Are you Unknowingly Poisoning your Family?

Are you Unknowingly Poi
Are you unknowingly poisoning your family

Do you know what’s in your common household products? Could you be unknowingly poisoning yourself and your family?
Of the 2,983 chemicals (used in Cosmetics) analysed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH-USA), the results showed that 884 of the ingredients were found to be toxic. Of these:

  • 314 can cause biological mutation (change in cells)
  • 218 can cause reproductive complications
  • 778 can cause acute toxicity
  • 146 can cause tumors, and
  • 376 can cause skin and eye irritations

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12 Week Transformation Challenge Week 2 Day 5

It’s challenge week 2 day 5

On challenge week 2 day 5, it has been a less than average day. My daughter has been particularly fussy (new teeth), her Daddy is particularly grumpy (cause he has to go back to work tomorrow), and I am particularly tired. This could be due to the lack of exercise, this could be because I didn’t sleep well last night. or it could be a combination of the two.

So about those free at home workouts…

I’m still working on those free PDF’s so please don’t fret too much, they are on their way. Combining life, with mumming and business is a constant up and down battle, but it needs to be fought to hit my goals. So even though it’s tiring, frustrating, often times mentally challenging, but simultaneously physically boring, it’s a battle I’m gonna continue to fight until I get what I want. Nobody said life was meant to be easy, and everyone says success is an upward battle. The more I resent it the less I will want to reach my goals.

Stop resenting your obstacles

Rather than seeing an obstacle as a punishment, I try to be grateful for my obstacles. These are lessons life throws at you, look into them, find out what they are trying to teach you and learn from them. It will be stressful at times, it will be hard, it will feel like you are missing out, but the end goal is worth it. There’s a fine balance, and you need to find it. Without happiness there is no success.

What are the obstacles I have had to navigate?

I am finding it particularly hard to keep my cool at the moment with my little one. She is going through a huge leap in her development and she is testing me, but I know these tests are nothing in comparison to the ones I will have to deal with when she’s older. I am finding it difficult to stay positive with everything that is going on in the world, I am questioning whether my daughter will have much of a future going the traditional way through life. What do I mean by the traditional way? Schooling, University, Job.

To be honest I don’t want her to end up with a J.O.B. working for ‘The Man’ helping somebody else make ridiculous money, while being paid a less than liveable wage. I don’t want her to be relying on ‘the system’. It’s broken it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. I worry that she won’t even have an earth by the time she knows what earth is. It’s something that’s at the back of my brain every single day.

Every day I watch her grow up just a little bit more, understand another concept, take another step toward being a good human. Everyday I hear about another terrorist attack, another government fucking over it’s people, or someone else’s people. Another business exploiting people in need. How can I help her survive in this world? What do I need to do to ensure she doesn’t get exploited? Sometimes I feel in over my head.

Live in the moment

When I find I get inside my head, I have to remind myself to get out. Sometimes I look for some empowering quotes. These ones got me through today, especially the last one.

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it never gets you anywhere” – Erma Bombeck

“Don’t worry about the things you can’t control”

“Worry never robs tomorrow of it’s sorrow, it only saps today of its joy”. – Leo F. Buscaglia

So live in the moment, We can’t let worry sap the joy from today. We need to roll with it, take it as it comes, learn from our obstacles and be grateful for them. They are teaching us very valuable lessons and when you look back on them you will be thankful that you are here instead of on that rocking chair.

Time to Wind it up.

Well this has been an un-usually long winded blog post on challenge week 2 day 5. But let’s find those wins. Supplements? Yes. Shakes? Only one but still a Yes. Healthy meals? One still a Yes. Blog post? Yes. Worry free now? Yes.

It’s always the little achievements that will get you through.

I believe in you

X Ali X

12 Week Transformation Challenge Week 2

It’s challenge week 2, day 4

So I know it’s been 4 whole days since I published blog. I’m sorry, challenge week 2 has been, well, challenging. Hubby has been home all week, and so my whole schedule has gone to the way side. My fasting went out the window, my calories went to the wayside and my exercise… This week, life got in the way, it happens to everybody. The important thing is to not write it off as a total failure and to keep on keeping on. I’ll keep on track from this day forward.

