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With four growing children, my wife and I are at the supermarket a lot. I mean, A LOT. And rather than take out cash for every visit, the majority of the time we pay with a credit card.

Until now.

I just read some studies done by researchers at State University of New York and Cornell University that are going to change what my wife and I carry in our wallets.1

The first ATM-opener: Researchers analyzed the shopping habits of a random sample of 1,000 households and discovered that when shoppers pay with credit cards they throw more cookies, sugary candy, high-calorie chips and other junk food in their carts than when they pay with cash.

Three subsequent studies used a mock shopping task on a computer screen. Half of the participants were told the virtual store accepted all major credit cards and the other half was told it accepted only cash. Just like the real-life shoppers, the virtual credit-card shoppers spent more money on vice items (over 70 percent more, in fact) than did cash buyers.

So just the idea of using a credit card can lead to bigger bellies.

Why Paper’s Less Fattening Than Plastic

The final two studies did a deeper dive into the psychology behind cash vs. plastic. They confirmed that impulsivity and unhealthiness are highly correlated. That is, we’re not very impulsive about buying healthy foods — whether we’re paying by cash or credit. When it comes to “vice” foods, however, when we pay with plastic, we seem to lose all control. We not only spend more on junk (regardless of price) that we had no intention of buying, but we also regret it more later.

The result? We’re broke, bummed and facing a pantry full of junk food.

Blame it on a principle experts call the “pain of payment.” When you need to dole out the green stuff, you literally hand over something that’s valuable. Doing that makes you more likely to pause a moment and truly consider the cost — to your wallet and your waistline.

Paying with plastic, on the other hand, doesn’t feel like you’re losing anything since there’s such a delay between purchase and payment. So you’ll throw whatever looks good at the moment into your cart without thinking. And on go the pounds!

Green Your Way Thin

  • Before you even head for the store, plan your meals for the week and create a shopping list.
  • Shop on weekends. The study found that shopping on weekends led shoppers to buy fewer impulsive items (like candy).
  • Leave the credit cards at home. Instead, estimate how much money you’re going to spend and bring just enough cash, so you won’t even have the money to stray toward the sweets.
  • Snack on something healthy before you go to the store — some celery and hummus, or carrots and salsa — so your stomach won’t distract you and lead you down the wrong path (aka the donut aisle).
  • If you don’t like the idea of carrying around cash, use an ATM card with a pre-set amount.
  • If you must shop with plastic, take a good look in your cart before you swipe your card and ask yourself, “Would I still want these [cookies, chips, insert your favorite junk food here] if I had to pay for it with cash?
  • Circle the perimeter as soon as you enter the supermarket. Here, you’ll find most of the healthier items on your list such as fresh produce, dairy foods and meat, fish or poultry products. Then … and only then … walk down just those interior aisles, armed with your list (and stick to it).
  • Walk past the end caps. These colorful end-of-aisle displays typically spotlight packaged, over-processed foods that lack any real nutritional value.
  • If there’s a line at checkout, avoid those temptations strategically placed to catch your eye by thumbing through a magazine while you wait.

It may take a little more planning, but I am definitely going to go with cash for my next grocery run. Hey, if it can help me keep away from the Ben & Jerry’s, it’s worth an extra trip to the ATM!

Steven Sisskind, M.D.

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Everyday Oils Brings Joy to All

If you haven’t heard the news yet, let me spread the joy: Joy™ essential oil blend is now included in the Everyday Oils collection! Sure, I can keep up with the wordplay in this joyous announcement, but truth be told, the real joy is found inside the bottle.
Joy essential oil blend not only rounds out this collection of Young Living’s most popular essential oils, but it also complements other highly sought-after oils that should be used every day. Joy’s blissful combination of bergamot, lemon, rose, ylang ylang, and other essential oils creates an aroma that brings feelings of happiness to the heart and can be enjoyed in many ways. Go ahead and diffuse a little Joy in the morning to get your day started off right, dab a little behind your ears and on your wrists to take in all the positive energies around you, and don’t forget to share your happiness with others.

