We’re getting so close to the summer months that I can almost taste the watermelon salads and crisp rosé in my future! Spring seems to bring on a whole new mindset for many, especially those that live in colder climates. During yoga this morning, I was thinking about how busy my fitness classes seem to be lately. I think a lot of people try to go balls to the walls once spring hits in hopes of getting their body “summer ready.” It got me thinking about the wellness rituals that I practice and follow throughout the year in the form of what some may call “self care” — making time for fitness, filling my body with nutritious food, and taking care of my mind and muscles.
Outfit is complete Lululemon, shoes are Asics
Adaptogens + Seeds
I swear by some of these. I don’t even take actual vitamins as my body was sufficient in all tested deficiencies last time I was at the doctor (although I’d love to learn more about raw & organic vitamins on the market.) That said, most of the adaptogens I consume are filled with natural vitamins.
I always start my morning with a full scoop of Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen. I find that the protein in the collagen and almond milk in my coffee fills me up just enough for my morning workouts. I have personally seen drastic results by adding this to my diet over the last two years. My hair dresser is shocked every time she sees me at how fast my hair grows – same applies to my nails. My skin rarely has a breakout, and I truly think the collagen aids digestion.
Other adaptogens and seeds I use three to four times per week are Spirulina, Flax Seeds (ground), Chlorophyll pills, Chia Seeds, and Ashwagandha. I simply add a small scoop of each to my usual smoothie every morning.
Acupuncture & Cupping
I’ve been seeing a father-daughter physician team in the Inner Richmond over the last year. I started out getting acupuncture followed by cupping just on my back. After having issues with a chronic injury on my ankle from 2011 (!), I became desperate for answers and relief after lots of mixed opinions from modern medicine doctors. I’ve been getting acupuncture on my ankle weekly, along with cupping on my back. I have already seen drastic results — decreased swelling and relief from other issues I had been experiencing. If you’re local to San Francisco, I go here.
It’s no secret your girl here loves a deep tissue massage! I mean, my mom and I basically vacation in Mexico because the massages there are so cheap, sometimes we do two-a-days! #extra I usually treat myself to a massage once a month, especially when I’m feeling sore from a hard workout, or just plain rundown. I always go to Healthy Living Spa on third avenue and Clement Street in San Francisco. Fifty bucks for the best hour of your weekend! If you don’t have the means or time for a long massage, I also love opting in for the extra 10 minute massages they offer at most nail salons.
I’m still at the point in my life where I really like to go out on the weekends and share a bottle of vino with friends over dinner or stroll around my neighborhood for afternoon bar-hopping on an especially sunny Saturday. That said, I definitely try to be very mindful of my alcohol consumption during the week, of course it doesn’t make my body or mind feel the best. I generally try to stay away from any drinks Monday-Thursday, and will limit consumption to one glass if I do go out or attend a fun event.
I calendar every single workout I book (and pay in advance) for as soon as I schedule it, which in some cases is up to a week before. This way, I can plan out my mornings and work schedule while making my fitness routine an absolute priority. You don’t want to hang with me if I didn’t get my sweat in on a particular day 😉 – I’m grouchy!
Walking is my thing in 2019. Make walking cool again! I mean seriously, I burn almost the same amount of calories on an hour walk than I do in a spin class! Not only does walking torch calories, but it creates long, lean muscles and clears your mind. I’ve tried to be super mindful of getting out for walks during the day or taking calls while walking outside on days I work from home. My daily walks have become super therapeutic, and, not to mention, I’ve had numerous great business ideas while walking, it creates such a clear space to think!
Green & Celery Juice
You’re probably rolling your eyes at the mention of celery juice on yet *another* blog, and I’m right there with you! I think the special potion has been getting a bit too much recognition than what it truly deserves, but I will say that I love to re-hydrate with it after an especially sweaty Bikram class. Celebrity nutritionist, @BeWellByKelly explains her point of view (which I agree with) in this People Magazine article. For regular green juice, I keep this on hand for days I don’t consume enough greens. I love Pressed Juicery (which can also be ordered online!)
Any wellness practices you swear by?