Looking for Ways to Boost Your Immune System? See what I am Doing for Mine!

Looking for Ways to Boost Your Immune System? See what I am Doing for Mine!

This pandemic has left me extremely nervous and anxious due to the severity of the virus. Because of this, I want to make sure that my immune system is in tip-top shape.

If you want to boost your immune system too…read on! This post may give you some ideas.

The supplements I take daily

I have done a lot of reading on supplements and herbs that show some ability to help strengthen the immune system. This is something I started doing around the time I opened my home daycare business (kids are full of germs!).

I began taking three supplements that I thought would help me get sick less and I have recently increased that amount.

Here is what I take currently and how much:

  1. Ginger capsules (Nature’s Way brand)- Two a day for a total of 1,100 mg
  2.  Colostrum capsules (Jarrow’s brand)- Two a day for a total of 1,000 mg
  3.  Probiotics (Align brand)- One per day
  4. Vitamin C with rosehips (NOW brand)- One per day for a total of 1 gram (see my post on rosehips: Are Rosehips Beneficial For Us? Let’s See What The Studies Say!)
  5. Vitamin D3 (Smart For Life brand)- Two gummies per day for a total of 2,000 IU
  6. Oil of Oregano (Puritan’s Pride brand)- Three soft-gels per day for total of 450 mg (see my post on oil of oregano: Boosting Immunity: Oil of Oregano)
  7. Melatonin- 2 mg in the evening
  8. Turmeric powder- Four teaspoons a day ( see my post on turmeric use: I Hopped on the Turmeric Trend and Here Is Why!)
  9. Green tea- Four cups a day
  10. Cayenne pepper- Not sure the exact amount but I shake a lot on my food and tea.
  11. Broccoli (my favorite thing to eat believe it or not!)- Full of vitamin C. I have two servings or more per day.
  12. Zinc lozenges- Six per day
  13. Garlic- In powder form, on my food (lots!)

These things are not guaranteed to help but so far, they are not hurting me. I am going to keep taking them indefinitely.

The things I do daily

Peppermint infused water to breath in

Supplements and nutrition are not the only things that could potentially strengthen our immune systems.

Here is a list of things that I do each day for my health:

  1. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night
  2. If the weather is nice, I go into my backyard for one hour to soak up even more vitamin D
  3. Hot water breathing- I heat up water until it is boiling, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to it and then breath the steam in. I do this once in the evening while listening to one of my favorite podcasts.
  4. Exercise- I exercise six times a week.

What I want to add into my day

I am really interested in the benefits that I could gain from doing meditation during the day. My thought is that some stress relieving mental exercises early in the day would be helpful for me.

Being extremely stressed, worried, anxious, depressed etc. all the time can do some damage to our immune systems. It is important to me that I reduce the negative emotions I feel on a daily basis.

I want us all to be as healthy as possible

I hate this virus! I want everyone (including me) to kick its butt if it gets near! That means being able to fight it off well enough that we do not end up with a severe form of it or to just not get it at all.

I hope that what I am doing will help me in some sort of way. If you choose to take/do anything on one of my lists, I hope it helps you too.

What are you doing right now for your immune system during this pandemic? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#stayathome   #covid19   #immunesystem   #supplements  #health  #wegotthis

Chamomile: The benefits and Ways To Use It

Chamomile: The benefits and Ways To Use It

So beautiful!

I have loved tea since I was in the 8th grade. My first cup of the hot drink was actually chamomile and not green tea (which I am crazy about now!). I expected it to be gross, but it turned out to taste good to me.

I have not had chamomile in quite a while. Recently, I looked in one of the kitchen cabinets and saw a box of it in tea form sitting in there. Instead of just leaving it until I decide to throw it out, I figured maybe I should try and use it up.

I knew a little about the benefits of the plant before but I wanted to do some more research/Googling   on it. This post will show the information I learned and how I plan on using/consuming this lovely plant.

A little background on the plant

This plant is in the daisy family along with around 22,000 others! There are two types of chamomile- German (most common) and Roman. They both have flowers which include white petals and a yellow center.

It is native to Europe and some parts of Asia. In regard to traditional medicine, the use of it goes back to the 1500s.

Chamomile is much loved for its pleasant smell which is reminiscent of apples.

