If you missed where I covered #s 6-10 in Part One, you can still catch up. If you’re up to speed, forge ahead my friends!
5. Creating a Mindful Moon Cycle
Let’s face it ladies, as soon as one period ends, there’s another one comin’ around. During our menstruating years, we’re on our period 15% of the time. The average woman spends $2-3000 on menstrual products over those years and personally tosses into the heap of the global waste 17,000 pads/tampons… this is not sustainable. This is not healthy.
So, what’s a girl to do? It’s so simple, it’s crazy. There are a lot of cool silicone cups and alternative pads; I discovered the DivaCup, so it’s the one I can recommend, but go for what strikes you! It takes a little getting used to, but it’s a quick learning curve. At the same time that I bought the DivaCup I also picked up a Lotus Pad which is so soft and pretty, but in all honesty, I haven’t even needed it. The DivaCup is so much easier and more carefree, it’s one of those no-brainers now.
I keep my last little box of organic cotton tampons around in case someone is in dire need, but now that I know the alternative, I can’t believe I was still buying them and adding them to my eco-footprint, exposing myself to chemicals, increasing my risk of disease, and shelling out needless cash monthly. Well, you live you learn! (And you teach your daughters, sisters, mothers & friends!) Speaking of mothers, did you know there’s also an easy, money-saving, eco-friendly way to diaper that little baby behind? Check out the g-diaper.
4. Using Power-Packed Foods & Superfoods (And Finding Right Livelihood)
I’ll have to go into more detail in future posts, but my favorite secret weapon foods are:
- coconut oil, fresh coconuts, coconut vinegar, coconut everything
- apple cider vinegar, kombucha
- hemp seeds, Brazil nuts, pecans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
- avocados, citrus, melons, tropical fruits, garlic, berries
- spinach, chard, kale (of course!) cabbage, broccoli, collards
- herbs, sprouts and microgreens
I am also so blessed to work with a healthy, vegan, conscious team at HealthForce Nutritionals. I had previously discovered Vitamineral Green™ and Vitamineral Earth™ and found them to be unlike anything else I’d ever encountered. Then I heard Dr. Jameth Sheridan speak about raw foods vs. cooked foods and it resonated with me so deeply, I manifested an opportunity to work for him. I didn’t know until I started working there how many other amazing products Dr. Sheridan has also formulated. I still use the foundational products, Vitamineral Green™ and Vitamineral Earth™ pretty much daily, and while I’ve tried and absolutely love every single formula, my other personal favorite products (especially when cleansing and juice fasting) are Intestinal Movement Formula™, Liver Rescue™, Fruits of the Earth™, Antioxidant Extreme™ and Nopal Blood Sugar™.
I feel very fortunate that I have been able to share the knowledge of these products with so many friends and family. I have also had the pleasure of hearing hundreds of stories, heartfelt thanks, and incredible testimonials first-hand thanks to the interaction I’ve had with our customers. I love knowing that I work for a company that is creating seriously healing, extraordinary products- no fillers, no crap- and then packaging them in the healthiest, most eco-friendly way possible. As you know, it’s not every day you come across a company truly doing business ethically and sustainably down to the last detail.
HealthForce has very distinctive graphics, an eclectic crew to match, a grass-roots marketing style and a very loving, dedicated 24/7 couple who have not stepped away from the company for a day for more than 20 years. Their sacrifice has resulted in glowing health and happiness for so many others and for that I join our customers in thanking Kim & Jameth Sheridan for their tireless work, research and commitment to an ethical, plant-based life. Another reason I love working for them- they empower their team to stand up for our ideals. We’re vegan. We don’t apologize for it. We do things a little differently. It’s what makes us great. Feel free to reach out to me anytime- you can now find me most days (ok, minutes) jumping between our Facebook and Twitter pages if I’m not hanging out with our team or connecting with someone awesome in the healthy food world on Google+. Stop by anytime & say hello, share a story, or ask me anything!
Juicing and juice fasting has been a serious journey of self-discovery for both Joel and me. I’m so glad it’s been a journey we were able to take together- it’s nice to have support, and I couldn’t be happier with all the changes for the better he has made for his health. Losing 80 lbs, and getting rid of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, threat of repeated gout and pancreatitis… it’s immeasurable the years he’s added to his life and the life to his years! We are lucky to have had wonderful “juicing-shamans” to walk us through our first 21-day juice fast. Now, on day 15 of 40 in our current run, we are both feeling lighter, clearer, and more spiritual than ever. It gives us a time-out when we focus on really learning about our minds and bodies.
