Why you need a SELF CARE WEEK

Two weeks ago, I had the best week ever. 

Honestly, I had no plans that week. I looked at my calendar and realized that there was actually no obligation for me to be anywhere, and I wasn't required to do anything. 

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I was elated. So I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity, and I decided to have a reboot week, where I dedicated each day/night or time that I could to self care.

This meant one week of:

  • Prioritizing Sleep: Getting 8+ Hours each night
  • Exfoliating 3x with a body scrub
  • Turning off my phone by 7:30 PM and not touching it until 9 AM
  • Scheduling 2 cryotherapy appointments (I go to CryoZone in Santa Monica)
  • Stretching each night for at least 20 minutes
  • Yoga 3x
  • Drinking as much water as possible
  • Walking 10k steps daily, by taking walks around the block when I can or either 
  • Mediating 2x daily (usually I do once)
  • Journaling in my gratitude journal for 5 minutes each morning
  • Less than 1 hour of social media time
  • 1 acupuncture appointment 
  • Eating SUPER clean (using KleanLA)
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As soon as I was able to get my week structured, I knew that eating clean was the key component. I needed to make sure that my diet was the foundation. Having clean, nutritious meals, where I'm eating tons of nutrient dense foods and making sure I am avoiding excess sugar and fake shit. 

I've written about my love for KleanLA previously when I was preparing for a bachelorette party in Cabo here, but I do KleanLA's 6 day reset when I want to really get myself feeling great. 

They have vegan, low sugar, filling, healthy, nutrient dense foods delivered to my door 3x a week, and it's some of the best food, ever. With KleanLA you're able to eat 4x a day, these amazing mini-meals that keep you full and happy. 

Example Day:

Meal One
Chickpea Scramble Kale & Carrot
Mushroom, Bell Peppers & Red Onion on Spinach
Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Meal Two
Grilled Artichokes & Roasted Bell Salad
Grape Tomato, Dry Blueberries, Jicama & Cucumber on Mix Greens
Chile Lime Quinoa
Toasted Pepitas
Lime Honey Vinaigrette

Meal Three
Coconut Dijon Tarrago Butternut, Peas & Mushrooms
Haricoverts & Carrots
Brown Rice with Parsley
Lemon Wedge & Micro Flowers

Meal Four
Rice & Corn Burgers
Grilled Red Onion, Mexican Squash & Pineapple
Sweet Potato Mash
Micro Cilantro

Knowing that my meals are covered, I don't need to think about it, or stress about it, or even go to the grocery store to have the temptation of getting a treat, was the GAME changer for my week. It helped me to spend more time at home, relaxing, stretching, sleeping and journaling than I would have if I was focused on getting food each day. 

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I cannot tell you how good it felt to really recharge. To reset, and take a step back and just nourish and love my body through movement, walking, nutrition and just s-l-o-w-i-n-g down more than I have in a long time. I felt such a calling to make plans. You have no idea, I almost texted about 3 of my friends to make plans to do something, but resisted so hard and was so proud that I allowed myself to be. To watch some TV (Queer Eye is my favorite) and to relax.

You can try KleanLA by going here to check out their meal plans, and keep an eye on The Almost 30 Podcast IG Wednesday for an exciting giveaway for one week of their Get Going Special (the one I love!) 

For the babes that do not reside in LA, I would suggest that you:

  • Plan your meals ahead
  • Make them nutrient dense
  • Allow yourself more food than you want to, just make sure it's good for you
  • Buy things like sweet potatos, cauliflower rice, quinoa, carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, veggie patties...have them on deck so you always have a healthy option
  • Try having 4 300-400 calorie meals a day (or up it if you need more!) 

These are some of the foundation components of KleanLA that you can apply to your life if you're not here in Sunny CA.

Inspired? Me too! What else would you add to a self care week?

*Thanks KleanLA for partnering with me on this post!

xoxo

Krista

My Grocery List (all items I get sent directly to my door - vegan + healthy)

Hello!

So excited to share this one with you! My grocery list from Thrive Market. I have been using Thrive Market for the past year or so, and have LOVED the whole experience. I love them for a few reasons:

They are all about giving back: Each time you check out you have the ability to donate to a family in need. There is NOTHING easier than that. I always look for ways to give back, and Thrive is that way. 

