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Fall Asleep FAST! April 20, 2015

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Sleepless, stressed and most importantly sleepless. Did I mention sleepless? It’s the most agonizing thing almost anyone can go through. Just laying there, staring at the clock, thinking about how many hours you have left to potentially get some rest before you have to wake up? If you haven’t been there, you’re not human. Try this on for size! The 4-7-8 breathing trick! DLIH TESTED, DLIH APPROVED!

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It’s not the easiest thing in the world, do not be fooled. Also, it may not knock you out in a 30 second flat like the article seems to claim, but what it will do is relax your body and get you into sleeping mode. Due to the concentration on breathing and counting, it will eliminate the chance of your mind wandering to things that you are stressed or worried about. If it doesn’t help you fall asleep right away, it will get you to Mr. Sandman time much faster!

As Simple as Sugar! June 20, 2014

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Anyone who has spent more than ten minutes with me knows that I have an enormous sweet tooth, probably more so than most other people on the planet. If there’s dessert, I’m there, but I recently found a product that is as sweet as sugar (literally!) but rather than making you breakout and plump up, it does something good for your body.

Not too long ago, I did a juice cleanse. What I learned through this process was to pay attention to what really goes into my body. It’s amazing how much your skin absorbs, more than you could ever be aware of. I began to read more and more articles about what makes a product natural or organic, what makes it good for you, and how it can benefit you. I made a lot of life changes after this cleanse, and one thing I definitely wanted to change was my skin care routine. No matter how good a product it, it’s full of chemicals. If you do the research, you find out that actually most things found in nature can do the same job as all those compounds on the shelves of Walgreens. I tried to concoct some of my own formulas for skin care, but there is a reality of life – time, money, energy, effort. Sometimes, those four magic factors don’t always work together. So, I tried a new route, finding something that was natural and healthy but also wasn’t going to crack any paychecks.

Then, it dawned on me (while running on the treadmill, at the gym…okay, okay, it was on the TV!) a Shark Tank product! As a big fan of the show, I’m always shouting “I want that!” but sometimes, forget to follow through. When I saw an update about Simple Sugars, I remembered how much I had wanted it so many months ago. Simple Sugars is a skin wash/exfoliant made up of natural smells, flavors, ingredients and, yes, sugar! Unlike sugar water, it doesn’t leave you feeling sticky and even more clogged, it really does work! If you want to read the ins and outs of Simple Sugars, their website is a great source, but rather than rattling on about the great benefits to skin, let’s chat about what a real life experience with Simple Sugars feels like.

The variety of body, foot, and face scrubs, plus the different smells, or “flavors”, makes it hard to choose which to start off with! Different ingredients have different properties so I went with Coffee for my face and Lavender for my body. I love how caffeine perks up my skin, and the smell wakes me up and comforts me, not to mention, I have used coffee grinds on my face before and love how smooth they leave it. I also love lavender for opposite reasons, it’s so soothing and relaxing and always leaves me feeling refreshed in a calm and rejuvenated way. Simple Sugars work on the skin, but they’re also fun! Mixing it each time (the oil and sugar separate), glopping some onto your skin and getting all soft and smooth as you wait for the sugar to “melt”, then you wash it off and,”aaaaahhh” so clean! The best part – the oil!

I hate any kind of oil on my skin, it makes me feel gross. I rarely use moisturizers because of this, I hate the residue they leave. Simple Sugars oil is different. After you pat dry, or get out of the shower, you instantly feel this silkiness. At first, it really feels like oil, but after a couple of minutes it soaks into your pores and it almost feels like a soothing medication; like when you have a bug bite and cortisone cream makes it stop itching. It’s an experience you have to feel for yourself. I feel like I am making my skin healthier.

The great part of this experience is how relatively inexpensive it is, I paid under $40 for both scrubs that will probably last me a couple of months. I’m excited to try all the different smells and happy healing properties of the different scents and ingredients! Most of all, I am so happy to have found something that is good for me and my skin, and I think is just fun to use, who doesn’t want a mini-at home spa?!

Get your own sweet tooth at SimpleSugars.com and check out this young entrepreneur’s story on Shark Tank! Support American businesses while being healthy and happy!

Happy scrubbing!

Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit – The Post May 7, 2014

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Around Chicago, Cleanse Mind Body Spirit, Cooking, Cross Training for Life, Food/Dining, Health and Fitness, How To, Medical, Review.
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Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit

Yes, I’ve been doing a juice cleanse. Read my pre-cleanse and juicing experience here

So here I am, at the end of my juice cleanse! Hooray! And when I say I couldn’t wait to start eating solid food again, I really couldn’t wait. Still, I did what JuiceRX recommended and started slow, and I learned why the system works, very quickly.

I started the morning light with food that my body was used to, fruits. I also had a cup of plain Greek yogurt, as the company recommend it. I held off on all other dairy for another day. For lunch and dinner I stayed with fruits and veggies and started to reincorporate small portions of other things like carbs or condiments. The second day, I started eating cheese again and small portions of meat and fish. It wasn’t until the third day that I went back to my “normal” diet.

The first time I had meat, my stomach really felt like it was going to explode. It was as if the smallest portion made me so full! However, I took this as a good thing, I had definitely gotten used to over eating and now was a good time to kick that habit. The other thing I noticed was that I was much more conscious of my food combinations, I had some soup with my meat or a huge side of veggies with my fish. Prior to the cleanse, I found it really easy to just eat one thing and one thing only. The first time I had dressing, coffee, and tomatoes my body felt like it was a machine in a factory. Churning some kind of industrial waste. If it sounds like a weird, weird sentence, understandably so. What I mean is that my body definitely can tell what is natural and what is not. More so than being refreshed and rebooted from my cleanse, I felt that it made me so aware of what I was putting in my body.

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Tuna with Kale, Salad, Sweet Potatoes with Avocado, Kale Chips – Look at all that green! Yum!

When I started eating again, I found it easy to make better decisions. These are the food choices I used to make, years before I fell of my healthy eating bandwagon. When traveling, I’ll opt for a fruit cup or veggie platter and granola bar instead of a Subway sandwich and chips. I also started reading the ingredients in things, working to eat clean and only buy happy meat and dairy products (pasteurized or free-range). I also switched to all organic produce, I now exclusively shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joes and watch how much fat and processed goods I am putting in my body, rather than how many calories. This lifestyle doesn’t just make me feel healthier, it makes me feel better as a person, like when you get into college, you feel like your taking a step in the right direction.

I don’t think I’m going to give up everything – baseball games are for beer and hotdogs, movies are for popcorn, weddings are for cake, and late nights are for chips and chocolate. It’s not really about cutting all these things out for me, it’s about making good choices 85% of the time so that 15% of bad choices don’t win the battle of the cholesterol. I might not feel this overwhelming feeling of being refreshed from my cleanse, but just because I don’t feel on top of the world doesn’t mean I don’t think what I did wasn’t beneficial and it hasn’t given me a good boost to be healthy again. It hasn’t just affect my eating, it’s made me more motivated and conscious about working out, walking instead of driving, taking the stairs, over all healthy habits that are easy to fall out of.

If you’re considering a juice cleanse, I highly recommend it. It’s going to benefit you in the long run, and you won’t regret it. Sometimes you need a kick in the pants to get where you want to be, this did it for me!

Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit – The Juicing! April 29, 2014

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Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit

DAY 1
I woke up and I was HUNGRY! I started with just some water. The juices are supposed to be spread out every 2 or so hours after your breakfast drink. I didn’t want to start too early and then feel hungry at night. I had my first drink around 9am – Spicy Lemonade. It was so good! I couldn’t help myself from downing it in just a few minutes. Of course, when you start something like this you think it won’t taste good or it’ll be hard to not drink them all from hunger, but honestly, once I had one I felt very comfortable and didn’t want to eat or drink anything else. For every juice I had, I refilled the bottle with filtered water so I would be sure to get plenty of water. This helps clear out toxins and the natural sugars that the drinks may contain (Yes, you will go the bathroom a lot!). Around 11:15 I felt hungry again, so I had my Liquid Lipo. I don’t like cinnamon, so I didn’t love it at first but after a pic20140427120924few sips it became more familiar and I had no problem getting it down. I was surprised with how not-hungry I was throughout the morning and afternoon. I wouldn’t say I felt full, but I was very content and I didn’t feel like I was watching the clock, waiting for my next juice. I also felt very alert and awake, contrary to how I thought I’d feel, lethargic and tired. I had loads of energy! Go figure! I didn’t really need my next drink until after 1. I didn’t like my Lunchtime Detox at all. It was likable enough to drink and get down, but it definitely took me about an hour to drink the entire thing. The whole day had been great until about 4, that’s when I got my first whiff of food. UGGGH, hamburgers, chips, BBQ, macaroni and cheese, I wanted it all! It was tough, really, really tough. I hurried home to basically hide myself away from sights and smells of yummy food. I wouldn’t say I was hungry, I was just tempted by all the goodness around me. I was also tired, at this point, of consuming sweet tasting things and just wanted a taco, full of salt and sodium and spice. sigh. I pushed through and once I got home, had my fourth drink of the day, Cucumber-Mint Electrolyte Boost. At this point, I was pretty “hungry” and by “hungry” I mean that I was craving all sorts of things – hamburgers, pizza, chips, soup, even just things like crackers, but I didn’t actually feel hungry, my stomach felt full. My fifth drink was The Evening Green – as green as it sounds! That held me over until about 10sih. My final drink was Strawberries ‘n Cream Cashew Milk and it was so super yummy! Like a strawberry milkshake! I couldn’t finish the entire thing, so I left some of it as a snack for the next day.