Its alleged benefits

This plant has some scientific evidence behind its use for health. Just like other plants/herbs, there needs to be more research done for definitive answers on whether it is helpful (I say that in every post, I think). It sure has a lot of positive good anecdotal evidence though!

Here are some benefits that chamomile may have:

  1. Boosting immune system
  2. Soothing cold and flu symptoms
  3. Acts as an anti-inflammatory for skin issues
  4. Helps with GI issues-stomach upset, gas, ulcers, IBS, nausea
  5. Eases pain
  6. Calms and reduces anxiety
  7. Acts as a sleep aid
  8. Eases PMS symptoms

Some research articles also discussed the plant having anti-microbial, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic effects. The alleged benefits with the strongest amount of research backing them up are the calming and anti-anxiety effects.

How to use chamomile

Chamomile can be bought (if you don’t want to grow it yourself) in the form of liquid extract, loose leaf tea, powder extract, whole dried flowers, tea bags, essential oil and capsules with or without other ingredients.

Here are some ways that you can use it:

  1. Inhale it: Breathing into hot water that has been infused with chamomile essential oil may help with cold and flu symptoms.
  2. Drink it: You can sip on chamomile tea or other drink recipes that use chamomile in them.
  3. Skincare products: You can make your own or find products with chamomile in it. Here is an example of a product with it: https://www.dermstore.com/product_Renew+Overnight+Dry_1339.htm?gclid=CjwKCAjw7-P1BRA2EiwAXoPWA2wWVcXnCscXBDSqRfjQ1tbdMtjTt0vLSWnlf84HfD7OhQl4z4aNDxoCJeIQAvD_BwE&scid=scplp1339&sc_intid=1339&iv_=__iv_p_1_g_100438531618_c_424597322373_w_aud-306922727242%3Apla-295123931933_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r__x_pla_y_6790012_f_online_o_1339_z_US_i_en_j_295123931933_s__e__h_9019794_ii__vi__&utm_source=fro&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_term=skin+care&utm_campaign=100113
  4. Hair care products: You can make your own or find products with chamomile in it.  One idea for an easy DIY hair care treatment is to do a chamomile tea rinse. All you do is brew up a few cups of tea, let it cool a bit and then pour it on your hair after washing. You will be left with soft, nice smelling hair!
  5. By capsule: If you are not keen on drinking tea but you still want the benefits, swallowing capsules might be something for you to consider.
  6. By liquid extract: If you are not keen on swallowing pills but you still want the benefits, swallowing a little of the liquid extract might be something for you to consider. It will also be absorbed quicker.
  7. Combine it with other essential oils: You could take chamomile essential oil and combine it with other oils to make a relaxing blend for a diffuser or simmering pot.
  8. Cook with it: There are a lot of delicious recipes that you can find that have chamomile as an ingredient. One idea is to mix the dried flowers or powder with white sugar and keep it around to add to sweet dishes.

How I will be using chamomile

After reading more about chamomile, I decided that I will be using it regularly. I have been having some pretty bad PMS (moderate nausea, severe anxiety, gas, skin itchiness and insomnia) these past few months and I am going to see if having some of this plant in tea form will help any.

I used to make some bomb honey chamomile infused donuts that my husband and son loved. Since I have so much time on my hands, I think I will start making those again along with other recipes using it. The taste of chamomile has always been delicious to me!

Do you like chamomile too?

Thanks for reading!

Sources-

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-chamomile-1402627

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5074766/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6970572/

Check out these amazing looking chamomile recipes: https://www.yummly.com/recipes?q=chamomile&gs=30fdcd

#tea   #chamomile  #essentialoils  #covid19  #stayathome   #pms   #anxiety  #plants   #flowers   #herbs

The Ways Peppermint Could Be Useful and How To Use it

The Ways Peppermint Could Be Useful and How To Use it

Such a wonderful plant!

There are so many plants out in the world producing wonderful things that can be used in various ways. Some of them we do not know much about and some of them have been studied extensively.

An example of a really popular plant is peppermint. I personally love it.

Let’s take a look at how it can be used!

Its use spans back many years

Peppermint is native to Europe and the Middle east. It was first discovered in the mid-1700s and has been beloved ever since!

It needs to be grown in at least partial sunlight. Full sunlight is said to cause more flavor and nutrients to be produced in the leaves. It really spreads when it grows so it is important to have enough room.

