cbd superfood tonics with rise

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While medical marijuana and it's counterparts are gaining popularity, you've probably heard of cannabidiol or CBD, by this point. CBD is a compound found in cannabis but doesn't contain psychoactive compounds meaning, it won't get you stoned. In fact, it's known to have some amazing health benefits including helping with inflammation, anxiety, pain, seizures, and is being studied as a treatment for depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, epilepsy, and more. It's even being investigated for it's anti-cancer properties (source).

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I stumbled upon these Rise Relief morsels because they happened to follow me on Instagram and I became curious. After looking into their products and doing my own research on CBD I anticipated their release and ordered them the first day they were available. They currently have two flavors, Caffe Mocha and Golden Turmeric and they are both so delicious. They recommend eating the morsels, letting them dissolve in your mouth for a faster effect, or pouring hot water or milk over them to create a tea or a cocoa type drink. I made these tonics up as I went along and have had them multiple times now and I'm loving them. They're a bit thick, sweet, and so satisfying as a cozy cup after a stressful or tiring day. 

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Caffe Mocha

1 Caffe Mocha Rise Relief Morsel
1 cup milk
- approximate, based on mug size, milk of choice, I used low fat dairy milk
1/3 - 1/2 cup cream - i used Califia Farms Coconut and Almond Milk Creamer
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides - optional
1 tsp Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil - optional
Few shakes of cinnamon

Directions: In a small saucepan on low-medium heat, melt Rise morsel. Keep an eye to ensure it doesn't burn. Once mostly or completely melted, add your milk and whisk together. Constantly whisking, add your creamer, collagen, and oil (if desired), and cinnamon. Continuously whisk until all is blended. Pour into your mug and enjoy!

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Golden Turmeric

1 Golden Turmeric Rise Relief Morsel
1 cup milk - milk of choice, again I used low fat dairy milk
1/3 - 1/2 cup of creamer - of choice, used Califia Farms Coconut and Almond Creamer again
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides - optional
1 tsp Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil - optional
Few shakes of cinnamon
Dash of vanilla extract
Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
(c'monnnn)

Directions: Just as above, melt your golden turmeric Rise morsel in a small saucepan over low-medium heat, watching it so it doesn't burn. Add your milk once the morsel is mostly to completely melted. Whisk. Once blended add your creamer, collagen and oil (if desired) then your sweetness (i.e. cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin spice). Whisk constantly until completely blended and pour into mug. Enjoy!

*yes, I devoured both of these once I was finished taking the pictures, no shame

Learn a bit more about CBD here.

palm oil free peanut butter

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Since striving to become more sustainable and environmentally conscious, I started following different blogs and Instagram accounts (find my favorites here) that have really helped bring different issues to the forefront of my attention. A lot of the issues and topics weren't new to me but seeing how different people approach them and work towards counteracting the issues has been really eye opening.

One issue in particular is the environmental impact palm oil production has. Palm oil is used in everything from cooking oils, shampoos and soaps, detergents, makeup, ice cream, and you probably guessed it from the title of this post, peanut butter. Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree and over half of the world's palm oil production comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. Now because production is sourced from such select regions it means astonishing environmental impacts such as deforestation of the rainforest which in turns means depleting the home to thousands of different species, soil erosion, air pollution, water pollution, and global warming.

When I heard palm oil was a main ingredient in most peanut butters I immediately checked my cupboard for my favorite peanut butter. Low and behold the only two ingredients were roasted peanuts, and palm oil. I was devastated, to be honest. While finishing up my last jar of Justin's I would peruse the peanut butter selection at the market searching for a palm free peanut butter in a glass jar. Then it hit me. I have all the ingredients, why don't I just make my own? So, I did.

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Ingredients:

1 cup peanuts - roasting optional
1/4 cup salt - optional
1 tablespoon oil - use whatever oil you prefer. I used coconut oil because that's what I had handy.
1 tablespoon honey - optional but highly recommend! Vegan? Substitute with maple syrup.

Blend all ingredients together in your blender, food processor, whatever you got, I used a NutriBullet. Continue to blend until you reach your desired consistency. I recommend using above mentioned measurements, even if it means you have to make multiple batches to fill your jar. Don't strain your blender with too many peanuts at once!

Congrats! You just made a delicious treat with zero palm oil!

Read more about the effects of palm oil production here and here. *second link provides a full list of how palm oil may be listed in an ingredient list!
Find some palm oil free options here.
 

The Zero Waste Stigma

Let's be honest, the term 'zero waste' is incredibly daunting. Take a moment and peruse the 'zero waste' hashtag on Instagram and you'll find hundreds of thousands of posts of perfectly pictured farmer market hauls, pantries full of neatly lined glass jars, and pretty little Keep Cups galore. But for most people, especially zero waste beginners like me, this isn't the reality. And that's okay! 

Our household is littered with plastic. We have multiple plastic reusable water bottles, plastic packaged toiletries, plastic tupperware, and even plastic sandwich bags in our cupboards. We didn't purge our house of plastic when we decided to move towards a more sustainable and plastic free lifestyle. So many people get caught up in the zero waste aesthetic that they feel the need to get rid of everything plastic they have and go out and buy a new stainless steel or glass water bottle, a stainless steel lunch box, a bamboo travel cutlery set, and all the other gimmicky sustainable living items that you see all over blogs and Instagram. But in reality in doing so you're continuing to contribute to the waste cycle. 

My thought process behind striving for zero waste is using items you already own until you truly no longer can. Your pantry doesn't have to be full of glass jars filled from the bulk aisle, your medicine cabinet doesn't have to be 100% DIY body scrubs and lotions for you to be working towards living sustainably. Moving towards a zero waste lifestyle, for me, is more about being conscious about your personal consumerism going forward. Choosing items packaged in glass versus plastic, signing up for different Terracycle programs, shopping second hand instead of fast fashion, and choosing to purchase items from sustainable and ethical companies are all moves I've made towards a zero waste lifestyle.

