Dressember 2017 – The How-To’s on Being a Beacon of Light this December

Welcome back! (Or just welcome for new readers!)

There are only 11 DAYS until Dressember 2017! I’m excited, can you tell? This post is going to be all things Dressember. What is it? (For those who missed previous posts) Who can participate? How to stay warm when it starts to get REALLY cold, as it does here in Wisconsin. How to participate with only a few dresses, and so on. So let’s begin!

First off, Dressember is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization that raises money for anti-human trafficking efforts through their three current partners, International Justice Mission (IJM), A21, and new this year, the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. All three are working towards a world without human trafficking (the use of anyone against their will for labor or sexual acts). Only 20% of the money raised is retained for administrative fees, which is about average, maybe even a little lower. So you can be assured the money donated is making a difference in our world. Now, before you say that human trafficking isn’t a problem here, so you don’t need to worry…you do. All 72 counties in Wisconsin have cases of human trafficking. That’s just Wisconsin. The number of slaves worldwide (in a study done in 2010) was around 12.3 MILLION people, and only about 0.4% are ever identified and rescued (Check out the face sheet here.) So there’s no reason not to put yourself out there to help these millions of people in need of some good news.

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You may have heard of A21’s #walkforfreedom. I haven’t been able to participate yet, but I’m hoping to next year!

Next, who can participate? ANYONE! Being an advocate is SO easy! To check out the page to register, click here! For women, you wear a dress every day for the entire month of December and for men looking to participate just dress nice, ties and dress pants! That may not sound very appealing to some, but think about who you’re advocating for. You’re advocating for that 13 year-old girl forced to perform sexual acts with men twice her age or older. You’re advocating for that little boy across the globe who doesn’t know how to swim, but is forced to swim to the bottom of a murky lake to fish for the seafood we eat here in the U.S. You’re advocating for the young children being forced to work in diamond mines, or the young girls who are brought to the boom towns around these mines to pleasure the older miners. Suddenly wearing a dress for 31 days doesn’t seem so hard, does it? All those kept in slavery here at home, and worldwide, need our voices to save them and let their stories be known. The more their stories are shared, the more organizations like IJM and A21 can do to help make a change worldwide through rescue missions and work with government to change laws worldwide!

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My winter boots keep my toes nice and toasty throughout the month.

Now I know, it gets cold in December in lots of places. Especially in places like the Midwest. Wisconsin can get pretty darn brutal in December, but think about who you’re advocating for, and throw on another layer! I have found that putting sweaters over dresses, tights under fleece-lined leggings, scarves, and big thick socks with tall boots are the best of friends throughout December. You can even wear jeans under your dresses if you miss ’em too much, or want another layer! That leads me to the next step of how to change up only the few dresses that may be in your closet.

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Sweater dresses are always a good idea for Dressember!

Dressember has a “Meet Jaz” post up on their blog (Link here) and she goes into detail on how to make a few dresses stretch the ENTIRE month! It’s a great read, and I suggest you check it out, because my advice aligns exactly with that post. Lots of accessories, jackets, different hair-dos, makeup, and so on. The more creative you are, the more you’ll enjoy the whole Dressember experience.

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Change up your #itsbiggerthanadress posts by having guests, like my surprisingly cooperative pup in this pic!

I hope I’ve convinced some of you to join me this Dressember, either by dressing up or by donating to the organization to help their efforts. For my fundraising page click here!

I have a team already started with an old friend of mine, and we would LOVE for anyone willing to join us to click here and become part of our team!

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Courtney & me after CCD one night way back when I had braces. She’s now on my team, guys! Join us!

I will (try) to post a picture of my dress everyday for the month of December on Instagram, and you can follow along at home! My Instagram is tagged below or my handle is @amomentwithcami. Dressember has an Instagram and a Facebook as well, both @Dressember, and the hashtag to be on the lookout for is #itsbiggerthanadress or #youcandoanythinginadress to see what other advocates are thinking up!

If you have ANY questions, comments, concerns, if there’s anything holding you back from participating, or if you just want to talk about human trafficking and it’s effect on our daily lives, feel free to contact me through my contact page or my DM on Instagram! I’d be willing to talk to anyone with any hesitations or passions for ending the slave trade!

I hope I’ve stirred up at least a little flame in your heart, and that you take your time to participate in Dressember alongside me and countless other advocates in 11 days. I’m excited to participate and help make a change in our world, and I’ll be looking out for anyone willing to take the challenge and join me!

