Wellness Trend Report, Mountain Base Style
A couple weeks ago I shared an article of one of my favorite genre of end of year lists: the wellness trend list. So this year I thought I would share my own perspective on what the next big things will be. Presenting: The Wellness Trend Report, Mountain Base Style.
Slowing It Down
Over the past two years, I’ve recovered from adrenal fatigue. I was living a moderate to high stress lifestyle where even some of my healthy choices were contributing to over exhaustion of my whole body and mind. The thing is, I have a pretty high tolerance for “busy”. But the reality is, I’m human. It all came to a head when I was 18 weeks pregnant and in the hospital for a heart problem called SVT. I slept for 2 days straight while I was at the hospital, and I wasn’t even “sick”. I left there with an understanding that I needed to slow down, in all aspects of my life. Since then, I prioritize my sleep (including not waking up before my natural rhythm to even exercise). I consume less caffeine, I stay away from situations and relationships that cause too much unsettling feelings, and I say “NO” when I am taking too much on.
I think my experience is very similar to many others, especially moms. And I think there’s a shift happening toward living a slower lifestyle. Self Care Checklists are popping up everywhere, and I’ve even noticed a greater interest in slower yoga. It doesn’t always have to be hot, power and flow, you can receive just as many benefits from yin, restore, and breath work.
If you haven’t been to my Sunday morning class lately, we practice a different breathing exercise at the beginning or end of every class. That’s a tool you can take with you anywhere. Speaking of breath work, I recently listened to an interview with the writer of this book, and i’m pretty intrigued.
High Fat Foods
Up until about two weeks ago, I thought high fat lattes with oils and butters were for people who didn’t like food like I like food. But I gave it a try after listening to a podcast where the host explained that it set her up right nutritionally for the rest of her day. That resonated with me, and so I gave the fat-fueled breakfast a shot, and I haven’t turned back. There’s something really intriguing to me about the science of the ketogenic lifestyle, where one’s body is fueled by fat, rather than carbohydrates. It’s a diet that’s been fueling people’s brains for decades, but I’m hearing SO. MUCH. KETO, and I think it’s awesome. Fueling your body and mind with fat has a lot more benefits that you might think, most notably improved cognitive function (for me and the other busy moms out there!). My current fat fueled breakfast is:
- 1/2tsp matcha
- 2 Tbsp Coconut cream (from a can)
- 1Tbsp MCT oil or powder
- 2 Scoops collagen
- 1 packet of stevia sweetener
- 16-20 oz water
I blend it all up in a blender and enjoy over about 30 minutes of quiet time in the morning. Traci (see #4) gave me my first recipe for a fat fueled breakfast, aka, Rocket Fuel Latte, courtesy of The Healthful Pursuit, my go-to source for all things fat-fueled, grounded and healthy.
If you haven’t heard of Adaptogens, they are herbs, fungus or plants that help your body deal with stress. Maca, Ginseng, Astragalus, Reishi, and Holy Basil, are some of the heavy hitters, but certainly not the whole team. When possible I incorporate them into my fat-fueled breakfast or my nighttime warm drink. When your body is balanced and cortisol is in check, your immune system functions better too. Less colds, more calm.
7 years ago, I went to a Ayurveda course taught by my dear friend Sue from Amala Wellness. At the end of one night, Sue brought out this bottle of something called “Ashwaganda”. It was tar like in color and texture, and she asked us all to take a spoonful of it. HELL no!, I thought. This lady can take her doshas and ashwaganda and beat it! But you know what? Ashwaganda and its family of cortisol slowing, adrenal healing herbs are now all the rage. Sue, if you’re reading this, you are my Ayurvedic hero.
If you want to book an Ayurvedic consult or treatment with Sue, you can do that here.
Here are a few products that have adaptogens in them, some I have tried and some I would like to.
This year, I started seeing a nutritionist. You may have heard me talk about this before, because I consider it one of my greatest wellness hacks of the year. When I first went to see Traci, I was one year post partum and as most of you know, working both as the yoga studio owner but also as a Realtor. I was feeling really tired and sluggish at the time, and had just chalked it up to being pretty busy with three kids and two jobs. Track asked me a lot of questions about what I was eating and when I was eating it and about my lifestyle. She thought it was perhaps not just run of the mill tiredness, and made a few incredibly simple suggestions that COMPLETELY changed how I was feeling. Within two weeks, I had the energy to take my three kids on bike rides and jogs, exercise almost daily, and just make it through the day without the need for an extra cup of coffee or something sweet to keep my energy up. Medicine is becoming more and more about what you put into and on your body, and your daily habits and behaviors. It’s about moving your body in the right way, sleeping well, thinking well, and acting well. It’s the whole picture, and I think this trend of looking to these things rather than a prescription is going to continue to grow. If you are curious about functional movement, I appreciate this instagram account so much.
Ok, disclaimer here, that I don’t actually subscribe to anything! But wellness related subscription services are popping up everywhere! My sis in law just told me about this company, and I’m very intrigued by this idea, and pretty sure my dentist would love if I subscribed to this. What are some subscription services that you’ve tried that I should try?
Shout outs to some other really important topics that I just don’t have time to write about (see #1):
- Fighting Inflammation - if you still can’t spell Turmeric you must live in a cave.
- Gut Health - you, know, probiotics and stuff.
- Sound Healing - gimme all those healing vibes.
If you are a wellness junkie too and want to chit chat about it for hours like me and my wellness tribe does, and we can grab a matcha and meditate on it. -Sarah, owner of Mountain Base Yoga until June 2018