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Travel Snacks and Tips

Grain-Free & Paleo Travel Snacks and Tips

Ever since I was a little girl, I have absolutely loved to travel! My parents put a big emphasis on taking my sister and I on lots of trips around the globe and I truly am so thankful for those experiences! Then I married a Navy man, so let’s just say our life really is all over the place sometimes!

Many of you might be packing your bags and hitting the road this summer, so I thought I would put together a list of my favorite snacks for traveling! I have been on planes a lot this past year, and these snacks come in so handy!

Just because you are not in the comforts of your own home, does not mean your healthy eating and lifestyle has to go out the window! Take advantage of the beautiful places you might be exploring and the local cuisine, but always keep the big picture of your health in mind! Yes, I for sure splurge a bit more while traveling, but always keep my splurges to ones that I truly enjoy!

Happy summer vacation!

Travel Snacks and Tips

Grain-Free & Paleo Travel Snacks

Always be prepared—and be extra prepared, because traveling can bring a lot of “ifs” and delays! As a Type 1 Diabetic, I have to be very careful of the foods I eat, but also need to be prepared to avoid any “hangry” or blood sugar lows!

Most often snacks are filled with sugar, even the healthy ones, so be aware as that can add up quickly! I like to travel with an assortment of snacks so I am prepared! There is nothing worse than being stuck miles up in the air and starving!

 

  • R(x) Bar Maple Sea Salt bars (my absolute favorite!)
  • R(x) bar Chocolate Sea Salt or Coffee Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts (portion out into individual snack bags)
  • Morning Butter Biscuits (these travel fabulously)
  • Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • Pure 7 Chocolates (sweetened with raw honey)
  • Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers
  • Epic Bacon Bars
  • Simple Squares
  • Salted Maple Blondies (these travel fabulously)
  • Unsweetened, Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Epic Beef Jerky Bites (I love these because they are not tough!)

Travel Tips

Invest in a good bag—especially if you are traveling with a laptop and camera, you will want to protect your items and your back! I love my Kelly Moore Bag.

Supplements with a good probiotic—traveling puts your body under a lot of stress, even if you are going on a fabulous, tropical vacation, so you want to protect yourself extra good! I use THIS higher strength probiotic that is safe out of the refrigerator while traveling.

Make it travel sized—I try to keep my suitcase as minimalistic as possible! I simply adore my Primally Pure deodorant and facial toner spray, so these small, travel sized versions come in so handy! I also always use Beautycounter’s sunscreen stick (so easy to keep in your purse & it keeps your hands free of any messes, oh and it is travel sized) and their travel sized shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Safe, non-toxic skin care is so important, especially when traveling and your body is under more stress, so I just plan a bit ahead and it is simply that easy!

I also love this peony lipstick for summer—since I like to keep my makeup minimal while traveling and especially in the summer, this non-toxic lip stick is the perfect color for both day and night…and wears just like chapstick which I LOVE!

Travel Snacks and Tips

Essential Oils—We have all experienced that travel cold or sickness and that is NO fun, especially when you are on vacation! I always like to use what I have instead of having to search for a health food store when I am traveling, so I always keep a few essential oils handy in my purse!

I always keep lavender (for stress and sleep, sleeping in a new place can be difficult and I want to be well rested on vacation!), peppermint and “Past Tense” (for migraine relief—I never go anywhere without this because they work quickly at the onset of a migraine attack), “OnGuard” (for germs and immunity, seriously this works so quickly so you can put that sickness away and enjoy your travels), Wild Orange (so calming, especially if traveling has you a bit stressed both emotionally and physically).

Skincare

6 Toxic Skincare and Beauty Ingredients to Avoid and Why

I talk a lot about safe skincare and non-toxic living because I truly believe it is a huge component of our health and something that has seriously helped my day to day health, once I removed a huge portion of the toxins!

But have you ever walked through a store and wondered what even are those ingredients in my lotion and body wash?! I get so overwhelmed sometimes when I need something that I usually just end up leaving the store! Online shopping is so much easier and I think saves money on impulse buys too 😉

Soooo, I did your homework for you! YAY!

Today, I am breaking it down plain and simple with some of the most common “yuck” ingredients, why to avoid them and how to shop safe instead! This list is in no way totally inclusive, because that would take too long, but I picked out what I thought was important!

Why Remove These Toxic, Harmful Chemicals From Your Skincare Routine?!

