2015 To Do List

As explained in previous years, I don’t make resolutions. I make “to do” lists, to help inspire me to complete tasks that I would otherwise skip. Sometimes it’s something around the house, sometimes it’s learning something new, and sometimes it’s actually self-care (last year: go to the dentist after 3 years). I have the entire year to get these things done…or not. At the end of the year, I give an update on how I’ve done (see the 2014 How Did I Do? post).

I’ve noticed that as I’ve looked toward 2015 with the changes in my approach to life that I gained in 2014, my “To Do” items got a little more long-term oriented. Perhaps a little less measurable than before. I’ll try to create some kind of measurement for each one, if I can.

2015 To Do List | Living Consciously Blog

1. Keep track of the money I make (or lose) in essential oils. If you know me in real life, or even just casually read the blog, you know that I don’t actively SELL oils. I mean, I am a distributor for essential oils and I buy them myself. I always have a link at the top of my blog if you want to buy from me online at retail prices (“Product List” in the navigation), or sign up under me to buy wholesale (“Sign Up Here” in the navigation). But I don’t push them. I don’t mention that I sell them very often. I do allow my local friends to order oils through me when I put in my monthly order and I only charge them what I pay. I pay the ($10-$11) shipping myself and don’t charge them for that. Unfortunately, I just realized last month that some of the oils I order for others are also taxed — and with some of the more expensive blends this can be as much as $6 — but I’ve never charged anyone tax. I often have someone tell me on Facebook that they want me to order an oil for them, I order it, and when I attempt to contact them to drop it off and collect payment, they never respond. Likewise, it is not unusual for me to deliver an order and not be repaid for as many as 4 weeks.

Basically, I am a terrible business person. I am horrible at math, bad at conducting business, and I don’t like to ask people to pay me.

I think the first step in the process of figuring out if I am even breaking even (probably not) is to open a separate checking account for the EO purchases. That way I can track the cash going in and out. I have avoided doing this since my husband and I have all joint accounts and having a separate account feels dishonest to me, somehow. But unless I want to keep losing our joint money, I have to separate these expenses.

Measurement: I should be able to at least give a rough guess as to whether I am losing money or gaining money, even if it’s not an exact number.

2. #handstandby40  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that in January 2014 I took a yoga arm balance workshop and almost immediately became obsessed with arm balances and yoga challenges. I vowed in 2014 that I would learn to handstand (a straight yoga handstand, which is done in complete stillness, no “walking” on the hands to maintain stability) by the time I turn 40. And by that, I mean be able to arrive in handstand reliably without falling and stay for as long as I want to, without falling due to instability. I literally practiced handstanding every single day from January to August, 8 straight months. If I was tired, if I was sick, if I hadn’t done a full yoga practice that day: handstand. 

In August, through practicing the yogic yama satya — truthfulness, including truthfulness to self — I realized that my body needed a rest to reach the next level. So I backed off of the handstand part of my practice. I actually saw an improvement for a few months! Less intensity was beneficial.

And then I got lazy about handstanding. At this point, I’ve lost the ability to arrive in handstand reliably, and cannot seem to maintain stability for as long anymore. I need to pick it up again with the handstand practice. I only have 3 years!

Measurement: Obviously, I’ll still have a little more than 2 years left until 40 at the end of 2015, so not having nailed handstands is OK. Let’s say that I hope to be able to arrive in handstand reliably. I shouldn’t have to fall over 5 times before I catch some air.

3. A less intense cleanse. I learned this year from my macrobiotic cleanse and my shorter liver detox, that cleanses are do-able. I was on the fence about cleanses until 2014. Now that I know I can do it, and that a short term cleanse (like the 2 week liver detox) does make me feel better, I’d like to investigate doing something more simple and short term a few times a year. Maybe something I even make up myself. Nothing expensive, and no more of these 30-day things. Just 3-5 days of very clean eating and lots of veggies in the Vitamix, perhaps?

Measurement: One cleanse, of any type. Bonus: 2 cleanses.

