Homemade Moisturizer for dry skin: 5 minutes, 3 ingredients and fool proof

Homemade Moisturizer for dry skin

Quick, easy and fool proof

Homemade Moisturizer for dry skin

I have been trying to get healthier for the last 3 years but it’s a slow process as everything takes so long to research, save up for and get into long lasting habits.  I am getting there slowly with a lot of things though, and making my own cosmetics has been next on my to do list for a long time.  I became chemically sensitive when I had my health problems 3 years ago and anything I put on my face literally burned it, so I went organic with my products and that seemed to be good enough at that time.

However, at the start of my pregnancy, I would wash my hair with my normal organic shampoo and then spend the rest of the day scratching my back where my hair hung down.  This happened during my first pregnancy too but for some reason I had no idea it was my shampoo.  So I decided I had to start making my own personal care products starting with shampoo, and more recently I have made this amazing moisturizer.

I have been searching for a good moisturizer recipe for such a long time but they all seemed too long, too complicated with measuring temperatures, water separating from oil, expensive ingredients list, fancy equipment needed and bad reviews.  So I finally found this recipe which I’ve changed to make it quicker and easier to suit my busy lifestyle.  I know it’s a recipe I’m going to return to time and time again.

I’m going to be totally honest with you on this blog and tell you the pros and the cons as nothing is ever perfect, but I will try and bring you articles which will help your overall health, so overall I think this is an amazing recipe.  Here are some great points about this moisturizer and not so great points so you can make your own mind up whether you should give it a try:

Homemade Moisturizer Benefits

  • Only has 3 easy to find ingredients, that you may already have
  • Seems to be foolproof, very easy to follow instructions
  • Great for dry skin.  This is a good moisturizer as it creates a barrier that keeps your existing hydration within your body and protects you from drying effects of hand washing.  I can still feel it on my skin after I’ve washed my hands.  I wash my hands so many times a day that this is very important to me, as my hands are the only part of my body that are dry due to the constant washing.
  • Lasts for a long time out of the fridge: As this moisturizer contains no water you can store it out of the fridge and it will last for ages.  This was important to me so I can keep a small pot in each bathroom and in the kitchen.
  • It’s always soft and doesn’t have to be melted before use.
  • Absorbs fairly quickly into the skin
  • Great for nappy rash: My baby’s chronic nappy rash has completely cleared up after using this.  I loved coconut oil but it never lasted long enough or created a barrier on the skin to protect it.
  • Only need a tiny amount so this will last for ages.
  • Recipe makes a small quantity so you don’t waste your ingredients.  You don’t need a lot as it’s so concentrated.
  • It’s a great base for adding your own favourite ingredients to if you want to experiment.
  • Luxurious, thick and creamy and great for any part of the body.  I have also used this as a lip balm.

Homemade Moisturizer Draw backs

  • When you first apply it, it can feel a bit greasy, and you need to rub it in but it usually absorbs within a minute unless you’ve used too much.  You only need to use a tiny amount, but you soon get used to the amount to take. 
  • It’s so thick I don’t think you could use this with a hand pump which I used to use to save time.  However I have put mine in a jar with a flip top lid which is almost as fast to get access to.  I would suggest putting this in a wide shallow container as you will need to dip your finger into it.  It’s not runny so you can’t pour it out of a tall thin bottle.
  • Depending on how strong your olive oil is, it might smell a bit of olive oil but you can disguise this by adding some essential oils to the moisturizer. My olive oil isn’t too strong smelling anyway and I added a few drops of orange essential oil which smells amazing.

You just need to use a tiny little dot of this for your hands or face as it is so rich.  Rub it in for a minute and your skin will be able to lock in it’s moisture.  Store this out of the fridge in a wide, shallow jar or container or a few very small tubs.  It will make about a Cup’s worth.

Homemade Moisturizer for dry skin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil (Almond or other oil)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (If you don’t have any, you can order some on Amazon)
  • 1/4 Cup Beeswax Pellets (You can buy some here on Amazon if you don’t have any)
  • Optional (10 drops of Essential Oil)

Directions

  1. Combine the Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Beeswax into a heat proof jug or large jar.
  2. Put the jug/jar in a saucepan and fill the pan with water until it comes 3/4 of the way up the jug/jar.
  3. Put it on a low heat on the stove.  Heat and stir it until it has melted (About 5 minutes)
  4. Now empty out the hot water from the pan and replace it with cold water to the same level.  Put the jug/jar back into the pan. (This helps to cool the moisturizer down quickly – I was impatient and this worked very well for me)
  5. Add your essential oil to the jug/jar now if you are using.
  6. Now to finish this quickly, use an electric whisk to quickly whip the ingredients into a moisturizer.  OR if you don’t have a whisk you can use a fork and give it a good stir.  You may have to stir this every 5 minutes until the texture is thick and creamy.

