GIVEAWAY! Sunwarrior Vegan Protein Bars

Hey FMG people! Coming into your inbox on a Friday with a Sunwarrior Giveaway! They have reformulated their Sol Good Protein Bars and they were not messing around. They’re SO delicious. Just like all other Sunwarrior products, these bars are also vegan, organic, non-gmo, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free.

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:

-Head over to and follow the Sunwarrior + Feel More Gooder Instagram pages (we check! the handle are @sunwarriortribe and @feelmoregooder, or just click the links above)

-Leave a comment (on any social platform: this blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and tell us WHAT KIND OF FITNESSING you do!

-The winner will be chosen and notified on 11.11.19 (it’s a Monday).

**You can always use my coupon code FEELMOREGOODER to save 20% at the Sunwarrior Site.

GOOD LUCK + and thanks for entering!

 

 

 

 

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How To Be More Confident In Yourself

In my first Instagram TV video, I’m sharing my own personal journey with improving self confidence through overcoming all of the obstacles that life has presented me.

How To Gain More Confidence in Yourself, your Body and Boost Your Self-Esteem

Gaining more confidence in your life’s direction, your physical body, your positive attributes and what you have to offer this world: it’s totally attainable to anyone, regardless of your background.

Head over to my Instagram page to watch the entire IG TV video + be sure to let me know about your own personal experience with this journey! I love creating a sense of community, especially on this topic.

The actionable steps that you can take to work towards this personal development goal just requires some consistent, dedicated work to bringing more awareness into that facet of your life. Elevating your self-awareness, ability to self-reflect and proving to yourself that you can do hard things will result in a more confident version of yourself.

This benefits not only you, but everyone who comes into contact with you in your life. They get a more grounded you, and you get to experience life with more enjoyment. Confidence allows you to get out of your own way and squeeze even more happiness out of your own life experiences.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting?

Hey feel more gooders! This post will touch on various aspects of Intermittent Fasting. Not sure what that is, keep reading! What are the benefits of intermittently fasting?

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting (also commonly referred to as time restricted eating) is a method of eating in which you only eat within an 8-hour window. The most common window is eating in between 11am-7pm and fasting from 7pm-11am.

What are the Benefits of Intermittent Fasting?

  • Increased hormone function
  • Decreased inflammation in the body which contributes to chronic health conditions
  • More thorough recovery from rigorous activity (ex: Crossfit, marathon training, etc.)
  • Can reduce insulin levels + blood pressure
  • Helps brain function
  • Benefits neurons on a way that protects memory + learning
  • Reduction in visceral body fat
  • Increase in lean body mass alongside consistent exercise

Source: An Intro to Fasting

Second to thermoregulation (if you were to jump into an ice-cold ocean and your body is fighting to maintain warmth), digestion is the most taxing bodily process that it participates in. And think–we do this on a daily basis, several times a day. It’s no wonder why our energy lags and we feel less than 100%.

How Do You Start Intermittent Fasting?

This can look different for everyone, depending on your chosen window of fasting,  what your schedule is like, etc.

A good entry point to fasting is to wait until 11am to eat your first meal. Making sure you are hydrating upon waking (lots of water) will help your body facilitate detox and feel full.

I like to describe fasting as a spectrum. On one end, you have the most extreme, exact way of IF fasting in which you don’t have any fluids besides water until 11am, and then eat like clockwork starting at 11am and ending precisely at 7pm.

Modification:

On the other end of the intermittent fasting spectrum, you have the approach that I’ve found works well for me: drinking a morning coffee (i add a few tablespoons of Laird Superfood powder), water and some elixirs in the morning.

I’m not doing a by-the-book fast here, but it’s somewhere on the spectrum. It allows me to be giving my digestive tract a break from digesting meals while also allowing me to have a little fuel in me for morning workouts (some days I do 5am Crossfit workouts at our gym).

Is Intermittent Fasting a Fad, or is it Here to Stay?

From my understanding, knowledge accruing and anecdotal lectures from a few professional athletes I follow, fasting is a practice of our ancestors. At that time, it was just how daily life was, as they didn’t have a pantry a few feet away for frequent snacking. They often hunted + foraged for their meals and they only ate after they sought out and located that food.

So, they were forced by the limited availability of food to eat this way. Turns out, there are a a lot of positive health implications to giving your digestion a break during a chunk of the day.

I can see how and why this would be viewed as a fad, but I see it as an ancient practice that is surfacing again, as we look back to our ancestors for some insight on wellness.

Is There Anybody That Should Not Fast?

Totally! Remember that the way you eat is your decision; and it’s one that should be made based on what feels best to you. If you adhere to the parameters of your MD, naturopath or functional medicine practitioner, you should discuss this with them, consider their feedback and make the best decision for your unique genetics, goals,

We’re ENGAGED! + Products I’m Loving Lately

Hey hey FMG fam! Thank you for hanging in there for my inconsistent blog posting schedule. Life has been throwing all kinds of rad stuff my way and I’m doing my best to keep up.

First things first, Luke and I got engaged!…

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….in August while we were on a camping trip in Arkansas. (pictured below)

Engaged

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We are amped to be planning our wedding! We already found our venue, I encourage you to check it out here if you are planning a Kansas City wedding.

Here are a few of our engagement photos that we had taken this past weekend by my soon to be sister-in-law and her Adventure Session + Elopement Photography business, Between the Pine.

 

How incredible a job did she do!? We love them so much! More to come–and I will publish them over on my Instagram page.

