Cutting Down on Chemicals in my House

I’ve posted about my son and his ADHD before.  I’ve recently been doing some reading on ways I can naturally help him (and the rest of us) with his ADHD.  Currently he is on medicine and while I don’t regret putting him on medicine, I feel that as we approach summer, now would be a good time to work on alternative ways to handle the ADHD.


Aside from some diet modifications, we are also really taking a look at the chemicals that we bring into our home.  When I was approached by the Ecostore to test out a couple of their products, the timing really couldn’t be any better!


I never really gave a thought to the cleaning products I use in my house…but if the things we eat (food dyes for example) can affect our mood, behavior, etc, then why can’t the things we inhale affect our mood and behavior?


I decided to try out two products.  An All Purpose cleaner and a toilet bowl cleaner.  Two things that I use a lot in my house and two things that I really need to work well.


I really liked the All Purpose cleaner.  My kitchen table is a tiled table with a wood border.  No matter what cleaner I use, the wood part always feels kind of sticky.  It drives me crazy.


The first thing I noticed about the All Purpose Cleaner is the fact that it really cleans the table well.  My kids had spilled sticky syrup all over the table and the All Purpose Cleaner cut through that stickiness without a problem!  The second thing I noticed, and the best thing I noticed, was the fact that the wood border on the table was not tacky feeling.  This is the first cleaner I have been able to use on my kitchen table that didn’t make it feel dirty, even when it was really clean!!  And finally, the third thing I noticed with the All Purpose Cleaner is the smell…it smelled pleasant, but didn’t have the underlying chemical smell that other cleaners have.


I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand a dirty toilet.  But what I can’t stand more than that is the smell of toilet bowl cleaners.  Whenever I clean the bathroom, I always feel like I am high after.  Sure you can buy floral scented toilet bowl cleaners, but it always has this strong chemical smell that about knocks you out if you sniff it long enough.

As for it’s cleaning power, I think it did very well.  It cleaned the bowl and kept it clean just like the other cleaners do…though I really don’t hold much stock in toilet bowl cleaners keeping toilets cleaned for long periods of time.  I mean…with all the crap (literally) that is in a toilet, so long as cleans when I use it…I’m happy!  And since this one doesn’t smell like toxic chemicals, it’s even better in my book!

Check out this short video from the Ecostore:

For those of you that live in the midwest and have a Meijer store near you…you’re in luck!  You can purchase these Ecostore products at you’re local Meijer!  For those of you that do not have a Meijer near you, head to their website and purchase there.  You get FREE shipping for any order over $25!!!

What the Hell Body

Yes I am talking about my body.  Back in August of ’08, I had the Novasure procedure done because I was having a lot of issues…female issues.  I knew we were done having kids and I knew I didn’t want to live with those female issues for the next however many years until I hit menopause.  Of course I blogged about the initial procedure, which was no problem at all (if you leave out my accidental overdose on pain meds that made it feel like each individual hair on my head was being pulled out…).  I even blogged an update a few months later.  All was well at that time.  Sure I got my monthly pms type symptoms, but that seemed to be going away.  Or at least I thought so.

Until yesterday when I had quite the surprise when I went to use the restroom.  WTF?  Why am I getting a period now after almost two years of nothing????  And my husbands wants to know why I’m in a bad mood?  This would be like him all of a sudden not being able to get it up.  It is that BIG of a deal to me.  I was SOOOO happy to be done with my monthly Aunt Flo visits.  A person would think they were completely done after having nothing for almost two years.

Grr…this better be over quick and not come back next month.

The Goddess Loses 2009 Weekly Weigh In

So in case some of you are not aware, last week I put myself ALL the way out there and put my weight on the internet for all to see. Why did I do that? Well it’s simple. I need to lose weight. My cholesterol is high, my blood sugar is high…so I thought maybe if I blogged about it each week, it would help me to stay more accountable as to sticking to this whole weight loss adventure.

It worked! I have awesome news to tell you…well I’ll show you. Today I stepped on the scale and saw these beautiful numbers:

That is a 6.4 lb loss for me!!!! I promise to have my toes painted a pretty color for next weeks weigh in…OK I promise to try and have them painted!

So my goal for last week was to up my water intake. I did better than I normally do, but I can still do better. So…my goal for this week is to again try to up my water intake a little more. I think if I would have drank more water, I would have seen more of a loss this week.

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Lose Weight With Me!

Like many people, I want to lose weight. Like many people, I have again made it a New Years Resolution. I do every year and every year I fail. However, this year is different. Shortly before Christmas I had routine blood work done and my cholesterol was sky high. We’re talking high LDL, low HDL, high triglycerides…it is the worst combo you could have. Besides having high cholesterol, my glucose level was borderline high.

This was the wake up call I needed. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had to follow the diabetic diet. Whenever I would get pissed off about not being able to eat something, I quickly got over it. I was not doing the diet for me. I as doing it for the health of my baby. For two years since having her, I told myself I as going to do that diet again. But I didn’t. I didn’t have a reason to. However, now I have my reason staring at me in black and white. High cholesterol could lead to stroke or heart attack…high glucose could lead to diabetes.

Starting tomorrow, I am going to outline on my blog exactly what I am going to do as a diet. I am going to weigh myself and list my starting weight (can’t believe I am going to do that lol) on my blog. I am going to have my husband measure me. Every Sunday I will weigh in and post my weight along with my meal plan for the week. Each month I will have my husband remeasure me.

Anyone who would like to join me in this effort, go for it! Having weight loss buddies would be very benefitial!

Look for The Goddess Loses 2009 tomorrow and every Sunday!
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Adding Fiber to Your Diet

You’ve probably heard that it is very good for your health to add fiber to your diet. According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Dietary fiber — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.”

You can read the rest of the Mayo Clinic article here.

I recently read about a good way to add a little extra fiber. Buy the original Fiber One cereal and crush it in a blender. When you want to bread chicken or pork, bread it using the fiber one. Thats what I did tonight. I dipped the chicken in fat free Catalina dressing and then dipped it in the crushed Fiber One . I added a few other seasonings to the Fiber One, as well.

Baked it in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 mins. It was soooo good! Even my son, king of picky eaters, devoured it!