Author: greenbananagirl

Part 3- The effect of the autoimmune diet for alopecia areata and how I grew my hair back.

What really happened on the autoimmune inflammation diet with my alopecia areata? Month 1 and 2– I didn’t see much hair growth but I felt GREAT. I wasn’t tired, sluggish and any sort of mind fuzz was gone. I had incredible energy and my body snapped into some muscular super hero shape. Mind you I was riding horses three times a week and doing heavy manual labor (I was a tour manager) but the diet change really turned me into a health mutant. I am already in shape but I had to make sure I was eating A LOT to keep me at a healthy weight and not waste away. I already have a crazy good metabolism from my many years as a dancer.  Incredibly this diet really trains your body to burn fat and not carbs. To recap the crap I was dealing with: When I tell you I was eating an avocado a day I’m not kidding. I needed those nutrients! Month 3 and 4– I started to see thin strands coming in like when you can …

Why every feminist should be using feminine wash PH soap.

Ph soap or feminine wash is not a feminist movement for your lady parts, it’s the proper care needed to maintain the good bacteria and ph level of dare I say the most important physical part of a woman. If you call yourself a feminist you better be using proper feminine wash Ph soap. This isn’t political, it’s science. Just like how woman are the stronger sex…wink wink. Feminine wash PH soap is a wash that maintains the good bacteria and natural acidity of your vagina. I have read that some OBGYN’s say feminine wash is unnecessary citing that our bodies are pretty good at maintaining themselves. While I do agree on some level I’m sure we have all used regular soap and felt the dryness in our special area when it’s clear we used the wrong wash. Soaps or other non gentle cleansers can strip the good bacteria and cause unwanted imbalances.  So here are my top reasons I use Ph soap: Maintains a healthy PH level– Our vagina (the collective one) sits at …

Why Binchotan Charcoal is better than your water filter.

Binchotan Charcoal is better than your water filter. Binchotan Charcoal, YAAS Bitch. Not familiar? How about activated charcoal, charcoal pills, charcoal powder? We’ve read countless articles telling us why charcoal can remove impurities, absorb toxins and make our skin flawless. Did you know it can also purify and alkalinize our water? Binchotan Charcoal, Sumi or Kishu Binchotan Charcoal hails from Japan and is reusable, recyclable and all natural. These charcoal sticks are made from the highest quality Japanese Holm Oak, a tree native to Japan. Hello, charcoal is from a tree…did I know this? The charcoal is burned in small workshops by skilled artisans at extremely high temperatures and are then rapidly cooled, like how cool I feel from using Binchotan charcoal for my water filter. How does Binchotan Charcoal work? In so many ways folks. Here’s why you need to be using charcoal sticks in stead of your tired old Brita water filter: Absorbs water born chemicals – The process called “Nerashi” carbonizes the structure of the wood leaving microscopic cavities where water born …

benefits of collagen

The unexpected benefits of adding extra collagen in your diet.

If you haven’t heard about the new collagen trend that is taking off and forming companies like Vital Proteins let me give you the complete rundown. A collagen rich diet is not a new thing and cultures around the world have been eating collagen rich diets for hundreds and thousands of years. Check out my post on foods we tried to pass of like we discovered to learn about the cultures who brought us our current food trends. Adding extra collagen to your diet is easy. Collagen, which is found in the bones, muscles, and skin is the most abundant protein found in the human body. We are most familiar with collagen relating to our skin back from those old plastic surgery jokes. The collagen molecules act together to allow skin elasticity and strength but what we perhaps are not familiar with is collagen’s incredible benefit and really the one to write home or you all about is it’s benefits relating to your gut health. Most of our collagen intake comes from meat and chicken …

working from home

Is working from home really right for you?

