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An Accidental Hippie

Your place to discover how good healthy living can be

Follow these tips daily to start living your best life.

1. Self care

It seems obvious that we need to take care of ourselves in order to live our best, most healthy life, right? However, with all of the busyness of life we sometimes forget to take those moments to recharge our mind, body and soul. Even if it’s just a few minutes, take some time for you.

Some ideas-

  • Relax in an epsom salt bath

  • Do a craft you’ve been putting off

  • Give yourself a facial with a face mask (this is my favorite)

  • Go to a coffee shop alone with a good book

  • Get a massage

  • Go to bed early or sleep in late.

  • Practice deep breathing-

I like to breathe in for 5 counts and exhale 10 counts. Try that 5 or 6 times. It’s amazing what deep breathing can do to clear your mind and reduce stress.

2. Fuel for your body

Eating the right food to fuel your body is vital. You cannot expect to feel good eating processed food out of a box or from the drive up window. Love yourself enough to fuel your body with whole foods that nourish you.

You’ll also want to be mindful of the pesticides that have been sprayed on fruits and vegetables. I believe it’s imperative to buy as much organic food as possible. For those in the U.S.-If the label says USDA Organic than you can be assured no pesticides have been sprayed on the produce.

Your body is a temple and needs to be fed the proper nutrients for you to feel your absolute best.

3. Go Non-Toxic

This goes back to point number two. If we’re making sure to buy foods that haven’t been sprayed with toxic chemicals that are going IN our body, we need to start looking at what we’re putting ON our body.

They say it only takes 26 seconds for a chemical to enter the blood stream. When you make the decision to start using products in your house and on your body that are not full of harmful chemicals, you’ll be amazed at the transformation in how you eventually feel. Less mood swings, hormonal imbalances, breakouts, tummy issues and more.


Okay, okay. I’m the first to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of exercise. I’ve never been an athletic girl and I think somehow equated exercise to athleticism. I’m a big believer in mindset and I realized that I needed to change my mindset on exercising. I always looked at it as something I had to do in order to lose weight. But the truth is, your body craves movement! We’re not meant to be sedentary individuals. It’s actually imperative for overall health to get regular exercise daily. According to an article on Healthline.com “Sitting too much does increase your risk for poor health outcomes, like cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality, cancer mortality, and even depression. The strongest risk of sitting too much is diabetes — it doubles the risk.”

No matter what it is that you do to get movement in, just make sure and take the time to do it. You deserve it!

5. Gut Health

Gut health is absolutely essential to your overall well being. It’s been said that our gut is our second brain. In order for our body to work well as a whole we need to make sure our microbiome in our gut is at optimal health. We want to make sure we’re giving our gut the good bacteria to keep it running smoothly. It’s essential to give your body probiotics. My favorite way to get probiotics is through cultured foods. I like to make my own kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. To learn more about cultured foods check out www.culturedfoodlife.com

If you’re having issues with your digestive system, another thing you may want to consider is an elimination diet. I always suggest people eliminate eggs, dairy, gluten, corn and soy for 3 weeks.

Reintroduce one at a time every 4 days to see if there is any reaction.

When you reintroduce, eat the food several times a day for a 2-3 day period. If you have a reaction right away, there’s no need to keep eating it.

You also want to be mindful that most corn and soy is genetically modified and could be causing some issues. Pasteurized dairy is another topic we’ll need to discuss on a future blog post. For now, you can read this Huffpost article on pasteurized dairy. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dairy-free-avoid-this-pop_b_558447

6. Controlling your emotions

This is one of my most favorite topics. When I came to the realization that I am in complete control of how I respond to situations my life changed forever. I use to blame other people if my feelings got hurt by their words or actions. But when I learned that no one can make me feel bad, sad or happy, it gave me a sense of control that I needed.

It’s completely up to you how you feel. No one has power over your feelings other than you.

As an example-If someone says, “I love you”, than more than likely, if you love the person, you will have feelings of love go through your mind and body. However, if someone says “I love you” and you don’t love them you may not feel anything. That doesn’t change how the other person feels, only you. You are the one in total control of your feelings.

When you learn to not react emotionally to others words or actions it becomes very freeing.

Take these tips and start incorporating them into your daily routine. Overall wellness involves changing our habits. We need to look at everything from our cleaning supplies, to food, to exercise to self-care and mindset.

If you're interested in taking care of your health, learning about the flaxseed oil benefit for women is essential. Flaxseed oil contains lots of nutrients that can assist with common female health issues, from serious disease to fighting the appearance of aging, and it's also good for men, too.

About Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is a vegetable oil derived from the flax seed. It has been used for centuries as an ingredient in paints, varnishes, and even cattle feed, as well as in healing balms for skin problems and to relieve constipation.

More recently, flax seed has become an important staple for the health conscious. Flaxseed oil contains all of the nutrition of the seed itself and can be purchased as supplements, in liquid form, or in capsules.

What is The Flaxseed Oil Benefit for Women

Women are prone to various conditions and diseases, and also suffer from the symptoms of menopause, PMS, and other conditions that are based around the reproductive system. Flaxseed oil contains many elements that can help to combat both the symptoms and the afflictions themselves.

