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Juicing. Day ?

Blood Glucose: 85 mg/dL

You know what is great? I don’t even know what day of juicing I’m on unless I physically look at a calendar. What I love even more is that it doesn’t even matter anymore.

I’m not on a strick juicing, no food on a plate all day anymore.  For a strick painful 3 days it was juicing only.  If I want to eat, I’ll eat, balanced meals.  I’m making a lifestyle changes and taking better care of myself.

I actually enjoy this juicing regime and last night I had a juice in place of food for dinner; As a preference. I ate a small lunch (celery and ham) but I don’t really feel ‘starving’ anymore. There might actually be some truth to the 3 day hump rule; once you get over the first 3 days it gets easier. I’m definitely not feeling as deprived as in those first 2-3 days and my cravings are lessening and that says a lot considering I am PMS’ing. I still end up looking to nibble if I get bored, or I’m reading my book, but that’s habitual not a necessity. Today when I was hell bent on munching, I grabbed some celery arms and a few pieces of ham to give me that filler I was looking for. Celery has a great crunch and allows me that juicy crispy chomping I desire.  I’m sure this terrible cold flu is helping in the hunger suppression.

I’ve found a good combination of produce and I manage to make one that is similar to V8. Although it is not nearly as thick, it still has the taste of V8 without the salt and additives etc. My favourite combination is: celery, spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, sweet onion, ginger, lime and green apples. Trust me on the lime addition, it seals the package.

I’m not into juicing herbs or at least I haven’t found any I enjoy yet. Parsley is nasty. Who eats that willingly? Gross!! I really liked the apple and cucumber one I had yesterday morning before Drake and I went for a long walk, it was very refreshing and went down smooth.

I am still in a personal struggle with the excessive waste produced. If you’ve ever juiced, you know what I’m referring too. So much pulp ends up going in the garbage. It’s also very expensive to juice and when I see all that food go to waste it really does make me hesitant about the whole process. Maybe I have a heightened awareness as I volunteer at a food bank and see the many faces to the real struggles with hunger and I am always trying to remain aware. I don’t like to waste, or have in excess of anything and try to live simple etc., I am pretty diligent with our food in our home and to have this quantity of waste does make me want to figure out some sort of solution.

Since April 6th (10 days ago) when I started the juicing as a daily routine, I have spent over $300 on produce alone. (Not to mention the cost of the juicer which was $300 CDN) That’s a $30+ a day habit. When I watched the movie, fat, sick and nearly dead, it said something like $450 U.S. a MONTH for produce to juice. Well what’s that?? $5,000 Canadian? Haha!! The $300 so far does not include the food costs for the rest of the family. It would be hard to maintain this juicing cost for a long period of time that is 100% for sure.

If the past 10 days is an indicator of the actual cost of juicing, I’m looking at approximately $1000 a month in produce for myself only. I do buy primarily organic and know I am obviously paying more for the produce, but I can’t justify juicing pesticides and other toxins into myself. Hey self, ignore that bitter taste, the one that Monsanto tries to say isn’t cancerous. Ya that one.

We always say loud and proud you can’t put a price tag on your health, but I think I’m a little more realistic about that saying. Yes, you have too. Since money doesn’t grow on trees, last time I checked anyways, you absolutely have to live within your means. There are ways to be healthier without spending $1000 on groceries for one person. Exercise can be free, walking, running, I’ll even let you do spring clean up in my yard for free! I’m super nice they way. In the summer it will definitely be cheaper as the cost of produce drops nicely and I’m motivated to find a balance to keep juicing daily. Eventually I won’t be juicing 2-3 meals a day so I do expect the cost to drop at least in half.

In the mean time I’m looking forward to more juicing and my healthier approach to life. I haven’t had a chance to get out and look at bikes yet as I’m so bogged down with this cold virus, my main focus is to get through each day with something accomplished.

Off to the lake with my best man, Drake.

