How to Save Big on Paleo Food

How to Save Big on Paleo Food

It’s been a while since Thrive Market started and they’re still going strong.

In fact, the last couple years has been a time of awesome growth in the world of health foods and they now offer so much more than they could at first!

With paleo becoming more and more popular, tons of great, healthy and fantastic easy-to-eat food items have popped up on the scene. And I’ve always found Thrive to be the best place to buy them!

You see,Thrive is a membership based site, so they function like a warehouse store where you pay a yearly fee and you are able to benefit from the great prices all year round. Shipping is also very inexpensive.

What I love most about Thrive are the prices.  Buying this stuff in person or even Amazon (as much as I love it!) will cost you an arm and a leg sometimes.  

But with Thrive, that membership fee and gives you access to incredible deals on everything from protein powder to mayonnaise.

If you consume a fair amount of paleo products on a yearly basis, the membership will more than pay for itself and you will end up saving in the end.

I discovered Thrive while searching for a way to get some of the snacks and foods I live off of like Primal Mayo, Tanka Bars, and wild honey. Thrive has all of these products and many, many more for prices lower than you’ll ever seen them.

It’s seriously an AWESOME place to shop because they carry all the non-perishables you could possibly want- from oils and condiments, to snacks and bars and the prices are AMAZING.

If you haven’t tried some of these easy paleo foods and products, you are missing out!  They have made my life so much more convenient and helped me to be able to do more of the things I love, which have nothing to do with eating!

Thrive is currently offering a free trial period on their membership, so if you sign up now, you can buy lots of yummy things and try it out to see how it works for you before paying a membership price!

Check it out here!

Have you tried Thrive?  What did you think?  What are your favorite snacks to buy?

3 Fabulous Fitness Products

3 Fabulous Fitness Products

I’ll admit, fitness is not something I’m great at.

Besides dancing, my ideal life includes a lot of laying down and eating mangoes.

BUT.  Fitness is super important.  My friend Noelle is really the expert on all that jazz and if you’re just getting started, I recommend checking her website here

I’ve recently had the chance to try a couple of new fitness products that I really liked.

Super helpful and motivating, these help make working out more convenient and efficient. Check them out!

#1 Go Pockets

Okay, so this is one of the best idea EVER.  

What is the deal with women’s workout attire and not having properly sized pockets??

Like I’m going to take my key off of my full key chain or leave my phone at home as I traipse around the city?

Smart phones and credit cards are real and we need to carry them comfortably, but women’s workout pants usually seem more designed to cling as tightly to one’s butt as possible, no room for pockets.

It’s just not practical.

But now there’s Go Pocket.  They use a strong adhesive to adhere temporarily to your workout clothes, giving you a perfect pocket to place things in. 

They don’t last forever so you aren’t stuck with them, and the adhesive won’t ruin your clothes.  They are also easily removed when you don’t want them anymore or want to try a different color.

They are also washable and lasts through several wash cycles.

They can hold your phone, keys, cards, anything you need for your workout.  

They come in black and all kinds of fun colors and patterns, changed every season!

This is a brand new product so give it some love and try it with free shipping here.

#2 This Fitness Tracker

Okay, so you probably have one of these already.  It seems like everyone does.

But if you don’t, you need to hop on this train!

The Fitbit Alta HR is the best fitness tracker I’ve used.  

It’s a bit pricier than other brands but it is definitely worth it.  Heart rate monitoring, step counting, food tracking, and lots of fun calculations to see where your fitness is at.

It also tracks sleep (which is just as important as fitness!) and I love that it can help me identify if I’m not sleeping as well.  That way I know to kick back a little if I’m overdoing it.  

Plus, since so many people have it, you can always find friends to motivate and inspire you to hit those step goalz.

And you have to love the fact that you can change the band.  

I mean, looking good is life so… (I love these bands to match it all here

And if you have prime you can have one in 2 days!

