Join me on my clueless up and down journey to an eco-friendly lifestyle and everything in between

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An eco-sista who says take it one ingredient and product at a time

How long have you been eco-friendly? I began my green living journey 5 years ago in my late 30's

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? At first, it was purely superficial. My hair wasn't responding well to commercial hair care products. Products that were suppose to soften and moisturize my hair actually made it extremely dry and brittle. Finding out what ingredients were drying to my hair, like petroleum and mineral oil, sent me on a quest to familiarizing myself with ingredients that were harmful to my hair as well as my overall health.

After giving birth to my son, my prolactin level, a breast milk producing hormone, was high. An endocrinologist put me on two different medications (Dostinex and Parlodel) which aided in weight gain and mild hallucinations. After realizing that the meds were just temporary fixes with undesirable side effects, I began to search for a more holistic way of healing myself and began transitioning to organic cosmetics and personal care products. Since changing from conventional to organic, my prolactin levels have lowered tremendously.

What do you like about it? I love the fact that organic beauty is nourishing, nurturing and healing my body with natural resources. It's amazing to witness the positive results. It feels so good to have wool pulled from my eyes and actually be proactive in my well being.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? My biggest challenge was greenwashing. The earlier days of my journey, I was so excited and eager to trust anything with a green leaf, craft paper packaging with a natural/organic label; I'm a sucker for awesome packing. But as I move further along in my quest to be green, I discover how companies pretend to care about your well being and will set out false advertisement on being safe and natural. Watching "The Story of Cosmetics" by The Campaign of Safe Cosmetics exposed a whole new light on how the consumer is being taken advantage of and misinformed.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Yes. Take it one ingredient at a time… one product at a time. There is so much information on the web that it can be overwhelming. Trust… I know! Do your research on one thing and start to transition at your own pace. Beware of the "Greenwashing" products and companies. These phony companies are riding the wave of the green living movement and will do anything to get a piece of the action. There are great websites and apps that will keep you on track with that like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Environmental Working Group .

Lastly, invest in your health! Initially going green can seem expensive. But it's becoming more reachable and affordable to a wide range of people with diverse incomes. Start small and do what you can to better yourself and the environment.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Nope. Everybody's journey is different. Going green has to be thought out especially when you're transitioning from years of never being green. It's a learning process that may not be fully mastered all at once. I learned to take charge of my health one ingredient at a time. Before I knew it, I was more aware of everything that was being put on and into my body. I have not mastered everything in my green living. But I definitely have greater awareness in everything I use and how my body responds to it.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Thank You, Thank You. First I have to say, "I LOVE my Hair!" I've been natural for 19 years. Eleven of those years, I had loss and was pretty much on auto pilot with the maintenance of my hair. The last 7 years has been learning how to listen and nurture my hair. Through trail and error, I have finally become my hair's whisperer. When I listen, it delivers!

My routine, I believe, is simple. Most times I'll wash my hair once a month. Sometimes, it can be twice a month. As for trims, I get a professional trim once a year or every other year. If needed, I will do a little dusting myself in between visits.

Wash Day:
1)Pre-Poo: I put my hair in 8 chunky twists. Then pre-poo and detangle each section with aloe vera juice and coconut oil using a penman brush or wide tooth comb.

2)Wash: With those same twists in place, I alternate between a low lather herbal shampoo bar or an apple cider vinegar wash (1tbsp of ACV - 1 cup of water); concentrating only on the scalp and roots

3)Condition: Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner for 20 minutes

4)Seal: Then close the hair cuticles with ACV rinse.

Whenever I moisturize my hair, I use the L.O.C. Method: Liquid (water or a light leave in conditioning spray), Oil (grape seed, jojoba, argan, or another light oil of your choice),  creme/butter. I changed the order around that best suits me to liquid, creme, and oil. I then give myself some twists or braids and seal it with a satin bonnet.

This routine has helped me achieve great twists and braid outs as well as keeping the health of my hair in tact.

Is there anything you like to add? Yes. If you would like some help transitioning to green beauty, please follow me on Facebook. This page is a guide to assist and inspire women of color to be proactive and practice green beauty.

I also have a natural hair inspiration page called Cotton Kinks & Coils on Facebook. This page is all about celebrating the beauty of "Rocking The Cotton Do!", offering hair care tips and plenty of eye candy for inspiration.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Race #7

It started raining so there was a 15 minute delay

All clear and off we go

On my way to the finish line
(I'm in front of the stroller)

5 more to go

Monday, July 28, 2014

I was nominated by the lovely Maicurls for the "One Lovely Blog Award".

The purpose of this award is to show appreciation to small or new bloggers. It is aimed to give recognition and to help reach more viewers. 

The rules for the One Lovely Blog Award are:

-Thank and link the person who nominated you
-Share 7 facts about yourself
-Display the award logo
-Nominate 15 Bloggers (I came up with 10) and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated

Seven Facts About Me
-It's been years since I've had cable. It's kind of my way of protesting the toxic programming being shown on television today. It's weird because I was a junky when it came to watching those shows. My  brain cells are coming back and I have one less bill to pay. 

-I've NEVER seen snow and missed it by a day when I visited NYC. I'm a tropical being that just wants to see it but not live in it. 

-I'm an introvert. I enjoy my own company. That doesn't mean I hate people or I'm anti-social. I'm just allergic to idiots.

-When I go grocery shopping I have a habit of reaching for items that is all the way in the back. Like it's "fresher" knowing that they came out of the same box. Weird... I know.

-My body shuts down at  a certain time and it's like I no longer need an alarm clock to wake me up.

-Before I started blogging I didn't know what a blog was. It was a whole 'nother world for me once I started researching into it. I became fascinated. I recently mentioned my blog to someone and she was like what's that? Oh the memories.

