Let Them Try To Guess Your Age.

We all know that if we want to delay the aging process we should eat healthy meals, exercise, limit sweets, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water everyday….yada, yada, yada.  Of course there are those days, sometimes more often than not, when we don’t do some of those things and then there are those days when we don’t do any of those things.   Here are a few simple tips about some key ingredients to add to your lifestyle to help you put off adding a few new wrinkles and to give you an extra boost in staying healthy and feeling great.

Antioxidants

What are they?   Vitamins, minerals and enzymes, that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.  Nutrients, like vitamins A, C and E,  from foods and enzymes like catalase, superoxide dismutase.

What do they do? They inhibit oxidation in our bodies.  Oxidation can produce free radicals.  Free radicals can damage cells.  Damaged cells can lead to aging, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  Antioxidants can also reduce inflammation (which can lead to many other diseases)  and may help keep the skin supple and bright.  Supple & bright!

Natural sources: Spicescloves, cinnamon, oregano.  Fruits – wolfberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates.  Vegetables – spinach, kale, red cabbage, red beets, brussels sprouts.  Dry Fruits – apricots, raisins, prunes.  Nuts and Seeds – peanuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts.

YL Products to try: Ningxia Red!  Ningxia Red is packed with antioxidants and contains the whole fruit purée of the Ningxia wolfberry and a powerful juice blend of blueberries, raspberries, apricots & pomegranates. Packs 180 mg Vitamin C per 1 oz serving!  NR supports immune function, liver function, eye health (my eyesight improved after drinking one bottle over 5 days).  My husband and I find that we have increased energy and it helps to reduce sugar cravings.  Click here for more Ningxia Red product info. You can also purchase dried Ningxia Wolfberries.  These are wonderful to add to salads, oatmeal, baked goods or any other way you would like to get an extra dose of antioxidants.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

What are they?  Essential unsaturated fatty acids.  Our bodies need these good fats to function normally and to stay healthy.  We do not make these fatty acids so we must get them from our diet.

What do they do?  Omega-3s are known to reduce inflammation; support heart health; reduce stiffness & joint pain, like in Rheumatoid Arthritis; supports heathy brain function; and provides a healthy glow to skin.  Healthy glow!

Natural sources:  Fish like anchovies, mackerel, salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed), and tuna are high in DHA and EPA.  ALA can be found in flax, walnuts and olive oil.  Ideally, you want to have a combination of all 3 types of fatty acids in your diet. 

YL Products to try:  Omega Blue is a great source of DHA, EPA and ALA.  Omega Blue is pure fish oil that is free of PCBs and dioxins.  Young Living is the only company that adds an essential oil blend to enhance the stability of the fish oil and to provide other benefits.  Blue chamomile & myrrh support a healthy inflammatory response, lemongrass oil provides cardiovascular protection and supports healthy cholesterol levels and clove and myrrh are added for extra antioxidant benefits.  See the link for more information on Omega Blue.

Resveratrol

What is it?  A natural phenol that is found in the skin of red grapes and other plants.

What does it do?  Studies are now being done on the benefits of resveratrol.  Many believe, and Dr. Oz is among them, that resveratrol may inhibit cancer; increase longevity; enhance energy; prevent diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  Resveratrol also helps to fight environmental toxins that can cause wrinkles.  Wrinkles!

Natural sources:  Peanuts and peanut butter, red grapes, red wine, red grape juice, cranberry juice. 

YL Products to try:  True Source is a multivitamin that is packed with super food powders and whole food vitamins and minerals.  It is unlike any other multivitamin on the market.  In addition to a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals that you would want in a multivitamin supplement, True Source also contains resveratrol, wolfberries, and MSM.  Each packet contains 3 vitamins, one purple, one green, and one yellow.  You can take them all at once or through out the day.  Here is the link for more information on True Source.

