Thursday, May 17, 2012


Yes, you read that right, but no, it's not what you're thinking. Well, it might be I guess since I can't read your mind and all. Anywho.. I read a blog by a hairdresser from New York who discusses the topics of (you guessed it) hair. Well the other day she posted about no-poo. I said to myself, "Say wha!?" and continued reading. The problem: Turns out there are tons of chemicals in shampoos and conditioners that strip your hair and fakely condition it making your hair rebel and produce tons of excess oils to fix the problem thus leaving you to fully depend on the chemicals of shampoos and conditioners to take care of the excess oils. Vicious cycle it is. The solution: So instead of continuing the vicious cycle, you stop using the shampoos and conditioners all together and instead do a simple basic alkaline solution. The miracle powder: Baking soda itself. Then you condition your hair with apple cider vinegar. Who'da thunk? You wash your hair twice a week to get it back to it's healthy state with the baking soda/water mixture. So far, I'm loving it. Last wednesday was the last time I washed my hair with shampoo. And I don't miss it. I still get the squeaky clean feel of clean hair without it stripping it but simply removing the dirt and extra oil. It's a little on the dry side but I can fix that with either using less baking soda or rubbing a SMIDGE of olive oil on the ends of my hair. And the dryness only seems to last for a day. Then after than it's fine, so probably just use less baking soda. AND! for those worried, my hair does not have a hint of smell of the apple cider vinegar. It just smells clean. I dig it. So I've done the baking soda twice now, last Sunday and yesterday, and I plan to keep going with it. My husband calls me a hippie. I don't mind. I'm going back to natural things, healthy eating, growing my own fruits and veggies, buying things organic. I love it. Now if only I can get my hubby to stop teasing me and put up my clothesline already ;)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Almost There

Bryan and I are almost finished with week two of phase one of the Maker's Diet. Whew! It's tough but I'm proud of us. Bryan only had a cheat once on Mother's day. You would have thought it had been me having the cake and ice cream but it wasn't. His mom didn't make a homemade dessert like she usually does but instead brought home a bought cake from pinning the day before. I'm kind of a cake snob so I could easily pass. Because store bought generic white cake? blah. But if it had been one of her homemade deliciousnesses then I wouldn't have been able to resist. Her stuff is yum-mo! Anyway, I digress. But we're doing good. Bryan has lost 10 pounds and I've lost 5! Go us! I'm almost to my first goal. AND! I think I may have even talked my mom into doing this with us. It'd be so good for her too if she does. She has hypothyroid too so it's like no matter how much we exercise, if we eat carbs and sweets, we won't lose a pound. It stinks. But this is the solution. So, pray for her if you think about it. I told her to look at it like this: For one, it has to be a lifestyle change. Not a diet. We have to make this work for us. And two, we have to see the hypothyroid as it is: a disease. And like others, like say people with celiac's disease who can't have gluten, we can't have just any ol' bread. There are certain types that we can have and we just need to adapt. I have a list of reasons for doing this diet change. A couple are that I need to be healthy for my kiddos and show them the proper and healthy way of eating. Especially if they end up with hypothyroid as well but even if they don't. Also, I want them to be proud of me. I don't care about being stick thin, I just care about being healthy and comfortable in my own skin. I will never again be 110 pounds like I was in college and that is a-okay because I am woman, I am curvy, and I am glorious in the body God gave me. I just need to take better care of it. So I think I am doing pretty well. However, I sure can't wait until the next phase because then we can have more fruit! And some cheeses!! Not in large quantities of course, but some. Even just having a more variety of smoothies will be lovely. I've also discovered some recipes for desserts that will coincide with our change so then we can have sweets every now and again as well! That'll be awesome. My uncle had to lose weight for his health as well. He looks great and sticks to it very nicely but I guess he will have one cheat day on Saturday where he can have sweets or something a little more rich and it sort of restarts his metablism. I'll have to look into that because, boy howdy, I miss me some peanut clusters.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

here we go

Tomorrow begins Day 1 of Phase 1 of the Maker's Diet. It's a rough diet. No. Lifestyle change. It's a rough start anyway. After you get going it gets easier. By the time you're in the third phase it's cake. Even though you can't eat cake. Ha! Anyway, it seems to be the best thing for my body with having hypothyroid so here I go... I'll let y'all know how it goes.