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Choosing the RIGHT Supplements for YOU

Choosing the RIGHT Supplements for YOU

Hi Friends! I know it’s been a while since my last post on the blog – LIFE, mannnnnnn. LOL but in all seriousness, the past month has been crazy, in the best kind of way. From my bachelorette weekend, to music festivals, to NYC, to MOVING to a new apt – basically just haven’t had the time and/or energy to sit down and write (this is when instagram comes in CLUTCH – short, sweet, and to the point). Anyway, the topic I wanted to chat with you all about today are SUPPLEMENTS. I used to be that person that had like 20 different vitamins & supplements in the pill cabinet and then one day, it just became overwhelmingly stressful (and expensive). I was heavily influenced by everything I saw scrolling through social media and thought, well, since “so and so” is taking XYZ that means I probably need to as well…right?!?! Wrong. One person’s need is going to be COMPLETELY different than my own needs. Not to mention, I probably didn’t NEED half of what I was taking. At the end of the day, I eat an extremely clean diet compared to the average individual and therefor, I’m getting so many awesome macro and micronutrients into my body. I’m getting protein, calcium, iron, various vitamins, etc. all from the awesome REAL food I eat daily. Anyway, my point in all of this is that choosing the right supplements for YOU should not be stressful (that is quite the opposite of what “healthy living” is).

I’ve finally narrowed it down to just a few that feel right for me in my MY body at this point in MY life. Emphasizing the “my” because I’m writing this blog post to simply share what I take. As with any of my posts, take this with a grain of salt and just do your research! I feel the need to preface this blog post with the fact that just because I take something does not mean you should or even need to. Always consult with a doctor or do your research prior to adding additional supplements into your diet.

Alright so with ALL of that being said, here we go!

– B12 (I don’t eat meat and have had low B12 levels in the past)
– Digestive Enzymes (helps to break down tougher foods like cruciferous veggies for example)
– Spirulina (currently taking to try it out, but hasn’t always been a part of my routine/ vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium + increased energy)
– Probiotic Pill (gut-health y’allll! Also not for everyone – probiotics can actually have the opposite effect on some people, so as with everything else, do your research!)
Avie Nutraceuticals Ultramicronized Turmeric Curcumin – (Promotes a healthy lifestyle, Supports your immune system, Provides you with superior antioxidant protection)
Avie Nutraceuticals Joint Balance – Promotes optimal and healthy joint function, Improves flexibility, Reduces muscle soreness

I’m going to go ahead and assume most of you are familiar with the first 4 supplements (if not, feel free to comment & I’ll go into more details on the benefits) but the last 2 may intrigue you?! They certainly had me excited upon trying them for the first time. Having grown up as an athlete and then continuing that love for fitness into my early/mid 20’s through teaching group fitness classes daily, running, gym workouts, and yoga, I’ve always been in the search for some miracle supplement that would help me recover more quickly and support my active lifestyle. Avie Nutraceuticals prides their products on using natural ingredients (i.e. everything I preach = FOOD AS MEDICINE) and “Avie’s proprietary ultramicronization process renders purified curcumin into a water-soluble form, allowing it to quickly absorb into the body. Avie’s scientists have shown that this formulation is over 100 times more potent than the leading curcumin products on the market.”

Before I continue, for those who aren’t as familiar with curcumin…“Recent studies have shown that Curcumin aids in anti-inflammation and joint mobility, anti-oxidant protection of cells from free radical damage, brain function and memory, liver function, healthy immune system, removal of toxins from the body, healthy digestion, and improved appearance of skin and hair.”

So which product is right for you and your lifestyle?!

Joint Balance – is a scientifically formulated nutraceutical supplement designed to help promote optimal and healthy joint function, improve flexibility, and reduce muscle soreness after exercise, while being gentle on the digestive system.

Ultramicronized Turmeric Curcumin – can promote a healthy lifestyle, support your immune system, and provide you with superior antioxidant protection. Avie’s proprietary water-soluble Ultramicronized Turmeric CurcuminTM is designed for maximum absorption, potency, stability, and bioactivity. Ultramicronized Turmeric CurcuminTM has been shown to have a higher biological activity than leading competitors. When tested in water, it has shown:

– 352 times greater anti-oxidant activity
– More than 1,400 times greater free radical scavenging properties
– 126 times greater COX-2 inhibition

As awesome as it is to add turmeric and black pepper (helps with absorption) to your meals daily (def don’t stop – keep on it!) this supplement makes it so easy and incredibly effective because of its ability to quickly absorb in your body! I’ve included direct links to their website and blog if you’re interested in learning more or feel free to email me with questions!

