• Ruby

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Want to prioritize your health but are on a budget and feel it’s not doable for you? If this is you, or you know someone you care about who feels this way, I have some great tips to share with you today that will allow you to view living a healthy lifestyle differently. Many people continue with unhealthy habits and ideals because they think they just “can’t afford” to be healthy. Can’t afford the collagen, the supplements, the açaí bowls, organic store bought meats, and the matcha lattes? Have no fear, I got some reality checks for you to change your mindset, and change your health for free! It doesn't have to cost you anything extra to start working towards a healthier life that is free of disease and common ailments. I believe in a preventative lifestyle. So many health issues are simply caused by a long term pore diet, stress, and a toxic environment. You can easily avoid a lot of health issues by changing your daily habits. It’s important to start with the basics and not get wrapped into all the hype of health products. Do supplements and organic foods help? YES they do! But if you can't afford those things right now, there are still plenty of other things you CAN afford. These fundamental health habits are free, and require no expense from your wallet. Top 3 free healthy lifestyle must-dos: 1. Drink water! Yes preferably filtered, clean sourced water to reduce toxins, but really just focus on intake. You can filter all the water you want but if you aren’t drinking it then it doesn’t make a difference. This is a basic detoxing and cleansing method your body absolutely needs every single day. Some of the “healthiest” people you know still struggle with this. DRINK MORE WATER! 2. Get active! Another detoxing method your body desperately needs. Daily movement, and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle will lower your chances of all diseases. You don’t need a gym membership to walk, run or do a body weight workout. Get outside in the sun for even more health benefits. 3. Get quality sleep. Okay now you’re thinking "wow. You’re a genius... I already know I should be doing all these things." You may know it already , but do you realize the severity of these things, and how not doing them will affect your health?! Sleep is soooooo important and often underrated with adults. Your body needs sleep to heal. Want younger looking skin? Sleep more. Want more energy? Sleep more. Want to optimize your body's detoxing capabilities? Get on a regular sleeping routine so you get your circadian rhythm back in homeostasis. Can’t sleep? Don’t sleep well? Well there’s some things you can do, and take to help with that. Getting off your phone and all electronics 1-2 hours before bed is free and very effective at helping your body to allow melatonin production. CBD oil would be my top supplement to start with if you have sleep troubles. Turning off WiFi at night, mouth taping, magnesium, and calming herbs are other things to try.

Alright now let’s talk about affordable health changes you can make on a tight budget. 1. Instead of buying organic or grass fed beef from the grocery store, contact a local rancher or farmer and buy 1/4, 1/2, or a whole beef depending on the size of your household. This is cheaper than buying healthy raised meats from the store. Go in with a neighbor or friend to cut even more of that up front cost. It's very important to avoid synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs in your food. You may think this is expensive but you can find ways around the higher prices at the grocery store. Go to your local farmers market, and grow your own produce in a garden if you are on a very tight budget. Only buy organic food off the dirty dozen list to save even more. You can also save money by buying frozen produce rather than fresh. 2. It’s easy to avoid toxins in your home without having to spend a bunch of money. If you want to be healthy, have healthy hormones and moods then you must stop using artificial fragrance! Stop buying candles, fabreze, and those wall plug ins. Use essential oils instead. One bottle of a essential oil is cheaper than a candle or wall plug-in, depending on the EO brand. Look at Plant Therapy or Edens Garden for high quality and affordable oils. 3. Buy one high-quality multivitamin supplement to help cover all bases of nutrient deficiencies, instead of buying multiple bottles of vitamins. You could also buy an organic greens drink mix because that would be a good source of whole food nutrients. You don't have to buy a million things to start with, but if you can afford it I would recommend a multi of some sort because most Americans are deficient in many vital nutrients.

4. Want to buy that health test or blood work panel but you can’t afford it? Or can’t afford to work with a functional doctor yet? Start with your chiropractor! You can see a chiropractor on insurance (if you have that) and even if you don’t, it’s not expensive. Average visit is $40. Most chiropractors can do muscle testing to test you for allergies or food sensitivities for the same price of their office visit. This can help narrow down your most important foods to avoid or cut out for a while without having to pay hundreds on other tests. You can also get other natural therapies through your Chiropractor that is more affordable on average than a functional health doctor or practitioner. Remember not every Doctor, or Chiro is equal. Don't be afraid to ask questions and interview them before you book with them. There are so many other cheap, or free ways you can make daily lifestyle changes that will better your health. I wanted to keep this blog post simple though and focus on the foundational things first. It's so easy for us to make excuses about our unhealthy habits and choices but at the end of the day if we care about our bodies or our families, we will start to make better choices. I hope these tips help you. Get back to the basics people. Eat healthy, drink water, get outdoors in the sun, workout, avoid toxins. It’s simple! Ruby

