March 13, 2016

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    My mind was more exhausting than the lack of sleep.

    I was so tired.

    I hadn’t even been awake for 3 minutes and all I wanted to do is go back to sleep and find the “skip” or “fast forward” buttons for the day.

    But I didn’t have a choice. No matter how tired I was, I had to start my day. I had to be a grown-up. I had to adult. Days transformed into weeks and months… (read more below)

    I was a young mom with an 18-month-old toddler who hadn’t slept through the night since he was born. In fact, he would usually wake up at least 4-6 times, needing help to go back to sleep, EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Sometimes even up to 10 times a night.

    Sleeping only 2-3 hours at a time, at the most, when you are SO tired is like torture.

    Especially when there are absolutely NO SIGNS that this is going to get better any time soon.

    I read ALL the books, listened to ALL the podcasts, and sought ALL the advice I could get my hands on.

    Only to get MORE of the SAME.

    I was a mixture of exhausted, discouraged, hopeless, helpless, resigned at times, irritable, resentful, bitter, and desperate….

    My fatigue was not only physical, but also mental and emotional.

    >>>>>>>> The worse factor was NOT my BABY, it was the VICTIM MENTALITY. <<<<<<<<

    Now over a year later, NOTHING HAS CHANGED with my son sleep-wise. He still wakes up an average of 4-6 times a night, needing my help.

    ★★★ But my ENERGY LEVELS have gone from 1/10 to 7/10. ★★★

    And I have NOT CHANGED anything with my FOOD, overall DIET, or BEDTIME. I have NOT ADDED a single SUPPLEMENT.

    ★★★ The ONE & ONLY THING I did was stepping out of the victim mentality. ★★★

    Every day, I would wake up feeling miserable. I would count the number of times he woke me up and tell myself “I can’t believe he woke me up 7 times last night”. I would tell myself “I’m so tired, I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the day”. I would tell myself “Why is this happening to me? What am I doing wrong? What is wrong with this kid?”

    I almost had a VICTIM MENTALITY stamp on my forehead because that’s how I operated.

    I decided that even though I had no power over my son’s sleep, I had the POWER to CHANGE my MIND and my THOUGHTS.

    ★★★ I decided to no longer count the number of times he would wake up. I decided to start my day telling me things that I needed to hear. “It’s a brand new day, I’m so grateful to be waking up by my son’s side this morning”, “It’s going to be okay, I know I can do this”, “I’ll do the best that I can today and it’s enough”. ★★★

    Pretty quickly, things STARTED SHIFTING in a BIG WAY.

    >>>>>>>> You CANNOT always CONTROL the ROOT CAUSE of your issues, but you can certainly try to NOT SOAK that ROOT in poisonous chemicals (negative thoughts and emotions) and instead add nutrients (positive thoughts and emotions) that will help you feel MORE NOURISHED.

    FREE MINI COURSE

    Even if you can’t fix the root itself, discover how to better NOURISH your ROOTS with my FREE MINI-COURSE “Get to the root of your symptoms” starting next week. Join my group to learn to do what I did to heal myself and what I do with my clients to help them do the same.

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    I'm Aglaée Jacob (feel free to call me AJ) and I'm a non-diet dietitian, heart & soul nutritionist, and self-love guide. I'm the founder of Radicata Nutrition, which was inspired by one of my favorite words: roots (Radicata is Latin for roots). <3

    I help women who feel crazy and out of control with food go to the ROOTS of their food + health issues so they feel NOURISHED in their mind, heart, and soul and can finally find PEACE and FREEDOM with food, their body, and their life.

    If any of this resonates with you, join me in the Radicata Nutrition Community to watch my FREE mini-course “GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR SYMPTOMS” starting next week. I hope to see you there!

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    I was using food as a BAND-AID for everything that wasn't going well in my life.

    It was all gone within few minutes.

    This whole bag of chocolate chips that I had planned to mindfully enjoy throughout the week was all gone.

    Food had become a BAND-AID for everything that wasn't going well in my life (read how I broke free below.......!)

