Natural Hangover Cures

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Life can get intense. Sometimes, you just have to let loose and party to deal with it.

Which means that partying happens, and when partying happens…. there is the inevitable hangover.
Hangovers suck. We all know that. If you haven’t experienced one, then you are either 1) a champion at hydrating post-drinking, 2) you have an iron stomach, or 3) you haven’t let loose enough.

Thankfully, you have me to help you nip those hangovers in the bud! Here are some natural ways to aid you in your coping journey:

Hydrate. Replenish lost electrolytes with coconut water. Alcohol is a diuretic – which means that you urinate more, which in turn means that your body passes a lot of magnesium and potassium whilst drinking. Drinking regular water will also help re-hydrate.
Potassium.
The potassium in bananas and spinach will also help replenish electrolytes. Try drinking a green smoothie first thing in the morning post-partying!
Banish Nausea.
Peppermint tea can ease stomach pain (indigestion) and nausea.
B Vitamins.
Replenishing your B Vitamins that were lost is an easy way to shorten the hangover period. It would also be wise to pick up a B Vitamin dis-solvable drink without additives or sweeteners at your local drug store and drink it before going out at night. Drink more after getting home at night and again the next morning, and you will be rearing and ready to go in no time.
Happy Friday loves! Enjoy your weekend; live it up. I have tickets to the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday and I’m SO EXCITED. I also still have to post pictures from last weekend, I know. It will happen soon, I promise.

Fresh Orange Juice

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Hi!

I’ve had a fabulous past couple of days that I can’t wait to tell you all about! However, that post is going to be a bit more time consuming, so be patient and hat will be popping up within the next few days.

To tide you over until then, I wanted to say that YOU are 100% capable of making fresh pressed orange juice in the comfort of your own kitchen — even without a juicer!

Here’s how:

Blend approximately 10 oranges (dependent on size, of course). Once blended, pour the mixture through a strainer; this removes most of the pulp. After strained, zoom the mixture once more in a blender with some ice cubes to create a tasty, nutritious and chilled drink! If you desire some extra sweetness due to more bitter oranges, add a bit of stevia, honey or agave to the fresh juice.

There you have it! Stay tuned for my adventure re-cap, but in the meantime, make yourself some fresh OJ!

Productivity, Initiated.

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Bonjour mes beaux amis!
How’s it hanging?

I’m doing my thank-the-stars dance because I’m feeling much better! All of my evil Lyme symptoms are close to being fully diminished. I want to say I’m 100% better, but I think that’s probably not the case considering I still have two and a half weeks to go on my medication. Whatever, as long as I feel better I’m counting it as a win!

About a month ago, I wrote this article on The Wonders Of Wheatgrass. Not to toot my own horn, but I think it was pretty decent. So much so that I actually posted it on my LinkedIn account as an article. I think I want to make this a habit – which is why I need to do some more scholarly pieces on here! Of course everything gets posted here first, because I adore you all. However, this boosts my street cred, if you catch my drift. I have high goals to be a mega-awesome-boss, so I better start making moves now.

Thus, give me ideas on what to write about! Ask me questions. Anything is a help. Beepbopbloop.

Anyway… check out this article that I found on LinkedIn. I’m going to do all of these things to once again, boost my street cred. I can confidently say that I either actively complete or have completed at least a few times numbers 1, 3 (rock climbing!), 4, 5, 6 and 9… which is a good start. Number 7 I am embarrassed that I haven’t done and I will definitely look into 10.

In case your link clicking fingers are broken, here are the ten things (but you should still read this for more in-depth info):

1) Socialize as much as possible.
2) Create a visual board of your career in 10 years.
3) Pick a “Summer of _____” theme.
4) Write a blog post.
5) Write another blog post.
6) Take up a new hobby to leverage the H3 Effect.
7) Unplug completely once/week.
8) Create a mantra for overcoming you biggest career obstacle.
9) Curate content two times/day at peak times.
10) Learn how to leverage virtual networking events.

Mer, okay. I need to go to bed now. I have work at 6am tomorrow. Tootles!

Dear Lyme Disease: You Suck

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Haiii There.

As you may have picked up from the title of my post, I have Lyme Disease :( So I guess all the terrible symptoms that I was feeling a few days ago weren’t just something to ride out. Actually, on Monday I felt like my body was slowly disintegrating and deteriorating – it was absolutely awful. This was my first rendez-vous with Lyme, and I never want to experience anything like that ever again; and I don’t want any of you to, either. I would only wish this kind of thing on extremely evil individuals who deserve such torture.

Like I said, I don’t want any of you to get Lyme, but let’s face it, ticks are small and sometimes entirely undetectable, so we can’t always stop them from biting. Especially if you live an active lifestyle such as myself, where you find yourself outdoors in the woods often.

