I can hear it now... we don't need these products. We just need to live with nothing extra, create no Waste and just be.
And I respect your point of view. Great job and I am so happy that you have found your calling. May you be blessed in that and it make you forever happy!
That being said, most of these ingredients I have around my house anyway, bought in bulk and with no added packaging. Heck, it's a great way to avoid wasting if some of these ingredients are going to go stale! AND, we attract more bees with honey than vinegar. Not everyone wants to give up all fun things. I know I lust after certain green-washed bath products. So, best we can do is educate people on avoiding those products that are fake-making their way to the banks. We can do that by showing people it's possible to making their own!
The Smart Kids love these! We ALWAYS have a bath fun product ready to go. No joke, always. It just makes boring old bath time FUN. What is life without some fun?
I have some serious bath jello lusting but I do NOT lust for gel of animals ANY WHERE NEAR ME. No no no. Yuck. And guess what? Collagen in gelatin has too big of a molecular structure to sink into our skin. Even eating it is highly debatable as to whether it even makes it through the digestive system in tact enough to do anything. Best way to increase collagen in skin is by not destroying it via sun damage and keeping moisture levels high, in my honest opinion.
Here is my vegan bath jel recipe!
Vegan Bath Jel:
- 1 package of powdered pectin (or the equivalent of agar agar plus 2 tsp)
-2 Tbsp of pink Himalayan salt. Any salt will do.
1/4 cup of boiling water (can use herbal infused!)
-1/6 cup of high lather LIQUID soap (my homemade coconut oil soap is SUPER bubbly! Plus I rinse it off, so no, coconut oil does not sit on my skin...)
-Essential oils, I said it once and I'll say it until I die. Ready? Highly diluted!!!! Always allergy test ANY OF THESE THINGS And research. Essential oils are very strong, you don't drink them, you don't put them straight on your skin. Just don't.
-Pigments! I used mica pigments. I'm not a fan of food color or discolored skin. Mica doesn't stain, plain mica is shimmery too. I love me some shimmer. I also used zinc oxide (for white) and activated charcoal (for black). Let your mind go crazy!
Boil your water and while that's going, add your pectin and salt, only! Just to make sure they dissolve fully. With colorants, you may miss it.
Add your colorants and scent next. Then, last but not least add your soap. Just to avoid over stirring and ruining the soapyness later on.
Store in the fridge for 3 hours to overnight. TADA!
If these come out too hard, your air may be really dry. You can remelt and add more water.
Pop in the fridge for 1-3 days.
If they aren't solid, your humitity level may be high. Reheat and add more pectin or a clay to thicken it up maybe.
Next is Bath Dough
The Smart Kids love play dough. They love making it, they love creating with it. This was a no brainer and so easy.
Vegan Bath Dough:
-1 cup of arrowroot
-1/3-1/2 cup of high lather LIQUID soap
- Essential oils of choice
- Extra: can add clay! As those can be a bit drying, I would also add some oils. Just wash hair before adding oil to water!
Jusr dump and mix! Start with less liquid soap and go up until you get a good consistency.
I will warn you against using flour. It can easily get stuck in hair, drains and whatnots. I haven't done it but I am baking on the daily, so I'm familiar with flour and it's ornery nature.
Refrigerate what you don't use for 1-2 days. Don't risk it going bad!
That's that! Buy in bulk and save HUGE for yourself and the planet! I know I already use all of this at least once a week. I even make my own liquid pectin but that wouldnt work well in the Jel.
So, give them a shot and come back for more DIY recipes!
Love and it's not a waste if it's zero waste!
The Smart Girl in Pants
I love my car. I absolutely hate driving but I love my car. I love working on cars with The Smart Guy in Pants. I'm the car whisperer. I know cars. I know car issues. Smart Guy is the muscle, he fixes cars.
The only car we haven't managed to fix are abused or old poor little vehicles. Owners have to take SOME responsibility for their own vehicles, ask any mechanic. If you buy used parts, expect used part life span. So technically, we still fixed it and it ran like a dream for the short time those parts lasted.
Anyway, post rant, I respect my car, treat it like it's my baby. I like having a clean car just like I like caring for my family and pets. With anxiety, nothing is worse than clutter and chaos. I can't handle it. I like clean, I like good smells. Granted, living down in BFE, my exterior isn't always spotless but I can assure you the inside is spotless and organized.
Aka where the DIY car air freshener tests come in.
WHAT IS A SMART GIRL TO DO?!
Make my own, of course. I'll be using the same scent on each and give them two days to really prove their worth.
I ended up trying several ideas.
First. Potpourri bags. I'll be doing one with dried lavender and one with cedar wood shavings. Ya know... coffee would work if you really love coffee. Lavender, cedarwood and coffee beans!
Second, simple Cardboard. Perfect way to upcycle but will it hold it's shape and scent very long?
Third, wood slice. My favorite, from an esthetic stand point. I think it will work amazing. We have loads of dead tree branches to use out here! So I'm excited about this one. Maybe even carving something super cute in it!
Fourth, baking soda jar. I really have my doubts about this one. I use scented baking soda in the fridge. My fridge is super clean and has NO SCENT. Aka the issue. One would think the EO scent would at least come through... maybe it did for the first day? I change it every week, just to be sure. Only scent I get is on the daily when I swipe and clean it. Then again, No smell is better than bad, right?
I will be putting one in the back seat, hanging. I don't hang anything from rear view mirror, just personal preference. I don't put any stickers on any of my babies either, again, not my thing.
The one I currently have scents the entire car. Every time I get in, I enjoy a wonderful strong scent. That's what I want. Just less wasteful.
The scent solution was the tricky part. Getting a strong scent, long lasting and easy to apply myself when it began to wane. Anyone can slap essential oils on and say it's good. But why waste valuable oils to scent the car with and it only last ONE DAY?!
The trick here is knowing scent. What lasts, what doesn't. What's strong and what's not. I love using resins to really keep the scent going. Diluted with essential oils makes them easy to use, thins them out. I'm talking actual resinoids, not resin based essential oils (like frank). Labdanum resinoid is my go to base. Resinoids are thick and heavy scented. I also love dragons blood, frank and myrrh resinoids.
Perfect for fall with vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Easily dressed up with florals such as Jasmine, lavender and rose for spring scents. Jazz it up with lime, vanilla and mint for an awesome summer scent. Perfectly paired with pine, vanilla and cedarwood with a dash of peppermint for a nice, crisp winter scent. I really love my secret signature scents like rainy day, old book and book shoppe. Maybe one day if we become close enough friends, I'll give you those.
Each resinoid has a different scent, just as each essential oil has a different scent.
I will be using labdanum, Cinnamon, vanilla, Jasmine, clove, allspice and cedar wood. Fall scents are calling my name!
Baking Soda jar:
I had some Bicarbonate soda that was on the old side so I figured why not.
This is NOT the ideal car freshener. Nope. Messy, little to no scent throw and requires FAR to much of a valuable essential oil to make a good scent come through. Granted, less powder means less oils used. I just put this in my fridge. In a small area, grand. In my car? Pass.
Y'all know I was all about this one! I was semi happy with the results. I does absorb a TON of oil, right off. Less scent pay off immediately compared to others BUT it was a longer scent before I had to re-fuel it. Easy to recharge. Only issue? I was worried about WHERE to put it! I CAN NOT STAND ANY TYPE OF REAR VIEW MIRROR DECOR. Not in any situatuon. But I didn't want to hang it in the back. Cardboard ones have swung off and landed in seats. Really didn't want to put this in there and boop someone on the noggin.