    I really wanted to learn moderation and how to embrace the grey, but everything was always so black and white... And no matter how much I kept trying, I always ended up at the same place: standing alone in my kitchen with a finished box or package of food…

    I was so SICK of this ENDLESS CYCLE…. a never-ending DOWNWARD SPIRAL…

    ☞ Trying to be good and restrict my calories ---> overeating…
    ☞ getting back on track ---> eating my emotions…
    ☞ finding a new eating plan ---> starting it for a few hours before eating something “not allowed”…
    ☞ feeling like shit about myself ---> taking “before” pictures of “fat” me at the moment hoping it will motivate me to get back on the wagon ---> feeling even more like shit about myself…
    ☞ finding a “new” approach after hours spent googling away ---> feeling so much hope that maybe this was the solution to my problems ---> starting next Monday ---> lasting for a few days or week ---> not seeing the results I wanted ---> giving up…

    ☞ And OVER and OVER and OVER AGAIN……. for about 2 decades…

    >>>>>>> FAST FORWARD >>>>>>

    I’m so happy to be OUT of this restrict–binge cycle.
    I spend SO MUCH TIME + ENERGY over the years being CONSUMED BY IT.

    +++ So what did I do to BREAK FREE? +++

    I STOPPED trying to use a BAND-AID (a diet or new plan) to fix the problem which was so much deeper than my weight or appearance.

    I finally took my courage into both hands and decided to start digging. I looked at the roots, found the different toxins and poisons that were contaminating them, and replaced them with FOODS + HABITS + BELIEFS that were truly NOURSIHING.

    I started:
    ☙ feeding my MIND with more positive thoughts instead of constantly bullying myself in my head all day long.
    ☙ feeding my BODY with enough food instead of wanting to punish her by over-restricting my calories.
    ☙ feeding my HEART by getting the tools and support I needed to learn how to let my emotions flow and my heart feel understood and connected.
    ☙ feeding my SOUL by growing my spiritual practice.

    If you find yourself not doing the things that you know would be good for your body, I want you to know that it is NOT YOUR FAULT. This is what society tells us to do and marketing/advertizing makes us believe that going on the next diet and/or losing the weight will solve all of your problems. But it NEVER DOES.

    How many YEARS have you been TRYING this approach? Over and over again?

    And tell me the truth… do you feel like you’re getting lower and lower on the spiral of life?

    Are you READY to start MOVING UPWARD on the SPIRAL of LIFE?

    Then it’s time to look at the root of your symptoms, whether your symptoms are health issues or toxic habits. 😉

    FREE MINI-COURSE “Get to the root of your symptoms” starting next week. Join my group to learn to do what I did to heal myself and what I do with my clients to help them do the same.. <3

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    I'm Aglaée Jacob (feel free to call me AJ) and I'm a non-diet dietitian, heart & soul nutritionist, and self-love guide. I'm the founder of Radicata Nutrition, which was inspired by one of my favorite words: roots (Radicata is Latin for roots).

    I help women who feel crazy and out of control with food go to the ROOTS of their food + health issues so they feel NOURISHED in their mind, heart, and soul and can finally find PEACE and FREEDOM with food, their body, and their life. <3

    If any of this resonates with you, join me in the Radicata Nutrition Community to watch my FREE mini-course “GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR SYMPTOMS” starting next week (June 26-30). I hope to see you there! 😀

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    Are you supplementing with band-aids?

    Are these all the supplements you've tried so far?" I asked my new client while reviewing her intake form.

    She had been struggling with bloating, constipation, fatigue, an autoimmune condition, and many other annoying symptoms that had been consuming her in the last few years.

    "No, they're all the ones I'm taking now, as recommended by my natural doctor." My heart sank. This story keeps repeating itself over and over again but I never get used to it…. (read more)

    When I ask my new clients the list of supplements they’re on, half of them are on a list of 10-12 DIFFERENT SUPPLEMENTS.
    Some they might not even remember who suggested it and why they’re taking it. But they’re being “good” and keep taking them.

    Even though we could argue that it’s best to take 10-12 natural health and dietary supplements compared to the same amount of medications, the end result is that it’s still A LOT OF PILLS… and most of the time, people AREN’T EVEN SURE these SUPPLEMENTS are DOING ANYTHING.

    I’ve been there too. With my adrenal fatigue + hormonal imbalances + gut issues + desperately wanting to lose weight,

    I’ve taken a ton of different supplements.

    I was constantly LOOKING FOR THE NEXT FIX.

    I really wanted the supplements recommended by this and that person to work for me.

    I really wanted the supplements that the people sharing their success story took so I could be that person too.

    I really wanted to fix myself and get rid of all of the things that were wrong with me by popping some natural pills.

