Simple Nourished Living https://simple-nourished-living.com Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:57:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 35 Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil https://simple-nourished-living.com/35-ways-to-use-lavender-essential-oil/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/35-ways-to-use-lavender-essential-oil/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:45:54 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50945 Quality Essential Oils Aren’t Cheap, so when I buy one I like to learn multiple ways to use it.  I think the more you learn about essential oils, the more you’ll begin to incorporate them into your everyday life.  And since we love to share here at www.simplenourishedliving.com, we thought it would be fun to...

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Quality Essential Oils Aren’t Cheap, so when I buy one I like to learn multiple ways to use it.  I think the more you learn about essential oils, the more you’ll begin to incorporate them into your everyday life.  And since we love to share here at www.simplenourishedliving.com, we thought it would be fun to share this information with our readers.

We are kicking things off with lavender oil, one of our all time favorites.

 

 

Learn more about the oil and it’s benefits with these videos…

DoTERRA Lavender Oil Uses & Benefits Video:

Dr Axe Discusses Lavender Oil & Sleep:

Here are fun ways to get more Lavender in your life

  1. Dab a drop or two of essential oil on your temples, wrists or neck before bedtime
  2. Use a diffuser that sprays a fine mist of water and essential oil into the air
  3. Take a warm bath with a few drops of lavender oil and epsom salt added to soak away stress
  4. Smooth a lavender-scented body lotion into your skin before you hit the sheets
  5. Treat your hands with a DIY lavender lotion bar
  6. Place two drops of oil on the collar of your pajamas
  7. Spritz lavender oil on your pillowcases
  8. Add a few drops to the bottoms of feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep
  9. Apply 1-2 drops to soothes occasional skin irritations and minor wounds
  10. Lavender reduces the appearance of skin imperfections
  11. Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle
  12. Makeover your laundry room, and remember to add a few drops to wool dryer balls for great smelling clothes
  13. Use it in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts
  14. Take Lavender internally to reduce anxious feelings*
  15. Take Lavender internally for a peaceful sleep*
  16. Add 1-2 drops of Lavender to any hair shampoo to help keep the scalp looking clean
  17. To keep hair looking thick and healthy add a few drops to any conditioner or hair treatment
  18. It may support the heart and cardiovascular system* so use a drop or two post exercise
  19. It may also help to support healthy immune function and response during times of seasonal threats*
  20. Lavender synergistically helps to soothe and calm the nervous system,* try it before yoga or meditation
  21. It can be particularly calming and support healthy moods during menstruation and menopause
  22. Try blending lavender with bergamot to promote feelings of vitality
  23. Apply it to the back of your neck to lessen the feelings of stress*
  24. When diluted and massaged on the abdomen of infants or when added to bath water, Lavender can promote calming and soothing feelings
  25. This essential oil evokes positive feelings of self-awareness
  26. Make an all-natural DIY Lavender scented deodorant
  27. It is helpful to diffuse lavender and peppermint when trying to stay on task
  28. Lavender subjectively improves work environments, keep a bottle around to share with co-workers
  29. To promotes feelings of clear breathing and open airways,* combine with lemon and peppermint
  30. Diffusing Lavender may help dogs that suffer from separation anxiety
  31. Use it as a natural bug repellent
  32. Soothes skin irritations associated with insect bites
  33. Use it to nourish your nails
  34. Hydrate your lips with a DIY lip balm
  35. When you’ve had too much sun exposure, soothe irritation with a DIY After Sun Spray

Brenda GarrisonAfter working many years the military and corporate world, Brenda decided to take a leap and leave those worlds behind.

She went to school to became a licensed esthetician and opened her own business.

She was first introduced to doTERRA Essential Oils while doing product research for her esthetics business and was soon blown away by all the additional benefits offered by essential oils.

Her priorities have now changed and she's finally decided to take time for herself. Brenda wants to focus on her own health, wellness, balance and passion for essential oils.

She looks forward to sharing everything she learns with you here on Simple Nourished Living.

Essential oils are not one-size-fits-all. Click here for a FREE wellness consultation to learn how to use essential oils in your everyday life.

More articles by Brenda Garrison

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

 

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6 Weight Watchers Friendly Salmon Recipes with 4 Freestyle SmartPoints or Less https://simple-nourished-living.com/6-weight-watchers-friendly-salmon-recipes-with-4-freestyle-smartpoints-or-less/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/6-weight-watchers-friendly-salmon-recipes-with-4-freestyle-smartpoints-or-less/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:10:27 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50766 Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day:  6 Sensational Salmon Recipes with 4 Freestyle SmartPoints or Less “Something magical happens when you stop thinking life will be better one day, and, instead, you focus on making today the best day of your life.” – Tonya Leigh As I was reaching into the freezer to pull out a...

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Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day:  6 Sensational Salmon Recipes with 4 Freestyle SmartPoints or Less

6 Salmon Recipes 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints or Less

Salmon Steak with Vegetables and Salad Leaf

“Something magical happens when you stop thinking life will be better one day, and, instead, you focus on making today the best day of your life.” – Tonya Leigh

As I was reaching into the freezer to pull out a package of salmon I paused and gave thanks for my dear friend, Erin.

Erin doesn’t like fish and her dad owns a fishing camp in Alaska, so she regularly blesses me with the most beautiful Alaskan salmon and halibut. Talk about a generous friend!

Today I’ve got six sensational WW friendly salmon recipes, some using fresh/frozen fillets and some that call for canned in case you don’t have easy access to the fresh/frozen stuff. Enjoy!

6 WeightWatchers Friendly Salmon Recipes with 4 SmartPoints or Less

Weight Watchers Recipe for Honey Glazed Salmon

5-Ingredient Easy Glazed Salmon (4SP)

6 Salmon Recipes 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints or Less

Honey Lime Salmon with Confetti Corn Salad (2SP)

Asian Slow Cooker Salmon & Vegetables (4SP)

Quick Easy Salmon Patties

Simple Salmon Patties (3SP)

skinny slow cooker apricot salsa salmon weight watchers points

Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Salmon (4SP)

Salmon Egg Asparagus Salad

Salmon, Egg & Asparagus Salad (1SP)

 

Today’s Food For Thought…

Spiff up the spot where you spend the most time in your home. Even if you don’t think it’s bothering you, physical cutter can translate to mental clutter, causing more stress and depleting your energy. Plus, it can lead to overeating. A study in the journal Environment and Behavior discovered that women in a messy kitchen ate nearly three times as many calories as those with cleaner countertops because their surroundings made them feel more out of control. (Source: Woman’s Day December/January 2018)

Have a wonderful Day!