Like it alright.
It did have a good scent throw. Even absorbed enough oils to make a good smell but not as much as the wood slice. So that's super nice.
Warped and looked funny so it's not long term usable until it starts just falling apart but it's a good way to reuse cardboard. It can still go into the compost bin too!
Satchel One: Lavender Buds
LOVE IT. Only issue, it takes a bit of herb to fill and requires a bit of essential oil to scent. Almost as same as the wood slice. But it's pretty! Also won't hurt anyone if it flies off the hook in my car!
Only issue... is the lavender. The scent I chose isn't lavender based. I can smell the lavender, heavily, which is NOT bad. It's just not complimentary with my fall, warm scent.
Satchel Two: Cedar wood dust
I had cedarwood dust. Shavings would have been my preference, to be honest. I love the smell of them anyway! Shavings seem to hold their cedar scent longer. This complimented my fall scent SO PERFECT. The dust was a mess though and took quite a bit of oils to scent. Next time, shavings all the way. Just have to find a wood yard around me that has those.
LOVED AND MY FAVORITE.
Fifth and final: Coffee Satchel
I have this AMAZING coffee from a local that's organic and rain forest alliance. It's also about 3years old... I know. I was using it in soap making and forgot! It was so precious I didn't want to waste it! Now, I have a way to use it.
Okay, this one is grand. Not joking. I love coffee though. It blended well with my essential oil choice, lasted a long time and SMELT LIKE COFFEE AMAZING.
Biggest down fall, I craved coffee. Bad. Real bad. Lucky my Pumpkin Butter made a REAL nice pumpkin latte because thanks to my oil blend, I wanted fall coffee.
Done and done!
Kinda sad my favorite wasn't the big winner but it wasn't bad! None of these were bad and it's all about personal preference. I was looking for an air freshener that lasted long, wasn't a hazard (didn't even think about that before I started this but wow, important one) and didn't require TONS of my oils to actually pay off.
Being zero waste isn't about having nothing or being a total minimalist. Quite the opposite. Especially the minimalist part, imo, I horde jars, herbs, plants, fabrics... I could keep going but I will save myself a shred of dignity. If it no longer has a use, I donate it or compost it. That idea is more from this cleaning system I follow and nothing to do with going zero waste.
What I'm trying to explain is, you don't have to have nothing to be zero Waste. Just use the things that would normally be trash and don't participate in buying plastic or one time use products. It's that easy. I wanted a fresh smelling car because I LOVE IT. I didn't have to used any store bought things to get what I wanted.
Finding a way to have things that bring you joy and creating no added waste, or zero waste, in the process is the key. Anyone can do it! Don't let anyone freak you out with expensive things you have to get or huge life changes. Even little changes make a huge difference and makes you just plain amazing in my eyes!
SO, love and I'm literally blogging this from my Fresh car (don't worry, I'm parked. Never text and drive.),
The Smart Girl in Pants
Sick season is coming!
Despite what we were told as children, the cold doesn't not give you a cold. It's probably being stuck inside breathing germ-air, touching germ covered surfaces or in close proximity to an infected person that does.
Hand sanitizer has has been given a horrible rep recently! And for good reason. It's absolutely over used. Let me state this now, if hand washing is an option take it. Wash hands over using any hand sanitizer. Bars of soap may hold bacteria on the surface but guess what? So do soap bottles and sink handles, you wash it off. Aka the point of washing your hands. Just don't touch the bar of soap or soap container after washing and you are golden.
I LAUGHED SO HARD at those automatic soap dispenser commericials! 'OH NO! Don't touch that germ covered bottle! How EVER will you get those germs off?!' Hmm... idk... by washing hands, maybe? More proof of companies telling you that you need something that you really do not. If you touch the soap and it's got germs, wash your hands! That was the purpose of touching the soap anyway! If your hands are gross, wash the soap too! I do even if my soap is NOT gross! I even wash my fox soap dispenser. Don't hate the fox. Anyway, cleaning is part of life. Even soap dispensers get dusty, may as well wash it while I wash my hands.
Hand sanitizer is meant to be a quick fix until you can get to a sink! That's all! It's not even guaranteed to KILL germs! Just to give you time to wash the germs off of your body and decrease the risk of those germs coming into contact with mucus membranes and spreading into your system.
I wouldn't call myself a germaphobe but I can say I know enough about germs that I do carry hand sanitizer with me at all times. In a blog, I did dish test on supposedly antibacterial items. My hand sanitizer was one of them and the results were in it's favor.
Here is my recipe:
-Vodka, higher proof the better, 1 cup (you can infuse the vodka with herbs like lavender if you like)
-Shea butter, 1/4 cup
-Essential oils (I used lemon, cinnamon, spikenard, oregano, thyme, tea tree and rosemary)
Melt your shea butter and whip into the vodka. This is your moisturizer. Vodka is very dehydrating and the worst thing for skin is dehydration.
Once shea is warm, not hot, add In your essential oils. I used 3-4 drops for this entire recipe. I blend my oils together first and used 3-4 drops. That's it. More and you risk sensitizing your skin to the plant matter. Which will lead to reactions later.
Continue whipping until it's blended. Feel free to add any preservatives at this point if you like. I love grapefruit seed extract.
I love making this as gifts WITH a label and tag!
Love and avoiding the cold, hopefully.
The Smart Girl in Pants
Store in glass jars and toss out once signs of deterioration become apparent. I find it lasts me upwards of 6 months when unexposed to germs and bacteria (don't get it out with your fingers!).
Do not ingest. Do not get into eyes or any other mucus menbrane. This is not meant to be your only form of illness prevention or germ killing and no hand sanitizer kills 100% of germs, bacteria or viruses. This is a temporary and rarely used product until you can wash your hands with actual soap for the recommended time to remove germs and bacteria. This is NOT meant to sanitize food, serving dishes or utensils. This does not replace washing hands with soap and water.
Ah. Halloween. Samhain. All Hallows' Eve. Whatever you like to call it, I love it.
Why? It's fall. You go about at night and get CANDY. Seriously. It doesn't get any better, oh wait... yes it does. You get to play dress up, and lemme tell ya, I do. Something about the air on Halloween night is so exhilarating! We say we will only trick or treat a few hours... next thing we know, we are a few of the last stragglers looking for a porch light. So sad to take off that costume!
To us, it's not all about the candy. We just get caught up in the excitement in the air!
Zero waste and consumer holidays aren't really a hand-in-hand friendship. Nah, more like evil-eye frienemies, talking smack on the other and sabotaging all the other aims to accomplish.
This Halloween and less waste Blog won't be about ruining all our fun OR crafts that take HOURS to do. Nah nah. Here, it's not about this idea of perfection. Rather, how to make zero waste literally part of your life, celebrations and all.
Repurpose, reuse, borrow and buy second hand.
Everything you possibly can. I'm in charge of SEVERAL Halloween parties this year, so not only does this help stretch my dollar but it also helps cut down on the waste.
Check eBay! These are people reselling items they no longer want or need. Garage sale all year long. Be careful on pricing though! Some are sold as collectors items and not in collector shape. Some are targeted to people shopping out of season, which online does not equal cheap.
I got all my decorations second hand and can use them over and over. Cool glasses for drinks, fabric table cloths, lights, I can keep going.
