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AdvoCare Cleanse Results, Choosing Essential Oils and foods to start making

on September 25, 2014

Day 11 RESULTS:
For this cleanse I did not lose any weight (which I’m good w/ that, I wasn’t reaching for a goal of more loss) however, I did lose 1/4″ in my bust and 1″ in my waist (I mean com’mon, who doesn’t want a smaller waist HaHa)

My goal for counting this a successful cleanse was removing toxins (check) and feeling great (check). I’ve had some ppl ask if this program is just about losing weight and the short answer is NO! IF you have weight to lose that’s an added bonus. Following the cleanse instructions properly (eating right, cutting out dairy, sugar and all things “white” with a lil’ exercise) you will lose pounds. IF you do not have weight to lose and you still follow the cleanse instructions you’ll find you have increased energy, a boost in metabolism and a new zeal for getting healthy! This cleanse will not allow you to drop to an unhealthy weight. I don’t know how “they” do it but it’s designed in a way so that your body will only lose what is healthy for YOUR BODY~

My next step is to continue w/ the AdvoCare supplements, keep eating right but increase my exercise/workout regimen. I want to be healthy, feel strong and of course look good for the hubby in my jeans. If you’re looking for a great supplemental plan to add to your healthy eating go visit http://www.chellespark.com and I’ll help you continue your journey to feeling and looking amazing!

You don’t have to be a rocket science to use essential oils, it’s not a bit complicated, but people sometimes try to over think things. You do wanna follow a few good practices to ensure you get the most benefit from your oils. Like only open one bottle at a time and never leave an open bottle sitting because if your luck is anything like mine you WILL manage to knock it over :/

1. Choose Your Oil Wisely
Not all oils are created equal. The oils you use should be as pure and free from extra “stuff” (all chemicals). The oils that I have chosen to use and feel confidence using in all my recipes and for maintaining my family’s good health can be shared when you take the time to contact me. I chose these for many reasons while researching other brands of oils. Whether you use the same oils I’ve chosen or not, it’s important to ensure the oils you choose to work with are safe and pure.  My chosen brand of essential oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade! From the soil conditions to harvesting to manufacturing and distribution, the oil properties can be compromised. Because essential oils are concentrated and powerful, you’ll want to be sure your oils are free from pesticides, chemicals, etc. When choosing which essential oils to go w/ consider where they come from and how they are extracted or produced.
Plants: The quality of essential oils can be negatively impacted by the use of pesticides and other chemicals, the variability in altitude, soil conditions and rainfall, and the difficulty of differentiating plant species and varieties.
Processing: Because of the growing popularity of essential oils and aromatherapy, there are many products on the market that may not be suitable for clinical use. They can be found nearly everywhere, from health food stores to discount stores to the Internet. These products may include pure essential oils, but sometimes they are adulterated or diluted. Such can be difficult to identify because they are listed on the label as PURE. This is why you should only purchase your essential oils from a reputable company.
Packaging and handling: Other considerations include packaging, storage, and handling. Chemical degradation can occur with exposure to heat, light, or oxygen. Essential oils from citrus products are especially prone to oxidation that can quickly alter the chemistry of those essential oils.
Storage: Essential oils should be stored in tightly closed, darkened glass containers in a cool place to ensure lasting quality. You may want to write the date on the bottle after opening it so you can keep track of your own essential oils. I go through mine so fast there’s no worry HaHaHa Though essential oils don’t “expire” oxidation can occur and will vary by oil type, but most essential oils can be safely used for 2 years or MORE after opening.
Don’t just rely on terms like “certified” or “pure” or the like. It’s not that those labels are necessarily bad, but they don’t necessarily mean anything either. Your research should go beyond reading a label, especially if you are interested in using oils. An oil can be considered “pure” simply because it has a few drops of pure in it (IKR? Crazy!) meaning the rest of the bottle is filled with a filler or carrier of sorts.
You can purchase the oils I trust on my website

2. Start with Some Basic Oils

Because the world of essential oils is so vast, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you are first starting out. I highly recommend choosing some basic oils and begin using them. This is truly the best way to learn about their potential and how they can fit into your life. If you’re looking to start on a small scale, I recommend the Introductory Kit w/ CD which includes Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint (w/ over 100 uses)! However, I personally recommend the Family Physician Kit as it includes 11 everyday oils that are the most popular. The IPC Introductory Packet includes an Opportunity brochure, Essential Skin Care product brochure, Product Guide, Essential Oil Usage Chart, Lifelong Wellness product brochure, lid label set, welcome letter, compensation and bonus information on how to jump right in with the oils in a safe and effective way. (Not to mention that the initial investment in the package will save your money and the oils will last a long time!)

3. How to Use Essential Oils

Aromatically
Aromatic uses of essential oils can heighten the senses and have positive effects for the mind and body.
Inhale the oil directly from the bottle: simply smell it! You can rub a drop or two on your hands and cup your nose or just inhale directly from the bottle.
Diffuse the oils with a diffuser which disperses the oils in a micro-fine vapor throughout the air. A diffuser does not heat the oils which can damage their therapeutic properties, so don’t be fooled into buying what you think is a diffuser from WalMart
Breathe in steamy vapors deeply by carefully pouring hot water into a glass bowl, adding in a couple drops of essential oils, and covering the bowl in a tent like fashion with a cloth or towel.

Topical Application
The essential oils I choose are safe to use directly on the skin. Popular areas include behind the ears, temples, soles and tops of feet, abdomen, chest and upper back. Simply place 1 – 3 drops in the palm of your hand or directly on the desired area and massage the oil in a circular motion. Some oils will require dilution through a carrier oil in order to “spread” more evenly.

