Actually Living a Vibrant and Amazing Life! Our Journey to Wellness, Purpose, & Abundance

WHO WE ARE:

We are Lewis and Teresa Levite, Young Living Wholesale Members. I prefer “Wholesale Members” because I don’t want to sell you anything. I will, however, show you how you can sign up to get your wholesale account and save money on great products – much the way you would become a member of Sam’s Club or Costco.

Our goal is to introduce you to Young Living and Young Living products through our podcasts, periscope videos, newsletter, website, etc.

Along the way with our journey back to wellness, we have learned a lot that’s not directly related to our Young Living Network Marketing business. Another of our goals is to share what we have learned with you. Some of this about food and wellness habits. Part of it is about goal setting and how to achieve those goals. Sometimes, it’s just encouragement along the way because that’s so important – for all of us!

We named our Facebook page and group “Heart & Home”. That’s the name that we’re using for our website, Instagram and a few others sites. On others, like Twitter, I am ‘mrslevite’ because that’s what I’ve been for years and have followers through that name. I will have a list with links to our sites social media profiles and links to some of our favorite resources.

OUR JOURNEY:

When we moved here 2 ½ years ago, – and ‘here’ is the Village of Tilton, IL – there were a lot of changes going. Besides the new location and me learning my way around, I was without a job for a while and Lewis was transitioning from working to ‘retirement’.

During the first year here, I gained weight, was given new medical diagnosis, and additional prescriptions. I was sick twice during that year requiring trips to the doctor and prescriptions for antibiotics and was prescribed several different allergy medications.

When I decided enough was enough, I started asking my friend Darcy in AR about the oils she was using. She had told me before about her family using the Thieves blend to support their immune system. I placed an order for the Premium Starter Kit (I tend to jump in with both feet and wondered later if that was the best choice.) It turns out it was the best choice and the oils have changed our lives.

Thieves was the jumping off point to a lifestyle of wellness. There have been some changes over the past year and half that you can see – like the weight that we have lost, Lewis more so than me, but slowly and steadily, it’s coming off. And some you can’t see – like the energy and focus I have to do my work – even when I really don’t want to. Also, our bodies are returning to a normal state instead of a diseased state and wellness is being restored. By supporting our bodies, it is healing itself. We have made other changes, too, but it was the oils that started this journey and the oils that continue to support our bodies as we continue the journey.

SOME CHANGES WE HAVE MADE:

We began with Essential Oils. Within a week of diffusing the oils, we all noticed improvement – me, Lewis, and the dogs. Diffusing is an economical way to use oils because a few drops are diffused over a period of several hours and everyone in the house benefits from those few drops. Some oils work better when ingested. The blend ‘DiGize’ is an excellent example. It supports a healthy digestive system. It will work when applied topically, but I think it’s stinky. It tastes nasty, too. But I would rather taste it for a minute or two instead of smelling it all day. You can also put a few drops in a gelatin capsule and not even taste it. That’s how I take oregano oil internally. Oregano is a ‘hot’ oil so I’ll only apply it topically to my feet. And I don’t usually want the house to smell like a pizzeria, so I put it in a capsule and take it with food.

Some of the supplements that I’ve really been impressed with are the NingXia Red, Master Formula multivitamins, Mineral Essence, and Life 5 probiotics.

NingXia Red is more a food than a supplement. From the website: “This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, Young Living’s NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness.
In addition to these antioxidant ingredients, NingXia Red’s formula includes pure vanilla extract and Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils for a great-tasting, healthy treat.* “

This past fall, we started juicing. With a $20 ‘Restore’ juicer, we began drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juice for one meal per day. We don’t always get our juice, but if we miss it a couple of days in a row, we can definitely tell a difference how we feel and how well we can focus and deal with daily stress.

Then we had No Added Sugar November and spilled over into No Added Sugar December. With Christmas and then baking a wedding cake, some sugar eased back in to my diet. Then I got sick and it was put on hold again. But I’m back in the saddle with only a bit of honey in my tea. Sweet fruits are easily digested and processed by my body (not increasing blood sugar levels) and satisfy my sweet tooth pretty well.

For several years, we have been eating a (mostly) Gluten Free diet. Our digestive systems can definitely tell a difference. But we still don’t eat a lot of processed Gluten Free flour and grains.  It makes cutting back on processed carbs a lot easier than if we were hooked on regular pasta and bread.

These changes have been implemented a little at a time, one step at a time. By taking is slowly, the changes have been relatively painless and are long lasting.

DIFFERENCES WE HAVE EXPERIENCED:

It’s been slow, but steady.  Weight Loss is usually one of the first things people ask me about with Young Living products. There are products that support healthy weight loss. There is a “Slique” line of products – an oil blend, tea, chewing gum, meal replacement bars, etc. I have used the oil blend, but at the time I used it I didn’t have the rest of my diet in order and it wasn’t very effective. Now that we have a better grip on our eating habits, I’m going to try the Slique Essence Oil blend and the Slique capsules. I think these work best by helping you get your appetite and portions under control. There isn’t a magic pill. But even without the Slique products, we have lost weight. I’ve lost 20 lbs. and Lewis has lost even more.

More Differences: We have not taken over the counter or prescription allergy medicines in over a year. Before Young Living, we were both taking Claritin, and often Benadryl and I was using Zyrtec and prescription nasal sprays. Even the dog needed Benadryl.  Now we use lavender, lemon, and peppermint for acute symptoms. But by supporting our immune system our everyday symptoms have greatly decreased.

I was on some pretty strong pain meds and we were both taking Ibuprofen daily. Now we are both off of those meds and use oils for muscle, joint, and nerve pain. We’re using safe, non-toxic, side-effect free natural options.

After being told I was diabetic and needed to start taking medication, my blood sugar levels are normal and I’m not taking meds. And when I eat meals, I eat normal meals, not a restricted diet.

Before Young Living, I was a regular visitor to my doctor’s office. In addition to the routine checkups to get my prescriptions renewed, I was having sinus infections pretty regularly. I haven’t had to go to the doctor for a sinus infection since we started using essential oils.

This isn’t just about being fit and not taking medicine. This is about being in the best possible position to help others. If I’m sick and needing care, how can I care for others? I was put here to serve, not to be a burden to others. That’s my ‘why’ for improving my health.

WHERE WE ARE:

When we started using Essential Oils, it was just to support our various body systems and keep us above the wellness line. But we couldn’t keep it a secret and had to tell everyone.

Occasionally, I would start to tell friends about what the oils were doing for us and they say something like, “Yeah, I’ve heard about those.” Or “Yes, I use ‘such and such’ brand.” And at that point my mouth drops and I can’t speak. But I’m screaming inside is “WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THESE MARVELOUS LITTLE DROPS OF MIRACLE!!!!”

I don’t ever want to be guilty of not sharing something so powerful with people I care about. We now teach classes in our home and online and, 2 to 3 times a year, we host all day conferences to spread the news.

I’m also getting the social media thing together and will be sending newsletters, blogging, posting more content on our Facebook page and Facebook group, periscoping, youtubing, tweeting, and instragramming. (Is that even a word?!)

Anyway. Look for links to the resources that resonate best with you and check back often to find out what’s new at Heart & Home.