Yeast Detox Fail!

Ok, so here’s the deal. I had finished writing up my post for today & then went to look for a picture to show a tongue of a person with yeast overgrowth, since that is an easy way to tell if you have a yeast issue. I found a picture, clicked on it to save & use, & then “Why The Yeast Detox Diet Won’t Work” caught my eye. It was the article that went along with the picture.

My heart sank as I read the article. Everything I am doing is wrong. Potatoes are bad, beans are bad, peas are bad, ripe fruit is OK, butter is OK, on & on & on.  “Nothing will work until you fix the walls of your digestive tract.” Do you know how long that will take? Two years. TWO! Two years of not eating sugar, dairy (cheese!), any grains, most veggies, most fruits & alcohol.

I could handle the two weeks. But this gal can’t do two years without cheese, chocolate & wine. Nah-uh!! I know, I know…but sjb, you’ve got that debilitating rash. Don’t remind me. It’s the only symptom I have left of the EBV & yes, it drives me insane. That is why I am not giving up completely.

I do need to regroup, do some more research. Way more in-depth research, is what I should say. So don’t give up on me yet. I am going to do this, but I have to find a way to do it that works for me. I know my strengths & weaknesses, so I will fine tailor a plan for myself & I will chronicle it here. I promise!

While I am formulating that plan, I will continue to be the guinea pig for you & keep trying some of the homemade health & beauty product recipes I’ve been collecting. I’m waiting on an order of essential oils to get here & then I’ll be off & running making lip balms, shampoos, conditioners & wall plug ins!! 🙂

So until next time kids, stay tuned until I regroup! Some prayers may not hurt either!

sjb

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Use Oil to Clean Your Face?!

In a minute I’m going to share with you my new facial cleanser & moisturizer that I literally grabbed from my cupboard. Oil!! Eeew! But first I want to update you on my progress with the yeast free diet.

I FEEL GREAT! Sorry to yell, but man! I was expecting by today to feel run down, upset stomach, headache, etc. That is what I read I would feel anyway. But instead I feel energized, lighter, less cobwebs in the brain & HAPPY! And last night I passed my first big test. I was at a meeting & at the end they always serve a scrumptious dessert. Last night it was build your own sundae. Ice cream is my downfall. I love it, I love the toppings even more & they had all my favorites. But I was a good girl & grabbed a glass of water & chatted while the other ladies enjoyed their delicious looking sundaes. What surprised me is I didn’t feel cheated. In fact the ice cream didn’t even look good to me. Wow. That is simply amazing to me!

Measurement report:

Weight: Lost 3 lbs!

Waist: 35″ (when I say waist, I mean the blubber right below my belly button)

Thighs: 21″

Arms: 11.5″

Today I finally remembered to measure my muffin top, tree trunks & bat wings, so I’m not sure if I’ve lost any inches yet, but I will measure myself again on Friday & see if I’m making any progress in those areas. I know my tummy is shrinking because of the belt notch happy dance I got to do yesterday! 😉

Todays Meals:

Breakfast: Pomegranate oatmeal & coffee drink

Lunch: It’s looking like egg or tuna salad will finally have to make an appearance. 😦

Supper: Cube Steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable medley

Snacks: Pumpkin seeds & almonds, yogurt

Now onto my fun find that I couldn’t wait to share with you!!

Cleaning Your Face With Oil! olive-oil-extra-virgin-with-olives_500x300

I have been so excited to share this with you guys because it sounds so gross, but the results are AMAZING!

I read on My Merry Messy Life about the oil cleansing method. That’s right, OIL!! Sounds so wrong doesn’t it? I pictured rubbing my face with a French fry when I first read it! But as I read on, it all started to make sense!

