Inspire Wellness ‘Healthy Habits’

Glowing Skin Au Naturale

skinI am in love with my skin care regimen! I have the most sensitive skin so I have never been able to use anything on my skin until I discovered essential oils. These essential oils mixed with natural items has really made a difference in my skin! It is now more glowing and smooth than ever. Frankincense is anti-aging so a good one to incorporate daily!

 

Quick & Natural Routine (once or twice a day):

Wash: California Baby Super Sensitive Unscented Body Wash

Tone: Witch Hazel on a cotton pad with 2 drops Tea Tree Oil

Moisturize: 3 drops Avocado Oil + 2 drops Frankincense, smooth over face

 

 

Detox Part 2

thieves-cleaner-personalizedI cannot stress the importance of “detoxing” your body and home through smarter choices in products. I am writing it in steps so its not too overwhelming and costly to change everything at once. See Detox Part 1 for changing toothpaste, deodorant and soap.

Part 2 is changing over Household products. I absolutely LOVE this Thieves Cleaner. It actually makes me want to clean! lt smells so good and best of all – does a  really great job! And kills the germs! I do my entire house with it…windows, mirrors, counter tops, toilet etc. It is a concentrated cleaner so the little bottle makes 60+ spray bottles.

All Purpose Spray: 1 tbsp. thieves cleaner + 16oz distilled water.

Scrub Recipe: 1/4 cup Thieves cleaner + 1 cup baking soda

Jewelry Cleaner: 1 tsp Thieves cleaner + 1 tsp baking soda + 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil (let jewelry sit for 10 mins, gently scrub with tooth brush and rinse)

Visit my site for purchasing this toxic-free Thieves cleaner!

Detox Part 1

detox1We are bombarded with chemicals daily by our personal care products and cleaning products. These chemicals can affect your hormones, thyroid and memory; contribute to cancer, skin problems, headaches and more. Start eliminating the chemicals that go into or onto your body and start to live a “cleaner” life.

It can be overwhelming to change everything to “clean” products all at once. Start with the most important and tackle it little by little. Use the list below as many brands claim to be “green” but still contain harmful ingredients.

Step 1:  Start with hand/body soap, toothpaste and deodorant

Check your ingredients and eliminate products with the following ingredients:

  • Aluminum
  • Triclosan
  • FD&C Blue 1 and FD&C Green
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Fragrances
  • Propylene Gycol (PEG, isopropyl alcohol)
  • Sodium Lauryl
  • Alcohol
  • Petrolatum

I like these Young Living products because they are plant based and do not contain any of the ingredients listed. They also work well! Check back for Part 2!

http://www.inspirewellness.vibrantscents.com/

 

 

Boost Your Day!

ningxia-red-compliant-microI am in love with this antioxidant juice, NingXia Red! It has 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E along with polyphenols. The power of this synergy gives me an extra lift each day with only 1-2 oz per day. It combats free radicals with the high level of antioxidants, boosts energy, supports brain and cognitive health, digestive health, immune system, healthy blood pressure levels and can promote more restful sleep patterns.

It is made from wolfberries (one of the highest antioxidant fruits), blueberries, cherries, plums, pomegranate and contains some of Young Living’s amazing essential oils including lemon, orange, yuku and tangerine.

 

 

Essential Oils Classes

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Come and discover ways to live a cleaner life!  These therapeutic grade essential oils are a perfect way to get away from harmful chemicals in your home. Young Living Essential Oils were added into our household last year and we are using them more and more in our everyday lives. At the beginning it for all practical uses (muscle aches, headache, bug bites, bug repellant). Now, I am using these essential oils for lifting moods, combating stress, improving energy and more. I am amazed how many different ways I can use these. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years. Come and learn the benefit of essential oils at one of these free upcoming classes!

Wednesday, July 6th 6:30pm John Burrough’s: Essential Oils and Balancing Emotions

Monday, July 11th 6:30pm John Burrough’s: Healthy Babies and Children – learn natural ways to help with immune system and healthy development.

DIY- Hair Mask

hair maskAfter vacation to Florida and spending our days in the ocean, pool and out in the sun, my hair was in need of some TLC! I created a hair mask to help soften it up. I first washed my hair and left a tiny bit of conditioner on it. Then applied this hair mask and left on for about 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, rinsed it and complete soft hair!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp – 1/4 cup of your conditioner (since I already had some on my hair from the shower I did 2 tbsp)
  • 4 drops Young Living Tea Tree Oil
  • 4 drops Young Living Frankincense Oil

Leave on 20-30 minutes and enjoy soft hair!

What are you putting ON your body?

45451041_sDo you think about the ingredients you spread onto your body everyday? Reading ingredients for products applied topically are just as important as reading your nutrition labels.

Your skin is your largest organ and protects your entire body. Taking care of it is key to your overall health.

I have always had “sensitive” skin and been sensitive to scents. After I had my daughter, I decided to do skin allergy testing to determine why I was getting random rashes. OMG, it really opened my eyes to all the harmful ingredients that are in the products we put on our bodies. The test determined that I was allergic to fragrance, parabens, formaldehyde… The list went on and on. At the time, it was totally overwhelming to find new products I could use. Now, I am so thankful because I have been using “clean” products on my skin and I no longer have skin irritations.

