2017 was a big year of transition for our family! I finished school and started work in the field of my certification. This meant leaving work in the legal field and transitioning into public education. It’s been a change that I was nervous about at first, but I’m so happy I did it. I love being a teacher and working for our local school district. It’s been a real adventure to work with such incredible kids! Nothing is more difficult, but so rewarding!
As a result of these changes, our lifestyle became even more fast paced. We’re heavily involved with family, work, and church. During this time, many of our healthy lifestyle choices were the first thing to be neglected.
Due to poor diet and lack of exercise, my face started to break out with painful cystic acne. I also gained several pounds that left me feeling sluggish and tired. I was constantly getting sick with respiratory and sinus problems. I just felt…blah.
After life had calmed down a bit from my employment transition, I knew I needed to get back to making my health a priority. From essential oils to protein powders, I found some great products that really helped me reclaim my health and wellness!
The first thing I was eager to try was a really good probiotic. I’d been reading a lot of articles that claimed overall health began in our digestive tract. A few of the reported benefits of probiotics mentioned were decreased depression, clear skin, weight loss, and curing belly bloat. That sounded like something that could help me with a majority of my ailments. The reviews of Pro EM•1 Probiotic were very positive and it was recommended by many doctors. I also liked that the formula is non-GMO and gluten/dairy/soy free. I was very eager to try it!
I noticed a difference within the first few days, much of my stomach bloat went away. After breakfast, I’d add a teaspoon to a glass of water or orange juice. It had a raisin flavor to it, but that didn’t really bother me. It was very gentle on my stomach, and within the week I noticed I had more energy. In addition, the inflammation began to leave my body and my cystic acne slowly began to heal.
I also did a little research on the effects of probiotics for kids and found out that it can help curb ADHD symptoms in children. My son has endless amounts of energy and I was hoping that it might help with some of the symptoms he’s been having. I talked him into trying Pro EM-1 Probiotic and he agreed. He didn’t mind the taste either, and it seems to be helping with his mood swings and regularity issues.
Pro EM-1 Probiotic works well with the lifestyle of our family. It’s highly effectively, gentle on the stomach, and safe for all ages. It’s easy to add to a glass of water in the morning and I’m thrilled that my son has started taking it with me.
One of my big downfalls has been not being proactive and making something healthy to eat before I left the house. Later at work, my hunger would kick in and I’d end up splurging on a bagel or something lacking nutrition. I figured smoothies might be a quick and easy way to curb my hunger cravings. Smoothies are also a great way of getting the nutrients I need when I’m on the go.
I found a great protein powder that my husband loves in his morning smoothies! Your Superfood’s Muscle Power Super Strong Protein Mix has none of the strange chemicals found in many protein powders, just recognizable ingredients: Pea Protein, Rice Protein and Banana Powder. It’s also gluten-free, vegan, and completely organic.
Muscle Powder Protein Mix contains 60% protein and all essential amino acids to aid digestion of the protein and increases energy levels. He likes that it keeps him full and satisfied until lunch time. For his morning smoothies, he blends together 1 cup Silk Almond Milk, 1 Banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks, 1/2 cup spinach, and 1 tablespoon Muscle Power Super Strong Protein.
For me, I’m all about energy and focus. For the vitality I need, Your Superfood’s Power Matcha Mix has been a great addition to my smoothies in the morning. I blend together 1/2 cup Silk Coconut Almond Milk, 1 Banana, 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Frozen Boreal Blueberries, 1 cup Trader Joe’s Power Greens, and one teaspoon Power Matcha Mix .
So frothy and delicious! Power Matcha Mix is a blend of nutritious greens and vitamins that keep me alert and focused throughout my day.
I discovered the benefits of face oils last year. At first, I was absolutely terrified to put oil on my skin that breaks out so easily. But I’m glad I did because the results were amazing! The oil did heal my skin, and left me with a radiant glow. I highly recommend face oils to anyone dealing with breakouts that hasn’t been able to find a natural solution. My mother and husband also swear by oils for their dry skin that needs an extra boost of hydration and TLC.
Tu’el Balancing Act Essential Oil is what I like to use on a more routine basis, especially during the colder months. This product controls oil while keeping my skin supple and hydrated. It’s great for keeping my face regulated and calm! I add a few drops to my oil-free moisturizer, applying in the morning and also before bed time.
When I’m having massive breakouts, it feels devastating to my self-esteem. I need a product that can work effectively to solve the problem. Tu’el Detox Essential Oil is my first line of defense; it calms inflammation, hyper-pigmentation, and works to heal my skin.
I will add a few drops to my oil-free moisturizer at night. It immediately starts working to draw any further impurities out of my skin and heal existing ones. I like the slight tingle I feel when this oil absorbs into my skin. This is what I use when my skin is need of help and healing- fast.
During the winter, my skin can become irritated very quickly. Areas like my forehead remain oily, while areas around my nose and cheeks become very dry. Ology Derma Essential Oil Blend works quickly to calm and nourish my skin. Tea-tree controls oil, while lavender and Chamomile calm and heal. I also love how the scent is so refreshing!
Ology She Essential Oil Blend has been great for maintaining balance and harmony within my body. All of the GMOs, pesticides, and environmental pollutants we’re exposed to can wreak havoc to our bodies, causing our hormones to fluctuate in unnatural ways. If I’m having a day where I’m feeling a little more anxious or emotional then usual, I will add a few drops to my diffuser to balance my mood. I highly recommend this oil, it has helped me feel more calm and peaceful.
FInally, if we really want to improve our health, we need incorporate exercise into our routine. For me, working out is great mood booster and I always feel better about myself after I’ve done it.
But sometimes, I just can’t find that motivation to get off couch and do it. Especially when it’s cold outside!
One trick that has helped me is buying nice workout clothes. I’ve never felt truly motivated working out in my dingy old sweatpants and a raggedy t-shirt. Buying workout clothes that are fitted and flattering really inspires me to want to look my best in them. However, our family is on a strict budget which doesn’t allow me to buy very many new outfits.
Using Cuffits has been a great way for me to change up my fitness attire without breaking my budget. Cuffits are cute, printed cuffs that slip over the bottom of my workout leggings. One pair of leggings instantly transforms into multiple looks with each cuff that I slip on!
I love the compliments that I’ve received while wearing them! It has also saved me a lot of money, while allowing me to wear multiple trendy styles to the gym. I really have to commend Cuffits for coming up with such a creative and economical idea!
I’m glad to say that with diet, exercise, and a little help from these products I’m successfully back on track with my health goals. I have more energy throughout the day, my skin is clear and more radiant, and I feel a lot happier. I feel more like myself! I’m a work in progress, but each day is a step in the right direction.
Now that the New Year has arrived, what products will help you achieve your health and wellness goals? Are there any new routines you’re considering? I’m love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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