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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Essential Oil Safety: One Guideline Fits All


I stumbled across a well-written and inspiring testimony regarding a Young Living representative's discovery that the essential oils he has been selling to friends, family and recruits may have been adulterated. The tests and proof of communication make for a compelling piece. It's also a disheartening read. As an independent representative of Miessence, I would be heartbroken if I placed my family, friends and the public in jeopardy selling a product from a company that refuses to provide proof of its claims.

Miles' story inspired me to share with you. (At the end of the article) When choosing to purchase essential oils, safety is paramount. How does one choose the right product? This question is asked a lot. There is a terrible amount of confusion surrounding this.

I have one guideline for ALL essential oil purchases.

Buy CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Period. That's it. No long list of dos and don'ts, whatnots and so-forths.

Why??

It's proof.

Plants that are organic are grown in healthier soil without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Certification is provided by a third party accredited agency. The company's claim of pure oil is validated by this certification. The organic certification process does not allow inclusion of synthetic substances along with a long list of forbidden ingredients.

"In general, synthetic substances are prohibited for crop and livestock production unless specifically allowed and non-synthetic substances are allowed for crop and livestock production unless specifically prohibited."(1) -  USDA.gov, Organic Regulations
Since essential oils hail from crops of all sorts, an organic certification makes perfect sense as a guideline.

What about Therapeutic-Grade Oils???

How can I put this...."therapeutic-grade", plain and simple is a marketing term and carries no third-party weight. In short, it is NOT a certification. It is a first party claim, a glorified tag line. As a matter of fact, DoTerra registered CPTG (Certified pure Therapeutic Grade) as a word mark.(2) On their CPTG Testing Methods pdf upload they state this in very fine print at the bottom of the document...

"*CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG testing protocols require the use of independent laboratories for CPTG standardization and quality testing. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products."(3)
The bottom line is this...the organic certification does not allow for synthetic substances. Until some sort of government regulation happens, going certified organic when shopping for essential oils is a good idea.

Note: Miessence does not sell essential oils at this time, however, at one point in time they sold certified organic essential oils. I'm hoping they bring this line back to meet the needs of empowered customers who demand proof. Subscribe to stay in touch.

Recommended Reads:
Miles' Story: http://holisticessentials.ca/the-day-young-living-broke-my-heart/#comment-72


Sources:
1 - https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/national-list
2 - http://wingedseed.com/blog/2009/11/19/one-more-time-there-are-no-fda-certified-pure-therapeutic-grade-essential-oils-part-i/
3 - https://www.doterratools.com/documents/CPTG_Testing_Methods.pdf

Friday, April 22, 2016

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 3 Obesogens


Continuing from: Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2 Plant-Based Protein

Comparatively speaking, it is harder for this generation to lose weight. If that's true, what's a nursing mom to do? Let's take a closer look at what this particular study found.

“Our study results suggest that if you are 25, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than those older, to prevent gaining weight,” Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science at Toronto’s York University, said in a statement. “However, it also indicates there may be other specific changes contributing to the rise in obesity beyond just diet and exercise.”(4)
The popular theory espoused by the fitness and weight loss industry in short is calories in, calories out. What exactly are calories anyhow? A calorie is a unit used to measure the energy value of food. Calories are categorized in two ways; large (enough heat to raise the temperature of  1 kilogram of water (equal to 1 thousand small calories), and small (enough energy to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water).

This theory is so pervasive that, calorie a unit of measurement, is seen as the equivalent of nutrition and health. Calories and nutrition are expressly different and not all calories are equal. Some food experts are saying that counting calories are a gross oversimplification of a complex process and ignore the biochemistry of food.
“Different foods are metabolized differently, absorbed differently, converted into fat or energy differently and raise or lower your risk for disease differently,” he says. Focusing on calories ignores all of this complexity." - Dr. Robert Lustig, Dir. of Weight Assessment of Teen & Child Health (5)
Going back to the study, what "specific changes" are contributing to the rise of today's obesity, which teeters at a mind-boggling rate of 70%? Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science at Toronto’s York University suggests three possibilities.
  • People are exposed to more chemicals that are weight-gain-inducing such as pesticides, flame retardants, and substances in food packaging. These types of chemicals may alter hormone processes.
  • Antidepressant use. Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drug and they've been linked to weight gain.
  • Altered gut environment. The microbiome of Americans has changed since the 80's. Possible culprits include the increased consumption of animal products which contain hormones and antibiotics. (6)
The common thread in these points outlined by Professor Kuk - is chemicals. And just like everyone else, the nursing mom is exposed to them. The clear difference between then and today is our food. What our great-grandparents or even our parents ate has changed drastically. I'm referring to agriculture - not just processed and packaged foods. Modern foods contain chemicals. Pesticides, preservatives, additives and the like. There's a term for hormone-altering chemicals: Obesogens. 

