In episode #5 of The Golden Hour Podcast, we are talking about Histamine, Pregnancy, and Strategies for Healthy Digestion with Dr. Emily Hecker. Dr. Emily Hecker is a board certified chiropractic physician who specializes in functional medicine supporting those with autoimmune diseases, MTHFR polymorphisms, food sensitivities and inflammation. She has had extensive training in understanding the methylation pathways trained by Dr. Ben Lynch, world leader and expert in MTHFR. She has post doctorate training in Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, Neuroimmunology, Thyroid Disorders, Chiropractic Craniopathy, and the Webster Technique. She is an active provider for the Shape ReClaimed anti-inflammatory program and uses a supervised ketogenic approach for weight loss in her practice.
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Today on The Golden Hour Podcast we are learning how to improve your complexion with skincare tips from Dr. Trevor Cates, founder and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.
So I’ve got the lowdown on Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save is the question and I’m sharing it all! I get asked a lot what are some budget friendly options for pretty much everything, so I thought I would make a list of top products to swap out and a splurge and save on each. The goal is to get you to swap them out easily. But I also don’t want you to feel like you’re going to go broke, here are some easy swaps to get you started!
Also, remember that this is a process and not something that needs to happen overnight. That will only create stress and that’s not going to help anyone! Take baby steps and do a little at a time.
To Splurge or Save:
My Top Picks-
SPLURGE- $26 Agent Nateur-This deodorant works around the clock to deliver fresh underarms like no other deodorant I’ve used in green beauty- it’s the real deal and then some. It never irritates my arms either even though it does have baking soda in it. It smells like roses and not in the my grandma smells like rose perfume but in the chic cool way. I can’t recommend this deodorant enough. It is definitely a splurge but worth every penny!
SAVE- $7.99 Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant– This is the first deodorant I tried in green beauty that worked. I remember thinking, wow I still smell good in the evening! It comes in lavender or unscented. I prefer lavender. It doesn’t irritate my underarms either. I also love that you can get it on Amazon- so convenient! You can get a 1 oz. stick for $7.99 or a 2.7 oz for $14. A great buy for the amount of product you get!
SPLURGE- $80 Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask-This mask is what dreams are made of! But really. I remember noticing a difference after the first time I used it. I know sounds crazy- but it’s true. It lightens sun spots, and brings an overall brightness to my skin. My redness is diminished as well. It’s like a detox for your skin, while also giving your skin some nourishment. It’s spendy but you’ll love it after the first use!
SAVE- $30 Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask- I can’t not use this mask. It’s in my routine nearly everyday. My favorite way to use it is in the morning when I’m getting ready for the day. I apply it right before I brush my teeth and then rinse it off once I’m done brushing them. It gives my skin a serious glow and wakes me up. I’m addicted! I’m always shocked at the price too and the quality of ingredients! You’ll love it- trust me! Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $6- so the mask ends up being $24! Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Crazy awesome deal!
SPLURGE- $48 Crunchi Liquid Foundation- This foundation is SO good. I’ve been using it for over a year now and can’t get enough. One of the reasons I fell hard for it is because there isn’t any coconut oil in it. Something that’s hard to find in green beauty. Coconut oil can clog pores and I’ve found on some people it even causes them to breakout. This foundation leaves my skin feeling even and fresh, but not overdone. Plus, it has a sweet vanilla smell!
SAVE- $31.47- ZuZu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation-This foundation is great for year round but especially in the warm summer months when you don’t want extra oil clogging those pores. It glides on easily and gives a polished look but not too much where you’re wearing a full face of makeup. Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off! Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $25 instead! Not too shabby.
SPLURGE- $75 Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil-It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil. It really is something so much more. The ingredients include some of the best organic oils. From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few. The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all. It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue. Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling. I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful! With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you. This would be an amazing gift for someone too!
SAVE- $13.97 Rosehip Seed Oil by Leven Rose– This is actually one of the very first organic oils I ever bought when transitioning to green beauty. It isn’t expensive yet it does the job and does it well. My skin feels hydrated and not greasy. Jojoba oil is such a great oil to use on the skin too, as it’s the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces. What makes this jojoba oil great too is it’s cold pressed, so they’re not using heat to extract it, so the oil is left intact. Better yet you can get it from Amazon!
SPLURGE- $85 Maya Chia The Super Couple Serum-Love this oil. The smell is so good, nothing over powering, just an amazing mixture of essential oils. It just feels so luxe the moment you apply. It’s not super heavy, but a nice medium rich feel. It literally absorbs so well into the skin leaving behind a pinkish hue that gives your skin a glow. My skin drinks up every drop of this oil. It helped to lighten my hyper pigmentation and even my skin tone. It also brightened my under eye mom circles- seriously. I started using this when I had a 4 month old and lets just say I needed all the help I could get. This oil is a game changer.
