Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coconut oil lavender coffee? Say what?

I am an avid coffee drinker. Or I am now that I'm not pregnant any more but upon inspection of my coffee creamer I was not happy with all the sugar and preservatives. I thought it was the end of my coffee drinking days... But then I read a life changing article on using coconut oil as creamer!

Sounds strange right? Oil doesn't mix well, but if you blend it up in the blender it becomes a frothy tropical heaven in a mug. I decided to take it a step even further with some lavender tea and honey. Sweet perfection. I can honestly say I don't miss the creamer at all!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Not just fit... HEALTHY

When I first started this blog I had the intention of being "fit". In my mind this meant skinny, muscle tone, balanced diet etc ... Ever since the birth of my son, my views of being fit have turned towards health.

I have been hyper aware of the products entering my body and to be honest, I am disgusted by what I have been finding. BPA lining most plastics and canned goods leaching toxins, fluoride causing thyroid dysfunction, parabens, and the list goes on all leaching their toxins into me, my husband and our sweet boy. Not to mention the myriad of preservatives and don't even get me started on GMO's! Our world today is not the world our parents grew up in and it's scary for me as a mother to think I am poisoning my son with everyday products.

This summer I plan on going " back to nature" cutting all the fake garbage out of my families life and documenting each step along the way. I don't think I am smarter or better than anyone else by doing this, I am just a mom who is horrified by the realities of our world. I want to make a difference in this world but I can't change anything if I don't change me and my family first.

So, as for the plan...
I have already got a HUGE headstart on this whole project by starting my garden. (All organic and heirloom seeds this year!) Why eat something I cannot grow? Not only will this garden be big enough to feed my family from but I also get to control the quality of our food and it will be so much more nutritious because its fresh and picked ripe. Not to mention we will be lessening our carbon footprint.

The next step will be to go through my food cupboards. Alas, it is time to let go of all my snacks *sigh* goodbye my dear convenient salty and sweet friends. Anything with a preservative must go! As well as bleached flour and those nasty BPA lined canned goods. Now I'm sure you are asking at this point "But Kaitlin, doesn't that mean you will be grocery shopping all the time? There will be nothing in your pantry!" Well do not fret my dear friends I have a wonderful solution.. Canning and pickling in glass jars! I should have such an abundance this summer from my garden I will give my mason jars some much needed love. My pantry will be stocked with dried beans, grains, seeds and nuts as well as my own canned goods!

And last, but certainly not least is my bathroom cabinets and beauty regimen. So many harmful chemicals are leached into our skin through soaps, lotions and even toothpaste! My plan is by trial and error finding all natural recipes for my bathroom products. I will also be looking for an organic and non harmful makeup line for myself and possibly trying out some alternatives to tampons.

This should be a very trying and rewarding next few months. I am basically taking my families way of life and turning it completely upside down. I firmly believe I am doing what is best for my family and I look forward to our more natural and holistic way of life. Has anyone else gone through such a drastic change like this? What was your experience?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Life after Baby

This past January I was blessed with an amazing bundle of joy and he has truly captured my mind, body and soul. There always seems to be so much nonsense surrounding "baby weight" it makes me sick. You can seldom walk into a store and not see tabloid headlines addressing how so-and-so lost all the extra baggage. Well I'm here to say I love my body and even though it's hard for me to say it I do love it. I love it because it safely housed, fed, and protected my sweet boy and for that I will forever be grateful. 

I can honestly say I have had post partum depression and I have had a very negative outlook on my body but I have a plan to change it. Not for anyone else, just for me, because I deserve it. I deserve to feel sexy and confident again. I deserve to love myself again. I don't expect it to be easy but with these new life changes I hope to overcome what I feel powerless to change... My own judgment.