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What I recommend for the art of a healthy you

I have personal experience with every item on this list!

I either own the item, or I've used it in my work and have had a great experience with it. Some things on this list may have an affiliate link.  If you use one of these links to purchase a product I recommend, I'll get a small commission.

Nutrition

 

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender

I love this blender. It does a professional job at a much lower price point than the high-end blenders out there.  It comes with two smaller single serving containers that you can use to blend and to drink -easy single servings for on the go and less mess.

 

Kitchenaid Gourmet Stainless Steel Electronic Scale

This is the scale I’ve had in my kitchen for several years and it still works great!   It helps you navigate portion sizes with more clarity. It's small and smart looking.

 

Biochem Organic 100% Whey Protein Powder

This protein powder meets all my health and source standards and tastes great. I use the unflavored in this brand because a lot of the powders on the market are too sweet tasting to me.  I personally use a mix of two protein powders to fit my taste. I use a ¾ scoop of this unflavored powder with about ¼ scoop of the stevia-sweetened Reserveage Grass Fed Whey Protein powder below-in either vanilla or chocolate. For me, this is just the right mix of flavor, so I can drink it mixed quickly with unsweetened almond milk.

 

Reserveage Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder  

This is pretty tasty and adds just the right flavor and touch of sweetness for me, when I use as I mentioned above. Some may prefer to use this as their entire scoop of protein-either way, you are good to go.

 

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides 

This collagen powder mixes super easy and essentially has no taste. A friend surprised me with a sample canister and I've used it ever since.

 

Collagen peptides promote youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. Many people also use it to keep bones healthy and strong and support joint health. This one is Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed, Non-GMO.  It is soluble in cold and hot liquids.

 

Stonewall Kitchen Olive Oil and Balsamic Dressing      

It's so hard to find a salad dressing that doesn't have canola oil or soybean oil in it!! This one is made from healthy ingredients and tastes great. So, if you don’t want to bother making your own, this one is a great one to use!

Fitness

 

36-inch High-Density Round Foam Roller 

This foam roller is great for massaging muscles and promoting better flexibility. I am addicted to it! My favorite uses are for rolling out the bootie, back, and legs. I love to roll my back on it after a long work day. You may be a little sensitive in some areas when you first start to use it, so for those areas just support yourself a little more as you roll.

 

Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch

I love this little timer gem!  It allows for two different time intervals so you can time any number of different interval-type exercises. No need to reopen your phone or keep an eye on the time.  The beeper and vibration signal your time, just like you program it to.

 

Fit Simplify Resistance Bands

These bands are so handy, especially for those lower body and butt exercises!  I love that they add resistance, are portable and can easily travel anywhere you go. But they work great at home too!

 

Myotape Body Tape Measure

This is the measuring tape I use when I’m honing in on some goals. I like to measure to give myself a reliable insight into my progress or personal areas of concern. Concrete data is so helpful-knowledge is power!

 

Tanita BC544 Ironman Glass Innerscan Body Composition Monitor Elite series 

This is the body fat scale I own.  It is a little variable depending on your hydration status, so I suggest you measure under the same conditions each time - after fasting when you first get up, for example.

 

Body Fat Calipers

I have a similar set of calipers I use, but couldn't find the one I purchased years ago to reference here. This one gets good reviews. I like calipers that have you measure three different places.   For women, these measurements are usually the back of the arm, abdomen, and front of the thigh.

Personal Care

 

Teadora Brazilian Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner 

I found this little hair care pair when hunting for something better for my hair-its sulfate and paraben free.  My hair feels great afterward-well moisturized but not heavy. This one still lathers pretty nicely.

 

Biolage Cleansing Conditioner

When my hair is still clean but I need to shower and blow dry again, I use this cleansing conditioner.   These hair care products allow me to feel safe about the products I'm using and keep my hair healthy. Both are sulfate free.

 

Wella Just Brilliance Shine Pomade

My hair has become drier and a bit more frazzled on some of the end-this pomade helps to bring those little-frazzled hairs together and look more smooth. A tiny bit goes a very long way and doesn't make my hair feel weighted.

 

Hypervolt Vibrating Massage Device

My husband purchased this device and I fell in love with it! Self-massage devices have always offered a bit of a trade-off for me since I usually have to put some muscle behind them to get the job done. NOT the case with this mighty-volt! It's super lightweight, easy to hold and maneuver, and boy does it quickly help with muscle tension-particularly my traps and strained neck and back muscles! It is pricey but so is a series of massages. Think of it as your personal masseuse (4 interchangeable heads, 3 speeds and no tipping required).

Books

 

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson 

Sleep is one criminally overlooked element. It can help you shed fat, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body.

 

Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts

This is an illustrated guide that shows different strength training exercises with details on what muscles are worked.  This book is a great learning tool and will help you understand muscle groups and correct form.

 

Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before

I really enjoyed this book about habits.  It’s fun to see what kind of habit maker and breaker you are.  I will go back to this book as a reference.

 

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up

This one is really life-changing, at least it was for me. It helped me approach decluttering with a different perspective-one that made it much less agonizing to decide what to let go of.   Freeing up your space from unwanted or unused things makes life feel more abundant!! The author is a little quirky, but I liked it.

 

 

 

 

Sleep

 

Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson (same as in books section)

Sleep is one criminally overlooked element. It can help you shed fat, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body.

 

Sleep Mask

I don’t how I ended up with my satin-like sleep mask, but I can tell you I love it, as it significantly impacts the quality of my sleep! Blocking ALL light sources really helps me sleep soundly. I’m linking to one for your convenience-but do look for one that has a satin-like feel, has a little short nose extension to block out all light and has an adjustable band so it's not too tight. They are super cheap too-so you could even try out a few and pick your favorite.

 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

I purchased these and use them when I just can't simply resist the darn iPad or iPhone. Blue light lowers melatonin that helps us get ready for sleep and rest well. Even the artificial light we are exposed to can affect us-so wearing them in the evening 1-2 hours before bed is ideal. They look a bit goofy on me but..choices, right?