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No-Poo’er

So..no poo. What the heck am I going to talking about now? Some will know what I’m talking about and others are like oh gawd what is she going to blabber on about now. Chillax stressors, it’s all good 🙂

I don’t use shampoo. Now just hang on there. Before you go and get your knickers in a knot and think I’m some smelly greasy hippie, hear me out. I’m a hippie at heart but I don’t smell nor am I greasy 🙂

For years I have had the battle of finding the right shampoo for me. Do I need to clarify, cleanse, condition, dandruff, what do I need? I had to change up my shampoo brand and type at least once a month, sometimes it would be more depending on the brand. After regular use (approx. 1month) it didn’t work anymore. By not working anymore I mean I would get greasy hair before the day was done, it would be limp and for lack of a better word lethargic, I would get build up like crazy. The build up would make my head sweat and itchy and I constantly felt like I had an oversized microscopic family residing on my scalp. I used to joke that I had the most temperamental hair ever but in reality it wasn’t a joke, it was driving me insane for decades. Literally, decades. I didn’t like being a greasy hippie and scratching my sweaty head constantly, especially in the morning. I went from $5/bottle to $50/bottles of shampoo. It did not matter, my hair was being the ultimate uncooperative bitch no matter what shampoo I lathered up.

The toxins in any shampoo, even the ones that we think are Eco and better for us, aren’t really something we should be considering for our entire lifetime of washing our hair and body. Yes, some can make the green healthier claim with some validity of course, but be cautious of green washing, but definitely better for you. Most of these toxins that are absorbed through the skin and are bio-accumulative in our tissues and organs and they all have varying consequences. Without getting into specifics and getting all technical, it’s best to google or alternately you can type the ingredient into http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. EWG.ORG has an app so you can take it with you shopping if you have questions on the ingredients in your product. Parabens, phthalates, ‘fragrance’, SLS and SLES all are on my list of toxic ingredients to avoid.

I had options. Either I go ahead with dreadlocks, continue to flip flop between brands and types of shampoos or I found something more natural that came from my kitchen cupboards.. Dreadlocks really aren’t my thing and I’m so very tired of paying for products that don’t keep me satisfied and ultimately are killing my hair, so I stayed determination to find a ‘shampoo’ that will work for me and my temperamental scalp/hair AND one that will meet my safety requirements. I knew it would be a challenge with trial and errors but the challenge was accepted. I turned to google and a whole lot of reading of blogs and do-it-yourself’ers. I have tried the honey based one, the castor soap, baking soda and water one and so many other versions over a 2 month period but not one had me sold. The baking soda method seems to be the most natural one I could find that actually cleaned my hair and people seemed to be raving about it. I tired it. I tried it for 2 weeks. I didn’t like it. The paste was hard to work with, so then I added more water but it still was very harsh on my scalp and hair. Then the more I read into the baking soda method, the more I read that people gave up on it because of the drying out of their hair and scalp, and/or the grease effect they couldn’t get rid of at the roots. The concept of clean hair was there, but it didn’t meet my needs for healthy balance scalp and hair.

So in comes some chemistry. Baking soda is very reactive. Although my hair was definitely clean, despite the greasy hair appearance at the roots, dry ends with fizz I still knew I wanted to work with baking soda. I tried less baking soda, tried borax (don’t do it) tried salt and baking soda, I tried a lot of recommended alterations to the methods, but nothing seemed to work adequately. Then I went to the toxic isle, aka shampoo isle in the grocery store and read a few bottles of shampoos and their ingredients. I wanted the secret. There it is. Hydrolyzed Oat Protein. Of course!! It needs oats!! After more brain storming I also decided to deactivate the baking soda and that should help lessen the reaction of my hairs natural oils, any reside from hair products and scalp etc. I knew I needed to add that oat protein to the mixture for the nourishment and protection. With much experimenting and critiquing of ingredients, ultimately I have created a premium hair wash that nourishes without chemicals or expensive additives. I have clearly out done myself.

