A Life In Progress

Taking Better Care November 19, 2008

Filed under: Exercise,Healthy Eating,Me,Natural Health — jdalsin @ 2:03 pm

I’m horrible for this.

I always take care of myself last. There’s no way I’d give the girls just a bowl of noodles and sauce for lunch, for example.  I’d slice up some fruit or veggies to go with it.  I’d do the same for Jordan too.  But for me? I’d eat that bowl of noodles and not bother to make it a rounded meal.

Or when someone in my family is sick, I insist they take it easy, drink a lot of fluids, up their vitamin c, drink tea while snuggling on the couch with a movie, a dab of eucalyptus oil on their collar.  But do I do the same? Rarely.  Same goes for our vitamins and supplements.  I never forget to give the girls their vitamins in the morning but can hardly ever remember to take my own.

I’ve decided that it’s time I started taking better care of myself and then, in turn, be able to keep giving and caring for my family.  It may seem minor but I think all the small things add up.  I want to try to do something I enjoy every day, I want to be sleeping before 10 every night, take all my supplements and my medication, I want to slice veggies for myself, darn it! I am also going to give pilates a try. So those, among a few other things, are what I plan to work on in these next few weeks.

I’ve been feeling like junk for over a month now.  I called about two weeks ago to get into my naturopath and I got the soonest appointment available, January 9th.  I e-mailed her a few days later to give her an update on my thyroid condition and after hearing about it, she said she wanted to see me ASAP.  I go in tomorrow. I’m hoping that together we can find solutions to help me feel my best again.  Because it has been oh so long.


The Cup: Diva Style September 7, 2008

Filed under: Going Green,Me,Natural Health — jdalsin @ 3:01 pm

Just a fair warning, my male readers reader (Hi Mike C!) may want to tune out for this entry.  It may be too much information so read on with caution. 😉

Many of us know the dangers of using tampons.  They contain rayon to help with absorption and dioxins (a chemical used when bleaching) which are a known carcinogen. (If you want more info on this, google it.) There are also rumors that tampons cause you to bleed more and for longer and that they may even lead to cramping.  I’ve been thinking of giving tampons the boot for quite some time.

So, this past week I finally got up the courage to try out my Diva Cup. For those who don’t know, it’s a little silicone cup that you insert instead of a tampon.  Once it’s inside, it opens up, creating a tight seal and simply catches your flow.  Depending on your flow, you have to empty the cup a few times a day.  For me, 2-3 times. 

Anyway, after just one cycle, I am SOLD.  I will never go back to using tampons again.  This may be coincidence, I’m not sure, but I had no cramps this entire period. Not one.  That doesn’t happen. I always have atleast one or two days of moderate cramping and achiness.  And my period that usually lasts 7-8 days is almost gone after day 4.   Maybe those aren’t just rumors after all!

There are other benefits to the Diva Cup as well.  First of all, you can buy them locally usually for around $40 or here online for about $17.  Compare that to the cost of pads and tampons.  Say $10 a month x 12 months x 35+ years of menstrating = $4200+. 

And for those who care about the environmental aspect, think about how much trash your cycle creates using tampons and pads compared to having no garabge from the Diva Cup.  Or consider the chemicals and processes used to make a tampon that are harmful to the earth compared to the resources needed to manufacture one cup. See?  You’ll be saving the earth too.

Best part of all, I keep forgetting that I even have my period.  For real.  I’ve had a few “oh yeah!” moments which, of course, is most excellent. Even Jordan, my husband, keeps saying he’s forgotten since garbage isn’t overflowing with wrappers and I’m not complaining about cramps and backaches. 

It’s only fair that I give the downsides too. Although there are few I’ll include them so this will be a fair review.  It’s a bit tricky to get in properly at first, making sure the cup has popped open and that it’s properly positioned.  I’d recommend wearing a pad for the first cycle just until you know you’ve got it right.  Some people get it right away while others take a few cycles to really master it.  Also, this may be too much info, but it is obviously a little messier than just putting in a tampon but really isn’t that big of a bother.

I believe that Diva Cup even has a money back guarantee if you don’t love it. So try it.  I’m so glad that I did! 🙂


This is the road that never ends March 3, 2008

Filed under: Going Green,Healthy Eating,Me,Natural Health — jdalsin @ 2:36 pm

sigh …

 I write today feeling a little bit defeated.

