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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2019 + Coupon Codes!

Happy 2019 Holidays, team! It’s been a big year for us between becoming homeowners, getting ENGAGED and planning our wedding. I am abundantly grateful for all of it.

This will be the 2nd year that I’ve put together a Healthy Holiday Gift Guide for you guys that’s geared towards your favorite health nutty family member, friend, coworker, significant other or white elephant recipient!

I am so proud to recommend these products and I personally love nothing more than gifting my family and friends presents that can help them live a long, beautifully healthy life. Heck, I truly did shop many of these products this year for my gift giving! I’m such a product user with everything I recommend; so feel free to reach out if you have any questions about any items on here!

Without further delay, let’s get to the good stuff! Don’t forget, there are coupon codes to use below!

2019 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Accessories

Cyxus Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Copper Tongue Scraper

Code SDG314 for 10% off

Produce Bag

Code SDG314 for 10% off

Household Items

Hurom Slow Juicer

Berkey Portable Filter Water Bottle

Power Coffee Frother by Laird Superfood

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off

Superfoods

Laird Superfood Coffee Creamer

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off

Medicinal Foods Coffee Break: Herbal Coffee (Caffeine Free!)

Sunwarrior Sol Good Vegan Protein Bars

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off

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Collagen + Protein

Vital Proteins Collagen Shots

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Collagen

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off

Bulletproof Collagen Bars

Sprout Living Real Sport

Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Starter Pack

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 15% off

Sunwarrior Clean Keto Protein

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 20% off

Green Superfoods

Real Source Water Lentil Green Superfood Powder

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 30% off

Supplements

Seed Probiotic Gift Box

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 15% off. Includes a 30-day supply, free travel vial, complimentary postcard set and $25 credit towards the first refill.

Skin + Hair Care + Beauty

Now Foods Charcoal Mask

Code JesNow10 for $10 off orders $40 or more

Annmarie Skincare Probiotic Tremella Bio Facial Elixir

Primally Pure Dry Shampoo

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint Shave Cream

shave bronners

Zum Sandalwood Body Spray + Room Mist

Get an extra 20% off your first order with the above link

Apparel + Gear

Outdoor Voices: Doing Things Bra

Outdoor Voices Activewear 20% off Link ^

Palm Beach Athletic Wear Super High Rise Leggings 

Code FMG10 for Palm Beach Athletic Wear

Manduka Yoga Pocket Cardigan

Manduka Yoga Essential High Line Legging

Xero Shoes: Style – Vienna

Manduka SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat

Flat Resistance Bands

Get an extra 20% off your first order with the above link

Thank you so much for checking out my Healthy Holiday Gift Guide! Drop a comment below if you have any questions or need specific recommendations.

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Body Vega Fish Oil Review

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BodyVega Nutrition

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About BodyVega Fish Oil:

  • “TOP RATED FISH OIL ON AMAZON: Happy Customers Love BodyVega, And We Love Them! We Go Out Of Our Way To Ensure That Every Customer Is 100% Satisfied With Their Fish Oil, Giving Us One Of The Highest Levels Of Customer Satisfaction Anywhere. If That Rubs You the Wrong Way, Feel Free To Grab a Bottle From Any Of the Other Brands on Amazon Who See You As Just A Number. If You Are Not 100% Satisfied With Your Omega 3 Fish Oil For Any Reason, We’ll Replace It Or Refund It, No Questions Asked.
  • #1 CLEANEST AND PUREST FISH OIL: Sourced From Deep Sea, Cold Water Fish for Maximum Omega 3 Potency And Tested For Over 250 Contaminants, Including Mercury, And Molecularly Distilled For Guaranteed Purity, Giving Us The Purest Fish Oil Available On Amazon.
  • STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE: From Chile and Norway, The #1 Recommend Source For High Quality Omega 3 Fish Oil, So It Is Free Of Pacific Toxins Caused From Nuclear Fall Out.
  • MAXIMUM OMEGA 3 POTENCY: Doctor Recommended 1,500mg Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Up To 50% More Than Competitors’) For Guaranteed Reduced Inflammation and Less Joint Pain, And High EPA and DHA Levels Support Long-Term Eye, Heart and Joint Health, While Boosting Mood, Focus, and Productivity.
  • 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Love It Or Leave It. If, For Whatever Reason, You Don’t Love BodyVega Fish Oil, Just Return The Empty Bottles For A Full No Questions Asked Refund.”

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My Thoughts:

Though I always make sure I get enough healthy fats in my diet (through seeds, nuts and oils), I don’t often purchase a fish oil supplement. I realize that fish oil provides a concentrated dose of omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to overall health. Other food sources with a high omega 3 concentration include flaxseeds and walnuts.

I regularly consume ground flaxseed in my morning smoothie–thus, I likely get enough omega 3s. However, I do see a value in changing up your diet (to prevent boredom and also insure that you’re getting a wide range of nutrients). I also believe that fish offer a complex and hearty nutritional profile as a healthy source of protein and good fats. But when it comes down to it, I would recommend getting your healthy fats (fish oil included) from the whole, real foods themselves. I don’t like the idea of eating an incomplete diet and then expecting supplements to fill that void.

