why quit drinking

TEATOTAL

I love that we are getting back to the Earth. Well perhaps not everyone is, but I certainly feel like I have stepped right away from high processed, manufactured, out of a packet, laced with artificial everything, man-made, convenient yet dead inside products and gotten back to a bit more of a ‘simple and natural' or is that 'naturally simple' existence. I am eating things that are grown, not stuffed into pretty packaging and nestled in between plastic tokens. I’ve adopted the principal, for the most part, that I once heard in a documentary about basically how obesity is an epidemic and something just ‘has to be done’ about it, but how can anything be done when Larry won’t switch his packet of Lite and Tangy’s for a lemon water? Anyway, the advice in the doco was given to a severely obese teenage boy who was trying his best to stick to a healthful diet, factor in some exercise and with zero take away options, do his best to change his relationship with food and in turn his overall health and wellness. Hopefully the take away instead of KFC was some smarts.

 

If it’s seen the sun, then it’s alive and will keep you alive. It if hasn’t seen the sun, because it’s in a packet, then give it a miss. Basic, real, honest advice and a good filter for your pantry staples.

 

I find most advice about what we should be eating is quite simple, we just like to confuse things by eating what we ‘feel’ like or making something we want to taste, rather than look at what that food is going to do to our bodies.

 

In another area of my world, out of the kitchen and into the bathroom, my second favourite room in my apartment I’ve made some changes too and not just outfit changes,  I mean real changes.

 

On a side note, when it’s warmer, the bathroom is my favourite room, maybe it’s the mirror? When it’s ‘get me a hot water bottle Wendy, it’s cold’ then I am in that living room, snuggled up next to the fire. So, as it’s cold, my second favourite room in the apartment has had a makeover of sorts. Trading potions and lotions labelled with words I can’t pronounce, and on the assumption that I can’t pronounce it, it will kill me, I’ve laced my bathroom cupboard with things that sound normal. Like Salt. Coconut Oil products, coffee scrub, tea soaks  and activated charcoal. All things you’ll also find in my kitchen, which rules, except the composter, that is a kitchen only item.

 

I'm talking it back to the old school…


'Cause I'm an old fool who's so cool
If you want to get down
I'm gonna show you the way whoomp there it is
Let me hear you say
Whoomp there it is

 

Sorry, I totally went on a Tag Team bender there, it happens.

 

Using things on my bits, that are not too similar to things that I feel comfortable inhaling, is kind of my filter on what products I’m pushing into that cute cabinet above that vanity that is forever doused with random strays of my hair. My hair gets everywhere. In the morning, my husband has to wipe my face like he’s on the banks of the Jordan river wading through the tall grass just to find my face to say good morning. And since when did my explode into mermaids? It’s like, all of sudden my hair went from split ends and kind just past my shoulders, to right down to my butt crack and in need of a double hairband to tie it up. It’s out of control and probably for all the right reasons.

 

Just like your skin is your biggest organ. Wait what? Yes, Yolanda, your skin, the skin that you are in, that Earth suit you throw new clothes on after your shopping hauls, it’s the largest organ in your body. Not your brain, Brainiac. And not any member of any guys reading this. One of the best ways to get those nutrients into you, is to adsorb them through your skins which is how I am doing things these days. Yes, I feel like Kate Richie in a Dove commercial and I kind of like it. I almost feel like I might be sexier at lathering lotions onto my forearms these days.

 

And when I have a few spare minutes, which isn’t that often, but Lord I’m trying, I just lay in a bath full of the stuff that I want in my skin. Like Coconut Milk Infused Coco-soak bath soak or tea, yes there is a tea-bath just waiting for you, if you're keen.

 

Taking the term TEAtotal to a whole new level!

Some of my fave flavours contain pomegranate and coconut milk, which sounds more like a fruit smoothie with a dash of protein powder, but it book ends my day with a good old sit in a tub and unwind as they good stuff gets right in.

