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Eat Late and Lose Weight

4 foods for late-night eating that can help you lose fat

Quick question for those of you who work out, but still can’t seem to drop a few pounds: Do you ever eat late at night?

It is pretty widely accepted that this is a no-no for weight loss, but if you answered yes, don’t worry. I may have a solution for all that night-time eating.

Although it is generally accepted, is eating right before bed a bad thing if you want to lose weight? Well, yes and no. Why it is generally not a good idea to eat certain foods before hitting the pillow, there are foods that are not only OK, but they can actually help you lose fat!

What foods should you steer away from if you want to lose weight? The answer is foods laden with bad carbs. The main reason for this is that fast burning carbohydrates increase your insulin. Too much blood sugar and insulin can lead to more fat storage and less fat burning.

So, what’s the alternative? Good quality, slow digesting proteins. In a nutshell, they provide your body with amino acids that help you recover from that exercise class you took after work and maintain lean muscle as you lose fat in addition to boost your body’s metabolism (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008)

According a study published in “The British Journal of Nutrition” in 2014 eating 30 grams of whey or casein protein 30 minutes before sleep causes a higher resting energy expenditure the next morning.

eat late and loose weight

Eating protein before bed not only boosts your body’s metabolism while you sleep, it may also increase your metabolism into the next morning.

Try these alternatives:

  1. White Animal Meat (not fish) – White meat protein sources such as chicken and turkey digest slowly and have a very low insulin release. They also promote the release of glucagon, a hormone that helps the body break down stored carbs and fat.
  2. Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and also stimulates glucagon release. Just make sure you steer away from the flavored varieties that contain added sugars.
  3. Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake – In addition to the above benefits, this alternative can certainly satisfy any sweet craving you may have.
  4. Green Veggies – Ok, these are not on the high protein list, but they are very low in calories and high in fiber. You can eat these until the cows come home (or until you are comfortably full).

Next time you are feeling peckish at night, you can try these alternative late night foods to both satisfy your hunger and lose weight.

Tooth Care for Babies and Kids

Good Dental Care Starts Young, Very Young

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but tooth decay is a much more common childhood disease than chickenpox. Start training your children on good dental care before they can even say “mama” to create a habit that will help ensure their pearly whites do last a lifetime.

Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it is on the rise. One culprit is “baby bottle tooth decay”. This is a result of putting infants and toddlers to bed with baby bottles in their mouths. For toddlers, carrying around a sippy cup with milk, juice, or other tooth decay promoting liquids has led to early decay.

Tooth decay can affect a child’s health. In extreme cases, the bacteria can spread to the dental pulp. If not treated, the tooth may abscess, risking bacterial spread to the blood supply.

So what is a parent to do?

For one thing, fill bottles and sippy-cups with water when your child is going to sleep or insists on lugging around a beverage. “Chasing” milk or juice with water will go a long way to preventing tooth decay. Start them on this habit while they are young and they won’t protest.

In addition, you can make tooth care commonplace in your child’s life by starting before they even have teeth. In our home, we started using a baby toothbrush on our children’s gums as a part of their bedtime and morning routine.

Once their baby teeth start coming in, you can add a dash of toothpaste (I have my opinions on what toothpaste is best, but I won’t go into that here). Don’t make it a chore and don’t obsess about it with your child. Rather, have patience and make it a bonding time with and good experience for both of you.

Another habit we created with our children while they were very young was flossing every evening. It didn’t matter that they only had two teeth and that the gap between them was wide enough to drive a truck through, we did it anyway. It isn’t necessarily effective, but again, it established a routine and habit as they got older.

It is recommended that you brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are at least five years old. After that, they can brush themselves with your supervision until they are around seven or eight. The reason for this is that young children simply do not have the ability to brush effectively alone.

And last, but not least, make sure you make regular trips to the dentist for that all important check up. If there are any issues, it is important to catch them early. If there is nothing to report, it is still worth the trip. There is nothing more satisfying to a child than for their dentist to exclaim how clean and healthy their teeth are, reinforcing in them the need to keep up good work!

-Lynn & Jon

Boost Your Baby’s Immune System with Essential Oils

Lynn’s Essential Oil Story

What makes one essential oil different from another? It is their focus on quality and purity. I remember wanting to try essential oils a couple of years before being introduced to pure EOs, but temporarily abandoned the idea after the following experience:

In 2010, I walked into a popular health and vitamin store with the intention of buying some essential oils for reducing stress and pulled a lavender oil off the shelf. The front label read “100% pure lavender”. However, when I turned it around to read the back, the label stated a warning that this oil was harmful if ingested or used on the skin. I had thought to use it aromatically, but the idea of breathing into my lungs something that was harmful to my body did not appeal to me, so I put it back and left.

Fast forward to January 2013. I was visiting Utah when I was introduced to certified pure essential oils. I got a few samples and a quick rundown on how great the oils were and how they could be used. I was Intrigued, but had some natural skepticism.