Resources:

Avie Nutraceuticals Website
Avie Nutraceuticals Blog

Thank you to Avie Nutraceuticals for sponsoring this post! I truly love partnering with brands I believe in and that are authentic and true to me. All opinions and thoughts in this post are MY OWN.

March Obsessions

March Obsessions

March Obsessions

WHERE has time gone? Seriously though…somehow I managed to skip right over both January AND February obsessions so it looks like March is going to be EXTRA long, just for you! But really…I’m totalllllyy ok with the winter months flying by. Let’s be honest, we all know that Boston’s “Spring” may as well just be an extension of winter, so I’m cool with days, weeks, and months just cruisin’ on by at this point. WHO CAN RELATE?

Alright, alright enough with the small talk, let’s get to my latest obsessions. Here’s what I’m digging lately…

1) Throwing a curve ball here by starting with a fashion trend I LOVE. I‘d personally like to thank the Kardashian clan for making leotards and high-waisted pants an acceptable look to wear for both a day-time and night-time look. I LOVE leotards…so long as they have the handy buttons at the crotch LOL – it makes peeing a million x’s easier! But in all seriousness, I love them for a few reasons. You don’t need to THINK about planning an outfit. It’s as easy as picking a cute nude color, pairing it with a light-wash high-waisted jean, sneakers, and a cute chunky belt. Add a comfy cardigan for a day-time look and then swap that out for a leather bomber coat & a choker necklace for a cool, night-time look. My fave places to purchase affordable leotards are Forever 21 (they have so many cute colors and styles for INSANELY cheap) and Urban Outfitters is always a go-to of mine. American Apparel carries some cute, classic ones as well!

2) Keeping this fashion thing going…comfy AF jumpsuits. I recently (like literally yesterday lol) purchased the comfiest onzie that I will most likely wear every possible moment while I’m at home and that is my free people jumpsuit.  I actually found it on the sale rack at Corepower for 60% off (so ya, obvious choice if I do say so myself) and I just couldn’t resist buying it. What makes it extra cool is that it’s also really fun to flow to. Whip out your yoga mat any time of day, put on your jumpsuit, and just fricken FLOW without having to worry about your shirt following over your face during inversions or your butt cheeks hanging out mid downward dog. I’m low-key obsessed with ALL of the ‘movement’ Free People jumpsuits…

3) ONE more fashion trend for ya…well actually, it’s a trend that is yet again, resurfacing…and that my friends, are SCRUNCHIES. I had a moment of pure joy at the Urban Outfitters checkout when I stumbled upon a bucket full of perfect packs of colorful scrunchies. May I add that their color palettes were SPOT on. Now I obviously love scrunchies because they’re super cool and fun, but from a logical point of view…they actually are the only hair accessory that can hold my thick head of hair. That is a trend I can get on – one that is both FUNCTIONAL and CUTE.

4) I mentioned Vital Proteins collagen on my last post…this month, it’s all about the Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Creamer and the Matcha Collagen. I love the collagen creamer because it’s the perfect addition to your caffeine fueled espresso/latte or even matcha latte. OR add it to a smoothie, golden milk, whatever it is that makes you HAPPY! I personally love the taste of coconut and this creamer takes your morning beverage from a 4 to a 12 easily. If you’re not a coffee kind of person, then opt in for the matcha collagen. It’s a powder form of ceremonial matcha and coconut water. Blend it with your fave homemade dairy-free milk of choice and you have yourself a winner. PLUS, they have perfect travel size packets that you can mix in anywhere on-the-go! You can shop for it on Amazon or order right from the Vital Proteins site.

