Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Level 13 as a Type 1 Diabetic





It's not something I would always touch on much, but I'm a Type 1 Diabetic for the last 13 years. I  found out at 18  in March of 2008. I have struggled so much since then and it has taken me until now to make peace with it. In those years I didn't always have the best control but I would do the very basics,  carb count-not always accurately, took insulin-not always on time, checked my blood sugar-only to eat and just winged it lot of times.  It was a mess. My A1C was always high, were talking 8-9 when we should be under 7-6. Right now it's a 9.4. Yikes. 

At my last endocrinologist appointment in march my Endo ask me if I was interested in an insulin pump or CGM and we please get you on a pump and cgm.   I told him yes I was interested. The only reason why I never did was because up until the last 3 years, I never had insurance. That is a whole other story. I was afraid to look into an insulin pump or cgm and be denied or have a crazy upfront cost. Because they are expensive.  My Endo gave me a list of insulin pumps and CGM's (continuous glucose monitor)  to research and to tell him what I wanted so he could start the paperwork. Two weeks later on St. Patricks Day I had the Dexcom G6 CGM to monitor my blood sugar 24/7. The insulin pump, I pick the OmniPod, took about a month later to start. 

I wish I had started so much sooner than later. But I wasn't ready and it took me a long time to realize that there is a difference with accepting and embracing it. I am seeing much better numbers during the night and day. I still have some areas that I have to adjust but my nights are looking great and consistent. Days are a little trickier but we are slowly getting there. Instead of running in the 200-300's all the time, I'm more like 160-180 which makes a huge difference.  







Tuesday, September 17, 2019

7 Common House Plants That Clean the Air

7 Common House Plants That Clean the Air




The three main household toxins of concern are:
  • benzene
  • formaldahyde
  • trichloroethylene
These carcinogenic chemicals are used in the manufacturing of synthetic substances and materials and are off-gased from new materials for some time (up to several years, depending on the material of product in question). Benzene can also be emitted from gas ranges during use, making some types of houseplants below great for use in the kitchen.
This means these types of houseplants may just decrease your risk of cancers, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and other diseases.

Tips for Choosing and Caring for Your Plants

Below you’ll find the common name  and its benefit to you and your home and a few ideas of the type of care it needs. 
Along with a corresponding photo and the following tips, you can decide which plant is best for your home.
  • Choose one 10- to 12-inch potted plant per 100 square foot of your home for the most effective air purification.
  • Cross-reference several care guides to check for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Because common names can very, be sure to cross-reference the botanical name of any plant you get to ensure it will do the job you need it to do.
  • Consider where you might place your plants and the amount of sun they will receive to ensure your plant will thrive in that area.
  • Make note of the water needed and write it on a calendar so that you can keep the watering schedules balanced.
  • Periodically dust the leaves of each plant with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins.
  • Keep their soil replenished with rich compost or compost tea. Avoid non-organic or synthetic fertilizers.
  • Whenever possible, capture rainwater for your plants. All types of houseplants thrive best with natural sources of water.
IMPORTANT: Please note that these houseplants are good for purifying air, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for pets or kids who like to put things in their mouth. Check out this list for more details, read the descriptions of each plant, and do some research on any plant you bring into your home.

The Snake Plant, or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,

One of the most recommended plants for improving air quality. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is known as “the bedroom plant.” While most plants take away oxygen at night, this one gives off oxygen at night. The plant also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.

Corn plant

Known for removing formaldahyde and known generally as one of the houseplants that clean the air.

Aloe

Not only can it be used for burns on the skin, it is also known to remove formaldahyde from the air.

English Ivy 

It’s known for removing the chemical benzene, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and the off-gasing of other synthetic materials, is said to be fantastic for asthma and allergies and also removes formaldehyde.

Golden Pothos 

 NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants great for removing formaldhyde. Also known for removing carbon monoxide and increasing general indoor air quality.

Philodendron

 Also noted by NASA among the best tyoes of houseplants for removing formaldahyde, especially higher concentrations.

Spider Plant

NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants that are great at removing formaldahyde. Also removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. 
A hand holding a potted plant in a wicker pot.




Saturday, April 13, 2019

Holy Grail Health Favorites of 2018

Too continue my Holy Grails of 2018 I made list of health favorites that I really enjoyed and repurchased thought out 2018. 


