5 Ways To Boost Your Energy WITHOUT The Help Of Caffeine!

Energy is something that I think at least 95% of us feel we need more of on a regular basis, and we definitely go to some extreme measures to get what we feel we need. Caffeine is the drug of choice for so many of us (myself included) and while the morning cup of coffee is essential, it isn’t long before we are downing 3+ cups just to get us through the workday. Then there’s energy drinks, caffeinated sodas, and even caffeinated gum and foods. Not that I’m personally complaining about the existence of any of these things (well, except maybe soda, but that was never my thing), but thanks to the daily availability and consumption of caffeine in our lives we are starting to become dependant on the stuff to keep ourselves going. This got me thinking…

There has got to be a better way! I will never give up the morning ritual of my hot cup of Joe, but when 2 pm rolls around and I’m itching for a boost, I don’t want to have to depend on coffee to get me through.  I decided to start messing around with other options. Recently, I heard Rachel Hollis say something about how our energy needs to be created, and I realized she was right, so the next time I started to fade, I started to brainstorm alternative options, and I came up with some great ones and have started implementing them into my daily practices. Now, does this mean I no longer reach for a little caffeine boost sometimes? No. I’m only human which means I’m not perfect, however, I have been loving using alternate options only to discover they work just as well as (and sometimes better than) and afternoon cup of coffee.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to boost my energy sans- caffeine.

1. Get Pumped Dance Party

The music lover in me might be biased, but there is something so energizing about turning on one of your favorite energizing songs and dancing around for a bit. Sometimes it’s just bopping around while standing up ( have to get a break from sitting!) and some days it turns into a legit, jumping around, fully choreographed, chasing Gracie around the house dance party. After just a song or two, I notice I start to feel re-energized and a little more clear-headed all at the same time. Below is my current “Get Pumped” playlist.  Don’t judge! You’ve got to find the songs that work for you! 

 

2. Eat For Energy

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April 2017 Wish List

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Here are a few of the awesome products that have caught my eye and made it onto my wish list for the new month.  We’ve got a little bit of everything this month.  Check it out!

Air Fryer ($150)- My biggest wishlist item of the month is an air fryer.  After seeing all of the awesome creations people are coming up with in their fryers, I’m having some severe envy about not having one of my own.  Air Fryers help you achieve the crisp cook of fried food while using little to no oil in the preparation.  This sounds like a dream come true.  I’m longing to get my hands on one of these so I can try out different veggies in there to make my own sweet potato fries, butternut squash bites, and I’m really dying to try the Green Giant cauliflower tots in there.  I was obsessed with them when I had them at my parent’s house, and I imagine tossing them in an air fryer rather than the oven will make them even more amazing. This appliance actually surpassed a new coffee maker on my wishlist. That’s just crazy talk!

Benefit Galifornia($29)- I’ve always enjoyed Benefit’s cult classic boxed blushes. Coralista has always been one of my favorites, and GALifornia looks like it might be a slightly brighter, but still completely wearable version of my all time favorite.   Read more

Dr Formula’s Nexabiotic Probiotic Supplement

ProbioticProbiotics is is a word we hear quite often when discussing health and wellness.  While I have had an on again/off again relationship with probiotics over the last few years, generally buying a bottle, finishing it, and after not noticing any big advantages, failing to repurchase.  When I was given the chance to try a supplement by Nexabiotic, I decided to give my relationship with probiotics the “on again” status and give it a try.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are essentially strains of good bacteria that live in our gut to help absorb nutrients, keep the bad bacteria at bay, and generally keep digestion running smoothly.  Things like stress (something we all experience) and age (something no one can avoid) can cause those good bacteria to die off.  Have you ever noticed that when you’re particularly stressed, maybe because of work or travel, your digestion seems to be a tad uncooperative? Apparently those good bacteria don’t respond well to stress either..

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What No One Tells You About Hitting Your Goal Weight

What No One Tells You About Hitting Your Goal Weight

Many of us have been on a weight loss journey of some kind at some point in our lives.  There are also many of us who are on one as we speak (myself included).  Whether the goal was to lose 10 lbs, 50 lbs, or 150 lbs, there are so many of us working hard to get to a specific goal weight. You can see the number, can’t you?  You know exactly what you want that scale to say.  Some people are using any crash diet you can think of to lose weight, while others are taking the slow and steady approach.  Whatever method you’re using (be it a proper one or not..), you are working hard and making sacrifices all in an effort to see that magic goal weight number appear on the scale.

