Two patterns have distinctly emerged within the realm of health and fitness in my life: 1) I am sporadically enthusiastic about working out and eating clean, but never for longer than two months consecutively, and 2) I really believe in some (embarrassingly?) new age holistic health approaches. While it would be great to announce that I am a yo-yo dieter no more, or that I am no longer tempted by food fads, and have stopped conducting questionable Pinterest experiments, or regularly indulging in emotional eating, I am strangely fond of these fluctuations, which may forever be part of me. At twenty-five I have happily accepted that I will never be runway thin or sleek and tan. Oh so luckily for me, being curvy is à la mode pour le moment, so I will run with that as long as (longer than) it remains thus.
Having been raised by a mother who was a veritable Nostradamus when it came to predicting unusual health trends, I have accrued many years of exposure to the throes of ayurvedism, veganism, herbalism, and the healing powers of fasting, cleansing, and detoxing long before their mainstream emergence on the cultural scene. Unlike my mother, who hikes nearly every day, and eats like it’s always lent, I have regarded each new trend with equal parts skepticism and excitement, (just in case this time it really is a miracle cure-all!). In reality, I, like many of my fellow humans (women especially) am constantly driven to discover some new way to become better, more appealing, more attractive. With a passion for feminism and rejecting myriad societal pressures, I try to focus on implementing and attempting ventures which actually make me feel good. For instance, if I were an influential politician at this moment, other than announcing my intentions to run for President, I would also enthusiastically endorse the healing powers of kombucha!
GT’s Cosmic Cranberry! One of my favorites!
Yes, the funky probiotic drink which is a bi-product of brewing fermented tea with a horrifying alien-like scoby. Recently, the food science world has been exploding with potential health benefits of strains of probiotics, many of which exist in kombucha, and how they contribute to our overall well-being. Additionally, it is incredibly easy and cheap to make at home, which I have tried with some success. I’m just going to toss this out there- I actually think my probiotic intake over the past year has helped dramatically reduce my spring allergies. Ask me about it!
Abandoning my kombucha soap-box, I also have tried scrubbing my teeth with activated charcoal (see picture) as a friend and I both read it could basically soak up every stain your teeth ever even considered having. It didn’t blow me away, but it was fun, and would make a great Halloween accessory.
I would love to hear everyone’s adventures in modern food or health trends. Please share in comments if you have one to pass along!!
I hope everyone is enjoying springtime and enjoying a lovely start to the week!