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Jan 15, 2019

Dealing With the Short End of the Stick

by Nichole, Magical Marketing Millenial

Sometimes life throws you more than one curveball, consecutively, or worse, all at once. 2018 was that year for me. Full of turmoil, trauma, and hit after hit, I felt KO’d by the end of it. It has gone down in my life history book as the worst year yet. My house might as well have gone up in flames, my cars somehow managed to both fail at the same time (multiple times), medical bills just kept piling, my husband lost his job, and I experienced the loss of my Dad. The short end of the stick turned into a pointy, stabbing end very quickly. Thankfully, it’s 2019 and I am here to reflect on all of it.

How did I make it? How in the hell did I survive the stress? Well, truth be told, I didn’t. I struggled - and I mean it when I say that. I emotionally disappeared. I found a hole to hide in when I could. The new habits I’d successfully developed and maintained in 2017 quickly became obsolete. I was at the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I didn’t feel safe. I was in fight or flight mode from March through December. Stress was a suffocating blanket I seemed to stay wrapped in. Yet, here I sit in 2019, and I can see the sunrise.

There’s nothing quite like a year as awful as 2018 to put life in perspective. Through all the trial and tribulation I somehow survived and I came out of it a different person. And I write all this, not for a pity party - I’ve had enough of those - but because I know that there are those of you on the other end of this that are experiencing hard trials. And I want you to know that it is but a moment in the vast space of time - a very important moment. All of this, whatever that may be for you, will help you grow, should you allow it. You will find this is about learning and uncovering who you are underneath that exterior.  

Please, seize the moments you can to take care of yourself. If you need to hide, hide. If you need to disappear from the world for a moment, do so. It’s okay to be human. It’s okay to hurt, be depressed, have anxiety, or cry. It’s okay to let things go, such as chores or prior obligations. Take things moment by moment, second by second, if you have to. Live in the now and accept everything that comes with it, even if it is painful. It’s going to be hard. As hard as it can be, ask for help when you can. Really. Ask for help. People will surprise you.

There’s a poem by the Greek author Christianopoulos that says “What didn’t you do to bury me, but you forgot that I was a seed.” After the storm, you’ll see the sunshine. And that’s when you will realize that you have grown, despite the weather, and you’ll be better because of it. You’ll find you know more about yourself than you did before, even though you thought you had you all figured out. Certain things will matter less and others will matter more.

But most of all, know that it will be okay. Grow, seed, grow.


 


Jan 15, 2019

Organtics January 2019


Jan 3, 2019

Creating a Zero-Waste Household

by Meagan, Customer Service Mermaid

The amount of garbage the average American throws out is often something that doesn't get much of a second thought. But when we look at the health of the planet, I think most can agree that we need a change. The average American produces 4.3lbs of trash a day - that’s 1600 lbs of waste a year. But it doesn't take much effort to significantly reduce the amount of waste we produce, through the common saying: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Here are some ideas:

  • Shop bulk with your own containers, reuse plastic produce bags

  • Carry a stainless steel water bottle

  • Buy grocery totes and keep them in your car

  • Buy the reusable version of items you already use,  like wool dryer balls, menstrual cups, handkerchiefs, mesh coffee filters, tea balls, silicone cupcake cups, beeswax or silicone sandwich bags, etc.

  • Reuse things you already have, like plastic takeout containers, ripped clothes.

  • Choose paper products made from bamboo or hemp instead of trees (i.e., tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)

  • Put a brick in your toilet tank to save water

By making these small changes, we can remove ourselves from the cycle of waste and have a significant environmental impact.


Jan 3, 2019

2018 - The Year of the Great RidgeCrest Weight Loss Challenge

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

In 2018, four of RidgeCrest’s employees took our health into our own hands. Starting in May, each month we weighed and measured ourselves and kept track of our progress on a whiteboard in the shipping department. The fun part was that each of us took a different approach, and had different results. Our final weigh-in was October 10th, 2018. So by the time you read this, we could have lost even more!

Shae, our Service and Social Media Goddess, followed a fasting program called The Snake Juice Diet. The foundation of this diet is that throughout history food scarcity has been more common than food surplus, so our bodies are used to operating on much less food than what is regularly consumed. With a balancing electrolyte drink, lengthy periods of fasting are designed to allow your body to access and burn its fat stores.

RESULTS: Shae says, “I averaged 1-2 lbs per day of weight loss on a 24-48 hr fasting routine. I took a small break for summer activities and didn’t push myself as much as I could have. Started in May at 196.4lbs, as of October 10th I am at 176.6lbs, for a total loss of 19.8lbs. Other benefits include decreased depression, anxiety and mood swings, clearer skin, more muscle tone, more regular cycles, and gained insight into food sensitivities.”

