Call me Healthy

A good while ago, somewhere in May of 2014, I remember posting about going on a Raw Diet. This blog is a follow up on that topic.

So what do I have to say about it? Quite a bit actually…

First of all, I found that Raw Diet is just not about just eating raw foods. The portions and quality and quantity of food make a huge difference. Then I learned about Vegan, a term I had only heard of but had no idea what it meant. Raw Vegan diet is another one that particularly is very interesting and then there is High Carb Low Fat diet of cooked foods. Some people combine the Raw Vegan and High Carb Low Fat diet (HCLF), which makes eating a whole lot more interesting, cleansing and nutritious. However, being an Indian and non-vegetarian, where milk, bread, yogurt, cheese, salt and ghee are an important part of the diet, it did seem pretty drastic Continue reading

Products for Body and Hair care

I would like to start this blog with a warm welcome and thanks to all of my followers both old and new 🙂 Thanks for your much needed support in my adventure of blogging.

I have been away from my blog for a while because my laptop got sick. But I am back now and have some new things to talk about! So lets get started..

I do not know how this would sound to most of you but in the past 9-10 years, my life has not been very stable and money was very Very tight! I remember buying expensive products and as many of it as I desired, back when I lived with my parents in Kuwait and India but after coming to US and getting married, divorced and later on moving to a Domestic Violence shelter and from there taking baby steps to gather the remaining pieces of my life together…this whole ordeal left me with no desire to select, pick and make choices for what went in or on my body. That was in fact the last thing on my mind with all the other major stress that I was going through. Continue reading

Raw Diet…May be?!

Hi! I am going to act like you were all waiting for me to post something new ( lol !…) and I apologize for not getting the time to post anything new last week. I have been extremely busy with some important things that I was waiting for almost 10 yrs now. Finally its happening and I will share it all with you when I am ready to.

For now I am going to talk about Raw Diet.

Yes I have been bit by the raw diet bug! I mean check out some of the blogs of people on raw food diet and tell me if it doesn’t inspire you. Okay..okay..I take that back. I know a lot of you out there that are not as crazy about quitting everything you would normally eat and live on raw greens and a hand full of fruits. I thought so too. I really thought it’s a crazy idea. But then I tried and it really is not! It is SUPER good for your body, both inside and out and helps you loose weight! Wait ..what?? Oh yeah!!…How can I then not give this a try?! Continue reading

Invest in Yourself

It was 2006. About the last few months of that year when I noticed a change in my body. I was gaining weight after weighing no more than a 100 pounds in the past 5 years. No surprise there…I was pregnant and bound to be gaining weight. In 2007 my daughter was born. After the C-section it took a while to heal and function the same again. I gained 50 pounds when I was pregnant. For some reason I thought once I give birth to my baby I can get rid of the pounds. The baby was out and I was still 50 pounds over weight.

More power to all of you out there to whom gaining weight is no big of a deal. I come across so many fashion blogs of such vibrant personalities rocking their style and extra pounds looking fabulous. Unfortunately, such is not the case with me and because it bothers me, I have taken on myself since 2007 to get rid of the extra 50 pounds. I have tried diets, pills, home remedies, raw diets, juicing, exercise and I have fallen every time out of my routine and lost it. But I never quit trying. My experience tells me that the best way to drop pounds is to exercise while you eat healthy with healthy portions.

For right now, I have taken upon me to exercise at least 30 minutes in or outside my house and also to try to eat healthy. Driving to a gym or being able to afford one is not one of my options so I pick out of the best options available to me.

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Hair care – The Natural way!

Today I would like to talk about my hair and how I have been taking care of it since the past month. Wish I had a camera to record a video on my hair so I could show you the progress I am making but I will do my best to post reviews through pictures and also try to upload short videos on my Instagram page so make sure to check that out if you are interested.

During my childhood days my mom generally took great care of my hair. She used her own concoction of coconut oil and amla etc..to prepare oil that she would generously soak my hair in and the results were that my hair was longer than my own height! I was an Indian Rapunzel!! As I grew older my hair was still comparatively very healthy and dark and silky and just about everything a girl can dream of her pretty hair to look like.

In 2004, after I came to USA, was the first time when my hair was not under my mom’s care anymore. I had a few grays (mostly in the front part of my head due to stress at home and poor diet) and I started dying it with chemical dyes instead of heena, which is what I used back when I lived with my mom because I was new here and could not find heena in this part of USA at the time. Also I was not nourishing my hair with the oils that my mom use to saturate my hair with. My hair felt literally “orphaned” without my mom to take care of it. 😦

Then came a long struggle of 5 yrs of bad marriage, a very hard pregnancy and child birth, severely poor financial conditions, divorce, grief and transition to a completely new chapter in my life of a single mom and all the hardships that come along with it! My hair by now was barely looking anything like what they ever looked like. I had more than half of my hair covered in grays, they stopped growing as much, they started breaking easily and lost its luster and shine. I had to use several serums and hot oils and straighten my hair regularly to make it look partially normal.

Then one day I noticed something that was a wake up call to me: a balding spot right in the center of my scalp! “NOOO! I am definitely not having that!!”, is what I said to my self and then on began trying to figure out how to fix my hair. I researched and googled all over the w.w.w. and came across some home remedies including RED OIL. I was reading reviews on it and what I liked the most is that there were plenty reviews on this product with the results that I wanted to achieve with my hair. It seemed like a quick fix and the ingredients were all natural. You can’t get any thing better than that when you are desperate to get rid of your bald spot and see changes in your hair, can you? But in my case such was not the case, unfortunately. I work part time and at that moment was out of job because my EAD card was waiting for a renewal.

