Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What the heck Wednesday?? Oil Pulling Detox? What?

Well we are all about learning new things, trying new fads, and this morning I was on Facebook checking on the events of life when I saw a post about Oil pulling? I am turning 37 this July and I want any new fountain of youth to try. Detoxing is always hard when you are a type one diabetic so that is always something I worry about.  But when I started to really look into this I started to get excited!
You want to swish the oil back and forth between all of your teeth and side to side across all of your gums. You want to hit the cheeks and soft palate. Like butter on an English muffin, you want to "press" the oil into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth -- over and over again.

Pulling is incredibly simple and effective.

Here’s how to do it:

Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
Swish the oil around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.
If you use coconut oil like me, then you may have to chew on the oil for a few seconds for it to melt, because it is solid at room temperature.

It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth.

I prefer to do it while I take a shower in the morning.

I put the oil in my mouth, swish it around while in the shower and try to “push” and “pull” the oil between my teeth.

When you get out of the shower  spit out the oil, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth.

There is no need to use a lot of force here, if doing this causes pain in your facial muscles then just relax a bit. Try using less oil next time and don’t swish it around too forcefully.

It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and nasty things.

What to Expect
I’ve been doing this for about 10 days now.

I’ve definitely noticed that my breath is fresher and my teeth look a lot cleaner… both whiter and more shiny.

I’ve never had any dental problems, but I can see how this could have benefits for people that have them.

There are a lot of wild claims out there about oil pulling and how it “pulls” toxins out of your bloodstream. I really don’t think that makes a lot of sense.

However, oil pulling IS effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth and improving oral and dental health.

I have to say that I am really surprised at how effective this is. I plan to continue doing this for a long time.

Do not gargle with the oil. You do not want to risk swallowing it. Swallowing a little will not harm you, but repeatedly swallowing the oil after you've swished with it means you will be ingesting things that you're trying to get rid of.
Once done swishing, spit the oil out into the toilet or sink.
Rinse, gargle, and spit out again

Use a tongue scraper to remove the coating from your tongue.
Finish by brushing your teeth and rinsing with a mouthwash if you like.

Perform daily for approximately 40-50 days (three 8-ounce bottles of oil will do the trick), then as desired.

The benefits of doing this Oil pulling are amazing 

Oil pulling is said to help with:

AIDS (For real! There’s a study in the Philippines…)
Cracked Heels,
Chronic Infections,
Dental Health
Gingivitis (link to a study)
Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
Hormonal Issues
Kidney Disease
Lung Disease
Stiff Joints
Varicose Veins
Weight Loss

The Oil-therapy heals totally headaches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart and kidney diseases, encephalitis and woman's diseases. Preventively the growth of malignant tumors is cut and healed. Chronic blood diseases, paralysis, diseases of nerves, stomach, lungs and liver and sleeplessness are cured.

Now that's an impressive list. And interestingly enough, there may be some truth to it -- sort of. In fact, most of the benefits of oil pulling may actually be indirect results from the one benefit that it probably is truly responsible for eliminating mouth and gum disease! We can all use a little help with our dental bills being lowered. 

I haven't tried this yet but will post my results and I will follow my friends that are doing it as well. :) 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tempt my Tummy Tuesday!

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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 1¼ tsp liquid smoke. 
  • 1¼ c TVP
  • 1½ c water
  • ¾ c ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • soft sandwich buns
  1. In a medium saucepan, saute pepper and onion in oil until onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in chili powder, garlic and mustard and the rest of the spices. 
  3. Add TVP, water, ketchup,liquid smoke, and soy sauce; stir well.
  4. Cover and bring mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, simmering for ~20 minutes covered.
  6. Remove lid and simmer for 5 minutes more, stirring frequently until most of liquid has evaporated.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot on toasted sandwich buns, with onion slices and nutritional yeast if desired.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Meet Mama Monday!!!!

Meet Mama Monday, Its that time again. We are going to do a round of questions and answers. This weekend wasn't to eventful but we got to spend some time together with my parents and Friday the whether wasn't too bad so we go to play with the boys outside in the back yard. It teased me for a few days with the sunshine and up to 60 degrees then back down to the mid 30's. I feel like instead of Washington we are living in Colorado Springs!  I want to dig in the dirt, have the boys play for hours outside and enjoy days at the beach. I know most of us feel this way but I am so ready for the Spring and Summer. 

1. Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Any vacation spot is my favorite. We've traveled to so many amazing places that truly just to travel to many different places will be my favorite vacation spots. If I had to choose one it would have to be Kalaloch Washington, or Cannon Beach Oregon, I love love love San Fransico and I of course love any thing disney... I would love to do a trip with the hubs and I need to go on an over night trip we have not gone away sense the summer before the boys were born so we are looking at almost 3 years.  

2. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
I have a few things that are my guilty pleasure, reality TV.  It's trashy and oh so bad but I for some reason I love them, that and oh yeah that waste of my time that I can't seem to get away from called.... Facebook! But lately I am enjoying much of my time connecting with old classmates and new clients with my photography business. 

3. What is your favorite fashion trend right now? Or, in the past?
Currently I lOVE skinny jeans with tall boots. I think it's such a cute look. But I have to say my pinterest wardrobe is so much cuter then the one I have in real life. One of my goals this year is to get some sense of style and transition into my later 30's and look like a sharp mom, and get rid of those Mom jeans. I also love fellow blogger Courtney Karr! I wish she should just come on over and re-do my closet.... 

4. What are your spring break plans?
I never realized that I would ever care about spring break. Well now we have twin boys and they start pre-school next fall so I guess this will be the start of me caring about spring break and that my husband is now a full time student and we live around his work and his breaks on school time. So this year for my husbands spring break he has a few days off so I am sure we will do some type of hotel review! :) 
5. What baby names do you hate?
I don't like bible names for baby names, I like a strong name that isn't something you hear all of the time. Being that my first name is one of the popular 70's names and there was like 80 of the girls in my class named the same as me. Then my husband has a popular name that a ton of guys had in our classes as well. So I don't want anything popular. I also hate boys names for girls and girls names for boys. I think it is dumb. That is why we name our boys names that have meaning to our family.