Monday, 14 July 2014

I'm trying to use as little chemicals as possible

You may of read my post about my new water bottle a couple of months ago. Well I haven't broken it yet and I'm loving drinking from it everyday. Water tastes great from it, and it's good to know that my water bottle isn't leaching chemicals into my drinking water.

Even though my friends may refer to me as a caveman, I must admit that I'm starting to get there! :)
As the title of today's post would indicate I'm using as little chemicals as possible.
My wife happens to make organic soaps and body products which is a huge help of course. You can see her fine products at www.madeinlucyskitchen.com. Some people call their products natural or organic but still have natural nasties, whereas these are products and moisturisers that we use ourselves and for our 6 month old, that are completely free from chemicals and just contain butters and oils such as organic coconut oil.

Natural soaps like this that have no chemicals in what so ever are more expensive than the store bought equivalent, but I get to use odds and ends and soap bars that didn't make the cut!

But in general I only use this soap, I don't use hair shampoo, the ingredients list on them are really horrible. What I've been using for months is actually the same soap bar that I was the rest of myself with.

I also like getting my hands dirty outside every now and again, and while I don't mind getting soil and grass on my hands, if I'm doing something that has chemicals in it I try not to get it on my skin.
For example I like doing some DIY (destroy it yourself!!) on our cars, and that includes changing out the oil, beforehand I would of gotten oil on my skin and not worried about it, whereas now I am conscious that chemicals on the skin can get into our blood stream and do a lot of damage.
Of course there's no need to be OCD about it all, but at the same time why not be conscious about it?

I'm not saying though to always stay away from dirt, as recent research has shown how important it is for us, and especially our immune system to get a measure of dirt and bacteria on our skin and then into our bodies.
We live in the most cleanliest time ever. Everyone has alcohol wipes and fluid ready to clean their hands right away. But the focus should be on avoiding germs but not eliminating all forms of bacteria.

So that's just another step that I've taken. Not to be too brutal but I use deodorant as little as possible (here come another ribbing from friends), as my wife is currently making a natural option.
Again the same as my water bottle, you won't see the result straight away, but this is a long term lifestyle rather than a fad diet.
Chemicals are very new in our history, and manufacturers use them to make our products last a long time, look and feel the way that we want and expect, and to keep costs low. But no time is being spent thinking of the dangers that it can do. I live a very normal life, and I'm not saying to lose sleep about chemicals, but perhaps be aware of them, and make some wise choices.

Right...where did I leave my cave...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Not turning to Carbohydrates when tired/ fatigued...8 steps to combating tiredness

The last couple of weeks I've had a very busy time at work. Life is quite busy with a family and responsibilities, and I like it that way, I like being productive and achieving things at work and around the home!

But sometimes I find myself going for the carbs a bit more when I'm tired out. I think there's a part of us that when we are tired, we look for the instant energy boost button.
This can also happen with caffeine intake for that matter. But any sort of false boost like this isn't going to help in the long run. Rather it might prevent us from getting to our goals.

Rather when going through a bit of a slump of tiredness I find that the following is helpful.
None of these are rocket science, but sometimes you need to be reminded lest you fall into a rut!


  1. Get enough sleep. Without realizing have you been down on your sleep, perhaps down to 6-7 hours? Perhaps a late afternoon nap for now might help if you can't manage more sleep at night. Then try to get a few real early nights
  2. Drink enough water. Try to cut down on caffeinated drinks and keep up your water intake instead.
  3. Now is a good time to restart your vitamins supplement that you've long forgotten about! A multivitamin will help but also Magnesium. Both taken over the long term will give good benefits to overall health. 
  4. Get some sunshine!
  5. Have you ever thought that your tired and could do with rest? Yes, maybe you need a proper (away from Tv and technology rest evening!) How about getting some evening sunshine while reading a book or relaxing in a comfy chair?
  6. What sort of food are you eating at the moment? Has your diet slipped at all? Try to increase your fat and protein levels and also try to increase the nutrient density of what you are eating by .organic and unprocessed foods. It can be hard to motivate yourself to do but worth it!
  7. Live in the moment. This can sound very hairy fairy but all too often we are living in the future or the past, when sometimes there's good things happening right now that we aren't appreciating.
  8. It's ok to be tired...