Recipe: Healthy Egg Salad

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes  Total Time: 10 minutes        As found in Prevention Magazine May 2017 issue

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1/4 C 2% Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

2 Tbsp. golden raisins

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. curry powder (optional)

2 scallions, sliced

4 hard boiled eggs, chopped

4 leaves Bibb or butter lettuce

2 Tbsp. cilantro

2 tsp. pumpkin seeds

1/2 avocado, sliced

In a medium bowl combine yogurt, chia seeds, raisins, mustard, curry powder (if using), scallions, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in eggs.   In a 1 qt. Mason jar, layer lettuce with egg mixture.  Top with cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and avocado.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.  To serve, shake contents of jar into a bowl or onto a plate.

NUTRITION (per serving): 372 cal, 20 g protein, 22 g carb, 9 g fiber, 10 g sugars, 24 g fat, 5 g sat fat, 284 mg sodium

Essential Oil Product Spotlight!

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doTERRA Console Product Description
A part of the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ System, doTERRA Console was designed to help promote feelings of comfort and hope—particularly in times of loss, sadness, or grief. The comforting scents of doTERRA Console help promote positivity and dispel negative, hopeless feelings when used topically and aromatically. When sadness seems overwhelming, doTERRA Console helps foster feelings of emotional strength to help you make it through another day.

doTERRA Console Benefits and Uses

  1. With a sweet, floral scent, doTERRA Console has been chemically designed to help promote feelings of comfort and hope. On days when you need an extra dose of comfort, consider diffusing doTERRA Console as you take some time alone to reflect and rebuild. Place one to two drops of the oil in your diffuser and enjoy a quiet moment to yourself as you breathe in the comforting, reassuring scents of the doTERRA Console blend.
  2. Not only does the doTERRA Console blend promote comforting and hopeful feelings, it is also designed to counteract negative emotions like hopelessness, sadness, or grief. When struggling with these emotions, we often look to many sources for comfort, but as you breathe in the gentle floral scent of doTERRA Console, you will be better able to ward off feelings of grief, anger, or guilt.
  3. Perhaps one of the greatest uses for doTERRA Console is to offer comfort in times of loss. Losing loved ones, experiencing disappointment, or watching hopes and dreams slip away takes a serious toll on the emotions. Although these feelings of grief and loss won’t disappear immediately, you can comfort your soul and evoke feelings of hope by diffusing doTERRA Console during times of loss. Your heart may still be grieving, but the soft, consoling scents of this blend will provide feelings of contentment in the moments when you need it most.
  4. As mentioned, feelings of grief, disappointment, and hopelessness don’t vanish overnight—it can often take months or even years to overcome these emotions. As you go through the healing process, doTERRA Console can help you be patient with yourself and others. Apply the doTERRA Console blend over the heart each morning and night to remind yourself to be patient with the healing process, and to think positively. When applying doTERRA Console topically, apply one or two drops to the desired area, and dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to avoid any skin sensitivity.
  5. When feelings of grief and sadness seem to follow you around, you can have the comforting scents of doTERRA Console with you throughout the entire day. Place a few drops of the blend on your shirt collar or scarf to keep the scent with you as you go about your day. As you strive to be strong and go about your regular routine, you’ll have the reassuring scents of doTERRA Console near you to bolster you and keep you going.
  6. Have a friend or loved one who is grieving? Giving them a bottle of doTERRA Console is a great way to show them that you are thinking of them, especially when you don’t know what to say. Although flowers, hugs, and heartfelt notes can offer comfort in times of grief, a bottle of doTERRA Console might be just what your friend needs to reflect, recharge, and rebuild during times of loss and sadness.

Ingredients

  • Frankincense Resin
  • Patchouli Leaf
  • Ylang Ylang Flower
  • Labdanum Leaf/Stalk
  • Amyris Bark
  • Sandalwood Wood
  • Rose Flower
  • Osmanthus Flower

Chemistry of doTERRA Console
For each essential oil blend in the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy System, the chemical components largely determine the effect that each oil will have on the user. doTERRA Console is composed of tree and flower components that are rich in alcohols and monoterpenes. These chemical components provide grounding and renewing elements, which make doTERRA Console useful for warding off angry, sad, or hopeless feelings.
Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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The One Ingredient Missing From Your Body That’s Making You Age

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Your body is defying you and you don’t even know it.

With every day that goes by, your skin is losing moisture—and it’s not your fault.

Over time, your body produces less of a very important natural hydrator, hyaluronic acid.

What is Hyaluronic Acid (HA)?

