2020 is the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Although most people consider the rat to be not so adorable, this creature restarts each 12-year zodiac cycle, making it the perfect inspiration to embark on new wellness and travel journeys in the New Year.
This year we play on the characteristics of this animal full of spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality. This is our year to access, build and succeed at these various characteristics through focus, perseverance, and motivation. We gain motivation both from within and gathering strength from those around us. Join us in focusing on wellness. Cheers to becoming healthier and more vibrant versions of ourselves in 2020 and beyond.
1. COGNITIVE WELLNESS
It all starts with the brain. Really wanting to excel in our startup and with so many trends going around about cognitive health and wellness, we thought to give some a try.
If you haven’t heard of Dave Asprey you may just want to add him to your Who To Follow in 2020 list. The basic premise behind the trend for ketogenic or “bulletproof” coffee comes from his experience in Tibet watching locals add Yax milk to their tea. He realized this was a very energetic way to start the morning and he felt really good when he drank it. By adding butter and MCL oil to coffee he created similar effects. The butter is a great delivery system of the MCL brain-boosting compound as well as it helps people get into a state of kenosis where their bodies burn fat in place of carbs. Find more info on the ketogenic diet here.
Why We Like It: We feel mentally sharper with the ability to concentrate longer. For those looking for dietary effects, we can vouch that it definitely suppresses our appetites. The buttery filling is smooth and heavier than regular coffee so it’s great to have before lunch or mid-morning.
Tips For Ultimate Balance:
If you’re a coffee drinker you want to have one cup of traditional coffee first; this takes you beyond just waking up. It is so filling that we often skipped lunch leading to jittery afternoon cravings so make sure that you eat small snacks while downing ketogenic coffee. We also suggest a bottle of water on the side.
Coffee Infused With Micro Mushrooms And Lion’s Mane
Research suggests that micro mushrooms and lion’s mane offer a range of health benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved cognitive and heart health . If you need a smooth wake up call to the brain in the morning without the jitters, take a look at a couple of our favorite brands, Four Sigmagtic Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane and La Republica Forager.
Why We Like It
It enhances our cognitive abilities, while keeping us vibrant and more awake, and it does so without the crash. We feel energized and alert without feeling anxious, restless, or experiencing an accelerated heart rate. We feel grounded, too, and even find ourselves sleeping better.
Tips For Ultimate Balance
If you really want to go all-in with mushroom coffee, NeuRoast makes a “super cream” that’s infused with six different types of mushrooms. It’s also dairy-free, coconut milk-based, and keto-friendly. Medicinal Mushrooms are considered supplements, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure it will not interfere with any of your medications.
2. Emotional Wellness
Battling Stress and Anxiety?
To loosen the pain and get a hold of sleep anxiety -yes it’s a thing, we’re into CBD.
Topical CBD Creams
For minor aches and pains, give your liver a break and skip the IBuprofin. Topical creams with CBD like Intense Cream from CBD Daily are great alternative muscle relaxers for anything from strained muscles to menstrual cramps.
Why We Like It:
It’s natural and it works. Just 5 minutes after applying CBD cream to a stiff neck and shoulders that Kristin had been suffering from for days, she forgot all about it.
Tips For Ultimate Balance:
You don’t need a lot if applying a quality cream. Make sure that whoever you purchase from is a certified CBD retailer. We look for companies that grow their products in the US and are evaluated by a third party.
*Both CBDMD and CBD Daily use products grwon in the U.S. and are tested by third parties.
CDB for Sleep
This one is new to us but overall we are thrilled with the results.
Took the full dose, 1 milligram of CBD Nightime by cbdmd.com. We experienced a sense of well-being and relaxation while feeling a slight body tingling at the same time. Stephen, our tester, was asleep within 15 minutes of taking it the first night. Unfortunately, he woke up three hours later.
Why We Like It
CBD nighttime is infused with CBD and melatonin for a natural way to get into the bedtime groove. We suggest you take it half an hour before you are ready to catch some restful Zzzzs. Especially when traveling, CBD is a natural way to aid in adjusting sleep patterns to time zones without side effects of pharmaceuticals that may have you feeling groggy and asking, ‘Was it worth it to take this again?’ in the morning.
Tips For Ultimate Balance
Cut the dose in half. The second night, half a dose gave the perfect relaxation remedy to sleep through the whole night and still wake refreshed in the morning.
For some of us, that means going all out, like bootcamp, the gym and crossfit at ungodly hours like 5:30 in the morning! For others, a spiritual type of workout incorporating yoga, pilates and nature is more our pace. Whatever you decide to do, remember that we are all on our own path to wellness. Choose activities that interest and motivate you. That’s the best way to create long-term habits that lead to ultimate fitness success.
Star of Her College Soccer Team
Exercise of Choice: Weight Lifting & Crossfit
“I really like the comradery of people working out together and pushing one another further than they thought they could go.”
CC bikes whenever she has a chance. It calms her mind to be outside as well as keeps her fit.
“There is ALWAYS an excuse not to work out. Recognize that and throw those excuses out the window.” Stephen has adhered to a weekly workout regiment incorporating both cardio and weights for two decades. Not only does he feel good, but he looks great too. His wife thanks him for it.
“With such a sedentary job behind a computer, I feel that its crucial to fit exercise into my daily routine. Not only does it invigorate me but, after exercising I am a lot fresher when I confront a task.”
I Want to Look & Feel my Best
“I’m originally from southern California so I crave the outdoors. My profession as an esthetician keeps me in a dark relaxing room daily, so getting outside is critical. There is nothing more exhilarating than throwing on some dubstep or Loud Luxury music and just getting after my run. I feel so ALIVE afterwards!”
I'll Get Back There
“After ACL replacement last year, and trying to work through it, I realize that sometimes you have to take a break – physically and mentally. Also, when I do exercise, I now have to be smarter about it. Walking my dog 2 miles at this point doesn’t seem like much compared to my pre-surgery activity level; but if it helps me to recuperate (and decompress) then it’s a step in the right direction.”
Exercise of Choice: Pilates & Farm Work
“My personal fitness trainers so far in 2020 are mainly four-legged furry type farm creatures. Shoveling manure from the horse stalls at Patch 22 may not seem like a “Sunday Funday”, but it sure is a full-body workout. With the addition of a foot of snow, carrying buckets of water from the wells to all the pens, barns, and sheds turns your typical lunges across the gym floor into a walk in the park. Fresh air, hard work, and the sunrise are the perfect recipe. I love it. And I can always count on chasing a few loose ducks or a wandering goat to get my cardio in for the day too.”
We are not going to go crazy here. Our basic premise for 2020 is making fruits and vegetables the star of our meals and treating meat as a side dish. Think Mediterranean diet in experimental mode. Some of our favorite recipes include this Paleo Thai Beef Drunken Zoodle dish and Teriyaki Salmon Quinoa Bowls.
This year and every year, we emphasize travel for the soul. Our wellness depends on it to break up the monotony of our lives and daily schedules. Traveling gives everyone something to look forward to. Whether it’s a staycation, by simply visiting a place in your community in which you haven’t been, or adventuring to a faraway place on your bucket list, travel has a positive impact on wellness. You don’t have to go overboard. Sometimes a quiet solo spiritual journey or an out-of-town visit to see good friends or family is all you really need to rejuvenate, revive, and reignite your sense of playfulness and vitality again.
Whatever your path to wellness is in 2020, we wish you luck and encouragement. From our hearts to yours,
Co-Written by: Anna Arrow