Borrowing black or orange cloth from a friend, dishes, all that. Caters can bring things as well! That's just reusing someone else's saved things and 100% allowed. Just be sure to tell caters you appreciate NO ONE TIME USE items and NO PLASTIC.
Use what is around you! We have acorns like mad. Gords we grow on accident ever since the first round got out of it's area. Pumpkins. Growing your own can be SO AMAZING. It's a bit late in the season for that, but farmers markets are just gearing up for it!
Jack o' lanterns are a staple! Plus, you can scoop the actual pumpkin to make pumpkin butter (like I have here http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/alkaline-pumpkin-butter-crock-pot-recipe ) and pumpkin pie! I even save a jar of homemade, from scratch pumpkin purée for my coffee and tea in the morning, not to mention pumpkin smoothies! So so so good.
This also applies to costumes! We bought the most ADORABLE Pokémon themed sleepers from a lady who's child grew out. Yes, I had to replace snaps and sew a bit. But reusing is winning! We STILL use those to this day as the most comfortable pajamas and costume play time!
My suggestion when buying used costumes is to make sure it is quality work and fabrics. The really cheap fabrics most costumes are made of will not last long. Not at all. It rips, it gets thin quickly and it is just bleh.
When buying new costumes, feel inspired to make your own! I am making one this year from seperate clothing items that can be worn all year. A skirt shirt combo, leggings, gloves. All bought second hand and can be used as daily clothes! Not only did I create a costume of Pantaloons imagination (there was literally no costume of this ANYWHERE TO BE FOUND) but I saved some SERIOUS dough! Putting that in our overseas trip fund, yesiam.
Make your own, from decor to favors. What you can't make, buy from good companies!
I know, I Know. I said no projects that take forever and I meant it. As much as I love the look of those leaf roses, those take FOREVER and quite a bit of hot glue as well. Nah thanks.
The Mirgaine spray pictured above is NOT MADE BY ME. It is, however, my favorite product. It works so well! Check my blog for my story: http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/migraine-magick-review-does-it-work-and-how-well
but really, I love it. There are PLENTY of sellers all over with zero Waste options that are more than willing to work with customers. I would LOVE to give away Migraine Magick as a parting gift!
For my adult gifts at the party, I made a bulk batch of hand sanitizers, body lotions and room sprays. All deliciously fall scented. Those were a HUGE hit the last few years! I made them in stainless steel and glass containers and many of the recipients say they still used those containers!
The only thing I have to stress about DIY projects, especially for the skin, are labels. Don't skimp on the labels. Write what's in them, when it will expire and allergy warnings. Idc how natural it is, poison ivy is natural and I'm hella allergic. This protects you and the recipient. It also shows that you really care! It takes a few minutes. I like recycled paper labels myself. I get it, we all want to create no waste but we have to think about the people around us as well. Their wellbeing is utmost important. Unlabeled products drive me bonkers.
Here's some more ideas:
-Diy fall scented cleaning wipes in glass jars! Simple cotton squares soaked in a diluted version of my cleaning product (link http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/one-product-all-the-clean6825959)
- DIY hand sanitizer (link for recipehttp://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/easy-affordable-and-zero-waste-hand-sanitizer-recipe ) perfect for in the car or at home quick wipes. Print your recipe on a card and attach to keep the Zero Waste going!
-Reuable Car air fresheners with scent recharger included (tutorial )
-Zero Waste Cider mix (recipe here )
-Cookies and cake mix (recipes here )
- Crochet socks, leg warmers or hand warmers (GREATLY appreciated in the months to come!)
-Nuts to crack! Great in a glass jar with a cracker!
-Fancy boxed candy/caramel apples, my personal favorite. (link to recipes )
-wooden or biodegradable tooth brush with toothpaste recipe (for all the candy!)
-facial kits with crochet wash cloth or reusable sheet masks http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/less-waste-sheet-mask-recipes
-home brewed Kombucha in fall flavors! (http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/jun-green-tea-kombucha-without-honey7473748)
-jars of homemade pumpkin butter, above, or this recipe for Apple Butter! http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/alkaline-apple-butter-recipe
For the kiddos, I bought in bulk (down below) and made some really great sentimental items. I don't want to spill the tea about their surprises right now but I'll be sure to post pictures on my Instagram if you request it.
As special as fun is, it's always good to remember plastic will far outlive the party fun. It will far outlive us! Just keep in mind when buying trinkets.
Some ideas on bag stuffers:
-Pencils and notebooks
-Trick or treat safety items, reusable (metal flash lights, reflective items, etc.)
-Bulk candy (more below)
-craft supplies or craft kits with instructions
-goodies-to-go, parchment wrapped snacks and foods from the party
-boxed items, affordable cardboard boxes are widely available online.
-Wooden building kits (cars, bird houses, etc.)
-ecofriendly school items (here's my blog for links http://www.thesmartgirlinpants.com/blog-spot/less-waste-back-to-school )
-Coupons or gift certificates
-Jewelry making kits (beads, friendship bracelets, etc.)
-good ole wooden yo-yo
-wooden or biodegradable tooth brushes
-funky shoe laces
-bath bombs, I kid you not mini bath bombs were a HUGE HIT with trick or treaters. We gave them a choice of a bath bomb or candy, a lot of people appreciated the option and the kids 70% of the time picked the bath bomb!
-Bath dough, easy and fun! I wrapped mine in parchment and added some extra jojoba oil to keep it moist.
-Bath jellies! Again, easy and feel free to check my link below on Vegan, zero Waste bath recipes!
Oh I know. Bulk= expensive. But hear me out on this one.
I was EXCITED to gather all of the bag stuffers for all my parties and determined to do it with as little waste as possible. I could have gone to the party store but all of it was individually wrapped in trash, cost a fortune and in the end, was JUNK. Things people toss immediately or it becomes clutter.
I didn't want that for my party people. I wanted somethings that sparked joy, was useful and/or were a great memory!
Buying bulk was really my only option, as I needed a lot. I asked each seller to avoid extra packaging and they were more than happy to go with the flow. They didn't want to package anything they didn't have to! Yes, I had it shipped to me but everything at the store is shipped as well. I can buy store bought shipped, wrapped in trash and over priced or find a seller as local as I can with bulk times. I chose the lesser of the two evils.
If candy is a must for you, BUY BULK. Do it. Just do it. Buying in bulk saves money, saves shipping and saves trash. I won't sit here and lecture you about candy. While it is important to think in the terms of every thing we do impacting the earth, it's also important to accept that some people need baby steps. Choose candy in paper wrappers instead of plastic. Choose candy that's vegan instead of promoting an animal dependent society.
Plain and simple, We speak best with our money, how we spend it and what we buy. If our money goes to companies that reflect a more positive stand VS a negative one, that can make a bigger difference than avoiding it! The more people who do that, the bigger the impact! It's a small choice with HUGE results.
Buying bulk candy also means, less packaging. Buying bulk of anything basically means less packaging!
Party food is AWESOME. I am hooked on parties and party food. It's got to be exciting and new. It's got to be eye catching and fun! My easy vegan recipe for mirror glaze cake is one of my options for desserts almost every single party and people LOVE THEM.
If you aren't a baker, even in my area, which lacks so many options sadly, there are bakeries that cater to my needs. Parchment wrapped caramels, free form chocolates in the cardboard box (small enough to give away in goodie bags), cake pops on cardboard sticks, vegan options! Look around you for options. There are so many bakers at home that will happily cater to new customers with new needs! Make sure to spread the word on how amazing these people are! That will mean THEY get more business based on the positive route they took! Again, speaking with our business is the best way to show the world we mean what we say.
