Whole 30 Round 2 Starts Tomorrow

Happy Memorial Day! Remember, we are the home of the free, because of the brave.  All fallen soldiers have my utmost respect and gratitude. 

Today was a relaxing Monday, spent with my fiancée, who just returned from the Indianapolis 500. My stomach has been so angry, so today, I heavily relied on Digize.  That oil makes my tummy so happy, and as someone with all sorts of tummy issues, this is greatly appreciated. It made my day so much more bearable, but made me recognize how badly I needed to get back on clean eating.   Andrew had practice and during that, I got my affairs in order for Whole 30! 

Here is my grocery store haul:

  
I made a Zesty Ginger Dressing from Wel Fed 2 (amaze balls).  It tastes just like the one I adore at sushi restaurants, and man, where has this been all my life! 

  
 Then I made Paleo Mayo from Well Fed 1/2.  

These are the sauces that will keep my food yummy all week.  Paleo Mayo is so versatile and so, so yummy.  

I also stir fried some sweet potatoes for breakfast tomorrow.

    I plan on also frying some eggs and having two Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage.  For lunch I will have the above salad, with hard boiled eggs.  For Dinner, I may try to make Melissa’s Chicken Hash from the Whole 30 cookbook!

I’m really excited to do a whole30 with my new workout regimen!  I’m ready to be a strong, beautiful, bride! Today’s workout was all shoulders and we finished with push-ups.  By the end, I was shaking so badly, and so sore!  So, naturally, Deep Relief was a necessity! That oil is all sorts of minty goodness and I love that it rolls on cold and gets warm. It works serious magic and gets so deep! Love my essential oil journey! Stay tuned for more Whole30 and oil adventures! 

Please comment, or leave me a message, or email me at kelsilee@gmail.com. 

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More of my Favorite Whole30 Things

Monday, Monday, Monday, usually, I despise you, but today, I love you.   I am so blessed to have a wonderful job.  My coworkers are like family, and I rarely leave work with a frown on my face.  Seriously.  So blessed.  I got off work, and watched an episode of Breaking Bad with my fiance and his roommate.  We are three episodes from finishing the show, and goodness gracious are we ready to know what’s going to happen.  We got tons of giggles out of our silly pup Kingsley too.  Then we worked out, and my shoulders are SORE!

    Post workout, my stomach was killing me, because I ate some yogurt this morning (not Whole30 compliant) and have been paying for it ever since.  I whipped out some Digize essential oil, rubbed it on my stomach, and luckily, my stomach is finally settling down.

I love my EOs,  since I like to use more healthy, natural products on my body.  If you’re curious about learning more, check out my post: What the Heck are Essential Oils!  I would love to get more people on my team, and more people to dive in and discover the gloriousness that these babies hold.

Yesterday, I wrote about how I prepare for a Whole30 using the Whole30 website, and the resources involved.  Today, I write to you about other amazing resources that I recommend.

Instagram: If you have an Instagram, follow me @youngwholeessential and follow @whole30 and @whole30recipes.  As I go through my whole30 Round 2 I hope to post daily with my meals!  I also recommend @stupideasypaleo and @paleoomg, although not everything they post is Whole30 compliant.  @whole30recipes is great.  The people over at Whole30 pick a guest blogger every week to blog recipes.  I usually follow the blogger of the week, and have slowly built my feed to be a lot of whole30 approved bloggers!

Blogs: Then of course there are numerous blogs that are so helpful!  Some of my favorites include:

  1. Nom Nom Paleo
  2. The Clothes Make the Girl – author of the Well Fed Cookbooks
  3. PaleoOMG
  4. StupidEasyPaleo – Great for those of us who lift, and need a diet that caters to athletic needs.

