A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

While our very favorite thing is doing anything outside and away from the city, there are a few things we love to use daily that help us enjoy every moment when we are out doing whatever activity the day holds for us.* Scroll to see our favs for optimal health and well-being in the categories of FOOTWEAR; BOOKS; SKINCARE; PODCASTS; PDX RESTAURANTS; and STORE-BOUGHT TREATS:

FOOTWEAR

Simply put, Earthrunners are the awesomest minimalist sandal you will find. There are others that, functionally speaking, are also awesome, but we really like the look of Earthrunners so they are our winner to feature as our fav pick. We wear these whenever it is warm enough to wear sandals. If you are truly living the #northwestlife, get some toe socks and wear them in the elements. Socks and sandals never goes out of style in Oregon. ;) 

Other brands that make minimal sandals we like are Xero, Luna, and VivoBarefoot (featured below). 

If a closed-toe shoe is what you are looking for, we love VivoBarefoot. They make all styles of shoe for any occasion for men, women, and kids - fitness, hiking, and even to wear with "real" clothes.

Other great brands are Lems, Soft Star, Xero, and Ahinsa.

If you have been smooshing your feet in "normal" shoes your whole life Correct Toes are for you! (And you should totally invest in some of the above recommended shoes!)

Correct Toes help the foot rehabilitate from the negative effects of conventionally shaped footwear. Made of soft, flexible silicone, Correct Toes encourage the toes back into their natural alignment. Unlike other toe-spaces, Correct Toes are designed to be worn in your shoes while you are active. With progressive and consistent use while active and weight bearing, toes align and feet strengthen, restoring your foot’s original position and function.

Dude. They are awesome. Get some. As an approved retailer we are allowed to sell them for the same price you would get at the Correct Toes location itself, so please support our tiny, local business. :)

BOOKS

Really, we recommend anything by biomechanist Katy Bowman. She is brilliant and has a knack for writing about complex topics in a way that is easy to understand. She will open your mind to a whole different perspective on movement. Her titles, in order, include:

Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief
Alignment Matters
Move Your DNA
Whole Body Barefoot
Don’t Just Sit There
Diastasis Recti
Movement Matters
Dynamic Aging

If you want to learn more about nutrition without having to read a bunch of boring, science-y books (or, let's be honest ... dogmatic, preachy books that claim to make you invincible but are based on shoddy research at best) then Eat the Yolks is the book for you. Liz Wolfe is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and went through the same nutrition school we did. She is clever and witty and this book reads like you are bantering about bullshit nutrition fads with an old friend (as you do). 

This book has both info and recipes in accordance with our nutritional philosophies. We love it because: a) it provides sound info based on solid science; b) it snarkily calls out modern "diet dictocrats;" and c) it provides simple recipes inspired by the traditions of our ancestors. It's a great place to start (along with Eat the Yolks) if you want to start eating *truly* healthfully.

You can also follow the Weston A. Price Foundation for info on health, food, and proper preparation techniques for cooking. 

SKINCARE

Named for the creator's three children, this skincare line is amazing. It is oil based, so instead of stripping the natural oils from your skin and then attempting to replace them, it instead works to rebalance your skin's own oil production. Everything smells and feels amazing without synthetic fragrances or ingredients. Everything is ethically harvested and small-batch produced. Check it out for FACE: cleanser, mist, oil, scrub, mask, sunscreen and BODY: oil, sunscreen, perfume.

Our armpits are home to a major hub in our lymphatic system, which is designed to help us remove crud from our bodies so it's no surprise our pits get stinky! We added activated charcoal to this mask recipe we found from Wellness Mama and it has worked miraculously... Like seriously... it was freaky amazing... We challenge you to a sniff-test. Your boobs also have a lot of lymph nodes in them so go ahead and mask them at the same time; it can't hurt!

Pretty much we love everything Wellness Mama has to say, so search her prolific website for anything else related to DIY everything-care. 

PS - This mask can also be used on your face, but we would skip the ACV for that. 

We don't wear antiperspirant - sweat is HEALTHY and NORMAL. We don't even really wear deodorant, but if we were to, the ones from Primally Pure 1) actually work and 2) do not contain any of the toxic chemicals found in conventional deodorants, so they won’t interfere with your body’s natural and necessary detoxification process (aka sweating). 