I couldn’t actually believe how easy this was and how well it worked.  It saves me a fortune, hardly takes any time at all and I know I’m not putting loads of toxic chemicals into my skin now.  Perfect!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Could you be suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency Fatigue? The experiment I just HAD to share

Could you be suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency Fatigue?

My experiments with Vitamin D

Vitamin D Deficiency Fatigue

I have so many personal experiments to share with you but this one had to top my list just due to the impact it’s made on my life.  I’m going to give you a bit of background about Vitamin D and then share my personal experiments with Vitamin D with you.  If you think you could be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency fatigue then you really have to read this.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D  encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous.  There are five types of Vitamin D, D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5.  The two that matter most to us are D2 and D3.

Sources of Vitamin D

We can either get Vitamin D from sunshine, food or supplements.  Vitamin D can only be produced by the body if it gets enough exposure to sunshine.

Vitamin D Foods

There is very little Vitamin D in foods. You can get Vitamin D from some foods such as:

  • oily fish, such as salmon and sardines
  • eggs
  • fortified fat spreads
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • powdered milk

It is hard to get enough vitamin D from food as these foods would need to be consumed daily and combined with other healthy foods that work in conjunction with each other such as foods containing magnesium.  However you probably still won’t get enough Vitamin D without either sun exposure or supplementation

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency

The only true way of finding out if you are deficient in Vitamin D is to do a test, but some of the following conditions and symptoms may indicate that you are vitamin D deficient.

  • Prone to colds and flu
  • Muscle weakness
  • Suffer from psoriasis
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Gum Disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Schizophrenia and Depression
  • Cancer
  • Rickets and osteomalacia

However most people won’t get any of these conditions.  A lot of people who have a mild vitamin D deficiency will just have tiredness and general aches and pains.

Vitamin D Benefits

The benefits of getting enough vitamin D include:

  • Maintaining your calcium balance
  • Helps your cells to differentiate between themselves
  • Boosts your immunity
  • Has a role in insulin secretion
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Prevents diseases and other health problems
  • Prevents general tiredness
  • Prevents aches and pains

Vitamin D Deficiency Fatigue

Vitamin D Side Effects

Vitamin D has been shown to be safe to take by supplement unless you take too much which can cause problems such as weakness, fatigue, sleepiness, headache, loss of appetite, dry mouth, metallic taste, nausea, vomiting, and others.  Some groups of people or those taking certain medications should be more careful.  You can read this for more information.

Vitamin D levels

Studies show that for good health, serum vitamin D levels should be a minimum of 50 ng/mL (125 nmol/L), with optimal levels falling between 50-80 ng/mL (125-200 nmol/L). These values apply to both children and adults.  I have asked my doctor to check all my vitamins within 4 weeks, so I don’t currently know what my vitamin levels are but I will update this post as soon as I find out.

My experiments with Vitamin D

I am currently 6 months pregnant and for this whole time I’ve been feeling exhausted and struggling to get through every day with very low energy.  I changed my diet 3 years ago when I was extremely ill and overcame chronic fatigue syndrome and many other health problems.  I became a vegan as I was intolerant to dairy and rarely ate meat anyway.  I went on a 6 month raw food detox and felt amazing after that, quickly followed by my first pregnancy.  Although my first pregnancy wasn’t easy and I did feel dreadful at the end of each day for the first few months, I would wake up every morning feeling amazing and do at least 1 hour of an intensive workout, go running for an hour and go for long walks outside.

However this pregnancy has been totally different.  I barely have the energy to walk 10 minutes to my local shop and when I get back I have to lie down for half an hour as it’s wiped me out so much.  I have been feeling a bit down too and desperately craving sunshine, but just putting my low mood down to the measly 5 hours of daylight we’ve been getting, and the freezing cold and grey days that have not encouraged me to even step foot outside my door.

So I knew something was wrong and although I had started taking a prenatal multivitamin I started reading more about vitamin d deficiency fatigue and realised I had been taking far too little vitamin D.

I think I felt better during my last pregnancy as I had just had a fairly good summer (for the UK) and I was spending at least an hour every day outside, and had just been on holiday somewhere hot and sunny where I probably stored up a fair amount of vitamin D.

I had read that anyone living in a northern climate probably can never get enough vitamin D and should be supplementing.  As I had recently moved even further north from England to the top of Scotland and the whole of the UK didn’t see any sun pretty much all of last year, it was pretty evident that I was deficient in Vitamin D.