How to make my amazing hair cleaner.

3 cups of boiling water
1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda
3 tablespoons of ground quick oats (I use organic)
1 tsp of phytoeratin (optional)
Essential oils of your choice. Just sniff and approve!! I don’t measure. When my desired scent is reached I stop. Somewhere around 20-30 drops of essential oils I’d predict.

In a large GLASS measuring cup add 1 heaping tbsp of baking soda. Boil water. Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and stir baking soda until it stops bubbling and fizzing. Keep stirring until the bubbling stops. We are helping to deactivate it here. Once it stops bubbling and is dissolved add the remainder of 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. It should bubble and fizz a bit while stirring but not as much. The water should appear clear now.

In a coffee grinder (or similar appliance) grind oats to bring it to a dust/small particle product. Pour the ground oats into the baking soda water mixture. Take a hand mixer and blend it all together. I’m sure even a good whisk could work. Pour the new mixture through a fine hand held strainer into another container, glass is always best. Sometimes you have to move the built up particles out of the way with a spoon for the remainder of the liquid to filter through. This straining process is just to remove the bits of oatmeal, Otherwise washing it out of your hair is a bit of a pain in the butt.

Now mix in your Phytokeratin (optional) and essential oils. Pour into container that you can use in the shower. I use glass. Remember baking soda is still a bit reactive and plastic is a product of interest to baking soda, so glass is best. I used a mason jar until I emptied a bottle of apple cider vinegar, now I just funnel my wash into that glass bottle.

Some combinations of essential oils I use are:
Lavender, tea tree oil, peppermint
Bergamot, orange, tangerine, lavender
Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, peppermint
Patchouli, sage, rosemary
Summer time I use lemongrass, tea tree oil and peppermint to help ward off the mosquitoes etc. We have so many living in the bush!!!

Always give a good shake to your hair wash container before using it, remembering there isn’t any cosmetic chemicals to keep it mixed and uniform. Use as much as you think you’ll need, you’ll figure it out as you go.  This hair wash is much more watery than shampoo and it won’t provide a luscious lather. The lathering part was honestly the hardest part for me to adjust too. But once you accept it is the chemicals that give lather and you’ve been brain washed to associate lather with clean, you’ll actually feel great about what your ‘clean’ actually means. Just pour onto scalp and massage all over. The hair wash will wash out hair products like hairspray. I occasionally use some hair spray and I make my own hair gloss that I use almost daily and all this is removed my hair wash recipe.

Please trust you will love this method. If you have tried the no-poo method and have given up on it because your hair was dry and dull, this one will amaze you. I have long time shampoo’ers of $50/bottle++ onto my method and they now have the healthiest hair they’ve ever had. I still use an all natural hair conditioner with emu oil and other essential oils. My result is soft, shinny, healthier hair that meets my personal and environmental safety mission better than any commercial shampoo I’ve ever used, regardless of price. Did I mention this hair wash is super duper cheap??

I’ve been doing this for over a year now. My hair dresser is amazed every time at the softness and health of my hair. Yes, I take my hair wash to my hair dressers appointments and she willingly uses it, not that she would have a choice if she wanted to do my hair. I had one of their customers sitting beside me on the salon chair, actually ask me what shampoo they used on me because her hair wasn’t smelling that good. It was my bergamot mixture.

Whenever I get the chance I tell people about my method. Most say oh that is so gross!! Especially females. I just respond with my hair is gross? and it usually gets a conversation going and I get to share my method. To encourage their interest and possibility to try the recipe, I let them touch my hair so they feel the difference. They always go In for a second touch cause they are shocked. (Let me tell you how difficult it is for me to let people touch my hair and let it be known it is by invite only!!! lol)!!