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I can’t begin to express what feedback like this means to me… “Hi! I have followed you on Facebook for quite a while and have enjoyed a number of your crock pot recipes. Delicious!! I work at a small hospital in Kansas. I am the grant coordinator for a grant we received from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The grant is for improving health in our community through healthy food choices and physical activity. I am going to start publishing healthy recipes on our Facebook page, as well as putting those recipes on cards that will be available at our local supermarket. I wondered if I could use some of your recipes in both places, giving you credit for them, of course. Thank you!!” – Cheri M.

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Easy 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken https://simple-nourished-living.com/easy-2-ingredient-slow-cooker-bbq-chicken-recipe/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/easy-2-ingredient-slow-cooker-bbq-chicken-recipe/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:42 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=45637 Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Easy 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken This simple, 2-ingredient Weight Watchers Friendly slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe could NOT be easier. A variation of my favorite 2-ingredient salsa chicken, it is one of my go-to recipes perfect for busy days. And the first quick and easy meal that got...

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Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Easy 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Weight Watchers 2-ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This simple, 2-ingredient Weight Watchers Friendly slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe could NOT be easier.

A variation of my favorite 2-ingredient salsa chicken, it is one of my go-to recipes perfect for busy days.

And the first quick and easy meal that got tossed into the crock pot after arriving at the cabin this summer.

Perfect for pot lucks, picnics and game day get togethers too.

Skinny on 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Be sure to use your favorite barbecue sauce. The chicken will release plenty of juice during cooking, which will dilute the flavors a bit.

While I chose boneless, skinless chicken thighs, go with whatever part of the chicken you prefer – drumsticks, legs and breasts all will work.

I like to serve this chicken with baked potatoes, peas and coleslaw. It’s also yummy shredded and turned into “pulled chicken” that can be used to top a baked potato, in a rice bowl or as a sandwich filling.

This recipe makes 6 servings. And it’s easy to double when feeding a crowd or portion out and freeze for future quick and easy meals.

According to my calculations, each serving has about 200 calories and  *6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Enjoy!

Are You Ready To Slow Cook Yourself Slim?

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe Variations

different BBQ sauce – there are so many choices available today. Look for one that’s low in sugar.

different meats – substitute lean pork or beef for the chicken

additional spice – add spices such as chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, etc. to boost the flavor

vegetarian – substitute beans  – black, white, pinto, garbanzo, for the chicken

more veg – add chopped onion or bell pepper for more bulk

This video shows a big batch of 2-Ingredient BBQ Chicken using 5 pounds of chicken and 2 jars of sauce…

Search for More Weight Watchers Friendly Easy Recipes

If you like this easy, healthy 2-ingredient salsa chicken, be sure to check out some of my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly slow cooker recipes with minimal ingredients including: Easy Healthy 2-Ingredient Salsa Chicken, 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, 3-Ingredient Creamy Italian Chicken, 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Goddess Chicken, 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Italian Beef

Here’s a video from AllRecipes showing how to make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken with Homemade from Scratch Barbecue Sauce:

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If you like this easy, healthy 2-ingredient salsa chicken, be sure to check out some of my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly slow cooker recipes with minimal ingredients including: Easy Healthy 2-Ingredient Salsa Chicken, 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, 3-Ingredient Creamy Italian Chicken, 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Goddess Chicken, 3-Ingredient Crock Pot Italian Beef

Easy 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This is one of the EASIEST slow cooker recipe EVER! Just TWO ingredients: BBQ sauce and chicken makes delicious juicy chicken that can be used in a variety of ways

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  1. Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.

  2. Place the chicken in your slow cooker. Top with the barbecue sauce.

  3. Cover and cook on LOW until the chicken is tender, 4 to 6 hours.

  4. When cooked, remove the chicken and set on a large plate or cutting board and cut into chunks or shred with 2 forks to make “pulled chicken.”

  5. Add the chicken back into the crock pot with the pots juices. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *6 per about 1/2 cup serving (may be less if lower sugar barbecue sauce is used)
Weight Watchers PointsPlus *5 per about 1/2 cup serving

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Tips & Hints for Weight Watchers from My Weekly Weight Loss Support Meeting https://simple-nourished-living.com/insights-from-this-weeks-weight-loss-support-meeting/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/insights-from-this-weeks-weight-loss-support-meeting/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:17:19 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50875 My sister, mom and a few friends have formed a healthy living/weight loss support group. We meet Fridays at noon for 30 to 45 minutes to share, connect and support one another in our journey toward a happy, healthy, balanced life. It’s turning out to be more informative, helpful and fun than I imagined. Here...

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Weight Loss Support Group

My sister, mom and a few friends have formed a healthy living/weight loss support group. We meet Fridays at noon for 30 to 45 minutes to share, connect and support one another in our journey toward a happy, healthy, balanced life.

It’s turning out to be more informative, helpful and fun than I imagined.

Here are tips & hints that were shared this week…

Tips & Hints from My Weekly Weight Loss Support Meeting

My mom kicked things off by sharing this quote…

There is no one who became rich because he worked on a holiday and no one who became fat because he broke a fast.” – Ethiopian proverb

Intermittent Fasting. Speaking of breaking a fast, Christine shared how much success she is having from implementing what she learned in Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat book and watching Dr. Jason Fung’s Video about intermittent fasting. She has lost 4 pounds and is feeling more energized and less foggy headed.

I’m so excited to learn of others’ positive experiences with skipping breakfast on occasion.

The people we spend time with influences our waistlines

Benefits of Pairing Up for Weight Loss. My sister, Brenda, shared ideas from a Woman’s Day article which explored the positive benefits of pairing up with friends, family, colleagues on the weight loss journey and noted the power of weekly meetings.

We have been holding our weekly meetings for about a month and I’m already feeling the benefits.

I’ve always considered my WW meeting 30 minutes of sanity in an out of control food world. This meeting is very much the same. It’s nourishment for the mind and soul which helps me reinforce making better choices.

For example I left the meeting and headed to lunch with my Mom, where it was natural and easy to choose the sesame ginger grilled chicken salad – a much better option than the burger & fries.

