Thieves Household Cleaner

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We love using the Thieves line from Young Living and for good reason!  Not only is it great for use during the sick season, but throughout the year with daily use in the home. Their household cleaner is a top rated product and this goes to show that many others out there love it too. One bottle of household cleaner concentrate can make about 30 bottles or more, coming out to fifty cents to one dollar a bottle depending on how much you dilute it. One small capful diluted with 2-3 cups of water makes an all-purpose cleaner and it goes a long way. You can use Thieves for cleaning every part of your home. Use it to switch out the toxic cleaners in your home that have hormone disruptors and carcinogenic ingredients in them. Thieves is safe to use around your children and pets. We’d be happy to help you get started with having a healthier home environment for your family. The price shown here is retail and you get better savings as a member.  Contact us if you would like to get started with having a safer environment in your home.  Now is the perfect time with Spring Cleaning season!

Cold and Flu Season

It’s that time of year when illness from the flu is going around. Here are tips:

As soon as you come down with symptoms, make sure you get on top of them as soon as you can so that you can recover quickly. Consistency is also key! What to have on hand to take at first signs of the flu:

- THIEVES essential oil! Diffuse; apply topically. You can put it in your tea or water with Thieves Vitality.
- Oscillococcinum - Homeopathic pellets geared to fighting flu symptoms; A MUST HAVE alternative to the Tamiflu!
- Turmeric Immune ASAP - Elderberry, Echinacea, Ginger, Turmeric, Black Pepper; ANOTHER MUST HAVE alternative to the Tamiflu. You can do the Elderberry syrup too but this is nice since it has extra good ingredients. Elderberry syrup can be taken daily as a preventative during the season.
- Organic herbal teas - for added liquid therapy with herbal extracts
- Apple cider vinegar (1-2 tbs) mixed with lemon, honey in a cup of water (add dash of cinnamon, ginger, cayenne); drink this mixture 3-4+ times a day
- Bone broth
- Kefir or Kombucha
- Probiotic
- Colostrum capsules - supports immune system
- Belladonna - Homeopathic for high fever, headache
- High dose vitamin C
- Lauricidin
- IntraMax all-in-one multi
- Chew a raw clove of garlic morning and night

For the Kids:
- Black Elderberry Syrup - A MUST HAVE for flu. Take as a preventative daily during the season. Increase intake with symptoms.
- Hyland’s Complete Cold ‘n Flu - Homeopathic tablets that dissolve (also in a liquid syrup)
- Colostrum chewables - “Moo chews” - supports immune system
- Higher dose of vitamin C

Essential Oils to use during the sick season:
- Thieves - overall immune support
- Peppermint - tension with the head
- Lemon - cleanses
- Lavender - calms and relaxes
- Panaway - helps ease muscle aches
- Copaiba - helps ease discomfort
- Frankincense - overall wellness
- Purification - cleanses the air
- Tea tree - cleanses, respiratory, digestive and immune support
- R.C. - helps support respiratory system
- Eucalyptus - helps support respiratory system

The majority of these are included in the Premium Starter kit from Young Living, which makes it a great investment in your wellness toolkit!

Contact us if you would like to get started on your health and wellness journey!

2017

Reflecting on this last day of 2017. What a year we've had at SLW! We have been blessed with word getting out about our practice and have been going through a busy season of growth. We were able to move from a very small space to a much larger one just across the street. We love how it feels like home each time we go in. We were able to bring on a new functional medicine provider, Kim, as well as a new front office coordinator, Brittany. Having our family grow has been such a blessing.


And with more room at our clinic, we will be able to provide more services to our community. Starting tomorrow, January 1st through @kairosyoga, we will be offering Infrared Sauna therapy, in addition to Yoga, Pilates, and Barre classes. You can go to www.kairos.yoga to get signed up!


For those of you who have not been able to visit us at our new place, swipe through some photos from our Open House this month! You will be amazed at the amount of space we now have compared to what we had before. We have a spacious lobby area, a kitchen, a room for the sauna, the provider's office, and the yoga studio! We hope you can come on by and visit us with all of that we have to offer you now!


It has been a whirlwind this year and we are so incredibly grateful that we our visions are coming to fruition. The Lord has been so amazingly good to us. We are so thankful for everyone who has supported and prayed for us because we could not be where we are at without all of you! We are excited to see what the year 2018 brings, and that we can continue to be a resource and guide for you on your path towards healing and wellness.

