LoveCraft Therapy Aromatherapy

 

Hello, all!

It has been a ridiculously long time since I posted! I must and will rectify this issue! I’ve had so many ups and downs since I last posted, especially when it comes to my weight/health, and there are plenty of posts to get into for that soon enough. In the meantime, I would like to share LoveCraft Therapy with you, my brand spanking new business!

What is it? Handmade aromatherapy products. At the moment I’m selling therapeutic blends and will eventually include body and hair products as well (body butter, body scrub, body and hair oils, etc) and everything will have essential oils in it, that’s the guarantee. I will also be selling on Etsy, very excited about that! For now I’m selling solely via PayPal.

So here is a list of what’s available along with the contact information.

Love, Light, & Aromatherapy!

xoxo

LoveCraft Therapy Therapeutic Blends

 

  • Breathe Easy – Banish seasonal allergies
  • Pain Aid – Relieve sore muscles, mild aches & inflammation
  • Inner Light – For meditation and prayer
  • Moon Dreams – Rest easy and sweetly
  • Ataraxia – Calm anxiety and panic
  • Head Case – Soothe headaches
  • Sexi Minx – An aprhodisiac enhancer
  • Blue Skies – Ease a heavy heart and dark thoughts
  • *Crystal Clear – Encourage clarity and focus
  • *Pure Minds – Clear negative energy and emotions
  • *Happy Place – Settle into a state of simple relaxation

 

Each blend contains pure essential oils.

*Crystal Clear, Pure Minds & Happy Place available only in spray bottles.

Prices don’t include shipping fees. Custom blends available upon request.

Email: lovecraft.therapy@gmail.com or lvctherapy@gmail.com

 

5ml glass bottle with dropper – $13

10ml glass roller ball – $22

10ml glass spray bottle – $15

15ml glass bottle with dropper – $28

15ml glass spray bottle – $22

30ml glass bottle with dropper – $35

30ml glass spray bottle – $30

 

 

 

 

 

“Do Your Best” – What Does That Mean?

We’ve all heard this throughout our lives and I think the phrase doesn’t always get the credit it so richly deserves. Doing your best doesn’t mean you’re half-assing at a task and being sub-par, yet it also doesn’t mean you’re the picture of perfection with no stumbles along the way. Here’s a secret: the best you can do changes, sometimes daily even. Some days you can do way more than what you conquered yesterday and other times what you can do is a little less than that killer productive weekend from a while ago. This simple principle applies to all aspects of an adult life: work, school, family, love, and yeah, you guessed it, health! Doing your best should mean you give your best efforts, your all, that blood, sweat and tears. Even if this thing you want to accomplish and yes, be really great at, is not done superbly all the time, it’s fine. Don’t ask yourself “Did I do this flawlessly and not mess up even once?”. Instead ask, “Did I do everything I was humanly capable of doing today?” and be honest. If the answer is no then of course you can and should do better, that’s the whole point after all! But if the answer is yes, then you were at functioning at 100% capacity for that day, and you sir/madam, have officially done your best.

Magazines That Rock

I love magazines and that love has transferred over to health magazines, something I never imagined myself being into. I would strongly advise perusing some and finding what fits your particular health interests and goals. They are encouraging, motivating, thought provoking, and hell, they’re useful! I’m always seeking a way to gain information and inspiration, and the publishing world is a great source of guidance. And if you are a magazine-whore like I am but pay for issues individually every month, cut that out! It’s such a waste of money. You’re basically paying roughly $60 per year doing that when you could spend anywhere from $8 to $15 for a subscription for the same length of time. Trust me on this 🙂

Below are my personal favorites (Self, Shape, Women’s Health) because they not only focus on health, but include topics that I as a 27 yr old woman care about: beauty, career, relationships, etc. They never stray from the main focus of course – various exercises, recipes, healthier food swaps, workout gear and gadgets, personal healthcare and doctor visits, the list goes on. Also, I recently bought an issue of Fitness RX. It’s what I like to refer to as hard-core, it offers a scientific approach to health and fitness and there’s no fluff, mighty interesting and different from what I’m used to! No complaints though, I might just get a subscription for this one too.

Do you enjoy health and fitness magazines? Any favorites?

Baby Steps

Last week was rough. My mental health was in a terrible place with depression and anxiety overwhelming me and simultaneously triggering my binge eating disorder. I had to take a good look at where I currently am on my journey to being healthier and re-evaluate my thoughts/feelings on it.

I don’t have a patient bone in my body and I take giant leaps when doing things. This works fine when dealing with something that can be done with just a couple of these leaps and great speed, but when dealing with a situation that requires a steady pace and giving a little here and there consistently, it doesn’t work at all. I’ve spent a number of days now talking myself off a mental edge and reminding myself that baby steps with this process are crucial and not doing everything perfectly, especially right now, is OKAY. I’m not where I want to be and as much as that frustrates me it can’t rule over my progress. I’ve come a long way with how I eat and exercise, and even how I see myself.

Whatever your goals are for your health, they don’t have to be met 100% in a couple of weeks or even months. Exercise a few times a week instead of 7 times, have at least one super healthy meal per day, reduce soda and junk food, get up earlier and make a good breakfast, go for walks, etc. All these things, they gradually build up – 2 days of exercise turn into 5, one healthy meal turns into 3, the junk food almost disappears, so on and so forth. There’s no race to be won, especially when you’re trying to develop habits that will last a lifetime. I’m learning to be patient, stay consistent, not make huge changes I can’t stick to, relish every bit of progress and not give up. Small changes and small steps over time will turn into bigger changes and bigger results, guaranteed.