Holy Grail Health Favorites of 2018


Fitbit Flex 2 – For the longest time I wanted a fitbit. I use my Fitbit Flex 2 to track my steps, sleep, water, period, and fitness. I love tracking all of that on my fitbit. For the most point I reach my 10,000 steps 5 days out of the week. I just find it neat to see how many steps I take in a day. Or how much water I’m drinking for the day. Sleep is one that I need to work on more and I think Im getting better with it. Seems I don’t get enough sleep at night or I’m too restless. In time I would like to up date to one that tracks heart rate for when I work out. *Its seems the flex 2 is no longer offered on the Fitbit website and has been replaced with another model.*
Tone it up– I have tired so many fitness apps but I always go back to the Tone It Up. They have so many type of work outs to pick from. It has daily workouts, on demand workouts and studio classes that you sign up at a certain time and  can chat with before and after the class.  Every week they send emails of workouts for that week. This app does have a monthly fee of I believe $12.
Diva Cup– I started using one in March or April of last year and it has been life changing! I absolutely love mine. I hardly feel the cup, once I trimmed the stem and it settles in. Honesty I forget sometime I have my period. The best part, absolutely no leaks. I have also saved so much money since buying and switching from tampons and liners to my diva cup. You also save on creating zero waste for the environment, since it is reusable. 
Zenni Optical– They offer so many affordable glasses its unreal. We no longer buy our glasses in store. I have 6 pairs of glasses from them. I don’t want to know how much I would spent in a store or at a Dr’s office for glasses between my husband and myself. Im so glad I found them. They also accept FSA/HSA. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

22 Easy Ways To Be Happier This Year

At some point or another we start feeling drained and burned out or maybe picked up some bad habits that can cause you to feel tired and worn out. It’s best to take a pause and give yourself a good look, so you can try to improve your energy and happiness levels every day.



Holy Grail Home Favorites of 2018

Here are some ways to help you from having your energy drained (both spiritually and physically) and to be happier throughout the year.
  • Put your devices away for an hour.
  • Be more grateful.
  • Go to sleep a little earlier. Allow yourself enough sleep to wake up refreshed.
  • Doing to much
  • Spend more time outside. Take walks. Stand in the sun. More nature, more life!
  • Let yourself be sad without guilt. Don’t wish you felt better right away. Sometimes you need to be sad.
  • Write down your goals. Track your progress and make adjustment to your goals as needed. 
  • Make a vision board. 
  • Spend some time alone. Sometime alone is good for you. 
  • Start a journal.  Write about the day. 
  • Read more books. 
  • Eat a healthy.
  • Move your body more.  Lift weights, try yoga , do Zumba, dance. Get moving. 
  • Learn something.  Learning is good for you. Never stop. 
  • Take daily quiet time. Try meditation. 
  • Get rid of some things. Don’t let yourself be buried in clutter. If it doesn’t make bring you joy, you probably don’t need it. 
  • Spending unnecessary money.
  • Celebrate victories. Big or small. 
  • Make people smile. One of the fastest ways to feel happy is by making someone else happy. Do a good deed. Smile at a stranger. Volunteer your time. Buy someone a meal. 
  • Say no. Stop saying yes and feeling obligated to do things that you don’t want to do. 
  • Focus on the long term goals. 
  • Have more fun. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

How To Get Out Of A Funk And Get Motivated

Every one has moments where they get into a funk. It can be because your doing to much, feeling uninspired, or to much of nothing. It can also be from SAD-Seasonal Affective Disorder which is more of a environmental issue. A lack of sunshine, under artificial lights, and even when the sun is outside, being covered from head to toe and not spending the amount of time outside like we would in the warmer months.



