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Mommy Oilist Does Whole30

Whole30

Sugar is hard to give up. Carbs are hard to ditch.  Though we need glucose every day to function, most of us tend to binge, crave and eat too many carbs and too much sugar.

Daddy Oilist and I think a lot about what we eat. We enjoy grass-fed beef produced by a local farmer. We load our basket with fresh fruits and veggies each week.

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Yet, I have begun to see a slight change in my cravings. After a stressful (read BabyOilist doesn’t want to nap) afternoon, I crave some cheesecake. Real cheesecake – made with real sugar – the real deal. Or I want to eat a huge hunk of bread.  All these cravings come after a stressful period, not when I am hungry. To help with this, I engaged in a month-long gentle cleanse called, “Whole30.”

The basics of Whole30 are:

Eating:

  • Whole foods – meats, eggs, lots of veggies, some fruit, nuts, fats and seeds

Not Eating:

  • Grains, dairy, legumes and sugar

This 30 day protocol is not for the faint of heart. There were tough moments. But from day one, I  felt so much better! Yes, there were days that I was extra tired or craved something on the “no” list. But those moments were short lived as I developed a cheat-sheet of tricks that helped me.

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Here are five basic and practical tips that helped me:

  • Have a basic plan or menu for each day.
  • When hungry, start making and eating food. Make a salad. Cook some chicken. Or just start eating nuts, bell peppers or a grapefruit.
  • Get enough water.
  • Take your vitamins.
  • Get some extra sleep.

Cedarwood

Here is how essential oils helped me get through the Whole30:

  • Cedarwood and Lavender Bath – Sometimes the cravings would come when I was uptight and just needed to relax.
  • Using Young Living essential oils (i.e. Vitality line) in my cooking to add depth, interest and variety. A chopped apple and walnuts with one drop of Thieves Vitality was a yummy, new-found treat!
  • Inhaling and Diffusing – Taking deep inhalations of Grounding, Stress-Away or Valor. This helped refocus my mind, refresh my mood and re-energize my body.
  • Lime and Lemon Water – Squeezing a fresh lemon into a glass of water with one drop of Lime Vitality essential oil was a great pick-me-up.

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Whole30 is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it. Within a week, my brain fog was gone and I felt so alive. Seeing these results and now having some little tricks in my back pocket, I am ready to do this challenge again!

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Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Truffles

My Little Oilist and I wanted to make something chocolate for her daddy’s November birthday when I came across this recipe for gingerbread truffles. Knowing that Daddy Oilist enjoys variety, we decided to make this healthy dessert for his special celebration.

Following his birthday, those of us at home had to practice discipline because we wanted to eat these while he was away at work! I enjoyed the “holiday” taste of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg while still eating something good for me – something that was without processed sugar and a lot of carbs. As for Little Oilist, she enjoys anything chocolate and gave this a big thumb’s up!

 Gingerbread Truffles

Ingredients:

6 ounces dark chocolate (at least 50 percent chocolate), finely chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (add more to taste if desired)

1/3 cup coconut milk

Pinch of sea salt

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

2 drops Ginger essential oil

1 drop Clove essential oil

1 drop Nutmeg essential oil

Unsweetened cocoa powder for rolling

Instructions:

·  Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set aside. In this case, I made my own dark chocolate with cocoa powder, butter, vanilla and a little bit of stevia.

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·  Combine the coconut oil, sweetener, coconut milk and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer (do not boil).

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·  Pour mixture over reserved chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1-2 minutes; then stir gently until completely melted and smooth.

·  Stir in the drops of essential oil.

·  Refrigerate until mixture is just set; about 2 hours.

Gingerbread Truffles

·  With a small scoop or spoon, make 12 balls, rolling each between the palms of your hands to smooth.

·  Place about ¼ cup of cocoa powder in the bottom of a shallow plate or dish. Roll each truffle in the cocoa until coated.

·  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to firm.

Gingerbread Truffles

·  Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Truffles

Truffles can be refrigerated in a sealed jar or airtight container for up to two weeks.

Chocolate Thin Mints

Thin Mints

I remember the amazing taste of the Girl Scout thin mint cookies that my grandfather would buy. They tasted so fresh, so sweet and a wonderful mix of soft and crisp. They were some of my favorite cookies.

Fast forward a couple decades and I still love the fresh taste of mint and the amazing taste of chocolate and mint together. So I was super stoked to find a natural, good-for-you version of my childhood favorite.

