Wellness: The Nut Butter Breakdown

Almond butter slathered on top of crisp apple slices or a little peanut butter swirled into my hot morning oatmeal are some of my favorite things to eat. Nut butters are everywhere these days and have been clearly growing in popularity within the food world. You’ve got peanut, almond, sunflower, cashew, and even brazil nut and hazelnut butter. Pretty much put any nut/seed into a food processor and you’ve got             butter. Since the most relevant and well-known right now are almond, sunflower and peanut, I’m going to break them down for those who want to know more about their basic nutrition and how exactly you are feeding your body next time you eat one of them below. Honestly I was really curious because I’d never known the real difference either, so here we are haha.

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The consensus

All of these guys, especially sunflower seed butter, contain good, monounsaturated fats. These are great for lowering bad cholesterol while raising the good, and they are amazing for overall brain + cognitive function since our brain is mostly made up of fats. In regards to which one is the best for you overall health-wise, I’d say it just depends. All of them have healthy amounts of protein, fat and carbs, along with other things such as Vitamin E and selenium, just different amounts depending on the butter. Personally, I believe Almond butter to be overall #1 because of it’s percentages of magnesium, calcium, and iron, while also maintaining the pretty similar levels of fat and calories with the other two. Taste-wise, the winner hands down goes to sunflower seed butter.

Remember: When you buy your next nut/seed butter make sure to buy it in it’s most pure form. Aka: little to no additives. Those tend to sneak in there among certain brands and it just adds to the calorie/sugar intake that you didn’t ask for!

 

Wellness: Hyaluronic Acid

hyaluronic-acid-headerIf you’re a girl, and you’ve searched around for the best ingredients you should be using in a face moisturizer/serum, there’s a good chance this is something you’ve heard of. That was me the other day, digging through reviews, ingredient lists, etc. etc. of products that contain hyaluronic acid for it’s amazing skin-enhancing qualities I’ve heard over and over about when I ran out of my other stuff.

But then I thought-what exactly is it? And why is this the one ingredient skin specialists say you should absolutely look for to add to your daily routine if anything when it comes to skin-enhancing products?

Welllll this is what I discovered:

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P.S. If you’re curious, this is the stuff I just bought! Soo excited to try it, I’ve heard really good things.

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

 

Wellness: CBD Oil

Recently I’ve been seeing more and more health and wellness articles about the benefits of CBD oil and the medicinal qualities it contains, sans the high. At first it comes off as controversial due to it’s link to marijuana and all that fun stuff, which is exactly why I wanted to do some digging. I hope to clarify what the hype is about and whether or not it is actually something worth looking into.

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The bottom line, for those who may still be confused, is that CBD acts nothing like normal “weed” that you would smoke or ingest via edibles or something along those lines. CBD interacts with your body much differently and triggers different responses and affects the body in a more therapeutic and helpful way. It acts as a substance that allows the body to heal and relax without the crazy psych-inducing effects!

I definitely want to try some CBD patches, gum or oils and see if I notice any changes!

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Wellness Brands I’d Like to Get to Know in 2017

From health trends about mushroom powders to organic tampons, there are a ton of brands i’d like to get to know in 2017. I think the health + wellness movement won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In fact I believe it’s just starting to gain tons of momentum because of the “cool” factor fiiiinally catching on. Helloo sober is the new cool trend I keep seeing pop up! It’s really exciting especially since I feel like more opportunities job-wise, might be popping up as well. Integrating wellness into hospitality is my dream, for those who know me haha. What better way to introduce strangers from around the world to the wellness scene than to immerse them in every aspect of it during their stay/experience? I HAVE BIG IDEAS, GUYS.

Anyways, these are the brands I can’t wait to learn more about + try for myself in the coming year!

P.S. Yes, I know that some have been on the market for a little while, but I am hoping they get more recognition in the coming year. ❤

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Drunk Elephant Skincare: Based out of L.A. since 2012, this line of skincare products is different from most in that the creator (Tiffany Masterson) put a huge emphasis on the actual effectiveness of the natural ingredients that go into them. You know how some “natural” skin products don’t seem to do much?  She designed them so they are fragrance free (fragrance doesn’t help the skin whatsoever), and only use ingredients that have truly been shown via research as being effective on the skin. No B.S. basically.

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Sakara Life: Pretty popular already but there are a few products that Sakara offers that i’ve been seeing pop up around the web that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Aka: Watermelon Beef Jerky, Watermelon Seed Butter, and their CBD Chocolates! This company is originally a food-delivery service offering gluten-free and plant based meals. They preach the clean eating lifestyle and “you are what you eat” mantra. I love how unique some of their products are and how they are more outside the box than most other similar brands.

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Primal Kitchen: High quality, nutrient dense, real foods with clean ingredients you can trust. The founder, an ex elite endurance athlete, created this brand to reintroduce people to real food and to think of food for our longevity. He wants to show you that flavor doesn’t have to be sacrificed for health. Ummm these collagen-infused chocolate hazelnut bars.

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Herbivore Botanicals: Based out of Seattle, Herbivore Botanicals is a cosmetics/skincare brand that uses only active/highly concentrated and raw ingredients, with no fillers, tested by humans on humans. What you won’t find in their products is synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, and  petroleum. Also, how pretty is their packaging?

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Curious Elixirs: On trend with the “sober is the new cool” theme I’ve been seeing a lot of lately, Curious Elixirs was created by a New York bartender who was able to blend the expertise of world-class bartenders, herbalists, and food scientists in order to produce this booze-free drink. Their hashtag is really cute too: #shakennotslurred.

