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Weekly bits of wellness: the skin-gut connection, 7 day squat challenge, relieving muscle tension, eating cooked vs. raw vegetables and more!

Weekly bits of wellness: the skin-gut connection, 7 day squat challenge, relieving muscle tension, eating cooked vs. raw vegetables and more!

Happy Friday fellow wellness seekers!

I hope you had a productive and fullfilling week.

Here’s a shortlist of some of the things I tried and enjoyed over the past week.

Everything I included in this week’s list are things I’ve tried and enjoyed, and would highly recommend to anyone. None of it is sponsored or paid for advertisements. They’re simply new things that I incorporated into my week, that I enjoyed or made me feel good, and I think they would do the same for you.

As always, if there is anything you want to see or hear more about, or experiences you want to share, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

What I’m reading - Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, which covers the rise and fall of the notorious biotech firm Theranos and it’s founder Elizabeth Holmes. In a word, this book is riveting. It reads like a page-turning fiction novel but it’s all true. My greatest takeaway was that even the greatest ideas, supported by all the money and power that corporate America has to offer, still need to be founded in truth if they want to be experience lasting success.

What I’m listening to - Dr. Nigma Talib on the Goop Podcast, discussing the skin-gut connection. Dr. Talib is a Naturopathic doctor and author of one of my favorite books Younger Skin Starts in the Gut. She is known for her approach to aging gracefully (all you have to do is look at her to know that she definitely knows what she’s talking about). On the podcast, she shares her wisdom regarding the correlation between lifestyle, diet and skin health. My favorite part if when she dives in to how to avoid gluten, dairy, sugar and wine face!

What I’m eating - Cooked rather than raw vegetables. Listening to Dr. Nigma Talib’s podcast reminded me that raw vegetables (which you see a lot of here in LA) are a lot harder to digest than cooked vegetables. So for the last week, I used cooked vegetables in all of my meals, and I experienced a huge difference in how I felt after each meal and throughout the day. I was far less bloated, and food seemed to pass through my digestive track more easily and regularly (if you know what I mean).

How I’m moving- In addition to my regular workout routine, I took part in a little squat challenge this week. I started day 1 with a base of 15 squats and added 10 more squats each day for the rest of the week. It felt great to do a little something extra for myself, and I loved knowing that I was able to rise to the additional challenge each day, for the whole week. It was an easy way to feel like I was accomplishing more - which made me feel stronger and better than I was last week.

Product I’m loving - My rose quartz gua sha. In addition to helping improve blood circulation, skin tone, elasticity of the skin and lymphatic drainage, I’ve bene using it to release muscle tension in my face when I wake up in the morning and before I got to sleep at night. I suffer from tension headaches, and this is a great exercise to help relax the muscles in my face, along my jawline and down my neck.

Mantra I’m feeling - ‘What are you doing with the best hours of your greatest days? ‘ - Robin Sharma.

Wishing you all a weekend filled with wellness!

xo Jen


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