Author Archive: Erica Jimenez

What Did I Get Myself Into?

I wrote my post When You Are Discouraged About Your Health about a week before I started writing this one.  Yesterday while I was in our rental office, I found out that we still had a fitness instructor on sight who offered free classes at multiple times.  I thought this could be a great fit for me.  I really missed the idea of working out with people even though I planned on just making due as far as being consistent with working out at home alone is concerned. Hubby said we could work out on his days off, but I knew that fluctuated so I didn’t want to solely rely on that.  

So I let hubby know I wanted to go to the class once he was home from work.  I’m not sure why but when I reminded him today on his way home, suddenly he says, no, you don’t have to do that.  I will work you out. I was like huh? Seriously? I’m not sure if I told you all this before, but my husband did personal training for years.  He has gotten his certification in the past but he never renewed it after that so the man knows what he is talking about when it comes to fitness, staying in shape and losing weight.  I guess the issue has been with him needing to work soo many hours.  He has struggled with finding the time to consistently go to the gym.  He goes at all different times and that is always without me and JR.  We have 2 gyms in our complex that he can use.  So with his schedule being so hectic, I never thought to ask him to work out with me right in our house.  

As my post title states What Did I Get Myself Into? It is what I was thinking during our first session.  We worked on everything and he wants to help me increase my upper body strength because let’s just say it’s close to zero. He said having better upper body strength is the only way to benefit from a workout.  I have a long way to go, friends. I was quite the dancer once upon a time, but that was mostly core and lower body strength. Figures.  I’ve learned a bit about fitness from him and from doing some research when I used to sell health products on my old health blog, but this is just amazing!  Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited about having my hubby as a personal trainer.  Can you imagine having a hot trainer as a married woman that you can actually hit on with no problem? I’m in complete bliss but at the same time, , the man is working me out! My arms felt like spaghetti after our first session. Ill definitely keep you all updated on how it goes.  So far, it feels awesome that I get to work out with my husband.  Exercise makes us happy so of course I felt absolutely amazing afterwards!

Tips To Get Your Toddler To Eat Vegetables

It seems like most parents go through that phase where even if their toddler showed interest in vegetables earlier on, they get to a point where they will only eat one vegetable or none at all. In this post, I’m actually going to mention other ways for your toddler to get some of the same vitamins he or she is missing out on since their disgust for veggies has set in.  I hope you enjoy my tips to get your toddler to eat more vegetables:

Here are my tips:

1) Go with the flow.  Don’t fret about your toddler not eating certain things at the moment. They are people too and they go through phases just like adults do.  I mean, have your taste buds changed over the course of your life? Mine have! You just have to ride this out. It’s just a phase.

2) Stay along the lines of what he or she likes and use that to your advantage. Here are some examples:

  1.    a) My son loves pasta so I only will make whole grain pasta instead of the white flour kind. Whole wheat pasta has a lot of fiber and protein. I actually do whole grain everything, even brown rice. He enjoys that too.
  2.   b) Along the same lines of pasta, try pastas with vegetable flours. At the natural store we bought this kale and spinach ravioli. It had a cheese filling with spinach inside.  It was tasty and my son loved it.
  3.   c) My son likes meat. He really enjoyed my mother in law turkey loaf.  There are vegetables in that- onions, peppers and more. He tastes primarily the meat and gravy so he doesn’t know the difference!
  4.   d) Sometimes he will allow for me to feed him- I’m in the I do it phase. So I will sneak in small amounts of peas, spinach or string beans with the pasta or rice. He loves my recipe Spinach Surprise.
  5.   e) What type of milk is your child drinking? If you have already started them on dairy, perhaps try other types that have lots more vitamins and minerals like the vitamin D and calcium they need from vegetables.  Provided that your child doesn’t have any allergies to these kinds, try almond milk, coconut milk or even hemp milk.  I’m still nursing my little one but often he will get some of the almond milk we drink when we give him pieces of our granola cereal or Cheerios.  
  6.   f) Does your toddler like those puff snacks? The natural store has organic ones that have vegetables in them. My son doesn’t like any snacks like these so it hasn’t worked for me, but if your toddler does, it is worth a try.