Some of these obesogens are:
  • BPA (bisphenol A) - Used to make plastics. Found in the lining of canned foods.
  • Pesticides - Used on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Antibiotics/Soy-fed Animals
  • Conventional, Genetically Modified Soy
  • Phthalates - Plastic softeners that mimic estrogen. Found in plastic packaging.
  • Artificial hormones such as trenbolone acetate. TBA is an anabolic steroid given to cattle to "beef" them up. (No pun intended)
Although this piece is catered specifically to nursing mothers who are interested in losing weight, I've hardly mentioned them here. Here's the missed connection: weight loss pertains to a healthy, nutrient-dense diet. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Breastfeeding moms are often ostracized just because they're lactating. We are held to stricter standards when it comes to food however, the basic fact is clean, healthy foods do not discriminate...people do.
On the other hand, eating the right kinds of foods can temper your body’s insulin response and cause fat cells to settle down. “The cells open up and release their energy, which floods back into the body,” Ludwig says. “Hunger decreases, metabolism speeds up and weight gain isn’t a struggle because you’re working with rather than against your body.” In other words, dieters have been preoccupied with quantity when we should have been focused on quality.(5)
Keep your diet as well as your lifestyle as clean as possible. Here is how I define clean:

  • Reduce exposure to chemicals in food, environment, and products as much as possible.
  • Avoid genetically modified food and products.
  • Avoid food-like products. Eat real food. (Artificial colors, flavors, natural flavors)




Go Organic
The organic food systems avoid the use of chemicals, namely pesticides. There is a benefit to going organic as much as you possibly can.

Go Grassfed
Grass-fed cows are raised without artificial hormones and antibiotics.

Avoid Plastics, Canned Foods
If you must purchase prepared foods, buy food in glass jars or non-plastic, non-leaching containers.

Avoid Processed Foods
This can be a difficult one. Any food that is packaged or pre-prepared can be considered processed. Any foods that need to be preserved for long-shelf life or foods that are "enriched" fall in this category. For me, I've adopted a home-made diet. 80% of my food is made from scratch . It can be time-consuming but it is very, very rewarding. Stay tuned to this site for more details and information about the home-made diet.

Eat Whole Foods
The opposite of processed foods are foods that are left intact. In other words, agricultural foods that have been left as is. Nothing added, taken away, or genetically modified.

Use Non-Toxic Personal Care Products
Our skin is a living organ. Whatever you put on it is absorbed through the skin and enters directly into the bloodstream. Watch this short video.

Money-Saving Food Tips
I'm a mother managing a family of ten. Trust me when I say I understand how expensive grass-fed beef can be. My financial solution to this was going meat and dairy free. In my opinion, its way better to be a vegetarian than to consume hormone-laden meat and dairy. Not only does this allow more of my budget for wholesome foods, but I've noticed even fewer colds and persistent urinary issues have disappeared. As I've mentioned in the second article of this series I've utilized Miessence Complete Protein powder. I add a tablespoon in my hemp milk recipe to boost the protein profile of hemp milk. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on grass-fed meat to feed a family of ten, I purchase a single bag of protein powder - $73.85 retail (I receive a 20% discount. Contact me to ask how.) a month to use in my hemp milk. Our hemp milk is used for drinking, in cereals and an overall replacement for daily milk. Additionally, meat consumption should be minimal at best. A healthy diet should be primarily plant-based with clean meats as a secondary choice of protein.

Another money-saving tip is to buy in bulk. Because I prep food from scratch I purchase my olive oils, pink salt, and unrefined cane sugar in bulk.

Going home-made has saved us so much money too! When you prep your own food, not only do you cut out the huge markups in food prices, but you have complete control over the quality of ingredients. For example, a jar of organic sunflower seed butter can go for $8.00, depending on the brand and the ingredients typically are sunflower seeds, a type of oil and salt. If you purchase a bag of organic, roasted sunflower seeds between $2 - $4 and process them in a food processor, not only will you save and extend your resources, but you can control what kind of salt and oil you want...if you want it. I truly believe additives in food can be weight-inducing.