Anyone who is pregnant, very young children or older people, or those who have existing health problems probably need more vitamin D than the average person (but check with your doctor first).

So I bought myself a high potency vitamin D supplement that received some great reviews on Amazon and started taking it.  I have always been a bit sceptical of supplements as I very rarely notice much of a difference after taking them and there have been times in my life where I’ve been taking literally 20 different supplements a day, so I gave all that up thinking there is not much point in it and saving the added expense.

However this was one supplement that I actually did notice making a MASSIVE difference to my health.  Within literallly 2 days of taking it, I felt almost back to normal again.  I had so much energy, similar to before I became pregnant.  I could now walk to the shops fine, come back and run around with my baby, started going back to my toddler groups where I’d run around after her and still have the energy to go shopping afterwards and then clean the house.  This is very unusual for me (doing so much in one day, not cleaning the house!)

Although in the back of my mind I was wondering if it was perhaps something else giving me the energy and just a coincidence, maybe it was my good diet finally kicking in or just an unexplained pregnancy thing.  Well I encouraged my husband to start taking it too as he has also been exhausted for a very long time, blaming overwork, stress, raising a toddler and not getting enough sleep for his tiredness.  Well the same thing happened to him, within a couple of days he had so much more energy, was feeling so positive and on top of things and sleeping better too.

Some people may even blame my vegan diet for my lack of vitamin D as I don’t eat fish, eggs and make everything from scratch so don’t have many fortified foods.  But my husband does eat all these things and was still suffering, so I think there is only so much a diet can do for you if you live in a northern climate or you don’t get out in the sunshine at all.

Very rarely do I see such a massive improvement when I’m doing my health experiments, so I knew I just had to share this with you.

Vitamin D Supplements

“If you have a deficiency, you can correct it with 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day for three months–but only under a doctor’s supervision. For maintenance, take 2,000 to 4,000 IU a day of vitamin D3. Some people may need higher doses over the long run to maintain optimal levels because of differences in vitamin D receptors, living in northern latitudes, indoor living, or skin color.” (Source 8)

I have been taking 5,000 IU a day so I guess it had a major impact on my health.  I live in about as far north as you can and my skin is slightly dark.  I am also pregnant which means I need even more than the average person but I do advise you to ask your doctor before taking any high dosage supplements.

The best type of Vitamin D to supplement is D3.  This Vitamin D3 supplement is very easy for the body to absorb as it’s made from natural ingredients and is raw.  It is vegetarian but not vegan.  It is 2,000 IU so not anywhere near as much as I have been taking but you may not need that much to feel an improvement.

If you want a higher potency form of Vitamin D, this supplement contains 5,000 like the one I’ve been taking.  It is also very reasonably priced as they last a long time. It’s not vegetarian however.

If you are a vegan, it doesn’t seem possible to get Vitamin D3 in vegan form, but you can get Vitamin D2 which seems to be equally as good for you.  This is a great vegan supplement you might want to try.  It is 800 IU.

Could you be suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency Fatigue?

Sources:

1) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D

3) http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-D.aspx

4) http://www.patient.co.uk/health/vitamin-d-deficiency-including-osteomalacia-and-rickets

5) http://www.algaecal.com/vitamin-d/benefits.html

6) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/929.html

7) http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-deficiency/am-i-vitamin-d-deficient/

8) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/vitamin-d-why-you-are-pro_b_585311.html

71 Coconut Oil Benefits: My Experiments with Coconut Oil

71 Coconut Oil Benefits: My Experiments with Coconut Oil

71 Coconut Oil BenefitsThere is so much hype about Coconut Oil benefits at the moment.  I remember reading a book about coconut oil when I was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so I started taking it daily and did actually start to feel better.  However when I started my major healing through my raw food diet I kept my fat intake much lower so forgot all about coconut oil.

I’ve recently stumbled upon another book, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife which was very convincing, so I decided it was high time to experiment with this ‘miracle’ food.

To give you a bit of background, coconuts have been used as a major food source  for thousands of years  by millions of people in Asia, PacificIslands, Africa and Central America. Before the introduction of modern foods, many of these people depended almost entirely on coconut to sustain life.  They didn’t suffer from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and many other degenerative diseases until they abandoned their traditional diets.

Coconut oil has a long and highly respected reputation in many cultures throughout the world, not only as a valuable food but also as an effective medicine. The healing miracles of the coconut have long been recognised in those cultures where it is grown.  Only recently have these benefits started to become known to the rest of the world.

