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Junk News: Make your own Laundry Detergent
I love “cheap” stuff…and it’s even better when the cheap stuff is high quality and WORKS!! Now, I haven’t tried this yet but as soon as I get the ingredients, I surely will!!
My Castor Oil challenge is going so well (gotta update you soon) that I’m on a DIY (Do It Yourself) roll!! So if you try this out before I do, please let me know how this works and how much money you save!!
I can’t wait to hear from you!
and always remember…if you’re going to consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!
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19 Natural Cleaning Tips (from Wellnessmama.com)
One of the reasons why I created the Healthy Junk blog is to find the best healthy, organic, and all natural “junk” (aka the items and luxuries we usually take for granted, as well as the necessities of life that aren’t filled with preservatives, additives, and all around bad stuff) at an INEXPENSIVE price (no one likes the word “cheap” anymore).
Obviously, DIY everything would fit well into my blog (and my life) but the issue is…these recipes, etc. may not work the way you would like (aka “as well as the expensive, brand name stuff you usually get).
This is where I come in!! I can safely say that apple cider vinegar and lemon juice DOES work well to clean most things (except toilets). I can safely say that using glass bottles are better than using plastic (and I will use my ACV glass bottle with a plastic top to use for my cleaning items)! There are other tips that I haven’t tried yet but trust me, I surely will and get back to you as to whether they work…or not!
Do you have any tips that you want to share…and they work? Please let me know. I’m on a budget (and I’m sure you are too) so I am open to all suggestions that do not hurt my pockets, my health, or the planet earth.
If you’re going to consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!
I’m a member of lots of FB groups. One group, on health, had a post called “The 30 day Castor Oil Challenge”. Confused (I can’t drink Castor Oil that much!) and intrigued, I had to click on the link.
You have no idea how happy I was to find out it was a Hair challenge! Apparently, Castor Oil does wonders for hair like mine (kinky, thick, dry in the winter). I only have fond but scary memories of Castor Oil. I remember my mom feeding it to me when I got in trouble and she didn’t feel like beating my butt. When I bought the Castor Oil today, I could hear here in my head saying, “Now you can stay your ass on the toilet instead of getting into trouble!”
Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees #TED : http://on.ted.com/jEwd
I love bees. Not only do they contribute to our food supply but they are a great omen for me, personally. This video not only explains the importance of bees but the incredible potential of urban gardens/beehives. Let me know how you feel and always remember…
If you’re gonna consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!
I know I’ve been gone for a while but instead of focusing on “what was” and “I should have,” WE need to pay attention to the present moment and be grateful for what we have and don’t have…
Presently, what I now have is a Magic Bullet! As you can see in the picture above (I took it for my instagram page), before I received the green juice, I had to get a lesson in how to create it from my mom.
The funniest things about my lesson are:
- My mom talked me through it like she’s the host on an infomercial.
- She had this unbelievable energy and passion I have not seen in years.
- She’s been doing this for 2 weeks!
Junk News: Healthy Substitutes for the Junk We Love!!
This is a great article from “young Chicago authors,” that lean towards the High School crowd. The only point I would like to make is that you need to be very specific with teens at times, especially since they are prone to hear what they want to hear OR will figure out ways to go around what you say.
Take this quote for instance:
“If there are so many available junk substitutes why aren’t people eating them? Although there are many substitutes for junk food, it’s hard for us to break away from bad habits. I don’t expect that right after you read this you’re going to throw all the junk food out of your house, but gradually try to eat healthier food more often.”
This is great for teens (and adults) to understand. It makes us think about all of our habits and do our own work to help ourselves.
Now take a look at this:
“For lunch, try making your own salad. It’s cheaper than buying a lunch and it tastes even better if you make it the morning of. You can add tasty ingredients like mandarin oranges and dried cranberries, both of which are sweet yet healthy.”
Now making a salad for lunch is a great idea! It’s great for a teen to learn how to be independent with their food choices anbe serious about health. The only issue is that the author needs to specify to be careful with salad dressing!! Salads aren’t unhealthy!! But too much salad dressing can add to calories and at times have ingredients that aren’t conducive to health. Since most teens (and adults) are sugar & salt fanatics, they will practically drown the poor salad with dressing to make sure that it tastes just the way they like it! Not a healthy move!!
Overall, I love this article!! It gives just the right amount of information and leaves questions in the reader’s mind. Questions that the reader will have to answer for him or herself. You can always find a Health Coach (such as myself) to help you answer all your questions and allow you to DO RIGHT FORYOURSELF!!
Always remember…the next time you consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!
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High Cost of Health Food Means Kids Eat More Junk
If I were a parent reading this article, it would raise many more questions than answers:
- How can I buy healthier choices for my kids and save money?
- How does increased prices on raw materials (milk, corn, etc.) affect food prices in supermarkets?
- How can I introduce healthier alternatives to snacks, etc. into my children’s lives without “force” feeding them?
- What is the easiest thing I can do to start this healthy process…in myself and in my children?
There are numerous blogs, websites, experts, and companies that gives you a plethora of information that can overload our brains. Many times, a solution provided by one of these methods often result in spending more money, which may help in the short run but leaves for more issues in the long run. The better question is: How can I make simple lifestyle changes that will affect my future decisions in maintaining health and wellness?