Brittini, our Herbal Gaia, tried intermittent fasting. With a similar theory, followers of this style can choose to reduce calories two days a week, eat daily during set times and fast for 16 hours overnight, or fast for 24 hours twice a week.

RESULTS: For seven weeks Brittani was very consistent, and was able to lose 15 pounds. Then RidgeCrest had an FDA audit, so she got a little busy over the summer! She started up again in September and as of the final weigh-in had lost a total of 14 pounds between the two sessions.

Scott, our Lord of Logistics, did intermittent fasting earlier in the year but in the summer switched to Paleo. The Paleo lifestyle is based on the theory that, evolutionarily, our bodies developed over hundreds and thousands of years to use certain foods, so if you look to the way humans ate during the Paleolithic era, you will have a strong blueprint for what our bodies are well-adapted to eat. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, fish, and healthy oils. It discourages eating grains, beans, dairy, sugar, salt, potatoes, and processed foods.

RESULTS: Most of Scott’s success came when he switched to a mostly Paleo diet. He reported a loss of 26 pounds!

Aspen, our Herbal Authoress, took a stab at a program called The Whole30. This protocol is considered a 30-day reset (they are adamant it is “not a weight loss diet;” that is a common side effect, but shouldn’t be the main goal) that removes all processed foods and any potential allergens, then suggests a slow reintroduction of foods so you are better able to understand if your body reacts poorly to them. This will help you find a better balance for future success with “Food Freedom.” Similar to the paleo, it bans grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and processed foods, but allows potatoes. Unlike paleo, it does not allow you to use compliant ingredients to make non-compliant treats (ie vegan cheesecake, banana pancakes, etc.), claiming instead that you need to rid yourself of the “sugar dragon,” so part of the program is actively working to reset your psychological relationship with food.

RESULTS: With two full 30-day rounds under her belt and making healthier food choices when off round, Aspen decided to find “Food Freedom” in a modified Vegan diet with strict rules, as she found she did better with her food choices with rules in place. She started at 251 pounds and as of 10/10, weighed in exactly at her pre-pregnancy weight of 214, having lost a total of 37 pounds!

In the end, everyone won! Between the four participants, RidgeCrest was able to take almost 100 pounds off of our collective bodies. Not bad for seven months!



 


Dec 28, 2018

Window to Wanderlust December 2018

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

Lake Martin, Louisiana


Dec 28, 2018

Heathers Christmas Salad

by Heather, Admin

Ingredients 
• 1 Head of Red Lettuce
• 1 Head of Green Leaf Lettuce
• 2 Large Grapefruits 
• 1 Large Pomegranate
• 1 Large Avocado 
• 1 Large Pear

Dressing 
• 1 Cup of Sugar
• 2 t. Dry Mustard 
• 2/3 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
• 2 Cups of Olive Oil
• 1 T. Poppy Seeds
• 1 t. Salt

Directions 
Blend dressing in a food processor. Refrigerate until ready to use. Tear lettuce into small pieces and set aside. Peel grapefruits and cut into sections and set aside. Seed pomegranate and set aside. To assemble salads on individual salads, place lettuce on plate, arrange grapefruit sections and pomegranate seeds on top. Slice avocado and pear, put pieces onto each plate, then drizzle dressing over each salad and serve.


Dec 28, 2018

As Luck Would Have it

by Sherm, The Man With The Numbers


Dec 28, 2018

Finding a Work-Life Balance

by Melissa, Office Manager

Work-Life Balance is as hard to define as it is to achieve. For each person, it depends on individual circumstances and what you define as important. Often times when people talk about work-life balance they are referring to not letting their career take over their personal life, but it can be the other way around. Sometimes you may find that it is time to really focus on your career. It is a highly personal, individual question, and there is not a single way to achieve that balance. In my life, I find I benefit from certain steps to ensure my goals and priorities are clear:

The first step I use is to define for myself what things mean the most. We are often so busy with the whirlwind of life that it takes a conscious effort to self-reflect on what is most important. Years ago, I attended a training seminar where they had us imagine our own funeral and the things that people would say about us. The point of the exercise was to recognize what was most important to you. For me, I wanted to be thought of as a world traveler. From that point on I made travel one of my priorities. Instead of wishing it would happen, I made it happen. Now things have changed and travel may not be as high on my priority list, but I still think of that exercise when I make decisions on what to prioritize and how I want to be remembered.

