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Resisting Temptation with Cheerios.

I just had a thought. It came when I wanted to sit down and eat a bowl of cereal.

Now, that might not seem so monumental to you. But I love cereal. It’s my weakness, my guilty pleasure. If I don’t guard myself, I will eat 4 boxes of cereal in a little under 2 days. Speaking from experience.

So, I really wanted a bowl of cereal, but I knew that I should eat something with more substance. Cereal often times is wasted calories. It usually has a lot of sugar and very little protein, meaning I’m usually hunger 20 minutes later.

While I knew I should eat something with more nutrients and protein, I opted for the cereal. Why?

We only have a finite amount of will power each day, so why waste it on a 150 calorie choice?

That seems really stupid to say out loud, but that was a breakthrough for me.

If we only can resist a finite number of temptations each day, mind as well save for the temptations that would do the most damage.

Am I right?

What are some temptations that you struggle with and how have you been able to overcome them?

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Flats Challenge, Day 3: Cloth diapering on the go!

In this video, I share what I pack in my diaper bag. I’ll also show you how to do a Jo Fold.

No washer. No dryer. No problem.

For more information: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/category/cloth-diapering/flats-challenge/

 


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Flats Challenge, Day 2: Cloth diapering on a budget

Diapering from birth to potty training for less than 100 bucks?! Yes, please!

In this video, I share what supplies I’m using for this challenge and what it all costs. I’ll also show you how to do an Angel Wing Fold using a flat diaper.

No washer. No dryer. No problem.

For more information: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/category/cloth-diapering/flats-challenge/


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Flats Challenge, Day 1: Pad Fold

Today is day 1 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Follow along as I diaper my baby using only flat diapers (just a big sheet of fabric) and handwashing.

Did you know that there are very few programs that offer free or reduced cost diapers to those in need? Cloth diapering with flat diapers and waterproof covers can be a very economical way to diaper your baby from birth to potty training.

No washer. No dryer. No problem.

For more information: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/category/cloth-diapering/flats-challenge/


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Oil pulling update: 3 weeks

It’s official! I’ve been oil pulling for three weeks. They say it takes three weeks to set a habit, but for me, it takes daily reminders. 🙂

Dental care routine:

  1. First thing in the morning, I oil pull for 20 minutes.
  2. Spit out oil and immediately rinse 2-3 times with water.
  3. Thoroughly brush teeth.
  4. Right before I leave for work, I brush my teeth again and rinse with Crest anti-plaque mouthwash.
  5. Right before bed, brush teeth and rinse with mouthwash.

 

Which leads to a daily total of:

  • 3 brushes (2 minutes each)
  • 2 mouthwash rinses (30 seconds each)
  • 1 oil pull (20 minutes)
  • 27 minutes

 

Success rate: 85.7%

Out of the 21 potential oil pulls, I missed three…twice because we were out of town, the third time because our heater broke, and well, some things take precedence. 🙂 Especially when it’s -15 outside.

On the days that I missed, I rinsed with mouthwash if available, or at the very least water. My dental routine was the same throughout the rest of the day.

 

Diet:

What can I say, other than I started oil pulling the week before Halloween? Needless to say, the first two weeks saw a mostly healthy diet mixed with way more junk than usual (a lot of cake, candy and cookies…and ice cream.)

This past week, I’ve been trying to get back on track, but I’m still eating 2-3 servings of junk a day. It’s a work in progress.

 

The pros:

My mouth feels much cleaner and my teeth look whiter, although I’m not sure if that’s an effect of the oil pulling or just from better dental care overall.

 

The cons:

The biggest con of them all: I hate oil pulling! It just seems like such a hassle every day to oil pull for 20 minutes, and even though the time feels shorter each time I do it, it’s still not something I look forward to.

I also hate that it’s cut out my morning ritual of reading in bed while I enjoy the warm sheets. If I’m awake, I feel like I should be oil pulling to get it out of the way. I tried oil pulling while sitting in bed, but it didn’t work out.

 

Which leads me back to a pro:

I’m way more productive since I start oil pulling. In order to pass the time, I typically take my shower, get dressed, feed and let out the dogs, and get my breakfast ready. All in 20 minutes!

And once a healthy breakfast is ready, it’s really easy to forgo starting off the day with ice cream and cookies. As much as I enjoy that guilty pleasure, eating junk so early in the morning seems to mess things up the rest of the day.

 

Last con/neutrality:

I was hoping oil pulling would live up to its claims and get rid of the small bumps on my arms and thighs as well as clearing up my sinuses. I haven’t seen much progress in those areas yet, although they both cleared up when I ate a super clean and healthy diet. It might just be something that I have to eat healthy to achieve.

It also hasn’t helped my bleeding gums, which are pregnancy induced.

 

Lasting impression:

I’ve seen a lot of benefits with no detriments. So, on I will go.

I want to continue oil pulling until I run out of the coconut oil (probably about three more weeks.) At that time, I will update on whether I’ll continue with the treatment.

 

 


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Tips for an awesome third trimester

Disclaimer: I’m in my 22nd week and feeling great right now. So, be full aware that this article has no scientific basis what-so-ever and is more a pep talk for myself.

My husband and I are planning a special vacation in December, when I’ll be  entering my third trimester. I didn’t know until I started researching a week ago that babymoons are best around the 18-24 week mark. Since I am currently at 22 weeks, that’s unlikely to happen.