‘Til next time & Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Cami

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The Gift of Your Time

Welcome back readers!

Now that the craziness that is midterms is over, I’m back to write to you all about something very close to my heart; giving back. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in how much money everything costs, and getting everyone that perfect gift. Sometimes it’s not the perfect gift that matters most, it’s the time you spend with the ones you love, and maybe even the ones who need help. So here are a few of my ideas on how to keep the holiday spirit by giving of your time instead of only your wallet.

  1. If you have to give gifts, make them thoughtful. Not every gift needs to be this elaborate piece of technology you got on sale during Black Friday. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you buy from Dollar Tree and assemble yourself. They mean just a little bit more because you put the extra time and effort into making the gift, instead of buying something thousands of other people may have.

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    My friend made this sugar scrub for me. One of my favorite gifts. 🙂
  2. Have a Friendsgiving or a Christmas dinner instead of exchanging presents. I do this one year-round for birthdays and other special events. Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is a lunch where you just sit and catch up. Now that I don’t see some of my great childhood friends on the daily, I cherish those lunches with them more than anything they could send me in a package.

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    Friends who eat La Tolteca together, stay together.
  3. Donate your free time to someone who needs it. It’s easy to get caught up in me-me-me during the holiday season, but really it’s the perfect time to give back. There are TONS of charities that need volunteers during the holidays for things like bell-ringing, feeding the people in their shelters, giving gifts to the young ones in need, the list goes on and on. I participate every year in Dressember, which I’m sure you know if you’ve read some of my other blogs, because I am passionate about ending Human Trafficking and it’s a way to remind myself every year that there are people out there that need my help. Every morning in December when I put on my dress and tights, I think of the young girl trapped in slavery either across the globe or just the next town over, and it makes me feel like I’m helping and that’s a great feeling.

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    Dressember 2016
  4. Fundraise for your charity listed above and maybe even donate a little yourself! Charities are constantly looking for donations, but especially during the holidays. If you’re going to volunteer, why not donate a little, and maybe even convince others to do so too! If it’s a cause you genuinely believe in, and you’ve done your homework about the organization, go for it! I fund raise with Dressember because I believe in the work they do in their organization and their partner organizations.

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    Dressember 2015 
  5. Remember that the holidays shouldn’t be a stressful time. The holidays are meant to be fun and a chance to spend time with the ones you love. You shouldn’t have to stress out over how much money you are spending, when really all the other person may want from you is the gift of your time.

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    Dressember 2016 ft. My best friend B

The most important gift you can give this holiday season is the gift of your time. I’m giving my time to Dressember this year, (Check out my page HERE, or join my team HERE) where will you give yours?

Sincerely,

Cami

P.S. If you have any questions about Dressember, comment below or fill out the contact me form on the contact page and I would love to talk about it!

 

Fun (& Wallet Friendly) Fall Bucket List 2017

Welcome back, readers!

This week I thought I’d share a few things on my fall bucket list! I am a lover of all things fall and spring, so it’s no surprise that I have a pretty lengthy fall bucket list. The best part about my fall bucket list is a lot of the activities are low cost! Having fun while not digging deep into your bank account are both SUPER important as a college student, so this fall have a little fun and save a little green ($$$) at the same time!

  • Go to a haunted house
  • Carve pumpkins (or pineapples, carving pineapples is the new trend this fall! Check it out!)
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  • Get together a group, dress up and go show it off! Group Halloween costumes are always the best!
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My girl, Mikayla, and I as the wicked witch & Glinda the Good. 
  • Go to a football game! I love going to UWP’s football games, so this one was a breeze for me. If you’re not a football fan, try soccer, volleyball, or cross country! The athletes will appreciate the support!
  • Drive somewhere gorgeous and have a fun fall themed photo shoot with your girls. You all get to be the models for a day, and everyone will have super cute pictures for social media!
  • Have a cookout with friends, family, your club, etc.! It’s a good time to bond and get some great food!
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UWP Beta Alpha Cookout Fall 2017
  • Halloween movie marathon. Pull out all your favorite Halloween movies whether scary or something along the lines of Halloweentown, and curl up with a blanket.
  • Go to/put on a bonfire with some friends!
  • Visit a corn maze! Admission to corn mazes depend on the size of the maze, but generally tickets are fairly inexpensive. I love going to Vesperman Farms. They have an amazing corn maze and a ton of other outdoor activities to enjoy!
  • Go apple picking!
  • Think up a new fall recipe, or make a new fall recipe & enjoy! One of the best ways to get in the fall spirit is to make the food of the season. Whether it be soup, chili, pies, caramel apples, etc., fall has lots of great foods to choose from.
  • Go hiking during peak colors and take lots of pictures of the trees before all the leaves are gone for the year!
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266 steps later…the view from the top of the world’s largest M. 3 states are visible from up here; Wisconsin, Iowa & Illinois.
  • Make fall crafts! You can get a lot of craft supplies for cheap at the Dollar Store and just have a night in with some friends making some crafts.
  • Go stargazing! Fall weather leads to some pretty clear views of the stars above, so take the opportunity to check ’em out!