4. Learn to wear jewelry. Let’s not get crazy here. I am not a flashy person. I have worn the same silver hoops in all 6 of my ear holes 24/7 for the past 5 years at least. I am going to say that Hot Jewels count as jewelry here. And diffuser necklaces count too. But I really need to work on at least changing my earrings once a month. I think I might start documenting my success on Instagram. Maybe with the hashtag #learntowearjewelry?

Measurement: A few pictures on my Instagram this year showing that I wore jewelry of some kind without being forced (i.e., by a special occasion that requires jewelry).

5. Morning Time. Another practice I developed in the latter half of 2014 was getting up before my family is up and reading scripture and meditating. When it was warmer and I got up early enough, I also did some yoga. Since the weather turned cold, like a lizard I cannot maintain enough body heat to leave the blanket in the chair where I’m reading to do yoga in the morning, but I digress. The morning time has been good for my patience as a mom and my overall view of the ebb and flow of life throughout the day. I even feel like catching up on social media that early in the day is profitable because it keeps me from having to check my phone constantly while getting the kids ready in the morning.

Measurement: I’d like to be able to say at the end of 2015 that I maintained my morning time as a regular habit. That I committed to morning time more often than not.

2014 To Do List – How Did I Do?

Every year I make a To Do List instead of resolutions. This is the time of the year where I check in on my 2014 list to see how I did!

2014 To Do List - how did I do? | Living Consciously Blog

2014 To Do list

1. Go to the dentist.

Did it with a Groupon! Yay! They said they found 1 cavity for sure and maybe another one but I didn’t have the funds to fix it and it doesn’t hurt. I have been oil pulling in hopes that it will help delay any issues. The list didn’t say I had to fix anything!

2. Fix the paint in the half bath downstairs.

I did not do this. I did locate the paint but it is in this huge container that I cannot figure out how to open.

I think the only way to open it is to put it in the car (VERY HEAVY) and drive to the paint store where we bought it more than 3 years ago and ask them to open it with some kind of special tool. That is a lot of effort. Every time I thought about it, I had to go take a nap.

3. Eliminate the part time jobs that do not generate income.

I feel like I have done a really good job of this, even when it hurt. I am not teaching Kids Yoga anymore. Which made me sad and made some of my little yogis sad, but it was the best for my life balance and for my own children. At one point I was devoting around 8 hours a week to Kids Yoga and making less than $2 an hour when it came down to doing the math. There was also the stress of shuffling my own children to childcare and rushing to pick them up on time, etc. Letting go of that has been very beneficial overall.

I involuntarily lost many of my weekly Pilates classes when my studio cancelled morning classes. Which was painful, but necessary. I have been using the extra time in the mornings to have mindful reading and prayer. It’s actually be really great.

4. Try to blog at least 3 times a week.

Hahaha…. NO. I am down to about once a week, or every 10 days. However, I participated in a conversation with a few other bloggers last month about how our frequency has decreased but we all feel that we produce higher quality and our traffic has not suffered. So: thank you! Thank you for reading even when I post sporadically!

5. Address my health issues.

I really feel like I gave this my best shot. Things I did:

30 day macrobiotic cleanse (other posts here, here, here, and here)
natural skin care
naturopathic treatment
liver detox

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much change. I had several months of severe flare-ups in digestion and skin issues after each attempt. Not the kind where the body is flushing out toxins, because I “waited it out” for 2 months each time and it did not get better. I am not sure what the next steps are, but I will keep you posted.

6. Keep up or even expand my personal yoga practice.

My favorite part of 2014 was getting back into a regular studio practice! I have seen huge growth by putting myself under the instruction of teachers whom I admire and by allowing my mind into the stillness that a dedicated practice demands. I have really loved the instructors at The Yoga Factory. I also visited Nama Shivaya in Dallas and enjoyed it as well. Something new that I tried in 2014 was Holy Yoga. I know, I totally laughed when I first heard about that, too. I will have a guest post coming in the next month explaining more about what it is and why I stopped laughing.

The summary of this year is really one of slowing down, listening for direction rather than blazing ahead, and growing inwardly. Waiting, accepting, and listening. In this listening, I have clearly heard that my path lies in completing my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). I have spent the last few months exploring the various local options that would fit with my SAHM schedule and not take time away from my children. I will have more posts about my path in this direction and I hope that you will join me in my journey and give me feedback as I go!

