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I firmly believe that the main reason so many of us struggle with weight is that we don’t understand it.

And this desire to “lose weight” too often manifests itself in this attitude where food and your body are the enemy, and you have to defeat them.

That’s depressing. That’s a losing game. And it’s really unhealthy.

I also think it’s demeaning. It’s like we women don’t think we’re worth much if we put on extra pounds. And so we have to go back to some magical number on the scale that we may have hit back when we were 17, as if the pinnacle of our lives was before we had kids, before we matured, before we were actually, you know, women.

To tell you the truth, I’d rather be in pyjamas right now still on vacation. I was originally going to take a break from this blog until January 2, because I really wanted some time off.

But something’s happening right now that I just had to tell you about because it’s so important, and it transformed my life. And I just don’t want you all to miss it.

I used to vow to lose weight every New Year’s. I didn’t have a lot to lose, mind you, but I spend my 30s creeping up by a few pounds a year, which, after 10 years, can easily be 25 pounds. And I had to lose it. I tried to exercise. As I explained in this post, I tried to count Weight Watchers points and save up so that I could have the occasional piece of chocolate cake. And my weight kept going up, and I kept feeling awful about myself.

I also thought all those people who bought food from the organic section of the supermarket were rather ridiculous health nuts. They were going overboard on stuff that didn’t really matter.

And then my stomach pains started, and my periods got so bad I actually ended up needing surgery.

Around that time I started learning about the Ultimate Bundles people–people who are now my friends.

Ryan and Stephanie Langford started them, and their goal was to gather the absolute BEST online materials on different subjects, and then offer them all together for a five day period for a ridiculously low price. Plus they’d get businesses to offer physical bonuses! It was a way to help online entrepreneurs (like me) who create products get a bigger audience, but also a way to give consumers an incredible deal.

Because most of these bundles are worth about $2000, but they sell them for $29.97.

One of those bundles was the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. It’s offered every year (though the resources in it change completely each year), and I bought my first one four years ago. It changed everything.

I learned that the reason that I’ve been having trouble losing weight is that I’ve been focusing on losing weight.

I’ve been focusing on depriving my body, rather than focusing on giving my body what it needs, and NOT giving my body what it doesn’t need. I learned that my body actually needs certain fats (olive oil, nuts, avocadoes, coconut, fish, etc.), and that low-fat foods (like low-fat dairy) are actually bad for you. I learned that the problem with weight is not so much calories themselves as where you get those calories from.

Too often we put things inside our bodies that our bodies can’t process properly. Take preservatives, for instance. They are an absolutely amazing invention. I am completely pro-preservative, because it allowed people to have a steady food supply even in winter. It allows us to get food to people who would otherwise starve. Preservatives allow people short on food to actually get food.

But that’s where the benefit stops. If your biggest problem is no longer lack of food, then preservatives become the enemy. Here’s why. Preservatives stop bacteria from breaking down food, so that it doesn’t spoil and it lasts longer. So far, so good. But how does our body get nutrition from food? Bacteria breaks it down. When your body is trying to process food with preservatives, it doesn’t know what to do and it can’t get the nutrition properly. So it just stores it as fat. And you get very little nutrition from it.

I learned that most of my stomach problems were caused from eating at restaurants and from eating canned goods. So I simply switched to real foods, and stopped eating preservatives and stopped going to restaurants so much, and my weight dropped overnight without me trying to deprive myself.

And I learned about the benefits of essential oils, too!

I love them. I clean with them. I set up my aromatherapy machine with them.

Can essential oils really boost my marriage, my mood, or my libido? Some thoughts today!

Every year the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is available, and every year it has completely different resources in it. This year the bundle had all kinds of amazing courses that taught me about the role that hormones play in our libido and in our digestion and in our health, stuff that I had never understood before. I learned that a lot of anxiety can actually be managed by diet (not that people shouldn’t be on antidepressants if they need them, mind you!). I learned how to get better skin.

It’s the absolute BEST collection I’ve ever seen. It was available in September for five days, and I sent out some emails about it.

But it’s back today for a flash sale. It’s gone tonight at midnight.

And so I decided that despite the Christmas holidays and despite my urge to be in pyjamas, I would tell you about it before it’s gone.

Because it really did change my life, and it changed my whole focus on weight to something that is so much emotionally healthier and more manageable.

The neat thing about the flash sale is that when you buy the Healthy Living Bundle for $29.97, you get the opportunity to ALSO add the Essential Oils Super Bundle for just $15. So for $45 you can get about $3000 worth of ebooks and ecourses on healthy living and essential oils, plus about $250 in physical bonuses that can come right to your door.

Seriously, there is so much to love in this bundle! The vast majority of it is digital products (like ebooks, printables and courses) that you can access right away, but look at what is delivered right to your door:

  • Green Kid Crafts – FREE craft box ($19.95 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – $15 off select TriLight products ($15 value)
  • MadeOn Skin Care – FREE BeeCool Muscle Balm Stick and Natural Lip Balm Combo (value $15.25)
  • The Maca Team – FREE Organic Gelatinized Yellow Maca Powder, 8 oz. ($15.44 value)
  • Get Kombucha – FREE 2-week supply (15 ml) of Kombucha Pro: Liquid Probiotics (value $29.99) OR FREE 1-ounce bag of Custom Organic Kombucha Tea Blend (value $16.99)
  • Orglamix – FREE Mineral Eye Shadow Trio ($18 value)
  • Grove Co. – FREE Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener and stain remover, 60 Day VIP Trial, and FREE shipping with a $20 minimum purchase for new customers ($32.66 value) OR a FREE 1-year VIP Membership for existing customers ($39.95 value)
  • Meal Garden – 6 months of Meal Garden FREE (value $35.70)

This is how I think about it: I get $30 of probiotics and $33 worth of laundry detergent, which in and of itself pays for both the essential oils and healthy living bundles.

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Plus I also get all these resources:

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Some of my favourite ones are in the women’s health department. When the bundle was for sale in September, I actually bought 6 myself to give to the people who work for me, my sister-in-law, and my daughters, just because of the Perfect Periods ecourse, which is amazing:

All the hormone resources from the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

I took it and it had this self-assessment which correctly diagnosed my liver issues and my hormone issues, and then told me what to do (and I feel so much better!).

Of course, there’s more than just the Perfect Periods ecourse, but that course normally sells for $297. Yep, you read that right. Almost $300 (there’s a LOT of information), but just today it’s part of the bundle, and you get it plus everything else for just $29.97.

And that everything else includes meal plans, books on how to get kids to eat healthy, courses on how to exercise at home, alternative health, how to use essential oils, and so much more!

But the flash sale is over today, and then this combination of products will never be offered together again like this. The only reason they’re able to offer $2400 worth of stuff for $29.97 is because it’s for such a limited time.

And I didn’t want you to miss it, because this is probably the thing that has changed my attitude towards my body the most over the last decade, and has even helped me understand my libido fluctuations more.

So don’t miss it! If you want to make a New Year’s Resolution about your weight, how about trying this instead?

This New Year’s, I will learn about health. I will read a few books and take a few courses and just change a very few things, and I will see what happens.

That’s more manageable. That doesn’t make you feel like you’re inadequate or that you were better when you were 17. That’s empowering. And that’s the way to make real change!

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