Of course, fruits and veggies are a great idea. Buying fruit and veggie trays however, not so good. Just get some fruit, cut it and serve it on a fancy, reusable plate. Save some dough and it's way more stunning than plastic seperated tray. People will know you made the effort!
If you can't go vegan with your party, at least go meatless. Vast amounts of resources are saved just by not buying meat or meat products. The people at your party won't even care! It's a PARTY! You will have so much better stuff going on!
This is Recipe of mine is black using activated charcoal!
Recipes with charcoal awesome looking but do remember that charcoal recipes are not toys. They are supplements and should be only used on the advice of a doctor.
That is that!
It's not a torture to go less waste for a big holiday! It's actually more fun, saves money AND THE PLANET!
You can do this!
Love ans spooky pants,
The Smart Girl in Pants
There are SO many ways to reuse and recycle those plastic bags you previously gathered from the grocery!
Now that we are well on our way to being zero waste, we stopped using plastic bags at check out. Opting for bags of our own or simply no bags at all. Most of us still have a stash of these bags at home! We want to avoid using them as trash bags, they will simply sit in the land fill for ages. What else can we do?
Many stores have now accepted the responsibility of their own plastic bags and set up bins where you can take your bags to be recycled into more bags. Recycling is grand but it uses resources like electricity to melt, process and create more bags. Better than the trash but we can reuse these bags! Here are a few ways!
Before we begin, let's try to keep these bags away from food, the earth and flames/heat!
1. Crochet into reusable, durable bags!
I love this one! Simply cut your bags by folding in the sides, cutting off the 'handles' and bottom seem. Then cut strips! Tie each strip together and roll into a ball! I used about 18 bags, made one bottle carrier and still have plarn left over!
You could make:
-bins and baskets
-bowls to hold keys or other items
Use your imagination!
If you don't know how to crochet, I suggest finding a great YouTube video to follow and start with cotton yarn. This can be a bit tricky to start.
2. Iron into sturdy sewable material.
This is so fun! Cut your bags into squares, layer about 4-5 bags worth and iron on the lowest setting (careful not to burn yourself, the bags or the area you are working on). Once you have your sheets, take two and sew the bottom and two sides! TADA! A reusable sack! Go crazy and make more elaborate bags! These would be GREAT for your jars when shopping bulk bins, as they weigh very little, easy to tuck in a jar before placing in your bag and can be made to whichever size you like! No holes like the crochet version! No more broken jars on the trip home (as I have had happen...)!
3. Reusable packing material
What do we pack up every year? Decorations. Holiday decorations. We have some for each season almost: fall, spring, winter... some of the decorations are delicate and require padding. Why not use what you have around the house anyway? Wrap them up and store them away! Not like many people will be rummaging around your attic judging your decoration storage!
4. Stuffing for crafted items.
Stuffing is often made of plastic. Why go out of your way to BUY plastic when you can simply shred some bags and TADA! Filler! I wouldn't use this on pillows or anything that may end up in a mouth (i.e. Baby toys) but for other items, it works fantastic! I find I prefer this to cotton batting, as cotton takes longer to dry. Just be sure to state on labels 'air dry only'. Dryer heat could release bad things from the plastic.
There are many crafters who do all the above and would LOVE to take your unused bags!
Taking the time and energy to reuse plastic is one is one of the most amazing things we can do and I applaud you for your efforts!
Love and reusing,
The Smart Girl in Pants
In case we haven't met, my name is The Smart Girl in Pants. I'm often the one everyone asks to find things, open things or create food in The Smart Pants home.
Here, we practice Zero Waste, or saving the Earth and being super hero ninjas. Whichever you prefer.
Why did we take such such an extreme effort to go eco friendly? Well, it's pretty apparent that the world wasn't going to correct it's self and the pollution issue was not getting any better. Very few are making no efforts to help curb the linear economy into a more circular economy or even a reuse economy. Linear being new products being created and leading down to non-reusable trash. The circular involves using and reusing materials continuously. The reuse economy having a bit of both. I find this very discouraging. If one chooses not to believe in global warming because they can't see it (a subject for another day), but to look at the dumps all over the global and deny it's an issue is inexcusable. To see rising electric costs when solar energy is available. Driving cars with a non-renewable resource. To KNOW that the things you use will OUTLIVE YOUR CHILDREN and still abuse the luxury of having those items! The goal is obvious and it's not in favor of the economy or any life on the planet.
Being Zero Waste is an inspiration. There is no such thing as creating no wasted resources. Something will be wasted; water, electric to produce it, etc. Even buying in bulk creates waste, just not on our end. We already know that.
Let me ask something...
Is it better to just keep being part of the problem? Or show the world how we can work towards being part of the solution? Some may argue that zero wasters aren't doing enough or not making a difference. Well, It's undeniable that zero wasters WILL create substantially less waste than the average person. When I chose my lunch from my garden and using my jar to take it out VS when I used to just get a burger and sytrofoam soda, throwing the remains in the trash. That's obvious that it will make a difference.
It's not really that extreme, either. Not like we live in a hut and drink stream water. Or wash our clothes in the blood of our enemies... but I bet that would scare off many people... nah, biohazard. We are normal people that are just making an effort to make a difference in the world. We eat healthy food, we still go out to eat on occasion. We wash our clothes, dishes and selves with products we know won't pollute our bodies or the water. We shop at big chain stores because it's convenient, we just do it a bit different. We don't stink, we just perfected what products we use so they work well for us. We don't judge people, the way society tells us too, We just do our own thing and don't mind anything else. If we can inspire people, wonderful.
Maybe no one will listen. Maybe no one will care. I know one thing, these Smart Kids care. They see what we do and understand why. They enjoy the efforts and extra time we take. They understand. They will make a difference, just as we do. We may be small but those of us that try to help the planet are awesome. In the end, ANY effort is better than none.
I could fill this blog with stats but the plain and simple truth is, we were sick of being part of the problem. We are trying to find the best way possible to make as little of an impact as we can. We aren't perfect but we try our hardest. We all mess up. The goal isn't to be perfect. The goal is to do our absolute best.
When I saw agencies being ignored that actively protect our environment, I knew it was time to do something on my own. So, The Smart Guy and I did just that. And we were horrified at what we found. Not only were we destroying the planet, the rainforest, palm oil horrors, our food, unfair labors used to create our products, animal testing and cruelty in some of our 'ecofriendly' products, ecosystems being destroyed for farm lands, plastics that will outlast out great grand children... it was a real wake up call. We started as all the other earth warriors, by seeing the damage for what it was. Very few are born into being perfect consumers.
Ya, we could have ignored it. It's easier to say it is impossible to avoid any of that, so why even try? It's easier to live with those wonderful luxuries and forget what the true cost of that luxury is for someone or something else. We just aren't that type of human. That's why I always loved The Smart Guy, his heart is just as big as my own. Once we knew, we had to try to help curb things.
We became zero wasters because the world needs more needs more people to just say 'no'. No to one-time-use plastic, say no to cosmetics that pollute our water, say no to contributing to our rainforests and already endangered animals are being erraticated, no to science being ignored, no to all the bad things. We need more people who work so hard to inspire a world where we all consume with more respect for all around us and the future generations.
We became zero Waste for everyone!
