Don’t you love fall? Okay, maybe I’m a liiiitle early to proclaim this, especially because it does mean that summer is over, but when your summer has been rainy, stormy and chilly, you’re ready to embrace a new season (thanks, Calgary). 😉 But there is something refreshing about September – kids are back to school, the air is crisp, vacations and travels are over and routine is back. I think for many people September is a great time to reset our eating and exercise habits, routines, and
Spry September. Don’t you like the sound of that? “Spry” means active and lively, and I think those words embody a wonderful way to enter a new season. I wanted to share a few ways that I’m bringing a spirit of spry into my life as September approaches, and I hope that they spark ideas in your mind to do the same in the coming month!
This post is partly inspired by SPUD (sustainable produce, urban delivery), with whom I’ve worked in the past (I first learned about how to juice via SPUD and loved getting their produce boxes!). I received a $50 credit to shop online with SPUD and instead of just getting food, decided to explore more that this website has to offer to help promote health! It was fun clicking around the site and took me ages to pick a few products out because they have everything from beauty and skin care to supplements to products for your pets to local fruit and vegetable boxes.
I think the idea of utilizing a produce delivery service might seem like an “extra” in life to some, but here’s what’s so amazing about SPUD – it’s not just groceries! SPUD offers an incredible variety of safe, healthy products for kids, animals, your home, AND your belly. 🙂 There are amazing deals, especially considering the products are organic and often local, and the website includes recipes, substitution ideas for healthier items like energy drinks, and even DIY ideas. (For more info on SPUD, check out the website links and be sure to read to the end of the post for $20 of free purchases!)
So tip #1 comes at you from SPUD! My first tip to make September spry is to:
Take care of your skin
I’m not a big make-up wearer, and my skincare routine looks a little like this:
- Wake up, wash face with water.
- Put on coconut oil as moisturizer.
- Mascara and blush on.
- Out the door!
I figured that it’s time to take care of my skin more intentionally; after all, health is not just eating vegetables and working out, it’s being mindful of the other areas of my life like my skin, too! So I decided to order something more specific for my skin.
I chose the all-in-one beauty balm from Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science. This product blends superfruit antioxidants, nourishing moisturizers, and broad spectrum protection with natural mineral-tint color for clean coverage in one easy step, which you can tell from my above beauty steps is perfect for me. I’ve worn this several times now since I received it and love the sheer, mineral-tint color (that you can wear alone or under make-up) that still looks natural.
I decided that Mikey needed something for his skin, too, and had him pick out a scent of beard oil because I know he lost his in the move recently. He picked out the Argan Beard Conditioning Oil in the Cedar and Mint Scent, which is from Calgary-based Mammoth Beard Company. They use the finest quality ethically sourced ingredients and no cheap filler oils, synthetic fragrances, or preservatives, which is important because he needs to take care of his beard just as much as anything else for his skin and hair health.
We both love the scent, although Mikey commented that it was mintier than he was expecting and would go with the cedar wood or tobacco scent next time, but he loves how it feels – and I love how it looks being less scraggly and cleaner.
Here’s another no-purchase-needed, simple way to make your September more spry:
Up your steps
Yep. That’s it. Get more steps daily for better health, better stress management, a healthier body (less sitting = less health complications and more calories burned!) and weight loss. As I mentioned in my last post, getting more steps could be what you need to get you through a fat loss plateau and is a magnificent way to get more low intensity movement in that gives you a chance to breathe, listen to a podcast, relax during a walk or just pray as you move. Get up a few minutes earlier and start your day with a walk or head outdoors in the crisper air after dinner to help you digest and prolong the couch flop that happens to us all at the end of the day!
Manage your stress
On that note, another way to manage your stress besides walking is via supplementation. With routine and busier schedules often comes the onset of stress after a care-free summer. We all know how stress can affect our health in some major ways, and that while some element of stress is actually normal and good, stress can also make us more susceptible to illness, promote poor sleep, affect our mood and cause us to make less intentional food choices.
Through my partnership with Social Nature, I received a (complimentary) supplement called Flora 4 Health. This product helps to support a healthy response to stress and helps to temporarily relieve the symptoms of stress by supporting cognitive health, mental focus and working memory – something that sounds pretty good for September! 🙂
I checked with my friend and acupuncturist about the ingredients in this product and she gave me the go-ahead to try it! It includes American Ginseng root extract, rhodiola root extract, ashwagandha root extract and schisandra berry extract. Ginseng helps boost energy, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce stress, promote relaxation and treat diabetes (source); rhodiola helps with fat burning, enhancing energy and boosting brain power and is part of a group of plants that can help your body adapt to physical, chemical, and environmental stress (source); ashwagandha has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones (source); and schisandra berry helps to boost liver function and aids with adrenal functions to help prevent adrenal fatigued helps with inflammation (source). I’ve been taking it for a few weeks now with no ill side effects and am feeling great! Hard to say how much this changes your stress – especially as I’m not a very stressed out person, generally, but I think it’s helped keep me balanced and free from sickness with busyness going on with our last Survive & Thrive expedition coming up this week and clients coming back in full force for September!
