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How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

watermelon sweet fruit nature ripe vegan vegetarian This might  be common knowledge to most people but I did not know this about picking the sweetest watermelon. I figured that since I didn’t know, maybe there someone else that needed this colossally delicious information.

Picture this: it’s a hot summer day, sweat dripping down your face and all you can think about is a nice big juicy sweet piece of watermelon. Natures ultimate candy. You get your big ole piece, bite into it and IT TASTES LIKE CRAP! Your whole summer-vibe bubble is burst.

I vowed, NEVER AGAIN!! I did a little research and a few experiments and the results were insanely successful. Every single time we have used this criteria in picking a watermelon, it’s been spot on. No more skunky watermelon!

It’s really very simple once you know. Almost too simple actually. But it makes perfect sense.

  1. You want a watermelon that has a big yellow creamy spot on it. If the spot is white or non-existent, it’s under ripe. The dark yellow creamy spot is called the ‘field spot’ because that’s where the watermelon was resting in the field ripening on the vine. The yellow spot indicates that it was ripening on the vine a good long time.
  2. Pick up the watermelon. Is it heavier than you think it should be for its size? That’s what you want. If you have 2 of the same size watermelons, you want the heaviest of them.
  3. The best ones are also uniformly shaped. Weird lumps and bumps may be a sign that it didn’t get consistent sun and/or water.

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There you have it. We usually go with the “yellow spot rule” first and foremost and have not been steered wrong once. We get amazingly sweet ripe watermelons every single time.

Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicAfter 3 years, I figured it was about time that I share my recipe for the homemade natural deodorant I use. Minimum of 3 ingredients, 4 if you use essential oil for scent. I only just recently started tracking how long each batch has lasted me and the last time I made one was November 20th, 2014 and I finally ran out March 5th, 2015. Three and a half months of natural, chemical free, moisturizing deodorant for less than a dollar per batch. So, I only spend less than 5 bucks a YEAR on deodorant!! And, the ingredients can be used for other things so there is no waste.

I had to wait until I ran out to write this so I could get photos of me making it. If I missed my window, I would’ve had to wait another 3 months or so. I’ve been wanting to share this for a very long time.

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Here is my personal testimonial from the past 3 years:

I’ve been using this for about 3 years now and not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I had any body odor and never been the stinky kid in class. It’s not like I don’t test it either because I do vigorous exercise, bike ride, take hot yoga and have a physically demanding job. Oh, and I live in the beautifully hot state of Arizona. When I first started using it, I would sneak a sniff once in awhile to make sure it was working and now because I’ve never been stinky, I just trust it. I think that’s a pretty good testimonial. 

TIPS:

  1. Start with melted coconut oil. It’s so much easier to blend everything together thoroughly.
  2. Put the ingredients in your mixing bowl in this order: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch then essential oils if using. If you were to put the coconut oil after the powders, it would create an unnecessarily messier situation. Trust me.
  3. Once everything is mixed, pour the liquid mixture into your container of choice. Use a container that has a lid and one that you can easily scoop a tiny bit of deodorant out with your finger.
  4. To use: just scoop approximately the amount of a pea with your finger and rub into your pit until any granules melt. Repeat on the other side.
  5. I usually use 3 fingers to rub it in. It doesn’t bother me to get it on my fingers because
    1. it’s so silky smooth
    2. it covers more space quicker
    3. its just coconut oi and natural ingredients. Nothing a quick wipe of a towel won’t fix. I’d much rather have to wipe my finger than use harmful chemicals.
  6. As long as I rub it into my pit thoroughly and any granules that might be there melt, it never ever ever leaves a deodorant stain on my clothes. You know how regular deodorant over time leaves a white stain on the pits of your shirts and is difficult to wash out? Imagine how penetrating all those chemical are right on your skin.
  7. I advise using a 1/4 cup LESS one (1) Tablespoon of baking soda. I find that this is the perfect amount to prevent any skin irritation, especially after shaving. Since doing this, my skin hasn’t been irritated once, even after shaving.
  8. Lastly, put the liquid mixture in the fridge for about an hour to allow the coconut oil to solidify a bit. If it’s rock hard, don’t worry because it will end up being paste-like once it’s been sitting in your bathroom at room temperature. Once it’s softened up a little from sitting at room temperature, I take a fork to scrape the surface and ‘chunk it up’ so I can scoop it with my finger tip.