Primally Pure also has skincare products that are equivalent to FeatherEagleSky's. Check them both out to see which you prefer. 

You can also make a DIY deodorant using magnesium oil. We got the recipe from Wellness Mama and it works great when used in conjunction with the Armpit Detox Mask

Sometimes fancy commercials and the recommendations from our dentist's pocketbook gets in the way of our best intuition... If our toothpaste says "harmful if swallowed" on it, then I certainly wonder if it is something I should be putting in my mouth at all (#thingsthatmakeyougohmmm). Living Libations sells amazing dental care products, including an awesome book titled Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

Other dental care info/products we recommend based on our friends' recs are OraWellness, Uncle Harry's, and The Dirt.

Living Libations also makes about a billion other high quality products that are ethically sourced and small-batch produced, including hair care and skin care. Check them out! (but be warned that the website is vast and a little overwhelming) 

PODCASTS

BODY NERDS UNITE! Anatomists, surgeons, manual therapists, researchers, psychologists, spiritual teachers, neuroscientists, biomechanists, embryologists, movement educators, fitness innnovators, and yoga teachers make up the diversity of people who have been on the show and were the inspiration for the short-lived Movement Minute blog we had on our website. Start with Season 1 to follow the evolution in exploration of everything from movement to meditation and mindfulness. Brooke Thomas, the creator, provides thought-provoking interviews with industry professionals and is just an all-around lovely podcast personality. 

If you have any interest at all in whole-food nutrition and what benefits you can reap from eating a Paleo-ish diet, this podcast is a great place to go. Plus, it will give you insight in what you could gain from working with us as Nutritional Therapists, as both Diane and Liz also practice Nutritional Therapy (Liz went through the same program as we did). The podcast takes listener Q's and they provide the A's, which means you can search topics that interest you and listen to those episodes a la carte. Topics include, but are not limited to: Paleo eating; skincare, healthy mindset principles, cooking tips, and using nutrition to support auto-immune conditions, fertility, and a range of other "conditions."

This podcast pursues the world of human ecology and lifestyle design. The host, Daniel Vitalis, explores the strategies that our ancient human bodies and minds need to thrive in a modern world — awakening our instincts and freeing ourselves from the degenerative effects of human domestication. He invites intriguing guests from all arenas related to tapping into our wild beginnings, from botanists, foragers, and chefs to movement experts and sex coaches. Nothing is off-limits as long as it relates to our ancestral biology. Come with an open mind and the desire to learn new perspectives on our human experience. 

PDX RESTAURANTS

NOTE: PDX is known for its incredible restaurants. While there are many that offer incredible variety and flavor combinations, these are our top picks for eating out in alignment with our nutritional values.

More than just a cute, native plant, Fern Kitchen stands for Feeding Everyone Real Nourishment. The idea is that food can be simple and we should gather with family and friends to enjoy it! From the Fern Kitchen website:

"At Fern Kitchen we are dedicated to providing fresh, nourishing foods prepared daily with care, consciousness, and creativity. We are committed to using organic and locally grown produce that supports sustainable agriculture while promoting sound ecology. We love helping you to enjoy eating well!"

Check them out for breakfast, lunch, drinks, and treats!

From the Dick's Kitchen website: 

"While studying the connections between eating habits, inflammation, and other metabolism-related disorders, Dick's owner Richard Satnick learned about a variety of diets, ranging from paleo to vegan to gluten-free. While Dick’s Kitchen’s menu favors a paleo diet, Satnick wants all his customers to understand that any diet that cuts down on processed food, sugars, and industrial oils creates healthier people and a healthier planet. Dick’s Kitchen is, perhaps, the nation’s first diner to systematically and actively incorporate dietary needs into its menu by offering mouthwatering fare made from healthy, humanely raised ingredients. In fact, the servers don’t bat an eyelash when you request a special order or a modification. They encourage it because they know you want to feel good about what you eat."

At Dick's you taste the food, not the sugar, salt, and industrialized oils that give so many other restaurants their fame. Check them out!

Cultured Caveman began as a kickstarter project in May of 2012 and is currently one of the nation's only fully "paleo" restaurants. They are really trying to make a difference in restaurant nutrition and are a perfect choice for anyone with dietary restrictions or food allergies. They believe that you deserve to know what you are putting in your body and offer a full ingredient list for all their dishes. (Trust us, many PDX restaurants are admittedly delicious, but we would never recommend the amount of sugar and other additives that go into those flavor profiles.)