Happy New Year from the SLW Team!

It is Official!

Hello everyone! I am Kim Williamson, PA-C, the newest functional medicine provider at Stewarding Life Wellness!

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Today, I am taking part in my first #fridayintroductions! A little bit about me. I’m a wife and a mom of three young boys. I had been practicing as a physician assistant in primary care for over nine years and in the clinical setting for about fifteen years prior to joining here. I turned to functional medicine years ago when I myself had health issues. I have a brain tumor where most of it was removed surgically, but a little bit that remains has been stable. Praise Jesus! I also have an autoimmune disease that I have been able to fight with food as my medicine, as well as natural and holistic therapies. My own health journey has given me so much knowledge in how we can take control of our health and use what God has gifted us to heal our bodies. When Jacob reached out to me about this opportunity, I was beyond thrilled! I actually cried and did the happy dance because God had answered this amazing prayer of mine that I had for some time and thought was only in my dreams! My heart was literally jumping inside all day! It just seemed like things fell into place all at the right time. I owe all this to the good Lord in how He has led me to SLW. I love their mission and their heart for people and the community. What a privilege and honor it is to serve alongside this team. Overjoyed and so incredibly grateful!

Some have been waiting and wondering when I would actually get started. Thank you again for your patience and grace during this transition period as the clinic has been busy and growing. We were finally able to move into a bigger and better space this past weekend and I now have my own space at the office! So with that, I am happy to share with you that I have been officially on board as of this past week! If you are interested in being seen for a consult with me as a new patient, please contact the office and we will get you taken care of! I can’t wait to meet you!

We Have Moved!

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Things have been quiet around here, but for good reason!  As you may have heard, we have been quite busy in the office as we have truly been blessed during this season of growth!

With that, it is with great joy that we are officially announcing our move to a bigger and better space!  Thankfully, we are very close to our previous spot in Old Town Keller.  We are directly across the street from where we were before.

Starting THIS COMING MONDAY, OCTOBER 30TH, we will be at the NEW clinic!

The new address is:

118 W. Olive Street
Keller, Texas 76248

We look forward to having you in our new home as we are planning exciting things for our space there.  We would also like to hear from you as well.  What kind of classes would you be interested in?  Would you enjoy a Paleo Potluck or some type of social gathering every month or so?  We are always open to feedback from you as to what you would like to see us offer!

Thank you again for your patience during this transition period.  We are so grateful for you and for your continued support and prayers.  God has been so gracious to us and has encouraged us immensely with all that He has provided for us.

What to Pack for School Lunches

Packing lunches for school is a necessity for the school year... but honestly something that we all kind of dread.

By the second month, it feels like we are packing the exact same thing every day! So here are some ideas we put together for you all. A lot of it is simple but can be helpful to have ideas, right? 

The first biggest tip we can share is to PREP for the week! 

Plan what lunches you want to prepare for the week and keep it simple. It's ok if you have the same foods for a whole week if you want- just switch it up the next week! 

Second, prep as much as you can in advance!

Cut up a ton of veggies to have ready to eat and store in glass mason jars or glass storage containers. This makes packing lunches and grabbing healthy snacks so much easier. 

When you are cooking dinner, grab some extra veggies and chop while you are cooking to have fresh things available all week. 

If you can, go ahead and divide and store other foods in small containers to put straight into the lunch box like chicken salads, sauces, trail mix, etc. 

Third, an easy rule for preparing lunches is to always include fat, fiber, and protein in meals.

This helps stabilize blood sugar levels and give kids balanced meals to have the most consistent energy and focus possible. 

Fiber:

-Carrots, celery, cucumber, bell pepper (easily prepped in advance!)

-Mini sweet bell peppers are ready to eat as-is

-Fruits: apple slices, grapes, oranges, berries, etc. 

-Hummus in individual snack packs (at Costco!) to pair with veggie sticks or gluten free crackers

-Dried fruits or raisins (check for sugar and sulfates or unwanted preservatives)

-Nuts (omit if nut-free classroom)

-Seeds 

-Pressed by Kindbars (at Costco); a nut free option, too!

-Larabars

-Gluten free or grainfree granola 

-Custom trail mix to your liking with coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, clean chocolate chips, etc. This is a GREAT way to get kids involved with packing their lunches and being excited about creating their own food!