Black Bean Brownie Recipe

I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to not-so-healthy foods I love, like brownies. A few months ago I stumbled upon a recipe for Black Bean Brownies and altered it over time. I know, it sounds crazy, and you know what’s even crazier? They taste amazing! Moist and just like regular brownies. I wouldn’t lie to you 🙂 I have a general rule when it comes to food: If it doesn’t taste good, I don’t eat it. This really keeps me on track with eating healthy because I’m never dreading what’s on my plate, and I honestly don’t see how that would be beneficial to anyone. Anyway, I baked some to take to my wonderful chiropractor’s office today – by the way, if you live in Atlanta, the Dunwoody area in particular, you should check out Wilson Family Chiropractic, and yes I’m totally biased when it comes to them because there are phenomenal people working there 🙂 So, they loved my brownies and suggested I post the recipe online. Well here it is and it’s super simple!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans (rinse and drain completely)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (use any oil of your choice)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp coffee powder
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp honey or agave
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 Tsp natural sweetener (I’m a fan of Monk Fruit In The Raw sweetener)

Combine everything in a blender. Pour into greased baking pan and pop in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr 30 mins – 2 hrs. Feel free to add nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit.

New Habits

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving and recovered! I’m proud to say I was back to my regular eating habits and the gym by 10/30 🙂 That’s such a huge change for me, a year ago I would have been stuffing myself with leftovers for days after.

Speaking of food, I’ve resolved to devote 3 days of the week to eating clean, and being as strict as possible with that. Clean eating and healthy eating are not the same, this is something I’ve come to learn recently with simple research and it drives me batshit crazy to see people on social media make posts about eating clean with things like Jif peanut butter, bacon wrapped steaks, cream pasta sauces, skinny cow chocolate, lean cuisine meals – the list goes on. Yes, some of these are healthy, but they’re not clean.

The simplest definition of clean food is: preservative free, chemical free, non-processed, all natural = fruit, vegetables, lean meats, sea food, whole grains. Packaged foods require a good look at the ingredients, the fewer things listed the better, and if you don’t recognize something or can’t pronounce it then you should probably leave it alone. Also, I think of what something is made from, ask yourself – for example – “What is coconut flour made from? Coconuts. A fruit” vs “What is white flour made from? White? What’s that?!”. I apply this to things like flour, oil, juice, etc.

There’s this popular misconception that you’ll somehow starve if you’re eating clean and that the list to what you can have is limited. Not true at all. You just need to put a little more thought and care into your meals. My lunch yesterday was smoked salmon, salad dressed with lemon juice and a touch of salt, boiled potatoes that were seasoned with delicious spices. Breakfast today was oatmeal with natural peanut butter and mixed berries, a poached egg, toast, and coffee. I snack on things like tortilla chips and salsa, fruit, and nuts. There is deprivation only if you let it happen. This is where research comes in, there are tons of articles and blogs that are devoted to giving food and recipe ideas. I make exceptions here and there but I also make sure they are slight and mostly healthy (i.e. flax milk and zero calorie & fat free liquid salted caramel sweetener for my coffee) with the notion that I’ll continue looking for clean alternatives.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do and it does take some getting used to and planning ahead. I’ve found that as long as I’m prepared and not panicking over what to eat, I’m perfectly fine. If you choose to commit to eating clean you’re only doing your body and health a major favor, and in my opinion that is nothing short of enjoyable.

 

Happy Turkey Day

I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. A holiday that promotes being grateful, brings family together, and requires yummy food – enough said! I know a lot of health conscious people feel a little anxious about being around so much food and this is one of those times where you’re expected to stuff your face, talk about peer pressure 🙂 But, relax, it doesn’t have to be that serious. A few simple tips and we (yeah, I’m one of those people too) will get through this gut-busting day with ease.

  • Log in some exercise before you get to chowing down. 30 mins to an hour is doable and you can feel better about the calories you’ll consume later.
  • Eat a light breakfast. This way you won’t be tempted to munch on everything you see later and can make better decisions for what goes on your plate.
  • Watch the appetizers and breads. These are loaded with major calories (like almost everything else at Thanksgiving dinner) but since they’re small people tend to eat mindlessly. Keep track of how many chips or rolls you have, and remember they’re not necessary, there’s a whole meal still waiting for you!
  • Commit to going back to your regular eating/exercise schedule a day or two after Thanksgiving. The sooner you get back to your normal eating routine, the better off your health will be. Write it on your calender, have your best friend hold you accountable, etc.
  • Go easy on leftovers. There’s no need to eat mac & cheese (a favorite of mine by the way) 3 times a day for the rest of the weekend.
  • Watch your portions and eat slowly so your stomach can have a chance to realize you actually have food in your tummy so you don’t have to keep shoveling in more.
  • Drink more water than you do anything else.
  • Limit yourself to no more than 2 helpings of anything, period.
  • Don’t. Feel. Guilty. I like to call this “drama” because all it does it create negative energy within yourself and this only puts you in a place of getting off track. So, it’s not worth it.

Be merry, eat well, and have a lovely Thanksgiving everyone! Xo