I have had numerous conversations with people who are eating clean and going sugar free. I am convinced that these healthy eating practices are very healing to the body and necessary. When I began using essential oils, I felt that I was at the beginning of a life-long journey of learning and adopting healthy practices - to get me where I want to go. My journey is all about learning and living the abundant life, being free to move around and keep up with my God-given mission.
I have never been able to sustain an all or nothing approach. For some of you, that's your thing - quit "cold turkey", I heard a friend say about her going sugar free. That's amazing. I have much to learn.
Today it's omega-3 / omega-6 balance.
Restoring the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is an important step in keeping your body healthy. This can be done by decreasing your intake of unhealthy foods high in omega-6 fatty acids and increasing your intake of foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. We know that fish is an excellent source of dietary omega-3 fatty acids, but omega-3s can also be found in olive oil and the oils of some nuts and seeds.
Omega-6's regulate your metabolism, keep your bones strong, help your reproductive system function, and stimulate hair and skin growth. While omega-3 fats tend to be anti-inflammatory, omega-6 fats can cause inflammation. Too many omega-6 fats might lead to metabolic disorders, including insulin resistance and obesity. It's important to have the proper ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Ideally, the ratio should be 4:1/omega-6:omega-3; but according to a 2010 study published in the "Journal of Lipid Research," the typical ratio is closer to 15:1 -- which can come from a combination of omega-3 deficiency and too much omega-6 fats in your diet. (Shenker, 2013. Livestrong.com)
I take supplements - which is also an inspiration for my learning. I want to understand what my supplement are doing for me and I know that I feel better and I want to tell other people about them - I should be able to say why...right? I know that one daily dose of xEO Mega (the supplement I take) provides 1,000 milligrams of pure, micro-filtered marine lipids with 340 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Another convenient source of healthy essential fatty acids can be found in flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil provides an omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). While DHA and EPA are readily available to the body when consumed from fish, ALA can also be synthesized to DHA and EPA in the human body. dōTERRA xEO Mega contains a proprietary plant-based essential fatty acid blend of flaxseed oil, borage seed oil, cranberry seed oil, and pomegranate seed oil (containing CLA) to help maintain the appropriate balance of essential fatty acids.
So, it's all done for me, right!
Well, I'm off to a good start - now I have to work on the dietary intake - how do I take in less Omega-6 so that I'm not offsetting the benefit of the supplement that I take - and pay for!
The 10 worst omega 6 food oils are:1.Safflower oilcontains 78% omega 62.Grape seed oilcontains 73% omega 63.Poppy seed oilcontains 70% omega 64.Sunflower oilcontains 68% omega 65.Hemp oilcontains 60% omega 66.Corn oilcontains 59% omega 67.Cottonseed oilcontains 54% omega 6 8.Soybean oilcontains 51% omega 69.Walnut oilcontains 51% omega 610.Sesame oil contains 45% omega 6
Well, that's fun right! This has all made me kinda hungry for some fresh SUSHI!
Are you old enough to remember Captain Kangaroo? ..."and you know my name is Simon, and the things I draw come true. and the pictures take me, take me over the garden wall with you"... SIMON IN THE LAND OF CHALK DRAWINGS
Evidently delays due to fog only effect incoming flights, thus a day in the Atlanta Airport catching up on webinars and blogs that are stored in my Que... I just re-watched some of my favorite TEDTalks - with Simon Sinek. Next up, reading a book that I have on my kindle, "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" also by Simon Sinek.
I chose the book for this....
"Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled."
Can you imagine that? Are you experiencing that right now?
Any time I have had the opportunity to choose what I do with my time, it has been this same notion that has been the driving force. To inspire people to do what inspires them. I love any chance I have for empowering people to feel better, to be better. We are all created for purpose, for mission, for love, for connection. It may look very different for everyone (which itself is fascinating) but we are created to live out a life that is inspired - on earth as it is in heaven. What inspires you? Are you fulfilled in your work?
I don't experience that in my current full time job and this book is making me feel worse about it. If I were in a place of leadership, I would .... No, wait - let me re-think this.... I CAN lead. It may not change the entire culture of the institution but it can change the part I am in contact with. I cannot leave my job right now, but I can live out my mission, my "Why". Why I do what I do should apply to all areas of my life if I really believe it. It's time to go to work, at work. And it's time to do some fine tuning of my "WHY".
What is your "Why?" Why do you get up every day and do what you do? Do you like that answer?
Simon from the land of chalk drawings had dreams of a world of adventure and inspiration. Do you think Simon Sinek was named after Simon from the land of chalk drawings? "...the things I draw come true"
For more on "Why"... check out the talk by Simon Sinek from TEDtalks.
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN