Cue the weepy violin- I never got to experience the fabulous gluttony that is Thanksgiving until my late 30s.
It’s true. I wrestled in high school and we always had a tournament right after the break, so I was focused on cutting weight. After high school, as a Marine, when choosing between the major holidays (we only got to return home for one), Christmas always won. After serving, I became an amateur and then pro-MMA fighter—training definitely did not leave room for pumpkin pie with heaps of cream.
For years I watched friends and family dive into endless dishes of fatty deliciousness as I sat by with maybe some sad turkey and a glass of water.
When I retired from MMA fighting in 2014, I suddenly found myself staring at the buffet realizing I could have as much as I wanted of EVERYTHING. There was nothing and no-o-o-o-body to tell me, “No”. In fact, my loved ones were excited to help me overindulge.
For the first time in like 20 years, I got the Thanksgiving green light and I went full-tilt.
Overcorrecting is an understatement.
Sugar mayhem would start around Halloween and snowball right through New Year’s Eve.
No holding back.
And of course, misery followed.
Not only was my stomach a mess, but my skin freaked out!
My parents deal with skin issues and growing up, I was thankful I didn’t have it too, but when I turned 37, that changed.
I was suddenly dealing with eczema flare-ups and topical solutions simply weren’t cutting it.
Bread, cheese, and sugar started triggering reactions on my neck. If I had dessert, later that night, I’d scratch my neck when sleeping and that fiery rash would show up the next morning. If I ate more sugar, it would spread.
doTERRA changed all that. Over the past few years, I’ve learned how to enjoy the holidays without train-wrecking my system.
doTERRA Oils that Reduce Sugar Cravings and Eczema Holiday Flare-ups:
There are three things I do, no matter what, to curb my sugar cravings, keep my eczema flare-ups at bay, and find balance with holiday feasting.
If you’re sick of feeling sick around the holidays, here’s what you can try:
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Every day, I drink tea with cinnamon and cardamom oils. It tastes great, helps regulate my blood sugar, and reduces my sugar intake overall. Some days I drink several cups to keep the cravings at bay.
Side note: I think the rise of sugar intake during the holidays is correlated to the rise in sickness we see during the winter months.
Keep Your Stomach Happy:
Before a big meal, I take DigestZen TerraZyme®. This stuff is a god-send. It’s full of natural digestive enzymes that help metabolize food.
As we age, our bodies develop an enzyme deficit. Ever notice how teens are like garbage compactors with food but never seem to slow down? They still have lots of digestive enzymes.
When we get older, our bodies don’t produce as many enzymes. The deficit makes it hard for our systems to process food, especially meat. It just hangs around—yuck.
People say you are what you eat, but I say that you are what you DIGEST.
Taking TerraZyme® on an empty stomach prepares your body for a large influx of food. No more days of bloating and pains!
Keep Your Major Organs Happy
A lot of people ask us which doTERRA oils to put on topically for eczema. Yarrow|Pom oil helps with the pain and itching, but the healing actually takes place internally by supporting and detoxing our organs.
I defend against eczema flare-ups by taking TerraZyme® plus Zendocrine® oil and Zendocrine® Detox Complex.
doTERRA Zendocrine® Detoxification Complex is a proprietary blend of whole-food extracts in a patented enzyme delivery system that supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.*
Zendocrine® essential oil blend supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances.* This powerful blend combines Rosemary, Cilantro, and Juniper Berry, known for their detoxifying properties and ability to support healthy liver and kidney function, while Tangerine and Geranium have purifying effects against unhealthy substances.* Zendocrine helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down, leaving a heavy, weighted feeling.*
doTERRA’s Zendocrine® Detox Complex and Oil + TerraZyme® + lots of H20 = Happier Skin
It’s made a massive difference in my life!
When our digestive triggers are able to move through our bodies quickly, it’s less likely they’ll cause a flare-up. The toxins don’t hang around long enough to wreak havoc on us.
Trying to clean your organs while your digestion is sluggish can do more harm than good.
Detoxing and helping everything digest properly with the extra enzymes we need is crucial.
-Bonus Tip- Gonna be doing some drinking this holiday season? Before going out, put 6 drops of Zendocrine® oil in a veggie cap and take with a glass of water. It supports your liver and helps to minimize hangovers.
Stomach and skin issues are no fun.
I hope these tips help you enjoy the holidays without flare-ups and having to turn down the foods you love!
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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.