DITCHING THE TOXIC PILLOW

Have you ever considered the toxicity of your sleeping environment? We spend one third of our lives sleeping, which is a lot of time spent in your bed. This is why our sleep conditions and environment can play a major role in our overall health.

There is a lot I can get into about creating a less toxic sleep environment, but for now we are going to focus on one thing, one really big thing: your pillow.

Dangers of conventional pillows

There are so many different types of pillows out there, so I will focus on cotton and down. Cotton is one of the dirtiest crops in terms of pesticides. It’s widely used in pillows, mattresses, sheets, bedding, etc. These things are also treated with chemicals to be flame-retardant. Then there is down. Not only is the process of collecting the feathers inhumane, but they are often contaminated with allergens that only get worse over time. Feather pillows are also more likely to contain mold and fungi. Not things you want to be sleeping on every night!

Organic Pillows

There are a lot of organic pillow options out there, but I have been loving this one from Savvy Rest. It’s filled with kapok, a great down alternative. Kapok is a fiber that feels silky-soft, and is so cozy. It’s a natural fiber resembling cotton, but way more luxurious. My kids have been using organic cotton pillows, which are really comfy, but they are no comparison to the kapok! This fiber also naturally repels moisture, a huge plus.

Overall, conventional pillows can be full of chemicals and toxins, which we are then laying on, sleeping on, and breathing in. It’s no good! But it’s not something many of us even consider.

Customizing Kapok Pillows

I do need to be completely honest that when I first laid on this pillow, it was WAY too stiff for me. It felt so cozy, but it was too full for me. You wouldn’t believe how easy a fix this is, because you can completely customize your kapok pillow to your personal taste! All you have to do is unzip and remove some of the fibers. Then you can re-use the fibers in a throw pillow, or something so none of it is wasted. Another idea is to save the filling you take out for later on when the fibers have been compressed down a bit to fluff it back up again! After doing this, it was basically like laying on a cloud!

 

Have you swapped out your conventional pillows?

Have you ever heard of or tired kapok?

 

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links. *This pillow was sent to me for review, and I would never share anything I don’t fully love. trust, or believe in.

VANILLA COCONUT COLLAGEN PANCAKES

My family loves pancakes, and I love coming up with new pancake flavors and combos. They are one of my favorite things to get creative with. I use a pretty basic “base” recipe for most of my pancakes, but this one is a little bit different.


These pancakes are:

delicious

fluffy

sweet

and full of gut-healing collagen!

So good. I won’t waste any time getting right to the recipe, because you are going to want to make these!

Vanilla Coconut Collagen Pancakes

3 c. stone-ground wheat flour, or gluten free flour blend

2 heaping scoops Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides

1 t. baking soda

2 pinches pink salt

2 t. cinnamon

1 egg

2 T. coconut or avocado oil

2 T. local raw honey

2 1/2-3 c. filtered water

Optional: coconut flakes

Mix dry ingredients together, then add egg, honey, oil, and water. Mix well in a stand mixer, until batter is smooth. Add in a handful of coconut flakes if desired ( I don’t love them in mine, but some people love it!).

On a greased (I use coconut oil) griddle, using a batter spoon, cook each pancake for a few minutes on each side. I turn the heat on my griddle to the highest setting, and usually only need 1 minute on each side to get a beautiful golden-brown.

Top with maple syrup, coconut, cacao nibs, nut butter, fruit, you name it!




I hope you enjoy this recipe, and make sure to use my hashtag on Instagram so I can see! #naturallychelsrecipe

Chels 

 

ADAPTOGEN’S 101

I first started taking and learning about adaptogen’s when I noticed I was having postpartum anxiety after my second baby. I have since grown to love adaptogenic herbs, and continue to take them everyday.

I am sure if you follow me, or any other wellness blogger, you have been hearing a lot about adaptogens. But what are they? Basically, they are healing plants used as holistic medication.

There are so many great adaptogenic herbs. So many, that it can feel really overwhelming when trying to decide which may be the best for you. Some are energizing while others can be grounding.

GROUNDING ADAPTOGENS

Ashwaghanda

Chaga

Reishi

ENERGIZING ADAPTOGENS

Maca

Astragalus

Coryceps

Moringa

Rhodiola

These are just to name a few, and keep things simple. With so many adaptogens available, it can get really overwhelming!

HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT ADAPTOGENS TO TAKE

I like to cycle sync my herbs, but if you are just starting out with adaptogens, it would be easier to get a couple to try. First, you want to look at what you want your adaptogen for. Do you want to feel energized, grounded? Are you hoping they might aid in anxiety, organ support, or hormonal balance?

Once you know what you want it to do, you can do some research on what herb would be best. Here are some of my suggestions.

Ashwaghanda- great for thyroid, adrenal fatanxiety, and feeling zen AF.

Maca- for energy, anxiety, and your immune system.

Chaga Mushroom- grounding, immune support, and reduce inflammation.

Cordyceps- increases stamina, liver function, and detoxification.

Reishi- balancing hormones, grounding, good for fighting allergies.

These are just a few of the benefits of some of my favorite adaptogens. What they can do sometimes seems endless, because they are just that good. So, if you are interested in a particular one, do more in depth research on it.

My favorite ways to consume adaptogens

As I mentioned previously, I like to take different adaptogens based on my cycle and what I am feeling I need on a particular day. For example: If I am in my menstrual phase, and feeling low energy, I may opt for some maca and cordyceps.  Or I may do a combination of grounding and energizing, for balance and to for their other benefits as well.

I add adaptogens to my matcha lattes in the mornings, to my coconut (bliss) balls, and to my smoothies. I have also added them into my homemade chocolates, and caffeine-free lattes, and loved it.


There is so much information on adaptogens, and I highly suggest looking into them further! This is just an easy and simple guide for you to get started on, and I hope it helps! I also would recommend purchasing from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They sell in bulk and it’s really cheap. 

Do you take adaptogens?