working out

The perfect combination of Apple Watch and Working Out

When it comes to workouts, the Apple Watch is a great tool. With over a million units sold, Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market today. As a result, the wearable device market is flooded with bands, many of which are marketed as “sport bands.” Finding the perfect band, on the other hand, might be a real challenge. Fortunately, there are numerous choices available. You can wear a sweat-friendly sports band when working out. Check here Apple watch bands that are best for working out.

 

1. Apple Sport Loop

 

Apple Sport Loop bands are comfortable to wear because of their blend of softness, breathability, and lightness. A double-layer nylon weave contains dense loops on the bottom side of the bands with a hook-and-loop closure to provide additional cushioning. Moisture can also escape through this opening. There are regular versions of this band, just like with other government-sponsored groups.

2. Apple Sport Band

 

Sport bands from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters are as ancient as the Apple Watch. The band is sturdy and long-lasting despite being made of a soft fluoroelastomer. Wearables have M/L and L/XL sizing options so you can get the right fit. It’s possible to get this official band in both regular and holiday colors.

 

3. Jumping Single Tour Band

 

The fashionable leaping single tour watch band features breathable fabric and can be washed when it becomes filthy, so you can show off your active side in style. Wearing something as light and comfortable feels great, and it’s also good for your skin. This Apple Watch sports band buckle secures your Apple Watch to the interface perfectly and prevents it from sliding out or slipping off your wrist. This handy design makes it possible to wear this light item for long periods without feeling fatigued.

 

Apple Watch and Working Out

 

4. AdMaster Compatible Apple Watch Band

 

This third-party Nike Sport Band from AdMaster comes in a variety of hues, including midnight blue/vintage rose, red/black, hot pink, and many more, much like the official Nike Sport Band. The silicone band has a stainless-steel buckle and is hypoallergenic.

 

5. IYOU Sport Band

 

This sport band comes in a variety of colors and sizes and has hypoallergenic stainless-steel lugs on both ends that are free of nickel. The band is composed of silicone, which is soft to the touch but also long-lasting. Bundles come with a variety of bands in varying shades of blue. Both ends of the band have your watch lugs, so it fits perfectly and firmly on your watch band interface.

 

Installation is simple, and removing it is as simple as pressing a button. A neat fit is guaranteed with an in-move pin-and-tuck fastening. For a sporty style, use soft silicone with a smooth finish. It’s both cozy and long-lasting.

 

6. Nike Style Sport Band

 

Your athletic lifestyle will look great with this Nike-inspired sport iWatch band. This Apple Watch strap is made of silicone, so it’s both robust and breathable, making it perfect for working out. The lightweight, soft-yet-sturdy construction does more than just keep you comfortable.

 

The pin-and-tuck fastening keeps it on your wrist during strenuous activities like lifting weights and sprinting without slipping off—even in humid weather! It also increases ventilation to keep you cool while working out. These sports straps are made even more comfortable with a hypoallergenic metal buckle made of nickel-free stainless steel that will never bother sensitive skin.

 

7. NUKELOLO Band

 

This Apple Watch band comes with a handy TPU case for protecting your genuine Apple Watch and is available in numerous color combinations. In terms of the band, it’s constructed of a strong, flexible, and light material. Sizes range from small to large to accommodate all iWatch models. This is a great Apple band for working out.

 

8. Double Buckle Silicone Band

 

This band is pleasant and easy to wear close to your wrist because it is made of high-quality silicone materials that are not detrimental to the skin. The built-in adaptor makes it simple to switch bands between the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm models of the Apple Watch. These straps are ideal if you value individuality above all else, as they come in a variety of colors.

9. Great fine Sport Band

 

Here’s a fanciful option to ponder. High-performance soft silicone is used to make this comfortable and long-lasting band. Beautiful floral alternatives, like the Great fine Sport Band, give you a more feminine look when wearing your Apple Watch.

10. Tide Brand Printed Sport Band

 

It has watch lugs both on ends, which latch into the interface accurately and firmly, making it perfect for wearing with the Apple iWatch sport silicone rubber band. Durable and resilient, the new stainless adjustable pin-and-tuck clasp is easy to put on and take off when you need it. This is your perfect choice for an apple watch sport strap, so use it with confidence!

Lemonade

Activated Charcoal Honey Lavender Lemonade

Things I am currently loving…or ok I will admit, slightly obsessed:

  1. Activated charcoal: did you see my post on my daily skincare routine and why I am loving activated charcoal?
  2. Pressed Juicery “Freeze”: ok, obsessed with their fro-yo (and no its not actual frozen yogurt but those words make me smile). They just opened in Hawaii and for the first time in about 5 years, I can actually go to a real-life store and buy a dessert! You don’t know how happy this makes me, and how sad my wallet is due to all my visits! They take vegetable and fruit juice and turn it into soft serve “freeze” as they call it! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! And they don’t use any refined sugars, so happy happy me!
  3. Lavender essential oil: I have always loved the smell of lavender, ah the lavender fields in France are simply fabulous! Lavender is so relaxing and I have been loving diffusing it recently throughout the day and especially at night. I can’t tell you how much better I sleep at night and wake up actually feeling refreshed! Send me an email if you want to learn more!

