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Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher: Our 2021 Review

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher: Our 2021 Review

I have to say I was quite excited about the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher when I found it. I have definitely shared about other water filters because I think it is so important to filter your water, but finding a water pitcher that actually performed as well as other high end options is a game changer for many.  I am sharing my Clearly Filtered Review with you so you know exactly what this product can do and if it is right for you and your family!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

Overview of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher

This water pitcher is unlike many of the conventional water pitcher filters on the market. It’s compact (when you compare to other water filtration systems available), easy to use and its performance is unmatched by most other water pitcher filters. If you are serious about pure drinking water that is free of contaminants, then this is the filtered water pitcher that you will want for your home!

 

In fact, this pitcher filter removes 99.9% of 270+ harmful and dangerous tap water contaminants. (1) 

 

Check out my Filtered Water 2021 Ultimate Guide  for everything you need to know on why you should even be concerned about filtering your tap water plus so much more! I am diving in on the details of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, but you can skip to the bottom for my thoughts and review of it.

 

Features of The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher

Some of the features of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher include:

  • Made of 100% BPA & BPS Free medical grade Tritan materials.  Which means it’s not leaching additional chemicals into your drinking water!
  • Holds a capacity of 80 ounces (equivalent to 10 cups).
  • Built in Water Dam. This feature ensures that your filtered water is kept separate from the unfiltered water as you pour the filtered water out of the pitcher.
  • Easy Grip Handle to ensure ease of use in both pouring and carrying a full pitcher of water.
  • An average filter life is 100 gallons or for ~4 months. 
  • Uses Affinity Filtration Technology to remove contaminants from tap water.

 

How Does The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Work?

The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher has a 3 stage system to filter out the contaminants in your water which consists of the following:

 

Stage 1: Woven Mesh Screen

The first stage is a woven, stainless steel mesh screen.  This stage removes any larger particles from entering the actual filter.

 

Stage 2: Granulated Coconut Carbon 

This stage in the filtration step will remove chlorine, bad tastes and odors.

 

Stage 3: Composite Shell

The composite shell contains 7+ proprietary filtration materials and uses what is called Affinity Filtration. This is a dual technology approach to filtering water. First, the filter is dense, thus slowing the flow of the water and allowing more contact time of the filter with the water.  More contact time equals more contaminants removed! Plus, it has a ‘contaminant magnet' that is able to identify the contaminants and pull them out of the water. It is then bound to the filter, leaving just the pure water to pass through (including natural minerals and nutrients).

 

What contaminants are removed by the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher?

The claim of removing 99.9% of contaminants in tap water is great and all, but I think it’s important to know exactly which ones are removed and how this is even verified! Well, I am here to tell you that you can feel great about these claims because the water pitcher is independently tested to NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401 & 473. I won't list ALL of the contaminants removed (because there are 270 and you can visit HERE to see a full list) but here are just some of the contaminants that the filter removes:

  • Fluoride
  • Lead
  • BPA
  • Glyphosate
  • PFOAs
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides

 

And, while some want a comparison of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher and some of the mainstream water pitchers (like Brita), I am here to say there really is no comparison. While the Brita filters do remove some contaminants, they miss out on some big hitters that I don't want in my drinking water.  For example, according to their website, a ‘healthful amount of fluoride is retained by the Brita water filters.'  Plus, only some of their filters remove lead and only the faucet filters (not the pitcher filters) remove ‘select pharmaceuticals, pesticides/herbicides.' (2

 

How long does the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Filter last?

Like I mentioned above, the filter in the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher will last for approximately 100 gallons or 4 months. However this is dependent on a few things.  First, the higher the level of contaminants in your tap water, the harder your filter will have to work. It has been found those in large cities or older cities will go through a filter faster. Secondly, it is dependent on how many people are in your family. An individual could probably use the filter for 4-6 months, whereas a family may go through a filter in 2-3 months.

 

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Warranty

The great thing about investing in this pitcher is that it comes with a lifetime warranty! Not only that, but within the first 30 days if you aren't happy with your new pitcher they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. This means you can return it for a full refund. All the details on this can be found on their website.

 

Clearly Filtered Discount Code

Clearly Filtered is offering my readers a discount code!  

PURCHASE YOUR CLEARLY FILTERED WATER PITCHER HERE AND SAVE 15% WITH CODE GGG15! (this code excludes replacement filters)

 

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Review: Pros & Cons

I was excited to test out the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher because I truly believe there’s nothing else like it on the market. I often share about water filters but they usually come with a heftier price tag. Not Clearly Filtered!  This is a great budget friendly option for your home.  Coming in at $75, this is a huge savings from many standard water filters.  This isn't like most of the water pitchers on the market either.  So what did I think?  Keep reading to find out.

 

Pros 

  • I love that it’s a pitcher. It truly makes it so convenient to be able to have filtered water wherever you go.  I took mine with us on vacation and avoided having to buy water or bring a huge filter in order to have clean filtered water. It fits conveniently in the fridge.
  • It’s perfect for single family homes or individuals.  I gave one to my grandma because it’s just her and she doesn’t want a large water filter.  This is just what she needs for her water needs without taking up a lot of room.
  • Saves you money.  Often when thinking about filtering your water it can seem overwhelming with the initial cost.  With Clearly Filtered you can have filtered drinking water for under $100.  A huge savings compared to most water filtration systems on the market.
  • Medical grade 100% BPA free.  So you don’t have to think twice about what is going in your water.
  • Lifetime Warranty. So you can rest assured you’ll always have clean filtered water.
  • It is the best water filter pitcher on the market.  Removing more than 270 contaminants!  It’s independently tested to meet NSF standards.  I love that it removes harmful contaminants but doesn’t remove minerals like calcium, and magnesium.

 

Cons 

  • It does filter slowly.  While I know this is due to filtering out all the contaminants and truly getting the purest water, it does take a while to filter water.  What I learned after using it was to filter a batch of water first thing before I really needed it, then go ahead and fill it up to filter another batch.  This was especially critical while on vacation and the 5 of us in our family were relying on one water pitcher.  It totally worked great once I did that and kept up on it.  Every time I used it I would just refill it again, so it never got too low.
  • Not very large.  Obviously since it’s a pitcher, it doesn’t have a very large capacity compared to a larger water filtration system.  If you have a large family I would consider getting two water filter pitchers just to make sure you had enough water for everyone. 
  • It does cost more compared to other water filter pitchers but to me that’s to be expected because you’re getting a better quality filter overall- there’s nothing else like it on the market.
  • Lid can sometimes come off when pouring.  This isn’t a huge deal in my opinion because I remember having to hold other water pitcher filters back in the day, but it is something to take note of. I would recommend just holding the lid down with your finger or thumb when pouring so it doesn’t come off.

 

That’s my full review on the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher!  If you have tried the water pitcher, let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

If you liked this post, check out these past posts:

 

 

References:

  1. Affinity Filtration Technology (n.d.) ClearlyFiltered.  Retrieved from: https://www.clearlyfiltered.com/pages/technology
  2. Why Brita? (n.d.) Brita. Retrieved from: https://www.brita.com/why-brita/better-water/
Holistic Pregnancy

Holistic Pregnancy

So you might be wondering about a holistic pregnancy and what that looks like. I mean how can you survive the first trimester? Well, you've come to the right place because I'm going to share all my secrets with you.  Ok, they're not really secrets but things that have helped me to continue living my holistic life, which is pretty huge when you become pregnant.

