SOFLY Cool Tools and Resources

As a Wellness Coach, I love finding solid tools and products that help me and my clients reach our goals. Yet, like many of you, I wouldn’t say I like extensive research, hours of shopping, and clutter! Luckily, I have found many tools and products along my wellness journey that have helped me time and time again. Thus, here is my gift to you! I have collected and shared my treasures to add time-saving value, convenience, and joy to your daily life.

 

For the Body

 

 

Foam Roller $20 – I purchased my first foam roller about 20 years ago. To this day, this is my greatest $20 investment. Within just a few minutes of rolling, this tool will make your muscles more receptive to stretching and strengthening, all the while relieving soreness. I use it as a meditation tool to melt my sorry muscles and worries away.  I also have a travel version that I take on the road. Roll-on!

 

TriggerPoint Foundation Starter Kit for Deep Tissue Self-Massage $129.99 – I purchased this toolkit in 2016 with a recommendation from my physical therapist. This gem includes six deep tissue massage tools so you can roll out large muscles like the quadriceps, hamstrings, and adductors. The two small massage balls provide targeted compression to break up painful knots in your neck and calve muscles. This magical toolbox helps me to roll out my body in its entirety.  

 

Dumbells  $20 to $300 – Using free weights is the most efficient way to build muscles and develop functional strength. I purchased five pound dumbells and gradually worked my way up to 20 pounds. Find a good pair you like, keep it simple and keep adding on.

 


Super Soft Mat  $89.99 – This mat will set you up for life. I have about 10 mats around the house, but this one is my sacred treasure to pad and nurture my bony knees and elbows. It is an investment, and it takes a bit of space, but it’s great for yoga, weight-lifting, pilates, and jumping! 

 


Trampoline $209.99 to $307.82 – After reading one of Lauren Roxburgh’s books, I was inspired to buy a trampoline and I have used it every day since. My husband was able to put it together himself. Jumping on a trampoline exercises the whole body, helps build muscle and burns fat. You can have fun while improving your agility and balance. Put on some tunes and jump!

 

Bath

Ultra-concentrated Epsom Salts  $29.95 – Usually, I buy two or three since I take hot baths daily. I heard about this product on the Tim Ferriss show. You can find epsom salt for lesser prices, but this one is my go-to. I add 2 to 4 cups to my bath, and it helps with stress reduction, and muscle relaxation and recovery. 

 


Water thermometer  Under $10 – If you like to make sure you don’t overheat in a hot bath, I  recommend using this gadget to measure your water temperature. 

 


Timer $19.95 – This gadget will get you all set for the HIT workouts, stretches, and contrast water therapy. 

 

 

Nourish with Supplements and Teas

 

Mushrooms Supplements from $30 – I take these immune supplements in addition to lion’s mane powder. Sometimes, I’ll add in some Cordyceps. Basically, I stand by any supplements by Paul Staments.

 


The Tao of Tea Hibiscus Ginger $26.56 – I usually make a huge mug of this 100% organic goodness each morning. Then, I add 1 cup of frozen fruit to make the most delightful and nourishing drink.

 

Take Charge in the Kitchen

 

High-Speed Vitamix A2300 Blender $599.95 – This gadget is another game-changer for a healthy kitchen which will last you a solid 10 years. This blender has two extra attachments for smaller serving sizes. I use it to make dressings, hummus, desserts, and soups, and it works perfectly EVERY time. It cuts my cooking time drastically, from silky smoothies to frozen sorbet. Super easy to clean and zero learning curve or maintenance. 

 

Scanpan Classic Covered Saute Pan  $152.52 – This 9.5-inch non-stick frying pan is my favorite tool for sautéing and cooking and re-heating. A multi-purpose pan is essential for a well-stocked kitchen. 

 


Air-fryer  $119.99 – Investing in an air-fryer can quickly elevate your cooking repertoire. It’s perfect for making oyster mushrooms (6 minutes), french fries (10 minutes), baked potatoes (40 minutes), and my favorite, tofu (12 minutes).  Like Vitamix, this gadget is very intuitive; after spending about five minutes reading a manual, you can be an expert. 

