Am reflecting and reminding myself on what we really need to survive in this “living journey”. Am finding out that our reliance on conveniences means we begin to lose ways of doing things that once was done in generations nearly gone. And so am unlocking what we really need in my own convenient life and “trying something old”.
So what can I give up?
13 November 2017: Giving up the Fridge & Turning Down the Heat
Today I turned off my fridge for a 2 week trial period as I don’t eat diary and only eat meat when visiting my relatives. My fridge contains condiments and vegetables. Someone suggested I turn down the house heating, so it is now on 15 degrees. Yep – dressing warm.
Can’t believe we have 6 jars of mustard partly opened.
Aug 2017: Toothpaste Does It Really Help?
Made my own toothpaste
Went to my dentist end of September. He told me I don’t have gum disease! Should be noted, every time I’d see him previously, he would warn me about some gum disease. Think it’s the tumeric in the mix which is supposed to be a natural antiseptic.
October 2014: Shampoo – It’s Just Poo For Hair
Stopped using shampoo. In 2017, my scalp is in far better shape – no more dry itchy scalp. It should be noted, suddenly stopping usage made my scalp intolerably itchy and greasy.
Third attempt – decreased the frequency of shampooing my hair over 1.5 months. So instead of every day, every other day. Once the scalp seemed used to that, then every 2 days, etc.
Feb – May 2014: Surgery to Remove a Frostbitten Finger: No Way
Showed a hand surgeon at St. George’s Hospital, London, my grade 2-3 frostbitten finger. He’s eyes could not contain his excitement of wanting a black necrotic finger to add to his collection of pickled digits. It healed in 12 weeks by applying aloe vera and salt water. A one week course of anti-biotics was taken due to paranoia that the finger might have become infected but in fact was all good.
2012: Packaged Items: Tried Going Plastic Packaging Free
Kept the packaging from groceries such as the empty packaging for pasta. Found there was too much ^&*( plastic packaging. So tried to go plastic free for a couple of weeks. It is hard when everywhere sells everything in plastic…..unless I eat veggies…..hmmm
2011-2012: Surgery for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome? Saved going under the knife by a holistic masseur
Yes I was skeptical at first when a friend told me she was a “holistic masseur”.
At the end of 2010, I had a swollen hand that continued to tingle and feel numb for the whole year. The GP prescribed anti-inflammatories. They kind of worked, but not really. After a year and a 1/2, was sent to the neurologist who told me had to have an operation. This would happen in 3 months.
In that time, a friend intervened and conducted massage therapy. After one session, the swelling already began to subside. After one week, my hand was normal.
When I returned to the neurologist was told I no longer had carpel tunnel syndrome. My hand is still normal in 2017.
2010: Soap and Toiletries from Hotels: BYOR to hotels
I travel a lot in my job, and stay in hotels. The small bottles of stuff were cute but then realised a lot was chucked even if it was 1/2 empty. So now BYOR a bar of soap & my own toiletries.
2008-2010: Could Prescribed Medicines Be Making Eczema Worst?
Before going to the Arctic, I was suffering badly from head to toe eczema. In fact I’d been suffering for many years since a teenager. The doctor prescribed hydro cortisone & emollients. This used to relieve the itching and then it would come back more aggressive and spread until I was covered in dry scaly itchy skin.
April, 2008 I finally went on the war path with the dermatitis I’d been suffering from. By the end of 2008 gave up steroid creams. In 2009 gave up the doctor’s prescribed emollients. After using normal commercial creams, the itching was still there but less intense.
In 2010 my skin was “miraculously” clear. Finally I could enjoy feeling smooth patches on my body! Now in 2017, I suffer from small patches but no way as bad as when I was using the GPs prescribed steroid creams and emollients. Decided that the pharmaceuticals produce stuff that only temporarily relieves the itch and in fact exacerbates the condition. The temporary relief psychologically makes us think it is making us better. I wondered whether pharmaceuticals like this kind of condition as it is not life threatening and thus can make money on repeat prescriptions.
Note: Still occasionally take a 1/4 of an antihistamine at night to relieve any eczema itching that might flare up.
2007: Do We Really Need Disposable Plastic: BYOR (Bring Your Own Reusable) to places
End of 2006, beginning of 2007, I discovered how bad our municipal waste treatment centres really were at recycling. Horrified at the less than 10% figures for plastic.
It is now habit to carry these items when I go out
- Thermal cup
- Melamine plate + cutlery to the workplace (the canteen used plastic everything)
- Take away containers
- Reusable bag