Life with Sensory Processing Disorder

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SALE ALERT!


Today, Jan 20th and tomorrow, Jan 21 only - ALL items in the bath & body category at iherb are discounted 10% off  (Aubrey Organics and Avalon Organics are an extra 20% off until Jan 28th)! *Use coupon code MOD625 for an additional $5 off your first purchase.*


I have been shopping at iherb for years. Having SPD, I get allergic and strange reactions to most chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and fragrances in many products, so I have to use more natural products with little to no chemicals. iherb carries thousands of natural & organic products I can use that do not give me reactions. Not only do they sell bath & body products, but they also sell food (beans, rice, soup mix, snacks, chips, dried fruit, nuts, cocoa, sweeteners, manuka honey, seeds, coffee, tea, etc), supplements, essential oils & diffusers, Diva cups, herbs, pet products, vitamins, sport items, kid & baby products, as well as items that are now 10% off: make-up, shampoo, non toxic water based nail polish, henna hair dye kits, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, anti-aging serums/creams, lotion, soap, sunscreen, hairspray, cotton menstrual pads, lip balm, razors, etc.


I placed an order to take advantage of this great sale, some of the items I purchased and really like are: Sierra Bees Organic Pomegranate Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E, Sweet Almond Oil, 100% Vitamin E Oil, Crystal Deodorant Stick, Organic Jojoba Oil, Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo, Green Tea & Lime, and Calm Magnesium Supplement.


Free domestic shipping on orders over $20. Don't forget to check out the product trials section - you can select one item at a trial price, and the specials section also contains deeply discounted items. You can also sign up for rewards you earn that apply to future purchases.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Product Review - MeMoves

I first heard about MeMoves via a fellow SPDer a few weeks ago. I am always curious and open to trying just about anything to help my SPD, so I visited the website Thinking Moves. While investigating MeMoves, I noticed and wondered about LifeMoves – which is geared towards adults. So I sent a message via the contact us online form inquiring what were the differences between the two?, was one more difficult?, etc. I never heard back, which was very disappointing since I wanted to know which might be better for me/SPD. After some time I decided to go ahead and order MeMoves since it has the most online reviews (nearly all positive) and per the website the DVD is slightly longer with textured cards & a CD (all arriving in an oversized DVD case) and is $10 cheaper @ $59.95. I ordered on a Sunday and received the set in a padded envelope mailer 4 days later on a Thursday via Media Mail (luckily I live in the same state as said company, Media Mail usually is very slow and can take weeks for receipt in my experience. I also noticed they overcharged for shipping by $4). Upon receipt I read all included material and set out to try the DVD. The enclosed paperwork states, "MeMoves uses a patented self regulation system designed to decrease stress and increase function. The core of the system is a multisensory interactive DVD that combines rhythm, music, patterns, and movement in a way that fully engages the user to balance their nervous system."


There are three sections on the DVD: Joy, Calm, and Focus, each with 4 or 5 segments of a few minutes. You can select & do as many as you wish, but they only play one at a time, you cannot program sequences or segments together (now that would have been cool and a better product in my opinion). I started with Joy, did one or two, then did 2 of Calm, and one of Focus. I enjoyed the music, thought the clicking would bother me, but it did not, and I liked the way it felt doing the routines. The routines consist of arm movements: up and down, Xs, squares, circles, half circle, infinity/figure 8s, Ls, etc. Each arm not always performing the same movement as the other. There are people of various ethnicities, sex, & ages in nondescript clothing doing the movements, usually smiling. There was one young boy who in two of the sections I tried moved ahead of the music/beat/clicks which was kind of cute, but I imagine after time it could be rather annoying. Another seated elderly woman was counting: 1..2..3..4 though was muted by the music. Since I can’t help but notice everything, I couldn’t not read her lips and found this to be very distracting. Luckily each person is only on screen for less than a minute. Afterwards my arms felt warm and I felt blood circulating.