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicI started using homemade natural deodorant specifically because of the link between Alzheimer’s and store bought deodorant. My grandmother Shirley (I miss her so much) died of Alzheimer’s and I try to do whatever I can to prevent it if possible. Not to mention the other links like breast cancer.

Less chemicals, more life 🙂

Natural Homemade Deodorant - Easy and Effective
 
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Recipe type: Homemade, Natural, Beauty, Deodorant
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup LESS 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup PLUS 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch
  • 3 - 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (start with 3 drops, stir in and then add a drop at a time to get the desired scent strength)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients in this order: melted coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch, essential oil.
  2. Using a fork, mix until everything is combined well.
  3. Place liquidity mixture into a small container with a lid and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until it solidifies. It will turn paste-like once it sits in your bathroom at room temperature.

 

My Oil Pulling Experience

My Oil Pulling Experience

I’ve been hearing about the benefits of oil pulling for the past several months. I figured one day I’d get around to checking it out and seeing what all the fuss was about.

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I had seen the list of benefits but didn’t know anyone personally that had done it yet. Then my yoga instructor Becki mentioned that she had been oil pulling and loved it and encouraged her friends to give it a try. Since I respect and look up to her, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. Plus I had a toothache and have a horrible phobia of the dentist so if it could prevent me from having to go, I was in.

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Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic technique to detoxify the body. Traditionally, sunflower/sesame oil is used but more and more people are finding the same beneficial results with organic coconut oil (I use organic refined coconut oil).

Before I go into my personal experience, here is a long list of what the alleged benefits of oil pulling are:

    • Brighter, whiter teeth
    • Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis
    • Prevents bad breath
    • Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaw
    • Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat
    • Increased energy
    • Clearer mind
    • Decreased headaches and headache relief
    • Clearer sinuses
    • Alleviated allergies
    • Better sleep
    • Clearer skin
    • Regulated menstrual cycles
    • Improved lymphatic system
    • Improved PMS symptoms by correcting hormone imbalances
    • Reducing inflammation of arthritis
    • May help with gastro-enteritis
    • Aids in the reduction of eczema
    • May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
    • Helps support normal kidney function
    • Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Sounds pretty unbelievable doesn’t it? I have to admit that I was skeptical but since I use several other homeopathic things on a regular basis and have had positive/effective experiences, why not try this. I use coconut oil for a zillion other reasons so what’s one more.

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  • When you wake up, before drinking water or eating, brushing teeth or anything, take about 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth.
  • Swish it around in your mouth pulling it in and out of your teeth like you would with mouthwash for 20 minutes, no more no less. Do not swallow the oil as it will be loaded with toxins and bacteria.
  • After 20 minutes, spit the oil into the garbage can. It will be milky white. It’s important not to spit it out into the sink because the oil can solidify and end up clogging your pipes.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water to remove more of the toxin containing oil. You can spit this into the sink.
  • Brush your teeth and go about your day. All done.

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DAY 1 – I scooped a tablespoon full of coconut oil (mine was in a solid state) and chewed it for a few seconds in my mouth. The heat of my mouth quickly melted it into a liquid form.

I swished the oil around in my mouth, pulling and pushing it in between my teeth for a full 20 minutes while I went about my normal morning routine like making the bed, doing the dishes, setting up my laptop for the day, etc. It was a little strange not to be able to speak to my cats at all, I could only moan and hum at them. Not speaking for the 20 minutes ended up being almost meditative.

After pulling for exactly 20 minutes, no more no less, I spit the coconut oil into the kitchen garbage can. What I spit out was milky foamy white just like others said it would be.

After spitting the oil into the garbage, I rinsed with warm salt water to remove the excess then I brushed my teeth as I normally would.

Within the next hour after pulling, I sneezed no less than 15 times within about 20 minutes. I ended up having to blow my nose a few times because my sinuses were draining a lot. Once I did, that was it, no more draining for the rest of the day.

I don’t know if it was my imagination or a placebo affect but I had so much energy all day. But by the end of the day I really wasn’t feeling that great. I almost felt like I was catching a cold. Now I know that it was the toxins in my body surfacing due to being pulled by the oil.