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs these chemicals faster than you can apply them! Skincare products, especially like lotions, foundations and lipsticks are ones we use each and everyday and sit on your skin for the majority of the day, basically taking a toxic bubble bath (eek)!

Hormone issues, infertility, cancer, birth defects, acne and allergies are SERIOUSLY on the rise and switching to safer products, and eating clean, is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family!

I am VERY careful what brands I recommend and did a lot of “homework” about a year ago when I made the switch to safe. If you don’t want to spend hours researching like me, just take my word for it—I only share because I care for YOU, your future and your children!

Skincare and Beauty Ingredients

6 Toxic Skincare and Beauty Ingredients to Avoid and Why

1. Parabens

What is it: Parabens are preservatives found in most beauty and skincare items that help increase the shelf life and stability of your products. They are found mostly in makeup, foundation, face washes, face moisturizers and lotions.

Why avoid: Parabens are pretty scary as they can mimic estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm in the reproductive system. Further, they disrupt the endocrine system which can influence our hormones, reproduction and even a baby’s development.

Replace with these safe solutions: Tint Skin Foundation, Touchup Concealer Pen, Nourishing Day Cream, Charcoal Cleansing Bar

2. Fragrances

What is it: This category sounds pretty friendly right!? I mean I want to smell good! Well, WRONG! This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formulas” and a fragrance can contain tons of chemicals without having the ingredients be disclosed.

Why avoid: Fragrances have been show to cause allergies both food and environmental (allergies can greatly disrupt the digestive system, which can profoundly influence your health), dermatitis, respiratory issues, hormone disruption and even effect the reproductive system. Fragrances are found mostly in creams, moisturizers and hair products.

Replace with these safe solutions: Primally Pure Deodorant, Andalou Argan & Sweet Orange Shampoo and Conditioner, Beautycounter’s Daily Shampoo, Rejuvenating Eye Cream (my FAV!), Citrus Mimosa Body Wash, Nourishing Day Cream

3. Phthalates

What is it: A large group of plasticizing chemicals that help make up more pliable and fragrances stick to your skin.

Why avoid: These greatly disrupt the endocrine system and can even cause birth defects. Phthalates are found in most items containing a fragrance and can be apart of the company’s “secret formulas” too as well as deodorants, perfumes, lotions and hair sprays

Replace with these safe solutions: Rose essential oil (instead of perfume), Primally Pure Deodorant, Nourishing Day Cream, Sea Salt Styling Spray

4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and/or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

What is it: Probably one of the biggest ingredients to avoid as it is found in over 90% of items on the makeup and skincare aisles and even cleaning products (think laundry soap you use to wash your sheets and sleep on all night!).

Why avoid: SLS or SLES cause irritations to the skin and eyes, these irritations can lead to acne and more issues too, and even contain chemical compounds that can react with carcinogens—SCARY! These compounds can trigger allergies as well—an issue truly on the rise in both children and adults.

Replace with these safe solutions: Citrus Mimosa Hand Wash (contains aloe to moisturize too), Super-Duper Clean Kids Body Wash, OnGuard Laundry Detergent (works to remove even those tough workout-smells!), Tint Skin Foundation, Touchup Concealer Pen

5. BHA

What is it: A synthetic antioxidant used to extend the shelf life of products found in most lipsticks and glosses, moisturizers, diaper creams and other cosmetics.

Why avoid: These synthetics antioxidants are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. When we have liver damage, the body cannot detox properly and this can lead to serious health issues.

Replace with these safe solutions: Lip Sheer, Lip Gloss, Color Sweep Blush, Primally Pure Body Butter, Nourishing Day Cream, Baby Soothing Oil

6. Lead

What is it: Lead in the body is a neurotoxin and found in most lipsticks and lip glosses as well as some other makeup items. The highest levels of lead are found in the leading drugstore and department store brands (sad face)! Researchers found women applied lipstick from two to 14 times every day. In terms of chemical exposure, that translates into ingesting or absorbing as much as 87 milligrams of product a day.

Why avoid: Science indicates that there is no safe levels of lead exposure as lead is a neurotoxin linked to learning, behavioral and learning disabilities, menstrual irregularities, delayed puberty and reduced fertility, all issues greatly on the rise.

Replace with these safe solutions: Lip Sheer (Plum is my FAV for fall!), Lip Gloss, Color Sweep Blush, Eye Pencil