A supplement like this fish oil can be useful on occasion, but should not be relied on for omega 3 fats. In regards to quality, this brand of fish oil is amongst the very best, as they encapsulate clean, pure fish oil that is free of contaminants.

If You Do 5 Things for Your Health…

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It seems to me that many individuals are seeking a healthier lifestyle, but struggle with where to start. Some questions I often hear are: Is it bad that I eat this? What should I start eating? What’s the best work out? 

In my opinion and based upon my own experiences, I believe that there are 5 great places to start. There are no overnight fixes, but if you implement these small changes, then you will be on the road to forming habits that will serve your health, not hinder it.

1. Stop cold-turkey or ween yourself off of soda.

-I understand what it’s like to have a routine with what you drink (I’m a coffee drinker). That said, I also understand that some people fail at quitting soda cold-turkey. Whichever way you choose to stop drinking soda, do it. It’s worth it–and there are plenty of alternative drinks that are chock full of nutrient dense wonderment. Swap the soda for Kombucha, coconut water, or something as simple as adding lemons & limes to your water.

2. Fill your refrigerator with food you would be proud of eating.

-There’s nothing that will enable you to keep making poor food choices more than having that food around you all the time. Shop for good, whole, real food. Think: vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, plant based milk (coconut or almond milk), free range eggs & grass fed beef. Also, find a non-gmo protein powder that you like and keep that around for a quick protein smoothie. Buy organic when you can.

3. Practice the 90-10 rule.

-Nothing turns me off quicker than hearing about over-obsessed eaters who are on the verge of a full blown mental disorder because of their relationship with food. The point is not to fear food, it’s to focus on good food and eat that the majority of the time. Aim for this: 90% of the time, eat the good stuff–like I listed above. The other 10% of the time, let yourself eat dinner out at your favorite restaurant, or enjoy a glass of wine with your significant other. It’s about balance, not being neurotic about food.

4. Find a fitness routine that you have fun with.

-There’s a great quote for this one; I can’t say it better than Laird does:

“Fitness doesn’t have to be a duty. It doesn’t have to mean charts and graphs and heart rate printouts. It should be a pleasurable part of your life, and it should include things that you do purely because you enjoy them. Fun is an ingredient that people often forget in their fitness program.” -Laird Hamilton (professional surfer and world-class athlete)

I can tell you first hand that I have not been a runner since a young age because it’s a chore that I must do. I run PURELY because of how it makes me feel. I feel happy, relieved, de-stressed, empowered, strong and revitalized every time I run. Nobody else has to understand why you do what you do, or why you run 10 miles a day, or why you spend hours in the gym. The important thing is that YOU are being true to what makes you happy in fitness. So, find a routine that makes your inner light shine and do it daily. Turn on your favorite music, dance a little if you want to, and challenge your body. 🙂

5. Don’t forget to lift weights. (this elaborates on #4)

-I think this one is incredibly important because of my own experience with lifting. So, here’s a story:

I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember, training for various sports. The running aspect of my training was always easy for me–I went out and did it because, at the risk of sounding corny, it fueled my soul.

However, I knew that I “should” be lifting too.

But, I didn’t enjoy it as much. I was so stubborn. I thought, “I like to run, it’s good for me, so that’s what I’m going to do. Screw lifting.” Luckily, with age I’ve become increasingly less stubborn about fitness. I am more open to new things if I believe they will truly benefit me.

About a year ago, I started lifting. I mean, REALLY dedicating myself to lifting–making it a priority. I lift every day now, with a rest day every week or so. Despite being sore and feeling a little weak at first, I almost immediately felt stronger and more powerful. My body started to change, I was becoming a bit leaner.

But, how could I be enjoying this process? I didn’t like lifting. My point in all of this rambling is that sometimes if you step outside of your comfort zone or what you think you’ll have fun doing, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. You’ll find out that you grow to love it because it is positively impacting your body.

Listening to Your Body: What Foods to Eat and Which to Avoid

It is easy to become inundated with statements like

“Don’t consume dairy products,” or “Don’t consume gluten,” or “Buy organic,” or “This is bad for you,” or “Avoid this,” or “Drink this much water a day,” or “Eat your vegetables.”

I would imagine that a lot of people hear these things and wonder “Is that good for me?” or “Is that bad for me?” or “Is it that big of a deal to buy organic?”

So many questions. All of these health conscious individuals seeking answers might get wrapped up in information that they “google,” or have heard from this website, or that TV show and never come to a conclusion on what to consume and what to avoid.

What feels right to me, in nearly every facet of health and fitness, is to

listen to your body.