Looking back in gratefulness to 2014 and forward in anticipation of 2015!

Liver detox by going semi-Paleo

Going semi-Paleo

I am excited to say that we are getting somewhere with the naturopath treatments for my stomach and skin. As I mentioned before, the issue seems to primarily be my liver, which has been treated holistically for a little over a month now. There have been flare-ups where I had very little energy and severe breakouts, but I’ve been feeling very normal for the past few weeks and had my third appointment yesterday. My liver readings are much better! In order to flush out possible gallbladder blockages remaining, I am going to do a 2 week liver detox cleanse.

All kinds of fun bodily things will happen at the end of the cleanse — it’s not called a “cleanse” for nothing! But we will ignore that and focus on the middle. I have been told to go off of dairy, all grains, and all sugar again, very similar to when I did my 30 day macrobiotic cleanse. The good thing about this one is that I can have fruit. I love fruit!

The biggest deal to me with this 2 week cleanse is that I am seriously considering the possibility that I might go back to eating meat for that time period.

It’s a big deal because I have been vegetarian since 2003. However, in the last year since learning of my son’s difficulties absorbing nutrients I have had to learn to cook more meat because he can get a lot of proteins through organic meats that he wasn’t able to absorb properly through soy, nuts, or beans. I’ve already written about what an adjustment it’s been to learn to cook meat, but I’m feeling slightly more comfortable with it now.

The fact is, I was “hangry” a good deal of the time when I was on my macrobiotic diet. With this liver cleanse, I will be drinking hemp protein several times a day, so that should help. Still, I think that without grains and dairy I am going to get the queasy feeling I had throughout those entire 30 days because my stomach never felt truly full. I am thinking maybe adding white meat to my diet will help with that.

I do still have moral qualms about meat, since we don’t have easy access to truly ethically treated chicken and pork. We have Whole Foods, but…I think we all know that’s probably the bare minimum of animal treatment accountability aside from the conventional grocery store. I probably just need to suck it up and drive the hour or so and pay half our paycheck for some happy chickens and pigs. I am sure I’ll blog more about that later.

As for now, I think I’ll be starting the cleanse on September 28, which should give me time to do some Paleo-ish meal planning.

Send me your favorite Paleo recipes, cookbooks, and products!

Get started with clean eating: Superwoman Detox Giveaway!

I get a lot of questions about how to get started eating more “cleanly”. Personally, I abide by the 80/20 rule of eating clean 80% of the time and eating not as cleanly 20% of the time or less. I don’t go overboard or eat junk during that 20%, but sometimes when I got to restaurants, for example, I don’t know exactly what oils they used to cook their food and I can’t guarantee that the produce is organic or non-GMO. I let those instances fall under the 20% of less-than-clean-eating.

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10 Surprising Foods That Contain Sugar

10 Suprising Foods Contain Sugar | Living Consciously Blog

During my 28 days of no sugar or sugar-like products (honey, molasses, agave, coconut sugar), I was surprised to find that some staples of the kitchen contained added sweeteners. Before this cleanse, I thought my sugar intake was probably pretty low already. And while my regular eating patterns are probably much lower in sugar than the typical American diet, I found that I had been inadvertently consuming far more sugar than I thought. Here’s a list of things that I found were off limits.

10 Surprising Foods That Contain Sugar

  1. Organic Vegetable Broth – contained 2 kinds of sugar!
  2. BBQ sauce
  3. Stir fry sauce
  4. Bread – even my homemade wheat bread does
  5. Tortillas
  6. Canned beans – not even the “baked beans”, but just regular black beans or navy beans can contain added sugar or molasses
  7. Lasagna – prepackaged organic spinach lasagna that was served at a family event contained several types of sugar
  8. Gluten free cereal – there is literally no type of a gluten free cereal that does not contain some type of sweetener
  9. Coconut milk in a carton
  10. Salsa

Are there any on the list that surprised you? Where else have you found unexpected sugar?

