I know many magazines and other sites online like to make similar posts but make very obvious statements in regards to health. But what about the more subtle ones. The ones that are not alarming. But the ones that hint that your body and mind is now ready for a change. Sometimes when our body takes a wrong turn down the road to bad health, it concerns us and it motivates us to make that change. But for people such as myself, the motivation came for change when I realised these three things.
F O O D – The desire for junk is dramatically minimised. I noticed this with my favourite food. I’ll still enjoy the taste but I will have to force myself through it, won’t be able to even eat half the meal or just won’t feel excited about the thought of it. The past couple of times I went to Red Robin to have my Keep it Simple Burger, I didn’t touch the fries and I could barely eat half. I wasn’t ill. I wasn’t calorie reducing. What I was eating was just less appetising.
S L E E P – Your internal clock starts working. Anyone else have a shitty sleeping pattern? I feel you. I’ve had issues with this nearly my whole life. But recently, I have been waking to sounds of things like dogs barking in my ear, door bells ringing and my house phone ringing. Only none of those things happened. Not to mention, I do not have a dog. All those noises managed to wake me at a decent hour. Since then, I have not had an issue with waking at a decent hour.
B E V E R A G E – Caffeine and I broke up. Call me the queen of bad habits. But aside from quitting smoking, quitting certain beverages made me emotional and jittery. My response to coca cola was very similar to my response to certain foods. Enjoyed the taste. But couldn’t finish. If anything, fizzy drinks, coffee (with creamer), certain other sugary beverages are starting to become gross. While the desire is starting to disappear, another sign was this unusual after taste in my mouth. A rather sticky feeling. At that point, I was starting to realise this relationship wasn’t working. We broke up.
Motivation and change come differently for everyone. I really wanted to take the time to point out a different viewpoint when it comes to what pushes people to change their bad habits. But always remember if any of these things link to a what you would suspect to be a bigger problem with your health, please visit a doctor.
Who’s addicted to coca cola? Or Pepsi? Or Sprite? *raises hand* It’s been a problem for me since I was twenty-four years old. I love the taste and feel of the cold carbonation combined with the sweetness. I know I am not the only one. But it’s not the healthiest thing for so many people. The high fructose corn syrup and the caffeine is something that I don’t think is healthy to have on a regular basis. But then I saw something on Pheobe Tonkin’s Instagram. La Croix. I looked them up on their website (which is very informative) and I suddenly felt I had to try it. If I could find a healthier alternative to soda, I’m fucking going for it. If you’re in Sussex County in New Jersey, you can be happy to know they have it available in Shoprite. I thought it was going to be a lot harder to find than it was.
P R O D U C T ● F A C T S
- Rather than using things like high fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy flavourings, La Croix uses essence oils that are taken from the fruit they are choosing to flavour the drink with. All natural essence oils that is.
- La Croix beverages are less acidic in comparison to most conventional soft drinks that you would buy. The PH level will vary depending on flavour.
- La Croix is completely gluten-free
- La Croix is completely non-gmo
- La Croix is unique in the fact that it is sparkling carbonated water. Older and common brands we have seen in the supermarkets often contains sodium. But La Croix is sodium-free.
- La Croix is an American company with American-sourced ingredients.
- La Croix is completely vegan.
Personal ● Lifestyle Changes
If you haven’t been following me, I haven’t lead the most healthy lifestyle regarding food and beverage since the age of twenty-four. My husband and I started eating out on a regular basis and drinking so much more soda than we did when we had lived in our studio apartment back in the day. I’ve been used to drinking things like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Snapple, Vitamin Water, Coffee with a massive amount of sugary creamer, and a lot of processed food. When I first had La Croix for the first time, I was disappointed. It smelled amazing. But I tasted nothing. I expressed my disappointment to someone I had worked with who also happened to be a health nut. She told me something that made a lot of sense. She told me that because of the fact that because I have been so used to eating and drinking things with high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners, I wasn’t able to enjoy things that had more natural flavours and things that were more subtle. Think of it this way. After eating something like Smarties for a snack or dessert for a number of years, something like grapes or apples is not going to be as exciting. That’s what’s been happening with me. My friend reassured me that after cutting out all the beverages I have been drinking and starting to make more home cooked meals that I would start to see the difference with products like La Croix.
Think of it this way. After eating something like Smarties for a snack or dessert for a number of years, something like grapes or apples is not going to be as exciting. That’s what’s been happening with me. My friend reassured me that after cutting out all the beverages I have been drinking and starting to make more home cooked meals that I would start to see the difference with products like La Croix. Starting new healthy habits isn’t easy. It takes time. Just remember that when you’re looking for more healthy alternatives. It’s boring at first. But over time, you’re body with thank you.
