How to Break the Diet Coke Habit

If you’ve been following along, you will know that, over the course of the last three years, I have really been making improvements in my life. I was able to successfully get rid of my sugar addiction. It wasn’t easy, but what was easy was physically feeling how much better I felt without the sugar. The one vice I still had was my Diet Coke habit. I’m finally at the point in my life that I want to break that habit.

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As you know, my husband and I embarked on a new lifestyle a few years ago. The Keto diet helped us lose a combined 215 lbs. We felt better, looked better, it has been amazing. Recently, we decided to change things up a bit and give Weight Watchers a try. I had been stuck in a place of not losing so I wanted to jumpstart my body and give a new lifestyle a change for a bit, while hanging on to a lot of the principles that I learned from doing the Keto diet for so long.

While I felt like I mastered the ability to not want or care about sugar any longer, I was still not great about drinking enough water. I am amazing at drinking Diet Coke. I could drink that stuff all day long, like it was water. That’s one of the main reasons I don’t buy a case of pop at Sam’s Club to have at home. I would drink way too much per day. It was time to break that Diet Coke habit.

Breaking the Diet Coke Habit

As addicted to sugar as I was, I am probably more addicted to Diet Coke. I don’t drink coffee, so my only source of caffeine comes from pop. Believe me, I wish I liked coffee. For many reasons. The caffeine being one of them, but also so I can drink out of fun coffee mugs like this mugdiet coke habit. But more than needing caffeine to get through each day, or wanting to drink out of fun coffee mugs, I need to up my water intake.

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Back before I started the Keto diet, I was really into Young Living essential oils. I still use the oils for things, but not like I did. That changes now! One of the ways I got my water in then, was putting my favorite Young Living essential oils in my water. Not only did the flavor help, but the oils are good for you!

Why Essential Oils?

Grapefruit essential oil (my favorite) is very high in D-Limonene. If you are not sure what D-Limonene is or what it is good for, check this out. While all of those benefits are great, I like that it makes my water taste good, as well as benefit my health at the same time. As a side note though, not all essential oils are created equally. I would only add Young Living oils to my water (and only those approved for ingesting). Other Young Living essential oils that I like to add to my water are lemon, orange, and lime.

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So What’s My Plan?

Am I giving up my Diet Coke habit for good? No, probably not. I want to break the habit of feeling like I “need” a Diet Coke to get through my day. Which, let me tell you, I’ve been up since 5 am and I’ve yet to have any caffeine and I’m still wide awake! However, with that said, I see the Diet Coke habit the same as I used to see my sugar addiction. I want to get to the point that I don’t care about whether or not I have it. Once I get to that point, then I know I can have a pop and it won’t trigger me to have more, just like I can have a piece of candy and not eat another for days, weeks or months. To me, that would be breaking the Diet Coke habit.

Citrus Essential Oils – Why You Need It

Making the decision to use Young Living Essential Oils daily was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family. If someone were to ask me what my favorite oil was, I’d have a hard time answering! I mean…I use so many of them for different things. The one only I always have with me is Stress Away. I have two tweens…need I say more?!? Besides stress away, I am also big on using the different citrus essential oils that Young Living has to offer. My favorites being Lemon Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality and Tangerine Vitality.

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils

Young Living, the ONLY brand of essential oils I will use (see their Seed to Seal policy to find out why), has a wide variety of citrus essential oils available. Besides the four I mentioned above, they also offer the following:

  • Lime Vitality
  • Orange Vitality
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality

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Citrus Essential Oil Benefits

So what do I do with my citrus essential oils and why do you need them? I put a few drops in my glass water bottlecitrus essential oils and drink that all day long. I either use Jade Lemon or Lemon by itself, or I like to combine grapefruit essential oils with tangerine (that combo is so good…you must try it)!

**Please note that I will ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils in my water. Their oils are pure, therapeutic essential oils and the oils part of the vitality line are safe to consume. Consuming essential oils from any other brand may not be safe.

 The citrus essential oils are extracted from the peels of the citrus fruits. This is very important to understand. You see, because they are made in this way, they are very high in limonene (D-Limonene) and that is VERY good for our bodies. With me following the Ketogenic diet, it is even MORE important that I drink water with citrus essential oils in it because it helps to balance my body’s pH level. I know that seems crazy, but despite the fact that citrus is acidic, when you consume the citrus oils, it is alkaline forming in the body. The benefits of d-limonene that I like are the fact that it aids in digestion, helps to detoxify the liver and d-limonene also helps to boost your mood. No one wants mama in a bad mood!