Working from home is a romantic notion we have all dreamed about at some point while working in an office, with others, or for a boss or manager we don’t love. If we could only work from home our problems will be solved. Right? Wrong? You decide. Working from home won’t solve the problem that you are still working for someone else. Let’s be honest most of us think the idea of working from home is a bridge to eventually working for ourselves on our own terms. Unfortunately that’s not really how it works. There is a major difference between working for yourself and working from home. If you work from home you are still working on someone else’s time. You still have to job to do. If your company, boss, or manager don’t bring you happy thoughts now it’s likely working from home will be a symptomatic choice. Let’s look at the top unfavorable possibilities working from home may bring. Here are the cons: Micromanager- It is possible if you are trying to escape the boss …

The cultures who introduced us to alkaline, anti inflammatory and fermented foods.

It’s no secret I openly scoff at trends. Maybe it’s because I mostly shop at TjMaxx and Marshalls so I am always a season or two behind. Alkaline, Anti inflammatory and Fermented Foods have become somewhat of a health food trend popping up in magazines, from celebrities and from faint whispers in the back of your yoga class. A trend it is not. These foods have been around for hundred of years in cultures all over the world. What is alkaline? Alkaline is a term related to the PH scale. The Ph scale measures how acidic or base a substance is. Acidic meaning acidic and base meaning alkaline. Why should I care about my PH? Your body’s most optimal and healthy blood PH should sit somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45. I do want to note that your urine PH and your blood PH are different and come from different bodily regulated systems. PH strips can test saliva and urine but testing your blood PH will require a blood test over a course of time. Alkaline forming …

sleepy time tea

The best tea for sleep that isn’t chamomile tea.

When looking for a sleep tea or sleepy time tea chamomile tea tends to be the most suggested. Is chamomile tea effective to soothe? Absolutely, whatever helps you count those sheep but let me introduce you to a serious contender, Passi Flora tea aka Passion Flower tea. Not being able to fall asleep or having a shitty nights’ sleep is the absolute worse. Top reasons affecting your slumber include: thinking too much or problem solving (I do by best work at night) eating protein too close to bed time hormonal changes (enter night sweats) room temperature being too warm working out late caffeine still in your system – it takes 12 hours to leave your system  abnormal sleep patterns like sleeping in too late or staying up watching Netflix shows all night I have experienced all these using chamomile tea as my soother until I discovered my ultimate sleep tea, Passi Flora. Passi Flora also known as Passion Flower is an herb that has been used by Natives of South and North America for hundreds of …

eating healthy when everyone around you doesn't

Tips for eating healthy when everyone around you doesn’t.

As summer is fast approaching the time for bikinis-or actually one pieces since they are now in style and way chic-er, cook outs, and crop tops are at hand. With warm weather comes body bearing and food sharing and if you are trying to eat healthy and treat your body and soul like the temple it is, it can be incredibly hard when living with family, roommates or children who don’t see eye to eye when it comes to eating healthy. So how do you eat healthy when no one else will? Thanks to the amazing digital health community, myself Angie Santos at Greenbanangirl.com and Sarah Pollard at Sarahpollard.org have partnered to bring you this summer’s must have tips to staying on track and eating healthy when dealing with picky eaters, junk food lovers, significant others and children!  Sarah! I’m Sarah a newly certified holistic health coach but didn’t always care about my health. If you hung out with me four years ago, you would know that I would visit the drive through often, eat …

wellness tourism

The wellness tourism experience that will make you want to trade in your hotel for a monastery.

To be clear, wellness tourism does not have to mean spending $5000 American dollars to sit in silence with strangers, drink clay and eat organic foods; I can just go to Portland for that…shout out Portland! Wellness tourism is a travel experience that puts you in a state of receptivity. Unfortunately in our daily lives we aren’t always able to sustain that feeling of openness unless you are Ghandi, Oprah or high. Wellness travel can start with the intention to unwind, experience a new culture, gain perspective on your life, or get away from the familiar. Travel reminds us that the world is way bigger than the 9 to 5, Starbucks latte, or weekend visits with the fam. It’s a way to check in with yourself and make space so whatever is coming your way can enter your atmosphere. While trying to book a last minute hotel after deciding we would have to make the almost three hour drive from Montreal to Quebec City in hopes of running into Celine Dion, the greatest singer in the world, we found this …