18 WEEKS PP

August 20, 2012

ME

We’ve just passed the 4-month mark. I’m still feeling mildly squishy but I feeling more like a complete return to pre-preggie is possible. It will take time, but it feels attainable. I’ve been reading “It Starts with Food” from Whole9 and I’m LOVING it! I want to buy many copies and give them away to people. It presents such a great version of the whole paleo/primal protocol. I feel my best and look better when I’ve been following the Whole30 protocol for even just a few days! I highly recommend!

It Starts With Food, from Whole9

THE BABE

She had her four-month doctor’s “well-visit” this week. She grew an inch and a pound in the last four weeks! Whoo-hoo! She’s now 26.3 inches (98%) and 14 lbs 10 oz (59%). She’s reaching all the developmental milestones on time (some a little early!).

And did I mention that she’s sleeping through the night? Love. Her.

MY WORKOUTS

It was difficult to get my workouts in this week. My in-laws are in town.

P.S. My head is fine from last week. 🙂

Monday, August 6 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Saturday, August 11

Here’s the WOD:

  • For Time: 100 Double Unders (5 Minute Cap)
  • Stone Shouldering- 1/1/1/1/1/1/1 (Max Effort/15 Minute Cap)
  • For time: Half Tabata- Stone 2 Shoulder / 800M Run / Half Tabata- Stone 2 Shoulder / 800M Run
  • EMOM (every min on the min) For 10 Minutes: 10 SuperMan/10 Hollow Rock

I got about 30 double unders. I would have gotten more if I weren’t dealing with plantar fasciitis. :( Perhaps I shouldn’t have even attempted them today, because of the foot. But the Versa Climber tuckered me out last week and I didn’t want to face it again today.

I got the 75# stone shouldered a few times. Tried the 95# but no go.

I sub’d 1000m rowing for the running because of the pf and other ligament issues. 13:48 was my time…? I think. I got 16 total stone shoulders in the tabata. And my time on the rower was about 4 minutes each time. A little more than 4 the second time.

Finally, today I did super-mans for the first time since delivering the babe. I couldn’t do the hollow-rocks because of something going on with my hips. Possibly inflammation? Possibly persistent pelvic tilt? Or perhaps just simple physics. 😉

My shoulders are bruised.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo of Ryan with Olivia!

Ryan with Olivia (18 weeks!).

 


17 WEEKS PP

August 13, 2012

ME

So I’ve got plantar fasciitis. I think it’s because of impact and weight during pregnancy and limited walking during early pregnancy recovery and continued pregnancy hormones making my ligaments wonky. My groin area ligaments are almost better so I’ll be able to start running again soon, once the plantar fasciitis dies down.

I still have the dark line.

The placenta is still in my freezer.

Regarding my emotions… It’s amazing the difference regular sleep makes. I feel so much more like myself than I did in the first two months. I feel like I’ve crawled out of the hole and I’m reacquainting myself with myself again. Except now, I’m a mother. And that’s no small thing.

I’m also beginning to feel more confident about mothering. Part of it is that Olivia is just a delight as a baby, but I’m getting to know her better too. I’m learning how she needs to be comforted and what makes her happy and what makes her feel safe. I’ll feel more confident the second time around. Yes, I’m already thinking about baby #2!

THE BABE

She is nearing the 4-month mark. So crazy! She’s started falling asleep on her own more often now. She’ll nurse to almost asleep and I’ll put her in her crib and she’ll fall asleep on her own! Yay! Usually she falls asleep between 8:30 and 9:00 pm at night. We tried moving that back to 7:30, but she wasn’t having it. She would just wake up. So, 8:30 it is for now. We’ll keep an eye on her dozeyness and see if it changes or gets earlier over the next couple of weeks. I think she’s growth spurting now too (nursing way more often!), so that will affect her sleep.

I’ve discovered that I don’t need to stress. She will sleep. She will eat. I will sleep and I will eat. Otherwise I just have to keep us both clean (and the apartment) and we’ll both be happy!

MY WORKOUTS

Monday, August 6 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Tuesday, August 7 – 21/15/9 of KB Swings + Good Mornings w/ 15#

Wednesday, August 8 – 100 KB High Pulls 25#

Thursday, August 9 – rest

Friday, August 10 – rest (I wasn’t supposed to, but I ended up “resting.”)

