Healthy At Home
A few of my favourite things
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.
Knix Underwear. 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, Knix might cost a lot upfront, but will eventually pay themselves off! There are a variety of options with different absorbencies.
Focusing on Fertility
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.
Ovulation Predictor Kits. If you want to start tracking ovulation for the purposes of conception, you may want to consider using ovulation predictor kits. This is an inexpensive urine test that changes colour when you’re ovulating. If you’re looking for something that is less abstract and more of a “yes” or “no,” you may want to consider digital tests – which can be more expensive, but can offer a better peace of mind.
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.
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!
Organic Garage – 5 locations across the GTA
Supplements Plus – Bloor West Village | P. 416-766-2004
Nourished Kitchen – allergen-free recipes
Nourishing Meals – Allergen-free recipes
Minimalist Baker – Planted-based, gluten-free, 10 ingredients or less
Oh She Glows – Plant-based, gluten-free
Against All Grain – Paleo
Balanced Bites – Paleo
Nom Nom Paleo – Paleo
PaleoLeap – Paleo
PaleOMG – Paleo
My Favourite 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!
Silicone Reusable Bags – In an effort to move away from plastic and one-time-use only bags, I’ve purchased a couple of Stasher bags (which can even be found at some grocery stores) to store my food. I’ve even used it as a bag to sous-vide a small steak!
My Favourite Home Products
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 add a few drops of essential oils onto the balls to get lightly scented laundry (just be careful though, dryer fires are nothing to laugh at).
My Favourite 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 – This is the ultimate at-home personal trainer, featuring 160+ free workouts from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga. I’ve been using this for about a decade now.
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.
My Favourite Health and Beauty Stores
When it comes to skincare, I find that products are so personal. What works for me, may not work for you! That said, over the years I’ve made the transition to ‘greener’ products. They include:
- Carina Organics Deep Conditioner
- Pai Skincare Camellia and Rose Cleanser
- Vitamin C serum
- Coola Mineral BB+ Cream
- Ilia mascara
- Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (old formula)
- Zinc Sunscreen – Aveeno, Neutrogena, Think Sport (basically one that has at least 20% zinc)
- Routine Deodorant
- Lovefresh Vanilla Body Butter