Super Foods = A Super Life

Let’s talk nutrition today! I know for me personally, getting my body what it needs to function like the well oiled machine it was destined to be is not the easiest task. I’m busy, so the temptation to grab foods that are quick and not particularly nutritious is most definitely there. Every time I have a really healthy day, I find myself saying, “I feel so GOOD today. I won’t ever go back to eating the way I was before.” And then I inevitably get busy and find myself grabbing a processed granola bar for breakfast to eat in the car instead of taking the time to grab something with actual nutrition in it.

Everyone has heard somewhere that we need antioxidants to stay healthy, right? Okay, good. Antioxidants are found in fruits and veggies and are used by your body to protect against free radicals that are encountered in your daily life through foods, some medications, and pollutants. Free radicals are not something that you want an army of running around your body, as they tend to wreak a little bit of havoc on your cells. It has been found that high amounts of free radicals can cause cell damage and can be linked to a host of health problems. No bueno, my friends.

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The daily minimum amount of antioxidants required by our bodies just to stay out of oxidative debt is 8,000-11,000 units. Most people don’t even come close to that amount from eating foods alone. Some turn to supplements to bridge the gap, but man-made nutrients can never offer the same benefits as the ones the earth makes for you naturally.

I’m sure you can guess that a granola bar (even if I buy the organic kind) is not offering me the wealth of antioxidants and nutrition that I need to start my day and help out my poor little cells as they battle free radicals for me. As much as I want to tell you that I’ve completely made a change and only eat nutritious foods, I’m not a very good liar. I do my best, but I don’t always get what I should every day.

Until I discovered my new best friend, that is. Enter Ningxia Red to save the day!

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I swear each bottle should come with its own superhero cape.

Ningxia Red comes from a natural source to help supplement your whole body with antioxidants. It is made from wolfberries, a special type of goji berry grown in China. These little berries pack a BIG nutrition filled punch and offer a host of health benefits. Ningxia is made with wolf berries, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries, and a combination of citrus oils to create a yummy, free radical killing badass of a drink.

One ounce of Ningxia red gives you the nutritional power of 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 22 carrots, 10 pounds of spinach, 59 broccoli florets, 73 strawberries, and 93 apples. Giving you 3,472 units of antioxidants in ONE OUNCE. Take that, granola bar.

Since I added Ningxia Red into my daily routine about 6 months ago I’ve noticed an increase in my energy as well as an improvement in my skin, hair, and nails. And it’s easy. I can take 3 seconds to toss an ounce back on my way out the door no matter how much of a rush I’m in.

Clearly I’m amped up about this stuff, but I really feel like I’m giving myself a gift every morning. And the best part?  I don’t need my 3 coffees a day anymore to survive my hectic schedule, meaning I’m saving money by taking Ningxia. One ounce a day breaks down to about $1.07/day, saving me tons of money and time spent in a drive through line every week.

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It seems like a win-win, huh? If you’re ready to give yourself this gift and fulfill your body’s destiny to be an ass-kicking, healthy, energy filled machine: Reach out. One conversation could change everything. Check out my website, leave your contact info, and let’s get this conversation started!

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Sources:

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/ningxia-red

http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/12/04/how-to-get-enough-antioxidants-each-day/

http://www.ningxiawolfberry.net

 

 

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March is for fresh starts

One thing that I’ve really learned from building a business in network marketing is that each month is a completely fresh start. Even the top 0.00001% in the company get stripped of their title each month and everyone starts again from the bottom together. It’s exciting to know that on the 1st, I’m right there next to some of the biggest superstars in my company. Not everyone thrives on this like I do, but to me there’s something really humbling about seeing whatever rank that I worked for the month before be reset back to zero on the first of each month. I think it’s the anticipation of what could happen over the next 30 days that really gets me so excited. I love to check my anticipated volume on the first day of a month, and then watch myself fly past it as the days go on. Okay, so maybe I’m a little competitive. It’s not a bad thing in this business, trust me. Good things come to those who hustle.