Time passes.  Countless hours have been spent in the gym or outside running trying to burn some extra calories. Many pieces of pizza and cupcakes have heard the word “no” and been sacrificed all for the sake of this magic number.  And then, one day, you step on the scale and there it is.  You weigh yourself again to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, but when you look down, you see that glorious goal weight number staring back at you.  You feel victorious, sexy, strong, and like nothing can bring you down.  You’ve made it to your goal weight.  The wait is over. The diet is over.  Right??

Wrong..

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

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I’ve got your attention now, don’t I?  We all know that smoking is terrible for us. Studies show direct connections with cancer and early death, and for obvious reasons.  So why in the world would I dare ask if sitting is the new smoking?  Surely sitting seems like a plate of veggies in terms of health when compared with smoking!

Truth is, sitting is just as bad for you as smoking.  In fact, it might actually be worse.

In this day and age there are so many people that pride themselves over their big time office job, where they make the big bucks by working long hours and being fully dedicated to their work.  Your dedication of being chained to your desk could come something major like a promotion…or diabetes, obesity, a slew of health problems, or even death.

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Teami Blends 30 Day Detox Review

 

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As you may recall, about a month ago I started the TeaMi Blends 30 Day Detox.  Happy day to me, I finished it. Overall, the experience was a positive one.  Let’s get into the details.

What is the TeaMi 30 Day Detox?

The TeaMi Blends 30 day detox is a program that runs over a 30 day period (duh..) and consists of two different teas: TeaMi Skinny and TeaMi Colon.

Teami Skinny is a unique blend of all natural ingredients that help boost metabolism and suppress appetite, reduce bloating, increase energy, and aid in the digestion process. You can drink as much as you want, as there is no laxative effect. For the cleanse, I drank this first thing in the morning.  In the bag there is enough for a 1tsp serving every morning.  It might not look like a lot, but in the Teami Infuser, the tea expands to fill the whole thing when it steeps.  It’s pretty cool. The taste is good, but isn’t very strong, which I’m okay with.  I was able to drink it without any additional sweeteners and it was enjoyable.

The ingredients in Teami Skinny are: Yerba Mate, Oolong tea, Jiao Gulam, Lotus leaf, Lime leaf extract, ginger root, and Rhubarb root.

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Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes Review

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Digestion is something that most of us have minor (or major) issues with at one point or another. I know that when I have that struggle, for whatever the reason may be, it can leave me feeling bloated and pretty “blah.” Throughout the last two years or so, I started trying out different digestive enzyme supplements as a way to help relieve myself of this issue whenever I had a heavier meal or something I knew might cause some bloating.  I’ve found that in general, this technique has helped me feel a little bit better.

I was given the opportunity to try a different digestive enzyme by Zenwise Labs.  The Zenwise Labs Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics is an effective supplement to help relieve these common, yet bothersome problems. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking gas and bloating. Real talk.. Deal with it. Read more

5 Reasons to Drink More Water

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I know you have heard it a million times from a ton of different sources.  Doctors, magazines, fitness trainers, and health bloggers talk about the importance of water and hydration all the time.  I’m about to add myself to the list because it’s important enough for you to hear it one more time: Drink more water!

Did you know that around 65% (I thought I learned 70% in school, but fact checking I found this number instead) of our body is water.  Yeah, over half!  That is a lot of water. There are many ways we end up using and losing water, so if we aren’t diligent about replenishing our supply, we end up dehydrated and could cause some pretty significant problems to our precious bodies.  Here are just a few reasons why you should drink more water. Read more

My Top 10 Habits for Weight Loss Success

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I am a person who can proudly declare that I lost nearly 60 lbs and made it to my goal weight.  It was not an easy task, and it was quite a learning experience, but I did it.  I am also a person who will willingly admit that every single day is a struggle. When I am spot on with my habits,  my weight stays where it should be.  Not only that, but I FEEL great.  On the other hand, when I’m not on track, I end up really not on track..  I still haven’t quite figured out how to mend that imbalance, but here is what I have figured out:

The easiest way for me to stay on track is by following a few simple habits.  On their own they’re all healthy habits to have, but combined they are the power source behind by weight loss success. Read more

An Energizing, Nutritional Treat from Mamma Chia

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Have you heard of Mamma Chia?  Maybe you’ve seen it on shelves (it’s the glass bottle that looks like it’s filled with little pink jelly seed type things) and walked on by.  Well, now they have something new on the shelves that is definitely worth taking a look at.

Mamma Chia reached out to me and offered to let me try some of their new product that hit shelves in late 2014. How awesome of them!  I was super stoked when my box arrived and couldn’t wait to see what was inside. Read more