 


Instant pot  $119.99 – This gadget can cut your cooking time by more than half! I am on the 5th generation of the instant pot. I cook quinoa (2 minutes), rice, soups, potatoes, and beans – all in half the time required on a regular stovetop. Like my other cool tools, the learning curve is super smooth. Cleaning and maintaining is easy; just do it right after you use it.

 


Tofu Press  $120.00 – If you love cooking tofu, a tofu press is an essential investment. I purchased a press last year after months of pressing tofu with rocks. I absolutely love making air-fried tofu, and it comes out much better pressed. I also use a press when cooking lions mane mushroom. This gorgeous product does a great job of getting all the liquid out of tofu. Super easy to use and clean. 

 

Breville Barista Espresso Machine  $699 – There is something perfect and magical about a consistent cup of espresso. With this machine, you can achieve true coffee perfection. It grinds the beans and makes a perfect shot each time, not to mention perfect foamy cappuccinos!  I’ve been using this machine for a few years. The maintenance is easy; just install clean filters and descale the machine every few months. I’ve been using a medium or strong blend of Kion coffee over the last few years, and I haven’t experienced any side effects or jolts. I take my coffee dark, early, and to the point. 

The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Set Your Soul Free!

 

In the Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferris asked Rabbi Sacks which purchase of a hundred dollars or less had most positively impacted his life in the last six months. His answer was interesting:

“Without a shadow of a doubt, buying noise-canceling earphones.” 

And the interesting line is:

“These are the most religious objects I’ve ever come across because I define faith as the ability to hear the music beneath the noise.” 

So, make an effort to hear music beneath the noise.

 

UE BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $144.50 – If you don’t have one already, you should get yourself a speaker. I’ve been using my trustee BOOM for years. This one is waterproof, and I love how it intensifies the music. It has a great battery life, so I always bring it on vacation and I use it every day! 

 


Apple Air Pods  $189.99 – My husband gifted me a pair of Air Pods and I have never parted with them since. This investment will transcend the way you communicate, and consume books, podcasts, and music. I feel like most Apple products are borderline magical! 

 

For the Home

 

I absolutely hate cleaning! Yet, I love clean flowing energy in my home, and there is nothing like the smell of a clean house. Typically, I clean my house daily for about an hour. I do this so when I wake up the next day, I know exactly where my keys are and there are no dirty dishes. A few times a week, I use the I-robot vacuum ($650), Handheld Dyson ($700), and a Steamer ($150).

Top Ten Books:

Many of you have asked me to recommend my top ten books for starting your soul journey, and this was one of my hardest tasks. My whole house is full of books, and I have an extensive online library of audiobooks. I absolutely LOVE to read. Here are my top ten books to read when you are ready to change your life. I find all of these picks super impactful and thought-provoking. 

Man’s Search for Meaning Think and Grow Rich Never Binge Again Healthspan The Art Of Impossible
The Heart of Yoga Yoga for Wellness You Can Be Younger Tools of Titans The Illusion of Conscious Will

Outdoor Therapy

 

Hiking Poles  $139.95 – My first pair cost me about $15. They were okay, but I think it is worth investing in good hiking poles. I’ve been using Leki poles from REI and I am in love! 

 

Gregory Backpack  $119.99 – This backpack holds everything you need for any adventure, while being ergonomic and comfortable! 

Sawyer Water Filter – Investing in a water filter was the best thing that ever happened to me. I drink a ton on the trail, and this filter is very light and easy to use. Always check your filter before you head out.  Make sure to clean it and store it at temperates above freezing.  Running out of water is one of the worst things that can happen on the trail, so I recommend having a few water filtration back-ups as well. 

 

Spikes – Living in a cold climate, I take these on most of my hikes. I hate slipping and sliding, so a pair of spikes can always make a hike more fun.

 

GPS  $444.17 –  Click here for the REI guide on how to choose a GPS. I got this little guy after a body was found in one of my favorite hikes. They suspected that a hiker got lost… so, I NEVER go out without my mini. I mostly hike solo so if something happened to me, simply put, I would be screwed. This satellite device is super easy to use, but it does come with some subscription fees.

AllTrails App – This app is so easy to use, and has more than 50,000 trails across North America! I always decide on a trail the day before my hike to read reviews, get the mileage, etc. When I arrive at my hike, I select the trail on the app, hit the record button, and tell me how far I am from the top or off-trail.

