How I Feel After The 12-Day Wild Rose Detox

It’s been a little less than a week now that I have finished my Wild Rose Detox and I feel great. I want to talk a little bit more about the detox and how it was going through it. I’m not going to lie, it was hard and I had a few mishaps down the road. Like rushing to get to an event with my daughter and going to pick up food on the way because I forgot to grab the lunch I had pre-packed for us on the way from being in a hurry. I ended up picking up a vegetarian soup from panera since it was the closest option around me, and as I was eating the soup I realized that it was only vegetarian so it probably contained dairy. I quickly put it down, but I was hungry and sad the remainder of the event. I realized right then and there that maybe I needed to slow down a little bit and not be in such a rush. Pre-planning and preparing ahead of time is essential to this detox.

Other than my few unintentional slips, I was able to stick to the majority organic and health diet. After the completion, it felt wonderful eating some organic breads and my favorite snacks that weren’t allowed on the detox. I used to feel sluggish before my detox, but now I don’t feel that same slugginess I had before. I feel more energized and focused than I did before. I couldn’t be more proud or happier to have done this detox, and I think that it’s important for each person to do it atleast once in their lifetime due to the toxic buildup we all have overtime.

I am now taking the Max-care 400 Billion Probiotics as recommended after the detox since your system gets cleansed of everything- including your healthy gut bacteria.probiotics-rawprobiotics-5daymax.jpg

It’s important to make sure that you reintroduce your healthy gut bacteria through the 400 billion max care, and then using the 100 billion care continuously afterwards.


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This is one of the best things I’ve done, and I think that the second time around will be much easier since I know how to better prepare for it. I plan on redoing the detox around  a year from now. If you have any questions about the detox feel free to reach out to me or leave your comment down below and I’ll answer them the best I can.

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

Bisphenol A (BPA), Why You Should Be Concerned and How to Protect Your Family From Toxic Exposure

As i’m doing research for one of my classes in my MPH program, I decided to dig deeper into the subject of BPA. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it atleast once over the past several years and their concerns to our health and environment. BPA came under fire a few years ago after research came out showing its direct negative relationship with fetal and newborn exposures in animals. It is an endocrine disruptor that essentially throws your entire body’s hormones off and may cause a plethora of other health problems.While studies have shown that humans are mainly absorbing the toxin through food packaging that is manufactured using BPA, it is problematic because they only count for 5% of the BPA used in the United States. Therefore, there are many different toxic exposures of BPA that we aren’t aware of, and the human absorption of the toxic chemical may be much higher than previously thought. The release of BPA to the environment currently exceeds over 1 million pounds per year (Bisphenol A (BPA) Action Plan, 2016). A 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found BPA in 93% of 3517 urine samples from people six years and older (Bisphenol A, (BPA), NIEHS). Elevated rates of BPA have been linked to higher chances of Breast Cancer, and may alter brain and organ development in fetuses, new borns and young children.

BPA is a polycarbonate plastic that is used in nearly every industry in the United States. If you own anything plastic that is bendable, most likely it is manufactured with BPA, unless stated otherwise. BPA is found in water and infant bottles, compact discs, impact-resistant safety equipment and medical devices. Even products currently being produced without BPA has recently shown to also include estrogenlike chemicals, so it’s becoming impossible to stay away from these chemicals. It’s important to realize that these chemicals may have irreplicable damage to your entire family, but more so to young children and infants. There are ways you can reduce your risk of exposure to BPA, and other toxins in your daily lives:

  1. Plastics. Purchase glass baby bottles (list on my blog) that are not only great to use, but wonderful for our environment and safe for your little ones. It’s one of the best things you can do for them. Glass sip cups are also available, and Green Sprouts is one of my favourite brands for it. babybottles-430x430
  2. Cans. Make sure you’re using the least amount of cans as possible. They contain a lining of BPA (even if it says BPA free, it is then made with BPS which has shown to do essentially the same thing). It may take a few more steps in cooking, but it will save your family health later on in the long run.
  3. Re-heating Plastics. Do not reheat your food in any plastic contains. Also, do not place any of your plastics in the dish washer. These chemicals break down over time and start leaking the chemicals into your food. Best option, throw them all out. Purchase pyrex tupperware and store all of your food in glass containers. Better for you, better for our environment.unknown

These are much broader guidelines, but you have to pay attention to your daily usage of these chemicals. For example, purchase a glass water bottle for yourself and refill whenever needed. Think critically each time you’re purchasing a product, and try to make the safer choice for you and your family, even if it means a dollar or two extra than the cheaper version of it. I can’t express how much these chemical exposures have a tremendous amount of effect on our health, and they are now destroying our children’s health and futures. Let’s try to give our little ones a chance.


