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I Want To Quit

The Temptation to Quit Will Become Greatest Just Before You Are About To Succeed

-Chinese proverb

When I heard this quote from my business mentor, my mind immediately thought of childbirth. Right before a mom has to push her baby out, she goes through a stage called TRANSITION. This is a very intense stage of labor when moms feel out of control and want to quit. According to my Bradley birth instructor, this is when a lot of moms opt for pain medication.

When I first learned about this stage of childbirth, I was really scared of it. But when I was in the midst of it, I was relieved because I knew that I would soon hold my baby and I knew that moment would be worth the diet restrictions, stretched out clothes, waddling, constant need to pee, consistent congestion, frequent visits to the midwife, skin rashes, (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) stares from strangers, (is it just me or does everyone stare at the pregnant lady?) stretch marks, intolerable morning sickness that lasted all day for seven plus weeks, and physical pain of childbirth.

My mentor also said that if you haven’t felt like quitting yet, you probably aren’t working hard enough. So, if you have any goals–health, business, financial, or any other kinds of goals–and you feel like quitting, congratulations! Your efforts are moving you in the right direction. It is almost time to hold your metaphorical baby. Just don’t give up!

DIY: A Natural Way To Unclog Your Drain

I usually put off the unpleasant task of unclogging the bathroom sink until it is so clogged that the water sits inside the sink because it can no longer squeeze through the foul collection of dirt and hair (I don’t recommend that you wait this long). When this happens, I am tempted to run to the nearest store to buy some chemicals that will quickly flush all of the slime away. However, I always end up staying home because I do not want to buy any products that can be harmful for my family’s health (see Toxic House: Remove Endocrine Disruptors From Your Home).

Today, I went on EWG.org to do some research on a conventional drain cleaner that we previously used. According to the website, the product has high concerns for skin allergies and irritation. It has moderate concerns for the respiratory system and the environment. It also has some concerns for developmental/reproductive toxicity and cancer. The product received a grade of F, the lowest possible grade. Thanks to the good ol’ internet, I found a non-toxic, quick, easy, cheap and effective way to unclog my bathroom sink drain. All you need is a wire hanger, water and salt!

Step 1: Take off the drain cover.

Step 2: Untwist a wire hanger until you have a straight piece of long wire that will fit down the drain.

Step 3: Use the hanger as a hook to pull up hair and grime (warning: the gunk will be rather smelly and disgusting). Repeat as needed.

Step 4: Pour 1/2 cup of table salt (any kind) down the drain.

Step 5: Heat 8 cups of water until it is almost boiling.

Step 6: Pour the water down the drain.

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This post was originally published on March 23, 2019. It was updated on January 10, 2020.

Toxic House: Remove Endocrine Disruptors From Your Home

The amount of time, financial cost and level of commitment required to improve your health can make a healthy lifestyle seem daunting. However, I believe that healthy living can start with one small habit change. Over time, multiple, small habit changes can eventually lead to the results that you are striving for. If you are looking for an easy and cost-effective way to improve your health, I suggest that you start by eliminating endocrine disruptors from your home; this seemingly small change can produce dramatic results for your health!

What is the Endocrine System?

The endocrine system (adrenal gland, ovary, pancreas, pituitary gland, testes and thyroid gland) makes hormones (chemical messengers) that travel through the body and affect our body in numerous ways. According to the National Institute of Health, hormones affect the following:

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism (digestion, elimination, breathing, blood circulation and maintaining body temperature)
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Mood

As you can see, the endocrine system affects just about everything in your body!

What are Endocrine Disruptors?

According to the National Institute of Health, “Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.” According to The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, endocrine disruptors may also cause an increase or progression of obesity, diabetes, endometriosis and some cancers. Unfortunately, some research suggests that even low doses of toxic chemicals can cause diseases and symptoms that may not be detectable until later in life. These diseases might even affect our future children, even if our future children were not directly exposed to the chemicals that we were exposed to!

Categories of Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals (EDCs)

Household product ingredients: Chemicals found in items such as appliances, vehicles, materials, electronics, crafts, textiles, furniture and household cleaning products.

Personal care products/cosmetic ingredients: Chemicals found in products such as cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, soaps, deodorants, fragrances and shaving products.

Pesticide ingredients: Insecticides/acaricides (miticides), herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and other biocides, including chemicals described as “inert.”

