I wanted to write this post for quite a while now and I’m so glad to finally share it. I get questions all the time about my diet and exercise, and truthfully I’m a pretty healthy person but I also take a fairly relaxed approach to both. Which is why I titled this my ‘relatively healthy’ approach to wellness. Wellness means different things to everyone, and for me it’s about balance. I’m not one to do juice cleanses (way too hangry), swear off certain foods, or work out 7 days a week, and in my opinion that’s ok. So please, take everything I’m telling you here with a grain of salt. I’m not an expert, I’m just sharing what works for me and if there’s something helpful you take away from it, great. Today also happens to be the first day of the Fresh Beauty #GlowGetter Challenge that I’ll be doing over the next four weeks. It’s totally free to sign up and each week there will be different wellness tips from skincare, fitness and nutrition experts. You can sign up here, let me know if you do, either comment on this post or send me a DM on Instagram so we can do it together. The #GlowGetter kit sold out online but if you want to purchase you can call the nearest store and they’ll ship it to you for free. Let’s talk about wellness…
When I was in second grade I missed almost half the school year going in and out of doctor’s appointments, neurologist offices, and the hospital while everyone tried to figure out what was wrong with me. Turns out I suffered from migraines. During that time we discovered that many of my “triggers” were food related. At the top of the list was sugar and basically any processed foods. I wasn’t a big junk food eater anyway but that essentially eliminated it from my diet. So that’s the backstory. What about now? I don’t diet, I don’t count calories, and I don’t believe in juicing/cleansing. Again, that’s just me, you do you boo. My approach to food and diet is, everything in moderation, stop when you’re full, eat the real thing (no fake sweeteners, etc.) and give your body what it’s craving. I don’t drink soda, I don’t eat candy or junk food (except the occasional ice cream cone), I never eat fast food and I don’t eat sweets. I don’t crave any of those things because I never eat them (nor can I because I’ll end up with a migraine and that’s just not fun). Despite what my social media accounts may imply, I also don’t really drink. I can’t drink wine (migraines), and I can’t have more than one alcoholic drink of anything without being horribly hungover the next day, I think I might be allergic honestly. I eat three meals a day but more like five or six because I snack a lot. When we go out to eat we always share an entree. Most of our meals are a fruit or veggie, a protein, and a small portion of carbs like potato or rice. Craig does most of the cooking so whatever he makes, I eat. I’m working on it though and I’m getting better everyday, just call me Martha. A typical day of food usually looks something like this: morning – eggs, whole grain toast with ghee, occasionally bacon (organic, preservative free, etc.); snack – toast with almond butter or a smoothie w/ granola; lunch – salad w/ chicken or a sandwich with avocado, lettuce, tomato; snack – guac and chips or a handful of crackers or something crunchy; dinner – varies but usually includes a protein like chicken, lamb or fish, veggies or a salad, rice or potato. Some of our favorite quick and easy dinners are lamb tacos (need to share that recipe), chicken lettuce wraps, grilled chicken and corn, homemade breaded fish and chips.
Other than that time in college when I gained the freshman 15 (which was more like 35-seriously it was nuts) I’ve basically had the same body type since high school. Some of that can be attributed to good genes, my Dad is 60 and has a six pack and my Mom is in better shape than me, no joke. I go through phases with exercise, sometimes I’m really into it and get on a great consistent routine and sometimes I just DGAF. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t punish myself for that. If I’m not feelin it, that’s ok. I do think it’s really important to get up and move every day, even if it’s just a leisurely stroll, a dog walk, something to get the blood flowin. I played team sports in high school, every season for four years, and I think that’s why I prefer taking classes now. I just can not go to the gym on my own. I don’t do it and I won’t do it. There’s something about the class environment that makes me motivated (maybe I just feel more competitive, haha). Barre classes continue to be my favorite exercise. I took SoulCycle recently in NYC for the first time and it was a great workout but nothing is more challenging or leaves me more sore the next day than Barre. I’ve done Physique57, PopPhysique, PureBarre and now StudioBarre. They’re all a little different and I can’t say I like one more than another, at the end of the day it’s a great workout. If I’m not taking a class I prefer to do something outdoors; bike to the beach, go for a walk, play tennis, surf or snowboard depending on the season, basically anything that doesn’t involve being in a gym. I also love taking yoga, I prefer a regular vinyasa flow and nothing heated, been there done that, no thanks.
Often I think we forget about, in my opinion, the most important part of the wellness puzzle, mental health. A healthy diet and exercise are super important to supporting mental health but there’s more to it than that. You have to pay attention to and take time for your mental health. I have a few different approaches and rituals that help clear my mind and leave me with a general feeling of happiness. First and most importantly is digital detox. As someone who makes a living basically online I am glued to my computer and my phone, but everyone needs a break from it. I find ways to step away from my devices whether it’s leaving my phone at home while I walk Nora, turning it off for dinner or just having a no computer day on the weekend. My new Sunday ritual is reading the NY Times on my patio (the actual paper) with my coffee. Such a simple thing but it helps me disconnect and be in the moment. It’s an hour or two of my time that I look forward to every week. Walking the beach or riding bikes with Craig is also one of my favorite ways to decompress and of course spending time with my family and friends, laughter is the best medicine. Whatever it is that makes you feel good, take the time to do those things, practicing self-care is so important. I highly encourage a digital detox to everyone, whether it’s a few hours or a few days. Stepping away from the phone, the computer, and the tv is a mental break we all need and deserve.