Lately, I have become more serious about finding healthier products for my body. Over the past few years the variety and quality of the offerings have definitely improved. For the past two weeks I have been using Crystal Deodorant in Vanilla Jasmine scent (invisible solid).
I had been using Green Tidings Deodorant (Unscented) just before that, and I thought it worked okay. I did feel like I got slightly smelly a couple of times, but that might have been in my head since it was one of my first attempts at using natural deodorant. My main issue with it was the consistency. If I swiped it on, then went on very thick and sometime left globs under my arms. I learned to slightly swipe it, then dab it around to cover the whole area. Since it is a beige colored pasty consistency, it was easy to apply too much. I frequently had to dab my underarms with a tissue to remove the excess. With that being said, the stick didn’t last as long as I expected. Having to remove the excess felt wasteful since this deodorant was not cheap to begin with. See the complete review here.
Crystal deodorant is a little different. It is made from mineral salts, is a solid, and it glides on smoothly. I have found that three side by side swipes under each arm does the trick. I get an evenly applied film of deodorant on each side. So far, none of it has noticeably streaked any of my shirts. And best of all, I have not smelled bad one time yet.
Here are the ingredients:
Propanediol, Water Aqua, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate Caprate, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexlglycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Leaf Extract, Viola Odorata Flower Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus Blossom), Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Fragrance (parfum)
It also comes in many scents: Freshly Minted, Mountain Fresh, Chamomile & Green Tea, Lavender & White Tea, Pomegranate, Vanilla Jasmine, and unscented. It also comes in various forms of application such as mineral enriched, roll on, mineral stick + stone, spray and invisible solid stick.
But this is where I must put in my disclaimer. I live in the South. It get REALLY hot and humid here, and at the moment we are at the end of April. With our unpredictable weather, we already have had several days when the temps reached 80 degrees or above, but that is nothing compared to what’s coming in July and August.
I will need to test this deodorant further into the summer months before I can make a final decision on it, but for right now I love it!
See complete information for Crystal Deodorant here.
Toenail fungus is an enemy that I know well. (See previous post here.) After an initial issue with it several years ago, I seem to have it on at least one toenail almost all of the time now.
I have found that I have some circulation problems which I believe have contributed to this problem, so at this point I wish I could forget I even have toes. Although I have recently purchased some compression socks to help with the circulation problems, and found to my surprise that I actually enjoy wearing them. They feel great!
However, the toenail fungus continues to plague me.
With that being said, I have found a couple things to do that usually render the best results for me personally. Obviously, toenail fungus treatments work better for some people than others, as with all medical treatments. But over the last few years I have realized that I always come back to Clear Nail no matter what else I try.
Here is my current treatment and routine:
- File the nail back to basically nothing.
- Use Clear Nail liberally.
Let me be clear about this – Clear Nail DOES NOT cure toenail fungus. No matter how you treat it, the affected nail must grow out. However, it definitely slows down the growth for me. So the combination of removing the affected area and using this topical treatment, I am able to eventually cure it each time it shows up.
Here is exactly what I do:
Step 1: Use an emory board to file away any affected nail and also get a nice porous top layer on the nail.
Step 2: Take a shower or bath and use lots of soap to wash feet.
Step 3: Dry feet completely.
Step 4: Apply a liberal amount of Clear Nail. The previous filing will allow the medication to absorb deep into the nail.
Step 5: Wait until nail is completely dry, then put on socks and/or shoes.
Notes: I do this every morning and every evening. Also, I always sleep in socks so I don’t accidentally contaminate our bed sheets and spread it to other toes (or to my hubby). Lastly, any time you clip that nail, be sure to either throw the clippers away or run them through the dishwasher on the hottest setting.
If this helps even one person, this post will be worth it!
Note: I have never tried the laser treatment for nail fungus because I read many places that it mostly didn’t work. However, I recently came across this article that explains a new laser that supposedly shows more promise.
Check Cosmetics For Harmful Ingredients
Lately, I have been trying to go a little more green. Chemicals are definitely bad. Today I found this website to check cosmetics for harmful ingredients:
What Happens When You Go Vegan
Like lots of other Americans I have always thought of vegans as “sort of out there”. My first personal exposure to veganism was a good friend of mine who slowing went from a “regular” diet to vegetarian to vegan over a period of years. Her life seems so restrictive that I wasn’t sure I could ever do the same.
