How I got started on this lifestyle

I have always been in that weird healthy family... I was a Vegetarian until I was 9 years old. That is when we found out one of my sisters has a blood disorder that requires her to eat red meat. So the whole family changed lifestyles. My mom started really looking at how food worked with the body - So we started eating meat and stopped eating Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Corn and Processed Sugars. It was a big switch but absolutely needed!

Most people stop me here and OMG How do you live without a birthday cake and ice cream?!? Well, I have never really been a sweets person, fruits are pretty sweet for me already. So for my birthday I absolutely LOVE a fresh Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free crust and some Coconut Milk Ice cream - Yep, I'm that person. But I do love it. I think Pumpkin - The real veggie, not the Starbucks drink taste.

We stopped eating these foods because we realized they were no longer real foods. They are most commonly genetically modified and covered in Round-Up(glyphosate). Round-Up is a weed killer sprayed on almost all crops in the US. It is super bad for the body to consume. Research indicates that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor, which disrupts hormones and leads to reproductive problems, early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. It is interesting how the childhood cancer rate is steadily rising, and experts say that they don’t know why... *Cough Cough* Yet it is sprayed on everything. This is why it is SO SUPER important to know where your food and products are being sourced.

Back to how this all got started... It was High School, Junior Year. I was at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Now, this was a performing arts school where to stay, you had to keep specific grades in your academics, and your specialty (mine was Dance) or you would be kicked out. I decided I was going to push myself and take Pre-Calculus. After I put it on my schedule, I had one of my directors come up to me and say that I needed to drop the class because I wasn't going to pass. Of course, I ignored him. I typically don't like being told something isn't possible for me. I ended up getting a tutor about halfway through the semester, to make sure that I did not fail the class and had extra support. About three weeks into tutoring, it was going well. I had a big test I was getting pretty nervous about taking. My tutor pulled out this little Orange Bottle of Young Living Essential Oils and asked me to put a few drops on my neck every time I went to study and right before the test. So I did! First of all, it smelled AMAZING and second I was making sure I was doing everything possible to pass this test! The scent is so strong yet so clean. It was like someone was peeling an Orange every time I applied the oil!

After that, I was hooked. I woke up and put Orange oil on. I was blown away with how much it uplifted my mood, focused the creative side of my brain, reduced my stress. Now seven years later I am fully in love with Young Living! I am still blown away with how amazing the body functions when it is given the plant tools to heal. Not only heal but just function and feel like my body are working. I only used Orange Oil for about 2 years before I got a Premium Starter Kit. I almost didn't believe how much it was helping and how good it made me feel. I wasn't going a day without it. Now I am crazy in love with all my Essential Oils and Essential Oil based products.

This is where I started asking WHY! Why do these products make me feel like a ROCKSTAR!? I found out that all the products I was using before Young Living was actually making me feel not good. It was the ingredients, I was putting toxins into my body and the detox pathways weren't able to keep up. I realised that sometimes just checking the ingredients isn't enough - we have to know where our products are sourced from and how they are treated before the packaging. This is everything from shampoo, hand soap, chapstick, after sun care, lotion, air fresheners, laundry soap, supplements, makeup, cleaning products... YES EVERYTHING! Did you know that companies don't have to put everything that is in the product if it is under a certain percentage. For example, in the grocery store you can find SUGAR FREE BACON - but if you read the ingredients you'll find that most actually have sugar in them or in the glaze they are in. This is one of the main things that gets under my skin.

Anyways these everyday products you are finding on the shelves of stores, are FILLED with toxins. These toxins are flooding our body and creating DIS - EASE. It has become complicated to know exactly what you're getting from each company. Unless you've done your research and know every step of the way the product is made, starting with the sourcing all the way to the packaging. 

The Young Living Lifestyle gives you the freedom to create and live your toxin-free life with ease! It takes the guesswork out of your shopping, with products you already purchasing each month. Young Living offers everything from laundry soap to makeup, from household cleaner to baby wipes, from whole-body supplements to pain cream, from protein powder to sleep support;  all guaranteed to be safe and clean by our Seed to Seal Promise!

Young Living's therapeutic-grade Essential Oil based products are perfect for family, children, beauty, fitness, healing, men & women's health. Essential oils are aromatic, concentrated plant extracts that are carefully obtained through steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. Young Living has been pioneering the essential oil movement for over two decades, with our mission to bring pure essential oils to every home in the world. Every time I use them, I am supporting my body in some way! Topically, Aromatically or Internally! It's great I don't have to pick products over my health.

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