DAY 2
Day two went much the same as day one. I kept the order of my drinks and continued to drink lots of water. I found that the busier I kept myself the easier it all was. I even went out to a bar, with food, and was able to just have water. Towards the end of the day, I found that I was less and less able to finish the drinks. Part of this was probably attributed to the fact that I was simply tired of drinking juice and would have rather had a V8 or something not so sweet, the other part was probably due to the fact that my body had gotten used to it’s digestive hiatus and didn’t require as much liquid to feel full. I also noticed how some of the drinks I wasn’t crazy about the day before, I liked today, but then some of the others that I felt were okay I really didn’t like anymore. My tastebuds were definitely more aware, which was an interesting affect I didn’t now the cleanse would have.

DAY 3
I’ll admit, by day 3 I was tired of doing this thing! But I didn’t want to just stop. When I was reading reviews and doing research about juice cleanses, the one overwhelming thing I read was that people felt so much better, different and energized while doing the cleanse, especially by day 3. I felt the same, the same as I always do. I had no doubt that what I did was great for my body, and the reset I needed, but it also made me confident in my daily diet, to know that I was eating healthy and balanced enough that my body didn’t need a huge restart, just a little kick. When you’re not feeling this overwhelming difference, it’s hard to keep going, but but by day 3, your body and your mind are already used to what’s going on, so it’s worth getting through it. While I was finishing my last round, I made a healthy shopping list and went to Whole Foods to get my post foods. I also wanted to buy more healthy food, if this cleanse taught me anything, it’s that going back to my old healthy ways was worth it!

Stay tuned for my Post Cleanse write up, in the meantime, read about how I got here!

Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit – Prep Days April 26, 2014

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Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit

Believe it or not, doing a cleanse does not mean you can chow down on Taco Bell the night before and devour a pint of ice cream the morning after it’s done. Similar to putting a gold fish in a new fish tank, you have to ease your body into it so it doesn’t go into shock. If you’re eating funions one night and then green juice the next, your digestive system is going to flip out! The company I ordered from, Juice RX, was really great in both prepping you for your cleanse and also helping you come off it. I followed a lot of their tips and combined some of my own knowledge of nutrition.

I started to give up things in a tier format; the first day I gave up caffeine (coffee and otherwise), all meat and processed cheeses,any bottled drinks or brand name juices, sweets or junk foods. I had very limited dairy and very limited carbs, either of which I only ate in healthy forms. Throughout the next couple of days, I gave up more and more of these processed things, opting for things like Almond Milk and Olive Oil instead of milk or dressing. One of the things I had a really hard time with the first day was that I wasn’t dieting, or starving myself – I kept feeling really hungry and kept denying my body food because I thought I was prepping it. Then it clicked, that as long as I was eating lots of raw fruits and veggies, and other healthy things, I didn’t need to be hungry. I drank a lot of water all throughout the day which helped me feel less hungry and got ride of toxins, plus helped get my body ready for more liquids and less food.

