5 Tips To Keep You Healthy During the Holidays

Christmas is a time to celebrate. It’s almost an unspoken rule that when the holidays arrive, you are allowed to eat lots of food including desserts and because we’re so busy, exercise is not even an option.

Not to mention we’re bundled up with sweaters and coats so we don’t notice our sagging arms and that extra weight around the stomach.

However, celebrating doesn’t have to mean over-indulgence. You can enjoy all the festivities while choosing to stay healthy. I promise you won’t regret it!

5 Tips To Keep You Healthy During the Holidays

Here are 5 Tips To Keep You Healthy During the Holidays

1. Get plenty of sleep. I know what you’re thinking who has time for sleep? We’re all busy so we stay up late and get up early. But studies show that sleep is important to our overall health.

The benefits of sleep include better memory, lowers stress, and over all healthier.

One of my favorite things to do to help me sleep is diffuse essential oils. Peace and calming is my very favorite!!!

2. Keep exercising. It’s easy to quit this time of the year. The weather is cold and dreary and who wants to walk outside. I’m a fair weather walker!!

Wayne and I have decided to not be so sedentary this winter so we’ve taken up racquetball. Not only is it great exercise but it’s fun for us as a couple.

I love these 10 minute workouts and I use them all the time. I probably need to do more but I feel some exercise is better than none!

A study conducted by the U.S. government found adults gained, on average, more than a pound of body weight during the winter holidays – and that they were not at all likely to shed that weight the following year.

The good news is that the people who reported the most physical activity through the holiday season showed the least weight gain.

3. Indulge in those special holiday treats. That’s right it’s okay to eat some of your favorite treats but save your sweet tooth for the special ones. Keep your sugar intake low. I try to limit my sugar but there are some holiday treats I know I’m going to eat. The key is moderation.

4. Hydrate your body! Typically we eat a lot of foods during the holidays that are high in sodium. Plus all the sweets and that can leave our body dehydrated. It’s important to drink plenty of water.

Stay away from soft drinks because they are high in sodium. I personally stay away from diet drinks too because of the artificial sweeteners.

5. Snack healthy (and often). Typically we think if we don’t eat, we can save our calories for that one big meal. But that’s not a good idea. Eat healthy snacks during the day and then when you have that big dinner, you will eat less.

Keep fruit and veggies in the refrigerator so you can grab them quickly.

My Extra Tip!

One of the best things I did for my health a few years ago was to start using essential oils. They have been life changing for me. I feel better and I love the fact that I’m putting good things in and on my body.

I have used them for menopause and sleep issues.

Young Living has just released their new and improved skin care line!! I absolutely love the Art Skin Care System and it would make a great Christmas gift! (Email me at cyndispive(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions.)

5 Tips To Keep You Healthy During The Holidays

What do you do to keep yourself healthy during the holidays?

I do not have all this healthy stuff down!! I struggle at times with exercising and I sometimes eat unhealthy but I’m trying and I hope we can encourage each other!

I’d love for you to connect with me on your favorite social media platform. I’m on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest!

Beauty For the Heart~~1 Corinthians 6:19-20 came to my mind as I was thinking about my body. I want to honor God by taking care of what he has given me.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,  for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Have a blessed and healthy day!

 

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How To Stay Healthy This Fall/Winter

It’s a rough world we live in today. The germs, bacteria and respiratory viruses that surround us have never been stronger or more antibiotic-resistant.

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I’m sure many of you have heard about the respiratory virus that is affecting children across many states. Having a three year old grandson, I want to be pro-active in protecting him.

It’s also the time of year that we starting talking about colds and flu, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want them!

That’s why it’s important to take action now to help your family stay healthy. Thieves essential oil is what we use.

Thieves Essential Oil is called “Thieves” literally because it came from a legend about thieves. Back in the 15th century during the plagues in Europe, a band of thieves managed to stay alive all while they were stealing from the dead and dying. When they were finally caught, they were questioned about how they were still alive. In exchange for a lesser sentence, they revealed the combination of herbs and spices that they used. Young Living created the Thieves blend in light of this story.

So, why is Thieves so awesome? According to my Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Thieves is an amazing blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infectious essential oils.

The oils that make up Thieves are clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This oil smells SO good.

How am I using Thieves to help protect my family? Glad you asked! :-)

  •  I use Thieves in my diffuser to help ward off germs and airborne bacteria.
  • My husband and I apply it on our feet every night. I keep a bottle in our bathroom so it’s handy and easy to use. (For the bottom of our feet, I don’t dilute it.)

How To Stay Healthy This Fall/Winter
To learn more about the amazing world of Young Living essential oils, click here. Don’t put it off. With cold and flu season gearing up, take action now to protect your family naturally. I’m also running a special for the month of September, go here.

How To Stay Healthy This Fall/Winter
(A 15ml bottle of Thieves oil costs 33.75 wholesale {24% off retail!}. There are about 250 drops in a 15ml bottle, so it comes down to about 0.14 per drop.)