    Many people are now realizing that MEDICATIONS are just a BAND-AID on our SYMPTOMS and that they don’t help correct the ROOT CAUSE…
    … but “natural” supplements can do JUST THE SAME!!!

    I’ve seen it time and time again:
    ★ over-reliance on supplements instead of looking deeper at the roots…
    ★ feeling like you have to keep trying more and more…
    ★ feeling like your body is broken…
    ★ always looking for the next best thing…

    But it’s time to press the PAUSE button. Slow down.

    HEALING is not like a race. Not even like a marathon.

    HEALING is more like GARDENING.

    You have to uncover and untangle the ROOTS of your symptoms, remove whatever toxins are contaminating them and replacing them with foods + habits + beliefs that TRULY NOURISH YOU.

    Starting with the roots, then the organs, body systems, and each and every single one of your cells.

    This is how true transformation happens.

    Are you READY to get to the ROOT of YOUR SYMPTOMS?

    FREE MINI-COURSE

    Free mini-course “Get to the root of your symptoms” starting next week (June 26-30, 2017). Join my group to learn to do what I did to heal myself and what I do with my clients to help them do the same 🙂

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    I'm Aglaée Jacob (feel free to call me AJ) and I'm a non-diet dietitian, heart & soul nutritionist, and self-love guide. I'm the founder of Radicata Nutrition, which was inspired by one of my favorite words: roots (Radicata is Latin for roots).

    I help women who feel crazy and out of control with food go to the ROOTS of their food + health issues so they feel NOURISHED in their mind, heart, and soul and can finally find PEACE and FREEDOM with food, their body, and their life.

    If any of this resonates with you, join me in the Radicata Nutrition Community to watch my FREE mini-course “GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR SYMPTOMS” starting next week. I hope to see you there! <3

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    They wanted to put a band-aid on my ovaries.

    They wanted to put a band-aid on my ovaries.

    What if your doctor offered to take a pill to mask your symptoms …WITHOUT correcting the root cause of your symptoms? WOULD YOU TAKE IT?

    That’s what my Dr suggested….. 

    "What? How the heck is going back on the pill going to help my PCOS?" That's what I thought but I stayed quiet. But in my head and my heart, this didn’t feel right.

    This happened to me with PCOS but it happens ALL THE TIME with all kinds of health issues.

    In 2011, I was diagnosed with PCOS, which stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, after not having a period for almost a year and a half. It’s a condition where the hormones are imbalanced that is often accompanied with irregular periods and can even lead to infertility.

    The standard approach to “treat” PCOS is to go on the birth control pill to regularize the menstrual cycle ARTIFICIALLY with the use of external hormones.
    It’s like putting a BAND-AID on a WOUND that STILL has a SPLINTER in it.

    Our periods are a good way to monitor how our hormones are working in balance with each other. But I didn’t want to go on the pill just for the sake of having a regular period. I wanted to get my periods back naturally.

    How could taking hormones help me balance my own hormones and how could I track my progress if I take the pill that masks my body's own natural cycle?

    This just didn't make sense.

    So I said no.

    And I decided looking for the TRUE ROOT CAUSE.
    I had some DIGGING to do to uncover them. I had to UNTANGLING to do to see and understand the roles of different factors more clearly.

    Then, I had to REMOVE the TOXINS contaminating my roots and replace them with FOODS + HABITS + BELIEFS that truly nourished them. Slowly but surely, the new nourishment I was getting from my roots started nourishing my organs, body systems, and every single one of my cells.

    And I felt better than I had ever had.

    Getting to the ROOT of your SYMTOMS = where healing & true transformation happen.

    Are you ready to get to the root of YOUR symptoms?

    FREE MINI-COURSE

    Free Mini Course “Get to the root of your symptoms” starting next week June 26-30, 2017. Join my group to learn to do what I did to heal myself and what I do with my clients to help them do the same.

    NOTE: I’m NOT saying there are cases where going on the pill is a good idea. It’s really individual and there are women for whom it’s very beneficial. My point here is that I wish doctor made more of an effort to look for the root cause and correct it, whether you are on the pill or not.

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    I'm Aglaée Jacob (feel free to call me AJ) and I'm a non-diet dietitian, heart & soul nutritionist, and self-love guide. I'm the founder of Radicata Nutrition, which was inspired by one of my favorite words: roots (Radicata is Latin for roots).