Another thing it took me,until day two of prep, to realize was WHY I kept feeling so hungry. I remembered a couple years ago I was told by my nutritionist that, because of my height, weight, and the healthy food I was eating, my metabolism was burning food fast so I had to eat every three hours. When I eat a bagel and coffee, soup and salad, and then Chinese food for dinner, it takes hours to digest everything, however, when I’m eating these smaller meals of leafy greens, fruits, chia puddings, and water, everything is burning faster. Again, the goal wasn’t to not eat, it was to monitor my healthy food intact. After I realized this I started having my three normal meals and then 3-4 small healthy snacks when I got hungry i.e. A 1/2 cup of rice, granola bar, trail mix, apple, carrots and hummus. The entire Juice RX website advocates that you shouldn’t stop your normal routines or force yourself to do things you don’t want to, it’s just about making better choices.

I’m human, so, I cheated. I wanted to mention this specifically because I didn’t want people out there to think this was easy, like I could just sit next to my co-workers eating Cheetos and not want one. I got one Starbucks coffee, I was just craving it so bad! After I got it, believe it or not, I felt a lot better. Know what your body really needs and know what it simply wants. It was the only time I fell off of my prep routines and I made the choice, then and there, to not beat myself up about it.

That night, my juices arrived via delivery. I checked them out, and then set them up in the fridge.

Even my cat loved the juices from Juice RX!

Even my cat loved the juices from Juice RX!

I will be honest, the night before I started my juice cleanse, I freaked out. After all, when was the last time I didn’t eat AT ALL for THREE DAYS! I was scared it would be hard, I’d feel uncomfortable, or that I wouldn’t like it and want to give up but not want to feel defeated, like I failed. I was really nervous but then seeing my actual juices made me feel more excited than anything else and ready to get this show on the road!

Tomorrow morning I start my actual juice cleanse, let’s see how it goes!!!

 

Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit – Pre Day 1 April 20, 2014

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Cleanse: Mind, Body, Spirit

Everything they’ve ever told you is true – it’s harder to lose weight as you get older, your metabolism slows down, it’s harder to find the time to workout, significant others change your schedule, and your habits. Whether we’re excited about it or avoiding it, we are getting older, even though we’re still young. It was about one year ago that I started to be really bothered by the differences in myself. Before I started dating my boyfriend, I was super healthy. I was only cooking for myself so meal portions were small, and only what I wanted to eat, I ate out less and, when I did, I drank less and only ordered enough food for one, no appetizers or desserts. I was less tempted to eat chips, popcorn, or soda because it was never around. When I started cooking for two, I had to factor in what he liked or what he was eating, slowly but surely, my super nutritious diet disappeared to something that was healthy, but lackluster. Every time I’d try to get back on the wagon, I’d fall off in a couple of days or a week. When I noticed the changes, they weren’t really in my weight or figure,I hadn’t gained, but rather, my once toned muscles had redistributed to something other than their former glory, and my clothes just didn’t fit right. I was getting tired faster, my stamina had gone down, and overall, I just felt blah. To everyone else, I looked great and I was a ball of energy, but I know my body better than anyone. The kicker was a couple of months ago when my body just started to give up on me. First, I started to breakout like I was 14. My forehead was a connect the dots work sheet. My sleeping schedule would be on one week, off the next, some days I was so exhausted I’d fall asleep on the couch and others I couldn’t get to bed until 2am. Nothing was really helping and with my work schedule doing nothing but speeding up, I knew I had to make my body reset, it was in the middle of a quarter-life hiccup. The only way to do this was to force myself, and my organs, to do it.

After much research and discussing it with my family, I decided I would do a juice cleanse. (* I don’t believe in all cleanses. There are a lot of fads out there that do nothing but harm your body. I had always been interested in detox but never found a system that I felt comfortable trying, or bought into. To reset your body you have to clear it of toxins but you also have to fuel it with the good stuff, only now are there programs out there that have these options). I was feeling so yucky inside and so bothered by myself that I was willing to commit and excited to start. I also knew it wouldn’t be easy and I’d probably hate it, and everyone else, after not eating for 24 hrs, but I also trusted that what I would be putting in my body was good for it, so even if I was hungry and irritable, I would find comfort in the fact that I was doing something really beneficial.

This is something I’ve wanted to try for a while, so I want to of document my journey, to show others that a juice cleanse is possible and healthy if you do it right.