Peppermint is just one of many different plants in the mint family. Other ones include spearmint, water mint, chocolate mint, apple mint, banana mint, lavender mint, Pennyroyal, strawberry mint and so many more!

Alleged benefits

Peppermint has been studied quite a bit. Like any other plants, further research could be done for more definitive answers. Many people seem to be happy with it though!

The following is a list of benefits that peppermint may have:

  1. Helpful for athletes: May cause faster reaction times and increase grip strength.
  2. Helpful for GI and bowel issues: May sooth issues such as functional dyspepsia and IBS.
  3. Has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial effects
  4. Helpful for general nausea
  5. Helpful for respiratory issues
  6. Helpful for aches and pains
  7. Helpful for hair growth

You can find various studies and anecdotal evidence behind the aforementioned benefits.

How you can use peppermint

There are different forms you can get peppermint in and different ways you can use it. Here are some of them:

  1. Using it as an ingredient in food: There are many different recipes that you can find that use peppermint leaves. From breakfasts to desserts!
  2. Chew the leaves:  You can chew on the leaves for instant fresh breath!
  3. Drink it in tea form: You can use the leaves to make your own or buy tea bags. Peppermint tea might help you with digestion if you drink it after meals and it may ease nausea.
  4. Smell it: Smelling the leaves or the essential oil can help ease nausea, headaches and breathing problems.
  5. Rubbed on parts of your body: Diluting peppermint essential oil (here is a guide:  https://www.nowfoods.com/now/nowledge/diluting-essential-oils) in a rollerball bottle is really useful to have around. It can be rubbed on places where you are experiencing pain (like on your temples for a headache) or on your belly/wrists for nausea relief. The diluted oil can also be used as a deodorizer for your armpits if necessary.
  6. Use on hair: For hair growth/health, you could put drops of the essential oil in your conditioner, use it as a hair rinse after washing, put it in a hair mask, use it diluted on your edges/eyebrows and as a hair deodorizer.
  7. Use in homemade cleaning products: If you like to make your own products to clean with, you can use peppermint essential oil as an ingredient. It could help give the DIY products a better smell and may provide some antibacterial action.
  8. Take it in capsule form: You can find peppermint oil gel capsules to swallow when needed for digestion, GI, bowel and nausea issues.

How I use peppermint

As I mentioned before, I love peppermint.

This is how I use it on a regular basis:

  1. Smell the essential oil for nausea.
  2. Drink the tea for nausea.
  3. Rub the diluted oil onto my head when I have my PMS headaches.
  4. Mix a few drops of the essential oil in my hair masks and handfuls of my conditioner (my hair requires a lot!).

I just ordered some peppermint drops from a company called, Tummy Drops (here is the product: https://www.amazon.com/Tummydrops-Natural-Peppermint-30-Drops/dp/B004BH503U/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=tummy+drops&qid=1588718115&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzVktOUThKRFVHTkhKJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDAzMzI4M0RFVjc1T1pQM0QyViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNDU3OTc4MUdQQVRNVzdCMEZYSyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=). These are candy made with peppermint and used for nausea. I want to try these to see if they work for my PMS sickness. If they do, I will replace them for drinking the tea (I cannot always handle drinking it).

One of my favorite dishes uses mint in it. It is called, Chicken Tagine and is a Moroccan recipe. There are different recipes for it out there but this is the one I like the best: https://thegoodheartedwoman.com/apricot-chicken-tagine-ginger-mint/

Maybe you will want to try using it

It is relatively easy to incorporate peppermint into your life. There are even more ways than what I put in this post. Some medications are said to have a negative interaction with it so make sure that you look those up beforehand.

I have had great results from using it in various forms and I hope you do too!

Do you use peppermint for anything in your daily life? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Some sources-

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607906/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5814329/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767798

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/mint/mint-plant-varieties.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/

#peppermint #essentialoils #plants #health #beauty #haircare #tea #stayathome

Gatorade VS. BODYARMOR: Which One Wins?!

Gatorade VS. BODYARMOR: Which One Wins?!

I used to be an avid soccer and basketball player. This meant that I was getting a lot of exercise. In the case of soccer, I was also having to be out in the heat.

Needless to say, I would get pretty sweaty!

I remember that I would look forward to getting a bottle of Gatorade after games to refuel. They always tasted good to me. When I stopped doing sports in 10th grade, I stopped consuming it for a long time.

