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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)

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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!

 

How to Reduce Skin Redness on Your Face

Skincare seems to be a topic that comes up over and over for me, even though my focus with content is often more about nutrition, fitness and positivity–and I get it!

Keeping my facial complexion looking healthy, clear and vibrant has been a focus of mine since I first got my monthly cycle (age 12). For years I struggled with cystic acne (you can read all about that experience and what helped me here). But in the last 5 years, I have been acne-free (HECK YEAH MAN) and that’s been a liberating feeling.

What’s left on my skin present-day is some acne-scarring and occasional cheek redness that fluctuates with my time of the month, my diet, my sleep quality, my alcohol intake and overall stress levels. It took me a long time to learn that health in general (your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body) is TRULY affected by every aspect of your human experience.

Emotional State’s Impact on Skin

This includes your emotions, beliefs, thoughts, stress, unhealed trauma, skincare ingredients, diet quality, etc. Might seem totally quacky that your beliefs about yourself can manifest themselves elsewhere in your body. You don’t have to take my word for it. There’s heaps of science and anecdotal info to reinforce this, just check out the Heal Documentary.

You can’t neglect any aspect of that and expect to be perfectly healthy. Also–perfectionism won’t necessarily serve you either. The key is to GAIN MORE AWARENESS surrounding your thoughts, choices and habits.

Okay, okay, so back to skin redness. Most people are probably looking for a quick fix. Been there! Though healing your skin doesn’t happen overnight, there are some things you can do now that will immediately start helping you.

Your Skin is Largely Your Diet

Multiple things to point out here:

-When your body is not effectively eliminating (kidneys, liver, etc.), it does so through your skin

-If your diet is crappy and full of processed, inflammatory foods, your skin is going to reflect that

-Drinking a lot of water goes a long way! (I use this Berkey Filter for all my drinking water)

-Cutting out (or minimizing) common inflammatory foods can help a whole bunch. Gluten, dairy, soy, corn, egg (for some people) and highly processed oils would all fall into this category.

Makeup Wearers, Clean it Up!

Redness is an indicator that inflammation is happening, which is your body’s response to damage or imbalance. Wearing toxic makeup is like putting gasoline on that fire. The sooner you can swap out your current drug-store foundations, concealers, etc., the sooner your skin will have a chance to get on the healing train.

My personal favorites are made by a company called Mineral Fusion. Not only are they accessible (you can buy them online and in your local Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other health food store, but they are EWG Verified (Environment Working Group), an organization that reveals information on the toxicity of many makeup/skincare/food brands. They even have an app. It’s a great resource for looking up different products you currently use or are considering purchasing.

The two most important ones (since they go directly onto your skin) that I would swap to are their Pressed Powder Foundation and their Concealer Powder if you’re looking for more natural coverage.

There have been a few times when traveling that I chose to use other makeup because I didn’t have my trusty clean options on hand. I noticed that my skin was more red, irritated, slightly itchy and just unhappy when I took my makeup off each night). Those instances were a good reminder that the quality of your makeup does matter.

Keep Your Facial Hygiene Pure

Just like makeup, most generic skincare cleansers, toners and moisturizers are rife with chemicals, preservatives and skin irritants. Luckily, there are a lot of cool brands out there that have created clean, organic, nourishing  skin care products that are sure to help you reduce your facial redness.

A few of my staple favorites are Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap and Now Foods Jojoba Oil.

Doesn’t Non-Toxic Makeup & Skincare Cost More?

Here’s the thing, if you’ve ever shopped for makeup or perfume at a department store like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Saks, etc., you’ve probably noticed that it’s SO expensive. The biggest kicker is that the ingredients in those products are absolute dog crap. Seriously. You can’t even pronounce them. They’re not clean, they’re toxic and they don’t improve the true health of your skin. It’s actually amazing to me that places like that still sell.¬†*steps off soap box*

That said, non-toxic skincare when compared to those options is actually significantly cheaper AND it actually helps your skin look more youthful and dewy, without any chemically-laden crud.

If you are used to buying makeup at a drug store and pay less than $10 for foundation, this may be a step-up money wise for you. But it’s one thing to wear makeup everyday just to cover things up. It’s another to invest in a product that will be helping improve your skin and not just mask the redness. That’s the difference I see between the two.

Also, I don’t spend money on heels, handbags, jewelry, etc. My “girly money” goes towards clean skincare and cosmetics. That’s where my priority lies. If you have had nagging skin issues your whole life, you can probably relate that this is a no-brainer.

 

Have any trusty ways to naturally improve your skin? Share below!