Related: 6 Ways Weight Watchers Can Stay Motivated Beyond Meetings

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

Coupons and Weight Loss Success
Coupons & Weight Loss. Brenda also referenced the discovery of one of the women in the article who had successfully lost weight. A former extreme couponer, she had discovered that most of her coupon purchases were for highly processed, unhealthy foods. She gave up coupons, ate healthier, lost weight and saved money!

Have you ever noticed that most coupons are for “unnecessary foods?” I read somewhere that the more money spent on a food’s marketing/advertising the less healthy it is.

Consider the foods that are often offered at coupon discount.

Do you ever see coupons for “healthy” like bananas or broccoli?  For the WW zero points foods – lean proteins, plain greek nonfat yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, tofu, eggs, beans?

More often you’ll find coupons for sweets, snacks, highly processed convenience items so be selective. If you use coupons, use them with care.

Are you being tricked into buying something that you don’t really need—that will be a temptation once it’s in your cupboard—rather than a necessary item that will contribute to the happy, healthy, balanced life you crave?

Eat Better and Lose Weight with Online Grocery Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping. Christine shared her positive experience using online shopping at her favorite grocery store. She has discovered it helps her save time and money and avoid impulse purchases of tempting foods that sabotage her weight loss efforts.

Click here to read more about Online Shopping for Weight Loss Success

My mom talked about how much she is learning from Target 100: The World’s Simplest Weight Loss Program.

We have decided that for now we would just read the book at our own pace and share any insights at our weekly meetings.

A self-confessed carboholic, she is working to follow author, Liz Josefsberg’s,  suggestion to keep carbs to 100g or less a day. She also appreciates Liz’s guidance on the need to craft a plan that is individual to you and your particular needs and challenges.

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New Contributing Writer: Vegans of Weight Watchers Lori Manby https://simple-nourished-living.com/new-contributing-writer-vegans-of-weight-watchers-lori-manby/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/new-contributing-writer-vegans-of-weight-watchers-lori-manby/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:45:56 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50799 I am so pleased to introduce a new contributing writer to Simple Nourished Living: Vegans of Weight Watchers Lori Manby. Lori shared her success story with us here last year and is kicking things off this month by reacquainting us with her journey and bringing us up to date on what has transpired in her...

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I am so pleased to introduce a new contributing writer to Simple Nourished Living: Vegans of Weight Watchers Lori Manby.

Lori shared her success story with us here last year and is kicking things off this month by reacquainting us with her journey and bringing us up to date on what has transpired in her world over the past year…

What was life like before you lost weight? What was your struggle?

I was always the “big boned” girl.

I was five when I have my earliest memory of sneaking food. I had refused to eat since I didn’t want hot dogs and when I didn’t get my way, I stormed off to bed “hungry.”

Instead of coming back and saying I wanted to eat, the defiant child in me snuck into the kitchen to eat leftover hot dogs off dirty plates as my family watched TV in the next room.

At that age I wasn’t very stealth, so my mom heard me, and when I said I was hungry she of course made me a plate.

But it was too late.

I’d felt it. That physical rush, the “high.”

It was exhilarating, even at that age it was freeing in some way. But like any addiction, each “high” makes it harder and harder to stop.

From there I would spend 20 minutes slowly sneaking up and down the stairs, step by step, trying to remember where the creaky floorboards were and cringing when I’d missed one.

I didn’t discover Santa wasn’t real by coming down when I heard noises of what I thought was him. I was sneaking into the kitchen for Hershey’s miniature candy in the bowl on the counter when I stumbled upon my parents quietly placing presents under the tree.

Saying I heard Santa was the way I covered my tracks. The lying had already started.

By the time I was in high school I’d developed a full blown addiction. I’d think about food all the time… what I would eat and when.

No one else talked about it, so I hid it, which of course made it worse.

Fast forward 20 years and I had successfully sabotaged jobs, friends, and relationships… every area of my life.

I turned into a person I didn’t want to be, then convinced myself that’s “just who I am.”

Lori Manby Vegans of Weight Watchers - Before and After

Had you tried to lose weight in the past?

I lost the most weight in the 90’s taking the prescription weight loss pill Phen Phen.

I was able to maintain a “healthy weight” for several years, but after collage I’d gained three sizes in a year.

I’d rushed into a marriage too quickly and given up things I was passionate about in the process. I felt like a failure, so I sought comfort from food.

From there I tried every diet, pill, shake, herbal tea, even hypnosis.

I did high fat, low fat, Atkins, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, 21-day detox, Raw til 4…I can go on.

But like all “quick-fix diets,” I would lose some weight but never enough to make me motivated to keep pushing, so I’d gain it all back.

Then I’d binge from feeling deprived, then eat from the guilt that comes with binging, then binge because I felt like a failure… the cycle repeated over and over and over again.

Eventually I would joke about my destiny of being the “funny fat vegan who loved food too much to be skinny” I made myself believe it, so that’s what I became.

Eat Real Food - Not Food Products

What was the “a-ha-moment” that made you want to lose the weight?

I went vegan for ethical reasons two years prior to joining WW, October of 2013, so weight loss wasn’t the focus.

By January, 2016 I had gained 20+ more pounds on TOP of the weight I already needed to lose. With vegan versions of literally everything, I certainly wasn’t drinking green juices and eating salad.

When I learned Oreos and Thin Mints were vegan, I had even more of an excuse to overindulge.

Vegan food is “healthy” right?

My blood work was good, my cholesterol had dropped drastically, even my blood pressure was within healthy range… I was in complete denial.

I wasn’t the “healthiest fat person” I’d deemed myself to be. I would walk a block and my calves would cramp so badly I had to stop. AFTER A BLOCK!

I was with a client once who asked if I minded taking the stairs 3 floors up. I panicked. I insisted they go first to hide my pushing off the rail.

I was out of breath before the first floor. I pretended something was caught in my throat to hide my heavy breathing. I beelined to the restroom, trying to hide the limp from my aching calf.

I ripped my suit jacket off as the door closed because I’d already started pouring sweat.

After I got my breathing together, I wiped the sweat away with toilet paper, threw my engaging personality back on and emerged unaffected.

My entire life had become smoke and mirrors. It was exhausting. The only thing I was succeeding at is that I was slowly killing myself… with food.

