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Camelbak Chute Water Bottle Review

This is a review of the Camelbak Chute water bottle.

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So…What am I Supposed to Eat?

When I’m asked for help in regards to nutrition and/or exercise, I have always feared sounding like a know-it-all. Being that way doesn’t feel natural to me. But I also get an overwhelming amount of questions like, “so, what am I supposed to eat?”

Speaking from experience and simply explaining how I do things feels incredibly natural, though. That slight changing of gears (in my mindset & approach) in helping others become the healthiest version of themselves has been huge.

Something I’ve witnessed with folks that are looking to become healthier, lose weight, regain vitality &/or boost energy is….

an overwhelming sense of paralysis due to fear & information overload in regards to food.

What’s good for you? What’s not? But, that website said I shouldn’t eat this? So, should I? Why am I breaking out? Is that my body detoxing? Why am I not losing weight? Do I need to go paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free blah, blah, blah, blah? Is low fat good? Or should I limit sugar? What about eating frequently throughout the day? Snacks? Eating late? How much protein do I need? Do I need to buy organic food? What’s the big deal about raw food?

Holy cow.

That’s what I mean. Can you say: Oh-ver-load!

Recent discussions in the food world, especially in healthy-minded communities have reached an all-time high–or at least it seems that way. Perhaps, I’m just more aware of it now because I am completely submerged in this world.

Like ANYTHING else in life. I find that the solution is simple & concise:

Ditch rules. Think: Eat to feel good.

Now, I get that many brains will completely come unwired to that idea. There has to be more to it, many must think. Well, I can break it down a little bit farther for those brains. Here are some things I keep in mind & how I would describe my daily eating choices (I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life)…

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How I do it:

-Loads of: plants, superfoods, alkaline-forming foods

-Look to healthy fats & protein for fuel (limit refined sugar–it’s more of a cheap thrill. Too much promotes internal acidity. FRUIT is not in this category. Eat your fruit!)

-When grocery shopping, think: organic, raw, fresh.

-Drink lots of water. Basically as much as you can stand. Water helps everything in your body operate more optimally.

-Appreciate food again. Get excited to eat GOOD FOR YOU food. Don’t rush everything. Savor the subtle flavors of everything.

You might be thinking….so what about the dietary restrictions?

I find that (life is like this, too) when I focus my energy on all of those good things going into my body, I don’t have room for the extra junk. Thus, foods like processed grains, dairy, junk food, soda, other miscellaneous garbage food don’t find their way into my daily nutrition often because there’s no room for them. Does that make sense?

It’s like overwhelming your body with “positive,” good foods (like you overwhelm your mind with postitive thoughts to stay happy), so much so, that you don’t leave any room for the negative stuff that sucks the life out of you. You see, it’s all connected. It’s not diet is one isolated aspect & mindset is another isolated aspect of you. The same mantras can & do apply to every facet of your well being. Just apply them and life just becomes easier. You become healthier. That fog lifts. You end up looking in the mirror one day and feeling like you are becoming little Jesica again. Young, spry, capable, healthful without a care in the world. Well, maybe that’s just me. But MAN, it’s an incredible feeling–hard to describe really. AND it all starts with how you fuel your body and your mentality going into it.

Waxelene “The Petroleum Jelly Alternative” Lip Balm Review

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Waxelene

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Waxelene:

Waxelene® is the petroleum jelly alternative.

NO petroleum. Only natural & organic ingredients.

Moisturize, protect, and soothe skin all in one!

Waxelene® is revolutionizing skin care. It creates the same waterproof barrier that doctors recommend petroleum jelly for but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oil. Instead we use our patented aeration process that won’t clog pores and makes Waxelene® highly effective for any kind of dry skin. Not only that, it can be used for hundreds of other things just like petroleum jelly.”

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My Thoughts:

When it comes to lip balm, I’ve tried some really awesome, organic and simple products. That’s how lip balm should be–not a complicated list of unrecognizable ingredients.

Waxelene was a unique lip balm product for me to try in that it is a spin on petroleum jelly, which I used as a teen for chapped lips and such. I love that waxelene’s ingredient list is clean, containing only: organic soy oil, beeswax, non-gmo vitamin e oil and organic rosemary oil. That’s a pretty great-looking set of ingredients.

Perhaps one of the best things about Waxlene (besides the organic ingredients) is the fact that it can be seen as a unisex product. Many lip balms have fantastic ingredients, but only appeal to women because of their fruity, sweet or tinted nature. Waxelene provides a great option for men, women, boys and girls alike.

