!!NEW BLOG POST!!
Today's blog post is all about the top 5 essential oils that I think everyone should own. In this post I included 3 pure oils and 2 blends from @sajewellness. These are all basic oils that I think are staples for anyone who wants to start exploring essential oils. In this post I go into the therapeutic benefits, and go over the less obvious uses for each of the essential oils.
I know that I have been talking about essential oils a lot lately, and I just want to clarify that any of the advice I have been giving is purely from my own experience. I have gained a lot of knowledge about essential oils over the years, and so I do believe that they can really help with some pain management or some aspects of health. But, I do recognize that not everyone is in to that, and what works for me may not work for you. If all else fails I think essential oils are a great replacement to scented candles. Which is a great way to get rid of synthetic scents in your home. .
Go on over to my blog and show this post some love (the link is in my bio). I would love to hear what you think about essential oils and what your favorites are down below. 🌿💜
I would also like to add that I feel truly overwhelmed by the response that I have had to the #warriormoment campaign that I started on Friday. Thank you so much to everyone who has already gotten involved. Let's keep it going, and keep spreading our strength and hope with the world💜
I just wanted to say thank you to all my insta-lovelies for your kind messages and support on my post yesterday! I very nearly didn't post it but I'm glad I did. I'm feeling brighter today, still in pain but it's easier to cope when you don't feel as down. I feel very lucky to be part of the yarny community, there are so many kind hearted lovely people 😘 Another thing that helped was the live videos from the amazing Lisa at @fortheloveofyarn she is so lovely and I want to give her a massive hug!
It's definitely more autumnal here so my #bitmoji had dug out her knitwear! 🤭 I couldn't resist being a fairy for the day either 😉 🧚
Have a lovely Sunday everyone! 💖💖💖 #friends#crohnslife#yarnlove#knitlife#anewday#strongerthanyouthink#grateful#fairyfortheday
A delicious stack of wholemeal chocolate chip pancakes are the perfect accompaniment for talking about my new journey with intuitive eating 🥞
What a lot of my followers don’t know is that my love for health and wellness began when I was in my second year of uni (2015) when my fellow uni friends were big gym goers. I also decided to join a gym, and went down the road of “clean eating” where I cut out dairy and refined sugars completely and started buying into fad health foods. I lost a lot of weight, and became quite strong which made me feel great. But what also developed was an orthorexic attitude towards foods, and I’ve been trying to bounce back from that ever since.
It’s been a rough few years with restrictive eating, elimination diets, overly depriving myself and then compensating with excessive amounts of food in periods when I was “allowed” them.
Because of all of this, I lost touch of my own body and it’s hunger cues and it’s been really hard trying to get them back.
So when I discovered the idea of intuitive eating, it was like a lightbulb 💡 lit up in my head. Finally a sustainable way of eating that was enjoyable and made sense. No more extremes, no more restricting myself because of anxiety, and a lot less guilt about what I’m eating.
Pretty much, I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I just listen to what my body is telling me and honour it when it’s had enough.
I’m still struggling a little bit with noticing my hunger and fullness cues, but I feel so much more at ease around food and I can’t wait to see where this road takes me in my health and wellness journey.
A happy body is a healthy body. Not a body that is starved, restricted and guilt stricken ✨
Off to see the Stoma nurses next week and I finish work too.
So Ive waited 10 years for this, yet these next 2 weeks I feel dragging.
So 2 opperations planned next month..
Lots of self love, meditation, music and Netflix, morphine, 😈 to get me through.
Its finally gona happen, I'll be bringing sexy back,
I can wear a thong again, fucking yes!! Let the transformation begin. (I don't intend to post my shit story's on here... pre and post surgery should be enough and my first park run afterwards. )
2019 is going to be the bomb. ❤🏃♀️🇬🇧🎵🎶🏕⛰🌏🏞 #prestomaopperation#letsdothis#crohnslife#crohnsdisease#crohnscolitissouthmanchester#crohnscolitis#loveNHS
Many people with #crohns and #ulcerativecolitis colitis are living with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and wheat allergy when gluten becomes one of the major triggers of inflammation, #ibd symptoms and flare-ups.⠀
The truth is... that if you experience negative effects on your health when eating gluten containing foods... you NEED to remove gluten from your diet.⠀
There’s just one little problem:⠀
Even if you strictly avoid gluten, it’s nearly impossible to remove gluten from your diet completely because it is literally everywhere!
