We’ve built a lifestyle around feeling good year-round, but “feel good February” is a fun mantra we should all embrace. For us, this feel-good lifestyle always starts with real, delicious food. We asked some of our wellness expert friends what their feel-good tricks are. Here’s what they said.
nourish with superfood tonics & elixirs
I like having a turmeric steam milk at night to help me relax and get me ready for bed. Others I like right now too are blue green algae to boost immunity and a coffee elixir blended with mushroom cordyceps used for long lasting stamina and endurance before my long runs.
–Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD
Your body is a physical reflection of how much you respect, love and care for yourself. At the same time, I believe that the plate right in front of you is a reflection of your inner emotional state. Looking down and seeing a shitty pile of nachos? A handful of crackers as you stand in your pantry? You aren’t feeling so hot emotionally speaking. Feeling better and eating better starts with small steps. It can be as simple as starting with some beautiful plates, sitting down and taking the time to consciously eat what’s in front of you. Even if it is that last slice of leftover pizza! Need help? I’ve been there and would love to talk – reach out at @carlypollack (FB & IG).
–Carly Pollack, Functional Health Practitioner & Self Development Expert
That’s easy – for me it’s matcha green tea and dark chocolate DAILY and a great spin class!
–Michelle Pittman, RD, LD
move with loved ones
Acro yoga with my man all over our city. We actually met a year ago through acro-yoga (the best!)
–Paige Martindell, Fitness Instructor
enjoy the simple things
One thing I like to do weekly that makes me feel good in the middle of a stressful week is to take a few minutes to make some soothing mint tea in one of my favorite mugs and just take a moment to relax by doing something I enjoy such as reading, watching a tv show, or just listening to some good tunes. I also like to pick up a new exciting flavor of kombucha each week when I do my grocery store run! It’s the simplest things that bring me joy!
–Macy Diulus, Nutrition Student & Blogger
The new year is full of so many exciting ventures. I collect new books to read, courses to take, recipes to make, products to try, and often find myself in a flurry of newness. Then I remember, ALL THE FEELS I receive from relationships that already exist. Nothing beats a good cup of coffee with a good friend. A midday walk with that person, your deep well, who listens to all your troubles. And somedays, someone who is willing to mutually glare-down the group fitness instructor who is attempting to kill you during endless rounds of burpees. It’s these people, among a season of new improvements, that reminds me to cherish and cultivate the past.
–Whitney Stuart, RD, LDN
replenish after workouts
Replenishing my body after a workout with a delicious, nutrition packed smoothie keeps me fueled for the rest of the day and motivated to continue living a balanced lifestyle. A quick stop at Snap Kitchen to pick up healthy snacks and kombucha happens regularly.
–Kristen Koton, Yoga Teacher
get your mind right
While exercise and honoring my bodies hunger and fullness signals are my best ways to manage stress, I have recently started a daily gratitude journal. The “one-minute gratitude journal” simply prompts you with “today I am grateful for…” and you can then list as much or as little as you’re feeling in the moment. Some days there is a lot that comes to me and other times, when I have a more stressful day ahead, it may be harder, but sets the tone for a positive outlook on whatever comes my way.
–Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD
I have been going for long walks a few times a week before dinner and it has been amazing! I usually just put on a podcast and it just helps clear my mind and gets me moving after sitting most of the day.
–Kelly Nardo, Nutrition Coach