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Food Labels Challenge

After a long conversation about food labels, I’m ready to share!

In today’s society, we are becoming more health conscious and reading food labels more, but do we actually know and understand what we’re looking at? Most people see a food label and take into consideration the calorie count, total grams of sugar and sometimes the ingredients list.

(After comparing the new and old food labels…)

“What stood out to me the most was the added sugars; I still however, don’t understand the difference between added sugars or general sugars… what difference does it make if they are all artificial sugars? I can’t tell the difference? More specific information would be great to the greater population/average consumer. Based on what I see on food labels today, I don’t know enough to make a decision as a consumer because I’m not entirely informed about it.”

Q: What would you like to see when it comes to food labels?

A: Not an overload of information, but yes enough information as far as what is included in the product, “dummied down”, easy to understand numbers… For example, grams or micrograms, that’s fine on a label but in relation to what? I think it would be easier to understand and gage how much of an impact each individual product I’m consuming has on my body/health in general.

OVERALL, I learned that we should make the information easier to understand in terms of everyday usage. For instance, there is 20 grams of sugar in a candy bar. Yeah, that’s great to know but 20 grams of sugar in relation to what? It has no value or meaning unless the overall measure of it is clearly defined. I don’t think that the Daily Value Percentages are as effective as they could be because people don’t generally spend more than 5 minutes looking at a food label, at least I don’t, to tally up the percentages for their daily value intake. There needs to be a more comprehensive way of portraying that.

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A Morning Routine Challenge

Wednesday: Good morning! I woke up bright and early for my 6 am class. Gave myself some extra time to make a coffee at home, black and not how I like it at all. Yuck! I drank water and washed my face like normal. My breakfast was some warm oatmeal and now I can go brush my teeth before I head out for school.

Thursday: It’s almost Friday, woohoo! I continued the routine this morning as well. I feel great and the water is really helping me stay alert. I even packed a water bottled for my early morning shift today.

Friday: TGIF! Clean teeth and a washed face really set my day off to a good start. I am currently sitting at the table with my glass of water right now. Today I feel good so there is no need for coffee and no need to drink anything sugary, thank goodness for that.

Saturday: I woke up a little earlier than I would have liked to today. Oh my! I slept great. I almost forgot that I was partaking in a challenge this week. A lightbulb went on in my head and I quickly remembered to continue my routine. The day started off swell thanks to a nice glass of water, a fresh face, clean teeth and nicely combed hair. Now, off to work and persistent to stay away from sugary drinks.

Sunday: I am so tired and my house is cold. This morning I switched it up and drank hot water with some lemon instead. My face feels fresh and my pearly whites feel sparkling. Hey, coffee isn’t so bad with just a dash of almond milk. Now I must go brush this nest I call hair.

Well, that was fun. I hope I continue this tomorrow morning before school. I feel great starting my morning off this way so I don’t think there will be a problem. Cheers to a lovely week.

Challenge: are you using personal products with harmful ingredients instead of products that have organic or plant based ingredients? Reasons; read below.

  1. Pick five products such as shampoos, soaps, hair coloring, toothpaste,  and make-up.
  2. Read the ingredients and see if they are all organic and safe ingredients.
  3. Please post as to if you’re planning to replace or already using safe products for your skin.

 

Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Clearly, there is a need for stronger regulations, more research, and greater transparency.

FOUND IN: Most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Fragrance, perfume, parfum, essential oil blend, aroma.

WHAT IS FRAGRANCE? Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent. Fragrance ingredients may be derived from petroleum or natural raw materials. Companies that manufacture perfume or cologne purchase fragrance mixtures from fragrance houses (companies that specialize in developing fragrances) to develop their own proprietary blends. In addition to “scent” chemicals that create the fragrance, perfumes and colognes also contain solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, and dyes. MORE…

HEALTH CONCERNS: The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds.[1] Of these 3,059 ingredients, some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.

