Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What I’m Loving Lately 127

Hi, guys! Happy Thursday to you! I hope you’re having a lovely week.

It’s time for another edition of What I’m Loving Lately, but, first, I want to make sure you’ve signed up for my 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge, which starts on Sunday, November 4th. Be sure to mark your calendar! There’s going to be all sorts of motivation, giveaways, and fun to help us achieve our daily goal of accumulating 10,000 steps each day. November is always a kind of blah time for fitness motivation, so I hope this challenge is just what you need to stay active on the regular!

Ok, now it’s time for this week’s recap of what I’m loving lately! 🙂

The Sinner (season 1) – So many people recommended that Mal and I watch The Sinner (season 1), and we finally got around to starting the series… and 4 days later, we finished it. My gosh, it was good! If you’re looking for a new show to watch, I highly recommend it. It totallllly sucked us in!

“Clean” wine from Thrive Market – I received an email from Thrive Market about their “clean” wines, and I immediately placed an order. I mean, wines that are farmed organically or biodynamically and made with as little manipulation possible delivered right to my front door? Sign me up!! And because wine isn’t regulated by the FDA, wineries are under no obligation to share what goes into every bottle, which makes it almost impossible for people to know what’s in their wine. According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 60 chemical materials can be legally added to wine and are not required to be printed on labels. Common additives include copper sulfate (to hide nasty smells), Velcorin (a chemical sterilizer also found in Gatorade), and added sugar. Whoaaaaa. Thrive Market’s wine goes through quite the rigorous process to be included in their collection. You can read about it in detail here. All I know is that I’m pretty darn excited about this “clean” wine at my house! 🙂

If you haven’t tried out Thrive Market yet and you’re interested in their wines (or any of their products), you can save 25% on your first order with this link. Additionally, if you’re curious about our family’s favorite products and pantry items, check out this blog post!

Beautycounter’s Kid’s Bath Collection – Quinn finally ran out of his shampoo and body wash, so it was time to upgrade to Beautycounter’s kid’s bath products. Overhauling your products to safer ones – all at once – is super overwhelming (and expensive!), so I always tell people to use up the products you have before purchasing new ones. It makes the transition so much easier and much more affordable! Anyway, Quinn is loving the shampoo and bath wash – it smells so good! And because Quinn doesn’t use conditioner in his hair, I started using it myself, and it really makes your hair soft and shiny! 🙂 With the holidays on the horizon, this bath set would make an awesome gift for the kids on your holiday list!

Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin – Black Mirror in real life? This was a super interesting article!

UA Specialist 2.0 Men’s Ski & Snowboard Long Sleeve Shirt – I just got this jacket for Mal, and he’s obsessed. I guess I am too because he looks especially handsome in it! 😉 It’s perfect as a lightweight jacket or as a layer for snowboarding later this winter. It also comes in 4 other color combinations. I also really liked the UA Specialist Henley, which I still might buy for Mal. Maybe for Christmas?

New York City Marathon Ghost 11 – How amazing are these running sneakers? If you know someone running the New York City Marathon this year or just someone who loves NYC, these shoes are FOR THEM! I’m obsessed – they’re seriously so much fun!

Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend – The nice folks from Delish sent me their new cookbook, and it’s SO GOOD! The recipes inside are incredible. So far, I’ve only made the “Marry Me Chicken,” which was a huge hit in our house, but there are SO MANY more recipes that I want to try, especially the desserts (OMGGGG) and Friendsgiving ones. I love that the cookbook has a whole section devoted to Friendsgiving (perfect timing) as well as cocktails, pizza, party apps, and more. I have a feeling this cookbook will get a lot of use!

Women’s UA Linear Wordmark Muscle Tank– I just got this muscle tank from Under Armour, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. It’s super flattering and comfortable for all kinds of workouts! It also comes in gray and white.

Question of the Day

Have you watched The Sinner? What TV show series are you into right now?

P.S. Just wanted to remind you of the Loco Coffee Flash Sale on Amazon! Right now, you can save 25% with code CNCFLASH! This code expires on November 2nd, so be sure to hop on it! Additionally, you can save 15% with code CNC on atlasbars.com. I have all the code hook ups lately! 🙂

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New Hope for Diagnosis of Chronic Infections; and Ancestral Health (Paleo) Survey

A few items have recently come to my attention that may be of interest to Perfect Health Diet readers.

