What in the WORLD is Oil Pulling? (and a really cute picture)

Fad Detox?

coconut_oil_unrefined1Have you heard about the new “fad” called oil pulling? If you haven’t, chances are you will soon. It’s becoming very popular in the natural circles, which means the hipsters are mere inches away from going nuts about it.

Though it may be a fad for some, it’s actually been a detoxification method for  a couple thousand years in which you swish a good vegetable oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. A Ukrainian oncologist, Dr. F Karach, brought it to the US in 1992. No real studies have been done to support the theories, but it’s SAID that the oil pulls (hence the name) bacteria out of the body through the mouth and the slickness of it keeps bacteria from re-entering.
When I first heard of this I researched it on a lot of different websites, but the most helpful to me was Mama Natural. She coincidentally posted a blog right around the time I started researching. If you’re interested in doing your own research, I also recommend The Crunchy Moose.
I have been doing it for several months now and it has a made a noticeable difference in my own health.
My Experience
First of all, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. I’m not a morning person. Anyone in my house will back me up on that. I’m also not a night person. Ever been around me past 9 pm? But around 9 am, man I’m awesome! That being said, I have the pleasure of my first 20 minutes of the day being silent. The 3 guys know not to ask me anything because I won’t be able to answer them. It’s my own version of “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee”.
According to people who have been pulling for a long time, it can get rid of migraines, skin conditions like acne and eczema, diseased teeth, and many other conditions. Like I said earlier, this has not been supported by any official studies; only by centuries of using this detox method.
Since I started pulling, I have noticed whiter teeth, clear sinuses, and an overall freshness to my skin. My eye circles are much lighter and I have actually been seen lately without makeup and been okay with it!
So How Do You Do It?
1. Choose a quality oil like sesame or coconut oil. I prefer cold pressed coconut oil because it tastes good and is so good for you.
2. When you first wake up, put a tablespoon in your mouth and swish it around for at least 10 minutes. If you can’t hold it in for that long, you can start at 5 and slowly build up each day. Try to do this on an empty stomach and eat breakfast after. I actually cook breakfast while I’m swishing.
3. Spit the oil out in the TRASH CAN when you are done. It is oil. It will clog your drain. Don’t swallow the oil because it is now toxic. You will be swallowing all the bacteria you just pulled out.
4. Rinse your mouth out well. You can use warm salt water if you prefer.

5. Brush your teeth after breakfast. Many people do not feel the need to brush their teeth after. I am not that brave. I very much like minty fresh breath!
Now, for the main reason you probably clicked on this post…
A really cute picture of my boys pretending to fish.
gone fishin’

No Poo?

I Stopped Using Shampoo!

I’ve been telling several friends for a few weeks now about my interest in the no poo shampoo method, which is washing your hair without the commercial method of shampoo and conditioner. I decided to give it a try when I found out that it helps get rid of dandruff. When I’m pregnant I have crazy hair. My hair gets dandruff while also needing to be washed every 5 minutes in order to not be a grease trap! It would explain why my babies are so beautiful…they steal my beauty. I started researching it and found a ton of different benefits.

-Less oily hair
-Little to no dandruff
-Less frizzies for the curly headed crowd
-Less money spent on shampoo AND product
-Less unwanted chemicals coating your hair
-Faster growing hair

    There are even more appealing reasons to at least TRY no poo; these were my favorites. Do your own research to find out your favorite reasons! My first wash was Monday.

    My “No ‘Poo” Choice

    I looked at a few different methods, and found the most success with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Wash every other day until the transition process is over (explanation coming), and then once every 3-5 days depending on how your hair looks.

    To shampoo: Combine 2 tbsp of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Some people dilute it more, but I have not had a problem with a paste consistency so far. After wetting your hair, apply the paste to your scalp and work in circular motions. Focus on the scalp, not the rest of your hair. Rinse well.

    To condition: Mix 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Pour that mixture into your hair. Some people suggest pouring over only the ends to avoid oily hair. I prefer to throw my hair upside down and just pour it over the whole head. Leave in while you wash your body and rinse very well.

    If you rinse well enough, your hair WILL NOT smell like vinegar! That was a concern of mine and I have had no smelly hair problem!

    First Day of No ‘Poo

    The Transition Process

    The is a period of time in the beginning that you’re not going to think this is a good idea. It can range from 2 weeks to over a month! I haven’t experienced it yet but I’ve only done it a couple of times. There supposedly will be a lot of pony tail or hat days, frizzy crackly days, oily gross days! DON’T QUIT! After the transition is over, it will get increasingly better and eventually better than you’ve ever had.

    Again, I just started my transition into this so I may have a completely different experience than what I’ve read; and if you decide to give it a try, you might have a completely different experience than I do. You may decide to change the ratio of baking soda and ACV to fit your hair type.

    So Who’s in??

    I’ll be posting pictures periodically of my journey. Post pictures of your own if you decide to do it too after reading this!

    You Might be Pregnant

    So I’m working on my third pregnancy in 3 years and I’m starting to catch on to things that are inevitable in every pregnancy. I decided to make a list of my most common crazy pregnant moments that I’m sure almost every past or present pregnant woman can relate to.

    So here it is…

    If the thought of eating makes you sick, while you shovel food into your mouth…you might be pregnant.

    If you get out of breath watching SOMEONE ELSE go upstairs to do something for you…you might be pregnant.

    If you are ready to take a nap as you’re waking up from your last nap…you might be pregnant.

    If every movie or TV show you watch makes you think of a food you would like to eat right now…you might be pregnant.

    If you can smell what the neighbors 3 houses away are microwaving…you might be pregnant.

    If every Saturday morning, at exactly 9:49, Dragon Ball Z makes you cry for Piccolo reasons…you might be pregnant…or a geek. We share a lot of the same great qualities.

    Comment below if you can think of any to add!