“Our craft cocktails combine ONLY organic juices, spices, herbs, roots, barks, and botanicals. Brewed without booze for maximum flavor. Lightly carbonated to make your mouth dance.”

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Fatworks Food: This brand is trying to get people on the fat bandwagon again by creating products with good fats for cooking and producing content that informs the people of why it’s healthy and why we used to be much much healthier back in the day when we were incorporating these good fats into our daily diets. AMEN.

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The Dirt: Paleo personal are that uses essential oils and almost completely unprocessed ingredients. Soy Free, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Cruelty Free and Natural.

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Fig + Moss: This small-batch apothecary skin-care product line is one of my favorites. “Our products are designed to retain as much of the beneficial plant material as possible, using the highest quality in plant oils and butters, and essential oils. None of our products contain preservatives, artificial colorants, artificial fragrances or any other chemicals or fillers, therefore each one is highly concentrated in nourishing ingredients, and just a little will go a long way.”

Wellness: Collagen

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Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s 70% of the protein within our skin, and 1/3 of our total overall protein.

Collagen: “It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. Especially Type 1 collagen in us humans. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together.”*

About 90% of the body is composed of Type 1 + 3. With that being said, the best sources of collagen with mostly Type 1 + 3 will be from Cows (bovine collagen), Fish, and especially Eggs.

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What to look for when buying collagen products:

-Products with mostly type 1 + 3

-High Bioavailability (easily absorbed in the body since their molecules are quite big. Liquid and powdered forms are usually best)

Hydrolyzed collagen is best (molecules are small enough to be absorbed)

-Try to find a product with a dosage amount of at least 7,000mg per serving

-Try to find a marine-derived source of collagen. It’s easiest for our bodies to absorb

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

Wellness: Good vs. Bad Fats

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: The main thing you need to get through your head if you are still contemplating eating fats:

NOT ALL FATS ARE CREATED EQUAL! Fats are vital for both your physical and mental health. Now learn up!:

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**Read why grass-fed butter is actually pretty damn good for you.

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 

Wellness: Colloidal Silver

The best part about these Wednesday Wellness posts for me is that I get to learn so.much. just by putting together these mini FAQ’s for you guys. This one was super fascinating for me and I seriously learned so much with all the research I did haha.

So, my dad and mom are big fans, and have been using colloidal silver ever since I can remember. Dad would always say, “just put some colloidal silver on it” whenever I had a scrape or infection or something along those lines and I was like ehhh hell no. Silver?! BUT as you’ll see below, this stuff is legit. It’s been used around the world for centuries and of course, the U.S. is the last to adopt a tried and tested medicine alternative…

I decided to really look into it recently and wanted to get the word out since I think people shouldn’t continue to be afraid of the stuff! Read read read!:

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Looking to buy some?

This one and this one looked pretty promising.

Side Note: I got all of my information from these websites/articles!:

http://educate-yourself.org/cs/csfaq.shtml

https://draxe.com/colloidal-silver-benefits/

Wellness: Adaptogens

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If you haven’t heard of adaptogens don’t worry, they haven’t become suuuper super mainstream yet, but I think their time is coming any minute now. They’ve been around for a while within the Ayurvedic world and Chinese medicine has been using them for centuries. But as of recently, research has proven them to have huge benefits in the world  natural medicine for both short and long-term use! This is amazing especially in regards to the sense that we are steering further away from having to rely on nasty pharmaceuticals.

If you want the low down on adaptogens in further detail, this girl is a guru on the topic and wrote an awesome article about them!

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Looking to buy some? Check out:

Sun Potion

Moondeli

Naikela Botanicals

Healthforce

Supplements for Hangovers

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Alright so, they say once you hit 25, hangovers get really real. Which means i’ve got about 3 years left of these “mild” hangovers. Not that I drink a ton anyways, but I’m all about that non-hangover life as much as possible so I felt like I should, mostly for myself and anyone else curious out there, come up with a list of the best hangover supplements that can help you recover the next day. In no way am I a supplement expert but I did a lot of research on this so I believe these are honestly the best options. PLUS, I already take NAC/minerals/vitamin C and can say those truly work wonders.

Bottom line before reading: When you drink alcohol, your body turns it into acetaldehyde, a highly-reactive compound that is actually much more toxic to your brain than alcohol itself.* Hangovers are  basically caused by your body’s enzymes and antioxidants trying to get rid of acetaldehyde and detoxify your system. The list below are all extremely good for replenishing those systems and compounds that have been depleted from drinking.

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Tip: Try to find a supplement or powder that is highly absorbable or has high “bioavailability” in order for the body’s digestive system to not simply break it down without entering the blood system and work properly.

 

Favorite Plant-based Proteins

This week I decided to try going vegan. Why? No reason honestly, except to see if my body reacts well. Maybe I’ll get more glowy skin, ditch sugar cravings, who really knows. I did this for a few days when I lived in D.C. and I just remember it being so easy, but I wasn’t paying enough attention to how my body was reacting both mentally and physically so that’s what i’m doing this time! Maybe even more than a week because why not…

The big part for me in veganism is the protein aspect. I workout a lot and I know my body needs carbs and protein or else I will seriously have the worrrst, most fatigued workouts ever, (and get moody) which is no fun. I know I get plenty of carbs from the fruit I eat all day, starchy veggies, and beans, but regarding the protein aspect: People usually stay away from meatless diets because animal meats have complete proteins, aka: they contain the essential amino acids we need that our bodies can’t produce on it’s own. So, I’ve made a list of the plants that provide plenty of protein, AND when combined with one another, they create these essential amino acids we need.

This list is comprised of the ones I personally eat the most.

As a reference:

1 egg = 6 grams of protein

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