How to Detox Heavy Metals + Parasites + Mold & Boost Liver Health

Before Photo (11/30/17)

-Taken before starting this protocol (feeling moderately healthy + but painful menstrual cycles + not feeling 100%)

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Heads up–this post will talk frankly about periods and woman stuff! (you’re welcome)

Backstory on my Health + Acne

For as long as I can remember (approximately age 12), I have had debilitating menstrual cramps. Along with the cramps was hormonal (cystic) acne. I was able to balance + heal my skin through use of an awesome supplement called Estroblock. (you can read that full post here).

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I only took the product for about 8 months and it did it’s job in that time. It works by helping your body get rid of “bad” estrogens in your body. These can disrupt your endocrine system, which is the system responsible for dispersing those little chemical messengers telling your body how to operate.

While my acne cleared up and I felt encouraged by that, my periods were still heavy and painful. I tried every natural pain remedy I could think of:

-Drinking only green juice the days leading up to my period

-Experimenting with eliminating certain foods (coffee, dairy, gluten, etc.)

-Changing up my exercise routine

Nothing took the pain away.

Seeing a Naturopath (Integrative Natural Medicine Doctor)

Since I failed so many times at trying to help myself, I felt like it was time to seek the help of a natural medicine doctor. I went to Cura Integrative in Overland Park, Kansas (HIGHLY recommend them).

To start, they performed a biofeedback test on me which revealed:

-Very high levels of blood toxicity (heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, mold, environmental toxins)

-Parasitic infection (people with high levels of heavy metals are more susceptible to this)

-Food sensitivities (often linked to and caused by heavy metal toxicity)

-Egg, Nuts (including coconut + peanut), Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, Rice

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Healing Protocol

First Phase: Detox Heavy Metals + Heal Parasitic infection

Heavy Metal Detox Products Used (pictured below):

Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Metals Detox

New Health Super Chelation Support

Bio Ray NDF Heavy Metal Formula

Liver Detoxifier + Regenerator (renamed to Liver Refresh)

Calcium D-Glucarate

Glutathione

Activated Charcoal

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Parasitic Infection Products Used (pictured below):

Myrrh Forte

-Artemisinin Complex

Viranon

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Second Phase: Mold + Environmental Pollutant Detox

Products Used (pictured below):

Ortho Molecular Products SAMe

-Greens First pH PM Alkalizer 

-Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Toxinex

Activated Charcoal

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Progress Photo (12/10/17):

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Third Phase: Emotional Healing + Liver Support

-I had a check up biofeedback test at this point which revealed that I was making a TON of progress. My food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, almonds and rice went away. Because of the intense detoxing I had been doing, though, my liver was overwhelmed (stagnation) and it needed some help + support.

-Though I didn’t hold it in my conscious mind, I was dealing with a lot of emotional trauma + sadness, which was manifesting itself throughout my body. I had forgotten how your emotional and mental state can impact your physical health! Amazing. Great reminder. I downloaded several meditation apps and have made it a daily ritual to calm my mind.

Products Used (pictured below):

Livaplex

Immuplex

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-Quicksilver Scientific:

Liposomal Methyl B-Complex

Dr. Shade’s Bitters No. 9

Nanoemulsified DIM

Liposomal Glutathione 

Micellized Pure PC

Activated Charcoal

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Here are the meditation apps I use! I rotate them just to change it up + hear a different guiding voice on the track.

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Progress Photo (1.19.18):

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Progress Photo (2.9.18):

(taken during my period, so feeling a little more inflamed as usual)

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I still have a few weeks left of this last wave of this detox protocol. You can expect me to come back to this post and update it with where I’m at, how I’m feeling.

Thank you for journeying with me and listening to my experience. I sincerely hope it helps guide you if you feel less than your best. This trek has been paramount in the big scheme of my life. If you have any specific questions, I’d love to chat! Just comment below.

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

xoxo

Jes

 

 

 

Mizuno Wave Sky Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

December Box: Simply Earth Eos + 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Brightside Skincare Review + Giveaway to Come!

