Things That I Love

Stuff I Love ♥

Over the years, I have come across some products and tools that I have found really helpful and I want to share them with you. The books and podcasts I have found very educational and have led me to where my thought process is today. I have also listed some supplements to help with healing and products I use at home. Hopefully you will find them just as helpful.

Books

  • Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, M.D. – This was probably the first book I read that introduced me to the idea that healing is more than just taking a pill. I often recommend this book to my patients.  It includes worksheets to help you determine what could be hindering your healing. She talks about really looking at your life and being honest with yourself to determine what stressors are delaying your healing. A must read!

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  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hayes
    – This self-help book discusses how you can heal yourself using your own mental capacity based on how you look at a situation. The author states how she was able to cure herself from cancer in part by using the techniques from this book. Worth a read, it helps with changing your mindset and can help with overall well-being and healing.

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  • Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman- A book about how your body’s ailments may be caused by how you move. She asks the question if our DNA really predetermines our health as much as we think.  She talks about movement and lifestyle programs to improve in order to heal yourself.

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  • How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! by Paul Chek – This book begins with a quiz so can you assess your level of health in a variety of levels including what you eat, how you sleep, and how stressed you are. It then goes into how you can improve your health based on your diet, sleep patterns, stress, and movement.

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Podcasts

  • Balanced Bites – This podcast probably started me on my nutrition journey. The two women that host the podcast (Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe) are very knowledgeable and fun to listen to.

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  • The Paleo Women Podcast – Similar to the above podcast but deals a little more with fertility, hormones, and PCOS. These 2 women that host (Stefani Ruper and Noelle Tarr) have entertaining banter, and they’re also knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise.

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  • Fearless Rebelle Radio with Summer Innanen – Great podcast dealing with body image and body positivity. Includes some great exercises you can do to help change your mind-set and feel great about your body.

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  • Katy Says with Katy Bowman – Katy is a biomechanist and discusses all about natural movements or as she calls it ‘nutritious movements’ vs. ‘junk movements.’ Also informative and gives you an excuse to play around and roll on the floor.

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  • Move Forward Radio – This podcast is produced by the American Physical Therapy Association and features interviews from various physical therapist on different topics.

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  • Only Human – This podcast is produced by WNYC and supported by Hospital for Special Surgery. Deals with interesting topics related to healthcare and current research going on today.

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Supplements to Help with Healing and Overall Health

(Always consult your PCP first before adding supplementation to your diet)

Desiccated Liver Capsules
-Liver is absolutely a super-food, it contains vitamins A, B, essential fatty acids, and iron. If you like to eat cooked liver, I first recommend that, but if you are like me and can’t stand the taste of it, these are the next best things. Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat.

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Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
– This is a powder that you can mix in water. Collagen helps with so many things in your body, including healing of bones, joints, tendons, and cartilage. It’s great for your nails and hair health. Also, it helps with your digestion and healing leaky gut. Collagen is also in bone broth, which is another natural source of this nutrient.

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Vibrant Health – Field of Greens
– A good way to get your greens in everyday. This powder has every green you can think of. I have had it in just water or almond milk, but you can also add it to your smoothies.

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Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend
– Another way to get your vitamin A and D is with this. This is also a super-food. I got the Cinnamon Tingle flavor and I don’t think it tastes bad at all. Since I’ve been using this, I haven’t gotten sick! Also, my skin looks great.

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Other Products I Like

Moist Heating Pad Digital Electric
– This one is nice and big for your whole back and you can just plug it in. You can also automatically set the timer for how long you want it on for. Moist heat is great for muscle tightness, chronic injuries, and to promote blood flow. It can also help you relax.

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Thera Cane Massager
– As mentioned in another post, self-torture device…I mean self-massager. A way to get out some of those adhesions in muscles.

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Squatty Potty® Toilet Stool – Yes, I have one at home and it definitely helps you go. You may have to try to believe it. Squatting is considered a natural movement, and is the best biomechanical position in order to eliminate without added stress.  

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Disclaimer – I am an Amazon affiliate so all the links are through them. I personally love Amazon, but if you do not wish to purchase through them, of course you can purchase them anywhere.

 

 

 

 

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jbotvin

Jessica is a licensed physical therapist currently living and working in NY.

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