How I Like to Use Coconut Oil

A jar of coconut oil has many purposes in my house.  Are you as obsessed with this magic oil as I am?  Besides cooking with it and enjoying the light and tropical taste it adds, here are a few of my favorite ways to make a jar of coconut oil go a long way.

– Teeth Whitening.  You can add some to your toothbrush to whiten your teeth naturally, as well as fight off any harmful bacteria lurking in your mouth.

– Makeup remover.  It’s a fantastic makeup remover.  Simply rub a small amount on your face, and wipe it off with a cotton ball.  Your makeup will slide right off, and you’ll have a fresh glow about you, too!

– Skin moisturizer.  On top of being a great makeup remover, it’ll also moisturize your skin well.  It’s great to use as a lotion all over your body — it goes on smooth and smells great.

– Hair repair.  You can also do a coconut oil hair mask that will replenish your hair naturally and quickly.

Do you use coconut oil in your house for multiple things?

How To Stay Away From Chemicals That Disrupt Your Hormones

Coming into contact with chemicals is hard to avoid, and I bet you don’t even realize just how many chemicals are lurking in your everyday items, products, and within your home. Chemicals are common, and although there are many things we can do to reduce chemical use in our lives, it’s also essential to understand how these chemicals can disrupt our hormones.

Known as EDCs, endocrine disrupting chemicals can cause irreversible damage to our bodies. This can cause a disturbance in our immune system, reproductive system, and neurologically — they can indeed create a mess. So let’s chat about some ways to lessen the chemical load in our everyday life.

Natural soaps
With how often you wash your hands throughout the day, opt for a chemical free soap, so you aren’t inviting these EDC’s into your body multiple times a day, every day. I like Tom’s of Maine.

Get cleaning sans chemicals
Do some research on green cleaners for your home, and you’ll even find loads of DIY house cleaners you can make with items you likely already have in your kitchen. Keeping your house clean is necessary, and you don’t have to use loads of hormone-disrupting chemicals to achieve that!

Don’t use things with fragrances
Whenever you can, go fragrance-free. Most companies don’t disclose the chemicals they use when they simply put ‘fragrance’ on the list of ingredients. You can use natural oils to make things smell good.

Cut down on plastics
Plastics with BPA and PVC are full of hormone-disrupting capabilities. Try reducing the number of plastic products you use in your life from plastic bags to plastic wrap and everything in between. Start replacing your plastic Tupperware with glass, choose reusable ziplock bags, and simply become more aware of these simple ways you can lessen the chemical load in your life.

Eat organically
I recently talked about why going organic is so important. Disrupted hormones is a huge reason to stay away. Those pesticides on non-organic foods can cause many health problems for you down the road, so choose to eat organic whenever you can. If you can’t select all organic foods, opt for the organic version of the items on the Dirty Dozen list, at least.

It’s scary to think about how many chemicals surround us every day. While we can’t control everything that goes on around us, we can at least keep our home environment clean of these hormone disrupters and have take steps to be as healthy as possible.

What are you reading on the beach this summer?

One of my favorite ways to fill my cup is diving into a good book.  It can be phenomenal for mental health and a huge stress reducer to disconnect from reality and dive head first into a story that unfolds with each passing page.  Are you an avid reader, too?

What are you reading this summer?  Drop it in the comments below so we can all find some new good reads from each other.

 

A great way to beat the heat during the summer is to make popsicles.  Making your own popsicles allows you to create flavors you love and gives you the ability to make a healthier version that isn’t packed full of sugar.  If you need popsicle molds, you can pick those up at Target or Amazon.

Grab a can of coconut milk or pure fruit juice and your favorite fruit, and you’ve got a delicious popsicle in the making.  Coconut milk will make it more creamy while using fruit juice will leave it more fruity and tart.  Blend your liquid and fruit together, fill your popsicle molds and let them freeze overnight.

I also have a delicious recipe video showing how to make my strawberry kiwi coconut vegan popsicles, so keep your eye out for that this month, too.

 

What are you excited about?

What are you most excited about in your life right now?  Any exciting plans coming up, advancements at work, a new hobby, personal growth — what’s going on in your life that we can celebrate together?

There’s nothing too small — so share your little or big victories below so we can start a thread of positivity and excitement.  I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

How You Can Benefit From Hiring a Health Coach

I’m sure you’re familiar with the title of “Health Coach” but do you know what you can actually benefit from hiring a Health Coach? Health Coaches are becoming so popular that big companies are hiring them to keep their members and employees on track with their health, but you could even have a private health coach of your own to help you reach your goals.

So, what can a Health Coach do for you?

They keep you on track
A Health Coach realizes lofty goals often don’t go far. Health coaches help you focus on small daily goals that will get you to achieve your overall goal of better health and wellness, step by step at a time in a way that makes improving your life easy, completely manageable and even fun.

