Fit Life, PCOS

Healthy + Fit Black Friday deals

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Happy holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving day was filled with lots of good food and great company. We went to hubby’s aunt’s house and had a really good time. Next year, hubby and I will probably host Thanksgiving dinner when we are in our new house *prayers up and fingers crossed*.

I made my famous curry coconut chickpeas and a sweet potato casserole.  If you are following me on IG, @simplisticchic_ , I posted the recipe for the chickpea dish in my InstaStories.

Now on to what has arguably become one of the most anticipated parts of the holiday season–Black Friday shopping. I’m not advocating  going into debt on things you do not need but, I am all about scoring a good deal on something I’ve had my eyes on for a while.

On my personal list are some more Nike’s, workout gear, knee high boots, a new car seat for Benjamin, and some much needed supplements. Realistically, only two or three of these will actually get purchased but, we’ll see.

Today, I’m sharing some great Black Friday deals to help you stay fit that you do not want to miss!






What’s on your Black Friday shopping list? 


PCOS

Why You Should #KillthePill

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Hey loves!  If you’re on Instagram (you should follow me at @simplisticchic_), you may have read about the #Killthe Pill campaign started by  health coach and author, Gessie Thompson (she has helped me numerous times on my natural health journey and really knows her stuff!), Dr. Amsu, and Dr. Amun.

Many women do not realize that birth control may be the main cause of the fibroids, PCOS, ovarian cysts, blood clots, infertility, auto-immune diseases, thyroid issues, or psychological problems they are plagued with.

When I was first diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), I was told that I would have to take birth control pills to “regulate” my cycles and help with the super oily skin and breakouts.  Then in the future when I wanted to have a baby, I could come off of the birth control and start fertility meds.

All I could think was, “Ummm…ok.”

Something about that did not seem right to me but, being young and eventually wanting a baby I popped those birth control pills every month (on and off) for about eight years.  My symptoms only got worse over time and I was beyond frustrated!

I stopped taking the pill, and began my journey to finding more natural solutions.  I changed my diet to a more plant-based one (I eat fish every once in a while), I changed my thinking (let go of some emotional baggage, learned better stress management, and positive thinking), and everything else fell into place. Best decision ever!  It was not easy nor did it happen overnight but, one healthy baby later I can say it has all been worth it.

Did you know?

Estrogen-based birth control methods, as classified by the World Health Organization, are Group 1 carcinogens.  In layman’s terms, they can be cancer-causing! They only mask the symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as heavy bleeding, cramps, hormonal acne, etc. and put women at a high risk for even worse health conditions later on.

Ladies, please consider non-hormonal birth control options, do  your research, and take charge of your health.  The benefits in the end will surpass any inconvenience or trial-and-error you will have to do right now.

Click on the hashtag, #KILLthePill on Instagram and share your own birth control nightmare story, if you have one.  We all owe it to ourselves, our daughters, mothers, aunts, and friends to educate ourselves on how to live our best lives.

Follow @coachgessie, @dr_amun and @dr.amsu for much more on women’s natural health and the #killthepill initiative.

Are you taking birth control currently?  Have you experienced side effects?


Eats

Natural Laundry Detergent

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Hey loves! I know it’s been a minute or two since I have posted. Mommy life, work life, and wife life were taking up every second of my 24 hours, and to be honest I was having a difficult time finding the energy to log on and post. At the end of the day, even my fingers were exhausted but, here I am!

Today I’m sharing my top 3 picks for natural laundry detergent. I can clearly remember people looking at me crazy when I talked about choosing not to use Dreft baby detergent when Benjamin was born but, for me it was important to be careful about what I put on his skin. If I watch what I put on my skin then, why wouldn’t I do the same for him?

The Danger in Most Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Some of the chemicals and fragrances found in most detergents are just not worth the intoxicating laundry scent we’re used to (I used to LOVE the Tide fresh scent!).  They have been known to cause skin and eye irritation, and some are even possible carcinogens (cancer-causing).  When I was pregnant and found this out, I knew had to switch.

My top 4 picks

From my research and looking at reviews, the following four natural detergents are on my list. I have not used all of these as yet but, they are on my list until I find one I want to settle on.  Currently, I use Tide Free and Clear but I’m looking for something truly natural. All of the following contain essential oils, no toxic chemicals, plant-based ingredients, and are safe to use in front and top loading HE machines.

  1. Tandi’s Naturals laundry soap
  2. EcoMe Laundry detergent
  3. GreenShield laundry detergent
  4. Pure laundry detergent

 

Which laundry detergent do you currently use?


Baby

Life Hack: Magical Mondays

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I want to walk into every Monday like my son, Benjamin! Full of life and energy, and trust me, he is up at 5 am sharp READY.

If Mondays are really hard for you and you feel like you’re draggin’ your wagon after hitting that alarm clock, I want you to know that you are not alone.  Lots of people despise Mondays for a myriad of reasons.  Maybe it’s a job that you hate, maybe you are running around all day off of fumes because you barely got any sleep the night before, or maybe you have a to-do list a mile long and you feel exhausted just thinking about it.

About two years ago, I was tired as hell of feeling down and on edge when Sunday evening would approach. I decided to change my perspective on Mondays.  I was going to a job that was not fulfilling for me, grossly underpaid, and I was just not ecstatic about my life.  The feeling sucks big time!

These are the top four things I do now that have really changed my life. If you follow these 4 steps consistently, I promise you your Mondays will look and feel less Monday-ish.

 

  1. Give thanks. Dedicate 5 to 10 minutes in the morning to closing your eyes and finding three things that you are grateful for.  We all have something to give thanks for every single day.  If you woke up to see a new day, that’s one thing right there! Repeat them over and over out loud if you need to, as you get up and get ready.  Believe that God has much more waiting for you!
  2. You don’t have to, you get to.  I got this from a beautiful mommy blogger named LauraLacquer.  She and her husband are both doctors with three of the cutest, little girls.  She says a change in perspective can change everything.  You are probably running down the list of things you have to do, which will automatically leave you feeling forced and resentful.  Instead, think of how you get to make money to provide for yourself and/or family.  You get to choose how you feel today.  You get to have a chance to be a blessing to someone else.
  3. Good vibes only.  What works for me is being aware of my energy, my attitude, my demeanor. I might listen to uplifting, positive music on the way to work or a Shanel Cooper-Sykes video.  I might call or text hubby and say something sweet. Basically, anything that is not feeding me good vibes, I stay away from as much as possible.  Whether it’s the gossiping co-worker (because if she’s always telling you about someone else then, she’s talking about you too!) or that family member who just gets on your last nerve, find a way to stay positive.  You can choose to have a great day!

So I know there are 10,001 reasons why you do not like Mondays and it’s easier to just play the blame game/ throw a pity party but, it won’t make your Monday or any other day of the week better.  Let’s commit to making Mondays magical, moving, and motivational instead.

How do you make your Mondays better? Comment below if you are up for the challenge!