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This is a picture I took on my phone through a telescope of the full moon the other night. So cool!
  • Have fun! Each season has its own activities, and its always a treat to take advantage of those activities before they disappear for another year!

There are obviously many, many more things you can do during Fall, but these are just a few ideas to get you started. You never know, you might even make some new friends while trying out some of these!

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next time!

Sincerely,

Cami

How to Find Your Health in College (and Still Have Fun!)

Hi guys!

As I start to plan for Dressember, maintain a busy class/club/work schedule, and continue to figure out my new health goals, I want to share what has gotten me thus far in my journey. All of the above may seem like a lot to handle, and at times it sure feels like it is, but I consistently find little tips and tricks to help me along the way. 5 of those tricks are what I’m going to share with you today! Just to start out, I’m in no way certified as a personal trainer or life coach, this is just what I have found works for me.

1. Make your workout schedule and stick to it!

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Me. Exhausted from a yoga workout.

Figure out what type of exercise you enjoy (yoga, lifting, running, boxing, etc) and plan times and workouts for the week on Sundays. I find that if I have a plan before I go to bed on Sunday, I don’t have to then worry about when and what workouts I do the rest of the week, after all my homework is being assigned and I spend hours doing homework. I also find that if I write my workouts into my planner, I’m more likely to do my workouts because I know I have the time. My tired self then can’t say, “Oh, well, you don’t have the time today” when, clearly, I have plenty of time according to my planner. Also, don’t be afraid to mix up your workouts a little bit! I combine weight lifting with cardio and yoga. That way my body gets worked in a few different ways, and I get the most benefit from my workouts. Remember, that even if you have an injury or restriction, there’s always a type of exercise for you. I have laterally tracking kneecaps (slightly to super painful when running and jumping) so I can’t do a ton of impact exercises. I have found weight lifting to benefit my knees, and for the days my knees hurt too bad to lift, I resort to yoga to stretch out the muscles and bring some peace to the joint. So there’s something out there for everyone, you just have to find it.

2. Find the time of day when you’re most motivated.

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Workout + Coffee = A Great Day!

I’m an early bird. I’m usually asleep by 10:30pm at the absolute latest during the week, so I like to get up early to do my workouts. I try to get to my gym as soon as it opens in the morning because that’s when I’m most awake and ready to work. I find myself more energized the rest of the day when I workout in the morning. Also, I don’t often have club meetings, homework, or have to be at work that early in the morning, so that’s when I can make time to get to the gym. I also do yoga workouts in my apartment on my non-lifting days and those I tend to do right before bed so I sleep better at night. However, I know that not everyone is an early bird like myself, so if evening/night exercise is your thing, go for it! Just remember, you HAVE to MAKE time. You can’t just wing it with your workouts, or you may not always get the most benefit. This is your health, and making the time to workout is SO important.

3. Figure out how to eat healthy, while not depriving yourself all the time.

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I sometimes splurge on sushi dates with my girls.

Food is something that is different to almost every person. That’s why there are so many different ways to eat out there, because everyone has different tastes and tolerances for certain foods. I have spent quite a bit of my college experience trying to figure out what I can and can’t eat. In my two years in college, I have developed a gluten intolerance, and lettuce allergy, and an avocado allergy. I also find that the more carbs I have, the more tired I am and the worse my stomach feels. So I have adopted a lower-carb diet with lots of fruits, veggies, and meat. However, I still allow myself to eat the things I want, within reason. I still eat gluten free mac n cheese and gluten free pizza, I just try to limit them. I go through phases where I just eat all the things I want to, and after a few days I feel like crap and go back to following my diet. All in all, you just have to find what works best for you and stick with it. They say health is 70% diet and 20% exercise, and abs are made in the kitchen, AND in the gym. So find what works for you, and follow it!

