Organic Sheets

If you read the first post of this series, you probably already have an idea about just how important sleeping in and on natural materials is. This post is dedicated to your sheets. We’re in our sheets for ideally at least 8 hours a night, and hopefully a little bit longer if we include those extra “bed activities”.

Sheets are pretty important to our sleeping experience, most of us drop a decent amount of money for a good pair, whether silk, cotton, satin, or flannel. Everyone has a different fabric of choice, personally I love a good flannel or silk if I’m feeling some type of way and just want to feel like a fancy bitch. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself to a nice pair of sheets.

Organic Cotton Sheets

Below I’ve listed the healthiest, least chemical laden brands I trust ! So indulge a little, detoxify your bedroom, and enjoy a good nights rest.

5 Favorite Non-Toxic Sheets

Organic Cotton Sheets 

These are queen sized and are priced at 75$ and they have plenty of colors to choosefrom. I really like the army green.

Target’s Line of Organic Cotton Sheets

Can’t bear the thought of spending upwards of hundreds of dollars for organic bedding? Don’t worry our good ol’ friend targét ( say with french accent) has us covered. Right now their organic cotton sheet for a queen sized mattress is on sale for less than 35$!

West Elm Organic Cotton Sheets

West Elm is one of my favorite brands not only do they offer organic bedding and other house accessories, they also feature local artisans in their stores!

Organic Hemp Silk Sheets

From Kelly Green Organic, this company has a great range of product. All unbleached, undyed, and hypoallergenic!

 

Coyuchi Flannel Sheets Organic Flannel Sheets

Priced at 400$ for a queen sized, these Coyuchi sheets are a splurge, but worth it if you love your flannel as much as me in the winter. Made to last and sure to swaddle you in softness with their softness.

 

 

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Bacon Wrapped Avocado Chicken Breast

Healthy bacon recipe

This can’t be healthy you must be thinking.. Bacon? Really? I can have bacon and still be healthy? Yes, yes you can. The key is to get organic bacon from my favorite brand, Applegate or a local butcher you know and trust.

This Bacon lovers dream is surprisingly simple and quick to make.

Healthy Man Food Bacon Dinner

So it’s that easy, trust me your man will thank you for some real man food. He might be sick of salads at this point of the summer. This recipe is also totally kid approved, if you use small chicken breasts you can make more bite sized versions! They even make a great snack for adults.

I’ve written out the ingredient list below along with a link to Applegate’s page so you can see what their products look like. And heres another copy of recipe for an easy print out!

Ingredients

  • 2 Organic Medium Sized Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Package of Applegate Organic Bacon 
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onions
  • Garlic Powder
  • 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
  • Juice from 2 Lime Slivers

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Mix avocado, chopped tomato, onion, minced garlic, lemon, salt and pepper in a bowl to make the guacamole
  3. Slice chicken breast evenly down the middle to create a pock to place the guacamole in, leave one side of the “pocket” closed so the gauc won’t slip out.
  4. Season chicken with little salt, pepper, and chili spice.
  5. Stuff chicken with guac and fold pocket over, wrap in bacon. Use as many pieces as you need to cover the whole chicken, this will vary depending on size.
  6. Heat skillet on stove top and cook bacon wrapped chicken for about 5 minutes each side so the bacon gets a little crispy
  7. Then pop into the oven for the remaining 20 minutes. Take out and a satisfying bacon meal.

Cocoa Coffee Alternative Drink

I’m sure the majority of you are hooked on Bullet Proof Coffee but what about Bullet Proof Chocolate? Sound to good to be true? Wellll…. it is slightly. But if your like me and coffee isn’t an option due to sensitive adrenal glands that are prone to fatigue. Plus coffee makes you so hyper people might want to throw you out a window, or you just get anxious AF, I’ve got the dream drink for you.

It’s what I drink everyday at work, usually about 3 times a day. Once after my morning lemon water, yes I store lemons in the office fridge. Second usually mid morning before lunch. Then lastly sometime in my last 2 hours, especially if I’m hitting the gym afterwards. Not only is this a great caffeine substitute for focus at work but it also works great as a pre-workout drink.

The ingredients are super simple too AND you can drink it hot or cold! It’s a coffee substitute that goes great with a non-dairy milk of choice ( I choose this one) or water. As for Cocoa Powder I’ve used another of different brands but so far I like this one.

Cocoa Caffeine Substitute Drink-2

Let me know how you like it or if you have any suggestions, cinnamon is also a delicious addition if you want a little heat and blood sugar stabilization!

