My Journey

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Coconut Oil Deodorant March 4, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — healthylivingamysway @ 2:35 am

So last week I decided to try making my own deodorant.  I was more than a little nervous because I didn’t want to walk around smelling like old gym socks, but wanted to give it a try.  One of the reasons I felt like experimenting is because there is a link between breast cancer and the estrogenic ingredients found in most deodorants.  According to Livestrong, “Estrogenic compounds have the ability to trigger some of the same effects as the body’s own hormone estrogen. One of estrogen’s roles in the body is to promote the growth of breast tissue, so an excess might lead to cancerous overgrowth.” (http://www.livestrong.com/article/224770-health-dangers-of-underarm-deodorants/) Since breast cancer runs in my family, it doesn’t hurt to take preventative measures.

I found a recipe on The Prairie Homestead’s blog.  (http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/12/diy-coconut-oil-deodorant.html)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch – (antiperspirant)
  • essential oils (optional)

Instructions:

  • Mix baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot powder in a bowl.
  • Add coconut oil and use a fork or pastry cutter to blend into the dry ingredients.
  • Add 5-10 drops of your chosen essential oil.
  • Add more coconut oil or baking soda to achieve your desired consistency.

 

I ended up adding one extra tablespoon of coconut oil to get the consistency I wanted.  One thing I found interesting was that it looked powdery still but when I felt it, it was actually moist.  When making your own  make sure to touch it before adding more of any of the ingredients. 

The End Result

I absolutely love this deodorant.  I put it in a small glass jar which I keep in my medicine cabinet.  It smells great and inhibits the sweat.  Plus, the oil has a moisturizing effect which prevents my underarms from becoming dry.  I used tea tree oil which made it smell even better.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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MSG and Nutrition February 18, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — healthylivingamysway @ 3:43 am

Last night Zach and I sat down to watch a documentary on Netflix called, “Hungry for Change.”  I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about our food industry and nutrition.  Of course we didn’t start watching it until 11:30pm so about half way though I passed out on his shoulder but the final scene I remember was about MSG.  Scary fact: when scientists try to make mice obese they actually feed them MSG.  This is not part of the experiment it is the protocol.  Prior to watching this documentary all I knew was that the “good” Chinese restaurants advertised “NO MSG”.  After watching ½ of the documentary I was intrigued so I did some research.  According to http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html the following ingredients contain MSG which can be found in most of our processed foods:

Glutamic acid (E 620)2,  Glutamate (E 620)

Monosodium glutamate (E 621)

Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)

Calcium glutamate (E 623)

Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)

Magnesium glutamate (E 625)

Natrium glutamate

Yeast extract

Anything “hydrolyzed”

Any “hydrolyzed protein”

Calcium caseinate,  Sodium caseinate

Yeast food, Yeast nutrient

Autolyzed yeast

Gelatin

Textured protein

Soy protein, soy protein concentrate

Soy protein isolate

Whey protein, whey protein concentrate

Whey protein isolate

Anything “…protein”

Vetsin

Ajinomoto

 

If you are interested learning more about MSG I would recommend checking out of the above site for details.

The other point which stuck with me was that we are filling our body with calories but starving for nutrition.  We eat, and eat…..and eat but our bodies are still craving necessary nutrition so we KEEP eating.  Basically to sum it up, we eat a ton of food loaded with MSG (which is proven to cause weight gain) with no nutritional value and then continue eating because our bodies are clearly saying “HEY! I’M NOT SATISFIED!”  BAM, ah-ha moment, that is probably why I gained 30 pounds in college.  Without looking at the actual nutritional information I am going to go out on a limb and say that my body didn’t really want cheese fries and cheese burgers followed by an ice cream sundae (1 part ice cream 1 part toppings) for dinner every night.

I still have to watch the rest of the video but I am feeling re-invigorated when it comes to what I put in my body.  Sometimes all it takes is a mini reality check to keep you inspired.  I hope these bits of information give you the motivation you need to eat clean and fresh!

 

Our Wedding February 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — healthylivingamysway @ 3:20 am

Our Wedding

This photo marks the beginning of 2013 and the next chapter in my life

 

About This Blog

Filed under: Misc.,Uncategorized — healthylivingamysway @ 3:15 am

Over the past 6 months I have been on a weight loss journey, which has lead to a lifestyle change.  On January 5th I married the love of my life and realized that I was no longer a young girl, but a young woman.  This made me think that it was time I became the woman I always wanted to be.  In this blog I will share the ups and downs of my journey as I explore everything from DIY detergents to clean eating.