Returning to Clean Eating

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Now that Fall is here, and in full swing, I am super excited to see what this season brings for me. The past couple of months I have had a difficult sticking with clean eating and my body has totally been paying for it, and I have not been feeling as good as I know I can. Part of that includes needing to detox from processed/refined sugar.

I know I personally would hard time living somewhere, where I didn’t have access to Trader Joes, New Seasons, Whole Foods, Bob’s Red Mill, and the variety of DF/GF food we have out here on the West Coast. I would totally be fine anywhere in the Willamette Valley, or North Coast, and just make trips to the city to stock up on things I couldn’t get where I was living, if I move away from Portland. As much as I am not a fan of living in the city (noise, all the people, the traffic, the pollution, etc), at least here, I have access to all the DF/GF/ Clean Eating food I could want and need all not to far from me. Not to mention my favorite bakery is here, as well as some amazing tea shops, and Bob’s Red Mill, which is pretty much Gluten Free (and whole grain) heaven. It’s nice being able to go to the local super market and have a decent (albeit not the greatest) selection of DF/GF food.

It is my goal to continue the strict DF diet I have been on for about 5 years now, and get back to being on a more strict GF and minimally processed diet. I am really wanting to incorporate more GF grains and beans back into my diet, and eat Quinoa more often. It is also my goal to eat more locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables.

When I first started this journey, it was because my body was essentially rejecting food, and I needed to figure out what was wrong, and get my body back to as close to normal as I could. That has taken a lot of adjustment, as well as rethinking and really reevaluating my whole thought process, and to some degree my lifestyle. At the same time, those changes bring me to being a bit more in line with the whole culture of where I live, but without giving up my core values. To some, I still may be just another “dirty hippie”, who chooses to eat what I eat, and dress the way I do to make a point, when really it comes down to wanting to feel good, and have food not make me sick, and dress in a manner that is comfortable and normal for myself.

I have also come to a point where I don’t really care what people think, especially the nay sayers who always find something to be judgmental about. I don’t need or want that kind of negativity in my life. The haters are gonna hate, but that means I am just going to be myself all the more. The way I see it, This is who I am, so people have two options, deal with it / get over it, or walk away and its no skin off my back.

I finally feel like I am starting to find my place, and my purpose. I have friends who I care about, and who care about me, they are also supportive and understand (or at least try to), my dietary needs, and I am free to be who God made me to be. I am no longer that people pleasing little girl who just wanted to fit in so bad, she forgot that she was born to stand out. I also realize that I am an example. People watch my life, and see who I am, so I want to put my best foot forward and be the Person I am supposed to be.

Doing what’s best for Me

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During the past few weeks, I have had a tough time sticking with ItWorks, especially when the products don’t work for me, and the fact that I had been at it for almost 6 months and I really wasn’t growing. It became more time consuming and not really worth the effort. I also wasn’t thrilled to be pushing products that I couldn’t personally endorse for various reasons. I am not saying that it’s a scam, but it just wasn’t for me. Due to my food intolerances and sensitivities, some of the products irritated my system and set it off. I am still a distributor if anyone wants anything, I am just not actively promoting the products. 

I had joined Scentsy as a consultant last month, beings that I had been a customer for a year prior to joining, and actually loved the products prior to joining. I joined solely because I love the products. The money I earn is just an added bonus, I would be buying the products anyway. 

Lately I have also been learning about essential oils, and the power they have to help your body, I figure I might as well give them a try, especially the blends to help your immune system and that help with allergies and that kind of thing. 

Taking care of myself and being the best I can be has been at the top of my list of things I need to do for a while, I am finally doing it, and pursuing what I am passionate about. 

