Nutrition & Fitness

Fitness & Nutrition

One thing that I have found on my journey to get healthier is that our bodies require proper nutrition and regular movement (exercise) to function properly!!  I realize that probably sounds like a big, “DUH!” however I have encounted many people who believe they can somehow get healthy by consuming processed food, fast food and/or supplements that are full of artificial ingredients.  I tried to avoid this reality for a long time but the more I learned about the effects these things have on our health I knew that I had to make changes to the food we eat as a family.  I will *never* try to pretend to be a nutrition or fitness expert.  I will only share with you what I have learned and let you make your own best decisions for your family.

Here I will share with you some of the resources that have been significant for me in my journey to better health and wellness

Websites I follow: (Great paleo resources)   This is an amazing movie that debunks some of the lies we are being “fed” about health and nutrition



Products that I use: 

These are things that I use and love that are helping me along my journey (these are not paid endorsements or affiliate links, just my opinions):

    1. I am drinking my water out of a fun glass jar and a glass straw.  I found some great Michigan-made glass straws at because I don’t like the feel of stainless steel on my mouth (weird, I know).  I use a variety of jars with holes drilled in the lid for my straw to fit in.  I find that I drink more water when I use a straw.
    2. I like to walk for my exercise.  A great tool for me has been the app on my smartphone.  I can see how far I walked, what how fast (or slow) I am walking as well as a running total of how far I have walked for the week, month, year.  I can also track other workouts that I do such a bike rides, gym workouts, etc. You can friend me; my username is ADStrait.
    3. When I started my journey in 2014 I would track my daily food intake with  This works on desktop/laptops but there are also apps for tablets and smartphones.  I also like that it can be linked to MapMyWalk so you see you consumed calories and burned calories.  I actually don’t really track calories, but I do like to keep an eye on my daily carbs and sugar intake.  You can friend me; my username is ADStrait.
    4. We have eliminated chemical cleaners from our home!!  The toxins in chemical cleaners are the cause of so many health problems.  Instead, we use Norwex Microfiber Cloths and Thieves Cleaner.  I am so glad that we were able to eliminate yucky, chemical cleaners.
    5. I have eliminated many toxic personal care items. I no longer use shampoo instead I use either just baking soda and water OR Young Living’s Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner.  I use a homemade, natural facial moisturizer (coconut oil combined with some essential oils) and Young Living’s deodorant.  I use a castile soap blend for body wash and hand soap rather than the commercial soaps that are so full of nasty chemicals!!  bleh!  I have also switched from regular toothpaste to Earthpaste (it is a clay-based toothpaste and completely safe!) as well as Young Living’s Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste (this has a more traditional toothpaste type texture).  I am still trying to get my family switched over to some of these things as well, but some of them are having a hard time accepting the natural products (they won’t have much choice when I just stop buying some of those things – LOL!).
    6. I have also replaced all of our plastic food storage dishes with mason/canning jars.  I like knowing that there will be no chemicals leaching into our food from the plastic in those dishes.  The jars aren’t expensive ($9/dozen here or usually $.25 each at a thrift store) and are very sturdy.

I would love for you to comment below with other things you have done to get healthier and/or ditch commercial products.