The great thing about the start of a month is that it can be a fresh start for everything in your life. If you messed up your diet, failed to clean your house all month, or didn’t touch your daily step-goal one time in February it DOESN’T MATTER.  It really doesn’t. March is here to save the day, with its crisp clean calendar boxes waiting to be filled with your future successes.

Last month I broke through a goal I’ve been working for in my Young Living business for 3 months: Breaking the 1K mark in my organization. It’s not the most massive of milestones, but one that needs to be tread over regardless as I climb to the top. I was excited, because I passed the 1K point on midnight last night as my last mostly order processed.

And when I woke up this morning, I got the opportunity to be back to zero and try to do it again. How awesome is that?! I get to take that excitement of knowing that I CAN do this, and start March off with the confidence and conviction to not only crush that goal again, but also set my sights on my next goal: The big 2K.

I hope that when struggling and hustling to hit these milestones are a distant memory that I can still find the same joy in starting over again each month. There aren’t many times in life that you get to start fresh, and I plan to enjoy this feeling of turning a blank page each month for the rest of my life. If I have something to thank Young Living for, it’s the gift of fresh starts.

March is such a big month. Not only does it have 31 days worth of room to grow, but it also marks the turning point of the year. The start of a new season can offer so much motivation and promise of change that it’s silly not to take the push the universe is giving us and run with it. So please excuse me while I do just that.

I have some BIG things planned for March in order to make my goal happen. And it is going to happen. Stay tuned!

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Take a break already, would ya?!

We spend SO much of our days doing things that we don’t want to do. We work, we exercise, we clean, we run errands, we take care of our families, we cook, we study. The list goes on and on and on. The world is full of people sprinting full speed through their day, just trying to get to the moment where they can crash into bed exhausted.  If you’re like most of the 20-,30-,40- somethings in our world today I’m sure you can relate to this on most days.

But, why? Isn’t that just so silly?  At this moment, I’m willing to bet that you’re probably sitting somewhere reading this, feeling guilty because you “should” be doing x,y, and z. Or maybe you’re on break at work, trying to frantically eat, scroll through your phone, and prepare for a meeting all at the same time. And you’re thinking that I’m ridiculous for even saying this because of course x, y, and z needs to happen and it’s unrealistic to think of doing anything differently because there’s just not enough time in the day.

Woof. My train of thought actually got a little frantic and shriek-y as I typed that out because it seriously hits way too close to home. I promise I’m not sitting on a high horse as I write this. Most days I’m right there with everyone, lacing up my running shoes and death gripping my to-do list like it’s my lifeline. (Translation: trying to keep my shit together until I get to be home to stress cry about what I didn’t make it to on my list and finally sleep.)

I’m going to get deep with you guys for a minute here. I used to take pride in not caring for myself. I’d brag; ” I only slept 3 hours last night. Ugh!” or, “I’ve been living on caffeine for days!”  or even, “Oh my gosh, I literally haven’t had anything with actual nutrition in it all week.” Because it’s normal, no, expected that you be exhausted, drained, and pulled in so many directions that your health actually suffers. I felt validated and worthy the more tired, stressed, and overwhelmed I was. It really does seem ridiculous when you see it in writing like that, doesn’t it?

Enter the concept of self-care.  It might be something that you practice every day or it might just be a word you see “trendy” people throwing around on Facebook. If you fall into the later category, you’ve come to the right place my friend.

It’s pretty easy when you break it down: Self-care is a necessary function of human life in order to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Simply put, people who practice regular self-care are happier. And yet for some people, the idea of self-care is like a unicorn. Beautiful, but not real.

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about how to get you to become one of those mythical Facebook friends who dare to talk about the fact that they take time for themselves each day. It’s time that people who practice self-care come out of hiding and be proud of the fact that they prioritize themselves. If you don’t do it, I promise you that you’ll have a hard time finding others who prioritize you either.

