Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (With the Mother)

Apple Cider is one of my staples. It is way more effective than an energy drink, and a great plus is that it doesn’t give me heart palpitations. The last time I had an energy drink I thought I was going to die. My heart wanted to actively transport itself out of my chest. Instead of feeling energized, I felt anxious, hot, angry and out of control. I am low key intrigued by people who can have a Jägerbomb and live to tell a tale.

I have been using ACV on and off for the last couple of years, and I am sold. My main frustration is sometimes it goes out of stock when my bottle is close to empty, so sometimes I have to take a break from it. My body is not usually very happy about this- the fatigue and brain fog show up.

A few weeks ago, I sampled a kombucha brew that my friend made and I loved it. I told her I would make it and she asked me if I’d ever tried to make ACV. It piqued my interest and I decided to give it a shot after all the worst thing that could happen is it backfires and I go back to using the store-bought one as I restrategize.

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Thanks to Wellness Mama, which is a spring of valuable information, I made my first batch. It has taken slightly over 7 weeks but I now have 400ml of raw and unfiltered homemade ACV with the mother. I made a small batch to minimize my losses.

Anyone who would like to make their own ACV, here is the recipe that I used. Making it at home is perfect especially if you use it for multiple things such as skin care, cooking, and cleaning.

I’ll share my Kombucha brewing experience in my next post.

Have a lovely week 🙂

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Jelly Fish

I wobbled up the stairs, wincing in pain while basking in joy.

I had survived my first workout in the gym. It was painful. I doubt I knew how long ten minutes really was prior to the kettle-bell circuit. Yo! I had started with a fire in my belly, ready to show myself that I wasn’t as rusty as I felt. At the fourth minute mark, I was asking myself why again I thought this was a good idea.

When I was done, my thighs burned. It made the ab workout feel like a resting period. home workouts had prepared my abs for the pain, but nothing, not even climbing stairs in buildings without stairs had prepared me for the burn in my thighs and glute.

It was painful but it was necessary. Last week I was battling fatigue all the time. I woke up tired and sluggishly moved along as the hours went by. In the afternoon I was spent, all I wanted to do was sleep.

I slept the first day and the second day. On the third day, my daughter, Miss K, told me that she thought I had slept enough. My sleeping and sluggishness meant that she couldn’t craft with me. In this season her language of love is crafts and paint, oh paint. She could paint all day long, and I now find painting therapeutic.

Her comment was my wake up call, I knew that I needed to do something about the fatigue. The next afternoon, when I snuck away to rest (read: sleep) I decided to work out instead. It didn’t feel exciting, nah! It took a lot of self-control to stay the course, but I finished and I felt great. Tired, but energized, and I was able to be more present for the girls later that day.

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Yesterday was my first day in a gym this year, I had run out of excuses why I couldn’t go. Miss K’s words rang through my mind as I did the workout. I felt like a wobbly jelly-fish when I was done, but that is much better than feeling like a hibernating bear.

Here’s to more jelly-fish days in the hope of one day having the energy, agility, and excitement for life like a dolphin.

 

 

 

 

Invitation To Partner

I could talk about periods all day long. What used to make me cringe and uncomfortable is now what make I have chosen to spend this season of my life talking about and training on.

I trained a group of ladies from Moi University a few days ago, and I loved it! There are way too many assumptions about menstrual health. The stigma surrounding menstrual health means that the lies have become truths, and there is no avenue to ask questions or to seek clarifications.

In some communities, girls are having sex soon after their menarche because the boys believe that sexual intercourse can cure cramps. Parents, religious insitutions and schools’s voices are faint compared to the uproar of their peers.

Sex is not a cure for for menstrual cramps. Pregnancy may provide temporary relief, but I believe that teenage pregnancy should not be a band-aid for underlying problems. Pregnancy and motherhood may come with other challenges.reach out and give someone a great big hug!.png

There is a great need out there. To some, this may just seem like just another period campaign, but it is more than just a period talk. It is the demolishing of myths, it is teaching of life-changing truths, it is the restoration of dreams and hopes, it is unveiling the – often-marred- beauty of being a woman. It is showing another side of the rose, while hoping to take away the memories of the prick of the thorn.

There are several opportunities that are coming up to train, inspire and mentor girls, and the truth is that I cannot do it alone.

If you would like to get to know more about the training sessions and how you can help to change a girl’s life, please send me an email via yellowendoflower@gmail.com.