and I hope it is both visual and motivational inspiration to live closer to the heartbeat and simplicity of the nature!!! xoxo Dana
A botanical apartment complex in Thailand
Lost 8.2 pounds this month woot woot!….cutting out processed food helps but most importantly, eliminating processed starches (bread, pasta, rice) works so well! I feel like it’s just falling off. When you think about the fact that your body needs to turn everything into a liquid, it makes sense that when you cut out things like processed starches that tire out your digestive system, the bloat goes away and digestion greatly improves! (I’d like to add that for the month before that I was only eating organic sprouted grain bread, which is significantly less processed than regular bread and eating soaked brown jasmine rice or quinoa (both gluten-free, but the bread still contained gluten) a few times a week, and lost no weight, so I guess just eating “better or safer grains” is really of no significant help, for me anyways)
I was really only cutting out grains because my skin hasn’t been the best since going off the birth control pill, and I’ve read that cutting out grains can help with that (and it seems to be helping more than anything else I’ve tried— initially I broke out a little more, I think I was detoxing, but now it seems to slowly be improving more and more), but losing weight is a nice plus!
Some more diet details:
I only eat fish occasionally—I tried eating chicken for a month in attempt to try something else to heal my skin, I wanted to drink bone broth and it’s supposed to be very healing to the gut (birth control destroys all the good bacteria in your gut so I thought I might have poor gut health), but I felt so tired eating chicken and drinking bone broth and my skin only got worse, so that ended quickly. I also only cook with coconut oil, which is stable and safe at all temperatures, so I guess I still eat some cooked fat, but at least it’s the safest one. (For example, you shouldn’t cook with olive oil on high temperatures, it becomes toxic to the body). I also cut out dairy products in general (besides butter and eggs) because I find that they definitely cause me to break out more, especially milk. I also only like to eat soaked and dried raw nuts (ideally also sprouted—it increases the nutrients). Once they have been roasted they have lost a lot of nutrients and if they aren’t soaked and dried or soaked and sprouted they contain a lot of phytic acid, which is hard on your digestive system and prevents you from getting all the nutrition you can from your food. I also just don’t trust soy products because they are almost all of gmo variety. Even if it says gmo free project, I’ve read that a small amount of gmos is still allowed in those products, and gmo soy is proven to cause cancer in animals so I’d rather not risk it.
If you can’t tell researching natural health has become a serious addiction of mine! Probably for about the past 8 months!!
Done with ramble. Just wanted to get it all out in an organized way. I hope it helps someone.
The key to making a green smoothie (with a LOT of greens) taste good without adding too much fruit? Coconut oil! Just a tablespoon maybe more depending on how big your smoothie is. Sounds weird but makes it taste so much better! Plus coconut oil is great for you anyways, so its good to have in there. It’s also important to add some sort of fat (like coconut oil, an avocado, nuts, etc.) to a smoothie if it has fruit in it, in general, so you don’t get a sugar high followed by a crash, but instead have long lasting energy. Fat slows gastric digestion and aids in the absorption of nutrients. If you don’t add a fat your blood sugar will just skyrocket. So add coconut oil!
Fresh ginger makes me feel so good. Whether in smoothies or in dressings or whatever, makes things taste better and makes you feel good…and energized! I <3 Ginger.
The more raw veggies and fruits I eat, the better I feel! Its the only consistent thing I can eat that always makes me feel good.
If you’re feeling crappy eat more raw veggies and fruits! You’ll feel better I swear!
Oh yes and raw nuts and seeds are pretty good too :)
The Dark Side of Beauty—The Love Vitamin
From the article—How Beauty Products Are Making You Sick and Acne Prone by Tracy Raftl:
"There seems to be a lot of disconnect about what we put on our bodies and what we put into our bodies. For some reason we all picture our skin as this thick rubber suit and keeps out anything and everything except at the most surface of levels. But unfortunately, it’s not like that.
Despite what you might think, many of the chemicals can and do absorb through your skin into your body – apparently up to 60%. And in a way, it’s almost worse than eating it, because it doesn’t have to get past the body guards that are your digestive system and liver. It just gets to go straight into your bloodstream.
Yet, I don’t think you exactly like the idea of chowing down on a bottle of moisturizer, do you? So why put that stuff on your skin?
I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like every chemical in the cocktail is going to be harmful. Many are benign, and you may just pee them out. But others stay in your body and don’t leave for years.
In the end, if you get cancer, it’s going to be hard to trace it back and say “yes, it was definitely the hair spray”, and that’s how the cosmetic industry gets away with it. But why take the chance when there are safer alternatives?”
When I got home from work today my cat jumped onto the counter and then onto my shoulders…