Saturday, August 11

Here’s the WOD:

  • Warm Up- For Time- 50 Jumping Jacks/200M Run/30 Steps OH Lunge(45/25)/25 Ab Mat Sit Ups
  • Snatch- 3@60/70/80/90% 1RM (20 Minute Cap)
  • 15 Minute AMRAP of: 3 Snatch @60% 1RM/200M S.B. Run (45/20)/6 Box Jumps (30/24″)/9 Air Squat

Here’s what I did…

  • Warm Up: 50 Jumping Jacks/60 sec on the Versa Climber/20 Steps OH Lunge (10#)/25 Abmat Sit Ups => 4:10
  • Snatch => 5×15, 3×40, 3×50, 3×55, 3×60
  • 15 Minute AMRAP of: 3 Snatch @ 45#/60 sec Versa Climber/6 Box Jumps (12″)/9 Air Squat => 5 rounds + 3 Snatch

I did the versa climber instead of the run in the warm up and amrap due to persistent ligament issues.

I was intent in getting deep in the squat for the snatches today. Not going too heavy on the weight. I felt successful there.

I did 5 rounds of the AMRAP and three squat snatches with the bar before I accidentally dropped the bar on my head! There was 2:42 left on the clock. Ouch.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 16.5 weeks!

 


16 WEEKS PP

August 6, 2012

ME

Ligaments still achy. Still have the dark line.

But emotionally, feeling more like myself!

THE BABE

She is sleeping better and sleeping more! Hurrah! She is picking up and releasing toys on her own! She is talk, talk, talking to anything and everything. She talks to the wall, to the lights, to the toys, to me, to her crib, to everything. She loves to practices her noises. It’s delightful.

Cradle cap is 90% contained.

MY WORKOUTS

Monday, July 30 – 50 Russian KB Swings 25# / 50 American KB Swings 15#

Tuesday, July 31 – Walked about 2 miles, baby wearing.

Wednesday, August 1 – Rest

Thursday, August 2 – 80 American KB Swings 15#

Friday, August 3 – 60 KB High Pull 25#

Saturday, August 4

Here’s the WOD:

  • Warm Up: 3 Rounds of: 30 seconds each: Squat Jumps/Mountain Climbers/Flutter Kicks
  • Power Snatch- 5@50 SN 1RM + 3@60/70% + 1/1/1 Max Effort (15 Minute Cap)
  • Isabel= For Time: 30 Power Snatches(135/95) (18 Minute Cap)

Here’s what I did…

  • Warm-up => modified.
  • Power Snatch => 5×15, 3×35, 5×40, 3×50, 3×55, 1×65, F@70, 1×70
  • Isabel @ 55# => 5:07
  • Cash-out => 10 push-up / 10 abmat s.u. / 10 DUs / 10 p.u. / 10 s.u. in 5:00 min
Due to persisting ligament issues (from labour) jumps and flutter kicks are out. So I did plain air squats and some sort of crunch instead of flutter kicks.

My pre-preggie 1RM for the Power Snatch was 80. I think I could have gotten 75 today, at least if we hadn’t run out of time.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 15.5 weeks!

 


15 WEEKS PP

July 30, 2012

ME

The pubic symphysis achy-ness is getting better but still not quite better. Also, I briefly tried sprinting this week, but I could tell my ligaments still need a bit more time. However, the GOOD news is that while they are still sore, they ARE much better than before. Yay!

I’m still a little squishy and just barely fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans. But I’m reluctant to cut carbs because I’m still breastfeeding. Cognitively, I know it shouldn’t make much of a difference to my milk supply, but I’m still a little nervous about it. That said, I know I can lose the extra weight. I’ve done it before. I know how I did it. And I feel confident that once my little babe weans I will be able to do it again. So for now, I’m enjoying being a new mommy. I’ll pull out the pride card later and go for the postpartum weight loss gold after I’m done nourishing a child.

THE BABE

She. Is. Amazing. It seems like she’s learning and growing Every. Single. Day.

She practices her sit-ups and her leg-raises on her own. Just like as if it were her natural instinct or something (which it is!). She’s getting more familiar and “okay with” tummy time. Her neck strength is even better than two weeks ago when the doc was impressed with it! Her hand-eye coordination seems like it improves daily. It’s so interesting to watch. How she plays with her “toys” changes based on her ability to control them. And yes, they each make their way to her mouth as she explores everything in that way.

