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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Fitness + Health Nuts

Consider this your go-to 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

Whether it’s for a family member, friend, workout buddy, coworker, study buddy, or a white elephant surprise, I’ve got the perfect holiday gift guide + some awesome ideas for you on fitness and health products that will help make the favorite people in your life feel the love.

I’ve divided these items up into a few categories: Household, Supplements, Body Care and Fitness Gear. Happy shopping! ‘Tis the season!

Accessories

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Blue Light Blocking Glasses

For your gaming friend or family member that is always glued to their phone/ TV. Blue light blocking glass help reduce eye strain, improve sleep, and help regulate sleep/wake cycles as they filter out blue light (which negatively impacts the pineal gland).

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Sunski Polarized Sunglasses

Sunski is a Sunglass brand that gives back, has the sleekest frame designs, and are incredible reasonably priced compared to their competitors. They are staples for us; we have 3 pairs! The Taravals (pictured above) and Treelines are our favorites.

Household Gifts

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Hurom Masticating Juicer

Juicing is a movement that has taken the world by storm because of the immense health benefits. Especially in regards to juicing vegetables and low-sugar fruits (lemons, limes, etc), juicing daily can completely turn your health around. I’m a great example of this (helped my skin, hormones, athletic performance, sleep, recovery) and this is the juicer I use.

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NutriBullet Pro

The easiest way to get some healthy nutrition into the day? Smoothies! The Nutribullet Pro is so simple to use, clean and even pack for traveling. The Pro comes with various cup sizes and portable options that are best for blend + go.

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Portable Berkey Filter Water Bottle

For your favorite jet-setter, adventurer or traveler! The portable Berkey Filter Water Bottle provides optimum filtration; making clean water accessible wherever their adventures take them.

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Big Berkey Water Filter

Tap water is a haven for impurities of many kinds, including pharmaceutical drugs, toxic chemicals, fluoride, etc. The Big Berkey is an absolute beast at removing 99% of these pollutants from your drinking water. We have used this filter for many years and have not looked back. It’s the single-most useful item in our kitchen.

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Nesco Home Coffee Roaster

For your favorite coffee lover; a home coffee bean roaster is the perfect way to encourage them to take their java love to the next level. And then, the place to go for green coffee beans is Burman Coffee Traders!

Beauty + Body

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Osmia Organics Soap

This is the soap that dreams are made of. The range of organic, fresh, rejuvenating scents that Osmia makes will be sure to suit and of your gift recipients this season. Check out their special holiday releases for something more festive.

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Primally Pure Non-Toxic Dry Shampoo

Ladies, ever checked out the ingredients on your trusty dry shampoo? They are likely reeeeeal suspect. Here’s a cleaner (still super effective!) option that won’t introduce unnecessary toxins to your hair/scalp.

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Pixie Cup Luxe Menstrual Cup

Changing from tampons to this menstrual cup has completely flipped many negative aspects of my monthly cycle. No more panicked trips to the drug store when my period starts and I’m out of tampons, no more string, and no more potential health risks of long term tampon use (i.e. toxic shock syndrome). Total game changer for your girlfriend or menstruating woman in your life.

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NOW Foods Peppermint Essential Oil

By now (no pun intended!), you’ve heard of essential oils right? Their therapeutic and aromatherpapy benefits are awesomely real and palpable. A great starter EO gift for your friend or family member that could use some non toxic love in their home is peppermint. It’s rejuvenating, soothing for sore muscles and mentally stimulating.

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Estroblock for Acne

Know someone suffering with stubborn acne? They need Estroblock. Suitable for men + women alike, this natural supplement works by clearing out the bad estrogens in the body that cause cystic acne. I’m passionate about this product and love when others finally get clear skin by addressing the root cause of their skin problems. I was that person: frustrated and at wit’s end for many years. This bottle will last about a month and get your loved one on the road to healthy skin.

Supplements + Food

Laird Superfood Coffee

Know a coffee drinker who always aims to sip on the most scrumptious cup o’ joe? This Laird Superfood blend has been formulated by world-renowned waterman, surfer and Hawaii native, Laird Hamilton. He’s been deemed the best athlete on the planet many times over, so why not be fueled by the same stuff Laird is?

CACAO ELIXIR™ Raw Chocolate Powder blended with Superfoods

Medicinal Foods Cacao Elixir

For your favorite superfood nerd, this blend is truly in a league of it’s own. With alkalizing greens like spirulina and hemp, paired with the adaptogenic powder of chaga, maca and cacao, this Cacao Elixir is a delectably nourishing treat. I love pairing this with a drop of peppermint essential oil for a minty hot chocolate drink!

