Thursday, May 16, 2019

Walk the Line

folded laundry

Sorry for the long sabbatical, I've been moving.  

We moved thirty minutes to the next town over, which consequently I'd lived in five months prior, but circumstances required I move, and now basically we're moving back to where we want to be, but that has taken a lot of my time and effort.  I have had to pack everything, drive thirty minutes, unload it, drive back thirty minutes, and repeat until I basically want to die, but hey, we're done now!  I've also had to figure out where I was going to put everything inside my house since we moved from 950 sq ft to 616 sq ft and that has been relatively more complicated than anticipated.  Thankfully, I have also nearly completed this task.  I still need to do the garage and  one box is lingering on my back porch just in the spirit of procrastination, but we're almost settled.  Moving has also brought me to my newest avenue of sustainability which is a no dryer lifestyle, and I know exactly what you're thinking when I say that, "hell no".

Now, in all fairness I have always liked line drying clothes, 

not because I like stiff scratchy towels but because for some reason it just makes me feel so relaxed to hang it.  However, to be perfectly honest, I probably wouldn't have been on the line dry train if I didn't have to be.  The house we moved to has a plug for an electric dryer and a line for a gas dryer, so seems like all would be well in the world. Except, as it turns out, the electric dryer wall socket doesn't work....Roy will fix it eventually, but at this point he has about zero access to tools because the garage is literally a mountain.  Like I just made a's as tall as me.

Line Drying  Alright, now that confession time is over, lets make a list of the benefits of line dry clothes.  +

1. It saves you money.  Turns out just letting wet clothes sit there until they are not wet is actually free.  I think, for a lot of people  I know, this is probably the primary selling point.  There isn't a lot you can get for free in this world, dry clothes is actually one of them, if you so choose.
2. Line drying your clothes is better for them.  I'll confess I do enjoy a hot blanket out of the dryer and who doesn't love the extra soft feel the dryer creates, but it also wears down the fabrics, which is what all that lint is.  That's right, that's your favorite shirt turning into nothing.  Simply put, your clothes will just last longer if you hang them.  Which, coincidentally, also saves you money.
3. Line drying, for the most part, is also an opportunity to get outside and moving, at least a little.  The average amount of time it takes to hang a load of laundry is ten minutes, but that is ten minutes more outside, soaking up some sunshine and if you're into it, you can even do it while earthing, which I discussed in this blog here.
4.  And, for my last point.  Hang drying your laundry is good for the planet, which turns out, we're all stuck on and only have one of!  You can reduce your carbon footprint by over 2000 lbs a year cutting out dryer use.  Also, if you use dryer sheets, hang drying will completely remove those from your life, which cuts out another cost but also cuts chemicals out of our lives and environment.  (Seriously, if you use dryer sheets, please switch to wool balls)  Besides these two factors, since your clothes will last longer, you cut down on the environmental impact of fashion purchasing. Hopefully your are buying clothes used where you can, but most people really aren't.  The amount of garments purchase by an average household in 1960 has tripled when compared with today's standards, and production of clothing isn't impact free.  Just to hit a few points, 1.5 Trillion gallons of water are used per year by the fashion industry.  It takes 200 tons of fresh water just to dye one ton of fabric, and we do all this while 750 million people suffer from having no access to clean drinking water.  It's pretty deplorable.  I'm not a saint, but we should all definitely do what we can bare at the very least.

Drying Rack Since we have now covered a few points on why you should maybe try to line dry at least part of your laundry if you can't dedicate yourself to all of it, 

I'm going to give you some pointers.  While you can certainly just swing by the dollar tree and grab a roll of clothes line to string all over your yard, that's not really my favorite option, nor do I think it is the easiest or most sustainable in terms of time dedication and the possibility of inclement weather.   Not to mention, when you have to mow the lawn or water, you're probably not going to be impressed, like, at all.  If you're lucky enough to already have an installed line that is pretty cool, but I won't be perfect on days you have bad weather and if you're line drying like I am, you're probably going to want to do a load every day just keep things simple and easy for you.  Once I had accepted that I'm probably just going to line dry as much as I can forever I went ahead and invested in a portable line.  I've included a link at the bottom and you can see the image above.  I really like it.  It holds a load of laundry well and its super light to bring in and out of the house based on the weather situation, which for the record, has been a little wonky for me the last few days.  I can also fold it up and store it if I'm feeling extra diligent.  Another thing I purchased was a little hanger I hook on to clip all my rags and socks too.  This is primarily just to save space.  I highly recommend both of these items if you want to have a quality experience with hang drying.  If you're interested in them, I put them in links below along with a few other pieces of interest, so feel free to take a look.


