Get Cooking! Introducing the YL Einkorn Cook-Off

Get ready to get cooking! Watch as Jared Turner and Travis Ogden square off in our test kitchen to introduce our fun YL Einkorn Cook-Off contest.

Send us your submission by January 31 for your shot at winning big in the YL Einkorn Cook-Off! Many submissions will be featured in our updated Young Living Cookbook. The top three winners will be awarded with $100 in product credit, an autographed edition of the official Young Living Cookbook, and a commemorative apron!

 

einkorn - young livingTo help you get inspired, here are two inventive recipes to try out:New York Style Einkorn Pizza Crust and Agave-Glazed Whole-Grain Wolfberry Muffins.

 

Be sure to read our full submission guidelines below—and get ready to get cooking!

 

What’s your favorite way to use Gary’s True Grit™ einkorn products? 

 


Full Submission Guidelines

Our Executive team will taste-test five recipes and select the first-, second-, and third-place winners. The three winners will be awarded the prize of an exclusive YL Top Chef apron, $100 in product credit, and a copy of the cookbook autographed by the Young Living Executive team! The two runners up will receive a YL Top Chef apron.

Submit your recipe by email to recipes@youngliving.com with “YL Einkorn Cook-Off Recipe” as the subject. Each submission must include an introduction to the recipe, a full ingredient list, the recipe, a photo that features the finished product, and the Young Living products used in the recipe.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., MT, January 31, 2016. The top five participants will be notified by February 28, 2016, that their recipe was selected, and cook-off winners will be notified prior to March 1, 2016.

See the full rules here.

By submitting your recipe to Young Living Essential Oils, LC (“Young Living”) you (“Entrant”) grant Young Living a worldwide right and license to use Entrant’s recipe, name, image, photograph, likeness, characterization, endorsement, visual and audio representation of Entrant’s attributes (“Entrant’s Attributes”) in connection with the advertising, sale, and promotion of the Young Living’s products, programs and business opportunity, including but not limited to use of Entrant’s Attributes on Young Living’s website, social media sites, audio/visual presentations, brochures and other promotional materials. Additionally, Entrant understands that, although the Young Living will endeavor to use Entrant’s Attributes in accordance with standards of good judgment, Young Living cannot warrant or guarantee that any further dissemination of the Entrant’s Attributes will be subject to Young Living’s supervision or control. Accordingly, the Entrant releases Young Living from any and all liability related to the dissemination, reproduction, distribution, and/or display of the Entrant’s Attributes in print or any and all other media, and any alteration, distortion or illusionary effect of the Entrant’s Attributes, whether intentional or otherwise, in connection with said use.

5 Cardio Training Tips for the New Year

Cardio Training TipsJames Lawrence—who goes by the moniker “the Iron Cowboy”—recently completed 50 Ironman triathlon courses in 50 states in just 50 days, setting a world record along the way. A Young Living brand ambassador, Lawrence shared some pointers for making the most of your cardio workout in the new year. 

Maybe your goal is to run a race. Perhaps you just want to run around with the kids. Whatever your goal, turning up the intensity using interval training this year will help you meet that goal.

 

Interval cardio is when you change the intensities throughout your workout session. The purpose of this type of cardio session is to boost your heart rate and recover it several times during your session, ensuring you are making the best use of your time while at the gym. While there are no special rules for performing cardio at the gym or at home besides properly warming up beforehand, here are James’s five quick tips to get you started with your cardio training:

 

  1. Limit interval length to two minutes.

    If you’re doing one of your intense intervals and you can go longer than two minutes, then you probably aren’t exercising hard enough to generate a significant post-exercise calorie-burning effect.

  2. Go at least 10 seconds per interval.

    You can make efforts as short as 10 seconds, but remember that the shorter the intervals, the more sets you’ll need to complete. For example, one interval routine I use with my clients while biking is 10 repeats of 10 seconds of hard pedaling with 20-second rests, then 8 repeats of 20 seconds with 40-second rests, and finally, 6 repeats of 30 seconds with 60-second rests.