To my Canadian friends, anyone living in the Greater Vancouver Area, and the Greater Toronto Area can try this product for FREE thanks to Social Nature! I you don’t live in this area, Social Nature has a deal going on Canada-wide right not for free super fruit snacks available in 3 different flavors and full of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Just click here to get started with Social Nature – you pick a product you want, try it and then share about your #trynatural experience. 🙂
Speaking of trying something new… My next tip for a Spry September is to:
Try a new food
Do you get stuck in food ruts? Mikey always jokes that every night is stir fry night…and it’s kind of true. I eat fairly routine foods, which I don’t think is a bad thing – I know what I’m getting, it’s quick and easy, and is healthy! – but sometimes it’s good to introduce more variety in your diet. At the very least, it’s important for not only me but for my spouse. 😉
So via SPUD I decided to pick up two things I’ve heard about but never tried: micro greens and a red kuru squash, which is a thick skinned winter squash that looks like a small pumpkin without the ridges. The micro greens, or seedlings of edible vegetables and plants, are easy enough to get into my daily diet, packing a nutritional punch of nutrients like vitamins, C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene, 40 fold than the mature leaves of the same plants (source).
I threw the micro greens on some nachos (made with kale chips for something new, too!) and love their mild but distinct flavor:
The squash I’m currently using as decoration (perfect for the gray and stormier days we’ve been having, which sure makes me think about fall!) but am excited to try out in a recipe soon! According to a wikipedia page, red kuri squash is full-flavored and sweet, often cooked with butter and herbs in a variety of soups, stews and casseroles (source). It can also be used for cakes, quick breads, muffins, cookies, jams and pies because it has a nutty-tasting flesh and in terms of cooking can be baked, boiled, microwaved, steamed, sautéed or fried… Anyone have any ideas for this or special uses for micro greens?!
Now that we live in Inglewood, I’ve been enjoying shopping more local, and I think it’s a neat practice to be in if you can make it happen. Supporting local businesses makes you feel more connected to your community and is investing right where you’re growing in your own life! Which is why, instead of picking out a kombucha that you can find in any store around the city, I decided to try a kombucha (another good option for something new for you to try like the above option!) from a local company via the SPUD website.
Kombucha “is a uniquely delicious bubbly fermented tea elixir with Asian roots dating back over 2000 years. It is full of living probiotics, enzymes and amino acids that are all beneficial for the digestive system.” An easy way to think about it, is that Kombucha is to tea what yogurt is to milk (source). I love that this is a local Calgary company (check out the nutritionals and the cute little logo at the bottom); this is the first kombucha from a local company I’ve tried before and it did not disappoint; this one was SO TASTY! I loved the slight ginger taste – I put it in a wine glass and enjoyed it as a treat, knowing that kombucha has so many health benefits!
Set a new goal
As you know from some previous posts and my Instagram feed, I’m loving powerlifting! It’s a new=-to-me sport and I’m learning so much as week by week, workout by workout I’m adopting the beginner mindset and practicing form as I watch my strength grow.
It’s been fun to have something to focus on in the gym and has given me a new direction. Maybe you also need a focus and could benefit from a plan, whether that’s with a trainer, a workout partner, or a new program. Want to get that first chin up? Hoping to put more weight on your squat? Want to learn how to properly swing a kettle bell? Use September to focus on something and set a new goal!
So there you have it! A few ways to make your September more spry. We are off this week for our last Survive & Thrive expedition of the summer, our sailing trip in BC, and are starting September off with an adventure! I’d love to hear how YOU are going to make September spry in the comments below.
And, if you’d like to try SPUD out yourself, you might as well save some money and enjoy $20 of free groceries on SPUD when you spend at least $50 on your new SPUD account – simply sign up with SPUD to have your $20 discount automatically applied to your order. My referral code is CRCAL-LANBON. Remember to check out fruit snacks and stress supplement via Social Nature to check the links above and take advantage of those complimentary offers while they last!
Have a great last week of August, friends, and let me know what you’re planning on doing to make September a spry month! Live well & be well,