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Something I’ve had a passion for for years is nutrition. Why? Because I want to look good and feel good. I like things that have quick results, so I’m sharing the supplements I take every day. These products have a pretty instantaneous impact which as a true millennial I love, but it also helps me stay on track with remembering to take them because I like the way I feel more when I do than when I don’t.

I’m going to list them in order of how I take them throughout the day. Also, these products are clean and easily absorbable, so even if you don’t use these brands, make sure you use a brand that is not synthetic, easily absorbed by your body, etc.

1. George’s Aloe Vera Juice
Please note: Some of these brands could be subbed for others, but please don’t drink any aloe juice but George’s. The impact of aloe juice could be either very positive or very negative – depending on what part of the aloe is harvested, etc. George’s is very pure and uses the correct part of the plant.

I take 2 ounces of this every morning first thing on an empty stomach. (It looks and tastes just like water) It is incredibly anti-inflammatory and is amazing for your digestive system. If you suffer from any type of inflammation (or even if you don’t appear to, everyone has it. Did you know that inflammation and toxicity are the root of almost every disease?) This is a great way to treat what you might already have or reduce the inflammation in your body. Easy.

2. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I put 2 scoops of this in my coffee every morning and it gives me 18 grams of protein to start my day with 0 carbs and 0 fat. This is a dream product as I don’t always feel like drinking a protein shake and eating tons of meat. I noticed changes in my body pretty quickly – probably because I always drink my coffee on my way to work out and having some protein within an hour of your workout really helps with muscle building. This particular supplement is also amazing for your hair, skin, nails, joints, bones, and digestive health. It is basically tasteless and then I do my regular coffee routine, which for me is a stevia and a tablespoon of So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer.

“Our modern diets lack the collagen that was once abundant in foods. Without dietary collagen, our body can’t replenish what’s missing. This can have an effect on our hair, skin and nails, and joints, ligaments and tendons as we age. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are collagen molecules that are small enough to get quickly absorbed and used by our body. This bioavailability is the reason people see improvements in how they look, feel and move after using Vital Proteins Collagen consistently.”

3. Core Health Pack
I’ve been taking these digestive enzyme, probiotic, antioxidant herb packs for probably 5 years now. Conviniently individually packaged, they’re so easy to just toss in your pocket or bag. (Read my post about them here.) Take a pack of them any time you eat food that’s cooked, they help you break down and absorb the nutrients in your food and keep your gut and overall body in good health. In fact, the night I met my husband I told him about them, and he took them for 3 years (incorrectly, lol) before we reconnected and I helped steer him in the direction of correctly taking them. hahaha He even came up to me at our wedding reception and handed me a pack of them. It was partially to be funny and partially because he knows I don’t like to have a meal and not have them. My version of romance?? YAS.

4. Omega 3/Vitamin D Blend
Did you know almost every man and woman in the US is deficient in Omega 3s and Vitamin D? In fact, Vitamin D deficiency is actually being linked to several types of cancer now. It also plays a large part in our overall feelings of happiness. Omega 3s help our brains and joints. I had taken various versions of these on and off over the years, but I don’t eat fish and in fact am really grossed out by it, so taking omega 3s has always been gag-worthy. However, this gem of a supplement doesn’t give you any gross fish taste, ever. I also love how pure and absorbable these are. I take two of them after a meal.

5. Thyroid Support Complex with Iodine
I started taking this supplement most recently because I developed a non cancerous cyst. My chiropractor (who I love and am obsessed with by the way – he’s literally changed my life but maybe that’s another post) told me if I took an iodine supplement my cyst would go away. I started researching and found this supplement which has many other great nutrients that support mental clarity, metabolism, and giving me extra energy. The energy is the benefit I’m loving the most. Not feeling like I need a nap every afternoon is a great feeling! Start by taking 1 per day with a meal and then build up to 2.

6. Mag07
Most adults in the US are also deficient in magnesium. I take two of these before bed every night. (You can take up to 5.) This will definitely keep you regular. Awkward to talk about, but you should be going to the bathroom every single day. If you’re not, you  are setting yourself up for health problems down the road. (Because remember, a huge part of your overall health is directly related to the health of your gut.)

All of these can be purchased on amazon which is super easy and some of the bottles will last you for at least a couple of months.  Shop below:

Yesterday you saw my first couple of days in LA and Manhattan Beach and today I’m taking you along for the rest of the trip!

