20 Things for Better Health

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20 Things the CNMA Team Uses for Better Health

That certain flavor kombucha…

the app that records your sleep patterns…

your favorite meditation class on Saturday mornings…

Have you ever considered what is most essential for you to be your best self –

physically, mentally, and spiritually?


When life gets busy we can take for granted the options and opportunities that abound for us to live our best lives.  We can get stuck in the same rut, doing the same things, and producing the same results.

It even happens to us!

This is why we love hearing about what other’s have found, love, and deem more-or-less essential in their lives for growth, happiness, and overall health.

And our team has compiled a list of our own.


Following are 20 of our favorite items, places, recipes, etc.

that we would rather not live without!

(please note we do not endorse, recommend, or guarantee any items, places, recipes, etc.; these are simply things to be used as inspiration.)


  1. Farberware® Plastic Soft Holder and Spoon Rest. A spoon rest and phone holder all-in-one?  Can it get any easier to read your recipe and cook your meal?


  1. Pre-Cut and Pre-Washed Fruit and Vegetables. One mother on our team decided to try pre-cut fruits and vegetables on weeks that she was extra busy. The result?  The family ate much more produce and she didn’t have any whole pineapple or cantaloupe rotting on her counter come Friday.


  1. Sharptail Ridge Open Space and Trail. This past year has pushed us to find new outdoor adventures and one team member has found respite with beautiful views and less crowds on this Roxborough State Park hike.


  1. Lavela WS1265™ by Integrative Therapeutics. Whether needing to calm down in the middle of an argument with kids or looking to relax for a good night’s sleep, one staff member always has Lavela on hand for those moments that need instant calm (available in the CNMA office).


  1. Marinated Kale Salad. A go-to for one of our team members at least once-a-week this recipe serves as her foundation in which she sometimes adds chicken.


  1. Priya Parker’s – The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. Now that things are changing and opening up, this book has helped inspire one of our team members to make her future gatherings more purposeful and meaningful.


  1. A High Quality Lemon and Lime Press. Well, and a bunch of lemons and limes on hand for everything from lemon water to a lime spritzer.


  1. A Walk Around Washington Park. This Denver staple can be a wonderful way to spend a spring morning or fall afternoon. Bike, skate, or walk around the park and pack a picnic to enjoy in the field.


  1. Grocery Shopping at H Mart. This Korean grocer in Aurora boasts essentials for Korean and Asian cooking with a plethora of produce uncommonly seen in many of our local grocers such as Asian pears, Korean radish, and so many types of basil you won’t know which one to pick! One of our staff members finds it a great way to diversify her diet.


  1. It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow. This book designed for simple and nutritious meals has recipes such as black bean soup and turkey meatloaf that really are quite easy!


  1. The Spruce Mountain Trail. Whether mountain biking amongst the sounds of the meadowlark or hiking in the trees to the top, this local trail is a staff favorite.


  1. Four Sigmatic® Everyday Magic® Adaptogen Coffee with Ashwagandha. She’s not ready to fully give up her love of caffeine, but this coffee includes the stress-busting herb ashwagandha to help balance her cortisol and cope with everything from a busy morning to work deadlines.


  1. Yoga. In-person or online, yoga is a must for much of our team. These free online classes are a good start.


  1. Good Knives. You don’t know what you don’t know and when you use a good knife for the first time, you realize what you’ve been missing out on (not to mention duller knives can lead to more accidents). One quality chef’s knife can last years and make cooking easier and more enjoyable.


  1. National Parks. It seems less and less can take your breath away these days, but national parks continue to bring awe to one of our families. They love to visit at least one park per year when possible with favorites so far being Yosemite National Park, Arches National Park, and Zion National Park.


  1. Hyaluronic Acid. This gel type face serum is used as a foundation for hydration to soak up healthy skincare – such as 30SPF face lotion.


  1. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. History is in the making right now and preserving our experiences can be something that lives on well beyond our own years. This book is helping one team member do just that by assisting with her writing.


  1. Foam Roller. It may not look like much, but after those long hikes or even just a long day at the desk, a foam roller can loosen tight muscles and help with flexibility. We like the longer ones for use on everything from the calves to the hips to the back.


  1. Good Olive Oil. Whether for dunking vegetables or bread or using it on your face to dab as a finishing layer (a ritual many Italian women perform), quality olive oil is a staple amongst most of our kitchens.


  1. Calm and Headspace. The ease of these meditation apps are great for those who are busy as well as for those with more time. They can be used almost anywhere and some only require 1 minute of your time!


Do you have a favorite you’d like to share?  We’d love to know about it!  Email us at info@coloradonaturalmed.com to tell us about it!

Looking for health support for pain, hormones, stress, digestion, sleep, or mood?  Call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves to discuss further.

The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area.  For those outside of these areas, telehealth appointments are available.

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