The next time you need to purchase olive oil, read the labels on the bottles, jars, and cans. Don’t just grab the container that’s on sale or the one on the end cap or the one with the prettiest label.
I recently did a study on olive oils. I wanted this information for myself and to share with my client partners and you, my readers. Boy, did my eyes get opened WIDE!
Most olive oils on grocery store shelves are imported. The names on the labels evoke history, romance, travel to exotic places. Stand in front of the olive oil display for a couple of minutes and your brain may even wander to skin, water and summer moons:
l could go on and on. The least inspiring labels were Rachel Ray, Spectrum, and Hannaford’s.
When you finish reading those labels, you’re going to probably be thinking more about travel than anything else. Imported olive oils are mostly a blend of oils from many different countries:
The average label listed 5 countries for the oil of origin. When an olive oil company blends so many oils from so many places, I feel that things get confusing. How can there be controls, health guidelines on a product coming from countries all over the world? And, truth be known, there are no controls on imported olive oil. The blend may not even be olive oil.
Oliveri oil comes from Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, and Morocco.
Pompeiian oil claims to have oil in its bottles from Italy, Greece, Spain, Argentina, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco, Chile, U.S., and Egypt.
The only olive oil I buy and trust is organic American Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Olive oil is a food which can be therapeutic. If I’m eating something partially because of its therapeutic qualities, I want to know that I’m getting what I pay for. And, let’s face it, olive oil is not cheap. I want it to be organic and I want it to be EVOO and I want it to be what the label says it is.
When I read the labels, I discovered that most of the companies with these romantic sounding names claimed to use oils from most every country. There were some exceptions:
Pompeiian produces several different olive oils. One is American and 1 is Portuguese.
Carapelli, DeCecco, and Buonaturae sell pure Italian olive oils.
Taste of Inspirations has an oil from Italy and an oil from Greece.
San Leandro’s oil comes from Spain.
As far as my research leads me, the only Sicilian olive oil comes from Trader Joe’s.
The principal oil used in my kitchen is organic American Extra Virgin Olive Oil because medical experts believe that it is a good food to help prevent several diseases which I’m not interested in dealing with:
high blood pressure
There’s a method to this. In order for your EVOO to be therapeutic, you need to use an EVOO regularly enough to consume about 2 large spoonfuls daily. This means you’re going to cut out some less desirable oils. An easy way to do this is to substitute olive oil for margarine, butter, peanut oil.
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat – a healthy dietary fat.
You may not even know it but your EVOO is a heavyweight in your kitchen. It’s important on your reflexology table too. When your client partner voices dietary health concerns, this is your opportunity to share the health benefit information. One of the easiest ways to begin to eat healthy is to rely on American organic extra virgin olive oil.
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I estimate that one third of your client partners have problems sleeping. Many of them have just given up on getting a good night’s sleep. This is not a good thing because there are many things that a person can do to sleep well…every night, not just once in awhile.
A person who gets enough sleep looks and acts healthier because there is more energy available to do the things to get through the day successfully. So, here are some suggestions that have proven to be successful. Try them. Share them.
- Receive a reflexology session every week. People who get reflexology regularly tell me they sleep better. This is important for practitioners, too. I receive a session weekly. It’s one of the most important things I do in life.
- Reiki sessions are wonderful for sleep. Do you teach Reiki? Attune your clients to be reiki practitioners so they can give themselves sessions every night when they go to bed. Sleep is sure to follow. A well intentioned Reiki therapy session is better than a sleeping pill.
- Have a regular sleep schedule so that you go to bed every night at the same time. Schedule your evenings so that you plan on sleeping 7-8 hours every night.
- An hour before going to bed, turn off loud music, scary TV shows, and consciously wind down.
- Do you have a lot of things to do tomorrow? Before you go to bed, make out a list of all the things you have to do tomorrow. Then, put that list in another room and forget about it until tomorrow.
- Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep. This means moving all the clutter and junk to another part of the house. That includes the TV and anything else that is a sleep distraction.
- Take a look at your bedding. When was the last time you bought pillows, sheets, blankets? Does your mattress sag in the middle? Are you sleeping in worn out sweat pants with holes? It’s time to focus on sleep-inducing comfort.
- Get a pen and journal notebook. Early in the evening, every evening, spend a few moments writing about one thing that you feel thankful for.
Thanks for reading this blog post. I will be offering more sleep tips throughout the coming year.
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