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Should You Be Taking A Collagen Peptide?

In case you haven’t heard me mention recently I AM NOT AN EXPERT.  On ANYTHING really, except maybe my kid. But I am a health enthusiast, exercise hobbyist, avid researcher and a superfood/health product/youth serum junkie.  For months I heard friends talking about taking collagen.  But I was pregnant.  Then I was breastfeeding.  Then I forgot about it.  Well I was recently reminded by a friend on Instagram and decided to try the one that EVERYONE kept talking about.

Vital Proteins kept coming up in my research and conversations with friends who loved the stuff and were already addicted.  In my own hunt for information I liked what I saw about VP.  Specifically, that it is made from pasture raised, grassfed cows and is NON-GMO. It’s also whole 30 approved for my many friends who I know love this plan.

But why?  What’s the deal?  Do you need a collagen supplement?  I was inspired first that it improves joint health but I’m not going to lie, I was also excited that it also promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails.  Win/Win.  I love it when that happens.

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I ordered a tub here (it’s huge and lasts a long time) and decided to start by adding two scoops to my morning tea. It dissolves totally, tastes like nothing, and makes me feel strong and ready for the day. Or maybe that’s a placebo effect, but either way, I dig it. Vital Proteins advertises that it dissolves in cold liquids but I can’t really agree with that.  I tried it in cool water, a housemade green juice, and a suja juice and it got gummy and clear and solid.  It didn’t taste gross but it was a weird consistency and I don’t need that in the morning.  I have a baby, y’all.  I deal with enough weird consistencies!

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I can say after about six weeks of using Vital Proteins I feel like my skin is brighter and my nails are stronger. Not sure if much is happening with my hair, that would take a miracle I do believe. A combination of this, chlorella, and Dirty Lemon are making me really like my skin again, after years of HATING it.

Do some research on your own but as always, I like to share with you guys what I’m drinking, applying, shooting, tasting, testing, and practicing.  Would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks!

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P.S. Featured Image from Amazon.Com.

What on Earth is Chlorella? (No, Really, What is It?)

OK, bear with me here friends.

Chlorella is blue green algae and it is also my current favorite superfood.  I started reading about it a while back and just decided to go for it.  I have a shot every morning. I know, I know. But it really isn’t bad and the benefits outweigh the scary color and interesting taste.

I have included several links here for you to read yourself but here are a few highlights:

  1. Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies. It also promotes weight loss and MAKES YOU LOOK YOUNGERDr. Axe
  2. Chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging processWeb MD
  3. Helps keep the immune system working in sound condition. May boost brain and heart health. May reduce body aches and pains. Can support the look and health of skin. May support eye health. May ease digestion and bowel movements. Helps keeps your liver healthyCan support a healthy blood sugar. May support an alert and sharp mind. Promotes joint health. –Sun Chlorella

I order microingredients brand here in powdered form from Amazon.  Each morning I mix a teaspoon of chlorella with about two tablespoons of cold pressed coconut water (this stuff is so good on its own too FYI).  Shake it up in a clean baby food jar (or whatever you have lying around) and bottoms up! It sort of “sticks” to the sides sometimes so I loosen the remainder up with water and take the rest down the hatch (like a boss).

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I used to get sore hands and even have a little bit of a twitch in my hands at times and I think the healing power in chlorella has helped vastly.  I also think it has helped clear my skin. And it’s easy!  One shot and boom, you’re on your way to better health.

Try it and let me know what you think!

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PS Featured Image from Collective Evolution.  Learn more about them here.

Fit Vine Wine – A Review

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I love wine.  I am no expert, but I love wine.  Did I mention I love wine?  However, I hate consuming all the sugar that comes with it and I hate feeling blah and foggy and ravenous the day after having a little too much wine.  Red or white. Doesn’t matter, I always get the same ugghhhh feeling the next morning (hello mid thirties!).

So leave it to me to scope out Fit Vine Wine.  Guys, it’s awesome.  AGAIN, I AM NOT A WINE EXPERT. But I know what tastes good.  I have ordered two cases so far.  I get six Sauvignon Blanc and six Cabernet.  I think they are both delicious.

A little about the company direct from their website:

How Did FitVine Come About?
FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. Our team is always on the go, whether we’re doing CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding, or just enjoying the outdoors. We set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability. Our proprietary process delivers high-quality great tasting wine with less sugar, calories and carbohydrates.

Our Fermentation Process
To create wines that are both clean and rich in flavor and mouthfeel, we put our wines thorough malolactic fermentation and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. In doing this, per 5oz glass, both the Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc have 90 calories & 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol. The Cabernet & Pinot Noir have 95 calories & 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol. The remaining sugar is that which is naturally found in the alcohol which is less than 1.5g per liter.  Furthermore our fermentation process is extended 10-15 days in order to optimize pH levels. Our proprietary process allows us to extract more color and tannins. Finally we filter all of our wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads.
Our wines contain sulfites at less than 35 ppm (parts per million). Additionally, at primary fermentation, the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content is kept at a low level.

Our Grapes
We are very picky when selecting our grapes. We choose only the highest quality grapes from small farmers who focus on quality, not quantity. Our story doesn’t include fancy chateaus or barrels hewed from the limbs of majestic oaks. We’re OK with that and we think you will be too. Because the most important part of any story is what you take away from it and at FitVine, we took away residual sugars, excessive sulfites and needless additives. Just great tasting wine with fewer calories and carbs. If you’re trying to be more conscious about what you’re putting into your body and looking for a wine that champions your active lifestyle – drink clean. Drink FitVine – end of story.

What Does All This Mean
It means that we take the extra time and effort to create wines that are clean and you can take comfort in knowing exactly what you are and are not putting in your body. This is the way that wine is meant to be made: without all the additives, sugars, and impurities that can wreak havoc on our bodies. And the results are in that our wines can have all the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol as “regular wine”.  We have received high marks from customers and reviewers, whom are thrilled to have discovered FitVine Wine.

I have only ordered through the website which is easy BUT it is an inconvenience to have to sign for it upon arrival (hello, sleeping 9 month old baby, three dogs and the doorbell).  Some Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry FVW so if you’re close to one that does, go get a bottle case and try it for yourself.  Check here to see if they are at your local store.  (Central VA peeps, they have FVW at WF in Charlottesville and RVA!)

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If you don’t believe me, read the reviews.  There are HUNDREDS of them and nearly all positive.  That is what had me order it first, well that and the idea of less sugar, chemicals, and crap in my vino.

They have free shipping when you order a case so it’s sort of a no brainer.  You can mix and match which is great too. They give you a 60 day money back guarantee (that you won’t need) but if that helps some of you pull the trigger, so be it.

Let me know what you think! Cheers to the summer of no hangovers!

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DIRTYLEMON. Part Two. skin + hair

Alright, alright, alright. I’m a believer!  I loved the detox week with my dirty lemon drinks but I think the skin+hair drink is where it’s at!

Unlike the detox drink, you don’t have to worry about drinking it after a meal so it gives you plenty of flexibility. Drink it whenever you want!  The ingredients are very different. This drink starts with filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, horsetail, red clover, cayenne and hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides. 

I know, that was my question too.

Basically, to quote the website, this crazy blend “was carefully selected to improve skin elasticity, hydration, and skin density, increase internal collagen production and offer nutrients for optimal hair health.” Read more about the benefits and the details here.

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UPDATE: I am on my second case in a four week period and I am obsessed.  Ordering is so easy. YOU JUST TEXT THEM AND SAY SHIP ME A CASE.  Genius.  I will keep you posted with my progress but I am feeling great and my skin is clearing up nicely! 

xo,

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