SAVE- $42 Live Botanical Clary Sage Calming Serum- Yes, another Live Botanical product- that’s so good! This serum is also an oil. It really is filled with so many therapeutic oils that help promote cell turnover and calm the skin. Great for those who have acne or have sensitive skin that wants to flare up. I love the smell of this oil! I get hints of rose and chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s not a super heavy feeling oil but a good medium texture. I noticed improved skin clearness, the redness was minimized- especially around my t-zone. I also noticed my skin felt so hydrated and smooth in the morning. Like it had a big gulp of water. Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $8.40- so the serum/oil ends up being $33.60! Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Amazing deal!
SPLURGE- $18 for 9.5 oz. PLANT Apothecary- I have to say after trying them all, my favorite scent is the Wake Up with Rosemary and lemon and the Get Happy, which is a geranium and peppermint scent. I’m a sucker for anything mint as you guys know, and the Wake Up body wash with the Rosemary and Lemon is so refreshing. They also have three other scents, so if the above doesn’t appeal to you, you might find something else that suits your fancy. Now to the formula. It’s foams up and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and not dry at all. I’m seriously addicted guys! It’s like any body wash you would find at Bath and Body works but it’s not filled with crazy ingredients!
SAVE- $9.99 for 32 oz. Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash- This stuff comes in a large pump bottle and is perfect for getting everyone in your house clean! It comes in different scents too. I’m partial to vanilla mint, because duh mint and of course I can’t turn down vanilla either. The shea in it leaves my skin moisturized without feeling dried out. Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off! Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $7.99 instead! I mean, I’m no mathematician but that’s a steal!
SPLURGE- $34 True Botanical’s Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner- This stuff is just the best! If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again. The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals. The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…you know that feeling I’m talking about! Need, I say more? Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself! It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does. They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower. I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.
SAVE- $17 100% Pure Kelp and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner-This shampoo works so well at cleaning my hair and really getting rid of the excess oil. It has a good suds to it and it smells minty fresh! The conditioner also moisturizes but without the heavy weight. I was so excited when I discovered this shampoo! Plus, another find at Pharmaca! You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $13.60 a bottle- so good!
SPLURGE- $56 Kjaer Weis Cream Blush- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m obsessed with these blushes! The pigment is so good, the colors so vivid and it instantly makes you look awake. They also come in the chicest silver carrying cases. I love the colors Blossoming and Happy. Initially they’re $56 but once you have a silver compact, the next time you run out all you have to buy is the insert- making it only $32.
SAVE- $25 Juice Beauty Cream Blush- I’ve been loving Juice Beauty’s Cream blushes lately! They’re so easy to apply and instantly add some serious glow and color to my skin. I have the colors Seashell and Flush and love them both. Also, another Pharmaca purchase. You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $20 a blush- not bad!
SPLURGE- $45 Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen-This BB cream is so good! It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen. From superb coverage, hydration and good tint. Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30. It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide. It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone. It feels heavier than a traditional tinted moisturizer. Trust me, you’ll love it!
SAVE- $28.99 Juice Beauty Organic BB Cream-This offers a little less coverage than the Suntegrity above but some people prefer that. I like how this one still polishes my look and if I want more coverage in an area I can add some concealer wherever I want it. My mom absolutely loves this tinted moisturizer! She likes it because she says it doesn’t show her fine lines as much. A lot of foundations she always complains the product settles in her fine lines. This gives you some sun protection too with an SPF of 30. It comes in 4 different shades. I chose the Sand. It feels really good on the skin- definitely hydrating. A great option for spring and summer days but also for days when you’re not going anywhere and you just want some light coverage, plus sun protection. Also, another Pharmaca purchase. You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $23.20- not bad!
SPLURGE- $47.00 Osmia Organics Body Mousse- This body mousse is straight up decadence! Trust me, you’ll try it and never want to stop using it. It feels like a whipped frosting going on your body. So light and fluffy. It melts into your skin the second it touches it and you’re left with the softest baby skin ever. I’m warning you now though- you will be hooked! Love their Rosemary and Sandalwood scent.
SAVE- $11.99 ALL Good Body Lotion- I’ve fallen hard for ALL GOOD products! They are affordable, have great ingredients and perform. Their body lotion is no different. Love that it comes in a tube that’s easy to use. It feels rich in texture and keeps my skin soft and smooth. Love their coconut scent! A great buy for the whole family!
