“Plastic-Less” July

I might be a little late to the party with this post.. but better late than never right?

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I have been seeing this trending hashtag all around this month #plasticfreejuly. While completely cutting out plastic is hard as it seems we can’t get away from it, what about reducing the amount we use? Or becoming more conscious and aware of how we are choosing to use plastic in our daily lives? I prefer to call it plastic-less july not plastic free as in today’s world we are never fully free from it are we? Let’s use plastic – less.

I know it’s hard to completely refuse plastic today as we have so many things that are made of it! Straws have been a big thing recently as more and more establishments are using paper ones. Some stores are using paper bags while many are still stuck using plastic. Some of us try our best by keeping reusable bags in our trunks and then naturally we forget to bring them in! #guilty ..Or we might think we are only grabbing a few items and then of course it turns into a bigger shop than we had initially anticipated.

In light of the trending hashtag #plasticfreejuly and recent changes to my own habits I have some tips and ideas to share with you. I’m sure you’ve heard most of them before but these are just some easy changes I have been trying to incorporate into my daily life.

Reducing the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis

Say no to plastic bags if you only have a few items and can easily carry them. Just after a few trips to the store and forgoing a bag you will start to feel good about it.

Store a foldable reusable tote bag in your purse so you’ll always be ready for a few items! Keep larger bags in your trunk. If you’re headed to the mall or a large superstore before heading out put your reusable bags on the seat so you’ll be more like to remember them.

Recycle everyday items

Rinse out plastic and paper cups from coffee etc and recycle them.

When out and about look for the recycle bins and make sure you’re putting it in the right bin! I see so many people just put them in whichever bin without reading.  (I’ve also been guilty of this in the past) It’s never too late though to become more conscious!

Something we don’t often think about recycling is our makeup containers, tubes, shampoo bottles etc. MAC has a program in which you bring back 6 empty pots of eyeshadow to get a FREE lipstick! Maybe you don’t buy that much eyeshadow or shop at MAC, but you could look for ways to recycle your beauty product empties. The plastic ones can be rinsed out and recycled with your plastics, depending on where you live. I encourage you to do your own research.

Bring reusable items with you

Bring reusable cups/travel mugs for your daily coffee, water, smoothie whatever!

Carry a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go. And on that note get yourself a pretty water bottle. Swell + Hydro flask + BKR are my favs.

Get yourself a travel mug. I personally like Klean Kanteen + Yeti.

The Market Bags These are soooo good for on the go snacks or produce/bulk bags and are machine washable. Plus they are super cute! I also love the fact that they are a small and local company. The fabric is upcycled so if you see a print that you like, make sure to buy it as it won’t be around forever.

Mesh reusable bags for fruit, veg etc. Doubles as a cute purse or beach bag.

Glass straws are great for at home use and another alternative that I like are silicone straws.

Ways to do your part to help keep our oceans clean

Not only forgoing single use plastic where you can but making any of the above efforts will ultimately help keep our oceans clean.

One company I’ve noticed that is doing their part to help keep our oceans clean is Bright Swimwear.

Use my code: BLONDE15 for 15% OFF any of their swimwear.

10% of proceeds goes to cleaning up our oceans.

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I hope this post made you feel positive. And remember any effort is big. Forgoing a bag once is amazing even if you don’t do it all the time. And don’t feel bad for what you’re not doing. Everybody has different lifestyles. The point of this post was to hopefully inspire you to use a little less plastic if you can. Be kind people!

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Celery Juicing

So I’ve heard so many benefits from drinking celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning that I thought I would give it a whirl.

Day 1

Juiced 16oz of celery which is a whole stalk. An hour later I am feeling more alert and awake. My brain feels clear and not in it’s usual foggy state before I’ve had my coffee.

Day 2

Didn’t notice too much of a difference other than feeling more alert.

Day 3

Celery juice tastes a little sour today. Normally it tastes like celery but almost sweet. I actually enjoy the taste of it!

Definitely noticing increased energy throughout the day!

Day 4

I’m more regular than usual. TMI but for the sake of an honest review…

Day 5

Took my celery juice to go. I enjoyed drinking it in the car on the way to my destination.

I think I need to try it for a little longer to see the long term benefits. But I will definitely keep it up! My mom said my skin looked glowy.

I also lost a couple pounds this week granted I did follow a high protein, low carb, low sugar diet. But celery juice is good for weight loss.

Tips for Juicing

Don’t juice the leaves as it can make the taste bitter

Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach

Drink 16oz for maximum benefits (juice one stalk)

 

Fun facts

It actually primes your digestion for the rest of the day

It helps with inflammation

It boosts your immune system

There are many other good reasons to drink celery juice. I encourage you to do your own research.

 

Happy Juicing!

 

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How to stay healthy in 2019

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It all starts with self care and self love. Take time for yourself… in whatever way that means to you.

Some of the ways I stay mentally healthy are:

Digital Detox

We spend so much time on our phones and never really know when to quit. Make a habit of going without a phone before bed or in the morning when you first wake up. Put down the phone in the am before scrolling on Instagram. Spend this time alone with yourself. Put your phone on the charger at night and read a book before heading to bed. Just simply eliminating the phone during these times will help clear your mind to be productive in the morning and to get a good night’s sleep.

Eat Clean

Be mindful while eating and choose healthier options. Try to do more cooking and make it fun by trying out a new recipe at least once a month.

Relaxation

This could mean using essential oils, lighting a candle or salt lamp, pampering yourself or reading a book while cozying up in your favourite spot.

Reflection

Take time to check in with yourself. How are you feeling today? At this moment? Journalling can be a good way to do some healthy self reflection and to put thoughts on paper.

People

Surround yourself with people who lift you up and support you. Eliminate toxic relationships.

Organization

Staying organized will make you feel calm and at ease. I use a bullet journal simply for keep tracking of my tasks daily + monthly. I have found this to be one of the greatest organizational systems one could use. I also use Google Calendar. Google Calendar is fun because you can colour code all your appointments etc. I’ve started scheduling in everything. I mean everything… from appointments to time for myself to coffee with friends + family. And bonus it syncs up to your phone calendar!

Try to be active

Even if it’s just a small walk every day. Getting out in nature for a quick walk can also do wonders for your mood and overall health.

Celebrate small victories

Enjoy the little things and treat yourself once in a while, whether its a new skin scrub or a coffee.

And of course Travel

Travelling opens your eyes to new experiences and sometimes new cultures. A change of scenery can even boost your happiness.

Never stop adventuring!

xoxo

 

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