Everyone is busy, I get it. I’m personally writing this at 9PM after working all day because I didn’t have time to get to it earlier. But with that said, I won’t still be sitting here at midnight editing my grammar so that it’s perfect to post tomorrow. No one will notice if I post it an hour later than normal tomorrow, and I’ll be happier all day tomorrow because I’ll have gotten enough sleep to conquer my day. Self-care my friends. Self-care.

My point is it doesn’t have to take hours to give yourself a little love. Eat a salad at lunch instead of a burger. Take a walk on your lunch instead of working through. Listen to an audio book you’ve been meaning to read while you drive home. Put your phone on airplane mode for an hour. Take a bath. Meditate. Take your pups for a nice walk. Paint your toes. Be grateful. This list can go on and on and on too.

You deserve self-care. You are worth it. So take a damn break already, would ya?!

 

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Stress, Stress, Go Away…

…Come again…well never actually. Just go the hell away.

Life can be so stressful sometimes. Trying to balance family, friends, work, school, and taking care of yourself isn’t easy. And guess what? There will always be something waiting to throw a monkey wrench at your delicate balancing act right when you think you’ve got it down to a science. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s just life.

Being in grad school, my work-life-rest balance is looks more like work-work-collapse into bed at night. I’m a fairly stressed out person just like sitting in a chair, so I’m sure you can imagine that I can get a little bit unhinged when extra stressful things happen.

Did you know that stress is known as the “silent killer”? It literally changes your body on a neuro-chemical level. Stress can be linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, infertility, hair loss, premature aging, acne, weight gain, headaches, and reduced libido. Who wants all of that garbage in their life? I’m going to go ahead and assume that the answer to that is no one.

One of my favorite stress-busting tools is my StressAway essential oil blend. Just opening the bottle and breathing it in helps me to take a mental pause and breathe. Ahhhhhhhhh.

There are SO many ways to use this handy little bottle to reap the benefits and find some zen throughout your day. We’ve talked about how EO’s are multi-taskers and StressAway is no different (catch up here). I put a roller top on my bottle so that it’s ready to go in a pinch. My favorite places to put the oil is on my neck, ears, wrists, and elbows when I’m feeling stressed. I put a few drops into my water for a yummy burst to my hydration. I diffuse it while I’m doing homework and paying my bills.

I’ve found that if I study with StressAway on, and then put it on while taking a test I’m able to stay more relaxed and recall the information that I studied more easily. I’m not going to go into the science of that right now, but if you’re interested this is a cool little article that talks about your olfactory system and recalling memories.

I’m really hoping that once you know the facts and give StressAway a try, you’ll be happily diffusing it and recommending it to all of your stress-monkey friends before I can say “copiaba”.


So what’s in this little bottle of magic?

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StressAway is a blend of lime, copiaba, vanilla, cedarwood, ocotea, and lavender essential oils. These oils each offer specific benefits to help support your body’s respond to stress more efficiently. How you may ask?

  • Lime encourages mental clarity.
  • Copiaba historically is used to aide digestion and also helps the body to respond naturally to injury & irritation.
  • Vanilla offers a calming aroma and taste.
  • Cedarwood‘s woody aroma encourages relaxation.
  • Ocotea has high levels of alpha humulene, a naturally occurring compound that can help the body respond to irritation & injury.
  • Lavender is universally known as a calming element. It is an adaptogen, which can help to assist the body adapt to stress.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


 

My school friends and I joke that we all wish we could take a bath in this stuff. Little do they know I’m not really joking. (;

Until next time,

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Change is good! Really, I promise.

As much as I may try to fight it, time continues to pass and things around me continue to change. I used to HATE change. I fought it with every ounce of me, anchoring my feet to the floor and closing my eyes as if that would stop the world from turning. I fought moving into college, not being able to bear the thought of leaving my high school friends. Then I fought graduating from the same place I didn’t want to go in the first place, for the same reason. How silly is that? All this fighting just made everything harder and in the process I closed my mind to the idea that there might be even more people waiting to enter my life on my next adventure. If I had just stopped struggling, I would have been much more inclined to see that there was some good coming my way if I could just let the universe do its thing.