-MamaChia squeeze pouches 

-GoGo squeeze pouches

-Pure Organics or Stretch Island fruit strips 

-Plantain chips

-Cassava chips

-Non-gmo air-popped popcorn (if you tolerate corn)

-The Good Bean Dried chickpeas (if you tolerate beans)

-Pickles (check for unwanted dyes and sugars; love the organic dill pickles from Trader Joe’s)

-Gluten free pasta with veggies and protein (nuts, seeds, or meat) Trader Joe's is our favorite price and flavor.

- Jackson's Honest chips 

 

Fat:

-Guacamole snack packs or tubs (Great prices at Costco)

-Justin's Almond butter snack packs: pair with carrot/celery sticks, or apple slices for the fiber.

-Trailmix has great fats as well!

-Chia seed pudding

-Avocado slices

-Grassfed/Organic/Raw cheese (if dairy is tolerated well)

-Simple Mills muffins (mixes are easy to make!)

 

Protein:

-Trail mix. (Pumpkin seeds are an amazing form of protein!)

-Simple Mills almond flour crackers,sprouted seed crackers (if nut free is required), or cookies.

-Organic turkey breast slices rolled by itself or with mayo or hummus spread

-Lettuce wrap with turkey and avocado slice

-Lettuce wraps with tomatoes, bacon for a breadless BLT

-Hard boiled eggs

-Deviled eggs or egg salad

-Chicken Salad with crackers

-Chicken tenders with sauce to dip

-Protein bars like RX bars and Primal Kitchen are favorites

-Unsweetened organic/grassfed yogurt with berries and granola

-Egg muffins- another great thing for kids to help make! 

-Smoothies store well in insulated thermos' and can be super nutrient dense and a fun treat! (Using collagen is a great protein source to add!)

Introducing Kim Williamson PA-C

We are growing at Stewarding Life Wellness, and are excited to introduce our newest team member, Kim Williamson (PA-C). Many of you have felt the growing pains as we’ve taken on new patients and I (Jake) have struggled to keep up with emails and portal messages. I apologize for any delays that you have experienced during this busy and challenging season. We’re hopeful for what the future holds, as we onboard Kimberly as another provider at our clinic.

We have prayed from the birth of our business that the Lord would bring in the right provider in His perfect timing. It was important to us that we find someone who shared the same foundational core values and beliefs that shape our practice. Kim has been an answer to this prayer, beyond what we could have imagined!

Kim has already begun training in the Kalish Method, which is what I was trained under. She will also be taking seminars from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), and likely pursuing a full IFM certification over the next few years. You will likely see her responding to email and portal messages in the weeks to come. Please give her a kind welcome into the Stewarding Life Wellness family!

I recently spoke with one of Kim’s former colleagues, and he referred to her as a “gem” and we couldn’t agree more. Very soon, we’ll post a video interview with Kim so that you can catch a glimpse of her passion and heart for helping people pursue wellness. Speaking of video interviews, we’d also like to start interviewing some of YOU soon, so that you can share your health journey and encourage others with it. If you’d be interested, or if you have questions for Kim, let us know.

Thank you again for your patience during this time of transition and growth. We are grateful for your support and prayers. We have more exciting things coming later this year, so stay tuned, and we will keep you updated!

As fellow stewards of God’s grace,
And with many thanks,

Jake Duncan and the SLW team

Beautycounter: Safer Beauty & Personal Care Products

At Stewarding Life Wellness, we are passionate about living a healthy, balanced, and toxic-free lifestyle. We strive to eat healthy food that supports our health, we use safe cleaning products in our home, exercise, sleep well and meditate often. However, one thing that is easily overlooked in the pursuit of health are the cosmetics and personal care products we use daily such as lotions, soaps, deodorant, and make up.

Americans spend over 62 billion dollars every year on personal care products, and many of these are filled with toxic chemicals. Thousands of these chemicals are used without adequate testing or research done to identify the effects they have on us. The FDA does not require testing to approve chemicals used on humans, nor do they have the power to recall a product that could be dangerous. The European Union has banned nearly 1400 toxic chemicals from their cosmetic products. America has only banned or restricted 30.

Why are avoiding toxic chemicals so vitally important for our health?

