Monday, September 22, 2014

Basic Healthy Habit: Drinking Water

One of the simplest, most fundamental and basic things we can do for our health is to DRINK MORE (CLEAN) WATER. Our bodies are 60% water. More than HALF of our bodies are made up of water. It is so vitally important that we keep that supply fresh, and clean, so everything in our body can function properly. Its like letting oil in the car get low and gunky, the cars going to stop driving smoothly. Its the same thing that happens with out bodies when they don't have enough clean water.

In our bodies water helps to flush out toxins, allows the bodies cells to grow, reproduce and survive, lubricates joints, is a major component of most body parts, needed by the brain to make neurotransmitters and hormones, regulates body temperature (ie: sweating), acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal chord, central ingredient in digestion (converts food to components needed for survival), forms saliva and delivers oxygen to all parts of the body.

So basically, its really important. We want to be sure that we have plenty of it, and that we also have the good stuff. Stay away from water that has fluoride, lead, chlorine and other hard metals. My friend knew someone who works with the water pipes, and he said if you ever saw what they look like you would never drink water from your tap. Opt for a reverse osmosis filter that can filter out all the metals, or spring water from a reliable source.

Make sure you are drinking plenty, every day. Personally I aim for about 100 oz each day. I have a camelbak water bottle that I LOVE (heres a link) and if I drink three bottles full each day its 99 oz exactly. Drinking plenty of water hasnt always been easy for me though (especially because I already have a small bladder). I worked up to it. Just a little over a year ago getting half a gallon a day felt like an overwhelming goal; I felt like I was spending my whole life remembering to drink water and then was in the bathroom every five minutes. Now I have 100 oz to a gallon a day seamlessly, its just part of my daily routine.

Its so super simple, we all can do it, and actually be able to feel the difference.

<3 Kelly

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eat More Kale
The title says it all. We all could stand to eat more (organic!) kale, and quite frankly, more greens in general. Personally, when I eat more kale I feel amazing. Almost like I could levitate off the ground. My skin glows, my energy is high, my stomach is flat. Plus, an added bonus is, when I start eating more kale, and feeling good, I tend to lean even more into the healthy foods.

So, whats so great about king kale anyways? First of all kale is very high in iron, per pound it has more iron than beef. It is rich in vitamin A (great for vision and skin), C (good for immune system and metabolism)  and calcium (per pound more than milk! one response to the infamous "where do vegans get their calcium?" question).  It is rich in antioxidants and is fantastically anti inflammatory (helps with arthritis, asthma and autoimmune diseases). Eating more kale helps lower cholesterol. Overall it is an excellent detox food.

But please, dont take my word for it! Give it a try yourself!

If you'd like I can post some kale recipes (kale chips, kale salad, soups, smoothies, juices, etc), just leave a note in the comments or on facebook!

<3 Kelly

Friday, September 12, 2014

Natural Deodorant That Works Better Than Dove!!

Back when I was a teenager, and first using deodorant, my mom warned me not to use deodorant with aluminum in it. She said that it causes Alzheimer. So, off and on I would be conscientious of what brand I was using as to avoid this ingredient. Though, I wasn't diligent. Mainly because I didn't really think it was THAT big of a deal, and it didn't seem worth it if I was going to end up smelling stinky.

Then, a few years ago I had a wake up call. I dont remember who, but someone pointed something out to me. They said look at your armpit. Now look at your breast. See how close they are? Anything that you put on your armpit, every single day, is going right into your breasts. This was my "HOLY CRAP!" moment. No wonder breast cancer is so rampant! We are literally smearing on these toxic chemicals, every single day. This was even bigger than aluminum and alzheimer, this is a chemical cocktail of poisons and cancer.

What is so great about it is that the power is in our own hands! Just changing ONE thing we do everyday will do wonders for our health.

So that is when I made the change to natural deodorants. No, they didn't work as well as the ones I bought at CVS (I tried many, many different brands, some better than others), but I also didn't smell outright stinky either (thanks to eating a plant based vegan diet!). I did have a dirty little secret though; I kept a small container of traditional deodorant for emergency situations (nights out dancing, going for a run with a cute gentleman friend, date night, etc).

That is, until I discovered the best natural deodorant EVER! Even BETTER than my secret CVS bought deodorant. I could apply in the morning, be active all day, go out dancing, go for a run the next morning and STILL no stink; and no re-appying since the morning before. My CVS deodorant was never THAT good.

That is when I threw away that toxic emergency situation deodorant. No reason to NOT use natural when it both works better and is healthy.

Guess what? Its also cheap, and super easy to make yourself. Here goes:

6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder OR cornstarch
optional: essential oil  (tea tree, lavender, cedarwood, etc)

1. combine baking soda and arrowroot or cornstarch
2. mix in coconut oil
3. add essential oil
4. scoop into deodorant tube or any other container


*note: in the summer, coconut oil becomes liquid so deodorant will not be solid. It can either be applied with fingers OR add beeswax (1 tbsp grated beeswax, and only 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted together, then add dry ingredients) to solidify it*

Or, if you're lazy/ busy and dont feel like taking the five minutes to mix this together, you can buy some already made here:

Here's to little changes that make a BIG difference!

<3 Kelly

Monday, September 1, 2014

Depressed? Anxious? This Will Help

When my mom was in her early twenties she suffered from agoraphobia. Pretty much depression/anxiety on steroids. She couldn't even leave the house.

She got it in her mind that if she knew of ONE person who had recovered, just ONE person who had done it, then she could do it too (this is before google, facebook, the internet in general; so you had to actually meet someone). Long story short, this illness that can last decades, she pulled herself out of in three years, and never went back.

One doctor she encountered was excellent. He didnt want to pump her up with meds and encouraged her to get better naturally. The golden nugget he said to her was this:

"it is physiologically impossible to suffer from depression if you do one hour of cardiovascular exercise every day"

Yes, that is it: exercise. Whether its running, jumping on the trampoline, jumping rope, dancing, bike riding, step class, zumba, swimming etc.

Get your heart going and be consistent with it. It has both an instantaneous and cumulative effect. 

(diet also plays a big role with mental health, but we will talk more about that later)

<3 Kelly