About Cassandra D. Wright

Tempted to Trade Your Healthy Lifestyle Journey for a Normal One?

Are you tempted to trade your healthy lifestyle journey for a normal one?


Do you, sometimes find yourself  thinking that if only you could just be normal, things would be better?

For instance, you’d be able to stop at your favorite fast-food restaurant, order a quick meal, go home and relax rather than take the time and expend the energy that you really don’t have to prepare dinner?

Believe me, I understand, I’ve felt, thought and said all of these. There are times when I still do. But, when I stop and think about it. I wonder if what I’m wishing for is really beneficial to me.

Yes, it would be easier, to do those things. But, when you stop and look at what we call normal. Is it really? Or is it simply the convenience that we’ve become accustomed to and normalcy has nothing to do with it.

Also, when we focus on being “normal,” it affects us detrimentally by creating obstacles that get in the way of achieving our goal of living a healthy, high-quality life.

Three ways desiring to be normal can hinder you:

1. You find unhealthy items deceptively appealing.

Much of what we get at most fast food restaurants, for instance, isn’t really food. It’s food-like but it isn’t food.  Then, if you’re dealing with food allergies, it becomes even more difficult to find a nourishing menu item. So, although convenient, it isn’t healthy.

2. You find unhealthy behavior tempting.

Perhaps, there are times when your allergies and sensitivities cause you to feel tired and require more rest. Yet, you wish to be “normal” so you can function on less sleep like you imagine others do. (Studies show that most Americans don’t get enough sleep and would be better off with more.)

3. You miss out on what will actually nurture your unique self.

Delicious, healthy, energizing food that can be prepared rather quickly and the exhilarating feeling of having gotten enough rest eludes you.

We are all unique. God created us that way. Many times when we endure special circumstances that don’t fit into what’s conventional, we are forced to recognize we aren’t like everyone else.

Perhaps, if we changed our mindset, we wouldn’t feel marginalized at all but empowered. Empowered in knowing that we can be ourselves and live a healthy, joyful life.

So, why not embrace your unique “normal”?

  • If you have food allergies, embrace them and set about exploring the plethora of tasty, nutritious foods that aren’t allergens for you.
  • If you need more than the average amount of sleep each night, embrace that fact, look at your schedule, and determine when you can include a nap, or what can be adjusted so that you can get to bed earlier.
  • If you have environmental sensitivities, embrace them and set about finding out how to transform your home into a nurturing, safe haven.

What are some things that you do to embrace your unique “normal”?

Three Ways Your House Could Negatively Affect You

Your Dream Home

You may love your house. It may even be your dream house. Let’s say it is.

Its location is perfect. It’s just the distance you wanted from your job, your children’s schools, etc.

You personally chose the floor plan either by working directly with an architect or making your choice from the options that were provided by the builder. Or when you walked into it, you knew this one fit your needs perfectly.

What’s It Made Of?

However, have you ever wondered how your house was built and what materials were used to build it?

Why is that important?

I have lived in several houses over the course of my life. When I recall how I felt and functioned in those homes, I can see that some of them were nurturing like a home should be and some were not.

A major contributing factor to the difference in how these homes made me feel is their manufacturing. Materials used to build many homes contain chemicals which have been found to cause symptoms that can greatly affect your quality of life.

Here are three ways that living in a chemical-laden house can affect you:

1. Physically

There is a long list of physical symptoms that can be caused by many of the chemicals that are often used in the manufacture of homes.

For instance, the drywall in your home may contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, which can also cause other ailments including headaches and blurred vision.

2. Mentally/Neurologically

In addition to the physical, there are neurological symptoms.

That beautiful, plush carpeting that covers your floors may contain several chemicals including styrene. Styrene can decrease your ability to concentrate.

3. Emotionally

Then, there are the emotions.

That irritability you’ve been experiencing may be due to formaldehyde-containing particleboard that could be lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The realization of how my life can be so greatly affected by my home has significantly influenced my list of criteria that a house should meet. High on my list is the quality of materials used to manufacture it.

How about you? Does this new awareness change your list of criteria?

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Happy Earth Day!



Happy Earth Day


I was recently awed by the beauty of a tree – God’s handiwork. The reality of God was evident to me in that tree.

In the Bible God gave man specific instructions regarding the earth:

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. – Genesis 1:28 KJV

With the celebration of Earth Day today, the awesomeness of God’s creation is brought to the forefront of my mind.

Earth Day reminds me:
  • of the tremendous responsibility we have as humans to nurture and maintain the earth (… “replenish it…”) and its wonderful resources that have been put here for our benefit and enjoyment (…”subdue it”).
  • of how precious water is to us.
  • of how precious and delightful food is to us.
  • of how important and beneficial healthy living environments are to us.
  • that what we wear affects our interaction with the Earth. Either our attire helps us to benefit from as well as adapt to the climate in which we live or it hinders us.
  • that once we’ve utilized a resource we should do what we can to encourage its restoration.

With the authority over the earth given to us by God comes the responsibility of taking care of it also given to us by God.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Five Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen

5 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen

Get Organized

An important part of creating and maintaining a healthy home (your natural green oasis!) is keeping it organized. When it is organized you have more time for the important things that you must do everyday including making your home healthier. But, when it isn’t, it is so easy to slip back into old, unhealthy habits because if nothing else, unhealthy habits are usually easy.

For instance, one area of your home that definitely needs organizing is your kitchen! If your kitchen isn’t in order, you’re more likely to skip meals and let your blood sugar drop or simply resort to fast food.

How can you work to make your home healthier if you’re dizzy from lack of nourishment or stuffed with a greasy, double-meat, double-cheese burger? 🙁

So, what can you do?

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Something Fresh and New in 2015


Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, I think a new year brings with it hope for something new, something better. We tend to dream of a more productive and prosperous year than the last.

I’m no exception. This year, I want to begin gardening.

The idea of growing some of my own food is exciting. It’s a project that has the potential to provide a great sense of accomplishment as well as save some money.


I want to begin with a container garden. That way, I’m not concerned with preparing my backyard and/or constructing a raised bed just yet.

Although I’ve never had a “green thumb” in the past – my plants tend to die – I’m looking forward to trying my hand at this. Anyway, this is a new year, right? This could be the year for my green thumb debut.

So, here goes.

I will share my journey and what I learn along the way toward cultivating a great container garden and reaping a bountiful harvest for the table!

How about you? Does the idea of growing some food of your own excite you? Or do you have another goal that you hope to achieve this year that you believe will get you one step closer to your natural green oasis?

What’s your green resolution?

Remembering 2014 at Natural Green Oasis

I decided to take this time to look back over this year’s posts.

A couple of them were written at the end of 2013. They were the first two posts of a five-part series that continued into 2014.  It’s interesting to look back at practically this time a year ago.

I enjoyed writing and sharing these posts. I hope you enjoyed them as well.

Here are 10 in chronological order:

1.     Organic Clothing

2.     Health Benefits of Organic Clothing

Clothing fibers break down over time. Imagine a plethora of chemicals breaking down and outgassing while you’re wearing your favorite outfit.

3.     Organic Clothing Aids Environment

4.     More Benefits of Organic Clothing


5.     Is It Or Is It Not Organic?

6.     Something New

7.     Too Many Choices?

The “green” industry is booming and vying for your business by presenting what seems like a gazillion products to choose from all with different “levels” of greenness.

8.     A Delicious Discovery

9.     The Splendid Sweet Potato


10.   Five Benefits and Sources of Vitamin C

Feel free to share your favorite Natural Green Oasis posts.