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Protection Agency

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

Vaccines- Should You, or Should You Not?

Should you, or should you not?

I have received many questions before about my personal opinion on vaccines. I have done a tremendous amount of research on the subject because I remember spending many late nights up worrying about the decision. There were so many different opinions on vaccines, and I couldn’t wrap my mind around it all. Could I be making a terrible mistake that may alter my daughters life forever?

We know how important vaccinations are, they are protecting your baby from deadly viruses that used to be public health epidemics, ones that we also cannot just ignore. Children have died from diseases such as measles that could have been prevented, and this simple fact cannot be ignored. We also can’t ignore the fact that there are countless ingredients in vaccines that are questionable regarding their harmful levels. There have been countless children that were disabled or harmed by vaccines- although the numbers are still up in the air. With all that being said- i’m sure you’re just as torn as I am. I will never put my daughters life at risk by not vaccinating, but I also don’t want to open up any opportunities of harm caused to her by the vaccines as well. I think it’s important to understand that it’s definitely a difficult and often under-discussed subject, and you have every right to be worried and concerned as a parent. After a long and tedious search into the correlations and links to autism, I have come up with a few rules of thumb to make sure that you’re protecting your child as much as possible against harm from vaccinations.

  1. BreastfeedingAutism Speaks “In terms of autism risk, a number of research reports have considered breastfeeding versus formula. None directly tested whether breast milk – from the breast or a bottle – reduces or increases risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, most show that children with ASD are more likely to have been either bottle fed from birth or weaned early than are comparison groups of children not affected by ASD.” Not only is breastfeeding healthy for both mother (protects against cervical and breast cancer) and baby, but you may be protecting your child against many more things than we currently understand or know. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that a mother exclusively breastfeeds for 6 months, and continue breastfeeding while supplementing food until 2 years of age. “Review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.”
  2. Toxins- Cut out as many toxins as you can from your baby’s environment. I have shared with you all many times, including on this blog, how much toxins actually harm our bodies. As adults, our bodies are able to process and excrete toxins quicker than children bodies do. Children retain the toxins in their bodies and have them circulate 4 times around before they are able to be excreted- which means one thing- more damage. Toxins are one of the risk factors of things like autism, and you must protect yourself and your baby starting from the beginning of your pregnancy. Autism Speaks “We know that environmental factors – including exposure to certain toxic substances during pregnancy – can increase the risk of autism.” This means- eating organic during your pregnancy, and afterwards for both yourself and your baby. Use non-toxic household products in order to limit the plethora of chemicals that have been linked to many disorders. You can find the list of my favourite household products here on my blog as well. Also, make sure you’re using glass baby bottles and cutting out plastics around your baby in order to reduce the risk of BPA/BPS/Phthalates toxins from hurting their little bodies as well.
  3. Illness- Make sure your child is not ill, groggy or running a fever before receiving a vaccine. Keep an eye on them a few days before they’re scheduled for their shots, and a few days afterwards as well. See if there are any issues or problems that come up afterwards. It’s important to know- that your medical practitioner should not be giving your child a vaccine if they are sick (runny nose, stuffiness, fever, sore throat, grogginess) are all symptoms of illnesses that you should stay away from when vaccinating. If your child is sick dealing with a cold or virus (even without a fever), do not vaccinate them. They have a very delicate and sensitive immune system that needs to learn to deal with one illness at a time. If your child is sick and you give them another virus for their bodies to try and overcome (that’s technically what a vaccine is, a part of the virus which allows your body to create antibodies against the virus in order to protect itself in the future), you may be triggering something bigger inside their bodies. Be kind to their delicate immune system, they can only handle so much. If they are sick, reschedule their vaccines. I have done it several times for my daughter- and was relieved to have done so every single time. Just give them a few days to recover after symptoms go away, and then reschedule for their vaccines.
  4. Spread them out- If your child is receiving a vaccine that includes several virus strains inside (ex. MMR), don’t let the doctors give them any additional shots. You are the parent, and you’re allowed to control your child’s vaccination schedule. There are typically several months between vaccines (at the least), and you may go back in after a couple of weeks once your child has recovered and their bodies have build up antibodies against the virus in order to give them the remaining shots. I have always had a two-maximum rule, meaning i’ll never give my child more than two shots at a time.

