Episode 93 | How Modern Radiation Exposure is Affecting You with Aileen Chen of Belly Armor

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Today we’re digging into a new topic–one that has been a big piece of our personal lives and education with clients, but one we haven’t addressed directly on the podcast yet. We invited Aileen Chen on the podcast, co-founder and CEO of Belly Armor, a company dedicated to increasing awareness about the health risks from EMF radiation and provide simple, effective solutions to reduce exposure.

Aileen shares her story and where her own awareness for this topic began, what radiation is, where it comes from and how it is affecting us, and who is at the highest risk for adverse health issues related to radiation exposure. She also digs into the topic of radiation and pregnancy, an area most would be surprised by. But with all the info, we wanted to make sure this episode didn’t create fear, rather a greater awareness with some actionable info to help you protect yourself and your family. Aileen shares so many ways to do so on today’s episode and really serves to empower individuals and families through Belly Armor’s educational resources and amazing products.

Belly Armor has been a company we’ve both loved and supported for years so it was such a gift to have Aileen on to learn more about the topic of radiation and how to begin protecting ourselves in this modern world!

To learn more about Aileen’s story, research on health impact, helpful resources, more tips to reduce exposure, and for solutions to protect yourself and loved ones, head over to Belly Armor.

Listen to Episode 93 in iTunes!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for sponsoring this podcast episode!

Highlight Reel:

07:00 | Radiation–what it is, where it’s coming from and how it’s affecting us

12:00 | Who’s at the highest risk of radiation exposure

23:00 | Radiation and pregnancy

27:15 | How to protect yourself from radiation

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Episode 89 | How Natural Skincare Supports Holistic Health + Why It Works

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Today’s episode was so fun and so educational, even for Caroline and I! We invited a dear friend and Director of Marketing for Primally Pure, Courtney O’Connor, to share her amazing non-toxic skincare experience and knowledge as a Holistic Esthetician with us. Let me tell you friend, you are in for a real treat!

Courtney shares how her obsession with beauty magazines and creating spa days for her buds as an 11 year old morphed into an intense passion for creating beauty from the inside out and looking at our skin as a reflection of our body’s internal environment.

“The skin is brilliant at revealing imbalances within the body.”

On today’s episode, Courtney gives us her take on the oh-so-popular chemical peels and intense facial treatments, what this obsession is actually doing to our skin (the opposite of what you’d hope for) and what you can do to create healthier skin using natural methods like facial massage and non-toxic products that actually work. Courtney also shares her journey with kicking gluten, sugar and alcohol, how it’s brought her so much more than just healthier skin and why she hasn’t looked back (in over 2.5 years!).

This episode is so encouraging and educational and will definitely leave you feeling inspired to nourish your beautiful self from the inside out. Thank you Courtney for sharing your passion with all of us!

To learn more from Courtney, check out her beauty and skincare posts over on the Primally Pure blog and Instagram.

Download Episode 89 in iTunes!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for sponsoring this episode!

Highlight Reel:

03:45 | Courtney shares the holistic side of skincare

15:00 | Why the popular chemical treatments are more damaging than beneficial + natural alternative to try out today

28:25 | Why you need tallow in your skincare routine

32:35 | How to give yourself a holistic home facial

35:18 | What a year off gluten, sugar and alcohol taught her

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The 6 Beauty Items You Shouldn't Live Without This Summer

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons because it’s low key and so much fun! This summer we don’t have any big trips planned so I have high hopes of spending my days in the pool with my family, friends and their littles, soaking up all the vitamin D, chili seasoned mangoes and laughter I can handle!

But what I’ve realized is that being pregnant during the summer months can definitely be a challenge–our Southern California heat seems even hotter and the sunscreen ingredients just make me cringe! I am really careful about the products I use day to day, but I am especially careful while I’m pregnant. All those chemies can make their way into mama AND baby's bloodstream. No thank you Coppertone.

Choosing safe skincare and beauty products is everything to me. But it's not really about me, it's about protecting my family (those born and unborn) from the harmful effects of the toxic ingredients used. 

Plus, summer products are so important! They help protect you, nourish your sun-kissed skin and make you feel beautiful.

I like to keep things quite simple during the summer–it never feels good to me to cake on makeup or use greasy, stinky sunscreens. So as the temps rise and pool time becomes part of our daily routine, I’ve found myself turning to a few simple products and not a whole lot more. I wanted to share these beauties with you in hopes to encourage you on your non-toxic living journey and just share some tried and true favorites.

Each of these beauty and skincare products are as clean as they come, leaving out any toxic or questionable ingredients. This is so important, especially as women and mothers, because we tend to be the ones lathering our bodies in harmful products on the daily with potentially hundreds of toxic chemicals (and sometimes sharing them with our little ones). Swapping out your makeup and skincare products for cleaner, safer options can help improve your hormone health, fertility, weight, energy and so much more!