3) If you have a fruit lover on your hands, perhaps you can take advantage of the yummi pouches. There are pre-made organic ones in the store that mix fruit and vegetables or you can simply purée your own at home and buy the empty pouches to put the contents in them.  Most toddlers like to eat on the go so this could definitely be a winner.

4) Last but not least, keep trying new things. The least expensive way to do this is to allow your little one to try what you are eating. That definitely is a way to stay accountable with trying to eat better since you have a little one who will want to try what you are having.

I hope these tips are helpful for someone out there.  Toddlers can be a lot to handle, but they are wonderful gifts just the same. Here’s to all of us enjoying this lovable phase!

XoXo,

 

Homemade Eco-Friendly Shampoo And Conditioner

So I’ve written a post on my first blog with a recipe for DIY shampoo and conditioner. Both happen to be eco-friendly and extremely inexpensive as well which is always a plus!

Here is what I did: For shampoo, I just put 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every 1 cup of water. For conditioner I did 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for every 1 cup of water. I combed through my hair after putting in the conditioner. These amounts could be altered depending on hair type.  After rinsing the conditioner out of my hair I apply virgin coconut oil to it and then in the shower I usually wash the rest of my body and before rinsing my hair I comb through again. Cool water on the rinse is best. I do this process probably every week.

If I decide that I’m going to blow my hair out, I do not apply the coconut oil in the shower. In those 7-10 days, sometimes while in the shower, I will apply a little coconut oil in my hair and then rinse it out as well. A couple of times a month, instead of applying just coconut oil after washing, I will deep condition with the following homemade recipe: avocado, egg, extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil. Some people who are used to washing their hair with normal shampoo who want to try this process may have to go through a transition period. Our hair is normally used to being stripped from the sulfates and chemicals in the shampoos so you may need to go through a few weeks or months of awkward oily hair to see that it actually works.  

 

Here are some changes that I have made after seeing the results over the last several months. I actually started doing this in March of this year. Ive kept the baking soda and water as my shampoo. It does lather well and my hair does get squeaky clean.

One thing I’ve started doing is putting coconut oil in my hair before washing it. I do use it in between washes as well, but because I had a very dry scalp, I decided to part my hair and put the oil on my scalp. If I do this before showering and then wash my hair with the baking soda and water in the shower, I’ve noticed my scalp isn’t dry and I have no dandruff.

Another change I’ve made is the apple cider vinegar step. This may work for you so feel free to leave it in, but I found that it is too drying on my hair so I leave out that step. I still love using the homemade avocado conditioner. I’ve noticed that the avocado has to be just ripe and putting it in the blender with the egg and oils seems to make it smooth with no residue from the skin being left in your hair.

If you have thought about trying more natural, eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners but they seem too expensive, this is definitely something you should try! I’ve started making several other products right at home and I’ve been able to decrease the toxicity in my house and enjoy more natural alternatives that are so much healthier for me and my family. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this! Until next time!

XoXo

 

Skin Care – Skin Allergy Home Remedies

Allergic Reaction: What To Do?

Allergies can be cured at home by natural means. Some of the home remedies for allergy are mentioned here.

If a person is having a rash due to some allergen, a paste of avocado is good to be applied. Another remedy for the rash is to melt 3 tablespoons of potato powder in a glass of water and then poured into a jug of water. Repeat with more jugs and fill your bathtub. Sit and relax in it.

Green tea with honey is also a natural remedy for the allergies. Green and black tea is the same plant which has an antihistamine in it. Ginger is also a tested remedy for allergies. Peel an inch of ginger, add to 2 glasses of water and bring it to boil for 3 times on low heat. Drink that water. This is the best solution for allergies.

Ginger is also thought to be a decongestant. Vinegar is good for bug bites. Itching caused by the bites can be lessened by using vinegar. One can pour a little vinegar in bath water. Or it can be diluted with water and applied on the bite using cotton or cotton gauze.

Both vitamin E and vitamin B5 are effective in treating different allergies. Vitamin C is also a popular nutrient that fights against different allergies and improves the immune system of the body. Allergies of the nose, skin, and intestine can be lessened by using few drops of castor oil mixed with some fruit or vegetable juice or simple water and taken on empty stomach.

Lemon squeezed in lukewarm water and added with honey can be useful in treating allergies. But the persons who are allergic to citrus food should not try it. Bananas are also thought to be a treatment for allergies related to digestive system, skin rash, and asthma.