And her sleep is getting better and better. Earlier in her life, she was flying way below average. Now she’s right about average. It makes her happier and it makes me happier – both because I’m getting more sleep and because she is!

MY WORKOUTS

This plan (one WOD per week plus a few short KB workouts) is working out better for me (schedule-wise and recovery-wise) than the previous plan of two WODs per week.

Tuesday, June 17 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Wednesday, June 18 – 60 KB 1-arm high pulls each arm 15#

Thursday, June 19 – rest

Friday, June 20 – rest (this was supposed to be a KB day, but oh well!)

Saturday, June 21 

Here’s what the WOD was…

  • 3 Rounds of: 200M Sprint; 1 minute rest between efforts
  • Push Press- 1/1/1/1/1 (Max Effort/15 Minute Cap)
  • 3 RFT of: 500M Row/21 Push Press (115/75)/20 Jump Lunges each leg/500MRow/15 Push Press/20 Jump Lunges each leg/500M Row/9Push Press/20 Jump Lunges each leg

And here’s what I did…

  • 3 rounds of 1 min rope undulation; 1 min rest between efforts

Because of pubic symphysis pain (which as I mentioned is getting better but is still nagging), I can’t run. So instead of the sprints (to which I had been looking forward!), I did rope undulation – 3 x 1 min (with 1 min rest between sets).

  • Push Press => 5×15, 1×35, 1×45, 1×55, 1×65

My 1RM for this is 75#. I was hoping to attempt that but ran out of time.

Met Con… I did 35# and regular lunges instead of jumping lunges because of the previously mentioned pain. Yes, it makes a difference. I finished *at* the time cap, 25:00.

P.S. Olivia finally christened the gym. She spit-up on the med balls!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 15 weeks! Happy baby.


14 WEEKS PP

July 23, 2012

ME

Still have the dark line which means I still have some relaxin hormone which means my ligaments ‘n’ stuff are still loosy-goosey. Consequently, I’ve actually had a little bit of a problem with plantar fasciitis. I’d developed it when hubby and I first moved to NYC. And it got better after rest. But it flared up again during pregnancy. Understandably.

Otherwise, I’m doing fine. I love being a mommy, despite the chronic sleep deprivation. I do look forward to more settled sleep for all of us. But her smiles and giggles and daily advancements more than make up for a little sleepiness!

THE BABE

Olivia is still trying to roll over from her back to her front. She favours the right side. It’s so cute. She also uses her feet to bring the toys that are hanging above her head to her hands. And she does sit-ups. I say to her, “Olivia and Mommy are working on their abs at the same time!” And she smiles and rocks out another one. She does more sit-ups each day than I do!

This week, her Nana and Poppy were here visiting! They had so much fun with her and she with them! Because they do *new* things and say new things and have different games!!

MY WORKOUTS

Tuesday, June 17 – 1.5 mile walk

Wednesday, June 18 – 80 KB high pulls 25#, 2 x 0.5 mile walks – babywearing

Thursday, June 19 – rest

Friday, June 20 – 100 KB swings 15#

Saturday, June 21 

Here’s what the WOD was…

  • For Time: 100 Double Unders (3 Minute Cap)/50 Air Squats/40 Sit Ups/30 Ball Slams (20/15)/20 Knees To Elbows/10 Hand Stand Push Ups (10 Minute Cap)
  • Low Bar Squat- 1/1/1/1/1/1/1 (Max Effort/20 Minute Cap)
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: Pistols each leg/K.B. Snatches each hand

And here’s what I did…

  • In 10 mins => 25 DUs / 50 Air Sq / 40 Abmat Situps / 30 Ball Slams / 20 Hanging Knee Raises
  • Low Bar Squats => 5×15, 5×35, 2×45, 2×55, 2×65, 2×75
  • 21-15-9 RFT of 18″ Box Pistols / KB Snatches 15# = 10:50
  • 3:00 min Cat-Cows

I was so excited to be able to do Abmat Situps today! It’s my first sit-ups since giving birth! YAY!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo with Nana and Poppy!

Olivia at 14 weeks with her Nana and Poppy!

Olivia at 14 weeks with her Poppy G!

 


13 WEEKS PP / 3 MONTHS

July 16, 2012

ME

So here we are! Three months!

Several mommy-friends said that at about 3 months I’d start to feel like myself again. A few said it would be sudden. Others said, it’s gradual. For me, I’ve had a few minor realizations that all add up to a gradual “feeling like myself.” I feel like I’m digging myself out of a hole. A hole made up of a mix of culture shock and sleep deprivation.

