My side hustle story

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I started this side hustle about a year ago, stemming from my passion for health. At the time, I had NO IDEA how important it would become.

See, I would consider myself quite good with money. My father bought me the book “The Wealthy Barber” when I was about 16 years old and I’ve pretty much followed that advice since then. But the one thing I was NOT GOOD at was building an emergency fund…

It seemed that, as soon as I would put money aside for this purpose, something would break down or a big unexpected expense would come up. And there went the fund…

So when I got laid off from my corporate job, it should have been a huge financial shock. Don’t get me wrong – it was still a kick in the shin. But I had been building myself an income-generating safety net on the side.

I’m not going to sugar-coat it, though. I finished my 9 – 5 job and worked late evenings and weekends on this (amazing) gig. But I’m eternally grateful to have pushed through it.

As I get back up onto my feet, I’m proud to know that I’ve got my own back and I promise never to complain about the extra work ever again!!

(PS – I also got to live a dream… you know those annoying people who seem to be able to work from the beach? I got to do this while I was in Mexico! The magic of an online business…)

M.


Potassium-rich coconut water

My favourite hydrating and electrolyte-replenishing drink is definitely coconut water and nothing beats getting it fresh from the beach!

Coconuts are just awesome in general. Apparently, in Sanskrit, coconuts are called kalpa vriksha, meaning “tree which gives all that is necessary for living” (source). I believe it! They offer a full-on combo of nutrients, fats and hydration plus have incredible uses in cooking and for skin care.

Coconut water is a great source of hydration due to its electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. You might as well call it nature’s sports drink. I like adding it to my smoothies or mixing it with chia seeds along with a squeeze of lemon for an energy boost.

This year, I also discovered eating the coconut “flesh” or “meat” with some lime and spices. Coconut flesh, found on the inside of the coconut, is said to help restore oxidative tissue damage and contains healthy fats, proteins, and various vitamins and minerals (source).

Of course, coconut oil also has amazing health benefits but I’ll save that for another post 😉

M.

 


Rebounding: trampoline for grown-ups

A few years ago, my awesome friend gave me her spare mini-trampoline. I had been hearing a lot about rebounding and its health benefits, and I wanted to give it a shot.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it! These are the main reasons why:

  • It makes me feel like a kid and, according to Harvard, feeling young at heart makes you live longer. Yes, please!
  • When I get stressed and restless, it literally helps me shake off those uncomfortable feelings. It also helps me when I feel in a funk and uninspired.
  • It’s a super easy and low maintenance way to get a bit of cardio in. As you can see, I don’t even bother to change into any fancy workout attire. (Warning: if you wear something on your feet, make sure there’s grip underneath)
  • It’s small, compact and can be stored out of sight. I’ve had exercise bikes in my living room in the past… no more. I just roll this away behind a storage unit.
  • It’s like dancing by yourself but a notch up cardio-wise. Crank some tunes and go crazy. Just make sure your neighbours can’t see you 😉

From a health perspective, rebounding is actually quite impressive. The list goes on but here are some highlights:

  • Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
  • Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass
  • Good for reducing cellulite
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Helps improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear
  • Helps improve the effects of other exercise
  • Helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy
  • Whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body
  • Some sources claim that the unique motion of rebounding can also help support the thyroid and adrenals.

(Source: adapted from Wellness Mama)

If you can get past the idea of bouncing on a mini-trampoline, I highly recommend you give it a try! The fringe benefits are awesome.

M.


Daily morning detox drink

I am totally a morning person. After 9 pm, and even leading up to that, I literally start shutting down. So the morning is when I try to do most of my work, chores and health-boosting rituals.

One of these rituals is my daily morning detox drink, which includes a pinch of cayenne pepper, the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of chlorophyll. Here’s why I chose these ingredients:

  • Cayenne pepper: this kick starts your metabolism and is good for weight loss. It’s also anti-inflammatory and reduces pain. I especially like it for its role in detoxifying.
  • Lemon: this is also a great one for detoxifying and an energy boost. It’s loaded with vitamin C and even has rejuvenating properties (holla!)
  • Chlorophyll: again – more antioxidants and a detox powerhouse. It also helps with alkalinity and deodorizing.

It’s not the tastiest drink but I’ve grown to love it.

Give it a try 😉

M.


Natural nail polish remover

Nail polish remover was one of the last items I replaced as I transitioned towards a chemical-free lifestyle. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be possible to replace this one until I accidentally messed up my manicure with lemongrass essential oil.

Until then, acetone nail polish remover was my go-to.

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Acetone is a super smelly, colourless, volatile and flammable solvent often found in nail polish. It’s actually present in many other household items such as paint remover, detergents and cleaning products.

Although it may be a useful substance, the nasty side of acetone is that it can cause:

  • nose, throat, lung and eye irritation
  • headaches and fatigue
  • light-headedness, dizziness and confusion
  • nausea and vomiting
  • a bunch more unpleasant side effects…

(Source: Tox Town)

These are just some of the reasons I wanted to find an alternative to standard nail polish remover. I researched a variety of different natural options on the Web; however, they never worked well for me. Lemongrass worked amazing.

Caution: lemongrass essential oil is considered a “hot” oil and can cause permanent skin sensitivity. Always do a skin patch test when introducing a new essential oil: for adults, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil massaged on the inside of the wrist; for children, one drop of essential oil in one tablespoon of carrier oil. Should you experience an adverse reaction such as redness, burning sensation or rash, add more carrier oil to the site and rinse with water.

Once the nail polish is removed, I add myrrh essential oil to my cuticles and carrier oil to my hands to moisturize. At the same time, the carrier oil dilutes any lemongrass essential oil that may end up on your fingers.

Enjoy!

M.