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Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

All the hype around collagen lately, am I right? For good reason, though folks! Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body. Responsible for the integrity of your hair, skin, nails, and even gut health, collagen is an awesome gift for anyone looking for a beauty boost or digestion enhancer.

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Sprout Living Protein

Vegan protein is the most alkaline form of protein powder that you can consume. Since alkalinity promotes detoxification, healthy internal pH, etc, it’s a great choice for omnivores and vegetarians, alike.

Fitness Gear

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Manduka Cross Strap Bra

Manduka, the maker of my fave yoga mat, also has a mindfully curated spread of activewear. This bra holds you in, provides a stylish flare in the back and doesn’t cut in or pinch on the sides. Dream bra experience if you ask me.

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Lululemon Define Jacket

Lululemon has been making a version of the Define Jacket for years now and it’s a staple in my closet. It’s thick enough to wear over a tee for temps around 40-60, but also breathes and wicks moisture away from the skin. The fit the super flattering and hugs you around your narrowest part and covers the bum slightly in the back.

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Adidas High Rise Reversible Tights

Everyone knows this brand, but you may not know they make a bomb pair of High Rise Reversible Tights. As a tall gal that is ALL legs, I live in and need the high rise. Made for high performance activity, these are perfect no matter what your exercise style is, be it hiking, yoga, Crossfit, pilates or lifting!

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prAna Foundation Wrap

During the winter, you can almost always find me layering with a wrap over my outfit and under my winter coat. This foundation wrap is a beautifully festive green that goes with any color outfit (black, brown, tan, red, navy…you name it). Super versatile and made with sustainable fabrics, this a holiday gift you can feel extra good about.

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Feetures Hi-Performance Socks

Workout socks that don’t wiggle down, prevent blisters and wick moisture as you sweat? These are those! I’ve worn Feetures for over 5 years now and they do not dissapoint. They come in various sizes, so you’ll be sure to find the sock that suits your hooves perfectly.

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Manduka Recycled + Thick Yoga Mat

To me, this is the gold standard for a yoga mat. It’s made of recycled materials, provides grip for no slippage and is thick enough to provide cozy cushion for your practice. I have this same mat in purple. It’s the backbone of my home workouts!

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Brooks Women’s Levitate Running Shoe

Over the last year, I’ve tried 4 different brands/styles of running shoes. These took the cake! The comfort and overall package is unmatched. I have them in the grey/black combo (with a super cool shiny strip of material around the sole), but how this pop of color is totally rad as well. P.S. There’s a men’s version of this shoe as well!

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Xero Shoes Daylite Hiker

Love hiking but don’t love most of the clodhopper boots available on the market? The Daylite Hikers by Xero Shoes are a more minimalist take on a hiking boot; suitable for your favorite adventures and time spent outside.

DoTerra Essential Oils Review

It has taken me some time to collect my thoughts regarding the plethora of essential oils that I have been incorporating into my every day routine. I also gave myself some time to develop my opinions of what works best. I am thrilled to now share my experiences with these DoTerra essential oils.

I’ll start by saying this, I cannot believe that it took me this long to discover essential oils!

For a solid couple of weeks, I was completely submerged in what I call my “lab,” where I concocted all sorts of essential oil blends for various uses. But before I go crazy talking about that assortment of oils, I want to thank JoAnn Fowler for reaching out to me and expressing her desire to share DoTerra Essential Oils with me. I imagine she recognized my interest and enthusiasm for high quality, natural, and organic beauty products/food and therefore felt I would be interested in trying out essential oils. Boy, was she right on the money! This is one of the milestones in my health quest that I will always remember and appreciate.

If you are interested in high quality essential oils, let me direct you her way. She has been exponentially helpful and knowledgable throughout my developing a familiarity with essential oils.

To purchase, go to www.mydoterra.com/discovernaturalhealing. Also, check out her blog and request a free sample www.free-essential-oils.com. You can also learn more from a seasoned essential oil user by contacting her at  http://free-essential-oils.com/contact-us.

Essential oils, to me, are so incredibly remarkable for two main reasons:

1. Essential oils are plant based.

I love the idea of nurturing your body with the natural world around us. The healing power of plants is unreal, as is still believed and utilized in many other countries & cultures, more so, in my opinion, than here in the states.

2. The uses of essential oils are so expansive and wide ranging; there is an oil for merely anything.

This is no exaggeration. I still ooh and awe over this. The uses range from easing sore muscles, stimulating hair growth, whitening teeth, detoxing, destressing, aiding weight loss, balancing hormones, healing acne/blemishes. THAT excites me–using plant based products to help our problems.

