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The Best Supplements For Anxiety

I have had anxiety for most of my life. Not my adult life, mind you. My ENTIRE life. Literally as far back as I can remember. Unfortunately, it’s only gotten worse over the years, particularly when I was 18, then when I was 21, it was at its absolute worst. I’m 29 now (even though I think I’m 19) and have a great handle on it, but it’s not without some serious effort, which includes taking the best supplements for anxiety. It also includes eating well, avoiding gluten is crucial for me, I also avoid refined sugars. It includes exercising, meditating (let’s be real – TRYING to meditate), doing my best to maintain positivity, getting enough sleep and living an overall healthy, positive life. It’s simply not possible to out-supplement a bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle. These supplements are incredibly beneficial, but if you’re eating fast, frozen or processed food,…

The BEST Detox Supplements

A few years ago there was a lot of false information circling basically saying that there is no such thing as using products to detox because our body already detoxes itself. Let me be clear: this idea is completely idiotic. It’s unbelievable to me that majority of the people promoting this ridiculousness were doctors. Yes, the body detoxes on its own. Of course it does. That’s one of its normal functions. But it’s also totally possible to take supplements that aid the body’s detoxification and elimination pathways. This is a basic fact. Our five main eliminatory organs are the liver, skin, lungs, colon and kidneys. For thousands of years, people have consumed specific foods and herbs to aid the body’s natural detoxification. The supplements I personally use are food based, safe and effective. I’ve partnered with Perfect Supplements to offer a bundle of the BEST detox supplements. I chose and…

All About SUPPLEMENTS: Which To Use and Where To Get Them

I get tons of emails about supplements every week. Which do I recommend? Are they organic? Are they food based? Which do I take everyday? Most people just want to know where to find good, healthy supplements from a company they can trust. So I decided to write all about supplements, which to use and where to get them. Let me introduce you to my secret health weapon: Perfect Supplements. From August 3rd until August 6th – you can get 40% off Perfect Supplements brand products and 10% off all other brands they sell by using code ANCESTRAL10. That’s an INSANE sale. I’m stockin’ up. They didn’t pay me to write this post. It is not sponsored, although I am one of their affiliates. This company is the BEST in terms of supplements. It’s not an MLM, I’m not trying to sign you up, my goal is not to have…

How To Cope And Heal After Miscarriage

I had a miscarriage before I got pregnant with my son and it hit me hard. You can read about it here. I never saw it coming. I had prepared for a year and a half, ate almost 100% organic, took prenatals, exercised, detoxed regularly and I was 27. It happened almost two years ago at this point and I’m only now just getting around to writing about how to cope. This is for two reasons: the first is that I just wasn’t ready. I was too emotional about it and then I got pregnant with my son and spent four and a half months in the NICU with him. The second is that a reader asked me to write about how to cope after it happens. So I’ve decided to give you my best advice on how to cope and heal after miscarriage. I want to write more about…

The Healthiest First Foods For Babies

Most moms are advised to feed their kiddo baby cereal, either in the form or rice or oats, as the first food. Here’s why that’s problematic and why my son’s pediatrician and early intervention nurse both agreed that this is not the ideal first food: It has no nutritional value. None. ZERO. Not to mention, grains can be difficult for even adults to digest. Some argue that this isn’t an issue because the goal of introducing solids is just that – to introduce solids, not actually nourish the baby. But at around six months, baby’s need four times the amount of zinc and nine times the amount of iron as an adult male (source). So even though your baby won’t be an excellent eater immediately – baby will still be consuming a small amount of whatever food is offered. This is why it’s so important to offer healthy, nutrient dense…

Paleo Ranch Chicken Salad

When you were a kid would you only eat ranch dressing? Like, if you had to have salad, you’d only eat it with ranch? I grew up on total junk food, basically white carbs and white sugar everyday all day long. Vegetables were a foreign concept and it wasn’t so much that I even hated them, it was just that I didn’t eat them. They were almost never offered and when they were – I want them covered in ranch. Now I think that’s gross. Especially considering the ingredients in ranch. Look at this unhealthy bomb of GMOs and inflammatory vegetable oils: Soybean Oil, Water, Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Cultured Nonfat Buttermilk, Natural Flavors (Soy), Spices. Less than 1% of Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Vinegar, Phosphoric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Modified Food Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, Artificial Flavors, Disodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium…

Wrinkle Reducing Berry Smoothie

Despite the title, no, this is not a smoothie for your face. Although that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I’ll have to try that. This smoothie actually works from the inside out to help reduce and even prevent wrinkles. Wondering how? COLLAGEN. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It makes up our skin, our hair, our nails, our joints, our cartilage, etc. At the age of 25, we produce less and less collagen. This is why we see more wrinkles, brittle bones, arthritis and less lustrous hair with age. One reason for both cellulite and stretch marks is a breakdown in connective tissue. Collagen helps our skin remain firm and elastic. Collagen helps the skin retain structural integrity. Remember that collagen is a protein, a protein that helps form the connective tissue of the skin. If it’s lacking or damaged, this will result in wrinkles (as well…

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Yams

Let me set the scene for you. It’s like, a Wednesday night. We just put the baby down to sleep. I have a loose idea of what I want to make for dinner but it’s not complete. I’m leaning against the kitchen counter drinking tea (yep, still love hot tea in the summer – I balance it out with cold wine) and my husband is sitting at the kitchen island. “I’m making steak and green beans for dinner. What should I make with them?” I ask. “Mac and cheese.” “We don’t have mac and cheese. What else?” “MAC AND CHEESE.” “BABE, WE DON’T HAVE MAC AND CHEESE.” “FINE. Cheese then.” “Oh my God.” “I WANT CHEESE.” “We have potatoes?” I offer. “Okay. Cheesy potatoes.” “Cheese doesn’t go with potatoes.” Which actually isn’t true, I just didn’t feel like making something like scalloped potatoes. And I didn’t have all of the…

Meal Prep: Taco Salads

I’m tired. You guys – I am NOT the type to complain about my son. He’s awesome. He’s so much fun. But I’m going to be honest, he’s gotten up between 4-10 times in the night the past week and I’m just kind of tired. I KNOW babies wake in the night. We’re working on fixing this issue and it’s not a huge deal. But point being: holy hell am I glad I already meal prepped these taco salads. It’s so nice to just walk to my fridge, shake up one of these salads, pour it in a bowl and devour. Because it’s rill rill tasty. Honestly, they’re SO good. I didn’t use to love salads but that’s because I was doing them all wrong. Like most people, I loaded it with spinach or romaine and only a few other veggies like random tomatoes, some carrots and maybe some chicken.…

Nervousness Is NOT An Anxiety Disorder

Can we please talk about this explosion of anxiety? Five years ago, I only knew a few people other than myself who had anxiety. Now, everyone has it. There’s a difference between nervousness and anxiety. Nervousness is NOT an anxiety disorder. Over the last year, I’ve seen a LOT of articles circulating about anxiety. And they all summarize anxiety really similarly. “She didn’t text me back immediately so I thought our friendship was over. This is how bad my anxiety is.” “I was so anxious at work it took me two days to respond to an email.” “I kept going over our conversation in my head, worried that I had said something that potentially could have offended her.” “I spent an entire party on my phone because I was too anxious to socialize.” By these definitions, EVERYONE has an anxiety disorder and should be popping Xanax left and right. But…