As some of you may have noticed, I took a hiatus from blogging last week. It wasn’t really planned, it just kindof happened. My nephews were in town for the week, life had been very busy for a while, and I was feeling overwhelmed with everything on my plate. Blogging just didn’t make the cut for the week, but now I’m feeling more rejuvenated and ready to give you an update on what I’ve been up to. Continue reading
As you may have figured out by now, I’m a pretty frugal person. If I can make a product at home and save money while not including any strange chemicals, I’m all about it. I make my own lotion, lip balm, shampoo, hand soap, and body scrub, but one thing that had so far evaded me was laundry detergent. Continue reading
Thanks for sticking with me through this busy week! I hope you enjoy this post on the pitfalls of dieting. I’ll see you next week with some fresh content, I’ve got lots of ideas for some great posts!
First of all, let me start this post by saying I’m not really fond of the word “diet”. When most people think of diets, they think of calorie restriction, self-denial, and inevitable failure. Not exactly something people get excited about it. The word diet can actually just mean whatever food you eat on a normal basis. But, for the sake of this post, we’ll talk about diets in the negative sense. Like I said, most people don’t get excited about the word, and for good reason: your body knows they don’t work. Even if your brain has fooled you into thinking that the quick path to health is found in the is the latest diet book hitting the store shelves, your body isn’t fooled. For those of you who have dieted multiple times over the years, I’m sure you are quite familiar with the dread, the drudgery, and the sheer willpower involved in sticking to a diet. It turns eating, one of man’s greatest pleasures, into something it was never meant to be. Continue reading
I’m getting closer to the end of my crazy week, but until then, enjoy some of my favorite posts from days gone by. I promise I’ll have some fresh content next week! Today this post feels especially timely to me.
We talk a lot in the wellness movement about balance, the art of keeping all aspects of your life in proper perspective, not neglecting one area for another. It’s an important concept, and when you’re able to live that way, you tends to feel calmer, more relaxed, and, well, balanced. But life has seasons that may demand us to pay more attention to one aspect than usual, and in those times, balance goes out the window. I feel like I’m in one of those seasons right now. I’ve been working hard on my certification for 9 months now, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. However, its required me to make some adjustments in how I spend my time. In the past when I’ve gone through seasons of imbalance, I burned the candle at both ends, trying to still keep up with everything I felt I needed to do, not acknowledging that some things were less important. As a result, my body was thrown into adrenal fatigue, and I was forced to slow down. I’m mostly past that, but the lesson was well learned. This time around, I’ve made a list of priorities to get me through this time, and everything else has been placed on hold. While this list looks different for everyone, here’s the things I’ve chosen to focus on to keep myself from doing too much. Continue reading
I’ve been getting questions lately from my readers about how to actually transition to a real foods diet. What does it actually look like, and where do you start? It can sometimes be daunting, and even discouraging. Different people say some foods are good while others say they’re bad. There’s the fight between those who say local produce is better than organic produce, and more and more people talking about how our soils are depleted and we aren’t getting as many nutrients from fruits and vegetables as we used to. Do you have to find a farmer in order to get quality meats? What if there isn’t one near you? Or you can’t afford it? Today, I’d like to talk about some easy, practical steps to take on your health journey, and encourage you that you don’t have to totally revamp your diet overnight in order to reap the benefits.
So much good has come out of the wellness movement. People are looking more closely than ever at their diets, their lifestyles, their stress levels, etc. Prevention is becoming more mainstream, and a lot of people have become a lot healthier because of it. But there’s an underlying current of perfectionism in the wellness movement that, if left unchecked, could hinder your efforts to finding your best life. Continue reading
Sustainability is quite the buzzword lately. We use it to talk about agriculture, economics, healthcare, and a wide variety of other topics. It seems like our world is increasingly consumer driven; we’re buying more and more of the things that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to make themselves. Sure, its convenient, but what are the costs in the long run? Are we really bettering our lives, or just losing our abilities to take care of ourselves? What does sustainability mean when it comes to our own personal wellness? Continue reading