September Daily 5

I feel like fall just happened, and we are already flying through it. Its already the 4th week of the NFL, and October is tomorrow. Here in the midatlantic, it literally just started to drop below the 80s in the morning and evenings, so I hope this fall weather hits in full force soon.  Without further ado, here are the things getting me through my health-conscious, foodie days this month. (Past Daily 5 posts: June, July, August)

1. Burt's Bee's Spot Treatment

I’ve been trying to clear up my beauty routine for months, and back in May, I decided to go cold turkey and ditch all the chemicals. Surprisingly my skin got a whole lot clearer since ditching everything artificial, but I still do need something to spot treat for a breakout here and there.  I love this all-natural option from Burt’s Bees, and the ingredients are pronounceable.

2. Le Creuset Dutch Oven, Matte

I have long been a fan of Le Creuset. Their dutch ovens especially are a staple in any kitchen, and their quality is really unrivaled. They come with a lifetime warranty, and I even learned that many write their Le Creuset pots in their will. (Holy cow! A pot in someone's will!)

Le Creuset came out with a matte collection not long ago, and I am totally obsessed, even more so than I was before. I recently bought a 6-quart casserole in the matte navy finish, and I have been absolutely loving it and using it for everything. (Including baking some paleo bread in the oven!) Its also perfect for soups and stocks as we head into chilly weather and flu season. The price is a hefty one, but for as much time you spend in the kitchen over the course of a lifetime, its definitely worth the splurge.

3. Jackson's Honest Potato Chips

These potato chips are currently the only paleo potato chips on the market. They only have 3 ingredients: potatoes, salt, and coconut oil, and they are especially tasty. Granted, you can make your own paleo potato chips at home, however, if you want to save a whole lot of time, these are the ones to grab. Seriously, they are delicious; even more so than a conventional potato chip. (Especially the Salt and Vinegar!) Really. I can't rave enough about these sweet little bags of goodness. Plus, you can get them for a slight discount on Amazon and ship for free with prime.

4. Trader Joe's Grilled Cauliflower

This past summer, Trader Joe's came out with cauliflower rice, and the release nearly broke the Internet. There were hash tags, there were outcries of happiness, and I thought there almost may have been an cauliflower-fueled, social media riot. Sadly, its hard to get a hold of TJ's cauli rice; it sells out immediately after stores get it in stock. While TJ's is ramping up their cauli rice production (Really, I reached out to them and asked), this frozen grilled cauliflower is a fantastic substitute. It currently only has two ingredients: cauliflower and salt, and tastes exactly like it has been grilled over charcoal mid-summer. I don't know how they did it, but I do know that its been a staple of our meals ever since I discovered it.

Trader Joe's Grilled Cauliflower

5. The Trendy Sparrow

Ok, so....this last product might not be exactly real-food, whole-food, paleo related, but I just had to include it. The Trendy Sparrow is an Etsy shop/blog that sells the most fabulous, witty, and millennial related mugs, prints, and t-shirts. I may just have the "What Would Blair Waldorf Do Mug", and this Gilmore Girls t-shirt is next on my list. Plus, the owner of the shop is in Chicago. Hometown pride. 

Gilmore Girls t-shirt from The Trendy Sparrow

The Daily 5

I thought I would try a new thing here on South of Vanilla: The Daily 5. Now, I don't plan on doing this everyday, which begs the question of whether or not I should really have the word "daily" in the title. Ahh, well, semantics.

I get questions all the time from people wondering what things have helped me be paleo, what helps me stay on track, and what are the things I just can't live without. Simply stated, there are many things that help me get through the day, and many of these things change according to the actual day.

Maybe you see where I am going with this.

Or maybe not.

But here are the 5 things I am using today that help staying on the paleo track a little easier:

South of Vanilla's Daily 5, 1-19-2015

1. The Day Designer: No, this product was not intended for those following the paleo diet. However, it was intended for those that are the letmewriteeverythingdownandmakelists type of people. It is also intended for those that run small businesses, bloggers, high achievers, those that have specific goals, and people are just really busy. I've been open in talking about how following a primal lifestyle takes a lot more time- in terms of planning, shopping, and food preparation. I also run this blog (obviously), work full time, pick up PRN shifts, and travel about 2-3 times on average during each month. I have a boyfriend who I live with and an active social life. Busy is an understatement, so I really rely on this planner for a lot. I schedule the things I need to get done, plan out my days, and make lots of lists for every area in my life I am trying to manage. It even comes with worksheets that help you create goals, visions, and plans of action to help you achieve all that is possible in the areas of anything from personal finance to careers to strategic brand planning. The price tag for this one is expensive but so incredibly worth it.

2. Myrrhaculous Face Oil: I know, I've talked about Fat Face Skin Care before. A few times. And even hosted a coupon code for all my readers. I just love this company, and their products cleared up all the acne I had been struggling with for years. I wish I would have cut the chemicals from my body and beauty products ages ago.

3. Dehydrator: I use my dehydrator to make healthy snacks, which are both raw and primal friendly. My favorite, after the almost 3 years I have now had my dehydrator, are still kale chips. The dehydrator I have is on the lower end of the price spectrum, but it has suited me just fine all along. Love this gadget.

4. A really cool water bottle: I'm not the best at drinking water- I constantly have to remind myself to take sips during the day. Why? I'm not sure. That part in my brain that regulates adequate hydration must be damaged, I'm convinced of it. What does make me more attentive to water? Really cool looking water bottles. I currently love this one, and it is quite possibly the most simple biohacking experiment ever, the equivalent to "ooo look, something shiny!, to make me pay attention to something important.

5. Dry Shampoo: I do Crossfit and hot yoga, which, as you probably guessed, makes me sweat a lot. I dont have time to wash and dry and style my hair after every workout, which is where dry shampoo comes in. Not only does it keep hair smelling great and clean your hair without washing, but also it adds hair-commercial worthy volume. I've tried a lot of brands, but my favorite are Lushs No Drought Dry Shampoo and Kloranes Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.   

What do you guys use to get yourself through your days??