with Lisa Farrar, The Plant Based Health Coach

Natural Cleaners

I know a lot of people are fed up with the weather we are having in Ohio with lots of on and off rain and storms. It’s almost as if summer hasn’t hit Ohio yet. I have a secret though, I kinda love it! It has been fairly cool at night and the mornings have been beautiful, for the most part.  

What I love most is having my windows open to get some fresh air in the house, especially during the cool mornings.

Did you know that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental dangers? http://www.epa.gov/iaq/


Did you know that indoor air pollution can adversely affect your weight loss efforts and your energy?


Scary to think about but true.

Simply put, toxins in our environments affect our body composition. Toxins enter our bodies and they can be very difficult to flush out, especially if they have accumulated over time. They get stored with our fat cells and can force us to hold onto weight we would otherwise lose.  They also take a toll on our energy levels as they begin to accumulate and bog us down.

Indoor pollutants can come from carpet, wall paint, and upholstery. Those types of pollutants are unavoidable.  However, have you thought about the types of chemicals you use to clean?

Things like shower cleaner, toilet cleaner, and dust spray?

Some pollutants are out of our control but some can be completely avoided, limiting the amount of toxins we are exposed to on a regular basis.

I’ve had a lot of people asking me for some healthier cleaning ideas so here are some easy swaps you can make to avoid harsh chemicals from polluting your home:

Note: I personally use these cleaning methods, they work, even better than the harsh chemicals.

Dust Spray – swap for a mix of mostly water, a little olive oil, a little vinegar and a couple drops of lemon or orange essential oil in a spray bottle.

Toilet – Sprinkle baking soda in the toilet, add vinegar, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes then scrub as normal.

Shower – Make a baking soda and water past in a shallow dish, use a scrub brush to scrub shower with mixture. Allow baking soda past to sit a few minutes then rinse off. In between shower cleanings, you can use hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle as an after shower mist.

Glass – Pour vinegar on a microfiber cloth, add a couple drops of lemon essential oil and clean glass with cloth, and then wipe dry with a paper towel. I promise there will be no streaking.

Floors – Use 1 part vinegar with 1 part warm water, mop as normal and let dry.

Not only are these swaps more environmentally friendly and less toxic for you to breath and touch, they are also easier on your wallet!

You’re welcome to use any pure grade essential oil for cleaning you can find or prefer.

I use these oils (and not just for cleaning).

Oh and I almost forgot!

Instead of using the plug in the wall chemical laden smelly things, just mix some essential oils with water in a spray bottle and mist your home from time to time. Your home will smell amazing and some essential oils such as any citrus and melaleuca (tea tree) can be pretty powerful cleansers.

Remember, these are the pollutants that are within your control and they are easy swaps. Have fun experimenting and please add any tools or tips you can add to the conversation below. 



Feeling Tense?

Has life got you feeling a little tense lately?

Over the past few months, I have been running here, going there, doing this, doing that and at times I find myself wishing I were laying in a hammock on the beach, sipping some sangria. No where important to be with absolutely NOTHING to do but lay there and take in the salt water breeze.

Ya feel me?

Don't get me wrong, I love my life and I'm having a blast, even with my somewhat chaotic schedule. That's a little bit of life, right? However, when we find ourselves so caught up in the day-to-day that we can't find time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak, it can take quite a toll on our nervous system and in turn our bodies and energy.

The constant buzz of go, go , GO can be exhausting.

Imagine that you are being chased by zombies trying to eat you. Scary! - That gets rated pretty high on the stress chart, yes?

Now, imagine that you are in the car, driving to work, and you get stuck in traffic. Annoying but not as high on the stress chart as being chased by human eating zombies.

Did you know that your nervous system doesn't care what type of stressful situation you might be in? To your body, stress is stress and your sympathetic nervous system which controls your "fight or flight" responses can't distinguish any difference between zombies or traffic.

Crazy, right?

This means that even if you have been experiencing small amounts of tension on the stress scale, things that you may not consider to necessarily be high stress, your body is still reacting to high stress.

So how do we quickly calm our nervous systems so we can function, have more energy, and not feel so bogged down by the stress of everyday life?

A simple breathing meditation.

The power of breath is incredible and can relax the nervous system in a matter of seconds.

It is the fastest way to calm your body, relax you, and give you an extra boost of energy. Sound good?

Here we go...

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I hope you enjoyed this short meditation and use it whenever you feel tense or stressed to relax and calm your body.


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Summer Travel Tips

Welcome to July!

The weather here in Ohio is quite different than what I had been experiencing over the past week in Arizona and Nevada. I was on vacation and out west and it was HOT!! When people tell you it's okay because it's dry heat, they obviously haven't experienced 'dry heat' in their life. Oy, it felt like having a hair dryer blow on you non-stop outside.

We had an amazing vacation though and I can't complain too much because I love to experience new things and between Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon. WOW! If you haven't gotten the chance to get to the Grand Canyon yet, start planning, it's definitely GRAND.

Not to mention, the hubby and I celebrated 3 years of wedded bliss on our trip!


As much as I love being able to travel, my body has definitely felt the lack of sleep and some indulgence (i.e. the dessert and cappuccino you see pictured above!)

For any of you who travel or will be taking that summer vacation, you'll know what I'm talking about with being thrown out of whack.

Side note- Last night, I taught a "Natural Weight Release" workshop with a wonderful group of people. We discussed things like toxic buildup in the body and how to get rid of toxins so you can release weight. I couldn't help but relate some of things we discussed in our class with traveling. That's why I have taken a few tips from our class to share with you to practice during traveling.

Hopefully, these tips help your body adjust after your summer travels.

I cannot tell you enough how important it is to hydrate your body with some good old H2O, no matter where your travels take you. Hydrate well before vacation, while you're traveling, and after you return.

Tip #2 : Don't Stop Taking Probiotics (or add them in if you don't take them already).
Probiotics help build up the good bacteria in your gut flora. Not only do they aid in better digestion and absorption of nutrients, building up and maintaining high levels of good bacteria will also give your immune system a boost to fight off any weird bugs you may come into contact with while traveling.

Tip #3 : Move your Body!
It's easy to be lazy when you return from a trip and your body might even need a bit of a rest and that's okay. However, you don't want to be stagnant, especially after traveling. Go for a walk, a hike, or a bike ride. It doesn't have to be strenuous movement as long as you're moving and pumping lymph fluid through your system to keep your organs in tip top shape.

I hope you have an amazing summer and incredible adventures! Please share in the comments below if you have any healthy travel tips our community might benefit from hearing! :)