1.    Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in the human body.
2.    It keeps skin plump and hydrated.
3.    It has the ability to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
4.    It functions not only to deliver water to the skin, but also to hold it there.
5.    Our ability to produce hyaluronic acid declines with age which can lead to increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
6.    Regaining hyaluronic acid can help can keep skin supple and youthful-looking.
7.    It’s a humectant, which means it draws water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.

Sound unbelievable? Just watch ABC News Correspondent Connie Chung’s report about one Japanese village with younger-looking skin and improved longevity that researchers believe are due to the hyaluronic acid.

While you may not be able to consume what these villagers do in Japan, you can still make some changes to get age-defying hyaluronic acid back into your routine.

Final Tip

Infuse healthy skincare products with hyaluronic acid into your daily skincare regimen. Look for it as a main ingredient (one of the first listed) in your skincare products to ensure potency. By utilizing this moisture-magnet ingredient into your routine, you’re sure to notice positive changes and more youthful-looking skin with consistent use.

 

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Mandy Gaskill, Founding Beauty Advisor

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DIY: Spring Fling Room Spray

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Looking for the perfect spring/summer room spray? This Spring Fling spray is light, fresh, and has a touch of sweetness and tart.

 

Ingredients:

20 drops Lemon
20 drops Grapefruit
20 drops Lime
Distilled water
Glass spray bottle

 

Directions:

  1.  In a glass spray bottle, add essential oils and top with water. Depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may wish to add more essential oils. That’s all! Just give that bottle a shake and spray to your heart’s content.

– See more at: https://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy-spring-fling-room-spray#sthash.4lR2IOsc.dpuf

Recipe: Pineapple Fried Rice With Shrimp

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes    Total Time: 25 minutes

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1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp

2 cloves of garlic, grated

1″ piece of ginger peeled and grated

1/4 tsp. black pepper

3 tsp. vegetable oil (can substitute EVO or Canola)

2 Lg. Eggs, beaten

2 C pineapple Chunks

1/2 lb. green beans, cut into 1″ pieces

3 C cooked brown rice

2 Tbsp. less-sodium soy sauce

3 scallions, sliced

1/4 C roasted unsalted cashews, finely chopped for serving

Toss together shrimp, garlic, ginger and pepper.  Heat 1 tsp. oil in skillet over medium high.  Add eggs and cook, stirring until scrambled 1-2 minutes.  Set aside.  Wipe skillet clean and add an additional 1 tsp. oil and increase heat to high.  Add shrimp mixture, stirring occasionally about 3 minutes or until opaque and pink.  Set aside.  Wipe skillet clean and add additional 1 tsp. oil on high heat.  Add pineapple and green beans and cook until crisp and tender, approximately 2 minutes.  Add rice and cook until heated all the way through.  Stir in shrimp and egg mixture and cook to reheat.  Remove and stir in soy sauce and scallions. Top with cashews prior to serving.

 

NUTRITION: (per serving) 434 cal, 26 g protein, 55 g carb, 7 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 13 g fats, 2 g sat fat, 952 mg sodium

Essential Oil Spotlight!

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doTERRA Cheer Product Description
With a bright, fresh aroma, doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend was designed to help promote optimistic feelings while counteracting negative emotions that naturally occur in everyday life. When you are feeling down or blue, doTERRA Cheer essential oil blend is waiting to help replace negative feelings with a light, sunny disposition.

