Oil Pulling w/ Coconut Oil, how it’s done.

1About a few months ago I wrote a post about coconut oil and how I have kind of falling in love with it. I briefly talked about some of the things you could use coconut oil for including health benefits such as oil pulling.

Well I had a request to dig a little deeper into the whole oil pulling experience… here I am.

What is Oil Pulling and how does it Work?

Oil pulling involves putting about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around your teeth for 15-20 minutes. There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not. Certain bacteria can cause harm, such as Streptococcus Mutans, which is the main culprit behind plaque buildup, gingivitis and cavities.

So how does oil pulling work?

When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria sticks to the oil and dissolve in the liquid oil. You end up removing a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this. (Whoop whoop)
oil pullingHow to Oil Pull.

1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth. (If you’re using a solid form of coconut oil, you may have to chew it a few times before it melts.)
2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
3. Spit out the oil, and then brush your teeth. (Don’t spit it don’t the sink as it can solidify and block drains, spit into a bin instead)

It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. (Try doing this in the morning while you’re in the shower or getting ready for the day ahead.)
It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and whatnot.

Here’s what to Expect.

After a few days you will notice your breath is fresher and teeth look a lot cleaner (both whiter and shinier.)
Oil pulling is effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth which improves oral and dental health.
However if you have dental fillings the oil may loosen them and they most likely will fall out.

Summer Loving (Long-Distance Relationships)

Image“Summer lovin’ had me a blast – summer lovin’ happened so fast – met some girl, crazy for me – met a guy, cute as can be – summer days drifted away – to oh, the summer nights”

Seriously who doesn’t love that song?

Officially summer is almost over, and the fall term will be starting in 26 days. For some it’s the ending of a beautiful romance filled with hot sandy days at the beach and long nights wrapped in your lover’s arms. Others, however, will try and go the extra mile and make their long-distance tryst into something more.

So here is the question; can long distance relationships really work?

I’m always amazed at the few people I know who tend to make things work. Personally I need a little face to face time with my beau. There is always so much to account for when distance is an issue:

  • Communication Breakdowns (Thanks to technology this has become easier to handle)
  • Future Unseen (If you aren’t moving in the same direction even if you have separate paths… you clearly aren’t going to be meeting at the same train station)
  • Trust (Relationships end everyday due to trust issues whether it’s perceived or real. Any healthy partnership requires devotion, ethical grounding, and a moral compass)
  • Return vs. Time (Are you getting a return on the time you’re putting in calling, e-mailing, texting, and traveling to make things work?)
  • Expectations (What you want, what they want, what we want as a couple…. Be on the same page)

There is nothing in life that doesn’t require work. This always includes going the extra mile for a relationship that you feel is worth it. If just the thought of the few things I mentioned here is enough to send you running for the hills…… Maybe you should ask yourself what in life is worth your hard work and dedication?

Almost 30 but not Quiet!! (Happy 28th Birthday to Me)

Almost 2 but not Quiet

Almost 2 but not Quiet

Turning 28 is just another reminder of how close I am to turning 30. In my teens I use to revel in the thought of my birthday coming; homemade funfetti birthday cakes, old fashioned bar-b-q and family and friends.

 In my twenties it feels more like the impending doom to a dawn I do not long to see. There is this rush to achieve all the goals that I have set for myself before my third decade arrives. Looking back I was convinced that by this age I would be married to actor Lee Thompson Young (Rizzoli & Isles on TNT), finished with school, and happily set in my career as a writer- living peacefully.

But the road to success seemed ever so long, at least that’s what I thought until I read Joshua Fields Millburns observations and insights in his essay “30 Life Lessons from 30 Years

“Success is perspectival. I used to think I was successful because I had a six-figure job that my friends and family could be proud of. I thought the house with too many bedrooms would make me look even more successful, and so would the luxury car and the tailored suits and the nice watch and the big screen TV and all of the trappings of the material world. But I got all of that and I sure as hell didn’t feel successful. Instead, I felt depressed. So what did I do? I bought more stuff. And when that didn’t work I figured out that I had to do something else with my life, that I had to stop living a lie and start living my dreams.”

Lesson here is you definitely can’t judge a book from its cover…

How I Spent 28

How I Spent 28

So I guess there is no point to get upset and feel stressed out about the things I don’t have or haven’t accomplished yet. The key word here is YET, because in real life the amazing things are bound to happen can’t really be planned…They just happen.

28 isn’t exactly the “success” that I planned/imagined, but I’m well on my way and it’s worth celebrating.