a day trip.

after a stressful few weeks: a large custom knitting order finally in the mail, we finally had matching days off; so the mister and I got in the car and headed south on a bright not so cold mid march morning.

I planned it out in advance without letting him know where we were going.

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in

the

car.
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first stop (after a windy country-road-hour-long-are-we-there-yet-trip) was Miller’s Dutch Kitch’n in Baltic, Ohio….and it is all that one would hope for in a 40-year old authentic Amish Kitchen. home made everything, and we left with slices of pie to enjoy later. (no, not gluten free….) 

 

 

 

 

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next we stopped headed over to Lehman’s which is like a cross between a museum and the most amazing hardware/five and dime/bakery/garden supply store on earth. I imagine if they don’t have it here, you really don’t need it. for example; bacon or sweet corn pop. I mean, yes that’s what we ended up buying a six pack of the weirdest sodas they sold…..I don’t need a composting toilet or a chicken feeder quite yet anyway.

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after leaving lehman’s we spotted a Mennonite thrift store and just had to stop. not only was it the neatest, most organized thrift store we had ever been in (the furniture area looked like a high end show room with 30 year old used furniture displayed just so perfectly) but in the side room there was a workshop where volunteers were busy.

there was a gentleman weaving long strips of denim and corduroy, that other volunteers had cut, into throw rugs. in the other part of the room; a beautiful quilt was blocked out on a huge table, being assembled by another volunteer, next to it a rack full of the finished quilts for sale. Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

 

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it’s good to get away from the stresses of life, and see that there is still simplicity in the world. passing the buggies, the farmers plowing with horses pulling their plows, the school children playing ball in their tiny schoolhouse yards as we drove by was like going back in time, but it was also like a deep breath of fresh air.

some days you just need to see time stand still.

xoxo

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our new hand made rug.

 

cold turkey: day four.

or: how to quit nicotine in four (easy) days.

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by the time you wake up on day four, you will be feeling worlds better. nicotine has been given the express train ticket out of your body and is just about all gone. 

*here’s what’s happening physiologically in your body, over the past few days and what you have to look forward to in your smoke free future:

++12 hours after your last smoke, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal.

++48 hours without a cigarette, your nerve endings will start to re-grow, and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced

++After a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling winded and sick; this is because your circulation will improve, and your lung function will also improve significantly.

++After two or three weeks without smoking, your lungs may start to feel clear, and you’ll start breathing easier.

++Starting about a month after you quit, your lungs begin to repair. Inside your lungs, the cilia—the tiny, hair-like organelles that push mucus out—will start to repair themselves and function properly again. this will help to reduce your risk of infection, and with properly functioning lungs, your coughing and shortness of breath may continue to decrease dramatically.

++After a year without smoking, your risk for heart disease is lowered by 50 percent compared to when you were still smoking! GO YOU! ❤

++After five to 15 years of being smoke-free, your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn’t smoke. (amazing!)

++Ten years after you quit  you’ll no longer be at a higher-than-normal risk for a wide range of conditions like heart attack, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina, infections of the heart, or conditions that affect your heart’s beating rhythms.

(*taken from healthline)


 

day four will bring a surge of energy, a feeling of being “out of the woods”, along with a slight antsy feeling. this was a good time to get out of the house–go for a hike, your senses will start to be heightened….new smells, a sense of almost “out of body” as your brain adjusts to the lack of nicotine.

helpful tips: fresh air, exercise, activity….keeping busy.

continue with lemon oil + water as frequently as possible, and take two more Zendocrine tablets today to continue flushing your liver of the toxins.

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take

a

deep

breath

of that fresh air.

you

made

it.

xoxo

 

 

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cold turkey: day three

or: how to quit nicotine in four (easy) days.

(posting this a day late–work got in the way…..)

teamwork.

by now you’re experiencing the worst of the symptoms, and believe me….they’re ending soon…. it’s important now to keep doing the things mentioned in day one and day two as far as drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, drinking juices and taking the morning and evening  Zendocrine pill.

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*symptoms that are peaking on day three:

fatigue, brain fog, lack of concentration, itchiness, panic, craving, frequent urination, sense of loss…if you have access to a sauna or a hot tub, leeching or sweating out toxins can help, and if nothing else act as a great place to meditate. exercise at this point also helps keep your brain busy while it’s on the ‘final rinse cycle’ of getting out the nicotine.

get as much rest as you can, and drink, drink, drink!

remamber…..the key to success here is doing all the things, to reduce the severity of the symptoms, therefore eliminating the possibility of giving in.)

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the third day will be the hardest. 

but when the sun comes up tomorrow, you will be virtually nicotine free…and feeling so much better.

pat yourself on the back, you’re almost there! 🙂

tomorrow: day four! 

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xoxo

cold turkey: day two.

or: how to quit nicotine in four (easy) days.

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day two is much like day one, only with a peak in the symptoms.

continue with lots of fluids (remember, this is how the nicotine leaves the body. and the sooner we get that unwanted guest out, the better) 


 

healthy breakfast:

16 ounces water + 8 drops lemon essential oil

1 Zendocrine Detoxification Complex Tablet (supports healthy cleaning and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) 

mild sausage patties, scrambled eggs, multigrain toast and a tangerine or navel orange* in segments.