-I have a yoga ball and can someone tell me why I use it as a chair instead of it's intended purpose. I have yet to use it when I'm doing yoga. Oh well!

My Nominees

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A clueless step by step guide on loading that potato  

-Ground Chicken
-Seasoned Salt
-Lemon Juice
-Green Onions
-Olive Oil

-Mixed Cheese
-Plain Greek Yogurt
-Green Onions
-Spicy Ranch Dressing

Preheat oven to 350. Wash potato and poke with a knife. I find that doing it this way allows it to cook faster and is easier to get to when eating. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Cover with aluminum foil and put in to bake. Allow 30-45 minute. Meanwhile.....

I'm "trying" to get in the habit of buying more of these

During the last few minutes of the potato being done... Heat olive oil in skillet; add chicken cook till browned; adding seasoned salt along the way and a cap full of lemon juice which is optional. When it's almost done add some fresh green onions.

Now it's time to load, load, load

Add the cooked ground chicken

Shredded cheese

Plain greek yogurt (trust me you can't tell the difference) and green onions

Drizzle with spicy ranch dressing, recipe can be found here, top with jalapeƱos and repeat the process. 

This is how I load mines. How do you do yours?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sometimes I get bored with eating kale by itself. I decided to give it some company. 

-Purple Onions
-Deli Style Turkey Breast

*Ingredients for dressing-whisk in a bowl*
-Seasoned Salt
-Lemon Juice
-Olive Oil
-Fresh Garlic (optional)

Place kale on plate and layer above ingredients. Shred the turkey breast with hands or knife whatever you're comfy with. Add onions and drizzle with dressing. Cheers to another quick and satisfying meal.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An eco-sista whose mantra is "Do your best with what you've been given"

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly since high school (circa 2001)- mainly because I liked being a politically "rebellious" trendsetter. I thought it was cool to care about the planet, have colorful loss, and embrace all things natural.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Today I am eco-friendly for spiritual reasons. I believe that we should appreciate the beauty of this world that we've been blessed to experience and give back in love what we take in resources. Since becoming vegetarian, I've developed a deep sense of respect for all living creatures. The more I avoid chemicals/GMOs/Processed Foods/Toxic People, I've seen my health & overall well-being blossom!

What do you like about it? I like knowing that I'm doing my part, however small, to positively influence the bubble I live in by embracing all things natural. I also enjoy the health benefits a natural lifestyle provides and I've seen my spiritual practice of yoga & meditation really flourish. I feel more connected to the planet and nature as a whole. I'm about to turn the big {30}, but people say I look younger now than ever.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Girl…yes. My natural life turns upside down when I'm really stressed out and short on time. I start eating processed foods, living however, and not getting enough sleep. Stress is detrimental to a natural lifestyle-avoid it like the plague.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Don't just follow the trend- research, research, research! Educate yourself on the benefits of living a more natural lifestyle so that when challenges come, you know why you're living the way you do. If you have friends and family in your life who aren't supportive of the healthy changes you've made, hop online and get connected with other amazing individuals who can provide a community for you. Also, you don't have to shop at expensive natural health stores. Check out your local farmers market or join a co-op!

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? I do feel like a green hypocrite sometimes- especially when financially I can't afford to live as natural and healthy as I'd like. The mantra that I always go back to during those times is, "Do your best with what you've been given. The important thing is to stay encouraged.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? The latest round of natural- about 2 years. I was natural for 3 years before that, but ruined my hair with a Brazilian Keratin treatment. Never. Again. My regimen includes KeraVeda and Darcy's Botanicals. I'm rocking a puff 70% of the time and I also love twist-outs when I have time to do them!

Is there anything you like to add? Please stop by my blogs- Your Zeal For Life and Faith Runs Deep and show some love. I would love to encourage you on your journey towards all things natural and eco-friendly!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's the 6 month anniversary for The NHBD. And we are celebrating by having an awesome giveaway. Who doesn't love giveaways? The directory is almost halfway to it's 500 blogger/vlogger goal. The purpose of this directory is to bring an organized way to learn more about natural hair and to promote natural hair bloggers and vloggers.

It's also great if you enjoy stalking and harassing connecting and finding new sites that interests you. If you're a blogger/vlogger looking to get more traffic submit your info here. Also, if you know someone who might benefit have them submit their info as well.

More on the giveaway can be found here. Good Luck!

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

I help manage the twitter page and look forward to connecting! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An eco-sista who says start by changing one thing and gradually build on it

How long have you been eco-friendly? Since 2010 I think.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I was losing my hair due to relaxers and decided enough was enough. This creamy crack just didn't like me, so I went through the transitions stage. With that I started using chemical free products in my hair and on my skin. I was already going to the gym prior to all this but was smoking which made no sense. I quit and have been smoke-free coming on four years now. 

In 2013 I decided to change my diet and eat more natural/organic foods to enhance this chemical free lifestyle and also change the products I use around the home.

What do you like about it? I love knowing that I'm making a difference to my health and also being able to encourage others to do the same as well as trying to help the environment.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I don't think I faced many challenges… well at the beginning when I was transitioning, I thought it was hard work maintaining my tresses and it took a while to master and know my hair.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Do some research into the  ingredients that are in your products in and around the home. Start by changing one thing and gradually build on it.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? A lot of people think that going green is a waste of money and I can totally understand to some degree. In the beginning, I kept going back and forth when buying products because I knew they worked and they were affordable. When it comes to organic and chemically free products they are more expensive from your standard products. But you really can't put a price on your health. Some people are just happy and find it easier even knowing what it's doing so they carry on polluting themselves and the environment. You can't change everybody.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? LOL, Since 2010. With a lot of hard work and patience.

Is there anything you like to add? Yes!! Thanks CluelessCurl for featuring me on your blog. 

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