How To Get Out Of A Funk And Get Motivated

When I start feeling kinda blah or in a funk I like to ether pick up a book or tv series that I have been kinda interested in and is on my list to read or watch. For an example, I kinda wanted to start watching Riverdale, but wasn’t sure about it. Then one week I was in a blah kinda funk and put it on in the background, next thing I knew I was half a season in. I also find Pinterest and youtube both great sources to fall down the rabbit hole and come out with something fresh. Two words: Shane Dawson. 
So here is a list of ways I like to get out of a funk. 
  • Go for a walk  
  • Listen to music 
  • Laugh 
  • Create Art
  • Try baking/cooking 
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Read a book 
  • Browse Pinterest
  • New Tv series 
  • Try colouring 
  • Declutter/clean 
  • Start working out
  • Try doing yoga.
  • Have a bath or shower
  • Watch a movie 
  • New haircut/color
  • Dance and sing 
  • Meditate for 10 minutes 
  • Dress up 
  • Write a list 
  • Phone a friend 
  • Youtube 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Insert Menstruation Cup Here -Why I Made The Switch

For months I have been wanting to make this post after I made the switch last March from tampons and liners to a menstruation cup. I hated pads, they always felt like I was wearing a diaper. Not to mention in the summer, when it’s hot and sweaty. Ew, no thanks. Tampons did make my periods better and gave me more freedom but there were times they were just uncomfortable, like inside and they can leak. Liners where for the days I knew it will be starting or at the end. 




Soo what is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a type of reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.

How to use a menstrual cup

If you’re interested in using a menstrual cup, talk with your gynecologist. You can buy one on online or in most stores, you need to find out what size you need. Most menstrual cup brands have a small and large size.
To figure out the right menstrual cup size for you, you and your doctor should consider:
  • your age
  • length of your cervix
  • whether or not you have a heavy flow
  • firmness and flexibility of the cup
  • cup capacity
  • strength of your pelvic floor muscles
  • if you’ve given birth vaginally
Smaller menstrual cups are usually recommended for women younger than 30 years old who haven’t delivered vaginally. Larger sizes are often recommended for women who are over 30 years old, have given birth vaginally, or have a heavier period.

Before you put in your menstrual cup

When you use a menstrual cup for the first time, it may feel uncomfortable. Before you put in your cup, lubricate the rim with water or a water-based lube (lubricant). A wet menstrual cup is much easier to insert.

How to put in your menstrual cup

If you can put in a tampon, you should find it easy to insert a menstrual cup. Just follow these steps :
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Apply water or a water-based lube to the rim of the cup.
  3. Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
  4. Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
  5. Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
You shouldn’t feel your menstrual cup if you’ve inserted the cup correctly. You should also be able to move, jump, sit, stand, and do other everyday activities without your cup falling out. If you’re having trouble putting in your cup, speak with your doctor.

When to take your menstrual cup out

You can wear a menstrual cup for 6 to 12 hours, depending on whether or not you have a heavy flow. This means you can use a cup for overnight protection. 
You should always remove your menstrual cup by the 12-hour mark. If it becomes full before then, you’ll have to empty it ahead of schedule to avoid leaks.

How to take your menstrual cup out

To take out a menstrual cup, just follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Place your index finger and thumb into your vagina. Pull the stem of the cup gently until you can reach the base.
  3. Pinch the base to release the seal and pull down to remove the cup.
  4. Once it’s out, empty the cup into the sink or toilet.
  5. Rise well and make sure to clean any groves. 

Cup aftercare

Reusable menstrual cups should be washed and wiped clean before being reinserted into your vagina. Your cup should be emptied at least twice a day. Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with proper care. 

How much does it cost?

Menstrual cups are more cost-effective than tampons and pads. You can pay roughly $20 to $40 for a cup and not have to purchase another one for at least six months. Tampons and pads can cost up to $50 to $150 a year, depending on how often, long, and heavy your period is.

My thoughts 

Since I have made the switch to my Diva Cup. Holy Balls! It has been a life changing experience. I hardly feel the cup, once I trimmed the stem and it settles in. Honesty I forget sometime I have my period. The best part, absolutely no leaks. Let me say that again. No Leaks. Nothing. You can wear your cute undies and not worry about ruining them. Or the bed sheets. Unless it wasn’t inserted right. Which does happen sometimes and is easy to fix by reinserting. 
I have also saved so much money since buying and switching from tampons and liners to my diva cup. You also save on creating zero waste for the environment, since it is reusable. There is much lower chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome, since it is being collected and not absorbed. I really only have to empty it once in the morning and once before bed. I love mine. I can’t express it enough. 
I will admit I still have liners tampons leftover from when I was using them and I had stocked up on them. I gave a majority of them to family members. I did keep some for my purse just in case my period starts early and I happen to be out and bout. Since last March I’ve only had to use them once, because it decided to start like 3-4 days early and I don’t like the idea of tossing my cup in my purse, even in its little bag or wearing it days before. 
I have said this before but I love mine. It was worth the try and switching. I will never go back to tampons. Ever. I feel any one with a vagina should at lest give a mensural cup a try. 
Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

