Benefits of infrared sauna therapy for new mothers, nursing and breastfeeding.Read More
When my my close friend, leadership coach and all-around amazing human Kristin Meek of WYLD Leadership recently asked me to chat with her team about what wellness and well-being means to me, I jumped at the opportunity. Her business, WYLD, guides individuals and businesses in how they utilize their talents, spend their time, build their tribes, through coaching, retreats, and events. When reading back my answers to their thought-provoking questions, I realized that in the course of the interview I had laid out my manifesto on wellness.Read More
When I was pregnant, I had this vision of myself holding my twin boys standing at the finish line of the Block Island Triathalon. In my mind’s eye, I was wearing my race number, six pack abs from training and a big grin that said, “Look at me and how skinny I am seven months after twins!” Fast-forward to today a week away from the Block Tri, and the reality is that I struggle to make it to Pilates once a week let alone train for a mini triathlon. It may be different than what I anticipated pre-pregnancy, but I am deeply confident that I have done exactly what I needed to nourish and care for my body in my recovery from my super-sized pregnancy and traumatic birth. Not only has my recovery been very different than what I anticipated, my body image has transformed in an unexpected way and for the first time in my life I truly love, accept and appreciate my Self on a physical levelRead More
It’s mid-summer here in Connecticut, and the dance between soaking up the sun and avoiding it is in full swing. The sun is literally the center of our universe, it is responsible for life on this planet, but we have come to view it as dangerous and something to be avoided. Skin cancer, especially melanoma is on the rise despite the increase in sunscreen use – the two are both rising at over 30% in the last decade. On top of that, the majority of people are suffering from extreme vitamin D deficiencies, which has been directly linked to the rise in sunscreen use and an increase in chronic illnesses. A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast and began to explore this topic.Read More
Our bodies are designed to move daily. Exercise is a non-negotiable part of well-being, on a short list of must-do’s for optimal health that includes drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and eating plentiful fruits and vegetables. The benefits are endless - exercise makes us happier, it keeps our weight in check, which is necessary for the health of our hearts, muscles, and bones. It increases our energy levels, it decreases our chance of chronic illness, it improves our brain health and memories, it helps us relax and sleep better, and it’s even good for our sex lives.Read More
Here's our round-up of everything our team at Inner Light is loving this past month! This is what we're doing, reading, eating, using, watching... whatever is inspiring us and fueling us at this moment. I am sure you all know Haley, our amazing manager. I can't believe it's been almost a year that we we've been working together at IL! I think I need the adaptogen potion from her list... and Jesse, our weekend babe, is inspiring me with her eco-friendly moves. I am definitely going to get the reusable shopping bags she's converted to!
Roberta Roller Rabbit Tunic: I am headed off to the Bahamas with my parents, husband and twin boys - wish me luck - and finding bathing suits and beach wear has been really hard. I am still breastfeeding and don't fit into any swimsuits I own, so I am scrambling to find a couple, and relying on tunics. I love the print on these Roberta Roller Rabbit tunic even better in person, it's so breezy and Bohemian. Shop here.
The Post-Natal Depletion Cure: I do this thing where every time I hear of a book I want to read, I order it on Amazon. These are literally piling up on my nightstand. But one I have actually gotten to and am devouring when I can is The Post Natal Depletion Cure by Dr. Oscar Serrallach. There is so little emphasis put on healing the body post-partum in the Western world, whereas the Eastern world and indigenous cultures have elaborate healing regimes and support given to new mothers. Dr. Serrallach discusses why pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum is so taxing on our bodies and how to replenish these stores to optimal health. A must-read for any new mom - I don't rate on his scale as "depleted" but I sure feel depleted! And I'm putting many of his tips into practice. Shop here.
Moon Juice Adaptogen Protein Powder: Speaking being depleted, my naturopath recommended that I drink two protein smoothies a day while I am breastfeeding. After falling off the wagon, I am back on this plan and using the Moon Juice Adaptogen Protein Powder. With a base of ketogenic, biofermented brown rice protein and chia seed powder, it packs a punch with blue spirulina, ashwagandha and amla. Spirulina is a microalgae made of 70% protein and it contains calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is an adaptogen that supports the liver, reduces cholesterol, controls blood sugar, has anti-cancer properties - and the list goes on! Ashwagandha is one of my favorite adaptogens and is known for combating stress, supporting thyroid and adrenal function, and balancing hormones. Shop at Inner Light!