End of my #30daycleanse Macrobiotic eating

Macrobiotic eating for 30 days - my conclusions | Conscientious Confusion

Only 4 more days until the end of my macrobiotic eating experiment! It’s been an interesting journey. You can read more about the challenges on my Day 3 and Day 5 summaries, as well as what I learned about patience, flexibility, and living.

After nearly 30 days without sugar, gluten, yeast, meat, or dairy, here are my conclusion and takeaways (NOTE: These thoughts are my own and not representative of Miessence, Ely Organics, or any sponsor):

  • It’s scary how even someone who eats as “clean”ly as I do can be so addicted to natural added sugars. I had flu-like withdrawal symptoms for 2-3 days! Frightening that my body was so dependent on sugar.
  • Did this way of eating help my digestive and skin issues? No. I had exactly the same stomach bloating, churning, and nausea as always. My skin followed exactly the same breakout patterns it always has, actually getting worse in this last week. My digestive issues have also worsened.
  • There was no “detox flare-up” of my skin in the first 10-14 days as I was initially warned. The only detox symptoms I had were the dizziness, disorientation, and lack of energy from the sugar withdrawal the first 2-3 days.
  • I did not miss bread as much as I thought I would! I will be glad to be able to eat my homemade bread again, but skipping it for 4 weeks was doable.
  • Will I keep up this way of eating? No, not exactly. I will continue reducing my sugar intake and avoiding most dairy. I have always been vegetarian. I will probably attempt to start substituting my whole wheat bread for sprouted grain.
  • I crash at 3pm regardless of eating sugar or not. You know that myth that it’s the sugar from your midday meal that causes the 2-3pm crash in energy? Nope. I haven’t eaten sugar for 25 days now and I still get that crash every day. This was something I wasn’t expecting to disprove.
  • I was able to notice that I do crave sweets when I am either a) stressed or, b) tired. Good to know. Several times I went to bed earlier than planned just to avoid being tempted by sweets.
  • If you choose this eating plan, watch the coconut oil. Since coconut oil is the only oil I was allowed to have, and I was told to only cook things in cast iron or stainless steel pots (microwave use is discouraged), I had to use a significant amount of coconut oil just to warm things to eat. Reminder: coconut oil, regardless of its myriad health benefits, IS a saturated fat. Meaning that it increases cholesterol and negative affects your skin (breakouts). I noticed this too late and it did not help my skin situation.
  • Recommend the Miessence probiotic organic superfoods, InLiven and Fast Tract. I will look into keeping up with these. They were super gentle on my stomach and contain some amazing antioxidants. I have struggled with finding probiotics that are gentle yet effective. Most of the store brands have made me sick. These are great!
  • Would I do this again? I think I will try to make this type of cleanse a regular thing, only for a shorter period of time. A diet this restrictive makes social situations very difficult and sometimes awkward. I think 5-10 days time would be more ideal.

So far, those have been my takeaways! Do you have any questions for me about the eating plan? Have you ever eaten macrobiotic? What did YOU think?

Gluten free, sugar free oatmeal alternative: rice congee

One food that I’ve really enjoyed while on my macrobiotic eating plan is brown rice congee for breakfast. It’s a great gluten-free, sugar-free oatmeal alternative. I used to eat a bowl of oatmeal with chia seeds for breakfast every day, but I always sprinkled it with brown sugar. With the addition of soaked dates and apple juice to the rice congee while cooking, no refined sugar is required to make this yummy hot breakfast. It reheats really well, so you can make a larger batch and store in an airtight glass container (affiliate link) in the fridge for a faster meal the next day.

About the creamy rice cereal: you can buy creamy rice cereal already prepped (affiliate link) or you can make your own. I have not made my own, but apparently all you need to do is take brown rice and chop it very fine in your food processor. I would recommend starting with the pre-packaged kind to get an idea as to how fine to make the grains when you do venture to make your own.

