Road to Getting Healthy; Week 1 update

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Now that I have decided that enough is enough, and that it is time to be focusing on living a healthier lifestyle, i have set my mind to it.

I have been taking my vitamins and probiotics on a daily basis. I have definitely noticed that i have had a bit kore energy this week.

I have also been doing my research into vitamins that ate made in the US, because one of the things i am really focusing on, especially when it comes to health / wellness / hygiene products is using / taking as many products that are made in the USA. I feel like they are a bit more reputable when they are made here, as well as the fact that i am then supporting my own country’s economy.

Since I started tracking what I am eating about a week ago, it has helped me curb eating put of boredom / to pass the time, because it makes me take a second thought about whether i am hungry at all or hungry enough to take the time to enter it into the app.

My goal with trying to eat healthier on the whole, is to lose a bit of weight, though nothing crazy, and have more energy, and be sick less often.

This week i did lose 2.8 pounds from what I weighed last week, and that is just from making some dietary changes. I didn’t really do much different in terms of exercise.

I am also hoping that with time and persistence, i can get out and do more hiking, which is something I enjoy.

Trying Essential Oils

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I have been writing about it on my other blogs, but it’s time that I share about it here as well.

I am giving Essential Oils a try and see if they work for me, so far so good.

I ordered a bottle of DoTerra OnGuard, as well as 3 Saje Essential Oil: Stress Release, Inhale and Fortified Breeze. The OnGuard and Fortified Breeze are to help with immune support (ie to help keep you well and help shorten colds), inhale is to help with allergies and the stress release is to help with stress.

This weekend I was figuring out how much to use when I diffuse them.

I started out with 5 drops, and that was way to strong, so I went down to 2 drops, and that is a lot better.

The Saje brand was recommend to me by my cousin, who is a nurse, so I am giving them a try. The scents are growing on me.

I got the OnGuard today, opened it up and smelled it, and realized that it is their version of Thieves. Thieves is a blend of Essential Oils that has a history of helping to keep you healthy.

The past couple nights I have been diffusing the Stress release, and it has helped me sleep.

Beings that I had another bug this past week, I was willing to give Essential Oils a try. Now that they are growing on me, I am wanting to try different other oils, for their health benefits and cleaning properties.

Living a more “Crunchy” lifestyle 

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For having been raised some place like Portland, Oregon, I was raised very mainstream in terms of food, beauty products, medicine and cleaning house. 

It wasn’t I go older, beginning when I was in college, that my concepts of food, and what is in the food I eat, where it comes from, what is in the cleaning products I use to clean where I am living in, or what is in the personal hygiene products I use. 

I had worked as a substitute for a very short time at a very Portland preschool, where it was a lot more naturally based, and where the curriculum was tailored more to what the students interests were. This was shortly before I developed food intolerances. 

Over the years I have semi tried to to cope with my food intolerances while trying to get away from Portland and its alternate style, which is the exact opposite of what I needed to be doing. In the past year or so that I have really been diving into what is really in my food, personal hygiene and cleaning products for the sake of my health. I am tired of all the synthetic chemicals and toxins that are in our food, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. 

I have decided to fully embrace why having food intolerances and sensitivities means, as well as doing what is best for my health is all areas of my life. That means going over to the dark side and being more crunchy than mainstream. Whether I stay in the city or move to a smaller town, I will find a ways to embrace the natural life. 

The Why I love Perfectly Posh Products 

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I will be straight up honest with you all, I am a Perfectly Posh independent consultant, but that is not why I am writing this post. 

The whole reason I became a Posh consultant was because the products worked for me. That fact in and of itself is worth every penny I spend on my own products. When I was first introduced to Perfectly Posh, I was a complete skeptic. I had been over at my friends house, helping her sister watch her 3 little boys that morning as she had had to go into work for a meeting before going back to work the following Monday at the end of her maternity leave with her youngest. After she had returned home, she, here sister and I were just hanging out and her sister had brought Posh over (either that she had purchased or borrowed from the sister who’s house we were at), and I was curious so they let me smell the products. A few months later I was having some issues with my face breaking out, and out of curiosity been looking around my friends Posh site, when I found the smashing good pumpkins and decided to give it a try. To say the least, it worked. I started trying more things, and was hooked. Because it was working for my skin, when everything else I had tried had not worked, I was sold. 

After a few months of purchasing products and liking pretty much everything I have tried (I think there is only one or two of the many I have tried that weren’t for me, which doesn’t mean it’s a bad product, because it would work for someone else) I have liked and has worked well for me. 

The whole reason I became a consultant was to earn commission back on the products I use and want to try. I have done other Direct Sales stuff, and had the products affect my health in a negative manner. 

Rarely do I advocate products I use, and I am not the kind of person to advocate products for the sake of earning money. 

November Scentsy & Perfectly Posh additions

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This past week, my Scentsy and Perfectly Posh orders were delivered. 

This month from Scentsy, I had ordered a Morning Sunrise Nightlight, which is simple and beautiful, as well as three bars of Lavender and White Balsam, which smells amazing. Lavender and White Balsam is definitely a very wintery scent that is not super overpowering or strong which I like. I had pulled the Morning Subrise warmer out of the box and put it together and turned it on long enough to see what it looked like on, and I love it. It will be perfect in a hallway or bathroom at night, it is bright enough to light the way and see what you are doing without being too bright. I also really like the design. While I am a consultant, I am a customer first and foremost. I won’t buy a warmer unless I like it, and even then, I have to really like it since I have had a year to be building my warmer stash up. I am also picky about fragrances. 


