Thai Crystal Deodorant Review

The questions I’m asked the most is “what is a safe deodorant?” After much trial and error, Thai Crystal brand is my go-to.

My Crazy Nontoxic Life

There are two forms of this deodorant (a spray and a solid) and I’ve tried them both, so I’ll discuss them here.

First up is the spray.  I like it because it is fast, and I can spray under my arms quickly (or anywhere else that tends to get stinky).  It takes a short time to dry, and then I can move on to the next in my beauty routine.  During a day with normal activity level, I can go all day without getting stinky.  During times when I get really sweaty, (summer or exercising) I have to reapply more frequently than with regular deodorant.  To me, that’s a small price to pay for not being exposed to harmful chemicals like aluminum, triclosan, and synthetic fragrance, etc.  My biggest complaint is that the pump that comes in the bottle inevitably stops spraying and I have to switch it out with…

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Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel

Thayer’s is an American brand that has been in existence for over 100 years. They have an entire line of products, but now are best known for their witch hazel. The Rose Petal Witch Hazel (http://amzn.to/1FFb9fj) was the first and only natural astringent I purchased. It works and smells great, so I have no plans on switching to a different product.

My skin is dry and a bit sensitive, and this product does not irritate or over-dry. I really love that this is an American company, they have been in existence for so long, and their philosophy is to make safe & effective natural products. Another thing I love: they don’t test on animals!

I use it nightly as an astringent, as a preservative when I mix up my clay facial masque, and to clean my dogs’ ears. Just dip a cotton swab in it and gently sweep through the creases in the ears. It also makes a great gentle cleanser on my dogs’ sensitive skin – on a cotton ball it removes dirt from their tummies in between baths.

Among the things I love about this stuff:

  • It smells great
  • It’s non-drying to the skin
  • It removes any makeup that may get left behind by my makeup cleansing cloths or washing with soap
  • It’s multi-purpose (see above)
  • It’s reasonably priced

Thayer’s is available at most grocery stores, big box stores, vitamin stores, and at online stores, and usually runs $10 or less.

Exercise Accountability for Week Ending 5.17.15

If you read my post from last week, you saw that I had gained weight and size, which I attributed to my “friend” looming & not getting enough sleep.  After the initial shock of seeing the weight gain, I realized it’s common for me to get bloated around this time.  I accepted it as part of being a woman and drive on.  At first I was really upset, and questioned my decision to become a Beachbody coach.  How can I convince people to try Beachbody products if I’m having troubles?  Thinking about it logically, I realize that me deciding to continue on and not give up is likely to inspire other people to be persistent about things that are important for them.  It may not even be fitness related.  The concept that just because you have a set back doesn’t mean you quit can be applied to anything in life.  If my actions inspire one person to continue following their dreams, then I’ve done my job!

Between my girl problems, lack of sleep and the workouts getting more intense, it dawned on me that I needed to increase my vitamin intake.  I already have to take more vitamins than most people to support what my hypothyroidism depletes (selenium, iron, B vitamins, etc.).  Stress also depletes vitamins, and that includes stress from exercise and the stress of menstruation.  So, I took extra vitamins A-C, magnesium, and calcium, and added chromium picolinate, evening primrose oil & omega 3 fish oil. I madeit a priority to get to bed 30 – 45 minutes earlier each night,  and as a result it was much easier to get out of bed and to get through the workouts.

Here are my workouts for the week:

  • Monday:   PiYo Drench – 45 minutes
  • Tuesday: PiYo Core – 30 minutes
  • Wednesday: PiYo Buns – 30 minutes
  • Thursday: PiYo Sculpt – 30 minutes (it was pretty difficult to get through this workout, because I had pretty bad cramps & a headache, but I made it through)
  • Friday: PiYo Sweat – 35 minutes (also difficult to get through because I was still having menstrual issues, but not as bad as Thursday)
  • Saturday: PiYo Drench – 45 minutes
  • Sunday:  no workout – I took my rest day because I needed it!  My shoulder & neck muscles have been sore all week & needed a break.