Oh and I chuck on a candle, which is one of my new favourite sayings. ‘Hey babe, can you just chuck on a candle, thanks!’ I chuck on a Palms and Sea salt candle while I’m having my tub time and inhale the ethically made No 9 Melons and Fresh Pineapple zing into my face senses. So that's me taking TEA totalling to a new level, well a new room in the apartment. 

 

 

I know that TLC said they didn’t want no scrub but I am pretty convinced they’d change their minds if they got their little mits on this Luxe Oil and Salt Scrub with Jasmine and Rose. It’s made with salt from the dead sea, which sounds bad, but it actually amazing. No clue as to how the salt from the dead sea made it in the mason jar in my shower, but I am on a need to know basis.

 

 

I want to get back to the Earth. That means walking in nature, going to beach and inhaling the fresh salty air, making a worm farm, building furniture out of recycled wood, shopping at the farmers markets and not using plastic.

 

On my mission to refine and strip back. Not over buy, over consumer, and hide behind the many things that we can find to makes ourselves feel valued and safe. I need things less and less. But when I do find a good thing, I want to share it with you who are joining me on this journey,

 

You’ll feel good about SALT by Hendrix not only because it’s good for you but it’s good for all, ethically made and totally a la natural, which is how I’m writing this article. That was probably an overshare by me, my apologies.

 

 

Well Wellness, answer me this.

Well Wellness, answer me this.

Why a post on a womens wellness Instagram account deserves a rant.

This chick is kicking her diagnosis in the a**

Did you know many Epilepsy sufferers are non-drinkers? I didn’t. I fact, I didn’t know anybody who suffered from epilepsy until I met Malinda. And in my mind, I’m not sure what an epilepsy suffered ‘looked like’ but this chick is glam, gorge and super confident. She is totally ok with her diagnosis, she is vocal about bringing attention to her condition, to help anyone in her health predicament feel good about themselves despite a diagnosis. She uses #knowepilepsynofear on Instagram where she BLOGs about her adventures and helps to educate people.  So when it comes to epilepsy, apparently there are some people who are allowed to drink in moderation, all approved by the Dr of course! And the Neurologist and the other health care professionals with the authority to tell you so. However, it didn’t appear to work in Malinda’s favour.

 

Malinda Hayward was 21 years old when she was diagnosed with epilepsy and then spent the next ten years in denial about her condition. Not wanting to accept the diagnosis, she continued to drink as most 21 year olds do. ‘I drank alcohol and not just to enjoy the taste, I guess I didn’t want to miss out on anything that a regular healthy 20-something year olds would be able to try or do’ and on reflection she admits, ‘at times I also used it to self-medicate.’

 

Suffering from chronic depression and severe anxiety since the age of 15, ‘sometimes it was nice to feel good from the ‘high’ that being drunk provided,’ Malinda shares, and other times it was comforting for her to be able to forget about her impending health conditions or the latest break-up that was nursing a broken heart from.

 

It took her health to decline further for Malinda to understand that drinking was no helping. That feeling that so called ‘high’ was taking a huge toll on her mental health, her longevity, her daily life and her physical body. It just wasn’t working for her anymore.

 

So, what is Malinda doing?

 

She’s taking a cheeky three months alcohol-free from June 1st, 2018 and using The Social Rebellion as her guide to navigate this new territory. Malinda admits, ‘I know that I feel 1000 times better when I’ve abstained from alcohol for an extended period,’ and she is ready to find a more sustainably sober life. One that will see her health continually improve, and one you can read about as she shares her journey on Instagram @malindahayward When she is healthy in her mind and body, Malinda understands herself better and makes better choices.

 

During her three months alcohol-free, let’s call it a three-month social rebellion, Malinda is encouraging her friends and family to live alcohol-free her for one of the three months, she is also raising money during her journey for Epilepsy Action Australia.

 

Go girl! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see how your life will transform in three months.