In the past few years, I have been focusing on how to incorporate wellness into all areas of my life, from what I eat, to what I put on my body, to how I deal with stress and keep first things first. I try not to be obsessive about wellness, because quite frankly, it’s too scary and I don’t want to be a slave to (ever changing) internet research.
Here is a list of my ‘Doing my best with what I’ve got’ mixed bag of organic products, healthy (or at least somewhat healthy) foods, supplements, and other wellness things:
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
I have never been a fan of the Burt’s Bees chapstick things because they make my lips tingle in an uncomfortable way, but these tinted lip balms are perfect- just the right amount of color, long lasting, and no weird tingle. My favorite color is ‘pink blossom.’
I need all the wonderful words for my walls. I am a super visual person and it’s important to me to see encouraging, life giving, soul anchoring words throughout the day. I always have a verse as my desktop background, and whenever I feel myself spiraling (especially at work), I look over at the framed verse on my wall (you keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you, Is. 26:3), take a deep breath, and get back in it!
Vitamin B12 Liquid Drops
B12 boosts your mood, energy level, immune system, and is super important for things like DNA, blood cells, and nerves. I take a dropper or two of these cinnamon flavored sublingual drops in the late morning, usually an hour before lunch and they make me feel AMAZING. Think five hour energy without the weird commercials and nasty chemicals.
I specifically take the methlycobalamin, as this is the form that is easiest for the body to absorb and use, and I take this in conjunction with a B Complex (present in my multi-vitamin), so I don’t get my B vitamins all out of balance.
Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Creamer & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bars
Two years ago, I went paleo and gave up creamer in my coffee and granola bars, two of my very very favorite things. Being paleo didn’t last that long, but I did keep up eating a mostly meat, vegetables, quinoa and fruit diet. Back in November, after extensive allergy testing, I went on a gluten free, egg free, dairy free diet.
In essence, I’ve been hangry for the past 2 years.
So. Is this creamer processed? Yes, a bit. But it’s dairy and carrageenan free, non GMO, and only has a minimal amount of sugar (way less than any yogurt or granola I’ve ever found). Also, it’s SO GOOD.
These lara bars are gluten free, minimally processed, and considerably lower in sugar than say, a nature valley bar. They are also freaking delicious. I usually have one as a mid morning snack, because, chocolate.
Tazo Sweet Cinnamon Spice Tea
There is something about holding a cup of warm tea that makes me feel like I can do hard things. And easy things. And all the things. I cannot even tell you how good this tea is either on it’s own, or with a slash of that vanilla creamer and a spoonful of honey.
EOS Hand Lotion
The point of lotion is to sink deep into your skin, so I actually do think this is one of those products that should be as natural as possible… this little cutie is 97% natural and it helps to keep my hands from cracking after spending 9 hours a day with my space heater on at work.
Meyers Clean Day Candles (and all candles for that matter)
Candles are totally toxic and bad for you, but they smell nice and the phrase ‘like a moth to flame’ is not lost on me, I could stare at a flickering candle for hours, it soothes me, so I’ll take the toxins. I don’t burn them that often, but they are an integral part of my hosting routine (I light a candle in our living room and bathroom when we have people over), and they are the perfect way to set a relaxing mood when I’m cooking, getting ready, or snuggled up on the couch with a book.
I have been putting a teaspoon and a half of maca in my smoothie each morning and I am going to ahead and credit it with a lot of my health improvements recently! Maca is an adaptogen, so in theory, it adapts to help your body out with whatever it needs… I’m not so sure about that, but I can definitely tell a difference in my overall immune response and energy levels.
Ren Pure Conditioner
This conditioner smells wonderful, and works like a charm on my frizziness. It has a pretty good rating on the EWG website (3), it’s affordable, and I can buy it at the grocery store, so that is enough for me.
I haven’t tried any of the other Ren Pure products except for the Coconut Cream conditioner, and unfortunately, it ended up smelling so bad on my hair that I immediately threw it away. So, like all conditioners, proceed with caution (and do a lot of in store sniffing).
The Calm App
I am a bad meditater if there was ever was one, and really can’t focus for longer than 5 minutes. But 5 minutes of focusing on deep breathing actually feels freaking amazing! I have night terrors, where I wake up talking/screaming/trying to free my husband from a prison made of saran wrap, and I would say that meditating, even for just a few minutes before I go to bed, seriously reduces these incidents.
ESV Study Bible
I have started stealing Will’s study bible whenever I start a new book of the bible on my year long reading plan, so that I can get the full context of the book. It enriches the whole experience for me, and I tend to get a whole lot more out of say, Ezekiel, when I know who exactly Ezekiel was, when he lived, and why he was important.