I only started experimenting with mixed when I tried a hydration powder from a different brand and saw a difference with how I felt. Then I heard about magnesium powder and a few other things. I thought ‘why not’. These powders have been really helpful for me. And I really want to suggest them to you guys.
Natural Vitality Natural Magnesium » I usually don’t like to get detailed about my mental health publically. It’s something I feel uncomfortable with. Anxiety has been apart of my life for a long length of time. But since the start of 2016 I’ve been dealing with panic attacks. Even when I was trying to fall asleep in bed. My head often circles around the worst things possible and that’s no way to live. Does this replace medication? No. But it helps a lot if you need to get to sleep because of your anxiety or if you can’t concentrate.
Remember that when it comes to anxiety or whatever else you are dealing with, it’s not a replacement for therapy, medication or anything else that may provide you some ease. I’m a firm believer in options. The Natural Magnesium is just another option.
MegaFood Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder » I have this really bad addiction to caffeine. Coffee and fizzy drinks are a nightmare for me. I hate relying on things like coffee. Especially since I usually use things like coffee creamer in order to enjoy it. I want to get energy the healthy way. Through my food. The best part about this is that you can mix this in with juices and smoothies. You won’t get an overly potent taste when mixing this in with your stuff. Not to mention you’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants from the green tea and B12.
Ultima Health Products Replenisher Balanced Electrolyte Powder » I’ve been dealing with chronic dehydration since I was 24. Not sure where it came from. But I’m dealing with it. Sometimes the recommended amount of water daily does not cut it for me. It affects me in many ways. Dry skin. Bloodshot eyes. The headaches are the worst part of it. Adding this on top of my recommended amount of water to consume daily helps to ensure that it keeps my electrolytes balanced and prevents me from getting those bloody headaches. If the flavour of the mix doesn’t tickle your fancy, they do have others to choose from. But I personally enjoy the orange and add in lemon juice.
I have to add in another reminder. Please remember to drink water. I think even when people hear beauty guru’s say to drink water that they either shrug it off or find it interesting because water has no real appetising taste. Even if it’s fruit infused water. We are made up of mostly water. And it’s important to remember to drink it. Whether you have acne, dry skin, or headaches. When you drink water your health can improve by a good mile. Whether you see it or not.
How delicious is peppermint! Sure. It makes your breath smell nice. But there is something so satisfying about the taste of it that other products don’t have. Why? *shrugs*. All I know is that I’ve been addicted. Let’s look at a few fast facts about the benefits of peppermint in your diet. I won’t get all technically with these huge words and phrases on you guys. Let’s keep it simple.
╣ Anti-Microbial ╠ It’s a fancy way of saying it’s one of those oils that helps to stop the growth of a lot of nasty bacteria developing and helps to prevent certain fungus from progressing any further.
╣ Breathe Easy ╠ If you have asthma, or general breathing issues (admitted snorer), peppermint has a certain substance that is beneficial for those with nasal symptoms.
╣ Digestion ╠ Peppermint has been said to relieve issues revolving around your stomach. If you have indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (lovely), you may very well wanna try this out. Apparently peppermint can soothe the muscles that are around the intestines that prevent it from getting all wonky.
I think those three are enough for me to want to continue with my favourite tea and chocolates. I didn’t even know peppermint had vitamins like vitamin C, manganese, and copper. That kinda threw me. But it’s a good enough reason.
So, what can you have that has peppermint in it? Not those red and white swirling hard candies. And not those York Peppermint patties. A lot of that stuff not only has a ton of sugar but also egg whites, and corn syrup. Which kind of ruins the health benefits that can come from the product. So let’s get to the good stuff.
Wei Chocolate ║ Wei Beautiful is one of the many flavours that this brand carries. Wei Beautiful is the recipe that carries peppermint in the ingredients. And it’s absolutely delicious. I discovered these beauties from Sarah Nagel AKA HolisticHabits on Youtube.
- Vegan friendly
- Gluten free
- Soy Free
- GMO free
- Fair trade
It is also made with organic coconut blossom sugar instead of the standard cane sugar like we can be used to seeing. So it’s lower in glycemic. If you’re diabetic, I don’t think you’ll have a lot to worry about with this brand a tall. Not to mention the benefits of the cacao in the ingredients. Which is a whole different blog post.
Traditional Medicinals Peppermint Tea ║ Though I am more so fond of the loose leaf version of tea’s, this is the one brand that is available pretty much everywhere I shop. Even my local petrol station’s mini mart. Yep! No joke. It’s been something that I can easily get a hold of if I can’t make an order online. For something that is organic, and even made with unbleached tea bag material, this is a pretty amazing product. I always end up putting two bags in my cup. I like potency.
