Nutrition Cheat Sheet

Your blood PH is naturally around 7-7.4, as it is neutral-alkaline. Your body will constantly work to return to this equilibrium.

What you fuel yourself with can have effect on your bodies PH level. A diet heavy in dairy, highly caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and meat can cause a heavy acid buildup in the body. This allows diseases to begin and thrive. This is also where inflammation can begin running rampant throughout the body. This can be balanced by eating alkaline foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Ever wonder why lemon water is so popular and energizes you? Lemons are one of the most alkaline things you can put in your body (10 PH!). This is why many people who eat a heavily acidic diet report much more energy from lemon water than their cup of 5 PH coffee.

By making your body more neutral, you are able to prevent diseases from forming, reduce inflammation, clear skin, improve energy and digestion, and maintain a healthy weight. To achieve a more neutral diet, the best thing to do is experiment! Try out different foods that are in the 8-10 PH level and take note of the ones you like. It is important to make the bulk of your diet focused around these foods.

An emphasis on dark leafy greens is the easiest way to make your diet more alkaline if you are eating a more acidic diet.

You can get more greens by enjoying a green juice as your midday pick-me-up instead of that coffee and by adding them to smoothies. You can also try eating a salad made of mostly greens every day (baby greens are easiest to chew).

As stated earlier, the body is neutral, so it is important to balance it with some foods on the more acidic end, such as beans and legumes, grains, and fermented foods. Animal products and byproducts can be a part of a healthy diet when kept to a minimum. If you eat meat, lean meats such as turkey, chicken, and fish are your best options. Keep these products to a palm size portion (3 oz) and fill the rest of your plate with alkaline vegetables to balance the acidity.

Ideas to start leading a healthier lifestyle:

  • Lemon water first thing in morning (drink half your weight in ounces every day!)

  • Fruits for breakfast or snacks

  • Keep a veggie tray in the fridge

  • Keep nuts and seeds in your bag while travelling

  • Surround yourself with healthy options

  • Don’t like greens? Put Chlorophyll in your water

  • One salad a day

  • Keep coffee to one cup, then switch to green tea

BONUS INFO:

Chlorophyll is essentially plant blood and gives plants the deep green pigmentation.

Benefits include helping fight cancer, improving liver detoxification, speeding up wound healing, improving digestion and weight control, and protecting skin health (This goes for all green vegetables, too!)

The purpose of chlorophyll is to help plants get energy from light.

Hemoglobin and Chlorophyll have similar structures. The main difference is that hemoglobin is built around iron (Fe), whereas chlorophyll is built around magnesium, (Mg). Chlorophyll helps to build hemoglobin. This will in turn increase red blood cell count, improve circulation and cleansing of the body, as well as increasing the transportation of oxygen throughout the body.

The magnesium in chlorophyll is also utilized for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein.

Greens are very important!

Another beneficial tip as you work towards optimal nutrition is to keep a food journal, and be sure to list ingredients along with portion sizes. This can help you to see where imbalances lie and where some changes can be made.

Nutrition is meant to be fun! It will offer no benefit to stress over it. As long as you are fueling your body with whole foods and eating a wide range of nutrients, you should be just fine.

Zero Waste Self Care

This month I am doing a challenge- No Waste November!

In an attempt to lessen my carbon footprint and reduce the amount of trash I produce, I have been making the most of my resources, buying from bulk bins, and making my own… everything.

This post is all about recipes to replace the chemical ridden body care products with clean, easy to make alternatives.

To make these recipes zero waste, you can find local stores, co-ops, or farmers markets that sell bulk goods and buy a majority of the ingredients there in reusable containers. IF there is anything you can not find in bulk, another option would be to buy items in glass containers.

 

You are what you eat, but what about what your skin eats? Everything you put onto your body is absorbed by your body. You even absorb things that are in the air and environment! (That’s a talk for another time.)

We should all know by now that we should not be ingesting things that we can not pronounce, or that have a looong list of ingredients. When is the last time you flipped over your body care products and looked at the ingredients list? How long is it? How many things on that bottle can you pronounce?

A lot of common self care products are linked to a host of health issues, such as skin conditions, infant mortality, cancer, infertility, thyroid disorders, erectile dysfunction, and hormone dysruptions.

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By making your own products from whole ingredients found in nature, you can reduce or completely eliminate the risk of these harmful side-effects.

It is just as vital to put things found in nature on your skin as it is in your body.

Side note: Isolates of things found in nature can be equally as harmful! Just because something is extracted from a plant or whole food item, etc, does not mean it is good for you. Your body can no longer identify the isolated chemical if it does not have the rest with it. Would you rather drink water, or straight hydrogen? Which will quench your thirst? I’ll take the H2O.

 

Edible Skincare Recipes

Shampoo and Body Wash

You can find bath bars without packaging at most health food stores and farmers market. At most they may have a small barcode sticker or paper wrapping around it. Popular places to check would be Whole Foods and Lush.

You could find a recipe online, but I have found sticking with the bars works best. Another option would be Castile Soap, however you would have to recycle the bottle after.