Cookbooks:  I love books.  I love them so much.  I love cookbooks for their beautiful photography.  Below are the cookbooks I HIGHLY recommend and which have tons of recipes that can get you through a Whole30.  The WellFeds and NomNomPaleo specifically point out compliant meals.  Check out other paleo cookbooks too, as they have compliant meals, you just need to check and double check the ingredients!  So, here’s my list:

  1. WellFed
  2. WellFed2
  3. Whole30 Cookbook
  4. NomNom Paleo
  5. Everyday Paleo
  6. The book I want but don’t have: The Performance Paleo Cookbook 

These are the resources I use to get through a Whole30.  As always, I would love to hear from you!  Email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com or leave a comment!

Whole 30 – Round 2: How I Prepare

Year 2 of Law School is over, and the stress, and craziness of it meant I fell off the paleo bandwagon.  I think I’ve been living off carbs and cheese for two straight months, and I’m paying for it.  My stomach is angry, I’ve been sleeping kind of out of whacks, and I’ve been getting headaches.  A Whole 30 Round 2 is definitely in order.

I completed my first Whole 30 this past January.  For 30 days I cut out: grains, dairy, legumes, added sugar, preservatives, nasty chemicals, and alcohol.  After 30 days, you slowly reintroduce these foods one at a time to see how your body reacts.  I learned that dairy and me don’t mix very well, so I *should* do a better job of minimizing how much of this I eat.

The Whole 30 was hard, but oh, so worth it.  My stomach was happy, my digestive system overall was working properly, my skin was clear, I was sleeping well, and the list could go on for ages.  I was feeling that tiger blood that the Whole30 Program raves about.  I lost about six pounds, and could tell my clothes were fitting better.  Of course, the program is challenging if you don’t prepare.  My biggest struggle was going out with friends and not slipping.  If you slip, you have to start over in order to achieve the best results.  I learned that the more prepared I was, the easier it was to make healthy choices.  Below, I’ve compiled my favorite Whole30 things and resources, that help me prepare, and get me through 30 days of life changing.

First, the Whole 30 Website is pure gold! It has everything you could possibly need to know.  Specifically:

  • The Rules
    This lays out the program lickity split. Follow them, and trust me!
  • The Books:
    • It Starts With Food is the “bible” of the Whole 30.  It lays out the science behind why this program works, and explains what various foods will do to you.  It’s definitely worth the read if you want to know the why’s behind what you are doing.
    • The Whole30 Cookbook just came out, and is beautifully done!  It’s got so many great recipes.  I’ve already played around with the mayo variations.  (Paleo Mayo is life changing).   The beginning part of the Cookbook explains the Whole30 in layman’s terms, so if you want to skip the science, you can still learn everything you need to know about the program in this book.
  • Other Resources
    • TheWhole30 Daily is an email sent to you daily, filled with motivation, recipes, and a progress report.  You have to click whether or not you’ve completed another day.  It’s so helpful on those days when you seriously HATE ALL THE THINGS.  (This happens a lot at the beginning.  For me it was days 4-10 and I was not a happy camper).
    • The Downloads
      • This is the gold mine of Whole 30.  Shopping Lists, approved foods, cheat sheets for the crap they like to put in packaged foods, templates, the list could go on and on.  I recommend printing out as many of these as you feel necessary and stick them on your refrigerator.  It makes grocery list making and shopping so much easier.
    • The Whole30 Approved List
      • These products have the Whole30 Stamps of Approval.  I love RX Bars (Coffee Cacao is great, they also have a Whole30 pack) for when you’re in a hurry and need something quick and filling.
      • Epic Bars are yummy too.
      • I love Chomps.
      • La Croix is my saving grace during the Whole30.  Caffeinated water is so needed sometimes.
    • Whole30 Forum
      • This is a community of tried and true Whole30ers and newbies.  I like it because you can search for “Trader Joes Approved Products,” “CostCo Approved Products” to make your grocery store trips so much easier. There is so much information here and you should spend tons of time reading the thread for tips, and for motivation.

These resources are more than enough to get you started.  I’ll do another post soon about the cookbooks I love.

I’ll be starting my second round of Whole 30 on May 24.  As always, send me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com for questions, or leave a comment.

Essential Oil 101 Class!

I will be hosting an Essential Oil 101 virtual class on Wednesday night, starting at 6:30pm, on Facebook.  The class will run for about an hour and we will keep it open for a few days after for questions and such! 

