Ice Cream and Baking Soda…

…Two things I love! Of course, I prefer the taste of ice cream over the latter.

Sunday afternoon brought a visit to the Piggy Market, a store in Westboro that is chock full of wonderful things (including cute boys!) I was initially there to replace some ice cream that my husband and I ate while apartment sitting for our neighbours. Obviously, we bought some for ourselves. It’s Pascale’s ice cream – all natural – the most wonderful, delectable, fantastical ice cream I’ve ever tasted! We opted for Dark Chocolate Cashew, which is exactly what we got (ie: the ingredient list includes dark chocolate, cashews, cream…maybe something else but can’t remember what…but it’s something pronounceable.)

Anyhoo, we got home, cooked up a wicked veggie dinner and snuggled in to listen to our podcasts. Afterwards, I took our dog for a walk, and then came back into the house and headed straight for the ice cream. I remember standing in front of the freezer with my coat still on, thinking how good it would taste to nibble on some ice cream now and then have a bowl later on. I almost had my hands on a spoon when I stopped myself and talked my way out of the binge. Success! I ended up NOT pigging out directly from the freezer and instead drank a glass of water and waited 45 minutes before serving a proper dessert. It felt really good to have a healthier interaction with such a scrumptious treat! I must admit I am pretty proud of myself for that one. J

So where does the baking soda come in? Well, it came up a lot at the Green Cleaning Products Seminar I attended yesterday. I’ll admit I didn’t learn anything new from the workshop, but I was pleased to hear the word being spread about natural cleaning and body maintenance products, especially the simple ones such as vinegar and baking soda that are easily accessible and inexpensive.

I grew up in a household that didn’t use chemical cleaning agents, so I have my mom to thank for instilling the idea that you don’t need to buy a bunch of products that each have one purpose…and that pretty much everything you need to clean yourself and your dwelling can be found in your pantry. As an adult, I’ve come to try and live by the rule that ‘if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your body’ (or in your home for that matter). Our skin is the largest organ we have and anything you put on it gets absorbed into your system, so I feel it is important to be conscious of what it’s ‘drinking’.

The two best guidebooks for using everyday items like vinegar, honey, salt, baking soda and olive oil for cleaning and curing are “Clean Body” and “Clean Cures” by Michael Dejong (links below). The information is laid out in a very helpful manner and covers everything from basic guidelines to handy recipes that you can easily alter to suit your liking. One of my favorite recipes in “Clean Body” is the skin scrub: equal parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and salt, massage over your entire body. Simply divine! You can also add in essential oils where safe and desired.

Another food/spa treatment I like is avocados. Simply mash up an avocado and either use it as-is, or add some honey, plain yogurt, oatmeal, or egg whites. Rub the concoction on your face and massage through your hair. Let it sit for 10 minutes or for however long you’d like to relax. Yummy!

To include, I must mention the importance of intention when cleansing:  visualizing dirt, oil and dead cells being flushed from your body and replaced with fresh new cells feels very rejuvenating…so do cold showers!! Cold showers are super good for your skin and overall system. It sounds horrible and it feels horrible at first…but you get used to it and grow to love it.

Enjoy!!

Resources:

30 Day Challenge from one of my favorite websites: http://www.highexistence.com/30-challenges-for-30-days/

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