Dr. Lauren is a functional medicine pharmacist on a mission to make #WalmartWellness accessible & affordable for all 💕 www.drlaurencastle.com/blog

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Spring has sprung! 🌷
The pas two weeks in Ohio have been absolutely beautiful with all the trees and flowers blooming. We (read: my wonderful husband) put our hammock up and have been getting the yard and back patio cleaned up and ready to enjoy. We’ve had the same affordable red Mainstays outdoor dining table set for nearly 6 years and the chairs have finally worn through, so I’ve been looking at new ones in our lawn and garden center and on Walmart.com! Check out my favorites here: 
Sooo many cute and cozy options! What’s on wishlist for creating the perfect outdoor oasis? 🎍🪨

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It wouldn’t be April Fool’s Day in Ohio without some snow! (Did you see my stories today?!) ❄️ Planting a garden is always a challenge since we have to time everything just right, watch the weather forecast, and bust out the tarp to cover things when we get those spring frosts. But, whether you are planting a garden in your yard, installing some raised beds, trying out some container gardening, or using a small indoor setup, growing your own fresh herbs and veggies is one of the best things you can do! 🪴 It’s fun when it works, it saves you money, it’s great for your health, and like they say, the food just tastes better when it comes straight from the work of your own hands. 👩‍🌾 Check out your local garden center at @walmart or shop online and have everything you need to get started with gardening sent right to your door, all linked here: http://liketk.it/3bUGS 
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My hobby: 🏍💨

I’ve loved seeing all the #associatehobbycontest posts this month, and I am finally getting around to posting mine!

I ride a motorcycle with some amazing women known as @thelitas / @thelitas_dayton ☠️

This weekend, we spent the day riding through 3 different covered bridges in southern Ohio. It was chilly in the morning but ended up being a beautiful sunny afternoon. ☀️ 

I’ve been riding my own bike for 7 years now, but I grew up riding on the back of motorcycles. My grandpa rode a Honda Goldwing to all 48 lower states, and then my dad had a HD Softail when I was in high school. And when @srcastle5 picked up for our first date on the back of his Triumph Thruxton in 2010, I knew he was the one 😘 

Seth has been my biggest supporter and actually bought me my first bike, the green 1976 KZ 400. Then Dad got me the sand camo Sportster in 2015 when he traded in his bike. Seth got us the red Dyna Convertible in 2016. And I finally bought my dream bike for myself in 2018; a 2017 @harleydavidson Dyna Low Rider S. 🖤

I actually have my original private Instagram account that’s basically all motorcycle photos because I felt like I needed a separate page to be “more professional”. 🥼

But, the more I learn about creating a personal brand, the more I realize that this *is* the real Dr. Lauren, leather boots and all. 👢

How many of you knew that I rode a motorcycle? 😏 And tell me a fun fact about you that most people wouldn’t guess! 👇

PS- I can’t say that @walmart sells motorcycles just yet, but we do sell lots of awesome moto apparel and accessories, so I linked my favs here! 

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Spring Cleaning 🧽

Did you know that @walmart had an entire section on Walmart.com called “The Clean Living Shop” under the Household Essentials department, that is full of (mostly) better for you brands?

The challenge though, is not every product on that page is truly clean... “greenwashing” is a term used to describe products that market themselves as all natural or healthy or clean, but are still potentially harmful or unhealthy. I see brands like Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation sometimes being called out for this, but you truly have to evaluate each product on its own, because some of their items score an A on EWG while others score lower. But, that’s still better than most conventional cleaners that score an F! Sometimes, you just have to do your best. 

To make that easier, I took the time to comb through the Environmental Working Group’s Top Green Cleaning Product list and Guide to Healthy Cleaning to round up these best products that we carry online. 

Unfortunately, almost all of the cleaning products in store shelves right now do not score very well on the EWG app, but I think that will change as the demand for green cleaning products increases. Until then, thank goodness for Walmart+ and next day delivery!

And and if you’re in a pinch, my go to DIY cleaner is just baking soda and vinegar! Super cheap and works just as well as most other cleaners. 

Shop the products here: http://liketk.it/3bqP3 

What cleaning supplies are in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry cabinets? 🧺 🚽 

