Sunday, July 6, 2014

Acidic vs. Alkaline and How I'm Changing Me + Giveaway







I'm a total skeptic when it comes to products that are on the market that are supposed to help you detox, lose weight, tone up, "get healthy", etc, without  having some sort of adverse side effects or multiple trips to the bathroom.

I am a big girl. I love my curves, but I want to lose what I call, "My Mom Flap."

If you cannot relate to this term, skip this article and move to the next, but for those of you that know what I'm talking about, it's horrific. After my first c-section I inherited this flap of skin that just sags.. all of the elasticity is gone from it. Like a piece of my youth, withered, and dead.

When the movie "Click" came out, I poked fun at the fat flap scene, but deep down inside felt that embarrassment and shame that comes along with relating to that disgusting feature. As you can hear, this is the area where I'm most self conscious, and awfully disgusted by. I have no problem being positive over my curves- just not my flap.

Anyway. I tried the gym. I lost a few pounds, but over all gained about 20 pounds when I was going religiously for 4 months. I now pay for a membership and don't go. I can't afford another 20 pounds. I know the old saying muscle weighs more than fat, but I have a lot of fat to burn. My body works backwards. I've come to terms with that. Now I needed a solution.

I started researching different detox products on the market. I figured that I've been exposed to both environmental and product toxins for over 30 years of life.. maybe that would be a good place to start.

While I was narrowing down the field, searching many blogs, review sites, and online shops, I came across an article about cancer and alkaline foods. This article resonated within me, on many levels, mainly because my mom had recently passed away, but more so because I *know* that I'm very acidic. I touch plants and they die.. seriously, within 24 hours.  

While I can't find the actual article to quote, the information was eye opening. While your body metabolizes all night, you wake up with a naturally acidic body. An acidic pH can also occur from emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions. This causes the body to not absorb vitamin and minerals properly from the foods you eat, as well as a decrease in energy, a decrease in the body's ability to repair damaged cells efficiently, and its ability to naturally detoxify itself, or heavy metals. Cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment. An alkaline forming environment also boosts the oxygen levels in the blood making it impossible for bacteria, viruses, and yeasts (as well as other pathogens) to survive and thrive.
An alkaline-forming diet also boosts the oxygen levels in the blood, making it impossible for bacteria, viruses, yeasts and other pathogens to survive and thrive. - See more at: http://vidyacleanse.com/2013/03/acid-vs-alkaline-the-science-behind-balancing-your-ph/#sthash.pngx8F7V.dpuf

The processed foods we eat, as well as the abundance of animal products like meat, eggs, and dairy are acidic, and the amount of alkaline foods we eat are just not enough. To maintain a healthy diet, it  should be made up  70% alkaline forming foods, and 30% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should be an 80/20 split.

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 Therein laid my problem. I hate vegetables. The only veggies I do eat are the acidic ones- potatoes, string beans, corn. I do eat a lot of the fruits on the Alkaline side, but not enough, and definitely not regularly.

With this new information, I started to research ways to help alkalize and detox my body. I found may super green supplements, shakes and powders. I couldn't get past some of the names, textures, or tastes. {I mean, algae grows in a pond!!!!}

I tried quite a few products, but I just couldn't do it. I tried a handful of natural detox methods found off of Pinterest and Google. I started changing my eating habits, a little at a time. I started drinking mostly water. Thanks to Pinterest, I started drinking lemon or watermelon infused waters, too. Some things worked, and they worked well- like the infused waters. I lost a few pounds of water weight right off of the top. It stalled out, though, and I needed more.

I was afraid that a detox available from my local vitamin store would have me running to the bathroom. I have a really sensitive tummy, after all, and really, really couldn't do that to myself. When I spoke with the salesman in the store, multiple times, about multiple products, I still couldn't bring myself to do it, and in turn, was stressing out completely. I started researching seaweed wraps at a local spa, and thinking maybe I'd do something relaxing, instead.