4. Know when you need a day off.

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Short vacations make perfect rest days.

Rest days sound like something you’d use an excuse to not do a workout, but rest days are SO important. Especially with such a busy schedule like a college student. Rest days allow your mind and body to rest, recharge, and reset. Sometimes life just gets too hard, or too busy, and you need those rest days to maintain your sanity. So plan during the week to take a few hours everyday, or maybe even just one day to have some “me” time after classes and/or work. Your body will thank you for it every time.

5. Be constantly setting smaller goals, and reaching them.

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One of my favorite places on Earth.

A little cliche for a picture, but the message is important. When setting goals in life, it’s important to make them something you can reach. You don’t want to set a super small goal and after you reach it, that’s it. You want to set a goal that is possible, but difficult. You want to grow on your way to that goal, but you want to be able to get there and then set a new one. This supports constant growth in your life in general, and especially in your health. For example, making it to the gym 3x a week, or not having ice cream everyday (if that’s your thing). You’ll be more motivated and inspired if you’re reaching goals every few weeks/months than if you set year-long goals and don’t reach them by the end of the year. It’s easier to think short term and see long term results than to think long term and see short term results.

Health and fitness while being a working college student is something that I’m still trying to figure out myself, but I’m enjoying every step of the way. I’m a month into classes and I’m finally getting into the swing of my new class, homework, work, and workout schedule. Food has always been a battle for me as well, but I’m finally finding my footing there as well. The goal is always some sort of improvement, and baby steps are perfectly acceptable.

I hope you enjoy and find some use from my 5 tricks to a healthy student life, and I’ll see you next week!

Cami

 

Being a Voice for the Voiceless – Dressember 2017

Welcome back, readers!

This week I would like to introduce (or re-introduce) a movement near and dear to my heart for the past few years. That movement is a little something called Dressember.

You may have read a little bit about Dressember in my very first blog post (Check it out here!), and it’s that time of year again! Dressember 2017 registration opens October 1st and I’m more motivated this year than any year before to participate and help in any way I can.

Dressember is a movement lead by the Dressember Foundation (Click here for their website) to raise awareness and funds for anti-human and sex trafficking efforts around the world. During the month of December women wear dresses every day for the entire month. Men can also participate by wearing dress clothes as well. The point is to raise awareness. Now, for those of you who think it’s a silly idea, especially in cold states, let me explain to you my experience with this movement so near and dear to my heart.

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I had always known that human trafficking existed in our world, but never could I have imagined the scale on which it occurs all around us on a daily basis. My friend Paige brought human trafficking into a whole new light for me during my first year of college. I participated in the second half of Dressember 2015 alongside Paige and her leadership and passion for such a worthy cause lit a flame that I have now begun to share with the world as well.

Dressember 2016 I participated for the full month and, let me tell you, it was not always easy. I live in Wisconsin where winter can be brutal. There were days when the news would tell me it was going to be -30 degrees or less. Local schools would be closed because of the wind chills, but since I’m in college classes aren’t cancelled unless professors absolutely can’t get to class. So I would be afraid of how cold I would be if I were to wear a dress and my tights outside, but I never quit. Now let me explain why.

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Human Trafficking is a $150 billion industry with millions of slaves worldwide and less than 1% of victims are ever rescued (Facts from A21). There are many different types of trafficking such as labor trafficking, bonded labor (forcing someone to work for a low wage to pay back an impossible debt), child labor trafficking, and sex trafficking of men, women, and even children. These victims are taken from their homes, from shopping malls, from elementary schools through college campuses, and the list goes on and on. The life of a victim can vary depending on what type of work they are forced to perform, but the typical path is as follows: They are kidnapped and then “conditioned” to fear their owner(s) so they won’t try to escape, they are then either sold or transported to where they will be performing their forced duties, and that’s how the majority end up living the rest of their lives. It’s a sad story with a bad ending that I, as well as millions of people around the world are standing up to spread the word to end (Half the Sky).

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This year I’m challenging each and every one of you that read this to make an effort. Talk to someone about human trafficking, read an article, or even participate alongside me in Dressember 2017! I try to recruit friends and family each year to at least participate for a few days to help spread the word.

