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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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Planetbox Eco-Friendly Food Containers Review

This is a review + summary of my experience with Planetbox eco-friendly, sustainable lunch boxes and portable food containers.

I’ve always been on the look out for reusable, sturdy food storage options that don’t require me to use disposable plastic bags and give me the freedom to tote food/drinks around with me effortlessly. Planetbox totally fits this bill and then some.

About Planetbox:

  • Easy: PlanetBox will serve as your guide for what and how much to pack. We’ve done the thinking for you. And now your morning routine just got a whole lot easier.
  • Safe: We take “non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead” very seriously – in fact, it’s why we designed PlanetBox! We don’t think you will find safer products on the market than ours.
  • Cost Effective: Why should you pay this much for a lunchbox? Because it’s cheaper to buy food in bulk and pack your own meal. Because your health is worth it. And because it’s an investment your family will use every single day for many years to come – over its lifetime, it will pay off in spades.
  • Great Design: When something actually works well, it makes all the difference. We spent years studying and living how people use lunchboxes. We thoroughly thought through all the details, so you and your kids get the joy and ease of using a superbly designed product.
  • Enjoyable: Think packing lunch is a dreaded chore? Our innovative lunchboxes actually make packing lunch fun and enjoyable – for your kids and yourself!
  • Eco: PlanetBox lunches create a whole lot less trash, which should help you sleep better knowing you’re doing your part to help the planet for future generations.
  • Built to Last: This isn’t your childhood flimsy tin lunchbox. Our high quality stainless steel is warrantied for 5 years, and has been known to survive getting thrown off the school bus (not that we recommend that).
  • Healthy: Forget to pack some veggies? The empty compartment will remind you. Concerned about overeating? That won’t happen – PlanetBox is designed to hold sensible portions. So eat a rainbow of foods, and enjoy.
  • Stress-Free Cleanup: Dishwasher safe? Heck yeah. Peanut butter left for a week? No problem – our stainless steel doesn’t retain yucky food odors or stains like those unfortunate plastic containers do.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re a rock star, a paleontologist, or a flower child, we’ve got a magnet set for you. And when you decide to become an astronaut or fairy lover next year, just change your magnets and you’ve got a fresh new lunchbox to suit your style.

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Here are the products I’m using:

Tall Dipper (dip/sauce container)

Tank (snack container)

Launch (Lunch box) with the Rocket Color Bag and Lotus Magnets

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I am just so pleased with how easy my Planetbox is to pack, how it has pockets on the outside of the carrying bag (perfect for a La Croix or even the Tank snack container), how cool it looks, how many compliments I get on it, how easy it is to clean, how it fits a hefty sized meal and how it makes me feel like I’m doing something small + good for the planet.

The only thing I’ve run into is that I had trouble with leakage when I put a tomato sauce on top of some lentil noodle inside my Launch box. It seeped out the side. To prevent it the next time, I just put the sauce in the Tall Dipper instead. Worked well that way!

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If you’ve been looking for reusable options that are not plastic, check them out at Planetbox.com.

Prana Sustainable Apparel Tank + Tight Review

This is a review of Prana Sustainable, Fair Trade, Ethically sourced apparel.

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Use code FFJCF17 for 15% off Prana apparel + gear to outfit your adventures 🌲

b i g g e r p i c t u r e s t u f f:

OUR PURPOSE – The Why Pursue sustainable, traceable, and responsible action to protect our environment and inspire the adventurous spirit.

OUR MISSION – The How Inspire, educate, and outfit our audience as we strive to fundamentally change the way clothing is made.

OUR MANIFESTO – The Promise We’re not in the business of making clothes, we’re in the business of setting the adventurous spirit free. We design with a purpose to inspire our audience to do as they will. We distill trends, fit, style, and performance to satisfy our audience’s basic needs, then get the hell out of the way so they can enjoy their own brand of experiences.

OUR VISION – The Way Transcend the Trends We’re more than makers; we’re doers. Our designs are inspired by our own experiences and built for our shared journey. We strive to make clothes that help us all thrive in any environment and embody our collective adventurous spirit so we can focus on what really matters. Whether you’re commuting to work or wandering the globe, rest assured we’ve been there and used those moments to design a better product

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My Experience:

No exaggeration; working with prAna is a dream scenario as a blogger. Ever since working in women’s apparel a few years back, I’ve been crazy about this brand. Not only is the fit exactly what I’m looking for, but I appreciate their commitment to sustainable fabrics. Don’t know what I mean, you can read a bit more on that here.

They are truly so unique in what they’re doing. They’re not sacrificing anything on their mission to create beautiful clothing while being mindful of where it comes from and how it’s made.

Even before being asked to participate in this campaign, I am the owner of 3 pairs of prAna jeans, one of my all-time favorite tank tops and close to 10 prAna dresses.

The Caraway Tight and Filament Tank were both two new items for me to try. I was immediately drawn to the Caraway Tight mainly because of the high-rise feature of the pant; I also thought the pattern had a subtle uniqueness to it that is rad.

Wearing a tank that has such beautiful detailing and is somewhat fitted was a new concept for me. I wouldn’t normally pick this tank out because I typically go for a loose fitting top and a skin-tight bottom (after typing that out, I realize how weird that sounds).

