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.

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.

 

 

Pan-Seared Tilapia

Usually when I cook Tilapia I bake it in the oven. I have grown tired of baked Tilapia so I decided to try something different. I pan-seared it and served it with brown rice, boiled asparagus, and I love pineapple with my tilapia. Why did I wait so long to try this? It was awesome!

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Ingredients:

2 Tilapia Fillets
1/2 cup Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Old Bay, divided
1 tsp Creole Seasoning

Directions:

Melt butter and add garlic powder. Set aside.

Season tilapia with Old Bay seasoning.

Place flour in a shallow dish. Add in remaining Old Bay and Creole Seasoning. Gently press each fillet into the flour to coat and shake off excess flour.

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat; cook tilapia in hot oil for 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with fork.

Remove tilapia for skillet and brush the melted butter and garlic on the tilapia. Serve immediately.

Quick and easy meal!

 

 

 

 

Lose The Gutt Keep The Butt Review

20150926_104207 LOSE THE GUTT KEEP THE BUTT focuses on toning your abs and sculpting your booty using your body weight. This is a 43 minute workout that builds in intensity.

Pros:
– Ab exercises are modified for woman who recently had c-section.
– The trainer actually participated in the whole workout.

Cons:
– Didn’t feel much like a workout compared to her other videos.

Review:
This video sets out to do exactly what I’m looking for, give you lean abs and lift your booty. Being that I recently had an oopharectomy, I love how she modified the ab workout for those who recently had surgery. Her other workouts had a lot of planking and I couldn’t participate. I will continue to do this workout and look forward to the results.

Plyometric Pump Review

20150926_104026PLYOMETRIC PUMP combines plyometrics “jump training” with resistance training which helps you build metabolism while toning your body. It is meant to challenge and push you to your limits. It has modified moves for beginners and advanced moves for the more athletic. Plyometric Pump is 45 minutes including warm up and cool down. Burns 600 – 1000 calories.

Pros:
– Features a male and female to show that it’s designed for everyone.
– You really get a workout.

Cons:
– It’s hard on the wrist. I do a lot of typing at work and have experience d some wrist problems. There is a lot of jumping up and down to your hands and knees. My wrist hurt so much the next morning it was hard to work.
– On some of the exercises there were some very weird camera angles making it hard to see the exercises.

Review:
This video truly gives you a workout. There is a lot of cardio and I’m sure you’ll burn a lot of calories. However, that is not my personal goal. I need to gain weight and this video is very counterproductive of my personal needs. With that said, unless you have weak wrist like me, if you are trying to lose weight and burn tons calories I would definitely recommend this video it’s just not the right video for me.

A standing desk for $22

11930908_10203564789758855_1621836619806238613_oI spend most of my days, when I’m not homeschooling my two children, sitting at my computer.  As a writer/blogger… it’s hard to avoid.  It’s no secret that a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for us.  I think we all can come up with evidence of that, but some of us still end up spending hours on end sitting.

After suffering from limited mobility more times than I care to admit because of a curve in my spine (Scoliosis), which causes some arthritis in my hip (made worse by, you guessed it…sitting) … I decided to seek out a solution.  I did some research into “standing desks”, but saw that a real standing desk runs anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.  I don’t have thousands of dollars…so I found a cheap solution.

For less than $22 (less than $10 in my case…I’m tall enough that I don’t need the extra shelf), you too can convert your current desk to a standing desk.  Check out the link (below)… and see my version of a standing desk (to the left – excuse the mess).

 

 

Source: A standing desk for $22

Full Body Curve Down Review

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FULL BODY CURVE DOWN is designed for women of all shapes and sizes. It helps you lose weight and maintain your curvy shape. The routines focus on toning and strengthening the upper and lower body. By using consistently using this video you should be able to lift your booty, tone your arms, strengthen your core, and minimize cellulite.The exercises in this video are modified so everyone can do them. Full body curve down is 60 minutes which included a warm-up and cool down. All you need are hand weights and a towel.

Pros:
– I love that it features a full figure and petite woman in the video so that everyone feels this video is for them.
– I liked the modified burpees because for some reason I cannot do regular burpees at all, maybe I’m too stiff.
– It’s slow pace so I didn’t feel rushed through the workout or fall behind like a lot of workout videos I’ve done.

Cons:
– When they went to the AB workout it was like the camera person got drunk because the camera was all over the place. It took a minute for me to catch on to the routine.
– Oh and, natural hair DOES always work! You just gotta work it.

Review:
I really enjoyed the workout. Anowa is very encouraging. She reminds you that getting into shape is not just about exercise but diet is just as important. It was exactly what I was looking for. My main goals are to tone my body and lift my booty and this video sets out to do just that. I would recommend this workout to everyone. Can’t wait to see the results.

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