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Let’s talk about hormones! And babies! 🚺👶🏻 
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked when or if I’m gonna have a baby. Not that it’s anyone’s business anyway. I’ve just never really been a baby person 🤷🏻‍♀️ 
So, I spent the last 11 years on the Nuvaring; blissfully ignorant of my body’s natural cues, as I opted to skip my cycles most months. It was awesome. 
But the more I learned about Functional Medicine,  the more I wanted to understand my own hormones and work with my body instead of overriding my system. I couldn’t reconcile the fact that I go out of my way to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals in my food, water, personal care products, and cookware but my last vice was intentionally using these synthetic “hormones” to disrupt my own HPATG axis. 🧐 Don’t get me wrong; birth control was a wonderful thing for me, as it is for many women. But for me, the time had come to explore other options.
So, at the end of last year, I finally quit my Nuvaring and transitioned to Natural Family Planning to track my cycles. (Check out @nfppharmacist if you need help with this!) I’m glad I made this decision now so that I have time to figure it all out while my body gets back to its natural state, because it doesn’t often revert back overnight! (Currently reading @drjolenebrighten’s Beyond the Pill to help with that!) 📖 
Whether you’re trying to conceive or trying to avoid, I love that @walmart has tools to help you manage your reproductive health, be it birth control from the Pharmacy or OPKs like @modernfertility or @clearblue monitors. And if you are expecting, the baby registry is perfect way to get everything you need for your little one, including clean baby products and cute organic clothes. 🎀  #walmartwellness #walmartbabies #iworkatwalmart http://liketk.it/39mRl #liketkit @liketoknow.it
The easy way to eat Organic on a budget: look for the purple label at Walmart! 💟 #WalmartTricks
There have been some amazing book launches this past week by a few of my favorite functional and integrative medicine doctors: 
@drewramseymd: Eat to Beat Depression & Anxiety 
@drmarkhyman: The Pegan Diet
@drwillcole: Intuitive Fasting
Do you know what they all have in common? 
Organic produce 🥦🍓🥬🫐🥑
“In order to make an organic claim or use the USDA Organic Seal, the final product must follow strict production, handling and labeling standards and go through the organic certification process.  The standards address a variety of factors such as soil quality, animal raising practices, and pest and weed control.  Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.” 
Ultimately, this makes the food better for the environment and better for you. 
One of my favorite #WalmartTricks for making it super easy to shop healthy at Walmart is to look for our purple Great Value Organic items! 💟 There’s organic produce, meats, eggs, pantry staples, and more. 
If cost is a concern, start by choosing organic for the EWG “dirty dozen”. Check out my LIKEtoKNOW.it to see these 12 items plus a few more of my favorite organic picks at Walmart!
#iworkatwalmart #walmartwellness
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Happy Valentines Day 💘

Seth and I spent our morning sipping coffee and listening to records, just like we did on my first weekend stay in Dayton 10 years ago. ☕️🎧

When we planned our engagement photos in 2016, we knew we wanted them to reflect us and be meaningful to look back on. Music has played such a big part in our lives, and we missed it so much in 2020! Here’s hoping we get so some shows in 2021. 🎼

Hope you spend you day with someone you love, doing the things you love together. ❣️

#iworkatwalmart #valentinesday

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Wishing I was back in Louisiana in this beautiful weather with my beautiful friends from this photoshoot! But alas, I’m ankles deep in 4 inches of Ohio snow right now. ❄️ 

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Have you tried Walmart+? 📲⁣⁣
I’m so thankful for this service that helps my family get groceries brought to our doorstep with unlimited delivery, and makes it even faster for me to grab a few things when I’m in the store with mobile scan & go! The 5 cents/gal savings on fuel is awesome too! 🚙🛒⛽️⁣⁣

#StayHomeWithLTK #LTKSeasonal #LTKfamily
Do you remember when coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils burst onto the wellness scene as the cure all’s for everything that ails you? 🥥
From the common cold to athletes foot, the list of uses seems never ending. 🍎
But in all seriousness, these three items that are now household names are three items always have on hand because they have so many applications! 💧
What are your favorite #homeremedies? 🌿

#LTKhome #LTKfamily #LTKbeauty
Sunday Funday! 🏈🏆

Who else is just here for the snacks? 🥨

We like to keep things gluten free at my house. Did you know that Walmart has an entire section of gluten free items in stores? There are lots of awesome brands that you might be surprised to find! Head over to the blog or LTK for a round up of my favorite gluten free salty snack crackers. Don’t forget to order them via Walmart+ for free shipping and no order minimum delivery!

These are perfect to go along with the charcuterie board trend; just try to fill them up with as many fruits and veggies as there are crackers, nuts, meats, cheeses, and dips! 🍇🧀

What are you snacking on during the big game? 
#footballseason #iworkatwalmart

#LTKhome #LTKfit #LTKSeasonal
Let’s talk about (WFH) Fashion 👗 

One thing that I love about working for Walmart is that our dress code is so relaxed! Even our pharmacists can wear jeans to work with their white coat. 👖🥼

And with so many folks living that Work From Home life, is there still a point in dressing up? Of course! You just feel more put together, and almost anything feel like a special occasion nowadays. 🥂 

For me, I’m always cold, so I like wearing long sleeve shirts. But I don’t like shirts that feel stiff or tight. That’s why these Time and Tru stretch buttons down shirts are my perfect shirt! And they were on clearance for $7! I searched every store in the mall for a shirt like these for years, and they were right in front of me all along. Anyone else have a tendency to fall in love with a piece of clothing buy it in multiple colors? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Let me know:
What’s your work uniform? 👔
Or your WFH uniform? 💻

PS - these photos were actually taken prepandemic lol. What would we do without iPhone storage? 📱

PPS - I’m now on LikeToKnow.it! This is a fun little app that you can use to shop my posts! Visit this link to check it out! ❤️

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