 

Summer is in full swing and that has me reaching for some ice-cold drinks. I grabbed a bottle of charcoal lavender lemonade from Pressed Juicery the other day and it was so darn delicious, I had to re-create it the next day! This lemonade is not overly sweet which I love, but so refreshing on a hot day and the flavors of lavender and lemon combine so beautifully!

I have been loving using activated charcoal on my skin (read my post on my daily cleansing routine) and thought well hey if it can help detox, why not drink it! Now, you don’t want to drink too much of this stuff because it can be too dehydrating if you do, but this honey sweetened lavender lemonade is just so refreshing!

Lavender essential oil is my absolute favorite—the smell just makes me happy and keeps me so calm! I usually keep my bottle of lavender close by for any stressful situations and love diffusing it at night. A few drops gives this lemonade such a rich, pure flavor. Please note: I can only recommend using and consuming pure, therapeutic grade essential oils and if you want more information on which ones I LOVE and why, send me a quick email!

 

Activated Charcoal Honey Lavender Lemonade

Recipe inspired by Pressed Juicery.

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp activated charcoal (approximately 800 mg)
  • 4 drops pure lavender essential oil*
    *I can only recommend using and consuming pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. For more information on what ones I use and why I love them, send me a quick email!

 

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high briefly until mixed.
  • Pour and serve over ice.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint if desired, I personally love the smell of that as you sip.
  • Store remaining lemonade in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, shaking before you pour.
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

 

Homemade Paleo Salted Caramel Chocolate Candy Bars

Life’s better drizzled in chocolate right?! I totally had a splatter painting party making these—chocolate, toasted coconut and sea salt everywhere…oh my! Kitchen messes are so fun to make, but just so darn not fun to clean. Send help. Thanks.

I was craving those frozen ice cream Snickers bar the other day—like badly craving! I have never tried making a homemade candy bar, so clearly my cravings were a good reason! These are layered with a coconut cookie crust, salted date caramel layer and covered in chocolate. Oh and then finaly sprinkled with more salt and toasted coconut, because I sprinkle everything in salt!

These homemade grain-free and Paleo friendly candy bars are sort of a mix between a classic Snickers and Twix—well I actually haven’t eaten candy in over 5 years, so I can’t speak with certainty on that subject. They are also nut free if you use a seed butter so yay!

 

Homemade Paleo Salted Caramel Chocolate Candy Bars

 

You all may see me posting dessert or baked good recipes on my blog or Instagram often…well first they are so fun to photograph so thats a major reason, but second, I only ever eat a few bites. Let me explain. To me, life is all about balance. I pretty much have a treat each and everyday, always something I personally have made so I know exactly what the ingredients are and I usually only have a few bites!

Having Type 1 diabetes, means I can’t really go big or go home so to speak—plus, you all know I can’t stand the term “cheat day!” That would make me very sick! Although in college I did frequently say “go big or go to sleep” (haha)!

Rather, I find that having a few bites here and there is one of the best ways to stay consistent in living healthy each day. So make these and enjoy occasionally! Life is too short not to drizzle the day with chocolate!

 

Homemade Paleo Salted Caramel Chocolate Candy Bars

makes 16 candy bars | approximately 22 g carbohydrates per bar (will vary slightly due to chocolate)

 

Coconut Cookie Crust

  • 1 cup finely shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely ground golden flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup creamy nut butter or seed butter (for nut-free)
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter*
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Salted Date Caramel

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates (about 15 medjool dates)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean, split open and scraped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Chocolate Covering

  • 8 oz dark chocolate (I recommend Pure 7 honey sweetened chocolate)
  • 1 cup thick toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
    *coconut butter is not the same as coconut oil.

 

Directions

  • Add all the coconut cookie crust ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times just until all the ingredients are completely incorporated. (I recommend pulsing rather than blending with a food processor as ingredients will quickly turn from a cookie dough consistency to a nut butter).
  • Line a 8 by 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper drooping over both sides.
  • Add the cookie crust to the baking dish and use a flat spatula to smooth into a thin, even layer.
  • Clean out your food processor and add all the salted date caramel ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the caramel layer over the cookie crust, using a spatula to create a thin, even layer.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Chop the chocolate into chunks. Over low heat, in a small sauce pan, melt the chocolate slowly. Set aside to cool as this will help create the perfect candy bar texture.
  • Remove the candy bars from the refrigerator and lift up on the parchment paper. Transfer the used parchment paper to a flat baking sheet to use later.
  • Slice the bars in half and then lengthways creating 16 bars. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Carefully dip the candy bars into the melted but cool chocolate and place back on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with toasted coconut and sea salt flakes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before enjoying. They will keep out of the refrigerator, but I prefer to store them in the refrigerator (to keep longer and avoid any melting) and simply remove 10 minutes before eating.