About the soaked & pureed dates: I learned this from browsing vegan treat recipes! I buy organic Medjool dates (affiliate link) in the produce section of a large grocery or natural foods store. They should be stored in the refrigerator. I pop 5-6 of them into a small juice glass full of filtered water and let them soak overnight. When they become soft, it’s easier to squeeze the seeds out, if there are seeds. Then put them into a food processor and puree until smooth. With meatier dates, I sometimes have to add filtered water (not the water they soaked in, I throw that out) to help with a smoother consistency.

Gluten-free Sugar-free Oatmeal Alternative (Sweet Brown Rice Congee) | Conscientious Confusion

Sweet Brown Rice Breakfast Congee: gluten-free, sugar-free

1/3 cup unsweetened organic apple juice

1/4 cup soy milk

1/2 tbsp. soaked, pureéd dates

1/2 cup creamy brown rice cereal (buy here – affiliate link)

additional soy milk as needed

toppings, such as berries, bananas, nuts (optional)

 

Pour apple juice into small saucepan and begin to heat. Right as it begins to simmer, add soy milk and quickly stir in. When soy milk is warmed, add pureéd dates and whisk to combine. When dates have incorporated, add creamy brown rice cereal. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, adding additional soy milk when mixture becomes too thick.

Rice congee cooking

Remove from heat, top with optional toppings.

Enjoy!

Certified organic skin care: Miessence

Disclaimer: My friend Erin of Ely Organics provided the Miessence skin care products to me at no cost in order to help me try to solve my skin woes. I am so grateful! All opinions are my own. Please take a minute to visit Ely Organics and learn more about the products and specials she has going on right now.

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Miessence Certified Organic Skin Care

Along with the Miessence superfoods that I’m taking during my 30 day cleanse for restructuring my insides naturally, I’m also using a new line of certified organic skin care to treat my cystic acne naturally from the outside.

Here are the products I’m using and a little about each one.

Purifying Cleanser – a purifying cleanser with fresh organic lemon peel oil, witch hazel and burdock. I can attest that it does leave the skin feeling soft, clean and fresh, without feeling stripped and dry.

After cleansing I use one of these two treatments, but not both:

Purifying Mineral Mask – specifically formulated for problem skin with natural green clay, organic echinacea and witch hazel to tone and purify the skin. Contains the wonderful properties of organic lavender, lemon myrtle from country Queensland and tea tree from the forests in northern New South Wales.

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Garnet Exfoliant – works effectively to clear congestion resulting from a build-up of dead, dry surface skin cells. The best scrub ever, with a fresh citrus blend of organic lemon, bergamot and orange.

Then, I follow with this series:

Balancing Skin Conditioner – gentle version of a toner, conditioning is a vital step in the Miessence skincare regime. Conditioning has a twofold purpose: firstly, to feed the skin with nutrients in the water-soluble botanicals, organic herbs, vitamins and essential oils, and secondly, to provide a hydration base for the moisturizer to lock in.

Purifying Blemish Gel – a potent and powerful blend of healing and calming organic herbs and flowers, including purifying thyme, healing plantain, clarifying echinacea and soothing marshmallow. Contains the potent properties of organic lavender, lemon myrtle from country Queensland and tea tree from the forests in northern New South Wales. (this is supposed to be a spot treatment but I have to use it pretty much all over my face since my face is covered in spots)

Organic Balancing Moisturizer – a creamy moisturizer with significant and lasting effects on skin hydration and smoothness. Formulated with plant phospholipids, organic seed butters and oils, organic herbs and flowers to maintain healthy skin. Contains organic rosehip seed oil, jojoba, calendula, chamomile, olive leaf, marshmallow and lavender.

I love how these products use essential oils to boost their effectiveness. I was already using thyme and tea tree on my skin before I started using these products, and now they are incorporated into the regime.

How does my skin feel? On the surface, it feels much smoother. The mask has really helped resurface and the balancer and moisturizer are very effective.

Unfortunately, cystic acne does continue to come up from underneath the skin. I am confident, however, that it is not the result of toxins on the surface of the skin because Miessence has no toxic ingredients in their products and I am fully confident that I am putting only pure, natural things onto my skin using this system. I can’t think of any other brand about which I can say that. I’d highly recommend ordering Ely Organic’s Miessence Purifying Essentials starter pack of skin care!