Why I love raw veggie bread? I thought you would never ask?! Ok, you actually have and that’s why I’m finally writing this post. My friend Deanna from @realfoodlab on Instagram is the creator and expert behind raw veggie bread and I totally blame her for getting me hooked- in the BEST possible way!
I remember seeing Deanna post about Raw Veggie Bread before and being totally intrigued by the whole process. A bread that is full of veggies, so nutrient dense and actually tastes good? I mean sign me up already! Even though the bread sounded amazing, I was intimidated to start. In fact I just didn’t for the longest time. I had all the tools- dehydrator, veggies and recipes but couldn’t bring myself to make it. After talking with others I’ve learned I’m not the only one who’s done this! It does seem intimidating, but can I let you in on a secret? It’s not! I don’t know how many people after they started to make it realized how easy it is and wonder why they didn’t start sooner.
Bottom line: Just start making it! The more you make it the better you’ll get.
One thing I can’t recommend enough is to buy the E-Course from Deanna from @realfoodlab. It’s the secret sauce! A lot of people have complained to me that it doesn’t work, or they haven’t gotten their breads to turn out. But when I ask them if they’ve bought the course they tell me they haven’t. Trust me when I say the process of making the raw veggie bread will go SO much easier when you buy the E-Course. Deanna the creator of the course has been doing raw veggie bread for 10 years and knows her stuff. She literally has come up with over 100 recipes in her E-Book and walks you through the process in her 7 videos in the course too. If you want to save yourself time and money then get the course! She knows just the right variations to make the bread turn out great each time.
103 page eBook that includes raw veggie bread recipe book and manual
7 detailed how-to-video tutorials- learn how to transform boring veggies into tasty breads, wraps and crackers
Veggie bread trouble shooting lesson
Home-made nut butter tutorial
Nut-free and seed-free options
Plus, creative ways to get your child to eat more veggies
Dozens of low-carb and keto friendly desserts
Bonus: Lifetime Acces to bonus recipes and tutorials
It’s kind of amazing the amount of content you get for the price of $79! I have the course and was blown away by the amount of info. Deanna gave. I felt so empowered and ready to start making raw veggie bread.
I did an Instagram Live with Deanna recently to help people see how easy it is to make the raw veggie bread and answer some questions. You can watch the video here! I also have received a lot of questions since talking about it on Instagram and Facebook. Below I’m answering all of the most asked questions.
What’s in raw veggie bread?
Veggie bread is a combination of nuts, seeds, veggies, oils, herbs and spices. The combination gives you such a nutrient punch. From healthy fats to antioxidants- you’re body will thank you!
How I eat the raw veggie bread?
So many ways! Here are a few of my favorites. Instead of using a traditional wrap I just use a veggie wrap! From egg wraps to turkey wraps- I mean if you can wrap it then I veggie wrap it! I also love cutting up the bread into cracker sizes and using it as a dip in hummus or any other type of dip. It’s also SO good on it’s own. The flavors in the raw veggie bread come out so vividly in the bread. Trust me when I say it will be hard to not stop eating it. It’s addicting! We also love using it as a patty for hamburgers, the list is endless.
I’ve never eaten so many veggies in my life!
How many times a week do I make it?
I make the raw veggie bread twice a week usually. I make two batches typically each time. It ends up accounting for two recipes I make from Deanna’s eBook. The dehydrator has trays and I end up with 4 trays filled each time I make it. Sometimes 5 trays depending on the recipe. This is split between my husband and two daughters who are 3 1/2 and 17 months. They like eating their raw veggie bread with hummus especially!
Do you buy your produce all at once?
I do! I buy everything on Sunday usually and then will make a batch that day and then another batch on Wednesday night or Thursday. This ensures we always have veggie bread. I’ve learned my veggies are great even after being in the fridge for a couple days. If you’re concerned about your veggies going bad, check out these OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper !
Do you store veggie bread in fridge or on counter?
I store my veggie bread on the counter in a Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag usually. If we are going to be gone and not eat it right away I’ll store it in the fridge. But we eat it so quick I never have to worry about it going bad! If you like your veggie bread extra moist, then you may want to stick it in the fridge just to make sure it doesn’t get moldy.
What dehydrator do you use?
Yes, a dehydrator does make the raw veggie bread work. Some people have asked if they can use an oven. You could try but the whole point is to keep all the enzymes intact by using a temp of 115 or lower. Deanna goes over this in her course too. I use the Excalibur dehydrator. There are many different models. But they all look about the same and work great! You can get them off Amazon for a great deal, especially if you get a used one. Typically the used ones aren’t really used but just opened and then returned. A great way for you to save some money!