Today I am going to share with you new exciting research findings that actually can become your life-saver when it comes to protecting yourself from gluten exposure and gluten-induced intestinal damage. Read my new article on the blog at https://outsmartdisease.com/gluten-dpp-iv-enzyme or just click the link in my Instagram profile bio @crohnsresearch
Today has been one of those days! 🌧️ Particularly painful despite taking all the meds and I've had to face the fact I won't be able to go to @yarndale next week! 😔 It's the one event I've been looking forward to all year and there's no way I will be well enough to go, not even in the wheelchair... Counting down to next year's starts now! I'm now going to indulge in the sparkle of Strictly and tomorrow's a new day! 💖
Last night I made this @lego banana cake. It is the same recipe from @comfybelly but in a different shape.. just to make it “different” for the kids.
This banana cake is our favorite!!!! Gluten and grain free. Lactose and refined sugar free. Sooo moist and rich!!!!
Go to www.comfybelly.com for recipe.
#legocake 🍌 🍌 🍰
I don’t want to be 75 years old, sitting in my rocking chair, saying “if I had my life to do over again I would...” I only have one life to live, I HAVE to do it right the first time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A lot of people don’t act on their dreams because they’re scared, but use excuses like “I don’t have enough time” or “it costs too much money” to mask their fear— I DID (and still do sometimes)!! 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️
For the longest time I put off coaching because I told myself I didn’t have time.. not until I started seeing some success (while dabbling & not just committing) did I actually realize this is life changing👉🏼 for me AND the people I was helping.
I’m still just starting my journey, but oh man what a journey it’s been!😍 Don’t put off the life you imagine anymore..Jump out of your comfort zone & past the excuses💕✨
I love finding quotes and sayings like this as well as songs that really resonate with me. I found this really fitting tonight. Since my diagnosis of Crohn's at the start of the year, and since battling with my health since last year, I've definitely found that I'm a lot more grateful for the smaller things as well as the big things. I'd never have thought I'd be grateful just to be able to live my life every day. That also includes my bad days where I struggle just like anyone does with an autoimmune disease. But on those tough days, I try and think about how bad it can get for me which then makes me grateful.
With Crohn's, I've definitely found I've been through the things this saying mentions.
I definitely do realise that I now have it good, and definitely better than a lot of people out there. I know it may get worse in the future but I'm trying to seize the day, each day, whilst I can.
I definitely went through denial when I was first diagnosed followed by a lot of anger which finally turned into acceptance that I have this disease, but I can do some good with this disease, such as teaching people that just because you look well on the outside, does not mean that you aren't extremely sick on the inside.
Life with an autoimmune disease can be chaotic at times. I'm constantly looking forward to seeing what I will be able to accomplish in the future and am now counting down the days to when I become a qualified Nurse once I complete my Diploma.
It may be hard, and you may he struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I hope this can show people that it is difficult and it's okay, especially when you are newly diagnosed or having a flare. You will get through it. Things will eventually get better and you will adjust to your new sense of normal.
Um novo ciclo que se inicia 🌷
Hoje fiz a primeira aplicação do meu novo tratamento (o que tentei inicialmente não deu certo pra mim).
A geladeira aqui de casa sempre teve um cantinho especial pras insulinas da minha irmã e agora tá dividindo espaço com meus imunobiológicos 💙💜
Aos 13 anos aprendi a aplicar as insulinas dela. Aplicar minha medicação aos 25? Moleza! Ou talvez não seja bem assim... Kkkk
Minha agulha é um pouquinho maior. O ângulo de aplicação é diferente. É diferente quando a gente tá do outro lado!!!
Senti um pouco a resistência da agulha no momento da furada. Tive medo de não saber a força correta pra aplicar. Pressiono o êmbolo de uma vez ou aos pouquinhos? Será que eu tô fazendo certo? Alívio quando vi que deu tudo certo 🍃
Fiz uma na barriga e outra na coxa. Primeira impressão? Achei na barriga melhor! Manterei o rodízio. Vou me adaptando aos poucos... Gostei de fazer a aplicação sozinha. Eu conheço meu tempo, meu corpo vai me conduzindo, dizendo o que tá dando certo e o que é melhor pra ele!
