Books I Love
The Artist’s Way (there is also a workbook!) by Julia Cameron
Are you an artist or creative? Have you been feeling blocked and uninspired lately? Then this book (and the associated Morning Pages Journal/workbook) is for you. It will help you to dig deep into your inner thoughts, break down your own barriers to creating, pay attention, find inspiration, and start to create again. Beware, this isn’t just a book that you read. It involves 12 weeks of daily morning pages, weekly reading and prompts, and a weekly artist date (with yourself). But it is more than worth it!
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
I read this book for a 6-week workshop that I took all about mindfulness meditation. It’s very easy to follow and provides hands-on tips and practices that you can begin to use in your daily life. I highly recommend this for anyone trying to incorporate more mindfulness into their lives.
In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore
In a fast-paced world, run by deadlines and multi-tasking, one of the most challenging things to do is to slow down. This book is a wonderful reminder and is separated into different sections that can be applied to multiple parts of our lives.
The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and what to do if you’ve already lost it by Sandra Cabot, M.D.& Margaret Jasinska
The Handbook of Health Behavior Change by Reikert, et. al, 4th edition
Products I Love
Veriditas by Pranarom essential oils – I am SO happy I found this brand! It’s a wonderful company with all certified organic therapeutic grade essential oils, oil blends, and hydrosols. I use essential oils for everything from making my own homemade toothepaste, skin care products, boosting my mood, and help with occasional headaches. They’ve got awesome blends as well – my favorite is Mental Clarity which is great for when you need a little extra help with focusing, meditation or yoga practice, headaches and more. They’ve also got deodorant made for both men and women – I’ve been using this for 3 years and it’s THE BEST!
OPTP Pro-Roller standard density foam roller
Foam rollers are sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s chiropractor” because of how beneficial they are for our muscle, joint, and overall physical health. OPTP brand is made specifically for the demands of physical therapy clinics and Pilates or yoga studios and the materials are made to outperform the typical store bought brands (not all foam rollers are created equal! I actually bought mine from a Pilates studio). I love this foam roller for my back, muscles, and other trigger points. It can also be used in various Pilates exercises. The link I provided also provides links to different videos all about the benefits of foam rollers. There’s also a ton of videos on YouTube. Use these resources if you are unsure how to use a foam roller. You will not regret investing in such a simple, yet powerful product.
Cuisinart food processor – If you need to chop or slice a ton of vegetables or ever plan on making your own spreads or dips, then a food processor will be one of your best investments. I use this to shred or slice carrots, potatoes, and other tough vegetables, saving a bunch of time. I also use a food processor to make spreads and sauces like hummus and pesto. I’m even working on perfecting a recipe for a healthy Hazelnut spread (Nutella alternative).
Citrus Press – It’s safe to say that most of the recipes I work on involve adding some large amount of lemon or lime juice. The citrus press has made it way easier to get the most out of my citrus without making a huge mess. I also like this product because it’s stainless steel – no plastic or weird paints or metals.
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