There have been many reported claims of coconut oil such as:

  1. Reduce Psoriasis
  2. Eliminate Dandruff
  3. Remove Pre cancerous skin lesion
  4. Speed Flu recovery
  5. Stop bladder infections
  6. Overcome chronic fatigue
  7. Relieve haemorrhoids
  8. treat dental cavities
  9. reduce peptic ulcers
  10. Can help with benign prostaic hyperplasia
  11. To treat Epilepsy
  12. Clear up Genital herpes
  13. To treat Hepatitis C
  14. To treat HIV/AIDs
  15. Prevent heart disease
  16. Indirectly lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
  17. Reduces blood clotting
  18. Reduces stroke risk
  19. Prevents damage from free radicals
  20. Improves dental health
  21. Improves immune system
  22. Treats Candida
  23. Treats infections
  24. Treats parasites
  25. Improves IBS
  26. Lose weight
  27. Speed your metabolism
  28. Gain energy
  29. Reduce cravings for junk food

Apply to body to

  1. Prevent liver spots
  2. Remove dead skin cells
  3. Limit damage from sun exposure
  4. Eliminate dry skin
  5. Protect skin from germs
  6. Heal wounds
  7. Condition hair
  8. Quickly reduces blisters
  9. Reduce warts
  10. Eliminate athletes foot
  11. Prevent wrinkles
  12. Reduce inflammation

It also has been claimed that coconut oil:

  1. Supports the development of strong bones
  2. Protects against osteoporosis
  3. Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis
  4. Reduces severity of symptoms in malabsorption syndrome
  5. Reduces severity of symptoms in cystic fibrosis
  6. Relieves symptoms of gallbladder disease
  7. Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease
  8. Relieves symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis
  9. Relieves symptoms associated with stomach ulcers
  10. Protects the body from breast, colon and other cancers
  11. Prevents premature aging and degenerative diseases
  12. Prevents liver disease
  13. Kills bacteria that causes pneumonia
  14. Kills bacteria that causes earache
  15. Kills bacteria that causes throat infection
  16. Kills bacteria that causes food poisoning
  17. Kills bacteria that causes urinary tract infections
  18. Kills bacteria that causes meningitis
  19. Kills bacteria that causes gonorrhoea
  20. Kills fungi and yeast that causes ringworm
  21. Kills fungi and yeast that causes nappy rash
  22. Expels or kills tapeworm
  23. Expels or kills lice
  24. Expels or kills giardia
  25. Reduces symptoms associated with eczema
  26. Reduces symptoms associated with dermatitis
  27. Prevents sagging skin
  28. Treats burns
  29. Treats kidney stones
  30. Treats choleraic dysentery

Daily Recommended Dose

  • 3 ½ Tablespoons Coconut Oil or
  • Half a Coconut or
  • 2 ¾ cups dried coconut or
  • 10 ounces (295 ml) Coconut milk

How to use coconut oil

Coconut oil is hard at room temperature but will melt when you add it to your cooking.  Replace all your vegetable oils with coconut oils.  It is perfect to fry foods in.

If you want to melt it without cooking it (to drink it, add it to a drink, soup or yoghurt etc.) you could put the desired amount of coconut oil in a cup.  Place the cup in a bowl and fill the bowl with boiling water.  The oil will melt quickly.

You don’t need to store coconut oil in the fridge.  It will keep for 2 years out of the fridge.

Other ways to eat coconut oil

  • Spread it on your toast
  • Use it on your baked potato
  • Add it to smoothies
  • Add it to your hot drinks
  • Add it to baking to replace butter
  • Add it to your pancake mixture
  • Add it to soups and stews

My Personal Experiments with Coconut Oil 

Coconut Oil Benefits and my experiments with Coconut Oil

I have been taking about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily and using it in my cooking for the last 3 months for this experiment.

In addition to eating it straight, I have been using coconut oil for:

  • Nappy Cream for my baby
  • Hand moisturiser
  • Lip moisturiser
  • Hair conditioner
  • Face cleaning
  • Face moisturiser
  • Deodorant
  • Replaced all oils for cooking with coconut oil
  • Added it to smoothies, pancakes and hot drinks
  • Oil pulling (I’ll talk more about this in another post)

Benefits of Coconut Oil that I’ve noticed myself

  • Baby’s chronic nappy rash cleared up completely
  • Clearing up a rash on my body that’s been there for over 2 years by applying coconut oil to it.
  • To immediately eliminate a very itchy foot (had been there for 4 days and went straight away as soon as I put coconut oil on it and didn’t return)
  • Reduced cravings for junk food
  • Filled me up and stopped me getting so hungry and low blood sugar while pregnant as no foods seemed to keep me going for very long until I added coconut to them.
  • Hair has become softer and less frizzy
  • Skin is much softer from just ingesting it
  • Skin became even softer when I used it as a moisturiser.
  • Have completely eliminated any acne (3 months of pregnancy, got lots at the start which disappeared when I started moisturising face with coconut oil)
  • So far none of the problems that I had during my previous pregnancy at this stage (severe cravings for sugar, toothache, crippling backache, heartburn, agonising stomach aches, extreme insomnia, spots, severe reaction to central heating, headaches, daily feverishness) which could of course just be a coincidence.
  • Toothache and tooth sensitivity to foods completely went away. (I’m still awaiting a dentist appointment so I’ve yet to see if I do indeed have a cavity as I suspected at the start of my pregnancy)

