The New Breed of Supermom

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Look out soccer moms, there is new competition in town!  Who’s the latest supermom on the scene? It’s All Natural Crunchy Wonder Mom!  This mom does it all, she’s a power house of do-it-yourself and can make an award winning birthday cake with a whole coconut and a honeycomb, while breast feeding and knocking out a Cross Fit WOD. With her eyes closed.

Okay, that was a bit over dramatic but I think I’ve made my point.  I was chatting with a friend on the phone the other day and she was remarking how daunting the task of detoxing her family’s life was.  She felt like no matter what she did, there was always more to do.  I’ve been there, done that and then I got over it.  I admit, I still get discouraged when I read about a new “danger” that exists in our polluted world.  In the effort to become healthier and live a more whole life I have researched, eliminated chemicals and processed foods, ditched my microwave and have taken precautions to use non-toxic everything (when available).  I think I’ve done pretty well; I have some friends who have done pretty well too.  There is definitely a big movement for more healthful living, and social media has reached millions of people to recruit them to the ways of au natural living.  But with this empowered knowledge, the Pinterest recipes: Paleo, GAPS, Primal, WAPF, and WTF (okay, WTF isn’t really a diet…), comes the obsessive compulsion to do things better.  Here is a conversation that I overheard between two mamas enjoying a juice from the local co-op.

Mama #1: So, I made Marcus some cupcakes.  They were beautiful and made from nut flour and coconut sugar.  I used that XYZ organic almond flour.  They tasted fantastic too.

Mama #2: Oh really?  We don’t use pre-made flours of any type.  I made Riley a unicorn cake.  Mmhmmm.  Made my own flour out of raw almonds.  We don’t buy pre-packaged, pre-made organic stuff even if it’s BPA free and non-GMO.  And I don’t use coconut sugar; I just harvested raw honey from my bees and made the frosting then tinted it with beets and spinach from my garden.

Mama #1: Oh wow, I didn’t think of using the pre-packaged flour. And shoot, I just used the natural food coloring that I bought here at the co-op.  But I don’t know how I would have time to do all that and work and homeschool and make it to Cross Fit and blog and…

Mama #2: It’s really about priority.  If you really care you will make it happen.  I just did a 40 day water detox and I swear I only had to sleep 3 hours a night; it makes you so much more productive.

Okay, so this wasn’t the exact conversation but it’s a pretty good representation.  Today’s healthy living has been taken to all new heights and is creating an all new level of pressure on moms to do it all or feel lazy.

I just want to throw this out there; no one and I mean no one can do it all.  We live in a world where there is dirty electricity everywhere, there is air pollution and even our rain water needs to be filtered.  Do what you can, when you can and how you can.  Every little bit helps.  Does it take more effort? Yes, it does.  Is someone going to be crunchier than you? Probably.  But if your kids aren’t tearing open a box of High-Fructose Corn Syrup Puffs for breakfast every morning and sucking down microwaved plastic containers of mac n cheese every night then you are doing a good job.  Make your changes in baby steps.  Pick one thing and eliminate it.  After you don’t notice that difference anymore, pick another and another.  I set myself a goal of a year to detox my home as much as I practically can.  I also made a goal of eating only local, organic, sustainably farmed foods as much as I practically can.  This feels like great accomplishment, and any accomplishments that you make in the right direction is a great start.  Comparison can be a dangerous thing, remember why you are making the choices that you are making.  Don’t do it because Mildred next store is trying to win the award of Ultra Crunchy Super Mom of the Year.  Do it because you want a change and don’t be discouraged.  And relax (in a bath of Epsom salts, if you have them :-)). ~Carmen

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The Coconut Diaries – Coconut for Healthy Teeth

This week I’m discussing oil-pulling and its many benefits.  I have been using the oil pulling method with coconut oil for about 6 weeks now and here are some of the benefits:

Whiter teeth

Less sensitivity to hot/cold

Fresher breath

Healing gums

Eliminated plaque build-up

I have included some links on the oil-pulling method, and I have recently had the pleasure of reading Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel.  Here is a simple and concise summary on how I oil pull using Nagel’s protocol.

1)      First thing in the morning I brush my teeth with an alkalizing tooth powder.  I use Uncle Harry’s and love it.

2)      Scoop out a tablespoon or so of coconut oil and work it around your mouth using a sucking motion, back and forth between your teeth.  The best way I can describe it is this : Remember when you were a kid and played with your soft foods?  We all did it, squishing pudding around in our mouths and between our teeth.  This is how you oil pull.

3)      Recommended time is 20 minutes but you will likely need to work up to it.  Minimum time should be 10, but again, start slow.  If you can only go 2 minutes that’s just fine.

4)      After your time is up simply spit and rise with warm water.

Voila!  Clean teeth.  I encourage you to give it a try it’s such a fantastic alternative to those hard mouth rinses that only break down your tooth enamel.

THE COCONUT DIARIES: INTRO

Ditching personal care products for better health

Sadly, the majority of our person care products are loaded with harmful chemicals, compounds and synthetic ingredients.  Skin serums that make our skin worse rather than better, antiperspirant and deodorants that contain ingredients linked to breast cancer, chemicals in our shampoo and soaps that have been linked to birth defects and hairsprays and nail polishes that are potent neurotoxins.  All of these things hurt our body and disrupt our hormones.  In the coming weeks we will be discussing detoxing your life beginning with products that you can replace with coconut oil.

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So, what can coconut do for you?  So glad you asked, lets dig into it shall we:

Antibacterial Properties:

Coconut contains Lauric Acid, which converts to a substance in our bodies and acts as an antibacterial, antifungal and provides immune system support.   When used regularly as part of a natural skin care regime, coconut oil is able to protect the skin against environmental elements as well as provide sun protection to the rate of 20% of ultraviolet rays.

When used on cuts and scrapes, coconut oil works just as well as an over the counter treatment like Neosporin.  We use it regularly for first aid with fantastic healing and scar reducing results!

Internal Benefits:

Coconut oil can be used as a laxative and to keep ones system regular.  It also has the ability to aid in weight loss by providing easily digestible energy and healthy, nourishing fats.  A great metabolism booster, it tastes wonderful in sweet treats and is also fantastic for cooking.

Skin Care:

Coconut oil is a natural skin softener, gives excellent results in producing younger and softer looking skin.  It is a wonderful oil to use for the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).  You can use it for shaving your legs and reducing red shaving bumps.  It can also be used as a scalp conditioner for those folks who have dandruff.  Coconut oils are also amazingly effective for skin issues such as eczema.  My son has had such severe eczema that we have had to give him topical and oral steroids and bandage his legs.  Since removing him from the medications and using coconut oil several times a day, his eczema is well under control.

Coconut oil is a do-it-all product that is a must have in your home!  I have saved so much money by never buying facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, shaving cream, first aid ointments and expensive all natural sunscreens.  I hope that you will consider what coconut oil can do for you and toss out some of those toxic and overpriced personal care products.

Stay tuned for my Coconut Diaries series as I dedicate a post each week to the specific use of coconut oil, complete with how-to’s and whys!