Back in early January, my husband was sick. My mother-in-law brought over Gatorade and BODYARMOR for him to drink. I had never heard of the latter before but I was impressed with the flavor when I tried some. Since then, we have been buying them occasionally.

For this post, I will be comparing Gatorade and BODYARMOR.

Why sports drinks?

The main benefit of sports drinks is for hydration. When your body has been working hard, it needs to be replenished.  With sports drinks, one can achieve that in a tasty way.

They usually contain a light number of electrolytes because we lose some when we sweat. Drinking them will help with the recovery process from strenuous activity.

The drinks are also good for when one has been sick. In those situations, it is important that hydration is kept up with because eating might be a challenge.

Popular brands include Gatorade, Powerade, Propel and now BODYARMOR.

A quick look at Gatorade

Most people have heard of Gatorade before It has been around for a long time-since 1965! To this day, it is still extremely popular and will most likely continue to be.

At first, the drinks only came in two flavors. These were lemon-lime and orange. Now there are many other flavors which include fruit punch, grape, cool blue, mango, lemonade, glacier freeze and more.

Gatorade offers their regular sports drink (in bottles and powder form), a sugar-free version of the regular sports drink, Endurance drink (for more extreme exercise/sports), protein powders, shakes and bars. I will be focusing on their regular sports drink.

A quick look at BODYARMOR

BODYARMOR is relatively new- launched in 2011.These drinks are only sold in the form of bottles. The flavors include mango-orange, fruit punch, strawberry-banana, tropical punch, watermelon, strawberry, peach-mango and more.

BODYARMOR offers Superdrink, Lyte Sports Drink and Sportswater. I will be focusing on their Superdrink line.

A comparison of both

Gatorade and BODYARMOR may be marketed as both being sports drinks but there are differences between them. This is true when it comes to their ingredients, flavors, tastes and nutritional profiles.

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Good stuff!

What is the same on the nutrition labels- They both contain calories (obviously!), sodium, carbs, sugar and potassium. Since the bottles are different sizes, we have to do some easy math in order to compare them on these values. Here is the comparison:

*Per 20 ounces

Gatorade-

Calories: 140

Sodium: 270 mg

Carbohydrates: 36 grams

Potassium: 80 mg

Sugar: 34

VS.

BODYARMOR-

Calories: 150

Sodium: 50 mg

Carbohydrates: 35 grams

Potassium: 875 mg

Sugar: 35 grams

As you can see from this comparison, the potassium and sodium content is quite different with the Gatorade drink having more. There is no significant difference in the calorie, carbohydrate and sugar content.

Vitamins- What BODYARMOR’s Superdrink has that Gatorade’s drink does not, are vitamins. These include folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Niacin (B9), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Pantothenic acid (B5), Magnesium and Zinc. There is also coconut water in BODYARMOR.

Coloring- Both Gatorade and BODYARMOR have colors to their drinks. Gatorade uses dye for theirs and BODYARMOR uses natural coloring.

Sweetener: Gatorade sports drink (regular) just says, “sugar” on the label. BODYARMOR says it has cane sugar in it.

Taste- As per reviews (others and my own), Gatorade’s regular sports drinks range from tasting refreshing to some flavors being “chalky.” When it comes to BODYARMOR, there were many reviews saying how light and refreshing the drinks are.

Cost example- You can get a pack of 12, 20-ounce bottles of Gatorade sports drink for around $9. BODYARMOR is more expensive at $12-18 per pack of 12, 16-ounce bottles.

My opinion

While I do like both drinks, I have to say that BODYARMOR is better. Hands down.

The BODYARMOR flavors that I have tasted are all good. I do agree with other people that say they are light and refreshing. My favorite one is the orange-mango flavor.

The one thing I love about BODYARMOR is the nutrient profile. I am not only getting hydrated but I am also getting vitamins which only further helps in recovery from workouts and illnesses.

Another thing I like about the BODYARMOR drink is that there are no unnatural dyes used in it. I can feel better about giving some to my son who is sensitive to dyes.

Even though they are more expensive than Gatorade drinks, I am totally okay with spending more on them. The value is undeniable.

Both are great products

Gatorade and BODYARMOR both offer great products for athletes and the average person. Although they are different in various ways, we are assured a level of hydration after consuming them.

