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Oil Pulling with Essential Oils

Oil pulling is a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of cleansing the mouth. It is a practice that is becoming quite popular these days due it’s variety of health benefits.

Benefits include: whiter teeth, removal of harmful bacteria, fresher breath, reduction of plaque, improvement in gum health, and even, support for the health of your entire body.

Oil pulling involves swishing about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes.  Good choices of oil include organic high-quality coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower seed oil.

You swish the oil around your mouth and push the oil through your teeth.  As you pull the oil, harmful bacteria and plaque gets pulled from your teeth and gums into the oil.

The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning, 15 minutes before breakfast. Do NOT swallow the oil.  It is filled with toxins.  You want to spit out the oil when you are done, and brush your teeth well!

Add high-quality essential oils to supercharge your oil pulling practice.  Contact me to find out what brand I recommend. You do NOT want to do this with any other brand.

Here are a few of my favorite oils to pull with:

  • Protective blend: 2 drops to support the immune system
  • Lemon: 2 drops for detox
  • Peppermint: 2 drops for better breath
  • Clove: 2 drops for a discomfort
  • Melalueca: 2 drops for healthier gums

Try it everyday for two weeks and see what changes you experience.

Contact me at faith@faithshevlin.com to find out how to get high quality oils at a discounted price.

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Strike a Power Pose

Your emotional state and your posture are mirrors of each other.

When you feel hopeless and discouraged, your head drops.  Your shoulders slump.  Your chest caves in.

When you feel annoyed and irritated, your teeth and fists may clench.  Your heart rate increases.  Your eyes sharpen and squint.

When you feel excited and confident, you hold your head high.  Your chest is open with your shoulders back and spine straight.

Your body language reflects how you are feeling emotionally.  The feeling is the cause.  Your posture is the effect… right?

What if the opposite could be true?  What if your posture could change your emotional state.

Continue reading “Strike a Power Pose”

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The Science vs. Psychology of Eating

Does your head often spin in search of the “healthiest” diet? Do you get angry and stressed out turning on the news or plugging into social media only to find completely contradictory recommendations?

If so, I hear you.  I understand your frustration and aggravation.

The nutritional science world says…

Gluten is bad.  Sugar is the devil.  Eat 3 meals a day, no actually eat 6.  Raw is better than cooked. Avoid red meat.  Saturated fat is good for you. No food after 8pm.  Eat breakfast.  No wait, fast in the am. Fat makes you fat.  Eat fat to lose weight.  Coffee is bad for you.  Coffee is healthy.

What? No wonder you are so confused and stressed/obsessed about food.

The metaphysical world says…

You can change the vibration of food with intention.  What you believe about food is all that matters.  If you bless your food, it will be healthy for your body (even a hot fudge sundae).  If you think a food will make you fat, it will. Food intolerances are made up in your head.

These are the two extremes when it comes to perspectives on eating healthy and your relationship with food.  The thing is, both have truth to them.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience.  We are also human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are both human and spiritual.  We must honor both.  Could there be a meeting in the middle?

I think so.  Actually, I know so. I have been on the journey.

I have tried a whole lot of diets and programs throughout my life.  None worked.  I constantly looked outside of myself for the answers.  Every time I tried the next new diet, I was left feeling disappointed and like a failure when it didn’t work. Then I moved on to the next shortly after…Not a very empowering pattern, right?

There came the time on my journey that I finally stopped looking outside for the answer, and instead, turned within.  I began a journey of relying on my own wisdom and guidance.  I started getting in touch with own body’s clues and messages.  I changed my mindset to one of curiousity and experimentation.  Over time, I developed the muscle of trusting myself and my body.  I became my own expert.

Does the science of food matter? Yes.

Do your emotions and beliefs about food matter? Yes.

Health and peace come when finding a balance between the two.

I have learned that what you think and feel about what you eat is just as important as the quality and nutritional value of the food you eat. Our bodies respond instantly to our emotions and thoughts.  When we experience guilt, shame, and stress over what we eat,  our body’s response to the food is negatively impacted.  Digestion, metabolism, and hormonal balance are all thrown off when the body is under stress.  The source of stress can simply be the thoughts and judgments we have about what we are eating.

I believe the stress and mental battle over eating “too much” or eating “badly” can be more damaging than the food itself.  All the rules, restrictions, and judgments we have around food is really the reason the scale won’t budge and our health issues prevail.

Is it possible for you to try on this new mindset? A mindset of curiosity and experimentation.

Try something new.  See how it feels.  Listen to your body.  Respond to what your body is telling you.  Pivot and shift if that is what it wants.  Keep going.  Be your own experiment and you will become your own expert.

The key is slowing down, going within, and listening. Forget the “rules” out there.  Absolutely take into consideration what the “experts” say, yet allow yourself to be in the drivers seat.

Use your own discernment to figure out what works for you, and what does not. Ask yourself, how does this way of eating work for my body?  Try it.  How does it feel?  Your body will tell you.

Can you feel how this shift in approach takes the judgment and frustration out?

Ease up.  Be gentle. The next diet is not the answer.

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