Where to buy Coconut Oil

I had been using so much coconut oil for this experiment that I have been buying it in bulk which reduces the price by half.  Coconut Oil has a subtle coconut scent which you don’t notice when you use it to cook with.  I’ve been using an extra virgin organic coconut oil which is the best quality of coconut oil.  You can buy Coconut Oil on Amazon here.

What I like about Coconut Oil

I love the way my cooked food tastes when I’ve used coconut oil to stir fry my food in.  I like that I can keep it out of the fridge and it lasts a long time.  I love the fact it comes from a fruit as that makes it feel much more natural to me as I am consuming coconut oil every time I eat coconut.

What I don’t like about Coconut Oil

I really went off the taste of coconut oil eaten straight from the spoon and afterwards I would often feel sickly.  This never happened if I cooked with coconut oil or if it was added to my food.  I sometimes think why don’t we just eat the whole coconut rather than extracting the oil as I prefer to base my diet around whole foods.  However if I am to use any oil then coconut oil would definitely be my preferred oil.

When coconut oil is applied directly to the skin it can feel a bit greasy if you use too much and seems to easily rub off.  But I have developed some homemade cosmetics that include coconut oil alongside other ingredients and they work perfectly.  I’ll be sharing these in the future.

My Conclusion about coconut Oil Benefits

I did see noticeable benefits from using coconut oil that couldn’t be attributed to other things, especially my 2 year rash clearing up after applying coconut oil to it.  There is no denying my skin is a lot softer too.  But the other benefits are hard to pinpoint directly to coconut oil.  However I do believe it’s a great food and I am going to continue to use it.  I’m still undecided as to how much fat I should be having in my diet but anytime I would be using another oil I’m going to try and use coconut oil instead and not go overboard with the use of it as I also consume a lot of coconut in other forms as I make my own coconut milk and add coconut to my smoothies, so I do think coconut oil is extremely beneficial but so is the entire coconut!

This has been shared with the following great blog hops:

Monday

Potluck Party: http://www.lifeologia.com

My Meatless Mondays: http://sweetsav.blogspot.co.uk

Meatless Monday: http://www.theveggiemama.com/

Just Another Meatless Monday: http://heywhatsfordinnermom.blogspot.co.uk/

Hunt and Pursue Better Moms Monday: http://www.thebettermom.com

Natural Living Monday: http://www.naturallivingmamma.com

Make your own Monday: http://www.nourishingtreasures.com

Bulletin Board: http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/

Mostly Homemade Mondays: http://homegrownandhealthy.com

Tuesday

Living Green Tuesdays: http://www.likeamustardseed.com

Hearth and Soul: http://www.21stcenturyhousewife.com

Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays: http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com/

Fat Tuesdays: http://realfoodforager.com/

Traditional Tuesday: http://www.cookingtf.com

http://wearethatfamily.com/

Teach me Tuesday: http://www.growinghomeblog.com

Tiny Tips Tuesday: http://naturesnurtureblog.com

Wednesday

Allergy Free Wednesdays: http://www.tessadomesticdiva.com

Fresh Foods: http://www.gastronomicalsovereignty.com/

Whole Food Wednesdays: http://thischickcooks.net

Real Food Wednesday: http://kellythekitchenkop.com

Frugal Days Sustainable Ways: http://frugallysustainable.com

Healthy 2day Wednesdays: http://www.day2dayjoys.com

Encourage One Another: http://www.deeprootsathome.com

Waste Not Want not Wednesday: http://www.poorandglutenfree.blogspot.co.uk

Wheat Free Wednesday: http://www.annemariecain.com

Wildcrafting Wednesday: http://mindbodyandsoleonline.com

Thursday

Thank your body Thursday: http://thankyourbody.com/

Full Plate Thursday: http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.co.uk/

Keep it Real Thursday  http://www.beyondthepeel.net/

Simple Lives Thursday: http://gnowfglins.com

Pennywise Platter Thursday: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com

