Thursday, March 28, 2013

How much water do you need?

In my journey to becoming healthier the hardest part for me to stay consistent is water consumption. I will go a whole month drinking lots of water then the next month barely anything... even with my outrageous fitness regime... Whoops. However I know I am aware of my lack of water consumption as our little cookie and my future hubby always has a glass of water in front of them (from me). Double Whoops! I know, I'm just being extra lazy...
Benefits of Water: Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, where you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal daily functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. 
So how much water should you be drinking?: Most health experts recommend 2.2 - 3 litres of water for the average adult (men need more then women). Of course when it is hotter outside or you sweat more you are loosing more water and will need to consume more. With daily exercise it is recommended to consume 1.5 - 2.5 extra cups
Children need 1.3-3.3 litres of water a day based on age, weight and gender.
Pregnant women should be consuming anywhere from 10-13 cups of water a day. 
**The amount of water listed above is total amount consumed including ingested foods containing water.
Now if you are exercising, you need at least 1.5 more litres of water (of course this depends on how much you are sweating out). Its generalized.
Now we are talking PEE! Your pee should be slightly yellow to colourless during urination.

My goal for the week: I purchased a large mason jar from a thrift shop last week and only need to fill it up 3 times. Yes even with my outrageous workout schedule... It's enough water. It's huge!

Happy healthy water consuming (into the body) living!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yikes, switching my blog spot...

This morning I was a very grumpy girl! Don't worry friends it only lasted about 10 min. 

Why you ask? 

I have had nothing but problems with blogger. My posts have randomly been deleted and I have run out of space to upload photos on multiple occasions. 

Yes, today I decided enough is enough. I am officially switching to

Yeah I know they have some things to update and add but I think it will be a good move in the long haul.

I sure hope to see all of you there!

Happy natural thrifty living!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to get rid of the stickiness under stickers or labels

You know that stickiness that lays behind stickers/labels that you cannot get off without scrubbing your heart out and even then its still sticky?!?!

This is my little cookies bunk bed frame that we got for free! But it came with half ripped off boys stickers...

Of course with the rest of this blog and my life I am trying to stay away from chemicals so "goo-gone" is out of the question. Plus I can save a couple dollars by NOT buying more stuff!

Baking soda to the rescue!!! Well that and coconut oil. Or any oil for that matter...
Baking soda has natural abrasives that removes the stick so the oil can loosen everything up!

Thats it! Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda, mix together and rub on sticky area. I let it sit for about 5 min then wiped it off!

This works for all things sticky, glass jars that you want to reuse or peeling stickers on your vacuum!

Happy de-stickafying!!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

To buy or to not buy Organic

Are you considering going organic?? Our family has made the switch!

Price: So far we have learned that organic lemons, kale, and spinach is almost always cheaper then non-organic. Red, green and yellow peppers are almost double the price as non-organic and everything else is negotiable.

Routine: Some people say its a lot of work to find all organic foods as you need to go to one place for meat and another for fruits and veggies and another for the extras. We have also changed our routine from buying all groceries at the store to going to our local farmers market for meats, fruits and veggies and an egg lady that comes every 2 weeks to our home. We have also started the process to have a hopefully luscious garden in our backyard.

Not-So-Secret List of fruits and veggies you should buy Organic:

Green beans

Safety: I wonder how safe or natural it is to use pesticides on foods. They spray produce during each stage of growth and in turn absorbing a toxic chemical that kills every other thing on that farm except the one growing produce. Pesticides are chemically engineered to kill everything but that one plant. There is no way that could be good for me or my family's health so we have gone organic and are purchasing many foods locally.

Environmental Impact: Buying local increases local farming which has decreased significantly within the last 20 years thanks to the large corporations and manipulation. Large companies that are Genetically Modifying foods seed spread (like normal plants do) and contaminates other natural farmers crops. Once they are found with these crops that now have the genes from the GM crops they are sewed and put out of business. The next part of environmental impact is that these foods are being picked before they are actually ripe (about 1-2 weeks) and chemicals are put on them to help them travel great distances. Pollution is also another thing to consider as many foods are put through a large corporation then travel by plane from one truck to another truck to your grocery store.

Happy natural pesticide-free eating!