Okay, now onto Feel More Gooder stuffs! I’ve been really into simplifying my routine lately, getting rid of unecessary stuff and packing it with only the really good stuff.

Here’s what I’m loving + what made the cut!

Laird Superfood

Laird Superfood Coffee Creamer

Code FEELMOREGOODER for you to save 20% over at Laird Superfood

Why I love it:

This gluten free, non-dairy, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly coffee creamer powder mixes effortlessly into hot coffee and makes it more of a meal. It helps your body assimiliate the caffeine steadily over time as it digests the fat in the creamer. It also tastes delish, gives me some good fats to fuel my day and elevates my mood with potent superfoods.

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Ancient Nutrition’s Fermented Women’s Multivitamin

Code FEELMOREGOODER for you to save 20% over at Ancient Nutrition

Why I love it:

Most of us are lacking vitamins and minerals in our diet, no matter how good we eat. In 2019, the soil quality that our food grows in is nowhere near what it used to be. So, multivitamins help fill in the gaps.

This multi by Ancient Nutrition is especially impressive, contains folate instead of folic acid (I always look for that) and the fermented nature makes it ideal for your microbiome + gut health.

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Now Foods Vegan Vanilla Protein

Code JESNOW10 to save $10 on orders of $40 or more over at NOW Foods

Why I love it:

Clean, tasty, helps me recover + keep healthy & beautiful muscle on my frame. I like mixing it with a coconut/almond milk blend and it’s creamy and delicious!

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The Jungalow Home + Lifestyle Brand

Follow this link for $15 off your order at The Jungalow

Why I love it:

Founder of The Jungalow, Justina Blakeney is a funky, free spirited interior designer with a love for plants and merging jungle vibes with bohemian funk. We just bought our first home about 6 months ago, so we have had fun Jungalow-ing our new space!

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I’d love to know what you want to see more of! What would you like to learn here? Maybe just getting some visual/written inspiration. Don’t be shy, I love talking to and learning from my community. Comment here, head over to my Instagram, hit me up on Facebook, or tweet me over on Twitter.

For more discount codes and links to my fave products, be sure to head over to my Healthy Lifestyle Shop.

Let’s empower each other to be EVEN more awesome. Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Rebl Jane Stress Fighter Supplement Review

With an active (sometimes nonstop-feeling) lifestyle of CrossFit, drinking heaps of coffee, outdoorsing with our black lab Kona, my energy levels get expended and my adrenal health I’m sure suffers at times.

Also, life has been extra full lately. All the good stuff, but nonetheless, demanding a lot from me. We recently became homeowners for the first time, got engaged, are planning a budget-friendly wedding, started a new full-time position for a start up coffee shop here in Kansas City, all in addition to trying to keep myself healthy, fit and our dog active and happy.

It’s a lot. I don’t always get enough sleep and I often am poor at managing my stress + keeping my mind clear.

I know that I can’t expect my body to be go-go-go all the time without repercussions. Eventually, I will bonk.

Howeverrrrrr, it’s so dang cool that there is an herbal product like this one that can help support my body so that I can keep up this pace and not bonk.

I’ve been a big fan and advocate for herbal healing and using herbs to supplement and elevate a healthy lifestyle for many years now. I prefer that approach over taking anything artificial, hands-down. Exploring natural methods is always my first route.

I’m so glad to have been introduced to this product, Stress Fighter, and company Rebl Jane because sometimes this populated world of supplements is challenging to navigate. It’s tough to find products that truly apply to your own goals and body. Also, not all supplements are created equally, most are full of artificial crap, and there is a sea of them; many of which using marketing tactics to convince you that there product is good.

Just like with any other supplement that contains real + natural + pure ingredients, the fact is not a drastic reaction where you feel it immediately. Natural herbal healing is slow, true and effective. The upside is that it is safe, free of adverse side effects and achieves actual healing verses being a band-aid on your health issues. Rebalancing your hormones and body’s stress response takes some time if you want to achieve balance and feeling truly good.

I’ve been taking this product as directed and I am about a month in. Going along with the aforementioned life happs for us, my plate is probably as full as it’s ever been. It has been a perfect time to test out a supplement that helps me deal with stress.

Stress Fighter contains natural plants (herbs) that are adaptogenic in nature. If you aren’t yet familiar with adaptogenic foods, GET FAMILIAR! Adaptogenic foods and those that help your body adapt to stress and maintain a healthy state of balance/homeostasis.

Why should you care? Well, because a body that is less burdened by stress is healthier. Your hormones levels with self-regulate more efficiently, your sleep will be more fulfilling, unicorns will run through your house while doing your laundry. Okay, maybe not that last part, but you get the point. Lowering stress makes EVERYTHING better for you. Your health will skyrocket if you master your stress-fighting toolbox.

So, what most people probably want to know about a product they’re interested in is…..”does it work?” or “do you notice a difference?” or “would you buy more when you run out?”

My answers to those:

-Yes. Also, it’s one piece of a puzzle that also includes movement, a healthy mind and good nutrition (focusing on anti-inflammatory foods)

-Absolutely. It feels like a secret (health) weapon.

-Yes, I would.

Just like any other supplement, I believe that the key is to take it in addition to drinking plenty of water, listening to your body and adding it into an already-mindful way of eating and fueling your body. I don’t treat my body like crap and then expect one supplement to solve all of my problems. I truly treat it like a supplement that can add to and elevate my already healthy lifestyle. Doing it that way, I can tell it works well. It gives me an added edge. I can keep up my fast pace, but still feel vital, capable and healthful.

Fitness + Nutrition + Skincare

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