Many people reach for a coffee and a cookie or an energy drink to give them an afternoon boost.  But what if you didn’t need a boost?  What if you felt good all day long AND your skin looked better as well?  I just read this quote from Dr. Oz today "Glowing skin isn’t only genetic.  Healthy choices count just as much." For $3.50 a day you can start making some healthy choices that will support you on the inside and the outside.  A much better deal than a a double caff-no foam-carmel-latte,  don’tcha think?  Even if you used these products every other day you would be much better off than not using them at all.  

Ready to feel better, look better and start giving your body nutrients and supplements that will improve your wellbeing?  Oh, good!  See my "How to Order Young Living Oils" page or just go here.

Francine

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Young Living June Promotions

FREE NingXia Red and Peppermint!Free NingXia Red and Peppermint!

Place a single order of 180 PV* or more from June 1-30 and receive a 1-liter bottle of NingXia Red® and a 15-mlPeppermint essential oil free—a retail value of $78.29!

Give yourself a refreshing, revitalizing boost this summer. Fill a glass with ice. Add 2 ounces of NingXia Red, 1 drop of peppermint oil, and finish with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy! This delicious summer drink will energize your mind, and provide your body with vital antioxidants and phytonutrients.**

NingXia Red is a superfruit supplement specially formulated to energize, fortify, and replenish the body and mind. Its power comes from combining whole-fruit wolfberry puree with lemon and orange essential oils and a superblend of blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, and raspberry juices.

Peppermint has a long history of therapeutic use. It is valued for combating a variety of issues, including fatigue, minor head discomfort, and digestive concerns.**

Learn more about the products featured in our June promotions!

NingXia Red
Energize, Fortify, and Replenish Every Day!

This month’s expert speaker:
Marc Schreuder

Click this link to hear Marc Shreuder discuss the many benefits of Ningxia Red.


Offer is valid from 12 midnight MDT June 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT June 30, 2011.
Offer Details:

  • Limit of one free 1-liter bottle of NingXia Red and one free 15-ml bottle of peppermint essential oil per order.
  • Offer is valid on orders of 180 PV or more. Limit of five qualifying orders per month.
  • PV minimum must be reached in a single order. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying month cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • Offer is available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Offer is valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • PV is not earned for free product.
  • Customer is responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer is valid in the U.S. and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.

Buy Ocotea and Get 50% Off Dorado Azul

Buy Ocotea and Get 50% Off Dorado Azul

Buy Ocotea essential oil from June 1-30 and receive 50% offDorado Azul essential oil. These oils are the result of Gary Young’s extensive research in Ecuador and offer unique therapeutic benefits.

Dorado Azul has high levels of beta caryophyllene to help support normal respiratory and digestive functions. Diffuse up to 30 minutes three times daily or apply to the skin to aid in soothing minor discomforts. Dilute 1:1 with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to affected area as needed.

Ocotea essential oil is related to the cinnamon species but has a slightly different aroma and taste. Ocotea contains some of the highest known levels of alpha-humulene, which offers potent digestive support and can help balance the body’s response to irritation.*

Item No. 5390

Discounted pricing: Wholesale $48.25 / Retail $62.01 / PV 48.25

These oils were released at Young Living’s 2010 International Grand Convention and have quickly become best sellers. If you have not tried them, now is your chance!

Offer Details:

  • Item No. 5390
  • Offer is valid 12 midnight MDT June 1, 2011, to 11:59 p.m. MDT June 30, 2011.
  • No limit per customer.
  • Offer is available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Offer is valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • Offer is valid in the U.S. and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.

If you want to learn more about how to get started using Young Living Essential Oils  see my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.wordpress.com

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Allergies and Young Living Essential Oils

Yay, spring!!  For those that live in more seasonal climates it is a time for new leaves on the trees and flowers to start blooming.  About a year ago my family and I moved from Brooklyn to Tucson.  As this past winter wore on and I would hear of one big snowstorm after another I would feel quite content with our new desert environment. But now, knowing that spring is on its way I do feel a tug at my heartstrings just a bit.  I miss the first green on the trees, the first flowers showing off their shiny new colors and I really miss a certain tree in my old neighborhood that would smell soooooo good in the late spring/early summer.