*citrus in whole fruit form or in essential oil form helps to boost your metabolism and relieve stress, important when you’re going through this trying period.

coffee

diffuse citrus oils: wild orange, citrus bliss, bergamot…..or a favorite combination to lift your mood.

healthy lunch:

tuna salad on lettuce, side of raw broccoli and fresh fruit of choice

green tea

lemon oil + water

fresh carrot juice

nutritious dinner:

grilled meat of choice, spinach (high in folic acid) fruit salad, low glycemic carb of your choice (sweet potato, acorn squash)

*the key being not to activate any triggers–in my pal here it was/is sweets….your trigger may be salty things, so modify as needed*

water with lemon oil + another Zendocrine tablet


 

*let’s talk motivation for a moment.

the morning after the dude’s last smoke, I had to leave for work at 7am, so I left a few notes around the house, the biggest one being this declaration on our bathroom mirror:

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it’s important to keep reinforcing in your head that you are a NON SMOKER now!!

he took it a step further by putting notes around the apartment that were little motivators to himself:

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these were posted in various eye-level locations, some with motivating quotes, some with our future goals, others with reminders not to even think about going out on that balcony…..his smoking perch….

when I asked him about them today, he said they were really mostly therapeutic when writing them out, he hadn’t really looked at them much since. the physical and mental act of preparing them, posting them, was the preparation he needed to start down this road.

do what you need to help with the mental aspect, visual reminders are very helpful with reaching any goal.


 

 

*key things to remember:

–the lemon oil water and the Zendocrine are going to speed up the “flushing” process. you should be urinating 2-4 times an hour by the end of day one, and this should continue until the end of day four.

–carrot juice: rich in vitamins A, C, K and B, that are proven to be efficient in removing the nicotine from the body.

–again: sugar/sweets may be a “trigger” (they were for my dude) so we learned really fast: no sweets until this passes!

–replace the “habit” part with another habit. this one is up to you, personally. day one might be too soon to figure that out. I bought essential oil inhalers that are white plastic and have a filter that can be filled with black pepper oil for him to use at work if (when!) the cravings hit….he can’t smell them yet, but I’m sure when those sensations return he will use them.


 

*symptoms you may (or may not) experience on day two:

fatigue, brain fog, lack of concentration, itchiness, panic, craving, frequent urination, sense of loss…possible headaches can start, although that was not the case here. the second day sleeping as much as possible is helpful, along with massive fluid intake.

get as much sleep as you can, and drink, drink, drink!

(personal note: he was really surprised, at this point at how “easy’ this was going and kept waiting for the “other shoe to drop”…..the key to success here is doing all the things, to reduce the severity of the symptoms, therefore eliminating the possibility of giving in.)

tomorrow: day three and you are soooooo close to being nicotine free! 

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xoxo

cold turkey: day one.

or: how to quit nicotine in four (easy) days.

IMG_6424_2this guy. smoker for over ten years. has tried repeatedly to break the habit, and failed each time.

each time he has relied on using a nicotine replacement patch to ‘ease’ symptoms, but didn’t do much else.

this time, with a whole new mental attitude in place, we decided to approach it from a whole body angle, and after a little research I came up with a four day plan to get him through kicking the habit cold turkey.

day one.


healthy breakfast:

scrambled eggs, multigrain toast, raw broccoli (great for escorting the nicotine out of the body) a citrus fruit or drink.

16 ounces water + 8 drops lemon essential oil

1 Zendocrine Detoxification Complex Tablet (supports healthy cleaning and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) 

diffuse black pepper oil into the air: (black pepper has been shown in many studies to aid in recovering from tobacco addiction) 

use lavender on the feet for calming properties, citrus oils such as wild orange to encourage.

*repeat the water with lemon oil 6-8 times throughout the day*

this is the key element to flushing the nicotine from the body–it leaves in the urine (stay close to the bathroom) 🙂

rest. rest. rest.

healthy lunch:

turkey sandwich on multigrain bread with avocado, mustard. more raw broccoli and a tangerine.

green tea.

more water with lemon oil.

carrot/orange/ginger juice for snack

healthy dinner:

grilled chicken breast with roasted red peppers

baked sweet potato with butter

green tea

water with lemon oil and another Zendocrine tablet


*key things to remember:

–the lemon oil water and the Zendocrine are going to speed up the “flushing” process. you should be urinating 2-4 times an hour by the end of day one. carrot juice is another great detox beverage.

–sugar/sweets may be a “trigger” (they were for my dude) so we learned really fast: no sweets until this passes!

–replace the “habit” part with another habit. this one is up to you, personally. day one might be too soon to figure that out. I bought essential oil inhalers that are white plastic and have a filter that can be filled with black pepper oil for him to use at work if (when!) the cravings hit….he can’t smell them yet, but I’m sure when those sensations return he will use them.


symptoms you may or may not experience:

fatigue, brain fog, lack of concentration, itchiness, panic, craving, sense of loss.

get as much sleep as you can, and drink, drink, drink!

tomorrow: day two! 

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for information on purchasing doTerra oils, or for other inquiries, comments, questions or for a health consult please click the links above; I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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

xoxo