Beautycounter’s Countersun Spray

I just purchased the Countersun line a few weeks ago and have used it almost every day since, either on myself or on our daughter. This is not a chemical based sunscreen that filters the suns UV rays and uses skin irritating ingredients that have been linked to the collapse of coral reefs around the world, not to mention ocean pollution. Countersun is a mineral-based sunscreen that actually blocks the sun’s UV rays and is much safer for our bodies (and our oceans). Mineral-based sunscreens are also perfect for those with sensitive skin as well as babies and kids. Countersun also uses a non-nano zinc oxide which is basically larger particles of the mineral so there is no risk of absorption into the skin and therefore the sunscreen...it’s better to get zinc from oysters anyway!

Primally Pure Eucalyptus + Lavender Body Butter

This is the best post-swim/beach/river/sun-soaked day moisturizer you’ll find. Period. It’s thick and super hydrating and smells incredible. I’ve been using PP’s body butters for years, but this newer scent is my go-to these days. This is also the only thing I use on my growing preggo belly! I used it with my first full-term pregnancy and not one stretch mark!

*Side note–the sweet ladies over at PP shared a little discount code for my readers to use through June! Enter “ALO10” at checkout to get 10% off your purchase through June 30!

Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant

Aka God’s gift to armpits...and to anyone close enough to smell you. I have been using natural deodorant for about 10 years and none of them ever worked the way I wanted (I’m talking rashes, funny smelling BO, itchiness, etc.) until I met Primally Pure’s deodorant. Instant chemistry, instant love. Sure they smell good, but most importantly their deodorant actually performs. Recently they added the Charcoal deodorant to their lineup (among a few other delights like geranium and tea tree) and I’ll just say this–I never leave home without a few good swipes (or the whole tube!). Deodorant can be one of the most toxic everyday products you use on your body so if you haven’t made the switch, let this be your sign! And don't forget to use promo code "ALO10" for 10% off your order through June!

Beautycounter’s Rose Lipsheer

My go-to makeup routine lately has been Tint Skin Foundation, Volumizing mascara, Rose Lipsheer and ta-da! Done! What I love most about the Lipsheers are that they are so moisturizing while still sticking around, unlike lipgloss. Rose is my fave, everyday (and night) color...little pink-little red perfection. I honestly never leave home without it!

Body Deli Cucumber Juice Elixir

Sunburn remedy extraordinaire! This toner is full of living ingredients like fresh greens, kombucha, chlorophyll and chlorella. Because of its fresh ingredients, you keep this little love in the fridge which makes it that much more wonderful when you spray it on sun-kissed skin. I also love to use it in the morning with a fresh face while I’m making breakfast (since it’s in the fridge!). It’s cool, smells so stinking delicious (like can we use this as a cocktail mixer!?) and super clean–perfect for that accidental sunburn!

Primally Pure Cleansing Oil

Have you ever heard of oil cleansing? It’s so awesome and the perfect night-time routine to begin this summer. Oil cleansing helps to pull out impurities while purifying and nourishing your skin. It’s good for all skin types and I’ve heard from so many women that after the initial adjustment (about a week or so), their skin balanced itself out! I’ve been using the Dry Skin Cleansing Oil for a few weeks and I am loving the nightly routine and what it’s doing to my skin! Here is a great “how-to” post written my dear friend and the creator of Primally Pure, Bethany.

*Don’t forget about that 10% off promo code for all Primally Pure purchase in June! Use promo code “ALO10” at checkout through June 30!

What are some of your go-to summer faves? Have you tried any of these ones? Share the love in the comments!

xo

Justine

Episode 84 | 6 Ways to Keep Your Summer Healthy

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The official start of summer is right around the corner and with the summer months comes lots of sunshine, family vacations, BBQ’s and cold treats–it’s safe to say summer is one of our favorite seasons. But truth be told, it can also be a stressful season with too much on the agenda, a few too many tropical drinks and no real down time. On today’s episode, we want to give you some encouragement to help make your summer a healthy one, both physically and emotionally.

We each chose a couple of ways we love to make the most of our summers and what has helped us feel our best throughout the season. Today we are sharing these 6 tips with you–from practicing daily gratitude and keeping your phone time to a minimum to enjoying seasonal produce and getting in plenty of uninhibited vitamin D. Nothing fancy, just simple, practical tips to help you flourish throughout the summer season.

We hope that your summer is filled with joy, lots of time with loved ones and plenty of beautiful memories!

