TheraBreath Product Review

One of my most destructive habits is biting my cheeks. Some people bite their nails, the ends of pens or chew gum constantly. When I’m stressed out or thinking about something, I bite my cheeks. Once I start it starts a cycle of it. If you do the same, you know it can cause pain and other discomforts. So, in my quest to find a way to both limit my habit and decrease discomfort I remembered trying a mouthwash a couple years ago that made my mouth feel amazing. I started Googling for the brand and found TheraBreath. They provided me a Complete Starter Kit to test out. Here’s my TheraBreath Product Review!

*Please pardon the sideways pictures…I’m working on correcting the issue!*

Toothbrush and Tongue Cleaner

The toothbrush has bristles that taper off to thin points which really helps to clean in between teeth. I also like the softness (per recommendation of my dentist I only use “ultra soft” toothbrushes) and size of the brush head. The tongue cleaner is more effective than just using your toothbrush to clean your tongue. Good products, but nothing too out of the ordinary!

Toothpaste and Mouthwash

TheraBreath Product Review

These are probably my favorite TheraBreath products. The toothpaste has an herbal-minty flavor that I love. It doesn’t foam up as much as other toothpastes but once you get used to using it it’s great! It feels more gentle than other brands I’ve tried which is really nice. The mouthwash feels the mintiest right after rinsing – your mouth feels so clean and it really does help fight bad breath (even when you’ve been biting your cheeks for a week). It has even begun to make my morning breath less noticeable. It doesn’t sting or cause pain like some mouthwashes do when you have raw areas from biting. If you’re going to try any TheraBreath products these are excellent ones to start with!

Throat Spray and Nasal Sinus Drops

TheraBreath Product Review

At first I really liked the throat spray. It has a flavor similar to the toothpaste and definitely helped with bad breath. Then after about three weeks or so it seemed that the flavor changed and I didn’t like it as much anymore. I’m not sure if I had a cold that made it taste weird or if the spray itself “went bad”, but in the beginning I would have recommended it to anyone looking to try a throat spray. The nasal drops are a really cool idea and I’m still getting used to using them. As someone that occasionally feels like they get bad smells “stuck” in their nose I find them really helpful and easy to use!

AktivOxigen Serum

TheraBreath Product Review

This is a serum that you mix with water or juice to create an oral rinse. It doesn’t taste like much at all, but it leaves your mouth feeling cool and clean in a way that is kind of hard to describe! You can add it to your regular mouthwash or to your water flosser to get antibacterial benefits, too. With about 60 uses per bottle it’s a real “bang-for-your-buck” type product. I could see it being useful when traveling because you could easily pack it and make your own mouthwash on-the-go.

Lozenges

TheraBreath Product Review

Described by one of my friends as the best mint she’d ever had, these lozenges are no joke. They last a long time, seriously freshen breath and taste great. Like the toothpaste and mouthwash, I would buy these for myself! I don’t really have “dry mouth” symptoms but I still think these are great mints. And because I rarely chew gum having a mint that has effects that last as long as longer as a piece of gum is an awesome thing.

Recap

TheraBreath, you rock. Instead of masking bad breath your products attack the sources and therefore truly work. You choose natural ingredients whenever possible and avoid sugar, artificial colors and preservatives. Being gentle enough to use when you have a cheek biting problem but also effective enough to create real results is a rare combo.

If you have any other questions about anything from this TheraBreath product review let me know!

 

 

The Healthiest Brands in My Life Right Now

I love small businesses.  If you’re regular reader that should come as no surprise, as I frequently feature them here and on social media. The foods and companies that fuel & inspire my life are truly killing the game, so I wanted to share them with you.  Not all are “small” businesses necessarily, but they’re all in a niche market and you might not otherwise know about them.  Here’s the healthiest brands in my life right now (besides the obvious Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc):

FOOD

Hope Foods is dominating the hummus market. My favs are the dark chocolate hummus (crazy good, don’t knock it till ya try it) and the thai coconut curry.  Hummus kind of bores me sometimes, but the flavors Hope churns out are next level.  Find them in a store near you with their locator.

Purely Elizabeth granola. I have their original and pumpkin fig ancient grain granolas in my cupboard. I’m dying to try their probiotic and grain-free granolas! Their ingredients are simple and they contain less sugar, more fiber and protein than other brands. Purely Elizabeth is just an overall great (woman founded and lead 😀 ) company.

Amazing Grass it might be too early to say for sure but I’ve been using their green superfood powders for a little over a week and at this point it seems like they might be life-changing. My skin looks more glow-y and my digestion feels healthier (as someone with IBS anything that has this effect is a keeper). I shopped their Cyber Monday sale and now have three tubs in rotation! I’ll keep you updated with how it’s going on my Instagram.

Hammer Nutrition. I know this isn’t a first time mention here 😉 but I can’t really talk about brands without talking about Hammer. Their gels, omega and probiotic supplements, Recoverite, vegan protein and Fully Charged (pre-workout) are staples in my daily life and workouts. If you want a discount on your first order pop me a message on my “contact me” page!

Nature’s Path Organic – particularly their Kamut Puffs. I make smoothies super thick because I like to eat them out of a bowl with a spoon, and lately I’ve been topping them with the puffs and Purely Elizabeth granola. It’s my go-to breakfast, and at 50 calories, 2 grams each of protein and fiber for a whole cup you really can’t go wrong!

