You are awesome. You might not realize it yet, but it’s true.
How can we possibly know? Because we’ve seen – and experienced ourselves – the potential we all hold inside to achieve the life we dream of and deserve.
Inside of you, right now, lies all you need to fully embrace life and move forward with purpose. So why settle for the ordinary when so much more is within reach? Here are a few things you can do right now to help reveal the "awesomeness" that is within you.
  • Set aside time for yourself, away from the craziness of life, and act on it. Think about it for a moment: What would you do if you knew for sure anything was possible? Where in the 7 F's of Oola – fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends and fun – do you need more balance and growth? Write down a goal and the steps you can take to make it happen. Put on your superhero cape and become the person God uniquely created you to be.
  • Do one thing that will bring you closer to your OolaLife. Successfully achieving a goal has a way of restoring belief in ourself and motivates us to succeed again. It’s like a domino effect. The pieces falling into place as we recognize our potential and face the doubts that kept it captive. Move forward with purpose and look back with gratitude. As Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, so perfectly put it, you’re living the OolaLife.
  • As you grow in your OolaLife, you’re sure to notice the unrealized potential in others around you. A few kind words, an attitude of gratitude or simply leading by example, have the power to encourage those around you to embrace positive change. Who knows what they might achieve with your inspiration? A better “you”, makes a better family, a better community, and ultimately a better world.
Source: Oola

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You Sanitize Your Hands and Surfaces... But What About Your Produce??

2020 probably should be dubbed the year of sanitizer, don't you think?

In the midst of toilet paper runs and Y2K 2.0 prepping, I considered for a moment how produce is handled. If we're so diligent in washing our hands and cleaning surfaces, what about produce? 

I was raised that a simple rub under the water was all produce needed to be cleaned, but if that isn't the way we wash our hands, then why is that the way we wash our produce?

So what are you supposed to do? Using popular surface cleaners isn't a good idea (not that we keep those in our house) as they tend to have a poison control number on them. Probably shouldn't ingest that!

We use this fruit and veggie soak that uses plants to clean my plants in a way that's healthy for my family and gives us a touch of immune system boosting! It's super easy and I keep it by the sink for an easy grab when we get home with our groceries, just a capful in some cold water and soak for a minute or so. After the produce is dry, we put it in clean containers and into the fridge produce drawer for easy grabbing!

Prewashing your produce also gives you a better chance of eating your produce rather than finding your good intentions growing a new ecosystem in the bottom drawer of your fridge sometime in the future... Another tip, keep the produce you intend to snack on or put in lunches where you can see them (i.e., probably not the bottom drawer, I use that drawer for cheese and meat) to increase your chances of eating them!

Want to know more about why you should wash your produce, check out this fun and horrifying article from Mashable!

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In The Pits... Armpits that is

A couple of years ago I made the switch from a popular deodorant commonly seen in commercials and readily available in every grocery store and pharmacy across the US to a natural, plant-based deodorant. You have to understand, this was a brand I had been loyal to since I was a teenager, yet I didn't think twice about kicking to the curb when I learned the adverse effects of what was in its ingredients and the damage they could potential cause.

With up to 95% of cancer being environmental, it makes sense that we should consider what's in our environment that could be contributing to this statistic. While we can't control everything, we can control what's in our homes and what goes on our bodies.

Detoxing our homes isn't hard... detoxing your armpits though...

Expect some uncomfortable adjustments!

I wasn't aware of this "detox period" when I made the switch and it wasn't until I was leaving a friend's house that I realized what was happening and all I could do was pray she didn't notice! Eww!

There's tons of information out there on the science, so I won't bore you. Here's the gist of it:

Bacteria resides in your armpits (as does the rest of your body and you need a lot of it, so don't go washing yourself with antibacterial soap, that's just not necessary) and it's perfectly normal and natural for it to be there. When using conventional deodorant, this bacteria doesn't work like it was designed to. When you make the switch to natural deodorant, this bacteria goes through an adjustment period as it's turned loose to go back to it's normal function.

Here's how I view it... you ever have a dog or pet that has to be kenneled or put in a room for a little while? If your pets are like my dogs, they pretty much stay quiet. Then they're released and it's like FREEDOM!!! And they go crazy all over the house! Sometime later, they get it out of their system and they're back to their mellow selves.

This is how this bacteria acts... it goes crazy and comes with a certain scent that's pretty unpleasant. This can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Mine lasted about two weeks.

So how do we shorten this "detox period"? Let's face it... no one wants to stink!

Easy, bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar with the mother.
1 tbsp of benonite clay
1-3 tsp water
Mix in a glass bowl until its a smooth paste and then apply to armpits (do not mix with a metal spoon or metal bowl). Let it dry for about 5-10 minutes (your skin may feel tight) and then rinse off. Repeat once or twice a week as needed.

So here's the next question I hear that people also hesitate to ask... "I've made the switch and I don't really want to go back, but I still have some stink from time to time that I don't like. What do I do?"

That's a great question! Your body is exposed to toxins every day so you may be detoxing through your armpits (which is kind of what they were designed to do along with sweating). Here's some tips:
  • Drink lots of water (half your weight in ounces)
  • Avoid stimulant drinks like coffee (haha)
  • Take detox baths (epsom salt, baking soda and essential oils, click here for my time and time again tested favorites!)
  • Let your pits breath some air!
  • Make a 1:1 apple cider vinegar and water spray (I added lavender, tea tree and peppermint essential oils, check out why they're my fave here) to help calm the scent in there... bonus: it's great for breastfeeding moms who might be experiencing some scent issues due to breastfeeding
  • Avoid putting on deodorant immediately after shaving
Here are some other tips to limit the toxins you're exposed to:
There's lots of natural deodorants on the market these days, which is exciting because I see it as people are starting to get the picture. They're demanding better ingredients! Unfortunately, many products marketed as green or plant-based still have a lot of not so nice ingredients... this is called greenwashing and it is deceptive marketing practices to make you think you're getting a safer version than you really are. In many cases, they're actually worse! This is why I stick to one brand for all of my household and personal care products and that's why I only use this deodorant or (gasp) even this toothpaste as my deodorant! I know I can trust their products to have the highest quality ingredients, which means I don't have to spend hours researching all the different ingredients out there! I mean, really, who has time for that?!?

So how about you? Are you in to clean up those pits and maybe even more?!

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