Oil, contrary to popular belief does not cause acne. Hormones, bacteria & dirt do. In fact, your body produces oil, or sebum to repair itself of the oils name brand cleansers strip from your face! I know this is true because I would wash my face at night & wake up in the morning & find my face feeling & looking like an oil slick. So I’d fix this by re-washing my face & slathering on a heavy moisturizer. What I didn’t know was I was in a vicious cycle of stripping my face of it’s natural oils (again) & replacing them with synthetic moisturizer. Later in the day I’d have a greasy looking face & usually would have a few break-outs to go along with it. Lovely.

Cleansing with oil boils down to this simple chemistry: Oil dissolves oil. I only lasted 3 weeks in high school chemistry, but even I can understand this! By putting oil on your face, it will remove your make-up & dissolve the dirt on your face, leaving it clean & moisturized because it is working with your body to replace the oils it has been so desperately trying to produce. *Little helpful side note, you can use oil to wipe off the oily grime around your stove’s vent because of this same concept!! Again, it sounds so wrong but is OH so right! 🙂

What You Will Need:

Castor Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or any other carrier oil, such as sunflower, almond or jojoba

Optional: an essential oil such as Tea Tree Oil to fight acne prone skin

Here is the “recipe” for the different face types, courtesy of My Merry Messy Life:

  • Oily Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 2 parts other oil, or 30% Castor Oil and 70% other oils
  • Combination Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 4 parts other oil, or 20% Castor Oil and 80% other oils
  • Dry Skin – 1 part Castor Oil to 9 parts other oil, or 10% Castor Oil to 90% other oils

The process to follow makes me feel like I’m in my own personal spa each evening!

  • Take your oil mixture & rub between your fingers to warm the oil
  • Massage the oil into your face for at least a minute. This feels so good because you can literally feel the junk dissolving from your face!
  • Take a warm, moist towel & lay it over your face. I gently press it into areas such as around my nose, chin & forehead. When the towel has cooled off, remove it.
  • Take the towel & gently (!) wipe off the oil & junk. Don’t rub or scrub, just gently wipe.

You are now left with a clean, naturally moisturized face. When I wake up in the morning my face is not overly oily like it used to be. And there are no dry, flakey areas either, which I sometimes get, in the winter especially. I don’t even need to moisturize in the morning before I put my make-up on. And no, my face does not look greasy as the day wears on. My make-up has never looked better! MKB says I even glow! ::blush::

Another thing I’ve noticed is my over-sized pores are not as noticeable. My face looks smooth & supple! If I could get rid of my sun spots, I would have no problem going make-up free! The oil cleansing method is THAT good!!

One more observation…after I am done cleansing my face, I take the oil that is remaining on my fingers & rub it into my hands. I’ve got old woman hands. Lots of little lines & wrinkles. Not pretty at all. But since I’ve been putting the oil on my hands, they also look supple & line free! Amazing!! Same goes for my lips! They are looking plump & moisturized. Not chapped & thin! Oil is simply amazing!!

You may experience a few break-outs when you start using the oil facial cleanser, but what is happening is the junk is getting drawn out from deep down. Soon you will have a pimple free face that is perfectly balanced! You will be so impressed! After one week, I am!!

This is just one of the “homemade” health & beauty recipes I am trying. As I try more, such as homemade shampoo, I will share them with you & my experience in using them! The way I look at it, if I am working this hard to cleanse my body from the inside, why shouldn’t I work as hard to find better ways to cleanse my outside! 😉

Til next time, kids! Remember to keep it simple cause life doesn’t have to be hard!

sjb

Love Dare: Day 6; Love Is Not Irritable

Here we are at day 6 & I feel like it’s day 66. Just for the record, I am not reading ahead in the book. I am taking the days as they come. Today so far has been the most convicting to me. Sadly I think I’ve said that, or at least thought it, all previous days, but this day’s topic describes me almost to a T.

It’s not a good thing either. Makes me wonder why I’m sharing this with the world because some of it is embarrassing. I guess I’m hoping that other wives & mothers will relate to me. My true hope is to make them not want to give up. There was a reason you married that man of yours. Marriage is a big commitment! So if you are having troubles & want to fix them, stop looking at your husband & his faults & take a look at yourself. That is what my new motto is anyway.

