I don’t know what happened but when I hit forty things changed. Look! it’s not all bad and I swear, I rebelled against it and said it was mind over matter and things weren’t going to change just because of a number, but they did. Not necessarily in a bad way though, because I feel a whole lot wiser for some reason, and I want to impart some of this wisdom on to you with a few quick tips to avoid the “latching phenomenon
When I was 10, I thought people in their 40’s, knew it all. Not in a snobby, arrogant way, they just had been through “stuff” and seemed to get a lot of mail, like stacks of mail, so they must be pretty important to be receiving all that mail!!!!! (bills??). Now I’m forty and I’m getting the same stacks of mail and I feel so popular that so many banks and politicians and colleges want ME to help “support” “stuff” .. I feel like I am at the age which looked like the “suburban-Dalai-Lama” to me when I was 10.
The Latching Phenomenon. Everything , seems to latch on – from me to my shower door. I call it the “Latching Phenomenon.” Here are some things that I have noticed that have latched on to me/or inanimate objects in my house (clothes/shower door). Maybe they were here all the time and my vision got better??? or to refer upon my first theme, I got wiser, more intuitive and created solutions quicker than I had previously had in the past? Nonetheless, I wanted to pass along some helpful hints for the Latching Phenomenon.
Here is my Doctor Oz moment, so I’m going to start with the most uncomfortable one first. If I do not eat PERFECTLY, and drink the perfect amount of water and literally avoid all cheeses like the plague PERFECTLY, “things” slow down. While this is an uncomfortable topic, think about it how it affects YOUR ENTIRE mood. Lets just move on to the solution okay? Here is how I stay “happy” and ,well “unlatched” from those “things” that do not need to be “Latched”. Prebiotic, probiotic, fruit, veggies, hydrate with water, and a balanced exercise schedule. I know , it sounds so boring. However if I constantly keep a steady stream of these types of foods ,water and supplements on a consistent basis , I am able to kick this part of the latching phenomenon out the door!!! Quickly and to make this more FUN, I have 3 simple tips. Roast your veggies on stoneware with safflower oil, Mrs. Dash, fresh herbs & sea salt, mix your fruit and prebiotic in a smoothie with powdered peanut butter and your leftover morning coffee, and find an exercise that YOU LOVE. Google what invigorated you in the past (, hoops, kickball, hunting, skiing..) I guarantee you will find an exercise program that incorporates what YOU LOVED as a kid or as a recreational hobby. There are a GAZILLION exercise programs out there, and there is one for YOU. I PROMISE. ME? I have always wanted to help people with their fitness & nutrition goals AND be hip hop dancer or a boxer, so I got certified to teach hip hop, and kickboxing set to loud thumping music!
Secondly, let’s on to move to chap-sticks,white deodorant, stickers, and mildew (we have moved on from the human body to inanimate objects). For some reason, every sticker and chapstick my children acquire gets washed and dried on high heat. (ok, ok, if you are my husband reading this, Yes a small percentage of the chaptsticks, might be mine??) Let’s not discuss my hyper-drive-fast-furious-vindisel-type laundry skills; where attention-to-detail , is overshadowed by the need to hyper-extreme-wash super-dirty childrens’ clothes on high-hot-speed. Unfortunately the clothes can be collateral damage when items are not removed and are washed and dried on high temperatures. First, if a vaseline or chapstick doo-dad explodes in your washer, your best bet is to find that sucker before you dry it. Once its dried and that greasy stuff get’s in your clothes, it’s probably ruined with those spots (unless it’s white , then you can bleach!!bleach!!). Now, if you catch the catastrophe, take all the clothes out and hold them up to the light and look for the darker ,grease spots. Spray a ton of resolve or oxi-clean on the spots, add a scoop of oxi-clean back into your clothes and re-wash with warm water ! This will help remove that greasy look.
As for stickers , if you catch before putting in the drier, usually you can scrape off with a scraping tool from your kitchen or place under warm to hot water and soap and scrape the sticky residue off in the sink. Now, if the article of clothing with the sticker makes it to the drier, it’s a mess, BUT, I have a solution!!! Mix about 1/3 of a bottle of non-acetone nail polish remover with about 1 cup of warm water and place garment in the solution in the sink. Take a kitchen scraping tool ,use pressure to gently scrape of the residue. Add more nail polish remover if you need too!
For the white-zombied-deodorant-look that you just smeared on your new black cocktail dress. Don’t fret, I have a solution. Get a hanger from the dry cleaner that still has the foam cover, dab a tiny bit of the non-acetone nail polish remover on the foam part and rub gently on the white-zombified area. If you don’t have the foam thing, try a light foam sponge or sponge from the market. Clear deodorants? they do not work on me. I have to use the white-zombie stuff!!!!
Mildew! – I never use to have a problem with mildew , but I also used much harsher cleansers in the past. I stopped using them a few years ago, because they made my daughter cough a lot and quite frankly made me light-headed. Now, I use a combination of Clorox Green and water. For daily spraying of the shower, especially on the edge and corners and base of the shower, I use a mixture of white vinegar and peppermint soap! Simple as a dimple. Get a re-usable spray bottle (new one, don’t mix with any old residue from old cleaners – not safe). Fill bottle 3/4 way to the top with vinegar and fill the rest with the peppermint soap. It will look like salad dressing because the peppermint oil separates from the vinegar while still, just shake before you use and spray. I spray this DAILY on the shower, RINSE, then spray again in just the corners and cracks and floor of the shower and let that sit till next time.. It’s a great way to prevent mildew from building UP and it’s so much better for your respiratory system!
Two other quick tips to help prevent things from “latching”. I have also noticed, that in my twenties and early thirties, I could eat salads for a week (with lots of blue cheese) , run an extra mile and lose 5 lbs. HmmmUMMM. That does not happen now. ever. When I need to get back on track after holidays or vacations of rich and industrious eating!, I have to switch it up with the salads! I use the Mesculan greens and the darker greens for more vitamins and fiber, and I make my own dressing when I can because I am not a fan of the “Light” dressings and some of those dressings have a ton of sugar and salt in them. Easy Peasy, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil , 1/4 c red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey, 1 lemon squeezed,salt, pepper and any spices that light up your life. The second trick? Toss the squeezed lemon in the disposal and add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar (into the disposal and you will help unlatch all sorts of debris and smells from the disposal area)
This is just a brief overview of how I have tried to buck the latching phenomenom in my forties. I will continue to update my blog weekly with tips, ideas, suggestions and opinions on how to enjoy a balanced, well-rounded healthy life!
Peace Out, Scrappie Momma!
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