I notoriously used to tell people, “I don’t do well with change”. What the heck does that even mean? I don’t do well with change. That’s like saying that you don’t do well with your hair growing. It happens every day without asking for permission, and I bet you don’t even notice it until 8 weeks have passed and all of a sudden you realize your bangs can fit in your ponytail finally. Change is the same way, it can be so subtle that one day you wake up and realize that you’re not the same person you used to be. You might have different interests and goals. And guys, that’s OKAY. I promise. Just roll with it.

The thing that really opened my eyes to the fact that change equals growth was Young Living. Before even considering the business, using the oils shifted my focus to this whole new group of amazing people that were waiting to support me and help me grow.

To be completely honest I didn’t dive right in. At first I thought the concept of self-help books, manifesting, meditation, and growth work was a little coo coo bananas. So I sat on the sidelines and watched my new friends do all of these crazy things, and to my surprise, accomplish all of these crazy things too. I started to dip my toes in and before I knew it I was splashing around in the middle of everyone, manifesting my ass off.

“Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death.” — Jen Sincero

So, change is good. Let that really settle in. I’m not saying that everyone should quit their jobs, get tattooed, and find a new pack of friends to hang out with in order to be happy. But if you hate your job or your friends are serious Debbie Downers, maybe that’s where you should start. Go ahead, roll on some stress away oil, tell your friend Karen that she sucks for always putting down your ideas, and go do some of them already!

It’s going to be uncomfortable. It’s called growing pains for a reason, right? Leaving the comfort zone that I spent years carefully building for myself was a real struggle. But I found out that once I was able to open my mind to change there was a whole new awesome reality just waiting for me. And guys, it’s been so worth it.

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My name is Brie and I’m addicted to essential oils.

Hello!

I’m the Brie from Essentially Brie. As part of my plan to totally rock out 2017, I want to document my journey with Young Living in a more public way. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to reach some new people, educate those who want to be educated, and keep myself accountable to my goals in the process. Which brings us to the big question:

Who the heck am I & what am I doing?

I’m a 24 year old graduate student who literally stumbled into essential oils without any plan or direction. I was shown Young Living by a friend about a year and a half ago. I had just moved into my first apartment with my boyfriend and we were all about keeping things au naturel and non-toxic on our super limited budget. So when Joanne showed me her starter kit and started telling me about all of these awesome things she was doing with it, my first thought was, “These do seem amazing, but there’s no way that I can afford them”.

I’m a firm believer that if you really want something to happen, it will happen. It’s all a matter of having the right mindset and drive, and you can manifest anything into your life. That’s a story for another day, but just trust me on this one for now. Fast forward 6 months, and I was holding my shiny new starter kit in my hands (a surprise gift from my amazing boyfriend, Leo) and popping some lavender oil into my diffuser.

As corny as it sounds, the rest really was history. I used that starter kit to absolute death, and was looking for more. Leo was even on board with me because not only did he see that we really were replacing our toxic products with their Young Living counterparts, but he was actually seeing positive results in his own body from the changes.

Pretty soon it became apparent to me that I was sharing oils on accident. I love them so much that just from sharing my excitement to my friends and family I was selling them on the products, and they began to hop on the Young Living train too! All of a sudden I had a side business that I needed to decide if I was going to nurture into something real or treat as a hobby. I think you can probably guess which road I decided to take.

Today, I’m still a graduate student. I still live in my first apartment with my boyfriend and our budget is still pretty tight. But our lives have been infinitely improved by Young Living. Not only is our home almost entirely toxin free now, but I’m building the foundations for a business doing something that I absolutely love.

Let’s talk oils soon!

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