The Smart Girl in Pants
Zero Waste laundry. Kind of a double edged sword. On one hand, you are going to waste some water. It's enevideble. But you can make such a difference regardless!
Part of going zero waste is not wasting the luxury we can utilities. Electricity and gas take resources to gather. When you use more electricity, you use more of those resources. Until we all get to the point to where we depend on solar power rather than coal, this is reality.
1) Start using new appliances makes such a big difference! They use less water! I can see some people thinking they are a pain but we have had our previously used set for ages and it's been amazing.
I also run my loads on the shortest time possible, no extra rinses. Get it done and over with.
Older appliances use more watts to work, that's just the nature of he beast. Newer appliances come with newer technology. Upgrade and really, over time you will save money on that electric bill.
2) Only use the dryer only for emergencies. If it's raining one day, check the weather and see if tomorrow is better. If it's not, fine. Wash only what you need and dry the smallest amount. I line hang clothes from winter to summer. If it's not going to rain or freeze them solid, I'm hanging laundry. I don't like the dryer. Once you get the 'hang' of line dried, you won't care for dryer-dryed clothes as much. It's like it's ironed for FREE! And the smell, so amazing. I swear. Plus, it gets us outside and breathing fresh air. Doing some manual labor! Good for the heart and soul!
If you don't have room outside, say in an apartment, make one inside! I have an emergency one inside over our wood stove and plan to put one in the bathroom on the ceiling for towels to drip dry.
In my area, kilowatts per hour is 8.95 cents. If I ONLY do 3 loads of laundry a week, 6 times in the washer and dryer, and my dryer is pulling 5.86 kw when it's in use. It takes over an hour to dry a load. So that is... about .53 cents per load. No biggie right? That's only half a dollar. K, that's 3 times a week and more than one load per day. I have the average of 2 loads per day. That means 2 loads in the dryer 3 times a week. 6 loads a week, 12 loads a month and 144 loads in a year. Holy crap. I hate laundry.
In a week of not using the dryer, I save: $3.18
In a month of not using the dryer, I save: $12.75
In a year of not using the dryer, I save: $76.32
No need for: dryer sheets, dryer balls,etc. additional savings.
Plus the sun naturally bleaches stains out! I never have to worry about my white reusable paper towels having stains or white clothes. When we cloth diapered, the diapers came out PERFECT after two small kids and many years of diapering between them.
That is with a brand new, high efficiency dryer. Not including the washer load costs. Also, gas rates are EVEN HIGHER, more often than not, than electric rates.
While that may not seem like a lot, it's throwing money down the drain, literally. If you do more laundry, guess what? It would save even more. I don't like losing money. Call me stingy but would rather have that money, be more active by hanging my own outside and have the great smell. All while saving the planet! Pats for me.
Around 14 million homes have electric dryers. Opting to dry their clothes with precious resources instead of outside. If those households would hang dry ONE load a week, that would save tons of carbon dioxide from polluting the planet. YOU have the power to either help or harm.
3) Making your own detergents and scented items. This saves me TONS. I'm sensitive to many things in detergent and there are many people who claim the ingredients are highly harmful. Why bother when making it yourself is so simple and works so well?
My homemade laundry detergent is:
- A box of baking soda
-A box of washing soda
-Grated soap (I make soap that's perfect for this. You want a hard bar, high cleaning power, lather and not too moisturizing when making your soaps. Pure coconut oil would work grand but I use a blend of coconut oil and castor with lemon zest and juice)
-Essential oils of your choice. I really like labdanum resin, Rosemary and lemongrass. I just love it. The resin really comes through (it's a bit spicy like cinnamon).
I also put this through the food processor so it's really smooth. One tablespoon per load! Always comes out clean and fresh! Scent lasts forever!
* I get a LOT of questions about soap nuts. I will not use them. The waste of exporting soapberries from their natural areas is very wasteful. Also, I heard that now they have become 'mainstream', the locals no longer have access to what was once their only way to clean their clothes. I do not support either of those things so will not be speaking on behalf of soapberries.*
-Kombucha, over fermented
-Few drops of Essential oils
Easy, peesy. Kombucha is the new Apple Cider Vinegar. It's easy to ferment at home, yourself and pennies on the dollar. You will not want it at drinking point, that's not nearly fermented enough. Ferment this batch used for cleaning a bit longer. You can go ahead and add herbs and spices, just be sure to let it breathe. This is not a second ferment, we do not want to carbonate this.
Here is my blog on how to make your own Kombucha:
I like fermenting my extended batch with Rosemary, lemon left-overs and adding a bit of labdanum resin right before using it. Just to match the detergent and I love it. Another one I love is cinnamon, clove, cardamom and allspice for a spicy autumn scented fabric softener. Then, no need to use essential oils at ALL. Try your own blends! Lemongrass, lavender... the options are crazy.
Fermenting helps release the plants natural oils out. Perfect way to use up the stems of rosemary and lavender. The peels of lemons, limes and oranges.
Emergency use only reusable dryer sheets:
-Your fabric softener mix above
Simply soak cuts of fabric, toss in the dryer. Or let air dry and put in drawers or closets!
I used my laundry soap, as mentioned above, as my stain stick. Many people on Etsy sell them. Just make sure it's palm oil free and free on plastic packaging. Someone will be more than happy to have your business. Forget the rest.
Hydrogen Peroxide works well too, especially on blood stains. DO NOT PRE-MIX PEROXIDE WITH ANYTHING. It will become inert almost instantly and it will also become inert to sunlight, hence most coming in brown bottles.
4) Reusing Grey water.
This is a touch and go subject but I am happy with the ingredients of my laundry routine. They are eco-friendly. But still. If you are planning on reusing grey water there are some caches.
1) Don't use water that's been used to wash diapers. Reusing that would be a biohazard risk.
2) This can be quite beneficial to plants but avoid watering on the edible fruit of plants.
3) Never try to store grey water for more than a few hours. Any standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, place for mosquitoes and odors.
4) Do not pipe grey water to run or pool in the yard, for the same reasons.
If you are interested in reusing your grey water, please go to this site!
I thought it was VERY well planned out! It does seem like a lot of work but it's worth it if you garden or water your lawn. Why waste water when waste water is being wasted? Say THAT three times fast. Okay, I did and it wasn't that bad. Dang.
Remember to always put your clothes up right after they are done. Don't let wet clothes sit in the washer. Not only is that damaging but can lead to odor and growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Yuck! As soon as my laundry is done in the early morning, I'm hanging it. As soon as The Smart Guy gets home at night, I'm taking it down and putting it away.
Three days a week and laundry never piles up. It takes me 10 minutes to put the entire Smart Pants Family's clothes up from laundry day. More time for me and less weekends wasted tackling the pile of laundry. Nah thanks.
Having the luxury of machines to do all our washing is such an amazing thing. Something many people are taking for granted. Look at your laundry and feel grateful you have clothes. You have a place to put them. You have machines that do all the hard work. Put in some effort yourself. Save some money and the environment around you!
Love and Fresh Linens,
The Smart Girl in Pants
That's right folks. You didn't think my alkaline lifestyle would always be limited to Lima beans and soy, did you?
It's all about taking what's alkaline and making it BETTER! Apples are amazing. I love them dehydrated with a pinch of cinnamon. I love them fresh dipped in homemade almond butter (skip the palm oil, please). I just love them!
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So, Apple butter was next on the list of alkaline recipes! Had to get the pumpkin butter done first! I don't care how 'typical' it is, I freaking love pumpkin all year! It's also alkaline!