Ok, off my soapbox, on with the dare!

Love Dare, Day 6

Love Is Not Irritable

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Proverbs 16:32

They say love is hard to offend and quick to forgive. Not in the Boyer household. I am SO easily offended. It’s not even funny. MKB looks at me wrong & I’m wondering what the heck did I do??!! Honestly, just last night he shot me a look & I asked him what did I do wrong? He was dumbfounded because he had no idea he had even shot me a look. I need serious help in the area. I am taking ANY advice anyone is willing to share. Seriously.

I never used to be this way & I truly don’t know when I started to become so easily offended or why I can’t stop this annoying behavior. It really bothers me because it’s an ugly characteristic.

“A loving wife is not overly sensitive or cranky but exercises emotional self-control. She chooses to be a flower among the thorns and respond pleaseantly during prickly situations.”  That sounds all well & good, but I’ve got this attitude that if I am going to be ridiculed (which is a stronger word than I really should be using, but I’m drama walking when it comes to this subject) I am not going to just sit & take it. I’m going to stand up for myself!! The next sentence says “Ask yourself, “Are you a calming breeze, or a storm waiting to happen?” Uh, ya…Tropical Storm SJB hits the shores daily.

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MKB’s Graduation Party
May 1989

This chapter offers a little help in telling me why I feel the way I do. Stress is one reason. It weighs me down, drains my energy, weakens my health & invites me to be angry. It lists a bunch of reasons for stress & I pin pointed mine. Sorry, I won’t be sharing which one with you. It’s a bit too personal for me to share I guess. But somehow defining my stressor has already helped me feel better. Strange, huh?

The book suggests a few bible passages to pray each time I am feeling stressed. The one for my stressor is one I already pray weekly; Philippians 4:6-7. Guess I should step that up to praying it daily. Or even hourly some days!

The next suggestion of why I am so easily offended is selfishness. Ok…I’m getting a little annoyed with this “selfishness” bit. 6 days in & I’ve read that word over 50 times. Yes, I see where selfishness can cause all sorts of problems, but I am really not that selfish. I do think of myself as putting others before me. But I read on anyway. Annoyed I might add. Good thing because I learned this:

“selfishness also wears many masks”.  They are lust, bitterness, greed & pride. I can identify with a couple of those.

Lust, defined as wanting something others have. I mentioned in a previous post that I do have an issue with seeing someone with a lot of nice things & wondering why them & not me? Why can’t I have all the luxuries of life? Pitty party, pitty party!!

Bitterness, because I keep thinking about how unfair it is that we do without extras. Bitterness is nasty. It can build in you & turn you into a rather nasty person. It makes you on edge & “snappy” at people when you don’t really intend to be.

Greed, because I always wanted more. I say this in the past tense because since I DO know I am easily offened, I have been working on it for over a year now. I learned from watching Joyce Meyer, that if you can learn to be content with what you have instead of yearning for things you do not, you will become a much happier person. She was right!

Pride was one more example, but it is something I don’t think I have an issue with. I have become very comfortable in who I am. My ego is not bigger than it should be.

The book says by focusing on love it will lower your stress & help release the venom that can build up inside. By acting in love, I will find patience. That would be lovely. 🙂

Todays dare is to react  to tough circumstances in my marriage in a loving way instead of with irritation. I am supposed to make a list of areas where I need to add margin to my shedule. Then list any wrong motives that I need to release from my life.

I guess I’ve already listed my wrong motives…wanting what others have, stressing too much over a problem & I need to continue to be content with what I have. Now I just need to keep patient & calm the next time I am feeling easily offened. I will have to stop & think what is really behind that feeling. I am betting I will realize it has nothing to do with what MKB has said or done. I am betting it will almost always be an outer lying matter, which means I will have no reason to be lashing out at him. This is not going to be the easiest thing since I tend to talk before I think, but I promise I will work very hard on turning that around!

Til next time, kids…

sjb