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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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