Patience, Flexibility, and Living

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When I started my #30daycleanse, I’d been told that cleanses can be spiritual, or that there were things I’d learn about myself. I think the idea is that in the midst of intentional longing and desire, you rely on something outside yourself. For me, that is God. But there are other things I’ve learned as well.

Things have happened outside of the cleanse in the past few weeks that have perhaps sped up the thinking part.

Patience

It was so difficult for me to wait for the fog of the detox to end (3-5 days). It is sooo difficult to wait to be able to eat bread and fruit. I’ve had to wait to see the results of this eating plan, if any. I am still waiting to feel AMAZING. Where is the amazing?!

With the beginning of my kids yoga classes, I’ve had to wait to solidify my schedule as I see which locations meet minimum enrollment and which don’t. So difficult for someone with control issues.
Patience.

Flexibility

Without access to sugar or fruit, I’ve had to think differently about breakfast. Instead of daily oatmeal, I’ve had to substitute rice congee or barley. I’ve finally come up with a pretty yummy concoction of congee, barley, soaked & pureed dates cooked in apple juice and soy milk. Yum!

I was also able to attend a long-anticipated arm balance workshop this weekend at one of the studios where I practice. It was amazing! Going into the workshop with an open mind, I was able to do poses that were unimaginable before. So fun!

I might actually be slightly obsessed with balances, and frustrated often when I don’t have an opportunity to practice. I need to do them when I can, find the time.
Flexibility.

Living

The author of my particular regime emailed a reminder last week: are we eating to live or living to eat? I have actually never been someone who ate for fun. Sure, I enjoy the taste of many foods. But eating takes time and, for me, is often followed by feeling sick. So I ate to survive, not for enjoyment.

Spending the last 12 days restricted to only a few foods has made me examine why I eat. I realized that I miss flavor and variety. I miss eating a colorful array of fruits, vegetables and even breads. I don’t miss “junk food”, I miss fruit the most.

Another thing happened that reminded me to enjoy life: someone close to our family took their own life. The person was our age, so young. So many things to process, and so sad.

For this reason, we find ourselves on an unplanned quick-turnaround trip to a funeral. When you read this, we may already be back. Unfortunately, things have been a little chaotic since we found out. I stuck with macrobiotic eating until the last minute, sauteéing butternut squash in coconut oil as we left the house. I have brought all my macrobiotic foods that are portable. But when we reach our destination, we’ll be staying with family. It won’t be my kitchen, and I’ll need to eat what is served. Which is ok because I’m flexible. And so blessed to be
Living.

The words of the day are: patience, flexibility, and living. Go out & do it!

Macrobiotic Snacks

Macrobiotic Snacks on-the-go

From what I’ve read, the macrobiotic lifestyle (and it is a full lifestyle, as I’m now able to see) does not encourage or promote on-the-go snacking. One of the tenets is eating slowly and consciously.

However, my lifestyle as a SAHM and part time fitness instructor in urban Dallas does require both on-the-go snacking and even meals on the go. Most playdates don’t take place at a macrobiotic restaurant, you know.

Google really failed me, so I came up with my own macrobiotic snacks. Here’s what I have so far.

  1. Organic brown rice cakes (affiliate link) – make sure there is nothing added. No oil, no flavor. I like the Lundberg brand.
  2. Mary’s Gone Crackers (affiliate link) – the only crackers I can find that don’t contain binding agents, sugar, preservatives or oil. Rice and quinoa.
  3. Organic freeze dried strawberries (affiliate link) – regular dried strawberries use tons of sugar, so freeze dried is the way to go. According to the guy who gave me the diet, strawberries are ok.
  4. Tahini – I put it in small containers to dip rice crackers or crackers.
  5. Hummus – look for brands without canola oil or olive oil, because those oils are often avoided by macrobiotics. I found a local brand, the texture is a bit different but I grew accustomed to it. You could also make your own.
  6. Dried nori seaweed (affiliate link) – it’s actually pretty yummy on it’s own. There is some oil in these, so watch your intake. My kids love it!

That’s it for now, I’ll update this post if I discover more.

Are you a macrobiotic eater? Any snacks you can share?