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Trying to find a non-toxic and natural skincare routine that was also acne-safe took a lot of time and money for me to figure out. I tried hundreds of products and most of them made my skin worse. I hit a point where I was so frustrated with my skin that I just wanted to give up even trying. Thankfully I didn't. I did what I always do when I need a solution to my problem. Research. Researching to find the right answers for you takes hours and hours. I get why most people don't do it. I already tried the doctor route, even the holistic doctor route. Neither helped. I learned by my own research that acne can be caused by so many different things. Everyone is different. It could be yeast overgrowth (candida), stress, hormones, gut health, liver stagnation, histamine intolerance, hormones, food sensitivities or allergies. Most food that cause acne for people are eggs, dairy, sugar, or gluten. My acne triggers are a combo of several of those things. Dairy is the worst and always gives me breakouts the day after I eat it. So I don't eat dairy. I also avoid eggs and gluten. My skin is way less congested when I eat a clean diet and avoid those foods. I got a handle on healing my body on the inside, so why wasn't my skin catching up completely? Skincare Products! Topical application of comedogenic ingredients was the #1 cause of my acne. I found this out by researching and then applying what I had read. It took a while to figure out what products worked for me, and what ingredients were causing breakouts. Thankfully I've done all the trial and error so you don't have to! I found Clear Stem Skincare, and their sister brand Face Reality. Face Reality is a brand founded in California by a acne specialist. Clear Stem Skincare was formulated by the owner of Face Reality, and another bad ass female with a holistic approach to products. I'm grateful to have discovered this line so that I don't have to sacrifice healthy and safe products, for clear skin. So many organic, non-toxic brands are chocked full of pore clogging ingredients. While they may not be a problem for most people, smothering your face with coconut oil is not safe for acne prone skin.

Clear Stem offers a small line of the best non-toxic skincare for acne prone skin. I'm going to share my exact routine, what products and how I use them below. I know that's what you've been waiting for! Acne Clearing Skincare Routine Face Wash - GENTLEclean Vitamin Infused Calming Wash I use this in the shower at night to wash the day away, or to remove makeup. If I didn't wear makeup that day I don't always use this wash, sometimes I'll just wipe my face with a hot washcloth. I find doing less with my face is better for it. But this wash is amazing, and gentle enough for daily use. Scrub/exfoliator - VITAMINscrub Antioxidant Infused Scrub Cleanser I use this scrub every 2-3 days for a good deep cleanse and exfoliation. It's not drying, but for me like I said above, doing less to your face is better. Toner/Face Spritz - I just use a rose water spray you can get almost anywhere. This isn't a clear stem product, but Face reality does have toners on their site. Serum/anti-aging treatment/acne scar treatment - CELL Renew Serum This was the first clear stem product that I tried and it got me hooked on their brand. It is the most effective product in my routine for healing and preventing acne. Second serum/brightener - CLEARity AHA mandelic acid serum This serum is great for brightening sun spots, scars, and reducing black heads. I use this as a treatment serum periodically, not something I use every day because I have dry skin and this serum can be a little drying. Moisturizer - Face Reality Cran-Peptide Cream The only moisturizer that doesn't clog my pores. I do have dry skin, especially in the winter, so sometimes this cream is not enough moisture. I add a few drops of pure, organic jojoba oil in my palm and mix the oil and cream together before applying. This has been the absolute best combo for my skin and jojoba oil is acne safe.

Face Reality has a lot of other products, but not all of them are as naturally formulated as Clear Stem products. I'm so glad I've found what helps my skin, naturally, and doesn't make it worse. It took me a long time, and a lot of money to figure this out. If you care about your toxic load in life and want to use safer skincare, then these products are for you. If you are tired of dealing with breakouts and acne, you must try Clear Stem! Don't forget to clean up your makeup routine as well. To prevent breakouts you must avoid ALL pore clogging ingredients. Clear Stem has a list of the comedogenic ingredients to watch out for. To note a few, stay away from coconut oil and ingredients derived from coconut oil. Nut oils, Butters, Algae, fragrance, and parabens. There's a lot more so head to their site here and read the list. USE CODE: WILDARROW FOR $10 OFF CLEAR STEM SITE Much Love, Ruby leave a comment below and share this article with your friends!

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I'm sharing some natural products and supplements that have helped me get through 2 pregnancies now. I'm still working on my second pregnancy (almost 15 weeks preg right now) but I'm out of the first trimester and want to share the things that helped me the most! For all things related to morning sickness, nausea or vomiting please read my latest blog post here about "morning sickness" Here's a list of things I used for common pregnancy ailments: For restless leg syndrome I use magnesium lotion. This works better topically for me, although I do recommend taking magnesium internally as well.

For stress, morning sickness and all over nutritional support. This is the best prenatal on the market. Dr. Ben lynch has formulated chewables, a protein shake multi, or capsules. I recommend the shake.

For anxiety, stress, depression, and nausea I use and was recommended by my midwife to supplement with full spectrum CBD oil. I use more than one brand, check your local health food stores and pharmacies. For online ordering here are a couple good brands to look at: https://nuleafnaturals.com/ https://anandaprofessional.com/products/ https://rosebudcbd.com/shop/ For heart burn or acid reflux I tried these products and they did help a lot.

For depression: This article is wonderful. I take SAME when I feel I need the support. It is pregnancy safe and Doctor recommended.

For Sleep and insomnia: Use both the magnesium and cbd oil. I also take these homeopathic tablets...

Body lotion and body oil:

Okay that's all I can think of for now. If you've tried any of these products, or have some of your own favorites, leave a comment below! Much Love, Ruby