Hey guys! Today I’m updating you all on different healthy habits that I decided to partake in (newest to oldest) – aka things I think you should partake in, as well!
Oil Pulling – Day 2
I obviously haven’t been oil pulling long enough to notice any real difference (yet!), but I can say that my teeth feel very smooth. My teeth have remained extremely smooth throughout the entirety of each of the two days, even after eating, etc. To get my point across, today they feel better than they do after you get them cleaned at the dentist. I’ve researched this a lot in the past week and decided to start out with organic sesame oil, swishing it only in the morning (right after I wake up) for fifteen minutes. After the fifteen minutes are up, I spit the oil in the trash (so that it does not harden in the sink pipes), rinse with salt water, and then brush as usual. I’m hoping that within the next few days I can move up to a tablespoon, but for now I’m using about 2 teaspoons. A lot of people swish with one oil in the morning, and another in the evening. I’m not going to add anything else yet because I’d like to wait and see what each oil does to me, personally – I don’t want to mess with the results of the sesame oil! Not only are there many oral health benefits from this process, but apparently there are also many overall health benefits!
No Shampooing – Day 4
Okay, so I’ve always heard people talking about “no shampooing,” but I never had time for it. Maybe now you are wondering what I mean by not having time for it. It is a process for your hair to get used to not using traditional shampoo, and in the beginning it causes most people to have pretty greasy looking hair. For some people this can last for over a month which is why I am just getting around to doing it. I must admit it is quite nice only having to work a few days a month! For my shampoo mixture I used 1 cup water, 1tbsp of baking soda, and 1/4tsp of Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Rose Pure Castile Soap. In the future I won’t use Dr. Bronner’s in it, but I didn’t have any essential oils on hand. I’ve also been using the shampoo mix as body wash! My conditioner mixture was 1 cup water with 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar. I have also been avoiding brushing, blow drying, and straightening my hair. To dry my hair, I’ve been making a turban like wrap from a long sleeve cotton shirt. I’ve actually found my hair to feel lighter, and its even been curlier – which I love! I don’t have as many complaints as most people do.. I think this habit is definitely going to stick!
I’ve always had a deep interest in meditation, but at the same time, I could never focus enough to really meditate. In the past, I’ve attended group meditation sessions, and was able to succeed, but rarely ever on my own. About two weeks ago I attended a two hour meditation workshop at a yoga studio I regularly attend, and I now again have motivation. I’m not even close to where I’d like to be, but I have made a lot of improvement in such a short amount of time! Before meditating I ask myself a series of questions: who am I, what do I want, what am I grateful for, and what is my dharma (aka my purpose in life). Honestly, my original reason for wanting to get into meditation was for a gateway to astral projection. I’ve been out of body twice, but have not been able to actually leave. If any one out there is experienced in this department then you are exactly the person I’d enjoy talking to. But over time as I have learned more and more about the benefits of meditation, there are so many other reasons why I want to make it a daily practise of mine.
I completed my first real juice cleanse about a month ago, and I loved my results! I did it for five days, and was proud of myself for that. The only thing that I missed was chewing! I didn’t crave ANY foods, even when other people were eating in front of me – it was just the action that I craved. Throughout the five days I felt perfectly fine, except when doing hot yoga. Juice alone was not enough for me to be able to do hot yoga, and I even walked out of one of my classes about fifteen minutes into it as I was so weak. I did some research, and the next day before hot yoga I made a green juice and then put it in the blender with half of an avocado and an egg (yolk only). That kept me eating no solids, yet it allowed me to have protein and good fat for the calories that I was burning. I plan to do a juice cleanse every month from here on out, but only three days at a time. These cleanses help to cut on general cravings, and are a good “reset” for me, personally.
As many of you know, I often drive for very long periods of time.. and by that I mean ten, fifteen, twenty hours plus at a time! This past January I finally broke down and went to see a chiropractor in Maryland for the first time. In my years, I’ve heard more bad things than good things about chiropractors, but my grandmother just went on and on about this one in particular. So, I gave him a shot, and ended up very surprised – happily surprised. It was not invasive, and it only took about a minute. The chiropractor I went to was able to find my two main spots that I have pain almost instantly! That definitely made me more open and trusting. Have you ever had a bad experience with a chiropractor? I’m curious what style it was. Here’s the site where you can find one like mine http://www.activator.com/doctor ~
Come on.. this is an obvious one. Yoga offers so many health benefits that I can’t even wrap my head around them! I haven’t really practised yoga since I got my wisdom teeth pulled, and I really notice the difference in my body. I wake up feeling achy every morning, and I realise that I really can never again go this long without doing yoga! I usually do hot yoga when I go to a studio because at home I can do other types more easily. If you lack the time or motivation, you should try even doing five minutes of yoga when you wake up, and five minutes before you go to bed – every little bit counts!
I would love for any of you that have tried any of these things to share your experience with me! I would also love to hear any other things that you think I should try out! I hope you all enjoy your night, and the rest of your week!