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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:

Since becoming passionate about health and nutrition in the past couple of years, there are two things that I am certain have helped me maintain my weight, feel more energized, and be healthier overall more than anything else: probiotics and digestive enzymes! (You have seen me talk a little bit about this in my article: 5 Tips For Looking Beautiful From The Inside Out!) The more I learn about the health of the human body, the more I realize that so much of our total health picture is based on what is happening in our colon (an important place – where all nutrients are absorbed… or not, depending on what you’re eating, the order you’re eating your food, and the condition of your colon!) You can be consuming tons of good nutrients, but not absorbing them.

This video from one of my favorite people on the planet, Shan Stratton, who also happens to be the nutritionist for the New York Yankees (ever heard of them? 😉 ) and almost every Major League Baseball team who describes in layman’s terms why and how this concept works (seriously, this is worth watching!):

Probiotics and digestive enzymes break down and utilize the nutrients being consumed. You can buy these products separately, or get them all in one convenient package that is portable and easy to use. I am obsessed with the Core Health Pack which has the highest quality probiotics and all of the enzymes needed to break down starch, protein, and fat. In addition, you will also be getting an antioxidant blend, a fruit and vegetable blend, and an herb blend. If you know me at all, you know that I carry these in every purse and bust them out in any situation where I eat any food that is cooked or processed. Here is a video demonstrating exactly how they work. It actually shows them breaking down real food! Check it out:
I love the Core Health Pack so much that I gifted some to every contestant at the Miss USA pageant along with a discount code for 10% that I’ll share with you! (shhh!) The one time coupon code is: missusa
Some of the benefits you may experience from taking the Core Health Pack are:

  • Maintain a Healthy Digestive System
  • Promote Strong Immune Function
  • Support a Healthy Cardiovascular System
  • Increased Fat Metabolism
  • Maximize Energy Levels
  • Enhance Digestion of Fats & Sugars
  • Promote Stronger Bones
  • Support Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
  • Optimize Overall Health & Vitality
  • Highest Quality, Natural Ingredients
  • Superior, Balanced, Natural Formula
  • Ultimate Convenience & Value
Last video… I promise! I used to feel so confused about what supplements I needed to be taking and why? This video helps clear up confusion on that subject and explains all of the health benefits you’ll receive from taking the Core Health Pack:

I have loved all things beauty since before I even knew how to spell the word exfoliate. I would spend all my allowance and babysitting money on newest lotions, potions, and any sort of new gizmo that would curl or crimp one’s hair in a new way. Over the years working as a model, TV host, makeup artist, and now as Miss Tennessee USA, I’ve found a few things that really work.

1. Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes – I’ve actually heard Dr. Oz say that within a few years EVERYONE will be taking these. Your outer beauty is quite literally a reflection of what’s going on inside of you. Some of the benefits of taking high quality plant based digestive enzymes and probiotics include:

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  • healthier hair, skin, and nails
  • increased digestion
  • a better immune system
  • increased energy levels
  • increased fat metabolism
  • I also credit these to helping me maintain my weight

These are only some of the benefits of including these in your diet – expect a post solely devoted to more detail about this subject. My favorite products are the Core Health Pack and Heart Health by Core Health Products (www.corehealthproducts.com)

 

2. A good eyelash curler heated with a blow dryer – My friends who know me best know I’ve been utilizing this trick since the 7th grade! Heating up the curler for 5-10 seconds with a hair dryer (be careful not to burn yourself) will make the curl more effective and last longer. It instantly makes you look more awake and enlarges your eyes (aka THE WINDOW TO YOUR SOUL PEOPLE!!) I like the shu uemura ($20) or the e.l.f. ($1) eyelash curler best.eyelash

 

3. The at-home facial – sometimes going to the spa just isn’t an option. For those times, I like to do what I call the at home facial. You’ll need a large bowl, a towel, and green tea. Here’s how it works: Boil water and drop in a green tea bag. Pour the tea in a large bowl and put your head and towel over the bowl so as not to let the steam escape. Stay here for as long as you can take the heat, slowly breathing in the steam (it’s good for you, feel those pores opening!) Afterwards, finish with a toner and moisturizer and you will be surprised how much better your skin will look and feel.

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Many a roommate has walked in on me in my kitchen (see above photo pulled from Facebook as proof from 2009 – thanks Megan!) standing next to the stove, head under towel, behind in the air, and asked “What are you DOING?!” I wouldn’t subject myself to that kind of embarrassment if it wasn’t worth it, TRUST ME!

4. Drinking a daily green smoothie – I’m not being dramatic when I say that this smoothie has literally changed my life and the life of many of my friends and family. Even my meat loving, burly, cowboy dad drinks this every day! I got the recipe from celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s book The Beauty Detox Solution (which I highly recommend). It is a blast of minerals, enzymes, and fiber in addition to providing lots of green energy. Since it’s blended, it is predigested (sounds gross, I know) which means that all of the nutrition is readily available without having to steal energy from your body to break it down! We all know that raw fruits and vegetables (enzymes, minerals, vitamins, micro-nutrients, etc.) are key in a healthy diet and most people living in the United States aren’t getting enough of them. This is an amazing and delicious (I swear!) way to make sure lots of these things are implemented into your diet every day.

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Side note: how fab is Cameron Powell Photography that he can even make a green smoothie look glamorous?! I feel like this photo is where hipster and beauty queen meet and explode into organic eco friendly glitter and fireworks!!!

 

5. An olive oil/brown sugar scrub – this treatment is something that will make your whole body feel baby soft and it’s something you can do on the cheap with things that are probably in your cabinet anyway. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a Tupperware container and mix in about an equal part of brown sugar. While in the shower, scrub your whole body down with this mixture, then rinse. I would be shocked if you told me your skin had ever felt more soft and smooth.

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