Healthy Pregnancy

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 78 | The Fertility Triad–Food, Environment & Stress

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Welcome back to another episode of the Colorful Eats podcast! If you are planning to start or grow your family in the near to distant future, this episode is for you my friend. Today’s episode is all about what we’re calling the “Fertility Triad” and how to boost your preconception prep efforts by making some simple improvements in your daily life. We are sharing how the food you eat, the products you use daily and the stress you allow into your life all play a vital role in creating a super fertile body, or vice versa.

We’re breaking down each area of the Fertility Triad and giving you our tried and true methods for getting healthy prior to conception in order to improve your chances of conceiving naturally. And since we are all about giving you actionable content for real life, we are sharing just what to do to make some real changes in your preconception journey within each focus area.

Our dream is to help create healthier parents so that the next generation can thrive. That’s what preconception prep is all about and we’re so glad you’re listening today!

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12:25 | The fertility diet: What to eat and what to avoid

21:52 | Cleaning up your environment: beauty, skincare and cleaning products

31:57 | Stress and how to navigate stress

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Episode 70 | Second Trimester Tips: Staying Healthy & Avoiding Comparison

Welcome back to another episode of the Colorful Eats Podcast! Today we are talking pregnancy again, 2nd trimester specifically. Caroline just made it through her second trimester so we wanted to talk about some important aspects of nutrition and healthy living that can really make a huge difference in your and most importantly, your baby’s health.

In today’s episode we are talking about the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of mama in her second trimester. We believe that each one of these areas has importance on having a healthy pregnancy, labor and birth and creating a beautiful, healthy baby.

We share some very important nutrients to focus your attention on during this time (and where to find them), how physical and emotional stress can affect you and baby and why giving yourself grace can allow for more joy during this amazing time. We also touch on high risk pregnancies and those dealing with complications and hope to encourage those mamas dealing with the emotional and physical sides of this.

If you have a girlfriend, sister or family member who would benefit from listening to today’s episode, please share the love!

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Highlight Reel:

12:30 | Important nutrients for second trimester and where to get them

32:14 | Exercise in your 2nd trimester

33:25 | Back to the important topic of stress–environmental, emotion and physical

43:30 | A few thoughts on high-risk pregnancy

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Episode 22 | Making Babies - Preconception Nutrition with Kim Schuette

Episode 22 Kim Schuette In today’s episode, we’re diving into a topic that we consider the “ultimate form of preventative health”- preconception preparation! This episode is one of my favorites so far. It’s serious, it’s deep, it’s encouraging and it has the potential to be life changing for those in this beautiful stage of life.

No, this isn’t an episode on sex ed, rather on the powerful impact good nutrition plays on creating a human. In today’s episode, we interview Kim Schuette, a Clinical Nutritionist, certified GAPS practitioner, owner of Biodynamic Wellness and board member with the Weston A. Price Foundation. Kim shares a very beautiful and mindful take on making babies. From what foods to eat and what to avoid to optimize fertility (in both men and women) to the importance of supporting emotional health and creating immense love between both partners, Kim shares her incredible knowledge and encouragement for couples planning to conceive.

What I love most about this episode is the change in perspective that Kim presents on preconception preparation. Her wisdom is a gift and we are beyond excited for you to listen in on this episode.

We understand this topic can be a touchy subject for many women so we hope that today’s episode will bring some light around this subject and encourage your beautiful heart.

If the thought of making a baby has got you running for the hills, can we ask you to share this episode with someone in your life who may benefit from the information? Maybe a couple who has been struggling to conceive, the newly weds in your life or even those just dating...it’s never too early to start nourishing your body for game day.

We understand that oftentimes this topic needs a little extra support, so we want to remind you that as Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, this is one of our favorite areas to support in our practices and we’d love to support you on your preconception journey. Click here to check out our services and begin working with us today!

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Nourishing Our Baby Makers

“So, when do you want to start a family?” Straight from the lips of my wonderful husband last week. I have to be honest; his seriousness scared me. It’s not the first time we’ve discussed conception in our household, but it’s the first time it felt so real. For those of you who have been around the blog for a while may remember my post on getting baby ready about 2 years ago. Seems crazy, right? Not. At. All.

Nowadays, couples are taking conception very lightly. It is important to remember that bringing a child into the world is something that should be intentional with months, even years of preparation to ensure {to the best of our ability} that our offspring will have the best possible environment and nourishment to grow and mature into a strong, disease free human being.

fertility-and-conceptionWhen I say months, even years of “preparation” I am addressing both lifestyle and diet. The health of the mother AND father should be assessed and supported 6 months or more prior to attempting to conceive. It is a 50/50 split {believe it or not}, so optimizing the diet of both mother and father with nutrient dense, whole foods, eliminating environmental toxins and addressing stress management are imperative in preparing the body to create and nourish an embryo.

If you are thinking about taking the leap, I encourage you to take a look at these areas in you and your partner’s life. Here are some tips to consider and begin to implement into your routine…

Eat plenty of nutrient dense, whole foods. Grass-fed beef, liver, cod-liver oil, animal fats such as butter from grass-fed cows, tallow, duck fat, raw milk and cream, coconut oil, egg yolks, bone broth, lacto-fermented condiments and beverages and plenty of vegetables and fruits {preferably organic} are all-powerful, nutrient packed foods that support healthy sperm, womb and growth.  Taking a high quality, whole food prenatal vitamin/mineral supplement is beneficial and can be purchased in my office.

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Avoid processed junk foods, white flour, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated {trans} fats, sugar and corn syrups, soy, soda, alcohol, drug and cigarettes.  End of story.

Become aware of the toxins in your environment including cosmetics {lotions, shampoos and conditioners, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant and antiperspirants, perfume and cologne, etc.}, water, food, radiation, plastics, cans, bedding, etc. and begin to “detox” ASAP. It can be overwhelming at first, but it is important to realize we are being bombarded with toxins constantly and it’s our burden to bear {unfortunately, the industries aren’t protecting us}. Small changes add up in a big way so take an inventory of your possible toxic exposure and begin to make adjustments today. Most Americans {both children and adults} have 200-300 known toxins floating around in their bodies and your baby could be at risk of exposure.

Take charge of the stress in your life. Yoga, meditation, prayer, affirmations, exercise and even diet changes can significantly decrease your mental and physical stress and give you a means to help deal with it in a healthy way. What areas are causing you unwanted or unneeded stress? Can you eliminate these areas or figure out a way to work through them, to change your perspective? Make it a goal to “de-stress” in some way on a daily basis. Stress management is imperative to healthy conception.

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Conceiving a child is one of the most beautiful things in the whole wide world and I encourage you, if you are considering conception of your first or tenth child, to be mindful of your power in bringing a strong, beautiful and disease free child into this world.

If you are interested in learning more about how nutrition can optimize your ability to conceive and work one-on-one with me to help get those bods packed full of baby makin' power, please contact me via email or phone my office. I would love to help support you on your journey.

May your wombs {and baby makin’ parts} be blessed.

Justine Campbell + Alo Wellness

*I hope to not offend anyone with this information if you jumped into baby making like a bat-out-of-hell. I am only hoping to create awareness and encourage couples to be mindful of the power they have on their child’s future and health. It is going to take a paradigm shift, which will need some serious force, support and movement. Plus, it is never too late to make healthy changes at any point in a baby or child’s life. Begin to practice the above recommendations today or contact me so we can create a plan to rock out nutrition in your household!

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