Siggi’s is probably familiar to most of you but it deserves a mention because they make my favorite yogurt ever. I toast a slice of Food for Life Ezekiel Bread or English Muffin and top it with peanut butter, plain or vanilla Siggi’s and cinnamon.

Perfect Bar lives up to its name! You can find them in the refrigerated sections of your grocery store (more and more are carrying them these days). My favorite flavors are peanut butter, carob chip and fruit & nut – they pack the most protein per bar of any of the varieties and have the most balanced macro counts. Check out what makes them perfect here.

CLOTHES

This one is easy: ThredUp, Janji, Oiselle, Madewell (definitely not a small business but they’ve had some great sales lately). Go fall in love, it’s not hard to do.

SOCIAL

Jeannette Ogden from shutthekaleup has been my food inspiration for a while now. She just gets it – give her a follow and don’t miss her adorable and delicious Insta stories.

Joe Rogan – his podcast and social media. If you’re a podcast person you won’t regret listening to him! He has everyone from ultrarunners to MMA fighters to life coaches and gurus on his show and it makes for some great listening.

GoPro’s YouTube channel. Want to have your mind blown? Watch any of their specials.

BRANDS I WANT TO TRY

Farmhouse Culture has a new line of fermented vegetables coming out soon and I’m STOKED to try them.

Honey Mama’s paleo chocolate bars. I’m pretty loyal to Taza when it comes to chocolate but paleo…chocolate…come on!

Barely Bread

 

 

I’m probably forgetting a bunch of things and there are SO many more amazing companies out there but what are your favorite brands right now? Who is inspiring you?




Janji’s Mombasa Collection

Run For Another

Hi katielean friends!

For those who are unaware, I’m on a running team called the Janji Corps.  Our goal is to foster a community that promotes Janji and their mission to provide clean drinking water through the sale of amazing running & lifestyle apparel.

Janji Mombasa Collection

Recently Janji launched the first products from their fall/winter line.  It focuses on Mombasa, Kenya.  The awesome people at Janji visited the city to get inspiration.  You can (and should) take a look at the Runventure they had, chronicled here.

Their photographers really knocked it out of the park with their pics so far…get ready for some eye candy!

Janji Mombasa Collection

The way Janji works is if you purchase a piece of clothing, a portion of the proceeds go to providing “x” amount of time’s worth of clean water to a person in the country the clothing represents.  All of the pieces from this collection give water to the people of Kenya.

Janji Mombasa Collection

I’m kind of obsessed with the pattern on this shirt…and just fyi I recently ran 18ish miles of an ultra with a friend in another Janji shirt made of this fabric and it was SO great!  Kept me cool and comfy.

Janji Mombasa Collection

THUMBHOLES PEOPLE!  All my runner friends will know that thumbholes are key for runny noses, keeping sleeves from being annoying, and being a much better option than wearing gloves (aka hand sweat-lodges).

Janji Mombasa Collection

Janji also makes gear for dudes.  My dad has a pair of their sweatpants and loves them.

Janji Mombasa Collection

For sizing reference, I’m a pretty muscular 5’7″ and mediums fit snug, while larges provide some more room.  In bottoms I always go with the large, in tops it’s more up to your personal preferences!

Janji Mombasa Collection

The back of this tank is super strappy!

Go check out Janji’s Mombasa Collection for yourself.

I’m still working on my race report from Race the State – bear with me!

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SP – Copenhagen

Stellar Place – Copenhagen

What to do in Copenhagen

This post has been a LONG time coming.  Honestly, I thought I had already posted it.  Turns out I hadn’t!

This March I went to Copenhagen, Denmark with my sister.  I met up with a friend (and her friend) while there!

Get ready for lots of pictures…

Rosenborg Castle & Gardens

This was right by our hotel – you can see the Danish Crown Jewels here!

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Copenhagen | katielean #stellarplaces #SP #katielean #katieleanthings

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University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden

Who doesn’t love plants??  These gardens are lovely – inside the greenhouses and out.

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Torvehallerne

A tourist-y but bustling market.  There’s great food here!  It’s in an awesome location and is easy to get to – we went multiple times.

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Lego Store!

Copenhagen has pretty great shopping.

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Copenhagen Loves Open-Faced Sandwiches (And Avocado)

This delicious lunch was from Cafe Det Vide Hus.

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National Gallery of Denmark

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Nyhavn

When we were there a small barge and scuba team were cleaning out the (already pretty clean by my standards) canal.  Copenhagen being such a huge cycling city, you can imagine how many bikes they pulled out from the water!

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Spisehuset Rub & Stub

This restaurant reimagines food waste into new dishes!  It was delicious, and an awesome idea that should be done way more often.

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Gallery and Views at the Round Tower

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You can see pretty much the whole city!

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Church of Our Lady

We were lucky enough to get to listen to a choir practice while we were here.

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Random Views

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Grave of Writer Hans Christian Andersen in Assistens Cemetery

This is kind of out of the way…but if you look up something else to do in the area it’s a beautiful cemetery to spend a little time in.

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Have you been to Copenhagen?  That was just a snippet of what we did there!

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