When I think of LA, often times many of the images in my head are of glamorous Beverly Hills… Rodeo Drive, a few real housewives that this really good friend of mine loves to watch… (Ok fine, it’s me.) So I knew Claire and I just haaaaad to check out Villa Blanca and Beverly Hills. It didn’t disappoint!

Have you ever seen a more elegant dining room?? Lisa Vanderpump knows what’s up. Photo courtesy of sixyfivedesign.com

Sadly, there were no Lisa, Pandora, or Jiggy sightings but we (mostly me – thanks for indulging me Claire!) thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, rosé (we had to!), people watching, and the stupidly attractive staff.

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Found in the bathroom at Villa Blanca. I have the same one gifted to me from Kim Greenwood… Lisa gets us.

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So so so many beautiful fresh floral arrangements all over Villa Blanca!

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Not the cutest photo… but just getting into character with my rosé! haha

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Gorgeous bar!

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More of the bar

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The Blanca Chopped Salad

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Filet Mignon Sandwich

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English Sticky Toffee Pudding… we would have never ordered this but our server insisted that this was the dessert to go with. He didn’t steer us wrong… and as I mentioned earlier, everyone that works there is stupidly attractive.

After lunch we wandered around Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive

IMG_1361Just some of the many beautiful things I added to my wishlist at the Chanel boutique… 😉
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The Beverly Wilshire Hotel – made famous in Pretty Woman
IMG_1366Soaking up the good life with my bestie!
IMG_1371   IMG_1363  In order to check another place off the list Claire was nice enough to take me to Glow Bio, my nutrition obsession, Kimberly Snyder’s, new place in LA.

Photo courtesy of LA.Eater.com

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Acai bowl with raw granola. Insanely good. I’m working on a recipe for this that I will share when I get it right!

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This is now on the fridge so that I can make some of these at home in my Vitamix!

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Remember the health and beauty shots I mentioned? The little bottle on the left was the inspiration for my recipe!

IMG_1395 photo 1(4)We also hiked the stunning and strenuous Runyon Canyon which was well worth the burning lungs and sweat! Check out these views!
photo 2(3) photo 1(3) IMG_1387 IMG_1385 IMG_1384 IMG_1382 IMG_1381 IMG_1380Other honorable mentions from my LA trip are:

The trampoline gym (just found out that Nashville has one of these… get me there ASAP! Great workout and such a blast!)

With my crazy partner's in crime Ashley, Claire, and Meagan!

With my crazy partner’s in crime Ashley, Claire, and Meagan!

Check out this cluster of a video of us all doing a synchronized routine, toe touches, Claire doing a selfie video, flips, etc.

I got to attend my dear friend Brett’s Christmas party while there!

Love this boy! We've been friends I moved to Nashville and now he's making it big as a songwriter in LA. Proud of him!

Love this boy! We’ve been friends I moved to Nashville and now he’s making it big as a songwriter in LA. Proud of him!

Getting really into sending Snapchats like this:
photo 4Discovering Claire’s abundance of sparkly and studded wardrobe items. ABUNDANCE.
IMG_1376 IMG_1375 IMG_1333 photo 1(2) photo 2(2)Singing karaoke at the Belmont

Crooning Remix to Ignition, duh. No telling how many times Claire and I sung this during our many adventures in December! Stay tuned for my tour of South Florida!

Crooning Remix to Ignition, duh. No telling how many times Claire and I sung this during our many adventures in December! Stay tuned for my tour of South Florida!

…and running into my sweet friend Vince there!!!
IMG_1307Going to dinner at Dan Tana’s and getting to meet some of Claire’s best friends from UNLV, sweet precious brothers, Jimmy and Eddie.
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Getting fro-yo at this place and noticing their VERY sexy logo! Only in LA!IMG_1373I had such a wonderful time in LA and hope to be back to visit soon! What are some of your favorite LA spots?

Ladies and gentleman, the product of the week this week is the book that has changed my life the most, second only to The Bible. I introduce, The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. (Albeit, my health bible!)

This book has single-handedly changed the way I eat, the way I view food, and my perspective on health. I have forced nearly every single person I love to read this book and if you haven’t checked it out yet, buy one ASAP. I have personally seen via my own life how much the food you’re putting in your body can directly affect your health, your energy levels, your weight, etc. I even referenced Kimberly Snyder’s green smoothies in my final answer on stage at Miss Tennessee USA this year!