But BOY do I have the best hole-partner!

Olivia is an absolutely JOY! She’s is fun, spunky, giggly, and cute-as-all-get-out! She snatches my heart everyday. Even on the worse days when she’s overtired and crying and I’m at my wits end. She’ll surprise me with a smile or a giggle and my day is made.

I’m still dealing with my abs not being back to normal. I’ve still got my dark line; so my understanding is that I’ve still got the pregnancy hormone relaxin floating around in my body. And I’m blaming that for the mild aches and pains I’m still having in my pubis  symphysis. I haven’t tried running in a while so I’m not sure if those ligaments are still loose. We’ll see…

I found my placenta still frozen in my freezer. I’m thinking about having it encapsulated…

THE BABE

This week Olivia did so many new things! She grasped a rattle for the first time. She kicked both legs at the same time – coordination! She reached for a toy! She’s been batting at the toys for a while, but this time she REACHED for one of them! She’s been bringing her hands together to play with them and look at them and suck on them. It’s amazing how these seemingly little things are just so awesome to me!

Olivia is talking up a storm! It’s so fun. She loves to practice all her new sounds and it seems like daily she’s discovered a new sound.

Also, we had our 3 month doctor’s appointment today! We got lots of feedback and answers for our questions about sleep. Our paediatricians (Tribeca Pediatrics) recommend the “extinction method” of sleep training. We haven’t been bold enough yet to try it, and Olivia is sleeping pretty well from about 9 pm until 5 or 6 am. Sometimes in the morning, she goes back to sleep right away (after nursing); sometimes she stays awake and takes her morning nap (usually 1-2 hours) about 90 minutes after waking. Mommy naps then too. Whew!

Her three month stats: 25.3 inches (>97%) and 13 lb 11 oz (82%).

My looong baby is already wearing 6 mo clothes. The doc actually referred to her today as a 4-month-old when we were talking about sleep. She’s tall!

MY WORKOUTS

Monday, June 9 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Tuesday, June 10 – 1.5 mile walk

Wednesday, June 11 – 100 each arm KB high pull 15#

Thursday, June 12 – rest

Friday, June 13 – 50 KB high pulls 25#, 0.75 mile walk

Saturday, June 14 – 2000m row in 9:19 (8 seconds off my PR!), Grace @ 55# in 7:05

My previous Grace attempt was at 18 weeks preggie and I used the same weight; but I finished in 4:21. For this attempt, I think I was too gassed from the 2K row. That and lack of sleep. 😉

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 12.5 weeks and Guard Kitty.


12 WEEKS PP

July 9, 2012

ME

Nothing about me this week. I’m tired; but loving my baby. 🙂

Also, I’m looking forward to watching the CrossFit Games this weekend on the internets,  live-streamed from California!

THE BABE

We visited Grandma and Grandpa this week for the fourth of July. Olivia loved “talking” with Grandma. And she tried to roll over several times! She’s smiling at everyone and continued sleeping through the night even though we were in a different house! We were in the same time zone, but still…! Also, she sleeps in the Graco Pack n Play and we brought that with us – so that helped. Day time naps are still disorganized. Also, she’s started kicking both legs at the same time!

MY WORKOUTS

None! I’ll be back in the saddle next week.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo from Grandma and Grandpa’s!

Olivia with Grandma & Grandpa! (12 weeks!)


11 WEEKS PP

July 2, 2012

ME

So more info about relaxin… I’ve learned that if you still have the “dark line” then you still have relaxin! Well my dark line is about 50% faded. It’s like a progress bar. I feel like a science experiment! Ah well. So I still have relaxin in my body! And I’m still having slight pains in that cartilage between my pubic bones. Also my ligaments are still sore. I’m hoping that once this “dark line” fades, then I’ll be better able to handle CrossFit etc.

I feel slightly more exhausted than before pregnancy. So still not up to par. I’m guessing that lack of sleep and possibly lack of calories has something to do with it? I’m still squishy (read: I haven’t lost all the baby weight yet) so I don’t know of lack of calories is really it. I’m still eating the same way I’ve eaten throughout my entire pregnancy (with slightly lower carbs); good animal fats and meats, good veggies, bone broth, fermented veggies, etc. I also just got some raw milk last week. Boy! was that a treat!