Drying Rack from Amazon
Clamp Hanger from Walmart
Sustainable Laundry Basket from Amazon
Wool Dryer Balls from Amazon

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

This Blog is Totally Nuts

So, I'm spending a lot of time and energy trying to cut plastic out as much as possible.  

This is pretty rough since basically everything is packaged in single use plastic, but we're doing our best.  One of the things I'm doing and that I've found to be totally worthwhile, is I switched to Soap Nuts.
Yep, go ahead, say it out loud a few times.
  Basically everyone in my house likes to go about saying it in a very slanderous way, including the 4 year old.  It's pretty funny overall, so you see, they're better for the environment, and also hilarious.  At least if you have a good sense of humor.

Now, on to facts, 

Soap Nuts are not actually nuts at all, they're a berry.  They grow on a tree called the Soap Berry Tree (very original name) which is indigenous to the Himalayas.  What do I use them for?  Laundry detergent.  I stopped buying laundry soap and started buying these approximately 2 months ago and finally, last night in fact, the consensus came back that the family approved of their use and I may continue to wash their clothing in this manner. (As if I needed their approval *eye roll*)
Now, I'm sure you're asking yourself, whats wrong with laundry detergent?  Well, truth be told, sort of a lot.  First of all, the carbon footprint of using laundry detergent is estimated to be about 1.5 lbs per load, which is actually more than driving 1 mile in your vehicle.  Also, this 1.5 lbs doesn't include the carbon emissions expended to run and actually use the washing machine.
It may also shock you to find out, most likely, your soap is toxic.  Laundry detergent contains chemical surfactents (aka: Surface active agents) that help to loosen dirt and grease from your clothes.  However, when your wash water runs out, they don't disappear.  They often pollute water ways, causing a negative impact on the environment.  They reduce the surface tension of water and do not disburse well due to their chemical make up.  This causes water creatures to be more susceptible to pesticides and other pollutants, they also destroy the protective mucus layer of fish lowering their preventative capabilities against parasites and bacteria. Lastly, they disrupt the endocrine system of humans and animals.  Your endocrine system controls the regulation of hormones affecting sleep, metabolism, growth, development, reproduction, mood, and sexual function.  So, I think we can all agree that is probably bad.  There are several laundry detergents known to the EPA to be connected with the development of cancers, and if you're not interested in Soap Nuts, you should at least check there website for some suggestions of safer products. I will provide the link to that page below.
  Outside this really depressing information I've just given you, laundry detergent is packaged in plastic.  Plastic doesn't biodegrade, as I've discussed in the past, and will probably continue to mention until I turn into Charlie Brown's mother.  I mean, maybe it will degrade in like 500 years, but also maybe never and lets face it, 500 years is a really long time and might as well be never.  Also, a lot of laundry soap containers are not recyclable, so they are pretty much just garbage that we have to keep around forever which is definitely wasteful.  If you're going to keep using laundry soap, another good option is to check that the packaging is recyclable, and then, put it in the correct bin when you toss it.

 Alright, since I now feel I have sufficiently convinced you that laundry detergent is suspect, let me talk about Soap Nuts.  

