Wellness Beets Episode #22: Coconut Bliss, Healing Clay, and Plastic Exposure

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Updates
Brittany – If you live in the NYC area join me for the next Healing Foods Workshop, Saturday, August 15th in Brooklyn – go to my events page to register.

Alex – The first 10 spots for the Healthy Hormones Group Program are filling up! Claim your spot early to get early access to your hormone/neurotransmitter and customized plan.


Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream Giveaway on Instagram!
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►Here’s how to enter:
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​3. Tag 3 friends who would love Coconut Bliss and ​Wellness Beets Podcast on Instagram
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5. This giveaway will run until ​Wednes​day, ​August 5 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be chosen and notified the next day!
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Healing Clay Benefits
We talk about the external and internal uses for the different types of clay out there, such as bentonite clay, kaolin clay, and and red moroccan clay. We also discuss why it’s so important to not try ingesting clay without the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider.

Saffireblue.ca to buy all sorts of different clays for super cheap.  

Plastic Exposure
We talk about the risks of plastic exposure (such as hormonal imbalances), the impact plastics can have on children, the possible link of and how you can avoid it all. Brittany talks about the 3 common chemicals found in plastics, including BPA, PFOA, and Phthalates (especially dangerous to men).

We also discuss plastic alternative such as glass, stainless steel (BPA free), fabric food storage bags, cast iron and enameled cast iron, stoneware, ceramic cookware, and safe plastic food storage (Plastics 5, 2 and 4 are safer than Plastics #3, #6, and #7).

Plastic Alternatives:
Eco Lunch Boxes
Wrap-N-Mat
Mighty Nest
Check the Environmental Working Groups list of safe products.

 

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Wellness Beets Episode #7: Stress Management, Cooking Fats, and Henna

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Updates
Brittany is heading to Paleo f(x) April 23rd-26th! She’s excited to for a weekend of nerding-out with science minded foodies. Look for her there and introduce yourself! 

Alex’s Nutrient Boot Camp is revving up for its May group! Join in to increase your nutrient density and diversity for 28 days. 


Stress Management
Stress Management is incredibly important for overall health.  Not only does this change the physiology of the body (hormones, messaging signals, central nervous system), but it changes your perspective on the objective things going on in your life. Alex and Brittany share their personal experiences with incorporating mental health practices and how this affected their overall health.

Tools:
►Gratitude Diary app from App Store

For Meditation:
►Headspace app from App Store
►check out: Tara Brach (has podcast as well), Louise Hay (Hay House Podcast), Oprah & Deepak Chopra program (21 day intro program)

 Daily Options:
►long walks
►talking with friends and family
►meditation
►journaling
►epsom salt soaks

Henna for Hair and Colorless Henna Alternatives 

The most basic recipe is to place henna in a bowl, pour in warm water until it’s the consistency of mud, and add in a splash of lemon or lime juice (something acidic). Then let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let the dye release. Alex usually washes her hair first (soapnut shampoo and this protein packed strengthening shampoo are her favorite), applies the henna, and lets it sit on the hair for a while (kept in place by a shower cap and towel turban) before rinsing out with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Alex highly recommends starting with as little as 15 minutes on the hair, especially if you have a lighter hair, and working up to 1.5 hours (for dark hair and for a greater transformation in color). 

Different additions to the henna treatment will give different results. For all the different goodies for all the different purposes (conditioning, better curls, repair), you can get this free Henna Hair Guide cheat sheet PDF. 

For all the conditioning effects of henna but with less color deposition, you can mix the henna with coconut oil for a glossing effect.  In this case, a shampoo afterwards might be necessary. A great alternative to this is a henna and yogurt nurturing hair mask.

If you’re looking for the conditioning effect of henna but without any color change, there is this recipe.

If you’re looking for a brunette color, you can combine henna and indigo to get a pretty color.

Great information webiste: hennaforhair.com

Alex’s favorite place to buy henna: mehandi.com

 

Food Swap Tip: Replacing Cooking Fats

For all the information on why to swap your cooking fasts and oils, look to Brittany’s Cooking Fat/Oil Guide.

Cooking fats to toss: canola oil, spray oils, any vegetable oils (mis-labeled products are companies trying to hide transfat in their foods) margarine, soybean, corn, and products labeled “vegan butter” or “____ butter”. Anything that’s not real butter, toss it. 

Cooking fats to use are: coconut oil, butter, ghee (here’s Alex’s recipe), lard, bacon fat, duck fat, or olive oil. Check out this guide for help in selecting the Best Olive Oil.  

 

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Wellness Beets – Episode 6: Sleep Hygiene, Dealing with Doctors, and Dairy Substitutions

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Sleep Hygiene and Bedtime Rituals
Brittany’s bedtime ritual involves turning off most lights and all electronics 1 hour before bed. (Alex does something similar but also wears these amber tinted glasses.)  She also tries to shut down mentally by reading non-fiction and journaling before bed.  Brittany’s main rule: the bedroom is for sex and sleep…and Alex agrees. Get rid of all extra stuff and clutter while you’re at it!

Alex does things very similarly to Brittany.  Alex’s sleep hacks are described here (she does these things every night but especially relevant when she’s switching between day and night shifts). And her bedtime routine is described in detail in this post.

Dealing With Doctors
Alex and Brittany both get personal about their experiences with doctors…and Alex goes into her experience with being on the other side.

Alex’s experiences and best advice are in a 2 part blog series on the subject: part 1 and part 2.

Click here to get the free PDF summary and worksheets that go along with the blog series and this podcast episode!

Brittany also prepares well to go into appointments and follows up about questions through email with her primary care provider.


Food Swap: Coconut Milk for Dairy
Brittany gives her best tips and tricks for swapping out coconut milk for dairy products.  She’s got a huge blog post for 28 Uses for Coconut MIlk.  One of the best is adding it to Scrambled Eggs as a substitute for creme fraiche.

Both Alex and Brittany buy the Native Forest, Let’s Do Organic, and Natural Value brands. The Natural Value brand is the only one with no guar gum and the one that comes in a BPA-free liner can.

Alex’s recipes for homemade full-fat coconut milk is here. She also has made a recipe called The Coconut Milk Fakeout for her little sister who wanted something that had the texture and taste of normal milk.  Alex also likes making dairy-free coconut milk kefir as an alternative to getting probiotics.

 

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