Apple Cider Vinegar vs Deodorant

A couple of months ago when my deodorant ran out… I didn’t go buy more. So I haven’t bought deodorant in months. I know what you’re probably thinking, that I’m gross and blah blah blah. But as you guys know I have been trying to get rid of products that contain so much unnecessary junk in it and deodorant is one of those products.

When I was younger I always loved going to the store and buying different scented deodorants, I thought it was amazing that your armpits could smell like passion fruit, rain forest and etc. But that love has gone away and I couldn’t care less about what different smells there are. For weeks I went without putting anything on my armpits besides cleaning them with soap and water when I showered. But honestly I needed to do something else. I love my own natural smell and it doesn’t bother me but I wasn’t feeling other people smelling me like that. Once again Apple Cider Vinegar has proved to be useful for something else. This vinegar is a gift from heaven, it does wonders for most things. In my house there are two bottles, one in the bathroom and one in the fridge. I highly recommend you guys do this too.

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So now every other day I take a cotton ball with some apple cider vinegar and just clean my armpits with it after I shower. I only do it every other day because that’s what works for my body. Doctors say that since your armpits get wet once in a while it is the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and this vinegar is great at killing it.

I urge you guys to do this! I’m not sure how it’ll work for you but I love it. Let me know if you guys try it out and how it went!

Parsley Tea and Your Menstrual Cycle

So a while ago I heard about parsley tea and what it does to your body. To put it short helps to induce menstruation, seriously who would want that? I read a blog about it and thought it was ridiculous, why would anyone want the pain and blood flow that comes with this terrible curse? Well a week ago my menstruation cycle was starting, my breasts started to swell and it was very uncomfortable. Just so you guys know, my breasts are very small, I’m borderline flat-chested and honestly I love it. I love not having to wear a bra, being able to run without fat bouncing up and down on my chest and being able to sleep on my stomach without being uncomfortable. This time when my menstruation cycle started my breasts were extremely full and I couldn’t even touch them without wincing in pain. It was horrible! My siblings and I are very touchy, in the sense were always punching or tackling each other and this week my sister has probably punch a breast about 20 times and it hurt like hell. I was tired of it, it was day 3 and my period still didn’t start. So remembering the blog post I read about 5 months ago I was like “omg parsley tea will help get my period started” So I researched it and read blog after blog and experience after experience. Several people said the parsley tea didn’t do anything for them and I was a little discouraged. But I decided to do it anyway.

Step one:

  • Go to your local grocery store or your garden and grab a bunch of parsley.

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Step two:

  • Boil water

Step three:

  • Set your boiled water aside, the water should not be boiling hot when it comes in contact with the parsley BUT should be really hot.

Step four:

  • Get a mug and fill your cup with a handful of clean parsley. (I used curly Italian parsley because that’s what was available to me). Pour your hot warm over the parsley to let it steep.

Step five:

  • Be patient! Wait about 20 minutes.

Step six:

  • DRINK THE TEA

Reading about this tea a lot of people have said that it made them gag and they couldn’t drink it. But I really like parsley and the flavor of it so it was pleasant for me. I was kinda doubtful that this would do anything for me. About 30 minutes after I drank it I contemplated making another cup but I decided against it and just waited instead. Thank God I did because literally an hour after drinking the tea I started feeling cramps. I kept thinking maybe this is in my head and I’m imagining it but oh boy those cramps started to come hard. I began regretting my decision to take this tea and I even apologized to God for me not trusting that my period would come in due time. (Hahaha, I get delusional when I start feeling the wrath of my uterus). So all day I felt cramps but I didn’t start bleeding until the next day.

I was thinking about why others didn’t feel anything because only within an hour I started feeling cramps, that’s crazy! Honestly my body is extremely sensitive with most things including alcohol and medicine so it’s really no surprise to me that I got this reaction. I did this tea because I really hated the feeling of pain that my breasts were giving me and I wanted to get it over with and I’m happy that I did it. I’m a firm believer that herbs, vegetables, fruits, basically all natural items can do a lot for your body and this just further proves that. You don’t need to buy fancy teas and medicine, all you need is Google really haha. Research what you need and how to do it naturally. At least give it a try and if it doesn’t work then at least you learned something new.

