It’s My 3 Year Lociversary!!

Today is my three year loc anniversary and my hair has come along way since day one. I love my locs to death and don’t regret my decision one bit. When I first got locs I didn’t realize how versatile they were. I learn new things every year. It’s awesome how much they have grown and changed over the years. Below is are pictures from each year:

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Year 2
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Perm Rods on Locs

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Last time I curled my locs I used pipe cleaners. I loved the results but with pipe cleaners you have to buy them every time I want to curl my hair and pipe cleaners create real tight curls if left in overnight. This time around I tried perm rods so I won’t have to keep buying them every time I want curls. Perm rods come in different sizes so you can choose how big or small you want your curls to be. I chose the long, 3/8″ perm rods for tight curls but not as tight as pipe cleaners.

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Coconut Oil Pulling Update

2016-02-14 11.51.18A couple of months ago I created a post about coconut oil pulling and thought I’d give you an update. I can’t do it! I did good for about 6 weeks then I just started forgetting and eventually lost interest. In the 6 weeks I didn’t notice any results. I know results may take some time but I’m not good at sticking with things for an extended period of time especially when it’s unpleasant when I don’t see the benefits. It wasn’t that it tasted bad but I can’t even drink water first thing in the morning so I had to push myself to do this. If it was more convenient I probably would have been more patient and stuck with it.

What would have made the experience better?
– I made bites for more convenience but since coconut oil melts I had to store them in the refrigerator because I couldn’t store it in the bathroom. The fridge made it too easy to forget about. If I were able to store them in the bathroom I would have remembered to use them.
– If it was liquid it would have been easier to use and store in the bathroom but if you buy coconut oil already in it’s liquid form it isn’t pure and my bathroom isn’t warm enough to melt solid coconut oil.

Would I recommend it?
I don’t want to discourage other people from trying it. I read results can take about 3 months so I although I didn’t see results I’m not going to knock anyone from trying. If you decide to try it, you just have to be patient unlike me. It didn’t do any harm. I may do some more research on the subject and find what works best for me. I have been trying too many new things lately which makes it harder to stick with things. So, maybe I’ll revisit this again in the future but right now I’m done.

Curly Tee Towel Review

20160416_105409 I purchased the Curly Tee Towel because of the design. I wash my hair in the shower so before I start to style it I like to lotion up and put some clothes on. With regular towels it’s a challenge to keep them in place which I do all these. The Curly Tee Towel not only stays in place, it also provides other benefits according to their website.20160416_165340

Benefits:

– Reduces breakage and retains length
– Frizz free hair
– Absorbs water
– 100% cotton jersey
– Vegan & earth friendly
see more Curly Tee Towel benefits on the site.

11535796_1019593218075379_3460645402011377908_nReview:
It comes in 2 sizes and the extra large is big enough for my locs. Before I purchased the Curly Tee Towel I was drying my hair with a microfiber towel which helps eliminate frizz itself so I didn’t notice a change in frizz but it was less than normal towels. 20160416_183701As far as water absorption, my microfiber towel was more absorbent but like normal towels the microfiber towel doesn’t stay in place when I get ready as the Curly Tee Towel does. However, since the Curly Tee Towel is less absorbent if you leave it hanging long the water kind of pooled at the bottom and started dripping down my back. I have locs so they are harder to dry anyway so people with other hair types probably do not experience this problem. Next time, I’ll tie it on top and see if I experience the same problem. So, it’s kind of give and take between a microfiber towel and the Curly Tee Towel but given the length of my hair and my need for something that stays in place, I think I’ll stick with the Curly Tee Towel unless someone comes out with a great microfiber design.

Dry Scalp Problems

20160404_101430Two weeks ago, I got my locs professionally styled for the first time in 2 years. My locs are about two years and 10 months right now and I still love them.

20160413_065503I would like to keep my hair up longer when it’s styled but unfortunately I suffer from dry scalp and after a few days to a week my scalp starts looking like the picture to the right. I wish I could keep styles longer but I need to find a way that works for me to keep my scalp moisturized. I spray my scalp daily with a Coconut Water Leave in Spray and I even Moisturize Scalp With Oils but it only helps for about another week. My stylist told me I should use Sea Breeze on my scalp between washes to helps with my dry scalp but with updos itching is a problem and I can’t get to the whole scalp. I hope to find a way to keep my scalp moisturized so my styles will last longer.