So you get a positive pregnancy test- now what?  Often the process of getting pregnant can seem daunting but then once you are pregnant you realize there is so much that goes with pregnancy that you were unaware of.  I know that's how I felt in my first pregnancy. I want to help answer some common questions when it comes to a holistic pregnancy and what that even looks like.

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*This is not medical advice. As always I am not a doctor, please always consult with your physician before taking on any new regimen that you are unsure of. 

 

How Long Should Women Prepare Their Body For Pregnancy?

I've gotten this question a lot when I'm pregnant and when I'm not, I have even wondered this myself.  After having three kids and now being pregnant with my fourth I've felt more prepared the more babies I've had and the more I've learned about holistic health.  So if you're reading this and you're already pregnant and felt like you didn't prepare, don't worry I've felt the same way!  I think if you can plan and prep your body for pregnancy it's great but sometimes you just can't.

From all the research I've read and podcasts I've listened to on preparing your body for pregnancy, it seems most experts say 3-6 months.  With 6 months being optimal. (1) Some even say as much as a year.  I think if you live a healthy lifestyle in general then you shouldn't need to switch up your normal routine much, other than possibly supplementing with certain vitamins more.  The more time you give your body to prep for a healthy pregnancy, the better you will feel all around and the better for baby.

We are all excited for this 4th baby!

 

 

What Does It Look Like To Prepare For A Holistic Pregnancy?

  • Start eating a real foods diet- this means less processed foods and more wholesome real foods that feed your body nourishment from the inside out.  Grass-fed meats, organic veggies, healthy fats like pastured butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.  Setting your body up in the best way possible!
  • Exercise- This not only helps you stay in shape better throughout your pregnancy but it also can help with gestational diabetes. (2)
  • Supplements- Taking a good prenatal vitamin before to help your body prepare for pregnancy is always a great idea.  You want to get a prenatal that has folate in it and not folic acid.   Folic acid is the synthetic version of folate.  Folate is what naturally occurs in leafy greens, nuts and seeds and other foods. We need folate during pregnancy especially because it helps with DNA formation and growing of healthy cells.  (3)
  • Get labs done- It's always a good idea to get bloodwork done before trying to conceive to see if you are deficient in anything and to know how to properly supplement your body.  Some things you could test for would be, overall thyroid health(ask for a full thyroid panel), iron levels, Vitamin B and even a hormone panel if you want more information on where your body is at.
  • Avoiding or Limiting Alcohol- From research we know that alcohol can reduce your bodies nutrient stores overall.  Research suggests that alcohol can have affect conception. (4)  (5)
  • Limiting or Minimizing Stress- It's impossible to avoid stress but finding ways to lessen it and relax more can help prepare your body for pregnancy.  Research suggests that our lifestyles can affect the development early on in the embryo. (6)

 

What Foods Induce Pregnancy?

Often we talk about wanting to induce labor but the question I've been hearing is what foods should I eat to help induce pregnancy?  There are so many real food options out there but what is the best to be eating is often the question.  I'm breaking down my favorites to help increase conception.  As well as a few you could avoid as well.

  • Fermented Foods- Gut health has been all the rage the last several years, but for good reason!  The gut health affects everything else in your body.  The mother's gut health affects her child's gut health as well.  Fill up on fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt(plain is best for low sugar), kefir, even swap your regular bread for sourdough bread.
  • Eggs- If you can tolerate eggs, then eat up!  These are full of choline, which is very important in preventing neural tube defects too- similar to folate but not often mentioned. (7) They also are loaded with protein and are essentially the perfect food.  They even have folate in them.
  • Leafy Greens- Think of spinach, kale, collard greens, boy choy, swiss chard, mustard greens, and arugula.  Fill your plate up!  These are loaded with antioxidants, and folate.  Antioxidants like Vitamin C, CoQ10 and Vitamin E are said to be the triple threat for boosting fertility. (8)

 

How To Prevent Diabetes in  Pregnancy?

This is a topic I feel pretty passionate about because I've experienced it myself.  Although I haven't actually been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, my blood sugar was elevated with my last pregnancy and so it really pushed me to figure out how to naturally lower it.

  • Lily Nichols Book On Gestational Diabetes- This book I got later on in my third pregnancy but I wished I would have had it from the very beginning.  If you're pregnant than you've probably heard of gestational diabetes.  I didn't have it with my first two and didn't give it much thought with my third.  However, after testing my blood sugar myself it was elevated.  I wasn't diagnosed with gestational diabetes but I did want to lower it.  This book really would have been a great resource in the beginning because she recommends you have a certain test done in the very early part of your pregnancy to determine if you're at risk for developing gestational diabetes.  This test is pretty accurate if done in the beginning of pregnancy.  It would have been great to know in the beginning since you can change your diet, etc. early on.  I learned so much from reading it!  My blood sugar was lowered with just a few tweaks and I felt better overall.  Get it here!
  • Testing Your Blood Sugar Yourself- This might sound annoying but honestly it made such a difference for me.  I had just taken the glucola drink with my first two pregnancies but with my third I wanted to avoid the drink.  I did get the undyed glucola drink both times but still, it's not my favorite and I never have that much sugar at once.  I thought it would be interesting to test my blood sugar myself instead for a couple weeks.  This is what they will have you do if you don't want to take the glucola drink.  You prick your finger in the morning upon waking, and then and hour after each meal.  Some practitioners may have you even do it after snacks.  You write down your results each time.  It was so eye opening!  It made me realize how my body was processing different foods, compared to others.  For example, I found white rice would really skyrocket my blood sugar.  So I knew to avoid that.  Personally, in the long run I think it's the best method because it really gives you an individualized approach to what foods affect your blood sugar.  It also just makes you aware of how blood sugar works in general.  I didn't fully understand it all until testing myself.  Here is the kit I bought from Amazon!
  • Get 80-100 grams of Protein A Day- I remember thinking this seemed crazy with my first pregnancy!  However, your baby is growing so rapidly and needing the extra protein for fetal development.  Plus, for me the biggest thing I noticed when I ate enough protein, especially in my first pregnancy was increased energy and less nausea.  It helped keep me full longer which kept my nausea at bay. I know you will crave carbs really and that's it a lot of times but if you can really get some good protein in it helps so much.  They say the average pregnant women needs 80-100 grams of protein!  And if you're having twins it's more like 120-150 grams.  This also helps with blood sugar regulation.  I have an extra protein shake everyday using Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein. It's so tasty and the protein powder is the best!  You can read more about the protein powder here and why it takes the cake in my opinion.  I will add 1 cup of coconut milk, 3 ice cubes, a teaspoon of chia seeds, and blend that all together.  Then I'll add the two scoops of the Activ Whey protein powder after the ice is all mixed up and smooth.  I only blend the protein powder for a few since if you over blend it can add air to the drink and make you feel gassy when you drink it.  Sometimes I'll even add a scoop of cacao powder- it legit tastes like a chocolate milkshake!  Check out Activ Whey here.  Also, check out my protein podcast I did with my naturopathic doctor here!
  • Inositol- This is great for helping with blood sugar regulation.  It's just a powder that you add to some water.  It almost tastes a little sweet.  My naturopath had recommended it to me initially after seeing that my antibodies were getting pretty low(I have Hashimotos) and he said that taking a combination of that plus selenium had shown to help reduce antibodies even more. So I was already taking it but then after my blood sugar testing had shown my blood sugar was elevated he said to keep taking it since it helps regulate blood sugar as well.  Check it out here.
  • Exercise- This might seem obvious to some but it really is a big deal!  Exercise uses up excess glucose in your body- so it essentially has somewhere to go.  I started to exercise with my third consistently after finding out my blood sugar was high and it made a huge difference.  Now with my 4th I have been consistently exercising and feel so much better when I do.  Lifting weights and strength training can especially help with blood sugar.  I heard one person describe muscles as a bucket. When you have a large bucket meaning muscle on your body you can store more sugar in that bucket, when you have a small bucket or no muscle you can't store much.  Having muscle improves your blood sugar regulation overall.  One more reason to start lifting weights!  Even walking after meals has proven to help regulate blood sugar as well. (9).
  • Glucose Goddess- A great resource I follow on Instagram for regulating blood sugar is @glucosegoddess.  She has so many tips and tricks for blood sugar management.  She specifically talks a lot about what foods you eat first.  She recommends eating veggies, fats and then proteins first for better blood sugar management.  This helps to slow the release of blood sugar into your body.
  • Skip The Processed Foods- Obviously it may go without saying, but avoid processed foods.  These are packaged foods that are void of fiber and usually loaded with lots of carbs and sugar.  These carbs and sugar hit your blood stream and cause a major blood sugar spike.  Instead if you need something quick grab and apple and almond butter, or some fiber rich berries, nuts or seeds, even make your own trail mix. Your blood sugar will thank you!

