Meet our crush of the month and brand ambassador, Lexi Atkins (@lex_stagram).
Lexi is one of Sally (our founder)'s best friends!
Lexi has been titled Miss Illinois and was first runner up for Miss Teen USA), acted in big screen movies like Ted 2, as well as smaller screen features like Zombeavers; appeared in tv shows like Altered Carbon; launched a music career; and works in both health coaching (www.laapproved.com /@laapproved) and real estate.
Not only is she beautiful, she's hilarious as well, having done stand-up comedy and improv (studying at Second City in Chicago)!
Fun fact about Lexi-- she sometimes eats the powder straight, just by itself!Where do you live?
Lately, the answer would have to be out of a suitcase. I have been traveling so much lately that it’s almost impossible to pin down where I’ll be at any given moment. Recently, my addresses have ranged from California to Illinois and Kentucky.
What are some things everybody should know when it comes to wellness?
Wow, this is an awesome question! I believe the most important thing everyone should know about Wellness is that everybody is so uniquely individual. What works for one person won’t always work for somebody else, and vice versa. We are all unique – we must remember that!
What role do you think collagen plays in skin and hair?
I believe Collagen plays a CRUCIAL role in maintaining skin and hair health!!!! That’s only one of the reasons I love Crushed Tonics so much!!!
What are 3 other foods or supplements you try to incorporate to your diet daily routinely?
Hmm, I honestly love to switch things up so my body doesn’t get too dependent on anything - I think diversity is key! Though, lately the 3 supplements / foods that I incorporate most often would be Probiotics, Vitamin D3/K2, and Greens (any green food honestly from herbs, algaes, to even simply lettuce)
Any wellness or skincare / hair tips?
I feel like I have too many! Literally, I could talk for hours about this!
When it comes down to the basics, I think that drinking plenty of purified water is extremely important. That’s a good baseline to shoot for every day, but there’s a lot more out there! I’ll cover a few of my favorites:
Skin Care: this works in two parts in my opinion – from the inside out.
Diet is everything. In addition to having a healthy diet, I like to incorporate supplements like Tremella Mushroom, Pearl Powder, and Probiotics into my daily routine.
Oil is your friend. Once I started washing my face at least one a day with an oil-based cleanser (Living Libations has some amazing ones) it totally turned my skin around! I wish I could go back to my high school self and stop wasting money on products that would strip all my natural oils away!
Hair Care: this also works in two parts in my opinion – from inside out.
Diet is everything - try also adding supplements like He Shou Wu, Crushed Tonics, and Nettle Leaf to make your hair healthier than ever!
Oil is still your friend. I love doing oil masks on my hair. I’ll take jojoba oil from tip to root and let that sit for around 15 min minimum to help with dry hair and breakage! I also love adding essential oils to my scalp to help encourage growth (though be careful not to use TOO much, for organic essential oils are very potent). My favorites to add are Organic Rosemary Essential Oil and Organic Peppermint Essential Oil!
Any morning / evening routines?
YES, again, I have many.
1.) I always write down what I have to do the next day before I go to bed. Without a list, I feel like I don’t ever get anything accomplished. In the morning, I re-read my lists from the night before to remind myself of everything that needs to be done!
Writing things down / envisioning what needs to be done is KEY to accomplishing goals from small to large!!
2.) Every Morning and Evening I take my daily “supplements”.
The ones I use most often include:
i.) mFocus & Relax capsules by Crucial Four
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ii.) Crushed Tonic Elixir
ORIGINAL flavor if I have coffee in the morning!
MATCHA flavor if I don’t have coffee!
iii.) Addictive Wellness Chocolate
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I love that I can eat chocolate and consider it a supplement. These chocolates are organic, sugar free, vegan, and full of amazing tonic herbs!!! The herbal array in these helps me consume more of these essential apoptogenic herbs!
My favorite lately are Thrive Probiotics - they can even be baked up to around 400 degrees.
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iii.) Vitamin D3/K2.
My all-time fav!! Remember it’s important to have k2 with your vitamin D for proper assimilation!
3.) If I must be honest… I am a weirdo and do 100 crunches no matter what, literally. Even if I don’t go to the gym that day, even if I’m sick, I do 100 crunches. When I was younger Usher (yes, the singer) did an interview and said that was his daily workout routine. I wanted his abs when I was little and have implemented that ever since, though I’m still waiting for his results, HA!
Favorite Crushed Tonic Flavor?
This answer is NOT easy. It’s a close call between either the Original or the Matcha. If I had to pick, I believe I would go with the original because I think it is the most versatile. You can literally add it to anything at ANY time of the day, or if you’re like me you can eat it plain. Yes, you read that correctly…. I literally eat the Original plain because I think it taste so good LOL!!!
Favorite Crushed Tonic Recipe?
I use the Matcha packet to make a delicious hot vegan drink almost every morning! The recipe is pretty simple - all I do is heat up some coconut milk, add a packet of CT Matcha, and stir in a few drops of vanilla cream stevia, and I’m out the door!
Favorite restaurant in your neighborhood?
Like I said, I am traveling so much lately that I couldn’t really tell you where my “neighborhood” is! I will though tell you my favorite places from two of the cities I find myself in most, though:
1.) Erewhon (Los Angeles,CA) is that considered a restaurant?
If not - Café Gratitude Beverly Hills.
2.) Traders Point Creamery (Indianapolis, IN) I drive 2 hours just to eat here from my place in Illinois lol, its THAT good.
Wow – nowadays my favorite is called Evie Magazine.
It’s a new next-generation digital publication written by young women for young women, and it covers a wide variety of topics including health, beauty, fashion, relationships, career, and culture. I actually write articles for their health/beauty section from time to time!
Favorite athletic brand?
I’m really obsessed with P.E. Nation! I think they’re so dope!
Favorite Place in the world?
I think I would have to say Los Angeles! I love the versatility you can have there! If you really wanted to, you could hike, head to the beach, and then go downtown all in one day (though I don’t recommend due to traffic lately lol)!
I LOVE TO BAKE! I’ve always been that kid that would rather eat dessert instead of a meal lol! I’m also a chocolate addict, so I think my favorite would be brownies! Though I’m always extra when it comes to recipes, so they’re not just any old brownies - they’re sugar free cacao brownies topped with herbal icing! (I love adding tonic herbs to everything!)
** If I could add one crushed tonic original packet in some coconut milk on the side I may die and go to heaven.