While in Utah, I was staying with a friend. A couple of days or so after receiving my sample EOs, my friends daughter and son-in-law popped by the house with their baby boy. They had just been to the doctor about respiratory and sinus issues their newborn was experiencing. Poor thing was glassy eyed and completely stuffed! The doctor didn’t want to give the little guy any medication, but he did say to keep an eye on him and to bring him back if it got worse.

The mom was pretty frustrated with the situation. I told her that I learned that pure therapeutic peppermint oil can support respiratory health and showed her the protocol for babies in a great resource book I had. After researching oil safety and babies, we were ready to try it out.*

We diluted a little peppermint oil in some neutral carrier oil, rubbed it on the baby’s feet, and laid him down on a blanket in the living room. I know, many of you are thinking – why feet? Besides being less sensitive than other areas, the feet have larger pores that are able to absorb these volatile oils in a faster (and with peppermint oil and babies, safer) manner.

After about five minutes we went to check on the baby. Well, what we found when we entered the living room was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Right there, in the middle of the floor, was a happily cooing baby, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed!

If you want to know more about essential oils, check out our FAQ page here.

*Be responsible. Make sure to use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Read the labels, do your research, and read about oil safety before using essential oils. If you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or have health issues, talk to your doctor.

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I Never Thought This Could Work

Jon’s Essential Oil Story

I have been very allergic to pollen my whole life. In fact, from April through July every year since I was four years old I had to choose. I either had to suffer through it or treat it with conventional methods that often left me lethargic and in a brain fog. Since I couldn’t stand suffering through it, I basically went around like a zombie for four months out of the year. But today, summer means fun in the sun and the great outdoors. You can even find me mowing the grass with sniffle-free enthusiasm! I owe it all to my sweet wife, and believe it or not, the power of plants.

A few years back, my wife Lynn was introduced to pure essential oils derived from plants. She absolutely loved them and tried to get me try them. Well, the thought of walking around smelling like lavender didn’t exactly appeal to my masculine side. Besides, if I hadn’t heard about the power of essential oils (and at 40-something, I thought I had heard it all), then it was likely not worth my attention. Plus, plants and I were not exactly on friendly terms, so I may not have had the best attitude.

Of course, what I didn’t know at the time was that essential oils are a plant’s natural immune system, the chemistry that protects the plants from disease. What does that have to do with people? People and plants have compatible chemistry and what helps them, can potentially help us. I am living proof! But back to my story…

They say that “pride goeth before a fall”. I certainly found that to be true on a trip to Utah in March of 2012 when I awoke feeling like a truck had hit me. I suddenly realized that spring came much earlier in the high deserts of Utah than in cooler northern climate of Norway where we were living. And I felt the full force of the pollen explosion the morning of a very important meeting.

I felt awful and looked even worse. I panicked as I thought – I can’t go to my meeting in this condition! Luckily, Lynn was with me. She convinced me to use her essential oils instead of taking of making a mad dash to Walgreen’s. I added two drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint to a shot glass of water, swished it around my mouth for 30 seconds and swallowed. Whew! It certainly had a kick and boy did I feel better fast!

This changed my world! Since that day, I have used essential oils during pollen season and it has made all the difference. No longer in a lethargic brain fog, I not only have the energy to play with my kids, I can play with them in the grass, something unthinkable a few years back.

There are millions of stories of how pure, therapeutic grade essential oils have made a difference in the health and wellbeing of others. If you want to know more, join our free webinar on Essential Oils.

Tummy Tamer Tea with Essential Oils Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible habit of overindulging during the holiday season. I love the food, but I hate the bloated, uneasy feeling I get afterwards. Since I doubt I will curb my appetite this season either, I will just have to unbutton my jeans and enjoy a cup of […]

Sugar is Killing Us: a simple video for kids (and adults)

Many have seen, read, or heard about Dr. Robert Lustig’s “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”. It has a no nonsense look at how sugar really affects the body. I remember watching the YouTube video and thinking – Wow! We really need to focus on this in our family!

Of course, when I tried to reiterate what I had learned to my kids, my explanations were sorely lacking. Not being able to remember how Dr. Lustig put things, it came out as – listen up kiddos,  uh…pancreas…HFCS…toxic…diabetes…sugar…BAD!

For all you parents and laymen like me, there is a video that gives us the basics of how sugar affects our bodies, with simple words and cartoons to boot. Enjoy and be well!

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Chai-like Immune Booster Latte Recipe with Essential Oils

Delicious and good for you. This recipe is sure to boost your immune system and indulge your senses at the same time.

Baby it’s cold outside! …But I feel warm and cozy on the inside, thanks to a cup of Chai-like Immune Booster latte. I say chai-like because there isn’t actually any chai in it. This concoction is made of essential oils and as such, you get the added benefit of boosting your immune system while savoring the sweet, spicy chai-like flavors.

This recipe* makes one small cup, but double or triple it to fit your favorite tea cup!

  • ¾  Cup Very warm milk (not boiling)
  • 1 T Honey (or sweetener of choice, but I prefer the flavor of honey)
  • 1 drop Protective** Essential Oil blend
  • 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 Good book (optional) 🙂

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*This EO immune recipe is adapted from lexysauve.wordpress.com
** This blend contains wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. To find out how to get this protective blend, contact us.