It's still rainy... and wonderful! The air is crisp and even though I know it won't last long, I'm enjoying the temporary feel of autumn in the air. The house smells just diving these last few days!
Alkaline Apple Butter Recipe
-6 apples, peeled and cored (reuse peels for dehydrating! Cores can even be dehydrated or used to flavor Kombucha! Yum!)
-1/2 cup black strap molasses
-1/4cup apple cider vinegar or Kombucha
-1/2 tsp clove powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp allspice
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-Optional: stevia to taste
Combine all in the crock until soft. Blend in a blender (careful it is hot) or with an immersion blender until smooth. If need be, put back in the crock for another 1-2 hours WITHOUT THE LID to thicken a bit. Watch it well and scrap the sides to prevent burning. I did not have to do this step.
*Black strap molasses is a different taste but is believed to have amazing benefits! Feel free to decrease the amount listed and use more herbal stevia.
Also, if canning, please consult a canning expert. I do not know how long this would last canned. I simply put in jars and freeze what I am not using. Should last about 2-3 months in the freezer and a week or two in the fridge. Smaller jars would be best, think 4oz jars. That way the risk of spoilage is minimal after dethawing and using. This recipe made two 8oz jars!
That is it! Not only did the house smell amazing but this recipe is super healthy! Vegan 2.0!
Happy kisses and Autumn wishes!
The Smart Girl in Pants
Nail biting... it has been a habit of mine for forever. I am an anxious person, more so than average. When I'm anxious, I bite my nails. Not really any other time.
This can actually be a real issue, as it is for me. Excoriation Disorder or dermatillomania. Some cases can be really severe. So, if you know someone showing these signs, please stop being so critical. Here's a link with more info. Telling them to 'just stop', shaming them or punishment for a disorder is just a deplorable way to react to something that doesn't actually concern anyone but them.
So how did I quit?
For most, professional help is required. Not as a punishment but to help. If they don't want help, leave them alone. If you suffer from this and are sick of hearing the drama, tell them to mind their own. In all actuality, that added drama will only stress you out more and probably make your condition even more apparent.
For me, it was just that. It has an issue associated with it, it's not like people WANT to pick, sometimes to the point of bleeding and self harm. That's why people need to learn to be more kind. The world already sucks, don't make it worse for someone else. Regardless of the reason.
Humans are flawed. Everyone has flaws. If you suffer and feel embarrassed about it, Don't beat yourself up over this. It's okay to admit you have an issue and address it. Getting help is FANTASTIC, it would improve so many aspects of your life!
Remeber, harsh comments aren't really about you. They are about someone else hurting inside and they need to say something hurtful. If someone is overweight, a normal person wouldn't feel the need to point it out or tell them just to 'stop' eating. If someone has pimples, a normal person wouldn't just assume they need to 'stop' being so gross and wash their face. Why? It's rude, no one else's business and it does the exact opposite of filling the world with love, which we desperately need more of. If it offends them, they can put their offense on the list of things we don't have time for. For me, watching violent shows and proof reading are on that list. Sorry not sorry.
😡 First, I decided I was done. I was sick of getting my nails done. I would have them done (maybe 3 times in my life?) and did them myself a lot. Why? Because it is as fun, pretty and I had short nails. That's basically all. I am not necessarily very vain, I garden and work with my hands a LOT. They suffer and I get that. But I decided I was done. I have really nice hands, even with the work load, and guess it was a shock to people that I had nice hands and horrible nails.
That's just how I am. When I decide something, that's that. It gets done immediately or I stop doing it. Infj and Capricorn, fight me.
😱 I figured out my triggers. When I'm anxious, I find something, anything else to do. I can't just sit still or I fret. It's that feeling of my nail not being perfect: a split, a rough edge. My first impulse was to 'fix it'. Which did not help. I am not a great couch potato. Never was and hopefully never will be. I just have to keep that up.
☝🏻I always carry a nail file with me, always. If I feel something that's not perfect, I get my nail file. I try to keep my nails as smooth as possible. I never have an issue unless I feel an imperfection. I take really good care of my hands now. I don't treat my nails like tools, if I can't open it with my finger, I get The Smart Guy or scissors, knife, etc. The more I pamper my hands, the less I have to fret about. That sounds so vain but it's self care!
so so so much easier said than done but I try. If I feel a rough edge, I tell myself messing with it won't fix it. No amount of messing around will fix it. Leave it alone. Hands and skin aren't meant to be perfect all the time.
🤢Bad taste or cover the area,
I didn't always bite my nails. I would rip nails off if they split. Or just pick with my other hand. If you are a biter and are prepared to stop, a bad taste on your nails will at least remind you to stop. Just to remind yourself why you want to quit. Of course, don't use essential oils or anything toxic. I would suggest Apple cider vinegar on non-open wounds. Something that's safe just in case you forget for a second.
For other areas, long sleeves may not actually be the answer. I know when I FEEL a rough spot on my nail, it drives me mad until I fix it. Same would apply to a rough spot on the skin rubbing on fabric. I wouldn't recomment bandages too often either. That's a moist areas just trapping in germs. Maybe, if bandages are used, try washing it twice a day and applying a new bandage at those times. That may decrease your risk for yeasts and bacteria growth. If it's acne that's causing the picking, definitely speak with a dermatologist. I'm a firm believer that acne is your skin (the largest organ of our bodies) asking for help.
😦Beating the 'I didn't know I was doing it until it was done',
Sometimes, it's totally subconscious. I didn't even know I was doing it sometimes until it hit me or someone pointed it out. I know it's normal for many. It would be fine to ask someone you know is trying to quit if they would like a reminder or you ask a true friend for one. Be clear, it's not telling them to stop but just to let them know. Maybe even taking a break and talking for a moment about what may be stressing you. It really is hard to reign in. Try to limit your exposure to known triggers until you can handle it.
💊Try a supplement for skin, hair or nails, if your doctor gives the okay.
This is like the reward. I take hyaluronic acid suppliments, mainly for my skin but it helps nails and hair as well. It's a step, one you can totally skip if you want. I really enjoy taking something that I know is helpful to my skin and feel like if I bite my nails, it undoes all the work the supplement does to help. Poor little supplement!
💅🏻Paint your nails or decorate,
I love painting my nails... okay, no I don't. It's a waste of time and takes forever. I hate thinking if someone added up the time I spent on stupid things I do in life... Nail polish over the course of my life would be stupid crazy. BUT! It helps. I don't want to mess up that time I took. I don't I want to do it again. It can be really helpful when trying to stop.
Kinda hard to paint other parts of the body that can be the focus for someone else but maybe henna? Henna is SO beautiful! I would love to have it done again. I know if there was a chance I would ruin it, that would make me think twice. It takes forever also! If you pick at your face, I great skin care regime could help! Same concept, if you pick at it, that layer of amazing skin care will be gone!
👗Wearing protective clothing when working.
I don't do this but wearing gloves when you do the dishes or garden. Wear gloves any time you are working so you minimize the amount of damage you get while doing them. If your nails are thin and brittle, talk to your doctor about what you are lacking or what would cause that. For me, gardening, which I'm all about, drys my hands out badly. Gloves would help but I love the feel of the Earth.
After showers or hot water, avoid working until your hands and nails dry. Nails can become softer and more likely to become damaged. Avoiding damage will avoid the imperfections and thus, lead to less 'fixing'.