You are the advocate for your child. There is so much research being done on the links of disorders such as autism with vaccines, and it’s important to understand that it’s not just one factor. There are many factors that build up over time and may trigger an immune response that could then trigger a dormant disease or disorder to come out of hiding (not just autism). You can control these factors by taking in those four steps in order to protect your children as much as possible. If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to me.


~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

Detox Check-In Half Way Through- What I Didn’t Expect Ended Up Happening!

I am finally mid-way through my detox program and wanted to share a few updated with you all on how its been going. First and foremost, who knew that you would break out so much doing a detox! But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s actually your body cleaning out the toxins that are inside, and one of the ways it does that is through breakouts on your pores. I actually haven’t been so upset to see them, and welcomed them with open arms knowing that the detox is actually doing its job. Otherwise, I feel overall pretty good and haven’t had pain, cramps or anything of that sorts. I did use the bathroom more regularly than normal, but I maybe added just one or two more trips each day. I think one of my biggest struggles have been working around the diet that is specified for this detox. I will list the food items that you’re allowed to eat and not eat so you all have a better sense of what’s expected. For example, you’re not allowed to eat dairy, seafood & wheat (bread, pasta etc.). That makes my diet very limited when going out, even to an organic restaurant. I have had to make majority of my foods at home, and with my limited list I typically stuck to only fish (salmon & tuna) rather than meat because I hadn’t pre-ordered organic and halal meat, which is the only thing you can eat. I realized though, that I had gotten myself so used to a diet that contained some form of the ingredients of wheat, dairy & sugar that when I cut them out it became difficult- although I knew it wasn’t good for you. Knowing that you should cut something out- and doing it are two completely different things, and this was the biggest indicator to me that I hadn’t done enough to limit my diet from those food items.


Can’t tell you guys how many times I craved sugar SO bad. I had been bad at eating it before, and I shared with you how I did in Kuwait- so my body is still addicted to it. I have been craving cakes, brioche bread, cinnamon rolls, lattes and so much more (this is what the fall season is about anyways, right?). But the best part about it all is that I have been in control of myself and cravings. When I crave something sweet, I will grab a fruit instead of the cake I had been eyeing (living at your parent’s could be super difficult especially in times like this). I have been sticking to this diet like no tomorrow because I really want to see the outcome of it, as well as finally clean out my system and regulate my hormones. A reset button. I really really need that.

I’ll touch base with you all again once I have completed the detox in about a week, and looking forward to sharing the final results with you all!


~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

Why I Am Detoxing My System- and Why You Should Too

Yesterday was my first day completing my Garden of Life Wild Rose Detox, and I’m feeling good. Let me back it up a bit and tell you why i’m doing this detox. When I first got diagnosed with PCOS and realized that it was connected to our food and toxins from my research, I decided to start new and buy only organic and non-toxic household items to see how my body and hormones would react to it. We were moving to the U.S. from Kuwait at that point and I figured it was the perfect time to do so. So when we arrived here I invested in everything organic, organic herbs, spices, food and pantry items as well as non-toxic household products. I knew that if I were doing this to see a result, I must go full out with it. After a few months my hormones adjusted and I started getting my cycles every 28 days-which was something I’ve never ever had before. I checked in with my hormone specialist and she confirmed the same thing, you can never fully get rid of your PCOS, but I was at a level 1 compared to my previous level 4 of the disease.

I then decided to take my little investigating further. When we traveled back to Kuwait (it seems like the country of doom at this point, but I promise you its not. It’s just full of amazing food and unregulated household products HA!) I decided to indulge in everything that I wanted to eat which included sweets and desserts of all kind, and lots of eating out at restaurants. I wanted to see if my body would revert back to its old ways, which would then further prove the point that food and toxic products are very much correlated with PCOS. After a month and a half of being there and indulging, my system went haywire and reverted back to the ways it used to be. I ended up getting my cycles, but they were a month and a half late, with lots of mood swings and acne. Let’s be real as well, studies have shown that women who have PCOS have a much higher chance of depression and anxiety because hormones are so interconnected to everything in our bodies. Queue in the tears and anxiety attacks. This has proven everything I’ve been researching all along, and then when I came back I went ahead and regulated my cycles after a few months with healthy eating and cutting out toxins again.

