Essential Oils.

Holy moly, it’s been a very LONG time since I have blogged. ( Life has thwarted my blogging. )

I decided to get back into essential oils after having a horrible accident while I was deployed to Afghanistan, in 2012. When I got home, I was told by multiple doctors that I could never walk, run, hike or ride horses ever again. I am an avid runner, and to hear my doctors say this was devastating.

I was talking to a dear friend of mine about my trials, and she sent me a sample of a few oils ( Serenity, Wintergreen and Lemon). I was floored with the results! I immediately joined doTERRA as a Wellness Advocate ( Consultant) and was back to running, hiking, walking, and enjoying horseback riding again. I finished my first half marathon 6 months after being relieved of physical therapy. As you know, I was told that I could never run again, but I ran The Sedona Half Marathon, finishing in two hours and thirty-five minutes. Tears of joy streamed down my face, knowing that I had beat all odds and that the doctors were wrong about my medical status. I have my oils and God to thank for it. I have not taken any medication for pain since I joined 3 years ago. It’s a miracle!

If you are wanting to discover what alternatives there are for you and your family, please contact me. I will get back with you within 72 hours. You will not be disappointed. The journey to wellness starts with one drop!

Now that I am more informed about EO’s, my health, and my belief of truly going holistic with everything, I am going to incorporate essential oil information as well. I have tried other essential oil companies and I have decided that I will only use doTERRA essential oils. My blog will not be a ‘bashing of other oil companies’ blog, and I would expect my readers to reciprocate if they use a different EO brand. I’m so excited to share all sorts of ideas with you regarding doTERRA essential oils!

If you would like to read more about doTERRA, I have a website you can visit! I love talking about essential oils!

Choose to be healthy,

~ Jillian

Click the link for my doTERRA website: http://mydoterra.com/jilliantorres

Are you ‘Fed Up’?

Are you fed up yet?

Recently, I watched a GREAT documentary called ‘Fed Up’. I highly recommend anyone to watch it. As you all know, I am a HUGE geek when it comes to food, nutrition and exercise. This touched on all of those things, especially food and nutrition. The documentary is narrated by Katie Couric. Even though I am not a fan of hers, she does point out many great points of what is going on in our food system and what should and could be done to our food system. This is the documentary the food industry doesn’t want you to see.

There are 4 children who suffer from obesity in this documentary. My heart goes out to them. The first kid explained and KNEW why he was becoming obese.Children NEED nutrition and they won’t get it from eating processed foods. Diabetes is sky rocketing in today’s generation. It has been increasing year to year and it is so sad to see children have diabetes, whom are 14 or 16 years of age. Not everyone knows how to eat right, or exercise. Things are way to convenient when it comes to cooking a meal. Everyone either has no time, or they are too lazy to cook.

Many people say that eating organic is too expensive and they can’t afford it. However, what they don’t realize is that eating organic IS INDEED cheaper than eating processed, unhealthy foods. I understand that there are people who cannot afford to eat organic, but honestly, you buy organic and COOK your own meals, it WILL be cheaper. Prepping meals for the week and buying in bulk saves a lot of time and money for you. I am living proof that it does work if you put for the effort. I save an average of about $85 a month in food due to cooking my own meals. However, my household is just my dog and I. Feeding a family of 4 can be pricey.

I will be putting together a template ( hopefully soon ) about how to budget your food bills and save money. Stay tuned!

~ Jillian

A Few of My Favorite Soaps.

Hello everyone!

I have been doing some digging on soaps, such as: body wash, shampoo / conditioner, and laundry detergent. I was on Facebook when I saw a picture of all the companies who test on animals in my news feed. I stopped to look at the article and I was amazed at how many MAINSTREAM companies test on poor innocent animals. Some of them included: Lysol, Clorox, Arm & Hammer, Colgate, and those are just to name a few. Crazy, isn’t?

I then began to research if making my own soap would be cheaper and it actually would be, however my busy schedule would not allow me to even make time to cook up some soap. My last resort was to just dig, and by did, I mean contacting all the companies that were in the article I read. I called a few, which I won’t name, but they really didn’t answer any of my questions. I asked if they tested on animals and their response ( I am directly quoting the company I called ) was ” Our finally products are NOT tested on animals”. I then asked if the beginning products are tested on animals, and I was pretty much hit with the cold shoulder. Hmm. Interesting how you put these companies on the spot and they start to act like they’ve committed a crime. What do they have to hide?

I’ve been on the organic train for about 12 years now and the GMO free train for about a year and a half now. I have to thank my mom for showing me the better alternatives. Little did we both know that soap would be toxic as well. Especially ones that said “organic” or “natural”, but they were mainstream.

Everyone by EO. It's GMO Free!!!

Everyone by EO. It’s GMO Free!!!