A 2016 study assessed self-reported health effects from fragrance. This survey of a random sample of US residents found that 99.1% of participants are exposed to fragranced products at least once a week from their own use, others’ use, or both. Participants also reported an extensive list of health effects experienced when exposed to fragrance ranging from migraines and asthma to gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular problems. The findings showed that a high percentage of the participants did not know of the chemicals included in fragrance and would not continue to use a fragranced product if they had previously known it emitted pollutants.[2]

Acetaldehyde: Acetaldehyde adversely affects kidneys and the reproductive, nervous and respiratory systems.[3] This chemical is listed as known or suspected to cause cancer in California’s Proposition 65.[4] Both the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program classify acetaldehyde as potentially carcinogenic to humans.[5], [6]

Benzophenone: Benzophenone is linked to endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity,[7] and experimental studies suggest benzophenone may lead to several kinds of tumors.[8] Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-1 (BP-1) and oxybenzone (BP-3), are potential endocrine disruptors.[9]Benzophenone is listed as a possible human carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65.[10]MORE…

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: All, especially pregnant women, infants

Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Clearly, there is a need for stronger regulations, more research, and greater transparency.

FOUND IN: Most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Fragrance, perfume, parfum, essential oil blend, aroma.

WHAT IS FRAGRANCE? Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent. Fragrance ingredients may be derived from petroleum or natural raw materials. Companies that manufacture perfume or cologne purchase fragrance mixtures from fragrance houses (companies that specialize in developing fragrances) to develop their own proprietary blends. In addition to “scent” chemicals that create the fragrance, perfumes and colognes also contain solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, and dyes. MORE…

HEALTH CONCERNS: The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds.[1] Of these 3,059 ingredients, some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.

A 2016 study assessed self-reported health effects from fragrance. This survey of a random sample of US residents found that 99.1% of participants are exposed to fragranced products at least once a week from their own use, others’ use, or both. Participants also reported an extensive list of health effects experienced when exposed to fragrance ranging from migraines and asthma to gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular problems. The findings showed that a high percentage of the participants did not know of the chemicals included in fragrance and would not continue to use a fragranced product if they had previously known it emitted pollutants.[2]

Acetaldehyde: Acetaldehyde adversely affects kidneys and the reproductive, nervous and respiratory systems.[3] This chemical is listed as known or suspected to cause cancer in California’s Proposition 65.[4] Both the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program classify acetaldehyde as potentially carcinogenic to humans.[5], [6]

Benzophenone: Benzophenone is linked to endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity,[7] and experimental studies suggest benzophenone may lead to several kinds of tumors.[8] Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-1 (BP-1) and oxybenzone (BP-3), are potential endocrine disruptors.[9]Benzophenone is listed as a possible human carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65.[10]MORE…

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: All, especially pregnant women, infants

SOURCE:   http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/

 

Next ingredient to avoid in skincare products since it is so many of them is Paraben.  Below is another article about the dangers of Paraben in products.

Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers and shampoos. Common parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens allow skin care products to survive for months or even years in your medicine cabinet; however, they also enter your body through your skin when you use these products. According to Mercola.com, the body can absorb as much as five pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year. Parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system.

Breast Cancer

Colby College’s Clean Makeup website reports that parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system. Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division. Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors. The study examined only the presence of parabens in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.

Decreased Sperm Levels

Parabens can also adversely affect the male reproductive system. In a study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health, researchers administered parabens to three-week-old rats. After four weeks, researchers examined the rats and found their sperm production significantly decreased in relation to the amount of parabens they had received. The rats who received the highest dose of parabens, which was consistent with the daily acceptable intake of parabens in Europe and Japan, showed a significant decrease in sperm concentration.

 

This is why I do not purchase any products with these ingredients and other harmful ingredients.   I have only listed two harmful ingredients but there are others that can mess with our health.    Yes, it costs more but your skin absorbs everything so don’t  you want what goes on the body is the best for your skin; afterall, I have read skin is our biggest organ.   I use coupons which help me save some monies plus it feels good when I use better for you products.

Let me know if some of you are replacing and what you think of this information.