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com:

Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)
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Brightside Skincare

Overall Rating: images-8

About Brightside Skincare:

Brightside Skincare products provide an alternative to the harmful skincare options available in today’s US market. The product line is free-from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolin, phthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten. It comes in anti-aging formulas, as well as for acne-prone skin. Currently, the only ‘safe’ options are very costly and most people cannot afford to purchase them. With Brightside Skincare, women of all ages can have access to an affordable, effective and safe skincare regime. Check out the Brightside Skincare website here: Brightsideskincare.com.

Products I tried:

Gentle Tea Cleanser: This 81% organic, non-foaming, organic Aloe juice and anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Extract based cleanser is perfect for deep-cleaning and sloughing off dead skin layers. For all skin types.

Gentle Toner: 95% organic and loaded with DMAE & MSM. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that gives the skin a toned and firm appearance. MSM is soothing and calming, especially for irritated and inflamed skin. For all skin types.

Facial Serum69% Organic. Packed full with active DMAE and MSM this is the perfect serum for all skin types, including blemish prone, oily and sensitive skin. It can be used in addition to a moisturizer on normal, mature and dry skin. For combination or acne prone skin, this serum will offer needed hydration without feeling greasy.

Rooibos Tea & Olive Moisturizer: Vegan & 91% Organic. Every aspect of this lotion is beneficial for your skin. Rooibos Tea is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects on the skin. For all skin types except blemish prone skin.

Rooibos & Olive Eye CreamFor all skin types. A rich cream, enhanced with Rooibos Tea, Hyaluronic acid, Lavender, Blue-Green Algae, Calendula & Pomegranate extracts and Evening Primrose to retain moisture in the tender and delicate skin around your eyes. Contains active ingredients that work synergistically to balance, sooth, regenerate and supply moisture. This rich cream can be used

All Natural Vanilla Lip BalmQuench your lips with this very emollient natural lip balm. For all skin types.

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My Experience:

My journey of navigating through the world of “how in the world is the best way to take care of my skin?” has been a relatively long one. It feels like I’ve been troubleshooting my skincare routine since I was in middle school, trying to feel out why my skin isn’t regulating itself, why I get breakouts, what products are helpful, which ones aren’t, etc.

To spare you every details, I’ll simply say that I have discovered this to be true:

Your healthiest skin ever comes from using organic ingredients!

Ultimately, this gigantic layer of skin on your body is partially responsible for eliminating impurities and toxins from your body. Thus, you are crippling your skin’s ability to do this by applying toxins onto it. Those toxins are going the wrong way! Getting toxic skin care products out of your beauty cabinet should be the first step in seeking healthier + more balanced skin.

Enter: Brightside Skincare

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The story behind a product line can really speak loudly in regards to the quality + integrity that goes into each product. I really enjoyed watching Kerri’s video (https://goo.gl/EOAZcT, I encourage you to watch it). She’s a beautiful, humble woman seeking a better way to guide her skin to optimum health.

First of all, I love that she provides several products with the intention that they will be used in sequential order. Our skin is dynamic and ever changing and I’ve learned it needs help periodically detoxing + staying vibrant + eliminating dead skin cells. With Brightside Skincare’s product line, you start by cleansing, then you tone, then nourish with a serum, then quench with a moisturizer and then touch up the eyes and lips with the eye cream + lip balm. This after effect is a clean and glowy complexion.

So, let me walk you through how this line fits into my everyday routine….

I am a very active gal, working out at 5am most mornings and promptly heading to work (managing a juice shop) until the afternoon. I start the day with some powder + mascara + lip balm on my face and that normally gets me through until I get off work. At the end of the day, my face is normally covered in perspiration and the light make up I’ve worn throughout the day. I find myself craving a shower + good face wash. Brightside Skincare products allow me to do this without stripping all of the natural moisture off of my skin. This is important because skin needs to be balanced and quenched, not stripped and covered in chemical-ridden products.