It’s been a full year since then, and I decided to retest my hypothesis this past summer when I went back to visit family again. You know what they say, if your research method is correct, no matter how many times you repeat it you should come out with the same result. I guess its the little epidemiologist in me, but I just had to do it. I ate badly, I drank virgin mojitos like they were going out of style, and I wasn’t careful about anything that I ate or did then, and I must say it was A LOT of fun!! But, my body reverted back again.

I’ve been back here in the U.S. since the end of August, and I’m working on regulating my cycles again. I decided to do this detox because I want to also see, based on the reviews of this product and the ingredients that are inside it, It should help release a lot of the toxins that are built up in the body. Now remember, when you eat food that is GMO or non-organic, you’re eating toxins because they’re sprayed with pesticides and grown with fertilizers that have chemicals in them. I feel like my experimentation days with my body are over (hopefully!) and I am sure now of the correlation between toxins and this disease that I have, and I want to finally start anew with my body. This detox should give your body the fresh new start it needs in order to have a chance to fight and battle any issues you’re dealing with.

Let’s talk about the detox real quick- it’s a 12-day detox which includes organic herbs and a liquid that are known medicinally to clean out your system. It also comes with a guide on what you are allowed and not allowed to eat. You can read more about it here: Garden of Life Wild Rode Detox

And this is highly important because when your body is filled with toxins its then acidic (a PH of 6 or less). You want your body to be alkaline (which is a PH of 8 or more) because as as Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Otto Warburg discovered that cancer and other diseases cannot thrive in a body that has an alkaline PH.


Dr. Otto Warburg

The foods that are listed on the pamphlet inside of the detox are ones known to help alkaline your body. You need the perfect mix of the right ingredients while detoxing to make sure you’re properly getting your body to reset itself.

alkaline-chartI’ve honestly loved it so far because its forcing me to look at my meals differently, and while I understand whats healthy or not, It’s helping me learn to adjust my food in moderation because even if for example organic bananas are healthy for you, you shouldn’t be eating 3 each day and everyday. Everything it good in moderation, and expanding your horizons into eating things that you never thought you knew how to before will open up new doors for you and your taste buds. I will check in with you all on how i’m doing mid-way through the detox and share with you any pros or cons I have about it.

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

3 Simple Ways to Correct Your Hormonal Disorder

As an MPH student, I have become more worried about our health as a society, the more I read research articles on the direct relationship between chemicals and hormonal imbalance. I myself, have struggled for the majority of my life dealing with PCOS without actually knowing it. It wasn’t until my husband and I started trying to get pregnant that I realized my years on birth control (due to painful & heavy periods) have masked my silent disease. I had no idea all along that my painful periods, acne and irregularity were all due to my PCOS, I only blamed it on being a teenager; and in due time it will all be fixed. I realized later that I was a part of a large statistic that I wasn’t very aware of. I knew that my periods weren’t great, but I didn’t realize to what degree. Once I started researching links between PCOS and chemical and that’s when my “AHA” moment happened. My hormonal imbalance is genetic BUT, it was trigged and exasperated by the toxin & chemical build up in my body. Do you know how many chemicals we are exposed to every single day? Hundred of thousands! When your skin touches anything that has chemicals on them (think of cleaning products) it goes into your system. Your skin is your largest organ on your body, and every single thing that touches it goes inside your body. Many of you ask me how you can start correcting your hormonal imbalance and I’d like to share with you all what i’ve done to help correct mine. Now just be aware, my hormones have become imbalanced whenever I strayed off course with this system, and every single time has been corrected by sticking back to it again.