Let me know which one you prefer!

Thanks for reading! #sports  #hydration  #gatorade  #bodyarmor  #health   #fitness   #workout   #covid19   #stayathome

I Hopped on the Turmeric Trend and Here Is Why!

I Hopped on the Turmeric Trend and Here Is Why!

I usually march to the beat of my own drummer in most cases. For whatever reason, I chose to hop on the bandwagon when it comes the use of turmeric as a supplement in my daily diet.

I had seen it a lot on Pinterest. Tons of recipes and pictures for “golden milk” and “golden tea”.” At first, I thought it seemed ridiculous, but now I find myself consuming turmeric on a daily basis.

For this post, I will go into why I decided to hop on the turmeric train and how I have been taking it.

Why I chose to add in turmeric to my diet

I have always liked spices and seasoning in my food. Turmeric isn’t one of my favorites, but I do like it in certain things.

I wasn’t exactly sure what was so great about it health-wise, so I decided to look into it more. First came the research articles on turmeric. I will summarize key points from them below:

*Contains curcumin which is a polyphenol.

*Used for a very long time in cooking and for medicinal purposes.

* Has immune system boosting benefits

*Has anti-inflammatory benefits.

*Shown to be more effective than placebo at decreasing bad cholesterol.

*Needs to be combined with black pepper in order to increase the absorption of it.

*High doses can cause GI upset.

*The benefits will be there when consumed in food for long periods of time.

*As with any supplement/herb/spice, there needs to be more studies done (and it would be nice if they really would do more studies on these things!)

Second came the anecdotal evidence. There are tons of positive reviews on supplementing with turmeric. The good results that people have had, persuaded me to start consuming it too.

How I take turmeric daily

I consume turmeric in the form of what I call, a “hot toddy,” twice a day.  It is not exactly like a real hot toddy though.

A real hot toddy is a drink that has been around for many years. Drinking them was supposed to treat colds and coughs. They usually contain alcohol (rum, bourbon or whiskey), lemon, honey, cloves and cinnamon.

There is no hardcore scientific evidence that hot toddies help with colds/flus, but they do provide warmth which can be of comfort when you are sick.

My version of a hot toddy includes turmeric powder, ginger powder, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, honey and sucralose (don’t judge me on that). The reasonings I have behind putting each of these ingredients in my toddy are as follows:

  1. Turmeric: Immune system boost.
  2. Ginger: Immune system boost.
  3. Black pepper: Need it with the turmeric.
  4. Honey: Has some soothing properties.
  5. Apple cider vinegar: May have some benefits. Also, I do like the flavor of it (is that weird?).
  6. Sucralose: Makes the drink taste less like trash.

My “hot toddy” recipe

Here it is if you are interested in making it!

What you will need:

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You don’t have to have organic versions of these ingredients. These are just what I happen to have on hand since I started making the drink. Feel free to add in other things to your liking!

The measurements and what you will do:

1/2 tsp (or more if you want) of turmeric powder

½ tsp (or more if you want) of ginger powder

A couple shakes of black pepper

1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp of honey

Extra sweetener (if you need/want it)

6-8 ounces of hot water

All you do is mix these things together in a mug and then drink it! Like stated before, I drink two of these a day (one without honey in it). You could drink less or more than me. Whatever you want!

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This pandemic is crazy

I, like many other people, never imagined something like this virus situation would occur. Since it happened, I have been trying to make sure I am as healthy as possible.

Even though the scientific evidence behind turmeric boosting the immune system isn’t strong, I will still be consuming it along with other things just in case.

Do you like turmeric? Let me know what you think about the drink if you do indeed or have tried something like it before!

Thanks for reading!

Some sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6205834/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/

#turmeric   #immunesystem  #covid19  #stayathome  #health  #goldendrink

I Tried Sleep Hypnosis Every Night For A Week. Here Is What Happened!

I Tried Sleep Hypnosis Every Night For A Week. Here Is What Happened!

I wish I could sleep this good!

My sleep has been totally disrupted for the past six months. It has gotten even worse since this whole pandemic situation started. My anxiety has been higher.

If I am two days before my period starts…forget it. I won’t be sleeping at all. Darn hormones!

I was looking up ways to improve my sleep hygiene when the idea of sleep hypnosis came up. This seemed kind of foolish to me at first. I always thought hypnosis was complete quackery to be honest.

