CooCoo for Coconut! <3

Coconut Oil and Shredded Coconut

Look what came by Fed Ex today… my unsweetened  shredded coconut and my Coconut Oil. Both are from Tropical Traditions.   I use Coconut Oil in everything from cooking, coffee, oil pulls, deodorant and toothpaste!  I am going to use the shredded coconut to make coconut milk that will go  in my shampoo recipe.  It can also be used in smoothies, recipes or drink alone.

While I was waiting for all the ingredients to get here for the Natural Homemade Shampoo (from Wellness Mama), I found a shampoo at the store that doesn’t have sodium chloride, sulfates. parabens or gluten.

Argan Oil Shampoo

I tried the “no poo” shampoo way for a month and just couldn’t take it anymore.  My hair felt heavy and oily.   The article says it can take up to 2 months but I caved after one. This shampoo is working well so far until I can get my recipe together  from Wellness Mama.  I am not adding the Vitamin E capsules since they are optional.   I’ll try it for a while and let you know how it goes! 🙂

The home made deodorant has been trial and error for me.  I started out with Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Cornstarch and Lavender Essential Oil because I had those on hand.   It did not work well because it irritated my armpits and made them itch.  I did a bit of research and some folks seemed to think it was the baking soda that caused the irritation while others said it was the cornstarch.  So I bought Arrowroot powder( to replace the corn starch) and Shea Butter  through Amazon and made one with equal parts of coconut oil and shea butter and added some arrow root powder to thicken it.  I used an essential oil for fragrance.  I realized on Day 1 that it was not going to work!  It smelled good but offered zero deodorizing !  Oops!  lol.   (woeful glance to my long suffering family who puts up with me).  So I hoped it was the corn starch and not the baking soda causing the irritation.  I reworked my batch to add in baking soda.     Voila!  🙂   Problem solved.   I am very relieved.  I also got this deodorant recipe from Wellness Mama!

Today I did a dry scalp treatment for my daughter Katherine that is from The Mother Huddle that is 4 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 -3 drops Tea Tree Oil and 3-4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil.

Essential Oils

I worked it into her scalp with her hair dry.  She got a nice head massage that she enjoyed!  She kept it in for 20 minutes and then went to take her shower as normal.


She was happy with the results after being not so happy about the coconut oil running down her forehead (she kept bending her head down to look at her Ipod).

Next day: Had to edit this post to add that apparently there is Coconut Sugar!! *oh my gosh*  “Coconut palm trees are the natural source of this sugar. Traditional sugar  farmers collect the nectar of the blossoms from these sustainably grown trees,
and carefully craft a caramel-like crystal sugar. Perfect as a 1:1 cane sugar replacement  

Check it out here —>  Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar

My thanks to my daughter Heather   “Jeanie” Carlock for sharing this on FB!! 🙂

Well that’s enough out of me for now!  More later as my adventures with coconut oil and coconut continue.

Have a happy day 🙂


Happenstance, Circumstance and other Oddites of Life

The catalyst for change is often rooted in unhappiness.  Unhappiness with a job or a relationship or the way we look in the mirror  or a health concern et al.   For me it was a combination of being unhappy with my body image and unhappy about  my health.

This spurred me, initially, to make some changes.  I began researching Vegan (Forks Over Knives) and Paleo (then segued to Primal) to try to determine which path was better for me, my lifestyle and my habitts.  I eventually settled on Primal but did little to make real sweeping dietary changes other than eliminating grains from my diet.   I later added Omnitrition products that I loved and still love btw!  Cant say enough good things about Omni Charge and NiteLite!  Also lost 20 lbs on Omn Drops *whoot!* that I later gained back by going crazy over the holidays.  Then the holidays slid into the new year and I just kept on sliding.  Right back to where I had begun!  Naughty me.

But I knew my son was coming home in the spring and he had been doing vegan (when his budget and work schedules allowed) and had been working out.  He promised to whip his Mom back into shape.  😮

So now the journey began again.  And I noticed some interesting coincidences.  My son had been doing vegan and is a proponent of it, my newly found cousin Ellen had switched to Vegan and then my elder daughter embraced the Vegan lifestyle.  What??!  Is there some cosmic force at play here?  Or just a lot of happenstance?  *hmmm*

Also in all of my reading in prep for my son’s return home I had begun to read about how bad some things are for you.. like cow’s milk, soy, commercial deorderants/antipersperants…  and even tooothposte.  So I had been mulling over making some changes like giving up these items for home made ones.  I had stopped drinking cow’s milk nearly 2 years ago in favor of Almond Milk.  And while mulling and musing, I noticed my daughter posting about “oil pulling” and going to home made toothpaste and going “no ‘poo”.    My smarmy reaction is “great minds think alike” but it did give me pause to wonder about these continuously converging happenings.