The list of bonus’s from this brand are never ending…
- 98.9% percent of Traditional Medicinals are botanical raw ingredients certified organic
- 100% of the teas they have are non-GMO verified
- Fair trade
Let me know if you try Wei Chocolate or if you drink peppermint tea. If so, what brand? Loose leaf or bagged? Also if you have been using it either to eat, drink, or applying topically, let me know what you use it for. I have been using beauty products with peppermint and tea tree as of lately. I will discuss it in blog posts coming up. ت
I will first mention that I have an appreciation for the fact that my local grocery store has improved with their selection of organic, gluten-free, vegan options. It’s made life a bit easier for those who choose to live a plant-based and green lifestyle. Or for those who have celiac disease and a gluten intolerance. So I will give no disrespect to that what so ever. But with the growing selection of these items in stores like Shoprite, Weis, or Stop and Shop seems to come a new addition to the cluster of fast food places. I personally don’t appreciate walking outside of my local grocery store and seeing a McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Dunken Donuts right on top of each other. Am I saying get rid of them? No. I’m not going to be the asshole who sits there and says that something should be bulldozed or be made illegal. People should have the options available to them. No matter what lifestyle they live.
But if people who enjoy fast food get to have their options, why can’t I have my favourite brands available to me in my own lifestyle? My closest Trader Joe’s is a half an hour away from where I live. My closest Whole Food’s approximately almost an hour! Sure, I can get almond milk, soy yoghourt, and even coconut whipped cream from my local store. That’s absolutely fantastic. Again, that’s not my complaint. My complaint is the lack of options and the price pain I have to deal with as alternatives to having to go to the actual store that is a long distance drive. Let’s analyze this a bit with the question’s I have been asked.
“Why not just bite the bullet, drive, and buy in bulk” ≣ Good point. And I have done that. But it’s still irritating to have to pay a whopping amount in gas to drive an hour or even a half an hour to a supermarket. Some say it’s worth it. And I would agree if I didn’t use these specific item’s up so fast with my cooking. So that bulk that people say to buy goes rather fast. Especially when you’re cooking for more than just yourself.
“Just buy it all online then!” ≣ Seems simple. But still costly. I love Vitacost, and LuckyVitamin. But there is still a high cost to these products. Though I have not bought from VeganEssentials yet, I still have to pay extra to make sure that my imitation cheese that is not available in my local market is not going to go to waste in the process of shipping. So I have to pay even more to make sure it gets to me and not go off on me. Also don’t forget that they don’t always carry what you’re looking for online.
Are you with me on this? Adding the shipping costs, sometimes sales tax, and the product itself (which can cost more than what it’s priced for in stores) adds up to a huge fucking amount.
- UPS Ground (3 Business Days in Transit, $10.99)
- UPS 2nd Day Air (2 Business Days in Transit, $24.99)
Mind you, when I saw my favourite cream cheese on VeganEssentials.com I was thrilled till I saw it costs more on the website than it does in stores. $8.79 for a cream cheese online or $5.99 from inside whole foods. Hmmm! I wonder which one makes more sense. I’m not sure how much Kite Hill cream cheese costs near you, but for my grandmothers local Whole Food’s it was just $5.99. Which seems expensive to people who just prefer regular old Philadelphia cream cheese. But to people like me who enjoy something dairy-free, and gluten-free, that’s pretty fucking cheap.
“It costs that much for a reason” ≣ Yeah. I imagine it does. But when you don’t want to spend more than you have to, does it really make sense? Do I really have to? No!
I have a special appreciation for Trader Joe’s due to its affordability and wide variety. Though organic isn’t a priority for me, it is for some, and dairy-free and gluten-free is a priority. I know a few people who have an appreciation for Trader Joe’s because of those reasons. but when I messaged Trader Joe’s twice in the past two year’s I am met with a very dismissive automatic message that say’s
Aloha and thank you for your interest in our stores. Emails have been flooding in with suggestions for new store locations in neighborhoods all over the U.S. We love that!
Rest assured, every email is read and your recommendation will be passed along to our real estate folks.
The best place to find new info concerning which neighborhoods we’ll be in next is the Trader Joe’s Locations page at http://www.traderjoes.com/stores
Call me a princess for acting a bit upset about this, but am I the only one who get’s a bit annoyed at these messages when you email customer service? This is the same email I received last time I messaged them about this concern! I pretty much feel like I am being ignored. “every email is read and your recommendation will be passed along to our real estate folks”? Seriously? How am I sure you’re going to do that? In all seriousness. I would be less insulted if someone called me and told me “Listen, we can’t find the kind of property that we’re looking for in your area”. I’d rather be disappointed by that news than be absolutely infuriated by a message that basically says “Yeah. That’s nice. We’ll look into it”. It’s the equivalent to have someone hanging the phone up on you when you’re trying to get information.