Disclaimer: DO NOT DO THIS TEA IF YOU ARE PREGNANT

Have a great Monday

-Nicole ❤

Black bean & sweet potato burgers

I am on a roll this week with black beans! Yesterday my family decided to make steak with rice and black beans for dinner and unfortunately I do not eat steak so I had to make something else. I decided “What a perfect time to make a black bean burger!”. The burger was amazing, it came out a lot better than I thought it would. It was so easy to make so I figured “Hey I’ll eat it today for lunch also”. Since I didn’t take any pictures of it yesterday I thought today I could do that too.

I’ve had black bean burgers from other places and for the most part they were just okay. (Except the black bean burger at Pride & Joy in Wynwood, South Florida they have amazing black bean burgers!) The beauty of cooking at home is that you can tweak anything to your liking and that’s exactly what I did.

Ingredients :

  • Sweet potato, I used frozen fries but you can use fresh sweet potato

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  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz) rinsed and drained
  • Onion ( I used less than 1/4 of an onion)

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  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper

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  • 1 cup of bread crumbs

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  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

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  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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To start off I had some frozen sweet potato fries in the freezer and I wanted those in my burger, what better mix than black beans and sweet potatoes?! So I got a pan and coated it with coconut oil and popped a few sweet potatoes fries in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

While my fries are heating up I placed all my remaining ingredients into a bowl and mashed it up, you want most of the beans mashed but it doesn’t have to be 100%. When I was done with that my fries were ready. So I took them out of the oven and cut about half of them into little pieces and mashed them into the bowl with all the other ingredients.

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You must remember to drain your beans so they are not liquid-y!

If your mixture is sticky just add more bread crumbs.

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On a plate I placed some more bread crumbs and got about a spoonful of my mixture and folded it into the crumbs to form a ball. When the ball is no longer wet or sticky you flatten it into a patty. Continue this until all the mixture is in patty form. My mixture made 7 patties. It really depends on how you want your patties, mine were not that thick but if that’s what you like then go ahead!

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Each burger is probably going to take about 3 minutes on each side, this also depends on if you want your burgers with a crunchy exterior (the breadcrumbs help with the crunch factor)

While these burgers were cooking I decided I wanted something a little different. I figured I’d make a sauce for them. This sauce was extremely easy but extremely flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of vegan mayo
  • 1/2 juice of a lime and lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil and dry thyme

Mix it all together and there is your sauce!

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When everything was done I made myself a plate.

I took the burger and drizzled my sauce on top. Crumbled some Mexican Queso Fresco on top of that (I LOVE this cheese) and placed a slice of tomato on top of that. Then I placed a few of my left over fries on the plate and I decided I needed a salad also. I had some spring mix so I got that with diced pears, about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and oil, and salt and pepper.

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I was pleased with this lunch, the pears were a really nice touch too because they were perfectly soft and sweet. This meal was filling without leaving me with a gross feeling. And that’s how food should be! Food is supposed to give you energy not leave you lethargic!

I hope you guys try this out and if you have any suggestions or feedback I’d love to hear it!

Happy Wednesday

-Nicole ❤

Must have items!

Over the past several weeks, I have fell in love with a few products:

  •  Coconut Oil
  •  Lemon
  •  Apple Cider Vinegar
  •  Baking Soda
  •  Indian Healing Clay
  •  Ezekiel Bread

Coconut Oil:

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Coconut oil is literally like manna from heaven. This product is probably my absolute favorite. I use it to:

  •  Moisturize my hair and my dogs fur
  •  Oil pulling
  •  Cook with
  •  Moisturize my skin

I haven’t been oil pulling for very long but despite the weird feeling it gives me I have been trying to stick it out and continue. I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around my mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out into the garbage. After I brush my teeth like normal. I have been doing this morning and night for about a week and it feels great. My teeth and mouth feel a lot cleaner. I’m going to continue doing this so I’ll let you guys know what happens.

Oil pulling is said to whiten your teeth, eliminate bad breath and prevent diseases in your gums. It is also said to benefits things other than your mouth such as, reduce congestion, relieve headaches, reduce redness in joints and helps to promote better sleep patterns.

