Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Simple Gift Ideas for $10 and Under for Your Health & Wellness Obsessed Friends and Family

I'm going to spare you a long drawn out paragraph of witty writing, I'm just going to hop right into it. This is a quick and simple gift guide for gifts you can buy last minute for anyone you know into health & wellness that won't break the bank! In case you're wondering why all of these items are from the same store, I did this for the sake of easiness, plus I chose a store that I know quite a few people have access to and can get fairly fast shipping from. 
                                                 
                                                                              

                                                                                    24 Ounce Stainless Steel Water Bottle
This bottle features both a flip top cap and a handle for easy drinking and carrying, It comes in five colors and is double walled and vacuum sealed to keep drinks hotter or colder for longer. 

Ozark Trail Insulated 24 ounce Water Bottle, $7.74


Travel Mug, Seattle's Best Fairtrade Organic Coffee, & Dark Chocolate 

Everyone loves a good travel mug, whether you're using it for tea or coffee and it seems like you can never have too many, this beautiful marble mug is gender neutral and great for those that like a handle on their travel mugs. To complete the gift add along a bag of fairtrade organic coffee that won't break the bank and some dark chocolate. Always make sure the chocolate is at least 74% cocoa!

Ceramic Marble Travel Mug, $4.48

Seattle's Best 6th Avenue Bistro Blend Coffee, $4.48

Lindt 78% Chocolate Bar, $2.78





Insulated Stainless Steel 20 Ounce Tumbler & True Lemon Drink Mix

True Lemon drink mixes are amazing, slightly addictive even, pair them with this stainless steel tumbler and you have a lovely little gift! My favorites are the strawberry and raspberry flavors and this tumbler comes in 6 different colors.

Ozark Trail 20 Ounce Tumbler, $6.74

True Lemon Strawberry Lemonade, $1.97









Stainless Steel Straws

There always seems to be that one person that is obsessed with saving the planet (I may or may not be that person amongst my loved ones ^_^). Why not get that person stainless steel straws? I have a collection of them and find myself using them all the time, throwing in a little pouch for taking them on the go would be great too!

Ozark Trails Stainless Steel Straws, $2.74

Mainstays Stainless Steel Straws, $3.48

Tal Stainless Steel Straws with Bag, $4.94



And don't forget something to put your gift in, I personally just buy reusable bags instead of those gift bags. It cuts down on holiday waste and it's also like another gift for the recipient. I hope this little gift guide has helped you and for anyone reading please feel free to leave a comment if you have any other ideas. Or just leave a comment!

Good Health, Peace, & Love,

Erika






Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How To Drink More Water

To start things off I'm not going to bore you with a lecture on the importance of water, chances are, if you've come looking for ways to drink more, you already know the importance of water. Below are tips that have personally helped me to drink more water and hopefully they will help you too!


Tip #1 Buy A Nice Water Bottle/Tumbler/Jar
This may seem so insignificant when all you're trying to do is guzzle down water. But think about it, the average person is more likely to reach for the aesthetically pleasing option over something that is just blah. It doesn't have to be an overpriced trendy bottle, it can be a cheap mason jar or a repurposed glass kombucha bottle. Whatever makes you happy and want to drink more water.
Tip #2 Keep Said Drinking Vessel Near You
No matter where you go (with the exception of some inappropriate circumstances) keep your water near you. Because how are you going to drink what you don't have?


Tip #3 Download A Water Drinking App
This is super helpful because what's worse than not drinking enough water? Drinking enough water but not knowing that you drank enough water because you didn't track it throughout the day. My favorite is Plant Nanny, not only do you get to track your water intake but you get to grow an adorable flower that grows as you track your water intake.

Tip #4 Turn It Into A Drinking Game  
This one is really fun and really easy, all you do is pick a T.V. show, YouTube video, even an album that you like. And listen for a keyword or phrase that you know you will hear a lot and drink everytime you hear that word or phrase. If it's an album you might want to drink everytime the chorus plays during each song.

Tip #5 Visualize Water
Saved the weirdest for last! This might truly sound like a weird tip but it is one that works (at least for me), visualize water. For me, thinking of super pure, super clean, beautiful bodies of water made me want to drink more water. Even picturing yourself in that water may help. Sounds weird but just try it.

And last but not least, if none of these tips work for you just thinking of how much water benefits your body can be enough to make you want to drink more. Health is a journey and everyone has their aspect of it that may be less than easy for them. For some people it's a struggle to give up junk food, some struggle with exercising, and others drinking water. Whatever it is know that the first step to improving is actually taking a step to start doing better. So whether that is getting in 32 ounces of water whereas you were only getting in 16 ounces on most days. So be it, that is where you are (now) and you will continue to improve. Just remember everyone's health journey looks different. Embrace yours.

Good Health, Peace, & Love,
Erika

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ingesting Essential Oils: Safe or Not?