So every day I would sit and stare at this face book page of Gia Nasim and admire her beauty (no… Red Oil will not make you look like her, she is born with it ladies!) and her beautiful, flowing, gorgeously amazing long hair!!! (and yes you CAN achieve that with Red Oil!! Yaaay! 🙂 ) It finally got attention of my boyfriend and he decided to save money for me and buy me some Red Oil. After over 6 months of waiting and wishing I had the money to buy it, I had my Red Oil shipped to me finally. I bought 2 bottles of 500ml each and along came a cute little sample of body oil which smells like heaven!! I have yet to use it to do a review on it. More on that later in some other blog.

So lets get to the Red Oil, shall we?

What’s in it?

Everything that is good for your hair and some!

It has ingredients like –  Olive, coconut, Vitamin E, avocado extracts, Vitamin K, almond, Rose hip & mustard seed, Vitamin A & C, castor, lavender, wild flower & herb extracts. 

Directions on how to use it – According to Gia Nasim’s instructions, for normal hair, use once a week. For very dry and damaged hair, use 2 times a week. DO NOT miss your weekly treatments. It will decrease the effectiveness of the product. The product may become somewhat solid depending on what temperature it is kept at. Shake the bottle well. Pour the amount of oil you will use in your hair into a bowl. Heat it up to a desired temperature. (Note: Warmer oil will distribute out over your scalp more than cool oil will, but DO NOT make it too hot) To encourage new growth, massage the oil into the entire scalp GENTLY with your finger tips for 10 to 12 minutes. Coat the rest of the hair and ends in the oil as well. For dry and damaged hair, use slightly more oil on the hair and ends, but also cover scalp in oil to strengthen hair roots. Leave oil in hair for a minimum of 2 hours. For best results leave in over night. When washing it out, shampoo your hair as you regularly would. Wash. Repeat the shampoo with half the amount of shampoo you just previously used. Your hair may still feel oily after the 2nd shampoo, but that is normal. Condition hair and wash. Since it has NO harmful chemicals, and is an all natural product, therefore the extent of the product working varies from person to person. Eating a proper diet and staying hydrated will speed up the process to achieving healthy hair.

Moment of truth! (my review) – I do not feel it is the right time yet for me to post a review on Red Oil but I must say after using it only once, my hair felt extremely soft and the second time I used it, I noticed besides the added softness, my hair was shining, and did not tangle and the hair fall problem was cured already! I had a severe problem of hair fall. My boyfriend hates it but he is so kind that he will patiently pick up and get rid of my fallen hair from every where I go and I always have felt so guilty for it. But that is a thing of the past now! 🙂  I consider that to be a huge difference in just 2 applications. I can only imagine what my hair would turn out like in a couple months from now after using Red Oil consistently…!

To add to the Red Oil treatments, I have also started dying my hair naturally with Heena and Indigo powder. I bought myself an entire new set of hair combs which work wonders! I will be posting more on the Heena recipe for my hair dye so stay tuned if you wish to follow my directions.

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Now if any of the above information has peaked your interest and you wish to buy it, continue reading..

Red Oil – Just message Gia Nasim on her facebook page or click here ->  https://www.facebook.com/giavenusartistry to buy this product. The Red Oil cost me $65.00 for a 500ml bottle but I believe the cost varies from where you live at and your mode of payments so the best option would be to check with Gia and she should be able to reply you with all the details.

Heena – You can buy it online and it is quiet inexpensive. I bought mine from a store in Carbondale, IL for $7.99 while we were on a trip.

Word of caution – Avoid buying Black henna that contains an added chemical called para-phenylenediamine also known as PPD. Read your ingredients carefully.

Indigo powder – Also can be bought online or at an Indian grocery store. I bought mine for $3.99 at a store.

Hair combs – I bought all 3 in the above pic from Sally’s Beauty supply. Each for about $3.

So far I am very pleased with my buys and the results I see on my hair due to this new and natural way of taking care of my hair. I realized that with a little expense I can take care of my hair and know that it will not have any side effects.

Do you have a success story of your hair care? What do you do to cure your hair problems? Make sure to share your ideas in the comments below.

 

Best wishes…

 

PS: This review about Red Oil by Gia Nasim is my personal opinion. I was not contacted by Gia Nasim or paid for this blog post.

 

Be Happy!

After my divorce and starting a new chapter in life free from abuse, I had a realization: I realized I had wasted my life. First by making wrong choices and then going through the healing process, which does not happen over night. What about the prime years of my life that I have lost? I love to sing. I wanted to be a singer – a career that requires practice, time and struggles before you get to enjoy the fruits of a full fledged singing career. While I struggled and battled with the odds in my life, the people I had known from my past have already achieved  a lot and moved on in life, while I still am struggling trying to make the basics of survival possible each day. When ever I come across an old friend on face book, I realize how the years of my life are slipping by.

At this point I had to ask, “What do I want from life?” 

Since re-living what I have lost now from my past is not possible, what is it that I need to be doing now? I left my family, my country, my ex-husband and till this day I struggle with court and immigration issues, to fight for my right of peace, of satisfaction which would bring me happiness. There it is! I know what I want from my life: I want to be Happy.

Now the question is – How do u stay happy? Do we know where our happiness truly is? Continue reading