Nevertheless, I kept looking into it. I found many sleep hypnosis videos on YouTube and was very intrigued.

I decided to try them out each night for a week. Read on for how it went!

First, a little background on hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy was started back in the 18th century (1701-1800) by a German physician named, Franz Mesmer. The doctor came up with it on his own which caused a great deal of skepticism in the science community. He really believed in what he was doing though and felt that he was helping his patients with their various ailments.

Hypnosis is still done to this day even though the science is shaky at best and can’t be agreed on. It is about getting into a state of mind in which concentration is heightened. When one is this way, they are allegedly able to take directions and suggestions easier.

People are started off in a relaxed position- either sitting or laying down. A trained therapist guides the hypnosis sessions by talking to them gently, with a calm voice.

The conditions that practitioners claim hypnosis can treat are smoking habits, anxiety, depression, phobias, insomnia, GI problems (ex.IBS), pain and sex drive issues. The number of suggested sessions ranges from one to six depending on what conditions people are wanting to fix.

Becoming a hypnotherapist requires training. This involves formal education and clinicals. After criteria is met, the candidate can then obtain their certificate and start practicing. If one wants to pursue a certificate, they need to be in certain career fields. These careers include social work, physicians, dentistry, ministry, counseling, psychology and other healthcare work.

Finding the videos

As mentioned before, I found a lot of sleep hypnosis videos on YouTube. It was a little bit overwhelming as I didn’t know which ones to choose.

I decided on trying the videos by a man named, Michael Sealey (find his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelSealey/featured). He has been on YouTube for quite a few years and has hypnosis training.

He has so many videos and they all sounded good! I clicked on his playlist called Deep Sleep Hypnosis (see it here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO9OtUmChpP_Po7RGMHFJ4kNbavmHhYhJ)  and went from there.

There are 46 videos included in the playlist. I chose seven of them-one for each night of the week. My plan was to get into bed at around 10:00 PM and listen to the videos on my phone with ear buds (that is recommended).

How each night went

Monday

This night’s video: Sleep Hypnosis for Calming an Overactive Mind

I was really excited to start trying sleep hypnosis. The reasoning behind choosing this video was due to it being for helping reduce the clutter in our minds. This is one of the reasons why I have trouble sleeping-too many thoughts running through my head.

 After taking a relaxing shower, I hopped into bed and fired up the video on my phone. I decided to lay flat on my back at first but then eventually switched to laying on my side. It was more comfortable to me.

I fell in love with Michael’s voice right away! It is soothing with a deep tone and accent (he is from Australia).

Unfortunately, I was expecting too much from it my first time. I was thinking that I would fall asleep easily which did not happen.

Focusing on his guidance was hard for me and I was not able to reduce the thoughts running through my head. I chalked it up to it being my first night trying it and that maybe that was just not the right video for me.

I was still excited to try again!

Tuesday

This night’s video: Hypnosis for Life Healing Sleep- Manifesting Health and Cleansing Chakras

I chose this one because “life healing sleep” sounded good to me. Also, I have always liked the sound of rain so that being in the video was a deciding factor too.

Let me tell you, that voice of his combined with the soft rain sound was heavenly! I got so relaxed throughout the time listening to it and felt peaceful.

With this video, I was able to concentrate on his guidance better. I ended up falling asleep before it was over. Success!

Wednesday

This night’s video: Sleep Hypnosis for Jaw Relaxation & Teeth Grinding

I have a teeth grinding issue that is worse in the evening so I was interested in trying it out. If you know anything about teeth grinding you would know how bad it is for your mouth/jaw and how achy you can get because of it.

Honestly, I don’t remember if my grinding stopped as I passed out about 15 minutes after I put it on. This seemed strange to me because I wasn’t even that tired when I laid down in bed. Another success?

His voice is like butter to my ears!

Thursday

This night’s video: Sleep Hypnosis Release Negativity with Deep Mind Change

I chose this one because releasing negativity in my mind is something I need to do. My negative self-thoughts have gotten better over the years but there are some improvements that can be made.

I did get to a calm and happy state when listening to it. It really got me thinking about who I am and where I want to be in life. I also loved the faint amount of music that was playing in the background.

I didn’t fall asleep during the video, so I decided to put on Tuesday night’s video again because I loved it so much. It didn’t take me long to drift off to sleep once I started it. Success!