Diluting does not take away any of the effectiveness of the oil but it’s a great way to make your oils last longer and save money!

If you have any questions, leave it in a comment and I’ll try my best to answer it today! Also if you live close, my sister and I are having and Essential Oils 101 class. Here’s the info:

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Beauty For the Heart~~Remembering today and praying for the families. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 13 years. I will never forget!

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Have a blessed day! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Young Living Oils I Use Everyday!

Several of you have emailed me about the Young Living oils I use daily. I use the following oils, and then some days, I add more depending on what I need. I’ll tell you about the ones I add in a future post.

Young Living Oils I use everyday
One thing that I’m super excited about with Young Living is all their nutritional supplements. I want to take more in the very near future. The one supplement that I drink everyday (and so does my husband) is NingXia Red. Here’s what 1 oz. of NingXia Red is equal to:

Young Living Oils I Use Everyday!
 

Here’s what it does:

  • Increases energy and strength
  • Regenerates the Liver
  • Stops inflammation throughout the body
  • Begins the detoxification process in every organ
  • Increases cardiovascular strength
  • Capable of reducing blood pressure
  • Improves memory
  • Boosts eyesight
  •  Alleviates depression
  • Eases seasonal allergies
  • Neutralizes 4 most dangerous free radicals
  • Contains the highest antioxidant food known, the NingXia Wolfberry

I told you before I use Joy over my heart everyday. Joy is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.

Young Living Oils I Use Everyday!
I use Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang for menopause. We’ve gone over this but these 2 oils are lifesavers!

Young Living Oils I Use Everyday!
Young Living Oils I Use Everyday!
I use a couple of drops of Di-Gize on my stomach every morning. Di-Gize is a dietary supplement that provides valuable aid for digestive concerns and helps support a healthy digestive system.

Young Living Oils I Use Everyday!
If you’re interested in trying Young Living Essential Oils, I’m offering a special for the month of September. If you order a Premium Starter Kit~~(I explain why to order the premium starter kit here.)

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You’ll get a Thieves hand sanitizer, Cap Labels, and The Primary Usage Guide. All you have to do is go here to sign up.

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If you have any questions, let me know!!

Beauty For the Heart~~Would you join me today and pray for another family that has lost their son to a beheading. I have no words to say. These are horrific acts and I can’t imagine what the families are going through.

I’m reminded of what my Mom told me before she died, “I don’t always understand God, but I trust Him.”

Have a blessed day!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



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Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

Well, I was overwhelmed with your emails from my post yesterday. OVERWHELMED!! I wish I could hug each of you! I cannot believe how many of us our suffering from menopause, and to be honest, we’re suffering silently. I pray we can help each other through this season of our life.

If I haven’t answered your email yet, I will!! 

For those of you not interested in Essential Oils, don’t worry, this is still a fashion & beauty blog. I’m not changing that!! But I do want to share about healthy lifestyles from time to time so I hope you’ll bear with me.

We’ve had some crazy summer weather here in Kentucky. We had a mild day so I pulled out this light crew neck layered sweater. (For some reason my camera blurred me instead of the background, I guess it thought the background was prettier!!)

Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

It’s perfect for a mild day. I’m wearing a white tank tucked in under the sweater. The sweater and the off white piece are attached. Does that make sense? I added my favorite Stella & Dot necklace.

Fashion For Women Over 40+Menopause

Crew neck sweater-Stitch Fix//Boyfriend jeans-Kut From the Kloth//Wedge heels-6 p.m.//Jewelry-Stella & Dot

 Now to Young Living Essential Oils! 

I could write forever about these oils but most of you asked how I use them? Where do I put them?

There are 3 ways to use essential oils:

1. Inhalation (Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle)

2. Topical Application (Place 2-3 drops of oil in the palm of your hand or on the desired application area. Massage the oil in a circular motion onto the skin. Repeat as necessary.

3. Internal Consumption (Some of the oils can be taken internally. We can talk more about this later.)

This 6 minute video explains it PERFECTLY. I think if you’ll take just a few minutes to watch it, you’ll understand it much better!

Now really quick let me introduce the Vita Flex Foot Chart. This may sound crazy to you if you’ve never heard of it but you’re feet are a great place to massage your oils.

This chart not only shows where your organs are on the bottom of your feet but also where to rub certain oils.

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If you notice on the chart women’s reproductive organs are on the side of the feet. That’s where I rub Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage.

I know it sounds crazy but it works for me and many other women. Also, there’s a great Pinterest board with lots of information on essential oils. These ladies know what they’re talking about and I trust their information. Go here to follow this board.

Okay, ask away! I’ll be sharing some other oils that would be good for menopause this week. If you want to join me and sign up with Young Living go here.

Beauty For the Heart~~“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Teresa

Have a blessed day!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Let’s talk menopause! Do you feel tired all the time, do you have hot flashes that make you want to strip in public (or am I the only one that feels this way)? Do you dream at night you’re swimming in a pool but when you wake up, you realize you’re soaked in sweat? What about sleep problems?