It is easy to assume that, since we are only using these products on our hair or skin, that it isn’t affecting our health like food or supplements do. But did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body, and that it absorbs these toxic chemicals in less than 26 seconds directly into the blood stream? Some of these chemicals have dangerous impacts on our body. Research has shown that toxins in our personal care products can contribute to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, autoimmune diseases, rashes, and many other medical conditions.

We have found lots of healthy options that just don't work effectively - especially cosmetics! In our search for safe products, we were introduced to Beautycounter and have been very impressed. Beautycounter has extremely rigid third party testing, a "Never List" of over 1500 ingredients they never use, and the strictest heavy metal standards in the industry. Not only do we love the quality of their products, we also are impressed with their mission as a company. Below is a short video discussing their mission to provide safe products for their consumers:

One of my favorite things about these products is that they are high performing, and I have the comfort of knowing they are safe. My daughter has a lot of fun “dressing up like Mommy,” and I love being able to let her play with my make up with out being concerned about heavy metals or dangerous chemicals.

Some of my favorite products for our family are:

 

Charcoal bar
 

Charcoal helps to extract toxins from the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and clean. It is great for men, women, and teenagers!


Balancing Face Mask

I feel like I have been to a spa after using this. It leaves my skin feeling amazingly clean and rejuvenated. I have also used it on rashes and other skin irritants, and it helps tremendously in healing. This is fantastic for men and women!


Tinted foundation

This tinted foundation is amazing! I have never been a fan of liquid foundations because of how heavy and sticky they feel, but this one feels light and covers well. For a thicker coverage, you can also use this concealer pen


Baby products

 Children today are exposed to far more environmental toxins than we were as children. I am committed to minimizing the number of toxic chemicals that my children are exposed to at home during our daily routines. I have tried many baby products, but these are the best I have used! I use these products on my children every single day, and I use the baby oil on my own face every night before bed - it's that awesome!


It is so important to be mindful of the things we are putting IN our bodies, but also equally important to consider what we are putting ON our bodies. We believe in the importance of removing toxins from our lives, and would love to help you find the best products that will continue to support your best life. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our nutritionist, Stephanie. Stephanie@stewardinglifewellness.com.

Curb Your Sugar Cravings with this Delicious Smoothie

When you cut refined sugar out of your diet, what is the first thing you crave? I don’t know about you, but for me, it is chocolate. I’m not even much of a chocolate person, but I crave it when the sugar is gone.

Oftentimes, there are ways to curb our cravings without giving into unhealthy ways of eating again. That’s why I love this smoothie.

This Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is the perfect way to satisfy that sweet tooth and keep you cool and refreshed this summer. Made with almond butter, almond milk, cacao powder, and bananas, it almost tastes like a liquid peanut butter cup!

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk
1 banana
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 date
Dash of sea salt

To make this delicious smoothie, simply toss all of the following ingredients into your favorite high-powered blender, and blitz until smooth. If you’re feeling fancy, top with almond slivers and/or cacao nibs for some added crunch.

Almond milk is quickly becoming the favorite non-dairy milk product of the health conscious and lactose sensitive. Fortified almond milk contains many of the same nutrients as cow’s milk, without any of the effects of the lactose - and it has a fraction of the calories. Almond milk also contains no cholesterol or saturated fat.

You’ll notice that this recipe also calls for cacao powder. You may be asking yourself, “Couldn’t I just use cocoa powder instead of cacao powder? What’s the difference?” You could use the cocoa powder sitting in your pantry that you would typically use for baking, but you would be doing your body a disservice. While the two powders look identical, there is a vast nutritional difference.

Cocoa powder has been roasted at high temperatures, which removes the enzymes that actually makes chocolate (or cacao) healthy. Cacao powder is cold pressed, so it retains all of the healthy enzymes. By using cacao powder, you will feel a mood boost – as if you were eating a chocolate bar, without worrying about looking great in a swimsuit.

If you are trying to stay healthy, but can’t seem to shake that chocolate craving, this smoothie is sure to help.

Want fresh, chef-crafted smoothies to sip on this summer but don’t want to make them yourself?

Get a month of free smoothies when you sign up for a SAVOR meal delivery service from now until July 31. To get started, simply fill out a food questionnaire and mention this blog post!

 

Written by Savor Culinary Services | www.savorculinaryservices.com