I was hoping to get back to where I was two weeks ago in terms of weight and measurements, since I was bloated and retaining water.  It was close, bu I didn’t quite make it.  I’m 1 lb heavier than I was two weeks ago, my measurements remained the same in most areas, but I lost 1/4 in from my belly, so I’ll take it!  I’ve got two weeks left of the PiYo Challenge.  Once I get to the finale, I’ll post my before and after pictures.  Of course, I’ll also be posting them on my Team Beachbody coach’s page.  If you’d like to check it out, click here: www.beachbodycoach.com/CLEANFITCOACHHODGSON

Have a great week and thanks for reading!

Medication Dosage Update

Prior to starting my new job January 12th, I had some blood work done per my endocrinologist’s request.  Within a few days, I received a phone call stating that my TSH is too high and they want me to increase my dose from 15mg of Armour to 30mg.  Well, in my past experience, almost doubling my medication is what sent my body into a tailspin of lowered immunity, inability to handle stress or exercise, severe ovulation pain, and dramatically increased menstrual cramps and bleeding.  So, you can imagine my reluctance to increase my medication, let alone double it.  However, that was on synthetic thyroid hormone, and the dose was much larger.

I asked to speak with the nurse about my concerns.  She called me back and said there isn’t a dose of Armour available between 15 and 30 mg.  However, she did suggest that I try taking a 30mg pill every other day or every third day, depending on how I tolerate it and take the 15 mg or cut the 30 mg in half on the other days.  Once I am taking a consistent dose, I am to go back and get more blood work at least 5 business days prior to my next appointment in mid-March.  This was such a relief to me because in the past most of the doctors I’ve been to have treated me like a number and wanted me on a specific dose no matter what my side effects were.

I’m awaiting the prescription in the mail, and once it arrives I’ll start taking the new dosage.  I’m willing to give the larger dose a try because there are days where I feel tired mid-day, and sometimes I lack motivation.  I’m hoping that taking a larger dose will help with that.  If it doesn’t, I may or may not continue the larger dose.  Either way, I’ll post an update on how things go.

Thanksgiving Turkey Injected with Homemade Seasoned Broth

My family has been eating clean since late 2012.  One of the biggest challenges is staying on track around the Holidays.  I want to maintain the diet but still want to enjoy the holiday season.  So, my husband and I put our heads together to come up with a clean alternative to the injectable seasonings that contain synthetic chemicals we don’t want to eat.  This year was our first attempt, and I must say it was a complete success.  Not only was it delicious, it was the best turkey I’ve ever tasted!

Ingredients:

  • Hormone & antibiotic free, humanely raised turkey (we used a 12-lb turkey we found at our local grocery store)
  • 1 Habanero pepper (seeded and rinsed to reduce spiciness)
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers (seeded and rinsed to reduce spiciness)
  • 2 Serrano peppers (seeded and rinsed to reduce spiciness)
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups of organic chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp organic butter
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning plus extra for rubbing on the turkey
  • 1 medium-sized foot of garlic
  • 2 -3 tbsp of olive oil to rub on the outside of the turkey (you may or more or less, depending on the size of your turkey)

Directions:

  • Bring broth, peppers, butter, garlic and Cajun seasoning to a boil, then simmer on low for 30 minutes
  • Rub olive oil all over the turkey
  • Rub Cajun seasoning all over the turkey
  • Once broth mixture has cooled to lukewarm, use a meat injector to inject the seasoning into the breast, legs, thighs, etc.
  • Bake for 2 hours at 400 degrees
  • Inject the turkey again in several places
  • Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake until center is 180 degrees
  • When fully cooked, remove from the oven, inject again, and let the turkey cool
  • Carve and enjoy!

To me, this wasn’t really spicy despite the peppers.  If you want it super-spicy, I suggest leaving the seeds and not rinsing the inside of the peppers.  If you don’t like spicy or are sensitive to peppers, you could try using only one of each type or not using the Habaneros, since they are spicier than the other peppers.  If you don’t want spicy at all, try bell peppers.  That will give you the pepper flavor without the spice.