Phytokeratin and essential oils I buy from this supplier. Price is fantastic and service is impeccable!! http://www.newdirections.ca (they have a Canadian site and a USA site)

Now let’s talk about the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse that has been misrepresented in my opinion. People are lead to believe that you should use apple cider vinegar as a ‘conditioner’. No! No! No!! This is tooooo strong and soooo wrong and will dry out your hair so quickly. When you google many many bloggers and writers will tell you, you won’t smell like vinegar. I’m here to tell you the truth. You absolutely will!! I only use Apple cider vinegar as my clarifying rinse every other Sunday morning before I clean my hair. Because I do use a conditioner and some hair products a few times during the week, I do expect some build up and the Apple cider vinegar removes that build up. It provides a good strip of residue, so please don’t use it as a conditioner and don’t use it often. I don’t know why there are sooooooo many sites that claim this is the best conditioner and should be used regularly. I’m here to promote the complete opposite. It’s not a conditioner and it shouldn’t be used on your hair regularly. For best results, it also needs to be unpasteurized apple cider vinegar – and organic is best. Apples are dirty, full of toxins (top of the list in the dirty dozen) so if you’re looking to clarify your hair, a product worthy of that process should be used, unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar.

Disclaimer: I don’t dye my hair, perm my hair, or highlight my hair. I can not speak for how this recipe will work on hair that is chemically treated or altered with hair dyes etc. With the baking soda being mostly deactivated, I would think it should be ok, but I don’t have any experience so I can not officially say one way or another.

I’d love to hear if anyone gives it a go!!

P.s.–> this is the hair conditioner I use. It’s scent is soft, so I compliment it with the same version of essential oils I put in my hair wash. It’s takes up the oils well and the conditioner is fantastic!! http://www.simplyemuzing.com/info.php

The Dog Stinks

I know it, you know it and your dog knows it.

I own 2 dogs. Big dogs. We spend a lot time outside. They get dirty, they get wet and they get smelly. After them, I’m the first to know when they stink. I don’t ask people, does my dog smell? Can you smell dog on me? Nope. I will tell you my dogs smells. I practically announce it so you know I know my dogs stink. I won’t ask. I tell. Usually within 24 hours of noticeable stink, my dogs hit the shower. My Golden Retriever gets the smelliest feet ever, so I am cleaning those often. Gross.

Don’t ask me if your dog stinks. If you’re asking, you know he does. Don’t ask if your house or car smells like dog. Again, if you’re asking, it does and you don’t need me to tell you it does. I don’t believe for a minute people can’t smell their dogs when they are over due for a bath. I’m calling 100% BS on that. I actually don’t care if your dog smells, if you don’t care. I only get annoyed when the questions start flying. Do you really need me to tell you your dog smells like ass and needs a bath? No. Pretend you don’t notice or care or bathe him. Just stop the questions.

Brushing helps to keep their smell under control but even with regular brushing dogs will eventually need a bath. Food quality also can help control your dogs smell. My guys are on raw and I can tell you it’s a big improvement with breath and stinky-ness.

It’s hard for me to not love on a dog when I see them. I want to give them rubs and kisses but I hate when I need to hold my hands out in front of me like they are contaminated, on a mission to wash them. I hate having to hold back cause they just have that I need a bath smell. They will get loved on anyways 🙂

From puppyhood I put my dogs in the shower. I wanted them used to the water, the shower stream, the whole process. I didn’t want bath time to be a fight, it just needed to be a part of their life. Simple. To this day my german shepherd will peek in the shower when I’m in it and want in.

I bathe my dogs with baby shampoo. I rinse them first with Apple cider vinegar. The vinegar just seems to loosen the dirty and stink really well. The baby shampoo works amazing. Bonus: I don’t have to worry if some gets in their eyes either. Their coats are soft, light, fluffy and they smell yum. It’s cheaper than most dog shampoos and I find they don’t get itchy after bathing like they had previously with lesser quality or more expensive dog shampoos. Just seems to have the perfect pH balance for their skin. Try it. They’ll love you for it.