I found the Gentle Tea Cleanser to be a nice balance of mild yet effective. It has a creamy + dense texture while also doing the job of cleansing. I like the usage of witch hazel as a natural cleanser + astringent.

Following with the Gentle Toner allows me to close all of my pores, get rid of any excess makeup that I missed while cleansing and prepare my skin to be get hydrated with the Facial Serum and moisturizer.

I like the idea of using the Facial Serum before the moisturizer. The Facial Serum contains jojoba oil (my all-time favorite oil for facial skin). Like Brightside Skincare mentions on their website, jojoba oil resembles the qualities of the oil that skin naturally produces. It’s also close in pH to it, making it an excellent compliment.

My absolute favorite part of their website is this breakdown that is shown on the Facial Serum product page (https://goo.gl/woBZxG). I think it is so helpful and shows transparency when a brand lists the ingredients and the reason why each of them is in there. It shows that each ingredient has a reason + purpose and what that purpose is.

One thing I learned on my acne journey is not to stay away from moisturizer, despite the fact that it is seemingly counter-intuitive to add moisture to an acne-ridden face. I really enjoy the ingredient choice and performance of the Rooibos Tea + Olive Moisturizer. You can tell it’s going to work well right as it comes out of the bottle. It’s very hydrating without being cakey at all. If you find that your skin is especially acne prone, you may want to check out Brightside Skincare’s Light Moisturizer as an alternative to this more dense moisturizer.

Now is a great time to also mention that for a large portion of my life, I would describe my skin as oily + acne prone. With much attention to my diet and nutritional needs, I would now describe my skin as normal (it took years). I think it all started to balance out. Your skin is connected to every other system in your body, so it makes sense!

Thus, I was excited to try Brightside Skincare’s “normal skin” line, considering my skin’s current state. I find that my skin looks + feels better (especially during the colder months) when I keep my moisturizer close by for daily usage. With that routine, the Rooibos + Olive Eye Cream and All Natural Vanilla Lip Balm act as the perfect follow-up + touch-up tools (if you will) to keep my skin feeling glowing and moist.

My skin care routine plays a big role in my daily efforts to catalyze my body’s natural process of detoxifying. It’s another way to help your body eliminate and cleanse. Brightside Skincare provides you a full product line to help detoxify your system and skin.

Many women shop at department stores for their fancy or luxury skin care items, those of which cost $50 or more per product and hundreds for the entire product line (and–the ingredient lists are scary!). So, why not spend a bit less and increase the quality of the ingredients a ton? That’s a no brainer for me.

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This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com: Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)

Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY! Simply Earth EOs: 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Platejoy Custom Meal Plans Experience

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Platejoy.

About Platejoy:

PlateJoy is a personalized meal planning app that makes healthy eating easy.

Personalize your meal plan by taking a lifestyle quiz about your tastes, health goals, family size, schedule and more

Receive delicious, custom-designed meal plans that simplify your life and keep you feeling fit this summer.

Why PlateJoy is Awesome:

– Start a new diet or eating plan easily: low carb, low sodium, keto, paleo, weight loss, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan and more

– Find the type of cooking that works for your household: family friendly, batch cooking, slow cooker meals, budget, etc.

– Get recipes that really fit your schedule: Get plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, or pick only the meals you need. You can change the exact number of meals each week, to fit your exact schedule.

– No more food waste. Your digital pantry keeps track of ingredients you already have, and we pair your recipes together smartly to reduce waste.

– Get optional same-day delivery, with no packaging or subscriptions. We integrate with local stores in your town, so you can get optional delivery when you want it, without boxes of dry ice.

– Access all your plans on the go. Easy to use because your recipes are sent straight to your phone.

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Our Experience:

My boyfriend and I live together and we are both pretty big eaters! We do so much cooking at home, both because we enjoy it and it’s more cost effective than going out to eat all the time. Luke coaches Crossfit and ran track in college, so with my food/athletic experience and his knowledge, we are both decently educated in nutrition and do a pretty good job of making it happen for ourselves as far as home-cooked meals go.