Coincidentally I did have a toothache prior to starting my oil pulling experiment and the tooth pain did not subside after one day of pulling.

I still went to yoga class despite not feeling my best and afterwards I felt awesome. I no longer felt ill like I did earlier. I slept really good but then I usually do after yoga.

DAY 2 – The 20 minutes really goes fast, I even showered while pulling. After swishing the coconut oil and spitting it out I do a final rinse of warm salt water then brush my teeth. I did have another sneezing fit about an hour after pulling and my sinuses drained again.

I had an incredible amount of energy and my tooth pain was slightly improved. I got so much done today and was still going strong at 11 pm.

DAY 3 – Woke up with a headache and a little heartburn. I’ve heard that because the oil pulling draws toxins from the body that some people may experience headaches when they first start oil pulling. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but I rarely, very rarely headaches.

Had another sneezing fit about 45 minutes after pulling, sinuses drained but a little less than the days before. Still had tons of energy.

DAY 4 – Woke up headache free. Only 2 sneezes today. I’ve heard that oil pulling is supposed to help with allergies and I think they might be right. All the sneezing is actually clearing out my sinuses. My tooth is as pain free as it has been all week, bonus. Loads of energy too.

DAY 5 – More of the same. Woke up headache free. Sneezed a few times, drained the sinuses. Tooth is feeling great still, can barely feel it. Loads of energy.

DAY 6 – More of the same. Today my tooth is completely pain free. I never would’ve thought it possible. I’m loving all the energy.

DAY 7 – Mouth feels healthier, no more tooth pain, sinuses are clear, I have tons of energy, no headaches and sleep more sound.

CONCLUSION OF MY WEEK OF OIL PULLING

After my first initial headache and sneezing, all other side effects have been super positive.

  • Mouth health is improved. Toothache is completely gone and its actually been 4 weeks since I started writing about my experience. I’m still oil pulling and my toothache has not returned.
  • My teeth are getting whiter and whiter.
  • Even morning breath is much improved. I used to get an icky film on my tongue overnight and now when I wake it feels like I just brushed my teeth. No film at all.
  • My sinuses are clear as a whistle. I used to blow my nose after a shower but now I don’t even have to do that because the pulling drains my sinuses great.
  • My lips aren’t chapped anymore because I rub any excess oil all over my lips while pulling.
  • I have so much energy and get so much more done during the day which probably contributes to me sleeping better at night.

I promised myself a full week of faithful pulling and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been oil pulling now for 4 weeks and it has become part of my morning routine.

There is something peaceful about not speaking at all for 20 minutes when I first wake. I’m kooky like that but I find it almost meditative.

Give it a week, you’ve got nothing to lose and lots of benefits to gain

 

 

 

 

 

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39 Things I Keep Stocked At All Times

39 Things I Keep Stocked At All Times

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If you are looking to eliminate chemicals, preservatives, food colorings, laboratory created ingredients, etc., this list will help you stock up your pantry so that you can pretty much make any healthy meal you want whether it be paleo, gluten-free, clean eating, vegan, vegetarian, low-glycemic, etc.

I personally don’t label myself as paleo , gluten-free, vegetarian, etc. when it comes to my eating habits. My goal is to eat whole foods meaning the least ingredients the better, the least chemicals and preservatives the better. I try to maximize the nutritional value of everything I eat. I am more concerned with reducing chemicals than calories.

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By being more concerned with reducing and/or eliminating chemicals from the food I consume, I naturally eat healthier, more nutritious foods and in turn allowing my body to absorb it’s necessary nutrients. When my body has what it needs nutritionally, I’m not constantly hungry and tempted to snack all the time leading to weight gain. In fact, a side effect of eating this way has helped me lose weight and keep it off. Just from eating, imagine that.

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My husband and I are big time label readers. We read almost every single label on what we purchase at the grocery store. It took more time at first but now that we know which products are better for us, without chemicals, preservatives, gmo’s, etc, it doesn’t take as long anymore.

For example, the bread we eat only has 5 ingredients. Take a look at the list of chemicals in the bread you currently have in your pantry. Yikes, right? All those chemicals we ingest disrupt the way the body processes it’s required nutrients and functions. The liver and the rest of the organs have to work overtime to try to process these foreign chemicals that do not have any nutritional value. Over time this can lead to cancers and illnesses.

