Healthy @ Home
A few of my favourite things
1. HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY PERIOD
Clue App. Tracking your period is something I recommend to everyone. Your period is your fifth vital sign, and it gives your clues as to what is going on with your hormones and body each month. I love Clue because it’s easy to use, visually appealing, and can track a wide variety of symptoms like mucus, sex, temperature and skin.
Diva Cup. I switched over a few years ago and haven’t looked back! I love using a cup because it acts as a visual reminder of how much blood is flowing, colour, clots, and saves me tons of money every month! It does have a learning curve, so try it out on a day where you’re at home.
Thinx Undies. Either you have a set of underwear designated for your period week, or you’re losing a pair each month – this is a great way to save your sexy underwear! Yes, Thinx might cost a lot upfront, but will eventually pay themselves off! There are a variety of options with different absorbencies.
Thermometer. If you’re looking to track your basal body temperature for fertility purposes or keep track of your thyroid health, a thermometer is a must. Digital is preferred, and you can either use celsius or fahrenheit.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility. If you’re hoping to learn more about the menstrual cycle, as well as how understand signs of fertility – this is a great resource to have. I frequently reference this book in my visits for my clients who want to learn more about their bodies.
2. GROCERY & SUPPLEMENT STORES
The Big Carrot Dispensary – Danforth | P: 416.466.8432
Ottway Herbs and Vitamins – Danforth | P: 1-800-250-4010
Healthy Planet – 7 locations across the GTA | P: 416.465.9998
Riverdale Homeopathy – Danforth | P: 416.778.0085
NOAH’s Natural Foods – 5 locations in Toronto
The Sweet Potato – The Junction | P: 416.762.4848
Rowe Farms – 5 locations across the GTA
- Costco – Various locations across the GTA, their organic section is diverse and affordable!
3. RECIPE WEBSITES
4. HEALTHY KITCHEN GADGETS
Vitamix – This is an investment, but it’s great for blending up that smoothie I likely prescribed (a great way to get your daily amount of fruits and veggies!), soups, sauces, nutmilks, purees, baby food, etc. It’s truly able to blend everything into liquid form – without chunks and skins remaining. If you’re going to save up for a kitchen product – this is it!
Mini Chopper – If you’re making small batch dishes like pesto, or want to quickly chop some nuts, this chopper is for you!
Cast Iron Skillet – This is another kitchen investment, but apparently lasts forever (some families pass it down each generation). Plus, if you’re low in iron – this will help build your stores back up.
Spiralizer – Looking to get more vegetables into your diet? Use this spiralizer! I use it to make zucchini and sweet potato noodles, as well as fresh rolls (I find it safer than a mandolin).
Silicone baking mat – No need for parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray!
Nut milk bags – Perfect to strain nut milk after blending it in your Vitamix. Use the remaining pulp for healthy treats!
Reusable food wrap – Helps keep food fresh for a longer time
- Reusable produce bags – Ditch the plastic bags that hold your apples, lettuce and other goods, and use these (again and again) instead!
5. HEALTHY HOME TOOLS
Wool dryer balls – Skip the scented (and chemical laden) dryer sheets, and swap them out for dryer balls. I don’t find that they shorten the time in the dryer, but they keep laundry soft. You can even drop a few drops of essential oils onto the balls to get lightly scented laundry.
Eco Laundry Detergent – Want something that’s more eco-friendly? I choose this detergent by EcoMax. I find that it works just as well as popular conventional brands.
White vinegar – Choose this all-purpose cleaner for wood flood, tiles, counters, etc. Everything will smell like vinegar when wet, but the smell won’t linger once it’s dry.
6. HEALTHY LIVING APPS
Clue –Clue is a period tracker and ovulation app that uses science to help you discover the unique patterns in your menstrual cycle.
Nike Training -Ultimate at-home personal trainer, featuring 160+ free workouts from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga.
Sleep Cycle – An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase
Muse – Muse app is used in conjunction with Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband