Just some randomness I’ve been meaning to mention for a while:
I’ve been taking “cold showers” for the last week or so because I heard it on James Altucher’s podcast (are you tired of my mentioning his podcast EVERY.SINGLE.WEEK yet??) and it sounded intriguing. You may not know this about me, but I’ll try almost anything if it sounds interesting and like it might keep me healthy/feeling good or potentially prolong my life. If it’s possible it could lead to untimely death, there’s no way I’m trying it…well, within reason of course.
Anyway the bulletproof coffee guy (Dave Asprey) was on the show and he mentioned a few things I was interested in trying. The premise behind cold showers is that it tricks your mitochondria into thinking you’re dying, which in turn stimulates them to get stronger (from what I understood anyway). Lots of cultures actually do this, dip into freezing cold water, and there seems to be some justification for it. I can only last 30 seconds or so, and I do it at the end of my shower, and it has gotten easier after a week and a half. But it makes me hyperventilate a little and shake. Obviously. Bonus is that I’m not so freezing when I get out of the shower. Which is weird.
I also started adding MCT (coconut oil) to my vitamin shakes in the mornings for brain health. I thought about trying actual bulletproof coffee (with grass-fed butter & MCT) in the mornings, but it sounds gross, even though my husband says it’s not, so I haven’t tried yet.
I get so excited reading about new ideas in health and nutrition. If I change careers again, it’ll be towards integrative nutrition and personal training; I’m that obsessed. I probably need to not latch on to everything I hear, and it gets overwhelming to try and be “perfect,” but that’s not my goal. I just want to feel as good as I can for as long as possible.
Why are my towels dirty?? My light colored organic cotton towels are stained. My white turkish cotton towel that I use after my shower has yellowing on it. Does that mean I’m not clean when I get out of the shower? And after I wash my face?? I don’t understand. I also wash everything in cold water, perhaps I should be washing in warm water? Does anyone else have these issues?
Bar soap recommendations? I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I’d like to transition to bar soap in the shower to save packaging. Does anyone have any good recommendations? I like Dr. Bronner’s generally, but find it sort of drying.
Lush King of Skin – I’ve been using this instead of African Paradise body butter in the shower because it’s cheaper and doesn’t come in a tub, but it doesn’t last very long, maybe a month? Whatever, I’m a total convert to in-shower body butters, especially during shaving season LOL. I love applying it, then rinsing a little and toweling off, and NOT having to apply lotion or oil afterwards. I never really did that anyway, but when I did, I hated that extra step.
Face shaving : I will never not shave my face. I’ve been using these Shiseido razors, and replace them every one or two times I use them. I shave dry, and then afterwards apply my usual rosehip oil/immortale hydrosol combination. After that dries, I slather on Shiva Rose’s Glow face balm and call it a night. My chin and upper lip area are pretty sensitive, so I take it easy there and make sure to really moisturize well, but I don’t know why I haven’t been shaving my face all my life. Oh, yeah, I do, because of the myth that hair will grow back black and coarse. Not true, by the way.