THE BABE

This week Olivia discovered her hands and her feet and she’s been totally delighted with them! She’s still not grasping things yet, but getting close! Her nighttime sleep has organized – she sleeps from about 10 pm until 5 am, wakes for a snack at 5 am and then sleeps more until about 8 am. I’m wondering when that 5 am wake will subside. We keep putting her to bed slightly early and slightly earlier and she keeps getting tired earlier and earlier. It seems that this dance is working! Day time naps show hints of organizing.

She is a super smiler! Very social! Loves to stare and smile at strangers! She’s also quite into any toy that has a face. She loves to talk and is constantly trying new noises.

What an amazing baby!!

MY WORKOUTS

Tuesday, June 26

Here’s the WOD:

  • 3 Rounds of: 50 Double Unders (3 min Cap per round);1 min rest between rounds
  • Jerk- 3/3/3  @65/75/85% 1rm
  • 12/9/6/3 RFT of: Jerk(155/105)/Ring Dip

Here’s what I did:

  • 3 rounds of 2mins of DUs: 24/21/20

These were the first DUs I’d done since stopping early in my pregnancy. In other words, it’s been 8 months since I’ve done them. I had a little trouble with my cartilage pain (sustained in labour) but I found that if I kept my feet together, then the cartilage didn’t hurt. The first round I did three singles then a double. The second two rounds I tried doing two singles and a double. It was much harder than I’d anticipated but I’m happy to have tried them again!

Also, holy boobs batman! I’d never done these with actual boobs, since mine were small to begin with. Now that they’re being used for their intended purpose, they’re a little bigger and they bounce!

  • Push Jerks: 3×45, 3×60, 3×70
  • 12/9/6/3 of push jerks & ring dips = 6:48

For the jerks I practiced push jerks since split jerks hurt because of my ligaments (from labour). My 1RM is 85 from March. I’m sure that I’ve gone down a little from being off for ten weeks, but it felt doable.

I did the first 12 with 55# but when I started the second set I felt like my arms were going to give out, so I removed the plates and just push jerked the 45# bar. I used the green band on the ring dips but I made sure to lock out at the top and get the full range of motion in.

Wednesday, June 27

Walked about half a mile, baby wearing.

Saturday, June 30

Here’s the WOD:

  • Row 3 min @ 90% RPE
  • 5 Minutes of: Snatch Practice
  • Isabel= 30 RFT of: Snatch(135/95;scale as needed)
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: HRPU/Pistols each leg
Here’s what I did…
  • WU: Row 3min => 696 m

My 500m avg was 2:09. Felt proud of that. Ave 29 spm.

  • Snatch Practice => 4×15, 4×35, 4×45, 3×55
  • Isabel at 55# => 3:57
  • 21-15-9 of HRPU / Pistols => DNF

I was finding the pushups hard on my knee (hurt it last Saturday). And the pistols were hard on my knee and my ligaments. Dang. I got thru 21 push-ups and 10 pistols each leg with the heavy band. Done. Sometimes it happens.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s a photo from July 1st…

Dual Citizenship Baby says, “Happy Canada Day!”


10 WEEKS PP

June 25, 2012

ME

I’m still feeling tired from the lack of sleep/broken sleep. Even at 10 weeks PP. It’s hard to adjust to. I learned this week that my body still has Relaxin floating around and keeps floating around until about five or six weeks postpartum – no wonder I don’t feel like myself still. I have the ligaments of a second trimester preggie! I’ve read that once the hormone finally leaves the body (or stops being produced?), the body will feel more like it did before pregnancy.

THE BABE

Olivia had a busy week! She had a doctors appointment, discovered her hands, and visited the gym!

At her two month check up (which was at two months five days), Olivia weighed 10 lbs 12 ounces (87th percentile) and she was 25.5 inches long (>97th percentile)! We have a tall girl!! She met all the other developmental milestones. When the doctor picked her up to put her on her tummy, I was nervous. Olivia doesn’t enjoy tummy time (what baby does?) and I usually only do it every other day instead of daily (I’ve heard conflicting reports of it’s effectiveness). I expected her to cry when the doc placed her on her tummy. However! The doc placed her on her tummy and she immediately did the mini-push-up that three month olds do! I was so proud I nearly cried.

In the middle of the week, I was video chatting with my momma (who lives in Canada). I had the camera pointed at Olivia, and she was flailing around her arms and smiling and cooing. While we watched, she stopped flailing and stared intently at her hand! Again, I nearly cried. It was so neat to share the moment of this developmental milestone with my momma!

