HACKING WHOLE30 // CREATING A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

Whole30 is intended to be a 30-day “reset” of bad eating habits. I’ve had such amazing changes in my health, however, that I decided to stick with it for…wait for it…a year. Yep, I’m probably insane. Even if I’d not decided to stick with Whole30, I’d be staying Paleo, because I feel like this diet style gives me the best chance at healing my gut from food intolerances. I’m in it for the long haul, because the type of repair I’m talking about takes years to happen. Since I’m also trying to lose weight, the extra restrictions of no alcohol and no added sugars have been helping give me an edge.

But, being on a restrictive diet for extended periods of time is a total drag. I had a mental showdown over a pack of Pop-Tarts yesterday. So if what you intended to be a short-term thing and turn it into a lifestyle, you’re going to need some hacks.

*Note: If you’re just doing Whole30 for, you know, 30 days, you should just stick with it through the thick and thin, and go back to normalcy afterwards. It’s really worth it, and I did complete the first 30 days sans any hacking.

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HACK 1 // KEEP IT SIMPLE

If you’re usually a “bowl of cereal and go” kind of girl, Whole365 will get super old, super fast. ALL THAT COOKING GOSHHHHHHHHHH. And I usually like to cook! But not for every meal.

Have 2 or 3 breakfasts and lunches that are easy to make, and then switch once you get bored. You’ll get used to making them quickly, and your wallet will thank you too.

HACK 2 // FIND A BREAD RECIPE

I use the term bread incredibly loosely, because you honestly can’t make bread without bread ingredients. (Insert crying laughing emoji) But sometimes you just need carbs gosh darn it. I love this AIP flatbread recipe, and it’s my go-to. AIP is a great search term for Pinterest, btw! It stands for Auto-Immune Protocol. It’s a diet used to help heal inflammatory illnesses, and the recipes will usually be compliant!

Yes, I know on Whole30 you aren’t supposed to have things like “bread” or “smoothies. Basically, you aren’t supposed to replicate the foods that are banned. So this one would be one to skip if you’re just doing Whole30 for the 30 day period. But this topic leads me to the next hack…

HACK 3 // IF THE INGREDIENTS ARE WHOLE30, SO IS THE FOOD

Okay, right off the bat, this hack is only for those of you doing this as a lifestyle. It defeats the purpose if you throw out all the rules. (Including the newly added “no chips” rule.) Bear with me here. The whole point of the rules is to get you out of addictive or destructive food habits, and reset your intentions with eating.

BUT. If you’re doing this as a lifestyle, you’re going to have to go places and live your life. Smoothies are sometimes your best or only option when eating out. Sometimes you’re hungry and guess what! There are plain potato chips at the party and it’s the only thing remotely okay to have! Eat. The. Chips.

I have two mornings a week that are busy and rushed. A smoothie is my easiest option to make sure I actually get to eat. It’s packed with protein and fruit, I never hit the hanger phase, win win.

HACK 4 // HAVE A GO-TO TO-GO OPTION

When I’m packing a lunch for myself, it’s always a giant bowl of salad, topped with a can of tuna, an avocado (yep, the whole thing), smoked salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Simple, quick to make, and I also don’t eat it at home so I don’t get bored.

HACK 5 // HAVE NON-NEGOTIABLE TREATS ON HAND

You have to have some fun and enjoyment in life. Again, if you’re doing this for just 30 days, you might not want to adopt this hack. But LIVE YOUR LIFE.

Frankly, I’m astonished I’ve survived this long without daily chocolate. Part of that is owed to the fact I buy dried dates and SunButter every week. They never get booted from my budget or my grocery list. I buy more as soon as I run out. I do ration them to last the whole week though.

Maybe it’s your daily La Croix, maybe it’s your kombucha. (Or both. I won’t judge.) Whatever brings you joy slash keeps you from eating your husband’s Pop-Tarts.

HACK 6 // KNOW WHERE YOU CAN EAT A BURGER AND FRIES

This is one of the easiest things to get when you’re away from home, and it helps to know where you’re safe. Lettuce wrap, tomato, burger. You can add other condiments too, pickles are okay I think? Maybe mustard? I don’t know about that, sorry, guys. I’ve always been a no-condiment girl, and yes, Luke does think I’m nuts.

Okay, you can get a burger AND fries at: In-N-Out, Del Taco, Freddy’s, and Five Guys. Five Guys does use peanut oil, so you can make your own decision there.

You can get a burger by itself at: Burger King, Carls Jr/Hardees, Wendy’s, and Jack-In-The-Box. 

