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Recommendations

I created this page to provide recommendations for some of my favorite products and brands. These include recommendations for hiking, blogging, snacks, and non-toxic products. This list does include some affiliate links, but these are all products that I love and can personally vouch for. I will never recommend something that I don’t trust.

Hiking

Osprey Day Pack – This day pack is the perfect size to fit all my snacks and hiking accessories and  small enough to be light and unobtrusive, even for someone short like me

Katadyn Water Filter – A little bulkier than some other options, this Katadyn filter is still by far my favorite of any that I’ve used

Badger Sunscreen – I use sunscreen sparingly and prefer to move between sun and shad where possible and wear hats to protect my face. However, when on long hikes or backpacking trips, especially at high elevations, it is important to use sunscreen. Badger is free of toxic chemicals like oxybenzone, instead relying on non-nano zinc as a safe physical barrier to protect the skin from sunburn

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife – A good knife is an absolute must-have on day hikes and longer backpacking trips. I like this one from Victorinox because it has straight and serrated blades, a small screwdriver, and can and bottle openers

Klean Kanteen Water BottleKlean Kanteen makes a great, durable water bottle that is light enough to bring on long hikes and backpacking trips. I also like to have a bladder hydration system to keep in my pack to drink while walking

Natural Insect Repellent (non-toxic) – For particularly buggy hikes, it’s nice to have some repellent to prevent bites from mosquitos and flies. Traditional insect repellent is extremely toxic, especially any containing DEET. I really like this option from All Terrain and find it to be quite effective

Outdoors

REI – Spending time outdoors is one of the most important components of my health and happiness. REI is by far my favorite source for outdoor gear and is an excellent resource for questions about any adventure.

Cairn Subscription Box – Following in the footsteps of many other successful subscription boxes, Cairn offers a fun outdoor-themed monthly subscription box full of snacks, gear, apparel, and skin care. There are also options to receive a box every other month or 3 times per year.

Snacks

Hail Merry Chocolate Coconut Macaroons – I love these macaroons, which are both vegan and paleo. The chocolate flavor doesn’t have nuts, but the cocoa means these are not strict AIP-compliant.

SeaSnax – I really like to eat seaweed as a source of iodine and other micronutrients. This brand uses only seaweed, salt, and olive oil and is delicious. Seasnax are both vegan, paleo, and AIP-compliant.

Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips – These sweet potato chips are an excellent option for snacking. Made from sweet potatoes, coconut oil, and salt, they are safe for those following an AIP diet. They are also vegan.

Toxin-Free Living

100 Percent Pure – If you are looking for toxin-free cosmetics, 100% Pure is easily my favorite option. All of their makeup products are dyed using fruit pigments and are free of heavy metals. Their skin, hair, and beauty products are all made using natural plant-based oils and are excellent for those with chemical sensitivities.

Aquasana – Removing toxins from our environment is a critical part of optimizing health. Water used in the shower and bath is often overlooked as a source of chlorine, fluoride, and other harmful chemicals. In some cases, exposure to unfiltered shower water can be more damaging than drinking unfiltered water, as airborne chlorine in shower steam is easily absorbed by the lungs when it is inhaled. I have used an aquasana filter for several years and am consistently impressed with it.

Berkey – Even clean drinking water can contain contaminants that can negatively impact health. I spent years buying filtered water from the grocery store, and finally decided to purchase a home water filter. We settled on a Berkey, which filters contaminants, including filter.

Blogging

BlueHost – If you are looking to start your own blog, I highly recommend using Bluehost for your hosting needs. Bluehost is one of the top web hosting companies, and you can get started with your own blog for just $3.49/month.