The flow felt very much like Qi Gong to me = warm, soothing, calming, centering, healing. In the included MeMoves paperwork it does mention it is a moving meditation and it does feel as such. I think anyone who does MeMoves and likes it should check out Qi Gong, which is similar, but some practices in my opinion are better and more suited for adults. Per the below mentioned website, "Qi Gong switches the nervous system from the stress-related ‘fight or flight’ mode to the restorative healing mode of the parasympathetic branch. EEG shows that, in people practicing Qi Gong, the cerebral cortex enters a state of calm that few people experience, even in sleep." My favorite DVD practice is Lee Holden’s Qi Gong for Stress. It has relaxing music, nature sounds, stunning nature scenery with calming colors, and is slow and meditative. It also contains breath work or syncing your breath to the movement, similar to Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which MeMoves does not do. Holistic doctors believe SPD can be caused or worsened by blocked Qi (aka Chi = energy), so it makes sense that MeMoves helps as it is similar in a juvenile way.



This morning I visited the included MeMoves textured pattern cards. I loved the freedom of these – to do with or without music, to travel with me anywhere I go, to fit in my purse, the feel of the heavy, cool rubbery texture cards was calming and positive. I like that they instruct you to change it up and to try other patterns, change direction, cross hands to keep it challenging. I then proceed to do more of the DVD, which was once again enjoyable.



In the included booklet it is recommended you do Memoves 2-3 times a day. With the segments being so short, I can see easily fitting this in happily at my computer, TV, or thanks to the cards, anywhere I go. While I have enjoyed each of the sections, I really like the focus ones best – I always love to challenge my brain. I’d love to see them do a set that is pure focus and advanced for adults. I would buy it in a heartbeat! My husband has seen a bit of MeMoves and will be doing it with me some of the time. My mom also said she will try it out, as she suffers some sensory issues herself. I will revisit my review in a few months after using it daily to let you know my thoughts and to possibly review LifeMoves should I try it. I would absolutely recommend MeMoves to anyone with SPD a/o ASD looking for a calming tool. I think it is appropriate for all ages, though especially children.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Online Deals

I am hoping everyone had a pleasant holiday. I did, I stayed in with my husband and dogs, cooked a big dinner, and watched holiday movies.
As if you didn't know, today is Black Friday. One year I dared to venture out for a few deals, and well, let's just say never again! I found a few good deals online and will be shopping from home today through Cyber Monday.
I wanted to share that the Rainbow OPTX sale is now up! They have new frames available and their discount through Monday using code BLACKFRIDAY40 is 40% off!! I just splurged and bought a few black frames in my favorites, green & purple, and the only other color I don't have, magenta. I love the ones I already have and continue to use them for SPD.

If anyone is a coffee/tea/hot cocoa/lemonade drinker and has a Keurig, their discount is 20% off & FREE S&H using code BLACKFRIDAY. They do have available online one of the hard to find seasonal flavors Spicy Eggnog and other seasonal items; Caramel Apple Cider & CafĂ© Pumpkin Spice. 
Total Fitness DVDs is also having a sale, no code needed, just click on list of all sale items on their front page to view items.
Classical Stretch, which is a combination of yoga, dance, tai chi, stretching - also good for relieving stress, anxiety, and pain associated with SPD, is having a sale of 20% off all DVDs until 12/12! Just visit their online store to receive discount. Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Color Therapy Glasses


I've purchased a full set of 8 color therapy glasses from Rainbow OPTX and am loving these! They truly do affect your sensory responses, mood, energy! I will post more about them and a full review soon - I need more time to try each in different settings. I've had them for a week now and am using multiple colors daily. My husband is also trying them out for different reasons - headaches, seizure prevention, and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).



I had expected the blue to be the most used for my SPD - having read others wear blue tinted glasses to filter artificial light, to calm, to correct visual stress, etc. But I've found for me the green and the purple/indigo work best for calming my senses. And so far the yellow is fantastic for SAD (seasonal affective disorder) & cloudy days.




The full set is on sale for $29.88 off and once on their site they give a coupon code for 20% off for new customers, which equals an additional $25.99 off the set! Noel from Rainbow OPTX let me know there will be a *holiday sale in early December*, so if interested in purchasing, that would be a good time!
You can purchase the entire set or each color individually.


