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Healthy Finds Subscription Review

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About Healthy Finds:

Healthy Finds is a monthly subscription service ($7 a month) that allows you the unique opportunity to discover and try out a multitude of natural health products + supplements. Many of these brands don’t put a ton of money into advertising; their focus is on quality. Thus, you may have never heard of them.

Anddd…they don’t just pick ANY products. Healthy Finds only works with brands that are approved by their wellness team, run by Dr Andrew Campbell.

When you sign up for Healthy Finds, you will receive hundreds of dollars in savings (in the form of gift cards that can be redeemed online) towards some of the healthiest brands online + accompanied with information-rich wellness literature and learning material.

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What I Think:

After having the priviledge to attend a huge natural products industry convention (Expo West) twice, I completely agree that there are so many incredible products out there being made by brands who are choosing to invest their money in the quality and integrity of their product, versus paying a large amount of money towards advertising and marketing their product. So many great brands go unseen because of this.

I love that Healthy Finds does the research for you and vets the brands ahead of time. The list of brands they work with range from brands that make tea, to healthy granola-type bars, to ketogenic lifestyle supplements. I was impressed by the diversity.

I would compare this to the idea of receiving a subscription box every month that is curated with products for the healthy living lover.

I see the positives being:

-$7 a month is reasonable

-Since they don’t pick the exact products for you, you get to decide which products from each brand you want.

-You shop online for them, so it’s convenient

-You get to discover brands that you might not otherwise ever know about

-The idea of the service is original!

I see a few shortcomings:

-You may end up spending more out of pocket than you’d like to, since the savings is in the form of a $10 or $20 gift card towards your purchase

-Shopping at several different individual online websites to use each gift card is a little inconvenient

I do think the positives outweigh the negatives here, especially if you’re an optimum-health seeking individual who is already shopping online frequently for supplements, nutrition and self care items.

Wanna sign up? Healthy Finds has a promotion running right now. Go check them out! (I don’t even get commission if you do, I just want you to know about ALL the health!)

 

 

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Natural Force Emulsified MCT Oil Review

This is a review of the emulsified vanilla coconut MCT oil by Natural Force.

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Natural Force Vanilla Emulsified MCT Oil

In Their Words:

“In addition to being tasty, easy to digest, and super convenient, it is also one of the highest quality MCT oils on the market.

Made exclusively from 100% Organic, Non-GMO coconuts, each batch is tested for purity (no residual solvents) and is Certified Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and sugar/carb free.

Unlike most other MCT oil products, our MCT oil (both the “classic” Natural Force MCT Oil and the new Vanilla Emulsified MCT) contain NO palm oil and is sourced from sustainable coconut plantations in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, which is good news for animal lovers since palm oil plantations are notoriously bad for orangutan habitats!

We also employ a special processing method which allows all of our MCT oils to retain high levels of naturally occurring lauric acid (30%) which is typically eliminated in conventional processing.”

My Experience:

I’ve loved getting to witness this brand growing and continually releasing “BS-Free” (they coined that awesome phrase!) supplements. They have several high-performing sports supplements to accompany an active lifestyle, and this one sits atop that impressive pile.

I look to MCT oil as a way to ramp up my coffee routine. Not only does pairing fats + caffeine create a sustained energy boost, but it also enhances your brain function and overall feeling of focus and cognitive sharpness.

This MCT is unique in my eyes because both the appearance and texture are different that most. It flowys into warm coffee like a pure white + milky amoeba stream. That may not be the best way to describe it. But–it’s what comes to mind! You’ll just have to experience it yourself. I’m sure you’ll pull up this post again and write me, “Jes, you’re exactly right! Totally a milky amoeba stream!” Haha….

The flavor of this oil is richly vanilla + very + very tasty. It does something really special to my morning coffee. Flavor + good fats without a bunch of crap that normally comes in coffee creamers.

Sitenote: the packaging that the MCT oil comes in has a cap with a small hole underneath, which made for super simple pouring. No mess + no clean up. Anyone who has tried pouring MCT oil out of that big bottle before know it can be an oil slick.