  3. Beat boredom.

    Mix things up during your cardio routine. You may do three hard efforts on the bike, then go over to the treadmill for three more, then move on to the elliptical trainer or rowing machine. Using the random setting on most machines is another easy way to add variety. You can also keep yourself engaged by just changing which type of cardio you do each day.

  4. Combine cardio with weight training for big benefits.

    During your next weight lifting circuit, combine hard cardio efforts between weight training exercises. This can be as simple as jumping rope as hard as you can for 30 seconds between each weight training set. No jump rope? Just do jumping jacks or burpees instead.

  5. Recover.

    Remember, the purpose of cardio intervals is to allow you to go very hard during your intense intervals. If you don’t recover properly, you won’t be able to do cardio intervals properly. I recommend at least a 1:2 interval-to-rest ratio and up to a 1:4 interval-to-rest ratio. For example, a 1:2 interval-to-rest ratio would involve hard 60-second efforts followed by easy, 2-minute recovery periods. Don’t forget to cool down and drop your heart rate back down before ending your cardio session.

Cardio Training Tips

Now that you know how to do high cardio interval training, it’s time to hit the gym!

Holy Guacamole! Get Our Take on This Famous Dip

We’re thrilled to introduce our Vitality line, which includes some of our best-loved essential oils now labeled for culinary and dietary use! To help kick off this exciting new line, we’re making one of our favorite dips of all time and having a fun giveaway. Enjoy this delicious guacamole and get ready to discover Vitality—for food, for family, for life!


 

Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 drops Citrus Fresh Vitality
  • 1 drop Lime Vitality
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1–2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper

 

Directions
  1. Remove the pit from the avocados and scoop the flesh into a bowl, mashing roughly with a fork.
  2. Add all other ingredients and stir until mixed.
  3. Garnish with cilantro.
  4. Enjoy with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes!

 

Wellness in the New Year: A Practical Approach

As the new year approaches, most of us make resolutions to live better. For many, that usually includes eating better, exercising, and adopting other healthy habits. Here are a few tips to help in your quest for wellness:

 

1. Improve Your Intake
  • H2Whoa!: Simply increasing your water intake will help detoxify your body and motivate you to be more conscientious of what else you’re ingesting. Try adding tasty essential oils to your water make it more interesting. Lemon, Lime, and Tangerine are all favorites, but don’t forget Grapefruit, Lavender, and Peppermint! In fact, try making your own Grapefruit-Mint Spritzer to enjoy a great blend of flavors that may make sweets and sugary drinks a little less appealing.
  • Supplements: If NingXia Red® and Core Supplements aren’t already part of your daily regimen, try adding them in the coming year to add an infusion of nutrients and essential oils to your day.

 

2. Sneak In Some Exercise
  • Take the long way: We keep hearing it because it keeps working! Walk the long way to the bathroom, park farther out in the lot, or take the “bumblebee” approach to your grocery list. A few more steps each day go a long way in the end.
  • Flex: In line at the store, on the couch watching TV, during your shower, or any other time you’re otherwise sedentary, flex your abs for 10 seconds at a time and repeat at least 10 times to tone and strengthen your core.
  • Ditch your desk: Forget the phone or email and walk to your coworkers’ desks to talk, have walking meetings, pace while you’re on the phone, stretch regularly at your desk, and take a short walk for your breaks. It’s easy to get your 30 minutes of exercise each day when you break it into 10-minute increments.

 

3. Review and Revise
  • Meditate: Take time each day for quiet reflection and meditation on your goals. Just a few minutes to nurture your soul each day will help give you a greater sense of purpose and well-being.
  • Track it: The simple act of observing something creates observable changes. So keep track of your food and water intake, your exercise, your meditation, and any other goals you have—you’re bound to improve on them!
  • ALL results motivate change: Even if the scale goes up or you miss your workout, recognizing mistakes and their consequences will help keep you motivated to improve. Likewise, your positive results will help you keep up the great work.

 

Small changes can make a big difference in physical, mental, and emotional health. What are some changes you’re making for a better you this year?

