Using natural castile soap…

Being a very busy wife and mother, I am a humongous fan of products that serve many different needs and those needs being done with only one product. So that makes castile liquid soap a must have in my home.

I originally used it for washing my hands, but in the long run I found several other ways to use it, which I am going to share with you below.

Castile soap originated in the Castile region of Spain, where olive oil is produced. Hence, originally castile soap was made purely with olive oil. Now though, you can find it made with many different blends of different oils including coconut oil, palm kernel oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, etc. It is very concentrated so a little goes a long way.

If you have not yet tried castile liquid soap, you really must. This stuff comes in handy all the time, and since it can be used for several different things it cuts down on the amount of products you need, therefore it takes up less space and frees up space for many other things on the shelf.

OKAY ITS USES!

  1. Its great for use in the kitchen. You can do your general clean up with it and plus your dishes.
  2. Laundry…need I say more? Yes it does great as a laundry detergent. I use it in all my clothes and it does a great job.
  3. BATH…yes, like in the kitchen, you can clean your enter bathroom with it. After your done with that, jump in the shower and clean yourself! Its non toxic and great on your skin.
  4.  TRAVEL…whenever we go camping I realized its easier just to pack a bottle of castile soap for we can do our camp dishes with it as much as using it as a body wash. I also tote it to the laundry area and do my clothes. It saves a lot of space and time. Leaving me room for more important essentials like my medications!
  5. HANDSOAP…I have a cute dispenser I bought a while back thats a mason jar. I simply put one part liquid castile ot three parts water. I buy scented castile soap and it comes in different scents. So go a ahead and pick you one.

If you’ve never tried castile soap and would like to, Ive got an offer for you! Thanks to “keeper of the home” and “epantry”

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Natural ways of taking care of yourself with having ms.

you can get you a free bottle of castile soap and heres how:

Here’s how ePantry and this offer works:

1)     This special, limited-time offer is only available now through Tuesday, August 18th, so sign up with this link.

2)     Next, answer a few easy questions about your home, cleaning schedule, and favorite products. ePantry uses your answers to get a feel for what you like & to suggest products for future shipments.

3)     Customize your basket! This is definitely the most fun part.

4)     You must be at a final total of $20 to check out. The minimum is for first-time orders only.

5)     Once you have filled your basket, click Finish & Pay!

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Bonus: If you like their service enough to recommend it, they’ll give you $10 for every friend or family member you refer (and they’ll receive $10 for signing up through you, so it’s a win-win!). Remember its all about keeping ourselves happy and healthy by going natural and organic as much as possible:)

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Ever want to change how your eating from the not so good to ever awaiting great? But you just don’t know where to start and what should you buy? Below I’m gonna give you some beginners that you can restock your shelves with in the kitchen…so where are you gonna get em at a good price? I use Thrive Market…you can check out Thrive by clicking my affiliate link here:  http://thrv.me/mhrRw7

So what is Thrive Market? Thrive is an online store where you get all the natural and organic foods and staples known to man all in one place, at a discounted price. Some items are at least 50% off what you would pay in the stores, but prices vary on all items. If you use the following code when checking out: 2FREE

You will get two months free membership so you can get a feel as to whether or not the stores for you. I love it and all the variety it provides. They have all sorts of items that you can’t normally get in the store. For ex: Seventh Generation feminine pads. They are chlorine and toxic free. Yea we are gonna have a topic and discussion on that soon!

Certain foods really are packed with nutrition that can jump start your health. Here are some great picks for the five superfoods every newbie should get familiar with–plus five you’ve got to try if you’re already a superfood pro.

For Beginners:
Camu Berry

Reddish and about the size of a grape, the camu berry is the most concentrated source of vitamin C on the planet, which makes it incredible for rebuilding tissues, boosting immune systems, and increasing energy. The berries are also touted for their antidepressant qualities. This versatile camu berry and almond butter spread is a great way to try  it for yourself.

Bee Pollen

Nope, bee pollen isn’t going to kick your allergies into high gear. Bee pollen actually contains almost all of the essential B vitamins and all 21 essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein source. A scoop added into smoothies, or even just a spoonful dipped in raw honey, will deliver an entire day’s worth of nutrients!

Hemp

Hemp protein is an incredible, vegan-friendly way to get your daily intake of protein. Loaded with iron, amino acids, vitamin E, and omega-3’s, hemp products provide more healthy essential fatty acids than any other nut or seed.