Internal Consumption
I can only recommend using this brand (contact me for brand specifics) internally as many of their essential oils are safe to ingest as a dietary supplement or food flavoring. It’s always important to follow the recommended dosage on individual product labels and seek the protocol of how to use the oil before taking them internally. Of course, using essential oils in DIY cleaning products, beauty recipes, or personal care items is another simple way to utilize the power of essential oils. I now make deodorant, shampoo, soap, face wash, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and all my cleaning supplies using my essential oils.

But wait! Safety is Important!
Because I want you to get the best experience out of using your oils there’s a few recommendations before you get started:

Skin Test
It’s a good idea to skin test an essential oil before using it. Every body’s body chemistry is different which means everyone won’t respond the same way. Though I may not have any skin sensitivity to any of the oils doesn’t mean you won’t. Keep in mind there are so many options that if something doesn’t work for you there’s always another EO that’s going to offer the same properties:
Start with just one oil or blend at a time.
Apply the oil (neat or diluted) to a small area first.
When trying oils that are new to you, allow enough time (3 – 5) minutes for the body to respond before applying a second oil.
Placing oils on the bottom of your feet is most often a safe place to use essential oils topically if you experience irritation elsewhere.

Keep “Hot” Oils Away from Children
Oils such as oregano, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, and lemongrass… or blends like the protective blend or soothing blend should be stored away from children. IF these “hot” oils ever manage to get into your eyes (trust me, it happens) just add a tinch of coconut oil and it’ll take the sting right out (YES, I know for a fact hahaha).

Don’t stress too much about using the “wrong” oil. Reactions or burning sensations to the oils are most often an indication of fast blood flow to that area. Oils don’t burn the skin the way a chemical can. If an oil doesn’t work for you, there are always other oils to try until you find what’s the best fit for your body. Essential oils metabolize in the body quickly. They do their goodness and then move on. You want to be safe, sure, but unless you’re doing something ridiculous you should be just fine. Good news is, you can reapply as often as you like/need because you can’t overdose on essential oils ❤

If you’re ready to get started on your essential oils journey please visit my website and join as a Wellness Advocate to start earning points which accumulate to spend on FREE product! (YES, signing up under me will allow me to work towards earning a commission…but I haven’t figured out how all that works just yet because I joined simply to help my own family). If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

Five Foods to Stop Buying and Start Making
1. Coffee:
I know coffee can be a sensitive topic for some, but buying fancy Starbucks coffees on a regular basis is expensive (leaving less money for good, nourishing food.) Plus, buying a fancy drink at a coffee shop often means you’re consuming fake ingredients. I’m sure we’ve all heard about the nasty ingredients in their Pumpkin Spice Latte. (IF not, look up Food Babe Investigates)
Making your own fancy coffees at home is so simple!! You don’t even need a fancy machine. With a simple immersion blender you can make lattes at home. Or just making your own special creamer for a fancy coffee w/o one
2. Soups and Broth:
I’m guilty here, I use the organic box/carton broth but making my own is definitely a top priority now that it’s getting cooler and I’ll want more soups!
Most store-bought soups and even organic broths are made with preservatives and other questionable ingredients. The good news? Homemade soups and broth are easy to make at home. Make a large pot of soup in your crock-pot on the weekends to freeze and enjoy for lunches and even a busy dinner night. A simple thermos will help keep soups warm for lunchtime.
3. Oatmeal:
Store-bought flavored oatmeal packets may be marketed as healthy, but they contain lotsa fake ingredients, including artificial flavorings. Making homemade oatmeal is simple!! Using Bob’s Red Mill Organic Rolled Oats only takes a few minutes longer and you can add anything you want for different flavors. My kids favorite is sweetened w/ honey & cinnamon then top w/ strawberries of mini chocolate chips (GF/DF/SF of course)
4. Bakery Foods:
Store-bought baked goods sit on the shelf without going bad and always taste the same. How do you think this goal is achieved? They add preservatives to baked goods to make them more appealing, along with a ton of processed sugar. Homemade baked goods are freezer-friendly which means you can make them in advance and enjoy for later. AND there’s no need to add all that refined sugar for “taste.”
5. Freezer Meals:
Freezer meals are meant to make life easier, but have you read the ingredients? Yuck!! The sodium alone will kill’ya! You can make life easier by preparing meals at home and freezing! Yep, if Pillsbury can do it, so can YOU! Simply cook the meals and freeze for later. When it’s time to enjoy, heat in the oven and serve. OR, spend an hour on the weekend prepping ingredients for several meals, put together in a freezer back and THEN cook fresh when you’re ready.

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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2 responses to “AdvoCare Cleanse Results, Choosing Essential Oils and foods to start making

  1. A24/EO Curious says:

    Hi, I am just starting the Advocare 24 day challenge. I was introduced and have been researching Essential oils. I was curious if it is safe to use both at the same time? Thanks

    • chellemills says:

      HaHa I’m sorry, I laugh because you’re not the first person to ask me that and I wonder what makes people think it’s NOT SAFE! I’ll tell ya I love AdvoCare and I still use many of their products but Oils are definitely the safest alternative for any/all “issues”. I’m assuming you’re starting the 24DC to jump start your health and/or weight loss journey? Advo is definitely a great starter but it’s not “all natural”! Essential oils are as “natural” as they come. The two used consecutively will only benefit you 😉 But if you’re doing both there will come a time when you’re faced with one problem….whether to choose the MNS or the LLV supplements 🙂

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