Putting it into words

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 As some of you may know, I grew up and have spent most of my life in the city. At the age of 18 I moved off to a small town to go to college, best choice I could have made for myself at that time. It was during that time I really began to become more adventurous and began exploring the area around where I was living. It was during that time that my love of the outdoors really began to develop into what it is now. After college I had to move back to the city and was pretty lost about what to do with my life, after all I had majored in Social Science (with no clear career path associated with it) and minored in literature. Over the past 6 years since I graduated, I have grown a lot, explored a bit, had my ups and downs. I have also spent time outdoors and hiking whenever possible. The mountains and the ocean are in my blood, being outdoors and exploring the world around me is one of the many things that excites me, and that I am passionate about. I find it interesting any way, that my best friend and I both love being outside, but she is the science nerd who just needs to become a science teacher already (cause she’ll be amazing at it), and I am the one who sees the outdoors as someplace to explore and that supports our needs, and sees the practical uses for the sciencey stuff my friend loves. 

This past week hiking, the outdoors, having a home of my own, and living as natural lifestyle as possible have really been weighing on me. Choosing to live a more natural lifestyle as an adult is a choice that has to be made daily when you were raised mainstream,  live with mainstream people, and are surrounded by mainstream people. I made this decision for me. I know I have not heard the end of it for being dairy free and gluten free, and I had to stop caring what people thought, and had to stop feeling guilty to saying no to going out when a group is going someplace I can’t eat at. It’s not my fault my body can’t tolerate dairy and gluten. As for the other changes toward a natural lifestyle, the roots were planted while I was living on my own in college.

While living a life that goes against what is mainstream, for many is a choice, for others it starts with having to start going living this life by force. For me, having to go dairy free and generally avoid gluten was the choice I had to make if I did not want to be sick everyday. Since then it has evolved (from what I remember from my nutrition class in college and doing my own research and the lifestyle I want to live), into knowing what’s in the products I use, and making better choices for myself and my health. It’s also about doing what is right for me, and not listening to what society says is right. While I am not likely to become the crunchy hipster type, I am figuring out what works for me, and it is definitely more natural than most that I know. 

There are more important things in life than caring whether I shave my armpits or not, especially when it’s only been about a century ago  that women in modern cultures (The US, Canada, The UK, Australia, etc) began shaving in the first place. With the whole societal dictates comes a choice to conform and if you conform how so, like whether to use deodorant or not (I do use it), and if you do use it, what kind: drugstore or natural (I prefer the Native brand unscented), and yes it does work. Beings that I was raised very much in a mainstream world, where I had to conform, there are things I am not going to change (like hygiene), rather change the products I use to more natural options that are better for my body. 

That is part of why I started this blog, to document this journey I am on. Why I am doing what I am doing has been in my mind this week and I wanted to share some of what has been on my mind. 

August Posh Haul

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I will get to my August Perfectly Posh Haul shortly. I just wanted to take a couple minutes to talk about the recent blog title changes and such that my blog is going through. When I had renamed it to Portlandia Life, I was definitely in a mindset of not wanting to leave Portland, due to somethings I had going on. I have resolved that and I am back to wanting to move and travel and pretty much take this show on the road so to speak. I will still great miss my friends and my friends 3 little boys. 

Now that my goals, dreams and such are back on track with what I had wanted in the first place I wanted this blog to reflect that. My main purpose is to share my experience of trying to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle wherever I am living. Right now that happens to be Portland, which has an abundance of my kind of food, and where the lifestyle I have is definitely tolerated/accepted a lot better than in other parts of the country that are more conservative. 

So back to my perfectly posh haul. I have come to love these products and the company. I am now seriously trying to find the products I love and get set for winter, as that is the hardest on my skin. Trying to stay healthy and keep my skin for becoming dry and cracked are two of my main concerns which I am working on dealing with now. 

In this box was a tube of the vitamin sea shampoo, the immunator skin stick, a one smart cookie caffeinated lip balm, a rehab solid lotion bar, apricots overnight moisturizing mask, the BFF exfoliating face wash, the snowed in sugar lip scrub, the tranquilizer snarky bar, an all fall down and dressed to chill big fat yummy hand creme. Not pictures is the MFEO (Mint for each other) chunk and the sister I’m a poet big fat yummy hand creme).