Reaping Rewards and Recovering

Good morning everyone and may I just say how lovely it is to be feeling better today after staying in bed all day yesterday. I was suffering from symptoms of a UTI, which I seem to have flushed out by using my essential oils and drinking tons of water. Want to know which ones I used and how? Just remember, this remedy is not approved by the FDA, nor am I suggesting anyone else try it without talking to your healthcare provider.

I awoke early with that urgent need to pee. Rushing to the bathroom next to the guest room (where I was sleeping due to my hubby’s snoring) I relieved myself….and there it was, at the end of the stream, the old, familiar pain. UGH!!! How did this happen? I can only assume it’s the result of letting my guard down, drinking too much alcohol over the summer and consuming way more sugar than I have since I went Paleo. So, this is what I did:

I drug my bloated, painful belly (and the rest of me) into the kitchen and made my go-to drink for flushing out the germs: 2 T ACV, 2 T pure lemon juice, 2 T raw honey, 1 T Ceylon cinnamon into a small mug of steaming hot water. Drank that down. Then I made my second large glass of water with a drop each of lemongrass and grapefruit essential oils. They work together to kill the bacteria, help ease the pain and reduce the inflammation. The next glass I made I used peppermint oil to try to fight the bloat. See, I don’t want to have to take antibiotics or pay for a doctor’s visit if I can fix things myself with what God intended us to use.

After a light lunch, I put one drop of oregano oil in a warmed mug of chicken broth, held my nose and drank that down. Not gonna lie, it tastes awful but here is what it does:

  • reverses or reduces bacterial infections
  • kills fungal infections
  • kills parasites
  • reduces inflammation
  • kills candida
  • reduces tumors
  • gets rid of allergens

Now, if the compound in oil of oregano, carvacrol can do all that, why should I take harmful antibiotics and risk all those unwanted side effects? In fact, I’m probably going to do it again today, just for good measure and make sure I’ve rid myself of all the potential trouble makers. Studies suggest that oil of oregano can even eradicate E Coli, the very bacteria that is probably reeking havoc on my body. Now, how does it get to your bladder you might ask? Well, I certainly know the rule about always wiping from front to back, every woman knows this, right?! But! There are other ways it can get there because our urethra is so close to our anus.

Urethra is the yellow highlighted part
See how close the two are?

Sorry guys, I should have warned you at the beginning that this was mainly a talk geared for us women, then again, it may help you understand just what your wives and/or girlfriends are going through when they complain about another UTI. I thought maybe the fact that I put on my bathing suit over the weekend without washing it first might have also been a contributing factor. Trust me, it’s clean now!!

Anyway, the point is, I feel so much better today that I once again will get back on the little to no sugar train again because as you all know from my earlier posts-sugar is the devil and no good will come from over indulging in too much. So back to no (or very little) alcohol 😔, stop with the cheating by eating chips and salsa and go back to my strict ways when I first became Paleo.

One more thing, this is very important: never use just any old essential oil!! Especially if you plan to use them like me. Only use trusted oils recommended by your healthcare provider or aromatherapist. I have used several different brands that I know to be pure, 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. As of late, I have been using a new source from a company that has been around a very long time. If you want to know more about this company, pm me and I will tell you how to get them or order them for you, whichever you choose.

Ok, now for the rewards part of the post. Some of you know I have an aerogarden and I have been growing cherry tomatoes and jalapeño peppers this time. Last year I grew Herbs and had basil coming out of my ears!! Anyway, I walked in the dining room this morning and was greeted by this:

Ripening is finally taking place!

I didn’t think they were ever going to ripen, but persistence pays off! (Also pruning) My peppers have not come yet but they did flower. The aerogarden is so simple, just make sure it has water ever day and when the lights indicate it’s time to feed the nutrients, do it. I was hoping that I would have enough tomatoes and peppers to make my own salsa (I can control the sweetener that way) but it looks like I won’t be putting the grocery store out of business any time soon.

Well, that’s it my lovely peeps, I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and I will see you probably on Friday. Please hit me with any questions or concerns by commenting and I will answer you as soon as possible. Drink your water now and have a great day!!

 

 

 

Day 313-MET-How I Reward Myself For a Job Well Done

When I have a long day of writing tasks in front of me, or a heavy load of housework to be done or both, I have found that what motivates me is looking forward to an episode or two of my latest obsession…whatever series I’m addicted to at the moment on Netflix.

I have done this a few ways, either I wait until evening time and watch with my hubby, or I take a break during the time I have at home alone. Say I’m washing clothes and cleaning house before I start writing for the day. I might sit down while folding clothes and watch an episode. Then I move on to the next task, looking forward to the next break so I can catch another episode.

I’m pretty sure there are enough series to keep me watching something for an eternity, but here are my latest obsessions: The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black and Queen of the South. With several seasons under my belt of each of these series, I’m fully vested in finding out what comes next and how they all end. My sons were the reason I got started with series like these in the first place, shows like Sons of Anarchy, which started on a regular network, can now be found on Netflix, along with another great series, Breaking Bad. I never finished that one, some day I need to go back and start it from the beginning and get through it to the end.

A scene from my current favorite Netflix series-The Walking Dead

I’m making my way through season 4 of The Walking Dead right now and season 5 just came out of Orange is the New Black…I can’t wait to see that! My hubby isn’t into either one of those, so we had to pick a series we could enjoy together (now that all of our regular network shows are reruns for the summer) and that is Queen of the South. It is about two Mexican drug cartels who are warring with each other and the girl who gets unwittingly shoved into a position where she finds herself in the middle, just trying to survive. It is awesome and like the other series I’m watching, new stars are popping up every season.

I resisted watching The Walking Dead, in the beginning, so now I’m having to play catch up. It’s fun though, and totally worth it, this show is the bomb I’m telling you! so much action, intense characterization, great story line-I didn’t want to watch it because I’m not into zombies. Well, it turns out that zombies are really secondary to the show anyway, yeah, there are some gross parts as they get their heads chopped off or a knife driven through their brains, but I just look away when that gets too bloody for me. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ve loved horror shows since I was a little kid. I’m not bothered by much, yet it does get pretty intense from time to time. There is drama, romance, and comedy tied up in there too. Something for everyone really.

So I suggest you get yourself a Netflix account, find a series you can love and follow and use that as your motivation to get things done. Then you can reward yourself with a nice, exciting episode and revel in your guilty pleasure, if only for a little while. Everyone needs a break sometimes, right? Oh and that thing that all the kids say? Let’s watch some Netflix and chill? Well, that’s dead right? Doesn’t apply to me anyway, most of the time I’m enjoying my Netflix alone with a snack and my puppies curled up next to me in my comfy chair. That’s just how I roll.