If You Feel Like Reading More..

I offer my ” Read it more” option after my recipe cuz lets be real, I love to write but not everybody loves to read. SO this is the section for those of you who are a little more curious about why I choose to switch over from coffee to cocoa.

7 Reasons Why I Choose This Coffee Alternative

  1. Cocoa contains essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
  2. Coffee can deplete some of the minerals we need like potassium, sodium, and calcium as they are excreted with the excess urination that usually accompanies coffee consumption.
  3. Coffee make me TOO hyper, some people its find but if your like me, it will send you a little overboard.
  4. I have mild adrenal fatigue, honestly no source of caffeine is best when dealing with adrenal fatigue. But I have many other practices that help me feel like I have this under control so I enjoy my cocoa drinks, ( let me know your opinions on this!)
  5. Contains Flavonoids which help protect the body from inflammation. Nobody wants inflammation!
  6. Cocoa Powder actually contains a compound (phenethylamine) that acts as a anti-depressent, chocolate really is happiness.
  7. Lastly, Chocolate is just good for the soul, I always feel like I’m getting a treat when I have one of my drinks, especially if I heat it up with some cashew milk!

 

 

 

 

 


I’ve Been Drinking

Thats right, these past few weeks I’ve enjoyed a few adult beverages, since I am an adult. And let me tell you, the changes I’ve noticed in my body are drastic. After not really drinking for over a year switching it up has made me realize how much it really can affect my health.

This might not be the same for everyone, and by no means do I think people shouldn’t drink, cuz it is fun as fuck. But I’m just gonna point out to choose your alcohol wisely. After my list of  moaning and growing about my health changes since drinking, I’ve laid out my go to drinks.

So what has changed since I’ve started drinking

  1. My Nails: They’ve got white spots, normally when nails have white spots it means you aren’t getting enough zinc, a mineral that can be depleted from drinking.
  2. My Skin: IS SO DRY, like literal flakes if I don’t lather myself in coconut oil, and I’ve noticed the few wrinkles I do have are looking a bit deeper.
  3. My Throat: I have a constant sore throat, that really hasn’t gone away since I started drinking again
  4. Phlegm: Gross, but true I have way more gunk in my throat and nose, ew.. maybe why I also have a sore throat
  5. Pimples: I probably haven’t had a pimple like a year, and now I’ve got em’, even on my chest and back?!
  6. Cravings: I feel like I just want a lot more salt and even sugar. I can’t seem to resist fruit like I used to. Some fruit is good but I feel like for my past issues with candida I may be over doing it. Not to mention, alcohol + Candida tendencies= No bueno

So I’ve got a few post drinking symptoms but I have been going a little bit over board… hehe Oops.. we all go through phases. It’s Yin and Yang people. Right now I’m in the Yang cycle of my drinking hah.

Although I may be experiences a few negative side effects, the good times that come with these nights are worth a little bit of not feeling to hot. Plus I think I’m starting to learn my best drinking practices, which I’ll outline for you another time. But for now I’ve got a list of my favorite go to drinks and liquors and why I choose em’, plus one of my go to drinks at home!

Healthy Drink Choices

Blondie Bite’s Booze Buying Guide

Ocean Organic Vodka: This is my all time favorite, but it is one of the more expensive ones and is tricky to find, especially if you are actually out at the bars. Just read their ingredient list… can you believe this vodka actually has some minerals in it?!

Potato Based Vodka ( Chopin): I can’t have corn so this is my best option for a gluten free liquor. Plus this brand is somewhat easy to find but really any potato vodka will do for me. Organic is a plus when available.

Organic Tequila ( Uno Dos Tres): Sustainable, organic, and even housed in recycled glass bottles, this tequila is the ultimate choice. Save the environment and avoid gluten one sip at a time.

Unflavored Ciroc: Made with Grapes, Ciroc is one of the more prominent choices avaliable at your typical bar. Usually when having to drink at the bar this is my next best bet if a potato based vodka isn’t available.


Sweet Potato, Egg, and Avo

Ingredients

1 Organic Sweet Potato

1 Organic Free Range Egg

1/2 Avocado

Pinch Salt and a Pepper

Generous Amount of Ceylon Cinnamon 

Macro Balanced Breakfast

Directions

  1. Start cooking your sweet potato, just stick it in the over with holes in it for like 40-50 mins depending on the size. Or have one already made up from the day before and just remove from refrigerator 😉
  2. Cook your Egg however you like with a little salt and pepper
  3. Smash your avocado and add a little salt and pepper
  4. When sweet potato is done remove from oven, mash up and top with cinnamon

Pretty easy, you can’t really mess up this recipe. And your getting all 3 macros, Egg = protein, Sweet Potato = Carb, and Avocado = Fat.