So, just in case you start feeling a little wonky or actually find a tick on you (I never found the little bastard that did me in), I wanted to write down a list of the symptoms that I had, along with a picture of the rash that showed up on me. It wasn’t your typical bulls-eye rash that is so notorious, so I thought it would be beneficial for the future to see one that wasn’t stereotypical.

The Symptoms:
Headache. This was the first symptom (minus the baby spots, but I’ll get to that in a minute) that I had. It started off as a mild “Monday Headache” type of deal, with just a slight ache near my frontal lobes. It lasted for about a day, then it got progressively worse. The second day, it was harder to ignore. Whenever I was not standing completely vertical, my head would start to pound and my brain felt like it was pulsating inside my head – not a fun time. On the third and worse day, all hell broke loose. Whether I was standing, sitting or whatever, my head felt like it was about to explode. I couldn’t turn my head without having my eyes feel like they were going to pop out, and every little movement was accentuated tenfold via a headache.
*After taking the meds, the headache has subsided significantly, but there is still the occasional pounding if I move too quickly.

- Backache. The second symptom; it began shortly after the headache. At first, I thought that maybe I had slept weird the night before because it was only my lower back, but as the day continued the pain started to spread up my spine. I don’t know how many of you have every fallen off a horse before, but it felt like I had taken a really bad fall on my spine. It progressed almost as quickly as the headache, and by the second day I couldn’t bend over without wincing in pain. The pain got so bad that the only comfortable position for me was laying flat on my back in bed, and even then the small of my back wasn’t comfortable. Basically, I felt like I had the spinal cord of a 90-year old at the ripe age of 23.
*After taking the meds, the backache has entirely gone away. I can bend over, sit, stand and do just about anything else without any back pain. Hooray!

- Fatigue. This is sort of a no-brainer for any kind of sickness, but nonetheless it came with the package. My sleep patterns were terrible, and I pride myself on my sleeping skills. Normally, I can fall asleep and stay in deep slumber for a solid 8 hours, but with this disease I was waking up every 2 or 3 hours and couldn’t stay asleep past 6am. Obviously, due to the lack of sleep and overall deterioration of my body, I felt completely drained. I also moved a lot slower than normal.
*After taking the meds, and resting a TON (spending 12 hours in bed kind of rest), I feel rejuvenated. Thank the lord.

- Hot Flashes & Cold Sweats. These go hand-in-hand with the fatigue and sleeping issues. I had a hard time sleeping because my body couldn’t control it’s own internal temperature. I would sleep with the air-conditioner on and be comfortable one minute, then the next I was shivering and had to have sheets, a comforter AND a fleece blanket on, then the next time I would wake up, I would be covered in a nasty layer of sweat all over my body and would need to strip down to just my undergarments to be cool enough; then two seconds later I would be shivering again. This part was terrible, and it wasn’t just during the night (though that was the worst). Throughout the day, I would be constantly donning and shedding sweatshirts, it was a giant pain in the arse.
*After taking the meds, I have gotten much better at maintaining a good temperature. Last night I slept very well I am pleased to report. My body will still go from cold to hot sometimes, but not nearly as frequent.

- Other Aches & Pains. After the backache, the joints in my knees started to feel weak and I had a hard time bending them, which made moving around a bit of a drag. My neck also started to follow suit, and to make matters worse I would have a fever as well. The scariest part though was after I had already taken my first pill, these symptoms continued to progress. The symptom that freaked me out the most was that when I was sitting at AAA waiting to sign some documents, my jaw started to get sore and slightly numb, and I couldn’t open my mouth all of the way. I started to talk a little funky, and was close to the point where my words were almost slurring. Bell’s Palsy is a pretty dangerous symptom of Lyme disease where damage to the nerve in your face causes weakness or paralysis of the muscles, and if Lyme is left untreated one side of your face can completely droop and be rendered useless. So yeah, that was absolutely terrifying.
* After taking the meds, my face is free! No jaw pain whatsoever and my mouth is wide once again.

…. That’s a lot of symptoms, huh? I know it’s lengthy, but I wanted to be as specific as possible. The general public needs everyday accounts such as mine. I also happen to be in pretty tip-top shape — I actually just weighed myself and I am 130.6 pounds with 19.6% body fat, which puts me in the athletic category — so I am very in tune with my body and can hone in on specific issues pretty quickly; mostly because on a regular basis, I have no health issues to deal with.
I’m not trying to sound braggy, but if someone at my age (23) and in my healthy state can be so debilitated by this disease, it scares me to think how people who aren’t in peak form can be affected. Granted, they probably are not outside in the woods climbing rocks like I am, but ticks aren’t just in the woods. They are in the grasses at beaches, too, along with various other locations outside. Animals can be carriers, as well.