Then, Christmas of 2015 my sister gave me a digital picture frame. Little did I know that frame would quite literally save my life.

Two weeks later, I transferred photos I hadn’t seen on a screen larger than my phone in 20 years.

As I sat reminiscing over the past two decades of my life, I did a double take a few photos in.

Vegans of Weight Watchers - Lori Manby before and after photos

Who was that big girl in all the photos? Wait, that was ME????

Seeing myself photo after photo, bigger and bigger, year after year was mortifying!!

How did I let myself get this big? Denial and excuses, that’s how.

Was this your first time joining weight watchers?

Around 2005 I’d lost weight with Weight Watchers. I was back in a body I could start to love and succeeding at life again.

But then work got busy and it was hard to get to weekly meetings.

Not to mention tracking by hand was super challenging for me.

So I took the easy way out and used the “it’s too hard with my job and lifestyle” excuse.

Vegan vegetables and fruits

Why did you choose WW again to help you lose the weight?

I was diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) two years prior.

But seeing the photos passing by on that frame was the final straw—I’d hit rock bottom.

In that moment knew I had two options… be honest with myself about my food addiction and get the help I needed.

Or, continue to let the guilt, shame, and excuses I convinced myself to be true continue to sabotage every area of my life.

I knew if I wanted to change my body, I’d have to change my mind.

So, after I picked my jaw up off the ground, at 210 pounds, I instantly re-joined Weight Watchers.

The program had the structure I would need while I figured out a way to stop the record of doubt playing over and over in my head.

Now I just needed to figure out a way to make it work with my binge eating behaviors, lack of exercise routine, and “junk food vegan” diet.

How long did it take you to hit your goal? How long have you been maintaining?

I started January of 2016, weighing in at 210 lbs, size 1X. I set an aggressive goal to be a size 8/10 by that time next year. I didn’t know or care what the actual number would represent that on the scale.

Eight months later—when I hit my size 8/10 goal—I had professional photos taken to mark the smallest I’d ever been.

But secretly, I thought maybe I could keep going, so I stayed in weight-loss mode.

Before I knew it, Christmas arrived which was eleven months after my start date… in 361 days I had hit a size 4, I’d lost 75lbs.

I announced I’d hit final goal from the rooftops! I rejoiced with a new wardrobe and passed my size 6 pants to a friend Susana who was shrinking with me.

I started the scary journey into maintenance mode… but the weight kept creeping off.

My physician was monitoring me along the way, mostly to put my mom’s mind at ease (sorry mom). She assured me my body would indeed stabilize when it reached the size it needed and most importantly, the size it WANTED to be… and it did.

Vegans of Weight Watchers - Lori Manby

Two months after that I stopped losing at a size 0/2. A SIZE 0/2?!?!?!

You mean my body was carrying 80 (ish) POUNDS MORE THAN IT WANTED TO?

You mean I’m NOT big boned and I DON’T have bad genetics?

My mind was blown. It’s been a year and I’ve never looked back.

How did you do it?

I’ve always had an “all or nothing” personality so not surprising, Weight Watchers became my next target. If I was going to do it, I was “all in.” My obsession for perfection kicked into overdrive, allowing me to quickly “crack the code.”

I have a project management background, so I used those skills to create and implement systems to make WW work for my binge eating behaviors, lack of exercise routines, and “junk food vegan” diet.

In the process I discovered my true purpose in life and my biggest passion: Share my deepest, darkest secrets with Binge Eating Disorder and use my skills to Support, Motivate, and Inspire others with similar stories.

How has your life changed?

A few months into my loss I started a “secret” Facebook group for friends who saw my results and wanted me to teach them to do the same.

Six months later, 14 active members had deleted 700 lbs… word spread in the process.

As I honed my skills, I was asked to do private coaching. But as the demand grew, the hours in the day shrunk, and my vision had always been to support people on a larger scale.

I want vegans and non-vegans, anywhere, at anytime, to have access to help if they needed it.

I knew that meant I’d have to “go public” with my story… but was I willing to open myself up to the judgement and ridicule poisoning people everywhere to achieve that?

It ended up being my Dad who answered that question, not surprising, he was always my biggest fan. We lost him to cancer in 2013, so he wasn’t here to see my transformation or cheer me on along the way.

I’d reached to call him (still do) so many times to share something I was excited about, waiting to hear “Way to goooooo LORI!” If you knew him you’re laughing because that’s EXACTLY how he’d say it.

I was even starting to doubt if my dream for Vegans of Weight Watchers was even realistic.

As soon as I’d mentally uttered those words, he sent the reassurance I needed, from a place he knew I would listen: Facebook. Through Facebook I’d become good friends with a woman, Carmen, a fellow vegan, who I greatly respect and admire.

It was over dinner she gave me the push I needed… It wasn’t about me anymore. People needed help and I had the ability to give it to them.

I’d lived my whole life for me, it was time to stop being selfish and give back.

That “all or nothing” took control and that night, the public Facebook Page “Vegans of Weight Watchers” was born.

Lori Manby - Vegans of Weight Watchers before after photos

It’s where I give tools, coach on strategy, and help others stop the record of doubt on repeat in THEIR head.

The page has things like my “Tips & Tricks” document and short videos teaching the everyday practicals I use to control binge eating.

You’ll find organized photo albums filled with delicious vegan food with point values, I’m a stickler for that… but I digress.

The video “Freestyle This” breaks down how the new program translates not only to vegans, but anyone struggling to understand portions, binge eating, and/or who like me, don’t eat many foods on the zero point list.

Last month, I opened up the closed group “Vegans of Weight Watchers – The Group”, where non-vegans are welcome too.

My goal is to build a community with the same mission as mine: To Support, Motivate, and Inspire others by sharing our stories and teaching the secrets to our success.

Why do you do this, what’s the catch?

It’s simple. I’m tired of pretending this disease isn’t real – that’s what got me into this mess to begin with.

This journey has been life changing for me. I’m a completely different person physically, but more importantly mentally.

I’ve managed to find the girl my doubt killed YEARS ago and bring her back to life. I feel deeply compelled, happily obligated in some way, to help to others in similar situations looking for a way out.

Friends joke “I’ve replaced my addiction to food with an obsession with Weight Watchers.”

I’ll be the first to admit meticulously researching, and doing what I call “Playing Points” is my guilty pleasure, and one I have no desire to stop.