    I help women who feel crazy and out of control with food go to the ROOTS of their food + health issues so they feel NOURISHED in their mind, heart, and soul and can finally find PEACE and FREEDOM with food, their body, and their life.

    If any of this resonates with you, join me in the Radicata Nutrition Community to watch my FREE mini-course “GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR SYMPTOMS” starting next week. I hope to see you there!

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    How I healed my health issues & my food issues!

    Click here to claim your free gift!

    (the FREE gift consists in a powerful questionnaire to illuminate how nourished you are
    so you know what to focus on to really get to the root of your health and food issues!)

     

    Sending you healing and loving energy,

    Aglaée

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    Why are we so shocked and offended by this "unicorn drink"?

    Why?

    Not why so much sugar but rather why do we care so much and why are "health-conscious" people so OFFENDED by this drink?

    It's so easy to judge things at first glance and try to feel morally superior by comparing.

    It's easy to look at people living in larger bodies and think they eat too much or don't go to the gym enough. And to make them feel like all of their problems are due to their weight. But do we really know their whole story? And aren't we perpetuating old dogmas that aren't even founded in science?

    It's easy to look at this drink and believe it's so awful when:
    1) there are tons of other foods with a similar profile, and
    2) there are tons of more important issues in the world that we should get OFFENDED about.

    Why aren't we OFFENDED that the diet industry is the only industry that is thriving with a faulty concept that causes 95% of the population to fail by making us believe it's our fault?

    Why aren't we OFFENDED that this kind of messaging and labeling of food as good vs bad is one of the biggest contributors to disordered eating and eating disorders?

    Why aren't we OFFENDED that most chocolates, even "healthy" dark ones, are still the product of child slavery today?

    Why aren't we OFFENDED that the cheap clothes we buy, made in third world countries, are contributing to putting workers in terrible and sometimes even deadly conditions?

    Why aren't we OFFENDED that most of our foods travel thousands of miles while our local farmers are barely making a living?

    Why aren't we OFFENDED that most of the coffee we drink that isn't fair trade and shade-grown is contributing to deforestation?

    I mean, what did you expect? Just look at it.
    Personally, I have absolutely no interest in it other than finding the name cool. I've never been a candy type of person and I'd rather have chocolate and brownies.

    But I have no problem if you want to give it a try, as long as it isn't an act of rebellion and that you do it in a way that's respectful to your body by feeling how it feels and using that information for future decisions.

    It's not about self-control, it's about self-care and about caring for the rest of the world and planet too. 🙂

    Nutritionally yours,

    Aglaée

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    21 gift ideas for the health conscious

    Whether you're looking for gift ideas for your loved ones or want to treat yourself, the following 21 items should help you find some inspiration, especially if you want your gift to be in line with your health-conscious mindset.

    From kitchen gadgets to tools to help you better deal with stress and healthy (but delicious!) foods, here are some things that I either have already received (or treated myself to) or that are on my list right now. 😉 Click on the images below each description to learn more and buy them directly online.

    Disclaimer: All the links in the images below are affiliate links. Clicking on these links doesn't cost you anything but gives me a small percentage of what you spend so I can keep providing valuable free content to you here at Radicata Nutrition.

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    Kitchen gadgets

    Health starts with cooking real food in the kitchen! Adding a few of these gadgets to anyone's kitchen can make healthy eating a lot easier and tastier too!

    1. Spirooli

    The spirooli is really the best gadget out there to make noodles with almost any kind of vegetables. You can transform zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes and many other of your favorite veggies into noodles that you can use to create a grain-free version of your favorite pasta dishes. This should definitely be in the kitchen of anyone trying to eat more veggies!

    spirooli

    Spirooli ($30)

    2. Slow-cooker / pressure cooker

    This is one of my favorite kitchen gadget that I use all the time to make bone broth and have my dinner make itself! I have had a few slow-cookers in the past but because I am a bit concerned with the type of lining / coating inside those, I now want to switch to the Insta-Pot. If I don't get it for Christmas or my birthday, I think I'll have to get it myself!

