10 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

21
Jan
2016

10 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System

We all want to care for our families in the best way possible. We are the caretakers, the nurturers, and the one who suffers when others don’t feel well. One way we can really up our game in this area is to be learning everyday on what can actually help our body rather than hinder it.

Before you gloss over and think this post will be all about essential oils – hang with me – I am going to share with you what my family uses to help support our immune system – and they are NOT essential oils

You already know how much I love them and many of the ways we incorporate them, but hey – they are not the be-all-end-all for system support! I have some other goodies in my mom toolbox to care for my family, especially during the winter months. Be sure to check with your own physician to decide what is best for you and your family.

#1: Get Enough Sleep and Manage Stress

Sleep deprivation, which is more common today than ever before, and the addition of stress actually increases the hormone cortisol. Prolonged elevation of cortisol actually ends up suppressing immune function. Um, no thank you!

#2: Avoid Refined Sugar

Besides getting enough sleep, avoiding refined sugar is next on the list. Sugar attacks your body and reduces its ability to fight off infection. 

EATING ANY KIND OF SUGAR HAS THE POTENTIAL TO REDUCE YOUR BODY’S DEFENSES BY 75% OR MORE FOR FOUR TO SIX HOURS. (source)

#3: Eat Fresh Fruit and Veggies

Fresh is always best. As a norm, the diet we eat is seriously lacking on important nutrients and minerals. When we cook foods or eat processed versions, it even lowers what our body actually gains from eating. So rather than just get a bunch of empty calories, be sure to eat raw fruits and vegetables to equip your body.

#4: Drink Plenty of Water

Our body craves water and when it becomes dehydrated we are unable to keep flushing out the stuff we don’t want to keep in! I love having a glass water bottle (I even got my six year old a smaller size too!) that I can take anywhere. It is not leaching chemicals into my body either with BPA or other toxins. One of the best changes you can begin to do for you and your family is to drink and eat from glass!

#5: Elderberry Syrup

This is almost like a little “special sauce” in your toolbox! You can use this to combat flu, colds, sinus infections, and boost your immune system. It is pretty darn amazing. You can purchase it ready made (we have used this brand before) or you can make your own using dried berries (these are my favorite and they are on sale right now!) and this recipe.

#6: Vitamin C and/or Emergen-C

No home should be without a way to get extra Vitamin C! We love and use Emergen-C often. It’s easy to take and you are getting more water in your body as well when you take it. You also get some other vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes which your body can use too.

#7: Vitamin D3

I regularly take Vitamin D3 each day, but when I am beginning to feel under the weather, I will boost my intake to about 15,000 IU for two days and then taper back. I have used this brand for over four years and love it. I recently got Vitamin D3 drops for my son who is six, so I could boost his dose too when he needed extra. He does take this mutlivitamin, which is great, but when he needs extra I have it on-hand.

#8: Probiotics

I have learned so much over the past three years, and one big part is understanding how much our gut health impacts everything in our body. I take a probiotic from Young Living, which I love, and I grabbed this one for my six year old. I also purchase yogurt from our local co-op made from grass-fed cow milk which helps keep his gut in good shape. If you are not aware of the relationship with your gut and your overall well-being, I would do some more reading on the topic. You could solve many issues with being intentional with healing your gut.

#9: Get Moving

Exercise – in whatever form you like to get your blood pumping! Getting regular exercise helps to ensure your lymphatic system runs smoothly so it can protect your body against infection and disease.

#10: Eat Garlic

Garlic has a long history of use as an immune system booster because of its antiseptic, anti-fungal, and detoxification properties. Eating this raw is best, but you can take tablets. Adding it to recipes in the last few minutes of cooking will help you get the most from this amazing powerhouse!

What are your favorite immune system support tools?

Yummy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

18
Jan
2016

Yummy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

Yes, if you read my newsletter that week you know that I am part of the Instant Pot rage (this is the pot I got). It sat in the box for nearly 3 weeks from its delivery – I was nervous and scared to try it.

I joined a couple Facebook groups and saw how others were using their Instant Pot and decided to try a simple test – brown rice! It was super easy and quick, and I am happy to report I am giving away my rice cooker – one more appliance gone! The rice was perfect.

My second test was a chicken recipe. Then I also made hard cooked eggs, which also turned out great, and a quick bath of applesauce one morning with frozen apples. Two words – quick and easy – music to my ears!

My favorite part of using the Instant Pot is that I can cook FROZEN meat and it doesn’t take all day and it turns out great! There are some days where I forget to take my crock meal out of the freezer or even decide what’s for dinner, so with the Instant Pot on your side, you will still have success!

So here is a fun roundup of Instant Pot recipes that I have tried so far or will be trying in the next few weeks. You can also follow my Instant Pot Pinterest board too! If you have favorite slow cookers recipes, you can use this converter to make them into Instant Pot recipes too so they take less time.

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

I made a ham yesterday for Sunday dinner and this will be in the pot in the next few days!

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Chicken: Fork-Tender Chicken in Just 30 Minutes!