As a nursing mom, I was pleasantly surprised at my weight loss when I cleaned up my diet further. It was a blessed and hopeful discovery after years of nursing! Being told that I needed to eat x amount of calories or ingest so much nutrition never proved to be helpful advice when nursing my first seven children. My eighth child was the catalyst of enlightenment. I believe breastfeeding moms CAN lose weight while breastfeeding and do it safely, healthfully fully benefitting her nursling(s). It requires a close look at your own personal environment in terms of food, product usage, and the willingness to inform yourself. Essentially, it requires a lifestyle change.

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Recommended Reads:
Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection
Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2 Plant-based Protein

What You Thought You Knew About The Cosmetic Industry



Disclaimer:

Hannah is a mom of eight children - ranging from 22 years of age to a year. She has nursed every one of her children for a year or more and is currently nursing her eighth child, now a year-old. This series is based on her vast experience and research as a lactating mom. She is not a lactation consultant or nutritionist. The information presented here is presented in an informational and testimonial format and shouldn't be used to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Please contact your local lactation consultant for any breastfeeding problems.
Sources:

2 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26383959
3 - http://news.yorku.ca/2015/09/21/millennials-gen-y-need-to-eat-less-workout-more-to-stave-off-obesity-york-u-study/
4 - http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/why-it-was-easier-to-be-skinny-in-the-1980s/407974/
5 - http://time.com/4071440/calorie-counter/
6 - http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/12/10/250007042/chowing-down-on-meat-and-dairy-alters-gut-bacteria-a-lot-and-quickly
7 - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chemicals-in-food-can-make-you-fat/


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2, #Plant-Based #Protein


Continuing from Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection

What I didn't know as a younger breastfeeding mom was the importance of protein while lactating.

Before I get started on this very interesting topic, I want to make it clear...breastmilk is nutritionally adequate  - even if your diet isn't.

"In recent years, research has confirmed that even if some nutrients are missing in a woman’s daily diet, she will still produce milk that will help her child grow. There is very little difference in the milk of healthy mothers and mothers who are severely malnourished. For example, if a mother’s diet is lacking in calories, her body makes up the deficit, drawing on the reserves laid down during pregnancy or before. Unless there is a physical reason for low milk production, a woman who breastfeeds on cue will be able to produce enough milk for her baby, regardless of what she eats." - LLLI
Your diet, good or bad, does not deduct from the natural nutritional availability of your milk's capacity to sustain your baby. A good diet with quality supplements enhances the benefits of breastfeeding. A consumption of processed, chemically-laden foods can add undesired components to breastmilk, but the fact remains that breastmilk is the perfect food for growing humans and that is untouchable.

What may not be recognized is a nursing mom's diet may affect HER more than it does her babe. If you're not eating healthy foods, your milk will still be nutritionally appropriate for your nursling, but you will likely be nutritionally deficient. Proper nutrition is an important component in weight loss.

"A woman who is not strict with her diet can still breastfeed successfully. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that good nutrition helps a mother maintain her health." - LLLI
When nursing my second and subsequent children. I would lose weight initially and then gain it back. The issue I struggled with was hunger. I was hungry a lot, naturally as my body needed sustenance to maintain my health and produce milk. But I craved protein specifically. I would eat chicken, turkey and fish to satiate my food needs. This, I knew, led to weight gain, so I tried to eat clean meat as much as possible. It wasn't successful. Other nursing moms have expressed the same issues that I've experienced; the desire to lose weight, but the constant hunger.

When my son was born, baby #8, I continued to take Miessence Complete Protein powder that I was taking during pregnancy. A month postpartum, it was very obvious that the protein supplement met my protein needs. I stayed full longer and was more satisfied, a first, as a nursing mom. As a matter of fact, I would take the protein with the Miessence Vitality Pack and would be too full to eat breakfast. I'm still nursing my son, who is now a year and have lost five additional pounds since his birth. My weight has been steady and I'm positive I could lose more pounds if I added an exercise routine, but my point is this; quality, whole, clean foods CAN and should be considered in losing weight while nursing.

More About Protein
Protein is a vital macronutrient – essential for the sustenance of life, and next to water, makes up the largest portion of our body weight. Unsurprisingly, protein makes up the majority composition of breastmilk followed by fat, and lactose. The liver manufactures about 80% of these amino acids, but the remaining 20% of amino acids have to be supplied by diet. These amino acids are essential amino acids.

Proteins are broken down in the stomach during digestion into amino acids, including the essential amino acids, that cannot be manufactured by the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bones, muscles and tissue.