Again, I know I sound like a princess when it comes to this issue. But my area isn’t exactly booming with healthy restaurants like New York City. We won’t have a Candle 79 in Sussex county at any point soon. When I go to my local grocery store, I can’t even get a full fresh pack of bloody strawberries with a good percentage of the pack being rotted. This is an example…
Yep. That’s right. MOLD! I swear, sometimes I think the people try to hide the mouldy ones so that way it gets sold. This isn’t the first time. It’s nearly EVERY TIME! I’m trying not to act like a diva about this. But I kept my frustration held back whenever I kept thinking to myself “If only a Trader Joe’s was closer”. I kept thinking that I was being a spoiled brat. But at the same time, when I go to my grocery store and I see I only have one option of imitation shredded cheese, but the rest of the more conventional shoppers have more than five, I feel a bit annoyed. I feel like those who are in the Sussex county area should have the same wide range of options the same way conventional shoppers do. I don’t want to have to pay $11.99 for coconut oil when I can pay $6.99 for Trader Joe’s.
I might live in a small area of New Jersey. But that doesn’t mean I should be limited with my options. And that doesn’t mean I should have to accept the fact that I would have to spend a total of more than an hour driving back and forth to a Trader Joe’s, or more than two hours to drive to a Whole Food’s to get the dairy-free, gluten-free, or even organic self care items for myself. Remember this is not counting traffic. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate either of them at all. But I would rather have one or the other then have another fast food joint like Checker’s, or Pizza hut. We have so many empty properties in our area that has yet to be taken up by anything worth customer attention. A lot of the empty spaces that could be taken by Trader Joe’s are not being taken at all. For what purpose? I don’t know. I’d like to be informed by a human being rather than a machine at this point.
If anyone from Sussex county, New Jersey feels my frustration on this matter please let me know the comments section. I wanted to address this rather than accept it at this point. It’s either that or not nothing get’s done at all. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, organic, or even have celiac disease at this point. I know many people who are none of these things but enjoy the selection that is provided by both of these stores. I don’t know if anyone else has kicked up a fuss the same way I have, but I’d like to know people have my back on this.
Probably should have saved this post for my Monday Noms series. But I’m making up for it. I wanted to talk about breakfast food. I hate eating in the morning. But it’s the most important meal of the day. So I made the effort to try to eat what so many people say is the best. Porridge. I hate it. The texture reminds me of sick. And no matter what fruit I dump all over it with cinnamon, I can’t eat it. But I saw a video that Kalel made involving Quinoa. Curiosity struck. I tried it. And I fucking love it.
I have seen had a love affair with quinoa for breakfast. Trader Joe’s has very decent prices for their foods. And recently I tried Qnola.
Usually, I use the canned coconut milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup for the base of the precooked quinoa from Trader Joe’s. And some may see it as a lot of work for breakfast. But it’s faster than pancakes and healthier than cereal that is on the market. Usually, my toppings are craisin’s, strawberries, banana’s, and cinnamon. A lot of cinnamon. As a non-breakfast eater, I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed eating these things in the morning. I know I leave myself limited. But I don’t like egg’s, sausage, hate the taste of bacon, and lost my taste for cereal.
What is your usual breakfast layout? Do have cereal? Pancakes? Traditional porridge? Or toast? What is your favourite meal fo the day?
Who else has a healthy relationship with tea? I’ve been downing peppermint tea forever. But I needed to expand my collection. Though we have a Teavana store near where I live I wanted to try out David’s Tea. David’s seems to have a good reputation. So I dove into the ones that peaked my interested the most.
- Pure Vanilla – From Germany. Certified Organic. Caffeine Free.
- Mint chocolate Rooibos – From Germany. Contains Soy. Caffeine Free.
- Earl Grey – From India. Certified Organic. Medium Level of Caffeine.
I love my coffee. I truly do. But I have decided to cut it down to one cup of day at noon. I mainly drink coffee for the flavour. And decafinated coffee is so damn watery. It’s gross. I’d rather have a very small cup of cofee in the middle of the day and replace what I drink in the morning and evening with tea. Especially since it’s much healthier and I enjoy the flavour more. I’m curious about other unique flavours they carry that I’m jumping to whenever I get the chance.
I had to buy this when I discovered it’s existance. Tea Tank is a doubled walled glass tea bottle that’s travel friendly. Comes with it’s on tea infuser that is able to be used with both loose leaf and already bagged. I have only used this for hot beverages so far. But if you steap your tea cold, then it can be used for that as well. Use it however you want. It’s a versatile container. You can even throw fruit in there if you want. I have used many bottles with this type of concept to it. But the one I had used was poorly constructed and the loose tea leaves were floating about. *gags at the thought of the odd texture* It was gross. I suggest checking it out.