I value Waxelene for being a portable, go-to lip balm that can even be used under lip color to keep lips moist and help the lip color apply evenly. It’s hard to beat a product that’s highly versatile, will please the whole family and has excellent, organic ingredients. I’m happy to have tried Waxelene and see more of it in my future.

Karma Wellness Water Review

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Karma Wellness Water

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Karma:

“Karma Wellness Water is a truly enlightened product, born out of the idea that what goes around comes around. A product based on the simple belief that if you do something positive—for others, or for yourself—you’ll get something positive back in return.

When you think about it, it just makes sense: make good choices, and you’ll see and feel the benefits.

Like choosing a drink that transforms pristine spring water into wellness water, creating positive effects for your mind, body, spirit, balance, and vitality.

That’s Karma.

And Karma Wellness Water was made possible thanks to a choice we made. Vitamins deteriorate in water, so premixed vitamin drinks can lose their strength over time. But because we chose to keep Karma’s ingredients in a patented KarmaCap until you’re ready to mix them, you’re able to enjoy all their benefits at maximum potency.”

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“Balance: Immunity booster

Boost your immunity with:

  • 1,000 MG VITAMIN C4 ( 1,667% RDI )Enhances your immune system, brain function, and mood
  • ZINC Important in growth, development, and immune response
  • BERRY EXTRACTS Super-fruits and über-antioxidants that promote health and immunity
  • TEA EXTRACTS Antioxidants that support immune function and general health

Plus

  • Vitamin A110%
  • Vitamin B3110%
  • Vitamin B5110%
  • Vitamin B6115%
  • Vitamin B12110%
  • Vitamin D110%
  • Vitamin E110%.”
  • GREEN TEA EXTRACT Natural source of caffeine that supports general health and wellbeing
  • RESVERATROL Associated with anti-aging and vitality, as well as heart health
  • MACA EXTRACT Medicinal herb traditionally used to promote vitality
  • CALCIUM Helps maintain important mineral/electrolyte balance
  • MAGNESIUM Mineral necessary for every major biological process
  • POTASSIUM Regulates fluid balance and supports muscle tissue development
  • SODIUM Mineral and electrolyte that helps regulate water in body
  • L-TYROSINE Amino acid aids focus and alertness while reducing stress and fatigue
  • PHOSPHORUS Mineral that helps increase endurance
  • Vitamin A110%
  • Vitamin B3110%
  • Vitamin B5110%
  • Vitamin B6115%
  • Vitamin B12110%
  • Vitamin D110%
  • Vitamin E110%.”

Camelbak Mantra Powder Drink Mix Review

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Camelbak Mantra

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Camelbak Mantra:

“NATURAL INGREDIENTS: No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

ZERO CALORIES: Made with the natural sweetener stevia

LESS WASTE: Great tasting drink mix is designed for reusable bottles

CONVENIENT: Powder stick packs are great for hydrating on-the-go

ENHANCING: Antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes replenish as you hydrate

FULL INGREDIENT LIST for Blueberry Pomegranate (for example): Monopotassium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Lactate, Citric Acid, Stevia Leaf Extract, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Retinol Acetate, Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, and Cyanocobalamin.”

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My Thoughts:

The Camelbak brand is invaluable to my family’s vigor for nature and being outdoors. We love all of our Camelbak backpacks as well as the water bottles–of course, I’m a big fan of the fact that they are all BPA-free. This large purple Eddy bottle is perfect for our little girl her fluid capacity gradually increases. It’s a bit bigger than the kid’s Eddy and is great for long days or trips away from our home water filter.

As far as electrolyte replacement and hydration goes, I’m very easily to please. Water does it for me. I drink only water before and after activity, with the occasional squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lemon essential oil into my water bottle. I don’t naturally gravitate towards sports drinks or mixes. If I try them, my standards are pretty high. I want the ingredient list to be chock full of recognizable, whole food ingredients.

In the case of Mantra, it’s tough for me to stand behind a product that does not use organic ingredients. I do believe it to be a large step in the right direction (and better than the big lines of sports drinks–not naming names) for these Camelbak Mantra powder mixes to be free of artificial ingredients, colors and sweeteners– & I like the choice to use stevia in these mixes. However, to make it into my daily routine, these ingredient lists would have to look much more appealing and recognizable.

I appreciate the idea of this product, but in actuality–the ingredients are not up to par for this running girl.