- Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides I have tried A LOT of protein powders so I think I know a thing or two about what makes a good one. Here’s the thing, I don’t want a bunch of artificial ingredients in my protein powder. As someone who is trying to clean up all areas of her diet, a protein powder with gunk in it is just not going to cut it anymore. When I first heard of collagen protein powder, I was skeptical, I thought it would taste like bones (what do bones even taste like?) but has no flavor at all and can be added to hot drinks, smoothies, and soups without a weird aftertaste. Along with the 10g of protein per scoop, collagen protein is great for healthy hair, skin, and nails which I think we can all appreciate. I definitely saw an improvement in my skin within the first month of using collagen and I have stronger hair and nails now than I did 4 months ago.
- MCT oil. This stuff is magical! I add a tablespoon every morning to my tea (along with heavy cream and the Vital Proteins Protein Powder) and it revs me up! So, why is MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil so amazing? Fats contain long, medium, and short chain triglycerides. Its the medium chain triglycerides that go directly to the cells and are used for energy! Which means, you consume a serving of them and you feel that boost in energy almost immediately! I use mine in my tea as a pre workout or also for an afternoon pick me up either in tea or a smoothie. I use this brand.
- Chia seeds. I don’t like to talk about “superfoods” too much because honestly, all whole/unprocessed foods are pretty super, but chia seeds are super for me because of a couple of reason. 1. They have TONS of fiber! A serving of chia seeds (1 oz.) contains 10 g of fiber! The RDA for fiber is between 20-30g of fiber so an ounce of chia seeds packs a big punch. 2. They are incredibly versatile! You can put them in smoothies, in your nut butters, in muffins, cookies, in salads, and granola. So it is easy to get in at least a serving daily.Here is a brand I have used and liked.
- Aluminum Free deodorant. There is a lot of information coming out lately that is linking aluminum to Alzheimer’s and dementia. While there is debate over whether these links are evidence that aluminum can cause or speed the process of Alzheimer’s/dementia, I personally don’t want to wait around and see if it is true or not. I’m taking my own precautions by eliminating aluminum from my deoderant. There are many aluminum free deoderants on the market that smell great and really work! I think the best idea is to try a couple and see what works for you, but this is the brand I am using and I love it.
- Coconut Butter. When I eliminated *most* sugar from my diet (I seriously only eat a gluten free cookie once a week and a little dark chocolate) I needed something I could reach to for a snack when my mind was stuck on “sweet”. This coconut butter mixed with a little unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter, and a drop or two of stevia usually does the trick.
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