 

How To Reverse Anemia In Pregnancy?

This is such a popular topic and one I wasn't familiar with until I started having babies and quickly realized how easy it is to have an iron deficiency in pregnancy if you aren't proactive.  If you aren't pregnant I would get a blood test to see what your levels are, that way you can be ahead of the game.  I even suffered from iron deficiency even before I was ever pregnant, and so you definitely want to be making sure your levels are up to the normal range before you even get pregnant if possible.

The reason why iron is a big deal in pregnancy is that the demand for oxygen increases dramatically during pregnancy. Your metabolic rate increases by 15% and the amount of oxygen consumed increases by 20%. (10)

Here are some things I did to help get my iron up:

  • Supplement- Most iron supplements can take a while to get your body back up to the normal range, but my naturopath recommended to me a supplement that can make a difference so much quicker!  It's called Blood Vitality.  This is the one thing that I can say drastically made such a difference in my iron levels, when I was pregnant and when I wasn't.  Throughout my pregnancy I was feeling weak and dizzy, especially after working out, but after taking Blood Vitality for a month consistently I had so much more energy and didn't get dizzy.  I love that it wasn't irritating to my stomach either like other iron supplements.  Plus, my lab results showed my Ferritin levels had gone up!  Check it out here.
  • Eat Iron Rich Foods- From spinach, to beef, dark chocolate, beans, broccoli, organic meats, seafood like salmon, oysters, sardines, bison, and oats.
  • Cooking With Cast Iron- Cooking with cast iron has shown to increase iron levels because as you cook your food the food absorbs the iron.  Especially if you cook with acidic foods.

 

How To Find a Holistic Doctor For Pregnancy?

You first need to ask yourself how do you want to give birth?  Do you want to give birth in a hospital? Then you would be looking for an OB/GYN with a holistic approach.  If you are wanting to give birth at home or birth center then you would be looking for a midwife.  While there isn't necessarily a specific title for a holistic doctor for pregnancy, you can find OB/GYN physicians that are more natural in their approach.  It's best to ask friends, naturopathic physicians in your area, midwives and birth centers if they know of any OB/GYN doctors that are familiar with holistic practices even in a hospital environment.  I have many friends who want a holistic pregnancy and have to have their babies at the hospital or feel more comfortable at a hospital and have achieved great success with this.  They tell their doctors their wishes from the start and that really helps to guide the relationship throughout pregnancy.

Having had all my babies at home and with a midwife, I've been able to interview each midwife before consenting to their care.  This has helped me feel at ease and really be able to ask them questions beforehand. I highly encourage this if you've thought about having a midwife.  It will get you both off on the right track.  Here is a list of common questions you can ask your midwife before you consent to their care.

I've also had friends have a midwife attend a hospital birth to make sure holistic practices were taken when birth was happening.  There are a variety of options now, you just have to consider what works best for you and your family.

 

What To Expect With The First Trimester?

Here are just a few of the common symptoms first trimester mamas can feel:

  • Nausea
  • Tired- ALL THE TIME
  • Food Cravings and Food Aversions
  • Depressed
  • Not Motivated
  • Weight Gain
  • Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Heightened Sense Of Smell
  • Frequent Trips To The Bathroom
  • Acne
  • Out Of Breath
  • Swollen Breasts
  • Changes In Sex Drive

 

I like to describe it as being on a roller coaster.  One minute you're up and the next minute you're down.

 

To be honest, sometimes I feel like two different people.  There's the me before pregnancy, and then there's the me during pregnancy.  There's just so many changes happening all at once.  You want to just feel normal and carry on but that is anything but how it is.

I wished I felt good being pregnant but truthfully I usually don't.  I know so many people who don't have symptoms or feel amazing throughout their pregnancy which is awesome.  But it hasn't been my case.  I literally feel like I'm in survival mode.  Everything that came easy to me before feels 10 times harder.  Whether it's doing laundry, making dinner, cleaning the house, doing my job, or being a parent to my kids.  It just takes more head space and energy than before.

Suffice to say babies really can take it out of you.  I've experienced all of the symptoms in the first trimester listed above.  Overall, the  fatigue is real.  I don't know how many times I would literally just end up taking a nap when I should have been blogging or cleaning or anything besides napping.  I'm not a napper at all, so taking a nap is just all around foreign to me.  But when I'm pregnant sometimes it's the best medicine.

I'm going to be sharing my experience and tips and tricks throughout my pregnancy that really help me.  Trust me, if you're reading this and you're not a mama yet, don't worry!  Pregnancy looks so different on everyone and you might not experience these symptoms at all.  It also usually gets so much better as you get further along in pregnancy, especially nausea.

I created a list of natural resources that have really helped when it comes to surviving the first trimester.  I hope these help you like they did me!  After all, us mamas have to stick together. 🙂

 

First trimester survival

Just a few of my favorite things in this first trimester!

