Oil Pulling

Let's talk about oil pulling. I'm sure you guys have probably seen it around the internet lately, as it has really taken off. It was new to me a couple years ago, but I hadn't yet developed my addiction to coconut oil, so wasn't really into swishing it around my mouth for 15 minutes a day, until recently. 15 minutes!? You may think that sounds crazy, but that is about the time you are supposed to oil pull for. You of course can work up to this time, but first, lets talk about what oil pulling is exactly, and the benefits of it.

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice and has been around for ages, and has a ridiculously impressive line of benefits. Simply put, it is an oral detoxification procedure, or a way to detox via your mouth! Some of the benefits include:

  1. Removes bacteria and promotes healthy gums
  2. Reduces inflammation
  3. Whitens teeth
  4. Gets rid of bad breath
  5. Prevents cavities
  6. Increased oral health
  7. Overall detoxification
  8. Healing of chronic diseases (read this book)

But oil pulling doesn't just affect the health of your mouth, it really has full body benefits. By reducing inflammation, it is a wonderful thing to do if you have any types of health issues of ailments (or even if you're generally healthy!). In doing my research, I found a ton of testimonials from people claiming that it helped to clear up skin ailments, headaches, hormonal imbalances, asthma and more! I for one have been through a few health issues in the past, from hormone imbalance to psoriasis, so I am the perfect candidate for this (and since then have healed myself by doing a variety of natural practices like this as well as taking supplements, but we'll get into that in another post).

You can use coconut oil or sesame oil for this, but I highly recommend coconut oil because it is shown to balance hormones, kill candida, balance blood sugar, improve digestion, and it's antibacterial! Here's how you do it:

  1. You absolutely should be doing it first thing in the morning, before you eat, drink or brush your teeth. I get it over with right when I hop out of bed.
  2. Put about 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth.
  3. Swish around for about 15-20 minutes, but no longer than that. If you do, you can actually reabsorb some of the toxins back into your body. You also can start slow, with 5 minute increments until you can build up to about 20. It's not the most fun process, and your jaw can get sore if you're not used to it.
  4. Spit the oil into a trash can or the toilet. Do NOT spit in the sink as it will clog your drain!
  5. Rinse with warmer water or even salt water. 
  6. Brush your teeth as you normally would!

I recommend doing this about 4-5 times a week or really as often as possible. I, myself, like to do morning workouts, so I can't always squeeze it in before those as I am not a morning person and can't get my butt out of bed early enough! I'm working on it though.

If you're really interested in oil pulling and the benefits, I highly recommend reading Oil Pulling Therapy. Enjoy!

Flirty Slip Dress

The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing
The Casual Classic // Anine Bing

Anine Bing Dress (sold out, similar here) // Steve Madden Shoes (chunky heel version here) // J.Crew Bag (old, similar here)

I just love finding a good lookalike of a pricey pair of shoes I've had my eyes on. Steve Madden kills it with the designer copycats - I have to give them that. These shoes are identical to a pair of Schutz I've had my eye on, so I had to grab them immediately (they're really not that much cheaper, but it's worth it). The great news is, they are actually amazing quality, super comfortable, and come in a variety of gorgeous colors. I highly recommend picking up a pair, or grabbing the chunky heeled pair which is a bit easier to walk in.

My top 5 Protein Bars

The Casual Classic

RX Bar: Hands down the cleanest, simplest bar I've found yet. Their tagline is "No B.S" and it's absolutely true. These bars are full of amazing ingredients and come in bunch of different flavors! They contain egg whites for a hefty 21 grams of protein (awesome!), so if you're vegan, I wouldn't recommend this brand. They are gluten free and dairy free though! Another big plus: they carry them at Trader Joes now!

GoMacro Bars: The Macro Bars are my #1. I love that they have a plant based protein blend (12 grams!), and that my favorite flavor uses fair trade chocolate chips! All ingredients are organic, plus they taste like a chewy cookie, hence why these are my favorite bar of them all. They're vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and non-GMO. Pretty much everything you could ever want in a protein bar.

Shanti Bars: I'm kind of obsessed with how unique and different these bars are. They're packed full of superfoods like spirulina, maca, cacao and acai, plus they're raw, paleo, vegan, non-gmo, and 100% organic... pretty much the works. They have a bunch of different "themed" flavors, like "detox", "fat burner", "vitality", which I personally love since I can pick one for whatever mood I'm in or what I specifically need that day. 

Amrita Energy Bars: These are similar to the Shanti brand in that they are also packed with superfoods like maca, chia seeds, himalayan salt, and more. I'm not as obsessed with the Amrita flavors like I am the Shanti, but these are a wonderful option for anyone with pretty much any allergy. They are free of most allergens, including gluten, peanuts, dairy, eggs, etc. They're super flavorful and there is added protein, but it can be anywhere from 7 to 15 grams depending on what flavor you buy. These are also great for children!

Kind Bars: These have been through the ringer and back with the FDA claiming they couldn't be stamped "healthy" because they had too much bad fat in them. Luckily, Kind proved the FDA wrong on that one, and these remain one of my absolute go-tos in terms of a snack that's full of healthy fats, some protein, and yumminess! They're a little higher in sugar than I'd like, but they for sure cure my afternoon sweet cravings in a healthier way than most other alternatives.

Honorable mentions:

  • Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Collagen Bars: I tried these, and though I don't love the consistency, they're a great way to get your collagen (post on that coming soon!)
  • Sakara Empower Bars: I haven't tried these, but am dying to!
  • This Bar Saves Lives
  • Larabar: There are a popular pick, but they're not my favorite, although this flavor sounds pretty incredible (and anti-inflammatory!)
  • Cliff Bars: I can't help but love the peanut butter chocolate chip one, but these really aren't all that great for you because of the sugar content. I do splurge and have one occasionally though!
  • Perfect Bar: there are some dairy ingredients which I don't love, but these also slip in your greens, like kale and alfalfa.
  • Greens Plus Bars: Another superfood bar I'm dying to try. Hopefully they don't taste too green though...