Now the Everyday Oils collection has you covered in just about every way imaginable. You can enjoy the soothing and relaxing effects of Lavender and Peace & Calming®, the immune support of Lemon and Thieves®, the invigorating and energizing aroma of Peppermint, the confidence and strength of Valor® , the cleansing effect of Purification®, the spiritual enlightenment of Frankincense, the soothing properties of PanAway®, and now the uplifting properties of Joy!
Through daily use of this fantastic collection, you will begin to see the life-changing results that pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils can bring. Improve your life the way nature intended and help others along the way with the new and improved Premium Starter Kit that includes the Everyday Oils collection!
Please share your favorite ways to use the oils in the Everyday Oils collection by leaving a comment below.
—Marco Colindres III, YL Associate Product Manager

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Young Living Product Tips for Pets

In many households, a pet is a significant member of the family. Therefore, our pets’ health and well-being is a priority. Just like humans, our four-legged friends need proper hygiene, a healthy diet, and extra care when becoming ill. The health-supporting benefits of Young Living’s essential oils can considerably contribute to your pets’ quality of life.
The most effective and easiest way to keep your pet’s coat in tip-top condition is by using Animal Scents™ Shampoo. Imbued with the power of citronella, lavandin, lemon, geranium, and spikenard essential oils, our pet shampoo gently cleanses, protects, and conditions without harmful ingredients.
For those situations when your pet is contending with fleas, we have included a do-it-yourself  anti-flea spray recipe that will help you keep those pesky fleas far from your animal.
What you need:
16-oz. glass spray bottle (we recommend a dark amber glass spray bottle)
1 drop of Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop of Thyme essential oil
½ cup of V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
Add ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake to combine. Lightly spray on your pet when needed.
Tips for Massaging Your Pets with Essential Oils
To enhance your grooming regimen and deepen your relationship with your pet, why not add a relaxing massage to your routine?
Follow these steps for the massage:
Invite your pet to lie down.
Start by stroking the areas you already know your pet enjoys.
As your pet relaxes, start using long strokes. This will relax him/her even more.
Once your pet stretches out, you know he/she is ready for the massage.
If you would like to use V-6, then put a couple of drops on your fingertips.
Begin with the head and with circular motions, gently work your fingertips over the entire body.
Use small, soft movements with cats and small dogs and larger movements with bigger animals.
The time invested is very insignificant to the pay off. With a cat or small dog, it will only take a couple of minutes. With larger breeds, it may take 10 minutes to finish the massage.
Once your pet is completely relaxed, it is a great time to brush or comb from head to tail. Just a few minutes a couple of times a week will not only keep your pet well-groomed and happy, but you will also recognize if any mood or physical changes need to be addressed with your vet.
When using Young Living products on your pets, remember size and physiology make them more sensitive to the effects of essential oils. Here is why:
Most pets have a greater sense of smell
Cats and small dogs have a low body weight
Cats have thinner skin that allows essential oils to be easily and quickly absorbed in their bloodstream
Cats’ livers do not function like humans or dogs. Bottom-line: less is better for a cat.
As with infants and toddlers, we advise care when administrating essential oils on your pets.
We would love to hear from you. Please share your experiences and ideas about the benefits of using essential animals on your pets.

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What If Your Problems Were Really Possibilities?


What If Your Problems Were Really Possibilities?

What if what you had been considering your problems were really possibilities?

What if your problems were a reflection of your demand for everything you’ve always known was possible to show up?

These questions came up in Dr. Dain Heer’s recent Symphony of Being class.  While it could sound like some standard recycled positive thinking claptrap, Heer’s questions really came from a vastly different space.

Heer’s awareness started with an observation by his communications coordinator, Katarina Wallentin.  Heer recalls her saying to him, “If what you say about problems were really true for you, you’d be a really shitty facilitator.  But as you work your way through the problems, you actually birth possibilities.”

From Wallentin’s observation and some points of view expressed in his first full-length Symphony of Possibility class, Heer realized that  “What happens (for those he works with) is that the things that you look at that you think are problems are actually your doorways to possibilities.  The things that you have looked at as problems are really the things that you want to change. What you have called your problems are actually doorways to possibilities.

This is more than merely spouting an affirmation of the effect that “All my problems magically turn into possibilities now!”  It’s a realization that so many of us have been confusing ourselves by mis-identifying what we’d like to change, what we know could be more and better, as a problem.

Heer has done this himself.  He recalls, “You have no idea how many times I thought I was f***** up because I was in the middle of some twisted mess, based on my willingness to believe I had a problem, which was based on my demand that I get out of it.”

“Your belief that you have all these problems sticks you so much because you don’t, it’s a lie.  It’s not about problems.  It’s about possibilities you can’t yet find your way to choose.  You’re asking the question so you can get to the possibilities now.”

“Because you’re making the demand for something different you’re having these things called problems show up.  People who don’t want anything else don’t have any problems.”  How cool are you for being willing to have problems?

Sometimes questions and shares during classes demonstrate the same confusion.  “When someone asks about a problem, the reason it can feel strange or weird or off is that what’s really going on is that there’s a potency there that they’ve twisted into this thing they call a problem.”