Thanks,

Indera

 

 

 

CP & R: Prompt 1

I chose to read the article about how the hazardous chemicals in cosmetics are harming us. I personally use a lot of different types of cosmetics; ranging from makeup, hair products, skin products, lotions, nail polish- the list just goes on and on. Most of the time I do not even think twice about what is in the product I am buying or really if it is even harmful to me. So reading the article about how Wal-Mart is phasing out the top 10 hazardous chemicals, makes me really question what I buy because what if one of my makeup products is one of those? I do not typically get my products from Wal-Mart but finding out that one of those 10 was one of mine, would be baffling to find out. In the article that I read they stated that “The U.S. Toxic Control Substance Act hasn’t had a major update since its passage in 1976, and many chemicals used in consumer products aren’t federally tested or required to submit safety data.” (Par. 9) Reading that made me feel so unsure about all the products I use. I mean they are basically saying that they haven’t tested or made sure that products were safe to use since 1976. After concluding with all of this, it just makes me feel like I really should look and read more about the products I am buying before I just buy it. You never know if they are actually safe or not.

Works Cited:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/12/walmart-disclose-phase-out-toxic-chemicals-products-cosmetics/2805567/

Challenge – Two options. Learn about an FDA decision that could hugely impact consumers!

Ok, so you’ve read about consumer protection and regulation. What? You HAVEN’T? Why don’t you visit the CP&R Matters page right now?!

Ok, so NOW you know a little bit about how regulation of industries can help protect people as consumers, AND can even help industries be safer and more viable.

Take a look at this piece by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) about what’s happening right now in the world of food labels – spoiler alert: It’s not good. The American public was supposed to have access starting in 2018 to better information about serving sizes, sugar, and other aspects of packaged products that are tasty, cheap, and fun but not all that great for our health. In fact, some food product manufacturers had already changed their labels to meet the new regulation’s requirements earlier. Now the Food and Drug Administration (the agency whose job it is to protect people by providing information about ingredients, allergens, and other things you want to know about packaged food choices) is planning to delay the new rules until at least 2020.

Here’s an example of a product with the new food label. Note the differences between it and an old/current label (meaning MOST package labels right now). Get a sense of WHY it’s more helpful for you as a consumer.

consumerhealthnewfoodlabelpic

Food labels CHALLENGE One: Try talking with someone you care about about what they know and understand about packaged food and beverage products. Ask them to look at an “old” label and this new one, for example, and have them tell you what they really want when it comes to food packaging info. Write a post discussing how the conversation went and what you learned by exploring food labels and information both on your own and with someone else. As always, use your username and Challenge as tags, and choose the Challenge category. (Oh, and UNchoose the uncategorized category!)

Food labels CHALLENGE Two: If you’re interested ENOUGH, and want to take action as a consumer to raise your voice, take a look at this “model letter” to the FDA Commissioner, provided by CSPI. Then visit the Federal Register Comment space for the labeling regulation delay, and add a comment of your own. Write a post that shares your comment, and discuss how it felt to be an active, informed, and aware citizen around this consumer health issue. As always, use your username and Challenge as tags, and choose the Challenge category. (Oh, and UNchoose the uncategorized category!)

 

Morning Challenge, ACCEPTED!

Day One: Wednesday

Easy peezy. Being pregnant I wake up very often in the night to drink water. I keep a water bottle next to my bed because I get so thirsty while I sleep! I blame it on the pregnancy. So, I finished that water bottle (which about 1/4th of the way full) when I got out of bed. Washing my face this morning was great because I took a shower. The exact place I wash my face. And because I showered I did the teeth/tongue brushing after washing my face and hair brushing after I dried my hair. Sugary drinks? Not a thing for this almost mama. (as bad as I crave them) I find myself more dehydrated than anything at the end of my pregnancy, so doc’s orders, WATER WATER WATER!  This morning was a perfect day to start this challenge.

Day Two: Thursday 

Not as easy as yesterday. The hardest part is washing my face. I don’t like to do that in the morning because it messes with my hair, and makes my hairline wet… but I did it. Which was followed with the teeth and hair brushing. I don’t usually brush my hair everyday, cause most days I wake up to good enough hair.  Water was drank all night, and finished as I got out of bed, as per my pregnancy usual.

Day Three: Friday

Happy Friday! I woke up a little early on accident this morning, and just felt ready for my day. So today’s routine went over better than yesterday. Still not too fond of the face washing in the morning, but it does definitely make me feel better and leave my skin extra soft all day. My hair went up today, so it got brushed with my fingers. That counts as a brushing, right? No sugary drinks (this is becoming a record!) This challenge is helping with that.

