My Go-To Tricks For Staying Healthy

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Hey guys! Happy Tuesday.

I’m currently nestled up on the couch, post workout, writing this post with homemade Turmeric tea in hand. I know, who am I? But I promise you:

It’s good. 

I think I probably speak for everyone here when I say that getting sick is just the pits.

It puts your entire week(end) out of whack, throws your body a giant curve ball, and at least for me – it lingers longer than I’d like.  Over the past six months or so, I’ve gotten into some really healthy habits that seem to be working as far as getting sick less, and shortening the illness if it hits.

I thought I’d take a moment to share with you what my routine looks like every day when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. No, this isn’t a Top 5 Tips to Living a Healthier Lifestyle or another spin on a Huffington Post Health article ;) Rather just a little insight on vitamins and workouts and habits I’ve formed, that you may find beneficial, too.

I am SO nosey when it comes to people’s vitamin intakes, home remedies and lifestyle choices, so if you are too – you’re in the right place ;)

Let’s get started!


Tea Box Organizer (the best thing ever) / Keep it Simple Towel – Target, old (similar here)

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First things first, I do my best to workout as much as possible.

I’ve told you guys a thousand times (or so it feels like) about my 5 days a week workout plan (which just recently got pushed to 6 days a week- yikes!) for 2 hours each session.  While I’m not always flying out of bed with a pep in my step, I always feel so much better once it’s finished, and I can tell my body is into this new found routine.

I also am a DEFINITE 8 hours of sleep kind of girl. I need it, and if I get one hour less than that, I’m a mess.  So regardless of what time I go to bed (9pm or 2am) — I won’t wake up until I’ve gotten 8 hours in.


I take a plethora of vitamins every single day. I used to take them all at night, but then I learned that some are best left for the morning (extra dose of energy) while some are just fine to take at night (the larger pills or that have the highest quantity per dose)


Fish Oil – 1200 mg (2 a day)

St John’s Wort – 3oo mg  (3 a day)

Vitamin D3 – 5,000 IU (1-2 a day)

Dynamic Fruits and Greens: Espresso flavor (in my smoothie – 1 scoop a day)

Fish Oil – 1200 mg (2 a day)


Organic Turmeric – 500mg (1 a day)

Milk Thistle – 150mg (1 a day)

Fish Oil – 1200 mg (2 a day)

Magnesium – 400mg  (2-3 a day)

Yaeyama Chlorella (5 at a time)

St John’s Wort – 3oo mg (3 a day)

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As I mentioned above, I started making my own turmeric tea. It’s so easy!

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • boiling water

That’s literally all there is to it. No, it’s not the sweetest tea you’ve ever had ;) but I love the sweet kick the ginger brings in.  You can also buy a really good organic turmeric tea. This is the one we used to get before I started making it myself.

I’ve committed to drinking 128 ounces of water a day (hefty, I know!)

What makes it easier is that I’m chugging 2 of them alone during my daily workouts. And I am a firm believer that what you’re drinking out of makes ALL the difference. I stick between this water bottle (the easiest for chugging water and it marks how many ounces you’ve had) or these cups with these lids and straws.

I wish I could tell you all that I’m super good about drinking warm lemon water, but it’s not a habit I’ve formed yet. Working on this one! I keep hearing that the benefits are ah-mazing.

Green tea. I’m a total sucker for a mid-afternoon pick me up, and coffee is not the best idea so I had to sadly give that up other than my mornings. Green tea (or my turmeric tea! ;) has become a go-to.  This is my favorite.

My daily smoothie packed with protein, fruits and greens. As I mentioned earlier, I have this smoothie every day after my workouts (even on my off day, Sunday, if I’m wanting an easy lunch!)  I posted it here if you want to try it out (it’s delicious)

Trent and I are currently detoxing this week, which I think is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.  Drink alcohol, go for it. But it’s always good to give your body a break here and there.  When I do drink, I stick to wine (preferably red) or a Titos and soda with extra lime (like, 10 of them haha)


I’m a firm believer in oils and herbs, and to be honest I really loathe taking medicine. Over the past couple of years I’ve become a total hypochondriac, and I convince myself that medicine does more harm than good (not always the case, I know!) so I try to stick to more natural ways of healing if I’m able.

Thankfully, my sister is a genius in this department.  I’m always texting or calling her asking what herbs are good for X, Y and Z.

So here’s my list of things I turn to when I’m feeling like I may be coming down with something:

Elderberry Syrup. It actually tastes really good, and there’s no limit to how much of it you can take in a day. I generally do 4 shots if I’m not feeling 100%, and within a day or so I’m back to normal.

1/2 clove garlic (swallow it hole with orange juice) – I know, sounds crazy. My oldest sister taught me this trick, but it works for ditching an on-coming cold.

Peppermint Oil.  Rub this on your temples when you have a headache. (I’ll be honest, it’s 50/50 between this and Advil)

Apple Cider Vinegar With the Mother. This cures EVERYTHING and we take a shot a day, but we especially start chugging if our bodies are sending us mixed signals.

Lavender Essential Oil. Amazing for a good night’s sleep (which is crucial when you’re feeling a little under the weather) Rub some on the bottoms of your feet (gets into your skin quicker that way) and on your temples.

Eucalyptus Oil. We always put this at the foot of our shower if we’re feeling a little stuffy or like a cold is coming on. It clears things up immediately.

Bach’s Rescue Remedy. I love this stuff and have a couple of drops with a small glass of orange juice a few days a week (it tastes really bitter)  I really do believe that it works in relieving stress (I especially love it before I fly)

What about you guys? Any tricks up your sleeve for living a healthy lifestyle? I’d love to hear! x