So just take the leap and do it!  Find them here

#3 These am-ah-zing glass bottles

After working out, strenuous cardio or weight lifting exercise, recovery is important.  A good carb with a high quality protein is important.

Usually I do this by making myself a protein shake with some fruit, or sometimes I’ll take a branch chain amino acids drink as well. 

I get sick of constantly mixing my shakes in the same bottle, washing it out, and remixing it again.

Instead, I bought this set of 6 glass bottles (no BPA, yay!) and I just make my protein shakes up in advance.

I leave them in the fridge or freezer until I need them and voila!

Find the set here. 

What are your favorite fitness products??

The Best Paleo Makeup for Dry Skin

The Best Paleo Makeup for Dry Skin

Recently, I was offered the chance to try a new skincare and makeup line featuring all-natural, clean ingredients and nothing more.

I get offered these things from time to time and enjoy trying them because I’m always looking for something that can appeal to myself and the women I write for and that won’t make conditions like hormonal acne or dry skin worse.  As I get older I’m also looking at products that can help prevent signs of aging.

I know many of my readers want the same.

I’ve tried lots of products and some of them are really great!  But I hadn’t yet found a whole line that I really felt met all my needs.

Until now!

Annemarie makeup and skincare use organic, truly natural ingredients to make gorgeous mineral makeup, facial oils, moisturizers, and cleansers.

What I love about this skincare and makeup line is the versatility.  Dry skin products are often so oily that skin looks shiny long after application or they don’t quite have the moisture you’re looking for.

With natural makeup, coverage is also an issue.

The coverage of the mineral foundations from Annemarie can be changed based on how much of the powder and oil you use.  Not only that, but a fine dusting of powder and you are shine free, no extra product needed.

The makeup lasted me all day and I’m a face toucher for sure! I was really impressed with how long it lasted and I felt like it beat other natural makeups I’ve tried that tend to wear off or melt down on a hot day.  The ability to customize the thickness and oil content was a huge plus here too.

The anti-aging oils are packed with nutrients for skin and moisturize and protect at once.  They also smell AMAZING.

Like lavender and happiness.  Seriously.

Everything is formulated with health in mind, so those with hormonal acne have nothing to fear.

Remember, with hormonal acne, oil on the skin is not the problem.  The problem is primarily internal and has much more to do with what you are eating than what you are putting on your skin.

Skin dryness is a similar issue, so make sure that in conjunction with great skincare/makeup products like these you are also using enough Omega 3 oils (find them here) and eating a diet that eliminates dairy/gluten and focuses on gut and liver recovery. 

For those of you with sensitive skin, I tried these myself and have what I’d consider sensitive skin and they felt just fine.

The cleansing wash did a good job removing makeup and making me feel fresh, and the toner was a nice touch as well.

All in all, I was genuinely impressed with these products. I think you will be too.

Annmarie Skin Care has put together a trial package where you can try any of 3 special sample kits that include some of their best-selling products. You can choose a sample kit based on your skin type — normal, oily, or dry.

These kits are $10 each AND when you order one (or more) you’ll receive a $10.00 off coupon that you can use for a future purchase. Annmarie Skin Care is also offering FREE SHIPPING for these kits – anywhere in the world.

Also, when you get a sample kit today, you’ll get their newly updated Toxic Free Home Guide. This is an in-depth, beautifully laid out guide that exposes the worst and most common chemicals you can find throughout your house — in cleaning products, toiletries, even your couch — and shows you safe alternatives to use.

Their comprehensive, easy-to-read Toxic Free Home Guide is full of tips for creating a beautifully natural home, with lots of product recommendations and DIY recipes for everything from deodorant to drain cleaning solution.

If you order a sample kit today, you’ll get this guide — free — which is a $24.95 value.