For some, with spring comes allergies.  I never had allergies and at 43 I thought I was safe from ever getting them but apparently that might not be so.  I’m not sure if it’s because I am not used to these desert spores or just my body changing with age but this fall and now this past week I have had some allergic symptoms. I’m often asked what oils work well for allergies and I have personally found lavender to be amazing.  I had a bit of a runny nose the last couple of days and when I finally had the  oh-this-might-be-allergies- realization I put about 3 drops of lavender in a capsule.  That cleared up my runny nose for the day with no adverse side effects like some over-the-counter medicines can have.  I first tried lavender for allergies this fall when I realized that a desert weed was the cause of what I thought to be a never ending cold.  I was using my oils, and they helped, but when I used the lavender internally it was like magic how quickly my never-ending-cold finally ended.

Here is a link to the essential oil testimonial website page about allergies.    And below are a couple of posts that I found interesting…

“I have several friends with children who have allergies/asthma that come and visit my farm. Normally after 15 minutes in my barn, and around my animals, they come out with swollen eyes, stuffy noses, red faces, and going to Mom for Benadryl, or inhalers, or what have you.

I got rather frustrated so made a rule that if these children wanted to be in my barn, they had to use two oils before entering! First I had them put Lavender on the palm of one hand, rub their hands together, and then wipe their hands on their faces, necks, and arms, and anything not covered. I had them do the same with Peppermint, but only had them inhale this from cupped hands over their noses, but not wiping it on themselves.

Now these kids can spend hours in the barn with no ill effects – no runny noses, no swollen eyes, ect. I was amazed and delighted because now they can spend time with the animals which they love.”

And this one as well…

“I used to use steroid nasal inhalers every late summer until the first killing frost for my allergies. I no longer need to because I’ve discovered Lavender oil. I put a few drops on the bottoms of my feet, chest and throat, every morning. I experimented and stopped doing it once, and by the 3rd day the allergies were back. Once I resumed, they were gone again within 24 hours.”

There are also many other oils that can help relieve symptoms.  R.C. is great for any chest congestion and Breath Again roll on really helps clear nasal and sinus passages. I have also heard that Sulfurzyme and Ningxia Red are great supplements to add to your diet.  Both will give your immune system support and will help to get some relief from allergy symptoms.

Want to try something new this allergy season?  Great!  See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com

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Last Night a Raindrop Saved My Life (sung to "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life")

Ok, so I wasn’t on death’s door so to speak BUT it kinda felt like it.  And, I don’t mean a raindrop as a drop of water falling from the sky, but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit.  My cute, adorable, charming son (aka darling germ magnet) came home with a cough last week that just did not want to leave no matter what I threw at him.  I pulled out my big guns, immupower, thieves, R.C., and while they helped he still went on to SHARE his new friend – lucky me!  So, now I have this lovely cough.  Now, you must understand one thing.  When I get a cough it is not pretty.  Really, not pretty.  If, and I pray, pray, pray that I don’t, but if, I cough in a public place I immediately clear a large area around me.  It’s a neat trick!  And, I get very concerned looks.  Very concerned.   I don’t blame them at all.  I sometimes look around after a coughing fit to make sure I haven’t lost a lung or something.  So I have this cough, and any time I want to breathe it’s not so fun.  But, hey, I’m an oiler and I’ve got the best stuff.

I start with R.C. for the congestion and it helps a bit.  I use immupower on my feet, man, can you say STINKY!  I’m sure the germs hightail it just to get away from the smell! Then I grab the thieves and oregano.  I put a couple of drops of each in a capsule to ingest and that helps.  In less than half an hour I feel better – yeah team oils!  Then horror of all horrors I realize I am out of thieves!  What?!  When my darling germ magnet began coughing I started diffusing it and putting it on everyone’s feet (everyone being the kids, obviously my feet missed the thieves boat this time around).

