I Polled My Friends on Their Most Pressing Wellness Questions and Here They Are… Answered
With so many health trends and fad diets lately, it’s hard to decipher what’s true and what’s false in the world of wellness. I thought it would be helpful to take a poll among my girlfriends and ask them: “What are your most pressing wellness questions?” So here they are, answered!
1. “What’s up with CBD?” – Hannah C.
Here’s the skinny on CBD, short-hand for “Cannabidiol” — a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis. It has significant medical benefits but does not make you feel stoned. Because it’s non-psychoactive, many people have incorporated CBD into their health and wellness routines as it can provide relief from inflammation, anxiety, seizures, and so much more.
The cool thing about CBD is that a ton of scientific and clinical research is funded by the US government, so you can actually buy into the health benefits being touted by CBD products and companies. It’s currently being used and tested for treatment for things like arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, and more.
You can get CBD-isolate products, which contain zero THC and are non-psychoactive, or you can get CBD+THC products, which may make you feel a little bit silly. The choice is up to you; you’ll reap the benefits no matter what.
My favorite CBD-isolate company is MedTerra. Their pure oil tincture is wonderful for pain management. I had a migraine the other day, took the tincture, and had my pain reduced by half within 10 minutes. Their CBD is hemp-derived and grown on their farm in Kentucky under The Hemp Pilot Program of 2014. Check them out for organic, high-quality products!
2. “Can you explain this whole celery juice trend?” – Jilly H.
If you haven’t seen celery juice being touted as the next “IT” wellness drink, then get on Instagram ASAP. Why is it popular all of a sudden? All signs point to Anthony William, AKA The Medical Medium, an American man whose best-selling books about his power to heal have become quite popular in the past few years.
In a nutshell, he believes he can identify anyone’s illness through his connection to a higher power — hidden, mysterious, or already known — simply by being in their presence. From there, he also knows how to heal these ailments, primarily using food as medicine. I’ve personally read his book, The Medical Medium, and it is truly odd. However, the testimonials of his power to heal are no joke, and he has tons of celebs and ambassadors that love him. This is where the celery juice comes in. He “prescribes” celery juice daily to anyone suffering from inflammation, primarily those who have some type of auto-immune disorder.
The reality is that celery juice does contain two anti-inflammatory compounds, polyacetylene and luteolin, and so it makes absolute sense that drinking it every day would have a net-positive effect on your health, especially if you’re struggling with an auto-immune disorder. Is it tasty? Kind of. Should you try it if you have inflammation issues? Totally! Just pick celery that’s organic, and you can even peel the outer layer off with a vegetable peeler to make sure it’s clean before juicing it.
I follow @thebalancedblonde on Instagram, and she is a huge proponent of the celery juice drink trend. I’d recommend giving her a follow and learning about her personal healthcare journey.
3. “If I don’t have a gluten-allergy, should I really be eating gluten-free?” – Lauren P.
Honestly? No. I’ve spoken to so many nutritionists about this specific matter, and the reality is if that you don’t have a REAL (meaning tested and proven) intolerance to gluten, you should go ahead and eat the bread. Only 10 percent of the population is at a high gluten risk (like, if you have celiac). Needing to eat gluten-free is simply a myth for most people and one that healthcare workers are sick of hearing.
I personally think people eliminate gluten because they are trying to avoid carbs. They begin to link them together, and it’s a huge mistake. Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy, and we need them to survive. If you eliminate carbohydrates and rely on protein for energy, your body will think it’s starving and go into protection mode, burning your muscles for energy.
One of the biggest issues with avoiding gluten is that you’re tempted to purchase products marketed as “gluten-free,” and the underlying issue is that from a nutrition standpoint, most of these products are total crap. In fact, individuals who limit gluten in their diets are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
So… eat a healthy piece of bread. Avoid the “gluten-free” snacks. Enjoy your life. If you’re worried about experiencing the bloat that’s common throughout the day, try taking a digestive enzyme.
Hope this Q&A can shed some light on the sometimes confusing AF wellness world we live in! Follow along on @lovewellness for more tips.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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