How I lost 3 dress sizes in 6 Months!

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October 2015

It seems like from since the beginning of time we have been finding ways to balances eating and weight. As women (no matter the age) childbirth, breastfeeding, surgeries and a combination of these things turns into an uphill battle to maintain our ideal weight and be truly comfortable and healthy inside and out.

Balance is very key before beginning any set regimen. I find these dieting commercials and books so annoying because there is no SET way to lose post pregnancy pounds. This leaves most of us drained and confused as to how to eat enough to be full and satisfied without worrying about what the scale will say later and sayings like “A Moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips,” don’t make it any better.

While our mates might not mind the extra lumps and bumps, we can sometimes take a stroll down memory lane and find ourselves stuck in an identity crisis. Why can’t the pounds just melt away?

I don’t profess to be a guru, however I can only tell you what worked for me. A bottom heavy slim build with a mid-high metabolism. Be creative and play with it! If you find that you get no results, take the time to retain a few of the eating practices for your greater health. Try it the first month, then 3, then 6.

MONTH ONE

No Beef/Pork/Chicken, Only Fish- Salmon or Whiting (Grilled or Baked) Little Salt

Steamed Veggies Only

Black, Navy or Northern or Lentil Soup

No Milk or Butter – Exchange for Almond (Silk) or Coconut if allergic)

No Gluten (Bagels, Bread, Wraps etc.) Alt. Sprouted Bread/Wraps

Plenty of Fruits (Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Lemons, Kiwi, Berries etc.)

Eat a full Breakfast

Only Agave or Coconut Sugar

Himalayan Sea Salt only or Coconut Aminos

Salad and Soup for Lunch

Fish and Veggies for Dinner, Alternate with Veggie Soup

Only eat at those set times!  When you need a snack grab your designated snack of a piece of fruit. No processed sugars!

Teaching our children to love their hair!

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I remember as a young girl seeing “Just for Me”, commercials and thinking, “What is wrong with my hair the way that it is”?
My aunts were beauticians so I was very familiar with black hair in all of its forms and found it strange that you had to go to the store to find something to make you beautiful.

I had a long, thick variety of hair that caused the neighbors to become alarmed because of my “tender head,” they could never know that my mother was such a puritan that she would NEVER been seen putting Pink lotion or any other souped up relaxer of the day on my tresses.

As I style my own young daughter’s hair I think about what she may have to face due to ignorance. With a head of thick hair like her mother’s, I see the need to stress the fact that it’s not what’s on the top of the head, as much as what is in it.

Your children have to know that they are valued and beautiful regardless to trends and tantalizing advertisements that favor ease over health time and time again.

Many of these products never divulge the damage that they do to the actual strand and follicle of the hair. While plenty of them say that there is not enough of the chemical “lye”, to actual harm the scalp, many parents almost always burn the scalp, causing damage because the product is applied to long and this can cause it to get in to the blood stream. Once the strand is “cooked”, this cannot be undone and you must wait until the the hair regrows or breaks off due to prolonged damage.

Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and all natural products are great when styling your child’s hair and water works miracles. A weekly hair regimen will keep your babies hair tangle free, healthy and manageable! Use a wide-tooth comb and start from the ends of the hair. Moisten with a bit of water and work with small sections at a time. You just have to put in a little work and it pays off! Don’t be concerned with the length of the hair as much as the health. Every one’s hair grows at a different rate any way.

You can never win if you favor ease over overall health and this applies to the body as a whole! We all can be found guilty of taking shortcuts, however, when you know better you do better. We are responsible for teaching our children the best way first and leading by example. They are most beautiful in their nature state contrary to what this society leads us to believe.
Teach them to value themselves and that hair is just that! What’s in the head counts. We have to work together to build up children of substance and value to build a new world that is not convoluted with ignorance and lack of love for one’s self.