We know you’ll ask, everyone always wants to talk juicers! We’ve tried a lot of them, and the one we keep coming back to is the one we’ll actually use daily. For us, this one is the Breville Juice Fountain. We also get a lot of use out of our juice bag/nut milk bags as well. We love our mason jars and the plastic lids are easier to deal with than the canning style lids and bands, plus they’re perfect for storing your cultured veggies, raw vegan yogurt, portioning meals and layering salads. Oh, and how cool are these straws? Drinking from a straw helps me drink more water and juice and keep the acid fruits off my teeth so I have a few other reusable straws, but now I so want to try these!
There’s a lot of inspiration and information out there- I got my start watching Dan the Man, the Life Regenerator and so I’ll be forever grateful to him for the time he devotes to teaching others the power of a simple, healing, higher way of eating.
2. Thinking Beyond Birth Control
Leaving beind the chemicals, GMOs and additives in my life lead to the itch to ditch those little packs of synthetic hormones too. For a while I figured there was simply no alternative out there that could really let me live a healthy, natural lifestyle and also not have lots of babies before I was ready. Well I’m glad I never gave up my quest! The Lady-Comp is the greatest thing that I could have hoped for when I was searching for something to save me from the last nagging synthetic thing in my life. If you’re looking for a way to monitor your fertility and get in touch with your body in a way you never have before (and in a way that’s so easy, it takes a few seconds a day) look no further. This sophisticated little device can change your life, and I’d love to hear if it already has! Women in Europe and Canada are onto this secret, but it remains a little-known gem to ladies in the states. Check out my article about how the Lady-Comp Baby can help you “wait” to get pregnant, and then it can turn right around and help you conceive when the time is right! No pills, no patches, no problems.
We’ve been using the Lady-Comp Baby for a year now, and I can happily say that we are still baby-free by choice. I can’t wait until we decide to use the incredible features that even tell you whether you’re more likely to conceive a boy or a girl. We’ll keep you posted…
1. Going Vegan, Creating our Plant-Loving Community
A lifestyle shift started for me with vegetarianism when I realized no meat was eaten at Deer Park Monastery, but as soon as I discovered that eating cheese and milk still contributed to animal cruelty and translated to elevated fat, cholesterol, and blood pressure in my body, I was done with it all. My disgust for the industrial ag-machine, fears of food-borne illnesses, desire to adopt the healthiest diet possible, and concern for the environment and global food supply all lead me simultaneously to veganism. I knew immediately that it all made sense, that I would be abstaining from animal products, but I didn’t suddenly have all the tools I needed to thrive as a vegan. But I never stopped reading, asking questions and trying new things.
I have since discovered many empowering tips, recipes, and teachers that keep me inspired and passionately immersed in this lifestyle. I want nothing more than to share them with you, and you’ll find I share this desire with Joel, Ken and Mario. We want to help you get healthier, happier and reach whatever goals you set for yourself. We aren’t mean, stuffy, condescending, or exclusive. We always strive to be open, welcoming, understanding and fun to be around. If you eat meat, we still love you. If you hate veggies but want to come hang out at one of our events, please do. You might just find something you love!
This is why we started KaleUniversity.org. This website is born of love; it was created over a series of plant-based dinners between like-minded friends. We are proud that Kale U operates under a 501c3 non-profit. You’ll notice that some of the links will take you to product pages where we have affiliate partnerships; please know that buying products through these links greatly helps support us and all proceeds go toward funding new educational projects, local healthy events, and maintaining our site. We appreciate all your support and gratefully accept donations, but the ultimate reward for what we do is getting to give hugs at our potlucks, see people’s lives transformed, and spread the love about this way of eating and living. We make our decisions based on love, so why would we go around hating on anyone for what they do? Some people aren’t ready or willing to go vegan right now, or ever. That’s ok. To whatever extent you want to get excited about adding some healthy plants into your diet, we’re here to support you. Carnivores, omnivores, flexitarians, Paleos, and Kaleos! All are welcome here. Let’s band together and raise a glass of kombucha to all the things we have in common- not the least of which: we all just want to be healthy and happy! As my meditation teacher who is from Ireland would say, Sláinte! (Cheers to good health!)
MY TOP TEN HEALTH STRATEGIES RECAP:
- Being Vegan
- Using the Lady-Comp
- Juicing & Fasting
- Incorporating Superfoods
- Finding Alternatives to Standard Feminine Products
(And See Part 1)
- Having the Right Teachers, Mentors, and Role Models
- Embracing Fats & Oils
- Eating a High-Raw (not 100% raw) Diet
- Making My Own Shampoo, Conditioner etc.
- Building a Well-Rounded, Versatile Workout Plan