Aug 21, 2017

Review: Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+

I'm not vegan and I'm actually not even vegetarian anymore - after 12 or so years of being strictly vegetarian, I'm now a pescatarian. That manifests itself as occasionally ordering salmon at a restaurant or, more frequently, enjoying sushi and sashimi. 

It's a recent change, but I've been positively surprised by how easily my body adapted to it! I have a sensitive stomach and worried it could cause me some pain, but my body has been happy having fish once or twice a week for the last month or two, since the switch to pescetarianism. Yay!

Still, I love vegetarian and vegan food and the vast majority of the time I still order vegetarian and vegan food when I'm out and still eat mostly vegetarian food at home. A mostly plantbased diet gives me energy, keeps my stomach and my skin happy, and just suits my tastes the best. Since most of my days are still vegetarian, I'm still always interested in learning about healthy plantbased sources of protein. 

Vegan Protein

So many protein bars and powders are full of ingredients that I wouldn't even want in a skincare product, much less in something I'm eating. Genuine Health is different - they're committed to creating products that are actually good for you. 

They're the self-proclaimed fermentation experts and the products in their fermented vegan proteins+ line feature fermented organic spirulina, fermented alfalfa, fermented mung bean sprouts, fermented organic quinoa sprouts, fermented pea protein isolate, fermented organic hemp, and fermented brown rice. I love that it's all stuff that I recognize as food!

Why choose fermented protein, especially when there are so few brands out there doing it? Easy - fermented plant protein is 40% better absorbed and utilized by the body than the same protein, unfermented. 

Aug 19, 2017

Guest Post: 7 Tips for a Perfect Night of Sleep

Sleep is SO important - I am not a pleasant person when I'm sleep deprived and I doubt many of us are! Luckily, there are several things we can do to improve our sleep and here's a guest post on how to do exactly that, from sleep expert Sarah!

Expert tips on sleep

Hi there! My name is Sarah and I'm a proud mother of two lovely children, Patrick and Anna. I'm passionate about helping people sleep better and am one of the editors at The Sleep Advisor blog.


Try These Seven Tips for a Perfect Night of Sleep


If you’re like me, you fall asleep like a baby every single night. I absolutely recognize that not everyone is quite as lucky, but I promise you that this wasn’t something that happened overnight. It took me a couple of weeks to get my environment and routines properly set up and adjusted for amazing rest. Here are my top seven tips for a perfect night of sleep:

  1. Make your bedroom a soothing environment


If your bedroom is a soothing environment, your body will start to feel relaxed the moment that you walk through those doors each night. Try painting the walls a light soothing color like light blue, gray, or cream, and choose decorations that make you feel at peace for the best environment possible.  

You can also invest in some night-time accessories designed to help you get a better night’s sleep, like noise-cancelling headphones, a white noise machine, or even a diffuser and some essential oils.   Eucalyptus is the best if you have issues breathing at night, and lavender is the essential oil that provides the most relaxation and puts you to sleep swiftly.

2.     Limit your daily caffeine & alcohol intake


Caffeine is a substance that almost everyone recognizes as a stimulant, and something that’s in coffee or soda and good for a rough morning or when you need a pick-me up. It’s easy to convince people that caffeine should be avoided right before bed, but the truth is you should really limit your caffeine throughout the day to be able to sleep better at night, as it can linger in your system.   

The best thing to do is not drink caffeine at all after 3pm. As for alcohol, many people believe that alcohol is good to drink to be able to fall asleep more easily, and while this is true it actually doesn’t last — someone who falls asleep because of alcohol will wake up more frequently throughout the night and often not be able to go back to sleep later on. Also, both caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating for the body, and that can also cause you to wake up throughout the night and not sleep soundly.

3.     Follow a regular diet & exercise schedule

If you normally lay off the junk food, or avoid fried foods, you should keep that same diet each day. If you suddenly change the foods you eat on a daily basis, you can face heartburn or indigestion at night, which can prevent you from falling to sleep.  

Additionally, if you normally are used to exercising and suddenly change your schedule your body needs some time to adjust to that. The best thing to do is to do the same exact thing every single day, so your body knows what’s up and what’s appropriate for any given time or situation.

Aug 12, 2017

Limo or Taxi for Airport Transport?

I love traveling, but getting to and from the airport can be a pain! When you're traveling, you don't want to waste time and energy figuring out tons of logistics, especially after a long flight, hours in crowded airports, and the joy of TSA.  You could drive yourself (if you’re not a city kid and actually have a car), but who wants to sit in traffic or pay for long term parking? It’s no wonder most people (myself included) turn to taxi services for airport travel, but here's a chic-er alternative to consider.

Limousines

Wouldn’t it be nice to cap a trip with convenience and comfort. Limos, more than any taxi or ride share service like Uber and Lyft, are all about comfort first. There’s loads of space available for your luggage, plus tons of space left over to stretch out. How’s that for a contrast to a cramped airplane cabin?

Airport Travel Options

For the anti-social traveler - *cough, cough* - limos also often have privacy partitions. Being chatted up by a cab driver can be the last thing you want when you’re tired from travel and these partitions let you stop that in its tracks. If you’re not so tired, you can often plug in your iPhone/iPod/iWhatever to stream your own playlist over quality stereo systems. No more elevator music or looped talkshows!

If you’re traveling in a group, limos can be an even better choice. It's so much easier to organize a single limo reservation than hiring several cabs. Plus, splitting the cost among passengers makes it more affordable for everyone. When you book a block of time with a transportation company, it's yours to do with as you please, so you can check out destinations where you're traveling or head straight to your hotel - it's up to you.

Last, we’ve all been in a sketchy Uber with a driver who either gets super lost or seems to have forgotten basic traffic rules. That’s unlikely with a limo, since limo drivers have years of experience with airport routes and are dispatched by a team of professionals who keep track of up-to-date traffic information. Yay for efficient transportation! If you’d like to make sure that you’re punctual and comfortable on your next airport trip, click here.

What’s your favorite way to get to the airport?

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