Survey Thursday – Learn About Me!

Today I’ll be taking part in Survey Thursday. After getting some more followers – THANK YOU – I felt it may be helpful to answer some basic questions about me…so tune in (or tune out) for some things about me!

A is for Age: I’m 23 – Born January 3rd – proud Capricorn!IMG_4357

B is for Breakfast: I had a bowl of oatmeal (soaked overnight in greek yogurt) with chia and flax seeds, some raisins, and a little maple syrup. I also had a kiwi, strawberry, blueberry, kale, and banana smoothie with a scoop of Universal Greens.

C is for Current Craving: Sleep…I had a little too much wine last night. Umm, but I think that some Mac & Cheese sounds really good!

D is for Dinner Tonight: I’m going on a father-daughter date tonight, but planning on cooking up some chia seed noodles with asparagus and zucchini.

E is for Favorite Type of Exercise: Adventure sports – I like to play outside – hiking, biking, swimming…just get me outdoors! But I also love yoga and I’m starting to get into running.

F is for Irrational Fear: Someone slicing my Achilles’ tendon when I’m walking down stairs that are open (especially in apartment complexes) or from underneath my car…

G is for Gross Food: Mushrooms, olives, artichokes. I tryyyyyy but they are just so mushy. I also dislike artificial sweeteners, artificial fruit flavors, and ribs.

H is for Hometown: Washington, D.C. – best city in the USA!

I is for Something Important: My family <3 They are my rocks.

J is for Current Jam:  Wild Child – The Doors

K is for Kids: I don’t have any, but am looking forward to a few little rug-rats in the future.

L is for Current Location: At work, in Kalamazoo, MI.

M is for the Most Recent Way you Spent Your Money: A nice dinner out with a lovely lady friend of mine…had two bottles of wine, an antipasto platter, and a delicious chop salad…high price, but higher quality – so it was worth it.

N is for Something You Need: A good yoga session.

O is for Occupation: Communication and Operations Specialist at an herbal supplement company called Universal Formulas.

P is for Pet Peeve: I don’t really have many pet peeves…nothing seriously bothers me…but I guess…I get really irritated when people make an ad hominem argument…discuss the issue, not the person.

Q is for Quote: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

R is for Random Fact About You: I am not a Democrat…despite what everyone presumes when they meet me. I do not identify with any political party.

S is for Favorite Healthy Snack: Cashews with dried cherries

T is for Favorite Treat: Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Health Bar Crunch

U is for something that makes you Unique: My upbringing…from a very diverse religious background and I’ve seen a lot, but never left the country. I feel cultured, yet there is so much more for me to explore and experience.

V is for Favorite Vegetable: Peppers…especially bell.

W is for Workout: I ran 3 miles yesterday, did some kettle bell exercises, and cooled down with some restorative yoga poses (should have done more).

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Ankle, back/neck/spine, brain (CT/MRI) scans.

Y is for Yesterday’s Highlight: So many highlights – great networking opportunity with the MISBTDC, met some awesome people and learned a lot about social media…cleaned my apartment after work…went for a run (first time in two weeks, so that was great!)…walked to dinner with my girlfriend. It was a great day…but they all are!

Z is for Time Zone: Eastern StandardIMG_3931

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14 days later & the cleansing continues…

It has been a really busy few weeks – and this cleanse, I believe, has helped me keep on top of things and stay healthy during a stressful month! I’m on day 20 of this cleanse and I’m feeling great! Tomorrow will mark 21 days with no caffeine – except for a little chocolate I’ve had.

This weekend was hard for me to keep a clean diet – so I did cheat a little bit…but breaded pickles sounded so good when I was DDing for all my friends and sitting at the bowling alley (and it was the healthiest choice I had for munchies). Aside from a little cheat – I’ve been keeping pretty clean – staying away from a lot of diary, animal proteins, and processed foods. Smoothies have been my saving grace over the past few weeks, as you can change them a lot and they are tasty, filling, and full of healthy produce! I’ve been keeping mine relatively simple – some locally made and fresh, raw, organic greek yogurt, frozen bananas, and a combo of strawberries/blueberries/kiwi/spinach/kale, and Universal Greens blend!  Sometimes I go for a chocolate smoothie – like I’ve shared on this blog before, but I’ve been adding in cacao nibs as well – which give it a little crunch!

Today was the end of Owner’s Appreciation Week at the People’s Food Co-op so I just stocked up on a bunch of goodies – including raw almonds, fruits & veggies, some turkey, mozzarella cheese, oatmeal, and kombucha! I think I’m going to go for another round of homemade chicken no noodle soup as it was delicious and a much needed healing broth when I was going through my healing crisis.