But even then, there are times we lack creativity and find ourselves cravings some new dishes and new ideas. I’ve never been signed up for anything similar to Platejoy; we’ve always just been winging it in the kitchen and putting all the healthy foods we like together in a yummy way. I wasn’t sure at first that it would be of use for us since we are health nuts most of the time.

I was so encouraged and surprised to see how many great ideas I have been getting from Platejoy. I really love that you can search for recipes by ingredient based on what we have at home. While I’m not big on abiding by and sticking to exact measurements/recipes, I like getting new concepts for dishes or ways to change up meals I’ve made a bunch of times.

Probably the biggest advantage I see of having Platejoy is that you can acquire a “menu” to use that completely adheres to your style of eating, whether it’s vegan, low-carb, no eggs, etc. This a game changer actually. We strive to eat gluten and dairy free (Luke eats eggs, I limit them) with a focus on healthy fats, veggies and some fruit. It was super easy to  “tell” my Platejoy sign up page that that’s the way we eat. Then voila! It was like ready to go, customized-feeling batch of meals and ideas for us to take and run with. You can even enter your weight loss goals (if you have any) and get a shopping list to take to the grocery store. So many thoughtful + cool little perks.

We typically don’t have an issue with food waste, but it’s awesome that Platejoy can help you eliminate that by telling you how much food to buy based on how many of you are in your household. Also the handiness and accessibility provided through the app is awesome for taking your phone into the kitchen/planning/etc.

Two of the meals I’ve made so far are pictured above! I made the Mango + Greens Smoothie alongside the Breakfast hash (I added in sweet potato and pork sausage instead of the apple and bacon in the recipe. They are both so satisfying and DELISH!

Use my code RUNONORGANIC to save $10 on any Platejoy plan!

 

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Primal Kitchen Paleo Collagen Bars + Mayo + Ranch Review

One of my favorite, most influential entrepreneurs + minds + health advocates is Mark Sisson. Mark has many accolades at this point, but I know him from his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, his brands Primal Blueprint and this one (Primal Kitchen), and have also heard him on the Melissa Ambrosini Podcast.

In many ways, I view his products as “Pre-Approved” by Mark himself. I sorta of intrust him to come up with products that are high quality and are aligned with a lifestyle that largely uses real food and fat as fuel. That has worked well for my body, hormones and overall state of health.

Here are the Primal Kitchen products I tried:

Garlic Aioli Mayonaise w/ Avocado Oil:

A creamy combination of garlic, rosemary, and cage-free eggs, this savory mayonnaise spread is infused with nourishing ingredients and uncompromisingly delicious taste.

Avocado Oil Ranch Dressing:

The holy grail of dressings: an uncompromisingly delicious, rich, full-flavored and oh-so-healthy ranch dressing.

Avocado Oil Mayonnaise:

Healthy Mayo, who knew? Made with avocado oil, superfood ingredients and organic herbs and spices.

Pure Avocado Oil:

First cold pressed and centrifuge extracted without heat to preserve the true properties of the oil—antioxidants, minerals and a high concentration of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

Dark Chocolate Almond Collagen Bar:

Turkish almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds enrobed in a chewy dark chocolate, caramel coating.

Macadamia Sea Salt Collagen Bar:

Macadamia nuts and a touch of sea salt offer a distinctly buttery, savory and sweet flavor combination, with only 12 grams of carbs.

Chocolate Hazelnut Collagen Bar:

The coveted combination of chocolate and hazelnut we all love, made with organic fair-trade cacao and paired with toasted hazelnuts.

Coconut Cashew Collagen Bar:

Cashews and roasted pumpkin seeds satisfy with a nutty crunch, while creamy coconut adds a hint of sweetness.

Where do I start? I’m just so glad that these options are now out there! With the inflammatory effects being so real with heavily processed oils like canola and soybean, finding dressings that are healthy has been such a struggle. Before Primal Kitchen, I would normally just bite the bullet and have crappy dressings, or make my own healthier take at home (which would never taste as good). Luckily now I don’t have to worry about that.