First, my friend Chris Keller on Facebook reports that a new startup, Aperiomics, is offering tests that are capable of identifying 37,000 different infectious pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.

This is a game-changing diagnostic tool. Infections are one of the leading causes of disease (along with bad diet and lifestyle), yet standard medical practice is unable to diagnose most infections. Many infections are treatable, but it’s not easy to treat something you can’t diagnose. Getting a clear and accurate diagnosis of infections and treating them appropriately, along with healthy diet and lifestyle practices such as those recommended in Perfect Health Diet, holds the promise of curing most diseases.

The test is not cheap, Chris thinks it’s about $1000. But if you have a mysterious health problem, it may well be worth it.

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Second, you may recall that five years ago, Dr. Hamilton Stapell of the Ancestral Health Society and Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York New Paltz organized a movement-wide survey. Results of that survey were published in the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Now Dr. Stapell has a follow-up survey. It aims to:
1) Describe how the size and composition of the ancestral health movement has changed over the past five years.
2) Identify common practices and the most important motivating factors for both starting and quitting a paleo lifestyle.
3) Predict the future trajectory of the ancestral health movement.

Please consider taking 3 to 5 minutes to help Dr. Stapell’s research by completing the Ancestral Health (Paleo) Survey 2018. All responses are anonymous and will be used for scholarly purposes only.



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Mid-60s Check-in: 5 Ways My Workout Has Changed

50 Last Dates

Still here 🙂 Last night I actually slept really well. I didn’t get in a nap yesterday, so I think my body just needed to catch up. Maybe now that I’m well rested the baby will know I have the energy for labor! I did still roll over 1,000 times and have super sore hips, as usual, but total sleep hours were at a max for the last few weeks.

I had whipped banana oatmeal with PB&J for breakfast.

I can’t really nap in the mornings unless I’m sick, but I did rest yesterday with my book. I’m reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, which my mom bought (we share a Kindle Household). Apparently it’s from the 90s and there’s a movie about it with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock! It’s an odd book, but I’m enjoying it so far.

Speaking of Kindles, did you see there’s a new Paperwhite that is waterproof (hello bathtub!), includes Audible so you can flip between audio books and text, and it has a flush face so particles of sand don’t get stuck in there while reading on the beach. I am obsessed with my Kindle and do not need a new one what-so-ever, but am coveting the new one. Maybe they’ll have a killer Black Friday deal? Or maybe someone wants to buy my Paperwhite used.

Post rest numbers:

I had a few appointments yesterday (chiropractor included) and came home to make this epic sandwich for lunch: egg, pepperjack cheese, cream cheese, avocado, spinach, honey mustard. Plus apple (my favorite lunch side these days) and pita chips.

I also squeezed in a walk – it was the most beautiful warm fall day in history!

Mazey and our neighbor played Legos nicely together for a while before heading to Matt’s for the night.

In an effort to take our minds off of the baby, we went out on another date. In fact, we’re going on “last dates” every night we can until this baby comes out.

We went low-key to Citizen Burger where I had a mini smash burger with pimento cheese and pickles and sweet potato fries. My stomach space is low and I barely touched the fries, but I brought them home for lunch or Mazen. I got a small scoop of ice cream while we strolled the mall, which was a mistake because I felt so uncomfortably full I had trouble getting in bed two hours later (bedtime heartburn is a new thing for me.)

It really never crossed my mind that I’d be in the hospital on my birthday, but if he comes today or tomorrow that will be the case! I also really didn’t think I would deliver late again. My mom gave birth in week 39 twice, and Thomas was born a week early, so I just thought I had genetics on my side (I read an article that gestation length is mostly genetic somewhere.) Just shows you never know! Here we are. Because I’m hoping for another drug-free birth, I really hope we don’t have to turn to induction, but I’ll be doing some kind of acupuncture early next week if we cross that bridge. I hope that full moon keep its energy going one more night! I’m doing my best to stay busy and keep my spirits optimistic!

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