Day Four: Saturday

Weekends are tricky. I’m really lazy in the mornings.. but I washed my face in the shower, teeth/tongue. Brushed my hair.. actually my fiancé did, but it was still brushed. He brought me a tall glass of water as I got out of the shower since I finished my water bottle last night. I sound spoiled.. But overall I’m really surprised at how much I’ve been able to keep up with this challenge. Especially the washing of my face. Again, water all day. My dr will be proud.

Day Five: Sunday

I woke up at a friends house this morning. I heavily debated skipping over my morning rituals, but it’s the last day, so I might as well follow through, right? My friend and I put on masks today. Not in the morning, but in the early afternoon. It was nice. I also (finally) caved and got a chai tea. It was so good. Teeth and tongue are always brushed before I come down to greet anyone for the morning, so that a norm. But my hair? Unless running my fingers through it a couple times counts, today I forgot about that. Real easy for my to do on my days off.

This challenge was a good one. I’m actually surprised at how well I stuck by it. I really wanted to stick by it and do it since this used to be similar to my morning routine (minus the morning face wash) before, well life. We’ll see if I can keep it up now just to keep it up.

Morning Challenge

Wednesday: The very first day of the challenge was not terrible like assumed it would be. I have never been much of a morning person, and for some reason often do not have a morning appetite (Breakfast is not my favorite meal). because i open up a coffee shop at 6 AM every other morning i have needed to get into some sort of routine. But this doesn’t fix the fact that i once in a while skip some things when i wake up a little late. i always  brush my teeth and wash my face, so this was not too hard. i have very curly hair so i always try to tame it before going out into public. The two hardest parts about this challenge was drinking water and abstaining from sugary drinks first thing (Again! i work at a coffee shop). Making myself drink water did help in how much i craved other beverages throughout the day, but i did give in early and had my daily dose of sugary caffeine. Maybe the next day will work better.

Thursday: I  did not need to work early this morning so i slept in a little later. I brushed my teeth and held a warm wet cloth on my face; which always makes me feel refreshed and threw my hair in a bun.This day i had an early Pilates class at 9Am so i filled a water bottle and made myself drink most of it on my way to class. this really helped me focus in class and feel less dehydrated after. i also noticed i craved less sugar. because i had a short break between classes i decided to drink a hot tea instead of a coffee. This did not bother me as much as i thought it would.

Friday: Friday was much like Wednesday’s work day except i was feeling a little more tired in the morning. teeth, face and hair we similar, but i skipped the water. when i got to work i noticed how much i craved water, so i made large 24 oz cup of water and made myself drink it throughout my morning shift. i was surprised how much it effected my mood and energy. Days that i drink only coffee at work i notice how tired i am when i go to finish the rest of my day at school. After drinking water i had energy as well as an appetite. i would like to keep this routine.

Saturday: For the first time in a while i have a Saturday off of work. Because it was the first day of could sleep in a little longer, i did not worry about waking up to brush my teeth, wash my face and tame my hair. in fact the only thing i did was brush my teeth and instead took a shower (which is also a great way for me to wake up). I skipped the water first thing and got a coffee. Man! did that give me a headache. at this point i am not sure if i crave coffee or sugar because i want it, but because it was a part of my routine for so long.  My headache caused me to switch to water all day.

Sunday: Sunday was a lazy homework day. it was beautiful outside, but i found myself sliding out of bed as slow as i could, much like Saturday. After washing my face and brushing my teeth, i made tea instead of just water. in fact i had a few cups of tea throughout the day. i noticed i had no headaches and no caffeine crashes. It was refreshing to be able to find energy in something that also makes you feel clean and clear.

This challenge is something i plan to incorporate more into my life so i can continue feeling the positive impact. it is a great feeling when you take the extra time to take care of yourself in even the smallest ways

Challenge 1 – Accepted!

Wednesday

This morning I went to the bathroom again after already going in the middle of the night, which happens every night. I went back to bed and sipped on some water before finally getting the day started. After feeling my little guy kicking up a storm I got out of bed, washed my face, brushed teeth, brushed my hair and needed something to eat. I fixed the bed, grabbed my water and drank it while I looked for something to eat. I finally landed on some Honey Nut Cheerios and I was over my water. I can only hold off for so long.

