Need Inspiration?

While learning new and healthy ways of eating, I came across this amazing gadget called the Paderno Spiralizer at Williams Sonoma. It was if I had just brought home a new born baby. I cried with excitement, then I carefully removed the spiralizer from the box and cleaned each piece. (Okay I didn’t really cry, but I would think people cry a lot when they bring home a newborn.)

Anyhow, I searched Pinterest for several Spiralizer recipes and started on my spiralizing journey to healthy eating and weight loss. In one week of eating “Zoodles” instead of regular pasta, I dropped a pant size and had more energy.

Some of you may think this is old news, but for a newbie such as myself, I wanted to share my new found love.

Sorry pasta but we’re breaking up for good! :-)

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WTF is Oil Pulling + Why I’m Hooked

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Everyone has a morning routine… mine has recently changed. Let me share::

1. First things first, I battle with my alarm (i.e. hit snooze thirty times).
2. Bitzy then wakes me up, I stumble to the kitchen to feed her and let her out.
3. We both get back into bed & snuggle for a bit.
4. I turn on morning cartoons (not kidding).
5. Head to the kitchen & put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth.
6. Get back in bed, set a 20 minute timer, start checking emails.

So, you may be wondering about #5. Why the hell am I putting a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth & then getting back into bed with a 20 minute timer.

Two words. Oil Pulling. One word. Obsessed

Oil pulling has been around for years, which makes me mad I’ve only just found out about it. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involves you swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes (no more no less) & it pulls toxins out of your body through your mouth. The idea behind it is pretty simple stupid- the oil is “sticky” and when you swish it around in your mouth bacteria gets stuck in the oil & dissolves.

It’s easy to do. Pick an oil, you can use ORGANIC coconut oil or sesame oil (I prefer coconut cause it also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, & anti-inflammatory properties), put anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on what you can handle) in your mouth, swish for 20 minutes.

I know, I know you are freaking out about the 20 minute thing, but TRUST me when I say- it flies by. Something about the whole process is relaxing to me. No talking, just swishing. Pull the oil through your teeth & make sure NOT to swallow it. Once you start, that oil fills up with toxins (the ones you’re going to get rid of), you don’t want to swallow!! When your timer beeps, spit out the toxic waste into a plastic baggy or directly into the trash. Don’t spit it down the drain cause the oil will solidify again & mess up your pipes.

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Now for the benefits::

I mean… they are pretty much endless & differ for everyone, but some of the big ones are–

+ Whitens teeth

+ Strengthens your gums/teeth/& jaw. It helps with sensitive teeth & even has reported to help TMJ sufferers like myself.

+ Prevents cavities & gingivitis. Some people even reported it HEALED their cavities?! Not sure about that one… but who knows?!

+ Helps get rid of acne/ eczema/ psoriasis/ & other skin care issues.

+ General body detox.

+ Cures a hangover (hallelujah!!!) & a migraine.

+ Helps with sleep issues.

+ Clears out your sinuses & helps allergy sufferers.

+ If you have halitosis, oil pulling has been a big savior for many sufferers & your morning breath will get MUCH better (you can now kiss your S.O. good morning w/o them cringing!).

+ Helps with general pain issues.

+ Manages any weird hormonal imbalances.

+ & so so so so much more. If I listed everything people say, this would be the longest blog post ever. People rant & rave about oil pulling, & I can see why!!!

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I have now gotten my best friend, my mom, my dad, & my Dad’s best friend hooked on oil pulling. They’ve all been doing it for a week, so I called them this morning & asked them if they’ve noticed any changes… here is what they said.

+ My Dad says his teeth are INCREDIBLY whiter & his sinuses have improved.

+ My Dad’s bestie said she has had terrible plaque psoriasis on her scalp (nothing has ever worked for her to clear it up), after 2 days of oil pulling it’s nearly gone! She is beyond thrilled.

+ My Mom has pretty healthy teeth, but she did report they are much whiter.

