Patterns to a healthy, happy life

Author: WellnessPatterns

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Makeup Box Subscription from Bunny Beauty Box

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Makeup Box Subscription from Bunny Beauty Box

I’m taking small strides to becoming a vegan. The road isn’t easy but little by little I’m finding foods that replace some of my old-time favorites for their vegan counterparts. In doing so, I’ve also been shifting aspects of my lifestyle,  including my beauty routine […]

Getting Crafty: DIY Upcycled Dreamcatcher

Getting Crafty: DIY Upcycled Dreamcatcher

We are so excited for Earth Day! And while we try to do our best to take care of the earth each and every day, Earth Day is a definitely a great way to do a little more. And one such way to get the […]

Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

One aspect of my health that I am trying to change is to limit my intake of dairy. Having tried a countless amount of products to help my acne, I’ve read countless articles about the benefits of eliminating dairy and sugar to help the skin. To make this transition a little easier, I’m trying out dairy-free options and recently discovered  Milkadamia, a Macadamian-based milk.

This includes a variety of flavors, such as Original, Unsweetened, Unsweetened Vanilla and Latte Da Barista that can be enjoyed in cereal, coffee, in soups, smoothies and more. I love how it adds a new nutty taste and smoothness to my everyday foods. This comes from the process in which Milkadamia is made, which is from raw, never roasted, nuts. They are also regeneratively farmed with techniques that create new soil and conserve water (Macadamias are harvested from trees watered only by nature’s rainfall–not artificial irrigation).

milkadamia dairy free option

I recently used Milkadamia to create hearty oats where I swapped out water or milk for Original Milkadamia. I topped it off with berries, sunflower seeds and some cinnamon for a heart-healthy and (nutty!) breakfast.

In addition to being free of dairy, soy, GMO’s, and gluten, Milkadamia is cholesterol-free, an excellent source of vitamins D and B12, and packs 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk.

Learn more about Milkadamia by checking out their website milkadamia.com and their Instagram @milkadamia. Milkadamia’s 32 oz. shelf-stable line is currently available in over 5,000 retailers across the US.

 

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

You’re never quite out of the sick season when you have kids. While it does get better with the warmer months, there’s always the chance that anyone, including mama, can get sick. We do our best to stay healthy and stock up on essentials should […]

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Is it possible to that the keys to happiness are within our minds and bodies? Or that the hey to happiness is ditching faad diets? All of these questions and more incredible health insights can be found in Dr. Robin Miller, an Integrative medicine physician medical […]

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

Could you fit all of your trash into a mason jar? While that’s definitely not the case for us right now, we’ve been starting to understand the zero waste lifestyle thanks to some guidance and tips that we’ve learned while reading the new book, Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash.

Written by Shia Su, this guide demystifies and simplifies the zero-waste lifestyle in a fun way, providing effective strategies for waste-free living at your own pace. As the founder of Wasteland Rebel, Shia’s book provides useable insight on how to incorporate the zero waste lifestyle into your own life, featuring tips on  how to build you own zero waste beginner’s kit to how to make your own DIY household cleaners to how to have a zero waste bathroom and tons more. We recently had the pleasure to interview Shia to learn more about her and her journey to the zero waste lifestyle. Read on for more:

Interview with Shia Su on the Zero Waste Lifestyle
Interview with Shia Su on the Zero Waste Lifestyle

Wellness Patterns: How did you get into the Zero Waste lifestyle? What are some of the first steps you took?

Shia Su: I never intended to go zero waste. Like most people, I heard about zero waste and dismissed the idea as “too unrealistic” for me. However, my husband and I did want to reduce our trash and live “a tad” more sustainably. We simply tried one thing after another at our very own pace. We never thought about what would be difficult or even impossible, because we assumed we’d only do what was within what’s manageable for us anyway. We actually made it a fun little challenge: “Let’s ask the sushi place around the corner if they are okay with putting our take out order into our own containers!” Or: “Let’s just ask the store owners, maybe they can order organic oats in a big paper bag for us!” Spoiler alert: We had the nicest conversations and ended up with a 25 pound bag of organic oats, a standing weekly sushi order in our own containers, and big smiles on our faces!