Now, I want to show you what the rash looked like. It did not start this large and evil, as a sidenote. It began as a few red dots that I assumed were either mosquito bites or poison ivy, but after a few days the dots turned into this. Not something to joke about.
After being on the medication for two full days, the rash has definitely diminished, but it is still there. However, I took pictures when it was at its peak before any help from drugs, so just be aware that it is pretty intense. Also, it is near my boobs, and although I don’t actually flash you, there’s a bit of skin up for show. Uhh… you’re welcome?

Rash 1

You can see how red and angry it looks here. It was pretty itchy, but when scratched it burned with a white hot intensity akin to 1,000 suns. It also generated a LOT of heat; I could feel it through sweatshirts.

Rash 2

This is a prime example that a bulls-eye does not have to be by the book. As you can see, there is a lighter ring around the outside of the rash, with a lighter inner area as well, both broken up by a dark red rash.

Well, there you go, kiddies. I have to work for a few hours tonight, so I’m going to go back into my room/cave and muster up some more energy before that time comes. Stay safe and please, put on tick spray and/or stay covered when outside in the woods! I know that may not be fun, but believe me, this is way less fun.

Peace and Love as always xxoo

Save Water This Summer

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Hey there, beautiful people.

Two exciting things: First off, 5 people liked my last post, which is well, totally awesome. That put a big Texas smile on my face (and I’ve never even been to Texas, so that’s saying something), and I hope that I can continue to create things that you all enjoy reading! Secondly, this is my 200th post!! Good things are happening.

For the record, it’s 6:30am and I don’t have to be in work until 9… erg. I’ve been sleeping pretty terribly lately, and one of the few times I don’t have to be in work early, I can’t sleep past 6. Uncool. I don’t know what I did to my body lately, but it’s just not happy with me. My head is pounding, my back feels like it’s been continuously run over my Mack trucks and I just can’t get comfortable at night. Helpppp. I’m hoping I can just ride it out; maybe it’ll only last the length of my crimson wave (if you don’t get the reference, don’t worry about it).

Anyway, to the point of my post. I was helping Max clean out and organize his car the other day — well, I basically did it all; Max stood there and moved things when I told him to, but that’s irrelevant. I found this fun little circle thing that gave tips on how to save water during the summer, and it was so awesome that I wanted to share it with all of your lovely people. You just never know what you may find in a boys car.

Save Water This Summer
My picture-taking skills aren’t exactly top notch, so to spare your eyes I’m just going to type out what they all are.

Save Water This Summer

1. Use towels and linens more than once. Save 17 gallons per occupied room per day.
2. Turn off the tap. Save 2 to 4 gallons per minute.
3. Run a full load of dishes. Save 4 to 6 gallons per cycle.
4. Take a shorter shower. Save 2 to 2.5 gallons per minute.
5. Run a full load of laundry. Save 20 to 40 gallons per load.
6. Don’t water if it rains. Only 1″ per week is needed for a healthy lawn.
7. Scrape, don’t rinse dishes. Save up to 20 gallons.
8. Fix or report leaks and drips. Save 36 to 180 gallons per day.

… good stuff right?? I hope you think so! I’m going to go shower (and hopefully save at least 5 gallons in water usage), but please try and utilize some of these tips. Using towels more than once is huge, and so easy to do. As long as you aren’t mega-stinky, anyway. Our earth could really use our help in the whole saving it department.

Live Long & Prosper (I watched two Star Trek movies last night, I had to sneak the nerdiness in)!

Look Pretty When You Go

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Howdy Darlings!

Just saying a quick hello – it’s member appreciation day today at LA Fitness… and considering The Power Bar is located within, we’re sort of obligated to participate. Which means we have killer deals, and that we get super busy, which in turn means that I basically have to work all day today. Woop (not).

I did however have Saturday off, which was nice. I’ve been eating a lot of good food with Max lately and spending a bunch of time outside in the sunshine, so life is good. I’ve got no complaints – hope you all are doing just as well!

To tide you over until I can actually create a nice original post, here’s an artist who honored dead animals by making them pretty death beds. I want to lie on a bed this nice when I finally kick the bucket, fyi.

Russian photographer Maria Ionova-Gribina’s unique but morbid Natura Morta project lets us look into the saddest part of nature’s cycle – death. In these beautiful photographs, the animals look like they’re sleeping peacefully, with birds dreaming of flight and rabbits of running. The photographer reveals how this idea of honoring dead animals came to her:

“When me and my brother found a dead mole, bird or bug we buried them on the border of a forest. And we decorated the grave with flowers and stones.” She decided to continue the tradition while also taking beautiful photographs of animals that died naturally or after accidents with cars. The flowers used in these photos were gathered near the animals and in the photographer’s  garden.

Source: Website (h/t: thisisnthappiness)

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