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5) A cool 2018 day…LIFE…EVERYTHING planner. I’m a visual person and therefor, writing things down makes my life so much easier. Not to mention, I’ve been keeping EVERY detail for wedding planning in here and it keeps me SANE. Find a cute planner that leaves you a lot of space to write to-do’s, goals, plans, etc. for each day. I love that my planner gives me a whole page for just one day and includes sections for:

  • Today’s Top Three
  • A cute little inspiring quote each day
  • Today’s Schedule (broken out by each hour of the day)
  • TonightTo-Do List (parallels my schedule)
  • And lastly a section for Gratitude each day

6) CBD oil. I can’t say enough great things about CBD oil and you’re probably sick of hearing me blab about it if you follow me on Instagram. But I swear it’s for GOOD reason. Biggest and most noticeable benefits I’ve seen so far? Better night’s sleep (like WAY less restless, much deeper sleep), less anxiety, less joint paint, and less inflammation. The first CBD oil I tried was the Cap Beauty “daily hit”. It’s packed with extra adaptogens in addition to the CBD oil. I will warn you that this brand is v pricey but it comes in a pretty large bottle and you only need ½ tsp a day to get the benefits! So it goes pretty far for how much you’re spending. Most recently, I purchased a tincture from Lazarus Naturals which was much cheaper and I find, works just as well. My tip? Take about 1 ML of CBD oil 2 hours before bed. Let it sit under your tongue (I promise you’ll get passed the taste and smell) for 90 seconds, and then swallow. Why? Because your tongue has little blood vessels so the CBD is actually absorbed and bypasses your digestive system, therefor getting into your bloodstream faster and more effectively.

7) Dr. Dennis Gross Products. After listening to the Skinny Confidential podcast last month where she interviewed the skin god himself, Dr. Dennis Gross…I was pretty much sold. I’ll be honest; I did not care about good skin care at all up until this point. Obviously I have a skin care routine than includes cleansing my face with clean products, using serums, face masks, etc. BUT I never really cared about the sun and the extent of its damage on my skin. Growing up it was all about who could be the tannest and you can bet I had my glow on almost all year round. Especially come the summer time, I grew up teaching sailing and was on the water/out in the sun all day. My TOP goal for this year is to really focus on good skin care and avoiding sun damage. This means A LOT of sunscreen all the time, staying out of the sun or wearing a hat as much as possible, and using products like the Alpha Beta Skin peel from his product line.

8) Speaking of Sun Damage…DIY Coconut Oil + Aloe Vera Gel blend. Why?  ALoe vera has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities that helps to repare damaged skin and rebuild growth. Coconut oil is similar in that it’s packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps the healing time and prevents new scars from forming. You can also add in extra vitamin E oil for an additional boost! A little tip I received from a local in the BVI’s is that you need to use REAL coconut oil…like totally untouched coconut oil that actually looks browner in color instead of that white oil we’re used to here in the states. She recommended getting the coconut oil from St. Vincent or any of the islands in the French west indies. Then get yourself some organic aloe vera gel (ordered this on amazon). Blend ¼ cup of each together and store in an air-tight container. Option to add any additional essential oils. Apply a good amount on your face before bed every night.

9) Cava aka Boston’s latest addition to our food scene. Cava is basically like mediterranean food meets sweetgreen…but dare I say…BETTER? Yep I said it. Plus you get more bang for your buck. A GIANT ASS bowl is about $10 and you get ALL the toppings (no extra money like paying $1 for 1/2 an avocado)…just saying! If you haven’t already, go find out why this place is ALL THE RAGE!

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10) Homemade Cashew Milk is literally better than any store-bought non-dairy milk. Not to mention it takes all of 2 minutes to make is requires MINIMAL effort. Go to your grocery store’s bulk food section and stock up on raw cashews. Soak 1 cup of cashews in a bowl of water for about 2 hours or longer. Rinse and then add to your blender with ~6 cups of filtered water. Add in cinnamon, Himalayan salt, and a few drops of vanilla stevia or any sweetener of your choice. BLEND baby BLEND for about 2 mins. No need to strain! The cashews blend well. Just make sure to store in an air-tight container and shake well before using!

11) Lovebeets NEW salsa and golden beets. This is not a paid ad nor is this sponsored…I just really REALLY love beets and pretty much obsessed with their latest products. The lovebeets salsa is absolutely delish on your avocado toast with eggs or makes for a clean dip with CHIPS! Can I get a HELL YAHH???!!!