One thing I wanted to mention too is the kale chip recipes you get in the eBook. I’ve never tasted kale chips that were so good until I had Deanna from @realfoodlab kale chips- SO tasty! We makes these weekly and my daughters love them too.
Deanna answers so many questions in her course too. If you want to take your healthy eating to the next level then get the course and start becoming a raw bread machine! Get the course here!
I’m sharing today What I buy on Amazon. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things to view on people’s blogs! Call me noisy but I love seeing what other people are buying up. My wallet doesn’t thank me but it sure is fun!
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So I thought I would show you what I buy- I can’t believe it’s taken me this long. I’ve rounded out some of my top purchases, things I buy on the regular and some items I’ve bought that we use all the time but were just a one time purchase. You can shop my whole Amazon Store here. It has all my Amazon favorites in one place.
I’m also going to talk about some of my favorite purchases more in detail below.
Keep checking back too! I’ll be adding to my Amazon Store as I find cool products and great deals. I mean who doesn’t have Amazon Prime?!
I want to share with you my go too’s when it comes to saving money and time. Amazon makes it so easy to buy organic, natural products. I get them quick with Prime and I don’t have to shop at 5 different online retailers. Plus, as a mom it doesn’t get much easier than having things delivered right to my door!
I love buying my nuts and seeds from Amazon. You can find all the raw organic nuts and seeds you could want. These come in handy especially for my veggie bread making and my DIY trail mix for my hubs. They are some of the most budget friendly options on Amazontoo.
I buy most of my grain free flours on Amazon too. They have so much variety and the prices you can’t beat. Especially on AIP I’ve bought most of my flours from them since most of them are specialty flours and can’t be found at even some health stores.
I buy a lot of home products from Amazon on the regular too. From baby products to natural cleaning products. Amazon makes it easy and convenient to stay on top of my ordering too with subscribe and save.
Here are some notable mentions that I have to share with you! These items are one time larger purchases but totally worth every penny in my book. We use them every week or everyday if not multiple times per day. I love with some of the items you buy from Amazon you can actually buy them refurbished or used. I know it may sound a little sketchy but it’s not! The items usually haven’t even been used but just opened by someone and sent back. You get basically a new product for a fraction of the price!
I’m obsessed with my blender. It does it all. From smoothies, sauces, raw veggie breads, nut butters- I have yet to discover something it doesn’t do! Why I love the Blendtec specifically is the Blendtec Twister Jar. So you have to buy this separate from the Blender but it’s worth it! It is a smaller jar and it literally makes any nut butter in a minute or less- no joke! No more using your food processor for 20 minutes. It also makes amazing sauces, like pesto a cinch, smaller smoothies, etc. I use this everyday! I can’t recommend the Blendtec Blender and Twister Jar enough.
Another item we use everyday. I love that it’s stainless steel where it counts, like where heat comes in contact with the product with the steamer and espresso shots. It makes the freshest espresso shots too because it grinds the beans right before you pull the shots through. The steamer works amazingly too. We’ve had this espresso machine for almost 8 years and absolutely LOVE it! It was well worth the investment. Plus, it looks so sleek on the counter!
I’ve had my dehydrator for almost a year now and I can’t say enough good things about it. It has been so fun trying out different recipes in it. We use it nearly everyday too. It makes the best kale chips- trust me, the oven has nothing on kale chips from the dehydrator! We also use it for raw veggie bread all the time. You can snag the raw veggie bread course here that I took from Deanna from Real Food Lab. She’s the expert when it comes to raw veggie bread. It has literally changed my life! I’ve never eaten so many veggies and loved it. The best part is, the dehydrator keeps the food in it’s raw state so all the enzymes are preserved. It’s genius! Trust me, check out her courseand get the dehydrator! It’s amazing!
My hubs and I love our sparkling water- a lot! This soda stream has been a game changer. Instead of having to buy glass sparkling water(we wouldn’t buy plastic), we just reuse glass bottles and carbonate our own water. Not only does it save us money, but also helps the environment. This Soda Stream offers glass bottles and not plastic!
I’ve had an Instant Pot for a year now and love it so. This saves me on so many busy days! It’s a mom’s best friend and I mean that in the best way. It can turn chicken into shredded chicken in 30 minutes, make a mean roast in 65 minutes and soups in 20. It makes you look like Martha Stewart but in half the time. If you haven’t gotten one, what are you waiting for?