I do not know how true all this information is but it’s kind of interesting.

Everything coconut is pretty much good for you, such as coconut sugar. It’s a lot healthier than regular sugar and can be used just the same!

Lemon:

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Second to coconut oil, lemon is like manna from heavens cousin. I use lemon for various things. I drink warm water throughout the day and I put a little lemon juice in the water. (Also warm water with lemon juice and cayenne pepper) I clean my face probably around 3 days a week with lemon and honey. I have been eating watermelon a lot lately and I put lemon juice on the watermelon chunks and let me tell you! It is amazing, I would have never guessed. You must try it.

Benefits:

Lemon with warm water helps to detox the body

Helps in digestion

Prevents acne and wrinkles

Maintains body pH levels

Apple cider vinegar:

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This vinegar is a little sweeter than your average white vinegar. I use this vinegar to clean my face as well. I have heard that it is good to drink a teaspoon of this vinegar once a day. I have not tried doing this but I think it would be beneficial. I use this vinegar for salad dressing as well. I have completely stopped using salad dressings such as Italian, and Ranch. And I use apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Seriously it is so much better than those dressings that completely mask the flavors of the vegetables.

I also use this vinegar with two other items on my list!

Benefits:

Lowers blood sugar levels

Help with weight loss

Help with sore throats (Gargle the vinegar with warm water)

And gives you an energy boost!

Baking Soda:

Baking soda doesn’t just have to be for baking. I use this item with my apple cider vinegar and use it for shampoo and conditioner. I know that might sound a little weird but it is actually refreshing. (I got this from a coworker, thanks Jason <3)

So I get two cups and I just put a little bit of vinegar in one and a little bit of the baking soda in another and take it with me to the shower. When I’m ready to wash my hair I take the baking soda cup and fill it half way with water. and then I pour it all over my hair focusing primarily on my scalp. Then I massage my scalp. After a little while I rise that out of my hair with cold water. Then I do the same with the vinegar. You have to make sure you rinse your hair out good though so you don’t end up smelling like vinegar the whole day. But it makes my hair feel smoother and cleaner since it doesn’t have all the chemicals that regular shampoo and conditioner has.

Keep in mind this is not supposed to be used everyday. Since overusing this might strip your hair of its natural oils. I only use it when my hair needs some revitalization and a break from all kinds of products. And with certain hair types it might leave your hair dry. That’s why I focus on my scalp when I’m washing with these items. After I clean my hair with this I moisturize with coconut oil so my hair isn’t so dry.

Baking soda is also great for brushing your teeth. A while ago I tried making my own toothpaste, I kind of failed but I still use it because its so simple to make.

It is just coconut oil, mint essential oil and baking soda.

You can use baking soda for insect bites as well and as a natural deodorant ( my next project).

Indian Healing clay:

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This God-given product that you can get from whole foods has done wonders for my face.

I try to use it once a week or just whenever my face needs it.

I take about a tablespoon of the product and add it with apple cider vinegar. Then I spread it all over my face and wait about 20 minutes for it to dry. You can feel your skin pulsate and tighten. I rinse it off with cold water and it leaves my face red (which lasts for about 15 minutes) but it is like a new face, so fresh and clean.

This product is made of bentonite clay which is referred to as Aztec magic.

This clay helps to get your cells more oxygen and be able to breathe.

It relieves digestion problems.

Improves the health of teeth and mouth

It can also be used as an alternative to baby powder!

Ezekiel bread:

Aka the Bible bread. I love bread, I will eat bread all day and night and that’s kind of a problem for me. Because of my love for bread I have been trying alternatives, such as wraps made from rice and things of that nature but this Ezekiel bread is perfect. To be honest it took me a little to get used to this bread. It is not like other bread. They do not have flour, it is organic, it is made out of 6 different grains and legumes and it tastes great. I’ll typically eat the bread like toast with coconut oil on it. It’s amazing. They have different flavors but my favorite is the sprouted grain. Give this bread a chance and you’ll love it too.

These items are not that hard to get and have multiple uses so it saves money and time!

Happy Saturday ❤