Wellness Patterns: What has been the hardest part about going Zero Waste?

Shia Su: It’s funny because I get asked this a lot. Personally, I think it’s a matter of mindset. We never took the “zero” in “zero waste” very seriously. But again, we never thought we’d be able to reduce our trash to this small amount. We simply ended up this way because each and every step was so doable! The “zero” in “zero waste” make it feel so overwhelming, and make people focus on what doesn’t work (yet) instead of the potential or what they have accomplished. With my book, I want to change the mindset from deficit-oriented to empowerment.

Wellness Patterns: What’s the best way for someone to start?

Shia Su: Start with what is easy and doable for you, and be kind to yourself. Have fun with it, and make it your own. There is no one right way to do things, whatever works for you is your right way. Keep in mind that the absolute amount of trash you’ll end up with will depend on what you have access to, your very individual situation, your responsibilities, your needs, and of course whoever you live with. And that’s totally fine!

Wellness Patterns: How can someone create their own zero waste kit?

Shia Su: Use what you’ve already got. It is not very eco-friendly to just toss everything and buy shiny new equipment. If you have cabinets full of plastic food containers—just use them. No reason to feel bad about it! If you don’t have a fancy schmancy tumbler for coffee—I don’t either! I simply ask the barista to fill up my mason jar that came with a store-bought tomato sauce, or I just have my coffee “for here”. We still use our laundry nets for produce, yes, the ones for socks and bras! My mom simply reuses the old plastic produce bags she already has at home. She rinses them out and hangs them up to dry. We hit the bulk section with cloth bags now, some of which we made out of fabric scraps. But we used to just grab whatever jars and (plastic) food containers we had at home. Whatever works is fine, really.

Wellness Patterns: What about families? Can this work with more people in a family unit?

Shia Su: Every family is different as human relationships are very complex. I have met zero waste families with kids for whom zero waste is normal. I also get about one email a week from teenagers that want to live zero waste but their parents don’t take them seriously and dismiss it as a phase. So can it work? Sure. Will it work with your family? Well, that will depend on your family. And sometimes that will also change over time. My mom made it very clear in the beginning that she wanted no part of it, both when we went vegan and later zero waste. Yet here we are now, four years down the line, and she prepares the most amazing vegan food for us, refuses plastic bags, and brings her own reusable chopsticks so she doesn’t have to use the disposable chopsticks many restaurants provide. Start with what you have direct control over, things like swapping your own body and tooth care products. When it comes to buying groceries, make it your share of the chores, so you can go for the package-free options as often as possible. Respect other family members’ choices, and ask them to respect yours. Living together means there will always be times when you butt heads, but also times where you are incredibly proud of each other, and that’s no different with zero waste.

Wellness Patterns: What have you learned about yourself through your own Zero Waste journey?

Shia Su: I have learned that there are many more options than what meets the eye. Like most people, I thought what I could do to align my lifestyle to my values was limited to what was offered on supermarket and drugstore shelves. I hated all the plastic-packaging and how all all this plastic waste is choking our oceans, yet I thought: “What can I do? That’s how things are sold.” However, once you start with going zero waste, you will see bulk everywhere. You will learn that your voice does count. You are not insignificant. So to me, zero waste is a lot about empowerment.

Wellness Patterns: Tell us more about the book? What do you hope a reader will get out of the book?