Ok so now I have a secret for you (don’t tell anyone, k?) – even us oilers get sick!  I know, that is just crazy, but it’s true.  But here is the really crazy part, since it doesn’t happen that often I always forget what to do!  I would like to say it’s because I’m sick and I have a couple of kids running around but it’s probably because I have always had a very laid back approach when I’m ill.  A sort of less is more, I’ll ride it out, the drugs are usually worse than the illness, kind of approach.  But, now that I have all these fabulous oils around, the trick is knowing how to use them.  That really is the key – using them.  Even though they sure do look pretty all lined up on my counter it’s about getting them in or on me that really makes the difference.

After having to hang up on a friend that I had not spoken to in years because of a scary sounding coughing fit I knew it was time to try something else.  I’d like to say that the raindrop idea was all my own, well I could, and no one would know any the better (except me of course), but it wasn’t.  I was on Facebook and Dr. Shelton (see Young Living Essential Oils and Pets for more on her) noted how after having a similar persistent cough a raindrop with lots of oils did the trick for them.  So when my husband walked in the door looking like CRAP and feeling worse I told him he was getting a raindrop.  Isn’t he the ever so lucky guy?  One of the reasons I love Young Living is that they have great promotions.  Every month if you buy a certain amount of product you can qualify for the free product for that month.  That is how we got our Raindrop Kit.  I have only done a raindrop on him once before so I am far from an expert.  But I have heard that the most important part is getting the oils on so that they can get to work.  So that is what I did.  I followed the directions in the Essential Oils Desk Reference guide and got them on him.  Of course he was super relaxed when it was all done and I felt a wee bit guilty asking him to throw the oils on my back but he did  (thanks, sweets!).  And you know what, we were better in the morning.  He looked better and he felt better too. I was able to take a deep breath without  it being followed by a 20 minute coughing fit and I am also getting rid of lots of lovely stuff.  I know, ewwww, soooo gross, sorry for the details.  So, yeah, it definitely helped.  I bet by now you are really wondering what is a raindrop?  Well, as you may have figured out (cause you are a clever one, aren’t you), a raindrop is sort of like a massage with essential oils.  Well, kind of.  The raindrop technique was developed by Gary Young and includes 9 different essential oils (oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, wintergreen, peppermint, cyprus, aroma seiz, & valor) as well as a vegetable oil, like Young Living’s V-6 blend.  The oils are dropped along the spine and lightly worked into the back.  The oils used are highly antimicrobial and antiviral.  In my experience the effect of a raindrop can be very cleansing, sort of like a detox.  I highly recommend getting and giving a raindrop, they are unlike any other massage I have ever had.  I noticed as I was giving the raindrop I was feeling better just by handling and inhaling the oils. Even though we are not 100% yet, we are getting there.  I am also using a combo of oregano and thyme in a capsule with a drop of extra virgin olive oil and that gave both of us some quick relief as well.  I’ll do some more of those tomorrow and I’ll do another raindrop and hopefully we can kick this cough to the curb by the weekend.

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New Promotion: NingXia Red singles, buy 2 get 1 free!

In our last order I decided to try the NingXia Red singles.  I was surprised at how handy they are and how often we used them.  They are perfect to put in the kids lunch boxes so they get an extra antioxidant boost midday.  I also take one with me to the gym.  My brother-in-law (Hi, Steve!), who is a bit of a fitness guru, has told me that after a workout your body is primed to absorb and benefit from all the fabulous nutrients that NR has to offer.   My husband takes them to the office and gets a mid-afternoon pick me up.  Here are the details of the promotion.

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NingXia Red Singles: Buy Two Get One Free

For a limited time, get a free box of NingXia Red Singles whenever you buy two at the regular distributor wholesale price—but only while supplies last.

The busy holiday season is upon us—holiday shopping and entertaining will soon be a reality. Keep your energy, health, and spirits high with NingXia Red® Singles. The powerful antioxidants found in NingXia Red support immune function, liver function, and eye health. In addition, the natural amino acids, trace minerals, and vitamins contained in the wolfberry juice are reported to increase energy.*

The attractive and tough one-ounce packets protect the powerful benefits of the Ningxia wolfberry, and are an ideal pick-me-up when you’re on the go! They are also an easy way to introduce friends, family, and potential new members to Young Living.  Throw them in your purse or backpack and enjoy anytime, anywhere.