Verte Essentials - CBD Skincare: Usually when we get a new line or product, I play with the testers but I don't take home any stock because we buy shallow numbers of items and I don't want to take away something that a customer might love! But after playing with the testers from Verte, I had to take home their Micellar Cleaning Pads, Rose de Soie Moisturizer, and Elevate oil. These gorgeous products use premium grade hemp extract organically grown in the EU in their products, also known as CBD, which plays a regulatory role on pain, inflammation, memory, emotion, sleep and metabolic function. I can literally feel my body relax when I use these, especially after a hot shower or infrared sauna session, and I am loving them before bed. Shop ext time you're at Inner Light.
Lululemon Reversible Mat: I recently started practicing yoga consistently again. My body and mind missed it more than I ever could have imagined. This Lululemon Yoga Mat gets me thru the sweatiest of classes and brings me a sense of joy every time I roll it out. Shop here.
Joan Gray Oil: When it comes to skincare, my motto is to keep it simple and clean. This Joan Gray Oil has become a staple in my skin/ body care routine. It has a blend of aromatic oils which nourishes the skin head to toe. Pro tip: apply before your foundation/ tinted moisturizer for a natural glow that is sure to make head turns. Shop here.
Sun Potion Anandamide: Aka "Bliss Alchemy". If you know me, you know that I like anything and everything with the word "Bliss" in it. I bought this magical adaptogen blend for the name and ingredients, but ultimately fell in love with the way it made me feel. It is the perfect way to wean off that afternoon coffee & leaves your mind and body calm, yet energized. Shop here.
Monstera Plants: Can you ever have enough plant babies? For me, the answer is always "NO". I have fallen in love with the way that indoor plants make my space look and feel. This little guy is called a Monstera/ Swiss Cheese Plant. My favorite one "died" over the winter in my move, but with some tender love and care, I was able to bring him back to life. There is nothing like watching something flourish and grow. You can find these at most local garden shops.
Golden Flourish "Serene" Herbal Tea: This herbal tea from Golden Flourish is very aptly named Serene. The blend was created to bring tranquility, relaxation, and balance to your day. It has some of my all time favorite herbs in it: basil leaf, lemon balm, peppermint, and chamomile flower. The packaging caught my eye on the shelf in At Land http://at.land/ in Dobbs Ferry, New York and I had to bring it home to try! The smell and taste is absolutely divine, and until this heat wave passes I'll be enjoying it iced!
EcoBags Reusable Produce Bags: I've been looking for ways to decrease my usage of single-use plastics such as: straws, to-go containers, plastic utensils, shopping bags, etc. One wonderful source of information has been Lauren Singer's blog Trash is For Tossers which highlights many of the reasons she created her store in Brooklyn Package Free Shop which sells sustainable, green, eco friendly, plastic free products to help you live a zero waste, minimalist, and low impact lifestyle. My first purchase from the e-shop were these handy reusable cotton produce bags made by EcoBags. Now when I go to the supermarket or local farmers market I won't be needlessly using any plastic bags to transport my fruits and veggies home with me!
Drunken Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel: The company Drunken Elephant has been on my radar for a few years with their ethos and commitment to using only clean ingredients. I'd yet to test any of their products out until this past month when I happened on their cutely packaged series "The Littles" at Sephora which is a travel size selection of their skincare line. I absolutely love the B-Hydra Hydration Gel, I apply in the morning after cleansing and it has given my skin an extra boost and glow this summer!
Kite Hill "Key Lime" Almond Milk Yogurt: My mom is famous in our family for her key lime pies. Transitioning this past month to a vegan diet meant passing up a slice at summer events, at least until she makes a vegan-friendly recipe! Until then I've found a great alternative in Kite Hill's key lime flavored almond milk yogurt. A lot of times with dairy substitutes the texture can be a bit grainy or off in some manner, but not with this! It is super creamy and has the perfect sweet to tart ratio you want from a key lime pie. Add a few coconut shavings, or crumble some granola on top and you're in for a perfect summer treat that is healthy to boot!