Sub It Saturday! Fight the period pain NATURALLY!
Second period post in a row! I apologize in advance haha…
To start this post off I want to share my personal experience with my bitch Aunt Flo! Shes terrible! From day one shes never been very nice to me.
In 10th grade I had lots of stress going on which I think added to alot of my period pain. I was taking a birth control at the time to help with the period pain and it totally screwed up my body. My doctor was suggesting we stop the periods all together? :( Doesnt sound natural but any who! During the week you take the sugar pills or whatever they are I had one of the worst periods I have ever had in my life. Changing the tampon every 30-45 minutes and sweating like crazy! Cramping like I had never cramped before and my anxiety was sky rocketing. I passed out and woke up in complete terror.
I went to Instacare where I got my first ever pap smear from a pirate looking older man who totally freaked me out. He said I had break through bleeding, which is caused by a thick uterine lining. With it being thicker more of my uterine wall sheds when I am on my period causing fairly large blood clots which result in a lot of pain. What they were more concerned with was how high my heart rate was when I was cramping due to pain. They gave me some ibuprofen and I started taking 1000 mg every 3 hours when I was on my period to control the pain.
Another symptom that comes with my period is throw up, diarrhea, and complete exhaustion. So when your supposed to eat with ibuprofen cause its hard on your stomach lining I wouldnt because I couldnt keep food down. Bad news bears! Ibuprofen stops two very important enzymes that promote inflammation and pain. Blocking these enzymes gradually increases blood pressure, causes damage to your kidneys and puts you at risk for stomach bleeding. In a study with 100,000 people they found that ibuprofen was associated with a 3x greater risk of stroke and 1.3 times greater risk of a heart attack.
In short be careful when using anything that messes with your bodies natural function. I am not here to dog on modern medicine, I have my personal preferences and opinions but do your research, be cautious, and listen to your body.
Heres a fun video about how pain relievers work in the body that I found interesting and it was easy to understand :)
So back to my period rant…I accepted my fate with Aunt Flo and just dealt with it for 5 years. In 2012 I changed alot of my diet and started looking into a more natural lifestyle, eating cleaner didnt really do much for my periods but it was down this natural healthy lifestyle path that I was introduced to doTERRA in 2013. I started taking the LifeLong Vitality supplements that they have because the ones I was taking werent absorbing into my body and everyone I had talked to had sworn by them!
In a study done with 16 people for 2 months, everyone took LLV but kept the same lifestyle. All results were positive, everyone experienced less pain, more energy, enhanced immunity, and improved mood. 75% were statistically significant and during testing everyone saw benefits in cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, antioxidant supply, and inflammation.
The first month of taking LLV I went through a detox period where my acne was bad! But I knew it was working and clearing me out so I continued with it. Month two when Aunt Flo came to visit I had one of the lightest but longest periods I had ever had with minimal pain! The second month my period wasnt even painful but again it lasted the full week rather then 3 painful days. I went out and about and continued with my day which was fantastic! Month three I got lazy and stopped taking it consistently, it was the holidays, I was traveling, lots was going on so it just wasnt on my mind. Month four was terrible and back to where it was before when it was just super painful. Needless to say I have been taking it consistently since I pulled stupid and stopped.
What was interesting to me though was how when I was taking LLV I had minimal to no period pain but they lasted 6-7 days. When I wasnt taking LLV I had painful periods but they lasted about 3 days. I would rather it last and be able to continue with my life haha.
In addition to LLV I use an oil blend called PastTense and a blend called ClaryCalm on my lower stomach :) I am so grateful for these three products and encourage anyone with severe period pain to give it a try!
After doing loads of research it finally clicked for me. If our bodies are made up of cells, and cells are oil based then why on earth are so many of us taking water based synthetic drugs/supplements/medications. Water and oil dont mix so taking supplements that have essential oils in them allows those oils to reach my cells and do what they need to do :)
"Wellness begins at the cellular level"
More info on LifeLong Vitality here :)
Again I am grateful for modern medicine and am in no way shaming it. But if there is natural, safer, more effective way that also comes with added benefits to my health why not take that route first!
HelloFlo subscription review
I recently signed up for a new subscription called HelloFlo. In short you sign up, choose what kind of combo you want depending on what you prefer, set up when your last period was, and each month they send you what you need for your period. There are different combo options that have tampons, pads, panty liners etc…I went with the box that had just tampons since I dont wear pads or panty liners. I also made the choice between organic tampons (yes they are cardboard) I would rather put cardboard up there then chlorine and bleach :)
Here is what came in my HelloFlo box!
The package comes in a very discreet plain box and they wrap it all cute and include a little note for you about the candy that is featured that month. Yes :) They give you different candy in your package each month! Awesome!
What I absolutely love is that they include a yummy unique treat in every box! On the note they tell you a little bit about the treat, this months were Cocomels which were SO! GOOD! They are vegan, gluten, and corn syrup free which I loved because that kind of stuff really impresses me! They are made with coconut milk and they are delicious! Dear god they were fantastic!
