I’m currently high above the clouds, sitting shoulder to shoulder with people I don’t know, on my way to a new destination.
Have you ever flown Spirit airlines? I’m relatively chill in temperament and low maintenance in life so it’s not awful. But these teeny tiny seats have me feeling some kind of way. A way in which my booty hurts, but it’s cool.
While I’m thrilled to be on my way to another adventure with my husband, this plane has me thinking about the luxuries of home.
At this point it’s no secret that I keep a very minimal home. I don’t like to be surrounded by clutter, I prefer to be surrounded by bare walls as opposed to decorations at every corner, and I only keep things in my home that provide me value by either bringing me joy or proving to be useful on a regular basis.
This is why the things that I do bring into my home play a big part in simplifying my life and promote better physical health and mental well being.
In thinking about these things, it occurred to me that some of these items are not typically found in the average home. Most of us are missing out on the amazing benefits because we live in a world of quick fixes and pharmaceuticals.
Now calm down; I’m not one to bash modern medicine. It has a time and a place and I have been thankful for it many times in my life. Plus I grew up with a nurse as a mother so there’s that.
I just happen to be a person who believes so deeply in food being the ultimate medicine as well as the importance of preventative health. I am obnoxious about anything that I can do to help my body run efficiently before something happens as opposed to treating it after.
Like okay, listen. Everyone needs a dry brush. It’s phenomenal! And yet, how many people know what a dry brush is or what the benefits of using one are?
I will be breaking down some of these tools in later posts, but today I feel like I need to enhance your life by sharing some things that enhance mine!
Watch the video or continue reading to learn about some of my healthy living essentials. Also, just as a side note; you’ll notice none of these items look sparkly and new. They are used daily, with many of them having been in my home for over five years. I love these things and you’ll be able to tell!
Dry brush: I spoke about this briefly in a past video and will dedicate an entire blog post to it later, but there’s no reason everyone shouldn’t be dry brushing. You take a dry brush like the one here, and you brush your skin. You read that right. Brush. Your. Skin. There are different methods of doing it but essentially you are stimulating the lympathic system assisting the body in the detoxification process. Your lympathic system is responsible for managing fluid levels in the body, filtering out bacteria, and housing white blood cells soooo it’s pretty major!
Aside from the medical benefits, a dry brush helps to remove dead skin cells and it feels freaking incredible. I notice an increase in energy every time I do it. As a super cool bonus, I experience a kind of euphoria afterwards.
Acupressure mat: This one is relatively new to me but oh em gee! Guys. I cannot say enough good things about the acupressure mat. The mat works similarly to acupuncture by hitting nerve points on your body encouraging relief and relaxation. I am as obnoxious as they come and I love the feeling, but initially you might feel a little discomfort as you lay on the mat and feel the “needles” against your skin. Within minutes you feel a release; Pain leaves your body and you enter into a deep relaxation.
I purchased this one, but any of them will do. My family thinks I’m crazy, but it’s one of the best things I own. If you have a neck injury like myself, you NEED! I also use it on all three of my dogs and they doze right off so I’ll speak for them and say they are fans as well!
Sole Scrubber Foot Wash Mat: I wouldn’t call this one a necessity, but showers are my therapy. If I’m stressed, sick, or tired from a long day I run to the shower. This is a time to pamper myself and with two children, let me tell you, it’s much needed! This foot scrub is great because it not only cleans my feet more efficiently but it also relieves tension and promotes relaxation. Love!
Spiralizer: The thing about whole foods is that for many people meal time can start to feel uninspired. We are so accustomed to convenience, added sugars, and added flavors that we forget to appreciate the most basic of foods. I’m open about the fact that I don’t enjoy cooking. Not even a little bit. It feels tedious day-after-day and I lose my appetite as I’m preparing the food.
This spiraler keeps it fun and helps my husband and kids keep an open mind. My husband doesn’t enjoy a pasta but when I make “pasta” using zucchini and squash, he loves it! And as a mother it’s much easier to get my children to try new foods when they look fun!
Breville Juicer: This one is pretty self explanatory. Throw in some fruits, vegetables, and spices and you’ve got yourself an instant health booster. The thing I appreciate most about it is that my children like to get involved. They climb up on the counters, feeding the ingredients through the shoot. Because they see what is going in and feel like they have created it themselves, they enjoy drinking it.
Since we started juicing years ago I have seen my kids consume foods such as kale, ginger, and beets just to name a few. This also takes me back to the “food is medicine” discussion. It’s extremely rare for anyone in our household to catch something like the common cold but as soon as I hear the slightest sniffle I throw together some juices and we avoid a houseful of ew.
The Ninja System: My longest and dearest friend, the Ninja. There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t use my Ninja. In fact, I’d say it’s my most used item in the home. I use it to chop onions, puree veggies, mix soups, blend smoothies, and trick my kids into eating healthy foods.
It’s hands down the most versatile tool we own and simplifies my life in more ways than you know. I originally bought it to make pureed foods when my children were babies but I’m still using the original system 6 years later for anything and everything.
Clarisonic: This. The Clarisonic changed my skincare game. Yes we have the obvious fact that the Clarisonic makes for a deeper clean and helps with the appearance of skin. Yay for vanity. That’s not all it does though! Let’s take a look. The Clarisonic
- Increases absorption allowing for product to work more effectively.
- Removes makeup and impurities 6 times more effectively than your hands. Yay for healthy skin.
- Is low maintenance requiring very little work and clean up.
- Has brush heads for all over body exfoliating, removing dead skin and impurities as well as helping to empty the lympathic system of toxins.
So basically you get the aesthetic benefits alongside the health benefits. Win win!
Ice roller: Puffiness, be gone! Inflammation and pain, adios! Large pores, bye bye! I can’t say enough good things about my Ice roller. When I wake up in the morning my under eyes are super puffy. In fact, you can barely see my eyes. I roll out of bed, do my daily skincare routine, and then grab the ice roller and roll it all over my face. This brings down the puffiness and helps me to wake up faster. It’s also great for closing pores after applying skincare products as well as taking down swelling from an injury.
Diffuser and Essential Oils – Essential Oils are a favorite amongst my household. We use them to attack the onset of a common cold, to cure headaches, purify the air, and to help us sleep … there’s seemingly nothing that can’t be fixed using oils. It took me a long time to finally invest in some but now that I have there are zero regrets. One vial of oil can go a long way!
Is there anything else I should know about? Please share your favorite healthy living essentials in the comment section.
I’m off to plan out content for the next month or so. Trying to stay on top of it all while feeling off my game. Anything you want to see from me? Let me know!