There are so many ways to use these products. My favorite use for the Avocado Oil is to roast vegetables (see above). I’ve also been loving tuna salads lately. (see below) Both the Garlic Aioli Mayo and traditional Avocado Oil Mayo work so good. I also add some hot sauce, sea salt and pepper to taste.

The ranch is….well…it’s really good ranch. And I’m a sauce queen! Give me ALL the dips and I’m happy. Of course I try to keep my diet clean but I do love dressing. This is such a rad, delicious alternative to most of the cruddy ranch dressings you’ll find in stores.

I’ve been a consistent collagen user for close to 2 years now. I’ve noticed a difference in my gut health, as well in my hair + skin + nails. There are so many benefits to incorporating collagen and it may take some people a bit of time to notice a legit difference. Primal Kitchen didn’t have to talk me into trying their collagen bars for that reason!

I found the bars a little bit hard to bite into (they’re pretty dense and hold together real tightly). But besides that, the ingredients are super clean, simple and the taste is satisfying. My favorite is the Dark Chocolate Almond!

Planetbox Eco-Friendly + Sustainable Lunch Box + Food Storage Containers Review

I’ve always been on the look out for reusable, sturdy food storage options that don’t require me to use disposable plastic bags and give me the freedom to tote food/drinks around with me effortlessly. Planetbox totally fits this bill and then some.

About Planetbox:

  • Easy: PlanetBox will serve as your guide for what and how much to pack. We’ve done the thinking for you. And now your morning routine just got a whole lot easier.
  • Safe: We take “non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead” very seriously – in fact, it’s why we designed PlanetBox! We don’t think you will find safer products on the market than ours.
  • Cost Effective: Why should you pay this much for a lunchbox? Because it’s cheaper to buy food in bulk and pack your own meal. Because your health is worth it. And because it’s an investment your family will use every single day for many years to come – over its lifetime, it will pay off in spades.
  • Great Design: When something actually works well, it makes all the difference. We spent years studying and living how people use lunchboxes. We thoroughly thought through all the details, so you and your kids get the joy and ease of using a superbly designed product.
  • Enjoyable: Think packing lunch is a dreaded chore? Our innovative lunchboxes actually make packing lunch fun and enjoyable – for your kids and yourself!
  • Eco: PlanetBox lunches create a whole lot less trash, which should help you sleep better knowing you’re doing your part to help the planet for future generations.
  • Built to Last: This isn’t your childhood flimsy tin lunchbox. Our high quality stainless steel is warrantied for 5 years, and has been known to survive getting thrown off the school bus (not that we recommend that).
  • Healthy: Forget to pack some veggies? The empty compartment will remind you. Concerned about overeating? That won’t happen – PlanetBox is designed to hold sensible portions. So eat a rainbow of foods, and enjoy.
  • Stress-Free Cleanup: Dishwasher safe? Heck yeah. Peanut butter left for a week? No problem – our stainless steel doesn’t retain yucky food odors or stains like those unfortunate plastic containers do.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re a rock star, a paleontologist, or a flower child, we’ve got a magnet set for you. And when you decide to become an astronaut or fairy lover next year, just change your magnets and you’ve got a fresh new lunchbox to suit your style.

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Here are the products I’m using:

Tall Dipper (dip/sauce container)

Tank (snack container)

Launch (Lunch box) with the Rocket Color Bag and Lotus Magnets

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I am just so pleased with how easy my Planetbox is to pack, how it has pockets on the outside of the carrying bag (perfect for a La Croix or even the Tank snack container), how cool it looks, how many compliments I get on it, how easy it is to clean, how it fits a hefty sized meal and how it makes me feel like I’m doing something small + good for the planet.

The only thing I’ve run into is that I had trouble with leakage when I put a tomato sauce on top of some lentil noodle inside my Launch box. It seeped out the side. To prevent it the next time, I just put the sauce in the Tall Dipper instead. Worked well that way!