  1. Organic. You need to start eating organic foods. Wholesome, raw, organic fruit & veggies. You have to start seeing food as your medicine, and your body start alkalizing and healing itself once you start eating food that hasn’t been genetically modified with organisms from viruses & animals or sprayed with toxic chemicals. Organic food have very specific rules and regulations on how they are grown & what soil can be used to make sure you’re getting the best and most natural thing out there.
  2. Non-Toxic Household Products. You must start using non-toxic household products. Not only is it better and safer for the environment, but its also safer and better for you and your family. Again, remember that every single thing your skin touches gets internalised into your body. This goes from your dish detergent soap, laundry soap to cleaning products around your house. Seventh Generation is one of my favourite brands to use, and their products work extremely well! a650a5d16dc3c74e2accee09339e47e7.jpgYou also must be aware of the shampoo you are using, and Alaffia is a great brand that makes safe products for your showering needs (as well as for children!) cr_banner_2016_09_02.pngAlso, they have a great mission in working towards empowering women in Africa and alleviating poverty in the region as well. Who wouldn’t stand for that?empowerment_slide.jpgShea Moisture is also a great brand that I love to use. It is sold at CVS and Target, and I’ve even found it at Marshalls as well! It’s safe and great to use.sm_hperosity_web.png
  3. Vitamins. After taking my Master’s Global Nutrition class, I realized how important essential vitamins are in not only keeping us healthy, but also in helping fight disease and uplifting our immune system. Being deficient in certain vitamins may make it more difficult to normalize your hormones, and will absolutely affect your mood, skin & energy levels. Make sure you’re going to your general doctor to check on your vitamin levels, and if there’s anything off balanced make sure you’re supplementing in order to help give your body the best chance at healing and getting better. I always recommend taking vitamins and supplements that are derived from organic fruits & veggies, meaning that they’re not synthetically made in a lab (which 99.9% of all vitamins are unfortunately). Not only does taking vitamins from organic and natural sources increase the bioavailability of the vitamins (increase the amount of absorption of the product) but its also the main source your body receives these vitamins from! Food! Garden of Life is all vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) and all halal (except their fish oil- I recommend checking out New Chapter for their Wild Caught Salmon Omega Fish Oil). garden-of-life.pngRemember: Your body is your home for the rest of your life, make sure you’re taking care of and protecting it from every source that may harm your body, your family members & children. Research has shown that women who suffer from hormonal disorders, like PCOS, have much higher levels of pesticides and toxins in their blood streams. Don’t use plastic and cans as much as you can because they contain harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA and BPS. Children’s bodies also don’t know how to process the toxins and release them as quickly as our bodies do, so toxins circulate in their bodies 4 times before they are able to be released, thus harming children quicker and easier than it does for grown adults.

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

Garden of Life Raw Protein Review & Giveaway

I wanted to share with you all a few products from the Garden of Life brand that I have absolutely fallen in love with. Life is honestly so busy and stressful, we don’t have enough time to take care of ourselves and our health. I feel like the most vital component in the choice of eating healthy or not ends up being simply convenience. Since we are mostly on the go- if the food is not convenient to grab-and-go, then we won’t be as inclined to take it. Here’s where the amazing protein shakes have come in to save me. As most of you know- I’m a wife, mom, MPH student, blogger & work part time at a non-profit organization. To say that my life is packed is simply an understatement. I am constantly on the go, and barely find any time to eat healthy- although that’s always on my priority list since I know what happens to my body when I don’t- hormones go way out of whack! I realized that this hectic lifestyle should impair my healthy eating- and that I needed to find a way to maintain it. I then tried the Garden of Life Protein Shakes- new and improved with 22g of protein per serving. My. Life. Has. Changed. First, i’d like to share with you all that they are fully vegetarian (and halal), and they use pea protein in order to make it as smooth as they do. It’s full of probiotics, enzymes & so many fruits & veggies that give it the amount of proteins it has. The flavours are amazing- Vanilla Chai (died), Vanilla (so good!), Chocolate (I’m not a chocolate lover, but can’t get enough), and Unflavored (for those who want it plain and simple).


fullsizerender2I usually mix mine with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a ripe banana, and some ground flax seeds from Garden of Life, Chia seeds (for an added boost), and some cinnamon if i’m doing something plain like unflavoured or vanilla. You can also add some greens if you’d like, or some frozen organic fruits- it will make your morning rock! This can be taken as a snack to maintain your weight (like myself), or to replace your morning breakfast when you’re on the go. Honestly, It takes me less than 5 minutes to make and I absolutely love it. I recommend you all try it- and I will give away 4 full sized Raw Proteins right here! I want you to share with me why you would like to try the Garden of Life protein and how it may help you on your journey in eating and living healthier! The giveaway will include YOUR CHOICE of protein flavour, a shaker to make your protein shake in, as well as a large Garden of Life tote!IMG_7713.JPG

Entry Rules:

  1. Must be a U.S. or Canada resident
  2. All entries must be submitted by September 28th, 2016
  3. All winners will be chosen by September 29th, and must send me their names and addresses with 24 hours of being chosen, otherwise I’ll have to choose someone else instead.
  4. Get creative, and share the reasons you would love to try this!!

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~