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Bookstore & Chill T-shirt by Derrick Jaxn.

Gelatin for Blackheads. Does It Work?

20160326_095207 My nose is a problem area for me so I have been looking for solutions to get rid of blackheads in that area. In my research I ran across a lot of posts on gelatin for blackheads so I decided to try it out. It’s only two ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Gelatin

1 1/2 Tbsp Milk

 

I mixed the gelatin and milk together. I only had almond so I tried using it hoping I’d get the same results. I place the gelatin mixture in the microwave for 15 seconds. When it’s ready, I mixed it well and applied immediately to my face. It smells pretty bad but it’s unnoticeable after a few minutes. I let it sit on my face for 15 minutes (or until dry). My face became very stiff. Once dry I tried moving every muscle in my face to make it easier to peel off. 20160326_095457

Results:

After I peeled the gelatin mask off my face my face was very smooth. I noticed more fine hairs on the strips than blackheads but I did see some blackheads on the strips. So, does it work? Yes but I think it left some blackheads behind. I like how my face felt afterwards so I’d probably try it again. At least until I use up all the gelatin I already have.

Fermented Alkalizing Green Drink Mix

20160218_090158I like to use Alkalizing Green Drink Mix in my smoothies. Eating alkalized foods is the fastest and most effective way to balance pH. There are a lot of foods high in alkaline mainly fruit and green vegetables. If you have a hard time getting enough fruits and vegetables in each day this is a good alternative.

Benefit of Alkaline:

– Boosts energy
– Important for bone health
– Help boost pH balance
– Improve immune system
– Prevent kidney stones

 

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Organic Greens Blend
{organic fermented grass blend [barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) (aerial parts), oat (Avena sativa) (aerial parts), wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) (aerial parts), alfalfa (Medicago sativa) (aerial parts)], organic spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) (algae), organic chlorella (Chlorella vulgaris) (algae), organic dulse (Rhodymenia palmetta) (seaweed)} – 235 grams
Fiber Blend
[organic inulin (Helianthus tuberosus) (tuber), organic flax seed (Linum usitatissimum) (seed) – 129 grams
Organic Vegetable Blend
[organic kale (Brassica oleracea acephala) (whole plant), organic carrot (Daucus carota) (whole carrot), organic parsley (Carum petroselinum) (whole plant), organic broccoli (Brassica oleracea botrytis cymosa) (whole plant), organic spinach (spinacia oleracea (whole plant)] – 125 grams
Organic Fruit Blend
[organic apple (Malus domestica) (fruit), apple fiber (Malus domestica) (fiber), organic blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides) (fruit), organic black currant (Ribes nigrum) (fruit)] – 1.10 grams
Antioxidant & Alkalizing Spice Blend
[green tea extract (Camellia sinensis) (leaves), apple extract (Malus pumila mill) (whole apple), grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera) (seed), organic ginger (Zingiber officinale) (root), organic turmeric (Curcuma longa) (root), organic cinnamon extract (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) (bark)] – 520 mg
Digestive Blend
[Enzyme Blend (protease, amylase, bromelain, cellulase, lactase), Probiotic Blend (L. acidophilus, B. longum, L. casei, L. rhamnosus)] – 85 mg

Other ingredients: Natural elderberry flavour, organic stevia leaf extract (Stevia rebaudiana).

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop (7 grams) with water or juice per day. Scoop included. It is a bit too grainy for my taste so I can’t drink it in water or juice but I can’t taste it inside my smoothies.

I always suggest people do their own research before introducing anything new into their bodies.

Newbie Meal Prepper

20160228_135925This year I’m trying to practice meal prepping more. I only meal prep on weekdays. Weekends are my cheat days so anything goes.

Why I meal prep?

– To ensure I eat healthy all week.
– To keep me from being lazy and getting fast food during the week.
– To make sure I don’t skip any meals due to lack of time.
– To save time during the week to do other things.