One thing I have learned about being a consultant, that I am glad I am learning now, when I am still new and have a small customer base it to have stock on hand, especially new/seasonal scents. As well as learning what my loyal local customers like, and keep some bars of each on hand. I got into Scentsy because I have always liked candles and the glade wall plug ins, but wanted something that was less of a fire hazard, non – aerosol, and made out of better ingredients and better scents. 

This month I also ordered some perfectly posh products. I had ordered 3 fall out girl chunks, 2 gender Bender chunks, 1 rolling in the deep chunk,  2 dressed to chill big fat yummy hand cremes, 3 Orange cara mellow caffeinated lip balms, a pack of Blissed Out scrub samples and a pack of Vitamin Sea shampoo and Off Shore Restore conditioner samples. I am working on building up my stash of samples for customers and potential customers to try the products and see what they think of it. One thing I found out that I am bummed about is that the Blissed out scrub has non fat dry milk in it, which means I won’t be using it as I avoid touching anything with dairy in it, and if I have to handle dairy I wash my hands like a crazy person so I don’t absent-mindedly  put something in my mouth that has contaminated with dairy. I am bummed because this was one of my favorite scents – it smells like sprite or 7 up. 


As many of you know, I was introduced to Perfectly Posh by a friend of mine, and decided to try the smashing good pumpkin clay mask a few months later. I was hooked. The fact that Posh prides itself on using more natural ingredients is amazing! I have noticed such a difference with my skin. Using the BFF face cleanser then following that with a mask then using the Night & Day moisturizer or Apricots Overnight to moisturize has really helped my skin. 

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. 

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. 

What exactly is Alternative?

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Beings that the idea, concept, and means of carrying out an “Alternative” lifestyle starts getting complicated really very quickly, I figured I would take some time to talk about it, and how exactly the way I am choosing to live my life is alternative.

“Alternative” lifestyles and culture, is anything and everything that doesn’t line up with what the mainstream culture and lifestyle is. Examples of this include: Indie, Punk, Goth, Emo, Green, Hippie and Hipster. Each of these differ and stray away from the mainstream culture and societal norms. While I don’t identify wholly with any of these subcultures or lifestyles, over the last year, I have definitely adopted more of what I would consider “Historical” way of life. This way of life includes parts of the green, hippie and hipster subcultures.

I adhere to a completely dairy free, limited gluten, limited eggs (I am intolerant to dairy, and sensitive to Gluten and Eggs that aren’t in baked products) and reduced sugar diet. I had picked up a really bad stomach bug 5 years ago, that has since changed what foods my body will tolerate. Due to these intolerances, a lot of what I could eat are what fall within the clean eating category. Clean Eating is all about drinking plenty of water, eating a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables (I prefer local to boot), as well as lean protein, some carbs but limit the refined flours and limiting sugar (especially refined sugar). Before I had to start this way of life, I loved history, especially women’s history and the history of the American West. I am especially fascinated with more the social and day to day lives of those who lived between 1850 and 1965 in the Rocky Mountain states on west. The landscape is a lot more rugged, harsh and unforgiving that one bad winter or with someone who doesn’t know how to be self sufficient and if they made it, it would have been very hard. Over the years, I have learned that some of my distant family members came out west over the Oregon trail, and at least one set of my great grandparents were homesteaders. Having that in my own personal history makes it no surprise to me, why I want to, and feel the need to do more living off the land, growing as much of my own fruit and vegetables that I can. What I can’t grow, I want to buy as much locally grown as possible.

I am also one of these people who is just so done with all the synthetic chemicals that we use to clean, and that are in the foods we eat. It’s no wonder, and shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone why all the rates of diseases are through the roof, and why so many people have “sensitive” skin, its because of all the chemicals that are in the products we now use and take for granted every day. I know that is one thing that I am now personally leery of is all the chemicals in the food, and in the products we use to clean our bodies and our clothes. I am by no means an environmentalist, but all these chemicals and all the garbage we produce is not good for the planet. I know this is partially the Portlander in me coming out, who is now used to sorting true garbage, recycling, and compost that is just what we do.

Being more environmentally conscious and “green”, definitely goes back to where I was raised and the alternative / green lifestyle that is very prominent here in Portland. This is one of the things that Portland is known for, and yes there are parts of the city that are more “green” than other parts of the city.

My food intolerances and sensitivities forced me to dive head first into clean eating and the “alternative” lifestyle. My body’s needs has forced me to embrace a part of this city that I knew existed from a young age, but really didn’t have much to do with until I was an adult. Initially I “converted” or “crossed over” because I had to, but as I did more research, and learned more about it, I have come to embrace it more. Will I be doing all my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, New Seasons, Trader Joe’s or the natural section of the grocery store? No. I do frequent them a whole lot more now.

Living here, where I am only a couple hours if even that from the Ocean, and depending on where I am in the valley, I can see both the coast range mountains and the cascade range mountains at the same time. Here, where we grow so much amazing fruit and vegetables,  vineyards for wine, hops fields for making beer, as well as orchards all over the place, This part of Oregon is one of the best (or in my opinion  THE BEST) growing regions in the country. Not to mention that the coast is the best place in the country for making cheese, butter, ice cream (Not to mention southern Oregon as well for Umpqua Ice Cream), and yogurt. Even though I can no longer eat the dairy products, I still know they are good from having been able to eat them all through my growing up years.