Finally, as an extra added bonus, if you’re one of the first 100 orders, Annmarie Skin Care will send a travel-size Neroli Toning Mist — a $7.95 value — to you for free. If you’re one of the first to buy, this bonus gift will not show up on your online receipt but will be included in your order.

So for $10, you can try this award-winning skin care line AND get your own digital copy of Annmarie Skin Care’s newly updated Toxic Free Home Guide. You’ll also receive their travel-size Neroli Toning Mist as a gift if you’re one of the first 100 to place an order.

Get Your Sample Kit and Bonuses Here

And come back and let us know what you think after you try the products!  I want to hear your feedback ALWAYS 🙂 🙂

3 Tips for a Spectacular Fourth

3 Tips for a Spectacular Fourth

July 4th is almost here and that means fun, sun, and family (for anyone who lives in the US).  It’s a holiday for most of us and it’s usually spent outdoors either swimming at the lake, beach, river or pool, camping, grilling, and/or watching fireworks!

The fourth of July is a lot of fun.  For many of us it represents not just pride in our country but a day to truly ring in summer.

It’s one of my favorite holidays.  Hot, sexy, fun, what’s not to love??

So here’s 3 tips to make sure it stays that way!

#1 BLOCK THE SUN

Don’t be silly.  Just because we eat paleo and love to get outside in the sun for 30 direct minutes per day does NOT mean we’re immune to it’s wrath.

And sunburn can and does cause real damage, not just to the appearance of skin but also increases the risk of skin cancers.

Enjoy the sun, but once you start feeling warm and red, find some shade.

If shade isn’t an option, the next best thing is to cover up and use some healthy sun block.

You’re typical grocery store sunscreen is chock full of disgusting ingredients that only mask the outside damage that sun is doing to the body.  

Instead, I like to go old school with good old zinc oxide.

Put some on the parts of your body no longer covered and you’ll be golden (or white if you don’t get the tan version!)

But hey, you’ll look like one of those cute vintage sunblock ads so it’s all good right?

Badger is my favorite sunblock.  It comes in original white and a bronzed looking version to blend better with skintones.  You do you.  Find the white version here.  The tan version here.  

#2 Bring your own food

The 4th of July tends to have several healthy options like grilled meat and veggie kabobs but maybe not an ideal set of sides and desserts.

The solution?

Make your own and bring it!  You’ll be a great guest and you’ll be sure to have something delicious to dig in to.  

I like to make simple trifles out of layers of coconut cream (this is my favorite BPA free) and pineapple, blueberries, and raspberries.  It’s festive and fits the red white and blue theme too!

For more ideas of meals, the amazing Julie at Paleomg has created her own list of great 4th of July meals and desserts.  I highly approve.  Find them here

#3 RELAX

You need it.  I need it.  We all need it.

Holidays are built in time from our society overlords to unplug, disconnect, and get back to our inner lives.

If at all possible, I suggest leaving your phone switched off and not checking social media, email, or any other time stealer.

Simply enjoy your life and your friends and family.

Try taking up an engaging book!  I’ve been really getting into The Stranger in the Woods (find it here) lately, a true story about a hermit in Maine.  His story will make you reexamine your own priorities and could probably be finished in one long day by the water.  

And hey, you could always take a look at my book Sexy by Nature ;).  Just sayin’!

Hope you enjoyed these tips for a fantastic 4th.  I think they’re useful any time of summer when you’ve got some space and time to get away from it all.

Let me know how you plan to enjoy the day!

 

3 Reasons To Track Your Food

3 Reasons To Track Your Food

If you know me, you know I’m not big on the calorie-counting and tracking mania of the rest of the diet world.  I prefer to let people figure out their health intuitively, eating whole, healthful foods that make them feel good.  

But in some circumstances I actually think tracking may be a good idea.

There’s no one size fits all way to know if tracking might be a good choice for you.  You know yourself best.

But here are 3 reasons you might consider tracking food intake.

#1 Micronutrients

Even if you’re eating paleo, you may not be getting ALL the nutrients required for health.  