Obviously, they're a natural product and less obviously, they create a natural cleaning agent called Saponin.  They don't actually make soap at all, and it's quite beyond me the naming structure of this whole plant, but they do wash clothes really well.  They actually create a natural surfactent, that lifts dirt and grease, without the downsides of all the chemical surfactents I listed above.  One of the great aspects of soap nuts is they don't negatively impact the environment or the body.  They are 100% biodegradable and they don't pollute waterways.  They can easily be tossed in the compost when you finish using them, if you're into that sort of thing.  They are also, totally hypoallergenic.  They're even recommended for people with eczema and psoriasis. (Also, in case you're wondering, they're nut allergy know...since they're not nuts)
I buy mine on Amazon, I also purchase the organic ones. Purchasing things that are certified organic supports sustainable farming methods because in order to meet the certification standard, you are pretty much forced to also produce the product in a more traditional fashion thus cutting waste.  Soap nuts are also, super simple to use.  They come in a fabric sack, which you can use for produce later if you buy a big enough bag, for sustainable gift wrap, or you can just toss to biodegrade if you don't need it.  Inside the sack will be another tiny sack, I put about 8 nuts in mine and just throw it in with the load.  The berries last about 8 to 10 washes for me, then I switch them out.  If I feel like something is particularly smelly I will sometimes put a couple drops of lemon essential oil in the wash also, but that's pretty rare.  Another upside of soap nuts, is you will probably save money.  For about a years supply, its between $40 and $50.  Which I was buying at least $10 worth of detergent almost every month since we like to keep our laundry pretty up to date and wear a lot of clothes. (Also Roy has very sensitive skin, so I always had to buy more high end hypoallergenic brands)
Now, I'm sure you're wondering, how does it smell? Are the clothes really clean? Well I can attest, Roy goes to the gym pretty much every night now and practices BJJ.  When he comes home his GI is literally soaking wet with man sweat and stinks.  I throw it in the wash and run it with soap nuts every night.  It always comes out clean and doesn't smell.  Which he has commented is not the case with most of his gym partners.  (FYI if you are reading this and go to Roy's gym. LOL)  Mostly all our clothes smell like nothing since I'm not regular on putting in fragrance.  I also am happy to report I managed to use soap nuts and lift out a whole mess of triple berry jam from my daughters dance leotard. (Thank God) So they get a hearty two thumbs up from me.


EPA Safer Choice
California State Science Fair Soap Nut Experiment (this was just interesting)
Soap Nut Use Methods
Soap Nuts on Amazon

Friday, March 29, 2019

Stand Your Ground

I've used such a misleading title on this blog I almost feel guilty, but whatever.  

You're here now, might as well read it.  So last week, I practiced the Wim Hoff breathing technique, which I'm sure most anyone who read thought was slightly insane, but most anyone who actually tried was probably pleasantly surprised by.  I think its a sustainable change, I give it 4 stars on a 5 star scale.  It's easy enough, it takes me about 10 minutes, but also sometimes I'm just not into it, so I can't roll out the 5 star carpet or anything.  I feel way better throughout the day when I do it, so I think its worth doing and taking the 10 minutes out for.  You should definitely try it, and if this is the first blog you're reading and now you're wondering what I'm talking about, you should go here and then you'll know.
Anyway, this week I'm trying out another weird concept, Earthing.  As full disclosure, Roy does not support this, he says its for hippies, and he intends to troll this blog...but I think mostly he just hasn't read much about it and I haven't spent a lot of time working to articulate myself well in regards to it, so whenever I bring it up I sound totally idiotic.  (Not a selling point for him)  Anyway, I pulled up the study from NCBI (you can read it here) so that I could write a half way decent blog about it.  If you're interested in following some of the newest science, NCBI is also a really cool resource.  They publish studies and information without bias, and you can read about some of the newest science out there.  Also, you might just want to do that, since most likely, your doctor doesn't, and I mean, it's your body.

Alright, lets get into the meat of the issue now.  

What is Earthing?  In basic definition form, it' s connecting yourself with the electrons produced naturally by the planet earth.  These electrons spread over and enter the body acting as natural antioxidants and creating a protective barrier over cells and tissue, lowering inflammatory responses.  There are two methods people use to do this, the simplest, easiest, free way to do it is by going outside barefoot (or naked I guess if you're into that sorta thing) and having direct contact with ground.  Not cement, just in case you're wondering, actual earth. (Hence the name...) The other method is to use a conductive earthing system, which is basically just a mat that you plug in and produces the same result as being outside skin to earth.  A lot of people will just sleep on these mats, or throw them under their desk and put their feet on them.  It's been shown Earthing can help with inflammation, chronic inflammatory diseases, auto-immune diseases, immune response, and even anxiety.
While I personally will be working with the free method that doesn't require me to purchase a grounding mat, there have been studies on using the grounding mat while sleeping, and its a big favorite of a lot of bio-hackers, if you follow that crowd.  Sleeping on a Grounding or Earthing mat has been shown to promote better sleep, less stress, and less pain in the body.  This is because grounding while sleeping quantifiably effects the amount cortisol you secrete while you sleep.  Cortisol secretion leads to inflammatory responses in the body, causes weight gain and increases risk of chronic disease.  So lowering the amount your body puts out is a great way to promote health.  I would recommend giving the free version a try and then if you feel like it makes a difference for you, investing in the mat is a really easy way to make this practice sustainable.

