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Bits of April Sunshine

It’s that time of the month again, and my favorites from April really make me smile!  When I think back over this month, I really can’t believe how much has happened, and I am so grateful for it all!

Here are my favorites from this month, in no particular order:

Infused-Water-1Lemon water

I know this may seem pretty basic, but for some reason I haven’t been treating myself to lemon water for quite some time… This month, I brought it back strong, squeezing lemon juice in my mason jar of water that I drink from throughout the day.

If you’re not into drinking water all day, lemon can be a great way to make it more flavorful and enjoyable (as can lime, fresh berries, mint leaves, slices of cucumber or a fresh squeeze of orange).  Lemons are particularly good because along with giving the water a nice flavor, they also offer the body many health benefits:

– they are super alkalizing on the body and fight inflammation

– offer a good dose of vitamin C (along with other essential nutrients)

– aid in digestion

– help strengthen the immune system and the liver

So get some fresh lemon juice in your water!  Your body will thank you.

 

renew life probioticRenew Life Probiotic

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I was out in California in the middle of the month dancing around at Coachella and spending time with a good friend.  If you’re like me, then you might struggle to “keep things regular” when you are traveling (that’s right, we are talking about pooping), so this trip, I made the decision to be really disciplined about taking my supplements (especially my probiotic) while on the road.

When we travel, our typical transit time can get interrupted by a number of different things – we might be dehydrated from not drinking enough water (see above), feeling stressed, not feeling comfortable using the bathroom, affected by a change in time zones, or we might be thrown off by a change in our sleep schedules.  No matter what the reason, it is an issue I have experienced personally and have heard about from friends and clients – and it can quickly put a damper on things!

So why the probiotic, you might be asking?  Well, we have all of this awesome healthy bacteria  living in our gut that helps us breakdown and absorb food, keeps our immune systems strong and keeps us regular (among many other things).  When this bacteria gets disturbed, we can find ourselves feeling less energetic, getting sick more easily, not going to the bathroom on a regular basis, and just feeling kinda bleh (you know, bloated, unmotivated, low energy, and all stuffed up!).

Whether on vacation or not, these are not symptoms that we want to be experiencing, and a probiotic might offer us some serious relief!  Personally, I take a probiotic daily, and staying true to that routine even while on the road, I was able to keep things moving on the regular, which kept me happy and feeling light!

 

birkenstocksBirkenstocks

In true Coachella spirit (and after years of dreaming about them) I finally invested in a pair of Birkenstocks.  Yes, they are my first pair, and I really love them dearly.  I was in need of a new “around the house, walk the dog, go to yoga” kind of sandal, and after debating over whether or not to spend the money, I went through with it, and am still loving my decision.

They are comfortable and form to your feet after a few weeks of wearing them.  From what I have read, they are a good company with all footwear being made in the US.  I went with the Florida sandal (which is fitting because I am currently living in Florida), and they also have the Arizona sandal, which is the more traditional style with the 2 straps (among many others).

I am really looking forward to rocking out the rest of my time in FL in my Florida sandals and then wearing them all summer long in NY!

 

™ ginger teaGinger Tea

I love to start my mornings with ginger tea.  It warms the body, kicks on the digestive system, and helps clear out toxins and waste.  Typically, I grate a little fresh ginger on a cheese grater and squeeze the juice out of the pulp using my fingers.  As you can imagine, this isn’t the easiest routine, so when I am short on time or on the road, I always pack ginger tea bags from Traditional Medicinals.  They are the closest to the real thing as I have found, they are a great company (grow and harvest herbs in a way that is kind for the plants and the planet), and they are free of chemicals, toxins and other nasty ingredients that so many other teas are made of.

Ginger is also a great herb for treating an upset stomach of any kind, which is why these teabags are great to always have on had.

 

it starts with foodIt Starts With Food

So I am only halfway through this book, but I feel a mini-revolution brewing…  I first ordered this book because I felt it was finally time for me to learn a little more about the paleo diet that seems to be sweeping gyms and instagram accounts across the nation.  Not being a fan of eating copious amounts of meat, my first reaction to the paleo craze was one of sadness and frustration (more animals being killed for a diet craze!?  UGH!).  But now after a learning a bit more about how paleo is supposed to be done, my feelings have begun to shift and I am getting a little curious.

No, I am not going to start eating meat (let’s just get that out of the way), but Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, authors of this book and founders of Whole9Life.com, offer some real insight on the science behind paleo, and their wisdom is definitely making me curious to make some changes in my own life (along with many other role models in the health and wellness industry that are beginning to follow a similar belief system).

Because I am only halfway through, I am not ready to make any big commitments now (everything is still in its testing phase), but if you are interested in learning more about this way of eating, or even if you are curious about the science behind certain foods and how they affect the body, this might be a good read for you.

 

Until next time…

 

with love and endless curiosity,

Amanda

 

 

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