 

 

First Trimester Holistic Pregnancy Resources-

  • Fizzy Water- I'm pretty obsessed with sparkling water even when I'm not pregnant but when I'm pregnant it's a whole new level! The bubbles really help to ease my nausea.  I love my Soda Stream because then I can make my my won fizzy water but have it be filtered!  Plus, it saves you a ton of money.  I love having the glass soda stream.  It uses glass bottles versus plastic.  I can't recommend it enough!  I'll even add in some lime or lemon juice and some stevia liquid drops and it tastes like a lemon/lime soda.  Check out the Soda Stream here!
  • Real Food For Pregnancy Book- This book was recommended to me by my friend Dr. Ben Lynch.  He's a research doctor and knows his stuff.  It has been such a resource for me!  I've read pregnancy books before that have talked about nutrition but don't have a lot of evidence to back up their claims.  This book really gives so many references!  It debunks so many of the common pregnancy nutrition guidelines people have been taught and turns them on their heads.  Lily does such a thorough job of laying out what you should eat during pregnancy and why.  She even goes into meal plans, recipes and supplement advice.  I can't recommend this book enough if you want to optimize your pregnancy. Get the book here!
  • Seeking Health Supplements- These supplements have been taken on the daily by me.  Supplementing is so important these days since are soil is so depleted and even if you're eating a whole foods diet you can miss key nutrients.  From Seeking Health I take their Optimal Prenatal, or their Optimal Prenatal Chewable,  their Optimal Fish OilVitamin B Complex Plus, NAC, ProBiota HistaminX,  and Optimal Magnesium.  It's so important to take folate instead of folic acid.  Watch this video my friend Dr. Ben Lynch did.  So insightful!
  • Blood Vitality- As mentioned above, this has been the best iron supplement I've found.  It literally has increased my iron levels quicker than any other iron supplement.  I can't recommend it enough!  Get it here!
  • Vitamin D3 +K2 Supplement- This is a liquid Vitamin D3 +K2, I love that it's a liquid.  It's so easy to take. Get it here!
  • Podcasts:  I've done two podcasts about fertility and conceiving and what to supplement, eat and so on in pregnancy.  You can check them out here and here.  Such great resources!

 

4th baby feels!

 

 

Other Holistic Pregnancy Tips-

  • Make breakfast ahead of time- I've found for me that having some foods prepped has helped me a lot.  In the mornings my nausea is at an all time high.  One of my favorite foods to have on hand is homemade granola.  Then I just add my favorite sheep yogurt to it from Bellwether.  I just eat plain yogurt to avoid the extra sugars.  I had two scoops of Activ Whey Protein Powder into it and swirl it all around.  This helps to naturally sweeten the yogurt and up my protein.  I'll even make some chia pudding ahead of time and add that in too for some good fiber and Omega-3's.  The combination of the fat and protein with some carbs has been just the ticket for me.  It helps to curb my nausea and keeps me feeling full a couple hours. Plus, it sounds good which is half the battle!  If you have been pregnant before you know this is key.  Knowing I have this quick breakfast in the morning to go too has been huge.  It really has made a huge difference in helping me operate smoother in the mornings.  Then I'll make a smoothie a couple hours later after I workout.  But right away I need something the moment I wake up. Scroll to the bottom for my granola recipe.
  • DGL for acid reflux- I struggled with acid reflux in my first pregnancy but not in my second.  Then it came back with a vengeance in my third.  DGL is what has helped both times.  DGL stands for Deglycyrrhizinated licorice.  It's an herbal supplement that helps to ease acid reflux.  If you have a chewable form it takes like black licorice.  This is what my naturopathic doctor recommended.  It worked both times!  I don't get it everyday, just every now and then in my third trimester.  I would take 3 chewables and it would go away.  So much better than taking an OTC med in my opinion!  This is the one I take!
  • Compression socks or tights- I can't recommend getting a pair of these enough!  They have helped with every pregnancy.  My mom suffered from varicose veins and I have one on my left side that will bother me.  When I wear my compression tights, it feels SO much better.  Plus, I wear the compressions tights for swelling. Most of my pregnancies have been more in the warmer months and I tend to swell more in my feet.  Especially my left side which they say is common in pregnancy.  When I wear my compression tights my legs and feet are so much less swollen.  Plus, if you want to avoid getting varicose veins they recommend you wear them if you are pregnant too.  Get them here!
  • Probiotics- This is one I find not everyone considers taking when pregnant but I think it's a great one to incorporate.  Studies have shown that you can help achieve a negative GBS(Group B Streptococcus) when tested.  This is the bacteria you get tested for towards the very end of your pregnancy.  Taking a good probiotic might help your test to come back negative.  If you have a positive GBS then they say you have a 1 in 200 chance of your baby getting an infection.  The bacteria isn't necessarily bad for adults but for babies.  If you are positive your doctor will have you take antibiotics during your birth. It's obviously not the end of the world, but if you can avoid getting antibiotics then why not. Check out the probiotic I take here.
  • Chicken and Egg Salad- For whatever reason I've been craving both of these throughout my pregnancy.  I'll make some for the week and store it in the fridge for lunches.  It's so nice already having something pre-made on hand.  I don't follow a particular recipe- kind of a rebel like that but there are a few ingredients I use instead of conventional ones that are important to note.  Instead of regular mayonnaise I use Primal Kitchen's Mayo- super clean ingredients.  I like adding dill to my egg salads- love me some dill!  For the chicken salad I put celery, chicken, pecan, and apple a lot of times.  It really depends on what I have on hand.  Then I chop up some spinach leaves and toss it all together with the chicken or egg salad.  SO good!  If you want a good recipe I would up opt for one that's paleo- usually they have pretty simple, clean ingredients.  Here's a chicken salad recipe and an egg salad recipe.
  • Cold Fresh Fruit- All my pregnancy I've craved fresh fruit, this one no different.  I loved having organic apples, organic strawberries, organic organges, organic blueberries and organic raspberries on hand.  Costco has some of the best deals for organic fruit.
  • Smoothies- I find it hard to eat my normal amount of veggies when I'm pregnant in the first trimester.  Texture, smell and taste are all off for me.  I'm grateful for smoothies!  These help me pack a ton of veggies in and just slurp them down instead of having to chew them and gag- just being real. I would pack spinach, celery and cucumber in my smoothies and then add some healthy fats like cashew butter, some fiber with chia seeds, some superfood powders like pomegranate powder, camu powder, açaí powder, and half a banana. I would add a cup of coconut milk and blend up!  Then once blended add my protein powder.  Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein is the BEST protein!  If you haven't tried it you need to get on it.  I personally know the owner and founder and love how authentic he is.  He sources from grass-fed goats.  Can't recommend it enough!
  • Eggs- When pregnant I eat a lot of eggs because of the choline content in them.  Choline is so important in pregnancy. If you want to understand more about Choline check out a podcast I did with Sarah Morgan a functional nutritionist.
  • Primally Pure Deodorant- I knew I needed to find a natural deodorant that was safe during pregnancy because your underarms soak up so much of what you put on them.  I was happy to find Primally Pure and know that they are completely safe to use during pregnancy.  They have done extensive research to ensure that their products are clean.  I love the Blue Tansy and Charcoal Deodorant- so does my husband!  Get them here!
  • Meal PIanning Postpartum- Also can't recommend meal planning enough for postpartum.  I didn't do this for my first or second but wished I would have.  Knowing I have healthy options is so key when having a newborn.  It would have helped me ease into things a little slower.  I did a whole meal prep video showing you how I meal prepped for a month and how I stored the food here.
  • True Botanicals Pregnancy Skincare Line- I love knowing that I can still have an active natural skincare line that is still safe for myself and baby during pregnancy.  If you've followed me you know that I love True Botanical's Antioxidant Booster and Repair Serum- holy grail products in natural beauty.  Well, True Botanicals has a whole skincare line dedicated to pregnancy.  Excluding the ingredients you don't want in your products while pregnant, yet still creating an amazing skincare line. Check out all their pregnancy safe products here!
  • Beautycounter- Another safe line for pregnancy is Beautycounter.  I trust their line completely with all of their third party testing and stringent screening process for ingredients.  I love knowing I can literally just go to their website and not think twice about picking up a product when I'm pregnant.  Shop all of Beautycounter's products here!  This is an excerpt taken from their website:
Yes. All of Beautycounter’s products are safe to use during pregnancy and nursing. We screen every ingredient for safety, keeping those especially vulnerable—like pregnant women and babies—in mind.
If you have specific medical concerns, we always advise consulting a physician.