Pre- Day 1

I looked up a lot of different juice cleanses in my area, after settling on one, I read reviews, blogs and instructions about it. Everyone said that pre and post cleanse, you should begin to take certain foods out of your diet and move towards vegan eating so your body doesn’t feel shocked. I use Noom to document my food intake, it’s a weight loss app but I use it to monitor how many greens I eat a day. Using this, I knew I’d be able to, progressively, get closer and closer to a clean diet in the three days prior to my cleanse. This would give me a totally of 9 days, 3-pre, 3-cleanse, and 3-post. I went online and found super healthy, detoxing recipes which I could incorporate into my diet. I picked ones I knew I would A. like and B. eat and made a shopping list. I shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s since they ensure the most variety of organic and healthy foods. After I was done planning my grocery list, I made a second list, a list of everything I wanted to eat/drink/consume today since it would be my last indulgence for a while. It included all sorts of things; chocolate cake, Taco Bell, coffee, processed meats and cheeses, Chinese Food, alcohol. While having my final indulgences throughout the day, I prepped the food I needed for the coming days and planned what I would be eating when.

Finally, I finished the night by starting my detox with a detox lemonade to get my system going. I drank an entire 8 oz glass of this 1 hour before bed. This way, it didn’t keep me awake and it also ran through my system so I didn’t need to keep getting up in the middle of the night. I made myself get in bed at a reasonable hour, even if I wasn’t tired, I was in bed, forcing my body to calm down and get back into a normal body clock.

Keep reading to find out how the rest of my detox/cleanse journey goes!…

It’s Okay to Take a Break – Part I December 4, 2012

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As many DLIH readers may know, in late September, SK did one of those “crazy person” things…I quit my full-time job, with benefits, in order to take a break.

I’m the ultimate multi-tasker, I color code my schedule, I make lists, I carefully coordinate meetings and appointments back-to-back with just enough time to get from one to the other and have a light snack, in essence, I am your ideal personal assistant to myself. While this is an exceptional speech for a job interview, it’s a psychologist’s worst nightmare, and I knew that. I’d wake up in the morning and quickly drink a coffee while getting dressed before whisking myself off to job that required me to be between in multiple locations, several times a day ,and report to a bunch of different bosses while managing an entire department I had little control in, because my hands were generally tied. Some days, I could barely handle the workloads while others, I had almost nothing to do. Nights and weekends were spent doing hours of schoolwork or running between internships or game nights. If that wasn’t enough, I found time for friends, boyfriend, birthday parties, planning my own parties, dance classes and miraculously even laundry. But, there were so many important things I wasn’t finding time for, because I didn’t have it. Things like sleep, normal grocery shopping, cleaning the apartment, or doing favors for my parents. I’d work 12 or even 16 hour days sometimes, and would generally sleep from about 2am to 7am or 8am, not enough for my 5’6″, 120 pound body. When you push yourself that hard, that often, and find a way to post approximately 12 articles a month on your self run website, you’re bound to hit a wall. I used to love being the Girl Friday…every day of the week, but slowly I began hate it. So with the support of my friends and family, I put in my notice.

take-a-break-from-workIt’s always comfortable to have a full-time job, that pays you regularly and gives you insurance but when I sat down and thought about where my life was going, it was clear that my job had nothing to do with my life path or my career. I was putting schoolwork second…or fifth..or eighth on my priority list when it should have been first. I was putting my health somewhere around there too, when it should have been way up top. I couldn’t give up my internships and I couldn’t very well stop school, so I told myself I needed to stop the craziness and reevaluate.

It’s okay to take a break. It’s really hard to, but it’s okay. The first week I didn’t work was great, but the second week I was antsy, anxious and felt like I was wasting my time, there were a few moments I even thought I’d made a mistake. I immediately started going on job interviews before I sat myself down and reminded myself how tired I had been the last six months. After a few weeks, it got easier. I had more time to see friends, which is part of being healthy whether you want to admit it or not. I was sleeping more and cooking at home. I had time to actually read my textbooks instead of just find the answers, like a 7th grader, and I finally had time to clean more than once every two months. I got back to working out regularly and, as a whole, felt better about my body.

Another great thing that happens when you give yourself a break is that you begin to find yourself again.Taking a walk, listening to music, doing something you used to enjoy in the past can help you collect the pieces of yourself you lost, while running around the city with five bags in tow. I rediscovered myself, the things I used to love and I refocused on my life. Before, I felt like I had to give up certain parts of me to achieve others, but now I know that’s not true…being all of you will always be better than being just a part of who you are.

