I’m no doctor so these are merely suggestions. Be sure to ask your health care provider about diet, exercise, and the use of certain products. At some point in my life most of these items have been useful to me. I’ve also listed a couple of items my friends swear by.

Just like you, I continue to work hard on being healthier and more mindful, but I’m a work in progress. I need books, apps and other people to help keep me on track. I think we often neglect ourselves, but you need to remember you only have one body and once it’s damaged, sometimes, it’s hard to restore it back to the way it was.

I have several podcast interviews discussing health and wellness. To see my curated list head on over to my YouTube page.

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Apps

Clue // App

This period tracking app is amazing and I love the design of it. I used P Tracker before, and it worked great, but the interface was for girls. Why should you use this? It helps you get a better understanding of your cycle. It tells you when you’re due and when you’ll most likely be PMSing. It also has a lot of other items you can track. It’s helped me plan vacations and comes in handy when you’re at the doctors office.

They also send out a great newsletter and a specialized report based on your information.

Couch to 5K // App

I’m no runner…at all. However, I have friends who’ve used this app successfully. This is great for beginners.

Fitbit // App

This is a great app and I love that you can connect with friends who also have the Fitbit. This app has been most helpful with tracking my sleep habits. I realized I was only sleeping on average 5 hours a night! So I decided to change that and go to bed at 10pm most nights. The app reminds me 10 minutes before that I need to start winding down. I now sleep on average 7 hours a night.

You can also track water consumption, exercise, and calories. The challenges amongst friends are also fun (I always lose). The watch itself varies in prices, I have the HR.

MyNetDiary // App

This is for the hard core calorie trackers. I used this years ago to get a better understanding of what I was eating. What I love is they have a library of foods that you can choose from that already have the calorie info. If you don’t have a Fitbit, I recommend using this app to track food.

Sleep Bug // App

I’ve used this when traveling if I can’t sleep or if I’m at home and I can’t get my mind to settle down. It has a variety of soothing sounds.

Books

Detox Solutions: 14 Plans to Detox Your Life

Simple steps to detox your life. Includes photo tutorials.

Skin Cleanse

Get a better understanding of your skin and learn how to cleanse your face naturally.

WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source

With WomanCode, holistic health coach Alisa Vitti shows women how to maintain health and vitality with a food-based program to rebalance their hormones.

The Green Book

Provides tips on saving the planet.

The Juice Generation

100 recipes for fish juices and superfood smoothies.

You Are What You Eat

Learn about food and nutrition and how to eat better.

Products

Argan Oil

I use this type of oil on my face and hair. For my face I use Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Organic Face Serum. I mix a dab with my face lotion a couple times a week. Keeps my face from getting dry and regenerates skin. It last forever, I still use the one I got in my Pop Sugar box!  I use PURA D’OR Moroccan Argan Oil on my hair and I mix it in with my Shea butter. Helps prevent dry scalp and body.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

I love this stuff! I have slight eczema, not a severe case. If I don’t put on the right lotion I will get ashy and itchy. I’ve used this lotion since high school and it’s perfect for my skin type, dry. Thank goodness a friends mom recommended it all those years ago. For my hands I carry their 3 ounce bottle (it’s always in my purse).

Tea Tree Oil

As I got older I became all about the oils. I think when I was younger I thought they would break me out, little did I know they would help my skin. I use this to control acne. Be sure to mix it with your favorite oil or lotion so it won’t burn your skin. This got me completely off of acne prescription meds. I also make sure I lightly exfoliate daily.

Unrefined Shea Butter

If you like using Shea butter I recommend Unrefined Shea butter by Better Shea Butter. You can use it as is or make your own lotions. I mostly use it on my feet, elbows, and knees.

Livia

Livia is a drug free no side effect solution to eliminating menstrual pain. It’s a small device that you clip and it transmits a pulse that helps with the pain.

Resources

Jessica Murnane

Great resource for getting healthy. Her focus is on plant based diets, but she covers a little bit of everything from endometriosis to eating disorders. She has a book, a podcast that I love, The One Part Podcast, and a website with a plethora of resources.

Simple Green Smoothies

Lots of free goodness here. This site got me back making smoothies again. The recipes are simple and they have a ton of great tips. To make my smoothies I use the NutriBullet, simple and easy to clean.

Urban Bush Babies

This blog has all kinda goodies. It focuses on African American natural hair, DIY tricks (lotions, face sprays, etc.), and a variety of topics about health. I follow one of the blogger Nikisha Brunson on IG and I love her style and tips.

Flo Living

Website dedicated to helping women maintain a healthy hormonal balance through food.

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