 

Chapul Cricket Protein Review

This is a review + my experience with Chapul Cricket Protein.

Much of my extra curricular time (what does that even mean when you’re an adult?) time is spent dissecting + pondering + researching the best possible way to fuel my body. You could describe it as complete + utter fascination. I am absorbed how our bodies respond to food and how we can tweak that to optimize how we feel + perform + operate.

I’ve experimented with several different ways of eating (in chronological order):

-Paleo

-Ketogenic

-IIFYM (if it fits your macros)

-Vegetarian

-Vegan

-Vegan + IIFYM

-Flexible vegan + without focusing too much on macros + animal protein here and there + mostly plants

Thhhat’s a lot. It’s not all been super restrictive. It’s been mostly experimental spurred by curiosity.

What I’ve learned is that my body feels best + recovers best on:

-Lots of green juice

-A protein source

-Loads of water

So, at this point, I’d describe my approach to eating as experimental. No diet labels. Just eating to feel good.

Chapul comes into this quite nicely. I first heard about Chapul Cricket protein powder + bars at Expo West in 2016, a trade show in Anaheim, CA that I attended as a blogger. The good vibes at the booth + the bar’s flavor + the unique key ingredient really cemented their spot on my radar.

When I started weight lifting in 2015 (give or take), I found that adding a clean + bioavailable source of protein to my diet helped me recover better and made me feel stronger + leaner overall. But, as many of you are likely aware, there are SO many protein products on the market. How do you navigate that world as a consumer?

I’ve found that looking for clean ingredients is a good start. Chapul packs a bunch of organic ingredients in their bars, which is a great indication that they seek quality as a company. They also feed their crickets a vegetarian + organic + nongmo diet.

I’m really stoked about this brand + the charisma +people behind it and am happy to be on board as an ambaddador.

Use code runonorganic for 10% off your order at Chapul.com!

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About Chapul:

Chapul introduces edible insects into Western Cuisine as a healthy and sustainable protein. We launched the first insect-protein product in the US with our award winning Chapul Cricket Bars, fortified with our signature cricket flour. We represent a growing food revolution intent on increasing the health of our food resources for our children and for the planet.

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Products I Tried:

Matcha Green Tea Bar:

The Matcha Bar combines the hints of Japanese cuisine into a high protein, low sugar bar. Combining the richness of organic tahini and sesame seeds with sweet banana pieces, and a hint of bitterness from the matcha green tea, it is becoming a crowd favorite.

Aztec Dark Chocolate Bar:

Inspired by the Aztec roots, the dark chocolate, coffee, cayenne, and cinnamon make the Aztec Bar taste like a modern day Mexican Hot Chocolate, with a late blooming wave of cayenne heat. By mixing sweet, savory, and spicy, we’ve paired delicious with adventure.

Thai Coconut Bar:

Inspired by Thai jing leed recipes, our Thai Bar is a delicious mix of coconut, ginger, cricket flour, and a subtle twist of lime. Perfect for a summer day’s adventure.

Chaco Peanut Butter:

Our most popular flavor is good ‘ol peanut butter and chocolate. The name is inspired from the desert-dwelling Chaco culture, a pre-Columbian civilization in the Colorado River Watershed. The Chaco Bar is a delicious blend of peanut-butter and chocolate, packed with protein, and low in sugar.

Cricket Flour (High protein powder)

Inspired by traditions of Aztecan and other Native American cultures, we use an artisan, stone ground process to mill our Chapul Cricket Flour Protein Powder. Packed with a balanced, complete amino acid profile, use it to boost the protein content of any baked good, smoothie, or make your own delicious cricket bars.

 

Video: Hitting Macros + Eating Vegan

This video breaks down hitting macros on a vegan diet. I address a macro-focused (IIFYM) diet while sticking to only vegan foods, and how it pertains to athletes + those who do Crossfit.

 

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.