A New Year Wellness Regimen
by laney crowell
I love the New Year, and I specifically cherish the opportunity to take a moment to reevaluation my wellness routine. People can get a little defensive about resolutions, feeling like you've failed if you break them. But I don't choose to see it that way. I think of it as a reset, which quite honestly I do multiple times throughout the year.
This New Year I've chosen to focus on the following New Year Wellness Regimen:
When I read Dr. Will Cole's book Ketotarian, so many light bulbs went off. I've always been a fan of low sugar dishes, like the Avocado Hummus Kelly LeVeque made for us on The Moment, but I didn't really understand the science behind why focusing on low glycemic foods is good for you. After reading his book I really started to understand why I should eat that way. After 2 weeks of going with the flow and eating what was available (or indulging because hey! it's Christmas!) over the holidays, I'm so excited to go back to my Ketoarian Routine. What does that mean? I focus on plant-based foods, lots of healthy fats, and protein rich foods like eggs and nuts. Two recipes I make on repeat: RASA’s Cauliflower Soup and Skin Food Talk’s Spaghetti Squash.
Part of eating Ketotarian means giving your body long periods of time to rest from digesting. I first started doing this when I did the Clean Program cleanse. They recommend a 12 hours window, which honestly feels very easy compared to the 17 hour time period that Cole recommends. My goal is to do it two times per week. I do best with an early dinner and then having tea for breakfast, and breaking my fast with lots of veggies for lunch.
I see a huge difference when I mask regularly with Manuka Honey. Quite honestly, it's one of the most effective masks out there, and you can get it at Whole Foods! I discovered it at Cap Beauty when I told the sales woman about my skin (sensitive, dry, and prone to breakouts). She recommended that I take home a jar of their Manuka Honey. It's antibacterial, hence great for breakouts, super hydrating, and very soothing. I just got a new jar and put it next to my bath so I can incorporate it into my nightly bath routine.
When I was in high school I started to get really bad breakouts. My family dermatologist put me on antibiotics. For years. Shocking, I know. It cleared up my skin (for a bit) but did major damage to my intestines. I think I'm going to be forever recovering from it to be honest. So as part of my wellness routine, I'm always incorporating prebiotics and probiotics. My new find it Nue and Co's Prebiotic powder. I mix it into my almond milk in a blender and then heat it on the stove. It's divine. My goal it to have it on Friday and Saturday nights, which leads me to....
I'm not a big drinker, never have been (if you don't count college or the 10 years after 😀) I don't like the way I feel the next day and I don't appreciate the extra calories. Over the holidays I always end up drinking more than usual. More dinners out, more parties, and before I know it one glass of wine a week turns into one glass of wine a night. As with lots of things, I respond best to firm boundaries. I do great when I have strict rules, which is why for January and February I'm doing zero alcohol. We'll see if I can bring that into the rest of the year. If not, it's ok. I know I'm going to feel so great taking the two months off.