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If you’ve been looking for reusable options that are not plastic, check them out at Planetbox.com.

Financial Business Coaching with Emily Bordner

At the Biz Babe Symposium this year, I had the privilege of meeting and listening to Emily Bordner. Emily is the beautiful mind behind her empowering + educational + inspiring Financial Coaching Biz (and well as her super-lovely leather goods, jewelry and glassware designs). Um, how wonderfully multi-faceted and talented she is!

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Luke and I were lucky enough to snag an hour of her time at the Starbucks on the Plaza here in Kansas City. I loved the set up of talking about our finances (potentially a stressful, tense subject) in a calming, good-vibe coffee shop with great company. Emily was so great and easy to talk to. We were so impressed with how carefree the meeting felt while also being SO full of helpful information that we can apply to our income and planning smart for the future so that we can aim to live as happily and free as possible.

Here are some of the topics from our meeting:

-Creating a separate bank account for ROO income for easy tracking

-Why to file a DBA + getting an EIN # for business banking

-Getting a grasp on business expenses

-What to write off as tax time (office space, work computer, etc.)

-Becoming an LLC (protects you from unhappy clients + accidents, gives you a tax advantage on business purchases)

-The concept of “Freedom of Commitment” from the book “The Art of Not Giving A F*ck)

-Profit First Stradegy

-Assess where majority of business income comes from and use that to plan your time spent

-Dream Clients!

-Expensify app to track business expenses, mileage, etc….

….and so many more gold nuggets! We could have talked to her for SO much longer, but she jam packed our session with digestible, helpful starting points.

Here’s Luke & I feeling adulty after our session with Emily!

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Luke and I already feel like we have a better plan to be more organized with our income and begin planning smarter for our future ventures. This experience was so helpful to us and I just know there are so many (9-5 workhorses and entrepreneurial spirits alike) out there that could benefit from this guidance.

Have any questions or are wondering how your business ventures + professional endeavors could benefit from Emily’s coaching? Feel free to comment here or reach out to Emily on her site.

You can also find EB on social media:

Instagram: @emily.bordner + @halffulldrinkware

Facebook: @ebkcmo

Nuzest Clean Lean Protein + Supplements Review + Coupon Code!

In the vast array of protein brands on the market nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly hard to decipher the good from the bad, the real from the fake and the nourishing from the depleted. I tend to look to some of the top Crossfit Games athletes for supplement ideas when I’m curious to try a new brand. Jamie Greene is a top female Crossfit Athlete competing out of the UAE. I was scrolling through her Instagram feed when I discovered the brand Nuzest. I briefly checked out their website, some of their ingredient lists, and I quickly realized that this brand is doing things right.

Nuzest’s products are vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, nut free and nut free. The ingredients in their protein powders are intentional and clean. Perhaps the TASTIEST part of this review is that these have got to be some of the best-tasting protein powders I’ve ever tried. They are truly delicious; you feel like you’re drinking a yummy, satisfying shake, not a healthy meal replacement. I stumbled on the insane combination of combining a serving the Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein and the Cacao Banana Quick Vita Kick–my goodness. It was so unexpectedly good. It shakes up and combines easily in a blender bottle, giving it a creamy texture without any powdery clumps.

Here’s a snapshot of the products I got to sample! I tried three of the their products in a range of flavors. The products include their Clean Lean Protein, Just Fruit & Veg, and their Quick Vita Kick.

It’s hard to choose a favorite flavor of each product because they are all really stellar in their own regard. However, I will say that I normally tend to reach for vanilla, and their Vanilla Clean Lean Protein did not disappoint.

Here’s a glimpse of the ingredient list of each product along with their macronutrient breakdowns:

Clean Lean Protein

Ingredients:

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Just Fruit & Veg

Ingredients:

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Quick Vita Kick

Ingredients:

Quick Vita Kick

Wanna try some?

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