When you have the right quality of protein - raw, plant-based, organic and complete - it creates a thermal effect in the body. It creates heat in the body through the process of digestion. Proteins take a lot of energy to digest, so more calories are burned after eating a meal high in protein. Up to 30 percent of protein’s calories get burned through its digestion, so building a weight loss strategy around lean sources of protein makes nutritional sense.

Why Miessence Complete Protein?
Prior to Miessence Complete Protein, I was simply not interested in protein powders. I knew on some level I needed a good supplement, but the vast wave of chalky, chemical-tasting protein products left a whole lot to be desired. 

Miessence Complete Protein powder is the best tasting protein product I've tasted. Ever. As a matter of fact, my friend did a blind taste test. She had her family taste the Miessence protein powder and another "natural" powder. Everyone chose Miessence. It is digestible, dis-solvable and goes with many liquids. My favorite way to drink it is with homemade Hemp Milk.

Here are two recipes you can add protein to:
Spiced Chocolate Hemp Milk with Turmeric

Hemp milk is the perfect compliment to the Miessence Complete Protein powder because hemp seed is also a complete protein source. Not only do they taste delicious together, but I can extend the use of Miessence because of the amount of protein in Hemp.

Features:
Raw, bio-fermented, certified organic, sweetened with Luo han fruit powder (Monk fruit)

Ingredient List:
Certified organic pea protein, certified organic brown rice, certified organic sacha inchi protein, non-GMO xanthan gum, certified organic luo han fruit powder

If you'd like a personal consultation about the Miessence Protein powder contact me.

Stay tuned for the third and final part of the Breastfeeding and Weight Loss series!

Disclaimer:
Hannah is a mom of eight children - ranging from 22 years of age to a year. She has nursed every one of her children for a year or more, and is currently nursing her eighth child, now a year-old. This series is based on her vast experience and research as a lactating mom. She is not a lactation consultant or nutritionist. The information presented here is presented in an informational and testimonial format and shouldn't be used to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Please contact your local lactation consultant for any breastfeeding problems.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586783/
http://www.llli.org/faq/diet.html
http://www.llli.org/nb/nbmarapr04p44.html
http://edgecastlo.onegrp.com/portal/CompleteProteinPowder-FactSheetv2.pdf



Friday, April 15, 2016

Personal Cosmetics Routine is Apart of Healthcare

Whether you wish for it or not, the make-up you choose to wear, the deodorant, your favorite toothpaste and more, is apart of your daily healthcare contribution.

Simply stated "toxins in, toxins out", espoused in the Story of Cosmetics video, illustrates basic common sense. Whatever toxins go into making a product are going to come out. And it shows up in your body in various degrees and types such as lead, mercury, petrochemicals. Naturally, these toxins can have an impact on the body systems in different formats. It is supremely important to consider daily care routine as a part of staying well and your general wholeness.

The good news is abstaining from chemically-laden products can reduce the amount of exposure in as little as three days.

"Researchers gave 100 Latina teenagers various personal care products that were labeled to be free of common chemicals including phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone. These chemicals are used regularly in almost all conventional personal care products such as cosmetics, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products, and animal studies have shown that they directly interfere with the body’s endocrine system."

The results...

"After just a three-day trial with the girls using only the lower-chemical products, urine samples showed a significant drop in the level of chemicals in the body. Methyl and propyl parabens, commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44 and 45 percent, metabolites of diethyl phthalate, used often in perfumes, dropped by 27 percent, and both triclosan and benzophenone-3 fell 36 percent." - Collective Evolution



Recommended Reads:
Label Reading: The Golden Rule
Label Reading: Levels of Organic Certification
Label Reading; Hair Detoxing
Label Reading: Organic Certification and GMOs
Label Reading: Fragrance
What You Thought You Knew About the Cosmetic Industry

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Sources:
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/04/06/what-happens-to-your-skin-when-you-switch-to-cosmetics-with-less-chemicals/
http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-cosmetics/


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection

My fascination with whole nutrition is a natural extension of pregnancy and then breastfeeding. In my eyes, breastfeeding is a whole food, intact, undisturbed and perfect source of nutrition for babies and humans in general. So naturally, I want my food to be the same.

The more I learn about whole food and nutrition, the more amazing, almost miraculous it seems. The impact of nutrition cannot be understood unless, there is a fundamental understanding of how the body, specifically yours, reacts to it...or the lack of it.

One common complaint breastfeeding moms have is weight gain. Especially if you have had a few children. After my first child was born, I was essentially a stick. A friend of mine told me then, that I was simply a stick with breasts. I was back in my jeans, it seems a day after birth.