HACK 7 // HAVE (VERY) RARE CHEAT DAYS

Last but not least, you will have times you want to cheat. That. Is. Okay. If you’re celiac, you’ll quickly learn that cheating doesn’t mean all-you-can-eat pizza buffets. I fell off the wagon a few weeks ago and still regretting it. So for me, cheating looks like sushi or the gluten and dairy free pizza at Pieology.

Cheating is sometimes just having a little added sugar or eating mostly compliant foods. For instance, a cashew roasted in peanut oil (or the aforementioned Five Guys fries) isn’t compliant, but sometimes it’s your best option for on-the-go protein. Grace, people. And again, I’m talking about rare occasions. But don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s just food. :)

Have a piece of cake at your kid’s birthday party. Let your husband treat you to sushi. Eat a taco, because TACOS. Just not all the time, or even a regular cheat day once a month. Spread it out, be judicious, and pick only the things that bring you the most joy.

Me? I’m “saving up” for the Night Market, which is an Asian street food festival. Sushi Burrito, I’m coming for you.

 

What are your hacks?

Since I’m doing this for a while, I’d love to hear what you guys do to keep yourself sane!

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ESSENTIALS // FREE doTERRA ESSENTIAL OIL ONLINE CLASSES

One of my favorite parts about getting my essential oils has been continuing education! I’m such a nerd – I love research, and I love learning, and I’m beginning to love teaching just as much! I put tons of effort into learning all I can about these bottles of magic, and then I turn around and teach it all back out! I hope you’ll join me there!

Where can you find the classes?

I’ve been having regular Facebook Live video classes over on my Facebook page. You can find them every Tuesday and Thursday, right around 1pm PST. They’re very informal, you can jump on the videos when I’m live to ask me questions, or you can watch them on your own time! On Tuesdays I focus on tips and tricks I’ve learned to make your life easier with essential oils. Thursdays are essential days; learning more about the oils themselves. Occasionally, I hold Essentials 101 on Thursdays as well.

 

Would you like to host a class?

I also hold Facebook Event classes! I set up an event page, and I spend around a week before the date sharing articles, tips, and tricks to get started with essential oils. On the date of the class, I have a giveaway and a Live video where guests learn how to use and get essential oils in their home. As a thank you for hosting, I send you a gift in the mail that includes a custom essential oil rollerball and other goodies! If you’d like to host a class, message me here or over on my Facebook page!

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ESSENTIALS // DIY UPLIFTING SKIN CARE

I’ve been making a conscious effort to take better care of my skin lately. From paying attention to my diet and what causes me to break out, to making sure I wash off my makeup and use better quality skin care. I DIY a lot of my skin care now, using oils and ingredients that my skin loves. I thought I’d share a couple favorite recipes with you guys!

 

DIY COFFEE SCRUB

I bought coffee scrub before, and LOVED using it. But it’s expensive to buy, so I knew I could DIY it for a lot less. After a big batch of cold brew coffee, I was left with 4 cups of coffee grounds and whipped this up. The caffeine in coffee grounds help tighten the skin, and the coarseness of the grounds are a fantastic exfoliant for your whole body. I do use this on my face as well, but I scrub very gently.

I use almond, avocado, grape seed, or jojoba oil for making this – they’re great oils for the skin! I like using a combo of oils, so in this batch I used half grape seed and half avocado. If you use coconut oil, remember that it will harden up, so put the finished scrub into mini muffin tins, and you’ll have a little “puck” of scrub that you can take into the shower with you! Also, this smells absolutely incredible when mixed with Wild Orange essential oil!

To use the scrub, wash your hair first and take the time to deep condition your hair, since you’ll have extra time anyways. Shut off the water, scrub away, and let it dry for a few minutes. Rinse it off, you’ll have baby butt smooth skin! I take coffee scrub with me to our beach camping trip – it helps stave off dry skin from the sun, salt water, and chlorine!

Oh, and you can use either fresh or brewed coffee grounds. If you use brewed grounds, squeeze as much water out as possible, and also keep in the fridge to help it last longer.

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DIY HONEY OATMEAL SCRUB

This is a new scrub I’ve been trying out, but I’ve used honey scrub before. It’s a more gentle exfoliant than the coffee scrub, and honey is fantastic for your skin! Honey is antibacterial, so can help get rid of acne, and it’s extremely moisturizing and soothing for irritated, dry skin. (Hello, my face!) Oatmeal is both soothing, and a gentle exfoliant for sensitive skin!