Flame retardants: Chemicals used to prevent fires. Applied to clothing, mattresses, and furniture.

Plastics/rubber: Components, reactants or additives used in the manufacturing of rubbers or plastics.

Industrial additives: Chemicals used as preservatives, antioxidants, and surfactants used in such things as glue, plastic, rubber, paint and wood products.

Solvents: Chemicals used to dissolve other chemicals. Common in cleaning products in the home.

Food additives: Dyes, preservatives and many compounds used in food processing and as components in food packaging.

Metal/metallurgy: Elements or chemicals used in the extraction, processing or manufacturing of a metal or metal-containing product, including welding.

Medical/veterinary/research: Chemicals used in hospitals, medical supplies, and equipment, in laboratories or as reagants, and pharmaceuticals.

Antimicrobials: Chemicals that prevent the growth of and/or destroy microorganisms including hand washing products.

Source: Copyright © 2014 by the International Nurse Coach Association. http://www.inursecoach.com

How can we protect ourselves from endocrine disruptors?

  1. Buy safer personal care products or make your own (see Toxic House and DIY: Foaming Hand Soap).
  2. When possible, buy organic foods that do not contain toxic additives and pesticides.
  3. Buy mattresses, pillows, furniture and baby gear that have not been treated with flame retardants and other toxic chemicals.
  4. When possible, avoid plasticware with food, drinks and children.
  5. Buy safer supplies when painting or renovating your home (see Toxic House and ewg.org).
  6. Open a window for ventilation.
  7. Help your body detoxify with healthy foods, whole-food supplements (non-GMO), exercise and essential oils.

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Does Food Really Matter?

“Maybe if I am more careful about what I put into my body, then my health will improve.” I was having a conversation with a group of people when someone said this to everyone. When she said this, I thought to myself, “Maybe?! Are you kidding me? What you put into your body makes all the difference in the world.”

But then I had to stop myself from thinking too harshly of this mindset. Before 2011, I didn’t really believe that food made much of a difference for my health. I hated cooking and I ate the most convenient, processed Fake Foods.

I have learned a lot since then. I was recently surfing the web and came across the term “Real Food Crusader”— this term was used to describe the Wellness Mama and is now a term that I would use to describe myself.

What is Real Food?

In simple terms, Real Food (as opposed to “Fake Food”) is food that has not been adulterated with manmade chemicals or additives.

Why does Real Food make you healthy?

Your body knows how to use Real Food to build a strong body and it knows how to use Real Food to effectively eliminate toxins from the body.

Your body doesn’t know what to do with Fake Food. If your body can’t efficiently eliminate the Fake Food (which is basically toxic to the body), the Fake Food/toxicity stays in your body, leading to obesity and disease.

What are the benefits of Real Food?

A person with a strong, less toxic body will have a better mood, less weight, glowing skin, and more energy. Real Food can alleviate and eliminate disease.

How do you become a Real Food Crusader?

I know that Real Food can be expensive, so I don’t fault people for buying Fake Food. If it is difficult for you to afford Real Food, start small. Start by swapping one Fake Food for one Real Food. You can also save money by shopping at Thrive Market. Vote smart with your dollars. Hopefully, if more of us support farmers and vendors that provide Real Food, it will become more of an affordable norm!

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Turmeric: One That Wins Over Diseases

My enthusiasm for natural health began more than six years ago, and I am still amazed whenever I discover a natural solution that works so well. A few months ago, my husband started taking turmeric oil and he started to feel relief from his joint pain the very next day!

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years for cooking and medicinal purposes. A search on PubMed for turmeric resulted in 4841 articles. Current research shows that turmeric may be beneficial for the nervous system, skin and metabolic processes. These are just some of the benefits that I found on the database.

I was also fascinated by the names of turmeric. In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Hridayavilasini: gives delight to heart, charming
  • Jayanti: one that wins over diseases
  • Jawarantika: which cures fevers
  • Kashpa: killer of worms
  • Laxmi: prosperity
  • Mehagni: killer of fat
  • Varna Datri: enhancer of body complexion
  • Vishagni: killer of poison

Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more potent than herbs. Have you tried turmeric essential oil? Contact me for the purest essential oils!

Reference

Aggarwal, B. B., & Prasad, S. (2011). Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In I.F.F. Benzie, S. Wachtel-Galor (2nd ed.), Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

This post was published on March 8, 2019. It was updated on December 20, 2019.

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