I’ve stumbled upon a particular soaps that I am quite fond of and they are both cruelty free. The first one is the Everyone Soap. It’s made by EO, with ingredients that are pure, natural and organic. There’s a plus to this soap as well… it has 3 in 1 uses! HUGE $$$ saving plus. They also have lotions, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and much more. One more added bonus is, it’s GMO Free! HUGE plus for me.

The Honest Company! Great detergent!

The Honest Company! Great detergent!

The second one is, The Honest Company. I’m trying the laundry detergent with them. Has anyone tried this company yet? I’m quite new to it. I’m really liking how my clothes don’t become super “rough” after I wash them. I’m still doing more research with this company, however they are cruelty free and that is a huge plus for me.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps!!! Fair Trade & GMO Free.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps!!! Fair Trade & GMO Free.

The third one is, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. They are also GMO free and have tons, by tons, I mean TONS of different uses. Their products are cruelty free, vegan, biodegradable, hemp used oils, jojoba oils ( actually a lot of oils) and made with certified fair trade and organic ingredients. You can actually wash your car with this soap. AMAZING, right?

These are just to name a few of my new, and some old favorite soaps. If you have any questions, please leave your comments below! Also, if you know of any other great soaps, please let us all know. I love reading about “unpopular” brands. Thank you so much for reading my blog!

~ Stay healthy,

Jillian 🙂

Melt.

Holy cow, it’s been a very LONG time since I’ve blogged about what we eat. Life has been so crazy for me. I’m finally getting into the swing of things, once again.  I have found some new items on my lovely non- GMO list of foods that are just fabulous.

My main concern with GMO’s is that it’s sooooo toxic for our bodies, yet our government thinks it’s perfectly fine. Tell me why they spray our foods with toxic chemicals ( btw they are wearing full body suits, breathing masks, and being told not to have the chemicals touch their bodies) and then say it’s OK to EAT? Boggles my mind!!! WHY??? They don’t care, that’s why. It’s all about population control, I’m so sure of it.

Ok. Now going back to what this blog was meant for…

Butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and anything made with milk…cow’s milk to begin with. I quite often wary of what cow’s milk based products I get.  I have discovered a really creamy, rich butter called, Melt. It’s amazing! I don’t even know how to describe it other than it being, amazing.  Melt is also a soy-free butter. I melted it ( not punt intended) tonight to put in my dish, and it looked like milk. So delicious! I found this at my local Natural Grocers supermarket. I love Natural Grocers; they are my next best thing since I don’t have a Trader Joe’s. They have everything that’s so affordable and sometimes, most times, they have sales left and right.

For those of you that are new to my blog, please feel free to follow along! I try to post new blogs every Sunday. Each entry is either a rant about GMO’s or fabulous findings that are GMO free.

Melt: Organics Butter.

Melt: Organics Butter.

Eat healthy and GMO free!

~ Jillian

Pulp is For The Dogs!

Pulp and chopped carrots.

Pulp and chopped carrots.

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I have been able to post anything. Life gets so hectic sometimes. NOW, I have time, and I hope to have more time to dedicate to my blogs. 🙂

I’ve come to discover that I need to recycle the pulp I have left over from juicing.

Have you ever juiced veggies? Especially carrots? They are a great source of nutrients to your body! I started juicing back in March and I have been hooked ever since! I recently decided to keep the pulp and use it for a multitude of things. The pulp from the carrots I keep it stored in a bag after I am done juicing it. Once breakfast or dinner comes around, I give that pulp ( only the carrot pulp) to my dog. He is in love with it. Simon just starts salivating at the sound of the juicer…he knows it’s coming to his bowl, very soon.

I usually add in some different roots and fruits as well, but I pull the bag out and replace it so I can catch the other stuff as well. Simon has had chopped carrots in his meals since he was a youngin’, but I never thought to use the pulp, until now. Try it with your dogs. They’ll love it!

~ Jillian

Cucumbers Pickled to Deliciousness.

This weekend I decided to do something fantastic, and fun. I pickled cucumbers!!! Definitely rough if it’s the first time you’ve ever pickled cucumbers. My friend invited me over to her house for some cooking and pickling.  Mason Jars are simply awesome to use for this. I found mine at Walmart ( shockingly, being that I NEVER find anything at Walmart) . They were pretty inexpensive. The pint size ones I used were about $1.50 each. The process is great, and somewhat easy. My friend was awesome, and has had experience in pickling cucumbers before, so it was not the brutal. Y’all should try it.

We only used GMO free ingredients, of course. Mason jars are great. We also used a coffee grinder to grind up the salt needed. Make sure you don’t use salt with iodine. I believe we used the Pink Himalayan salt rocks. I can’t wait to try them! There are tons of recipes out there for pickling. It’s super relaxing too.

Wait 4-6 weeks for your cucumbers to turn to pickles!

Wait 4-6 weeks for your cucumbers to turn to pickles!

Happy pickling!

~ Jillian