My energy level has been excellent – I couldn’t be happier with the results :) I’ve been waking up an hour or so before my usual time, feeling energized and well-rested, which is better than things had been for the past few months. I also recently started to notice the enamel on my front few teeth was deteriorating. I try to keep up on the brushing/flossing teeth business and always have considered myself to have good teeth – so this was really alarming. I did a lot of research and most things said that whitening toothpaste was good (but I don’t use that stuff, I use natural toothpaste and hopefully will be making my own when this tube runs out) so anyway – one blog I read recommended taking some Cal/Mag supplements – so I added those back into my routine. I’ve been taking just 2 Mag/Cal supplements with lunch for the past 2 weeks and have noticed amazing changes. I’m going to do it for a month straight and share some pictures because I think this is amazing! I also think it happened because of my high intake of lemon juice in drinks (water, tea, toddys) so I’ve reduced my use of lemon juice and that may have helped too.

So as this cleanse is slowing coming to an end, I’ll be done NEXT Monday – I’m thinking about following up with a Bepure cleanse from Universal Formulas (the wonderful company I work for!). Last year, I did the Bepure cleanse as my first experience with a cleanse EVER and I loved it! They are giving me the opportunity to cleanse again, starting March 23rd, and to blog about my experience for the second time around! I’m really excited to do this – as I think I’ll just feel even better than I do now! :)

So another update on things – as I feel that cleansing your body also should be a part of cleansing your soul – so I’m keeping up with hot yoga and deep breathing, as well as doing more volunteering and other hobbies that I’ve neglected throughout my high school and college career. I recently bought a few more houseplants and am working on my green thumb. I’m hoping to buy a house within the next 6 months so I decided to get ahead and start preparing to be an adult, with a house, and making it my home! I’ve been doing a lot of research on composting, gardening for beginners, and becoming a foster dog mom – so big things are in the works for me! I also started doing some volunteer work for the PFC (see above) and I’ll be attending, photographing, and Tweeting about their cooking classes – so I’ll be able to share that information over the next few months!

Until next time – peace & love :)

Kobucha, Sleep, & Crop-tops

Good morning world! Today is a beautiful day as it is the end of my work/school week and I couldn’t be more ready! Lately it has been hard for me to sleep! Normally, I’m a sleeping machine. I like to sleep but I also like to be up early and active throughout the day! In the past, I have relied on coffee for that energy boost, but ever since completing the Bepure Cleanse, I’ve been using less caffeine than usual!

A few things have been helping me get a little more sleep – I’ve been diluting my water before bed with Tracite to give my body trace minerals to aid each and every cell! I’ve also been taking Mag/Cal supplement – which helps with sleeping soundly and also my charlie horses. I have been known to wake up, in tears, in the middle of the night, with the worst charlie horses ever!

By cutting out caffeine (for the most part), I’ve been able to normalize sleep habits. However, I still sometimes crave the taste of coffee. Recently I discovered Kombucha! The newest love of my life. At the People’s Food Coop, they sell the Synergy brand – which is really delicious! However, it is a little bit out of my price range. I’ve decided that I’ll be making my own this summer. The first step is to make your own SCOBY – a culture/bacteria mushroom. I’ll definitely be posting those pictures once I do more research and start this adventure!

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Since this winter, I’ve kept a pretty steady weight – 122lbs. This isn’t stick skinny, but I feel great! This year is the first time I’ve been comfortable enough to wear crop top shirts. Check out my other blog – The Classy Cunt Catalogue – to see my collection. I, also, am a big supporter of reused clothes! I do most of my shopping at thrift stores. I’ve found some amazing things at Salvation Army this past year! Here’s one of my favorites – coral maxi, blue and printed tank top that ties – super casual and comfy!

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Well, tonight I have a statistics exam, so I need to get nourished and study my little butt off until 6pm! Well…I guess I’ll wait a few hours until I begin that! There are a few HUGE garage sales happening this weekend so hopefully I’ll find some amazing articles to share with you all! Thanks for reading :) I promise I’ll be better at updating this from here on out!

A few weeks after the cleansing experience…

Although the cleansing experience really made me appreciate healthy living, I haven’t had the easiest time staying away from sweets. Over the past week, I’ve been premenstrual and CRAVING sweets like there is no tomorrow. I’ve had ice cream, donuts, cookies, brownies, hot chocolate, tiramisu, and more, I’m sure. I can’t stop and I feel like crap the next day. Why!?!?