My description of this fabulous company will not be sufficient. Instead, here is DoTerra’s description directly from their website:

“Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant, eliciting profound emotional responses. Yet the use of essential oils goes well beyond their fragrant appeal. Used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, essential oils can be used as natural alternatives in holistic self-care practices. Their unique chemistry allows them to be used aromatically and applied topically to the skin, while other essential oils can be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well being.

dōTERRA® (meaning “Gift of the Earth”) essential oils represent the safest, purest essential oils available in the world today. Each of dōTERRA’s
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essentials oils is carefully extracted by a global network of skilled growers, distillers, and chemists ensuring a consistently powerful user experience. They are 100% pure aromatic extracts and contain no artificial ingredients and are tested to be free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.”

DoTerra has a wonderful reputation in the realm of essential oils.

They take an organic approach to extracting these substances, which is refreshing and sparks my interest. Another thing worth noting is that these “oils” are not truly oils. They are not made up of fatty acids. In fact, their consistency should be watery. The “goopier” essential oils tend to contain preservatives and chemicals.

I received the Introductory package from JoAnn with DoTerra, which included lavender, lemon, and peppermint.

Here are the uses that DoTerra suggests for each oil, respectively:

One of my favorite things included in this package was this little booklet that breaks down the uses for a plethora of essential oils:

I refer to this booklet often! It’s so neat to me how different oils can be used for specific treatments & problems.

Even though DoTerra has excellent suggestions for using lavender, lemon, and peppermint, I had the urge to brainstorm on my own to come up with my own ideas that were practical for my daily routine.

I have tried each of the following uses for several weeks and each have been effective. Here is what I came up (along with my general thoughts) for each oil:

Lavender:

-for me, this oil has the most uses.

-used as a spot treatment for facial blemishes

-put a few drops in shampoo to nourish scalp

-put a few drops into unscented laundry detergent.

-similarly, put a few drops onto a cloth then throw that into the dryer with your clothes. It gives them an excellent, fragrant smell, without using fabric softener sheets that are ridden with chemicals.

Lemon:

-put a drop into a glass of water to aid the detoxification process

-used as a spot treatment for facial blemishes, the acid in it helps dry out the blemish-making it less noticeable

-used in all purpose cleaners to add a fresh scent

Peppermint:

-my favorite use for this is putting it in my “homemade icy hot,” as I’ve deemed it. Coconut Oil combined with several drops of peppermint makes up that concoction. I’ve also become more creative and added wintergreen and birch essential oils to that mixture.

-Add a drop to coffee to add flavor (this one might be strange for some to understand) 🙂

-Put a drop or two onto your toothbrush before brushing teeth to help remove stains and freshen your mouth

Overall, I could not be more impressed with DoTerra, and I plan on eventually getting my hands on the full spectrum of essential oils that they bottle.

Homemade Natural Deodorant Using Organic Ingredients

I’ve been hearing so much lately about essential oils but I’m a novice when it comes to using them.

Homemade, Natural, Organic Deodorant

My mom shared with me that a friend of hers started making her own, natural, homemade deodorant–something I have considered in the past.

She was using essential oils and coconut oil (the single most useful item in my beauty cabinet/pantry) as two of the ingredients in her recipe.

I wanted to finally make my own!

There’s probably no cute way to say it:

When I run, I sweat. A lot.

It seems like I sweat more than most. Especially outside in the heat, there is no avoiding it. I welcome the sweat and wear it as a badge and proof of my hard work. However, I have no desire to get super stinky and offend others with my stench.

I have been using organic and natural deodorant for a while now (a few years), but It’s neat to know that I can also make my own at home.

As I have aforementioned in past posts, I am 0% a fan of recipes. Maybe even more like -10% a fan of recipes. I just don’t like them. Planning, for me, takes away the fun. I want to wing it. So I wung it. (Wung?) 🙂

If you like to wing it, too, then read this, store it in your mind, but then set it aside when you make your first batch. You might enjoy it more that way.

The deodorant I’ve created contains 4 ingredients:

1. Essential oil

-I used grapefruit here. You can choose any scent you like. For men’s deodorant, try a sandalwood/patchouli combination.

2. Coconut Oil

3. Baking Soda

4. Arrowroot Powder

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Instructions:

-In one bowl, stir together the baking soda and arrowroot powder.

-In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil (might have to melt it first depending on your room temperature) and desired essential oil(s).

-Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir (and adjust wet/dry comob if needed to achieve desired consistency)

-Store in a jar or recycled deodorant stick in your beauty cabinet.