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My Favorite Things - June 2013 Edition


My Favorite Things - June 2013

I received some fabulous products for review this month, and I can't wait to tell you about them!

1. Essence of Vali Essential Oils I like to consider myself somewhat of an essential oil snob. My first aromatherapy experiences were with Young Living Oils, then I continued with Bach essences, and immersed myself in the COMO Shambhala line for a few years. I can tell a cheap fragrance from a quality oil, and my sensitive skin will let me know if something cheesy makes it past my nose.

sleep_deluxe_gift_set_t1_largeWhen the folks at Essence of Vali contacted me about their all natural, vegan, high quality aromatherapy healing oils, I was excited. And I didn't expect to receive a sample of every single blend! My baths have been luxurious and healing, and even my scent-sensitive hubby can handle the smell.

My favorites are Sleep, Balance, Calm, Revive, and Fortify. Just two tiny capfuls of oil in my epsom salt bath does the trick. Perfect, effective, and nice on my nose and my skin.

2. The Digest Diet and The Digest Diet Cookbook While the specifics of The Digest Diet: The Best Foods for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss did not work well for me, there are certain takeaways and recipes that I will use forever.

The Good: I can't start the day anymore without the breakfast smoothie and its blend of fruit, flax seed, yogurt, coconut milk, honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and cocoa. Seriously makes me feel great and stays with me for a while. Ditto the spicy Mexican chicken soup and the oatmeal breakfast cakes.

Great body weight exercise program that takes little time and is easy to do.

The Bad: Too much dairy (I am lactose intolerant, and luckily found lactose-free yogurt), too many raw fruits and veggies (my body handles cooked food better), and too many beans. I ended up gaining weight in bloat.

The Takeaway: Once I modified the plan per The Bad above, I lost weight without hunger. This is a win if you can modify the plan to work for you. The Digest Diet Cookbook recipes are great whether you strictly follow the diet or not, and the exercise plan is effective and easy to follow.

3. Lisa Johnson's Pilates DVDs My friend and fellow Pilates teacher Lisa Johnson asked me to review her already well-reviewed DVDs, Modern Pilates and Body Physica: INTENSE. I am writing a separate review post for these, but wanted to make sure to mention them here because they are really good! The Pilates mat is well taught and the high-intensity interval training in Body Physica offers several great, safe, and intense workouts.