Lifestyle

Of Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle is everything.

The nature of my job has exposed me to so much knowledge that it’s so overwhelming. At the same time, I’ve become so aware of a lot of things that I wouldn’t have known ordinarily because no one teaches you this stuff.

For a long time, I struggled to find my niche. I knew I wasn’t cut out for food or makeup or any other thing females blog about this days. I had zero sense of style and I thought photoshoots were clichĂ© and exhausting. I’d rather be at the back of the camera. Somehow, I found myself in natural hair. But it wasn’t enough. I didn’t think any one would take me seriously if I introduced myself as a natural hair blogger. There had to be something more,something I could relate with, something I could do effortlessly and above all, something I was passionate about. More than hair because frankly, as much as I love writing about it, hair is just hair. No big deal.

So, the journey started. I began looking inwards and somehow, by some divine arrangement, I found myself in the lifestyle niche. The best thing about it was the knowledge really and getting paid to write about it. Every morning, I wake up with the intention of learning something new to write about because to be honest, there’s so much to learn about. Lifestyle is such a broad niche that you can never really run out of things to write about.

Somehow, along the line, I found myself unconsciously adopting some of the things I was reading about. Before I knew it, I began making my own skincare products. I was buying essential oils and whatnot. I began making healthier choices and buying organic stuff. I began working out but stopped by the way and picked up a green tea habit. Lol. I suddenly became aware of everything around me. Suddenly, I felt irritated by overly spiced foods and shawarma because I knew they were full of condiments. I was repulsed by a lot of things. It was unbelievable but somehow I knew at the back of my mind that I wanted to start taking care of my body. I didn’t want to be non-chalant about anything anymore but take stuff seriously early enough.

I originally planned to write about some of the lifestyle changes I made but I figured I could provide some background knowledge. I particularly love that I’m finding new alternatives to a number of things and it’s quite exciting and fascinating.

Every morning, I first thing I do when I wake up is oil pulling. This involves swishing a couple of teaspoons of oil usually coconut oil for about 15 mins before spitting it out and brushing of course. I use sesame oil because it’s plain and tasteless and I swish while I read my devotional. This helps to avoid thinking about the content of my mouth. Oil pulling is basically getting rid of bacteria, toxins and all of the junk the day before and during the night. It basically just improves oral health. I’m been doing this for a while and I have noticed a difference plus I don’t have to spend so much time brushing.

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When I’m done with all of that, the next thing is to make a huge cup of green tea. I developed this tea habit a little over a while ago and I haven’t stopped ever since. I never really like drinking tea or coffee for that matter so I started with flavoured tea and then gradually built momentum. I’m currently drinking Tetley flavoured green tea.

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Liquid gold in a tub..... literally.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a particular handle on my Instagram that was advertising tumeric black soap and I thought it was interesting given that I just bought some tumeric for myself too. So, I decided to contact them and ask for the price and delivery. I definitely expected it to be on the high side especially as it’s custom made and they’re based on the other side of town. But I didn’t think it would be downright outrageous. You see, these are the things that irk me. As much as I love to support SMEs, a number of them usually just exploit people. Anyway, that’s a discussion for another day. Then, I decided to make my own tumeric black soap as usual. I emailed my homegirl – Neni Stone. I’ve been a huge fan since her blogspot days. I ordered a tub of raw black soap, paid for it and it was delivered the next day. I couldn’t be more impressed with customer service. And no, it wasn’t outrageous, it was reasonably priced. So, I got to work. I think I’m just gonna write a detailed review. I basically made my own custom made turmeric lavender black soap for a way lesser price to suit my taste and it was awesome, trust me.

Here’s a lowdown of some of the products that I’ve been using made by yours truly:

Cleansing.
– Tumeric black soap
– Raw honey (I use this to wash my face every night except the days I wear makeup)

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Aloe Cucumber Salt Scrub and Oatmeal Sugar Scrub
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Coffee Body Scrub

Exfoliating
– Sugar Body Scrub (brown and/or white sugar, coconut oil, lemon juice and honey)
– Oatmeal Sugar Body Scrub (oats, brown sugar, honey and coconut oil)
– Coffee Body Scrub(ground coffee, tumeric, lemon juice, coconut oil and honey – this stains like hell!)
– Aloe Cucumber Salt Scrub (The sea salts are usually ready-made so I just add coconut oil and honey. Awesome stuff!)
– Raw baking soda (for blackheads)

Toning
– Green Tea Toner (green tea, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil)

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My very first batch of body butters.

Moisturizing
– Lavender Body Butter (shea butter and/or cocoa butter, coconut oil, sesame oil and lavender oil)
– Sweet Almond Oil ( for my face because it’s very light and not greasy)
– Aloe Vera Gel ( also for my face, just because).

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Multani mitti for my hair and face.

Masks
– Oatmeal facial mask (oatmeal and honey)
– Tumeric facial mask (tumeric and water)
– Multani mitti face pack(I usually use the remnants of my hair pack for my face and I add ACV, honey, coconut oil and tea tree oil)

Makeup Removal
– Oil Cleansing Method (Castor oil + Sunflower seed oil)

Exceptions.
When I’m feeling very fancy, I use the following:
– Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
– St Ives Blemish Control Facial Scrub

It all looks like a lot of work but trust me, it’s not. There’s a part of my room that’s reserved for all of this, mixologies. As much as possible, I try to make them in batches since I’m not making use of any preservatives. Also, the thing about using all natural products is that, there are no visible overnight results. I currently have severe skin issues but I’m not in a hurry. Overtime, I’ve learnt to be patient and let it take its toll. Someday, the results would be accumulated and visible.

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It’s still a tad difficult to eat as  healthy as I want to because I don’t live alone and my family isn’t exactly giddy or enthusiastic about it. But, I try especially when I’m in the kitchen. I’m more aware of a lot of things now so I make better choices. But of course, there are cheat days. Lol. It’s an ongoing process, it’s not something that would happen overnight and I’m super excited for the future.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve started investing in essential oils. I realise that they’re multipurpose so I’m just gonna buy one or two more – Jasmine and Peppermint. But so far, I use:
– Tea Tree Oil
– Eucalyptus Oil
– Lavender Oil
This past week, I had tonsillitis and as a first aid treatment, I just inhaled eucalyptus oil as it’s obliviously anti-inflammatory – yeah, I just guessed. I confirmed later on though. It helped reduce the inflammations and helped me sleep better.

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I’ve also incorporated a number of Ayurvedic practices like the oil pulling for instance and the powders. Although, there are mostly for my hair.

Working out is still a chore for me, sadly. Somewhere in my head, just because I’m not obese or anything, it’s not mandatory. I don’t know either. My kid brother’s having a swell time with my jump rope and the BuzzFeed workout tutorials are just occupying space in my Pocket. I thought about buying a yoga mat on Dealdey, but I haven’t yet decided.

Oh and yeah, I’ve fully recovered from my coke addiction. I barely drink it anymore. I buy water instead.

That’s just about it…I think. Yeah. Pretty much.

~EB

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