+ Katie, my best friend, says she noticed her teeth have gotten whiter & the whole process is very relaxing to her.

+ As for me, let’s see– my teeth are so so so much whiter (which is great cause I can’t do any sort of white strips- my teeth are too sensitive), I have been sleeping much easier which is a big feat for this insomniac, my teeth have been much less sensitive to hot & cold, & the best result of all- MY JAW PAIN HAS DECREASED TREMENDOUSLY!!! I have major jaw issues & awful TMJ. Last week it started to get bad, lock jaw, spasms, shooting pains– I oil pulled and it all went away. That is enough for me to do this for life. I do have a dentist appointment next week, so I am excited to see if the dentist notices anything!!

I know this all may sound too good to be true, but I have researched Oil Pulling for hours upon hours & there has not been one negative report. See for yourself– one google search & I guarantee you will be at the store purchasing coconut oil in no time.

If you do decide to try it, I am dying to know how it works for you/ what changes you notice/ if you like it/ if you can handle the 20 minute swish/ & whatever else you want to share.

xx, E

// UPDATE //

Sooo… this post has gotten quite a bit of attention, so much so my site actually crashed for a good deal of time ( #stressmeout ).

I am so happy to see this information has proved helpful to so many people. I have been getting a lot of questions though… so I decided I’d add in a little FAQ to help clear things up!!

P.S. Went to my dentist this week & it was the first “GREAT” I’ve heard from her in a long long long time. Yahoo! I am totally contributing it to OP.

Q1: I hate the taste of anything coconut/ I am allergic to coconut. Anything else I can use??:: Absolutely! You can use cold pressed organic sesame oil or sunflower oil.

Q2: I see that you have pictured refined coconut oil,  but lots of people are saying you should ONLY use unrefined coconut oil??:: Here’s the deal with this one… unrefined coconut oil is better, but all I had on hand at the time was refined. The main thing that helps with the oil pulling is the Lauric Acid in the coconut oil- the refining process could remove some Lauric Acid & add in chemicals/solvents. Yet, by the time the process is complete, there will still be around 50% Lauric Acid and little to none chemicals or solvents left over- so you will still get the benefits. People will have varying opinions on this, but that’s what I’ve found out about using refined coconut oil.

Q3: 20 minutes?! There’s no way I can put oil in my mouth for a full twenty minutes!!:: My first bit of advice– try it! I was a little frightened by the number at first too, but once you get going the time flies. I personally find the process to be relaxing. If at any time your mouth is too full of oil, spit out a little & keep on truckin’. If you still can’t handle it- do it 2x a day for 10 minutes each.

Q4: Do I NEED to buy organic coconut oil?:: Yes yes yes!! The benefits will be greater with organic oils.

Q5: I gag over weird textures- can I melt it first before I swish?:: Certainly! Many people say no no no to nuking in the microwave cause of radiation, yet if it’s just 10 seconds (which is all you really need) I wouldn’t freak out about it. That said, the better option would be to run the jar under hot water & then pour the liquid into a bowl for swishing.

Any more questions? LMK in the comments section below & I will answer at the best of my ability.

Sometimes You Feel Like A Whale…

Today was just another one of those days where we just wanted to enjoy the beauty that life has to offer. My husband and I decided to take our boat “Trudy” out into the Pacific Ocean and see what beauty we could find. Well, were we in for a wonderful surprise. The dolphins were the first to greet us and as we headed several miles off shore we found more dolphins and seals. As we returned home we could see something in the distance that looked a lot like water shooting up. Sure enough, this beautiful whale was in the channel at Seal Beach leading into Los Alamitos Bay. In the words of Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson, this whale was “keeping it between the navigational beacons.”

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YAWYE!

It’s never too late to learn how to cook and EAT healthy foods. I’m slowly learning (thanks to Pinterest) and will continue posting recipes that work best for me. It’s taken a long time to get to where I am today, but with each step I’m making progress.