    Insta-Pot ($125)

    Insta-Pot ($125)

    3. Safe cookware - Le Creuset

    The foods you eat are absolutely crucial to your health but what you use to cook your foods also matters! Unfortunately, many skillets, pots and pans are lined with dangerous anti-adhesive coating. Le Creuset is one of the safest brand of cookware you can find and it comes in all the prettiest colors. My dream is to have a whole set... maybe one day!

    lecreuset

    Le Creuset cookware ($50-299+)

    4. Food dehydrator

    A food dehydrator is a great gift for your health-conscious friend or family member. I love using mine to make kale chips, to dehydrate fruits and fresh herbs, to dry nuts after activating / soaking them and even to make my own green banana flour (one of the best sources of resistant starches, which is great to support a healthy gut flora!).

    food dehydrator

    food dehydrator ($50)

    5. Water filter

    Tap water is unfortunately not usually the best type of water to put in your body. Filtering is a healthy (and environmentally-friendly) option over buying plastic bottled water. There are tons of options out there but here's the water filtration system (Berkey) I have at home. Don't forget to get the additional fluoride filters if there's fluoride in your municipal water.

    Berkey water filter

    Berkey water filter ($230)

    Stress management

    6. Non-Toxic Yoga Mat

    Many studies are now showing how effective yoga is as a stress management strategie! But did you know that most yoga mats are made with PVC or vinyl, a known carcinogen? Non-toxic, eco-friendly yoga mats are made from natural rubber (did you know that natural rubber comes from a tree?) Just make sure that the rubber is harvested from a sustainable source. Another good thing about natural yoga mats is that they are biodegradable so you can really feel good and relax while doing your yoga without having to worry about how your yoga mat is affecting your health or the environment.

    yogamat

    non-toxic yoga mat   ($30-80)

    7. Yoga toe stretchers

    I wish I could have a foot massage everyday.... but the next best thing are these yoga toe stretchers! I love wearing them whenever I want to relax or even in bed and they're really good for the health of your feet, which is so important for the health and alignment of your whole body. If you don't believe me, read Katy Bowman's Every Woman's Guide to Food Pain Relief.

    yoga toe stretcher

    yoga toe stretchers ($40)

    8. Adult coloring books

    Adult coloring books are getting really popular, and for a good reason! Studies are now showing that they are as effective as meditation to help you better manage the stress in your life. By using your creativity and focusing on that task, you are really able to switch your monkey brain off and be in the present moment. Don't forget to also get nice coloring pens to go with your gift!

    coloring books

    coloring books   ($5-12)

    9. Beeswax candles

    Did you know that candles are one of the biggest sources of toxins in your home? The chemicals released when you burn regular and scented candles are the same as those released in diesel fuel fumes! Beeswax candles are more expensive but they last longer, don't release any harmful chemicals and can even help clean indoor air by releasing negative ions. For extra points, combine with a yoga session or a warm bath.

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    beeswax candles ($15-30)

    10. Gratitude journal

    Feeling and expressing gratitude are some of the most powerful ways of activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of your nervous system that allows you to feel relaxed, to better digest and to heal. Using a gratitude journal is a great reminder to spend the last 5 minutes of your day cultivating gratitude. It might sounds like an insignificant habit but I dare you to try it and see what it can bring to your health and your life!

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    gratitude journal ($7-12)

    Digestive health

    You have probably heard the old adage ''Health starts in the gut''. Well, I strongly believe that it is true. If you truly care about your loved ones' health, you should definitely care about their gut health too!

    11. My book & cookbook: Digestive Health with REAL Food

    Disclaimer: shameless promotion! In case you didn't know, I wrote a book called Digestive Health with REAL Food: a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues and a companion cookbook Digestive Health with REAL Food: The Cookbook. If you know anyone with digestive issues looking for natural answers, this is THE book to get. 🙂

    My books! ($7-27)

    My books! ($7-27)

    12. Squatty potty

    Everyone should have a squatty potty in their bathroom! Humans are not designed to eliminate seated but if you are not willing to go dig a hole and squat in your backyard to poop, the alternative is to use the squatty potty. This alone can help many people dealing with constipation and hemorrhoids. If you don't believe me, watch their hilarious video This Unicorn Changed the Way I Poop.

    Squatty potty ($33-80)

    Squatty potty ($33-80)

    13. Gut-healing gelatin

    Gelatin is a superfood / whole food supplement that can not only benefit gut health, but also help with decreasing inflammation, improving the health and appearance of your skin and keeping your joints healthy and pain-free. I love the brand Vital Proteins because their gelatin is made from pastured / grass-fed cows. The green container (see picture below) is great for adding to hot beverages or making tummy gummies (recipe in my book and to come on the blog soon). The blue container has the same properties but can be diluted in cold beverages (think smoothies).