 

Thursday

I was in a rush this morning because I had to leave my apartment for them to pave our parking lot. We were informed they’d start at 7:45am, but they decided to start at 6:45am. I grabbed my water, brushed my teeth and brushed my hair in a hurry. As I packed up my stuff I sipped on my water, grabbed snacks for the road and rushed out the door. I finally was on the road and in need of some food. I ate all my snacks and reached for my water only to find it was empty. I was pretty upset, but once I got to my parents I filled up my bottle and was peachy.

 

Friday

Today I was better prepared to leave on my time because they were still working on our parking lot. I grabbed my water, brushed my teeth and brushed my hair. After fixing the bed I still had time to sit and eat something, so I went for the cereal and a banana. Water didn’t need to hold me over today, but I drank a ton of it since it was leg day.

 

Saturday

I woke up much later than normal today. I got out of bed, fixed it and went to the bathroom. I looked at the time and I needed to get to the gym. So I brushed my teeth and hair and looked for something quick to grab on my way out. I rushed out the door with 2 applesauce pouches in hand, but eventually realized I forgot my water bottle. I stopped by Safeway to grab a bottle of water, but I had already eaten my applesauce. It was a pretty busy day of cleaning after the gym and I don’t think I drank enough water because my mind went from one task to another.

 

Sunday

Today I woke up quite early. I had to get to church by 8:30 so I was already up and at it. I fixed the bed and headed to the bathroom, brushed my teeth, fixed my hair and glammed up just the slightest. I grabbed my water bottle and checked the time. As I sipped on my water I noticed I had some time to eat something so I grabbed a bowl and poured out some cereal. When I finally left I remembered my water bottle today! I drank lots of water throughout the day cheering on the Seahawks and watching football with my dad.

Morning Challenge

Wednesday: First day of the morning challenge, I was very motivated to start with this challenge even though it was not very new to me as I tend to do most of the activities listed in the challenge. However, the hardest part of it was to drink water since I have the bad habit of not drinking enough water throughout the day. So, today I only took a few sips of water as I wasn’t able to drink very much because it felt really heavy on my empty stomach. I have to admit that I did not like this feeling. On the other hand washing my face and brushing my teeth and tongue  has always had a positive effect on the way I feel, it makes me feel more alert and gives me a sense of freshness that helps me to stay motivated to start my daily activities. Combing my hair was perhaps the least fun activity as I was feeling a little bit blue. Now when it comes to holding off any sugar drinks with the exception of the orange juice which I drink with my Iron supplement  because I am low on Iron. I was able to avoid drinking any sugar beverages.  Moreover, I ate an apple and it was delicious I felt really good about myself for adding a fruit to my diet.

Thursday: Second day of the morning challenge, I almost forgot to drink water first thing in the morning I think this is because I rarely drink any water in the mornings. However, I managed to drink a little bit more water than yesterday but not quite half a glass. It still felt a heavy or fullness sensation in my stomach. Again my experience with the challenge seems to be fairly positive I felt good about myself making healthy choices such as adding fruits to my diet!

Friday: third day of the morning challenge, I woke up really early brushed my teeth and tongue took a few sips of water. However, I did not wash my face as I had to jump in the shower right away and get ready for my appointment. Showering in the morning gets me more alert and improves my mood so I felt more motivated to start the day. When in my Dr.’s office I grabbed and ate a tangerine which are delicious, I feel like this challenge is helping me to be more aware of how good fruits are but yet how I don’t eat them very regularly. However, I have set myself the goal to eat at least one or two fruits per day. I feel like this challenge is helping me to want to make healthier choices and adopt healthier habits.

Saturday: Fourth day of the morning challenge. I felt as if the combing my hair activity was easier to get done as these past few days I have been doing It so it’s helping me to get used to do this activity. I believe I did not drink enough water yesterday or perhaps my body is starting to show the effects of  staying a little bit more hydrated as I was feeling thirsty today in the morning which I also feel like it wasn’t something that I  was conscious about I just knew I had to drink water.  However, I did feel tempted to drink more Juice than just the one glass I have to drink with my iron supplement but instead I ate an apple.