 

chocolate granola recipe

This granola recipe is SO good! It is a spin off of Purely Elizabeth's chocolate granola but with less sugar and more good fiber!

 

Chocolate Granola Recipe-

  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Organic Oats(I like One Degree Oats since they're glyphosate free too)
  • 1 Cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Lily's Chocolate Chips(stevia sweetened)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt

*Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then spread on a cookie sheet.  Cook at 325 for 15 minutes and then stir and cook for 10 more minutes.

That sums up some of my tips, what are some of your holistic pregnancy tips?  Leave me a comment below.

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Resources:

  1. Morgan S, How To Increase Your Chances Of Conception. Golden Hour Podcast. Aug. 6, 2018. https://gurlgonegreen.com/2018/08/06/how-to-feed-your-microbiome-properly/. Accessed October 6, 2021.
  2. Michelle F Mottola; Raul Artal. (2016). Role of Exercising in Reducing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. National Library of Medicine. 620-8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27135873/.
  3. Francesco ScaglioneGiscardo Panzavolta. (2014). Folate, folic acid and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate are not the same thing. National Library of Medicine. 480-8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24494987/.
  4. Ellen M Mikkelsen. (2016). Alcohol consumption and fecundability: prospective Danish cohort study. thebmj. 354. https://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i4262.
  5. J I Kalisch-Smith. (2017). Detrimental effects of alcohol exposure around conception: putative mechanisms. National Library of Medicine. 107-116. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29112458/.
  6.  Tom P. Fleming. (2018). Origins of lifetime health around the time of conception: causes and consequences. National Library of Medicine. 1842-1852. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29673874/.
  7. Gary M. Shaw. (2004). Periconceptional Dietary Intake of Choline and Betaine and Neural Tube Defects in Offspring. American Journal Epidemiology. 102-109. https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/160/2/102/76495.
  8. Sedigheh Ahmadi. (2016). Antioxidant supplements and semen parameters: An evidence based review. National Library of Medicine. 729-736. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5203687/.
  9. Sheri R Colberg. (2009). Postprandial walking is better for lowering the glycemic effect of dinner than pre-dinner exercise in type 2 diabetic individuals. National Library of Medicine. 394-7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19560716/.
  10. Dr. Matt Angove. (2021). Iron Deficiency In Pregnant Women and What To Do About It. drwholeness.com. https://drwholeness.com/blog/iron-deficiency-in-pregnancy-and-what-to-do-about-it/.

 

What is the best non stick cookware that is non toxic?

What is the best non stick cookware that is non toxic?

There are so many non toxic cookware options out there.  Which is great because that means we can pick out what works best for us and our cooking needs.  However, I find a lot of people want to know what the best non toxic cookware option is that is non stick.  Having a non-stick option in your cupboards is so handy when you want to make certain dishes and I am going to share with you my favorites!

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

What toxins are lurking in traditional non-stick cookware?

Non-stick cookware may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it's easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them.  The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon. Teflon is the brand name of the chemical, non stick coating and it contains Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It's a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it's non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant. It basically is a cook's dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it's releasing every time you cook with it!

Scary enough, 95% of non-stick pots and pans are made with Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon).  (1)

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) in the 1950's, they started adding Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) acid, or C8, to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues.  I dive in deep in my Non Toxic Cookware post and share everything you need to know about Teflon and why it is a MUST to avoid.  Check out the post here! 

 

My Top Picks For Non Stick, Non Toxic Cookware

 

Caraway Cookware

 

 

This is easily my #1 pick for anyone that wants a non toxic, non stick cookware set.  Caraway Cookware is such an easy transition for anyone looking to swap their traditional cookware. You won't miss your old toxic cookware at all with Caraway!  It's so easy to use and it's completely nonstick.  I haven't had any issues with food sticking to the ceramic pots or pans at all.  Even my husband was so impressed with the performance.  He couldn't get over how easy it was to use.  I've made ground beef, sausage, chicken, eggs, quesadillas, vegetable stir fry's and more.  I love the small fry pan for cooking eggs or quick one person meals.  The Sauce Pan I've used so much for sauces, oatmeal and pasta.  The Sauté Pan is great for cooking larger one pot meals, meat and stir fry's and the Dutch Oven is great for soups, chili, whole chickens and broth.  I really have used them all for different things and they work so well.

Another point I wanted to make is that Caraway Cookware doesn't feel quite as heavy as some other ceramic cookware I've had in the past.  They are sturdy but not too heavy.  I like being able to still lift the pan with one arm if I need too.  As with any ceramic cookware you want to make sure you use wooden, or silicone utensils on the pans, no stainless steel to prevent scratching.  

I have been so happy with Caraway Cookware and the overall performance of their ceramic pots and pans.  Often you find a cookware and you love how it looks but not how it performs- Caraway does it all.  From the sleek design, to the amazing even cooking, easy cleanup and effortless storage- Caraway makes it easy to switch to nontoxic cookware without thinking twice!  Check out Caraway Cookware here.

 

 

The Always Pan

 

 

This is the newest ceramic cookware pan to me. The Always pan is so unique compared to anything else I've used in the past. It does so much and only requires one pan!

The Always Pan is coated in a non-toxic, ceramic non-stick coating.  That means no PFOA, PTFE, GenX chemicals or any other toxic chemicals for that matter!  Since it is tested to the standard of ceramic coating that means that NO heavy metals are able to pass through it.  Our Place takes it a step further and tests it to the standards of polymeric coating (this is a thin layered coating that provides superior adherence and protection from corrosion).  These standards mean that NOTHING can pass through their ceramic coating and that makes it the safest non-stick coating available!

Initially I wasn't even going to review The Always Pan as I had read where people were talking about it having lead.  I looked into it further and read Lead Safe Mama's full review on The Always Pan and how she had found traces of lead and several other heavy metals in it.  You can read about her findings here.  She wasn't able to determine if the trace amounts were in the actual coating or if they were in the substrate of the pan.  Meaning, once the coating wear's off you are left with the substrate.  Although they were in the safe range and technically at very low levels, she still had detected lead.  I think this is important for people to know and be aware of when making the best decision for them and their family.

Ok, now time to actually share what I thought of The Always Pan.  I really loved it!  It definitely lives up to the hype in my opinion.  It can do it all, from sauté, steam, boil, sear, fry- everything.  The goal of The Always Pan is to replace 8 pieces of cookware- so it makes cooking simpler.  It comes with a stainless steel steamer basket, a beachwood spatula, and a pourable spout.  It's also much lighter than a traditional ceramic pan coming in at 3lbs.  It's higher sides on the pan make it unique to other pans and easier cooking.  There really isn't anything I disliked about it- other than the lead findings!  😉  It works great for steaming veggies, cooking meat, tortillas- anything.  I think this would be a great addition for someone who hasn't made the switch over to nontoxic cookware or if you want to incorporate this into your overall nontoxic cookware options to try.  Check out The Always Pan here!