Então, que venham as próximas! 💪🏼
Did you know rice is naturally gluten free? Of course we knew it was #nationalriceweek when we ordered a GF sweet & sour chicken with rice as a takeaway for last nights ‘date night’ & it wasn’t a total coincidence at all 🤔😳🍚 (thanks @coeliacuk for the heads up 👍)
I’ve been telling myself I need to post a cute selfie. One with a big smile and pretty hair. Something to reassure myself and you all that I’m feeling better or I’m at least handling things better now. But I haven’t felt pretty and I haven’t felt like I could compose a convincing smile. I’m so grateful for everyone who checks in on me, who offers encouragement, and who just listens while I work through my uncertainty. I have started my new meds, but I’m still suffering. And that’s okay. They don’t work over night. But what I hate the most is the unpredictability of this disease. Some days I feel rested, even optimistic. Most days I’m exhausted. My joints and my intestines take turns wreaking havoc. I force a smile when I teach, when I tutor, and when I talk to you all, so, I guess the last thing I want is another fake smile documented permanently in digital world. Instead, I thought I would share a little piece of joy I get every night when I settle into a bath with my JC candle. I drown my joints, stifling their cries. I release the tension, even for just twenty mins. And I watch my beauty YouTube videos. To all my peeps with chronic pain, I salute you, not only for battling every day but for sharing your stories via #crohnslife#crohnswarrior#crohnsdisease#crohnsfighter#crohnsawareness#fuckcrohns
I’m a water sign. I’m supposed to flow like water. I’ve overcome some pretty crazy obstacles in life but lately I’ve been having trouble embracing the flow. In Taoism they call this wu wei, or flow, or non-action or non-doing. Peace & calm and love & groundedness. Happy with where you are and where you’re heading. Reflecting and seeing what you HAVE accomplished rather than beating yourself up over the things you haven’t accomplished.
So that’s what has been lingering over my aura lately. Beating myself up over the things I haven’t yet accomplished. Trying to force things rather than stopping to realize how grateful I am.
My priorities have shifted a lot in the last year. In a world of suffering, I see myself wanting to do a lot less gardening and a lot more helping others rebuild their gut, get on a healing path and regain their life. Who wouldn’t want that?! It feels so natural to lend out a helping hand to others when you’ve experienced so much light through your own. How? By BELIEVING you can. I do believe, however, I fear breaking free of a gardening gig I’ve had for 11 years. Shikeys! That’s a long time.
But I have so much content to share that all I’ve felt like is I’m perpetually getting backed up. I have over 20 videos filmed and they’re just on the brink of flowing off the tip of this waterfall. It’s scary stuff, too. Subjects that are very hard to talk about and cover yourself from a place of love.
And then there’s being patient with the process. My life could very well be WAY different than it is now. I could have gone in for multiple surgeries, be on stacks of pharmaceuticals and kept on visiting dozens of doctors that couldn’t have helped me. I could have not broken the vicious cycle. I could still be suffering, too. I could have not been able to hike to some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen here in #BritishColumbia .
So much more to come, so much more to share. Constantly learning & constantly growing. Keep inspiring others on this journey and show them their bodies are self-healing miracles. Be patient, be calm. Flow like water.
Find your support. Living with Crohn’s Disease is tough, living with someone with Crohn’s Disease can be just as tough. It takes patience, understanding, and a whole lot of love to stand by someone living with a lifelong, chronic illness
I’m thankful for my girlfriend, Lindsey. She has been my rock for the past two years, always upbeat and positive through all the highs and lows. As most of us know, the lows can be pretty low. There have been days/weeks at a time of pain, fatigue, nausea, etc. when I know I’m not very pleasant to be around. Somehow, she maintains her positive attitude and tells me “we’ll get through this together” and “it’ll get better, stay positive.” In those tough and dark times, her words lift me up and motivate me to push on
Our trip to Italy was a much needed vacation. We’ve had to cancel several trips this year due to hospitalizations and surgeries, sometimes just days before our scheduled departure. She works so hard, putting in 10-12 hours a day, just to come home and take care of me some days. Spending ten days together, navigating through Italy, brought us closer together and reaffirmed our love for each other
I thank God everyday for putting Lindsey in my life as she continues to be my rock and inspiration. Knowing she’ll be by my side regardless of my condition is so comforting. We make such a great team and I’m excited for what the future holds for us
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”