The life I am Working For

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I have been writing posts for a while about how I want to live a more natural lifestyle, live Semi off grid, grow my own food and know where it comes from and all that Jazz. 

All of that and then some is the life I am working for. Growing up I was just another city kid who didn’t bat an eye at the food at the grocery store, or question how it was raised and cared for. I didn’t question what I put in my body until College, even then it Wasn’t like it is now. Now that I have food intolerances and sensitivities. The whole having to reword my brain around food has made me want to learn more about how to live a healthier life, and know what I am putting in my body, and where it comes from. 

I have loved fishing and being outdoors since I was little, I have always lived that kind of thing. After visiting my cousin in Canada 4 years ago, who was raising chickens for food at the time, was another bite from the homestead bug. 

I also grew up helping my mom can fruit, and pickles. So that is a skill I learned young.

All of this from growing as much of my own fruit and vegetables as I can myself, and what I can’t grow (or isn’t feasible or realistic to grow myself), purchase from local farms. I want to be able to can in the summer and early fall, as well as put chicken that I raised, and fish that I caught in the freezer for winter, so that the only food I need to purchase from the store is dried fruit, nuts, coconut almond milk, oatmeal, flour, and items I can’t get from my backyard or local farms. 

I also want a couple of goats for the fun of it. 

I am wondering is some of my issues are related to the quality and types of food that I am eating and is available to me, and maybe if I had eggs and fish that I gathered or caught myself that were raised in the wild or on a natural diet and had part of their coop outside where they could get fresh air and sunshine if I might have different results, and feel better over all. 

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Scentsy VS The Bath and Body Works

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I had gone to the Bath and Body Works today to pick up my mom’s birthday present, and noticed that they had fragrance wax and warmers, they were totally trying to copy Scentsy, but they were pretty cheap looking. I also checked out the wax, and they were these little round disks with four little cubes and a total weight of .97 oz, for $4.50. Yes, you read that right not even a full ounce for $4.50. I was like “you have got to be kidding, that is a rip off”. I have been using Scentsy long enough to prefer Scentsy. A Scentsy bar is 3.2 fl oz of wax which is roughly 3.3 times the amount of wax for only $0.50 more, and Scentsy has a way better selection of scents. 

Being in the Bath and Body Works was a bit overwhelming with all the scents that I am not much of a fan of. I am really picky about the scents I use, and there are few that I really like. 

I am not saying you shouldn’t go to the Bath and Body Works if that is what you like, what I am saying is for me personally Scentsy (and Perfectly Posh for that matter when comparing the Bath and Body Works) are better choices for me, and for how I want to live my life. 

What the ItWorks Reps don’t tell you

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I decided to completely quit itworks about 2.5 months ago, and the first time I “quit”, my uplines were all trying to talk me into staying, which I did for another couple of weeks, but I really did quit for good then. 

I know I have talked about my reasons for quitting in another post, and how the products were making me sick and not working and all that good stuff. 

I had tried many of the products, including a couple wraps, defining gel, greens, greens chews, the complete nutrition pack (vitamins), fat fighters, thermofit, relief, probiotic, hair skin and nails, and the face peel. Of the pills, I was using many at the same time, so there was upwards of 12+ pills in addition to greens and chews that I was taking any given day. Some of the pills themselves caused an upset stomach and sessions in the bathroom, and when combined with the pills hole concoction only made it worse. Even when I was drinking enough water, greens themselves when I was taking them daily caused constipation, fun right? 

Hair skin and nails worked while I was on it, but after I quit taking it, my hair was falling out, and fast. For a long while after I quit, my hair was coming out in clumps. My hair has now thinned out in spots to the point it is noticeable. 

Most distributors aren’t straight up honest about the 3 month commitment or $50 membership fee to get the distributor price for the products. I have also found most Itworks reps to be pushy and there are too many that are back stabbing as well.  One thing I had kept hearing was “it typically takes 8 to 12 follow ups to get someone to sign up”, and that just didn’t sit right with me. When someone doesn’t want something, No means NO. 

While I was an Loyal Customer, before becoming a Distributor I had this one chick on Instagram randomly picked me and began constantly bugging me to become a distributor on her team, and I kept telling her no. After I had become a distributor I also had other distributors harassing me to join, after I had already joined, and I was like what the heck? I have my itworks profile private for a reason, and what gives them the audacity to cold message me, basically demanding I become a distributor on their team, when they can’t even see my posts?” The whole cold messaging someone when they either haven’t accepted, have rejected or just straight up messaging someone without sending a follow request is tacky, rude, and harassment. This tactic only makes people not want to join your company that much more. 

I had also heard “everyone needs it, they just don’t know it yet”, that is also a bunch of bologna. I was fed a bunch of lies, and was impressed upon to sell, sell, sell, and post 6 times a day on Instagram and Facebook. Some of you may already know how annoying it is to constantly be seeing people push the products they sell, and you aren’t interested, yeah itworks is one of those.

The “friends” I made while doing itworks, once I moved on, fell off the face of the planet, which I had expected. I knew they wouldn’t stick around or be supportive of what I was doing once I was no longer participating in the business, that is how clicks go. They were totally nice and all, but it was time for me to move on. 

Itworks has gotten itself a bad name, at the hands of its distributors. But it’s not the only.

