molecule with a glucose and fructose attached. We need sugars, for staying awake, energy and working out, but the FRUCTOSE is the bad sugar and will not be used by the body. If we drink a coke, that's fructose and will just get stored as fat. If we eat a banana that's going to get used as energy. 

We wonder why we’re getting sicker and sicker, dealing with cancers and diseases, why we’re sick all the time with colds and flu's. It’s coming from the food that we eat! When choosing what to eat, go for food in its most natural state and ask yourself, "Will this food cleanse me, will this food fuel me, or will it flaw me." If you can say this to your food before you eat your life still start to change. 

Bring these practices to your next dinner party. Sift through the blog and remember what emotional response bananas elicit and add some cacao to them for an added boost to the mood of the gathering. 
Get everyone back to their roots by setting the table outside in the back yard, or on the beach, with pillows as seats and a fresh flowers at each place setting. Bring the guests into the kitchen to get them involved in helping to prepare the food, plating, and decorating the platters. Initiate a pre-meditation before the meal. Elicit the essence of the simpler days and breathe that life into the party. 

For recipe ideas we want to hear from you! We have a huge arsenal of glorious recipes! 
Tell us how your next Whole Food Dinner Party goes.
Show your fave girls what sugar really tastes like & how we should really feel after dinner. 
There's a natural high we've all been missing out on. It's time to reconnect. 


April 9, 2016

Alana Blanchard doing the same workouts as the Goddess Project!

Photo Credit: Alana Blanchard 

Did you know my favorite surfer girl is Alana Blanchard? She's just badass, grew up in Hawaii, was home schooled, surfs so beautifully and has since she was a kid. She speaks and lives like a girl after my own heart.

Did you catch her live workout this week? I love simplicity. If I can workout anywhere, anytime I will not have excuses.  "But, I want to stay on the beach today."
Done! Grab a towel, or big blanket, your phone and GO!
The Goddess Project Program highlights some of the very same moves Alana suggested to us on Friday and so many more that were created by our in house Exercise Scientists, expert trainers, athletes and skilled team. 

Alana showed us 10 simple moves for booty gains and I've asked her to share with us her Core workouts next! So keep an eye out for that follow up blog.

Alana's quickie went like this (see below) We'll call it "The Surfer Girl Booty Gains"
1: High Knees, "Keep Your Core in" Alana says.
2. Jump Squats, or just squats without the jumping, "Squeeze Your Butt" Alana says.
3. Mountain Climbers
4. Burpees
5. Jump Lunges
6. Normal Squats
7. High Knees Plus Add 5 Tuck Jumps in between.
8. Plank and Knees to Elbow (this can be done from downward dog also)
9. IN and OUT squats ( light leap up, land softly knees together, knees apart)
10. Push Up Burpees with a Jump

Alana suggests, 10 Rounds, 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off.
Download an interval timer app onto your phone and so that you stick to the times and push yourself.

If your knees bite back, don't do the jumps, but still do the movements with a lot of emphasis on your core, form and focusing on what your body is working on, generating more strength to the areas that need it and around areas that need it.
If you want to increase the strength training aspect add weights.

Our Interval Timing in GL varies with Alana's demo. We suggest trying 5 minutes on 1 minute off with our circuits and doing a total of 30 minutes 5 days per week with 2 rest days. 

Did you know my fitness journey took a turn for, Real Deal, when I got my dads surf board from my brother's garage and started to learn to surf? It gave me such a purpose for getting strong. I find it helps to have a goal in mind, something tangible to push us to our best selves.
Something in me just must ride my daddy Dean's board!
The one missing component is a warm beach next door all year round. I do have a cold beach as my back yard, however I must admit I never "manned up" like the locals here in Surf City and went out in the cold waters of the winter with my full body wetsuit, after a certain point.
The twins and I will be making a new journey come July, which will be changing all of that...stay tuned.

Let me know how you like the Surfer Girl Booty Gains workouts!
Feel free to email me or message me for the video of Alana's live workout, sarah@mazeylotus.com, www.mazeylotus.com 
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