Slowly but surely your home will become plastic free, and hell, maybe it'll even become an Instagram worthy zero waste home. By using what you already own, being conscious of your purchases going forward, and continuing to educate yourself and others along the way you can contribute to a cleaner and healthier planet. Don't forget, zero waste is a lifestyle, and most of the people who seem to have it all figured out have been working towards being zero waste for years. It's not something that happens over night. Keep the 5 R's in mind - REFUSE. REDUCE. REUSE. REPURPOSE. RECYCLE. And let's add a 6th - ROT.

Check out some of my favorite zero waste bloggers for simple tips and tricks to help you make the switch:

Blogs:
Litterless
Reading My Tea Leaves - not entirely zero waste focused but great tips for simple, slow living with zero waste posts thrown in!
Trash is for Tossers

Instagrams:
Aint No Planet B
Stevieyaaaay

Youtubers:
FemmeHead - menstrual magic with some zero waste thrown in!
Eco Boost
 

Mental Health Awareness & My Self Care Go To's

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness day, I wanted to share a little bit about my mental health journey and some of my tried and true self-care rituals. 

Last year I had my first panic attack. I didn't really know that's what was happening in that moment but after a routine doctors appointment and elaborating on the situation she confirmed it was in fact, a panic attack. It happened the night before returning to work after a two week long vacation, where my new (and not so reliable assistant) was supposed to be handling things. I knew I was nervous about going back to work just by the sheer number of things I would have on my to-do list and my to-fix list but I didn't realize that the stress of work was taking such a toll on me that my body literally went into panic mode. This was kind of a turning point that helped me realize I needed to step down from my demanding work role (which I did).

I never quite realized that anxiety was something that I was dealing with until my mid-twenties. Even writing that I have anxiety seems odd. I have no medical diagnose and I do not take anxiety medication, nor do I think you have to have either for anxiety or anything else to be real for you. Looking back, I can realize this is something I've dealt with for a long time; quitting ballet because the class got too big and made me nervous, never making it through a sleepover without calling my parents crying because I wasn't in my own bed, forgetting most of sophomore and junior year of high school because I drank more than most college students do in all four years, or having to hold my best friends hand when we'd go into big crowds for fear of getting lost (that hand is now my husbands).

I struggle with anxiety every day. I have days where I forget most of the groceries I needed because I had to go food shopping alone and felt so anxious and rushed that I sped through the store as quickly as possible. I have other days where I stay home alone too long and I get nervous about going out because I would have to socialize with people, this also happens if I sit in my office at work alone for too long. 

I have days where I'm nervous going into work for no reason at all even though I've worked there for 5 years. And then I have the days where I truly struggle to drag myself out of bed.I have other days where I stay home alone too long and I get nervous about going out because I would have to socialize with people, this also happens if I sit in my office at work alone for too long. I have days where I'm nervous going into work for no reason at all even though I've worked there for 5 years. And then I have the days where I truly struggle to drag myself out of bed.

A lot of what I go through is nothing compared to what others deal with every day. Which is a large component of why I never spoke up about it when I was younger. But just because someone else's struggles are harder than yours doesn't mean yours don't matter. You may be reading this and not deal with any of this but you're just looking for some self-care tips and that's cool too. All I'm saying is, no matter what you're dealing with, we all need to practice safe self care. Because we all have shit days, once in a while.

Now these self-care rituals are what works for me. They may not work for you, they may seem pretty typical or cliche, or they might be something you think could work for you. So lets get to it.

The Basics

  • Make the bed. Seems simple but personally, it makes me feel so much more put together.
  • Take a shower or a bath. Even if it's the middle of the day. Even if it's 2, 3, 4am. Treat your body, use an exfoliant, try that new face mask, or hell, just shave your legs.
  • Make a cup of tea, coffee, or drink a glass of water. 

My Go-Tos

  • Journaling. I started journaling again when my Grandfather passed. I didn't really know how else to get all of my thoughts out of my head and I didn't really want to talk about it so I wrote it all down. I didn't worry about my grammar, my punctuation, or my penmanship. Nor have I ever read it again. Once I put pen to paper I literally felt a mountain of tension leave my body. Like all of my muscles relaxed. I've continued journaling since and whenever I feel stressed, angry, sad, confused, and even when I feel happy, I write. One thing is, I never read what I write. I simply write as the thoughts organically enter my mind and I leave them there.
  • Having a skin care routine. This is something I do daily but on really tough days I still have to talk myself into simply washing my face before I go to bed. Removing all your makeup, dirt and pollutants, and pampering your skin is such a simple and effective way to treat yourself. I've also started using nourishing body creams on my arms and legs before bed. It's just a nice ritual to kind of remind my body that it's time to relax and wind down for the night. 
  • Putting my phone away. The world of social media is a weird place. You're constantly reminded of things you don't have, things you want, things you didn't know you wanted, and given the ability to compare yourself to people you will never meet. It's stressful as hell. Unplug yourself for a bit.
  • Go for a walk. You don't have to go for a hike, you don't have to walk somewhere typically beautiful. Just take a walk.
  • Light a candle. Makes your surroundings so much more inviting and comforting. 

The Rest

  • Clean your room/apartment/house. Being productive always feels good plus you get to reap the rewards of a tidy space. Go ahead and light that candle when you're done.
  • Make a to-do list. Having a lot to do can be overwhelming. I like writing it down and being able to cross things off.
  • Write down your goals. They say goals become more tangible once you write them down.
  • Exercise. Whether it's a workout video on YouTube, yoga, or just stretching. Get your blood moving.

 

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