I’ll also admit helping others succeed in their weight loss journey is my new “high.”

But as my dad would say “things happen because you MAKE them happen.”

I have the passion, the ability, and, most importantly, the mental strength. So the way I see it, there is only one option…share my experiences and Change the World, one Point at a Time.

Let’s connect!

~ Lori Manby, Founder of Vegans of Weight Watchers

~ FB page Vegans of Weight Watchers: https://www.facebook.com/VegansofWW

~ Vegans and non-vegans welcome in the closed Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VegansOfWW/

~ Instagram: @VegansofWeightWatchers

~ Snapchat/Twitter: VEGANSofWW

~ Connect: @Lmanby

#VegansOfWeightWatchers #VegansOfWW #EatingMyselfSkinny #PointMaster #CountingTilDeath #MasterofAllThingsPoints #FatToSkinnyVegan  #Size2Crew #TotalZero #PointsMatter #ThePointWhisperer #SavingTheWorldOnePointataTime #GotPoints #PointAddict #PointAddicted #BingeEatingDisorder

Vegans of Weight Watchers …Changing the World One Point at a Time!

Please note: Vegans of Weight Watchers techniques are based on my own experience. I do not consult with Weight Watchers coaches nor I am employed or endorsed by Weight Watchers Corporation.

Brenda GarrisonHi, I'm Lori.

I hid my binging eating from everyone, including myself, my entire life.

The day I learned what Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) was, I knew I had it.

I also knew I had two options…

Be honest with myself about my food addiction and get the help I needed.

Or, continue to let the guilt and shame sabotage every area of my life.

I went vegan for ethical reasons and like so many vegans, gained weight in the process. Read more...

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Weight Watchers Weekly Dinner Meal Plan #93 with Freestyle SmartPoints https://simple-nourished-living.com/weight-watchers-weekly-dinner-meal-plan-93-freestyle-smartpoints/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/weight-watchers-weekly-dinner-meal-plan-93-freestyle-smartpoints/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:16:38 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50754 Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Planning Ideas Every Friday I send out an email with what I’m planning to eat for dinner in the coming week which I also archive here on the blog. It helps keep me accountable and I hope you find it helpful as well. The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning Getting dinner on...

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Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Planning Ideas

Every Friday I send out an email with what I’m planning to eat for dinner in the coming week which I also archive here on the blog. It helps keep me accountable and I hope you find it helpful as well.

The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning

Getting dinner on the table is so much easier when you’ve planned what you’re cooking and eating ahead of time and done the grocery shopping.

It’s the only thing that prevents me from resorting to fast food or takeout more often than I should.

Every time I get out of the meal planning habit and resort to take-out, restaurants, and snacking on junk, it’s amazing how crappy I feel and how quickly the pounds pack on.

THE KEY TO EATING WELL IS COOKING.

When you’re trying to eat well, not cooking isn’t an option. There are just too many unknowns (hidden sugar, flour, fats, chemicals, points), too many temptations, and portions are way too large for you to routinely eat well on take-out or pre-made food.

As far as I’m concerned the Slow Cooker is the best invention ever for folks trying to eat healthy and lose weight without losing their minds.

Meal Planning + Slow Cooking = Easy Healthy Dinner!

I use mine at least once a week, sometimes more!

I’m absolutely, positively convinced that cooking with my crock-pot is directly linked to the success I’ve had keeping my weight off!

We are a family of two, so most recipes result in leftovers that we are happy to pack up for lunch the next day, freeze for a future quick-and-easy meal, or transform somehow.

THE KEY TO CONSISTENT COOKING IS PLANNING.

In the beginning meal planning can be a huge chore. The key is finding an approach that works for you over the long haul.

You can do-it-yourself, of course.

But, if you want a little help with your meal plans be sure to check out:

If you are looking for a Healthy Meal Planning Solution with lots of options including low carb and vegetarian diets with complete nutritional information and Weight Watchers SmartPoints, my WW friend Kristen, from Slender Kitchen has a really good one.

If you are looking for a Healthy Meal Planning Solution with lots of options including low carb and vegetarian diets with complete nutritional information and Weight Watchers SmartPoints, my WW friend Kristen, from Slender Kitchen has a really good one.

Slender Kitchen Meal Plans

(What I love about Slender Kitchen Meal Plans is that I don’t have to think. I print out the grocery list, do the shopping and when it’s time, head into the kitchen and get right to cooking! I subscribe to her service and use her plans the weeks when I want someone else to tell me what to cook!!)

This Week’s WW Meal Plan Suggestions with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:

Most days my breakfast is something quick like an english muffin with almond butter, avocado toast, eggs, yogurt with fruit, oatmeal or a smoothie, depending on my mood and the season.

Lunch is usually leftovers or some combination of soup / sandwich / salad.

****************THIS WEEK I’M PLANNING TO MAKE****************

skinny slow cooker apricot salsa salmon weight watchers points

Rotisserie Chicken Breast (0SP) Sweet Potato (SP) & Green Beans (0SP)

Slow Cooker Apricot Salsa Salmon (4SP) Rice (3SP) and Roasted Carrots (1SP)

Creamy Cauliflower & Potato Soup (2SP) and Mixed Green Salad (0SP) and Crusty Bread (2SP)

Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet (3SP) and Mixed Green Salad (0SP)

I hope this helps you with your own meal planning this week 🙂

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Slim and Sassy Metabolic Gum

By the way, I’m loving this Slim & Sassy Metabolic Gum to help with cravings and cut down on mindless snacking and munching while getting dinner ready!

“Thank you, my friend. You made such a difference in my WW journey and I really appreciate your help.” Jill L.

 

DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH MEAL PLANNING?

We all know how important healthy meal planning is to lasting weight loss success.  And how frustrating it can be to actually pull-off week after week.

After offering a Bonus Meal Plan with recipes and grocery list as part of my Slow Cook Yourself Slim eCookbook Bundle (updated with WW Freestyle SmartPoints), I got tons of requests for more.

So I assembled this Meal Plan eBook (with Freestyle SmartPoints) to make meal planning a breeze. It provides you with a month (four weeks) of meal plans with WW friendly recipes and grocery lists!

If you prefer a more sophisticated approach to meal planning with more flexibility and tons of options, you might want to check out my WW Friend Kristen from Slender Kitchen’s Meal Planning Made Easy, which I highly recommend!

Real people. Real weight loss. Real progress.

