10 of My Favorite Blog Posts on Healthy Eating on a Budget

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Are you trying to make healthy eating on a budget work for you? If so, you have probably realized that it is easier said than done. In order to help you, here are 10 of my favorite blog posts on healthy eating on a budget.

How to Follow the Autism and ADHD Diet on a Budget This is one of my posts and focuses on how to eat healthy on a budget while helping your child follow the principles of the Autism and ADHD diet as found in the book by the same name.

How to Find Gluten Free Discounts Unless you are brand new to eating gluten free, you’ve probably already discovered that eating gluten free can get expensive fast if you aren’t careful. This is one of my posts designed to help you find discounts on gluten free food.

How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten Free and Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank This is another one of my posts, that shares ways to make gluten free and dairy free meals that your child will actually eat and that won’t break the bank. Learn how to make healthy eating on a budget while gluten free and dairy free work for you and your kids.

How to Buy Gluten Free Food Without Going Broke This is another one of my posts similar to the other one, about how to make gluten free eating affordable.

Top 20 Recipes for healthy eating on a budget This post that I found on Pinterest, shares 20 great recipes for healthy eating on a budget.

How to Eat When You are Totally Broke This post from Cosmopolitan has some great advice on how to eat healthy when you are broke.

Save money on grocery shopping This post shares how to save money on grocery shopping.

Eat Gluten Free Without Going Broke Another one of my posts with even more information on how to eat gluten free without going broke.

Practical Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods Want to shop at whole foods without spending your entire budget? Discover how with these tips on healthy eating on a budget while shopping at Whole Foods.

Healthiest Foods for a Tight Budget Learn how to eat healthy on a budget with this post on the healthiest foods for a tight budget.

Which post is your favorite? Share below in the comments.

Yes I Ingest Essential Oils and It’s Okay

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Yes I ingest essential oils. What? You do what? I know ingesting essential oils is controversial. However, let me explain to you why and when I ingest essential oils and why you really can ingest essential oils and it isn’t the problem that some people think it is.

Before I begin telling you the how and why I ingest essential oils I want to make a couple of important points.

1. No you cannot ingest all essential oils. There are certain ones such as wintergreen and blue tansy as well as most if not all tree essential oils such as cedar wood, cypress and eucalyptus that should never ever be ingested no matter what.

2. I do not recommend ingesting or using essential oils internally with anyone under 6 years of age. So the information I am giving you regarding the how and why for ingesting essential oils, applies only to those of us over 6.

3. The brand of essential oils is a big deal when it comes to ingestion of essential oils. Not all brands are safe. You must read the label of any essential oil before you even consider ingesting it. If it doesn’t say internal use is okay, then don’t do it. I use almost exclusively Doterra essential oils many of which are safe to ingest.

Okay, now that I have gotten a few super important points out of the way, let me explain the how and why I ingest essential oils.

When I ingest essential oils, I usually do it by putting 2-3 drops of 2-3 different essential oils in an empty gel cap and swallowing it with a glass of water. Occasionally I might also put 1-2 drops of a citrus oil or peppermint in a glass of water and drink it. I also like to cook with essential oils by using a toothpick to make sure I only get a small amount, or by being extra careful and using only 1-2 drops.

I do not ingest essential oils daily. In fact, my preferred method of essential oil usage is rubbing them on the bottoms of my feet or wrists or using a diffuser. Ingestion is not my number one way to use essential oils.

However, I ingest essential oils when:

I am following a recipe from one of my favorite books on essential oils and the recipe says to do so.

I am working on a health issue that requires me to use essential oils throughout my entire body rather than targeting one specific body part

As mentioned above I am cooking

Otherwise I prefer to use essential oils for its aromatherapy benefits rather than ingesting.

Why Essential Oil Sourcing is Important

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What do you think of when you hear essential oil sourcing? If you are like the average person you probably really don’t think much of it. In fact, you may even think that essential oil sourcing isn’t all that important. However, essential oil sourcing is actually crucial for a quality essential oil. In fact essential oil sourcing is what makes the difference between the best highest quality therapeutic grade and medicinal quality essential oils and cheaper less quality essential oils that are less effective.

For example, even though I live in Utah I could grow lavender in my yard, get a simple extractor device and attempt to create my own lavender essential oil. However, whatever I could come up with no matter who hard I tried, I wouldn’t be able to create the same lavender essential oil as that which is grown in France or Bulgaria. The reality is that the weather, environment, country of origin and sometimes even state or region of origin as well as time of day and other factors are crucial when it comes to essential oil sourcing. Lemon from Italy is completely different from lemon in Florida and so on.

The other factor that must be considered is the part of the plant used. Extracting an essential oil from the leaves of a plant is a lot difference than extracting from the bark of a tree. Furthermore some essential oil companies combine essential oils from more than one part of a plant into the same bottle. As a result the label may say 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil but it’s not the same as a bottle of essential oil only from the leaves, while both may contain 100% plant ingredients.

In short, there is a lot more to essential oil sourcing than meets the eye. Learn more about how Doterra sources essential oils.