I know the feeling of wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, but having no idea where to get started. Everyone you follow and admire on Instagram as “goals” started somewhere and they needed a little help along the way. I love chatting with women about their health and fitness journeys and it’s okay to admit that we all need a little guidance to get going on the straight and narrow. Just for you, I’ve rounded up a list of my healthy girl must-haves.
Similar to a LBD or a mascara that you can trust with your life, there are essential items that every woman should have in their home if they’re serious about living a more radiant and glowing life. I’ve listed out my top items for you to add to your list next time you’re shopping around. I’ve included what I look for on labels to ensure I’m buying the highest quality product and, as a bonus, my brands of choice because I think we can all agree that everything labeled as “natural” is not created equal. Grab your pen and paper and let’s go shopping!
Unflavored collagen peptides. Brand of choice: Vital Proteins.
If you haven’t hopped on the collagen bandwagon yet, it’s time to get on board! Collagen is my secret to glowing skin, longer hair, and stronger nails. As we age, our body produces less collagen, so it’s crucial to be adding this in to your daily routine. Taking collagen orally has been proven to improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and increase moisture in your skin. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been extremely diligent in adding the unflavored peptides to my coffee and not even kidding my best friend texted me on Sunday and was like your hair is getting so long! That’s because collagen is king.
Tip: I buy the packets versus the container. Higher price point but much more convenient for collagen on the go.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic, unfiltered, with “The Mother”. Brand of choice: Bragg.
This common household product provides endless solutions to everyday problems that we face. Upset stomach, dandruff, congestion, and even bloating; you name it, it cures it. Whether ingested or used topically, its benefits are infinite. When I feel myself getting sick or need a quick immunity boost, I love this immunity elixir:
- 1 cup warm to hot water
- 1-2 turmeric tea bags or the equivalent of loose leaf tea
- 1 tablespoon manuka honey
- 1 tablespoon ACV
- Pinch of cayenne if you’re feeling wild (love this to open up my sinuses)
I also work in an ACV hair rinse about every other week to remove product buildup on my scalp. I’ve found this has helped my curls tremendously! I mix 2 cups of ACV with 2-3 cups of filtered water in an application bottle and apply to sections of my hair, then rinse and deep condition.
Brand of choice: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Allow me to introduce you to the most magical item on the list. This product comes in powder form and when mixed with water it transforms into a detoxifying clay. Bentonite clay is unique for the sheer fact that when hydrated, it expands like a porous sponge that absorbs toxins. I use it as a face mask to deep clean my pores or I’ll rub it under my arms for an armpit detox. Most recently, I’ve started mixing this with water and using it as a mask on my hair. It has seriously transformed my curls in the best way!
Brand of choice: Herbs Etc.
Chlorophyll has been the greatest addition to my daily routine. For all you babes that are looking for an easy addition to your regime without breaking the bank, this is it! I, personally, take 50mg morning and night and it helps to deodorize and detoxify the body, balance out of whack hormones, and promote digestive health.
When I’m traveling, I’ll take 100mg morning and night to help my body produce enough oxygen to help with altitude sickness. These magic pills have saved me up in the air countless times now!
Brand of choice: Orgain
Y’all. I’m obsessed with Orgain protein powder and really all of their products. J and I first discovered them when we were looking for a healthy protein supplement, which is harder to find than you think. We always tried to keep our diets clean but had to get vigilant while we were working to heal his cancer. He didn’t always have the biggest appetite, so protein shakes were a huge part of our daily routine.
The founder is a cancer survivor who also struggled to find a clean protein source. I’m always proud to support this brand knowing that I’m being powered by the cleanest plant protein there is.
All too often we confuse a healthier lifestyle with earth-shattering changes that need to be made. The truth is a good night’s sleep, a healthy intake of water, solid nutrition and fitness plan can go a long way. Add these items to your arsenal and you’ll see just how doable it is to not only start this journey but to also succeed at it. Don’t count yourself out from living the healthy life you’ve always dreamed of just because it seems daunting to get started. Start small and trust that your intentionality and commitment to the little things will help you accomplish your big picture goals.
How do you practice living a healthy, practical, and glowing life?