I couldn’t honestly promote a line of products that didn’t work for me, and had such bad side effects, and honestly aren’t that good for you. I would just as soon eat a balanced and healthy diet, and exercise. 

Sticking to what is right for me

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I am still very much in the middle of my journey of transitioning from products that are chalked full of man made chemicals and synthetics that research is now showing is linked to many diseases that have exploded since the greatest generation was my age to using more natural products with natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin. Besides the fact that all these chemicals and such gross me out, I have always had super sensitive skin and would break out with rashes if the wrong kind of laundry detergent is used. I always use free and clear laundry detergent when I do laundry. 

Knowing how sensitive my skin is, not only do I worry about all the chemicals, I also worry about how strong the scent is, and how the chemical make up will react when it comes into contact with my body chemistry. 

I have struggled for years to find a skin care routine and a deodorant that do their jobs, are fairly natural and work with my body chemistry. Since I found perfectly posh, my skin has been doing so much better. I am also loving how well the unscented Native deodorant is working for me. I have had so many drug store and natural brand deodorants cause uncomfortable rashes under my arms, which were only made worse by shaving. TMI and as gross as it may be for many of you, I stopped shaving my arm pits and use native deodorant.

This whole adjustment to do what is best for my body certainly hasn’t been easy when it has been a lot of going against the cultural and societal norms, yet I am still too normal or mainstream to really be a part of any subculture. I am somewhere in the middle. Finding that middle ground that works for me, and being at odds with both sides has been challenging. It really comes down to being OK with who I am, and embracing that individuality, and sticking to my guns.

I, personally have been met with my fair share of resistance, skepticism, ignorance, and just flat out belief that I am wrong just because what is best for me, and my well being goes against cultural norms. I have spent as much time as I can, educating myself so I can give facts in support of why what I am doing, is the best option for me. 

I am by no means an expert, but I have had to learn all that I know about dairy free, gluten free, natural ingredients, natural lifestyle, fewer chemicals all on my own, as I didn’t have anyone to guide me, or give me tips and tricks. 

There is still a lot I am still learning. If there are any topics along the lines of dairy free, generally gluten free (going completely gluten free is still something I am working on), transitioning to natural skin care products, no red meat, limiting use of eggs to baked goods, or some other topic within reason you want me to post about, leave me a comment below. 

No more Sodium Tallowate 

So what is Sodium Tallowate anyway?

It was just today that I learned that Sodium Tallowate is Lard (animal fat), and I am like, Really? It’s the 21st century and soap manufacturers are still using Lard in their products?

I am appalled by the fact that Lard, as well as other synthetic products are so commonly used in everything from food to skin care products.

Ingredients are so important, not only in what we eat but also in what we use on our bodies. There have been studies linking specific ingredients to different diseases. If I am knowingly able to reduces my risk of specific preventable diseases, by changing the products I use, I will do it.

Life has shaped my lifestyle 

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For the past few months really, I have really been envisioning what my future is supposed to look like. Let’s just say smaller house with a good kitchen (and plenty of pantry space), outside of the city with a wood burning stove, solar panels, a garden in the backyard and a Jeep (or a Subaru) to drive. Some place with less pollution, that is still within about a 2 hour drive of the city. Why my parameters are set at about 2 hours of this city is because my friends are here, there is Bob’s Red Mill, countless Trader Joe’s, New seasons, Whole Foods, and other stores that have a good selection of the natural stuff that is better for you and is Dairy and Gluten Free. 

How I got to the point of questioning the mainstream and why I was doing what I was doing, and the motives behind it, then when College was over and I moved back to the city (and the old life I wanted to get away from in the first place), it didn’t take long to be back mainstream for a little over a year, at which point my body crossed a point of no return and I was forced (by my body) to go Dairy and Gluten Free. That was almost 5 years ago. Over the past 5 years I have changed as I have really had to dive into what my body can and can’t tolerate. Then that has progressed to understanding the adverse effects of processed food, environmental pollution, the products we use on our skin and put in our bodies. As it is, the only supplements I take daily are a dairy free probiotic tablet and a vitamin D tablet. 

I have known for a while that when I am able to have a place of my own, I want a garden of my own and be able to take advantage of solar panels to help generate electricity, and reduce the amount of electricity I needed from the grid. While I Really don’t want to live completely off grid, reducing my dependence on it, and being more self sufficient and living a healthier life is my goal. 

Part of this process of living a more natural life (and yes I shower daily), is going from using mainstream products to using more natural plant based products, and reducing the amount of toxic and harmful chemicals I use. This past summer I began the switch from mainstream sunblock to a mineral based sunblock – fewer chemicals yet still protecting my skin. I really don’t want to damage my skin anymore than I already have. 

I began using perfectly posh because I liked the products. As I learned more about the products, I began to see why I loved them and began loving them more. I finally found face products that work, it has taken more than half my life to find a skin care regiment for my face that works. I wouldn’t still be using it if it didn’t. 

I really don’t see myself as being “alternative” or “hipster” or a “hippie”, but seeing who I am today vs who I was 6 years ago, I have changed and Portland is rooted in who I am. I didn’t change because I wanted to be all green and “about the environment”, I changed and become more green and environmentally conscious when my body decided it didn’t like main stream food any more and my skin didn’t like main stream products. 

When life throws you a curveball you adapt without losing the core values of who you are. For me, it has only highlighted those values.