I mixed organic, raw honey with oatmeal I pulsed in the blender. Then added 10 total drops of essential oils. Rosemary, Bergamot, and Wild Orange are the essential oils I used, known for antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. I’m curious to see how this helps with my remaining hormonal-type acne.

Rinse your face with warm water, then slather this stuff on! Let it soak for about 5 minutes, then rise off. You might need to use a little bit of soap if you’re still sticky from the honey. Enjoy!
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Share your favorite diy skin recipes with me! And if you’re curious about the essential oils I exclusively use, click the “essentials” tab on the top menu!

 

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

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ESSENTIALS // FIVE FAVORITE ROLLERBALL BLENDS FOR KIDDOS

Rollerballs are a great way to get oils on your kids – especially the squirmy toddler – and they love them. Yes, even the squirmy toddler. Within two times of me using oils on Seeley, he will ask for them when he sees us using them, and he spins around with his shirt pulled up so I can roll the oil down his spine.

Dilution: I use fractionated coconut oil to make my rollerballs. You can use just about any oil, referred to as a “carrier oil,” but if you want to use coconut oil you need to use fractionated, which remains liquid at any temperature! I like this one because it’s not greasy, so it won’t stain your clothes.

The Bottles: I like to buy mine from Etsy shops (like Purest Botanicals!) or Oil Life. They’re super inexpensive, come in lots of sizes, and if you buy different colors (like these rainbow bottles from Root & Petal!) your kids can recognize the different blends by color before they can read! I like 10ml bottles for kids the most, and all these blends are formatted for that size. Also, be sure to get glass or metal toppers for the bottles versus plastic.

Where to Roll On: The bottoms of the feet are a go-to for use on kiddos. The pores are larger there, allowing the oils to be absorbed quickly, and the feet aren’t that sensitive, so it’s a good place to start. They also don’t usually stick their feet in their eyes, although I have boys so you never know. :P I also love rolling them down the spine, as there are lots of nerves and blood vessels there. For older kids, I roll on the temples or on the cheeks if it’s one for supporting the sinuses or head, or if they want to be able to smell it.

 

Okay, on to the blends! It’s pretty simple to make a roller blend; you simply add the amount of essential oil, then fill the rest of the way with your carrier oil. Snap the roller top into place, and you’re all set! Here are the five blends my kids and I all love and reach for often! Again, all blends are for 10ml bottles, and these are the amounts I use. You can adjust accordingly for bottle size or for age, and for what you’re comfortable with. You’re the mama, you do what’s best for you and your kiddos! <3

 

Peppermint is soothing and calming, and DigestZen is a blend chock full of oils that can help soothe an upset stomach. This is great for upset tummy, carsickness, nausea, and even for morning sickness for mama!

This rollerball gets used for SO MANY THINGS at our house. This is actually my headache helper, and I roll in the “dent” on the back of my head where my spine meets my skull. For sleep, roll on bottoms of the feet and spine. This one is also my go-to for skin issues – diaper rash, sunburn, etc. Lavender is an extremely gentle and soothing oil, making it perfect for situations like that!

While I like straight Lavender to help my poor head, my boys gravitate towards this Peppermint/Lavender blend. This one is also great for sinuses, as Lavender is a natural anti-histamine. Another use for this blend is for sore muscles and growing pains, as Peppermint is soothing and cooling, so it can support the muscular system.

This one is happiness in a bottle to us. Rosemary helps with focus, Bergamot is soothing, Lemongrass and Wild Orange are both uplifting. Great for emotional support when your kiddos are feeling unsettled or lacking focus, for instance, would be a great support for those homework struggles!

 

OnGuard is an incredible oil blend, full of oils that are anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral. I diffuse this one like crazy but it’s also a great one to roll on to support a healthy immune system. Wild Orange also has those same properties and it mellows the strong cinnamon-clove scent of OnGuard a bit.

 

If you’re interested in the oils I exclusively use and trust for my family, you can visit my Essentials page or stop by Facebook, where I’ve been posting lots of education on essential oil use!

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

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ESSENTIALS // FIVE UPLIFTING DIFFUSER BLENDS

My favorite scents to start the day with are always citrusy, energizing, uplifting, and refreshing. I love combinations with mint and citrus, and sometimes a grounding oil. Throwing these blends into my diffuser and starting my morning off with a slow and gentle yoga practice is my ideal way to start off my day. Here are five of my favorite blends to uplift and energize! They’ll leave your air fresher and purified, and will help you wake up and get moving!