Face and body apply as well. Be sure your skin is hydrated and cared for. The less you have to pick at, the less you will pick! Seems logical but in the end, you have to be the one to look at those 'imperfections' as LIFE. Humans aren't perfect and that's okay! Know that picking doesn't help it. It actually makes it even more noticeable.
In the end, it's up to the person who is effected to want to stop. No amount of shaming or ridicule is the answer. Finding help or figuring out the underlying issues is the key.
Always speak to your doctor, this is just what has helped me and is in no way medical advice on your own condition. It may be good to speak with your doctor about ideas you have found that may work though! She/he may very well agree!
Remember, you are strong and wonderful!
The Smart Girl in Pants
Diet. Ugh, I hate what the industry has done to that word. Throughout this experience, I will often use the word diet. What I mean is the food I'm eating. NOT a diet to lose weight, not a diet of constricting and definitely not diet in the way most people understand the word 'diet', as we know it. Literally, I will be using the word diet in reference to the foods I am ingesting.
Luckily, since this isn't a diet of constricting my food intake, I can eat as much as I need. I'm not trying to lose weight or gain weight, just staying in the normal range on the caloric spectrum for me. Around 1,500-2,500 a day based on my activity. If I work more, I will eat more. Not to say this couldn't be used in conjuncture with a lowered caloric intake for weightloss because it totally could be used in conjunction with a weight loss plan. If you doctors says so. I'm betting the mental and physical cravings would be hell though. Probably easing into this with a healthy vegan diet a few weeks before could help. Just as if you eat more calories than recommended of anything you WILL gain weight. Don't think this is a 'diet' of eat-a-load-of-calories-as-long-as-it's-alkaline-and-lose-weight, nothing in the world can do that. A human can gain weight eating excessive calories of the most healthy of foods. It's how human bodies work.
Now that bit is cleared up, the Alkaline Diet. Simply put it's not a diet-diet. It's more focusing on positive body foods. Alkaline diet has been touted with curing all the things our bodies do that we don't like, from cancer to acne. I have a number of human design complaints, oh the flaws of an ever evolving species. Of course, this is not scientifically proven that this diet will do any of those things. There's also no science saying it hurts either.
The main idea behind Alkaline foods is that your body needs to be more alkaline (and less acidic) in order to function correctly. Eating foods that are alkaline or cause an alkaline reaction means your body may not have to have to work as hard on 'fixing' the junk we fill ourselves with. That's my take at least. We can't change our body chemistry much, our body will correct it or we would just die. Human bodies work at a certain level and if eating bad was the only thing it took to take us down, we would have been extinct long ago. Of course, all that extra work is bound to take a toll on our organic system. We aren't robots, but I believe our parts can wear down almost in the same way with excessive abuse.
Humans, as a species, will eat just about anything. Sort of what makes us so unique. That being said, what we eat could most definitely cause damage. We drink alcohol for the super fun experience of our body screaming 'WTFFFFFF?!'. Those have impacts on our bodies, we can't see it or see the long term effects of it but it's there. It will be visible when it wants to. I'm excited to see if the alkaline based foods will make a difference for me.
In the end, Acidic foods are basically 'splurges' for me. I have seen some say 60% alkaline with 40% acidic and those saying 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. I'm really leaning more towards the latter. Sriracha as a seasoning being one of those splurges. I plan on coffee for the mornings as a splurge as well until my batch of fermented, cold brewed coffee is done. I guess not a splurge so much as it's the 20% I'm aiming for. Kombucha *sorta* counts as a splurge but not in some ways, same as apple cider vinegar. I'm still drinking it daily.
This is the list I stick to:
So, this will be a longer blog. I'll try to update daily, at least for the first week, but this is over the course of a month. How I feel, the ups and downs. I'm already vegan, so I understand the benefits of axing meat and dairy from our diets and how it has improved my health. I really appreciate that the person who researched this did as well.
Difficulties I see? I have a WICKED sweet tooth. I am always the girl that will accept most sweets (minus chocolate, I only can stand that in small, Normal servings.). Sugar, of course, isn't smiled upon. It's very acidic to our bodies. I also LOVE yeasty bread. Guess what? Another no-no. Generally, this ideal of focusing mostly on alkaline foods is going to be healthy. Basically it's like being vegan but avoiding those bad habit foods I used as a crutch. It's lacking soda, junk foods and more that are possibly detrimental to our bodies. I know candy is bad for me, this isn't a shock and I'm not mad about cutting it for a short month. It's just food and it's just a month, unless I love it.
What issues do I have? Not many really. IBS flare ups every once in a while if I eat badly, breakout prone skin if I used junk on my face, hormonal issues lingering around, horrible back (my chiropractor said it looked like I jumped off a 30 story building and landed on my feet) and sinus drama. I'm generally pretty healthy and take care of myself. Will going alkaline prove to be an improvement on my issues? Or just another cache that makes life harder than it should be? Let's see.
Of course I have to be sick when I decide to start this. Never fails, I feel like crap. Summertime cold has hit. Yippe. I'm exhausted from lack of sleep, being sick and just want to do nothing. I'm not one to sit around all day and moan though, so the show goes on.
The food is filling, easy and tasted amazing. I made two soy flour muffins in a cup and had some lentils for dinner, with only 100% alkaline approved ingredients. Not that hard actually. I'm already used to twerking recipes to fit my life. Lentils were the left overs of my big batch of pre-made meals I have for the week. I can see how switching foods could be expensixe but this week I'm living on lentils (many of you will see on MANY lists that lentils are 'acidic' but a college of mine and I agree with the others that say it has alkaline effect), Lima beans, various veggie sides for dinners, soy flour and melons. Lunches will be mainly alkaline smoothies with snack and filler options. Breakfast isn't my favorite meal but I have quinoa if I decide I have to eat something. The most expensive thing I bought was the soy flour, I'll be making my own chickpea flour this week. So I'm actually spending less money on food than I was. The Smart Guy was happy to get out of the house, grab some alkaline foods off the list and was around $10 for all the things I needed to supplement what I have to make it through the week with no coupons or anything. Score. Budget-friendly alkaline foods for the next month is my goal.
Full blown snot fest this morning. Sorry about the possible TMI. I'm congested and head is heavy feeling. I'll be amazed if this doesn't go on to full blown sinus infection, as it always does.
I tried to drink my morning coffee made with cashew milk but it just tasted horrible. Too sweet which is NEVER something I say. Ever. So, saved it for The Smart Guy and opted for a glass of vegan green tea jun I make. Fermented green tea with black strap molasses. Really enjoyed it but hate that my coffee was almost an instant turn off. I love coffee and have been having it often for about 3 weeks. Hopefully the fermented coffee I'm brewing won't give me the same bleh feeling. Because come on, coffee is great.
Lunch, I chose a green smoothie with a base of jun and water, Used a green powder that was all alkaline fruits and veggies, watermelon and dandelion greens, both of which are high on the alkaline list. Made enough for 4-5 days of smoothies for lunch.
Too bad it's the hot of summer so wild dandelion greens have been hard to find and WINTER IS COMING. So I'll have to freeze and stock up on watermelon and wild dandelion greens. Anyway, this was filling, yummy and got me through until dinner.
Dinner was kimchi lentils. Really want to test soy flour crepes, yas. I would be so much happy. All the happy. Almond butter crepes... oh man.
Snacks through the day were not necessary, as I just feel so yucky. But watermelon is a great snack item! Dehydrating melon for quick snacks for if the mood hits. Always when I read or chill with my Xbox. Always. Best to be prepared.
