Lately I have been reading food labels and putting my Google bar to some good use (it's unbelievable what they put in our food!), as well as finding different forums on here about healthier lifestyles. So, I am going to commit myself to living without all the junk I've been consuming for the past 20 years.
First I want to completely detox, then I'm planning on going mostly raw (no more than one cooked meal per day, mostly because I don't make a lot of money and my parents and my boyfriend are awesome cooks, lol), and I'd also like to start making my own soap and shampoo. Also, more yoga and hooping!
I'd love any input on the matter; two heads are better than one! It would also be nice to hear from anyone who may be beginning a similar journey :]
I tried it once, but I believe I boiled it for too long because I tried pouring it on my head and it slipped right down and into the drain! I never had time to try it again because I've been moving and all the joyous activities that go along with that, but I plan to sometime this week! How long do you generally boil it for?
Your blog is awesome, by the way :]
Thank you !!!
Ha ha that happens. I boil it for a couple of minutes, depends on how much water I added. It gets thicker after cooling !
If you are having trouble with the consistency (slime !), some people like to run it through a mixer or blender. If you add a pinch of vitamin C powder, it won´t go bad and you can keep it in the fridge for weeks.
As someone with hypersensitive skin..
Tide Free clothing detergent, soap from Alaffia or Lush (PanOxl if you've got acne!). Those are what have worked for me so far. Alaffia does shampoo too and they're African free trade so you can feel good while buying from them.
As for dietary changes, remember: ANY major lifestyle change should be accompanied by consulting a doctor! If you cannot afford going to a doctor you cannot afford the lifestyle change!
@ Amy... Once again we have to agree that we disagree. Doctors make a business from curing sickness, not from teaching people how to prevent illness in the first place.
I have not been to a doctor in at least five years, and I have not been sick with so much as a cold in two years. I have no medical insurance. It is up to me to keep my body healthy and hope I don't suffer an injury.
Doctors know very little about nutrition. They complete a short class in med school, often not more than a few hours, and that's it. This is why doctors tell people to go back to eating meat. Another reason is because the medical profession makes so much money on animal research that they don't want people to become too sensitive to animal issues. My doctors told me to drink cow's milk during my pregnancies and gave me lots of "nutritional information" in brightly colored glossy brochures with Carnation's logo on them.
I think it is fair to say that Carnation has more of a vested interest in making money than in women's health.
Once again, I disagree with you strongly. I think if a person has enough money to buy fresh produce then they have enough money for a LIFE SAVING lifestyle change.
If your doctor is shoving propaganda, CHANGE DOCTORS. Go to a dietitian. Doctors can be fallible, they're human, and not all of them are great, but there ARE great doctors and I will NOT stand for you slandering them or the entire profession as a whole. I work in a technical industry and my mantra is "Remain Calm, Trust in Science."
I haven't had health insurance since 2004. I haven't even had an annual in over three years because I'm refusing to return to the same women's health clinic because of their customer service. But you know? I'm generally healthy. I've never broken a bone. I have outage crud right now but everyone gets outage crud (12 hour shifts in industrial environments with severe temp swings will play hell on you). That being said, I'd definitely consult a doctor if I was going to make a severe dietary change (and the only change I'd even consider making is full primal).
been trying to eat healthier for over a month now :) going well so far although every once in a while there is a craving of two :S but I started a food blog to help keep me on track and also got an app for my phone to track my daily meals which has helped a lot :)
So far I am finding that the healthier choices start to outweigh any of the negative cravings
Eating as healthy as possible was hard when I was living at home. I managed to cut out eating all red meat around mid high school, but when I finally moved out almost a year ago I decided that I wanted to take way better control of my eating habits. Dairy products have been my most recent target and while I've had no problems with cutting out milk, ice cream, and yogurt [replacement products are TO DIE FOR; coconut/rice milk ice creams almost make me cry, haha] cheese has been a really big hurdle of mine. The replacement products for cheese aren't too bad, but I try not to eat toooo much soy if I can help it. Additionally, any kind of products that I might buy from the store are very unlikely to use milk replacements [even great brands like Amy's Kitchen still have milk/cheese in a good number of their products] and milk/cheese turns up in a surprising number of products, more than I thought, and honestly I don't have time to make everything by hand!
My ultimate goal as many others have expressed would be to grow my own food, but that's well into the future as it would be next to impossible with my current job, though thinking about it since I would need almost no money for food I would probably be able to work a lot less, but that's a ramble for another day, haha! I'm just going to reiterate what many others have said on the topic, it's definitely necessary to take this transition slow. I'm still overwhelmed by the options in front of me when I go into someplace like a Whole Foods and am so awed by those who browse the shelves and seem to know exactly what they are looking for. It's definitely been an awesome journey so far and I thoroughly look forward to continuing down the path as the future unfolds and wish you luck upon the path =]