So here i sit today, on a daily work out (Monday through Wednesday and Friday, Sat) regime with my son.  I take supplements he recommended for the work outs and he makes us nutritious Smoothies at least 3 days a week.

Today, after giving up commercial store bought anti persperant about 4 days ago (I was washing my pits with warm water and soap multiple times per day ) I made my first batch of Home made deoderant today!


Glamorous stuff , eh?  It is made from coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch.  I whipped it up in 5 quick minutes from a receipe located here.   I used it for the first time before going to work out with my son this evening.  Yes I did sweat but I didn’t stink~ *yea*

My next adventure is going to be toothpaste.  I’m still VERY much on the fence on the no poo thing . LOL.  But I may  give it a go at some point.

Health and happiness to you all from Georgia~


Why I love Omni!

I take Omni IV (liquid multivitamin), Charge, PhytoNutrients, Remind, and NiteLite.   I started with the OmniIV, Charge and NiteLite.   From day one I noticed improvements in my quality of sleep and energy levels.  I added Remind and the PhytoNutrients a month later to help with mental focus and mood.  I have been under a lot of emotional stress lately and finding out that in my genealogy on Birth Mom’s side is dementia and mental illness issues also made it even more important for me to add them.

You can check out the line of Omni Products —> HERE! 🙂

And read below for more  info on the products from Heidi Whitehair.

Charge – Energy and Attitude in a bottle, chocked full of B vitamins which are the first things to deplete in your body if your under any stress mental or physical. It is a natural mood elevator, natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It also has 2 natural appetite suppressants in it. Great for PMS, mood issues, SAD, depression, anxiety.  Also helps with people with the hyperactivity part of ADHD
Nitelite – 5 hours of sleep feels like 8, You burn more stored body fat in the first 90 minutes of sleep than in your entire day, Collagen for skin tightening and firming! This is my 2nd favorite product. Safe for all ages

Phytonutrients – Anti stress, anti anxiety, calming filled with green tea so anti-cancer as well and it has Ginko Biloba in it which is the only known ingredient to reverse brain aging. I take 4 every morning

Remind – Brain in a bottle, this is a choline supplement for mental focus, concentration, clarity of thought! great for busy Mom’s, people with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, focus issues, OCD, school work, studying. It helps with brain aging! it is like eating 30 lbs of fish in a serving.

Extra Enhancers – Chromium based blood sugar stabilizer so great for hypoglycemia, Diabetes, sugar cravings and cellulite! It also helps turbo the Tea/Javatrim

Fiber N Mor- Phyllium Husk and acidophilus which is a probiotic so it helps with all digestion/intestinal issues such as IBS, diverticulitis, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, Crohns disease etc,,, by adding fiber which everyone needs especially women and puts the good flora back into your intestinal tract. This ofcourse is going to aid in weight loss as well!

OmniSmart – Chelation Therapy this is a product that rotor rooters your arteries, veins and capillaries for plaque so it helps to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and varicose veins. It also aids in getting rid of heave metal toxicity which is found in lots of neurological disorders.

Chitotrim – Natural fat magnet that absorbs the fat you are ingesting in your meals and prevents absorption in the digestive tract so you can eat and not wear it the next day. It also speeds wound healing, aids in lowering cholesterol, acts as an antacid, has antibacterial benefits such as healing acid reflux, heartburn and ulcers, lowers blood sugar levels, helps reduce Blood pressure and aids the digestive tracts with IBS and constipation.
Phasotrim – Natural Carb Blocker. This stops the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose which store as fat! It is awesome for people with Diabetes and Hypoglycemia and for those that want to enjoy carbs and not wear it on our butts the next day! For instance 2 flour tortillas have 120 Starch calories and the calories this would block is all 120. It will not block good carbs! There is a man that took this before drinking beer and lost 50 lbs!