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References:

  1. Muenter, Olivia. (Jan 14 2021).  3 Ways Using Nontoxic Cookware Can Change Your Home.  Caraway Home.  Retrieved from: https://www.carawayhome.com/blogs/news/3-ways-using-non-toxic-cookware-can-change-your-home

 

How To Use Waterless Cookware | Our Tips & Tricks

How To Use Waterless Cookware | Our Tips & Tricks

My Nontoxic Cookware post has been one of my most read posts on the blog and I know many of you are making the switch to detox out your cookware!  Unfortunately, I think it's easy to feel a little intimidated when it comes to cooking with some of the nontoxic options that are out there as you do have to change how you cook.  Specifically, using waterless cookware can be so different than what you are currently using to cook with. No worries…I am going to share all the tips and tricks for cooking with waterless cookware – specifically one of my favorite non toxic cookware brands 360 Waterless Cookware – so you can feel confident in investing in this awesome brand for your family!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

What is waterless cookware?

Waterless cookware uses a technology called Vapor Technology to cook your food at lower temperatures.  When you cook your food at lower temperatures you are not only increasing the flavors but protecting all the nutrients in the food.  Yielding higher nutrients in your cooked food once they're done. Not only does it heat your food at lower temperatures but it also does it quicker!  Yes, in this case you can have the best of both worlds.  You are cooking the food in it's own juices so you don't need the added oils, butters, etc like you would with other cookware.  

The lids of 360 Cookware are specially designed to create a Vapor Seal that encapsulates the heat and moves it around the food to cook it.  Instead of overcooked, low nutrient food, with bland taste, you are left with nutrient dense flavorful food!  I can attest to the magic of waterless cookware after using 360 cookware myself- more on this brand in my full review here.  If you prefer to cook as you always have you can still do that with 360 Cookware too.  You don't have to use the waterless cookware method but once you learn it you won't want to go back!

 

 

Benefits of Waterless Cookware

Waterless cookware has definite benefits to its use.  First, and most importantly to me, is that by cooking without adding water and at a lower heat, this cooking style is able to maintain and protect the nutrients in the food.  If we are going to do the work to invest in organic vegetables, grass fed and finished meat, etc we want all those amazing nutrients in the foods to be available to our bodies when we eat them.  And with waterless cookware, they are more readily available than traditional cooking methods! (1)  Secondly, it requires no added oil, butter, etc.  Some say this is healthier due to less calories or fat being added into your food.  If it’s the right kind of fat that doesn’t bother me, but for some this may matter!  Thirdly, cooking with waterless cookware is more energy efficient.  Only low heat is used and some brands even work by sealing in the heat and turning off the stovetop once a certain level is reached.  Lastly, and certainly not least, when it comes to 360 Cookware, this is a true nontoxic cookware option.  No worries about crazy chemicals leaching into your food!  And they are so serious about being green, sustainable and eco-friendly. (2)

 

Waterless Cookware Methods 

The directions for waterless cookware that I am going to share will be specific to the 360 Cookware, as it can vary slightly from brand to brand. Simply follow the directions below and you will know you will have nutrient dense, flavorful food made with nontoxic cookware!

  1. You will need to choose the right size pot or pan to use.  It will need to be at least ⅔ full of the food you are cooking.
  2. Use the correct size burner.  The burner should be approximately the same size as the diameter of the bottom of the pan you are using.
  3. Place the food in the correct size pan (that has been pre-heated) and place the cover on (the pre-heat is so important).
  4. After approximately 3-5 minutes you will note vapor coming out from beneath the cover.  At this point you will spin the cover and turn the burner to the low heat setting.  If the cover spins freely this is how you will know that the vapor seal has formed.  After a few minutes you will no longer note the vapor escaping beneath the lid and therefore the appropriate cooking temperature has been reached. 
  5. Only remove the cover at the end of the cooking time to check that what you are cooking is done.  If it isn't done you will need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water and return the heat setting to medium.  You will then repeat step #4.  

 

 

Seems simple enough!  But I will say that it will take a couple tries to figure out your settings on your stovetop.  I will also share some tips and tricks I have picked up along the way that will make your waterless cookware so much easier to use!

  1. Fresh fruits and veggies have enough moisture in them naturally that you won't need to add any further water.  This definitely seems so strange, but it's true!  What you will want to do is put the fruit/veggie in the appropriate sized pot.  Cover it in water, and then pour the water back off.  That small amount of moisture will be enough for most.  Meats will also typically only require their own juices to cook in.  Only add oils/fats if the recipe requires it.
  2. Once you have your pan set to low/medium for 3-5 minutes then you can test the pan to see if it's hot enough by dropping some water in the pan.  If it splatters it's not hot enough, but if the drops of water bead up and dance across the pan you know it's hot enough.
  3. When cooking using 360 Cookware if you note that vapor continues to escape the pot (in Step #2 from above), you have a heat setting too high and you will need to reduce the heat  
  4. Also, when cooking and checking for the vapor seal, if the cover doesn't spin freely and is locked in place that tells you the heat setting is too low and you will need to the raise the heat so the lid will loosen.
  5. Avoid lifting the cover when cooking as this will let the heat and moisture out.
  6. While these pans are very durable, you will still want to take great care of them so they will last you for years to come!
    • Do not clean with Chlorine Bleach, rather use water and a non abrasive stainless steel cleaner to make a paste (can be as simple as using baking soda as the cleaner).  
    • Avoid hitting the the rims of the cookware with metal kitchen utensils.
    • Do not cut or chop in the pan.
    • Don't allow undissolved salt to remain in the pan for longer periods.
    • Don't allow acidic or seasoned food to remain in the pan for long periods.

 

Trust me, once you get the hang of waterless cookware you will love it!  You can check out all of 360 Waterless Cookware here.  Share with me below, what do you think of cooking with waterless cookware?

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References:

  1. Mori, Mari;  Atsumi Hamada; Hideki Mori; Yukio Yamori & Kinsuke Tsuda. (2012). Effects of cooking using multi-ply cookware on absorption of potassium and vitamins: a randomized double-blind placebo control study.  International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition, 63 (5): 530-536.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3411121/
  2. Why 360 Cookware?  (n.d.) 360 Waterless Cookware.  Retrieved from: https://www.360cookware.com/pages/why-360-cookware

 

Organic Labor Day Sales 2021

Organic Labor Day Sales 2021

Organic Labor Day Sales 2021 is here!  Who's ready to save some money?!  I know I am!  I've got the pulse when it comes to organic beauty sales, organic living sales and more.  This is the time to save since most companies don't offer sales again until Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  So you definitely don’t want to miss out on this.  Whether you're searching for an organic pillow, organic sheet set, maybe a new natural beauty foundation or just want to try out a new clean skin care product, there's something for everyone.  The organic Labor Day sales 2021 edition is off the hook with sales galore!

I’m going to list each online store and then under them I’ll list the deal.  Some I may have to leave blank until a specific date. Be sure to check back throughout the week and weekend as I’ll be updating with the latest sales happening!

*Oh and P.S. if you need help, or aren't sure on color, etc- send me an email to suzi@gurlgonegreen.com- I would LOVE to help a friend out!