Item No. 3168 30-pack
Item No. 3169 100-pack

Additional Details:
  • NingXia Red Singles 30-packs have an expiration date of December 10, 2010. NingXia Red Singles 100-packs have an expiration date of March 1, 2011. BOGO offer applies to these NingXia Red Singles packs only.
  • Offer valid 12:00 a.m. MST October 15, 2010, to 11:59 p.m. MST November 15, 2010, or while supplies last, whichever comes first.
  • The two purchased NingXia Red Singles must be reached within a single order to qualify customer for the free pack. Partial orders placed throughout the qualifying period cannot be combined in order to receive the promotional product(s).
  • No limit per customer.
  • Offer available to Young Living Independent Distributors, preferred customers, and retail customers.
  • Valid on phone, Essential Rewards, and web orders only.
  • Offer does not apply to Essential Rewards point redemption orders.
  • PV not earned for free product.
  • Customer responsible for shipping costs associated with free product.
  • Offer valid in the US and all NFR markets, except where restrictions prevent promotional product(s) from entering your country.
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Eating away cancer

“Autopsy studies from people who died in car accidents have shown that about 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 50 actually have microscopic cancers in their breasts.  About 50% of men in their 50′s and 60′s have microscopic prostate cancers. And virtually 100% of us by the time we reach our 70′s will have microscopic cancer growing in our thyroid.  Yet without a blood supply most of these cancers will never become dangerous.”  Dr. William Li

“Diet accounts for 30-35% of environmentally caused cancer.”  Dr. William Li

TED Talk with Dr. William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

I find the first quote shocking and the second quote empowering.  As I watched the above video I was amazed and excited.  We don’t have to rely on big pharmaceuticals to come up with a cancer cure!  Preventing cancer for most people may be a matter of just eating a better diet!  I think many people know that eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and relaxing are all things we need to do to lower our risk of  becoming ill.  We know it but do we do it? Probably not as often as we would like.  But instead of beating ourselves up about not doing enough, let’s look at it another way.  Below is a list of foods that have been found to be helpful in preventing cancer and many other diseases.  This is accomplished by a process called antiangiogenesis.  Diseased cells are intentionally cut off from a blood supply (ie a source of nutrients) and thereby prevented from growing.  If we can add some of these foods to our diets and consume them on a regular basis we may be able to have a longer healthier life and possibly prevent cancer from ever showing up.  Now doesn’t that sound nice?

Making small changes to your diet is not that hard.  Pick one item from the above list and find new ways to add it into your diet and the next week try another. You could add fresh or frozen blueberries (preferably organic) to your cereal in the morning or as a desert at night.  Mix a handful of the berries into a smoothie.  Make your own salad dressing by using some fresh lemon juice, olive oil & salt.  I love steamed soy beans with a bit of tamari over brown rice or have a glass of red wine at night.  Many of these foods are as common as can be like apples, cherries and garlic.  Some a little more exotic, sea cucumber, maitake mushrooms and bok choy.  I was thrilled to see Lavender on the list and not really surprised to see the citrus fruits lemon, orange & grapefruit.  I have read studies where these essential oils have been shown to not only inhibit tumor growth but have also reduced existing tumors – isn’t that remarkable?!

One of my family’s favorite supplements is Ningxia Red (click on the link for more information).  Ningxia Red is an immune supporting, antioxidant super juice that is a great addition to any diet.  It has Ningxia wolfberry purée, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, pomegranates as well as lemon & orange essential oils.  I have heard many stories of people who were undergoing cancer treatments that have found this drink to be very helpful and supportive during a very challenging time.  So helpful that their Doctor’s told them to keep doing whatever they were doing.  I know from personal use that this juice improves my eyesight, helps to reduce sugar cravings and improves my energy levels.  When I read the food list above for the first time I immediately thought of Ningxia Red because it contains several of those items.