Maca

Historically, maca has been used as an aphrodisiac—cue the romantic music—but this root commonly found in powder form does a lot more than help you out in the bedroom. Known for its energy boosting qualities, maca actually contains five times the protein and four times the fiber of a potato. Add it to nearly anything to get an extra energy boost!

Cacao

The OG of superfoods, cacao knocks it out of the park when it comes to health benefits. Cacao is a source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and chromium, which improves cardiovascular health and supports building strong bones. And it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great, too!

For Pros:
Mangosteen Powder

There is some research suggesting that mangosteen extract may have an effect on cancer cells, but the results aren’t concrete enough to promote this as a ‘superfood’ quite yet. Mangosteen is still super high in vitamin C and fiber, but if you’re looking for a more readily available substitute, papaya is a great choice, nearly matching mangosteen in every nutrient category.

Goji and Golden Berries

We love these little guys for their high nutrient content and great taste. Golden berries, a close relation, are equally tasty but have a lower sugar content and are higher in protein compared to other small berries. Try them over yogurt or in your trail mix.

Spirulina

Sea vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense eats available, but the salty taste can be overwhelming to some. Check out spirulina instead. Loaded with enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and trace elements, its actually incredibly high in protein. You can add it to water if you don’t mind the taste, but if you can’t stomach the flavor try it in tablet form.

Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass had a moment in the late 90’s, and if you tried it then you can probably remember exactly why you never did another wheatgrass shot again. Not exactly palatable in liquid form, wheatgrass has some redeeming qualities like its high iron and vitamin A levels,  but it turns out you’re just as well off opting for broccoli or chlorophyll instead! Bonus points to chlorophyll for it’s smell fighting properties.

Pearl Powder and Sesame Seeds

Pearl powder has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat acne and promote beautiful skin. While there are plenty of benefits to using crushed pearls for your skin, including the increase in collagen and the high concentration of calcium, you can bet that this treatment can get kinda pricey. Want to see the same healthy skin benefits? Try eating more sesame seeds. These little guys are high in calcium and packed with amino acids, plus they contain the healthy fats that keep your skin glowing and youthful!

What to drink?

With having MS I try to monitor not what I just eat and drink but what my whole family eats and drinks as well. So what is the number issue for our son? The idea that children should drink fruit juice regularly.

On a hot summer day at the lake, we are always surrounded by kids consuming fruit juice from boxes.

In the grocery store line, moms with the WIC vouchers and their buggy full of Juicy Juice.

At our homeschool meet up days at the Shoals,  the juice boxes are on ice waiting for the kids to lift the cooler lid and to help themselves.

Restaurants now offer it as a healthy alternative to soda pop.

The world turning idea that fruit juice is a good a way as any to get the many and much needed healthy vitamins and minerals into our kids while as the same time of hydrating them even if the juice is organic is a myth, and here is why …

Why Any Type Of Juice Even Natural and Organic Is not Healthy

1. High in Sugar Content

Many if not most of the fruit juice we all purchase at the store are loaded up with sugar. Even if we each choose for the “no sugar added” alternatives, your kid is still consuming in sugar. For fruit has it’s own natural sugars which is still sugar.

When you juice a piece of fruit, you’re left with concentrated fructose – naturally occurring sugar. Our bodies treat sugar as sugar whether it’s fructose or sucrose. So even the new act of juicing isn’t all that good for us or our kids. This hidden sugar is the reason why a lot of those trying to live healthy are still putting on the pounds or suffering with diabetes.

The sugar in fruit juices rather it be naturally occurring or added, causes our blood sugars to elevate giving you a quick burst of energy, but once the sugar is cycled through your system your levels suddenly drop leaving you worn, tired and irritable.

Sounds very familiar?

When we each take in or consume fruit straight from the actual fruit its self, the fiber is there to help slow the intake of the sugar into each of our bodies. So this means that eating the actual orange or apple is way better for both us and our children’s bodies than consuming the apple or orange juice from a box or jug.

2. Filled With Many Not Needed and Empty Calories

Fruit juices being so high in calories will fill up anyone quickly consuming them. Which is why I believe most kids won’t actually eat foods that their little bodies need to grow and to develop. Fruit juice just doesn’t contain much nutrition. Any pros for it is readily overcame by the unhealthy cons of drinking it.

