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Top 20 of 2017

In doing some reminiscing about my journey, I realized that I've been a part of the health and wellness universe in a professional fashion since 2005. 12 years of working as a personal trainer, physical therapist, running coach, and yoga instructor. In those 12 years I've been privileged to have been introduced to countless numbers of wellness brands, companies, individuals, and products. Some have been passing trends. Others don't quite live up to the hype. But a few are everything you want them to be, and much more. 

I want to use my platform to be able to share what I've found that I absolutely love. The brands, companies, products, and people that are doing something special, something different, and something extraordinary.

The Top 20 of 2017 was born from this desire. 

Between December 1st and December 20th I'll be profiling each brand, product, and the people behind it on Instagram. Sharing my story of how I came to find the brand and why I love them so much. Not all brands and companies are directly health related, but hey, happiness is part of health as well. Many of these companies have been incredibly generous to participate in giveaways with products and experiences so you can enjoy them too. And no, none of these companies has paid me to be on this list. I reached out to all of them to express my gratitude for what they do.

This blog serves as a round up. A place to find all of the information you could want in one spot. And a sneak peak into which brands you can be snagging sweet rewards from!

Enjoy!

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Wild Friends FoodsDo you love nut butters? Do you love stories of young people following their dreams and building successful businesses from their dorm rooms? If so, than you'll love Wild Friends Foods.

Nuun HydrationIf you're like me, you grew up drinking sugary sports drinks that shall not be named here. Why? Because that's all we knew/had. Well, there's something better. Plant based, all natural, much lower in sugar, and cleaner overall. That's nuun. And that's just a part of why I love it.

RXBARProtein bars that aren't filled with lab grown ingredients are incredibly hard to come by. So when RXBAR first showed up in my life, with it's ingredients clearly labeled on the wrapper, I was stoked - and skeptical. We know protein bars that taste good are even harder to find. Well, they nailed it on both fronts. 

Four Sigmatic - Everyone hears the ads on podcasts and most of the time we tune them out. When I heard about mysterious "mushroom coffee" on Tim Ferriss' podcast, I couldn't get it out of my head. I love coffee and I'm super into other mushroom based supplements...what happens if you put them together? Magic, it turns out. 

101 Cider House - If you're a local San Diegan you know we have a plethora of breweries, but finding good cider is a whole different story. Most cider is sugar laden and ultra sweet. Not 101 Cider House. With buzzword ingredients like activated charcoal and spirulina, this is a totally different experience. 

BoochcraftA local brand that figured out how to take kombucha and make it boozy? That is enough to get me interested. Add in amazing flavors and great people and I'm sold. 

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters - Coffee sure has come a long way. From the days of Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks to a micro roaster on every corner. DHCR is consistently the best - the secret? Great coffee AND even better employees (the vegan donuts don't hurt either). 

Chosen Foods - When a friend goes to work for a new company, ends up loving her job, AND the company makes the best avocado oil on the planet, you take note. 

Beaming Cafe - I'm a firm believer in routine. And part of my routine calls for Friday morning breakfast porridge bowls from Beaming and morning meditation at the beach. A routine that makes me feel so damn good. 

Muir Energy Gel - We've all taken a Gu on a race course. We've all experienced the gut rot that comes along with it. What if you could take a gel, made of real foods, that would give you the energy without the digestive issues? You can. And it's made right here in La Jolla. 

BODY CARE

Schmidt's Naturals - It's no secret, I sweat. A lot. It's one of my favorite parts of working out. And I've heard over and over how dangerous traditional deodorant and antiperspirant can be for you, but can something natural actually work? Yes, turns out it can. 

Saje Wellness - Essential oils can get a bad rap. Many of them are sold through multilevel marketing businesses and use cheap source products, which makes them both shady and unappealing. Not Saje. This Canadian brand has been doing their natural wellness thing for more years than most, and it shows. 

Defense Soap - Wait? So a soap product made to keep wrestlers and martial arts guys from getting nasty things off of sweaty mats can actually be really great for your skin (and for clearing acne) too? This one is perhaps my favorite find. 