Ever monitored how much potassium you’re taking in?  I can almost guarantee it doesn’t meet the recommended daily allowance.  

Now, I’m not about perfectionism and strict rule following.

But micronutrients are just as important, if not more important than macros.

Instead of worrying about what exact percentage or gram amount of carbs you’re eating in a day, how’s about worrying if you’ve got your daily allotment of vitamin C, or the B vitamins, or (gasp!) fiber!

You might be surprised.  In fact, I’m pretty sure you will be.

Because if you’re not downing tons of non-starchy veggies and leafy greens you’re not getting as much as you could.  And if you’re not going to make it a priority, it might be time to start thinking about the dreaded multivitamin to help prevent nutrient deficiencies.

I recommend this one in my post on multivitamins which you can find here

#2 You’re having trouble losing weight

I’m a huge proponent of eating a naturally healthy diet and being moderate about the crazy counting calories stuff.

My program Weight Loss Unlocked works for a lot of people by helping them make healthful food choices without really having to count anything.  But some people just have trouble with this method.  

Did you know the average person underestimated their caloric intake by about 30%?  

That number can rise even more if the person isn’t tracking calories.

And while I agree that calories are not the end all be all of weight loss, and certainly not of health, you can’t eat 3000 of them as a fairly sedentary person a day and expect to lose weight.

I don’t care if you’re eating cake or coconut oil, too many calories are going to derail your efforts.  

This is where tracking can help.

Take a week and see where you’re at.  That can give you a better idea of where you’re eating too much and where you’re just right.

Then try tracking a week at a more appropriate calorie count for weight loss and be mindful of how it feels.  Then, when you stop tracking, you’ll have a better idea of what the right amount of food should feel like.  

#3 You’re gaining weight or aren’t feeling well

Weight gain can be caused by a number of factors- hormones, water retention, medications, etc.

But if you have been gaining weight inexplicably, you haven’t done anything differently, or don’t feel you have, tracking your food intake may be helpful.  

Perhaps you’re eating the same number of calories but have increased your carbohydrate count.  If you have insulin resistance, this could cause weight gain.  If you don’t, it could be water retention.

Maybe you feel like you’ve been eating the same, but are forgetting about those dark chocolate squares you sneak in throughout the day, or that new post-workout drink, or those new fat bombs.  

Excess calories could be causing sneaky pounds to build up.  

Maybe it’s just the second half of your cycle, maybe it’s constipation, it could be anything, but sometimes excessive weight gain can indicate an underlying problem.  

If you track your intake and nothing is outside of normal, and the weight keeps packing on, it could be a thyroid problem or a side effect of a medication, or any number of issues.

You can use this information when you see your doctor, and you’ll be one step ahead of the curve.

Likewise, if you aren’t feeling well or are having increased anxiety, depression, or blood sugar crashes, tracking food intake alongside your mood after eating can help you pinpoint possible issues or trigger food/times.

Same thing goes for having digestive issues.  If you know what you ate and at what time, it’s much easier to figure out intolerance. 

Mindful eating is a skill.  And it’s best learned in the context of normal hunger and satiety cues.  

If your insulin is out of whack or you’re carrying a lot of excess weight, or have any kind of health condition or medication that interferes with your hunger cues, mindful eating is going to be remarkably difficult and could lead to feelings of failure and lack of results.

Nutritionists and nerds alike love the website cronometer.com.  It gives you WAY more detailed micronutrient values than other apps like My Fitness Pal, though that is a great choice for busy people because it has an app.

Whether you choose to track or not, I hope we can all learn to be respectful of what works for us as individuals.

If mindful eating isn’t right for someone right now, they certainly don’t need to be judged for that.  And likewise if counting calories is mentally unhealthy for someone, they deserve respect and support as they follow the natural cues of their body.

Do you track food intake?  Why or why not?  What site do you like to use?