Saturday, June 28, 2014

Egg shell membrane

                              Five Natural Healing Benefits

      Who would have thought that the thin layer of skin in a egg shell has healing power? Before you place that egg shell in the trash read about these 5 uses for egg shell membrane (the thin lining in the shell). A few days ago I was bitten by a spider. At first site the bite mark resembled a pimple. It wasn't until it became very hard, red and painful that I realize what it truly was. My boyfriend advised me to put egg shell membrane on the bite to heal  and dislodge what I assumed was a pimple. He told me to crack the egg, remove the thin lining and place it (wet side down) on the infected area until it dries. I did this right before bed with prayers that it would stop the pain of this bite. The next morning not only was the pain gone but so was the swelling and redness. I decided to do a little research and find out what other healing powers egg shell membrane had. I will now think twice before I throw my egg shells away.
  1. SPIDER/ INSECT BITES: Egg shell membranes will soften the infected area, eliminate the pain and get rid of the redness and inflammation. Apply it to the infect area until it is dry. If your condition does not improve or worsen in 24 hours please visit a doctor.
  2. BLACKHEADS/PIMPLES: Egg shell membranes help to clear up minor acne as well. for blackheads it work similar to Biore strips. Place it on the blackhead and when It dry slowly peel back the lining pulling the blackhead out. For pimples place lining on infect area and remove when dry. The next day your pimple should be smaller or gone. Continue use until the pimple is completely gone.
  3. BOILS: Egg shell membranes are great for dislodging boils. place on boil until the lining harden, then remove. This will soften the boil over time. Keep reapplying until boil is dislodged.
  4. CUTS AND SCRATCHES: Egg shell membranes promote healing in cuts and scratches. Place the lining on the cut and place a bandage on top. Not only will it heal your cut, it will also lessen your chance of having a scar.
  5.  JOINT PAIN: If you have a aching back or knees? Egg shell membranes have been used by athletes for years to help with joint pain. Taken in supplement form it can eliminate joint pain in a few weeks.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor nor am I a medical expert. Please research or consult your doctor for more information.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

12 week clean eating journey

                                       JOURNEY WEEK 2

     Week one went by pretty quickly and I must say although I'm taking baby steps, it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Before I go into Week 2 lets recap week one and how I did on each step.
  • Organizing my cabinets and slowly getting rid of all unhealthy foods. This part of the task was surprisingly easy for me. I didn't have too me unhealthy snacks to get rid if. When it was all said and done I had some fresh baked cookies (that went pretty fast lol) and pop tarts which I don't eat. I love the end results and it was really easy to maintain.

  • Drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water. The first 2 days did not go well. I drank two 20 oz bottles of water and I quickly found myself cheating with my strawberry lemonade or iced tea. On the third day I began to feel bad about not being more disciplined. I found it easier to fill my 28 oz  GNC cup twice a day and that worked out better for me vs drinking 8 glasses of water. I drank one eight ounce glass before bed.


  • Pack my lunch. This was the hardest one to follow. I started off very strong taking home made meals and fresh fruit, along with two bottles of water with me daily. As the week went on I started making excuses "I don't have time" "I need to go to the market" or "I'm running late. To fix these issues I will shop for my lunch at the beginning of the week and pack it at night.



  • NO FAST FOOD: This truly needs no explanation. Not only is fast food filled with preservatives, it is also filled with a ton of calories. It is recommended that you consume between 1500-2000 calories a day. One meal at your favorite fast food restaurant can be anywhere between 700-1200 calories. If you consume one fast food meal, two additional meals, 2 snacks and a few sugary drinks you can easily consume 3x the amount that you're suppose to eat daily

  • FRUITS AND VEGGIES: I will eat 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I will also try new fruits and vegetables. If I don't like the taste of the fruit or vegetable I will blend it in a smoothie. Blending it of juicing it with other fruits that I like will allow me to benefit from the nutrients of the fruits and vegetable with dealing with the unwanted taste.

  • CLEANSING: I will be doing a cleanse this week. I will cleanse my colon using a super colon cleanse. I will eliminate sugar, caffeine, and have very little salt intake. I will also be drinking a glass of dandelion tea every night. This tea is great for purifying blood, aids in digest, and improves liver, kidneys and pancreas amongst many other benefits.


     They say that it takes 22 days to create a habit but how long does it take to BREAK a habit? For the last year I have been going back and forth with eating healthy and unhealthy. I have tried it all from fruit/veggie detox to being a vegetarian for a few weeks. I would always start off strong but after a few weeks of healthy eating I would tell myself I deserve a treat and well.............(you get the point). I could never figure out why I could not stay focused. I continually made excuses for my bad eating habits and the not so smart purchases were being made at the supermarket. I would make excuses for myself like  "The kids need these cookies for their lunch" or "One sugary drink won't hurt". The problem with those theories are that I always end up eating the cookies and one sugary drink quickly turn into 3 or 4. I'm not sure of where this 12 week clean eating journey will take me but I am hoping that it will help me create better eating habits for me and my family.
     I chose to do a 12 week journey because I realized that making so many changes at once only made me crave the unhealthy foods more. I am hoping that by making a few small changes each week, I will create better habits and stick to them. Every Monday I will post the steps I will take that week to create better eating habits on this journey. I will be sharing any delicious healthy recipes I discover along the way.  Updates will be posted on how I did on the previous week. Please join me on becoming healthier. This journey will start Monday June 2, 2014 and will end on August 25, 2014.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a fitness expert. This is my personal journey to having a healthier lifestyle. I do not claim to know everything about fitness and health. Please consult your doctor before starting any fitness/exercise plan.
Week 1
  • CLEANING OUT MY CABINETS: The first step to a healthy eating habit is to fill your cabinets with healthy foods. I will not be replacing any sugary snacks. I am not telling you to throw anything away. Lets face it, food is expensive! I intend to use all food items in my cabinets, however once it is gone I will replace it with healthier snack alternatives.

  • WATER: I will drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water. The easiest way to do this is to drink a glass first thing in the morning, a glass before and after each meal and a glass before you go to bed. I am hoping that it will keep me hydrated and help to curve my cravings for ice tea and Wendy's strawberry lemonade. djm ! If I do have a craving for a sweet drink I will try Mios or herbal tea with honey. I am going to try to do without the Mios and tea though :)

  • PACKING MY LUNCH: To avoid making impulse purchases at the vending machines at work, I will be packing my lunch.

If you are taking this journey with me thank you and good luck. Please subscribe to be updated each week on this clean eating journey. If you have any tips or great recipes please feel free to comment below.