Ring in the New Year with January’s Exclusive Rewards!

The new year is here, and we’re getting things started with some of our favorite essential oils! With your qualifying January order, you can earn free bottles of Peppermint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree oils, as well as several other member favorites!

Learn more about how your order can qualify for these rewards or shop now for these amazing essential oils. Be sure to make the most of these valuable rewards with these easy and fun ideas:

 

Peppermint Essential OIlPeppermint
  • Try making rich peppermint hot chocolate from scratch with Peppermint and Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence!
  • Give your herbal tea a boost of flavor and healthy digestion support by adding a drop of Peppermint.*
  • Peppermint may also support your performance during a tough workout.*

 

 

Rosemary Essential OilRosemary
  • Replace dried rosemary with just a drop of essential oil in your favorite recipes, such as breads and pasta dishes.
  • Add a drop of Rosemary to give marinades and salad dressings an extra dose of flavor.
  • Keep your healthy lifestyle going by adding 2 drops in a capsule and taking as a dietary supplement.*

 

 

Tea Tree Essential OilTea Tree
  • Moisturize and cleanse your skin by including a little Tea Tree oil in your lotions.
  • Enhance your shampoo with Tea Tree to help maintain the appearance of a healthy scalp.
  • Give your clothes a fresh scent and extra cleansing power by adding a few drops to the water in your washing machine.

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Directions:

Heat milk on medium-high until warm (do not boil). Add Chocolessence bars to warm milk and stir occasionally until melted and combined. Remove pot from heat and strain through a cheese cloth or tea strainer to remove nibs and quinoa crisps (you can save these for other tasty treats like smoothies or granola). Add Peppermint, serve, and enjoy!

 

4 Reasons Not to Skip Family Dinner Tonight

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Do you ever feel like there’s less and less time to get everything done on your to-do list? Between work, hobbies, appointments, and family time, it’s easy to skip dining at home and stop by a drive-thru instead. However, family meals at home, especially dinner, can be beneficial for your wallet, well-being, waistline, and relationships, no matter if you’re single, married, or have a family that includes children.

 

Here are four important reasons why you should eat at home more often:

 

Reason 1: To Save Money

Growing MoneyOn average, meals purchased out of the home cost two to four times more than meals prepared at home. According to Health.com, “In 2007, the average household spent $3,465 on meals at home, and $2,668 on meals away from home, according to the national Consumer Expenditure Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you take into consideration that the $2,668 spent on meals away from home only accounts for about 30 percent of meals (according to historical data), that’s about $8 per meal outside of the home, and only about $4.50 per each meal made in your own kitchen.”

 

Reason 2: To Nourish Your Body

Heart BellyIt’s no surprise that cooking at home, by and large, is healthier than dining out. According to an article on SparkPeople.com, “Meals prepared and eaten at home are usually more nutritious and healthy. They contain more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products along with additional nutrients such as fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, and folate. Home cooked meals are usually not fried or highly salted, plus soda and sweetened beverage consumption is usually lower at the dinner table.”

 

Reason 3: For Your Well-being

Dinner at HomePreparing and eating meals at home gives you the opportunity to be present and forget about work, school, and other duties. Whether you’re with family or friends, conversing and connecting around a meal is an opportunity to grow together. Even if you’re alone, time to focus on cooking and eating can be a respite from your busy lifestyle.

 

According to the same article on SparkPeople.com, “Conversations during the meal provide opportunities for the family to bond, plan, connect, and learn from one another. Family meals foster warmth, security and love, as well as feelings of belonging. It can be a unifying experience for all.”

 

Reason 4: To Relieve Stress

Relaxed at WorkIf you’re cooking for yourself or for a slew of loved ones, sitting down for dinner can help relieve stress. The same article on Health.com reveals that, “. . . if you have a demanding job, finding time to eat with your family may actually leave you feeling less stressed. In 2008, researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study of IBM workers and found that sitting down to a family meal helped working moms reduce the tension and strain from long hours at the office.”