Highlight Reel:

05:40 | Give yourself margin so you don’t need a “vacation from a vacation”

11:55 | Creating phone-free opportunities

13:28 | Why you shouldn’t fear the sun (and how to choose safe sunscreen)

18:47 | Choosing daily joys over comparison

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Episode 83 | The Unknown Facts About How Birth Control Affects You–Part 2

Welcome back to another episode of the Colorful Eats podcast! Last week we dug into the controversial topic of hormonal birth control and shared just how this oh-so-common daily medication may be affecting our health. Check out Episode 82 here! So we know you’ve got questions and lucky you, we’ve got answers!

On today’s episode, we are sharing more on how hormonal birth control affects you inner biome and nutritional health, it’s potential effects on fertility and our take on natural birth control (plus our favorite method that will help you get to know your cycle better and avoid or achieve pregnancy). We also talk about one of the most important pieces, how to bounce back from hormonal birth control and some helpful tips to bring your body back into balance and improve your hormonal health.

We could talk about this topic for hours and barely scratch the surface so we encourage you to continue the research on your own. Today we share some of our favorite resources to help you learn more and make the best choice for your own journey.

Still have more questions? Ready to dig in deeper? Check out Caroline’s Happy Hormones Workshop where she goes through detailed plans for coming off birth control and creating happy hormones.

Highlight Reel:

05:40 | How birth control can alter your inner biome and nutritional status

08:10 | Long term effects, specifically on your fertility

13:10 | Our favorite natural birth control method

22:50 | How to begin recovery from hormonal birth control

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Happy Hormones Workshop

The Pill: Are you sure it’s for you? By Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pope

Sweetening the Pill by Holly Grigg-Spall

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Tori Weschler

Weston A. Price Foundation

Recovering from the Birth Control Pill and Other Hormonal Contraceptives by Kim Schuette

Pure Radiance Vitamin C

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Episode 82 | The Unknown Facts About How Birth Control Affects You–Part 1

On today’s episode, we’re talking about a subject that is quite controversial and incredibly personal, one that most women know little about despite popping it daily–hormonal birth control. As holistic Nutritional Therapists, we wanted to dig into the topic a little deeper in order to help our listeners understand how this all too common medication is affecting women’s health today and the potential long term effects so few are talking about.

On today’s episode, we’re talking about how hormonal birth control works within our bodies, how it can affect our physical and emotional health and the common–yet rarely discussed–side effects of short and long term use. When you’re messing with hormones, you’re messing with fire and far too many women are unknowingly dealing with the effects they may not even know are stemming from their use of hormonal birth control.

Our desire for this episode is to begin a conversation about hormonal birth control, not to create fear or pass judgement, but rather to help you to be better informed on a topic that is so rarely talked about outside an OBGYN office and continue to empower you as a woman.

Since there will be plenty of questions, on next week’s episode, we’ll share more about how to bounce back from hormonal birth control, our favorite and incredibly effective natural birth control method and some helpful resources to help you learn more and make a choice that best suits you.

Highlight Reel:

08:05 | How hormonal birth control works in your body

12:27 | What hormonal contraceptives do to your gut, brain, hormones, mood and more

22:50 | Some of the realistic and common side effects of taking hormonal birth control

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Episode 72 | Creating a Non-Toxic Home: The How

Today’s episode is Part 2 of our “Creating a Non-Toxic Home” series and we are so excited because this is the stuff that really helps bring this topic...well...home! If you missed it, definitely listen in to Part 1 of the series, the “why” behind it all.

As Nutritional Therapists who talk about this specific topic with clients on the regular, we know that it can be a little overwhelming to get started. On today’s episode we are sharing just how to begin cleaning up your home environment and creating a space that is safe and supports your health. We are sharing the best places to get started and our tried-and-true favorite products and companies who are creating a positive change in our homes and in their industries. From cleaning and laundry to food storage, cookware and water, we’ve got just what you need to know to make the clean swap (we even threw in our fave air purifying plants!).

We love this topic because it’s one of the many ways we can be advocates for our health and make serious impact just by choosing safer products. We hope this episode will further inspire you to begin swapping out those chemie filled products or continue on your journey to creating a non-toxic home!

And before you go, we’d love to ask a big huge favor–if you haven’t already, would you mind taking a minute or two to write us a review in iTunes or your purple podcast app? We love hearing from our listeners and it’s also a way to help other like-minded ladies find the podcast.

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for sponsoring this episode!

 

Highlight Reel:

08:55 | The best place to start when creating your non-toxic home (and our favorite brands)

25:34 | Food storage–what our food sits on and in matters

42:36 | Our favorite plants to clean the air

47:02 | Taking your non-toxic home game a huge step further (think mattress, sheets, towels, paints, etc.)

