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Gut Health, Tryptophan and Seratonin levels

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Interesting clip about gut health in relation to mental health.

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Summerizing Paleo

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I have a good friend who is a popular local fitness instructor, who had also recently came over to the Paleo dark side. After months of asking me questions she would think about it then talk herself out of it because she felt it was just too hard to transition. FINALLY, she gave herself 2 weeks to be 100% dedicated to it and within those 2 weeks she felt so much more alive and energetic that now she can do nothing but speak praises of the lifestyle. Fast forward to tonight when she asked me to attend the first day of her summer boot camp session and talk to her class about the benefits of Paleo……but I had 10 min to do so. Needless to say I could see the look of repulsion as I talked about the benefits of fermented foods, organ meats, and other “high calorie” things like butter, lard and coconut oil. I looked around at these ladies and so many of them had this “sucked on a lemon” look that I found it comical and was actually laughing while trying to talk.

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Granted this was a before (I grossed them out) picture LOL

 

 I should have realized that this quick intro to Paleo, something so huge as a complete lifestyle change, just cannot be summarized in 10 min by a chunky, no-named, non fitness guru girl. I was at the wrong venue.  My true testimony of the awesomeness of Paleo is the health and cognitive improvement of my children and with myself and the reduction and disappearance of my auto-immune disorder symptoms.  I felt like the whole thing went over like a fart in church LOL.  Little did I know some of them were interested and 3 ladies actually came up to me later to ask more questions and find out information about local resources. The fact that I was imperfect, a busy working Mom who did not look like a Greek goddess made them feel more comfortable asking. It was a great learning experience I had tonight and I am excited that I was given the chance to share information on something that is going to help people get healthy without the premise of having to sell a product or shake, or having to “wrap” sticker things on their body to make it skinny which supposedly makes it healthier or that starvation and 4 hrs at the gym is the only way to achieve health.  Thanks again local fitness guru friend, I loved the experience.

School Out For Summer !!

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Oh Yeah !!!  OK granted school has been out for over a month now here and we have already squeezed in a “summer vacation trip to Grandpas” in between that time. Sorry for the delay 🙂 I want to apologize for my absence it has been crazy with the kids out of school and my husband and I juggling our work schedules to accommodate for this, in the mean time here is a video glimpse of us doing what we do best as a family….nothing hahaha. Thanks again for visiting


You are free to choose!!

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You are free to choose (your food), but you are not free from the consequences of your choice (your health)

Eating real food gets expensive, REALLY expensive. We are a family of six on my husbands  firefighter income  and with me working very  part-time.  There are times (right now actually) where we are scraping by waiting for payday to go grocery shopping. This means the kids are eating stuff from the bowels of the freezer and produce we can buy cheap. I have noticed when keep an open mind and really put some effort into it, we can still get by. The meats changes, LOTS more eggs are eaten at all meal times but they are a great source of protein and I also spend extra on veggies and good fats (butter, avocado, coconut butter). By doing this I can stretch our meals and fill the kids tummies. Please be sure to know there is no judgement in posting this, only encouragement from one mother  who was scared that we cannot survive an increase in food cost (or a decrease in amount of food bought) when our diet changed. I have also noticed that by not feeling sorry for this and moving forward with the fact sometimes the meals simple, weird and cheap, such as shakes for lunch or over medium eggs on a huge bed of in season zucchini and squash, the kids have become more and more willing to eat it because or change in attitude. We just cannot go back to our old eating habits. Both of my sons are special needs, one with autism and one with developmental delay due to severe malnourishment and living in an orphanage. Their progress since changing our habits has been nothing short of a miracle and there is just no way we can go back to our S.A.D. diet.

Nuts and Balls……….

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I adore my nuts and balls, soap nuts and wool dryer balls that is ;o) On our journey to lessen our environmental impact as a family and to clean up/ minimize the amount of toxic products we expose ourselves to daily, we have cut out commercial made laundry soap and dryer sheets. Mind you this is coming from a previous laundry soap, fabric softener AND dryer sheet all at one time ADDICT. I felt as thought the laundry soaps smell was my personal perfume and signature scent so changing to an all natural, unscented version was especially difficult ( to stop using commercial deodorants was the HARDEST) for me to try. I started my journey with the homemade soap recipes off the Internet. They were OK, nothing spectacular and still some of them called for bars of grated hand soap. The dry powder was a pain and messy with all the spills from the children “helping” me do laundry and the liquid was gooey/ lumpy and really just a pain in the ass. If I made too much and had to store it, the soap would separate and settle which required my husband to hook the paint stirrer attachment up to the drill to remix, which made for another mess to clean up.  Needless to say I fell back into the commercial laundry soap routine after awhile just do to shear convenience. Thankfully I found soap nuts.

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These are nuts from a Sapindus tree (sometimes a shrub) located in several areas world wide. The berry from the tree is harvested, de-seeded and the outer cracked shell is what is packaged and sold as a laundry detergent. The quickie version of why it works is that the skin of the nut/berry contains a surfactant that breaks the bond of oil and dirt causing them to release while being washed. I bought a 5 pound bag for around $40 almost 2 years ago and with my family of six, doing one load of laundry a day, we STILL have half a bag left –VERY ECONOMICAL !!! When we are finished with the nuts we throw the rest of the shell into our compost barrel.

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Use 4-5 seeds in the bag and placing into washing machine. You can reuse this for many washes ( around 6 times at my house)

So while my love affair began to take off with the soap nuts, my dryer life was still lacking. I tried vinegar and those plastic spiky balls that were an absolute waste of money then finally I spent one late night on a Internet time sucking search stumbled upon the wool dryer ball. I found a great little farm right here in the U.S.A. (Stoney Mountain Farm) that makes the most beautiful handmade dryer balls right from their very own herd.

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SOooooo stinky cute

I think this one is just relieved to get some of that coat off LOL

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Look at these balls !!! Gorgeous I tell you :o)

ImageI was worried that my laundry would smell like barn animals when I used them, especially with added heat and I am happy to say that besides the 1st load smelling a bit like hay (which was fine for me, I like hay) my laundry smells wonderful and clean. Truly clean, no perfumes, no oily textures or petroleum based coating on our clothing. These dryer balls have held up for almost a year now too even with the daily drying. The best is when I add a few drops of lavender oil to a old washcloth the last 5 min of the dryer time….snifffffff…HeAvEn !!! Oh and what sealed the deal for us is that our bed sheets are the absolutely the best, a perfect combo of crispy and soft. There is nothing else like clean sheets on the bed. When I return from trips to middle of nowhere Haiti, the one thing I ask for is that hubby could have clean sheets ready for me so I can scrap the dirt off of me, shave and then jump in our awesome bed…….sad I know LOL.  Do you have any green laundry tips or recommendations?