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    collagen to make tummy gummies! ($46)

    14. Fun silicon molds to make gut-healing tummy gummies

    A great way to complement gift idea #13 above is to add these fun silicon molds to make my gut-healing tummy gummies. This recipe is super easy to make and can be found in my cookbook Digestive Health with REAL Food and I'll post it on the blog shortly too. You can also google ''gelatin gummies recipe'' to find a ton of recipes on how to make these healthy and fun snacks for the whole family.

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    silicon molds for your tummy gummies ($5-15)

    Food and more!

    The food you eat every day can make a huge difference in how you feel and how healthy you are. Giving healthy foods is giving the gift of health and love, so make sure to check out gift ideas #15 and #16!

    15. My favorite foods at One Stop Paleo Shop

    I love shopping at OneStopPaleoShop.com because, as its name implies it, it's a one-stop shop! You don't need to eat Paleo to shop there. All the foods they offer are made of the most natural and high-quality ingredients and are all gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and GMO-free. That's food everyone should eat, really!

    Here are some of my favorites:

    • coconut secret coconut aminos (soy-free sauce)
    • lovebean superfudge spread
    • kasandrinos olive oil
    • otto's cassava flour
    • epic bars, exo bars, Rx bars
    • jerky
    • ghee and coconut oil
    • sauerkraut
    • primal kitchen mayo (made with avocado oil)
    • jackson's honest chips
    • bone broth co. - grass-fed pasture-raised bone broth
    healthy & tasty foods! ($3-25)

    healthy & tasty foods! ($3-25)

    16. Yearly membership to Thrive Market

    Thrive Market is another great resource to shop for natural and organic foods at wholesale prices. You can get a free 30-day trial to check it out and then give a yearly membership (only $60) to someone you love who would enjoy the convenience of shopping online.

    thrive

    Thrive Market yearly membership ($60)

    Personal care products

    17. Natural creams, deodorants, tooth powder and makeup

    Many of the personal care and body care products we use on a daily basis are filled with questionable ingredients... If you don't believe me, look up the products you use in the EWG's Cosmetic Database. Fortunately, there are tons of natural alternatives to try, whether you're looking for a healthier moisturizer, deodorant, toothpaste or even make up. And these make great gifts too! I personally would really want to try Primal Life Organics' Vitamin C serum and Fat Face Skincare Body Butta.

    primal life organics

    Primal Life Organics

    Fat Face Skincare

    Fat Face Skincare

    * Canadians: Check out Clementine Fields to find all the natural body care products you need. 🙂

    Movement

    18. Multi-gym bar

    Confession: I can't do a pull-up...! But I'm sure that having one of these would be exactly the reminder and motivation I would need to work on it. This multi-gym bar can be installed in most doorways and is great to help you improve your upper body strength and flexibility. Even if you can't do a pull-up (like me!), you can still use it to stretch your arms and to try to hang for as long as you can. Katy Bowman's book Move Your DNA would go very well with this to explain how important it is to work on your monkey hanging skills and vary the way you move!

    multi-gym bar ($30)

    multi-gym bar ($30)

    19. Fluidstance

    I love standing when I work, especially when Skyping with my clients or even writing. I can never stay in the same position for too long and this is probably a good thing since studies are now showing that sitting kills! I just got a Fluidstance and love how comfortable it is and how it allows me to stand longer without fatigue. For those who can't afford a standing desk (like me!), putting your laptop on a high table (using a few boxes if needed) and using the Fluidstance is the next best thing.

    Fluidstance ($289)

    Fluidstance ($289)

    Something different

    20. Adopt an organic olive tree

    Adopting an organic olive tree is a great way to support organic agriculture and to reap the harvest too! As part of the adoption, you are entitled to receive part of the olive oil your adopted tree produces! Check out this olive orchard in Spain and this one in Greece to find the tree that you want.

    adopt an organic olive oil tree ($60)

    adopt an organic olive oil tree ($60)

    21. Scandinavian baths

    Water has powerful healing properties and can be very beneficial to support the body's detoxification abilities and to boost the metabolism. A couple of tickets to Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy bath treatments make a great gift... and by giving 2 tickets you can keep your fingers crossed that you'll be invited to join!

    Scandinavian baths

    Scandinavian baths ($50-100)

    What would YOU like to receive?

    Please add your favorite gift ideas in the comments below. 🙂

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