If you’ve been following this blog at all you know that I’ve been trying to make some changes around our house, with our health, our diets, becoming more environmentally conscious, etc.

I picked up a book from the library called Ecoholic.  It is so full of information.  After I read it my head is full of information.  Too much information.  So much information that I know that I’ll never be able to do it all.  Make the house as healthy as I would like.  Buy clothes that are made from organic materials and made by people getting paid decent wages.  Eat food that has been grown locally and without pesticides.  Ensure that my kids’ toys don’t contain PVC or lead paint.  That the wood we use to build a new deck isn’t destroying some ecosystem. That the soap I wash my body with isn’t full of chemicals that have proven links to cancer. 

So much to know. So much to do.  Where does one draw the line? Am I doing enough? Not enough? 

I wish there was a big store you could go to where in everything was safe and healthy to purchase.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

Really though- this book is FANTASTIC. It’s also Canadian so it will speak of brands and stores you’ve heard of, list internet sites where you can order great products that will actually ship to Canada and so on.  I want to own it!


But be warned. You will be overwhelmed.


Energy January 16, 2008

Filed under: Me,Natural Health — jdalsin @ 10:12 am

I feel like a slug.

Not just today but everyday for the past six or so years.  Nothing to do with having a baby and a toddler, although I’m sure that doesn’t help the energy levels either.

I can’t remember one day in the past six or so years waking up and feeling refreshed. Nor do I remember a single day where I felt like I had enough energy to do the things I wanted to do.  I’m not a lazy person.  I want to do things. I feel motivated to do things.  But the thought of doing them sometimes makes me want to bawl.  Simple tasks are waiting for me, like organizing the linen closet.  It would probably take an hour but I’ve been putting it off for weeks.  Every time I go to do it, I open the door, close it again and think “I just can’t do it today.”  Not “I don’t want to do this today” but actually physically feel like I’d either need a nap first or a long nap afterwards.

I’m finally trying to do something about it.  I’m taking a high potency Vitamin B complex supplement and faithfully taking my iron.  I really hope to be feeling/seeing some results soon.  It is really very hard to not have the energy to do the things you want to do, like run and play with Abby, get organized or even make it through the day without feeling exhausted.

I fall asleep within about 2 minutes of hitting the pillow each night.  Not only that, but I can fall asleep anywhere, any time.  I’ve fallen asleep at the movie theater, in the car, nursing, sitting up reading in the middle of the afternoon.

I feel like I could have such a better quality of life if I just had the energy.  This is something I defintiely want to work on this year.  Six years is too long to feel tired.

Here’s to hoping that in 2008 I get the energy to live the life I want.


Checked Over January 8, 2008

Filed under: Exercise,Me,Natural Health — jdalsin @ 9:09 pm

I had an appointment today with my naturopath.  She really is wonderful and I always look forward to my time with her.  It feels more like gabbing with a really knowledgeable girlfriend rather than a doctors appointment.

I told her about my goals for the year and how I wanted to start fresh with my health.  I explained to her above all else how I wanted my energy back.  Energy that’s been missing for years.  We talked about how I never ever feel refreshed when I wake up in the morning- not just post-baby but for the past 5 or 6 years atleast.  She’s given me some great tips, diet suggestions and supplements to get me going in the right direction.

Unfortunately, since I am nursing we can’t go full throttle on my adrenal fatigue but even getting some energy back in these next few months will be wonderful.  A good start.

I started one of my exercise classes tonight as well.  It’s a Deep Water Workout class done in the deep end of the pool with a floatation belt on.  It was hard.  I ached. In a good way.  I intend to work out two more times a week on my own, as a minimum.  Time to bust out some work out videos and getting sweatin’ in the basement.  It felt so good to get active again since I’ve done very little since Josephine’s arrival.  I haven’t even been walking like Abby and I did everyday for a few months because it’s too chilly here to take a little babe out for long in the stroller.

I ate well today.  I made health goals for the future and started working on some current issues with the help of my naturopath.  I exercised.  I spent time snuggling and playing with Josie. I did crafts, read books and played with paper bag puppets with Abby.  Now I get to go snuggle up for a good night’s rest next to my man.  A good day, for sure.