Create Your Own Spa Getaway with Homemade Shower Bombs

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Create your own spa getaway with these easy-to-make DIY shower bombs! The next time you need a bit of rejuvenation, toss a shower bomb in the bottom of your shower and enjoy the wonderful scent or create a collection of these homemade shower bombs as a gift for someone you love.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid (available at health food stores or online)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 20+ drops of your favorite aromatic essential oil (see our suggestions below)
Directions:

Mix together the baking soda and citric acid in a medium-size bowl. In a separate small bowl or bottle, mix together water and essential oil. Slowly add the oil-water mixture a few drops at a time into your dry ingredients, stirring well after each addition (a stand mixer works well for this). When ingredients are thoroughly mixed, tightly pack into 2-inch balls using your hands, a stainless steel cake pop mold, or a cookie scoop. Set on a plate to dry. If necessary, pack the balls again more tightly. Allow to dry for 12+ hours before using.

To use, simply place a bomb near your feet under warm running water and enjoy the aromatic experience!

Young Living DIY Oil-Infused Shower Bombs
Suggested essential oil additions:
  • Morning Fresh Shower Bombs: Add 20 drops of Eucalyptus Radiatato a batch for an invigorating and fresh aromatic experience.
  • Orchard Stroll Shower Bombs: For a sweet, refreshing aromatic journey, add 20 drops of Citrus Fresh to a batch.
  • Day’s End Shower Bombs: Add 20 drops of Lavender to a batch to enjoy a relaxing aromatic addition to your shower time.

Breaking Free of the Entrepreneur’s Prison

At the onset, entrepreneurs dream of the freedom that being their own boss will give them. They are looking to escape their 9 to 5 jobs, where their fate is determined by the companies they work for. Somewhere along the way, the entrepreneur may feel tied down to the business, unable to get away. A marginal business further exasperates the matter. This was not their dream, this is prison.

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So what’s the matter? And more importantly, how can they fix the situation?

The goal of every entrepreneur should be to make their presence irrelevant at the company. A business needs to take on a life of its own. This single mindset shift is what’s needed by many entrepreneurs. They get trapped into doing the skilled or technical job themselves. If the entrepreneur’s background is software programming then they do the coding themselves. If their skill is woodworking then they spend most of their time creating the wooden pieces. No matter the skill needed to develop the product or deliver the service, they spend the majority of their time doing it.

They get stuck on the product or service, and neglect the business of the product. Yet, what most start-up investors know is that they product or service itself only accounts for about 10% of the success of a new company, it’s all the other aspects, the business of the product that account for most of the success. So start transitioning away from the skilled work and start building a business.

Let’s look at how successful CEOs spend their time. Most dedicate more than 40% of their time with customers. If entrepreneurs aren’t talking to customers, finding out what they want and need, then they are stuck on the start-up’s premise trying to implement features or build a widget.

Entrepreneurs need to build a business with as much intent as they do build a product or create a service. If the start-up is looking to be funded, these successful CEOs spend 80% or more of their time working on funding. Notice, a CEO seeking funding doesn’t have time to do anything other than funding and interact with customers. CEO does not stand for Chief Everything Officer. CEOs are leaders; they need to set the direction and tone of the new business.

A CEO can’t be a leader unless they have followers. For a start-up to give you the freedom you so desire, it is necessary to hire, manage and fire others. The first step is for entrepreneurs to think about what work really needs to be done. Does the work have an impact of revenue? Is the result of the work used somewhere else in the company? What worked can be eliminated, automated, or outsourced? It’s difficult to hire people for positions when you know little of what that position entails. However, the one position most entrepreneurs know well is the skilled or technical position, and is therefore, the easiest to hire well.

Entrepreneurs need to realize they will fail their way to success. They will make many mistakes and yes, those mistakes will be costly. It’s how you move forward that counts. This is why the experimental start-up phase is so important. It’s a way of organizing and prioritizing all those business experiments so the entrepreneur can get to the right product and the right business model as soon as possible, one that makes the new business flourish and thrive.