Friday

This night’s video: Sleep Hypnosis for Celtic Healing Energy| Clearing Negative Energy for New Growth

I chose this one because the title and the thumbnail looked nice. Celtic healing practices have always been fascinating to me so I felt this would be right up my alley.

The music in the background was so calming to me. My brain really responds to it in combination with his voice.

I loved this one as I found it to be very beautiful. It made me fall asleep peacefully!

Saturday

This night’s video: Sleep Hypnosis for Floating Relaxation| Calm Your Mind for Deep Sleep

Okay, I don’t know specifically why I chose this one. However, it was an absolute pleasure listening to.  Beautiful and simple. For whatever reason it hit me hard (in a good way!) and left me being fully focused on the relaxation of my body.

I fell asleep a couple minutes after it ended.

Sunday

I decided to do Saturday’s video again. The plan was to do a different one each night, but I just had to go back to the previous video.

It was just as wonderful as the first time and I fell asleep a couple minutes afterwards again.

My final thoughts on sleep hypnosis

I loved the sleep hypnosis videos overall.  The video I did on Saturday and Sunday was my absolute favorite out of all of them. Tuesday’s video was a close second.

As you can see, the sleep hypnosis did work for me. I think it was because I really wanted it to.

Hypnosis is not like what you see in the movies/shows. You don’t fall into a trance when the hypnotherapist counts backward from ten. It is about getting you to concentrate so that positive changes can be made over time.

Don’t expect miracles if you try any of the thousands of sleep hypnosis videos that are available, but they could help you to relax a little bit. You never know!

Will I be putting on more sleep hypnosis sessions?

The answer to that is… I actually have been putting them on every night since! The videos really help me to sleep and they are safer than medications.

I also plan on trying out the morning meditation videos that Michael Sealey offers (maybe I will do a post on that in the future?!)

Have you had any experiences with sleep hypnosis/general hypnosis/meditation? What are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading!

Some sources used-

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hypnosis/about/pac-20394405

https://www.britannica.com/science/hypnosis

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I don’t Regret Being A Raw Vegan-But I won’t Do It Again

I don’t Regret Being A Raw Vegan-But I won’t Do It Again

Mmmm fresh produce!

Back in late 2008, I became really interested in different kinds of diets. I had already been on Weight Watchers but I saw that there were a lot of other ways people ate.

I stumbled across the raw vegan diet one day when I was at the health food store in town. There was a raw food cookbook displayed at the register and it really intrigued me. I ended up buying it and then embarked on a raw vegan lifestyle until late 2009.

I just decided to do a post discussing a little bit about the diet (I am sure most people know about it) as well as my experiences with it.

For part of this time in my life, I was anorexic. I will not be going into that in this post though.

What the raw vegan diet is

You have probably heard/read about a vegan diet. It involves not eating any animal products or by-products. Everything is plant-based.

Raw veganism takes this one step further where no food is cooked at all. The idea is that food should not be altered from its natural state. Some raw vegans do allow for the dehydrating of food (oven set to 105 degrees Fahrenheit).

The kind of foods they consume include sprouts, vegetables, fruits, nuts, avocadoes, some oils, raw honey, stevia, raw maple syrup and vinegar.  Tea and coffee are not considered raw due to the process it goes through to be created.

There are some people who are completely raw vegan and some that will eat two raw meals with one cooked meal a day.

Raw vegan restaurants/cafes and restaurants/cafes that have raw vegan options do exist. An example of one is Ezra’s Enlightened Café in Indiana (see here: https://ezrasenlightenedcafe.com/menu/). There are vegan and raw vegan menu items offered.

Alleged benefits of raw veganism

There are a variety of reasons why people have switched to a raw vegan lifestyle. When reading up on this type of eating, one will see benefits that are touted and all sorts of success stories (if they are looking for them). This might influence them on whether they want to start eating that way.

Here are the alleged benefits when living the raw vegan lifestyle:

  1. Decreases risk of heart disease- Lower LDL levels, lower triglyceride levels
  2. Controls weight
  3. Improves energy levels
  4. Decreases risk of cancer
  5. Decreases blood pressure
  6. Increases digestion
  7. Cuts down on inflammation in the body

Problems that can occur with raw veganism

There have been some drawbacks noted by people who have either been on the diet and/or studied it. It is safe to say though that every way of eating might have some negatives to them.