Plus the blood stabilizing abilities of cinnamon to make sure you don’t get a blood sugar spike from that starchy, carby sweet potato.


Buckwheat Pillow

I sleep in a bed every night, with a pillow, and sheets, and a comforter… I hope you do to. That being said, what are all those lovely cushiony, comforting items made out of? I don’t know… and to be honest I don’t want to know. Think CANCER CAUSING flam retardants, chemical laced cotton, or other non natural enemies.

Think about it, we… or at least me, try to  get 8 HOURS OF SLEEP each night. SOO thats at least 8 hours in your bed without even counting the hour or so before you doze off, or that lazy Sunday after a late night, where you spend until about noon debating whether or not you can even leave the bed. FACT: we spend about a third of our day in bed!

Since we do spend a great deal of time in our bed it’s important to make it one of the least toxic places in the house. Obviously, it’s expensive and time consuming to ORGANIFY your sleep station, but starting with a few SIMPLE and not super expensive changes will help reduce the toxin load. Every little bit helps.

Buckwheat Pillow

 

This week I’m starting with my PILLOW. The air you fill your lungs with, comes from the area around your pillow, we don’t want to breathing in pesticides from cotton or off gases from plasticy types of fabric. According to the Wellness Mama “cotton is one of the dirtiest crops, sprayed with large amounts of pesticides and herbicides during its cultivation and residue of these chemicals remain in finished textile products.” Obviously this is not something we want to be putting our faces on evert night!

For those reasons I am getting myself this, a organic buckwheat pillow! There are different varieties, some better for side sleepers  like this one and others better for back sleepers like this one. The brand I bought mine from has a wide variation of different sizes from twin sized to king sized available on amazon.

Although they might be pricey, ranging from 35- 75$, they are well worth the investment. I love mine so far and think it will be great for the summer heat. Buckwheat pillows are great for those who get to hot while sleeping or experience hot flashes and night sweats. The pillow itself stays cooler than a normal cotton one.

Stay tuned for my next bedroom organic swap. I’m taking it bit by bit, I suggest if you want to improve your sleep and learn to relax you keep up with my organic sleep make over. It won’t just be the bed I’ll be making over!

Just curious, how much would you guys be willing to spend on an organic mattress?

Bite Me, With Love


Strengthening My Immune System

So I got some blood test results back today. And as usual I loved NERDING-OUT over them. One of the things I noticed, and actually from the past 3 rounds of blood tests I’ve had done, is that I have a low white blood cell count. And it’s been declining. The number has consistently gotten smaller.

Incase you don’t know, the amount of white blood cells can give a view into the health of your immune system. Having a few too little means my system might need a little reboot.  There are several things that can affect the health of your immune system. One being STRESS, which I have unfortunately been dealing with a lot lately. So I’m not all that surprised that I need to do a little work.

So what’s a girl with a weak immune system to do? Well for one REST! But luckily theres a few foodies, health goodies, and just plain old advice to help your girl out.

Boost Your Immunity

The Advice 

– Avoid sugar.  Sugar prevents white blood cells from being their strongest

– Get rid of unhealthy fats, like Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower oil. They work against creating a healthy immune system. 
Extra weight can also lower a person’s immune system, overweight individuals have a harder time fighting off infections. 
Stay hydrated, plus helps toxins leave the body and not excite the immune system
 Exercise is a great immune boosting tactic. But be careful, TOO MUCH can cause stress, leading to lowered immunity.
 SUPER IMPORTANT: Avoid stress and try to relax, maybe grab your fav book or fiddle around with some yoga poses.

Immunity Boosting Foodies

– Carrots and other red, yellow, orange, and dark-green leafy vegetables, its their BETA CAROTENE which makes them so great for immune system health!

HEALTH NERD FACT 1: Beta Carotene helps protect the immune system especially the thymus gland.


Your probably sick of hearing how much of a superfood KALE is but its great for your immune system, thanks to its high vitamin A content. 1 Cup of kale satisfies your daily requirement

HEALTH NERD FACT 2: Vitamin A is an AWESOME antioxidant that helps to fight cancer cells and increases the ability of antibodies to respond to invaders!