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

Organic Beauty

 

Aillea

This is another favorite of mine!  They have all the brands when it comes to organic beauty products.  I love getting Ilia products from Aillea.  Obsessed with their True Skin Serum Foundation, Highlighters, and Radiant Skin Primer.

9.2.21 – 9.7.21
15% off in-store and online 
Online code: LD2021
AILLEA retail locations are in Denver, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta + Charleston
Brand exclusions include: Josh Rosebrook, Vintner’s Daughter, Tata Harper and Kypris Beauty
 

 

Detox Market

Detox Market is one of the first green beauty stores to launch back in the day.  They carry an assortment of natural beauty brands from all over.  I love getting Lily Lolo from Detox, love their bronzer in Miami Beach and their mascara, also Agent Nateur Deodorant in Holi Rose.

*From 9/4 – 9/6 Get 10% off orders over $150 (code DETOX10) and Get 15% off orders over $200 (code DETOX15).  Exclusions do apply.  Shop Detox Market here!

 

Pharmaca

This is your one stop shop for all of clean living and organic beauty!  Pharmaca has it all.  From organic baby products, natural supplements, organic home products and more.  Always offering sales and Labor Day is no different.  I love snagging Inika Organic Beauty products there, Juice Beauty and a new favorite MyChelle's Sun Shield SPF 50.

*Save 25% on your order using Promo Code LABORDAY from 9/3 – 9/6.  Shop Pharmaca here!

 

Live Botanical

This is one of those organic beauty skincare lines I fell for years ago!  They offer clean and effective products that really make your skin sing.  I also love that they're budget friendly!  Love their Luna rose and honey cleansing mask and Lavender Cacao Body Polish. 

*Save 20% using code GURLGONEGREEN. Shop Live Botanical here!

 

EVOLVH

Obsessed with their shampoo and conditioner and so many of their styling products!  

10% off when you spend $100

15% off when you spend $150 

20% off when you spend $200

Shop Evolvh here!

 

OSEA

A natural skincare line that delivers amazing results.  I love their Ocean Cleanser– one of the best, and don’t get me started on their Undaria Algae Body Oil.  So hydrating!  They also just released OSEA Seabiotic Water Cream.  If you have dry skin, you need this!

*From 9/1 – 9/6 You Will Get a FREE Anti-Aging Body Balm ($48 value) with $125+ purchase.  Shop OSEA here!

 

Clove + Hallow

Love Clove + Hallow!  Some of my favorites that you may want to check out include their Lip Velvets (colors I like are Roulette, Napa & Road Trip).  I also like their concealer and I just featured their Liquid Liner in my 3 Natural Beauty Fall Makeup Looks.  

*Offering a free deluxe sample of their new BlurFlex Priming Serum for all purchases of $60+.  Shop Clove + Hallow here!

 

Leahlani

This is one of the very first skincare lines I used in clean beauty and fell hard for!  All of Leahlani's creations are made in Kaui, Hawaii.  Some favorites are the Mermaid Mask, Honey Love and Kokoleka MaskShop Leahlani here!

Take 15% off elixirs and serums with code: SUMMER15!

Shop Leahlani here!

Organic Beauty Boxes

Beauty Heroes 

This is the “it” organic beauty box in natural beauty.  It offers the best of the best when it comes to clean beauty.  Primarily this beauty box focuses on skincare and it comes out monthly.  Occasionally they have organic makeup offerings or natural hair boxes too.  They also have a store full of organic beauty faves. Check out past reviews of Beauty Heroes here in my clean beauty box roundup and how to subscribe here.  Shop Beauty Heroes here!

*From 9/3 – 9/6 there will be a Special Labor Day bundle that has a $259 value and will be available for $118.  Here's what's inside:

Shop Beauty Heroes here!

 

Organic Bedding/Home

360 Cookware

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware!  It is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here.  Shop 360 Cookware here!

Save 20% off all cookware!  Use code: Gurlgonegreen36!

Shop 360 here!

My Green Mattress

I’ve tested out several different mattresses in the past but I kept getting asked the same question. Is there a budget friendly organic mattress option?  Well, I searched and found My Green Mattress.  It is not only squeaky clean when it comes to their ingredients and sourcing but also easy on the wallet!  Basically, I struck gold.  Read my full review here! 

*Save $225 on any size Natural Escape or Hope Latex Mattress Save, $125 on any size Kiwi or Pure Echo Mattress and Save $20 on the Emily Organic Crib Mattress.  Shop My Green Mattress here! 

 

Chili Pad

Now you might be wondering what a Chilipad is, or an Ooler Sleep System.  Allow me to explain.  It is a topper that goes underneath your sheets, and on top of your mattress to deliver cooling temperatures to your body.  It is a thermal delivery system that uses a water-based hydronic pad that keeps you cool at night so you can have better sleep.  They have the original Chilipad and the Ooler Sleep System.  The Ooler Sleep System includes all that the Chilipad offers but some added functions.  You fill a tank with water and it runs it through the pad delivering cooling temperatures with it.  Before I get into the Ooler Chilipad review I wanted to share a few more things with you about the sleep systems.  I got one for my hubs for his birthday and he's obsessed!  He's never had better sleep before!  Read my full review here!  Shop Chilipad here!

Save 20% off! Use code: LDWREST! 

 

SOL Organics 

These sheets are what luxury is made of!  They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton.  The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification.  These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin!  They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look.  They also have 3 different sheet sets.  You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated. Shop SOL Organics here!

Save 25% off with code: LABOR2021!

 

White Lotus Home Pillows

They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep. I love their Kapok Pillows for my kids and my husband and I love their shredded latex pillows for ourselves.  Shop White Lotus Home here!

Save 20% off using code: GGG!

Whew!  Organic Labor Day Sales 2021 are coming in hot!  Can’t wait to hear what you were able to snag at a discounted rate

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My Top Natural and Organic Products at Target

My Top Natural and Organic Products at Target

Sharing my top natural and organic products at Target! I am often asked what natural products can be found and accessed more easily than ordering on-line.  Of course if you love Target as much as I do, then you know you can find affordable and clean products there!  I decided it was time I put together my Top 10 Natural Products that you can pick up at your local Target store.  Even better, I have created a shopping list you can take with you that includes 100+ Natural/Clean Finds at Target.  With this list in hand, you can feel confident you are buying only the best for you and your family!

 

What is Target Clean?

Target Clean is used as a standard for products that don’t include certain toxic chemicals in their formulations. An icon is used to represent the products that meet these standards and can be found on-line and in store.   

Target Clean Icon.

Based on what category you are shopping in (beauty, cleaning products, household essentials, baby, etc) the excluded chemicals will vary.  Specifically with beauty, the following chemicals won’t be included in those products that are considered Target Clean:

  • Propyl-parabens
  • Butyl-parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde-donors
  • nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs)
  • Oxybenzone
  • SLES
  • retinyl palmitate
  • Hydroquinone
  • Triclosan
  • Triclocarban
  • BHA
  • BHT

While I love that Target is making an effort to inform the consumer, don’t just blindly follow this standard.  Just because a product fits Target's standards doesn't mean it will meet yours!  That's why I am sharing my top 10 must have natural and clean living finds at Target below.  But hold on, I didn’t stop there.  I also made a whole shopping guide for you so you know EXACTLY what you want to purchase (or stay away from) to support your natural living lifestyle.  I include in this guide natural and clean products in Beauty, Baby, Food, Kitchen, Feminine Products and Household.  I even made up a wallet sized shopping guide so you can easily keep this available for your shopping trip!