Creative Juice Thursday: http://www.momnivores-dilemma.com/

Green Resource: http://www.sortacrunchy.net

Frugal Food Thursday: http://www.frugalfollies.com

Thrifty Thursday: http://feminineadventures.com

Raw Food Thursday: http://www.glutenfreecat.com

Friday

Foodie Friday: http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.co.uk

Gluten Free Fridays: http://vegetarianmamma.com

Healthy Vegan Fridays: http://www.veggienook.com

Wellness Weekends: http://www.dietdessertndogs.com

Fight Back Friday: http://www.foodrenegade.com

Wholefoods Friday @ Allergy Free Alaska http://www.allergyfreealaska.com

http://www.cybelepascal.com/

Freaky Friday: http://realfoodfreaks.com/

Fresh Bites Friday: http://www.realfoodwholehealth.com/

Fill those jars Friday: http://toomanyjarsinmykitchen.com

Simple Meals: http://www.naturallivingmamma.com

Tasty Traditions: http://myculturedpalate.com/

 

My Health Experiments: How to live a healthy happy life

Experiments in Health How to live a healthy happy life

About 3 years ago I was a very sickly person who couldn’t even get out of bed or continue working.   I had no idea that I had any control over this and just assumed this was my fate.  When I started reading about health I realised I did have control over my own body and set out on a path to get my life back.  Within 6 months I had healed myself of my debilitating health conditions and had my life back.

Now 3 years later I’m just as passionate about health and the effects that our actions have on our bodies.  I don’t have perfect health by any stretch of the imagination but it is improving all the time which I find extremely encouraging.

I have started this blog to document all my experiments with health, what works for me and what doesn’t work.  I want to keep pushing myself, to keep learning, growing and trying new things.  So I want to be held accountable that I’m actually going to try new things and share the results with you.

I thought I’d give you a list of just some of the things I want to experiment with in the future or am currently experimenting with so you can follow my progress.

So here is a list which I’m going to continue to add items to in the future, of health experiments that I’m going to try in the future or have been currently trying.  Let me know what you’re most interested in or if you’ve got any experiences with these topics that will help me.  I’d really appreciate any tips, suggestions, good books, blog posts to read or recipes to try to help me with my journey.  I hope as this blog grows it can be a resource that we can all use to learn from each other and our journeys.  Anyway here is some things that spring to mind at the moment but there will be plenty more in the future:

Diet

  • What is the healthiest diet and is there such a thing as one diet for all of us?
  • Benefits of Coconut Oil
  • How to eat organic food on a budget
  • How to tolerate eating bread again
  • How to eat grains in a healthy way
  • Benefits of juicing: Is there any benefits over smoothies?
  • Supplementation: Do we really need to supplement?
  • Growing fruit and veg when you’ve got no time, no experience and it’s freezing cold!
  • How to start Sprouting
  • Is fermentation really good for you?
  • Learning how to make absolutely everything from scratch
  • What really happens to our whole food before it gets to us?
  • What is the healthiest type of water and how much will it cost?
  • Is there such a thing as a healthy sweetener?
  • How to eat healthily while you are travelling

Personal Care

  • Benefits of charcoal.  Will it really whiten my teeth and get rid of stomach bugs?
  • Going ‘No Poo’
  • Making all beauty products myself
  • Removing all metal from my mouth, how to go about this and should I bother?
  • How can I get rid of grey hair naturally
  • How to improve the condition of my toenails
  • How to improve my eyesight naturally

Healthy Home

  • Natural cleaning product recipes
  • Air Filtrations.  Do they really work?
  • How do I avoid harmful materials in my home and should I even try?
  • Do SAD boxes really help you in the winter?

Improve your health

  • Can herbs really heal me?  How do I start with herbs?
  • Can I really be healthy with no sunshine?
  • Is it really possible for me to avoid cancer by improving my health?
  • Should I avoid vaccinations?
  • How do I avoid having health problems when I get older?
  • What books will really help me improve my health?

Improve your happiness

  • Is there such a thing as a work life balance?
  • How to learn contentment
  • How important are relationships?
  • How to de-stress in a modern world
  • How to find like minded people who are also concerned about health
  • What do you do if your family aren’t concerned about health and are suffering?
  • How to avoid getting obsessed about health

Lose Weight

  • How to lose weight after having a baby
  • How to avoid putting on too much weight during pregnancy
  • What is the best way to lose weight and keep it off
  • How to put weight on

Healthy Kids

  • What do kids need for a healthy balanced diet
  • Do children need supplements?
  • How to get your fussy child to eat more healthily
  • Should I stop my child eating junk at social events?
  • Do children need to detox?

How to get fit

  • How to get fit after having a baby
  • How to get rid of cellulite
  • How to get muscle definition
  • What is the best type of exercise to fit into limited time
  • How to get fit without even noticing

Detoxing

  • How to start fasting for the first time and make it a regular habit
  • Does getting pure and healthy make you even more sensitive?
  • How often do we need to go on a detox diet?
  • What are all the different ways to detox and which are the most important?

