Posted in Natural Products, Organic

Honest Company – Hand Soap & Laundry Soap

The hand soap smells great, I order the lemongrass one. The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t lather. I know in my head this doesn’t affect it’s effectiveness but I still miss the lather. It’s psychological. Also, I prefer the scents from Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

The laundry soap from The Honest Company worked well. I did not have any problems with it. My clothes came out just as clean as when I use my regular natural detergent. No one had any skin reactions, which is a biggie in my house. So I would have to give this product a passing review. Out of all the home cleaning products I have tried from The Honest Company, I would have to say this is the best one!

That’s it for my reviews of The Honest Company. I haven’t purchased any other products because of the surcharge on products as I described in an early post!

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Posted in About Me, Exercise, Health, Health Food

The journey so far.

I started my journey awhile back but never really stuck with it. I am on my 9th day of eating healthy. I have lost 2 kgs ūüôā I am so excited at my achievement. Even though I want to throw it all out the window and just eat cake.

My journey has been easy on some days and very difficult on others. I am learning that I must plan my meals and make sure they are filling so that I am not hungry in between meals. Making my lunches the night before so I am not rushed in the morning and opt to just buy lunch. I also must keep busy, if I have nothing to do I start to look for things to snack on.

A big key to healthy snacking for me is having healthy veggies available. Cut up carrots and celery or fresh fruit, ready to go in the fridge or in my lunch bag at work means me winning my battle with staying on track during the day.

The tool I am using for all of this is My Fitness Pal. It’s the first site I have found that I have not be frustrated with the food tracking. This site makes it uber easy to track your food. My favorite option is the scanner on the mobile app. Point and click and your food is entered!

Another tool I am contemplating is Body Media it integrates with My Fitness Pal and tracks the calories you burn each day. It has a built-in heart rate monitor and tracks your sleep! If anyone has a Body Media and would like to share their experience, I would love to hear it!

My meals for this week are planned and groceries are bought, my gym bag is packed! So I have already set myself up to win this week.

I have 21kgs to go! I can do this!

Posted in About Me, Allergies/Intolerance, Exercise, Health, Health Food, Self Care

On a journey!

Today marks the first day of my weightless journey. It’s time to be honest and upfront with myself about my weight.

I want to lose 23kgs and need to lose at least 15kgs. Why?

Because I want to be healthier. I want to be in shape.

Because I need to get my food under control, including my food intolerances.

I am using myfitnesspal because it’s an easy tool and one I’ve used the before, the ease in usage is a big selling point for me. Often food and fitness trackers require a lot of effort and to be honest if it’s difficult or takes time, I’ll drop it like a hot potato.

So here goes, I’ll keep you updated as the weeks go by and I’ll be brutally honest about my struggles and triumphs.

P.S. after seeing fit bit on myfitnesspal I am more than tempted to buy it . I may  need to make it my reward for doing well!

Posted in Beauty Care, Health, Natural Products

Being Natural

Being Natural is hard. The labels are confusing and so is the information out there.

I recently read the book Ecoholic by Adria Vasil and thought WOW I now have the information to be an informed consumer. Also I loved the book because it was Canadian, so I recognised products within and was able to actually find the stores and products talked about in the book! All of her books are great and highly informative!

But after reading the book doing research online and watching a few documentaries. I was more confused than ever!

Two websites that have helped to make everything easier to figure things out are

http://www.goodguide.com/ and http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

And a page with a whole list of helpful tools from Adria Vasil’s website

http://www.ecoholic.ca/kick-ass-websites/

I can now easily search products, while I am shopping to find out whether they are eco-friendly and live up to my standards.

There has been the odd product lines like Live Clean¬†(If anyone has info on this company it would be greatly¬†appreciated!),¬†which I can’t seem to find on these databases so I am left to my own devices to determine whether they are good or not, but by and large these two websites make wading through the assault of products claiming to be eco-friendly much easier!

Posted in About Me, Natural Products, Organic, Spring

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Today is one of my favorite festivals of all year! Edmonton has a great Earth Day Festival.

You can check it out here!

It’s FREE!

It runs from 12:00pm to 6:00pm today at Fort Edmonton Park at the Blatchford Hangar.

ETS has a free shuttle running from South University Campus LRT station (Foote Field) to the front entrance of Fort Edmonton Park.

  • Free bike lock up is being provided courtesy of Edmonton Bicycle Commuters, (and transported by bicycle to the site by our friend Earth General Store‚Äôs Michael Kalmanovitch!). Please bring your own lock.
  • Walk.¬†:-)
  • Carpool to the event. There is limited parking at Fort Edmonton Park.

I am taking my Sparks today and will stay afterwards to check out everything else!

Here is the Earth Day Canada Site, with links to all kinds of stuff going on for Earth Day here in Canada!

Posted in Allergies/Intolerance, Health, Health Food, Nightshade Free, Vegan Food, Vegan Recipes

I heart Chick Peas – Greek Chickpea Soup

One of my favorite foods is chickpeas!  They are extremely versatile and can go in pretty much anything!

Below is a recipe for on the Food Network courtesy of Christine Cushing.

CC’s Greek Chickpea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1¬†cup¬†dried chickpeas (250 ml)
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1¬†carrot, diced
  • 1¬†small onion, diced
  • 1¬†rib celery, diced
  • 1¬†to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5¬†cups¬†vegetable stock (1.25 litres)
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†dried Greek oregano (5 ml)
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†ground cumin (2 ml)
  • 2¬†bay leaves
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†chopped fresh parsley (125 ml)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice, to finish soup, optional
  • Splash of olive oil, to finish soup, optional
  • Grilled pita bread, for serving

Directions

  1. Soak chickpeas in water. Cover and Refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain.
  2. Sauté onions in olive oil on medium heat until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrot and celery, sauté until vegetables soften, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Add garlic and cumin and Greek oregano and continue to cook 1 to 2 minutes more or until garlic is golden. Add vegetable stock, chickpeas, lemon zest and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes or until chickpeas are tender. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Add chopped fresh parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Serve soup hot with grilled pita bread. Makes 7 cups.

Dried chickpeas will double in volume when soaked. If you prefer, used 2 cups canned chickpeas. Serve this soup with grilled pita bread.

Yield: 6

***Recipe slightly adjusted to make it vegan**

Posted in About Me, Health, Reflections, Self Care, Veg*ns of Alberta, Wedding

It’s November……

So after an extremely high stress month of October and a miserably failed “every day” blog post month. ¬†I am still blogging away but there is far too much going on.

I missed all of Veg*ns of Alberta‘s events for World Vegetarian month. ¬†But have promised myself there is always next year and next year I will rock world vegetarian month. ¬†I have gone dress shopping and can’t decide on a dress. ¬†I feel torn between two dresses¬†I want and keep wondering why are they so expensive and should I spend this much on a dress/why am I not an amazing seamstress. ¬†I have continued to be a Sparks leader even though it was alot more work than I had thought it would be when I first signed up, but I am loving it!!!!

K has an amazing report card.  She blew her classes out of the water!  I am so proud of her!

I am off to the lower mainland on Tuesday to visit family and scout out ceremony/reception locations and to look at renting a dress (which seems like an amazing option right now).

Through out everything this month my friends have been amazing and have been there for me through it all what I would do without them is unknown cause I’d probably just completely fall apart!!

Even with everything going on I am extremely happy and have a positive outlook and I know it will all fall into place and I will find my rhythm again it might just take a little longer than I thought.