So this week, lets all get outside.

Take your shoes off, stay awhile, hopefully the sun pops out a bit, it is a California spring for me and while I can't complain too much about having the first rainy one in a while, I think a little gardening is in order.  I'm going to include a few links to Earthing sites so you can pull up a little more info on it if you're interested and I'll let you all know my personal opinion on this matter next week sometime.  I'll also do my best to get another blog up about things people are more interested in, like sustainable living or something to that effect.  You know, just generally making good choices, which is basically way harder than it sounds...


Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Few Easy Changes

  Before I started this blog I had already started making a few changes in my life.  

I'm really trying to increase my families self sustainability and lower our environmental impact.  I'm not sure if you realize this or not, but it turns out we only have one planet and we are quite literally and figuratively throwing it in the trash.  One of the things I've been trying to decrease is my dependence on plastic products.  It's really a small contribution in the scheme of things, but it's one that makes me feel good.  An interesting fact about plastic consumption is that only about 9% of plastic is recycled, despite a lot of it being recyclable, and about 79% of plastics end up in the landfill or our environment as just plain pollution.  There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic polluting our oceans alone and that's the equivalent of dumping a truckload of plastic waste in the ocean every single minute of the day.  Pretty disappointing.  Anyway, sorry to get all dark on you, but needless to say, its a real problem and it would be cool if we all did our part.

  We're currently working toward a zero waste lifestyle, I'm not sure if we will ever get there considering the state of our worlds product packaging, our current location not really providing a ton of options, and the fact I'm a human and sometimes I just need candy bar.  On the bright side, we've already cut a lot of plastic from our lives and its going pretty well.  This is just a couple of things we did that I thought were easy, and pretty much anyone could do since any contribution is better than no contribution.

  • We cut out disposable razors.  Roy hasn't used a disposable in about 6 years.  He got really into straight razors, which are pretty cool, but I was never comfortable enough with them to make the switch so I always stuck with plain old disposables.  Unfortunately, the standard disposable razor is unrecyclable, so effectively, every time you use one you're just creating more pollution.  In the US alone we throw away approximately 2 billion razors each year. Which is a lot.  Just to provide a sense of scale, if you have 1 millions seconds that is equal to 12 days, but if you have 1 billion seconds, that is equal to 30 years.  So now that you have some perspective about the kind of vast quantity 2 billion is, its quite troubling when you realize that none of them will ever be recycled or decompose.  Don't worry though, I have found a very simple solution.  It's called a Safety Razor. I switched about a month ago and I honestly love my razor.  It's super cute, and I think it shaves well.  The best part is, one safety razor lasts around 30 years, so at this point, basically until I'm dead.  Also, you can recycle the blades by just putting them into an aluminum can and then recycling the can.  The second greatest thing about the Safety Razor is it will save you money.  I bought my razor for about $20 and a pack of 100 replacement blades for about $10.  That's enough blades to last me 2 or 3 years.  If you're interested in this, you can buy them really easy off Amazon.  I included a picture of the one I purchased, but they have lots of different looks.

  • We also dropped straws, to go boxes, and single use silverware.  I'm not saying we're perfect, and if we go out and the to go packaging is paper or cardboard, I'll still use it but I also made a car kit.  This is such an easy contribution, the only thing I had to buy was the straws and I think we can agree that they're not really essential, I just like straws.  I used a reusable shopping bag to put all my stuff together and make it easy to lug around.  Inside I put three medium sized mason jars to hold any leftovers we might have, one pyrex glass tupperware, in case we have something more flat to store, a set of utensils for everyone, a straw for everyone and a straw brush.  I like to clean out the straws before we leave if I can.  To keep my utensils neat I wrapped them in a handkerchief and secured them with a couple hair tyes.  So, in case of emergency, I also have a reusable napkin and hair tyes.  (I have short hair, but my kid doesn't and she never brings hair tyes with her unreliable.) Then, voila, I threw it in the trunk.  This may seem like a really useless or annoying thing to deal with, but to be perfectly honest, one styrofoam take out container can take over 500 years to degrade, if it does EVER.  Think back to how many of those you took home and tossed in the trash since you've been alive.  Yah...they're all still out there, chillin, every. single. one.  They will still be there when you're grandchildren are dead.  Pretty traumatic.  If you want some cold hard facts, pretty close to every piece of polystyrene ever made is still on this planet and we are only making and using more, and quite often, only a single time.  Its a true waste and its detrimental to our ecosystem.  

