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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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

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

magic potion. (ok, lotion)

winter is especially hard this year (we say every year?) I think it’s part of getting old, the toll that the cold weather takes on your body and skin.

I have a simple, I mean completely MAGICAL remedy for even the driest-of-dry chapped skin, and the great thing is that the components of it will support healing as well.

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magic lotion:

1/2 cup coconut oil (room temp, solid not melted)

1/4 cup chapped skin cream (I use Buckler’s)

12 drops doTerra melaleuca oil (anti-bacterial properties, promotes healing)

12 drops doTerra lavender oil (soothes, antioxidant protection)

10 drops doTerra frankincense oil (fights infections, heals, reduces inflammation)

5 drops doTerra cedarwood oil (antiseptic, tonic, astringent)

blend together until smooth (add more skin cream if the coconut oil is too soft) store in a covered container at room temperature.

enjoy!

xo

oh! this recipe was originally formulated for a little fella with eczema and it worked wonderfully on his itchy little body. for information on purchasing doTerra oils, or for other inquiries click the links above; I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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let’s talk about ginger.

I’m sitting here sipping a delicious cup of tea/bourbon/ginger infused simple syrup, (mainly because I was feeling the tinge of a cold starting, but also because I had made a jar of the syrup last night and needed a good excuse to use it) when I started thinking about how often I turn to ginger for its healing and soothing properties.

fresh.ginger1. fresh ginger can stimulate a lax appetite. snack on a piece right before meals.

2. ginger improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body.

3. ginger is great at clearing sinuses.

4. feeling airsick or nauseous? chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.

5. ginger helps reduce gas flare ups.

6. cramping or bloating–munch on ginger.

7. ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief to joint pain flare ups. mix some ginger essential oil in a roller bottle with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil works great) and roll on as needed.

8. chewing ginger can help overcome nausea.Ginger.essoil

9. stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion.

10. the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties…so try infusing ginger oil in the bedroom….

so many uses. I feel my *cold* melting away already…..

xo.

 

 

daily time out.

everyone needs a time out now and then.

I find that even though I spend a lot of time alone, I still need to place myself in some quiet isolation and just think things through. I used to “lock” myself in the bedroom as the kids were collapsing on the other side of the door for

just

five

minutes

of alone time.

it would work wonders. I’d emerge from that room (slightly) refreshed, and with a tad bit more energy to face the rest of the day.

now I take to the bath tub.

it’s a great place to unwind, calm the mind, and can also be very therapeutic.

having fibromyalgia, and chronic pain in my joints caused from the damage of hemochromatosis, sometimes the tub is the only place that gives me relief.

another benefit is that it fits right in the budget, and by simply changing up what oils I add to the water, I can adjust to my needs.

today:

sore muscles are sore.

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the beauty of the ‘at home spa therapy’ is it is so cheap.

and I love cheap.

here’s the breakdown:

.5 ounces of 365 Brand Fragrance Free Shower Gel = .09

10 drops doTerra AromaTouch Essential Oil (.10/drop) = $1.00

1/4cup Epsom Salts = .50

total cost: $1.59

not too bad for a relaxing, therapeutic, calming meditation session right there in your own bathroom.

I highly recommend this as a daily time-out. 

take care,

xo

time for a toddy.

you know that feeling–the scratchy throat, dragging body, droopy eyes feeling. it started hitting me halfway through my shift yesterday.

when I got home, after eating a quick dinner I whipped up one of these hot toddies, piled on the blankets, and turned on the netflix.

(I think I’m due for another dose tonight)

maple bourbon ginger toddy

 

 

maple bourbon ginger toddy:

{put the kettle on}

1 shot Bulliet Rye (or bourbon of choice)

1 teaspoon Crown Maple Syrup

1 drop DoTerra Ginger Essential Oil

2 Drops DoTerra Lemon Essential Oil

combine all in a mug while heating the kettle. when water boils, fill mug with desired amount of water.

enjoy, and be well xo

 

well, that went by fast.

seems like just yesterday it was the beginning of spring, and here we are talking about pumpkins and apples and feeling the chill in the air.

I’ve been working hard getting ready for a holiday craft show (more on that at a later date.) also, walks on the beach, lots of swimming and a few really fun times with some of my favorite people who happen to also be my offspring.

not a bad summer, not bad at all.

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oh, and I’d be a bad friend if I didn’t let you know about the great new things coming from doTerra: click below to learn more. xoxo

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snack time.

I’ve been benefiting greatly from the use of essential oils lately, and sharing them with my friends and family to help them has become one of the best benefits. from helping my little nephew find a solution to his tummy aches, to the awesome sight of my brother in law inhaling peppermint oil for the first time and being able to breathe through both nostrils for the first time in years! (priceless)

using oils in cooking is something I’m just starting to experiment with, and this recipe from doTERRA we’ve made several times, in that it’s so easy and delicious. you’d never know there was no refined sugars, gluten or dairy in these tiny pops of power and flavor.

give them a try–and if you’d like to have more information on the benefits of oils for your family, feel free to contact me here with the link above.
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