For example, I played soccer for several years (kindergarten thru high school) and was constantly running as is demanded by the sport. I was curious as to what foods are good/bad for a soccer player to consume. A club soccer coach of mine mentioned one day during practice that dairy products give you “cotton mouth.” Hearing this, I decided to find other alternatives to milk in hopes of avoiding dairy and trying out my coach’s theory. After several weeks without consuming dairy products, I noticed my “cotton mouth” (a noticeably dry mouth while exercising) was nonexistent.

The best judge of whether I should consume dairy or not is my body. If I can feel a positive change in functioning from eliminating dairy, then it makes sense for me to do that.

There are many more similar situations like this that I’ve experienced. For instance:
-I know that my body feels better when I do not eat foods that commonly contain gluten (bakery items, bread, etc). Bread itself makes me tired, have uncomfortable digestion, and in need of a nap.
-I know that my hair and skin have felt exponentially smoother, healthier, more nourished, and stronger since using organic shampoos, conditioners, soaps, moisturizers, and lotions. This, and the fact that I can actually identify and pronounce the ingredients has made me an exclusively organic beauty products user–I travel with all of my organic cosmetics and beauty products so that I am never forced to use products I don’t want to.

This post serves as a reminder to myself (and hopefully a helpful hint for others) that we should not undermine our body and how it reacts to food and cosmetics. If you feel sluggish after you eat certain foods, or if your skin has a reaction to your current beauty regimen, or even of you’re just not happy with the current state of your body, then I’d say its worth reevaluating.

From my experience, switching to

plant based foods and/or going organic

often solves the problem.

Navitas Naturals Organic Product Review

 

 

Navitas Naturals Organic Food

Let me start out by saying that all three of these products were completely new to me. A lot of the ingredients in these foods were new to me as well–what a great way to experience and taste new things.

Sun-dried White Mulberries

Navitas Naturals’ Description:

Turkish mulberries have been considered a precious fruit for thousands of years due to their incredible taste. A bit like a dried fig in flavor and chewy crunch, these sweet treats are an amazing snack on their own, and are also a special substitute for raisins in granola, pancakes, smoothies, and baked goods. Apart from their great taste, Navitas Naturals Mulberries offer an incredible display of nutrition as well: including high levels of iron, calcium, vitamin C, protein, and fiber. Plus, as one of the few natural foods containing Resveratrol (the “anti-aging” component in red wine grapes), mulberries serve as a true power food.

My Description and Thoughts:

I had no idea to expect when trying these. My best guess was that they would have a similar texture as other dried fruits I have tried. Just the look of these little berries is interesting–to me they look like tiny little pine cones. I popped a few into my mouth to give them a try and was pleased. The texture is crunchy and little bit chewy–very satisfying for those who like a little crunch to what they eat. My flavor is nice and mild fruitiness; not too pungent or overwhelming. These would be good to consume by the handful, or perhaps in a bowl of yogurt (or a soy/rice/coconut/almond alternative).

Blueberry Hemp Superfood

Navitas Naturals’ Description:

Grab a bite of energy and celebrate, because while your taste buds are singing, your body’s feeling even healthier. These delicious snacks are made from the most nutrient-dense plants found in nature, packed with functional food stars like cacao, maca, chia, and camu-camu. At Navitas, our tradition is to globally source the most nutritious, wholesome, and sustainably-cultivated ingredients we can find. Now, we’ve combined these premium organic superfoods into flavorful grab-and-go snacks, making it easier than ever to enjoy their vibrant benefits.

My Description and Thoughts:

These little nibbles come in a cubed form and are bite size. They taste like you might imagine–the main flavor is the blueberry and the hemp provides a hearty background. I imagine these being perfect to keep in your backpack to snack on during a hike, bike, or run. They are satisfying and filling; only a handful and you can fulfill a spike in hunger.

3 Berry, Cacao Nib, & Cashew Trail Mix

Navitas Naturals’ Description:

Ancient nomads were the first to discover the benefits of trail mix: potent wild foods that are portable, full of energy, and do not require cooking. Today, Navitas Naturals extends this tradition by using only the most powerful superfoods available to create the ultimate organic raw trail mix. This special trail mix contains high-energy cacao, healthy really-raw cashews, antioxidant-rich goji berries, sweet well-rounded mulberries, and vitamin-packed goldenberries. Excellent by the handful, or tossed into recipes for an easy gourmet boost, Navitas Naturals Trail Power is a delicious way to fuel your lifestyle.

My Description and Thoughts:

Before becoming a bit more conscious about my eating, I indulged in trail mix (the kind with m&m’s, peanuts, raisins, etc) thinking they were “good” for me. I have since cut that out of my daily intake, but I was happy to find a nutrient-packed and healthy alternative. Similarly to the dried mulberries, this trail mix is good by the handful or in yogurt (or a non-daily alternative). My favorite ingredients are the naturally sweet and salty raw cashews, cacao bits, and goji berries. The mulberries and goldenberries compliment the other ingredients well. I imagine putting a bag of these in my purse for when I need a hearty snack.

All in all, I’m extremely pleased with these healthy snacks because you can feel good about what you’re putting into your body while also satisfying your hunger or “munchies.”