Stressed out about relaxing…

I read an interesting article today on the “secret ingredient to weight loss”.  Sounded tantalizing.  Then I read it and thought, oh yeah.  That.,,,


Just saying it makes me tense.   But stress and how we deal with has a tremendous impact on our weight.  Familiar with the phrase “Weighed down with stress” ?  It makes sense now doesn’t it?   I have about one hundred pounds worth of the stuff I’d like to unload. ..  If only it were that easy.

Here is the link to the article I read this morning on ways to de-stress.

I am learning , albeit slowly, how to not get stressed out so easily.   It’s really not worth it in the final analysis.  Things won’t be better for my getting all upset and agitated so why bother.    It also has a detrimental affect on my ability to get through whatever the situation is that is causing me stress.  If I stay calm and just focus on the task at hand, it all goes much better.    I risk angering a few people in my life who seem to generate and thrive on stress because they get the mistaken idea that I am not taking the situation seriously.   But it’s a risk I am willing to take at this point in my life.

Going to go relax and hydrate.   Have a happy Sunday.

Eat More Things That Come From Plants, Not Made in Plants (Factories)

A wonderful friend of mine from Mississippi sent me an email the other day entitled  2012 Handbook.  An excerpt  from the email is as follow:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2011
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

It was #3 that grabbed my attention since my health and diet have been on my mind so much this year.   I thought , I should write that out and tape it to our refrigerator!!   We are eating a lot more fruits and raw veggies than we were previously.  And I like it!  I really do!   Fresh berries are so much more yummy and good for my body than Oreos! lol.

But I began to reflect on the  some of other ones on that list as well that pertain to diet and exercise.:

1. Drink plenty of water…    there is lots of evidence, both scientific and anicdotal, that drinking more water is good for us.   Being properly hydrated helps our mood, helps our cognition, aids digestion, helps our muscles be more efficient and aids in the elimination of waste from our body.

2 .  Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.  …  Breakfast is called just that because we are breaking the fast that we have been undergoing overnight while we sleep.   It’s the meal where we give our body the fuel, yep the FUEL , that we need to do all of our daily activities.  You don’t set out on a long day of errands with a  gas tank on empty now do you?   So don’t do that to your body either!  Filler up with a full tank so your body can function at peak performance!    Lunch should be a recharge… only fill up as much as you need to sustain you for the rest of your day’s activities.  And the evening meal should be your wind down.  Don’t load your intestines up with heavy foods before bed.   Do you fill up your gas tank with high octane fuel before bed and leave it idling in the garage all night?  What a waste that would be.   Don’t do it to your body either!!

10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile. …   Move that body!! Stretch those muscles get that heart rate up!  Even if for just a few minutes at a time.  I work from home and my, um , expansive, hind quarters are parked in a comfy leather computer chair with arm rests most of the day.  But I make it a point to check myself.   I get up and walk around at least once an hour….  I walk to the front of the house to see what the neighbors are up to, I move laundry from the washer to the dryer, I spend a few minutes with the dogs or go get another glass of water.   Anything at all to get up and move!!  Push a broom,  pace the house, go check the mail.  Whatever, just get moving!  If you don’t burn that fuel you are giving yourself  daily, it ‘s gonna get stored… Just like mine did…  You’re gonna end up with too much “junk in your trunk”!! lol.    and for goodness sake,…. smile, laugh, giggle, guffaw!  Laughter is good, so good for the soul!! 🙂

Ok that’s it for now.   But let me leave you with two things this evening.

1.  A web site …    PaleoHacks


2.  A video   Paleo In a Nutshell

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

… or in my case, 100 pounds, begins by taking the first step.

So far I have  …  1. increased my water intake to 6-8 12 oz glasses per day

2. decreased my caffeine intake to 2 cups of coffee in the morning

3. cut grains from my diet.

What I haven’t done yet : 1. increased my level of exercise

2. Tried  any  Primal recipes

But at least  I am moving in the right direction.  🙂  I think the fact that I am craving those grains is actually a good sign.   Even my husband admitted to me this morning that he is craving doughnuts this morning which is unusual for him as he generally doesn’t crave sweets of any kind.

Also caught an interesting vid on YouTube this morning by way of a FB post by Julian Lennon.

Check it out here please?  Video.    I posted it also on my FB page so if you are one of my FB buddies and you already saw it then just ignore the link , lol.   But if you ignored it there *glare* don’t make that mistake twice.  It’s a good use of your time, I promise.

