EOM Fitness for March 2015
March 31, 2015
Well, I have taken a couple of weeks off blogging but I have still been working out in the mornings. I am finding that as the weather is getting nicer here I have so many other things that are taking up my time as well as three kids, a husband and a household to run so I am just not finding the time to get all the blogging posts in I had planned for the past month. Well, there is always another month to get those in.
For the past month I have stuck to a workout schedule of doing cardio or weights one day and then yoga the next – pretty much five or six days a week. I used some of my older and newer Cathe Friedrich workout dvd’s for cardio or weights and then yoga books, dvd’s or magazines that I have for my yoga routines. Below are a couple of photos from the Cathe Cross Fire workout that the cat and I really like.
As always the cat is ready and waiting to workout. Even this morning when I did a different Cathe workout with weights he was sitting by the weights.
In addition to working out regularly I have still continued to do my juicing or smoothies daily. I have been doing one or the other. I like my juices but getting that juicer out and doing all the juicing takes a lot of time so I have gone to doing that once or twice a week. I usually make up a few and store them in mason jars and label them. They keep well for at least two or three days.
I have bought a couple of new juicing books in the last couple of months and have been using them for some of my juicing recipes. One of them is the book below – The Big Book of Juices. I think I got this at Sams Club. There are lots of great recipes in this book and even some smoothies and refreshing fruit and tea drinks for summer. I really like this book and the format of it.
I have been using some of the juice recipes and incorporating them into my smoothies. This is a good way to use up any of the juice before it goes bad since I tend to make up a few ahead of time. One of my creations is this awesome Apricot Orange Smoothie. I have made it a few times and love it.
Apricot Orange Smoothie Recipe
- 5 dried apricots soaked in water for about 20 minutes
- half of a peeled orange – seeds removed
- 1 Tbls chia gel – this is chia seeds soaked in water
- 1/2 c. orange carrot juice – from juicer
- 1/2 tsp maca powder – good for energy and hormones
- 1 nectarine cut up, stone removed
Blend all of the above ingredients in a high speed blender for about 1 to 2 minutes. Serves one.
Well, I hope everyone is doing well and starting to enjoy the nicer spring weather. I have gotten my gardens ready and ordered some plants so I will probably be spending more time outside and less time on the computer for a while. I am finding that to get things done I have to unplug more and start doing – like right now I am off to make some healthy chocolate chip muffins for my family.
Have a great week!
Essential Oil Books Part 2
March 7, 2015
Essential oil books are great to refer to once you start using essential oils. I mentioned this in part 1 of my post on essential oil books and today in part 2 of the series I am going to share a couple of other books I use regularly when working with essential oils.
In addition to the books I wrote about in part 1, I have also been reading and referring to The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood and Aromatherapy Through the Seasons by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet. I bought both of these books over 10 years ago when I began learning about essential oils.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy is one of the reference books that is very nice to own if you are focused on learning more about essential oils and how to use them. This book is full of great information on using essential oils for your body, your home, your pets and cooking with essential oils. To cook with essential oils you need to use therapeutic grade, high quality, oils safe for ingestion such as Young Living oils which are the kind that I use.
Recently I have used the Complete Book of Essential Oils to make up some blends for stress. There are two pages in this book devoted to various blends and what type of stress they are best used for and for the level of stress. One of the blends is for general stress that I have use in my diffuser as well as topically mixed with a carrier oil.
General Stress Blend:
- Grapefruit – 15 drops
- Rosemary – 11 drops
- Palmarosa – 5 drops
To use the above blend mix in a small recycled 5ml glass bottle or buy a glass bottle with a dropper. Use 7 or 8 drops in a diffuser with water or add a few drops to a teaspoon of almond or jojoba oil for topical use.
Another stress blend from the book I have tried and like to use on my neck and feet at bedtime is one for Low Immunity. I figure it will help me sleep better, strengthen my immune system and lower my stress level while I sleep due to the properties of some of the oils in this blend.
Low Immunity Stress Blend:
- Vetiver – 10 drops
- Lavender – 10 drops
- Geranium – 10 drops
Combine all the drops in a 15ml empty bottle and top it off with almond oil or your favorite carrier oil. I did not put the reducer back on the bottle – to use just shake it gently and pour a small amount in the palm of your hand and rub it on your neck, thyroid area and then the bottoms of your feet at bedtime.
The other book I have been using lately is the Aromatherapy Through the Seasons as I mentioned above. I love how this book is written. Each chapter is a month from January to December and there is an oil recommended for that month. For example, March is cedarwood and there are lots of great recipes using cedarwood oil – along with other basic oils like lemon, lavender, rosemary and melaleuca a. (tea tree). The beginning of each chapter-month explains the oil and its uses. For cedarwood there are recipes for hair care and skin care. I also like how many of the pages have inspiring quotes. There are lots of recipes in this book for body care and for your health – like a cold blend, a flu blend and allergy blend.
In my opinion if you are looking to expand your knowledge and have some guidance with your essential oils both of these books would be great to add to your library. Next month I will be reviewing some essential oil books on body and skin care for part 3 of this series.
Have a good weekend!