– Garlic

– Almonds

-Dark Grapes

-Chicken

Health Goodies or Supplements

–  NOW THIS IS INTERESTING … I need to try : “Oleander extract in herbal supplement form. One herbal oleander based supplement was 100% effective in a clinical trial of raising white blood cell counts in HIV/AIDS patients with extremely compromised immune systems.”

Astragalus root helps stimulate white blood cells and protects against invading organisms. It also enhances production of the important natural compound interferon to fight against viruses.

Zinc is necessary for white blood cell function and it acts as a catalyst in the immune system’s killer response to foreign bodies. I take my Zinc every morning.

Tip: Take zinc away from magnesium because the two minerals compete so one will get absor

Vitamin C is an immune enhancer that helps white blood cells perform at their peak and quickens the immune system response.

-Selenium is really important to the developement of white blood cells, luckily it’s included in my new iodine supplement.

Echinacea helps to stimulate the immune system, thanks to one of my favorite teas I should be on my way to a higher white blood cell count soon! Plus its great to have on hand incase you feel like your getting a cold.

A few other immune boosters are pau d arco ( my favorite for candida overgrowth), suma, medicinal mushrooms, beta glucans and aloe vera.

I hope you’ve learned a bunch about your immune system and now know how to protect yourself from your office’s next round of the snuffles.

Bite Me, With Love


Sardine and Brown Rice Summer Bowl

Surprise… SARDINES!! It’s not even a surprise anymore is it? I’m sorry I know my obsession is a little over the top but when you mix them with things you really forget that they are even in there. This recipe has a sort of asian feel with the coconut aminos, ginger, and cumin.

And, with inflammation bashing superstar turmeric, and side kick black pepper for increased absorption, your body will thank you the rest of the week.

If you REALLY HATE sardines, then swap them out for some organic chicken or black beans if you want to keep an all veggie vibe.

Warm rice bowl

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook brown rice according to packaging
  2. After about 20 minutes of the rice cooking, add in turmeric, ginger, tomato, pepper, and a little bit of salt.
  3. Cover and continue to let simmer until rice is cooked
  4. While waiting debone sardines and slice cucumbers
  5. Once rice is done, mix in cucumbers and coconut aminos and top with the sardines!

 


My Dog is Sick

Poor little fluffy guy, we all love our pets and hate to see them suffer. Thinking the best option is to whisk them off to the magical veterinarians office is common practice. I too have always gone to my vet and trusted her blindly when it came to the health of my pup. Obviously these past couple of years I have had a dramatic change, or I like to think of it as an UPGRADE, in my lifestyle. But along the way, I forgot about upgrading my furry companions lifestyle.

We always fed him the best food, and did switch to an organic brand over a year ago, but didn’t even think to change up his health care, until recently. The conventional vet failed us, of course not her fault, we can never know a dogs reaction to a medication, but I should have searched for my own answers. My dog, Murphy, was having lots of watery diarrhea, and just not feeling so hot. So I took him to the vet, they did a stool test, found out it was coccidia. A bacterial parasite that can cause a host of digestive issues in dogs. We can thank conventional medicine for stool testing, without it we wouldn’t have known his issue. But the problem began when he started his treatment medication.

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Like people, not all medication agrees with everyone, or every dog. The poor pup started getting seizures! The past few days he has been seizure free, after stopping the medication. Now still needed to treat his infection, I have found a whole host of other options, that I’m really excited to share!

Just like people, dogs respond to herbs, teas, tinctures, even probiotics! Through my research I found a few very viable options that will hopefully treat his infestation. It never even occurred to me to treat my dog with oregano oil for parasites or milk thistle for his liver. But now I know that there are safe products out there for dogs to also benefit from an organic lifestyle.

Check em’ out, I’ll be trying them later on this week.

Probiotics for the Pup: For digestive health and helps to boost immunity, especially after antibiotic use

Milk Thistle Supplements: Helps keep their livers healthy, and aid in detoxification

Natural Flea and Tick Defense: Conventional flea and tick meds are full of harsh chemicals that aren’t ideal for dogs, or humans!

Anti-Parasite and Worm Mixture: We all deworm our dogs, why not try a more natural option made with garlic, cloves, and other herbal powerhouses. This is what I’ll be using on my dog to get rid of his coccidia.

I hope your now thinking about detoxing your favorite furry friend’s medicine cabinet! Comment any other great natural remedies you use on your pup, I’d love some more ideas!