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

lululemon athletica - I won't bore you. I LOVE lululemon. The people, the philosophy, the collective, and yes, the clothes. My life would not be the same without them. And I don't mean that superficially. It's true. 

Knockaround - One can never have too many pairs of rad shades. And when those shades are made by equally rad dudes, locally, and for an affordable price, that's even better. 

Milestone Running - We might as well call this my second home. This local running store is so much more. It's home to a community of smart, connected, hilarious, friendly, and special people (and one special dog). Cheers to many more years creating with these crazy folks. 

Ciele Athletics - Introduced to me by some ultra running friends, this small hat startup has nailed the game. Incredible performance, even better looks, and (because they're made in Canada) the friendliest faces ever. 

Stance - When your socks are the coolest part of your outfit, you know the brand is doing something right. From partnering with huge names to collaborating with small groups, Stance has made their debut into the run world a stylish and successful one.

STUDIOS

Spirit Yoga Studio - Fun fact: Spirit was the very first yoga studio that I regularly attended upon moving to San Diego. When they first opened their doors it was all donation based and it was evident that the community surrounding the space made it special. While lots has changed in the years since then, the community feeling has not. And that keeps bringing me back, as both a student and a teacher. 

F45 San Diego Downtown - What? Paid fitness has made the list? Yup. When the paid fitness studio elicits the results like this one has, it deserves a spot. I have F45 to thank for my muscles - and for giving me a space to exercise them once again.  

What I'm Into Wednesday - The Random Edition (pt. 1)

The past few Wednesdays have featured themed lists...but this week it's all random. And I labeled it "pt. 1" because, let's be real, there are bound to be many more random weeks.

I've had a really great few weeks of feeling like I'm back in the groove of things - physically, mentally, with work, and at home. I think most of us have had periods of time where things just feel off and can agree that it feels great when life just starts to click again!

So that's all I have for an intro this week... short, sweet, and to the point.

xoxo

LP

DO

Angelo and I have lived in our current digs for about six months and have had a few lingering household projects waiting to be done. One was buying or building a shelving unit for the corner of our bathroom. Our bathroom is seriously lacking storage (but at least it's normal sized! Our old bathroom was stupidly large in a tiny apartment) and we had a tiny little nook to find shelves for. Enter the problem: pay an over the top amount for a shelving unit or wing it ourselves? We opted for the latter and (surprise!) it worked out! A fun trip to Home Depot, a few hours of sawing and sanding and staining and nailing, and we have custom shelves that fit perfectly! Plus we had a really nice day together building them. All for around $60. 

SEE

I ran into Home Goods this week (dangerous, I know) to pick up poop bags for Arlo (aside - they are SO cheap there) and ended up picking myself up some new journals as well. I'm picky about the notebook I use tow rite my yoga sequences in and the pages in my current one kept falling out. These neon and gold ones jumped out and I love them. Is anyone else a notebook whore with drawers upon drawers of half filled notebooks? No? Just me. Ok then.

HEAR

My good friends Lou and Amanda are known for many things, but one is their great taste in music. When they recommend an artist I'm pretty much guaranteed to like it. A few months ago they recommended listening to this band, The Suffers, and honestly I just forgot to listen to them. Which was a bummer - because they're awesome. So keep an ear out on my playlists, they are coming.

TASTE

What's an ice cream lover to do when they're avoiding dairy??? Try all the non-dairy variations of ice cream that exist! My current fav: NadaMoo. Coconut milk based and delicious. Grab the Snickerdoodle flavor. Complete with gluten free snickerdoodle chunks! I dare you to try not to eat the whole pint. PS You can find them at Sprouts. You're welcome.

SMELL

Natural deodorant was a concept introduced to me by some friends who work at Saje (my fav essential oil brand) a while ago. But the spray natural deodorant just doesn't seem to hold up to the significant amounts of sweat I produce daily (ew, I know). A few weeks ago I found the brand Schmidt's and tried their Lavender and Sage deodorant stick. OMG. It smells awesome and works so so so well. Lavender not your thing? Plenty of other smells to choose from!