Sunday, September 25, 2016

Grapefruit for the win?


Since Labor Day, I have been doing Whole30 (so by the time I publish this I will be on Day 21 & rounding home base). If you are unfamiliar with Whole30, click the link for more info, but it's essentially no sugar, grains, alcohol, or legumes for 30 days straight.

Yee-hah!

But this is my third time at this particular rodeo & this time around hasn't been so bad. You get really good at politely saying no to pretty much any & all food offered. 

My office is the biggest temptation. 

I've said no to Chick-fil-A at least three times (which I'm pretty sure is sacrilegious in the south), passed dozens of donuts, skipped sandwiches, even some lovely yogurt parfaits (oh, did I mention no diary too?), candy, you-name-it. If I can't eat it, it's been up for grabs over the past three weeks.

It's worth it as I feel better overall when I am eating whole, real foods (less migraines, flatter stomach, better sleep) & honestly, I don't ever get very hungry - whole foods fill you up & my appetite has definitely been smaller this time around.

Also, for the past couple of years, I've kept a bottle grapefruit essential oil at my desk. I think it's supposed to help with appetite suppression when you inhale it, but I really like it for how it smells & it wakes me up/keeps me alert at my desk (always a plus). I am a Floridian - I love grapefruit! So when this oil blend with grapefruit crossed my path, I was curious if it would help me too.


Oil that can possibly slim me down? Yes, please!

It arrived with very pretty packaging (I am always a sucker for great packaging!):


And here's what it claims to help do:
  • Suppress appetite & help better manage weight
  • Boost metabolism
  • Improve digestion
It's not for ingestion; you rub it clockwise on your lower abdomen, neck, shoulders, pulse points. If it feels too greasy to you or you don't like the scent you can apply it 15 minutes before taking a shower/bath. You also might find yourself going to the bathroom more often as it helps with water retention.

I love that it's 98.5% organic, didn't irritate my skin, & that it's very easy to use. For me, that hardest part was remembering to use it. I've been using it for almost two weeks now & while I don't know how much weight I've lost (another rule of Whole30 is not to weigh yourself), I do know that between it & Whole30 (& biking) my pants fit a lot better.

Is this a miracle, weight-loss potion?

No, but as long as you are not pregnant (pregnant women should not use this - keep away from the kiddos too) I don't think it's a bad thing to add. If you use it with smart diet & exercise (always key) - you will notice a difference. And, if it works as a placebo effect only, I don't think that's a bad thing either - if you feel like you are taking control of your health, you will probably make better choices about your health.

A bonus for me?

I really loved the scent & do not wear perfume as my husband has asthma. The oil's scent didn't bother him & it was like a secret-weapon-unexpected-perfume for me! Win-Win!

It retails for around $30 - so while it's not cheap, it's not a stretch either. A little goes a long way, so it should last quite awhile. The bottle also reflects a manufacture date & claims to last for three years if stored properly.

Cheers,
S

#PhytopiaUSA

I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.



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