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Time to Rethink (Part 3)

Today I want to talk about chemicals and food, but first here are the most recent photos.

 

 

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I did have a setback last weekend. Saturday, February third was my 60th birthday! And hey you get to be 60 only once. So what did I do? Celebrate of course! Vince’s Spaghetti and spice cake with a layer of caramel frosting topped off with a layer of cream cheese frosting. Yum! And I made it all by myself. Haha!

my cake

On my last post, Pamela commented about eating organic food and yes, organic is good, and growing your own organic fruits and vegetables is even better, but no matter how organic you think they are, there are still chemicals in the air, in the water, and in the soil. We can’t get away from chemicals completely. I don’t use chemicals in or around my yard. I haven’t for years, but I can’t stop neighbors from using them. Insecticides, weed killers, people use them. They get in the air and when we finally get that much-needed rain all of those chemicals get soaked into our soil. Because of my dogs and desert tortoise, I only use lemongrass essential oil and water as an insecticide and vinegar and salt as a weed killer.

Chemicals can be found everywhere and in basically everything we use.

My oldest dog, Mitzy (She’s 14 now) had what I thought was an upset stomach. Throwing up basically water all night one night. About 2 hours after we got up she began throwing up blood. Thankfully my Vet is open on Sundays and I rushed her in. The vet gave her a shot to calm her stomach and antibiotics and drew blood. Sending us home with the instructions; clear liquids and plenty of rest. The next day the test results came back and Mitzy had an inflamed pancreas due to too much fat in her diet. I had always fed my dogs dry food with a small amount of canned food mixed in. Since then I have changed their diet drastically. I no longer purchase commercial dog food and instead I cook for them 3-4 times a week, a big pot of veges, ground turkey, lentils, barley, and brown rice. They also enjoy low fat cottage cheese and hard-boiled eggs among other things like doggy cookies. Which you can find my doggy cookies recipe in my children’s book, “Kiley Wished for a Puppy” A friend told me, “Your dogs eat better than I do!” Yep, they probably do.

updated cover (2)   Doggy Cookies! Humans can eat them too!DSC_0001

I started to wonder just how many different chemicals we were using day to day in all the different things that we use. Last July I got this urge to try making my own liquid laundry detergent. And there are quite a few recipes out there. I chose washing soda, borax, water, and a 1/3 of a bar of bath soap but since have eliminated the borax since there seems to be a lot of controversy about it. Personally, I am happy with the results and the money you save is a real bonus. The recipe makes three and a half gallons and lasts me two months. And it only costs me $1.50! I use white vinegar in place of fabric softener and I purchased wool dryer balls and essential oils (which I use for almost everything!).

But I didn’t stop there. Do you know how many chemicals are in toothpaste? How about shampoo, air fresheners, cleaning, and beauty products? Believe me, there are way too many and most of them you can’t pronounce. So I set out on a mission to cut back on the chemicals that I use on a daily basis. Toothpaste, who needs toothpaste? I swish with peroxide and brush with baking soda. I quit using shampoo and conditioner. I use baking soda, water, and a few drops of rosemary essential oil mixed together in a bottle to wash my hair followed by white vinegar (in a spray bottle) and then just a rinse with plain water. Using the vinegar after baking soda helps get the right PH balance is what I’ve heard. I haven’t a clue but I have been getting compliments as to how nice my hair looks. In fact, peroxide, baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils are the main staples in my life now.

I, also use organic coconut oil and organic shea butter, along with some essential oils as face and skin moisturizers.

So to sum up this post; we all have our own unique mind, body, and, spirit.  No two of us are exactly alike. I’m not trying to change the world or save it. In fact, I still buy shampoo and toothpaste for other members of my household. I am just trying to limit the chemicals that I use on a daily basis. In fact, I think that’s why my immune system took a holiday. They said, “well she quit using everything we were fighting against so it’s vacation time!” LOL (That’s probably one of the reasons why I got the fungal infection to begin with. Along with stress and diet issues.) I believe though that we all need to be exposed to some dirt, chemicals, and germs to build our immunities against these very same items.

I’m not here to give you advice, except for, do what’s best for you. Talk to your doctor or health care professional, ask questions, do research, and keep a journal. What works for me…well who knows. Maybe I’ll live to be one hundred or…I just take it one day at a time. It’s the best that I can do. It’s the best that any of us can do.

And for the disclaimer; I am not a healthcare professional, nor am I getting paid to sponsor any of the products in my  “Time to Rethink” posts. All opinions in my blog posts are my own.

Hey! Want a sneak peek of the cover for my new children’s book? Well, here it is.

BookCoverPreview

My son, Bobby helped me design it. I got the proofs in the mail today and was hoping to hit that publish button, but am thinking I might make some minor changes to the interior.

We will see. I’ll let you know soon.

Till the next time we meet; HUGS!

And!!! Check out this link. maybe you’ll find something you’d like to try. I know there are a few, I might try.

Do it yourself household products

I had to come back and edit because…I didn’t tell you everything I have been doing for my skin. LOL! That was the whole purpose of my blogs posts! I tried apple cider vinegar but found that it seemed to irritate my skin. Coconut oil seemed to calm it down. So my daily ritual would be to spray the affected area with peroxide and then use a medicated cream for athlete’s foot. I tried both Tolnaftate and Clotrimazole creams. Usually switching back and forth but last week I decided to try another cream called Derman. I use it twice a day and it seems to be working. Not sure if it’s just the cream or a combination of both the cream and a change in diet but I think my arms look better, don’t you?

Okay, now I’m done! LOL! If you have any questions you know where to find me. Have a great weekend everyone.

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