I think part of it was the restriction of sugar for the full 3 weeks on the BePure cleanse. I think being an emotional female for the past week has also played its part. I want to try to cut down on sugar. Now…I said I’ve eaten all these things, but I’ve also continued to eat healthy meals throughout the week. It isn’t like I’m only eating the sugar…I’m eating healthy and THEN I eat all the sugar…

Currently, I’m slightly under the weather. Saturday morning I woke up feeling slightly sick. I started feeling that tickle in my throat, the one that means….EAT WELL OR YOU’RE GONNA REGRET IT! If I have that feeling and continue to eat sugar and dairy, I definitely get worse. So, I’ve been trying not to eat anything unhealthy for the past 24 hours. I haven’t noticed a worsening of my feelings, so I guess it is working. I’m going to take a shot of echinacea and hope that makes it a bit better!

So…I don’t want to post a negative thing on here…but today I’m feeling a big negative. I was doing well with going to hot yoga, but haven’t gone in almost a week. I know I’d feel a lot better if I went, but it’s just getting hard to drive out there and work out…I think the sweets are adding to my laziness.

Anywhooo… I’ll keep posting my random rants, raves, recipes, and more! So, a quick idea for breakfast, lunch, or dinner…

What you need: black refried beans (I used Amy’s organic, but you can make your own), diced tomatoes, a few chili peppers, cheddar cheese, a whole wheat tortilla, 2 slices organic bacon (I used Applegate Farms and cook it in the oven, on parchment paper), 2 farm fresh eggs, and green peppers. I eat up the tortilla with slices of cheese and the mixture of tomatoes, beans, and chili peppers. I let that get warmed up while I cook the eggs with the green peppers. After this, I layer the bacon on top of the beans, then add the eggs on top of that. Delish! So easy. So quick. So good. You can add in hot sauce if you want – I like the flavor I had in it already!

I’m going to try to mess around with a chili paste I bought. I’m a little nervous, as I’ve never used chili paste in cooking before. I want ethnically flavored food. I want spice, warmth, and comfort from hearty and nutritious foods. I find that hard to come by in the American cuisine…and I don’t even know if I want to call American cuisine a cuisine…as half of it isn’t even real food. Well…another topic for a future post!

Petrochemical toxins? Ingredients you can’t pronounce? Does that belong on your body?

I just wanted to quickly touch on a subject that I have yet to examine in this blog. As we become more aware of what we put into our body, whether during a cleanse, or just in our day-to-day lives, we desire to make some changes! I know that I have. Over the past year, I’ve stopped using commercial face-wash, astringent, and eye-makeup remover. I use completely organic, free-trade Shea butter lotion and body wash. I’ll be purchasing their shampoo and conditioner with my next Owner’s Appreciation discount (at our local People’s Food Co-op). My favorite brand is Affailia, check them out! – http://www.alaffia.com/ I even have their curling enhancing spray and it works wonders on my frizzy waves! Great to spray on after a day on the beach to rejuvenate your locks – and it smells yummy!

For my face wash, I mixed together 1 part raw, local honey, and 1 part baking soda. I leave these in a little glass jar in my shower for a week. When I wash my face, I get some of the moist baking soda and exfoliate my face, neck, and chest. I use a little bit of the liquid honey to rinse, followed by warm water. After this, I use apple cider vinegar (mostly this, with a 1/2 cup of water in a bottle) as an astringent. You don’t have to use it all over your face – but I do most of mine. This combination of wash and astringent have helped me reduce my breakouts, heal, and even out my skin.

When I do wear makeup, I use extra virgin olive oil to take off my mascara and eye shadow. This allows for moisture and antioxidants to be soaked into your eye lashes, eye lids, and under your eyes (my trouble area). I’ve noticed a reduction in my under-eye circles, as well as fuller lashes.

However, I never had thought about my toothpaste use. My mom always bought us organic toothpaste when we were little, but it never tasted good. Although I currently use Crest Whitening toothpaste, I’m going to switch. I read this article and was immediately interested in trying this recipe out. I’m going to borrow some essential oils from my mom (she’s a massage therapist and recently took a class in essential oil use).  But please check this out – Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization.

Today is Day 19 of the cleanse! I’m feeling great. My diet has stayed intact and I’m happy with that. I’ve been craving chocolate lately, or just anything sweet, but I’m resisting. I think that I’ll enjoy a yummy brunch Saturday morning, including some Challah bread french toast, butter, maple syrup, coffee, and a mimosa! That just sounds divine, doesn’t it?!?