Now…I’ll answer the tough stuff. I don’t have a job, or at least one that pays enough for my life, and I live in New York, one of the most expensive cities in the world. So, how? Well, number one, remember that leaving your job DOES have consequences. The first thing you have to do it decide how you’re going to tackle them. I had to get my own health insurance, to many this seems impossible but most states or providers have some kind of low-fee plan. Do your research, call your doctor’s office and inquire with different insurance companies. Next, save up…a lot! If you need to work an extra two or three months to stash some money away for your break, then do it. There is no worse feeling than having no money and no way to get some, quick. So make sure you budget out your expenses, pay off your credit cards, and put an enormous chunk of money away before you leave your financial support system.

Also…stop being proud. This is the hardest part for me. Stop feeling like you’ve done anything wrong, you aren’t weak and you aren’t stupid. You’ve simply made an adult choice. When people want to help you out, buy you lunch or loan you some money, learn how to accept it. One day, they might need to take a break and you’ll be there to buy them a drink or a target shopping spree.

It’s okay to take a break. It’s not easy. It’s hard to admit you need one. Even I don’t have all the kinks worked out yet, but I stand by the fact that I couldn’t have made a better decision.

A Sample of Your New Life July 18, 2012

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Step on up to The Price is Right and spin the wheel! What will you land on ?! Will it be “I have a wonderful boss who pays me next to nothing for all the work I do?”; “My fat raise bought me that romantic vacation but everyone in my office is a wet mop and orders me around?” or will it be “This job is about as challenging as a set of stacking rings!” yes, I too have had this warped nightmare, waking up in a cold sweat, only to realize my subconscious is screaming at me to get a new job. It’s been screeching for months, sad to say, bordering on years, but without fail, I’m always that person at a dinner party complaining about her job. You think, “someone’s gotta do it”; ” but the money’s great!”; ” but my supervisor is counting on me…” but what you’re not admitting is that you’re scared out of your mind to change. Change isn’t easy for anyone, and searching for a new job is uncomfortable, tedious and usually very frustrating. I don’t blame you for trying to stick it out. Maybe it’s the financial stability you can’t stand the thought of losing or the benefits? You aren’t sure where you want to go next, if you’ll like the company or worse, you aren’t sure what you qualified for. We’ve all been there, we don’t judge. When you support yourself, or other people, the idea of making a mistake that could affect your financial situation is the most terrifying. Don’t go cold turkey! It’s like quitting anything, you’ve got to be ready, willing and excited. What gets your blood flowing? What makes you excited that will help you pull away from work? Is it a gym? Is it getting your nails done? Is it the idea of working for a great non for profit? Throw ourself into the life you want to live, show yourself what it would be like if you did take the dive and find yourself a new great employer. Say, for example, you’re a gym junky but don’t have time or money because of your job. Most gyms offer free trial days, check some out, do some trials and see which one you like best, what they’re rates are and what option you might have if you suddenly had time or finances to join! Things like dance or art classes, recreational sports teams or meet-ups are great options too! Inspire yourself! The scary thing about changing jobs may mean losing your benefits and health insurance…it’s okay, breathe. First, talk to your insurance company and some others, see what they charge per month if you’re on your own, maybe they have special deals for unemployed or lower rates for young, healthy professionals. Also, most full-time jobs will offer you insurance, while it’s an important thing to have, it’s not impossible to get. Know that you have options!

People in school might cringe at the idea of taking out more student loans to help pay for life but don’t hesitate to do some research and talk to advisors about taking out some extra cash to help with the bills. The point of loans is to help you be able to go to school, if you’re so stressed out you can’t make rent, you’re not helping yourself get an education anyway! Don’t be afraid of help! 20120719-002744.jpg