Here’s what other people are saying…

I’ve been following the meal plans from day one. I love, love, love the shopping list. Makes it so easy to stay organized and I’ve been saving money at the grocery store too because of it. I have enjoyed all the recipes and feel like they are so easy to follow! I purchased for the year and I’m one happy lady! Thanks again!
~ Nicole

Just wanted you to know that I bought these meal plans this morning and two hours later I made the frittata, which was delicious! This is just what I’ve been needing.  We tried Blue Apron, but they are high calorie. Your idea for this is fabulous. I’ll definitely advertise at my meeting.
~ Susan

Martha, Thank you for the wonderful recipes!!!  totally agree with you, planning your meals ahead is the key to a great weight loss!
~ Valerie G.

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Grocery Shop Online to Save Time & Money While Whittling Your Waistline! https://simple-nourished-living.com/lose-weight-save-time-money-grocery-shopping-online/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/lose-weight-save-time-money-grocery-shopping-online/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:33:24 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50838 Healthy eating starts at the supermarket. After all, it’s much easier to stick to a diet when your kitchen is stocked with good-for-you food. But it can be hard to resist filling your cart with chips, candy, and cookies especially when grocery stores are designed to make you buy (and eat!) more. So how can...

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Eat Better and Lose Weight with Online Grocery Shopping

Healthy eating starts at the supermarket. After all, it’s much easier to stick to a diet when your kitchen is stocked with good-for-you food. But it can be hard to resist filling your cart with chips, candy, and cookies especially when grocery stores are designed to make you buy (and eat!) more.

So how can you stay on track? You probably already know to avoid the supermarket when you’re hungry, shop  from your list and try to stick to the store’s perimeter as much as possible.

But even with the best intentions all the temptations can be hard to resist…

  • Tantalizing smells from the bakery.
  • End caps filled with bargain priced sodas and chips.
  • Check outs lined with buy one get one snickers bars and peanut butter cups.
  • Not to mention the freshly baked bread—right there by the checkout line.

So the easiest way to resist the temptation of discounts, displays, enticing bakery smells, and free samples may be to just skip the store altogether. Many stores now offer the option to order online and pick up in-store or have your items delivered.

It is a convenience I had never really considered until recently, when at my weekly weight loss support meeting, Christine shared how excited she was about Clicklist, our local Fry’s online shopping/pickup service. She said it was helping her stay on track with both her budget and healthy eating goals. She followed up a few days later with this email…

“We are just getting ready to pickup our 2nd order on Clicklist via Internet. It is so convenient to buy the items we bought already before at Fry’s, basically sitting on the couch and not getting tempted to buy items that are not really needed….”~ Christine

Advantages of Online Shopping When You Are Trying to Eat Better and Lose Weight

Online grocery shopping is one of the most convenient things ever. All you need to do is click “add to cart” and you’re one step closer to getting your weekly meal prep done.

You can avoid the olfactory cues of freshly baked goods like doughnuts and bread. Somehow buying bread online is much less appealing than buying it warm and fresh from the bakery.

You are less likely to toss a package of chocolate chip cookies into your virtual shopping cart.

According to this Huffington Post article,

A small study from the University of Connecticut monitored 28 women who bought groceries online from Peapod’s service for eight weeks, and found that they were much more likely to stick to their shopping list and lose weight in the process.

“We found by using the online service people were really able to cut back on the amount of high fat foods they had in their home, reduced it by up to 40 percent,” lead study author Amy Gorin told NBC Connecticut. “We also found the more times people used the ordering service the better their weight losses were, so there was an association there.”

More About Fry’s ClickList® Online Grocery Shopping/Pickup Service

ClickList® is an online grocery ordering service from Fry’s. Now you can shop online for the products you need and pick up your order at the store from the convenience of your car! Our associates will even bring out your order and load it into your car.

Videos About ClickList Grocery PickUp…

In this video Melea shows her experience with using Clicklist..

Comments from ClickList On Line Shopping Users:

“I have used Clicklist several times, even a few times when my kids were sick, so that was awesome. I love it because obviously it saves me time, but also so much money! I’m such an impulse buyer. I’ll remember random things we need or find things that sound good or are on sale and I’ll just get them. If I go to the store I typically spend about $120. When I do clicklist, it’s more like $60-70. It’s a huge savings for me!! Plus I make my list through the week since it saves my cart. Huge fan of it.”

“I use clicklist all the time and I love it! It was literally a life saver when I just had my baby! I was able to order online and have my husband pick it up on his way back from work.”

“I have used the ClickList option several times! I like how they track items you frequently purchase and you can click to add those to your cart without searching for them. I like the substitutions if they do not have the right item or quantity of products you are requesting in your online cart. Definite time saver!!!??”

I love it!! It’s a life changer! I love seeing my total online as I’m adding groceries to my cart so I can stay within my budget. I also love that I can order same day now. It’s amazing!?

“I recently had back surgery so this was a perfect time to try click List. I thought the choices were great as was all of our quality on the produce. My husband loved it as it saved him a ton of time!!! It is awesome.”

Sources:

Fitness Magazine
Huffington Post

You might also like:

101 Meal Prep Ideas from Successful Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers Weekly Link Roundup
How To Slow Cook Yourself Slim

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Weight Watchers Family Meals: Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe – 5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints https://simple-nourished-living.com/campbells-hearty-chicken-noodle-casserole-made-lighter-5-ww-freestyle-smartpoints/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/campbells-hearty-chicken-noodle-casserole-made-lighter-5-ww-freestyle-smartpoints/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:25:54 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50758 Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Campbell’s Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Made Lighter If you have a family and are on Weight Watchers it’s important to find easy, healthy recipes that work for the entire family. Image Source: Campbell’s Kitchen Not just important. Absolutely necessary. Who has the time and energy to cook multiple meals?...

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Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Campbell’s Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Made Lighter

If you have a family and are on Weight Watchers it’s important to find easy, healthy recipes that work for the entire family.

Campbell's Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Made Lighter WW Freestyle SmartPoints

Image Source: Campbell’s Kitchen

Not just important. Absolutely necessary.

Who has the time and energy to cook multiple meals?

Not me!

So I try to find recipes that will work for everyone, Weight Watchers and non Weight Watchers alike.

I like to think of these dishes as Weight Watchers Family Meals.

One good strategy is to take your family’s favorite recipes and lighten them up.