Nutritional Benefits

Flaxseed oil contains the following nutrients:

Omega 3 essential fatty acidsOmega 6 essential fatty acidsLignansB vitaminsPotassiumFiberProteinPlant estrogens

The fatty acids in flaxseed oil are extremely important for women's health, as they are essential but not made by the human body. Consumption of fatty acids leads to healthier cell walls, which are more able to fight infection while protecting healthy cells.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits

The flaxseed oil benefit for women is exceptional. Daily consumption of flaxseed oil can:

Help to ward off heart disease and certain cancers, including breast cancerEase water retention and hot flashes during menopauseGreatly improve the body's natural ability to absorb calcium, which helps to stave off osteoporosisCombat symptoms of PMS, including irritability and crampsProvide increased fertilityRelieve and prevent endometriosisImprove appearance of skin, hair, and nailsCombat eczema and psoriasisReduce the signs of aging

Benefits for Both Sexes

Other flaxseed oil benefits that aren't targeted just to women include:

Cancer preventionFighting existing cancer cellsStrengthening the immune systemRegulating high blood pressureReducing cholesterolFighting depressionBattling constipation, promoting regularityIncreasing metabolic rate, making weight loss and fat burning simplerImproving eyesightSpeeding up recovery after injuryStrengthening muscle massReducing inflammation due to disease, including arthritis and asthmaControlling blood sugars

How to Add Flaxseed Oil to Your Diet

Flaxseed oil is widely available at health food stores, or any place where you would buy your usual vitamins and supplements. Flaxseed oil contains proteins with a complete acid profile, which are especially beneficial to vegetarians and vegans.

Liquid Flaxseed Oil

Liquid flaxseed oil has a short shelf life, so store it in the refrigerator. Use up to one tablespoon per day, sprinkled over salads or other dishes, or stirred into yogurt or other soft foods. Cooking flaxseed oil could damage some of the nutrients, so try to take it cold or at room temperature.

Flaxseed Supplements

Flaxseed oil supplements can be stirred into water or other liquids, or added to smoothies or shakes. Read the label on your supplements for serving suggestions as well as proper dosage.

Flaxseed Oil Capsules

Capsules are perhaps the easiest way to take flaxseed oil. They are best absorbed by the body when taken with milk or food, especially with proteins. Check labels for dosage instructions, and if the suggestion is to take more than one capsule, spread them out over the course of your day for maximum benefits.

If you're a vegan or vegetarian, make sure to check what the capsule itself is made of. Some capsules use gelatin for elasticity, which is a no-no to vegans and some vegetarians.

The health benefits of flaxseed oil are hard to ignore. Try investing in some supplements, oil, or capsules, and see if they improve your overall health!

Article on:https://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com

In terms of my products “naturally-based” means we strive to use ingredients that are “close to the source”. This means that we use high-quality botanical extracts, essential oils and vitamins in pleasing and effective formulations. That means we blend natural ingredients with surfactants (for cleansing products), emulsifiers (for creams and lotions) and preservatives (for a product that is free of contaminants and safe to use).

All Natural vs Naturally Based Let’s talk for a moment about the difference between “all natural” and “naturally-based”. To fall into the all-natural category would mean that we would be either using natural preservatives whose safety has not been substantiated or the complete lack of preservatives all together. The absence of preservatives would also mean that our products would have a very limited shelf-life and would need to be refrigerated. That alone, would make it difficult for our products to exist. Items would have to been expressed shipped cold-packed and that would make the products quite cost prohibitive.Let’s review the terms introduced in the beginning: surfactant, emulsifiers and preservatives.

Surfactants One of the functions of a surfactant is to cleanse. A surfactant is any ingredient which reduces the surface tension between water and another liquid or between a liquid and a solid. There are good surfactants and bad surfactants. SLS has caused quite a controversy in recent years as a bad surfactant and linked to possible disease. You will never see SLS in any of our products. To cleanse, a surfactant interposes itself between dirt and the object being cleansed, thus separating the two and allowing for easy rinsing. It’s what makes your cleansers, body washes and bubble baths foam and bubble. Some surfactants are also known as detergents (remember “detergent” is not a dirty word!) There are mild cleansers and harsh cleansers. We use the gentlest and safest surfactant blends possible to effectively cleanse the skin, yet keep it moisturized and comfortable. Without surfactants, our products wouldn’t bubble and face it, most of us associate “foam” with “clean”.

Emulsifiers Simply put, an emulsifier is what makes a cream a cream. It’s what “marries” oil and water. An emulsion is created when fine droplets of a liquid are dispersed in a second liquid; both liquids do not mix on their own and must be held together using an emulsifier. A great example of an emulsion is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a mixture two liquids that normally can’t be combined. Oil and water is the classic example, but for mayo you are trying to “marry” lemon juice and oil. Emulsifying is done by slowly adding one ingredient to another while simultaneously mixing rapidly. This disperses and suspends tiny droplets of one liquid through another. However, the two liquids would quickly separate again if an emulsifier were not added. Emulsifiers are liaisons between the two liquids and serve to stabilize the mixture. In mayonnaise, the emulsifier is egg yolk, which naturally contains lecithin, a fat emulsifier.

Preservatives Preservatives are a good thing, you want them to be in your beauty care products. Preservatives are added to skin, hair and body care products to protect the product and the consumer from the many types of mold, bacteria, yeast and fungus that can grow in a product. These unwelcomed “critters” can compromise the integrity of a product (make it separate, make is smell bad) and can in some cases can hurt you (from skin rashes all the way to blindness).Most companies use a blend of preservatives to protect against a wide range of contaminants (this is because some preservatives only protect against bacteria, some only get mold and fungus. These blends of preservatives provide us with broad spectrum protection.It is fairly safe to say that the total preservative blend used in our products is less than 1% of the total formulation, are a natural alternative to synthetic, and are non-toxic to the consumer.Is naturally based better? Yes! Naturally-based means you get the best of both worlds: a product with ingredients that are as close to the source as possible blended in effective and safe formulations.

Want to try your own sample of my naturally based haircare or skincare? Click here!