When you start the search, there are unlimited possibilities! We’ve already given you some tips in an article about finding a job but here are some ways to not get scared of the unknown. Send out an e-mail to friends, feelers, let them know you’re on the search and see if they know anything. Be smart, don’t send to anyone at work or people who you think might leak information to your boss before you’re certain. You never know the connections you might have! Look into companies you’re interested and go ahead and send them your resume and cover letter, even if they don’t have any job posting’s up, emphasize why you’re interested in them and you’d love a chance to simply come in and interview. Even if it’s not tomorrow, it may be a great future connection to make. Also, any former jobs, which you have a good relationship with can be a great bridge to take advantage of. Remember, it’s a small world! Take advantage! If you’re in a position where you don’t need a huge cash-flow, try looking into companies you can learn from. If you’re a student or switching careers, don’t hesitate to accept a bit of a small income or lower position if you believe this is an organization that can help you in your career or help you learn and grow. It may be a a great start to a long friendship! Learning can be your greatest asset! Many jobs offer a work/study type deal, or free goods! Retail stores give you incredible discounts, gyms give you free memberships, theaters offer you special deals, seasonal jobs can get you into sporting events and nightlife! If you’re looking to save money somewhere and still have a fun, interesting and good job, many of these are great options. They’ll eliminate one of your costs but still give you an income. If you’re excited about the opportunity to do something you love for almost no cost and still work, it’s a great way to motivate yourself! Trade-offs are out there! Speaking of cutting costs…before going out to find jobs, make sure you calculate exactly how much you need to make to get by. Whether is bare minimum or a comfortable income. You never want to be faced with a job you love but simply can’t afford to take. Be sure to also be clear about your availability and schedule; not comfortable being at work by 6am or leaving at midnight…or maybe you can’t commit to a 9am-5pm due to school or prior commitments, but you could work part-time, or maybe on weekends. When employers are interested they may ask, and you don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you agree to something that will stress you our or make you uncomfortable. Know before you go! When you feel excited you are genuinely confident and it shows! Get yourself out of being nervous or scared and into a life you may enjoy. Show yourself a little sample of what you could have if you take the leap, a taste of a new freedom or a clean slate! It will open doors, make you happier, clear your head and encourage you to start looking around…even if today’s not the day, who knows what tomorrow could bring! Good Luck!

DLIH is Walking for a Cause!: WALK MS 2012 March 6, 2012

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Team DLIH...a little off their rockers

Clearly…we’re a little crazy, but that doesn’t discount the fact that DLIH is all for causes. In the past we’ve told you about our ongoing support for Marriage Equality’s White Knot, AnySoldier and others but now we’re on a brand new track, one that touches both Pascal and SK on a personal and important level. The crazy kids of DLIH are participating in WALK MS 2012 on April 15th, 2012. While MS is a popularly mentioned diseases, few people actually know what it is until they meet someone who has it. Our goal is to live in a world where no one will have MS, and while finding the cure may still be years away, supporting those who do live with it and funding ongoing research is goal number one.

MS, Multiple Sclerosis, isn’t something most people know they have and symptoms can start at almost any point in someone’s adult life. It’s an autoimmune disease caused due to damaged nerves; once these nerves become damaged they slow down and eventually stop functioning. Living with Multiple Sclerosis means you may wake up one morning and not be able to walk, your vision may be blurry or you may suddenly forget things for no reason at all. These are just a few of the devastating affects MS can have on someone’s life and their family.In the United States alone there are 400,000 people affected by MS, estimated 2,500,000 in the world. For a dieases few people know, it sure touches the lives of a lot.

Walking to make a difference isn’t simply to raise money for a cure, it’s also to support programs administered by the Multiple Sclerosis society to aide those living with MS and battling everyday. Every dollar helps someone, today we ask you to join us in our journey by sponsoring our efforts. Please visit our team page and donate to our goal! No amount is too small! We welcome all to join the fight by walking too! Details about walking or joining our team can be found at the address below.

DLIH’s participation in Walk MS 2012 goes far beyond their friends and family members who have MS and we ask you to support us in our journey to raise money and create a world where no one needs to hear the words “You have MS”.

We thank you for your support, encouragement and donations!

To contribute to our goal and for more information on Walk MS 2012 click here

Big Girl Problems: Wisdom Teeth February 4, 2012

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Around NYC, Health and Fitness, How To, Life Lessons/Growing Up, Medical.
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One of the largest challenges of being an adult is realizing there are scary things you’re going to have to face alone. The world of twenty-something is clearly divided into two prominent groups, those that have a parental cushion and those that don’t. For those of us who are completely un-dependent from our parentals, whether of our own free will or not, things like surgery can be a nightmare worse than it already is, simply because we don’t know who’s going to be there when we can’t take care of ourselves.