Do you ever ask yourself any of these questions or do you have anything that’s worked for you that you’d like to share?  Are you currently conducting any health experiments of your own?  I’d love any links to articles or books that you’ve found helpful.  There is so much for me to learn and try it’s almost overwhelming (and I’ve not even scratched the surface of everything I want to try!) but I think that’s why it’s even more important to learn how to not get obsessed with health and how to learn contentment.  I’m the kind of person who is impatient, impulsive and wants to change everything and see the results immediately but it took me years of abuse to get my body into a terrible state, so getting the best health I can isn’t going to be something that will happen overnight.  I will have to try and learn patience while I work my way through this list.

Some of these items can’t be started right now anyway as I’m currently pregnant so there is a lot of things I can’t experiment with, but plenty that I can get started with or have already started, so hopefully you’ll get just as excited as I am about this journey we are on to get healthy and enjoy our lives!

 

How to make Homemade Vegetable Broth

How to make homemade vegetable broth

Welcome to the very first of my experiments on this blog, my experiments making homemade vegetable broth.  Some things work and others don’t and I’m going to be honest and share what works for me and what doesn’t so you can avoid wasting your time and start improving your health!

When we are on a healthy diet there is usually one thing that we keep making that doesn’t quite fit into our ideals of a healthy diet.  My healthy diet includes attempting to make everything from scratch.  I believe whole unprocessed foods are the most healthy and provide our bodies with everything we need so we don’t have to be so concerned about worrying ‘where is my protein’ or ‘am I getting enough calcium’ When you eat a varied whole foods diet, you will usually be getting everything your bodies needs.  Plus if you make everything yourself from scratch you avoid all unhealthy additives, fillers, sweeteners, salt and unhealthy oils that are usually present in everything.

So after completely changing my diet to now make everything from scratch including almond and coconut milk, almond butter, peanut butter, jam, oat flour, yoghurt, ice cream, date syrup, coconut butter just to name a few, I realised that I was clinging on to one processed food that I consume every day, and that was stock cubes. I have soup every day and always throw a few vegetable stock cubes in.

I had actually tried to make my own vegetable broth in the past and it didn’t turn out very well.  So it’s enough to put me off trying to make it again.  The method I had used works well for a lot of people but for some reason it didn’t taste good to me.  I had saved a lot my vegetable scraps such as ends of celery, carrot peelings and tops of onions in a bag in the freezer and then boiled them up, and strained it, but I didn’t like the taste at all.

Anyway, this time I used whole vegetables instead of scraps as I wanted to make sure it tasted good, and added some herbs and spices and the results was very good.  There are so many recipes for vegetable broth and I’ve concluded you can pretty much include any vegetables you like but some of them are a bit strong and will overpower the flavour, so it’s better to stick with onions, celery, leeks, carrots and potatoes.

This recipe produced a gorgeous vegetable broth.  All you need to do is change the quantity to suit your recipe by adding more or less water.  You can add more or less vegetables too, you can afford to be experimental with this recipe.  It’s better not to let your vegetables go to waste just for the sake of sticking to a recipe exactly.

You can store this in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for 3 months.  It might be better to freeze this in individual cup portions if you are likely to need different quantities of stock for different recipes.

Depending on how much stock you make, you will need a large stock pot for this.  It makes more sense to me to make a big batch of this so you don’t have to make the stock quite as often.

This recipe for homemade vegetable broth can be used with my 7 Day Diet Plan which includes a soup recipe for lunch.

Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
This recipe produced a gorgeous vegetable broth. All you need to do is change the quantity to suit your recipe by adding more or less water.

Ingredients

  • 2 Onions (Roughly Chopped)
  • 2 Celery Sticks (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 Carrot (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 Leek (Roughly Chopped)
  • 1 clove Garlic (Peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 Bay Leaves ((Optional))
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley ((Or a small bunch fresh roughly chopped: Optional))
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pinch Pepper
  • 1.2l Water (Or 4-5 Cups of Water)

Directions

Step 1
Add all the ingredients to a large pan or stock pot.
Step 2
Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour
Step 3
Strain through a metal sieve. The liquid is your vegetable broth that you can use for soups and other recipes. You can compost the remaining vegetables.