This chicken noodle casserole recipe is a great example.

It’s a lightened up version of Campbell’s Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe perfect for Weight Watchers family meals with 5 Freestyle SmartPoints.

You’ll appreciate the simplicity of the recipe which can be assembled in minutes, provided you have cooked chicken on hand, which I often do because of my love for rotisserie chicken.

I made my lighter, healthier WW friendly version for dinner last night and it was easy, flavorful and a huge hit with my creamy, casserole loving husband.

Served with a big green salad, it made for one of my favorite Weight Watchers family meals to date.

This brief video shows another way to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole at home:

 

The Skinny on Campbell’s Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Made Lighter:

Changes I made to this recipe to make it more Weight Watchers friendly:

  • Substituted  98% fat-free cream of chicken soup for the cream of mushroom
  • Substituted 1-1/2 cups no-yolk egg noodles for the noodles
  • Used fat free milk instead of 2%
  • Increased the mixed vegetables to 2-1/2 cups
  • Used reduced-fat cheddar cheese

According to my calculations, each serving (1/4th recipe) with these suggested changes has *5 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.

Enjoy!

Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

I made some changes to this popular Campbell’s recipe to make it a little more Weight Watchers friendly.

  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) Campbell's Condensed 98% Fat-Free Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 2-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, corn, peas)
  • 2 cups cubed boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1-1/2 cups medium no-yolk egg noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Here’s a link to the original Campbell’s recipe…

    Hearty Chicken Noodle Casserole (Campbells Kitchen)

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *9

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *5

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*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.

More Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes for You:

Favorite Easy Delicious Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken for Weight Watchers

Mini Chicken Pot Pies Made light & Easy

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes

Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice & Broccoli

Mom’s Chicken & Biscuit Pot Pie

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Favorite WW Friendly Valentine’s Desserts with Freestyle SmartPoints https://simple-nourished-living.com/favorite-ww-friendly-valentines-desserts-with-freestyle-smartpoints/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/favorite-ww-friendly-valentines-desserts-with-freestyle-smartpoints/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:25:54 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=50893 It’s just not Valentine’s Day without a little sweet treat. But at the same time, it’s way too easy to overdo it. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of favorite desserts made Weight Watchers friendly – gathered from all your favorite WW friendly recipe websites! WW Friendly Valentine’s Dessert Recipe Round-Up with Freestyle SmartPoints Brownie...

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It’s just not Valentine’s Day without a little sweet treat. But at the same time, it’s way too easy to overdo it.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of favorite desserts made Weight Watchers friendly – gathered from all your favorite WW friendly recipe websites!

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Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts for Valentine’s Day

 

WW Friendly Valentine’s Dessert Recipe Round-Up with Freestyle SmartPoints

Brownie Batter Chocolate Hummus
(*0 Freestyle SmartPoints | SlenderKitchen)

Skinny Raspberry Jell-O Meringue Kisses
(*1 WW Freestyle SmartPoint | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Mini Chocolate Croissants
(*2 Freestyle SmartPoints | HungryGirl)

Weight Watchers Friendly Chocolate Almond Coconut Truffles

Healthy Chocolate Almond Coconut Truffles

Chocolate Almond Coconut Truffles
(*2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Skinny Dark Chocolate Kisses
(*2 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyKitchen)

5-Ingredient PB Chocolate Fudge Bites
(*2 Freestyle SmartPoints | HungryGirl)

Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots
(*2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters with Sea Salt from SkinnyTaste

Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters with Sea Salt (Image courtesy of SkinnyTaste.com)

Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters with Sea Salt
(*2 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
(*2 Freestyle SmartPoints | EmilyBites)

This video shows how to make Weight Watchers Friendly Valentine’s Chocolate Cherry Tarts (*4 SmartPoints)

Chocolate Chip Clouds
(*2 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

Weight Watchers Healthy Microwave Mug Cake Recipe No Mix Gluten Free

Gluten-Free Microwave Mug Cake
(*3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Chocolate Chip Cannoli Cups
(*3 Freestyle SmartPoints | EmilyBites)

Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
(*3 Freestyle SmartPoints | HungryGirl)

Skinny Mini German Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Mini German Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Mini German Double Chocolate Cupcakes
(*3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Double Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
(*3 Freestyle SmartPoints | HungryGirl)

Nutella No-Bake Cookies
(*3 Freestyle SmartPoints | DrizzleMeSkinny)

5-Ingredient Chocolate Cheesecake Cups
(*3 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites - SkinnyKitchen.com

Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites (Image courtesy of SkinnyKitchen.com)

Skinny Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites
(*4 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyKitchen)

Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
(*5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Watch how to make WW Freestyle Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake (*4 SmartPoints)

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cups
(*5 Freestyle SmartPoints | EmilyBites)

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
(*5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Muffins
(*5 Freestyle SmartPoints | DrizzleMeSkinny)

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
(*5 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

Weight Watchers Individual Chocolate Souffles

Individual Chocolate Soufflés
(*6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies
(*6 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

Skinny Chocolate Mousse
(*6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints) | Simple-Nourished-Living

Mixed Berry Pie
(*6 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

2-Ingredient Crock Pot Chocolate Rice Pudding
(*6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfait

Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfait

Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfait
(*8 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

In this video, Fit & Fabulous Mama shows how to make *0 Point Cheesecake:

Snickers Cake Mug
(*8 Freestyle SmartPoints | HungryGirl)

Crock Pot Chocolate Tapioca Pudding
(*8 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Slow Cooker Impossible Chocolate Brownie Pie
(*9 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Slow Cooker Chocolate Sauce
(*9 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Gluten-Free S’mores Tartlets
(*9 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyTaste)

2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Forest Cake

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Forest Cake
(*9 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Slow Cooker Chocolate Rice Pudding
(*10 WW Freestyle SmartPoints | Simple-Nourished-Living)

Frosted Red Velvet Cupcakes
(*10 Freestyle SmartPoints | SkinnyKitchen)

More WW Friendly Sweets for Valentine’s Day

14 Weight Watchers Friendly Chocolate Treats

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Love Is In The Air

Our sense of smell is our most primitive aid to courtship, and it is willing to be seduced by a wide range of aromas.  Scents can soothe you, arouse you, intrigue you, remind you, alarm you, and even disgust you.  They are deeply linked to our emotions and can even evoke physiological effects.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, why not use essential oils to create aromatic delights to awaken the senses, pamper the skin, stir the soul, and inspire romance.