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Using a glass water bottle with your pure essential oils is needed. Putting the citrus essential oils in plastic will cause the plastic to break down. You don’t want that in your water! Plus, I don’t know about you, but ice cold water tastes WAY better in a glass bottle than in plastic! It doesn’t matter which citrus essential oils you choose, the benefits are all the same and one that you will want to take advantage of! Just an FYI, Citrus Fresh Essential Oil also contains spearmint. I just wanted to point that out so you are as surprised as I was the first time I tried it. I was NOT expecting a minty flavor!

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Here’s the only water bottle I use (at a good price too!!):

Essential Oils Perfect for Spring

It looks like Spring is finally upon us here in Michigan! We had a huge snow storm last week and it was 70 degrees this week! Craziness! However, it looks like these milder temperatures are here to stay. Which is so great! While we didn’t get hit nearly as bad this winter as we have in the past, I am more than ready for lots of sunshine and warmer weather! Since I have Spring on my mind, I also want to make sure I have the essential oils I need for Spring.

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Making the decision to start using essential oils was an easy one for me. In my mind I figured, “what do I have to lose?“. And honestly, over the past few years, I haven’t lost anything. In fact, more times than not, I forget to order an extra bottle of my favorite oil because we use them that much! With Spring quickly approaching, there are a few oils you will want to stock up on…like now. If you wait, they will go out of stock!

Essential Oils Perfect for Spring

I can honestly say that I have used every single one of the products pictured above. Each and everyone of them are a favorite of mine and one that I make sure I have at home, even when it’s not Springtime! A little about each product:

  • Thieves Household Cleaner – this product is amazing! You can deep clean your home without all the harmful chemicals! I use this product on every surface in my home (you will want to test it on woods, plastics, granite and fabric first…just in case, but I haven’t had an issue).
  • Peppermint Oil – this oil is great to help awaken your senses! Feeling sluggish at the end of the day…put a drop on the back of your neck and you are good to go! I also like to make a “spider spray” with peppermint oil and spray the inside perimeter of my house. Spiders and ants do not like peppermint oil!
  • Citronella Oil – mosquitoes don’t like citronella oil. Rather than walk around holding a candle at your next BBQ, put a drop or two on you! You can also diffuse this oil indoors to help refresh the air!
  • Citrus Fresh Oil – mix a few drops of this oil with distilled water and use it as a nice and light room spray! Or…put a couple drops on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball anywhere prone to stale odors!
  • Carrot Seed Oil – I’m not going to lie…this oil does not smell the best, BUT don’t let that deter you. Carrot seed oil is great for the skin and a new oil that I use in my coconut oil face wash (along with lavender).
  • Lemon Oil – great oil to clean with! Who doesn’t like the smell of lemons, especially in the kitchen?!? Also great to add to your nightly face lotion routine as lemon essential oil helps reduce the appearance of blemishes or you can add it to your hair while you condition it and it will help smooth and shine your hair!
  • Lavender Oil – this popular oil is one you shouldn’t be without. I keep a bottle in the kitchen, as well as in my essential oil bag that I take with me to my kids sporting events. You can also add a few drops to distilled water and spritz your pillows before bed for a relaxing slumber! I also like to rub a drop across my forehead in the Spring and Summer…my head does not like all the budding trees!
  • Purification Oil – hands done, one of my favorite oils! We love bacon in our house, but I hate the smell that lingers after cooking bacon. No worries! All you need to do is diffuse this oil during or after making the bacon and the smell disappears! Great to put on a cotton ball to place in the vents in your car! Goodbye smelly odors!
  • Allerzyme – this is a vegetarian enzyme that helps aid in digestion.
  • Lavaderm Spray – First…BUY THIS! I’m serious. This is an amazing product that you will want around all Spring and Summer! This spray contains lavender oil and aloe to help soothe and rejuvenate overexposed skin!

All of the oils you see above are listed with their wholesale price. Signing up for a wholesale membership is quick and easy! Simply visit the link below, sign up and you are good to go. During the sign up process, you have your choice of starter kits to choose from. I would go with the Premium Starter Kit for one simple reason…the diffuser! Not only that, but you get several of the oils I mentioned above, so it is a nice way to try them out so you can reorder them (and you will!) next month!

