Christmas!

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Merry Christmas (it is still Christmas here on the West Coast) and Happy Boxing Day to all of those for whom Boxing Day is a holiday! I get Boxing Day off this year, beings that Christmas fell on a Sunday. 

As 2017 quickly approaches I have been setting goals that I hope to maintain. One of which is to actually eat healthier, stick to a clean eating, dairy free, gluten Free, egg free diet while eating more fish and white meat. A lot of that has to do with my food sensitivities. 

I am definitely needing to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, nuts, gluten Free whole grains and fish into my diet. I am by no means going vegan, as I like to eat chicken and fish, as well as honey. I seriously need to do more research on how the First Nations people of this area ate. Beings that waterways and rain and plentiful in this area, in this part of the state they were more settled / less nomadic as the food supply was consistent and there was always something around to eat. 

I have been working on preparing for when I am able to have my own place, and am able to do more actual homemaking. Homemaking and urban homesteading are two things I am passionate about, and want to live, and share. Living a more natural, healthy life while not completely shunning modern society is my goal. 

This is what my life has come to

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Since I quit doing ItWorks, I have started feeling better, and trying to get my body back to normal. 

I am still doing Scentsy, and I enjoy that. I am also going to be doing Posh. I am doing both of those because I am a long time customer and I can’t imagine going back to a life without either. Both are really hobbies, because I love the products. I was a Scentsy customer for a year before I became a consultant. I have been using Perfectly Posh for about 6 months now and I have actually seen an improvement in my skin. I won’t promote a company, product or line of products that I don’t believe in. 

The products I use also have to be falling in line with the healthier lifestyle I am trying to live. ItWorks really doesn’t fit in with that. I was taking greens, greens chews, and as many as 13 pills a day that weren’t FDA Approved while doing ItWorks. I also did not see results. I also felt pressured to stick it out, because it would “take off” in time. When it came down to it, it wasn’t for me, and the life I want to live. 

Living a healthier life is a choice, and takes effort and consistency. 

Lately I have been slacking on the sticking to clean eating thing, which I am really trying to get back into, and really stick to being gluten free, I haven’t been doing as well with that. I know I would feel so much better. 

No longer doing ItWorks 

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I know I wrote a similar post here recently, then deleted it. I am back to put into words the crossroads I have come to. 

After roughly 6ish months of promoting and using ItWorks products I came to a point where at best they weren’t working for me, and at worst they made me sick. I also saw no results while using the products. I had pretty much stopped taking the products about a month ago and have been trying to let my body detox from the products. 

I am back on my good old trusty $8.99 Safeway Care probiotics that actually work, and I can clearly see what’s in it. 

Now that I am really focused on living a more natural and healthy lifestyle, with the exception of probiotics, I want to get all my vitamins and nutrients from the food I eat. I have found that the Probiotics I have been taking for the last couple years really have helped by body digest and tolerate foods better considering I have food intolerances. 

I also didn’t like that the ItWorks products have no real scientific and medical research to back it up, the products are unregulated and I really am not a fan of putting stuff in my body when there is no research saying it is safe. 

It also got to be super expensive, in order to get paid, consultants are all but forced to maintain an autoship of 80 BV (that cost a minimum of $80, usually more) and spend $20 a month to keep your website active. When you are working your rear end off and you aren’t signing anyone up no matter how hard you try, you are losing money, not making it, and I got to the point where I couldn’t justify spending $100+ a month o products I couldn’t stand behind and didn’t believe in. 

Being a consultant also took a lot of my free time, which is hard to come by when you also work full time. I was taught the 3/3 rule, which is each day you post 3 ItWorks posts and 3 lifestyle posts. When you spend 10 hours a day 4 days a week on nyour computer working for a real paycheck, you don’t have fresh material for lifestyle posts. I also found it hard to set aside time on my days off to post, because I preferred to actually live life than spend my day on my phone. 

Yes I did become a Scentsy consultant. I did that for a completely different reason, I had been a fan of the products for a year before I signed up, and I joined because I wanted to see what was coming out before it was released. I also wanted to earn back some money off what I spent on products. It also works better for me, because I post about it when I want to and have the time. I also make videos, because it is fun. I loved the products before I was a consultant and I will continue using the products if and when I am no longer a consultant. 