Bite Me, With Love


Bone Broth Cleanse

Blondie Blabbering

So I’m a little late this year with my spring cleaning, it is the end of May, but as the saying goes, better late than never. When I say cleaning I’m more referring to CLEANSING. Over the years not only do our closet fill up with things we no longer need, but so do our bodies. You really don’t need to keep that hat your ex gave you 3 Christmas’s ago … TOXIC.. no thanks, the same thing goes for our bodies. Toxins accumulate as we are exposed to more and more CHEMICALS on a daily basis and to help feel our best selves a good cleanse now and again is exactly whatcha need

You can cleanse with juices, you can cleanse with eating fresh veg or even just water for the crazies out there, thats a little to intense for my liking. I choose to cleanse with a nourishing BONE BROTH. Bone broth not only cleanse but it also strengthens your digestive system. Many of us have whats called leaky gut. If your a fan of Dr. Josh Axe, then I’m sure you’ve heard this topic mentioned in many of his talks. He actually has his own brand of bone broth and collagen which I’ve heard is pretty good. No offense to him but I still prefer to make my own… Independent AF.

What is the point of a bone broth cleanse?

If you haven’t heard Dr. Axe’s explaination, no worries.. here are the most important tid bits. 

  • Helps to Heal and Seal the Gut to prevent molecules from breaking through and reeking havoc, these leaked out molecules in some cases can be a root cause of autoimmune disorders!
  • Resets your Leptin Levels, as any fast would. Leptin is the hormone responsible for our SAIETY, when its out of whack its hard to listen to your bodies cues for hunger and fullness.
  • Clearer Mind, this is from my own personal experience, I find that after my bone broth cleanses I am able to think clearer and focus better
  • Feel in Control of Appetite, this goes along with reseting your leptin levels, I always feel like I am better able to ignore cravings and go about my day.
  • Healthier Hair, Skin, and Nails, thanks to increased collagen, the building block for all our beauty bits.
  • Better Nutrient Absorption, with a healthier gut lining comes the potential for the nutrients you get from the food you eat to be better absorbed!

 

How to Make

Get some ORGANIC chicken or beef bones, I prefer mine to still have some fat on them, so the broth is a little more hardy, add all the leafy green veggies, garlic, onions and herbs you desire. PLUS don’t for get the ACIDIC medium, such as Apple Cider Vinegar to help draw out the collagen, and minerals from the bones. Exact recipe and cleanse break down HERE

How do I Start?

You don’t want to just go all in bone broth cleanse mode if you’ve spend the past few months snacking on gluten free pretzels or cooking up your favorite pizza. You’ve got to take it slow. The body doesn’t like too much change too fast and it will get overwhelmed with all the extra toxins being released.

That said, you want to start with 3 days of clean eating, don’t eat anything that comes in a package and only shop on the outer rim of the grocery store. If you can avoid caffeine and dairy thats an even bigger plus! The next 3 days veggies only, you want to create an alkaline environment in the body. Then start up with your bone broth cleanse. It’s helpful if you start making your broth on day 2 of the veggie cleanse so you can make extra and theres enough time to really draw the collagen out.

How Long do I do this?

To get the HORMONE BALANCING benefits you want to go at least 72 hours ( 3 days) because thats how long it takes to reset hormone levels according to the research done by Sara Gottfried’s team. Check out her book on the hormone reset diet HERE.

If your feeling hungry add a 1 tsp of a organic HEALTHY FAT, I like olive oil, to the broth. This will help keep you energized. I stay under 3 Tbsp of fat per day on this portion of the cleanse.  I have done 4 days bur this time I decided to do 3 due to time constraints and I still feel as great after these 3 days as I did after 4.

Cheers to Health Babes

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Helpful Tips 

  1. Be gentle with yourself, don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t able to go to your favorite spin class because your too tired. Your body needs a break. Thats what these cleanses are for. Digestion gets a break, your muscles can get a break too.
  2. Add healthy fats to the broth if you are so hungry you just can’t take it
  3. Have some of your favorite teas and a little bit of green stevia. Sometimes its nice to have a little sweet taste. I recommend Milk Thistle Tea, as it helps liver function.
  4. Make a low key activity list, I’m sure you have some extra paperwork or emails to catch up, take this lower energy as a gift and do low key things that you wouldn’t do otherwise.
  5. Drink PLENTY of WATER, remember your detoxing, water will help flush out the toxins faster so they don’t just accumulate right back up!

Comment any questions below, I’d be happy to answer. I’m sooo passionate about this cleanse, I really feel like it was the final push my body needed to really help clear out my candida!

Bite Me, With Love