Natural DIY Healthy Beauty Hacks

Natural DIY Healthy Beauty Hacks

Hello Lovelies:

I used to horde a massive supply of perfumes, makeup, body scrubs and other junky products. When I started my journey on the road to health-esteem I purged my beauty supplies and set out to find ways to develop a healthy beauty routine. Luckily there are lots of awesome options out there! If you peek around you can find wonderful clays, essential oils, amazing deodorants… but sometimes you’ll still need to get creative.

Here are some of my favourite Natural DIY Healthy Beauty Hacks:

Natural DIY Healthy Beauty Hacks - Face Masks, Hair Masks, Makeup Remover, Sugar Scrub and Moisturizer

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Birthday Reflections – Life Lessons from My 27th Year

Birthday Reflections - Life Lessons from My 27th Year

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I had the joy of celebrating my 28th birthday this past Wednesday! I spent some time last reflecting on all of the life lessons the past year has bestowed upon me.

5 days before my 27th birthday I received the unfortunate news that I had relapsed. I was devastated and terrified! But I was also determined to return to remission, accept that Graves Disease was a part of me and thrive in spite of my diagnoses. This past year was about Acceptance and Healing and I have a lot to celebrate as I look back. Today I am symptom free and in remission; thriving and full of joy!

It is a delight to celebrate another year of life. I’m so grateful for every day, all of the ups and downs and the person that I’ve had the pleasure of becoming.

Which is why I wanted to share the life lessons on self care, self love and living with an incurable illness that 27 provided. I think they can help you a lot too.

Birthday Reflections - Life Lessons from My 27th Year on Self-Love, Self-Care and Living with Graves Disease

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Nutritional Yeast Dairy Free Cheese Dip

Nutritional Yeast Dairy Free Cheese Dip - This side dish is a lovely gluten free, vegan dip that pairs well with raw veggies, wraps, and pan fried potatoes.

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I’ve been lactose intolerant for more years than I can count! I used to inhale lactase enzyme pills like candy and eat my fill of cheese, chocolate and ice cream. Those pills eventually began to fail sporadically and I discovered that I thrive on a dairy free diet. While I’ve found alternatives for almost everything (I spend a great deal of time with nut milks, coconut milk ice cream, and dark chocolate) I sometimes find myself pining for cheese. Which is why nutritional yeast and the dairy free cheese recipes you can create with it has been my savior!

Want to give it a try? This Dairy Free Cheese Dip is a pretty good place to start!

Nutritional Yeast Dairy Free Cheese Dip - This side dish is a lovely gluten free, vegan dip that pairs well with raw veggies, wraps, and pan fried potatoes.

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Coconut Oil Pulling with Oil of Oregano

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A lot of lovely things come naturally to me: I can easily create delicious, healthy recipes, I’m fairly skilled in guitar and music in general, I have a knack for numbers… but one unfortunate thing that always came easily is plaque and cavities. My entire life I’ve dreaded each visit to the dentist, knowing there was likely something unpleasant to discuss. I have TMJ dysfunction (that’s thankfully under control), I wore braces for 6 years and I’ve received more x-rays, needles and time in the dentist’s chair than I’m happy to recount. When I discovered that many autoimmune disease have a negative effect on dental health I knew I had to spice up my dental health care game in order to avoid any unpleasantry. I take my dental hygiene very seriously! Which is why I was stoked to discover coconut oil pulling.

Coconut Oil Pulling with added Oil of Oregano

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Creamy, Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Freeze Pops

Healthy, Creamy, Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegan Vanilla Bean Freeze Pops

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Lately I’ve been finding myself closing the window at night and snuggling up in my cozy blankets. It’s made me realize that summer is coming to a close… and while I adore fall, I’m a bit saddened to say goodbye to this warm, relaxing, wonderful time of year. So I’ve decided to cling to summer a bit harder, while I still can. One of my favourite ways to celebrate something is with a delicious treat that satisfies my sweet tooth and supports my health, so I went to the kitchen and got creative!

These Creamy Vanilla Bean Freeze Pops were the delicious outcome!

Healthy, Creamy, Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegan Vanilla Bean Freeze Pops

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7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Spoonie

7 Things You Shouldn't Say to a Spoonie

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I am a spoonie! If that word resonates with you, chances are you are too. If you’ve never heard of a spoonie before I welcome you to check out “The Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino. Spoonies are Chronic Illness Warriors and the Spoon Theory uses spoons as a metaphor to explain what living with a chronic illness is like.

Having a good day full of energy? You have tons of spoons to spare. Feeling to sluggish that simply taking a shower is difficult? Looks like you’re low on spoons.

These days I’ve been incredibly blessed with plenty of spoons to spare, but I still need to actively make my health my number one priority. I always will.

Any spoonie can attest to being on the receiving end of some frustrating statements. While we know that you probably mean well, your words can be baffling at the best of times and heartbreaking in the worst. It leaves us feeling awkward, isolated and at a loss for words. And so, to help prevent this in the future, here are:

7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Spoonie

7 Things You Shouldn't Say to a Spoonie - What Chronic Illness Warriors are tired of hearing.

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I have Graves Disease and I Love My Thyroid Gland

I have Graves Disease and I Love My Thyroid Gland

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I have Graves Disease… but I don’t have a problem with my thyroid gland. My organ has no deformities or permanent dysfunctions. At this present moment I’m in remission. Without the barrage of autoimmune attacks, my thyroid gland functions perfectly.

That’s because I have an autoimmune disease. My thyroid gland, an organ that I once hated with so much fervor… an organ that I eagerly wanted to destroy… has been beaten up and bruised as much as I have. Graves Disease stole the steering wheel and my thyroid was helpless to stop the joy ride that ensued.

If you have Graves Disease or Hashimotos, here’s why I think you should learn to love your thyroid too (no matter what treatment options you choose).

 I have Graves Disease and I Love My Thyroid Gland - If you have Graves Disease or Hashimotos, here's why I think you should learn to love your thyroid too (no matter what treatment options you choose).

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How to Naturally Soothe the Pain Caused by a Sensitive Stomach

How to Naturally Soothe the Pain Caused by a Sensitive Stomach, including recipes for salves, essential oils, teas, exercises and self care to ease the pain

Hello Lovelies:

Sometimes, no matter how well intentioned we are with what we put into our incredible bodies, we still have indigestion. Many of us have a sensitive stomach and the pain that comes with that can be unbearable.

I’ll admit that tummy troubles are something that I’ve had an unfortunate amount of experience with throughout the years. I have a sensitive digestive system (I think I angered the food gods in a past life), and while I honour my body with an array of well-intentioned nutritious choices, every so often it is not pleased with my offerings. And man does it ever suck when you’re stuck with an unhappy digestive tract.

So, fellow health esteemies, how does one soothe an angered sensitive stomach? Are there natural ways to ease the pain? Of course there are! Here are some of my favourites:

How to Naturally Soothe the Pain Caused by a Sensitive Stomach, including recipes for salves, essential oils, teas, exercises and self care to ease the pain

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