My subsequent births were different. After each birth, I would lose weight to my glee and then watch it pile back on. I considered different diet plans, excersizing, eating less (even though I was extremely hungry). Nothing really stuck. I simply didn't have the time or  the energy to care for myself. It was frustrating to say the least. Up until my last pregnancy, I've gained weight with each child. Just before my eighth pregnancy, I was the heaviest I've been and was determined to lose weight. With the support of my husband we joined a gym and began working out together. After two months of hitting the gym three times a week. I lost...five lousy pounds.

Sure there were other tell-tale signs of slimming, my face was a bit thinner, but oddly my thighs seem to have gotten bigger.

It was simply frustrating. I was taking my whole supplements and eating healthy whole foods. Meat, salads etc. My diet was better than most, but not where I felt it should be. I practically never overindulged. As a matter of fact, being on the Vitality pack minimized my hunger greatly. My only vice was chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's at certain times of the month ;).

So when I became pregnant with baby number eight, my first concern was gaining MORE weight. I just couldn't conceive of it. I tried to keep up with my exercise routine during those first few weeks of pregnancy, but exhaustion and nausea won out. Naturally I lost weight during those times, but being hungry and sick of food was a tough battle during those ensuing weeks. When I finally gained my appetite back late in my fourth month, I discovered I was adverse to any cooked food. My body pointed me towards a raw meal plan. The meat was also no longer palpable to me. Packaged food - even certified organic - was rejected.

Packaged foods that contained additives (organic or not) I discovered was the culprit. I seemed to have developed an uncanny knack for tasting the smallest bit of additives, excipients, and fillers that were alien to my body. I stuck with veggies, fruits which I consumed with gusto and continued with taking InLiven Probiotic Superfood and Spirulina.

Something strange seemed to happen...I started to lose weight. My weight fluctuated from gaining and then losing, gaining and then stabilizing. My belly continued to grow bountifully. By the end of my pregnancy, I only gained 15 pounds, but gave birth to a 10-pound baby boy.

Immediately afterward, my weight loss continued. Yes, that wonderful babymoon and breastfeeding do a body good, but, I waited for the weight to come back just as it always did.

It didn't.

My pregnancy started a chain reaction. I was the healthiest I've been, eating whole, raw and clean foods and I wanted to continue to eat that way and I did. Today, I'm mainly raw, I hardly eat meat, and consume protein-rich legumes, grains and seeds - also known as pulses. I utilize Miessence Complete Protein Powder , an organic, raw, bio-fermented protein to ensure my protein needs are fully met.
Even still, I waited for the weight to return.

It did not.

Although, I still have a ways to go to reach my ideal weight. I am twenty pounds lighter than I was BEFORE I was pregnant AND exercising.

What gives?

It wasn't until I read articles and watched documentaries about the relationship between eating clean and weight loss when I made the connection. Everything my experiences made sense. The weight loss during pregnancy due to the complete change in my appetite towards cooked, packaged foods etc. And the continued weight loss even while breastfeeding all came about because my diet was cleaner than most. Although I was eating salads and fresh fruits and veggies, it became my main source of nutrition, meat was a bottom priority.
The most essential aspect to consider when losing weight during breast feeding is to eat clean, not less, no special dieting, no diet pills and certainly not over exercising. 
For all that has been noted by studies and clear evidence - cleaning up your diet can lead to weight loss - none of this has been mentioned to the breastfeeding mom. As a mom who has breastfed NUMEROUS times, I was constantly discouraged from losing weight. Fear-based - as opposed to evidence-based - was often cited on having that "perfect breastfeeding diet" where we feel pressured to walk a tight-rope of eating enough calories (something that is now considered a myth) and not to lose weight "too fast". How does one control weight loss anyhow?

Yes, I believe you can lose weight while breastfeeding. The answer lies in the quality of the food you're consuming, not the abstinence or the amount of it.

There is so much to say on this topic and a lot of information to share, that this needs to be broken up in three parts. Stay tuned for the second part of this three part series!

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2 Plant-Based Protein

Disclaimer:
Hannah is a mom of eight children - ranging from 22 years of age to a year. She has nursed every one of her children for a year or more, and is currently nursing her eighth child, now a year-old. This series is based on her vast experience and research as a lactating mom. She is not a lactation consultant or nutritionist. The information presented here is presented in an informational and testimonial format and shouldn't be used to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Please contact your local lactation consultant for any breastfeeding problems.



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