4 Days in one short and sweet fast paced post

So as this is a fast paced 4 days in one post, I won’t be specific about what I ate, but I will mention the highlights… so it was my daughters 1st Birthday BBQ in challenge week 2, and I was a good girl. I didn’t have too much junk food on the table. I went shopping and bought fresh Carrots, Celery and Snow-peas, and chopped them up into dipping sticks and had Vegetables and Dip. People loved it. The dip was store bought French Onion Dip, and Gherkin Dip. Two of my most favourites.

We had a Suasage sizzle for the kids. as we call it here in Oz, where you eat the sausage in a slice of bread, with tomato sauce and BBQ’d onion, except we didn’t have the onion. Cause Onion doesn’t agree with me if it’s not cooked properly, I get psoriasis. so I just avoided it all together.

My sister and I also made up an antioxidant rich fruit salad with Blueberries, Strawberries and Grapes, and the kids loved it. I didn’t have “fairy bread” I didn’t have doughnuts, or lollies. We had a salad with raw capsicum (bell peppers), cherry tomatoes,  celery sticks, carrot sticks and snow peas, and the kids just munched on the raw vegetable sticks, with dips. I also had some potato crisps and some tortilla triangles. They did get a slice of delicious store bought chocolate mud cake though. No complaints

Did you do any exercise this last 4 days?

Well umm, no. No extra exercise, not even my stretches, and it’s just ’cause life got in the way. I did take my supplements… most days, and I had my shake… most days.

Consistency has always been one of my weaknesses. If someone throws a spanner in the works, like Hubby being home for a week for example, It takes me a bit to recover, get back on track, but I did it. We’ll klnow how well I’ve done in spite of the change of circumstance on results day.

What are the wins?

Well there’s the limited junk party food. Thats a win. There’s the part where Hubby was home. That’s a win. I did take my supplements on some days. That’s still a win. I did do my shake some days. Another win. I wrote this blogpost. Another small win.

Remember it’s the little achievements that get you through. If you beat yourself up about life getting in the way,  you just end up self sabotaging your success, so don’t do it.

I believe in you

X Ali X

Nourishment in Your Foods

Nourishment in your foods
Nourishment in your Foods

 

Shelf Life versus Nourishment

People constantly tell me they have a good diet, but do you know how much nourishment in foods is lost due to processing?

Early Harvesting means the food loses up to 25% of its nutritional value and nourishment
Transporting: Up to 25% loss of what’s left
Storage: Up to 50% loss of what’s left
Cooking: Up to 50% loss of what’s left
Freezing: Up to 83% loss of what’s left
Canning: Up to 83% loss of what’s left
Over processing: Up to 100% loss of what’s left
Refining: Up to 100% loss
Pasteurisation: Up to 50% loss of what’s left

So how many nutrients are you really taking in?

If you want more nourishment from your food without swallowing a billion supplemental pills, try buying your food from a farmers market, or a local growers market. Always buy local produce over international produce and time your shops for when they restock. Eat seasonally, you are more likely to find local ingredients if it’s in season. If your food is local, it will last longer in your fridge and it would have spent less time in storage.

How else can I increase nourishment?

An Ideal way to get the most nourishment from fruit and vegetables is to juice them. Juicing will break down the food into easier to metabolise particles, meaning your body doesn’t have to try as hard to get the nutrients needed from it. However when you juice, you are more often than not adding more than one serve of fruit per glass. So if you are trying to watch your sugar levels, juicing is not always the best option. 

Other options for nourishment include food combining, as some enzymes, minerals and vitamins are complementary toward each other. For example Iron is more easily metabolised with vitamin C, so make sure you pair your high Iron foods like red meat, with your high vitamin C foods like dark leafy greens (spinach, kale) or bell peppers. Calcium needs Vitamin D, Magnesium needs Calcium etc.

Another way is to do raw where you can. There are some vegetables that have a toxicity when raw, but most vegetables are fine to eat raw. A couple more handy tips… Eat the skin when possible, Steam your vegetables rather than boiling them. If you are boiling them, make it to “Al-Dente”, where you can, unless the dish requires the vegetables are mashed/pureed etc. Last but not least, the biggest thing you can do to ensure you are eating nutrient dense foods is to grow your own vegetables. Don’t forget they have pots, vertical gardens, aquaponics and hydroponics for those of us with very limited outdoor space, so outdoor space is not really an excuse anymore

Hope you find this useful.

Regards,
x Ali x