This was my first purchase and I am very happy with their customer service, shipping time, and product. I only recently discovered Rainbow OPTX while researching Chromotherapy. I don't mean to sound like a commercial, but I am very excited that these seem to help my moderate to severe SPD!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review


I finished reading Been There Done That Try This two nights ago. Overall I did not care for it. I’ve been living for 40 years with ASD & SPD and I have read everything I can get my hands on about SPD & ASD and this information was just nothing new and nothing helpful for me. As soon as I got the book I excitedly went straight to the sensory section and read the entire chapter. Then I cried. I am always so hopeful I will find something new that will help me and diminish my symptoms, lessen my pain. But I only found common sense advice like avoid what bothers you, use ear plugs (I can’t – they hurt my ears & give me infections), wear sunglasses (I can’t - hurt me after more than 10 minutes and make me sweat under my eyes, give me a headache), do & eat the things you enjoy (well, duh).


So I went on to read the entire book. This is probably best for someone very young who has just discovered they have ASD a/o SPD, and do not know much about ASD and how to deal with sensory and other issues or someone who wants to read how others are affected by ASD. It might be a good read for parents who wish to learn more about what their child is going through or spouses of those with ASD.


I went back and read the sensory chapter four different times over the past month just to see if maybe I missed something, maybe a bad day was coloring my thoughts. Unfortunately not the case. Very disappointing.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Henna



Today I am coloring my hair. Since SPD affects me greatly and I have allergic reactions and hives to most chemical products, I use pure Henna to color my hair. My hair is naturally a medium brunette with some greys, maybe 5% or less - but enough to be annoying and it doesn't look good on me. Henna gives my hair a slight burgundy tint and tons of shine. The first time I did it, it looked slightly orange until it oxidized, but I’ve been doing it for so many years now that it really doesn’t do much other than shine and thankfully cover greys.


If you are interested in using Henna, make sure you purchase body art quality Henna from the Middle East, as high quality as you can afford with no pesticides used and a lab guarantee on dye content. Many box mixes include carcinogens, coal tar, and other things that could make your hair turn green. There are many Henna suppliers online, so shop around and read reviews. I buy in bulk a year’s supply and freeze it to keep fresh. Because my hair is rarely longer than a few inches past my shoulders and I only use half a bag or less per time, it breaks down to about $6 every 2 months to Henna my hair - which is cheaper than most at home hair dye kits, and much less than having a professional dye your hair.


I often hear, “I didn’t know you could color your hair that way”. Yep, it is a very natural process. You take crushed Henna leaves, mix with water and an acid (eg: orange juice, ACV, pomegranate juice) to a yogurt consistency, let sit for 24 hours to let the acid break down the leaves and release dye, then apply just as you would any at home hair color. The longer you keep it on your hair, the darker the color. I usually let it sit on my hair for about 2-3 hours. I have slept a full 8 hours in it and have let it sit for only one hour once. For my hair type, 3 hours seems a good time for perfect coverage. It takes 24-48 hours to oxidize after rinsing out and once set, that will be your color. The Henna penetrates the keratin, unlike chemical hair dyes which only coat the hair strand. So with Henna, it will not fade, change color in the sun, wash out. It is permanent and thickens each hair strand. Indians use it as a cure for thinning hair & baldness. It also greatly conditions the hair and leaves it very shiny.


You can add natural indigo to your mix to achieve a darker, black, or blue tint to your color. You can add pure grape powder to achieve a purple tint. There are many natural ways to color your hair and change the tint.


Most of my life I have cut my own hair, but the first 2 times I went short (for a layered bob and then a pixie) I had a professional do it until I learned how to do it myself. Last week I chopped off at least 8 inches of my hair and am back to a pixie – my first time doing it 100% by myself, no professional to cut the original style. I think I did a good job. At first I thought I shouldn’t go so short with winter upon us, but it feels so good, free, easy to care for, I am happy I did. I’ll just have to get a new hat for colder weather!