Peppermint Oil: Soothing and invigorating, elevates senses
Wild Orange Oil: Uplifting, calming, can elevate your mood

White Fir Oil: Energy, helps open respiratory system
Grapefruit Oil: Helps elevate your mood, aids with headaches, de-stressing, balancing, uplifting
Citrus Bliss Oil: Peace and Energy

Douglas Fir Oil: Focus, grounding, can soothe feelings of anxiousness
Lime Oil: Can soothe feelings of anxiousness, calming, uplifting, soothing

Bergamot Oil: Calming and uplifting
Peppermint: Soothing and invigorating, elevates senses
Lime Oil: Can soothe feelings of anxiousness, calming, uplifting, soothing


Breathe Oil: Opens respiratory system, invigorating
Wild Orange Oil: Uplifting, calming, can elevate your mood
Lime Oil: Can soothe feelings of anxiousness, calming, uplifting, soothing

 

If you’re interested in the oils I love and trust for myself and my family, visit the Essentials page here! Or check out my Facebook page or visit my doTERRA page

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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CRUSHING ON // MY TOP FIVE OILS

Essentials oils are a recent love of mine, but I’ve fallen truly madly deeply in love with them. I originally got mine to make bath bombs but quickly started using them for pretty much anything and everything throughout my day to day life! And hands down, my diffuser was one of my all-time best purchases.


These are the five oils I reach for nearly constantly!

LEMONGRASS – This one is tangy and citrusy and fresh and clean. I use it to make a basic countertop cleaner (10 drops oil, 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water in a small glass spray bottle), to clean my toilets (dump in some baking soda and around 3-5 drops, let sit for around 5 minutes, then scrub out), to diffuse for a bright happy scent, and to add to sparkling water!

LAVENDER – At first I wasn’t that excited about lavender oil, as it’s pretty basic and mainstream at this point. I do love the scent, it reminds me of this amazing lavender farm we’d visit as kids, run by a charming British lady who served tea every day. But I wasn’t convinced of its amazingness until I pierced my ear and used it to support the healing process, and to help with on-going head tension. It’s one I absolutely can’t live without now!

DIGESTZEN – Being both lactose intolerant and celiac, I have times where my digestion needs some massive help. This one has been a lifesaver to me! I’m a big believer in “layers” of health, where you do the best that you can to help your body not have issues, and then you layer on support. So for me, that looks like eating a wheat (and all grain/bean) free diet, as well as a lactose-free diet 99% of the time. But there will be times when I either have no control over what I’m eating (for example, if I eat something I think is safe but turns out not to be so), or just plain want to live a little. This blend saves my butt and adds that extra layer of support!

CLARY SAGE – Another oil I got simply to copy cat a favorite bath bomb scent, and discovered was amazing for cramps! If you’re like me and get horrific cramps once a month, you need this oil. I’ve made myself a rollerball that has clary sage, cedarwood, bergamot, and ylang ylang, which are all great for relaxation and hormonal support, and I roll this on my stomach around every 2 hours when I’m suffering from cramping. Game changer!

WILD ORANGE – No post of mine on “top oils” would exist without this oil. This oil is my love language, my kryptonite, my obsession. Mildly sweet, fresh, happy. It’s detoxing, so I start my day with a drop in a huge glass of water, and it also helps me drink way more water since I love the taste so much! I diffuse this oil a ton (favorite blend is Breathe [respiratory blend], lime, and wild orange!), and my favorite roller blend is a ton of citrus oils – it’s happiness in a bottle!

If you want to learn more about the doTERRA essential oils I exclusively use and trust, I have a tab on my site here with some info! You can also visit my Facebook page, where I’ve been posting a ton of info and education! You can also find me on Instagram as @DeepMagicEssentials

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

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DESIGN LATELY // DEEP MAGIC ESSENTIALS

I’ve been working on a lot of logos lately so I’ll be sharing them here again! This is actually one for myself, however! I’ve recently gotten into essential oils, and have a Facebook page and Instagram for them…and I’ve also started the process of getting my blog doTERRA certified so I can post about them here! ALLLL the heart eyes!

The business name comes from Chronicles of Narnia, one of my favorite books, and essential oils to me really are a kind of magic. They’re incredible and one of the oldest and most natural forms of health tools we have!

I chose to use traditional nib pens and ink to create my new logo, evoking days of old and ink splatters and potion recipes. I wanted it to be moody and mysterious, so I left it messy and also made a flipped version with white lettering and a cloudy swirling deep background.

I hope you guys love it as much as I do!

 

I have FOUR logo slots open again! If you’re interested you can email me

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