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In eating this way, I happen to have a lot of ingredients that just happen to fall into the paleo and gluten-free world. I’ve realized lately that when it’s time to try a new healthy recipe, I usually have all of the ingredients in the pantry already. So that means I only need to worry about picking up the fresh organic ingredients.

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So I put together a list for you of the staple items I keep around the house. I stocked my “healthy ingredient arsenal” little by little because some items are more expensive than others but you can find good deals at Costco or Amazon. Every time I went to the grocery store I would just pick up a thing or two until I was satisfied with my stock.

Most of the ingredients go a long way so it’s not like you will be purchasing all of these items on a regular basis. There are some items that I do purchase more frequently like coconut oil (I use it for beauty products as well as cooking), raw honey, unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut flour, and quinoa (lots and lots of quinoa).

{ I purchase organics every single time if it’s available, even spices. If I can’t find organic I will at least make sure it’s non-GMO }

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I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

In my journey and constant research on healthier living, I kept seeing this stuff called ghee while researching grass fed butter information. We started using grass fed butter but had not yet jumped on the ghee wagon.

Last weekend at our local grocery store that has the most extensive organic, healthy food section we found a jar on the shelf labeled GHEE. Did you read that? Jar on the shelf! I had to check this out for myself.

Ghee is a form of butter that is an integral part of traditional Indian cuisine. It is clarified butter, which means that the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat. 

Ghee is a simple word for ‘clarified butter’ actually. If you have ever ordered lobster or crab legs at a reputable restaurant, you were most likely served a little cup of clarified butter. That very golden, translucent and rich butter in a cup. So guess what, you’ve probably had ghee before but just didn’t know it.

Ok so we know what it is but why should you care? Read below for the Top 10 Reasons to get to Know Ghee.

I bought the exact brand below, Purity Farms. It’s paleo, lactose and casein free, kosher, non GMO, organic, pasture raised (grass fed) and salt free.

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I found this great post by lahealthyliving.com about ghee and what makes it’s so awesome. Here are their Top 10 Reasons To Get To Know Ghee

  1. Outstanding Cooking Oil. Ghee’s smoke point is 485°F which makes it an excellent cooking oil.  Unlike butter, ghee can tolerate high temperatures.
  2. Supreme Taste.  Ghee has a more creamy texture and nutty flavor than butter since most of the liquid is skimmed off during the clarification process.
  3. Long Shelf life. Because of its low oxidation rate, ghee can be kept unrefrigerated for a long time.
  4. Easy to Digest. Ghee aids in a healthy digestive process as it stimulates the secretion of stomach acids thus increasing the absorption of nutrients.
  5. Boosts the Immune System. Modern research found that ghee also contains phenolic antioxidants which boosts the immune system.
  6. Lowers cholesterol. CLA ( conjugated linolenic acid) contained in ghee, not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces total cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. (source)
  7. Improves Eyesight. According to Ayurveda practitioner, Dr. Vasant Lad,  eye disorders such as glaucoma, can benefit from adding ghee into the diet. Ghee improves our vision by helping our bodies properly digest fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A.
  8. Body Detox. Ghee is the perfect tool for body detox. Ghee penetrates the body tissues dissolving any toxins found in them. Then it gets rid of the toxins in the body through the intestines.
  9. Anti-inflammatory. Ghee has been proven to reduce leukotriene secretion and reduce prostaglandin which are both responsible for  inflammation.
  10. Aids in weight loss. Due to the conjugated linolenic acid contained in Ghee, it aids in weight loss (especially belly fat). Being easily digestible, it helps to develop a faster metabolism.

So now we have an opened jar of ghee sitting on our counter. I love cooking with it. It gives foods a richer taste. I also cook veggies in it and because of the properties, allows the body to absorb more of the goodness of the organic vegetables we eat.

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Our eating philosophy is to consume as much “whole foods” as possible into our diet. Seems like every week we are finding a food in a more natural state and incorporating it into our lives. Why don’t more people use this and why aren’t people talking about it, constantly?

Well I say “WELCOME TO FAMILY, GHEE”.

 

 

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