And then I went to a home party for one of my friends who was advertising a detox wrap, and a greens supplement. I went with the intention of learning more about the greens supplement, and ONLY for the greens. As mentioned earlier, I'm a total skeptic when it comes to crap that sounds too good to be true. I was a little discouraged seeing all of the promotional material with people who were skinnier than me, but I figured it was worth a try.  I figured I've wasted a lot more than $30 on a product to help with these things the lady was claiming it did, so what the heck?! So I did it.. and was ecstatic with the results! 45 minutes later, the wrap came off, and the distributor explained that it continued to work over the course of 72 hours.

I've wrapped a total of three times, and I've gone down a full pant size, am sleeping through the night, and am waking up well rested. My stomach issues have virtually vanished, and I only *just* started the greens last Monday when my shipment arrived.

According to the lady, my results are "not typical", and she can't quite explain how it works, all I know is so far, It Works works! Will this be my only stop? Right now, I'm letting it work. I am excited to try some more of the items they offer since I've been happy with my results. I've never tried a product where I had instant results, visual results, and results other people noticed, too.

I got to try their chocolate shake at the party, and it wasn't grainy at all. That's a big positive for me, texture. I will continue to drink my infused water, but I'm also drinking the greens supplement, knowing that it helps to alkalize my body, and contains 8+ servings of green veggies and fruits makes me happy, too. I chose the berry flavor, because in my opinion it tasted better. They say you can mix it with juice or tea, too, but I tried that with the orange flavor and it turned my OJ green!!



There are real results with this company, and if you google it, a plethora of amazing before and after pictures. Some people call it a gimmick, but I can tell you, so far, all of my results are real. I'm not confident enough in my body image to share my results, but maybe one day, I will.

Thanks to my It Works! distributor, I am giving away a wrap for you to try. It can be worn anywhere (except for your face) including your belly, thighs, arms, love handles, back, and butt!

Here's How to Enter:

Comment on this post and tell us where YOU would like to wrap. Include your email address in your comment.

Click here more information on the Crazy Wrap Thing, or for a list of product ingredients. This giveaway is open to residents of the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Norway, & Switzerland.

82 comments:

Danielle July 07, 2014  

I really need to use this on my belly

E (E Kay) July 11, 2014  

My stomache

Brynn July 11, 2014  

I really want to wrap my tummy and m y thighs!

Jessica Padilla July 11, 2014  

I want to wrap my tummy.

sottovoce July 11, 2014  

My humongous gut! :-) Thank you.

heather3421 July 11, 2014  

my waist

Gayle Gildehaus July 11, 2014  

My belly,belly.belly.

savvygirl65 July 12, 2014  
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savvygirl65 July 12, 2014  

I need to wrap my belly and thighs...
Sherri J
savvyblog(at)yahoo.com

Mai Tran July 12, 2014  

I'd like to win to test for myself if it really works. Thanks for the chance.

My heart is here July 12, 2014  

I need to wrap my stomach!
Jenna

OlmsteadKat July 12, 2014  

My stomach!

Amy Heffernan July 12, 2014  

My legs

SHANNA ELIZABETH July 12, 2014  

Stomach....... and thighs

Boo Oliver,  July 12, 2014  

I would like to wrap my belly and love handles.

Amy M July 12, 2014  

I wish there was a whole-person size, but my belly would be first, then my chin(s).

steph July 12, 2014  

my waist

trishka July 12, 2014  

I need this for my belly!

Michelle Klingen July 12, 2014  

I would try in on my stomach

Willow Moon July 12, 2014  

I would use it on my mid section.

Amanda Sakovitz July 12, 2014  

my stomach!

Mihaela Day July 12, 2014  

I want to wrap my tummy.

Tallulah Jane July 12, 2014  

I really, really need to wrap my belly...it is not so pretty after 2 c-sections.

Clare,  July 12, 2014  

my stomach!

Alison,  July 12, 2014  

Why I want this is my stomach does not match the rest of my body!

Mary Calabrese,  July 12, 2014  

My tummy needs this!

Burning Moon July 12, 2014  

I would use this on myself :)

aperry July 12, 2014  

Id like to try the wrap on my Stomach.

♥Heather Dawn♥ July 12, 2014  

I would wrap my thighs.

Thomas Murphy July 12, 2014  

I want to wrap my stomach.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Kayla Sutton July 12, 2014  

my legs!