The second step is to be transparent about what you need. Recently I was working at a job that was fairly demanding with long hours. Despite my passion for my work role, I knew I needed to make a change. Just like any big decision, I talked to my key stakeholders (my husband and my boss) to decide what my options were. I found out my husband would be supportive of me making a change. I next had a frank and open discussion with my boss about what a workable solution looked like. Ideally, my boss would have accepted the things that I needed and I would have been able to stay in a job I loved, but in the end that didn’t happen. I didn’t try to use leaving as a negotiation tactic or to manipulate her in any way, but I was open, and in the end, I let her know that what she could offer wouldn’t fit my needs. I kindly let her know that I would be looking for another job. I don’t think to quit your job is the way to go in most situations, but in that moment I knew it was the right thing for me to do to find work-life balance.

On the other hand, I also have used transparency with people I know to help me be able to work more. For instance, I am part of a neighborhood carpool. It isn’t practical for me to deliver and pick up my kids at school every day, so I rely on other moms to help shoulder the burden. I like to think of it as outsourcing. If there is a task that isn’t critical to my roles, then I look to see if there is a way to outsource it. I have friends that outsource cleaning their houses. If you can afford it there is nothing that says you have to be the one to clean the bathroom.

My last step for finding work-life balance is to try and leave the stress where it belongs. I try to leave work-stress in the office and life-stress at home. It isn’t always possible, but it helps to have a way to decompress. My husband likes to listen to music or an audiobook on the commute home. I enjoying working in the yard, and spending 10-15 minutes checking on all of my flowers and herbs helps me focus back on home life and let go of work stress. Taking a few minutes to meditate or do something you enjoy as you transition is a great way to keep your life compartmentalized.

To summarize, for me finding a healthy work-life balance means identifying what matters most and prioritizing, practicing transparency with the people around me to make sure my needs are being met, outsourcing when needed, and leaving stress where it belongs. Good luck in finding your own balance.





 


Dec 28, 2018

ClearLungs Immune Wins Another Award!

by RidgeCrest Herbals

The awards keep coming in for RidgeCrest Herbals! This time it is their ClearLungs® Immune that has won the Taste for Life 2018 Immunity Essentials award!

ClearLungs® Immune takes the original ClearLungs® Formula and boosts its immune support for when lung imbalances are connected to immune function. It contains the traditional ClearLungs® Formula of 13 traditional Chinese herbs, with the addition of Vitamins C and A, Zinc, and Copper to nutritionally support immune function. An additional complex including Ayurvedic and adaptogenic herbs round out the formula, which is capped off with their patented Availablend, designed to increase the bioavailability of other herbs.

This is the third award for ClearLungs® Immune, which also received the 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Sinus & Respiratory Support Category, and the 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award, Breathe Easy Category. It is the thirteenth award for the company and joins RidgeCrests’ other award-winning products, including:

  • AnxietyFree™ - VITY Award, 2014 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements

  • AnxietyFree™ - VITY Award, 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements

  • ClearLungs Immune® 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Sinus & Respiratory Support Category

  • PhysiQOL™ - 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Pain Relief Category

  • ClearLungs® Immune, 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award, Breathe Easy Category

  • Essential Eyes™ - 2017 New Hope Network’s NEXTY Award for Best Condition-Specific Supplement

  • PhysiQOL™ - 2017 Better Nutrition Magazine Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements, Pain Relief Category

  • PhysiQOL™ - 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award Winner, Pain Management

  • ThyroidThrive™ - 2017 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement

  • Essential Eyes™ - 2018 Taste For Life Essential Supplements Award, Eye Health

  • Hair Revive™ - 2018 Taste for Life Women’s Essential Awards, Winner, Hair Restoration

  • Anxiety Free™ - 2018 Remedies Magazine Stress Relief Award, Winner, Nutritional Supplement Category


 


Dec 7, 2018

Be Selfish This Season of Giving

by RidgeCrest Herbals

In this season of giving, it’s easy to forget about your own needs and wants (especially us women and mothers!). While being selfless and giving are very important and admirable qualities, you can’t give all of yourself away. Don’t forget about the most important person, YOU! You can’t pour from an empty cup, and self-care isn’t selfish - it’s a priority and a necessity. So give yourself the gift of self-care during the holidays!

  • Don’t force yourself to go or to do things that compromise your personal boundaries
  • Don’t force yourself to be around toxic people, even family members
  • Take time out to attend to your needs
  • Do not put yourself in debt to give others presents, to decorate, or to keep up with the latest and greatest tech or toys
  • Keep activities to a minimum, only do what your time and schedule will allow and DON’T feel bad about it!
  • Don’t let stress get in the way of joy, if it’s too stressful don’t do it!
  • Don’t be afraid of disappointing others, sometimes this is going to happen when it comes to taking care of you, and that’s ok
  • Don’t let guilt or shame bring you down
  • Remember it’s ok to say no
  • Take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate
  • Simplify your family traditions to a manageable level where you get to enjoy the holidays, too!



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