Despite my best efforts to google “Tips for an awesome third trimester,” “Tips to stay fit in the third trimester,” and the like, I’m greeted with search results that say “How to survive your third trimester.” I’ve given up searching for the answers out there and decided to create my own guide, full of positive thoughts. 🙂

Tips for an awesome third trimester:

  • Eat healthy. Eat healthy and nourish that baby! You’ll feel better physically and emotionally, have more energy and less symptoms.
  • Stay fit. As long as you get the go ahead from your practitioner, keep up your workout routine. Not only will you have more energy and feel better, but it will prepare you for the amazing marathon you’re about to take on (birth and taking care of a newborn.)
  • Relax. In a few months, weeks, or days, you’ll have a little person who is dependent on you for everything. Take this time to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
  • Live in the moment. Yes, it is super exciting that you’ll get to meet your baby soon, but relish this moment in your life where your body is working magic to create a human being. How awesome is that? Seriously, be proud.

This is going to be an incredible journey!


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Oil pulling, Day 1

My husband will probably think I’m goofy when he comes home and finds coconut oil in the medicine cabinet. He’ll probably chalk it off to pregnancy brain and put it back in the kitchen…only for it to magically appear back in the medicine cabinet the next day.

I’ve started an experiment that even for me is a little goofy. It’s called oil pulling, and it claims to not only improve the health of your mouth but also to pull out toxins from elsewhere in your body. I was intrigue by this holistic method because a) it’s relatively cheap (~$7-10/month), b) it doesn’t go against modern dental science (not once does it ask you to throw out your current toothpaste, and actually, part of the method is to use it along with your current dental regime), and c) I was told at the dentist that you are doomed to get gingivitis during pregnancy. Hormones are out of wack, don’t fight it.

But I can’t accept that. If I believe that pregnancy is a normal process in life, it really shouldn’t affect my mouth all that drastically. I’m willing to go the extra mile if that means protecting my pearly whites (and if the bonuses are true about pulling toxins out of your body, well the more, the merrier!)

How to oil pull

  1. Pick your oil of choice.
    • Choices: Unrefined coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil. (I’ve heard many other types mentioned, but these were the most common. I did hear that you shouldn’t use vegetable oil, but I’m not sure about the validity of this.)
    • What I chose: Unrefined coconut oil
    • Pros: Cheaper than sesame oil; mild taste.
    • Cons: Solid at room temp, so you have to put it in your mouth and let it melt down to liquid.
  2. First thing in the morning, take a tablespoon and swish for 20 minutes.
    • 20 minutes!?! I know, 20 minutes seems incredibly long (especially if you’re used to commercial mouth washes that call for 30 or 60 seconds.) I really didn’t know how I would make it through, but I did!
    • First thing in the morning is recommended because that’s when your mouth has the most bacteria hanging around. (Ever heard of morning breath?) You can also do it any time it’s been at least 2 hours since you’ve last eaten, but I think that first thing in the morning will be the easiest to remember.
    • I will say that the conventional wisdom of 1 tablespoon seemed wayyy too much for my petite mouth. I probably only did 1/2 to 3/4 of a tablespoon and it was PLENTY!
    • One of the worst parts was waiting for the coconut oil to melt. It was pretty gross, but I assume I’ll just get used to the texture and won’t think much of it.
  3. Spit out.
    • Do not swallow! If you truly believe that the oil is pulling bacteria and toxins out of your mouth, gross, don’t ingest those bad boys! (And if you don’t believe…why the heck would purposely put oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Torture, I tell ya.)
  4. Repeat 1-2 times a day.
    • One time is plenty for me, thank you.

Tips

  • Set an alarm. I was constantly checking the clock, but it at least gave me motivation to keep going.
  • Find activities to do. I took a shower, put on lotion, dressed, let the dogs out and put on my shoes. Not bad for 20 minutes!
  • Set a goal and stick with it! Like most holistic remedies, this is not a quick fix. Especially if you’re hoping it will clear something somewhere else in your body, like skin issues or block sinuses. Set a goal (i.e. once a day for 4 weeks) and STICK WITH IT! 🙂
  • Be careful about spitting it down the drain. It could caused clogged pipes. Since I picked an oil that is solid at room temp and we live in a cold climate, I decided to be safe. I found a plastic box in the trash that I’ll use to spit into and then throw it out when it’s full.
The proof is in the pudding (or coconut oil).

The proof is in the pudding (or coconut oil).

Initial reactions

I really thought I’d have nothing to say until a few weeks into this process, but man oh man, I already notice a difference! My mouth feels much cleaner and less acidic tasting. I have some cold sores on the sides of my mouth, so I’m excited to see if they’ll be minimized or disappear over the next few days.

Goal

My goal is to continue doing this once a day until I run out of coconut oil (according to the label, that’ll be about 28-35 days). I have a 0% success rate when I expect 100% perfection, so I shoot for 80%. I already know there will be days that I forget, but as long as I do it the bulk of the time, I’m good.

I chose to do it first thing in the morning because I can wake up and swish while I get ready for the day. It seems to be the time that I am least likely to forget, as well as being a great time to make it a routine. I don’t leave the house without changing into clothes or brushing my teeth, so obviously, my morning routine works! 🙂

However, I have been known to leave the house without keys, phone, lunch, headphones, money…

Additional resource

I found this video informative:

  • HOW TO OIL PULL: for naturally white teeth & a healthy body by holistichabits
If you’ve tried oil pulling, what were your results?