  • Lastly, we said good bye to sponges.  Since this blog is probably already too long for a lot of people to read, I'll make this my last tip.  I'll probably share more of these ideas in the future, so if you like them, I would love a comment on the subject.  Anyway,  I stopped using a sponge a little over a month ago as well.  About the same time I switched to a safety razor.  Most sponges are made of plastic and as I've mentioned, plastic is terrible for our planet.  Its estimated a single synthetic sponge has a life span of 52000 years.  (uh...YIKES)  Outside that, any sponge you purchase that is marketed as anti-bacterial/microbial or order-removing actually contains the chemical and pesticide triclosan.   Triclosan is currently labeled by the CDC as a contaminant of emerging concern.  It's shown to cause antimicrobial resistance over time and disrupt the endocrine system. (that's the system that regulates your hormones) It isn't filtered by the human body and can be found in your blood, urine, and even pass exposure through your breast milk to your baby.  Nearly 58% of our freshwater streams are already contaminated with the chemical.  (FYI, it's not just in your sponge)  So what do I use instead of a sponge?  I just use a rag.  I also bought a bamboo scrubber for the extra stuck on stuff.  Another great natural product to use in conjunction with your rag would be organic loofah.  (If you're in Tehama County like me, we actually have our own organic loofah farm in Corning where you can easily purchase this better for the environment, biodegradable product, and support local economy and farming.  Which basically makes you a really awesome human)  I've found I like using a rag a lot more than a sponge, I have a ton of them and when I'm done washing my dishes in the evening, I ring it out, wipe down the counters and table with it, then just toss in the laundry basket.  It cuts out the need to worry about bacteria at all because it never sits waiting to be used again allowing bacteria to breed indefinitely.  Which, by the way, is another down side of sponges. (If you're not polluting your body with triclosan that is...)  As a second upside, not only is this switch super easy, it once again, saves you money.  I bought my scrubber for $12 and its supposed to last 5 years.  I pretty much have an endless amount of rags and its easy to recycle old garments into rags if I ever run low.

Alright, if you read this far, you have my true thanks 

and I hope you'll give some or all of these ideas a shot.  I'm going to give you a few links now, just to help you in your search for certain products I mentioned.  (I get no money from this) 


If you want more suggestions just ask!!


Monday, March 18, 2019

Every Day A Little Different

So this year I'm trying some new things 

and changing some of my life long habits in order to be a better human.  I have found a lot of people I talk to in regards to this subject are also really interested in the same thing, but aren't always sure how to go about it, or what to try.  Since this is my first post on the blog I'll just introduce a basic methodology about how I plan to introduce ideas and then you can judge me later for basically throwing that standard in the garbage and doing whatever I want.  For now, we will pretend organizational structure so everyone feels secure - including me.  I'm going to try and post just once a week and talk about what I plan to try for the next seven days, why I'm trying it, and if I think it's a sustainable change.  I'm a pretty good person to judge whether something can actually be life applicable since first and foremost, I'm super lazy and hate doing things that are hard.  Also though, I'm pretty busy.  I work full-time, I go to school full-time, I have a 4 year old, also full-time.  Well, actually her dad has her most of the time since he's a stay-at-home parent, but if I'm home, I have her, because he needs to experience adults and freedom, things I get to experience at the other above stated outlets.  (Also I just really miss her all the time because she is straight the coolest 4 year old on Earth)  So, in every post besides this one, post numero uno, I will discuss the thing I tried the previous week followed by my general review, then I will discuss the new thing I'm trying for the next week.  That's probably all I really needed to say about this subject, but you know, I'm a wordy'll have get to used it, it's not one of my changes...