If you find yourself getting angry at these speakers, it’s actually appropriate.  That’s because the one time it’s appropriate for an infinite being to get angry is when someone is lying to you.  That anger allows you to spot the lie and change it when you spot it.

The lie you’re reacting to is that the speaker has a problem.  What’s actually occurring is “there’s a potency they’re uncomfortable having or being and they don’t understand it so they twist it into a problem so they can get the clarity about the potency.”

There are no stupid questions.  If you have a question you need to ask to propel yourself into the possibilities that you are, that’s a valid question.

Heer says to those bold enough to show up in his classes, “It’s time for the people who look at you and say, ‘Why do you have so many problems?’ to be irrelevant in your life because you realize they just don’t desire anything greater.

“From now on,” Heer told the Santa Barbara class, “you don’t have problems!  What you do have is things you’d like to change so you can be the possibility you’re here to be, so you can be the instrument you’d like to play in the symphony of possibilities you’re here to be.”

“What aspect of you have you been so hesitant to meet that you don’t actually want to go to that space of potency that you be because you know that YOU are there?”

If these questions intrigue you, you might wish to consider attending Dr. Dain Heer’s live or on-line classes His Being You, Changing the World class is open to anyone with an interest and is available live and on-line.  Those who have completed the Access Consciousness® Core Classes of Access Bars®Foundation and Levels 1, 2 & 3 are invited to attend his 3.5-day Symphony of Being classes.  Information about the times and places of these classes is available on the website as well as

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Here is a short video from the founder of Matrix Energetics. Dr Richard Bartlett is every bit as interesting in person as he is in this video. Learn more about Matrix Energetics.


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You Can Be Happier, Even When You Are Sad!

by Access Administrator

When people die our natural reaction is to be miserable, sad and depressed. It’s what we have learned to be.  And sometimes we love all the attention that sadness and misery brings.
If we don’t fit into this reality by showing our sadness we’re judged nonstop.  If we do lots of sadness we’re made right, but actually it’s not a lot of fun!  So when ‘bad’ things show up in our lives, it doesn’t feel like there is a lot of choice.  What if there is another possibility?
Listen to Gary Douglas & Dr Dain Heer talk about how consciousness and oneness includes everything without judgment.  Even sadness!  And there are a couple of really great tools for moving past the sadness and into a different choice.  How does it get even better than that?
How does it get even better than that? The really good news is the opposite is true too… you can stop pretending to be happy when really you’d rather kill someone or curl up in a ball sobbing in the corner!
When we just be with the energies without judging ourselves or others, that soft, kind allowance of ‘what is’ becomes the start of being happier.  That’s the gift of consciousness!
What if happiness is just a choice?  What if you could make that choice? Find out more about how to have happiness as an everyday choice.

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 Jeddah Mali offers so much in her words. Please enjoy this short segment.

Thank you!


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How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils and has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender is also great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet also has balancing properties.
Here are some tips on how to use Lavender essential oil from our product management team and Young Living distributors.
Tips from Young Living:
Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops to the affected area
Rub on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area
Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects
Place a few drops on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry
Rub a few drops onto your hand and spread over a pillow
Diffuse Lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering
Diffuse or inhale Lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work

Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:
“I keep a 2-oz. spray bottle with 11-13 drops Lavender/purified water mix next to my bed and spritz pillow and linens nightly!” —Virginia C., Star
“You can add a drop or two to hot water to make Lavender tea.” —Charles H., Distributor
“I put it right on my neck. I love how it relaxes me.” —Wendy M., Distributor
“I diffuse Lavender every night for a great night’s rest.” —Eric H., Distributor
“We use it all the time! I put it on the kids after their shower to get ready for bed.” —Victoria B., Distributor
“I put it on a cotton ball and slip it between my pillow case and pillow.” – Patt F., Distributor
“I love putting a couple of drops on wool dryer balls to scent our clothes while they’re drying!” —Laura W., Star
“I put a few drops of Lavender essential oil in my bath water.” —Ede H., Distributor

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Tool: Be Present When Eating


The next time you sit down to eat, eat the first 3 bites of your food being totally present without talking.  Just be very aware and feel where every taste bud activates.

There are at least 11 rows where different tastes occur so when you take a bite, start chewing and feel the different taste buds activating.  Do this for the first 3 bites of every item on your plate. 90% of the time you will never have to eat more than 9 bites.  Food should be orgasmic.

When you start eating with total presence and consciousness and awareness with your body; when you take a bite it will be like the best thing that ever happened. It will be like sex in your mouth.  When that occurs, you know your body wants the food.  You keep eating until the taste goes from orgasmic to cardboard and then you stop.  You know your body is done with it when the taste changes.

What Else is Possible?

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