What types of foods do I usually eat when I meal prep?

I’m on an endometriosis diet plus I’m trying to eat cleaner. So, I try to get in a balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables with each meal. Some of my favorites foods to use are:

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Chicken Breast
Ground Turkey
Seafood (Salmon/Tilapia/Shrimp)
Eggs

Carbs –
Brown Rice
Potatoes
Gluten Free Pasta

Vegetables –
Asparagus
Broccoli
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Carrots

Snacks –
Fruit
Nuts
Dark Chocolate
Peanut Butter

20160215_151148How do I prep my meals?

Fridays are when I put together my menu and grocery list. My menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 snacks. I try to eat 6 times a day because I’ve been working out and trying to gain.

On Sundays I do my grocery shopping and prepare all my meals. I work on one meal at a time. I usually start by separating my snacks into Ziploc bags for each weekday. After that I prepare lunch for the week. I usually prepare the same thing for the whole week. I bought a bunch of plastic containers to separate my meals for the whole week so they will be ready to pack for work. For dinner I don’t usually divide into separate containers because I don’t always complete the whole meal the same day. I will prepare my carbs and vegetables in advance but depending on what I’m preparing my proteins are prepared on a day by day basis. I like my chicken breast, salmon, and tilapia cooked fresh each day. I don’t prepare breakfast in advance because most breakfast foods I like to eat fresh.

Results of meal prepping?

– I now eat less fast food
– I don’t miss meals
– I save money
– I have reached my post surgery weight gain goals

Salmon Fried Rice

20160215_152007I wanted to try something different for lunch and add more salmon to my diet at the same time. I ran across a recipe for Salmon Fried Rice and altered it to my liking.

Ingredients:
1 Salmon Fillet
2 cups Cooked Brown Rice
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Green Onions
1 tsp Liquid Aminos (Soy Sauce substitute)
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 tbsp Lemon Juice (optional)
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper

Instructions:
Cook brown rice according to package. Set aside.

Scramble eggs. Set aside.

In a skillet on medium heat add butter, garlic, and lemon juice.

Season salmon with salt and pepper. Add salmon to skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side. Break salmon into small pieces and add green onions. Depending on thickness, continue cooking until salmon is thoroughly cooked.

Add rice and eggs.

When all ingredients are mixed well, add soy sauce. Mix it all together. Serve immediate.

 

Coconut Oil Pulling

20160218_173741Most of us in the natural hair community have heard of the benefits of coconut oil for the hair. But, have you heard of oil pulling? I discovered coconut oil pulling by accident on Pinterest and decided why not give it a try.

Coconut oil pulling is said to:
– Improve oral health
– Detoxify the body
– Increase energy
– Balance hormones
– Helps with better sleep
– Improves skin condition
– Decreases headaches
– Boosts immune systems
– Prevent heart disease
– Reduce inflammation.

Since coconut oil can be so hard and difficult to scoop out, I decided to make coconut oil bites to reduce the mess or excuses.2016-02-13 20.09.47

To create coconut oil bites, all you need is:
– Cookie mold, of your choice
– Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
– Peppermint Essential Oil

Melt the coconut oil (but don’t cook it). Scoop about a tablespoon of the melted coconut oil into each mold. Put one drop of peppermint essential oil into each mold. Refrigerate. Once the coconut oil is solid again you can place the bites into a glass container and set next to the bathroom sink or if it’s warm in your home keep them refrigerated.

2016-02-14 11.51.18How to use:
1. First thing in the morning before you eat, drink, or brush your teeth place a coconut oil bite in your mouth.
2. Chew bite until it melts.
3. Gently swish the oil around your mouth, pulling it in and out of your teeth for about 20 minutes.
4. After swishing around your mouth it is said to become toxic so spit it out in the toilet.
5. Rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth.
Do this 3-4 times a week.

I just started doing this on Monday so I haven’t noticed any benefits as of yet but I plan on continuing this practice. I’ll keep you updated. Some people complain of sore jaws or headaches from all the swishing, that’s why you should swish gently or reduce the amount of coconut oil you insert in your mouth. I suggest you do your own research before introducing anything new to your body or consult your dentist.

 

 

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