 

Conditioner

Conditioner, in my opinion, is completely useless! It can easily be replaced with a nourishing vitamin-rich oil before or after a shower. If my hair needs extra love, I will apply oil to it from the tips to the roots and wrap it up before bed. In the morning it can be washed out with shampoo and a little apple cider vinegar. More times than not, I can get away with applying a little bit of oil after my showers and throughout the week as needed.

Another option for those with extra dry hair would be a hot oil treatment. You simply heat up an oil, apply it to your hair and wrap it up with a shower cap and hot towel. Wait 30 minutes to 2 hours and wash it out. Voila! Lushes Locks.

 

Face Wash and Scrub

This is by far my favorite thing I have discovered to replace my face care routine. It is balancing to all skin types, hydrating, and firming! It also can help reduce redness and acne. What more could I ask for?

Face Wash

  • 1 tbsp Honey (or lightweight oil for vegan option)
  • 1 tbsp Aloe
  • Optional: 1-2 drops Tea Tree Oil (for acne)

 

Face Scrub

  • 1 tbsp Honey or Oil
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

 

Deodorant

Below are two deodorant recipes based on preference. The spray utilizes himalayan salt which is a naturally occurring mineral that absorbs toxins and odors. It is a lightweight recipe that is good for on the go, as it may not last all day if you are more active. The cream is a heavier option that lasts all day and is better than any natural deodorant you can find.

Spray

  • 3 oz distilled water
  • 2 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)

Cream

  • 2-3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Essential oil (scent of your choice)

 

Makeup

Blush

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SOURCE: https://thrivingonpaleo.com/diy-natural-blush/

 

Eyeliner and Mascara

  • 1 Tablespoon Activated Charcoal
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Shea Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of Bentonite Clay
  • 2-3 Drops of Essential Oil

To use, buy a reusable mascara brush and a line brush for use as eyeliner.

 

Makeup Remover

Oil of choice (I like coconut oil)

 

Other Essentials:

 

Reusable Cotton Rounds [LINK]

Or

Hemp Rounds [LINK]

 

Organic Wash Cloths [LINK]

Bottles and Jars to store recipes and ingredients (easily found at thrift stores i.e. salvation army)

 

Living Waste-Free is the way of the future. It is fun to experiment with and adapt to your own lifestyle! It does not have to be difficult or full of complicated recipes. In fact, it simplifies things- for everyone and everything. If you want to start on this path, don’t be intimidated if it doesn’t happen over night. Slowly replacing items in your house as they run out with zero waste ones is still a step in the right direction. Have fun! Experiment! We are learning together ❤

Natural Deo for your B.O.

As more and more people of the world are becoming conscious of what they are putting into their bodies, so are they becoming aware of what is going on the body. I was recently sent this wonderful article by Review on natural deodorants, and it made me realize how important it is this information get out to the public. We are constantly taking in toxins from out environment, possibly food we eat, the air we breath, and if you aren’t careful and conscious: what you are putting on your body! (Note: I was not paid to do this. It was just brought to my attention and I found it to be vital information that needs to be shared!)

Everyone knows by now that you are what you eat, but what if your skin has the ability to eat too? What you put on your body gets absorbed into the skin and begins circulating in the system (prime example: nicotine patches). It is just as vital to be aware of what is going on as it is what is going in.

I will be sure to cover other areas of the natural product world (shampoos, body washes and lotions, facial care products, etc), but today we are going to focus on one that gets attention on the daily: your armpits.

You may have dipped your pits in the world of natural deodorants already and had mixed results (or no luck at all). I was in the same boat when I started. From Thai crystals that are activated by water to Tom’s deodorant, nothing seemed to work quite the way I needed it to. Some things seemed to work great in the beginning then slowly lost potency over time with extended use. This was very discouraging at the start of my natural body care journey and I quickly switched back to my beloved Secret Deodorant until something good came along.

Why is switching to a natural deodorant so important in the first place?

There are several toxins lurking in your average store-bought deodorant. This includes chemicals such as aluminum, parabens, TEA (not the drink) and DEA, and artificial colors. These compounds are known for acting as estrogen within the body and have carcinogenic properties. For more information see this lovely article.

Now for the good stuff!

A few years past and I began working at a health food store where I had access to many more lovely options. I tried several and still was having tough luck… until!

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Photo Cred: schmidtsnatural.com

Schmidt’s Deodorant. By far my FAVORITE deodorant I have ever tried. I own both Rose + Vanilla and Lavender + Sage and found them to be phenomenal. They last for hours, don’t leave clumps, and even act as a perfume if I forget to spray some in the morning. They are free of aluminum, artificial fragrance, and common irritants.

There are still many other options out there besides Schmidt’s that work just as well, or even better! There are 5 more well-tested options highlighted in this article you may feel free to check out and start experimenting with.

Have you tried natural body care products before? What was your experience? Do you have any favorites? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

 

Featured Image Cred: https://www.reviews.com/natural-deodorant/