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It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

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Hey loves! September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and it is one of the cancers that can be the most deadly because of the vague symptoms and the fact that many women are diagnosed when they are already in the advanced stages.

This is not a “get-scared” post but, more about becoming educated and aware.  Simplistic Chic is all about learning and making changes instead of living in constant worry and fear.

Lower Your Risks

Too often we wait for something to be wrong with us, and then go scrambling to find a cure or solution when sometimes it is too late. There are a few things that every woman can do to to lower their risks for ovarian cancer

  1. Use non-conventional feminine hygiene products. Many of the products on the market are full of chemicals and toxins that can wreak havoc on your reproductive system.   Check out this previous post with some of my favorite feminine hygiene products right now.
  2.  Eat clean.  For me this means I do not eat a lot of meat (when I do I try to eat organic meats), I limit my dairy intake (no cow’s milk/very little cheese), and very little refined sugar (on most weeks!)
  3. Exercise.  Get up and get moving!  Get that blood pumping and sweat those toxins out.  Find what works for you.  Exercise should not feel like a chore all of the time.  Dance, run outside, take a pole class, or go for a bike ride.
  4.  De-stress.  Stress, worry, fear, anxiety, unforgiveness, and bitterness can all have a negative physical effect on your body.  For the love of your body and mind,  find a way to deal with these emotions and effectively manage them!  I recently learned just how important this was.  Like seriously.  Read more here.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

 • Bloating

• Pelvic or Abdominal pain

• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

• Urinary urgency or frequency

Other symptoms may include:

 • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea

• Extreme fatigue

• Shortness of breath

• Backaches

• Weight Gain

 Currently, pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer and there is no screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages.

If you are having any of the above symptoms or you just “feel off”  for two weeks or more, please go see a doctor.

Take care of your body and mind ladies!  Change something today that will impact your life for years to come.

Eats, PCOS, Skin 101

4 Must-Have Natural Body Washes

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As a self-proclaimed girly-girl, I have always loved indulging in a wide array of  “smell goods”.  Lotions, perfumes, body sprays, and everything else that could be found in body care aisles at Target and Ulta.  My recent love is body washes.  I just love getting out of the shower and still smelling fresh even hours later.

As I began my natural heath journey though I have had to ditch my old body washes for ones without parabens or sulfates.  These chemicals are typically used to prolong shelf life and produce more lather in shampoos and soaps but, they may have detrimental effects on the reproductive system, skin, and the immune system over time.

Why I Made the Switch

I came across a site  by holistic health coach, Alissa Vitti that has really transformed my life.  What drew me in was that she had been diagnosed with  PCOS (as I have been) and was able to get her body in balance AND get pregnant naturally at age 37 by changing her diet and her entire lifestyle. NO meds.

One of the things I learned from Alissa’s site was the importance of checking those labels on all of my body care products.  According to her, those chemicals can wreak havoc on your body over time, especially your reproductive system.

Y’all already know I’m 35, newly engaged, and am praying to the Lord up above for cute, healthy babies despite what doctors say.  I’m claiming it but, I know that I have to do what I can to help balance these hormones.  Well, I immediately switched out my body wash for one without parabens, sulfates, or mineral oil after reading Alissa’s article.

My current favorite is the C. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Body Wash.  I’m in love with the slightly sweet almond scent and how soft and moisturized it leaves my skin.  I picked it up from Ulta but, I’ve also seen it in my local Publix grocery store.

Other post-worthy paraben and sulfate free body washes

  1. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Soap
  2. The Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter Creamy Body Wash
  3. Vitabath Coconut Creme Body Wash

What’s your favorite body wash to indulge in?  Is it paraben and sulfate-free?  


Share your thoughts below.  I’d love to hear from you!

PCOS, Soul

How a PCOS Diagnosis Became My Blessing

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Now, anyone who knows anything about PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) might say there isn’t one damn thing about it that is a blessing.

The irregular, or even absent cycles.  The abdominal pains due to ever-increasing cysts. The strands of unwanted hair in some very unwanted places.  Mood swings.  Depression.  It can be overwhelming and a downright nightmare.

However, ten years after my diagnosis and about five years into my natural health journey I realize that this condition has been placed in my life to change me for the better.  I have learned so much more my body, how it works, and I am learning more each day about how to feed and heal it the right way.

My days of crying, depression, hopelessness, and wondering why have become far and few in between. I feel myself becoming more resilient in other life challenges that get hurled my way.

I have become so much stronger in my faith.

My relationship with God after this diagnosis has taken many twists and turns, mostly due to my feelings of anger and thinking that God was punishing me.  Now I see that he is using this situation to mold me not just for my good but, also in order for me to become a beacon of hope for other women.

He’s been driving out the doubt and fear that used to cloud every thought and circumstance in my life. He is more than able to heal my body and give me healthy babies.

I just have to believe it.

It doesn’t stop there.  Now there will be opportunities to help other women with PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, or any situation where it seems there is no way out.  I will take all of the ups and downs, heartaches, victories, and knowledge about natural health to encourage and teach other women to take charge of their bodies and minds.  I can help another woman to see that the grim diagnosis or hurdle is not the end.  My journey is not over and every day brings its own set of challenges and emotions but, I’m forever changed.

I’m stronger.

I’m wiser.

I’m getting healthier each day.

I will be a blessing to others and I owe it all to PCOS.