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12) Lavva Dairy-Free (plant-based) coconut yogurt w/ 0 added sugars. This yogurt is actually AMAZING. I may even, dare I say it, put it number one over Kite Hill… Why? Because there’s literally 0 added sugars and the ingredients are all EPIC and it’s HIGH in probiotics. Unfortunately, Whole Foods doesn’t carry them yet but I was able to find them at Stop & Shop and Wegmans …so go stalk up!

Lets talk TURMERIC / Part 2!

Lets talk TURMERIC / Part 2!

Hello! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Mine was not exactly the IDEAL way I’d like to spend my weekends, but I certainly feel refreshed, healthy and rejuvenated following my Liver Cleanse! I definitely plan on sharing details on that cleanse later in the week, but for now, I wanted to chat some more about Turmeric!

Turmeric obviously seems to be the hot topic lately and for good reason! When we look at superfoods from around the world, turmeric is one that is so incredibly powerful and beneficial to our health, yet is also so affordable. I also find it overwhelming to a) figure out which superfood I should be eating and b) to then spend a lot of money on that particular superfood. Unfortunately, because some of the well known superfoods out there are super labor-intensive, 100% organic, rare to find, and being shipped from across the world, the prices tend to rise. Luckily, turmeric is definitely a number 1 superfood on my list that is easy to find and also affordable, so why not take the leap and begin to add this into your daily diet?

As a recap – some of the AMAZING benefits include:

  • Has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory to help combat a number of health conditions.
  • Strong Antioxidant
  • Supports healthy digestive and cardiovascular system
  • Brain Function (clears that brain fog!)
  • Liver Function
  • Joint Health
  • and can even help fight cancer cell growth!

One brand I’ve fallen in love with lately is Temple Turmeric. They truly believe in providing a powerful superfood blend that is prepared with love and authenticity. They certainly resemble what it means to honor your body and nourish it with care. What I love about their products is that they make it easy to incorporate turmeric into your daily diet in a way that tastes good and is packed with so many essential nutrients, including turmeric of course.

Two of their more recent products include their turmeric shots and their vinegar drinks. The shots are great for grabbing on the go and fueling up post-workout. I know I talked a lot about anti-inflammation in my last blog post on turmeric and I really want to stress that again, especially for athletes or anyone who is regularly active! I see so many people go for the sugary post-workout drinks, when they simply could recover more naturally and quickly by incorporating powerful anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric! I love doing high intensity workouts like running and HIIT but I also enjoy lower impact workouts like yoga. Either way, participating in any of those above activities will certainly lead to inflammation in the muscles, tendons, and joints. What I love about these shots is that they’re also packed with a number of other nutrients and adaptogens like ashwaganda, organic ginger, and organic yerba mate to name a few!

As for their vinegar drinks, I’ve found these to be really great substitutes for liquids in some of my meals, such as a vegan chili I made recently! Their “Pure Fire Tonic” for example, is loaded with ingredients like apple cider vinegar (which promotes healthy blood-sugar levels & cholesterol to name a few!), ginger, turmeric (of course!), horseradish, and ghost pepper. These ingredients make for a perfect tart & slightly spicy liquid base that can be added to all kinds of soups, sauces, or even just sautéing vegetables! One way in particular I love to sneak these drinks in is by using it with either quinoa or rice. For example, I’ll boil 1 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of the vinegar drink & 1 cup water. This way the quinoa absorbs all of those yummy & nutritious flavors! PS – your local Whole Foods Market should be stocked with Temple Turmeric – so keep an eye out for it!

I know I named a few ways to add turmeric into your staple foods, but here are just a few more ideas!

  • Soups, chilis, stews (pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, beans, coconut curry, etc. – all would be a great compliment to the turmeric)
  • Vegan meatballs (use the turmeric shot to blend w/ garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, panko bread crumbs)
  • Smoothies (pair it with something sweet like coconut milk, frozen peaches, frozen banana, frozen cauliflower, cinnamon, etc.)
  • Savory Oats, pancakes, or waffles
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Homemade Hummus (blend w/ garbanzo beans, garlic, salt, black pepper, a bit of olive oil)
  • Other dips for chips & crackers
  • Tahini based salad or buddha bowl dressing

…if you have any recipe ideas, feel free to share & comment below! Hope you had your TURMERIC today 🙂


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