What it really comes down to, is that I tried it, it didn’t work for me, now I am moving on, and really focusing on my health and well being. 

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.

What I Ate Wednesday 

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Wednesday came and went again, and I forgot (again) to finish my post yesterday. So sorry about that. 

For breakfast I had two vans gluten free homestyle waffles with earth balance vegan spread. I also had 4 brown and serve breakfast sausages and a fruit plate. With breakfast I took my hair skin and nails tablets as well as a Thermofit tablet. 

After breakfast I have been drinking water, drinking my tea and I also ate my greens chews and drank my greens. So yeah, a lot of drinking fluids has been happening. 

For lunch I had a ham sandwich and a banana. Seriously though lunch is the hardest meal for me, I am not a huge fan of the whole normal lunchy foods. 

For dinner i had the last of my meat and beans, I also had chips and salsa and a salad. 

I also had had a total of two Litres of water yesterday. 

So ready for Summer Food (WIAW)

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Well it is starting to feel like summer, which for me means that the only thing I am really looking forward to is all the fresh local fruit and berries. 

For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of baked oatmeal, three brown and serve turkey breakfast sausages, and a fruit plate. 

Throughout this morning I have been drinking my tea, as well as my first litre of water. I also had my ItWorks Greens in 8 oz of cran-cherry juice, and my greens chews. 

As a snack this morning I had a Vans cranberry almond bar, which is pretty much like eating a gluten free dairy free nutrigrain bar. 

For lunch I had a ham sandwich using franz 7 grain gluten free bread. I also had a banana and water. 

This afternoon I ate a couple hot dogs, and for dinner I had some homemade vegetarian chili and a spinach salad as well as about half a litre of water. 

Working on a Positive Body Image

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I have been using it works Greens, Greens Chews, and Fat Fighters for a month now. I have also been using Hair Skin and Nails for almost 3 weeks and I have been seeing results.  

 I went into this optimistically skeptical. I hoped it would work, but I was also very skeptical at time same time, especially after my experience using shakeology. I was pleasantly surprised that within a couple of weeks my body was used to it, and I had figured out how it worked with my body. 

Part of why I started doing ItWorks, was to see if it would work for me, and help me lose weight. I have always struggled with my weight and been the fat kid most of my K – 12 years. Along with that I have had body image issues, had all the insecurities, as well as having been bullied because of my weight. In high school I also struggled with Anorexic tendencies as well as having spent a good 9+ months being well on the road to becoming anorexic. While I never fully anorexic, I know the battle that goes on internally that leads down that dark road. Pain, feeling like there is nothing in your life that you can control except your own body, anger, frustration, resentment, fear, sadness, and so much more. 

Then I went to college and was out on my own, and I less than 3 years I had gained 50 pounds, that’s right 50. I felt horrible, hated how I looked yet didn’t care.

After college I lost like 40 pounds over the course of a couple years then have slowly put it back on. 

A lot of the whole gaining it back was just out of not caring, as well as a safety mechanism for self protection and self preservation. I could hide behind being the fat girl. 

There have been a couple times in my life when I have really seen my true self worth, and those have been the times when I have wanted to change my lifestyle for the better, and to do it for myself. 

Unlike the BeachBody system where you have to buy their workout systems and Shakeology, with ItWorks, beings healthy food is my normal diet, with having food intolerances, I can still eat normally, and have healthy portions then take the products and help you lose weight. I don’t know how long I will stay on Hair Skin and Nails or Thermo Fit, or if I back off how much I take of them, but I have found the extra kick in the butt to help my lifestyle change stick. Not to mention the community of Loyal Customers and Distributors are amazing. 

Part of why I have chosen to really start getting my body in shape, so I can have an easier time doing the physical activities I enjoy. I live hiking, I want to get into rock climbing. 

I had come to realized that I am example for younger girls. If I am to be a good example for them, I need to get myself together and be the woman I need to be for myself and them. I realized a long time ago that going for a walk (and now hiking) really help me stay strong, stay focused, destress, regroup and come out stronger and fighting to be the best me possible. 

There have been times when I have had a positive body image and rocked it, I am working hard to get back to that girl. I have a great support network now, it’s small but it is solid.