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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.

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Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel + Rebuild Protein Review

This post is a review + my experience with Tailwind Nutrition’s Rebuild Recovery Blend & Endurance Fuel.

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Tailwind Nutrition is a pretty seriously dope brand based out of Durango, CO. Their focus is on glycogen + electrolyte + energy replenishment for endurance athletes.

I have a full marathon and several halfs under my belt; and running is still a regular part of my training. However, most of my time is spent in a Crossfit gym.

The first Tailwind product I tried (Endurance Fuel-pictured in the orange bag) is awesome game day fuel. I also see it as a great source of readily-absorbed carbs for right when I wrap up a hard workout. Through my experience with grueling crossfit workouts. I’ve learned that my body + recovery respond really well to carb backloading. In other words, right after a workout my focus is carbs and water. Doing this right after a workout helps you bounce back and hormones in check (also prevents your cortisol levels from staying up).

That said, protein is super important for my sport as well. I’m not someone who advocates a ton of animal protein consumption, in fact I always take vegan protein with the exception of collagen and beef bone broth. I love that this Rebuild blend by Tailwind packs 10g of protein per serving, while also giving your body the carbs it needs to replenish your energy stores.

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The ingredients are clean, and I like the choice to use rice protein, as it’s vegan and also is one of the most bioavailable proteins (easily absorbed and used by your body). This blend also features several amino acids that aid in recovery. You can tell they thought about this one!

Taste wise, I found both blends to be light and milky tasting, definitely pleasant. Though they have a carb content, they don’t taste super sweet. I would add some almond or hemp milk to it for optimum flavor + thickness + satiety. I’d say definitely drinkable with just water though.

My boyfriend, who is a Crossfit + Track & Field coach, was my second set of taste buds. He said he definitely enjoy it more when mixed with a plant based milk for a little more body and sweetness.

Tailwind is still in Beta with this product, and I’m just stoked that I have had the priviledge to try it first! It will be available SO SUPER SOON THOUGH (March 12th!) through their website.

Endurance athletes who are looking for a dose of protein are in for a treat. It’s the same great Tailwind quality just with more of recovery bang. I’d also recommend it to anyone doing high intensity training who is looking for a carb + protein duo to keep in their gym bag.

Mizuno Wave Sky Running Shoe Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential of the Mizuno Wave Sky running shoe.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

5 Attainable Tips for Better Running

This post gives you 5 tips for better running!

HEY GUYS!

It’s been a while since I’ve given you a short + sweet + fresh piece of writing directly from my dome + head + noggin. I have been witnessing how impactful good form and lifting weights have been on my running routine and am inspired to share. Ready, set…BLAST OFF!

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  1. Lift weights! (The singlemost important)

  2. Shove Those Hips Forward

  3. Run With Your Muscles (think: shock absorbers)

  4. Knees Up

  5. Breathe Efficiently + Rhythmically (deep + full breaths + in through your nose + out through your mouth)

…and remember: we’ve got this one body for all of time. Enjoy the opportunity to take it for a spin!

Read more here.

Mizuno Wave Catalyst Running Shoe Review

This is a sponsored review on behalf of Fitfluential of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst running shoe.

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Mizuno Wave Catalyst Running Shoe

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About the Mizuno Wave Catalyst:

“The new women’s Wave Catalyst is a high performance running shoe with lightweight support, making it ideal for high-speed training. Light yet flexible, its perfectly sculpted fit hugs your foot while the articulated Fan Wave delivers fast, responsive cushioning.

High Speed Support

Striking the perfect balance between comfort and support, the Wave Catalyst is a support running shoe you can count on for fast, stable run. A true performer, Wave Catalyst keeps you going farther, faster.

  • Totally new Performance Support experience provides just the right amount of support without compromising its performance
  • The articulated Pebax Fan Wave provides smoother landing and heel strike transition
  • The 10mm drop and X10 midfoot landing area is ideal for heel and midfoot runners
  • Sculpted lateral forefoot gives runners a more stable platform for better feel
  • Blown rubber forefoot optimizes pressure distribution, durability and cushioning.”

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My Thoughts:

Though I’m an avid runner, I have never regularly run in Mizuno running shoes. I do have prior experience with this brand, though–as I wore them my entire career as a collegiate volleyball player. Mizuno volleyball shoes are unparalleled. Naturally, I had high expectations for these running shoes.

They did not disappoint! By looking at the shoe at first, I was guessing that the drop would be a little much for my preference, as I typically go for zero drop running shoes (I like to feel the ground a little bit under my foot). However, they feel really good on.

I’m pretty apprehensive about trying a completely new running shoe, because so many pairs just completely screw up my natural gait–theres nothing worse than that. I really like the feel that this pair provides, though. Mizuno has struck a nice balance of keeping this shoe low profile, yet substantial enough to provide just enough cushion for significant mileage.

It doesn’t feel as thick on the bottom as it looks. I was very impressed by how much I enjoyed the stable and lightweight feeling. You can definitely tell that a lot of thought + trial + error + testing went into creating these Wave Catalysts. They are pretty sublime.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that the colors are totally rad. The electric pink + blue combination is fun & just my style. I plan to wear them both during runs and in my cross training (lifting + olympic lifting type workouts).