The first thing to know about wisdom teeth, something countless people told me but I was too afraid to listen, is that they’re not scary. Make sure you ask your dentist for surgeon referrals and don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon questions, pick the one you feel most comfortable with, not simply the one that’s cheaper. Many doctors and specialists can be found on the internet via their website, school history or even reviews. Once you finally choose your surgeon be open and honest with them, it’s just like building a relationship. If you’re terrified like I was, tell him or her exactly that!

Your first appointment will be a routine consultation where your surgeon will probably take x-rays or a cat scan. Both of these words are words we don’t love in the DLIH-o-sphere however, at my reaction to the fancy, new age CT machine the wonderful dental assistant looked at me, smiled and said “you bet…it’s like a space shuttle!” Remember that wisdom tooth extraction is not the old age, “teeth pulling” torture it was once, it’s all formed into a highly technical and technological art form. The next part is just a long talk with your doctor about what will happen, how it will happen and what to expect.

If at anytime between consultation and surgery you feel the slightest bit trepidation, call the office up. All they’re doing is sitting there; your questions are welcome and the farthest from bothersome. Make sure you set-up someone to come with you and take you home, stay with you the day of. I know this can be the hardest and for many, the scariest part of the entire process. Relying on someone or worse, having people reject you in your time of need can cut worse than any scalpel but what I’ve learned, through this ordeal, is that you have to trust people, you just have to force yourself to do it and you have to believe in the good of people. They may not see you much after this, but when it comes to really needing a helping hand, you’ll find your friends or family will make it work. Lastly, make sure you stock up on soft and easy foods. Great things to eat post-op are pudding, mashed potatoes, lots of soups that aren’t too full of veggies, mac n’cheese, oatmeal or smoothies. Also make sure you have some ice-packs for frozen veg bags, your chipmunk cheeks will thank you later.

Going into surgery is not unlike what you might think, they hook you up to lots of machines with lights and sounds, put the pulse monitor on your finger and load you up with laughing gas. For those going under completely (which I recommend despite the cost! You DON’T want to have memories of this) they’ll place an IV in your arm which you won’t even notice after the initial prick and before you know it, before you even have time to think twice about anything…. you’re awake. My personal last recollection was my surgeon asking me to open wide and then next was someone muttering my name and asking if someone was in the waiting room for me. You’ll wake up with a mouth full of something, but you’ll be too out of it to understand what. Between swelling and gauze you won’t be able to talk but coming off of anesthesia you won’t want too much. They prescribe you two or three pills. You may want to have someone get them while you’re in surgery or right after, I was fine to walk to the pharmacy with my “nurse” but many may want to get home first and sleep. The cocktail involves an antibiotic to prevent infection, a painkiller and depending on your surgeon a stronger painkiller. With luck, you’ll only need the light stuff.

The first day of your surgery you may or may not sleep a lot but you won’t be active. You’ll have to change your gauze every hour, once an hour for a few hours. If you’re not instructed how to do it, as I wasn’t, follow these steps: remove the gauze from your mouth slowly and trash it. Fold-up the new gauze into a rectangle shaped wad and place it on either side of your mouth, when both are in, bite down to mold and adjust as necessary. Keep up with your pills, don’t skip doses or wait for pain to start. After two or three days assess your level of pain by waiting to take the pain meds to see if you need them. Remember to keep hydrated, even if it’s hard, drink lots of water, especially with medication and don’t drink threw a straw. Once your gauze free remember to do the salt-water rinse a few times a day, after eat and brushing your teeth. When it comes to brushing your teeth, I waited 36 hours and started lightly, no swishing, just rinse.

You’ll feel like you’ve got food stuck in the sides of your mouth, or maybe you’ll even feel like you’ve been stitched up. Talking will be hard the first few days but will drastically get better throughout the first week. Stitches dissolve on their own and remember to schedule a post-op appointment with your surgeon 3-7 days after to check things out. If you feel ANYTHING out of the ordinary or bleed a lot call the office asap. Even if it’s nothing to be concerned about, better safe than sorry. At the same time, don’t be afraid. Yes, surgery is surgery so take it easy and get lots of rest but don’t put yourself on lockdown for too long, there’s no need and your cabin fever will thank you.

For any addition questions, recommendations, NYC area surgeon referral or support email sofia@doinglaundryinheels.com