However, I have to say that over the years my thoughts about diet and nutrition have shifted somewhat. I liked the idea of being a vegetarian (and always figured that if I thought about it too much I couldn’t eat animals anyway), but I was raised on juicy hamburgers, mouth watering steaks, and spicy barbecue. Hard to live without these things when they are ingrained into your whole life experience, right?
But I started to wonder: What happens when you go vegan? Will I lose weight? Feel better? Or just feel deprived?
As I have gotten older it has suddenly gotten harder to lose weight. And having children put fat deposits in areas that had never been a problem before. It was a little scary to have so little control over my body. So I have been thinking for a while about making some drastic changes – I just wasn’t sure if I could stick with these changes long term.
That’s when I found the documentary called Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead. (If you are on Netflix you can currently watch it for free.) This got me to thinking and I went that weekend and bought a Ninja so I could begin to drink pulverized fruits and vegetables. My husband was also surprisingly interested in this after watching the documentary with me, so everyone in the family started trying the new concoctions.
Next, a friend told us about another documentary called Forks Over Knives. (This is also currently on Netflix.) When I started watching the documentary I soon discovered that two of the doctors featured were actually the authors of two books I had just started reading at the recommendation of my midwife. (Thank you, Donna!) These were Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell Ph.D.
I stopped eating meat to try and ease into the transition. I couldn’t give up everything as the same time. I knew that would never stick. But I was totally enjoying those juices and smoothies.
Meanwhile, I had lost just over five pounds without even trying. This happened within the first two weeks of not eating meat. I was ecstatic!
But then a strange thing happened……I slowly started gaining it back!
I had always thought that when a person became vegan there was a permanent weight loss of anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds. I had read this and also heard from other people who had become vegetarians.
This was quite disappointing to me.
About this time I was thinking more and more about going vegan for a while just to try it out. My husband had been onboard so far, but I didn’t want to lose him by eliminating too many things from my diet. Also, it can be challenging to eat out when you are vegan, especially where we live. More about this in a minute.
Today is March 17 ( St. Patrick’s Day) and I have not eaten meat since about March 1 ( I wish I had kept up with the exact day). I have to say that I don’t even crave the meat, which completely surprised me. I don’t feel deprived at all. The only time it was an issue was two days ago when I went to a training that included a catered lunch. The choices were ham sandwich, turkey sandwich, or chicken salad sandwich. I opted for the turkey sandwich and removed the turkey. I was left with cheese, lettuce and tomato.
Time To Go Vegan?
I am still reading the books and emerging my self in lots of websites about veganism to see if it might be beneficial to me. But here is something I discovered the other day.
Now, I eat strange things for breakfast sometimes because I am not always real big on breakfast foods. So a couple days ago I had cornbread and milk for breakfast (I’m from the South, ya’ll!) and I noticed something almost immediately.
My stomach felt awful!
I have been cutting out MOST dairy lately, so my theory was that maybe my tummy didn’t like the milk. I usually have been using almond milk, but just didn’t think that would be good with cornbread. I make my cornbread with milk and butter, but this time I had left the egg out. (My husband humbly asked me not to mess with his cornbread, so I didn’t.) So that might also have been a culprit.
Then, I decided to have pizza for breakfast. This was vegetarian pizza, but it had lots of cheese on it. After eating it I realized that my tummy was unhappy again, just as it was last night.
So I started maybe I would be better off without dairy altogether….just like the books and movies report.
Vegan I Am
Just like the decision to go vegetarian, the decision to to vegan is a trial. I want to see how it makes me feel. I suffer from lots of headaches, especially migraines. I also need to lose weight as mentioned before. I frequently feel tired and sluggish, and I have nausea at times (with or without migraine). I also get sick if I don’t eat frequent meals. I have discovered this is because my stomach makes too much acid and needs something to do.
Currently, I am feeling a decrease in all of the above mentioned problems, but I’m not sure if it’s because I eliminated meat or because I am just having a good spell. However, I am ready to try cutting out dairy to see how it goes. I am especially hopeful for the weight loss, but I would also like to know that I am laying a foundation for good health in my golden years.
I will be posting here to show my results. I invite anyone who wants to try this lifestyle to do it with me.
Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Sounds sort of cheesy but it’s true.
As I am writing this I am chowing down on a can of pineapple tidbits in natural juice. I am getting totally full, so maybe there is a chance of this thing working out.
Three Tips For Living a Longer Life
I’m not too sure about that last one. It goes against all we know about looking and feeling good, but I will let you judge for yourself.