My guess is that we’ll be hearing more and more about how certain foods can help us keep disease at bay.  See if you can find a few good ones you like and eat them more regularly.

Now pardon me, I need to go make a big pot of tomato sauce while I enjoy a glass of red wine.

Francine

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5 Day Nutritive Cleanse Review

I did the 5 day Cleanse last week and at first I was thrilled that I lost a
total of 5 pounds in 5 days but what I am now most happy about is that I no
longer have the sweet tooth that I have had for as long as I can remember.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love chocolate and I would have it in one way
or another usually once (or on occasion more than once) per day. I usually had
either a really good bar of chocolate or some cookies in the pantry at the ready
for when the time came to satisfy that craving. Well it has been over a week
since I stopped the cleanse and I have yet to have any cookies, ice cream, or
chocolate and what is most remarkable is that I have had all those things within
reach this past week but have been able to say no – something I have never been
able to do before. What I am craving is fresh fruit and veg – no chips or
crackers (my other weakness).  I have never eaten so well in my life and the more I do it the more I
like it!

The cleanse consists of taking a digest & cleanse pill, a shake made with
Balance Meal & 2 oz. of Ningxia Rd three times per day. You can also snack
three times per day as well if you need/want to. The snacks are either raw
veg.- like broccoli or celery, fresh fruit-like blueberries or nuts/nut butter.
By the end of the cleanse I didn’t really need the snacks as much as I did in
the beginning. Even though you are not eating much food you are still consuming
33 grams of protein and 33 grams of fiber per day as well as many other
nutrients – so your body still receives what it needs throughout the day.

I did experience mild headaches the first two days -so I would suggest starting
on days when you do not have a lot going on. I was also hungry in the beginning
but that did fade by mid cleanse. I did miss eating meals but it was really
great to take a break from food because I was able to really think about what I
eat and why. Which is why I am sure my eating habits have changed so much.

I also want to note that before doing the cleanse I had started exercising on a
regular basis and I am sure that the combo has helped me keep the weight off. I
actually lost 8 pounds in those 5 days but once I started eating meals again a
few came back on – which was not a surprise to me at all. During the cleanse I
only exercised twice in those 5 days which was enough for my body to handle.

Oh, I almost forgot the other benefit that was totally cool was that because I
drank a total of 6 oz per day of the Ningxia Red my eyesight improved! Really!
I had noticed the week before starting the cleanse that my eyes were hurting and
that I was having a hard time reading small print and made a mental note to self
to get my eyes examined soon. Then on day 3 or 4 I was in Whole Foods looking
at vitamins and comparing ingredients from two different bottles and I noticed
that 1.-I could actually read the label and 2.- my eyes were not hurting me.
There is so much betacarotene in NR that in 5 days my eyesight improved in a
significant way. I think that is amazing! Now I am sure if I can drink 1 oz of
NR even every other day my eyes will continue to improve or at least not get any
worse.

I am really happy with the cleanse and would recommend it to anyone who wants to jump start a weight loss, change some bad eating habits or who is just ready to
try a cleanse. I will do this cleanse again either in 6 or 12 months time depending on how I feel.  I was also thinking that this would be a great cleanse to do before the holidays to help me stay on track with the kinds of food I want to be eating.

UPDATE:  It’s been six weeks since I started the cleanse and I have lost 11 pounds and I am sure that I will continue to lose more.  I’m eating what I want, I happen to want really good food, but I am not not eating anything.  If I want something sweet I’ll have it but what is nice now is that a taste will do.  I do not need to finish the whole cookie or whatever to feel satisfied.  My diet has a new “normal” and I feel really good about that.

Here is a link to the YL brochure for more info  https://www.youngliving.org/US/pdfs/lit-5_day_cleanse.pdf

Can’t wait to get started using Young Living Oils?  Great! See my “How to Order Young Living Oils” page for more details.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.wordpress.com

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