That said, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised with how this one performs and feels. Though it lets your figure show, it’s not so tight that it feels uncomfortable, restrictive, or like it’s cutting in. You can tell there must be quite a bit of design work going into creating these pieces.

As a taller gal with long legs (almost disproportionate to my torso), I really have to rely on a high rise pant to have the top of the pant sit where I’d like it to so that I’m not tugging on them the whole time I’m working out. I love that prAna came out with a pant that has a higher rise. They provide a good amount of compression that’s flattering on the body and also pulls everything in tighter for workouts.

Learn more about the empowering message + information that prAna is spreading in these inspiring videos: The Not Impossible Mission of the Conscious Consumer and Why Hemp Matters.

Pact Organic Athletic Apparel Experience

This is a review + my experience with Pact Organic Apparel.

5-stars

About Pact Organic:

“Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses… it’s a dirty business (and we’re on a mission to change it).

We’re committed to organic cotton to minimize our impact on the environment and improve the conditions and quality of life for the people who make our clothing. PACT ORGANIC unites the collective vision of organic cotton farming, responsible manufacturing, sustainable and ethical certifications, and values-based shopping. We believe organic cotton is the foundation for addressing labor and environmental challenges that surround clothing. Our mission is to change the apparel industry for good. 

No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Organic certification in manufacturing requires dyes to meet biodegradability/eliminability standards, the proper treatment of water, and prohibits the use of toxic heavy metals.

Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income. In India, farmers have the added benefit of earning the Fair Trade premium.

Our organic cotton is certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. One of the key pillars of GOTS is the protection of workers’ rights. Employment is freely chosen, working conditions are safe and hygienic, living wages are paid, no discrimination is practiced, and no child labor is used.

We believe shoppers can change industries with the simple, everyday choices of our purchasing decisions. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the power to influence people and planet in a big way. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of the world’s global cotton supply – that’s a big opportunity for change!”

My Experience:

Supersupersuper excited is a good way to describe my feelings when learning that I’d be collaborating with Pact Organic for this run down.

Even if you just skimmed through the information above that Pact shares on their website, so get a good idea that this is very much a “bigger picture” kind of brand. Not only are they thinking about sustainability and the impact of what they are creating, but they are generating beautiful apparel + underwear that feel better and look better.

Not pictured above are the socks Pact sent (crew + dressy style socks) that I’ve been wearing regularly to work underneath my high top sneakers. They provide a comfortable + breathable layer and I’m digging the feel. Also, Pact sent me two pairs of men’s boxer briefs. When my boyfriend first put them on, he smiled and said, “Yeah, they feel good!” That’s a win in my mind!

Having organic underwear is awesome because: you want the highest quality + clean materials next to your most importantest parts, right?

Even if it’s not top priority for you to buy organic + sustainably made clothing, you’d be hyped on this brand SIMPLY because of the feel and fit of the pieces. The underwear and cami are particularly comfy + cozy and the hoodie is already a staple in my gym bag.

The leggings I see as being more of a layering piece, as I’d categorize them as low rise tights on me. I prefer to work out in high rise leggings, so these will be my layering + lounging + around the house leggings. I’m excited that this brand is getting their name out there (and I get to be a part of helping do that–soooo cool).

K guys, you’re about to be HOOKED, so save a little while you’re shopping over at:

Their website using discount code: RunOnOrganic25

Teatulia Organic Tea Review: January Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC

Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch

Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area

Use only natural pest & weed controls

Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers

Protect wildlife

Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE

Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

You guys, I’m pretty hyped on tea right now. So, here’s another Teatulia experience I’d like to share with you. I’m thankful to be an ambassador for this brand (just a fancy way of saying–I genuinely love what they are doing and want more people to know about them).

Here’s what makes this teas different and why you would look to them to ramp up your health:

Neem:

Teeth + Gum Health + Overall Cleansing

Detoxing and cleansing are two words that we’ve all heard at some point. They are crucial to overall health because a clean body is a thriving body. A body that accrued a toxic build up will experience slacking performance across the board. This can manifest itself in poor sleep, low energy, issues with integumentary system (hair + skin + nails), moodiness and chronic illness. The upside is that if you regularly perform detoxifying + cleansing protocols (like drinking this tea), you can prevent a lot of that and calibrate your body to be a beaming conglomerate of bumping energy.

Tulsi:

Adaptogen (Helps body cope with stress)

Stressors surround us every. single. day. What we CAN control is how beefy we make our immune response + body’s resiliency in order to deal with this stress. Pretty cool that we can put things into our body that help diminish the negative effects of stress.

Black Tea

Brain Function + Memory

Commonly and anciently (sure, that’s a word), black tea is used as the base for brewing kombucha, a fermented + naturally effervescent tea that aids digestions and boasts probiotics and gut-healing benefits.

Black tea is neat because it ramps up + stimulates brain function and contains half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes it the perfect compliment to that morning cup of coffee (think: mid-day tea break!)

Drinking these teas makes me feel: Naturally energized + balanced + detoxified + clean inside + ready to perform + peppy. Yep. Gimme mo-of-that!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com