Here are some issues that could arise with raw veganism:

  1. Disordered eating- If a person is prone to eating disorders, this lifestyle might ignite that part of their brain. Or it could be that they were already suffering from an eating disorder and that is why they chose to start a raw vegan way of life. Either way it isn’t good.
  2. Difficulty in social situations- Many people are not raw vegans and most restaurants do not serve that type of food. Because of this it can be hard to be in social settings with friends and family where food is being eaten. One would have to bring their own food.
  3. Low in certain nutrients- Many raw vegans miss out on some nutrients due to the scope of food they get to consume. These nutrients include B12, vitamin D and calcium.
  4. Fertility issues- This can happen due to the nutrients that one might not be getting. Another reason may be that they have lost too much weight.
  5. Teeth problems- Decay and loosening may occur. This is due to nutrient deficiencies and possibly eating too much of certain things.

My story: the beginning and middle of my raw veganism

So that wonderful cookbook I talked about in the first part of this post was an eye-opener for me. It was well written with great pictures to boot.

The diet was introduced in a simple but informative way which drew me in. Also, the recipes were interesting and looked delicious. I couldn’t way to get started on that way of life!

I began by planning out my meals and all of the things I wanted to try/eat. At this point I was still living with my parents and they were graciously helping me pay for the food I wanted to buy.

To start out the diet, I eased into it by replacing cooked meals I would usually eat for raw vegan meals. For the first week or two, one meal was raw vegan. Then I changed it to two raw vegan meals.Eventually, all the meals and snacks were that way too.

I was loving the recipes that I found to make. Some of them were more elaborate and expensive than others so I didn’t eat them very much. They were just occasional, special treats.

This is an example of my day of eating as a raw vegan:

Breakfast- Green smoothie (banana, spinach, dates, kale)

Snack- Cucumber slices

Lunch-Spinach mixed with smashed avocado, diced tomatoes, sliced green peppers

Snack- Cashews

Dinner- Raw vegan lasagna (like this: https://www.learnrawfood.com/recipes/comments/lasagne/#.Xo4cN6hKg2w)

My absolute favorite things to eat were Cashew Cookie LaraBars (see here: https://www.larabar.com/our-products/larabar/cashew-cookie) and key lime pie (kind of like this: https://food52.com/recipes/23220-raw-key-lime-pie). Super tasty!

My healthy enjoyment of this lifestyle went on for a few months. I did lose some weight and didn’t catch any illnesses that were going around with the special needs children I took care of (not sure if that was because of the raw vegan diet or not).

My story: the end of my raw vegan lifestyle

Towards the end of my raw veganism, I spiraled into anorexia. Before then, however, I was experiencing a bad effect of the diet. This was the loosening of my teeth.

Yikes! Let me tell you, it was not a pleasant feeling at all. Even just talking made it feel like they were going to fall out. I had heard of this possibly happening with the lifestyle and I thought it would never happen to me.

When I went to college in another city, I started moving further away from the lifestyle. I went from my snacks not being raw vegan and then eventually my meals weren’t either.

I know that there are people out there who were able to continue being raw vegan while in college, but I wasn’t one of them. Maybe I wasn’t disciplined like they are/were? I completely fell off with the making and buying of the raw meals/ingredients.

After a while, I realized that if I wanted to be successful in college- I needed to work on getting better (mentally and physically). I decided to not beat myself up over not following the raw vegan lifestyle anymore and get on the path of beating my eating disorder.

I started eating what I consider a healthy diet that included all food groups. Just like how I ate when I was on Weight Watchers. I have never looked back.

No regrets

I do not blame my eating disorder on raw veganism. Although I will not go back to it, the beginning and middle part of my time on the diet was great.

At this point in my life, I feel better watching my carbs. It seems to help my wacky hormones. I believe that I am just as healthy without eating raw food. Vegetarians, vegans and raw vegans may not agree with that, but we all have our opinions so that is okay!

If you are interested in this way of eating, I would recommend checking out some raw vegan recipes. They can be delicious. Here are some good ones I found:

https://www.brit.co/raw-vegan-recipes/

https://food52.com/recipes/23220-raw-key-lime-pie

Have any of you guys been on a raw vegan diet? How did you like it?

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay happy, STAY HOME!

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