13 Ways To Get More Water

13 Ways To Get More Water



I think everyone has heard of  the eight glasses  of water a day. Your water intake can really depends  your overall health, like how active you are. I thought I would make a list of ways to drink enough water.
1. Add flavor to your pitcher.
2. Drink a glass after every bathroom break.
3. Sip before every meal.
4. Use an app to track your cups.
5. High-tech water bottle.
6. Dilute sugary drinks with water and ice.
7. Keep a gallon jug nearby.
8. Invest in a filter.
9. Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda.
10. Eat water-rich foods.
11. Stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol.
12. Use a marked water bottle.
13. Cut back on the caffeine.
I track my intake with my fitbit app and make sure I have my water bottle with me through out the day at work or home. I also have a filter and sometimes will add flavor by fruits, veggies and herbs to the water. Chia seeds are also great to add to water since they give you energy but not like coffee which will keep you up at night.
I hope you found this helpful! I would love to hear if there are any other ways you get your 8 cups of water a day.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Types of Vegetarians

Types of Vegetarians



For the last few months I have been making more of attempt to eat cleaner by not eating meat, and making healthier choices in general. So I as searched the internet for ways to do this, I came across types of vegetarians which I thought was interesting.
I knew there was different types but never really looked into it until recently. I also found out by reading more about vegetarianism I was kinda one already. Which I have now kicked it up a notch and don’t eat any meat, I do eat eggs and dairy but I don’t drink cows milk, I’m just not a milk drinker. For milk I drink almond, soy or cashew. I also try my best to buy organic especially when it comes to eggs and dairy. That’s for a whole another blog post.

Semi vegetarian/Flexitarian

“Flexitarian” is a term to describe those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eat meat.

Pescatarian

Pescatarian is forthose who do not eat any meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. More people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or to transition to a vegetarian diet.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarians

People who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products. Lacto means milk, and ovo” for egg. Lacto-vegetarian is used to describe a type of vegetarian who does not eat eggs but does eat dairy products. Ovo-vegetarian refers to people who do not eat meat or dairy products but do eat eggs. Lacto-ovo vegetarian, a vegetarian who eats both eggs and dairy products. This is the most common type.
 Pollotarian
This vegetarian is controversial, since a pollotarian avoids all other meat but does intake poultry and fowl. They receive criticism for even being categorized as a vegetarian at all.

Vegan

Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal products such as gelatin. Many vegans also refrain from eating foods like sugar and some wines. There is some debate as for honey, fits into a vegan diet.

Raw vegan

A raw vegan diet consists of unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 F (46 C). “Raw foodists” believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost a significant amount of their nutritional value and are harmful to the body.

Macrobiotic

The macrobiotic diet includes unprocessed vegan foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and allows the occasional consumption of fish. Sugar and refined oils are avoided.
I hope you found this helpful or interesting about the different types of vegetarians. As I said before I never really knew what all the different type of vegetarianism where all about.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Clue-Cycle Tracker

Clue-Cycle Tracker



Tracking your cycle is important to do, long before I got a iPod touch in 2009 I use to track it by calendar. But once I got the iPod touch I searched for a app that would help me track  my cycle. Using a app has made it easier and more convenient over the years for me. I have tried a couple of apps over the years and I think I found the one.
The app is called Clue. I love this app. You can track your flow, fertility,  cravings, pain, mood, sleep, sex, energy, hair, skin and so much more.  It even tells you when PMS will be. Which I find this to really helpful and so does my husband. You can setup reminders to notify you when your fertility window is approaching, PMS, flow and birth control. The app is for apple and also for android.
I have now been using this app for the past 3-5 years now and it has not failed me. When it predicts the day it will start, it starts. I have reminders to remind me to log every few days. I even have it in my widget section on my iPhone so I can quickly add to it.
What other apps do you use to track your cycle?