Like Dick's, at Cultured Caveman you taste the food, not the added ingredients that give so many other restaurants their fame. Check them out!

From the Verde Cocina website:

"We believe in the value of sourcing seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible. Farm-to-fork means the ingredients we use are often gathered directly from Oregon and Pacific NW farms. The fusion of Mexican flavors with Pacific Northwest bounty is what makes owner and chef Noé Garnica's heart sing. Menus are simple, healthy, unique, often rustic and always delicious. The ingredients we cook with are gluten free and we offer fresh, flexible options for Vegan, Carnivore and Paleo-minded alike. All of our locations have full bars featuring fresh fruit juice cocktails and house agua fresca. The synergy of fresh and local with Mexican flair is pure magic and almost everything comes with veggies!"

Now that is something we can get behind. Check them out!

Other great PDX restaurants that have "Paleo" options alongside other choices that might not fall in line with our typical food choices are: Lardo, Navarre, Prasad, Harlow, Bamboo Sushi, Departure, PaaDee... Basically all the good restaurants have Paleo options, but you have to read the menu and sometimes ask for substitutions. If you eat out on the reg, your health will thank you for being a little choose-y when it comes to your choices. 

STORE-BOUGHT TREATS

Ummm... Watch out if you start eating these... You might think you can subsist on Honey Mama's alone but they are really better as a once-in-awhile treat (trust us... we learned the hard way!). Here's the scoop from their website:

"Honey Mama’s bars are raw honey-sweetened cocoa treats made from five nutrient-rich ingredients. Each bar has a base of raw honey and virgin coconut oil, with the addition of cocoa powder, Himalayan pink salt, and either sprouted almonds OR shredded coconut. That’s it! We’re committed to sourcing the highest quality direct–trade, non–GMO, and organic ingredients we can find to make a product that naturally stimulates well-being and is out-of-this-world delicious!" Even their packaging is sustainable!

Plus, they are local... Check them out!

There are lots of varieties to choose from but we are partial to the Lemon Pie and Cacao Nib ones... and we recommend putting them in the freezer. Each has a base of dried, unsweetened coconut, cashew flour, coconut nectar, maple syrup, coconut oil, and Himalayan sea salt, plus the ingredients that give each their different flavor. We love this snippet we found on their website:

"See joy in the foods we eat, in the things we do, and in the world around us. We are passionate about food and making delicious and nourishing snacks and treats for people. We are a company that celebrates the joy of pure ingredients. Every ingredient we use delivers an important benefit and is sourced in a way that respects the earth and the communities that grow them. We also make our snacks using 100% wind power. We enthusiastically devote our dollars and time to bringing healthy food to people in our community who need it, especially through our partnership with Community Food Share and team member volunteer days."

Check out the Sejoyia company! 

One of the only organic varieties of ice cream that does not also use stabilizers, like carrageenan, guar gum, or xantham gum. Their basic vanilla only has 6 ingredients (all organic): milk, cream, cane sugar, egg yolks, nonfat milk, and vanilla extract! Their chocolate is the same, but with organic fair trade certified cocoa powder added! Plus, check this out from their website:

"In 2011, Three Twins launched an innovative land conservation initiative called Ice Cream for Acres. Through the program, you help protect rainforest land, sensitive habitats, and other significant spaces, whenever you purchase Three Twins Ice Cream. Whenever you purchase a pint of our ice cream, you’re protecting 6 square feet, the purchase of a quart saves even more. And, for each single-serve cup, we’re preserving at least two square feet.

We started Ice Cream for Acres to conserve land, but also to demonstrate how such a seemingly insignificant choice such as which ice cream to buy can have a meaningful impact.

Learn more about our non-profit partner in purchasing land, Global Wildlife." Check out more about Three Twins here!

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*Holding ourselves to a high standard of integrity is of utmost importance in our business; we only recommend products we personally use and would never recommend anything just to make a buck. That said, we are affiliates of a couple (literally two - Earthrunners and Correct Toes) of these companies and make a [very small] commission on any purchases made using these links. It's not much, but it supports us staying in business while also supporting the other companies we love... And you don't pay a penny more than if you were to go to their site separately. Thanks for checking out our favs!