So, on to this week, 

and my first weird thing I'm going to try, which is the Wim Hof breathing method.  I'll link a couple videos and other stuff at the end of the blog for those of you interested in getting all scientific. I think the first thing we should address though is yes, Wim Hof, is super weird and it seems fake as all get out, but guess what....It's not.  This breathing method is supported by legit science and even those scientist are basically like WTF.  So to break it down in as few words as possible, this technique consists of you laying or sitting down and taking a bunch of deep breaths until you get all tingly and maybe think you are going to pass out, then holding your breath for as long as you can.  (This is a horrible synopsis of the technique, please read the actual step by step guide posted below) So now I'm sure you're very curious why I, or anyone else for that matter, would do this.  Well, using this technique has proven that not only can Wim access and voluntarily influence his Autonomic Nervous and Immune System, but literally anyone can do it, just by using this seemingly outrageous breathing method.  The second coolest part about this is we can learn it and utilize it basically on the first training.  Now, I know what you're thinking, what is the Autonomic Nervous System?  Basically, again, in the fewest words possible, its the part of the nervous system that controls your organs.  It controls things like blood pressure, heart beating, breathing, digestion, metabolism, production of saliva, going to the bathroom.  Just generally stuff that functions on its own without a lot of thought.  So, why access these systems with this breathing technique?  Well, first of all, accessing your immune system will help you not get sick.  Even if you are moderately sick right now, doing this technique while sick, will make you recover faster and possibly without pharmaceutical intervention. (FYI, I'm not a doctor, in case you need that reference)  Which, in my opinion is pretty cool.  However, that's not all!  It's also shown that using this method, lowers inflammatory responses all over your body by forcing the release of epinephrine. (think, Adrenaline)  Now you may not realize this, but we are all experiencing inflammatory responses to things daily, even if you are not arthritic or someone who works out, like, at all. (That's me)  Just eating certain things can cause inflammatory response and those responses have to be regulated by your autonomic nervous system and your brain, which takes away some of your inner resources, whether you realize it or not.  I can pretty much 100% guarantee this is happening to you at least to some degree.

So now that we have covered the basics, which their really is a lot more to this, but you can use the links if you're terribly interested in technicalities, lets talk about some of the proven benefits to using this technique.  Using the Wim Hoff Breathing Method you will experience:

  • Less Stress
  • Faster Recovery from Physical Exertion
  • Better Sleep
  • Improved Sports Performance
  • Enhanced Creativity
  • More Focus and Mental Clarity
  • Better Circulation
  • Better Immune Response
And honestly, people speak to experiencing a lot of other benefits, but these are the ones that science can support.  They're doing a lot of research on this method right now, and see it as a great possibility for curing Auto-immune Disorders.  Which is pretty insane.  So, I'm sure, if you have managed to read this far, you are probably wondering how you can do this.

Well, here is what I do and is basically, all you need to do also.

  1. Start by sitting down somewhere comfortable, or laying down.  I prefer to lay down, there is some possibility you will push too far and pass out.  No need to get nervous about that, I have never passed out, neither has Roy (my husband) but some people also have weird responses, like uncontrollable laughter.  If either of these happen, just chill and relax, you're fine.  Neither of these things kill people.  Next time you go to do it, don't push as far.  Passing out is 100% not necessary.   Also, as a key piece of information, don't do this driving or anything even remotely similar, please use common sense.  If you aren't laying down or sitting in place where you can lose consciousness in relative safety, you're doing step 1 wrong.  
  2. Now that you're comfortable, start breathing.  You will want to take about 25 to 30 full breaths.  Fill up your stomach and lungs then breathe out.  Don't push the breath out though, just let it go in a natural way, not like an empty your lungs crazy sorta way.  (you should watch the linked video if you need an example, its at the bottom.) 
  3. After you get through the 25 to 30 breathes you will probably feel like you're hyperventilating, get all tingly, and feel sorta weird.  That's normal and you are.  We all feel that way.  Push out the last breath and then stop breathing.  Just hold your breath for literally as long as you can.  You should try to go past the point where you are just mentally freaking out about not breathing into the point where your body physically forces you to take a breath.  If you can't deal with that, just start by holding it as long as you can.
  4. Once you have held your breath as long as possible take in a deep breath and hold it, pushing the air toward your head for about 15 seconds.  This will probably make you get even more tingly.  I get super tingly from this and also my eyes get really blurry if I have them open.  
  5. Now that you have followed all these steps, start again.  Do this procedure three or four times to preference.


 I will be doing this all week, I started doing it Saturday and so far so good. I hope some of you give it a shot and maybe throw in some comments on the topic below.  Now we've pretty much reached the links part of the post, so if you think this is some crazy interesting stuff like me you can check out these places to get more information, probably better presented.  


Guided Breathing Exercise (This may not be to your speed taste, totally fine to just do it your own personal style.)

You can find tons of info also just Googling Wim Hof.  Enjoy!

Walk the Line

Sorry for the long sabbatical, I've been moving.   We moved thirty minutes to the next town over, which consequently I'd lived i...