doTERRA Cheer Benefits and Uses
  1. When tensions rise or overwhelming feelings abound, diffusing doTERRA Cheer can help promote an uplifting and positive environment. Try diffusing doTERRA Cheer in a classroom to promote positivity among students. Put a few drops of doTERRA Cheer in your diffuser at home to help your family enjoy the fresh, warm scent that will help create an inviting, happy environment. Diffuse doTERRA Cheer at your desk or in your home office when you need a little pick-me-up.
  2. Wish you could carry the bright smell of doTERRA Cheer around with you all day? Experience the uplifting, happy scent of doTERRA Cheer while driving by applying a few drops of the essential oil to a terra cotta plate or even to a cotton ball and placing it in your car. As you run errands, make your morning commute, or drive the kids around, you’ll have the lovely scent of doTERRA Cheer as your companion, keeping your spirits bright all day long.
  3. Feeling lonely? When you are alone, don’t let heavy feelings weigh you down and discourage you—diffuse doTERRA Cheer in your favorite essential oil diffuser to promote happy, bright feelings that will invigorate your mood.
  4. When negative emotions creep into your day, consider applying one drop of doTERRA Cheer to your hands, rub the palms together, and take a deep breath to inhale the comforting, warm scent of the oil. The scent will linger, so you can cup your hands over your nose or mouth throughout the day and inhale doTERRA Cheer for an added dose of optimism.
  5. Have a friend, neighbor, or loved one who has been feeling down lately? If someone close to you has been feeling discouraged, consider giving them a “box of sunshine” care package. Gather items that will cheer them up to include in the care package—you can even make all of the items yellow, so that everything is bright and happy. You can include things like yellow candy, a yellow journal for them to write in, a yellow blanket or pillow case, and of course, yellow-labeled doTERRA Cheer. This care package will bring comfort to anyone who might be struggling, or who needs a boost of love and sunshine.
  6. Looking for a good diffuser blend that uses doTERRA Cheer essential oil? Combine three drops of doTERRA Cheer, one drop of Douglas Fir, and one drop of Wild Orange to your diffuser for an uplifting, invigorating blend. If you have a friend who could use a little pick-me-up, consider giving them a bottle of doTERRA Cheer with a list of ideas for elevating diffuser blends that will lift their spirits.
  7. If you tend to feel grumpy or discouraged in the morning, try diffusing doTERRA Cheer while doing your morning yoga, drinking your morning tea, or reading the morning paper to help promote feelings of optimism as you start the day.
Ingredients 
  • Wild Orange Peel
  • Clove Bud
  • Star Anise Fruit/Seed
  • Lemon Myrtle Leaf
  • Nutmeg Kernel
  • Vanilla Bean Extract
  • Ginger Rhizome
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Zdravetz Herb
Chemistry of doTERRA Cheer 
doTERRA Cheer is made up of citrus and spice essential oils, which contribute to its warm, inviting nature. The chemical design of doTERRA Cheer includes aldehydes and monoterpenes, which are known to promote uplifting feelings of positivity. Like the rest of the oils in the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy System, doTERRA Cheer was specifically and chemically constructed to help dispel negative emotions and bring light and sunshine into dark or dreary days.
Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
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5 Healthier Ways to Avoid a Sunburn

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Did you know it takes just five sunburns in your lifetime to dramatically increase your risk for melanoma?

That’s right—just FIVE and your chances of getting skin cancer skyrockets.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it’s also very preventable.

You probably already know the basics of prevention: cover up, stay in the shade, and wear sunscreen. Unfortunately, most sunscreens found at your local store are filled with harmful chemicals, fillers and ingredients you shouldn’t put on your skin.

So, if you want to enjoy the sun, but you don’t want to shun it completely, how do you make healthier choices?

Here are five healthier ways to avoid a sunburn.

1. Choose a Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens utilize more natural ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, according to the EWG. These ingredients do not mimic or disrupt hormones or cause the harmful internal results of typical chemical ingredients in mass-produced sunscreens.

2. Watch For Dangerous Ingredients

Not able to find a mineral sunscreen? There are six dangerous ingredients you should avoid as you scan the label of a sunscreen bottle.

Oxybenzone

Avobenzone

Octisalate

Octocrylene

Homosalate

Octinoxate
The research organization, EWG, points out that many sunscreens contain these chemical filters to protect the skin and maintain stability in sunlight.

Unfortunately, these ingredients can “mimic (and disrupt) hormones or cause skin all allergies, which raises important questions about unintended effects on human health…” according to EWG.

The moral of the story? What goes on your skin goes in your skin. And the results are not always good. Avoid those chemicals at all costs.

3. Aim for SPF30 or More

SPF – or “Sun Protection Factor” – is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB (“burning” rays) from damaging the skin, according to SkinCancer.org. So, what does the number next to “SPF” mean? Basically, “If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours,” explains SkinCancer.org. UVA rays are further damaging (think UVA = “Aging” rays), but their results aren’t as obvious.

4. Re-Apply Your Sunscreen Every Two Hours

If you follow the guidelines of SPF, no sunscreen can protect longer than two hours. Reapplying your mineral sunscreen is critical for maintaining healthy coverage while you’re enjoying extended fun in the sun. If you need to, set a timer to remind you and your family to reapply!

5. Say “YES” to Shades

Sunglasses can be awkward when you’re on the beach or by the pool (maybe you even worry about tan lines?). But, the skin next to your eyes is incredibly delicate and extremely prone to sun damage. Tip: If you want to avoid the potential aging lines around your eyes, protect them from UVA (“Aging”) rays. They’ll also keep you from squinting and encouraging the fine lines.

 

And, don’t forget. Even if you’re not planning to lounge in the sun, applying a mineral sunscreen before you start your day will also protect your skin while you drive in the car (yep—the rays get through your window, too!), walk around on a cloudy day (those rays still break through!), or take your kids to the park under a shaded play structure. Make protection a priority no matter what time of year and no matter where you’re off to.

 

Brought to you by Simply Beautiful ~ A Willing Beauty Team

Mandy Gaskill, Founding Beauty Advisor

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