Thursday, February 28, 2013

Revenge of the Spider

Remember THIS?
Yea, well, I think some family member came to avenge spidey.
I'm sitting on the couch trying to put baby to sleep and see something out of the corner of my eye...
I look up, and there is a spider, hanging by it's filthy little thread, staring right at me, coming down onto my face.
I scream, and jump as fast as I can off the couch and what does Husband do? ...He ducks!
He's saying "what? what?" as he is ducking and COVERING HIS HEAD!
Me: There's a spider!
Husband: still ducking... "where?"
Me: Coming down from the ceiling. Get a paper towel.
Husband: STILL ducking ...
Me: GO! Why are you ducking like somebody just dropped a bomb on the house?
Husband: Well I don't know, I thought I was getting shot at or something!


Needless to say, spidey met his maker that day, too.

Husband: Only you would have a spider drop on your head out of nowhere.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Battling the B.O.

Me: I think I'm going to stop using deodorant.
Husband: ...please don't.
Me: I already ran out about two weeks ago, and haven't worn any...
Husband: What is wrong with you?

The fact is that your body needs to sweat. Anti-perspirants (which is what most of us use) do not let your body do so by clogging up your sweat ducts. Anti-perspirants also contain Aluminum.
Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues including:

Breast cancer
Kidney Problems

All this so you can smell good? No, thank you.
Guess what else? Since your body absorbs it, it is then secreted through breastmilk. Just what I want!! My baby to glow green.

The truth is we used deodorant and anti-perspirant interchangeably. Anti-perspirants pose health risks, and do not let your body sweat. Deodorants allow you to sweat, but kill odor-causing bacteria. However, some deodorants also contain aluminum, so be sure to check the label.

I have looked into the dangers of aluminum containing anti-perspirants/deodorants and the studies are inconclusive. One theory is, that since your body cannot sweat, it cannot release toxins from the body, accumulating it in your lymph (hence the breast cancer association).
Others say those claims are untrue.
Regardless, I don't need for studies to prove this or that, why risk it?

I decided to give making my own deodorant a go. There a few variations to recipes, but I used what I had on hand at the time.
I mixed 2T coconut oil, 1T baking soda, and 1T cornstarch. You can add whatever essential oils you like for a nice smell.
I wanted to make a small batch at first, because I didn't know if I was going to like it, so I poured it into a small make-up container. You can also save old deodorant sticks and pour it in there as well.
To be honest, I didn't give it a fair try, but people swear by it! Next time, I think I will vary the recipe a little, add some oils, and use a different container.

For now, I have been using the crystal stick, which is all-natural and aluminum free. On the bottle it states "Approved by the American Cancer Society." Shouldn't they all be?
It's just as important what you put on your body as what you're putting in it.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cauliflower Rice

I'm happy to report that we're still eating healthy for the most part. 90% of what we consume is natural, organic, gluten-free or grain free. Yes, it is a little more expensive. No, Husband has not given up pizza.
What works for us is moderation. We allow ourselves to have pizza every now and then in exchange for not eating starches and grains every day. Also, I have stopped buying processed foods and breads. It has been an adjustment not eating sandwiches, but honestly I don't miss them all that much.
It truly has been a lifestyle change, and I don't actually have a hard time saying "no" to certain foods as I thought I would. If I do cheat, it's not for the day. It might be a meal, or a side, or something that is not a huge variation from what I eat anyway.
I actually feel better body, mind, and soul. I guess you really are what you eat!!
Since rice was a huge staple in our diet, I was happy to find Cauliflower "Rice" which more so has the consistency of couscous.

You'll need:
1 head of cauliflower
1 egg
2t Italian Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive oil
1 small onion
1 clove garlic

Remove stems from cauliflower and pulse in food processor until it has a "rice-y" consistency. (It really only takes seconds)
In a heated pan, saute onion and garlic with a little olive oil. Once soft, add cauliflower, egg, and seasoning. Mix everything together and keep mixing well so that the egg "scrambles." (you won't even notice it!) Cook on medium until soft.

I served my cauliflower rice with a side of shrimp ( I bought the frozen, pre-cooked kind.) You can use whatever you like, but I threw some Oregano, Parsley, Salt and Pepper, and Cumin in a bowl and tossed the shrimp in it. Then added worcestershire and lemon juice in the pan. Yum!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Me: (singing to the baby) "she's just a girl but she's on fiiireeeeeeee......"

Husband: (to baby) "man, mommy really wears that one out"

Me: "would you rather me sing..."

Husband: (interrupts) "I'd rather you not sing anything at all."


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Challenge update

Our 30 day diet challenge ended about a week ago and I'm happy to report the results: husband lost 14 pounds and I lost 7 (darn men!)
But the best part of it is that we actually continue to eat the Paleo way most of the time. Yes, it's only been a week since we've finished and I understand most diets soon fall to the wayside, but for
 us the benefit has been huge. I personally have more energy, feel fuller longer, and obviously the weight loss has been a bonus. I actually cheated about two days before the diet ended (husband ate my lunch ...sabotage?) and had myself a bowl of pasta. The entire time it was cooking, my little carbohydrate loving heart was sighing sounds of love and endearment ...and then.... It didn't taste so good..and it made my stomach hurt...and I was hungry a mere hour later. Drats!

Here's a quickie recipe for my go to breakfast and quick lunch :
(There's a few varieties of this recipe floating around the Internet, but I tweaked a few things and this is my fave version)

Paleo banana pancakes

2 bananas
1T coconut flour
2 eggs
1T almond butter (I tried this with peanut butter when I was out of almond butter...not the same but it would do if you're in a crunch)
1t vanilla
1t cinnamon
Coconut oil
Agave nectar

Mix all ingredients together except coconut oil and one of the bananas. Melt some coconut oil in a hot pan and pour a spoonful of batter in the pan  ( if you make your pancakes too thick, they will fall apart. Make sure one side is well done, otherwise they won't flip). This makes about 4 pancakes or one serving, they're very filling.
Cut up the other banana and top pancakes. I like agave nectar on top, but raw maple syrup would do, if you prefer.
They are pretty versatile, you can add nuts or berries, whatever you like. I'm obsessed with these. Enjoy!