As my dough was cooling in the refrigerator, Daddy Oilist, who didn’t know that I had made the cookie dough and had tasted it, came into the kitchen and gave me a kiss. He stepped back surprised and asked, “Did you get a new peppermint toothpaste?” 🙂

Peppermint essential oil is very potent, so a few drops is all you need for a distinct and refreshing peppermint flavor.

Here is a wonderful recipe to satisfy your chocolate craving and freshen your breath!

Cookie

1 cup + 1 tablespoon blanched almond flour

1 tablespoon tapioca

1/3 cup cocoa powder

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

dash of Himalayan sea salt

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey (or equivalent amount of desired sweetener)

Thin Mints

Chocolate Coating

½ cup dark chocolate

1-2 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Thin Mints

  • In a bowl combine dry ingredients followed by wet ingredients; roll dough into a ball, wrap in parchment paper and chill for 30-45 minutes.

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  • Remove dough from fridge and roll into 1/2 inch balls.

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  • Place on seasoned baking stone (or cookie tray) and flatten

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  • Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp.

Thin Mints

  • Remove and let cook completely. Cookies will be crunchy.

Thin Mints

  • Melt chocolate and add in Peppermint Vitality essential oil.

  • Dip cookies in chocolate  or spread on the chocolate and let set in the refrigerator.

Thin Mints

Enjoy!

Our Family’s Favorite, All-Natural RE-HYDRATING DRINK Recipe

Re-hydrating Drink

As a natural mom, I am always SO excited to learn healthy tips or tricks that really work. I love filling my health “toolbox” with all-natural and truly effective tools.

Here is a new one that I recently stumbled upon. We all have times when our bodies are dehydrated. Maybe we’ve worked too long in the sun, or the flu has left our bodies parched and needing electrolytes, vitamins and liquids.

We recently found ourselves in this unpleasant situation. Our chiropractor suggested that we start drinking coconut water, as it is full of vitamins and is an excellent hydration drink.

Coconut Water

There was only one problem. The person needing to be re-hydrated was our Little Oilist toddler, and this little girl doesn’t like coconut water. But she needed help, and she needed it fast. We were willing to try anything, but I wanted it to be a fun experience…

So I dug out and dusted off Google and began researching. I quickly started noticing a link between what I was learning about antioxidants and essential oils for this re-hydration issue and Young Living’s NingXia Red.

Here is Young Living’s description of this product:

“This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Young Living’s NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness. In addition to these antioxidant ingredients, NingXia Red’s formula includes pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils for a great-tasting, healthy treat. Young Living NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health.”

Re-hydrating Drink

I knew from experience that we all love the taste of NingXia Red, so I wondered what would happen if I mixed a tablespoon or two into a serving of coconut water.

I was pleasantly surprised and delighted that it worked! My Little Oilist loved it and would ask for more through the day.

By the next chiropractic visit later that week, we had a good report to give and a new recipe to share.

Re-hydrating Drink

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

Strawberry Limeade

This is such a refreshing summer drink. It isn’t overly sweet, but it is so cool, so fresh and so yummy. My little Oilist can’t get enough of it and my dear guy gave it two thumbs up! This is the perfect drink to keep on hand when you want “cheat food,” but even more you want to eat well… and have that food taste good.

I love to serve this drink with our favorite Mexican meals. The tartness of the limes along with the sweetness of the strawberries is a winning combination. Add to that the “fizzyness” of the carbonated water, and it is the perfect drink for along side your tacos, tamales or enchiladas.

Sparkling Strawberry Limeade

For the Strawberry Syrup:

8 oz. strawberries, hulled

1/4 cup natural honey (or maple syrup)

1/4 cup filtered water

Strawberry Limeade

Combine strawberries with honey and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat until the strawberries are soft and the juices are bubbling. This will take about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let mixture sit for 20 minutes.

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Strain through a fine mesh sieve (pressing hard on the solids to extract as much juice as possible) and refrigerate syrup until it is completely cool.

Strawberry Limeade

For the Sparkling Strawberry Limeade:

1 batch of Strawberry Syrup, divided

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided

6 drops of Lime Vitality essential oil, divided

Sparkling water

Ice for serving

Strawberry Limeade

Place 2 tablespoons of the Strawberry Syrup in the bottom of a glass, along with 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 drop of Lime Vitality essential oil. Add ice and top off with about 3 ounces of sparkling water. Repeat with the other glasses, stir, garnish as desired and serve immediately.

Strawberry Limeade

PREP TIME: 40 minutes, plus chill time

SERVES: 6

Strawberry Limeade

Enjoy a glass of this delicious and refreshing drink with your dear ones!