Some Is Always >Than None?

Do you remember as you grew older from your childhood you promised yourself how you would do this or that? But the closer we grow to maturity some things morph and others just fall away!

Exercise, completion of secondary education and beyond, even finding the perfect relationship lose steam for some of us. It seems that at some point we all recon with, “well ‘this’ is enough.” Our weight becomes OK where it is. Pursuit of higher education, a better career with more responsibility sidelines best made plans of progression toward more. Even the dreams of procreation for some transforms into become a great-aunt or mentor to an unrelated younger person.  Promises of maintaining health and our youthful bodies get lost in the sofa.

Once we recover from the guilt, shaming and other emotional penance we tend to ascribe to our lives, hopefully we come out onto the other side intact and at peace with what we can do better to achieve some form of progress in life. This attitude in opposition to focusing on how we fell short, missing the mark keeps the progress train moving forward.

Years ago I had the experience of attempting to shed weight. The plan was to eliminate all animal fat, processed sugar, and to implement a rigorous weight lifting plan rounded out by resuming my passion for cycling.

I started out of the proverbial gate like a dude on a mission. Eating my breakfast, power meal, fruit smoothie, meditation before work, bike ride to work and on with my day. As the weeks unfolded the motivation began to wane. Once confronted with the realities of family responsibility, stressors of work and my own desire to complete my lofty assigned goals weakened.

The occasional fresh-baked cookie or other sugar laden goods permeating the air around me distracted me from my once vigorous unequivocal resolve. These intruders taking root in my olfactory center  causing battling for my mind and planting doubt toward my success of my reaching my goal. Thoughts like you rode five miles today, what is a little cookie? You deserve it. Why not drive the automobile? You have kept up this journey, and deserve a day of malingering. I had began to fall out of balance.

Something  became better than nothing! Then it occurred to me. If my olfactory system is powerful enough to shift my focus with the smell of baked goods, what would deliberate stimulus with essential oils produce? I found out! Using lavender with my morning meditation for relaxation and focus helps me surmount the next challenge, mindless eating from impulse. Adding peppermint drops to my wrist, lava bracelet, and or showering with peppermint soap also quells the desire for nervous eating, specifically sugar cravings. I began to center myself again seeking to achieve more as my balance is restored.

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Perspective is a wonderful thing. “A little Bit Of Soap,” by The Jarmels song lyrics was not enough to wash away the pain and memory of a broken heart. On the other hand The Archies lyrics of “Sugar Sugar” confirms the addictive nature of sugar, and its promises of “making your life so sweet!” In both instances “some” is problematic. Either too much in one scenario and not enough in the other.

Life dictates balance as the answer to sustained good stable health. Sugar is necessary for muscle use and energy production. But the natural unprocessed sugar suits our mind and bodies best. Cosmetics, and hygiene products also play a role in good health, herbs, other botanicals enter our body through our skin. A little bit of toxins can have an adverse effect on our general health. So in this instance some is not better than none!

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Never settle for some peace or fragments of balanced health. Go for great health. In trying to acheive balance the very beneficial side effects are we tend to be healthier than had we not tried at all. In this instance some is always better than none. Be Well!

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The Side Effects Can Be Deadly…

Remember the 2013 thriller Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh? In the film a main character commits a murder under the influence of a prescribed mood stabilizer called an antidepressant. The actions are blamed as a side effect from the medication. Although the plot later reveals the extreme actions were feigned side effects the fact remains side effects can be deadly.

Exactly what are side effects? The answer is any reaction to a medication taken internally or used externally. They maybe an allergic reaction, or undesired consequences up to death. All drugs in the market place go through a vetting process called trials. Once the drug is determined to be effective against a disease through use with animals then humans the FDA provides approval.  The true test of a new medication can only be completely known once approved. Multiple groups of the population have various reactions developing the blueprints for expected side effects.

Even an over the counter medication like aspirin can cause side effects. The most common side effects of oral meds are stomach upset. External  use and internally  ingested medications can also cause rashes. Still others include drowsiness to the more serious side effect of death. One might wonder, “should I really take a substance that has the effect of making me more acutely ill?”

The drug approval process is predicated on the benefit outweighing the risk. Well let’s see… the chance of my early demise pales in comparison to any benefit gained from a prescribed drug for me. How does one stay healthy and avoid side effects? The answer for me is described as alternative medicine. Essential oils are from botanical (plant life) origins, distilled, mainly as the method of extraction of the essence of the plant. Oddly these are the same source as medications in the initial phase of manufacturing.

My choice to adopt a lifestyle incorporating natural substances directly from the earth as a preferred method of wellness affords me the ability to avoid side effects associated with manufactured pharmaceuticals.  Pills often contain fillers, and other chemical compounds minimizing the original botanical. The additional additives also increase the likelihood of allergic reactions to the drug. In contrast the most reported reaction to essential oils are minimal as skin irritation at the topical site of application.  I certainly can live with that. The delivery methods are aroma therapy of the botanical essence via a diffuser  for treatment of various conditions and related symptom control. Topical application is an additional method and can result in local skin irritation at site of application. These methods seem the more desirable if there exists a choice in the matter of treatment methods.

Essential oils harness the therapeutic essence of the botanical of their origin. Plants are potent and should be used under the supervision of a qualified aroma therapist in treating disease. The earth has all that we need. It is necessary to educate ourselves of all options for wellness. Make learning and wellness a lifetime endeavor.