Spring is the perfect time to examine your lifestyle and swap out some old patterns, habits and products for some new and improved healthier solutions. These products and solutions will help you reach your fitness goals, eat healthier and spring clean with spa-quality products – three sure signs that spring is right around the corner. They’ll also help you live the spa life all year long – even when you can’t visit your favorite spa!
The swap: Your antiquated daily food log and exercise journal
The solution: fitbook ($22.95) *Pictured at left
I just returned from a three-day business trip to a Tennessee-based health insurer that exemplifies wellness among its employees. The Nutrition Center (cafeteria) serves a bountiful selection of fruits and vegetable-based dishes, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and lean meats and poultry. There is a walking path encircling the entire campus. Outdoor spaces abound – many more than I could count – and the fitness center is as popular as a red-carpet premiere of a Hollywood movie. So why then, and I know this without even stepping on the scale, did I put on a pound or two in just three short days?
It’s simple: because I stopped paying attention to my typical eating and exercise patterns. Yes, the two-drink business dinners with appetizers of pimento cheese and fried pickle chips and suffering through airport meals didn’t help. And a packed schedule that had us sitting in meetings from touchdown to takeoff meant zero exercise. But if I had seen this represented – or as in the lack of exercise, not represented – in the pages of my fitbook, I might have had a fighting chance to put the breaks on the overindulging.
fitbook is a dynamic 12-week fitness and nutrition journal that is part food log, part goal tracker and part exercise log. A check-box nutrient and water tracker plus a space to log in your hours of shut-eye rounds out the 3 month journal – all in one compact space. The only thing missing? A place to log your regular spa treatments. Brilliant!
The swap: Your household cleaning products
The solution: MiEssence MiEnviron household products
MiEssence MiEnviron dispels the notion that your cleaning products need to be nearly neon in color and fragranced with fake lemon and green apple scent. Don’t expect a sink full of rich suds when you squirt a small amount of the MiEnviron Dishwashing Concentrate into a filling sink – this is a low foaming biodegradable formula with a low ecological footprint. Do expect a burst of refreshing spearmint courtesy of organic spearmint essential oil. Points are awarded for the non-irritating formula that is suitable for septic system.
MiEssence MiEnviron Probiotic Household Cleaning Concentrate is an all natural household and industrial cleaner containing powerful probiotic bacteria, antioxidants and enzymes that break down grease, grime and dirt and neutralize odors. The BioPure formulation means its living benefits continue to work after the cleaning process ends. It might take a bit more elbow grease to achieve results, but it’s worth it to go chemical-free in your household cleaning with ingredients like certified organic sugar cane molasses, rice bran extract and vanilla – a perfect match for the spa-lovers kitchen.
The swap: Your snack
The solution: Crispy Green freeze-dried fruit *Pictured at left
Looking for a swap for your high fat chips but still want the crunch? Swap out your calorie laden chips or white flour pretzels that are void of nutrients for Crispy Green snacks. Natural freeze-dried fruit (55 calories or less per serving) and FruitziO (100 calories per 2.5 serving resealable bag) sweet and crunchy freeze-dried fruit slices with a touch of cane sugar are naturally fat and cholesterol free.
Try crisp apple, mild sweet pineapple, super tart kiwi and tangy mango – some of my favorites. How fun and unique would this be featured as a snack in a spa waiting room!