Shia Su: I wrote this book with the voice of one my best friends since high school in mind. She is a career woman with a busy schedule and a long commute. She always said she’d love to have a more sustainable lifestyle but simply lacks the time to do the research and to DIY everything. Besides, she prefers to spend the little free time she has with her family and her husband. And I get it—who’s got the time, really? She wanted a preferably skimable guide with simple hacks that she didn’t have to read cover to cover. So I came up with the very visual beginner-friendly cookbook-like concept. It helps you get into the right mindset and provides background information, much like the introductory section of cookbooks explaining the particularities of a cuisine. There is also a chapter on zero waste helpers so you know what equipment will be helpful for your zero waste endeavors. It’s helpful and very practical information, but if you don’t have the energy to deal with it, that’s fine too! You can just jump to whatever you feel is manageable for you at the moment, or whatever you feel drawn to when flipping through the pages, and try one or two easy swaps or a one-minute recipe!

Check out Zero Waste at Amazon or your local bookstore and be sure to read Shia’s blog for the latest in leading a zero waste life.

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Finding natural products can sometimes be challenging. While there are finally more options, it can be hard to find one website to locate pretty much everything you need. Enter EarthHero, a new online marketplace where you can find carefully-selected products from trusted companies with a focus […]

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Even though I work from home, most days it can be pretty challenging to peel away from the computer and take a break from work. This is super unhealthy, not just to have for a mental break but also a physical one as the body […]

Shaking Up Our Morning Smoothies

Shaking Up Our Morning Smoothies

Getting the kiddos, especially my middle girl, to eat veggies is an issue. While we have found that there’s some veggies she will eat (raw broccoli and carrots), for the most part it’s been an on-going struggle to get her to try new (and healthy) things! The one way that I’ve been able to get her to have a good dose of veggies is to include them (a.k.a sneak) them into her morning smoothies. While I don’t love the idea of sneaking veggies, we’ve gotten to the point where it’s a necessity, which, hopefully, she will grow out of at some point.

Until then, I’m always looking for new recipes and ideas to give her the boost that she needs. And I just found the perfect addition that’s been seriously amping up our smoothie game with the Better Body Foods LIVfit Organic Superfood Blend and the Better Body Foods PBfit protein.

Both have some amazing benefits and have opened up a variety of new combinations in our smoothies. Better Body Foods LIVfit Organic Superfood Blend is one of my favorites that features a combination of antioxidants, fiber and protein from pea, hemp, chia, quinoa, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, spinach, broccoli, beets, shiitake mushrooms, and green tea extract. While I mainly add this soy-free, vegan, and gluten-free blend to our morning smoothies (recipe below), you can also add the powder to juice, cereal, yogurt, pancakes and more for a nutritional boost.

Another new powder, we’ve all been loving is PBfit, a powdered peanut butter that’s comes in original or chocolate flavors. Made from real roasted, pressed peanuts, a dash of organic coconut palm sugar and salt, PBfit is a great way to enjoy natural peanut butter with 90% less fat and 1/3 the calories of traditional peanut butter. It was amazing in our morning strawberry/banana/berry smoothies that can also be mixed into breads, pancakes or waffles. Check out more of about these easy, quick, and healthy smoothie recipes below featuring Better Body Foods.

Berry Morning Smoothie featuring the LIVfit Organic Superfood Blend (measurements are approximate)

delicious morning smoothies

add protein to your morning smoothies

delicious morning smoothies berry flavor

1 cup of coconut water
1 beet, cut up
1/2 avocado, cut up
1/2 cup frozen (or fresh spinach)
1/2 cup of mixed berries
1 banana, sliced
2 scoops of LIVfit Organic Superfood Blend

Add all of the ingredients together in a blend and mix into liquified.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie with PBfit

Strawberry Banana Smoothie with PBfit

morning smoothies with PBfit protein

1 cup of coconut water
1 banana
1/2 strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 banana, sliced
2 scoops of PBfit

Add all of the ingredients together in a blend and mix into liquified.

 

What’s your go-to morning smoothie?

I was provided with samples for this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Revive Your Skin with Tumerica

Revive Your Skin with Tumerica

I don’t know about you, but the winter and my skin are not besties. From dryness to flakes to redness, it’s been a hot mess that I’ve been actively trying to change. While part of this journey has involved cutting out sugar and cheese (so […]