Heres my lovely tampons…Glad they have organic! I have been on the hunt for a while and the stores near my house dont have any. This is one of the main reasons I signed up for HelloFlo! Its a pain to have to drive forever around to find organic tampons, so the convenience of having someone just send them right to me is just great!
Your first time around they send this adorable handmade reversible bag to put your stuff in :) Ahhh!
I got my package a few days before my period and I waited to eat my Cocomels until I started, this is the first period I have actually been excited to start my period haha! Little things like this make having your period each month not so bad, it made me feel loved and special and now that I am almost done with this months period I cant wait to see what unique candy comes next month!
I absolutely LOVE HelloFlo! I think this idea is wonderful and I am so glad that I heard about it! Its a great company, a great idea, I love the concept, I love that they include some snacks and put time and love into each package, I love that it is founded by a kick ass women who understands the importance of the little details like organic, vegan, gluten free, etc…Thank you Naama for taking appreciation in that! It makes it easier for those of us who also see the importance in those things!
Check out there website! http://helloflo.com/
Watch there video Camp Gyno and check out the different subscriptions they have. If you have a little girl thats close to starting her period check out there “Period Starter Kit”. This is just the cherry on top of why I LOVE HELLO FLO! Again genius idea!
Two years ago when I signed with my agency I would always turn down any audition that involved fitness because I wasnt happy with my body. Just like pretty much every female on this planet I was concerned with cellulite and not looking “good enough” so it was just easier not to go to the audition. After getting sick of saying no to auditions I decided I would start P90X and start eating better to drop some pounds to where I was confident and comfortable with my body. P90X lasted maybe a week. Fast forward 8 months later and I purchase a gym membership for the same reason. I didnt go once and ended up canceling after a month.
Here I was so concerned with what other people thought that I was literally wasting my time and money on a gym membership and programs to do at home that I didnt really want to do. It wasnt successful for me because I wasnt doing it for me. If I really cared that much I would have gone to the gym or completed P90X and probably been successful.
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -Albert Einstein
I think a lot of woman have become obsessed with this un realistic expectation to look like a stick figure overly Photoshopped model. And I think that this insecure obsession stems from other woman’s insecure feelings towards there bodies which we pick up on at a young age and then duplicate. It ends up being this circle of hate and it needs to stop.
Heres where it stopped for me. And of course insecurities come back but theres a way to resolving these feelings that us gal pals have.
Its all in your attitude and YOU have control over it. Once you realize that these thoughts are irrational feelings based of YOUR insecurities that YOU have created in YOUR mind and YOU remind yourself of this. You can then accept yourself and see the true beauty that you and your uniqueness have to offer.
So to connect all these thoughts to present day…This week I had an audition for a yoga clothing company. As I was standing there in barely any clothing in front of 5 other people I didnt know and a few girls with killer bodies I wasnt worried about anything and I felt completely comfortable.
I had visible cellulite, stretch marks, and my body isnt tight all over but ive learned to accept these so called “flaws” as a part of me and have learned to love them. At the end of the day I am a woman and I look like a woman. I am proud to be at a point in my life where I am eating healthier foods and working out when I want to but in the end I am what you call happy and healthy.
I am comfortable with my body because I take care of it. And when these insecure feelings start to drift into my mind I acknowledge that they are there and then focus on this feeling I have right now.
Happy Valentines day people! Even though the stereotype of today is for couples think about yourself, love yourself, be good to you! And remember that YOU are beautiful and YOU are loved.
"I never stopped loving you. Not even for a second. Even when I hated you."
50 facts about me!
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Sub it Saturday! DEODORANT!
I could ramble on forever and ever about harmful toxins in all of our shit but this picture just does a fantastic job! Everyone! QUICK! Grab your deodorant and lets compare what we are putting into our bodies!
Lets not dwell on the negative, there are natural alternatives out there that are safer, cheaper, and just as effective! I have tried a few of the natural deodorants at local grocery stores but none of them have done the job like these two options!
Heres what you need:
-1/4 tsp of essential oil (see recommendations below)
-¼ cup arrowroot or cornstarch
-¼ cup aluminum free baking soda
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-1 empty deodorant container or desired container
Recommended essential oils: Lemon, Melaleuca, Lavender, On Guard, Lime, Geranium, Lemongrass, Purify, and Thyme.
1. Combine baking soda, arrowroot or cornstarch, and essential oil into a bowl.
2. Combine coconut oil with other ingredients one tablespoon at a time until mixture is at the desired consistency.
3. Press firmly into an empty deodorant container or just plop it into a container and let sit until the coconut oil solidifies. If you are putting it into a bowl like container you will need to apply to armpits with your finger. This is what I personally do.
4. Woot woot! Done and done!
Heres what you need:
-10ml roll-on bottle
-Purify essential oil
-Clary Sage essential oil
-Frankincense essential oil
-Lemon essential oil
-Lavender essential oil
-Patchouli essential oil
1. Combine 1/3 Purify; 1/3 Clary Sage; and for the final 1/3 equal parts Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, and Patchouli into your 10ml roll on bottle.
3. Apply to arm pits :)
4. Done and done!
TRY SOMETHING NEW! If it doesnt work for you then you can always go back to your toxic filled deodorant :)