In addition, the main bulk of fruit juices are pasteurized, going through a heating process to ensure all bacteria is eliminated for safe consumption. So… What bit of nutrition the juice did have has now been cooked out of it, which means the supplier probably has had to add back in the vitamins and minerals that were stripped from it in the pasteurizing process, which leads to us to the following reason… number three.

The idea that fruit juice is a good way to get healthy vitamins and minerals into children while hydrating them is a myth. My kids don't drink juice everyday ... here's what they drink instead.

3. Contains Unwanted Ingredients

When it comes down to buying the all ready made and conventional juices, that choice is gonna come with added ingredients that you really don’t want, and surely don’t need.

If you don’t choose 100% fruit juice, then you’re also choosing high fructose corn syrup and some type of man made sweetener, artificial colors, fake flavorings, and the list goes on – arsenic anyone?

And since the juice has been pasteurized and lacking of nutrients, the manufacturer adds in different synthetic forms of vitamins and or minerals that were stripped off but legally required to be in the juice.

Phew….Now what a mouthful!

The bottom line is that when we process anything, and take it out of its God given meant to be state,  we mess up a good thing.

4. Increases Carb and Sugar Cravings

Last but not least, over and over fruit juice consumption increases both ours and our children’s cravings for sweet foods and drinks. It’s just the way sugar works. http://lifehacker.com/5809331/what-sugar-actually-does-to-your-brain-and-body

Let’s summarize all this up short and sweet, no pun intended

What is fruit juice?

Water & Sugar

And if you don’t choose 100% real fruit juice, most times your gonna end up with chemicals and other unwanted ingredients.

Truth in all, fruit juice is liquid candy in a box and should be recognized as such when it comes to allowing ourselves or our children to consume it on a daily basis.

So what do me and my family drink instead of juice?

1. Water

It sounds boring, but water is essential to health. Because my kids were use to our back in the day consumption of fruit juice and Koolaid this was an adjustment for us. We decided to do the following:

We like to add whole fruit pieces like berries to our water to flavor it as well as Walmarts natural fruit flavoring made with Stevia to make it a little more easier going down.

2. Milk

We all like our milk but because of its sugar as well we limit it to one cup a day in the morning. Its part of our “Trim Healthy Mama” way of eating so we don’t totally eliminate it.

However, for myself in my whey and protein shakes I use Almond milk…. we made sure to buy it without carageenan added in.

Just remember that not all milk is created equal so check the labels and know what the ingredients mean. For that is how a lot of us are taking in toxic things and hidden sugars. Know your milks! http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/not-all-milk-is-created-equal-heres-what-you-need-to-know/2015/02/06/24640146-7fca-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html

3. Kombucha

Kombucha is a favorite in my house! All of have it as an option and freely enjoy kombucha as often as we want.

It’s a great fermented drink that helps populate the gut with all sorts of goodness! Especially for me since I’m on so many medications due to my MS, going to the bathroom has become an issue at times. Not to mention belly bloat!

4. Kefir

I also offer milk and water kefir. Both are very good for you and they have a taste that my husband and son had to aquire

but I love milk kefir. We drink it plain or flavored with fruit or Stevia,  whatever I have on hand.

Kefir is full of probiotics that aid in digestion, boost immunity,(which is an added bonus for my immunity messed up MS self) and more. So much more! Plus it also is very inexpensive and easy to make yourself, and if you’re like my husband and son, then you can hide it in other things.

5. Coconut water

Coconut water is also a great alternative to both fruit juice and sports drinks which also contain lots of additives and sugar. Coconut water is very super hydrating and its full of vitamins and minerals! My husband however hates coconut so he won’t even touch the glass or container this stuff sets in…lol

6. Herbal teas

Herbal teas is another favorite drink that my son enjoys as long as its cold Stevia sweetned and me an my husband consume it that way as well and warn team in the winter….yes we consume te year round.

7. GOOD GIRL MOONSHINE

Good girl moonshine is a “Trim Healthy Mama” beverage that we drink all the time. Its called a sipper because you can drink on it all day long. It is also a fuel pull beverage because it contains no carbs, fats, etc so its a freebie oh and this contains no alcohol by the way so the name can be misleading.  http://www.galonamission.com/strawberry-good-girl-moonshine-fp/ this is my favorite version of this drink for it includes strawberry’s! This gal here is one of my favorites I follow on Pinterest for she shares great THM recipes that we all love in my family:)

Good girl strawberry moonshine thats non alcoholic. It is low in carbs and calories but full of healthy stuff which is good for those of us with ms and ms symptoms.
Good girl strawberry moonshine that’s non alcoholic. It is low in carbs and calories but full of healthy stuff which is good for those of us with ms and ms symptoms.