YAWYE

 

Holiday Embarassment, Are You Guilty?

EmbarrassmentI don’t know if I’m more sensitive as I’ve gotten older or if I just don’t have the ability to ignore certain things anymore. Either way, for some reason it seems like people are eagerly taking advantage of social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc., to post pictures of all of their gifts they received this holiday season.

I’ve seen several big screen televisions, laptops, jewelry, clothing and much more. So much more that I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t want to see it. I don’t care. I don’t care about your 70inch television or new laptop. Heck, I don’t even care about the enormous ham dinner you made for your family of twenty.

Maybe it’s just me and maybe this is something that I should just embrace. But I can’t.        I can’t do it because as much as I want to share my life with people, I understand that there are people who are on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram who have been out of work. People who can’t afford one gift, let alone the fifty gifts that people choose to post online.

It’s not just about the gifts either. There are people on my social media pages who are unable to share the love and laughter with family and friends because they are either in another state or are simply no longer on this earth.

That is probably the toughest part…when you’re all alone with your memories and you realize that no matter how many presents are under the tree, they could never bring back the people that you love and miss the most.

Holidays are hard enough for some people, they don’t need a constant reminder every time they log online. Friends don’t let friends become Gift Gloaters!

Toothpasting Gone Wrong

A few days ago I overheard two kids talking about “toothpasting.” Not knowing what they were talking about, I tried to be cool and jumped into the conversation by stating that I “toothpasted” several years ago and would never do it again.

They both looked at me as if I were insane and they asked what happened?

I put my feet up and sat back in the chair as I began to tell them the story of my first and only “toothpasting” incident.

The year was 1998 or sometime around there and I had just moved to Los Angeles. I didn’t know many people and my Mom was living in Tucson. I was sick with a horrible stomach virus and a bad ear infection. I was almost out of toilet paper and needed more Pepto so I drove myself to the CVS store. While I was there I asked the woman in the pharmacy  what the best ear infection medicine was. She said they had some drops that were okay but they wouldn’t relieve the pain. So I passed on the drops but purchased more toilet paper and Pepto-Bismol and headed home. I called my friend Tyler who was a former lifeguard and paramedic and asked what home remedy I could do to ease the pain of the ear infection. He said to warm up some baby oil or olive oil and put a few drops in my ear and then place a cotton ball over it. I did what he said, took a few Advil PM pills and crashed out for the night. That next day the ear infection was much better but I was still sick to my stomach. As I sat in the bathroom I called Tyler again and explained the situation. He said he had the perfect remedy and then asked if I had toothpaste? I looked up at the bathroom sink where my bottle of Crest was sitting and said, “of course I have toothpaste, why?”

He said “You should dab a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and lightly coat the edge of your butt-hole.” I was like WHAT? He said, “Seriously, the toothpaste will cool the area and make it feel better in seconds.” I don’t know if it was the lack of fluid in my body or the fact that I was in so much pain from going to the bathroom that I was willing to try anything. But for some reason this made sense to me.

So I hung up the phone, stood up from the toilet with my pajamas around my ankles and leaned over to grab the Crest toothpaste bottle. I could hear him say “just a dab” but in true Heather Robinson fashion, I thought more would be better. So I squeezed the remaining half bottle of toothpaste into my hand, spread my cheeks and wiped it up my backside.

I stood there for a moment and he was right, the pain was immediately gone. As I let out a deep sigh of relief, I couldn’t help but feel a little warmth from between the cheeks. Then like sandpaper to a sunburn, I could feel everything from my butt-hole to my knees catch fire. I waddled John Wayne style over to the bathtub. In tears, I lowered myself into the ice cold water. I called my friend Tyler back and couldn’t catch my breath. He asked, “What’s wrong?” I said, “My ass is on fire. Please come quick.” In that moment he said, “Oh my God… you didn’t!” I screamed, “YES! I DID. PLEASE TYLER HELP ME.” Between the wheezing from his laughing, he asked how much I used. When I told him half of the Crest bottle, he began laughing so hard he gagged himself. Then he said the phrase that I dreaded to hear…”Heather, you need to hang up and call 911.”  I told him, “I would rather die right here in the bathtub.” He started laughing so hard he couldn’t stop. I finally hung up the phone and tried to get out of the bathtub.