And in other news, my daughter Heather gave me a link to the Food Renegade site.  There is a boat load of info there folks!!! Not as much as Mark’s Daily Apple, mind you, but still.  I could dive in here and not resurface for days, lol.  One page I found helpful since I am a ‘newbie’ to the idea of eating food that is as close to it’s natural or raw state as possible is the one entitled Newbie Tips

That’s all I’ve got for now gang.  I’m still a bit over saturated with the info.  Trying to process what I’ve been reading and adjusting my mindset to be more proactive about a lot of things in my life, not just the food. 🙂

Let the Winnowing Begin…

So it appears, at least for the time being that MFP has become my new FB.  I can’t stay outta there, lol.   I keep trolling the boards and reading  – reading – reading.  For someone starved for information on what’s out there, what’s been tried, what works, what doesn’t work etc  – it’s like a free for all feast!!  And I am gorging myself!!

Yesterday I asked about coconut oil.  I have been reading that it is much better for you than vegetable oil and canola oil.   Someone directed me to Tropical Traditions and said I can also get it in my local health food store.   Temple isn’t big enough to have one of those.  We just got our second (and only major) grocery store about 2 years ago.   So I’ll have to go to a neighboring town or order online.  For cooking I need the expeller pressed type since it has a neutral flavor.  Folks use it also on toast and in their coffee as well.  So I’m excited to give it a go.  Just need a good paycheck because it’s pricey.  But everyone says it lasts a long time.

Today was a day of more new discoveries.  Two major ones to be exact.  Since I have still be mulling over the East Clean diet I mentioned in an earlier post, when someone mentioned The Gracious Pantry as being a good starting place for someone new to clean eating, I looked it up.   I poked around a bit but I’m not heading there I don’t believe.  I believe my path lies in a different direction. But I thought I’d post it here for anyone who might feel that is their path.

Which leads me to my second big discovery of the day, and the one I’m pretty darned excited about!!  *drum roll please*  Some one posted a link to Mark’s Daily Apple.    and not just a link to the site, a link to a specific article he wrote…    here!!!   It was my “Ah ha!” moment.   That pivotal point where my path toward health takes a definitive step… a purposeful step forward.  I feel invigorated, excited, motivated.   I think this is my direction, my path; and so my mind fast forwards – envisioning myself healthy again, more mobile again, less fearful of what tomorrow holds.  I see such possibilities and I’m pretty darn giddy right now.   Of course I still have a long way to go on this.   And I may delve into this and at some point decide that this is not my path.   But so far I don’t think so.   Along that same path you can also check this out for more info on a Primal/Paleo Diet

So follow me on my path if ya like 🙂  I’d love some company.  I’m going to keep posting on other information I find, even if it’s not part of my ‘path’ because I love finding out new things and it will also give me my own personal references to other info if my path leads to a dead end.

Here’s to Health and happiness~

Accountability… I need it!

Good morning!!  I’ve had about 4.5 hours sleep thanks to my dog Jack who had to go out at around 3:45 this morning.  I couldn’t go back to sleep so I got up and went to work on an appraisal order I have due today.   Taking a break for a few to decide if I want to try to go back to bed for a nap or just stay up and keep working.  Jury’s still out on that one.

But while I was pondering, I went to My Fitness Pal and updated my Food diary.  You can see it here, if you care to.  I got the site from my daughter Heather who had posted about it on her FB… thanks Heather.   It’s a free site and you can customize your goals and keep a food diary and exercise  diary to track your progress.   I think the food diary will help me tremendously to see in black and white what I am eating and how many calories.  It also tells you how much protein, fat and carbs you are getting from your food choices.   I had to guesstimate my weight since I don’t have a scale but hope to pick one up somewhere soon so I can find out my actual weight and track my weigh loss.  

The site gives you goals based on how much you want to lose each week and how much you want to lose overall.  I am not focusing too much on the calories.  I am going to focus more on the carbs, protein and fat I eat.   I want to limit my carbs and try to choose good carbs.  Not going ot get too excited about fat though I am going to try to not be eating a bunch of fat laden foods, lol.    I am hoping if I can up my veggies and fruits and drink more water, less caffeinated beverages and start walking regularly, that the weight will begin to drop.

