DIY project Desk to paint antique white

Well Hello 
Today was a great day!

I want to wish you a wonderful weekend ahead and many fun times to be had! I thought I would start the weekend right by getting a head start on my DIY Project. Take a look I would like you to join me on my little journey and learn how to antique my old grandmother's desk. I love the look of the desk but it needs an updated look! I think I would like to use it as a vanity! Check it out! This is the first stage of the project. To be continued...

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I m m u n i t y

When you talk about cleansing or  detoxifying the body?  What is our ultimate goal?  The goal is to boost our  natural body's ability to heal itself,  namely our immune system or "immunity".  
The toxins that are so prevalent  in our environment are  becoming more and more difficult to avoid.   From healthy products, to healthy food,  to air, water and everything else.
I am definitely a nature lover.   I guess we all need to become  nature conservationists to help  preserve what clean air, water  and environment that we have left. 

Ultimately, if we preserve our environment,  we are then able to preserve our health also.
How can we preserve our environment? Here are some ideas?
Recycling is a good start. 
Buying and using products that are biodegradable.
Plant a tree.
Get a tune-up for your car.
Water your lawn in the morning.
Donate unused items to Goodwill.
Walk or ride a bike for transportation,  for a change.
Use rechargeable batteries.
Here's to your health!
Love, Nikki B.

D E T O X I F Y and B E A U T I F Y (part three)

Continuing on the idea of detoxifying the body, we can look at some of the unhealthy ingredients found in food :
monosodium glutamate propylene glycol high fructose corn syrup sugar If we had an assignment to write down all the ingredients in all the 
food that we eat,
we would be so tired of all the writing, there are so many 
chemicals.  So what is clean food?
How can you avoid all the "unhealthy" chemicals?  A solution is to 
just buy products that are nutrient-dense, low carbohydrate food.  
How to begin a healthy approach?   If I said it another way, how do we increase our longevity and 
decrease exposure to chronic disease?   MAN-MADE food is full of the chemicals.  Increase the simple 
foods in your diet and you will start to see results right away as to 
how you feel and the best part, you will start to become lean, 
without even trying.  Let us heal ourselves.  Let us stop consuming 
the man-made chemicals.
How do you detoxify your body?  
You first must stop ingesting the toxins in th…

B E A U T I F Y and D E T O X I F Y (part two)

Formaldehyde is another commonly used chemical found in household cosmetic and personal products.
Today we will look at our second ingredient, Formaldehyde, what it is, what it does, where do you find it, and what can it lead us to.  We will look at the other chemicals in following days,  if you care to read the blog daily.  

Formaldehyde, what is it?
According to OSHA formaldehyde is defined as Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas often found in aqueous (water- based) solutions. Also according to an online dictionary Formaldehyde (n.) is 1.(MeSH)A highly reactive aldehyde gas formed by oxidation or incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. In solution, it has a wide range of uses: in the manufacture of resins and textiles, as a disinfectant, and as a laboratory fixative or preservative. Formaldehyde solution (formalin) is considered a hazardous compound, and its vapor toxic. (From Reynolds, Martindale The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p. 717)

According to the CDC, Formaldehyde has Sy…

B E A U T I F Y and D E T O X I F Y

We talked a little yesterday about the chemicals in food. But why not take a little glance at some of the names of chemicals in our makeup; hand lotion; soap; shampoo and household cleaners?

It's not a new discussion here regarding "things that are bad for you" and some of the names may be very familiar to you.  Let's just go over a few and what are the actual facts regarding each chemical, according to a California State Report.

Phenol, Formaldehyde, Cocamide DEA, Nitrosamine, Propylene glycol, Phthalates, and Parabens are just a few ingredients used in common household cosmetic and personal products, to name a few.

All we have to do is grab a product and read the back of the label, and if they contain any of the ingredients listed above, then you will be taking the first step in "Detoxifying your body" of harmful chemicals.

The purpose of detoxifying your body is to bring you to your most optimal state of health and well being.  Let's begin.


Food Challenge

I love to talk about nutrition (since I am a nurse) with my patients.  So I thought I would talk to you about it in my blog.  Have you ever considered how hard it would be to eat "Clean Food?"  Now you are probably wondering  "What is she talking about here?"

Well let's take a look at our choices. There's home cooked food; fast food; ethnic food; canned food;  frozen food; prepared foods; catered foods; raw food;  whole food, just to start the list but  I could go on.  It's just to get you to  really think about your food and  where it comes from and what goes into it.  Clean food to me would be  "with no chemicals added".  The fewer  "middle men" that handle  my food, the better.  

So clean food to me, would be whole food, locally grown, and in its natural state.  In other words, the way nature intended it to be.  But I am not a vegetarian (although I could be).  Anyway the less chemicals (or words that you can't pronounce) on the label of …

NikkB's Notes: Happy and Healthy MONDAY!

NikkB's Notes: Happy and Healthy MONDAY!: Hope your Monday brings you all good things!   Remember to take rest breaks! Eat whole foods to give you energy! Take a b...