Olivia notices her fist! 10 weeks old.

Olivia notices her fist! 10 weeks old.

Finally, our gym had a BBQ on Saturday so we brought Olivia down to visit. There’s some photos below!

P.S. The cradle cap is about 4/5 resolved.

MY WORKOUTS

Tuesday, June 19

Walked about a mile and a half, baby wearing.

Wednesday, June 20

Walked about a mile, baby wearing.

Saturday, June 23

CrossFit HOPE => 134

  • Box Jumps (mod): 16, 17, 18
  • Pull Ups (scaled): 8, 9, 6
  • Power Snatch (scaled): 8, 8, 6
  • Burpees: 8, 4, 3
  • Thrusters (scaled): 7, 7, 9

My box jumps were box step-ups. My pull-ups were with a heavy band. My power snatches and thrusters were at 45#. My burpees were causing me to nearly puke up my breakfast!

I planned to just-keep-moving. And I kept to my strategy. Overall, I’m happy with my postpartum performance.

Sunday, June 24

Here’s the WOD:

  • 5 Rounds of: 40 Yard Sled Push (1.5 x’s BW/BW); rest as needed between efforts
  • Power Snatch- 1/1/1/1/1 @50/60/65/70/75% (15 minute Cap)
  • 5 RFT of: 10 Power Snatch (115/75)/15 Pull Ups

Here’s what I did…

  • Sled Push 40 yards

WU: sled +25 +(15×2) = 72# … ?
1: sled+25+(15×3) = 87# … 17.2 seconds
2: sled+25+(15×3) = 87# … 18.8 seconds

  • Power Snatches: 1 @ 50%,60%,70% => 40#, 50#, 55#

I don’t have a 1RM for Power Snatches so I used my Squat Snatch 1RM.

  • 5 RFT of: 10 Power Snatch / 15 Pull Ups => 20:40

I used 45# and a heavy band. I had in my head that I was going to only do 3 rounds and then head home to Olivia. But I finished three and people were still going so I figured I’d do the fourth one. And then when I finished the fourth, Julie was still going so I figured I’d do the fifth one too. Ugh. I’ve regressed so much on my pull ups. 😦

FINAL THOUGHTS

Here’s some photos from HOPE!

Yawn! Olivia at 10 weeks.

Coach Tami with Olivia Grace!

Our new little family! Olivia at 10 weeks.


NON-FAT or FULL-FAT?

May 6, 2010


Stephan Guyenet, over at the blog Whole Health Source, linked to an article about how full-fat dairy actually can increase cardiovascular health! Here’s the blogpost.

Remember to try to find raw, unpasteurized, not homogenized dairy if you’re going to include it in your diet, from A2 dairy cows and not A1 dairy cows.


Is beauty is only skin deep?

April 2, 2010

You try to eat organic, pastured, local foods. You keep a clean home. You drink plenty of water and avoid soft drinks. You think you’re treating your body well, right? But did you know that whatever you put on your skin, you are ingesting?

Last night I pulled out a ton of lotions and shampoos and other random cosmetics from my counter and found this website – Cosmetics Database. I went through each bottle of stuff, and if I couldn’t find the actual product, I looked up the individual ingredients. If any of the top five ingredients were 4 or higher on the danger scale, that product got sacked. Out of 40 items, only 3 were safe. 3. A cuticle oil, a facial spray, and my Witch Hazel. Even my mineral powder foundation is dangerous! The mascara was borderline.

So it’s all gettin’ tossed.

Here’s an example. I had a bottle of Ocean Potion 100% Aloe Vera in my cabinet. 100% Aloe Vera! That’s good right? Wrong. I turned the bottle over and checked out the ingredients. Ew! Why on earth does 100% Aloe Vera gel need Yellow No. 5?! Here’s the product listing on Cosmetics Database. It’s a moderate hazard at 6/10! But think about it! I’m putting that on my skin when its in need of healing!! When my skin needs healing, I shouldn’t be slathering hazardous chemicals all over it!

It’s over, cosmetics industry. You and I are through. Except for my mineral powder foundation. I use a nut oil base to protect my skin from the powder. So I’ll use that foundation up. But once it’s gone, I’m gonna find a less hazardous version. Same with the rest of my makeup.

