Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beautiful (if tardily posted) Giveaway!

Long time no see!  Having a small person about the house really keeps one off the blog.
I'm checking in today to tell you about a wonderful giveaway.  I really should have posted this earlier, since it ends today... but check out all the wonderful etsy shops and artists and goddess ladies!  This giveaway is for TWO, so you can share with a friend.  And if you don't get in on the giveaway goodness, the shops are there for you.  I know where I'll be shopping for gifts for many many occasions.

http://bit.ly/1dQVu0s

Friday, March 16, 2012

No-Poo Day... 9-ish.

This update contains details and photos of hair that has not seen shampoo in over a week. Proceed with caution if you are sensitive. Except you really don't have to be cautious at all because...

I have to report that my hair is fabulous. Having washed only once with baking soda/water/ACV since the last post, my hair has never been better. The baking soday definitely gets rid of any oily build-up, and the ACV rinse leaves my (rather long) hair smooth, soft, and super shiny. Have I mentioned that there are also virtually NO tangles?

I've bought a bamboo paddle brush to encourage the oils down my hair, so it's keeping things shiny and bright. Remember that old "100 strokes/day" thing? Yeah, don't do that many since it will likely cause more breakage and split ends. I'm definitely using this thing at least twice per day, though. It not only creates smooth, shiny locks, but provides an unbeatable scalp massage that is simultaneously stimualting and relaxing.

I admit, it's a little weird to scrub my head and not have happy bubbles cascading down my back. But when I think about it, those little bubbles aren't actually that happy. They're full of surfactants and SLS and all kinds of other ickies that have no business on skin. I also (only slightly) miss smelling like a flower after washing, but I suppose this could be remedied with a drop or two of essential oil in the ACV rinse. I haven't tried this yet, but I might give it a whirl in the coming weeks of "just water."

I'm a little scare of the just water portion of the experiment. I dislike the idea of oily build-up, and the possibility of getting smelly. I have already decided to include ACV rinses a few times per week... basically every time I wet my hair. We have hard water here, and the last thing I want is hair scales. (Yeah, I said it. Hair scales. Deal with it.) Maybe this would be a good time to try the essential oil business? Then again, perhaps not, what with all the scalp glands still figuring themselves out.

Of course, I will keep you posted regarding the use of just water (and ACV) in the coming weeks. I'm aiming for 3, but this could extend to 5 or be shortened to 2, depending how it goes.

Until then, here's an updated picture of my no-poo hair:
It may even be growing faster, both in length and width. What do you think?
How is YOUR no-poo experiment coming along? Leave me a note to tell me how you're doing!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

No-'Poo Day 2

In which Emily notices that the title sounds like a plug for laxatives and chuckles. Then apologises for the unseemly use of the word "plug." Then chuckles again.

I promise I am not going to update daily since this would likely be quite boring for you, the reader. Instead, I am going to try to update mostly on those days which provide a nice rhyme-y title, such as today (and 22, and 32, and so on). As such, I simply could not resist today's title, not to mention totally awesome puns.

You're welcome.

Not much has changed today, since I generally wash my hair every 3 days anyway. I did, however, pre-make the non-poo and vinegar rinse for tomorrow's scheduled washing. I am both excited and nervous, as I've heard that too much soda causes hair dryness, and this is definitely not something I want. Too little, however, might not provide enough cleanliness, and stinkiness is also not something I want. Trial and error, I suppose. I will definitely let you know how it goes.

*Update*
Day 3 has officially started. I washed with BS and did ACV rinse afterward. This is what I look like today (in fluorescent light, and unphotogenic... and maybe a bit like the scary girl from The Ring).
So far, my hair looks and feels pretty much the same as it did on shampoo. That's probably normal. Likely my over-excitedness has me over-updating. I promise that I will wait a few days between postings from now on.
Until then, no poo! How about you?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It Begins

**UPDATE:
I mis-wrote the instructions for making non-poo. Just add water in small amounts to some dry baking soda until it gets gooey. Err on the side of watery. Make as much as is needed.**

I'm a little late joining the party, but here goes: I'm giving up shampoo.

A coworker was discussing this the other day, and I became fascinated. I have already eliminated shampoos with SLS (Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate) and other chemicals I cannot pronounce in favour of natural ingredients. I only wash my hair every 3 days (it's long and thick and takes FOR EVER to dry). I've even ventured into making my own lip balm and deodorant. I promise I still have friends.

So I pitched this idea to my cousin, sent her an article or two, and she hopped on board. She's calling this the "60 day no-poo Challenge." I love it. I think I might want to extend it a bit longer myself, but we'll see how this goes first. Here's how it works:

1. Stop using shampoo (obviously). You still get to wash your hair, but use a mixture of baking soda and water (just enough to be gooey, but err on the side of too watery).
2. Squirt the mixture all over your head and rub it in like 'poo. It won't lather, but it'll get the job done.
3. Rinse.
4. Go about your life.

If you find the ends of your hair are getting dry, use an apple cider vinegar "conditioner."
1. Measure 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider (NOT WHITE) vinegar into a cup of water.
2. Pour this on the ends of your hair. Try to avoid the scalp, as this can irritate.
3. Rinse.
4. Again, go about the rest of your life.

Internet sources (because that's all I have) suggest that you use this in place of your own regularly scheduled washings, which for me is every 3 days. I've also seen suggestions that you make the baking soda/water combo a few days in advance, but to each his/her own.