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Something like Dressember is the least we can do to help speak out for those who don’t have a voice. When you think you can’t do something like Dressember because you don’t have enough dresses or it’s too cold, think about the young boys and girls living without food, without proper clothing, without their families and friends, all while being forced to perform labor or sexual acts against their own will. Or think about the families that are searching for their loved ones kidnapped and not yet found, and ask yourself if a little bit of a chill is really that inconvenient. It’s for them that I will continue to participate and speak out every year through the form of Dressember and everyday conversations.

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I hope to see many, many more people join the movement to end human trafficking and join me in Dressember this year! Even if you don’t fundraise like myself, participation and starting those tough conversations can have a ripple effect. Two years ago I had no idea human trafficking existed so close to my hometown and it took my friend Paige to open my eyes. If I can be that person for someone else, then that’s one more life we could save from a life of slavery.

If you have any questions, or just want to discuss what I’ve explained above, don’t hesitate to contact me through my contact page! I would love to share what info I have with anyone interested. Also be watching on October 1st for Dressember 2017 registration! (Here’s the link!).

As Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Until next time!

Cami

The Start of a New Me (A step-by-step guide)

Hello to old and new readers!

I have taken a bit of a break from blogging to work on myself. I have spent the past 2-3 months figuring out where I want to be in life and how to get there. At the end of last semester, I found myself constantly in a bad mood whether it be from a lack of patience, lack of exercise or the lack of a meal plan that worked well for my body. I have since changed all of the above and I’m going to share how so that maybe someone reading this who is struggling the same way I was can find some peace in finally taking more control over their life.

The first step in my guide to a new me, was to pinpoint what exactly was causing my stress. I made mental notes throughout the day when I felt annoyed or sick, so at the end of the day I could reflect on what had bothered me and think about why. For example, if someone walking slow while I was behind them I would ask myself, “why should that really bother me?” In the end, unless I’m late, the slow walker in front of me will only get me to my destination maybe a minute later than I would arrive otherwise, so is it really that big of a deal? No. So I change my mindset. I’m not saying that slow walker doesn’t still annoy me sometimes, I just try to keep a level head and understand that there are many more things to be really worried about in life.

Step two was to go through my social media and get rid of pages and people that didn’t add value to my life. I used to just scroll through my social media and think of all the bad memories that I associated with some of the people I still followed, but would never again talk to in real life. So I did a social media cleanse. I only wanted to see people and companies on my feeds that would inspire me and add to my life, not take away from it. I was attempting to make my social media mine again, and for the most part, it worked. I try not to use my social media as much anymore because too much screen time isn’t good for you, but now I know if I want to look, I will find mostly good things.

Step three: Evaluate my food choices. I found myself constantly cheating on my diet, and constantly being sick because of it. I found that, while the Keto diet did help heal my stomach, it was time for me to loosen up on my restrictions. I now still eat fairly low carb compared to the average American diet, but I allow myself to have some of my favorite high-carb foods, just in moderation now. This way when I do have a cheat day or decide to eat some sugar, my body doesn’t go into a panic. I also found that I wasn’t eating enough on the Keto diet. Now I make sure to get enough food in a day, but if I’m not hungry, I still don’t eat. I have days where I have only breakfast and dinner, and there are days where I have five meals a day because I’m just so hungry. What matters most is that I try to make those foods fuel for my body, not foods to satisfy my cravings.

Last, but not least, I started to exercise 5-6x a week. I spent the majority of the past two years only exercising when I thought I looked too pudgy. I had a bad relationship with exercise because I treated it like a chore. This summer, I changed my mindset. I started doing yoga outdoors every morning that I could. I also started lifting (at home) just enough to remember how much I loved lifting when I was part of a crossfit gym in high school. I made exercise a time for me to be alone and start my day off on the right foot. Now that I’m back at school, I lift three mornings a week at the school gym and do yoga 2-3x a week as well. I love how much energy my morning workouts give me and I’m already starting to see the difference in my muscle and figure.

I am no expert in any of the above topics, but I find that sometimes that’s okay. I have figure out what works the best for me and I’m loving how it feels. So for those of you still reading, I hope you can take away even a small piece of advice from this entry. From this post on, I will be changing the direction of my blog just a tad. I will be focusing on how to be the best you, inside and out. I’ll be talking about different diet trends, exercise plans, I’ll track my fitness progress, and I’ll explain how, even when in college like myself, you can become the best version of yourself. My goal is to inspire those around me and, hopefully, make the world a better place a little piece at a time.