If you've been into holistic living for any amount of time chances are you have heard of people ingesting essential oils. Typically these people support or listen to the advice of certain essential oil companies that shall remain nameless (you probabaly can already guess what companies I'm talking about). This to me, is quite alarming for those that are either new to essential oils or are desperate to solve a particular health problem and think this is the way to go. So, the question is, is consuming essential oils internally safe? Well... yes and no. Believe it or not in some cases taking essential oils orally can actually be helpful but this should only be done when advised by a well educated professional, and I'm not talking about your friends hippie cousin who went on a weekend spiritual retreat and now thinks she's some magical healer. No, someone with real knowledge as to how essential oils can negatively effect you if used improperly and what oils you should never even think of taking internally. With these things being said, essential oils can safely be taken internally but extreme caution must be exercised as well as supervision by an educated professional. And even with that there is still a risk for irritation of the digestive tract. When dealing with essential oils a rule of thumb is to use them externally with a carrier oil and even at that I would recommend that you seek the advice of someone that knows what they are doing. Because even if oils are used externally there could still be irritation to the skin, this can depend on the oil and/or the skin sensitivity of the person using the essential oil. Take in all that holism has to offer but please make sure that you stay safe while doing so!

Good Health, Peace, & Love,
Erika

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Low-Waste/Zero Waste Products to Try!

Photo by Sylvie Tittel on Unsplash

Chances are that you have either heard of or have seen just how much waste is in the ocean, from turtles with plastic straws in their noses to fish with stomachs full of plastic. We live in a society that deeply values convenience, which there is nothing wrong with that but when we start to make a mess of the planet we live on. And the other beings that inhibit it, it just might be time to rethink how and what we use to achieve this convenience. You may be wondering what exactly this has to do with the mind, body, and soul concept of holism, well the fact that I was contributing to pollution was causing me great mental and emotional turmoil. Let me preface this post by saying I am by no means zero waste and I may never be but I am trying my hardest to create less waste. This is just a list of things that I have already purchased or will be purchasing. If it is something that I have not purchased there will be an asterisk next to it. I hope this list helps and inspires you to make more sustainable choices!   

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Let's start with health & beauty, this was probably the hardest product change to wrap my head around, I am a total beauty junkie! But I will not be replacing a large chunk of the plastic packaged beauty products that I own once they are gone. The swaps are below!

· Bar soap (instead of body wash)
· Shampoo bar
· Bamboo toothbrushes *
· Wooden hair comb & brush *                                                                                             
If by some chance you have a product that you cannot swap for a more sustainable option look for a way to make that product more sustainable. For example the cleansing oil that I use comes in a plastic bottle but there are replacements that I buy that allow me to continuously use the same bottle.

                                                            Kitchen
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      · Glass, metal, or wheat straw containers
      · Metal or glass water bottle (If you bought a drink that is packaged in a glass bottle with a cap you can even reuse that, two for one, right?!)
      · Reusable sandwich/storage bags
      · Metal or bamboo straws
      · Mason jars (or just reuse jars)
      · Glass or ceramic reusable coffee cup
      · Reusable napkins *
      · Reusable paper towels*
      · Metal cups * (I added this to the list for people that have children that they do not want to use glass, metal can be used instead of plastic.)



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        Grocery Shopping
· Look for stuff with as little packaging as possible.
· Use reusable grocery bags (And if you are someone that likes to use produce bags they make reusable versions of those too!)
· Shop the bulk bin, things tend to be cheaper, you can use your own bags, and you can avoid 
food waste by getting what you need!

I am somewhat (okay, I am very much so) addicted to coffee, so this deserves a whole section by itself. There are soooo many sustainable options for making coffee, like a ridiculous amount. And I am sure I probably don't know them all but here some.
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· French press
· Moka pot (also called a stove top espresso maker)
· Vietnamese coffee maker
· Cezve (Turkish coffee pot)
· Chemex (or any pour over coffee maker) *
· Metal filter for pour over coffee maker *
· If you own a Keurig, use a reusable K-cup instead of buying single use ones. I would suggest using a darker roast coffee than you normally would if you like it strong.
· Make homemade cold brew (And I don’t mean using the
pre-measured cold brew packets at the store, those are a rip off 
and I am pretty sure they are not eco friendly.)

If you are always on the go and it is hard for you to commit to
making your own coffee then try to keep a cup in your bag or car. Most places will be happy to use that instead of one of their paper 
or plastic cups!

Well that is all for now, I have created a little sheet of these suggestions for quick referencing below. If you have any suggestions or questions please leave a comment!


Good Health, Peace, & Love,
Erika





Saturday, April 20, 2019

Free Stroke Prevention Lecture!

   Photo Credit: Ella Olsson

Please join me on May 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Mustard Seed Market and Cafe in Fairlawn, Ohio to learn about how to prevent strokes using holistic protocols. This lecture will hopefully give you some helpful advice on preventing strokes, whether you have any stroke risk factors and even if you do not have any risk factors for stroke come by anyway! Best of all it is FREE!!! If you do not live near the market or are just unable to attend for any reason, I will more than likely upload the presentation onto this website. I hope to see you there!
Good Health, Peace, & Love,
Erika