I’ve always tried to eat somewhat healthily growing up, but let’s face it, I love food so it’s kind of hard to stay away from the bad stuff sometimes. It wasn’t until the last few years that I really started to develop a passion for cooking, and from that passion stemmed a desire to cook good and whole food instead of chemical-induced, processed foods.
Fast forward to the end of 2016, and I had just broken up with my first boyfriend, which was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do to date. Over a period of time the Lord had clearly shown me that he was not the man that I was to marry someday, so we called it quits. I was also laid off from my summer job at the end of October for the entire winter, not having a clue what my next step in life was. So I became bitter and fell into depression, ate ice cream and candy all the time, watched too many romantic comedies, barely left the house, and I certainly didn’t cook all that often. I also developed Rosacea over my entire face. Over the course of this winter alone I became the heaviest I had been in my life.
Meanwhile, my oldest sister would mention Young Living essential oils once in awhile and why she liked to use them, but since I was living in a world of self pity, I didn’t give the subject much thought. But once I finally landed another job in April I could start to think a little more clearly since I was out of the house more often and managing my time more efficiently, not to mention the abundant grace and patience God had been showing me. So, the next time my sister visited two months later, I bought my Young Living starter kit! A couple weeks later the package arrived and I immediately started to experiment. I have absolutely loved using these oils, and other YL products, in my daily life. The first time I took a shower with healthy DIY products felt fantastic just because I wasn’t using chemicals to make my hair “look” healthy!
Now, almost three months later, I weigh the same as I did two years ago before gaining all of that “hibernation” weight, which feels pretty good to say! I still don’t cook as often as I’d like though, as I work eighty hours every other week and I am traveling or otherwise busy most times on my week off, but I am still always on the hunt for the cleanest ingredients I can find and the yummiest and healthiest ways to cook them.