End of the day, I don't particularly have many sugar cravings, like I normally would with an elimination diet or cutting calories in an effort to lose some pounds. I actually feel totally full, I'm always hungry. Cool. I have been on Pinterest a lot. Just oogling yummy alkaline ideas for meals, prep or torture? Both.
Middle of the night I even wondered why I decided to do this. I wasn't hungry, I was just crav-y, which is just plain annoying. I saw some dark chocolate and thought 'One piece...' and resisted. Awesome job, me.
I am not feeling as sick. Still pretty tired but less so. Think I may have kicked this cold already! *Literally knocked on wood* I didn't do anything different. Diffused some oregano oil in with my night time blend all around the Smart Pants House But other than this alkaline diet, nada. Didn't even get to making a new batch of Colloidal Silver. Which I really need to do...
Here's my diffuser btw. I don't like plastic and essential oils:
Morning, I just drank water, even though I was tired I didn't want Kombucha. Just water. I made the big mistake of adding too much baking soda to the big batch of charcoal filtered water I make... I was burping for DAYS (not literally). Thanks baking soda...
Lunch, was half a tomato with pink salt, thyme and basil and my watermelon smoothie, which I made about 4 days worth of lunch smoothies. (really freaking big tomato, I have it on my Instagram https://instagram.com/thesmartgirlinpants/) And a cup of Kombucha. For some reason, that fills me up or makes me feel like the meal is done.
Dinner, I slow cooked the BEST alkaline veggie soup I ever imagined. It was worth peeling those huge Lima beans. Full of all the veggies, smells amazing. I have about 2 dinners worth left after The Smart Guy caught the scent of it and horded half. So good. Attempting all soy flour bread to go with it, no wheat. Of all of this I miss bread the most. I'll keep you updated. It looks like... dense corn bread but smells great and... TASTES AMAZING. I'm addicted.
Easy Soy 'Bread:
-1 cup of soy flour
-Dash of Cumin
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Water as needed to make it 'dough'. Not too water but still sticky.
Made 5 3" long by 1" thick bricks.
I just tossed this in the microwave for 4 minutes. Electromagnetic radiation, nothing to due with nuclear radiation... at all... Is known to be less likely to corrupt food nutrients due to shorter baking time, the more you know. It is... dense. Obviously it didn't rise because it has no ingredients that cause that reaction. But does it taste like a good bread? Oh man yes. I'm happy. Soup dippers divine. 5 minutes of my life and worth it. Like tougher tofu, but with a nutty, divine flavor.
Woke up, jumped out of bed at 5am! Slept like a champ and, while still a bit stuffy, feeling AMAZING. My skin is clear but since I'm not having my 'monthly' hormone swing and I have been taking great care of my skin, I didn't expect any.
I have lost weight. Not exactly my goal but what ya gonna do. I'm still in the healthy range for my height. I'm sure once my body gets a hang of this I'll gain it back or maybe my natural weight will just sit at a new number. No biggie. I haven't been eating much under 1,500 calories a day but ya, a few days were short. Those darn sick days.
Breakfast was Kombucha and a sample of my dehydrated golden honey dew. I hope I can dry and freeze a ton of this! It's so so good!
Lunch, more tomato with smoothie and a treat of a few pieces of dehydrated melon. The honeydew is by far my favorite but the watermelon is good too. I'm going to make some dehydrated zucchini tonight for a 'chip' replacement. I haven't had salt and vinegar chips in a LONG time, probably 5-6 months, but they are my most favorite food. Gotta mock that asap.
Dinner, alkaline stir fry veggies and lentils. I love a sweet bite after the savory but love the dehydrated melon so much, I hate to think of what life will be like when it's gone. 😱😭
Up and at them this morning! Feeling AMAZING all day. Not sick at all! So happy about that.
Breakfast was water. Out of Kombucha until the next rotation is done. It was suppose to be but it's not quite fizzy enough yet. Still on the no coffee band wagon. I love coffee but I just don't want it.
Lunch, zucchini and sweet potato chip samples (amazing) and veggie soup with soy bread. Pretty darn filling. I do find myself wanting sweet things (like this dark chocolate in the fridge and glazed pecans someone brought in) but I just find something else.
soup and last of the soy bread with a side of veggie chips. Love love love. Sad the soy bread is finally gone but it didn't take much to make it, so good news there. Got some spelt flour today so going to make some lemon lavender bread soon because YUM. Drying some apples for apple chips, I have rediscovered my love of dehydrated veggies and fruits as chips. Autumn and apple crisps are just grand.
Feeling grand, full of energy. No complaints. Not sick! Over it!
Dehydrated apple chips. I didn't really mean for this to be breakfast. Just meant to sample a few... needless to say they were amazing. No Kombucha, coffee or any other caffeine!
Dehydrated veggie chips of turnip, beets, zucchini, sweet potato. Was on the the go so this and a little water, not my normal
amount. Note: it effected snacks later on, don't skimp on lunch.
Soy flour breaded cauliflower in alkaline approved sauce I made, soy flour and spelt flour lemon and lavender bread (2 slices), Lima beans as the main and two squares of chocolate. This is where I messed up my day, the damned chocolate. Considering everything else was posh, I think that's not too bad of a mess up. I was still craving after but chugged a cup of water and TADA! Too much water can wash your system of vial minerals, not good but not enough can cause hunger like sensations, for me at least. I usually drink about 8 cups a day, give or take. Depends on the day. Just drink when I'm thirsty.
Busy day! Took a few pieces of bread with me in my cloth bag. Was perfect. Came home with the craving of smelling pumpkin butter in the crock pot, here's the recipe for that.
The rest of the soy breaded cauliflower, side of zoodles and pumpkin butter bread. For a late night snack, because I stayed up late, some dried honeydew and beet chips! I hate beets but I'm craving them so bad! Beer chips= way better than straight beers.
One Month Later...
I did great! Don't get me wrong, had a few slip ups (chocolate! I don't even LIKE CHOCOLATE THAT MUCH!) but still stayed in the 80/20 area!
Pretty proud I made with, through what Shorts calls 'Vegan 2.0', which I thought was amazing! So funny and TRUE. This was easy enough for me to get used to but definitely harder than just 'being vegan'. Some days (the days above) I ate around 1,200-1,500 a day. Other days, I was closer to 2,000. I even made a vegan, alkaline pizza! The alkaline bread was a life saver for days I was on the go. That was absolutely amazing!
In the end, I really do feel like my diet being high in alkalizing foods has benefit me. Will it prevent cancer? Will it erase years of abuse on my insides from past sugar and junk? Will I suddenly become the perfect alkaline vegan? The last one is a hell no but the rest? Who knows. What I do know is I feel great.
Would I recommend it? Due your own due diligence as far as research and check with your doctor. Stay at a healthy, honest caloric intake and prepare for it. Making meals ahead of time saved me the frustration of finding something to eat. That never goes well for me as easy things to eat aren't good things. Staying around the 80-20 specs was easy, the only thing I craved was chocolate but starting my magnesium lotion again (stopped for summer because I'm the opposite of EVERYONE and get REALLY dry skin in the summer and magnesium lotion doesn't help that) and that literally took care of those cravings the next day. Thank goodness.
So, check it out if you want! I'll be posting a lot of creative alkaline recipes! If I can figure out the perfect alkaline macaron I would be satisfied with all things!
Alkaline... what rhymes with that?
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