For those still with me who have questions, feel free to contact me by my socials tagged at the bottom of the page, or through the contact page.

I hope you enjoyed my update and that you’ll continue this journey with me!

Until next time,

Cami

Quitting Soda? Drink These Instead!

Welcome back, readers!

The past few weeks I have been really trying to cut back on my soda consumption. Since I eat (mostly) according to the Ketogenic Diet, any soda I do have is diet soda. The extra sugar in regular soda upsets my stomach something major, so diet soda used to be what I would fall back on.

However, lately I have been having some seriously annoying stomach problems. I’m slowly finding my way back into a normal diet, and I’m having less and less episodes every day. One thing I have found to trigger these episodes is, you guessed it, soda. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s regular or diet, my stomach just doesn’t want it anymore. So here’s what I’m drinking instead!

Bulletproof Coffee

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Everyone seems to have their own way of making bulletproof coffee, this is mine. I use coconut milk creamer (unsweetened) instead of the normal heavy cream, because the heavy cream doesn’t always agree with me. In the little red bowl is my combo of grassfed butter and MCT oil. Then I add a little bit of Truvia and cinnamon, then blend with some black coffee. That’s it! Tasty, simple, and just one cup of this will carry me over until a late lunch.

Water

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I drink a LOT of water throughout the day. I generally just fill my water bottle and take it with me wherever I go. Some days I like just plain water, and some days I add these little beauties to flavor the water. I use the vitamin line of flavorings because they are sweetened using stevia. Other sweeteners have upset my stomach in the past, so I generally stick to stevia because I know it’s safe for my system. You can use whichever flavorings your heart desires, these are just what I use.

Sometimes I find myself craving the fizz and bubbles from soda. When this craving hits, I like to grab a sparkling water. My favorite flavor is the Coconut from La Croix, but there are tons of brands and flavors out there that don’t use sugar or artificial sweeteners, you just have to read the labels!

Tea

I am a strong lover of most teas. Hot, iced, sweetened, unsweetened; you name it, I’ll most likely drink it. Tea can have lots of great antioxidants and almost healing properties. I drink a lot of tea when I’m sick, but I try to drink lots of tea the rest of the time, too. I’m always looking for new ways to drink tea, flavor tea, etc. Recently I found a recipe for iced matcha tea, which is one of my favorite teas. It kind of smells like grass and looks like you just blended up some spinach, but it is SO good, as well as good FOR you.

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Just mix the matcha powder with the appropriate amount of water (instructions are usually on the bottle/package) and some ice, then shake! I use my Blender Bottle so all the little chunks of the powder get broken up, then pour it into a smaller glass over fresh ice to drink.

Last, but not least, Kombucha!

Kombucha is a funny little beverage, but SO good for you. My parents discovered kombucha a few years back, and I have gone through phases with this adventure of a drink. Kombucha is actually fermented tea. It contains lots of probiotics which help the good bacteria in your stomach. I try to drink some every day. Now, I say interesting because it’s absolutely an acquired taste. Kombucha has a different sort of smell with a very distinct taste to match. Also, there’s sometimes particles at the bottom of the bottle, which won’t hurt you (they’re actually supposed to be really good to drink), but DEFINITELY creep me out. It took me quite a while to get used to, and actually like, drinking Kombucha and I still just drink until I can see the particles on the bottom then dump the little bit left at the bottom with the particles. There are tons of flavors and brands of Kombucha and most are very low in sugar/carbs. BE CAREFUL if you want to start drinking Kombucha. Your body is accustomed to a certain amount of probiotics and good bacteria in your stomach. If you just start chugging a whole bottle or more of this stuff everyday, you’re most likely going to make yourself sick. Kombucha is something to start slow and gradually increase in intake. I started with about a third of a bottle and I’m now closer to drinking about a half a bottle to 3/4 of a bottle a day. It’s all in how your stomach reacts to this wonderfully odd creation. Here’s the one I’m working on currently.

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Overall, there are tons of beverage options out there that aren’t soda. When at restaurants, I try to order either unsweetened iced tea, water, or sparkling water. So whether you’re trying to cut out more sugar in your diet, or just soda altogether, I hope my few ideas help you along your journey!

See you next time!

Cami