Lea,  July 12, 2014  

My legs.

June Lisle July 12, 2014  

I would like to wrap my upper arms. I have a lot of issues with them.

Tina Marie July 13, 2014  

I would like to wrap my midsection. Thanks for the giveaway!

Melanie Borhi July 13, 2014  

My stomache for sure!!

Darlene Carbajal July 13, 2014  

I'd like to wrap on my tummy!

intensev5 July 13, 2014  

My stomach
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409cope July 13, 2014  

I would use it for my stomach.

Anonymous,  July 13, 2014  

My tummy could really use this!

Tiffany Hartwell July 13, 2014  

I would like to wrap my tummy and my thighs.

Denise S. July 13, 2014  

I would wrap my stomach.

Lotus Cheeks July 13, 2014  

I would love to use it on my tummy!

raven July 13, 2014  

I need this for my post baby belly

bbrittbrat1398 July 14, 2014  

I need to wrap my stomach.
Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

Cocktail Lady July 14, 2014  

On my belly for sure =)

Claire Rheinheimer July 14, 2014  

I definitely need to wrap my stomach!

Erica C. July 14, 2014  

Stomach would be good.

j9outloud July 14, 2014  

my thighs although I guess that's two wraps. Maybe my arms too! I see everyone else has said stomach. I wouldn't mind my tummy being flatter and my back looking nicer. Perhaps you can just wrap up my entire body!

ksceviour July 14, 2014  

my stomach!
(Karla Sceviour)

Jasanna Czellar July 14, 2014  

I would love it for my tummy!!

Melanie Borhi July 14, 2014  

My tummy for sure

Sophia M July 14, 2014  

My belly for sure.

Jill Myrick (jsc123) July 14, 2014  

I would like to wrap my stomach.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

Karen July 14, 2014  

I would do my arms :)

ktgonyea at gmail dot com

jodi reese July 15, 2014  

stomach or thighs

Kayla Gilbert July 15, 2014  

My stomach and thighs.

Kayla Gilbert July 15, 2014  

My stomach and thighs.

Jessica July 15, 2014  

I would like to wrap my stomach.

Jim Connor July 15, 2014  

My wife would wrap her stomach.

Valerie Taylor Mabrey July 15, 2014  

oh the belly the belly
vmmkids3 at msn dot com

Valeen July 15, 2014  

I would definitely use this on my tummy!

sweepyhead at gmail dot com

Giveaway Junkie July 15, 2014  

I want to wrap my waist!

Natalie Yeoman July 15, 2014  

I really want to wrap my stomach

laurasloves July 15, 2014  

I would like to wrap my stomach. It really needs it.
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

blew415 July 15, 2014  

wrap my tummy

Maegan Morin July 16, 2014  

I would like to wrap my upper arms.

Nicole Mecham July 16, 2014  

I would use it on my stomach!!

Angela P July 16, 2014  

I would use this on my belly! It's not the same since having kids.

truckerofbc July 16, 2014  

Would I be lying if I sai I needed for a big beer belly. No...lol Thats where it would be used

truckerofbc July 16, 2014  

oh my email I forgot

rogerdsims2002@yahoo.ca

sarah sar,  July 16, 2014  

On my tummy for sure!

Rafflecopter name: Sarah S.
texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

Danielle Crick July 16, 2014  

I would want to wrap my stomach. I've wanted to try wrapping for a long time!

Liberty Thompson July 16, 2014  

Oh my waist could use a lot of help!

Darby Elizabeth July 16, 2014  

my arms

♥Heather Dawn♥ July 16, 2014  

Raisingmypadawans@ Gmail dot com

robyn paris July 16, 2014  

i need to wrap around my middle

Breanne July 16, 2014  

my arms

Susan Smoaks July 16, 2014  

i want to wrap my belly, it's not in good shape

Melanie Comello July 16, 2014  

Most definitely on my stomach, i'd love to try it there first :D

cassandra July 16, 2014  

I would love to try this on my stomach!

Jay July 17, 2014  

I need to wrap my stomach and legs!

commonsenseandstilettos@yahoo.com

Melinda July 17, 2014  

My thighs!

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