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5 Organic Products You Had No Idea Existed

5 Organic Products You Had No Idea Existed

When you think of “organic,” what first comes to mind? Maybe a farmer’s market full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and stalls of goat cheese and clover honey? If you are fortunate enough to live in a larger metropolitan area, you may even have an organic grocery store to help you in your quest for cleaner living. Even in the larger grocery or big box stores you will find an aisle or two of organic products, or “all natural” bath or cleaning products. But just in case that is not enough, how much farther can you actually go without relocating to your own sustainable farm? What other products might be available to help achieve a completely organic nirvana? Well look no further…

1. Ash and Brans Soap Berries

These little berries are amazing! They are actual berries from actual trees, and they can clean just about anything. They are the fruit of the Sapindus mukorossi tree that grows in Southeast Asia, and is sometimes referred to as a Chinese soapberry or walnut. Most commonly used in the washing machine to replace detergents, with minimal effort on your part (usually just soaking in water and sometimes a little boiling) you can make your own all-purpose household cleaning products. But the fun doesn’t stop there: they can also be used to replace shampoos, hand soaps, and body wash, with the added benefit of clearing up minor skin issues such as eczema. And wait, there’s more; soap berries also act as a totally safe and natural insect repellant that is even safe for use on infants.

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2. Good Earth Cat Litter

Even your kitties can go organic! Eco-friendly cat litters are beginning to make a splash (or maybe a clump) with the new, Good Earth Cat Litter topping the list. 100% US sourced, non GMO grasses are finely chopped and ground, then pressed into absorbent little pellets that clump for easy scooping. Apparently, they are so completely natural that they can actually be eaten. (They reportedly taste like rice puffs in case you’re wondering). Good Earth Cat Litter is a completely dust free, 100% biodegradable, low odor cat litter that is safer for both the environment and your feline friends.

3. Chirps Cricket Chips

Other cultures have been dining on bugs for years; now you can, too! This one may not be for the faint of heart, but yes, you can eat all of these little chips that you want, because they are packed with 3 times the protein and 40% less fat than regular potato chips. Chirps Cricket Chips are made from a bean base and chia seeds using cricket flour, which is exactly what you might guess it to be – highly sustainable ground crickets. Some of the amazing benefits of cricket flour includes being low in calories, fat, and carbs, while high in protein, iron and calcium, and completely gluten free. And for those of you who like to mix things up a little, Chirps Cricket Chips offers 3 tantalizing flavors to tempt your tummy: sea salt, hickory bar-b-que, and aged cheddar.

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4. Delighted By Dessert Hummus

Yes, you read that right: DESSERT HUMMUS. Could it get any better that that? We’ve all been dipping our pita bread and fresh veggies in the popular chick-pea pasta for years; now we can enjoy it for dessert as well. With flavors like brownie batter, snickerdoodle, orange dreamsicle, or vanilla bean you can have your dessert and eat it, too. Even better is the fact that Delighted by Dessert Hummus promises absolutely zero wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs or nuts, so get your dippers ready!

5. Genexa Cold Crush Cold Medicine

The words “medicine” and “organic” are two words that are usually not used together, but Genexa has created a cold medicine (along with several other organic OTCs for both adults and children) that is just that: organic. Their chewable cold tablets are plant based and contain no antibiotics, GMOs, or growth hormones. One might wonder how well they work, but rest assured their reviews are amazing. They have been proven to effectively treat common cold symptoms, including congestion, mucus, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing.

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If you’re still itching to check out more organic products, you can find plenty on organically blissful’s blog, which inspired me to write about this topic. The organic industry is growing rapidly and it’s only a matter of time before almost everything you eat or use is organic.

Featured photo credit: Mercola via mercola.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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