 

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Episode 71 | Creating a Non-Toxic Home: The Why

Welcome back to another episode of the Colorful Eats Podcast! On today’s episode, Part 1 of a 2 part series, we are going to dig into the “why” behind creating a safe, non-toxic home environment. Just as with your health or family or professional goals, creating a solid “why” at the root of your non-toxic living goals allows you to stand strong behind your decisions when you feel overwhelmed or when family or friends question your sanity…

Today we are sharing our personal journeys–how we’ve come to create our own non-toxic homes and how this topic has grown to be such an important piece within our personal lives as well as with our clients, within our blogs and on social media. We’re also giving you some alarming stats, teaching you how toxic chemicals from common products react and store themselves within our bodies and four major ingredients to avoid and why.

The fact of the matter is that we live in a toxic world, but a cool and empowering fact is that we have the ability to protect ourselves by choosing safer products. Just by listening in today, you are arming yourself with knowledge that will help you take steps forward in your health journey!

Don’t forget to tune into next week’s episode, Part 2, where we’ll be sharing just how to create a non-toxic home, some of our favorite products and exactly why we’re choosing them. This is going to be a great episode and will help to really bring the topic home!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for sponsoring this episode!

Highlight Reel:

05:12 | Our personal journeys with creating a non-toxic home

24:45 | The individuals who are most affected by toxic chemicals from common products

37:50 | Four toxins to avoid and why

47:43 | Our FAVORITE, everyday, clean-everything-in-your-home cleaning product

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Episode 65 | 30-day Simple, Nourishing Detox Challenge

It’s no secret that detox is a wonderful part of a healthy life, but often times in our detox obsessed media, it can be be taken too far, done incorrectly and even cause more harm than good. Our take is a bit different and we’re all about supporting and optimizing your body’s natural detox abilities while improving your food and lifestyle so more junk isn’t coming in.

But how do you know if you need to detox? What are the causes of toxin overload? And what symptoms is your body showing that may indicate that you need some intentional detox support? Listen in and we’ll share the juicy deets.

Since we are all about taking action and really making this content a reality in your own life, we’ve create a 30-day detox program for you, simple enough for anyone to follow. We’ll walk you through the daily routine to support gentle detox and new steps to add in each week to amplify your detox routine.

And to help a sista out ever more, we’ve create a freebie for you to help you stay on track and nourish detox the right way.  Click here to download your 30-day Simple, Nourishing Detox Guide!

Our goal is to encourage you to nourish your body with real food and non-toxic living on the daily while creating routines that support your body’s natural ability to detoxify.

Follow along our detox journey over on IG– @caroline__potter and @alowellness and join in on the fun by adding #nourishingdetox

Thank you Primally Pure for sponsoring this episode! Be sure to listen along to learn how you can get your free lip balm!

Highlight Reel:

06:58 | Why you need to eat real food to detox best

08:55 | Potential causes of toxicity

10:45 | Symptoms of toxin overload

15:35 | Daily steps for gentle detox

22:15 | Weekly detox steps

36:40 | Monthly detox action steps

Download Episode 65 in iTunes!

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Episode 64 | Finding Radical Healing in Creating a Non-toxic Environment

Today’s episode is something special. I think we both agree the story of transformation that our guest shares is nothing short of miraculous, but not because of some random happenstance, but because of a desire to live beyond her circumstances and cultivate an environment for her and her family to thrive.

We invited Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, to join us on the podcast and share her incredible story of healing. Marilee shares her journey from a very ill young adult told there was no hope for her unknown condition and she’d never conceive, to overcoming the odds using food as medicine and finding the healing power of a non-toxic environment. With a child damaged by illegal pesticides, Marilee shares how she learned first hand how chemicals and pesticides in the home and daily environment impact the growth and behavior of a child and how making proactive changes to decrease exposure changed their lives forever.

It’s really hard to put into words just how impactful this episode will be on those who listen. Her story embodies courage, bravery and what can be done when you challenge the status quo and dig deeper to find answers and understanding to the health problems (both known and unknown) that are plaguing families today.

Whether you are a college student, pregnant woman, new mom, career woman, empty nester or anyone living in today’s world, this episode is for you. As we uncover in today’s episode, ignorance is far from bliss, especially when it comes to your and your family’s health. We hope that Marilee’s story and passion will serve to inspire you to make simple, yet life changing actions that will positively impact your health and those of generations to come.

Read Marilee’s full story here and check out Branch Basics for a one stop shop non-toxic cleaning option for your home (and what we both use in our own homes everyday)!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for partnering with us to sponsor today’s episode.  Nutritional Therapy Association: real education for people who believe in real food.

 

Highlight Reel:

06:00 | Marilee’s story–from Standard American Diet to food as medicine

19:30 | The environment piece and how Marilee learned the importance of a non-toxic environment first hand

32:04 | Is ignorance really that blissful?

35:50 | How to put yourself in a “take charge” place and create a safe haven

43:15 | THe easy, first step to dramatically improve your air quality at home

Download Episode 64 in iTunes!

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Marilee’s Full Story

Branch Basics Cleaning Concentrate

Healthy Home Cleanse

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