Put a little love in the air with these special blends.

 

doTERRA Valentines Essential Oil Diffuser Blend Recipes

Valentine’s Day
1 drop Tangerine
1 drop Sandalwood
2 drops doTERRA Elevation

Love is in the Air
2 drops doTERRA Motivate
2 drops Cinnamon Bark
1 drop Lemon

I Love You
1 drop doTERRA Cheer
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Citrus Bliss

Cupid Shuffle
1 drop Lime
3 drops Patchouli
2 drops Ylang Ylang

You’re Cute
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Clary Sage
1 drop Wild Orange

Sweetheart Blend
3 drops Lime
2 drops Wild Orange
1 drop Ylang Ylang

XOXO
1 drop Ylang Ylang
2 drops Wild Orange
1 drop Sandalwood
1 drop Cedarwood

Falling in Love
3 drops Frankincense
1 drop Myrhh
1 drop Sandalwood
1 drop Cinnamon Bark

Be Mine
2 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood
2 drops doTERRA Passion

Love Potion
1 drop Clary Sage
2 drops Lime
2 drops Juniper Berry

doTERRA Essential Oils Valentines Diffuser Blends

Simple Ways to Create Your Signature Scent with Essential Oils

On your pulse points. One of the most convenient ways to scent your body is simply apply one drop of essential oil “neat” (undiluted) directly to each of several pulse points, like behind your ears, inside your wrists and elbows, at the nape of your neck, on your cleavage or behind your knees.  Some pleasingly fragrant essential oils that can be tolerated in their undiluted form by many include Lavender, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang.

This is an easy way to create your own signature scent. But if in doubt, perform a patch test to check for skin sensitivity.  If you don’t react negatively, feel free to apply a few more drops to other pulse points with a maximum of four drops.  Dilute any sensitivity with fractionated coconut oil or and other oil you may have handy.

In your hair. Having hair that smells wonderful can also be part of your signature “fragrance style.”  Work a drop of the above oils through your damp hair with your hands.  Or put a couple drops on your hairbrush before using it.  Just be careful not to get essential oils in your eyes.

As part of a massage. There is no better way of showing how deeply you care for someone than by giving a loving, soothing massage.  Whether it’s for pure relaxation or as sensual foreplay, massage is a wonderful way of allowing your loving energy to flow through your hands into your partner, encouraging slow de-stressing and opening of the heart.

In today’s fast-paced world, step back and simplify your gift giving.  Realize how much happiness and pleasure you can give just by using your two hands.  Happiness and pleasure are two of life’s most potent medicines.  Massage with an essential oil blend helps the nerves relax while also stimulating the senses.  This may be the perfect aphrodisiac!

Use jojoba or fractionated coconut oil to create your own Valentine’s Day Massage Oil Blend.  Or simply things even more and simply use doTERRA’s Passion Blend.

doTERRA's Passion Essential Oil Blend

Ignite Your Imagination with doTERRA Passion Blend

Say goodbye to the boring, the mundane, the predictable and welcome in a life full of vigor and excitement with the doTERRA Passion Inspiring Blend. Enriched with a combination of spice and herb essential oils, doTERRA Passion will help inspire creativity and ignite a passion for life when there seems to be little.

This essential oil blend will fill your senses with renewed joy and feelings of wonder that will have you daring to try new things and will help you find greater delight in the blessings that surround you.

So leave your boredom and disinterest behind with a little encouragement from the doTERRA Passion blend and soar to new levels of excitement, creativity, and inspiration.

Like all doTERRA essential oil blends, doTERRA Passion is formulated with CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, which means that the essential oils have undergone strict testing to assess purity and potency and have met the high essential oil standards that doTERRA holds all of their essential oils to. When you purchase essential oils products from doTERRA, you receive products that are pure and potent, ensuring quality and effectivity so that your experience with essential oils is positive and uplifting.

doTERRA Passion Inspiring Essential Oil Blend

doTERRA Passion Uses and Benefits

  1. If you’re feeling your day-to-day routine is becoming dull and monotonous, use doTERRA Passion to make a change. To feel inspired and passionate all day long, apply the doTERRA Passion blend to your pulse points throughout the day. With a specific and scientific formula of spice and herb essential oils, doTERRA Passion will help ignite feelings of excitement, passion, and joy.
  2. doTERRA Passion can counteract negative feelings of boredom and disinterest, which is what makes this oil so essential. Everyone experiences stagnancy in life from time to time, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay there. Break free from indifference and tedium by applying doTERRA Passion oil to your skin or by putting it in the diffuser. You will be amazed how a little passion pick-me-up can go a long way.
  3. Wake up with purpose, with vigor, with doTERRA Passion. In the morning, add one to two drops of the doTERRA Passion blend to the diffuser of your choice and diffuse. This early-morning diffusion will have you feeling energized and enthusiastic for a day full of new and exciting possibilities.
  4. If you find yourself at work with an imagination or inspiration block, unable to create new ideas and materials or finding it hard to enjoy your work environment, it’s time to put some Passion into the workplace. To help spark creativity, clarity, and wonder in your work area, bring your diffuser to work and diffuse the doTERRA Passion essential oil blend.

Chemistry of doTERRA Passion

The doTERRA Passion blend combines spice and herbal essential oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove, and Damiana. This mixture of oils creates a chemical profile with a high concentration of phenols and ethers, which contribute warming and renewing benefits to the doTERRA Passion blend.

For more information about the chemical backgrounds of aromatherapy oils, visit the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ page.

Key Ingredients:

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Cardamom Seed
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Ginger Rhizome
  • Clove Bud
  • Sandalwood Wood
  • Jasmine Flower Absolute
  • Vanilla Bean Absolute
  • Damiana Leaf

Cautions:
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Brenda

Brenda GarrisonAfter working many years the military and corporate world, Brenda decided to take a leap and leave those worlds behind.

She went to school to became a licensed esthetician and opened her own business.

She was first introduced to doTERRA Essential Oils while doing product research for her esthetics business and was soon blown away by all the additional benefits offered by essential oils.

Her priorities have now changed and she's finally decided to take time for herself. Brenda wants to focus on her own health, wellness, balance and passion for essential oils.

She looks forward to sharing everything she learns with you here on Simple Nourished Living.

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