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DIY Young Living Essential Oils Car Air Freshener

One of my lifelong dreams is to take one giant road trip and visit all the fun places throughout the United States. Last summer we took the kids on a road trip from Michigan to Arkansas. We wanted to go to Crater of Diamonds State Park. If you haven’t been there, you need to go. It is an absolute blast! You just dig and dig and dig and hope you find a diamond. For real! People actually find diamonds there! Being that this was our longest road trip ever with the kids, the one thing I noticed, not too long into the trip, was how the air in the car started to get really stale. It rained quite a bit on the drive, so opening the window was not an option. Like most people, we stopped to get one of those tree air fresheners for the car. Bad idea. I should have used my essential oils.

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They may look cute, but boy are they stinky on a long road trip!

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So back to those air fresheners. Did you know that most air fresheners you see in cars all over the road are filled with nothing but toxins? It’s no surprise that shortly after putting one in our car, we started experiencing headaches. It was horrible. It got tossed in the trash really quick! On a super long road trip (or even short day to day trips around town), no one has time for headaches from something that is supposed to make their car smell fresh.

Making your own DIY Car Air Fresheners are super easy! I like to use Young Living Essential Oils because I know they are the purest oils and their Seed to Seal Promise insures that there is nothing toxic in the essential oils.

Supplies Needed

  • Young Living Essential Oils of your choice
  • Cotton balls

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Simply take the oil of your choice (Purification, En-R-Gee, Ylang Ylang, etc) and place a few drops on the cotton ball. Place the cotton ball in between the slats of the air vent and enjoy! If you are interested in any of the oils I mentioned above (or other products Young Living has to offer), please click the contact me button above, I’d love to talk to you about how Young Living can change your life…for the better!

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Besides remembering your essential oils when embarking on a road trip, you also want to Google a few places along the way. You want to make sure you’ve either booked hotels or know of where to stop for clean hotels. Another thing you want to make sure you’ve located is various local garages or car dealerships along your route. You never know when something will break down in your car and you don’t want to be stuck with little to no options. The nice thing about car dealerships like the Kernersville Chrysler Dodge dealer is that they often times have service specials that you are able to print out and help save you money for those unexpected trips to their garage. This particular dealer has a 10% off your service coupon (please note, this does not apply to oil changes).

So tell me…what was your favorite road trip AND what tip do you have for a successful road trip?

The Use of Essential Oils with a Tree Nut Allergy

Last week I received the unfortunate news that I had a tree nut allergy. It really shouldn’t have been news since I had already suspected I was allergic to cashews, but I think hearing the words “you need to stay away from ALL tree nuts” was a bit overwhelming. I immediately started Googling what exactly fit under the tree nut allergy category. I knew a few, but definitely not all. And then it got me thinking about my beloved Young Living Essential Oils. Could I still use those?

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Tree Nut Allergy and Young Living Oils

Thankfully I can still use my Young Living essential oils!! Some Young Living products do contain almond oil and kiwi nut oil. See the list below for the products containing almond oil and kiwi nut oil. Please note, I am only human and I could have missed one. Please always check the ingredients when making a purchase. 

Young Living Products Containing Almond Oil

  • 3 Wise Men™
  • Acceptance™
  • Awaken™
  • Cel-Lite Massage Oil™
  • Cinnamint Lip Balm™
  • Dragon Time™ Massage Oil
  • Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion
  • Grapefruit Lip Balm
  • Hope™
  • Into the Future™
  • Kidscents® Lotion
  • Kidscents® Tender Tush
  • Lavender Lip Balm
  • Lavender™ Volume Shampoo
  • Lemon Sage Clarifying™ Shampoo
  • Ortho Ease® Massage Oil
  • Ortho Sport® Massage Oil
  • Present Time™
  • Protec™
  • Relaxation Massage Oil™
  • Rosewood Moisturizing™ Shampoo
  • Sara™
  • Sensation Hand and Body Lotion™
  • Sensation Massage Oil
  • V-6 Advanced Vegetable Oil Complex™
  • White Angelica™
  • Wolfberry Eye Cream™

Young Living Products that Contain Kiwi Nut Oil

  • Kidscents® Bath Gel
  • Kidscents® Shampoo


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Despite my sadness at not being able to use several of their products, Young Living Essential Oils has been, by far, the best thing my family has ever decided to use. If you have any questions about Young Living Essential Oils, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to help you! Right now Young Living is running a promotion for $10 off the New Premium Starter Kit for new members! Contact me for more information.