So, do we ever consume fruit juice?

We do on occasion drink fruit juice. However, we understand that fruit juice is a treat, and not an everyday staple.

At home, we only drink fruit juice that we make ourselves by adding it in our juicer. Me and my husband like to juice our greens and to make them easier to get down we will add some fruit to it. We like to add orange, apple, and berry juices in small quanitites. So how do you do your juice?

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Helping those with and without ms and ms symptoms to live a more natural and organic healthier way of life while treating their disease and its symptoms naturally at the same time.
Helping those with and without ms and ms symptoms to live a more natural and organic healthier way of life while treating their disease and its symptoms naturally at the same time

Why not the Paleo diet for those with MS?

I highly suggest caution toward paleolithic type diets as much as I do toward vegetarian diets. This is a fad diet and like other fad diets it may work for a short while, but will end in disaster in the long run. The Paleo or cave man diet swings toward the extreme. Its founded on the believe of a cave man that was named “Grok” sustained the perfect diet. And so thats how we should eat as well. I highly disagree with this belief. Paleo teaches that grains are a modern food and our bodies are not able to process or digest them. This diet also states that we shouldn’t eat legumes, beans, or lentils as well. Dairy is frowned upon for its not in it’s natural state and is cultured. As the belief goes, cavemen ate mainly fatty means like a whole lot of pork fat, eggs, nuts, and fruit. Yep thats about it. This diet says we should do the same with the exception of a few root veggies now and then. You’d be surprised of how popular this diet is now for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Go into any bookstore and you will see it displayed on end caps. etc. Millions are following it and it’s still gaining in popularity. Don’t get me wrong this diet does have some merit…our culture does over do in the grain department and some do have an allergy to grains. Our grains are not like those that people ate back in biblical times. Its refined and nothing close to what the Israelites would have eaten. Maybe the reason they had no issue is because their grains weren’t like our Western diet grains abundant in modern hybridized grains. We now see people all around with allergies and sensitivities to our brand of grains. Well were now paying the price for our modern hybridized grains. Have you noted the boom in gluten intolerance? Ever wondered why? Have you noticed those who are gluten intolerant are also usually diabetic? A lot of that problem is because those things used as substitutes for “gluten free” have a heavy role in causing unstable rise in blood sugars. So beware of filling up on gluten free products that use rice and other grains in place of wheat. They can make you both fat and sick! Paleo diet advisors encourage people to use non grain flowers like coconut, flax, and almond but not because of the sensitivities, but because they believe all other grains are bad. They look down on grains and are in opposites of what the Bible teaches as being good, and that is where we part ways…I believe in God over man any-day. Believing in the Paleo plan is like a slap in the face to God. All through the bible you hear of breaking of the bread, and even in Gen 18:5 you hear that Abraham made a meal for his angelic visitors right along with animal foods. But take notice it was a “morsel” of bread and not a whole loaf! Jesus fed the multitude with fish and bread! We shouldnt fear grains, just have fear in the over doing of consuming them. More to come on my next blog post concerning the Paleo diet…TO BE CONTINUED

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treating ms symptoms and ms naturally

Frozen green gems…

So many times I have had to throw out fruits and veggies that I never got to eat and what a waste of money that became. Well I came up with the perfect solution! The ones I don’t get to eat I now simply juice or you can put them in a bullet and then I simply pour the liquid into ice cube trays and freeze them. After I freeze them I place them into a freezer container and use them as needed. I like to use these power packed gems in my smoothies and my shakes. Ice cubes for me make them thicker so I always use them. This cuts down the cost of me having to buy organic additives like protein powder for my shakes and smoothies. It also does away with the waste! So I’m saving money while still eating organic. You’ve just gotta try this!

Teaching those with ms and ms symptoms to eat naturally and organic while saving money.
Teaching those with ms and ms symptoms to eat naturally and organic while saving money.

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Weekly specials and freebies for those with ms and ms symptoms to help them control their disease naturally.
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