Pressure Cooker Chicken: Fork-Tender Chicken in Just 30 Minutes!

I just picked up another free-range-organic chicken for 50% off at my grocery store – so good!

Sweet and Orangey Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and Orangey Brussels Sprouts

Pressure Cooked Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic and Green Chilies

Pressure Cooked Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic and Green Chilies

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf

Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf

Chicken Chile Verde in Under 30 Minutes

Chicken Chile Verde in Under 30 Minutes

Are you excited? There are a few super time savers in this collection – I love homemade refried beans (so good and my family loves them).

Enjoy!

Top 10 Most Popular Posts for 2015

7
Jan
2016

Top 10 Most Popular Posts for 2015

Well, I just had a HUGE surprise when I went to grab statistics to write this post of the most popular blog posts for 2015. Crazy – some of my most popular posts and most viewed posts were posts where I shared how we use essential oils in our home. I love that! I know more and more moms are beginning to choose other alternatives to manage their families wellness and feel empowered.

I am happy to share my most popular posts for 2015 right here!

A Day in the Life of an Oily Mom

A Day in the Life of an Oily Mom

Overcoming Hopelessness

Overcoming Hopelessness

7 Daily Habits for a Cleaner Home

7 Daily Habits for a Cleaner Home

Finding Joy in Belonging

Finding Joy in Belonging

DIY Poo-Poo Bathroom Spray

DIY Poo-Poo Bathroom Spray

5 Mistakes That Will Bust Your Budget

5 Mistakes That Will Bust Your Budget

I Am Enough

I Am Enough

Easy DIY Laundry Pods with Essential Oils

Easy DIY Laundry Pods with Essential Oils

My Battle with Perfectionism

My Battle with Perfectionism

Getting Your Focus Back

Getting Your Focus Back

The Best Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe EVER!

21
Dec
2015

The Best Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe EVER!

We all have family favorite recipes. I shared one a few weeks ago and I am sharing another one with you, my wonderful community of moms!

I have been known for my famous Stuffed Mushrooms since I was in high school – and that is a long time! I can recall making this recipe in my Home Economics class for the first time and was so proud to make it for my parents for the first time, which…ahem…was about 28 years ago! My dad still talks about these mushrooms to this day – so, yes, they are that famous!

We will be making these for our Christmas Eve dinner and I thought it was the perfect time to share this recipe. I have altered the recipe a bit to make it Gluten Free and it is still just as good!

Even if you have family members who do not like mushrooms, try this one on for size. My six year old who won’t eat mushrooms in anything else will eat these!

I love and recommend using only Young Living Essential Oils in recipes – this one is perfect to try them in!

Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 20 extra large White Mushrooms
  2. 5 T olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup red wine
  4. 3/4 pound sweet italian sausage
  5. 1/2 onion diced
  6. 2 clove garlic minced
  7. 2/3 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  8. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  9. 2 T parsley
  10. 1 drop Taste of Italy Essential Oil (or 1 drop Oregano or Basil)
  11. 3 T melted butter
  12. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and red wine. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the chopped onions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the gluten free bread crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Remove from the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and drop of Taste of Italy Essential Oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly.
  4. Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Drizzle the melted butter over the tops of the mushrooms. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.
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12 Simple Holiday Recipes with Essential Oils

14
Dec
2015

12 Simple Holiday Recipes with Essential Oils

We have been using Young Living Essential Oils now for almost THREE years! WOW! I had no idea that I could incorporate them in recipes until about two years ago. They are handy to have around the kitchen and can really bring out some fabulous flavor in our food.  

Here are some of my favorites that I’ve rounded up for you today – some of these would make simple and easy holiday gifts too!

Powdered Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

Powdered Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

Oh my word! We have been using this mix now for a couple weeks. It is so easy to make. I love that it uses coconut sugar and that I can adjust the amount of Peppermint essential oil I use. Grab some of these labels to make some easy Christmas gifts!  

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Spoons

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Spoons

These look amazing for a neighbor gift or for your favorite teacher!

Cinnamon Bark Popcorn

Cinnamon Bark Popcorn

Cranberry Orange Bread with an Extra Special "Flavor Enhancer"

Cranberry Orange Bread with an Extra Special “Flavor Enhancer”

Healthy Homemade Buttermints

Healthy Homemade Buttermints

Peppermint Brownie Bites

Peppermint Brownie Bites

Blueberry Cardamom Scones

Blueberry Cardamom Scones

Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto

Easy Peppermint Bark with Young Living Peppermint Oil

Easy Peppermint Bark with Young Living Peppermint Oil

DIY Herb-Infused Olive Oil

DIY Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider

Can you imagine this one on the stove Christmas Eve while your friends and family gather around?

Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spiced Creamer

Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spiced Creamer

I use to pour in tons of Coffee-mate creamer into my coffee – for years I did this. Have you ever looked at those ingredients? Please – please – look and decide to make better choices. This is a great alternative!

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils and want to grab some to use in these fabulous recipes, I’d love to share a bit more with you here. They are helpful for everyday wellness, but obviously have so many other uses in our everyday life – like recipes!

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