7 Day Real Food Diet: Lose weight naturally with whole healthy food

7 Day Real Food Diet For Weight Loss

If you have some weight to lose quickly but you want to do it in a healthy way, this real food diet is the perfect diet for you.  It’s based on real whole real foods so you’ll actually be improving your health and giving yourself a massive energy boost in the process.  This diet doesn’t contain any unhealthy processed ingredients and the best part of it is that you can continue to eat like this every day.  You’ll probably feel so good you’ll never want to go back to your normal diet again!  This is also a great quick detox to reset your body after a period of indulgence.

This real food diet is quite flexible but do try not to include any of the following:

Foods to avoid

  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • White flour, white bread, white pasta, white rice or any white foods that are not whole foods
  • Any additives or e numbers
  • Anything with more than 2 ingredients listed on the ingredients list but strive for 1 ingredient or preferably none (e.g. fruit and vegetables)

7 Day Real Food Diet

 Breakfast

  • 1 Pint of smoothie made up as follows: 1 Cup of liquid (water, fruit juice or dairy free milk)    , 1 Cup of frozen fruits or 1 banana or 1 mango or 2 smaller fruits, any healthy flavour additions such as lemon/lime juice, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, small handful of dried fruit or a few nuts.  For a healthy energising boost add 1 cup of spinach (you can’t taste it) and for a thick creamy smoothie add 1/2 a cup of oats.  You can get loads of great smoothie recipes including thick green smoothies at http://www.greenthickies.com.
  • If you are still hungry you can have some more fruit such as a banana, apple, pear or a bowl of berries.

Lunch

  • To make a big batch of quick soup to last one week, take a very large pan (crockpot) and add 2 tablespoons of oil (Coconut, Extra Virgin or cold pressed oil) and add either 500g (a medium sized bag) of diced onions (fresh or frozen), or 3 roughly chopped onions.  Saute these over a low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes.  Then add a large 1KG bag of diced vegetables of your choice.  Vegetables that I choose are broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, or whatever is available in the shops.  Alternatively you could chop a bag of carrots or 2 heads of broccoli or cauliflower.  Add about 1.5-1.8 Litres of boiling water (a kettle full), 3 vegetable stock cubes (Alternatively just use homemade stock instead of the water and stock cubes).  Add 1/4 cup of ground almonds/ almond flour.  Bring to the boil and simmer from 30-45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Leave it to cool and blend it using an immersion blender or add this to your normal blender (very important to leave it to cool for safety’s sake).  Have a large bowl for your lunch (about 4-5 ladles full) warmed up.
  • baked potato (either white or sweet) either baked in the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour or in the microwave for about 10 minutes (or until cooked).  Cut open and add 1 teaspoon of either coconut oil or a healthy spread such as a vegan butter.
  • You can add a green salad to your baked potato if you like.  Add any undressed salad vegetables such as leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, sweetcorn etc.  You can add a simple oil free dressing such as balsamic vinegar or lemon/lime or orange juice with some spices to your salad.

Dinner

  • Cook some wholegrain rice or quinoa according to packet instructions.  Add 2 fist sized portions to your dinner along with half a fist sized portion of either beans (from a can of beans in water), chickpeas, tofu, nuts or seeds.  You can warm these up in a pan with a few tablespoons of chopped tomatoes and your favourite spices such as garlic, basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • You can add a green salad to your meal if you like.  The same salad as you made for lunch.

Snacks

  • As much fresh, raw, ripe fruit as you like of any type.

 

Love Health, Love Life is born!

Katherine Natalia Love Health Love Life

Welcome to Love Health, Love Life and the very first post ever!

The reason why I called my blog, Love Health, Love Life is for 2 reasons:

  1. If you love your health, it will more often than not lead to a massive improvement in the quality of your life and hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy it a lot more.
  2. Sometimes however, we can get far too obsessed with getting healthy and forget how to enjoy life.  So it’s important to be able to keep everything in balance.

So the purpose of this blog is to help you get healthy, but also how to enjoy life along the way.  I don’t have all the answers but I do love to experiment and reflect and I intend to share all these reflections with you.

I intend to share what has worked for me and what hasn’t when it comes to my health and happiness so hopefully you can take something from that for your own life.  I know everyone is different.  We are all on a different journey and what works for me might not work for you but I hope you get some inspiration and there will be something you can get benefit from.

I started a blog last year called Green Thickies where I share my recipes for Green Thickies, a healthy, delicious and filling meal replacement drink.  Green Thickies have become very popular and I wanted to keep that website just for that type of recipe.  I love blogging so much and have so much to share that I thought it was about time to start a new blog.

I intend to share articles on getting healthy, recipes, homemade cosmetics and cleaning products, healthy children, and case studies where I’ll be carrying out experiments to see how various things make me feel.  I’ll also share tips on losing weight and improving your confidence and happiness.

If you would like to know more about me, please read some more about me

What kind of topics are you interested in reading more about?