Like little hangnails of the butt, I could feel the blisters rubbing together. Naked and soaking wet I walked over to the desk fan and turned it on high. I bent over and spread my cheeks while standing in front of the fan. The pain was so intense that I finally did what all morons who wipe toothpaste on their butts do… I called 911.

This was the most humiliating moment of my life. When the operator asked what the emergency was, I had to explain to her what I had done. She was completely professional but I knew, I knew that the minute she was off the phone I was going to be the one who got the “idiot of the week” award.

I reached for my robe and continued to stand in front of the fan. About ten minutes later I heard a knock on the door. The paramedics made their way into the house and found me standing there hunched over, with my cheeks spread while a fan was blowing cold air up my butt. I didn’t want to look up. I didn’t want to see hottie paramedic one, two, three and four standing there. Sure, this was just another day in the life of being a paramedic, but I was humiliated. I wanted to diffuse the situation, but the pain was so bad I just started to cry.

At that moment the paramedics did what paramedics do. They placed me on my hands and knees and got a good look at my blistered butt. I screamed as the plastic of the gloves made contact. One paramedic stated my blood pressure was through the roof. I screamed, “Ya think?! I have a blistered asshole here pal.” They looked at each other and said, “Yep. I think this is out of our hands. Maam, we’re going to take you to the ER.”

As I was telling this story the two kids were just looking at me completely horrified. The one kid said, “Uh, toothpasting is when we rub toothpaste on our nipples to get high. We would never be dumb enough to rub it on our butt-hole.”

The moral of this story…don’t put toothpaste anywhere but your mouth. ;-)

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Be Careful When You “Pay It Forward” At Starbucks

My friends on Facebook had several comments about this story so I thought I would share it here as well.

Back in October Starbucks announced a “pay it forward” campaign during the government shutdown. The coffee chain was offering a free tall brewed coffee to any customer in the U.S. who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks. The offer was a way to help fellow citizens “support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country,”  CEO Howard Schultz said in a memo to staff.

StarbucksSo here I was a month and a half later, a few days after Thanksgiving and I was sick with pneumonia. I was tired of drinking tea and water from my Keurig at home and wanted a Peppermint Mocha for my throat. Still in my jammies, I got into the car and made my way down to the  local Starbucks.

I placed my order and pulled around to the window. I heard the cashier say the total for the car behind me was $4.86. I looked at the $5.00 bill in my purse and thought what the heck. Campaign or not, I wanted to pay for the person behind me. He kindly took my $5.00 bill and I grabbed my drink. As I drove away, I couldn’t help but feel good about what I did.

I pulled around to the intersection and waited for the light to turn green. I was sipping on my drink when a car pulled up behind me. A woman got out of the passenger side and ran up to my window screaming. At first I didn’t understand what was happening until I heard her say, “Who the F**K do you think you are flirting with my husband? He doesn’t need some skank whore buying him coffee!” She took a wadded up $5.00 bill and threw it inside my window and walked back to her car cussing and screaming.

If I had my voice and felt better I would have totally said something. Instead I just coughed and laughed and coughed some more. I looked in my rear view mirror and could see her yelling at him and waving her hands all over the place. His eyes met mine and all I could do was smile. He obviously needed a lot more than a free coffee. You’re welcome guy in the Honda Accord. You’re welcome. P.S. Thanks for the 14 cents I made on that deal and the free entertainment!

So the next time you’re wanting to pay it forward, you may want to re-think your exit strategy when leaving the drive thru. ;-)