Happy Monday friends! This month’s Wellness Scoop is an important reminder on practicing self love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and a typical emphasis on significant others, we want to make sure that you also remember to check-in with yourself. This means doing things that make YOU truly happy. So, we’ve compiled some of our favorite self love products and scooped some great news articles for you to enjoy.
New to this Wellness Scoop is a FULLY NOURISHED CHALLENGE! Each month we will encourage you to join us in a fun and health promoting challenge. The goal may be to introduce new activities and healthy habits into your daily routine, or to reflect and cultivate a sense of mindfulness. We’ll always provide practical tips to get you started and will be doing the challenge alongside with you! At the end of the month, we’ll report back on how it went for us too. We hope you enjoy the Scoop, have fun with the challenge, and tackle this week with gumption and finesse!
FULLY NOURISHED NEWS
Negative beliefs and attitudes about others based on their weight leads to weight stigma, in which people are stereotyped because of their size. A common thought is that weight stigma will prompt “overweight” and “obese” individuals to pursue weight loss as a means to better health. This article explores the negative ramifications of weight bias and summarizes the research showing that weight stigma may increases ones risk for depression, poor self-esteem and body image, disordered eating behaviors, and reduced physical activity. We encourage you to evaluate your own biases and consider this: Can we pursue authentic health without pursuing weight loss? We believe the answer is YES. Instead, we can choose to practice Health at Every Size, intuitive eating, and body positivity.
What if it wasn’t the sugar in milk causing tummy upset for some individuals, but the protein? This article suggests that the variant, A1, of the beta-casein protein found in milk could be linked to familiar symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, and nausea because of inflammatory properties related to its digestion. Research has shown though, the variant A2 does not have the same effect. Therefore, milk and milk products made with only the A2 variant of the protein, could result in tummy relief with dairy consumption if an individual’s intolerance is to this protein and not the milk sugar, lactose! This is a true game-changer.
“Text neck is becoming a medical issue that countless people suffer from…”
Adam Popescu discusses attitude, mood, memory, and manners as they relate to smartphone use in this article published in the New York Times. Not only does the constant use of mobile devices influence and limit our face-to-face interactions, it can also play a role in our overall health. A study published in the Spine Journal discusses the impact of phone use on our spine curvature and experiencing upper back and neck pain at a younger age. Bottom line, put your phone down, keep your head up, and converse with people in-person!
FULLY NOURISHED CHALLENGE
February is the month of love, where the focus is typically on romantic relationships. We are all for candlelight dinners and romantic walks on the beach with a significant other, but just as important is self love! Self love is the practice of doing kind things for yourself and thinking positive thoughts about yourself. For our first fully nourished challenge, we encourage you to cultivate a practice of self-love. Below are some ideas to get your started.
(1): Buy yourself flowers.
(2): Get your nails done.
(3): Prepare a nourishing meal.
(4): Read your favorite book
(5): Listen to an interesting podcast.
(7): Indulge in your favorite treat, without guilt.
(8): Start a gratitude journal.
(1): Dreaming Oil
Ease yourself to sleep with this lullaby in a bottle. The soothing scents of lavender and sage promote physical and mental calming effects, leading the way to a peaceful night of sleep.
(2): Milk Frother
A portable drink frother to make the dreamiest turmeric lattes and hot chocolates, from the comfort of your own home!
In just five minutes, this journal will help you start and end each day with a positive, grateful heart. You will channel optimism and self love, setting yourself up for all the good this life has to offer.
Skyr is an Icelandic cultured dairy product with a thick and creamy texture. It’s protein packed, low in sugar, and full of good for your gut probiotics. Perfect topped with berries and granola for an on the go breakfast or afternoon snack!
Keep us posted on your Fully Nourished Challenge! We would love to hear about how you are practicing self love, as well as any thoughts you have about the latest in health and wellness news. Email us, comment on social media or send us a direct message on Instagram!
In health and happiness,
Alexandra Rae & Felicia Stewart