June was the month of game-changers. Seriously. From a skincare product I will use forever, to food items I now can’t live without, to lifestyle changes that make me so happy and a supplement that’s made a positive impact on my chronic knee pain, I’m a huge fan of what’s been going on the past 30 days. THANKS JUNE.
This is everything. The most delicious Paleo bread I’ve ever had. Never have I ever been more obsessed with toast, cause honestly, I’m eating a slice almost every day. It fills all my desires for bread (because let’s be real, no one stops eating regular bread because it doesn’t taste good, we stop eating it because it’s not so hot for our health) and more because it doesn’t make me feel crappy. It’s a pretty penny for a loaf of bread, but for me, it’s so worth it. They also have bagels which I’ve never tried, but they’re on my hit list for sure. Can you use the term ‘hit list’ as a positive thing? Just know that it is, in fact, a positive thing.
I love a good face mask now and again, especially when I’m working and need my skin to look on point. I turn to this charcoal mask from Beautycounter to tighten up my pores, balance out discoloration, dry up pimples, all that sexy stuff that needs to happen before one’s face is captured permanently on film. I use it in my most pore-dense areas (nose, cheeks, chin, forehead) and also to spot treat zits and discolored spots. Did I mention that this isn’t even a skincare product that’s horribly bad for you and filled with icky chemicals that haven’t been tested for human safety?? Beautycounter is really cool that way. Go safer beauty!!! Things that are put on your skin are absorbed into your bloodstream, so it’s just as important to be safe with what you put on your body as you are with what you put in your body. If you have any interest in buying some of Beautycounter’s products, buy through my beautiful pal/Beautycounter consultant Melissa by clicking here. (P.S. Melissa sent me this product for free to talk about if–and only if–I loved it, and I don’t receive any compensation at all for you buying any products from Beautycounter or from her. I just genuinely think both Beautycounter and Melissa are really awesome)
Ohhhhh man oh man. Not quite sure how I’ve lived on this planet without this stuff before. As the name suggests, this seasoning blend combines all the goods you’d find on an everything bagel: sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, dried minced garlic, dried minced onions, black sesame seeds and poppy seeds. HELLO, YUM. I’ve put this on just about everything: avocado toasts (using Barely Bread, duh), fried eggs, salads, burgers, tacos, you name it. It brings the flavor profile to a whole ‘nother level. You can find it in your local Trader Joe’s or on Amazon here.
As you may or may not know, I’ve been dealing with chronic knee pain in both knees from an injury (patellofemoral pain syndrome) almost 10 months ago. In my lengthy research I stumbled across the idea of a glucosamine supplement, which is known for encouraging healthy joints by helping build and strengthen cartilage in the joint. Now, my particular injury is a bit mysterious and it’s impossible to tell without extensive testing whether the pain has anything to do with what’s happening in my cartilage, but at this point in my journey with chronic pain, anything that can fortify the support my knees get from any aspect of their existence is well worth it in my book. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how comfortable my knees are, and I think this glucosamine supplement (alongside actively adjusting my mindset and the next thing I’m about to talk about) is helping me continue to move forward in my path towards healing.
In the past I’ve been skeptical about things like acupuncture. I didn’t fully grasp the concept (and honestly I still don’t have my mind wrapped totally around every aspect of it) and wasn’t sure how it would make a difference for me, but after hearing many anecdotal success stories from friends and people sharing their experiences on the Internet, this month it was time for me to give it a go. Guys, the proof is in the pudding. My knees have improved leaps and bounds since beginning acupuncture, as well as my migraines and digestive issues. My knee pain has reduced significantly, and I am so much more comfortable in my own skin. I’m almost in tears writing this because if you’ve ever dealt with chronic pain, you know how wearing it can be on every part of your life, and anything that makes a difference is a huge deal. In regards to the migraines, I would get a migraine when it rained/stormed 10 out of 10 times (due to the changes in barometric pressure). That amount has been reduced by half. I’ll go more into my acupuncture experience in a separate blog post once I’ve spent more time with it, but just know that I am so thrilled by this experience so far and at this point, couldn’t recommend it enough. Pittsburgh peeps–I see Andrew McFarlane at Pittsburgh Classical Acupuncture and he is incredible.
I’ve become a very passionate plant mama this month. My boyfriend and I have been growing some herbs since the beginning of the year, but I’ve temporarily inherited a whole bunch more from a friend who’s spending a few months out of town and I’ve gone plant crazy. In a good way. I get so much pleasure from watching them grow and taking care of them and using what they produce in my food! The basil is thriving, so it’s been finding it’s way into many a dish of mine and I couldn’t be happier. Plants are also great for cleansing the air around your apartment, reminding you of and reconnecting you with nature, and for me, they have quite a calming effect. An easy little plant hack: use the green part of your spring onions and put the roots in a jar of water in the sunlight. They’ll regrow and you’ll have brand new spring onions in no time!
That’s all I’ve got for the month of June, but man, it was an exciting one. Thanks for tuning in and have the best July ever.