Ok.. jury’s in… this gal needs a nap!!!  Later folks. 🙂

Information Overload!!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since I watched Fat Head.  I look at my body in the mirror and I literally HATE what I see.  and I’m astounded as well.   I used to be thin.  What the hell happened?  I weigh over 100 pounds more than I did at 18!! Yep over 100 pounds… and I weigh about 75 pounds more than I did , oh 7 years ago.    How did I get here?  Why did I get here?  But most importantly… How do I get away from here and STAY away from here??!!!

So I’ve been working Google over.  I’ve read about the Eat Clean Diet and even know a gal that has done it and she’s lost over 100 pounds in the last 2 years.  The book costs about $20 but I bet I can find it on Amazon used for less.  But I’m afraid it’s too ‘complicated’ for me.   I’m all about convenience and that’s what processed foods give me … the convenience to grab and go or nuke it and go.  But have you read some of those ingredient lists???  Chemicals I can’t even pronounce so not sure how my body digests them.   Can I stay away from those convenience foods?  And I have to get hubby on board, cuz he does all our cooking so it has to be something I can convince him to do or I’m sunk!!  And what do I do if I have questions or need help?

I also found one today called Beyond Diet.   They will give me lifetime  access to their online community and all the tools to learn what foods are actually good for my body and which ones aren’t, how to determine what kind of metabolism I have (so they say),  recipes and shopping lists all for $47  *their words not mine*    Sounds good.  I need all the coaching I can get but I’m pretty broke so I’m hesitating on the $47.    I watched their presentation and took 2 pages of notes.  The presentation had a pause button but unfortunately not a rewind button, lol.    It was good information.   Just a lot to process and without the tools to implement it , not sure it’s gonna help.

I’ve got to find something that isn’t a “Diet” but is actually a life change and one I can stick with for LIFE.   And it’s got to be something hubby will embrace too.

In the meantime, I’m drinking lots more water and less caffeine.   Haven’t walked any lately.  One reason or another on that that just means I’ve been doing a lot of sitting… not good.

Never did go pick up the RX for the potassium.  I’m taking the otc one I got at Ingles for the moment since the RX is $26.   Haven’t really been taking that blood pressure -diuretic combo either.  I only have a 30 day supply, then what?  We don’t have insurance so not sure how I can get any more.

I’ve got more questions than answers still.

Later gang~

Fat Head

Happy New Year!!!!  …. Let’s hope it’s an amazing one!!  I ended 2011 by searching for and finding a documentary movie my son had implored me to watch .. .oh about a year ago.   He had  said it was called Fat Head and asked if I had seen Super Size Me.  I said sure did.   So he told me then you definitely need to see this..  I said great. I’ll look for it!   I tried to find it on my cable network’s On Demand programming, didn’t find it and then promptly forgot to keep lookin’   *shame on me*

Well last night while pondering what 2012 held for me and what changes I would need to make to ensure that 2012 is much more healthy and happy than 2011,  I remembered that documentary.  So I did a Google search for it and found  it here.   It was long…. especially for someone, like me, who rarely watches movies anymore because they are too long and I don’t want to sit still that long! *lol*   This is LONGG.   but hey, there’s a pause button on it which I used with great abandon.   In fact before 2012 even got here, and about half way through the documentary, I went to bed…   Woke up this morning and picked up where i left off.

Now I am kicking myself for waiting this long to check it out. *ouch*  But what the heck!  What a way to start my new year.    Get informed.   I watched Super Size Me oh a few years back.     I  thought the idea had some merit on the surface of it but I didn’t change anything I was doing based on that documentary.     And I don’t know what changes I am going to make now, yet.   But this documentary definitely gave me some serious thinking to do.  I think I may give his idea  a try like he did and see if I get similar type results.   Don’t know yet.  Not keen on playing games with my health…. oh wait… That’s what I have been doing for years *sigh*

What I do know is I don’t like the way I look, and I REALLY don’t like the way I feel physically.   But what is the worst is I HATE  how the way I look and feel physically makes me feel emotionally.

My new day today began with information… along with my Prilosec tablet and large glass of water for my gastritis.     Oh and hope… I got lots of that.

Oh and here are few pics for the heck of it.

This is me about 12 or so years ago with my husband Roy

Me and Hubby in Tennesse ... June 2010

Off to take my blood pressure pill.   Happy New Year!!!!