  
We will be discussing :

  • What Essential Oils are
  • Safety
  • Why Young Living 
  • Seed to Seal
  • How to use them
  • The Premium Starter Kit

And much more! If you would like to attend shoot me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com and we can make it happen! This will be so much fun!

Hello Summer!

I am done with finals! Woohoo!! This semester was a crazy one, and I had so much going on these past few weeks. Crazy to think that I have completed 2 years of law school.  One more to go!  It’s finally summer break, and I could not be happier!  I go back to work full time on Monday, but I’m lucky to love my job, and am oh, so, grateful that I don’t have to do homework at night anymore (for three months anyways).  This summer has so much going on: weddings, concerts, family, girl’s weekends . . .

Things I’m Looking Forward to in Summer 2015

  1. I’m going to see Garth Brooks tonight, in Omaha!!
  2. I’m co-hosting an Essential Oils 101 Class on Facebook, with my lovely friend, Alex.  The class is full of fun information and explains how to use oils safely, how to use them in your daily life, and other fun things.  If you would like to attend, leave me a comment or email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com!

Girlfriend

  1. Girl’s Weekend 2015 at Table Rock Lake.  Seriously looking forward to spending a few days laying out and having girl time with all my ladies!
  2. Wedding Dress shopping.  I cannot wait!  Wedding planning in general will be exciting.
  3. Engagement photo’s with the lovely Carrie Krupke photography!
  4. Catching up on Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, Blacklist, and Vampire Diaries.
  5. READING.  If you know me at all, you know how much I love to read.  I know I will be reading the Inheritance Series, all of Jane Austen, What to Eat by Marion Nestle for sure.  But my list is always outrageous.  I *own* over a hundred and fifty books I have yet to read, so I have so many exciting options to choose from.

Jane Austen

(source: Amazon)

All in all, this summer is going to be wonderful!

DIY Linen and Pillow Spray!

So, I love diffusing oils at night. Usually, I diffuse Lavender and Cedarwood.  Both smell great, and are known to help people relax (which this law student in the midst of finals absolutely needs).  But I’ve been trying to incorporate  relaxing aromas into non-nighttime things too. I’m slowly in the process of gathering new cleaning supplies for the move, and decided to make some linen spray to spray my bed with at night.  It’s also a great thing to spritz the air with! 

 So, I finally ordered glass bottles of all kinds.  I ordered glass because certain oils will eat at plastic.  I ordered mine off Amazon, but there are various other aromatherapy stores that sell them online too.  With all these jars, it was time to make something! I had minimal time, what with needing to study for evidence.  So, without further ado: 

  
It is super simple, and you can switch it out for whatever oils you prefer.  I chose these two because I want to spray them on my pillows and use oils that help me sleep.

Recipe:

  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 12 drops Cedarwood
  • Water to the top of your desired spray bottle

Shake well and enjoy! I used a 16oz spray bottle for mine! Keep in a dark, cool, place! 

   
  


Next up: Allergy roller and a cream of some kind! 

Also, the next two people to purchase a Premium Starter Kit from me receive $20 back! Email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com or use my menu at the top of this page to get started!  

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Hey all! I’m running a special right now for the next two people to purchase a Premium Starter Kit.  I will send you $20 dollars via Paypal after your purchase.  This is only for the next two people, however!

  See my post here, to learn more about the Premium Starter Kit!  It’s the biggest bang for your buck and comes with the Everyday Oils collection.  I love these oils and am going to need to be purchasing more, soon!  If you were to purchase the PSK at retail value, you would be spending about $352.00.  If you sign up as a wholesale member, you are able to purchase the PSK for $150.  Plus, you will forever get a 24% discount on all Young Living Products from here on out!  It’s amazing.  Being a wholesale member does not obligate you to do any part of the business side at all!  You can purchase at a discount without being a Young Living distributor! 

So, if you think you would like $20 back off your purchase, and you are one of the first two to buy, sign up here.  OR shoot me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com

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