In the U.S. we allow more toxic ingredients into our products than most countries. In fact, Europe has banned over 1000 chemicals that the U.S. allows in our beauty and household products. A study conducted in 2004 by EWG took 10 umbilical cords to test how many toxic chemicals were found. The results are alarming! There were 287 chemicals detected of which 180 cause cancer in humans or animals. Read more details. Not only are there those that are toxic, many chemicals can disrupt your hormones causing many other problems with our health.

I think many are unaware of how much the body absorbs through the skin and how harmful ingredients can be. Try not to get overwhelmed with it, but take one product at a time and try to find an alternative. Here are a couple resources to help. Find how your products rate on EWG’s site. I also reference the Gorgeously Green Beauty Cheat Sheet. If you would like a copy emailed to you, send me an email Christy@InspireWellnessSTL.com.

Protein Powders -Best I’ve Found!

protein powderProtein powders have become such a hype these days. With so many choices, it leaves it confusing when shopping!

Why use them? Do you know what the ingredients are? What type should you buy?

I am a believer in getting as much as we can from whole foods, but I do like to incorporate clean protein powder in my diet when it means that I am adding in cups of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables that I normally would not be eating at breakfast time. Smoothies are super easy on digestion too! I start everyday with a delicious vitamin-packed smoothie.

If you have protein powder at home, check your ingredients. Is the list longer than 5 things? Do you know what the ingredients are? There can be a lot of harmful and unnecessary ingredients added just like with anything else you buy that is processed.

I have tried a TON of different powders and have to say Tera’s Whey is my all time favorite! It has a clean ingredient list and is made in a very pure way. The cows are not treated with anitbiotics and they are raised on a grass-fed diet. The whey is organic and non-gmo. There could be trace amounts of lactose but I am lactose intolerant have no problems with it. It does not contain casein (which is one of the proteins found in milk) that some may have allergic reactions to. It is low in sugar (2g) and lightly sweeten with stevia. It has 20g of protein to help sustain you through the morning. I love that it only has 4 ingredients. It is not fortified with vitamins but I load my smoothies up with tons of fresh or frozen produce. You can buy online, at Whole Foods and some Targets.

Whey is made as a by-product of cheese and yogurt production. It is a complete protein – containing all 9 essential amino acids. It is an excellent way to promote lean muscle mass and will help your muscles recover post-workout.

Whole Foods Plant-Based Nutritional Shake (I only like the chocolate) is tasty and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients and is sweetened with stevia extract so it only has 1g of sugar. The protein is made of pea protein, hemp and brown rice protein. I mix with almond milk sometimes mid-afternoon for a little pick-me-up! I also like giving this one to my kids!

I also recommend Juice Plus Complete Protein Powder which is made with non-gmo soy, pea protein and chickpea protein. It is 100% plant-based and has a lot of fiber (8g) to keep you full and has 13g of protein. It has been fortified with some vitamins to help kick start your day. The negative of this powder is the sugar content (10g per sugar). On a positive, because it is sweetened, many children will drink these shakes. You can purchase online through my Juice Plus website.

If you are uncomfortable with adding protein powder to your smoothies, I would suggest adding in some type of whole food containing protein (ex: greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hemp seeds, nuts or tofu). The protein will help sustain your blood sugar and keep your body satisfied for a longer period of time.

Hydrate with Spa Water!

spa waterDo you get tired of hydrating all day with water? Or are you tempted to buy other beverages just to mix it up? Here is a great solution! Make your own spa water! I was inspired to do this after seeing my mom make cucumber water and then eat the cucumbers after. A perfect way to add in an extra veggie and make your water more fun to drink!

It is refreshing, delicious and simple. Cut up cucumbers, limes, lemons and tangerines and add what you like. I added cucumber & lime to mine. I let my kids each pick what they wanted. My daughter’s choice was tangerine, lemon, lime. My son picked cucumber & tangerine. They both thought it was a fun and exciting treat.

If you plan on drinking it right away, squeeze a little of the lemon, lime or tangerine as you add into the glass. Otherwise, you can let it sit in the refrigerator to marinate on it’s own.

Enjoy!

Staying Healthy While Traveling

46178614_sWhen you leave town, do you come home with unwanted pounds?  Next visit out of town, go prepared! There are so many times when healthy options are limited and although maybe you want to splurge a little on vacation, you don’t want to come home lethargic and zapped of energy because of the extra weight you put on.  Here is what I do when I travel.

  • Bring snacks and options for breakfast (nuts,oatmeal,bars)
  • Find fresh fruit when you arrive
  • Bring tuna or salmon packets for added protein to pair with a salad or I like to add avocado, lime & some sort of veggie to it.  It’s filling and the protein will stick with you.

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  • Workout daily. After being on an airplane or in car, the best thing is to move! Find out the hours of the gym when you arrive and where it is located. Wake up early to get a workout in. Even if its 20-30 minutes, it will energize you. If the gym isn’t your thing, go for a walk or hit the stairs.
  • Drink extra water. Traveling dehydrates you and it is easy to mistake hunger for thirst.
  • Pack your Juice Plus+ vitamins. It’s my fool proof way not to get constipated when you are away from home.
  • Get to bed at a decent time each day. Keeping your body on a routine similar to what you do at home & it will keep your body’s metabolism in check.

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