Sunday: Fifth day of the morning challenge, today I woke up I was a bit concerned about the four assignments that are due today which needed a few more details and editing before turning them in. I felt I little bit frustrated however I managed to get up. I drank water I was able to drink half a glass of water which made me feel very happy I believe that drinking water first thing in the morning helps me to be more thirsty throughout the day. After that, I washed my face and brushed my teeth  and combed my hair which definitely helped me to feel ready to start editing my assignments with more motivation. Overall this morning challenged has helped me to feel good about myself especially because I am aware that it has certainly helped me to create the habit of drinking more water and eating fruits and vegetables more often, I have realized that by completing these small activities it has been easier for me to tackle those that are more difficult, I think that perhaps by completing small task I was able to adopt a healthy habit and it helped me to want to start adopting new ones.

Challenge#1: Morning Routine

Wednesday: I got up around 7:30am for my 9am class. Before I do anything, I always drink about 8oz of water. I always drink water when I first wake up because I get migraines. Staying hydrated is the best way to prevent them (in my case). I jumped in the shower where I washed my hair (brushed it in the shower while conditioned sits), my body, and my face. When I got out I brushed my teeth and tongue and then I got dressed. I applied face moisturizer and little make up and made my way to the kitchen for breakfast. I had a yogurt, some more water and a small apple.

Thursday: I stayed in bed a little longer this morning because I don’t have class until 2pm, but I always have a cup of water on my bedside table so I drank that and tried to go back to sleep. I got up around 9:30am and brushed my teeth and tongue and washed my face. Sliced two small apples and dipped them in crunch peanut butter for breakfast with a glass of lemon water (because I have a kidney stone). Brushed my hair and then french braided it because I have curly hair and when I brush it dry it POOFS.

Friday: Woke up at 7:30am in preparation for my 9am class. Drank about 8oz water and then got in the shower. In the shower I washed my hair (yes, brushed it the same as I did Wednesday morning), my face and body. As soon as I was out and dry I brushed my teeth and tongue. I moisturized my face then got dressed. I put little make up on and the started cooking 2 eggs (scrambled), with a little bit of cheese on top. I also drank another glass of water with breakfast but I needed something a little more hardy so I toasted half of an english muffin and put just a little bit of butter on top. 8:30 I am out the door for my 9am class.

Saturday: I am up at the crack of dawn because my cats think its their breakfast time!! I feed them about 6:30am and drink about a full glass of water before heading back to bed. I am up again around 8:45 to start getting ready for the CWU homecoming football came. I want to be out the door by 11am, so I have plenty of time to get ready and eat. I go into the bathroom and start by washing my face (and moisturize it) and brushing my teeth and tongue.  I next brushed my hair but also straightened it. My facial moisturizer is all dry by that time so I can do my make up now. After I am all finished in the bathroom, I go to the kitchen and I don’t really feel like eating much so I eat a yogurt and a small apple cut into slices with about 1/2 a glass of water.

Sunday: I tried to sleep in today but that didn’t happen, sadly. I woke up with a little bit of a headache so I immediately drink 2 glasses of water to try and avoid a migraine. I went into the bathroom and washed my face and brush my teeth and tongue because sometime those two things help as well but no luck. I brushed my hair and put it in a bun on the top of my head. I did not feel like eating but I knew I should put something good into my system! I ate an 1/2 of an orange and 1/2 of an apple with peanut butter. I ended up taking a hot shower to see if the steam would help clear my head but no luck. Back to bed I go with high hopes I will wake up headache free!

Reflection:

I like to think that I have a pretty set schedule of what I do in the morning. I always brush my teeth and tongue morning and night, I always wash my face morning and night and I always drink water morning and night. If I don’t do these things, I don’t feel clean! I don’t like to brush my hair outside of the shower because of the hair type that I have. I like to wear it curly (natural) because it is healthier for my hair and less time consuming. I usually drink coffee in the morning with soy milk but I tried to cut back on that for this activity and try something new! I thought it was going to be a lot harder to stay away from coffee because caffeine really helps my headaches but as long as I stayed on top of my water intake, I was fine for the most part! This activity was fun but I don’t think I will be brushing my hair while it is dry! Oh and I’ll probably still have my morning coffee every now and then!