Check it out, and see what you’re ingesting with your daily lotion, shampoo, or foundation. Even Neutrogena body lotion isn’t safe. Neither is Physician’s Formula. For example…


Nourishing Food Foundations e-Course

February 11, 2010

UPDATE (2010-02-12): Wardeh posted a sneak-peak of her e-course here – Basic Soaked Muffins!

Have you been hearing about the Weston A Price Foundation and wondered what they’re about?  Have you been getting recipes from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions and wondering why she recommends soaking, fermenting or sprouting grains?  Have you been hearing about lacto-fermented veggies and wondered how to make them?  Are you someone who likes a little help and instruction?

Well then, Wardeh Harmon’s GNOWFGLINS e-course is for you!

Here’s a brief overview: Read the rest of this entry »


CANADIANS AREN’T ALL LAW-ABIDING!

January 27, 2010

Here’s a report from the Atlantic about some Canadian’s who are bucking the law for the sake of their health and/or their pocketbook!  Well, I suppose I can’t say why they’re doing it.  But I know why I would!

First of all, as fellow Canadian Meghan points out (in this excellent little blog post), good eggs are incredibly healthful.  Second, most commercial eggs pop out of sick, deformed, mal-nourished hens, so their nutritional content is all but non-existent.  Third, those pitiful hens are indeed poorly treated.  And finally, happy eggs from happy hens (well-treated and pastured) are expensive and tedious to acquire!  I make a special trip to a farmers market in another municipality for my pastured eggs!

So in order to save money but get happy eggs from happy pastured hens, I would indeed consider raising my own chickens in my own backyard!

Unfortunately, my apartment building doesn’t even allow me to have cats right now.

But would I do it if it meant breaking the law?  Golly.  I can’t even see that bridge yet.  Would you?


PRIMAL MEANS FIRST

August 5, 2009

Recently I’ve been reading and learning about the primal/paleo “diets.”  I use the quotation marks because if you follow these eating plans, you can’t really call them diets.  You have to call them life-style changes.

Over at Mark’s Daily Apple, Mark Sisson has started a 30-day Primal Health Challenge.  Since I’ve been following his eating suggestions for several months now, I decided to try the Health Challenge.

My goal for the challenge is simple: to lower my body fat from 26% to 23%.

When I joined Weight Watchers in July 2007, I was about 41% body fat. Last year I ran a half-marathon (at 38% body fat). This year I competed in a reverse sprint triathlon (at 27% body fat).  I’m currently 26% body fat.

Let’s see if I can drop 3% points in 30 days!

Go to my Primal Challenge Journal to see my progress.


FALL DOWN GO BOOM

May 23, 2009

…need anti-inflammatory.

Today I was out for a quick run (20 minutes, 2 miles) and about 1/4 of the way, I hit a crack and went flying, tumbling and rolling across the pavement.  I was okay.  My hip hurt a little and my shoulder was scratched up, but I finished my run and felt fine.  However, about halfway through the afternoon my hip started aching.

I knew from my time spent with a great physiotherapist in Glendale that while inflammation serves a purpose, it also can hinder the healing process.

So I went lookin’ on one of my favourite food/health websites for some answers.

  • Here’s a post on the great effects of olives on the body, one of which is as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Here’s one about tea and its anti-inflammatory properties (among others).
  • Here’s list of foods that help reduce inflammation in the short term.
  • Here’s a list of ways in which to reduce inflammation over the long term.
  • And here’s a list of medication alternatives.

So after reading quickly through these posts, I promptly went to the kitchen and downed two aged garlic pills and four green olives stuffed with jalapeño peppers.  Yum!

I’d rather eat olives than down some nsaids any day!


FOOD BLOGS

May 8, 2009

I have a blogroll of food blogs (and healthy living) that I check daily.  I love the ideas and encouragement as well as challenges that that I get from the women (and men) that host these blogs.  Here’s the list:

Here are a few more resources:

The internet can help us become healthier?  Who knew!?


FREE BIKE RENTALS!

November 2, 2008

So I wandered over to River’s Edge Cafe in Tulsa on Friday to do some scouting.  It’s all boarded up.  Someone take over the lease and make it cool again, please!

While there, I made a fascinating discovery!  Tulsa wants people to be healthy!  So much so that they offer free bike rentals!  So trusting!  You have to slip your credit card in and leave a deposit.  It’s all automated.  And so cool.  The bikes are pink so I imagine they have a higher use rate in females than in males.