I’ve gathered my essentials for healthy living from baking ingredients to natural mascara to economical air purifying solutions. These are the items I purchase myself from the companies I trust. Also, note that most of the links on this page are affiliate links, so the prices are the same but if you purchase an item through the link it will support my blog. Thank you so much for your support of Empowered Sustenance and these companies dedicated to wellness.
Superfood and Supplements
I save a ton on groceries by shopping at Thrive Market, which combine the wholesale prices of Costco, the shipping convenience of Amazon Prime, and the product quality of your local health food store. Click here to learn more about Thrive and get a FREE jar of organic coconut oil with your first order!
Due to the unique amino acid structure, gelatin and collagen peptides can support hormone balance, bone/joint health, skin/hair health and digestive health. I’ve seen the results firsthand, and I’m a believer! I’ve discussed 5 benefits of collagen protein here, and reviewed their marine collagen (a fish-based rather than beef-based option) here. Vital Proteins here and they offer free shipping on all orders.
Probiotics are not created equal, since most probiotics on the market lack native bacterial strains – strains that permanently support healthy digestion. For high-potency, clinical-strength probiotics, I use and recommend this one and this one.
Ascorbic acid, the popular choice for vitamin C supplementation, is a synthetic compound that lacks the cofactors required for assimilation. I use plant-sourced vitamin C, either this acerola powder or camu camu capsules.
Sprouted Nut Butters
Sprouted Nut/Seed Butters – The process of soaking and dehydrating nuts/seeds vastly improves digestibly and activates the nutrients. It also creates a smoother, sweeter flavor. While I rarely eat raw nuts, I do enjoy these Sprouted Nut/Seed Butters.
Meal Plans (that you can actually eat)
Would you believe it if I showed you a meal planning system that considered all of food restrictions, no matter how vast, along with your cooking schedule and family size? Would you believe that, within seconds, you would get a customized weekly meal plan? You wouldn’t believe it. That’s why I show you here how I create my meal plans in just minutes with an extraordinary platform.
Healthy Living Products
Non-Toxic Mattress – I never thought I would be passionate about recommending a mattress. But, after experiencing a health crisis after a buying a toxic mattress, I delved into finding the safest mattress available. Not only is intelliBED non-toxic, it uniquely supports the body and drastically improved my sleep quality. I believe intelliBED is an unparalleled health investment, and you can learn more about why I love intelliBED here.
Water filtration – I remove fluoride and chlorine from my tap water with this countertop water filter, which is the most affordable fluoride-removing water filter. I also have a shower filter in my bath to prevent inhaling/absorbing chlorine while showering and I also use a bath filter for baths, you’ll find them here with cartridge refills.
Do you want a fitness routine that helps balance hormones, improves digestion and regularity, supports healthy blood sugar levels, improves flexibility, improves posture, relieves back and shoulder tension and helps you drop clothing sizes in a couple of weeks? I swear by T-Tapp, a wellness workout that takes a physical therapy approach to fitness.
My Essential Blender
Don’t zap your uterus or fry your swimmers. In other words, put a Defenderpad under your laptop to block the radiation from penetrating your vital organs! As I discuss in this post, laptops produce significant amounts of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that are shown to disrupt physiological function. Also, if you wear your phone on your body (like in a pocket) I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a Defendershield case. With the unique design, you place the shielded side of the case against your body. This allows the phone to maintain reception but protects your body from the phone’s harmful EMFs. The phone case is available here, the laptop shield is available here, and the tablet case is available here.
Yoga… for real life
Have you had the experience of going to yoga class, but feeling insecure because you can’t contort your leg above your head? Or maybe yoga class feels too strenuous, too competitive, or too body-conscious. Yoga For Healing offers a restorative movement practice specifically designed for those with autoimmune diseases or limited mobility. Created and taught by my talented friend Tera, you’ll get expertly-filmed yoga tutorials with modifications for every body. These videos are my rituals when I’m craving deeply rejuvenating, gentle movement.
Holistic Skin and Body Care
Not only is Morrocco Method is the only hair care line that meets my ingredient standards, the products deliver incredible results. The pristinely holistic shampoos transformed my scalp and hair. Learn more about my MM experience, as well as the experiences of some of my readers who have taken the holistic hair care journey with me.
Skin Care and Body Care
I wash my face with honey in the morning and use many of the DIY recipes in my free ebook Quit Acne Recipes, which you can download here. I love treating myself with the sheet masks from 100% Pure. For body care, I dry brush (explained here) and use 100% Pure’s luxurious body scrubs. Also, I highly recommend 100% Pure’s Baby Line for babies/kids/anyone with uber-sensitive skin. Finally, I use this non-toxic deodorant.
I love the experience of high-quality cosmetics from companies that prioritize ingredient safety and preserving the environment. My recommendations for products have changed over the years, and I update this section to reflect my favorites. Here is my list of my non-toxic makeup picks for sensitive skin. If I could suggest just one brand, it would hands-down be 100% Pure. Their cosmetics are high-performing and use pristine ingredients. The Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss in Mauvely is my Holy Grail product. Coupon code: use code EMPOWERED at 100% Pure for 15% off orders of $65 or more!
The two unconventional methods I incorporate into my oral hygiene routine include this Ayurvedic tongue cleaner and this convenient oil pulling blend. This is the natural toothpaste I use and recommend.
Did you know that many sunscreens are highly toxic? Further, some sun exposure to unprotected skin is vital for health. Additionally, a nutrient-dense diet acts as internal sunscreen and reduces your susceptibility to sun damage. A non-toxic sunscreen, however, should be used for prolonged sun exposure to prevent burning. I reach for the following: MyChelle Sunscreen (perfect for acne-prone skin) and Badger Baby Sunscreen (what I use on my body).
Tampons contain harmful bleaches and dioxins that are absorbed through the vaginal skin. Even the chemical residues from pads can be absorbed into the body. I am a proud menstrual cup convert. No leaks, and clean sheets every night!
Real Food Basics
Eat The Yolks is an accessible and light-hearted book offering a thorough discussion on the what, why and how of Real Food. I’ve highlighted, underlined and dog-eared my copy from cover to cover! Although a very comprehensive explanation of nutrition and the politics behind nutrition, it is not heavy and is truly a pleasure to read.
Diet and Lifestyle Manual
I highly recommend Your Personal Paleo Code for those who want a comprehensive resource for re-balancing your body through a tailored nutrition, exercise, and supplemental approach. It focuses on addressing imbalances including weight, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue or chronic fatigue.
Healing Chronic Disease
I use a combination of the GAPS Diet (outlined in Gut and Psychology Syndrome) and the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (outlined in The Paleo Approach) to holistically address my autoimmune disease (ulcerative colitis). If you struggle with any type of autoimmunity, these two books have the power to change your life as they have changed mine. I also recommend Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook for delicious and practical autoimmunity-healing recipes.
Resources for Bloggers
Genesis Framework and Themes
If I could go back in time and tell myself one piece of advice as I started blogging, it would be: “Don’t bother with blogspot – get started on a WordPress Genesis Framework immediately.”
Synthesis hosting is premier website hosting with excellent customer service and a very competitive price plan for the quality. Switching to Synthesis Hosting sped up my site load time considerably.
I went through three different newsletter providers before, finally, finding ConvertKit. Hand-down, it is the most comprehensive and intuitive platform I’ve found for sending newsletters, doing email courses, and creating opt-in forms.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor sharing medical advice, I’m just sharing my experiences and research. These are products that have helped me on my journey towards holistic health.