Have you struggled with mood swings? There were months when my husband avoided me like the plague. The least little thing could set me off. This was not the woman he married.

After months of suffering, I talked to my OBGYN and she shared with me about HRT (hormonal replacement therapy). We discussed the good and the bad and because I felt I had no other choice, I started taking a low dose of hormones.

I did start to feel better but I was never comfortable with taking them. Cancer is prevalent in my family and I was afraid the hormones would increase my risk.

Thankfully, I started researching essential oils. I read of women who were using them and they were helping them with their menopause symptoms.

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

I decided to take the plunge and I’m so glad I did! Here are the 3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause:

1. I was scared of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Period. There were too many side effects with HRT and I just didn’t want to take the risk. I tried it for 6 months and worried about it so much that I decided to stop.

My symptoms came back with a vengeance. I wanted to wave a white flag and surrender but I decided to look into alternative medicine.

2. I wanted to take something that had few or no side effects. I couldn’t believe that not only did the essential oils work but they had no side effects.

3. Essential Oils work for me! I can’t say it loud enough, they work for me! You have to find the oil or oils that work for you but when you do, you’re hooked.

Most people who use essential oils will tell you there’s usually one oil that worked so well for them that it convinced them that they really do work.

Which one is that for me? It’s Ylang Ylang.

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Why? Well that’s a good question but one that’s kind of personal because it has to do with intimacy. So I’ve thought about it, and I’ve decided if you want to know you can email me at cyndispivey(at)gmail(dot)com.

The reason I use it is NOT listed above on the picture but I believe there are many of you that might be experiencing this same problem and I want to give you a safe alternative to treat it. So email me if you want to know.

I also use Clary Sage for hot flashes and night sweats and I’m super excited because I’ve ordered Progessence Plus. This one is supposed to be amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

I’ll share more about how I use my oils tomorrow. 

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

Let me be clear that we each have to do what we’re comfortable with. If you’re using HRT or bioidentical hormone therapy and they’re working for you and you’re comfortable with them, then keep using them.

If you’re interested in trying Young Living Essential Oils, I’m offering a special for the month of August. (Those who signed up before August will be getting The Primary Usage Guide.)

If you order a Premium Starter Kit~~(I explain why to order the premium starter kit here.)

3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause
You’ll get a Thieves hand sanitizer, Cap Labels, and The Primary Usage Guide. All you have to do is go here to sign up.
3 Reasons I Use Essential Oils For Menopause

If you have any questions, let me know!! Go here to see how I use them.

Beauty For the Heart~~I was looking up verses in the Bible about oils. Oils are mentioned many times but I thought Ezekiel 47:12 was interesting, “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

Have a blessed day!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Healthy Living In Our 40’s And Beyond!

It’s hard for me to believe that I recently turned 48. Ouch! But one thing I’m trying to do is stay healthy. It’s not about being skinny, it’s about feeling my best. So today I thought we’d talk about healthy living in our 40’s and beyond.

The reason I thought we’d talk about our health is because of a picture I saw of myself in 2012. First, what the heck was I thinking with that pose! Let’s have a good laugh and move on.

Healthy Living In Our 40's And Beyond! I noticed I was heavier in 2012. (This is also a perfect picture showing why crop pants are not attractive.) It was right after this, that I really started to make changes in my lifestyle. I realized eating M&M’s for breakfast was starting to wear on me. Anybody with me?

My hormones were out of whack. I was tired all the time and my clothes were feeling a little snug.

I slowly started making changes to my eating habits. I started looking at what I was putting in my body and it’s been an eye opening two years.

Here’s a few things I’ve done over the last two years.

1. I started clean eating. When I first started I jumped and I went a little crazy with it. I still like to “clean eat” as much as possible but I don’t always. I give myself some grace. I try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat healthier snacks and I’ve cut back on sugar. I haven’t eliminated it but I don’t eat M&M’s for breakfast.

2. I cut diet coke out completely. I loved my diet coke but I knew it wasn’t good for me. I will drink a coke every once in a while (popcorn and a coke at the movie theatre is a must for me.) I don’t ever use artificial sweeteners.

3. I got serious about exercising regularlyI’m not a hard core exerciser. I do it because I know it’s good for me but after looking at the 2012 picture, I think the exercise has helped and I definitely feel better when I do it.

4. I use essential oils. I know there’s a ton of hype about essential oils on the internet right now (it’s because they’re wonderful!) but I started using them before all the hype. They’ve been a huge help with my hormones. I didn’t want to start taking estrogen and thanks to my essential oils, I don’t have to. I use them everyday!

(Using essential oils does not  mean I don’t go to the doctor. I go for all my check ups, pap smear, blood work, mammogram etc.)

These are some of my tips for feeling healthier, have you done anything that has helped you feel and look better? 

Beauty For the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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