After doing this for about a week, use JUST WATER. Naturally, your hair will grease like mad for a week or so. DO NOT BE ALARMED. This is your natural oil glands recalibrating. They're over producing like crazy right now because we spent the last however-many-years-you've-lived being stripped of their natural oils several times each week. They're pretty quick to adapt, so I guess we just ride it out. Invest in a cute hat, get some bandanas or just wear a ponytail. I have been assured that this passes. Use just water for about 3-5 weeks.

After this, you can re-introduce the baking soda/vinegar regime once per week or so. Some people do more, others less. It's all up to you and your individual hair.

I'm told results are amazing. I'll keep you posted.

Here is a "before" picture. This was taken May 2011 (I really don't have anything more recent! The only difference now is that my hair is longer).


Some sources: http://thehairpin.com/2011/04/how-to-quit-shampoo-without-becoming-disgusting
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30337386/ns/health-skin_and_beauty/t/ditching-shampoo-dirty-little-beauty-secret/#.T1eG1_Wibbi

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cleanse: Days 1 and 2

In which Emily oversleeps, but still manages to get off to a decent start, then takes a whole day to recover from illness.


This is a fun cleanse.

I’ve done this cleanse before. It is inspired by Kris Carr’s “Crazy Sexy Diet” 21 day cleanse, but I put my own spin on it. Or, to be precise, I make up some of my own rules. For example, if a food I am supposed to avoid is already in my fridge and may expire before the 21 days are through… well, I’m going to eat it. No sense wasting money.

However, for the most part I stay true to the ideals: I avoid animal products, gluten, coffee and alcohol, and I maintain her suggestions for self care such as meditation, exercise, dry brushing and more! I even complete the questions at the end of each day, honestly and happily. Knowing that at least one other person reads this will help keep me in line.

I’ve been a bit sick this past week, so I have to give myself a pass on the sleeping in on day one …two hours beyond the time I expected to be up. I'm usually very good at getting off on the right foot, and somehow sleeping in two hours did not put me too far off my game. I still managed to do most of the requisite activities: I meditated, I juiced, I exercised, I drank a lot of tea, I even dry brushed. I did not avoid gluten for the reason listed above. I had marinated tempeh (the marinade contained gluten). I avoided caffeine (and I will talk about my unbridled love of coffee another day), alcohol, and animal foods. I ate lots of veggies, drank lots of water and herbal tea. I have to admit, I felt pretty heroic. I was energized and really on my game.

Activities I skipped on the first day: using the neti pot (I'll talk about my relationship with the neti pot another time) and, as mentioned, avoiding gluten. I do promise, however, that as soon as the tempeh has been consumed, I will avoid gluten completely.

Day 2 dawned earlier than day one, but I felt awful. The cold I'd been slowly overcoming decided to take a last stand. I spent most of the day in bed, but still managed to do some of the recommended activities. I had juice, I had lots of veggies, I drank plenty of herbal tea. I did not, however, meditate, exercise, dry brush, neti pot or avoid gluten. I spent the day in my pyjamas conquering this cold. I'm pretty sure I've won. Props to me.

The good news is that the tempeh is gone, so tomorrow will begin the gluten-free run.

Interesting foods I have eaten the past few days include:
Gluten free bread. It's better than most people expect.
Daiya "cheese" which is actually made of tapioca. I eat this stuff outside of cleanses, too, and it's wonderful.
Seaweed. It's dried and lightly salted and so delicious.
Kombucha. Mind, I drink this all the time, but not everyone reading will think it as normal as I do. It's basically cultured fermented tea. It's delightful.
Gluten free granola. It makes a wonderful snack.

The coming weekend will see interesting cleanse challenges including:
The Wrecking Ball: Winter Edition, a show featuring heavy metal and poetry.
A date at a Mexican restaurant. How will I resist margaritas??
Karaoke night.

I can't wait to see how it all plays out.

What are your plans for a healthy weekend?

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

One Year

2011 saw many changes; some positive, some less so. It saw meetings and passings. It saw moments of happiness and of utter despair. It saw the whole gamut of human emotion. It saw many lessons learned, and some unheeded. It saw love. It saw determination. It saw both success and failure. It saw so many things I never thought I could experience, things I never believed I could see, and things I never would have imagined I could overcome. It saw things that I still have not overcome, things that will stick with me forever for better or worse.

2012, like all new years, brings promise. I do not resolve; I aim to be flexible, to conquer fears, to go beyond.

Things I will work on:
- movement
- meditation
- clarity
- cleansing
- conquering
- loving

Monday, January 03, 2011

More Challenges

As the challenge rages on (for another week) I think I've finally hit my stride. That always happens to me: I catch up at the end of the race. Not that I've really caught up to the front runners (RUNNERS being key; I don't do that), but I've made strides.
Friday and Sunday saw running on the rebounder for 20mins, which means a good 4km each day. They also saw a good 10-ish minutes of actual warm-up and cool down (5mins each) with yoga poses and breathing exercises. Today I did the same, and it's feeling pretty good. It's even getting easier to get out of bed and convince myself that this is actually FUN or something. Yikes.

Other challenges have reared their heads as well. Thus, I've dubbed 2011 The Year of Letting Go. I'm accepting help, accepting patience, accepting patients. I'm moving forward. I'm running on a rebounder.

I'm so effing rad.