In the resources section I will go over: Cooking and preparation oils, nuts and nut butters, cultured foods, food delivery services, pantry items, sources for quality, pastured, happy, organic, meat, essential kitchen items, spices and condiments, nutrition: books, websites, and videos, items for the home, filtered water, how to eat well at work and on the go, products for the body and makeup, rest and contemplation/spiritual engagement, fertility, helpful apps, and organic pet food. If there is something you want more info on, or there is an area of interest for you that is not addressed here, email me!
Cooking and Preparation Oils:
Dr. Bronners makes a wonderful coconut oil. It is smooth, tastes like real coconut, and warms easily in my hand for use as a skin moisturizer.
Ghee (clarified butter)is great for dairy free folks. I find it to be so delicious I could eat it with everything. You can make your own easily too. This is butter without the milk/lactose.
I love Pons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It's rich and strong and yet not overwhelming. I don't cook with it as it is not as stable as the above oils. I use it to drizzle over veggies, protein, or specific dishes that call for it.
I use Spectrum Naturals Sesame Oil from whole foods. I do not cook with this either. I drizzle it over avocado with seaweed and sprouted sesame seeds. So good!
If you want more info on good quality fats read: Relax and Love fat.
Organic Coconut is Divine:
I think coconut is a perfect food. I am in love with it!
Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna is delicious for adding to smoothies, coconut milk/coconut milk kefir with blueberries instead of yogurt, and to have as a snack with other fruits to help to stabilize blood sugar.
Nuts and Nut butters:
Sprouted sesame seed butter/tahini is the easiest to digest and to not over eat! I find nut butter to be like ice cream. It can be a food with no brakes as the Whole30 program would say. I love to eat this tahini with apples and blueberries.
I recommend sprouted nut butters. Sprouting a nut makes the nutrients more available and the protein easier to digest. They are expensive though. If I cannot afford to eat them in their best form at any given time I avoid nuts all together as they can be very hard to digest. If you want to prioritize it financially Blue Mountain Organics is the best I have discovered.
I get my nuts from Sunfood.
Fermented Pickles (I teach workshops on how to make your own). Real Pickles company also makes a bunch of great other fermented veggies that I love. The pickles have been the easiest for me to digest.
Live Organic Milk Kefir Grains (If you want to make kefir)
Water Kefir Grains (Live Active Culture) (If you want to make coconut milk kefir or another fermented beverage like kombucha or ginger beer. You will need one package of these for each beverage you want to make).
Coconut milk Whole Foods sells a good 365 brand that's organic and $2.59 a can in the Boston area with only gum added, filtered water, and no other weird additives. You can also buy Native Forest Organic Premium Coconut Cream, Unsweetened from Amazon.
Food Delivery Services:
Apple cider vinegar. I get my apple cider vinegar in my Boston Organics delivery now Dwight Miller and Son Apple Cider Vinegar. I still love the Bragg brand and yet I support local farmers when I can.
Quality, Pastured, Happy, Organic, Meat:
In the Kitchen:
I only cook with cast iron pots and stainless steel. Nonstick pans are easy and yet the toxic substances leech into the food and are very toxic. Convenience has a price.
The Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel is great for quick meal prep and bone broth!
I am so into my Immersion Blender. I make smoothies, liver pate, mayo, and anything with it! There is nothing I have tried that didn't work. It's so good on a budget :)
Wooden Vegetable Stomper (or you can use a meat hammer or a potato masher, you just need a piece you can really mash the cabbage with for sauerkraut :) wooden or stainless steel is best.
Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer, Green - This one is expensive and it’s great! You can get this in Chinatown for $5 usually if you have access.
Stainless Steel Teakettle (small - for two or three people to have a nice cup of tea). I like it because it is so easy and light.
Spices and condiments:
Sea Salt (Himalayan or Celtic is what I use) It is important to put sea salt in a ceramic grinder. Others will not work and the salt will get stuck and it is real annoying. This Kyocera Ceramic Fine Mill is worth the money.
I have written about many of the books below in my Journal. Check out these blog posts for a snapshot of the books that have been very powerful in my education and healing. I hope this is helpful!
My favorites books right now are:
On the go & at work:
I leave my 1.5 Quart Mini Slow Cooker at work. I put my lunch in it an hour before I want to eat. It is perfect!
Glass Pint Mason Jars with Lids and Bands, Blue, Set of 6 are how I transport meals.
I use Organic Jojoba Oil on my face with vitamin E oil as a moisturizer. I also use this on my body to switch it up from coconut oil. If you live in Boulder, Rebecca's herb apothecary is also fantastic for herbs, body products, and more!
I like the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor. This razor saves money and the environment. You just need to replace the blades and there is a lot less waste and a closer shave. I am a woman and it is taking some getting used to and yet I feel good about it. My boyfriend has one too and he LOVES it.
J.A.Y. Desert Herb Revitalizing Shampoo and Aubrey Organics Jojoba & Aloe Desert Herb Revitalizing Conditioner by Aubrey Organics I tried a more alternative organic shampoo and it made my hair fall out! It’s hard to find a shampoo that is totally natural and yet that still makes me feel satisfied and clean. I say make this your own experiment because hair types are so different!
Rest ~ sleep:
Safety Eyewear Glasses block the blue light from computers, TV, or any screens of smart deices (phones, tables, Gameboys, etc). These glasses help us to produce the chemicals/hormones we need for deep sleep and happiness. They block the blue light which makes it easier for our body to produce the hormones: melatonin (sleep necessity) and serotonin (happy chemical).
Pema Chodron has been an amazing teacher for me. She is real. She is not above what it feels like to be human. She has been through a divorce, has children, is a woman raised in the states, and now she is a Buddhist nun. She teaches me to stay with myself through what is really happening in my life. She gets what it is like to stay with what is difficult and I trust her. This makes listening and learning from her easy and enjoyable. I notice that if I listen to her talks as I am eating I digest better because I am relaxed and attentive to just eating and listening to Pema speak. It helps me to move into a relaxed state which aids digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
I recommend anything by pema. My favorites are:
I use the Kindra app to track my fertility. Birth control pills do not work for me and I believe they are harmful. Charting my cycle has helped me to understand my fertility and my cycle in a clear way. Based on my body and my experience. Check it out. I also use a back up protection method and yet I recommend this for getting to understand your health more accurately.
Basal Digital Thermometer It does beep as I’m taking my temperature and it sometimes wakes my boyfriend up! I try to take it into the bathroom with me when I first get up so that it’s not as irritating.
Apps for Smart Devices/Tablets:
I use the FindRealFood to find quality products. There is so much crap out there these days in terms of health food products. It is hard to know what to trust. I deeply trust the Weston A. Price Foundation. My school has based a lot of it’s research and structure on the work of this great dentist. It's not a perfect app and yet it is helpful!
I use the SkinDeep app when I am looking for quality nut butter, nuts, or meat for example. It takes a lot of the confusion out of wondering which company is taking care of their products and who is just looking to make money.
I use this app to look up a product when I am in the store and I don’t know about the company or the toxic levels/what it is made with. I used to buy Vitamin E oil in whole foods the other day for example. I scanned the bar code and found the one that was made simply and properly in a way that does not damage the oil or have unnecessary additives. Simply and easy to use.
Organic Pet supplies on a budget:
I wish I could make it all myself and yet there are only so many hours in a day and I have to prioritize. I use Newman's Own Organics Canned Cat Food. She loves it! Before she never cried for her food. Now she begs me to fed her! A noticeable difference :)