I was in Ireland in August for vacation. I packed so many healthy, paleo snacks. I’ll be following up with a post about my healthy traveling tips but one of my favorites was Rx Bars. I had never tried them but they literally sustained me on the trip. They aren’t sickly sweet like other date-based bars and loaded with protein from egg whites. My favorite flavors were apple cinnamon, coconut chocolate and chocolate sea salt.

I’ve been working on establishing a better sleep routine and have been adding in lavender essential oil. I dab a few drops behind my ears, on my wrists and in my palms. I close my eyes and take several deep breaths while listening to Jordan Bach’s bedtime mantras. Lavender is IT when it comes to relaxation and sleep. Diffuse it before bed while reading, add a few drops to a bath or spritz it on your bed linens. Email me at stephanie (at) spiritedwellbeing (dot) com or head here if you are interested in ordering Young Living essential oils!

It’s been a really hot summer and I’ve been drinking A LOT of coconut water. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes and potassium. Instead of reaching for a sports drink – grab some coconut water. I use it as the base for smoothies for a hydration boost in the morning.

My friend and women’s hormonal health coach Nicole Jardim got to talking this summer at Kriplau. I was telling her about my health concerns and she suggested that I take digestive bitters. I’m always working to heal and support my gut. Since talking to Nicole I’ve been taking Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters before meals. I’ll be honest…it’s not a pleasant taste. At least I’m not loving it – it is DEFINITELY bitter. BUT it is definitely helping my gut. I’m less bloated and digesting food better.

A and I both started new jobs in the last week and my planner has become my lifeline. I’ve been mapping out meals, planning workouts, scheduling client sessions, and organizing time to work on my business. With so much going on it would be really easy to only focus on the transactions and the list of to-do items. I love the desire map planner from Danielle LaPorte. This planner puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days and weeks according to how you most want to feel. The way it should be. When you’re clear on how you want to feel, decisions come to you more easily, you’ll know when to say “No” and when to say “Hell, YES!” There is room to schedule appointments and items to do but there is also space to reflect and feel. The 2017 planners are available for pre-order now and they always sell out so get yours now. (I use the weekly version.)

I am totally and completed OBSESSED with Kite Hill Almond Ricotta. Like REALLY obsessed. I never liked ricotta when I was eating dairy but this almond ricotta…it was love at first taste. I’ve been all about salads this summer with organic rotisserie chicken, Tessemae’s balsamic dressing, and this ricotta.