Change your diet without making you eat things you don’t like
Maybe you went into your mission of better health strong but after a while, got sick of the things you were eating. We all lose that inspiration at times, but a health coach has all kinds of delicious ideas for eating clean without sacrificing on taste. They can help you find the right things to eat for you as an individual, which you can’t find on Pinterest!

They show you how to handle triggers that cause you to overeat
If your problem is that you tend to choose food to comfort your feelings, a health coach can be life-changing. They will teach you how to handle that stress and keep you from turning to food for comfort rather than for nourishment.

They’re a good influence when everyone else isn’t
A health coach can be that inspiration that keeps you level-headed when you’re making choices about food. Plus, they can show you ways to enjoy healthier versions of those things you love, so you don’t have to go without. They can teach you how to navigate summer bbqs and holiday gatherings without guilt.

They teach you self-care
When is the last time you put yourself first? If you have to sit and really think about it, a health coach is for you. You can’t fill up everyone’s cup if you’re empty yourself. Your health is so important, and by taking this time for your wellness inside and out, you will be the best version of yourself.

Health coaches focus on every area of wellness
It’s not just about losing weight or getting in shape. Health coaches help you with mental health too. Anxiety and stress can tear at us from inside, and your health coach can steer you in the right direction to take healthy control of these areas too.

You deserve happiness and good health, and a way to achieve both is to get a health coach in your corner. You’ll find that making the goals you set for your wellness is easier to reach when you’ve got someone cheering for you!

If you struggle with getting your suggested water intake in on a daily basis, there’s a helpful tool that may benefit you greatly.  Have you seen the water bottles you can purchase that have timed lines on it?  For example, it’ll show you how much water you need to drink between 8am and 10am, and so on throughout the day. When you see it laid out so plainly, it seems so much more doable.

Here’s where you can get one: https://amzn.to/2x9pz91

Do you prefer sleeping with white noise or silence?

Deep and restful sleep is so crucial for your wellbeing, and I love hearing all the unique tricks everyone uses to sleep well.  Some love still and silence, while others sleep better with a sound machine or a noisy fan.  What’s your preference?

Personally, I sleep best with silence.

Are you a fast or slow eater?

It may not be something you’ve considered, but the speed at which you chew your food has a lot to do with your digestion.

Fast eaters may have more digestive discomfort than those who chew their food well.  When you chew your food thoroughly, breaking it down before you swallow, it leaves less for your digestive system to break down, thus making it easier and quicker to digest.

It can be awkward to get in the routine of it, but chew your food 20-30x per bite and see what a week of this practice does for your digestion.

 

Why You Might Have Brain Fog

and How to Clear it Up

Brain fog can be characterized by a lack of concentration, an inability to make decisions, frequent headaches, and nausea, to name a few. Is this something you struggle with regularly? A few common causes of brain fog could range from a nutrient deficiency, lack of proper sleep, ingesting an abundance of sugar, a thyroid condition, or even depression. Inactivity and chronic stress can also unleash brain fog, so there are a lot of factors at play when nailing down what’s causing your brain fog.

Luckily, you don’t have to keep your head in the clouds for too long. Here’s what you can do about it.

Try intermittent fasting
It’s well-known for helping you lose stubborn weight, but intermittent fasting can also improve your neurological well-being. You can ease into it by extending the timeframe between the last meal you eat in one day and the first meal you eat on the next day. A popular intermittent fasting method is 16:8, which means you’re fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. For example, this would pan out by eating dinner at 7 pm and not eating again until 11 am the next day.

Avoid sedentary behavior
Through no fault of our own, many of our jobs require us to log long hours behind a desk. Increased activity levels are known for boosting your mental acuity, so even if your schedule truly is packed, there are still things you can do to get moving. Take a 10-minute walk around the office a few times a day to stretch your legs and get your blood moving, or spend your lunch break getting some activity in. You can even invest in a DeskCycle, and you can even get a workout in AT your desk. It’s a small under the desk bicycle that allows you to “ride” a bike while seated at your desk.

Sleep on it
I don’t need to tell you your body needs enough sleep to function properly. Rest is one of the most crucial aspects of your overall health, so get that sleep you need by going to bed a little earlier every night until you’re getting more Zzz’s. If you have trouble sleeping soundly, investigate some natural ways to get a proper nights sleep, and see what works best for you.

Get into meditation
It can be hard to shut off the noise in your head, which is why many people feel like giving up when they first try meditation. Instead, download some healing frequencies that help you tune into your mind. There are also some fantastic apps you can download on your phone, such as Headspace and Calm, which can help you become a meditation pro.

Make the food you eat count
Food really is the way to balance your health. You need to make sure you are getting enough of the food your brain needs to work optimally. Eat omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and whole foods loaded with vitamins and minerals for your best brain health. Try adding some MCT oil into your morning coffee or taking it a step further for some “bulletproof” coffee (google it, it sounds strange, but it wakes up your brain in a snap!)

When most people focus on their health, they often put more emphasis on their physical aspects. But well-rounded health comes from balancing both physical and mental. Give some of these tips a shot and see what helps lift the brain fog for you.