 

You can get my Natural Target Shopping Guide BELOW!





 

Fave natural beauty mascara!

1) Honest Beauty Extreme Length 2-in-1 Mascara and Lash Primer 

If you have been around for any sort of time you shouldn’t be surprised to find this mascara at the top of my list.   This is hands down my favorite natural mascara in clean beauty currently.  I know that says a lot but it’s true.  The formula checks all the boxes.  It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome!  The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes.  In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume.  I’m sold!  On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color.  I apply the primer first and then the mascara.  Plus, it's super budget friendly! You will not regret picking up this mascara! Get it here.

 

W3ll People makeup!

2) W3LL People Makeup

W3ll People was one of the first green beauty brands on the scene years ago.  It makes me so happy to see a brand like this in Target.  They have 35+ EWG-verified products.  W3LL People is committed to the highest standard for ingredients, health and safety.  They are also on a mission to be “easily accessible to all, ensuring more people have the ability to choose clean and be well.” (1)  And with access to their products every time you go to Target, they are hitting their mission out of the park!

I have featured so many of their products on my blog.  Check out their concealer in my Best Natural Beauty Concealers.  Their eyeshadow palettes I love and have written about in multiple blog posts.  They come in a palette with 5 different eyeshadow colors.  I love that they have matte and shimmer shadows in them.  Sometimes I'm feeling matte and sometimes I want something a little more pumped up. It has basics for everyday wear or for kicking it up later on. A great palette to take you from day to night.  PLUS, these palettes are so budget friendly!  You get an entire eyeshadow palette for $19.99 at Target!  I also reviewed their mascara in my Natural Mascara Guide And these are just a few of their products available at Target.  You can also get tinted moisturizer, foundation stick, pressed powder foundation, stick blush, lipstick and the list goes on!  Check out W3ll People Makeup products here.

 

This is our favorite natural diaper rash cream!

3) Honest Diaper Rash Cream 

I find it essential to choose only the best for my babies.  Especially when applying a product directly on their sensitive skin. Unfortunately many conventional diaper rash creams can contain some less than stellar ingredients not limited to:

  • Fragrance
  • Petrolatum
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Dimethicone
  • BHA
  • Methyparaben

Honest Diaper Rash Cream I have found to be so good.  When my babies have needed it, it really soothes rashes and redness.  Plus, there are times when you run out and need it ASAP.  You may not have time to place an order on-line, so this can be picked up at your local Target.  Get it here!

 

OEKO-TEX Blankets at Target!

4) OEKO-TEX Blankets and Throw Pillows

I’ve gotten so many blankets and throws from Target and even bedspreads!  They have so many OEKO-TEX options.  OEKO-TEX is the world's leading textile processing authority for organic fibers.  The certification is the toughest organic textile standard because it goes far beyond verifying just the organic farming process.  It also includes every step of manufacturing and ensures there is no child or slave labor. And, it means the final product was made using pure and clean standards so you can have peace of mind when purchasing anything with this label.  I know when I buy OEKO-TEX blankets and throw pillows at Target not only am I getting a great quality product, but I am also getting it at a great price!  Get the blankets here and the throw pillows here!

 

5) Threshold Organic Cotton Sheets

That’s right…even Target has options for 100% cotton sheets that meet the highest standards for organic textiles!  This means a really great budget option for those that want better quality bed sheets, but aren’t wanting to fork out the price tag that can come with some of the more luxury options.  Target has 100% cotton sheets that are Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified and GOTS certified. Love that organic cotton sheets are so easily accessible and even priced right!  I even included them in my blog post Organic Cotton Sheets.  We've had a set for years and love them.Get them here!

 

Genexa's Allergy Care.

6) Genexa Products

I have definitely fallen for this clean medicine brand as of lately and I love that it can be found at Target. What makes Genexa stand apart is that, unlike other medicine brands, their inactive ingredients are actually clean and therefore don’t come with potential unwanted side effects themselves.  Inactive ingredients are the ingredients in the medicine that determine taste, texture and stability.  From their Kid’s Allergy products to their Kid’s Pain and Fever, they offer so many great options when it comes to medicine but without the artificial additives.  They also offer homeopathic remedies for those that are looking for something more like that!  Read all about Genexa in my recent blog post.  Check out the Genexa products here!

 

Love my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet!

7) Lodge Cast Iron Pan

This is the cast iron pan I have and love.  It was actually the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that's one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you've worked with it you can definitely figure it out. Plus, Lodge Cast Iron is so budget friendly too!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless.  A couple tips when using cast iron: 

  1.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  
  2. Make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you're unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it's basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  
  3. I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that's been made on the cast iron.  
  4. Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it's actually not.  You don't want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water, allow it to dry and rub in a cooking oil. 

So inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about crazy chemicals leaching into your food.   Check out my Best Non Toxic Cookware posts for all the details on the Lodge Cast Iron Pan and my other favorite non toxic cookware options!  Check it out here.

 

8) Vital Farms Pastured Eggs

I just love that I can find good quality eggs so easily.  And, we love these eggs!  You can tell a huge difference in the quality of a pastured egg the minute you break it open.  The yolk is so orange and vibrant!  And if you aren’t sure why you might want to spend a little more and purchase eggs from pastured hens, a study from Pennsylvania University showed that:

“pastured eggs contained 38% more Vitamin A, two times as much Vitamin E, more than two times the omega-3 fatty acids, less than half the Omega-6 to omega-3 ratio compared to non pastured eggs” (2)

Check out Vital Farms Pastured Eggs here!

 

Love these clean salad dressings from Primal Kitchen!

9) Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings

If you haven’t heard of Primal Kitchen, let me tell you a bit about them.  This brand started with a goal of creating the world’s best-tasting, real-food pantry staples, starting with a mayonnaise made with avocado oil.  Have you ever looked at a label for a salad dressing or mayonnaise?!  They are stocked full of inflammatory oils.  So to say I was so excited when I saw these there not too long ago is an understatement.  We always have these on hand.  I love the Ranch and Caesar.  They have super clean ingredients and NO inflammatory oils like canola oil or sunflower oil.  What a better option to top that healthy salad or for your kiddos to dip their carrots in;)  Check out the dressings here!

 

10) Chosen Foods Avocado Oil

I love this oil and always keep it on hand because it’s cold pressed and naturally refined- meaning there are no chemicals or solvents used in the process. It has a high smoke point too which makes it great for cooking (up to 500 degrees!).  And if you haven’t used avocado oil before, it has a neutral flavor profile so you can easily use it for so many different things  From high-heat sautéing and flame grilling, to dressing your salad, grains and pasta salads it is so diverse and so easy to get when you know you can pick it up on your next Target run!  Check it out here.


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References:

  1. W3LL People About Page (2021).  Retrieved from: https://www.w3llpeople.com/about.html
  2. Vitamins A, E and fatty acid composition of the eggs of caged hens and pastured hens.  (n.d.) American Pastured Poultry Producers Association.  Retrieved from: https://apppa.org/page-18107