First Aid Kit – A true hiking essential. I never head out without it.  

Shades – Sunglasses are an underrated hiking necessity. The blinding sun can be dangerous for your eyes, and detract from the beautiful scenery! I think a quality pair of sunglasses is a worthwhile investment. 

Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Socks  $17.94 to $19.95 – I have about 10 pairs of these socks and they always keep my feet warm and dry. Wash with cold water, and always air dry.

 

My Go-to People

I fancy myself a scientist with my body as my life acts as my experimental lab. I am very passionate about wellness and I love to explore different ideas and concepts.  My free time is dedicated to learning about workings of the mind, well-being, health, yoga, and fitness. If an idea resonates with me, I experiment with it for a while and see how it feels. The following is a list of influential people whose ideas and concepts have changed my life. 

 

Rich Roll 

One of the World’s Fittest Men, Rich is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. At 50-year old, he is an accomplished plant-based ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney. Rich Roll is a full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.

What he taught me:

  • You can be a super athlete on a completely plant-based diet
  • Age is a state of mind
  • You can change at any time
  • A plant-based diet is a lifestyle available for all.
  • Reminder: our planetary problems are perilous and profound. The U.S. is the most prosperous nation on Earth, yet we have never been more unhealthy. The standard American diet isn’t just making us sick. A plant-based diet cuts greenhouse gas emissions. If you want to impact climate change, drop only one serving of chicken from your diet per week, it will save the same amount of CO2 emissions as removing 500,000 cars from the road. In fact, a plant-based diet can cut your carbon footprint by a full 50%!!! Not to mention land conservation and reduction of waste pollution.

 

Ray Cronise 

The author of Our Broken Plate, he is a passionate innovator and scientist. Ray began his career as a Material Scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and later co-founded ZERO-G, the world’s first private parabolic flight operation with XPRIZE. Ray applied the same enthusiasm to his passion for the wellness world. I learned about Ray Cronise from Rich’s Roll podcast; his interview left a powerful impression on me.

What he taught me:

  • You can’t out-exercise your mouth. A 220 lb. person climbing 27 stories will burn the energy equivalent to one half of an Oreo cookie. If you are overweight, you are overeating.
  • Stop labeling food as “protein, carbs, and fats.” We almost always eat too many calories. Why? Because most foods aren’t pure protein, carb, or fat. Eating more “protein” doesn’t necessarily avoid losing lean mass, but getting your ideal weight as quickly as possible does.
  • Cold temperatures are actually good for you, as they help you build stamina and burn more calories.
  • Ray took a scientific approach to mechanics and research methodology behind human nutrition. After a copious investigation, analysis, and self-experimentation, he has arrived upon a well-supported but perhaps contrarian conclusion: fasting, cold stress, and a whole food, plant-based diet are optimal for long-term health and wellness.

 

Rhonda Patrick Ph.D.

Rhonda is an seasoned researcher in the fields of aging, nutrition, and fitness. She shares her insight from years of academic study on the best ways to increase health longevity. I love the way she translates science into health tips for a broad audience. She has several videos on topics like sauna usage, supplemental antioxidants in the brain, and personalized dieting. I also learned about Rhonda via the Rich Roll podcast.

What she taught me:

  • Intermittent fasting can keep your telomeres nice and long. Our chromosomes have this protective coating, telomeres, at the end of the thread. With longer telomeres, your life’s health span is extended.  Fasting has also shown positive effects on lowering triglyceride levels and normalizing insulin as well.
  • A sauna can be used to increase growth hormones, muscular hypertrophy, endurance, and otherwise aid performance.

 

Julieanna Hever 

If inspiration had a name, it would be called Julieanna Hever. Julieanna helped me learn to love myself! She is a passionate plant-based celebrity dietitian, an author, podcaster, and a true role model.

 

Andrew Huberman

An amazing scientist who makes neuroscience easy to understand. He talks about how our brain works, optimizing sleep, our nervous system, and many other scientific facets of wellness. Andrew Huberman also discusses existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works.

There you have it; my comprehensive list of tools and resources for life changing wellness. In the comments below, share which tools you find the most useful, and share your favorite tools and treasures as well! 

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We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn minimal fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Anna Sheinman. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice. Instead, they are intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from my own research and experience. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.