Detox your Body

With all of the pollutants around us, in the air we breathe, in the food we eat,, the utensils we use, etc., we need to detox our systems ever so often. This could mean once a week, once a month etc. depending on the type of detox you are doing.

Here are some ways to detox your body

1) fast at least once a week

2) Eat whole foods whole that is in their natural state

3) Use herbs aimed at different types of detox according to the specifications

4) follow an eliminating cleansing diet.

5) use a fruit or vegetable detox

6) drink plenty of water

 

 

 

 

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How to Get My Kids to Live Green Lives?- L.I.E.

Welcome to the April 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Kids. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they communicate with their children about natural living and how they implement those changes with their kids.

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Making the decision to take the plunge and live a more natural lifestyle was one that I had toyed with for several years but I was never really committed, so I fell back many times. But after I got my son 3 years ago I was determined to stick with the changes I was making.

Sure I was eating healthier that most people for years, but there were SO many things I was doing that were not healthy. So my son came and along with his birth came my commitment to creating an environment that was as healthy, eco-friendly as possible.

So out went the Clorox and in came the vinegar. Out went many of the over processed foods and in came the local vegetables. And much more… Much, much more.

And I LOVED it.

And living this green, healthy lifestyle is something I wanted for my entire family. My husband took a VERY long time to come around to some of the choices I made, but recently he did his own research and made the change!!! Yay!! So now we both are working on it together.

Now that both of us are on the same page we have decided on the best way to help the children enjoy living this type of lifestyle. And so we decided to L.I.E!!!

Yup, we did. But I promise we are not bad parents for it!  We have realized that like anything we want our children to do, we as parents have to L.I.E.

L- Live the example we want our children to follow

I-Instruct them in the right choices to make

E-Enable and encourage them to make the greener, healthier choices.

So when there are spills you know what I use? My green/natural/non-toxic cleaners (Live the example). And best of all I have a little helper. So out comes the spray bottle and cleaning rags and I hear “let me do it!” And I oblige. (Encourage and Enable). I can’t wait until that little voice is joined by his sister’s. Oh how exciting that will be!

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Oh and grocery shopping for the best products- hectic, but we manage. I tell him and show them (well really him as my daughter is too small) why we choose certain things and why we don’t choose others (Instruct). Besides, they really love going shopping. Just yesterday they went for some produce from a “local farmer” and looks at some of the things they got:

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His new favourite things to use is a hand scrub that I made. He loves to smell his hands after he uses it and unfortunately he sometimes HAS to wash his hand even though his hands are not dirty!

Oh well. But we will continue to L.I.E so that our children hopefully will confidently make greener, healthier choices as they get older. Oh and we plan on doing this for all other aspects of their lives too.

So see, I told you we are not bad parents because of it!

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Benefits of Fresh Air- Task 7

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Task 7 of the 30 Day Health Challenge is to Do something outside in nature. But why? you might ask…

There are so many benefits that we get from going outside and getting some fresh air. Below is a list of just some of the benefits:

  • Cleans our lungs. Helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the cleansing action of your lungs
  • Brings more oxygen to our cells.
  • Helps our brains to function properly as it needs about 20 % of our body’s oxygen to function. We can think better and therefore have a sharper mind. This also helps to clear your mind, improves your concentration.
  • Helps increase the rate and quality of growth in both plants and animals due to healthier cells
  • Helps to improve your heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolic rate
  • Helps your immune system fight off disease more effectively due to healthier white blood cells. Strengthens your immune system by supplying it with the oxygen it needs. White blood cells require more oxygen when working to kill and destroy bacteria, viruses, and germs. Enough oxygen will ensure that they are able to function properly.
  • Alters your brain levels of serotonin which helps to improve your mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being It will leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed. The amount of serotonin is affected by the amount of oxygen you inhale. Serotonin can significantly lighten your mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being. Fresh air will leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed. 
  • Will help you sleep more soundly at night
  • Helps your body get rid of accumulated impurities
  • Fresh air improves digestion.  It helps supply the oxygen needed for the cells to break down the food. This is why it’s great to take a small walk outside after you eat. This is very good for helping to maintain a healthy weight.

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Are you ready to get out and get more fresh air? I am.

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Why is Getting Outside Important? Task 7

Getting outside is important because it helps us to get fresh air, sunlight and be out in nature or at least a less confined area. There are so many benefits to being outside in nature that we often overlook, or simply may not even have known.

We should all try to be outside for at least 30 minutes every day. This is just 2.08 % of the day and can you imagine that it would greatly improve our quality of life and our overall health?!! Can you imagine what more time outside would do?

So let’s ask yourself some questions:

  • Are you getting enough outside time?
  • How much time do you spend outside?
  • How much time do you spend indoors?
  • What percentage of time do you spend outdoors each day? (Outside time/24 hours x 100)
  • What percentage of time are you sleeping each night? (total night sleep/24 Hours x 100)
  • What percentage of time are you spending indoors, excluding sleep time? (100% – (outside time + total night sleep). This shows you how much time you are spending cooped up, be it inside a car, train, bus, office or home.

I worked out the time I spent inside today and it is almost 71%.  I am aiming to keep this number below 65% everyday. This is my personal goal and I reach this or do better most days due to playing with little ones outside.
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Breakfast Pudding-Sugar Free

Wow the days are sure passing by quickly! The 30 Day Healht Challenge is coming along nicely for me, except that I used some sugar.

Who would have believed how much sugar is a part of my diet and how much effort it takes to cut out sugar. It’s not hard, but because it has been such a part of my diet, it takes A LOT of thought to prepare sugar free desserts. And even though there are many times I do not eat dessert, the ones that I eat are loaded with sugar. Sigh.

So you would imagine how much of an eye opener this challenge has been for me.

Well I made a Pudding this morning and surprisingly it was a BIG hit with my son! Oh and it has in 4 different fruits.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup prunes

1 cup dates

1 cup cassava flour

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp spice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup grape seed oil

1/2 cup water

NO SUGAR!

Method:

Soak fruit in enough boiling water to cover fruit for about 10 to 15 minutes. While fruits are soaking, prepare one 8 inch round baking pan. Mix dry ingredients together. Blend fruit along with soaking water, making sure no chunks of fruit are left (maybe you might like it with chunks for texture but I don’t). Use 1 cup of fruit mixture (I will be using the remainder to make great cake) and add it to the flour and mix well. Add the oil and mix. Slow add the water and mix thoroughly. Pour into greased baking pan and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees and the bake for 10-15 minutes at 250 degrees. Alternately you can cover the pudding with foil and bake for 25 minutes at 350 and then remove the foil and bake until the sides begin to turn dark brown (10 to 15 minutes).

I would have loved to serve this with some sugar free strawberry ice cream, but I did not remember to put the strawberries in the freezer last night so the ice cream is on hold.

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