They work with nonprofit partners like Feeding America to distribute free memberships to the families and individuals they serve. They also allow people to apply for a free membership right on Thrive Market. Additionally, they offer custom educational content to our Thrive Gives members, from shopping lists to recipes to a 22-part video course about how to live healthy on a budget. Learn More

It's delivered straight to your door, in really thoughtful packaging: I order my Apple Cider Vinegar from Thrive, and the first time I was a little nervous about the whole thing because there couldn't be a smellier liquid. Period. So when it arrived I was so grateful that the packaging was super thoughtful, it was wrapped up in a recyclable package, with no possibility of breaking or leaking. The box is brightly colored, beautiful and makes you happy when you see it. It really is, the little things.

I don't need to leave my house to get what I need: 'Nuff said, hehe.

Their prices are 50% off retail prices: Oh yes, and they do the price comparison for you. They are all about making sure that everyone can eat well, and so they cut out the middle man so everyone can eat healthy.

It has brands that I know about or need to know: I have found so many great brands on Thrive, that I would have never known about before! They really vet everyone so that you can be sure the brand is thoughtful and the product is great

It's EFFICIENT: I just use my favorites list and order what I need super quickly. It comes to my door a few days later. 

You can shop by diet (and it's all Non-GMO): I am vegan, and really tend to try to eat as well as possible, so there is the options to shop by diet. Keto, Vegan, Paleo...they have everything you need making it really easy to follow your diet. 

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So I am so excited that they are working with us through The Almost 30 Podcast, and that we have the ability to share a discount code with you, as well as the ability to shop our favorites! Check out my list below, and click the button to get a discount on your first order (which is already a huge savings!)


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For a great resource to learn more, you can also check out the Thrive Market CEO on Rich Roll's Podcast. This was when I first heard about Thrive and immediately fell in love with the concept and his ideals.

Happy to share this with you. Anything I missed on the list? 

Let me know!

xoxo

Krista 

When you need a plant based low sugar reset: Splendid Spoon

Hi baes:

How are you? Hope all is well :)

I don't know about you, but lately I have sort of been falling back into negative habits around eating and body image and it's really bumming me out. I just haven't been putting myself first therefore the decisions I am making around eating and self care have fallen by the wayside and it's just a bummer.

So I needed a motivation, and I am pretty pumped to start fresh, and to seriously reset and establish a confidence in myself that I can nourish my body and not be so obsessive about my food.

Sigh. 

But, to get myself back my favorite way is to prepare myself and my fridge with healthy nourishing foods. One of my favorite ways in the colder months especially, to feel light, and be kind to my body and digestion is through Splendid Spoon.

Splendid Spoon is a meal delivery service that combines the power of plants, the science of slow cooking & nutrient bioavailability and the proven health benefits of intermittent fasting to design a formula that easily fits into your daily life. Their plans are customizable, and suitable for those on an elimination program, a sugar detox, or paleo diet. Of course too, it's suitable for vegan and vegetarians. 

They have a few different plans, but it's mainly smoothie, and thick soup or bowl based. So you're really helping to reset your digestion and nourish yourself with liquid focused foods.


How it works! You can get:

The Program 2.0 5 Days of Breakfasts Lunches and Drinkable Soups

Just Breakfasts Powerpacked Smoothies that are DELISH

Just Lunch 5 Plant Based Lunch Bowls

 1 Day Soup Cleanse 4 Drinkable Soups and 1 Soup Bowl


Right now I incorporate it in once a month as a digestive reset, and way to nourish my body through drinkable vegetables and hearty soups. If I want to snack or eat on it, too, I will, but I find that I am really full my following their eating plan. It feels SO good and you feel REALLY full after each meal. 

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Why I love it:

It’s affordable: $135 for the 5 days package and plus you get my discount. That's NOTHING for meal delivery I swear!

You feel nourished: Truly. There's nothing more nourishing than a thick plant based soup!

It’s Ayurvedic: Yes the warming soups are so good to fuel your digestive fire. 

It gives my digestive system a break: Having soups and liquid based nourishment gives your body time to completely reset.

I get all my veggies in: They are obsessed with making sure you get veggies in. With their plan you get plenty.

It’s EASY: Nothing easier than drinking your smoothies or heating up your delicious thick soups. 

It saves SO MUCH TIME: It's easy and takes no time to eat and heat up your meals. 


Example Menu:

Green Dream Smoothie: Water, avocado, organic pineapple, coconut milk, organic lime juice, pea protein, almonds, sea salt, organic chlorella, organic spirulina

Cauliflower Tikka: Water, cauliflower, organic tomatoes (organic tomatoes, organic tomato juice, sea salt, citric acid, calcium chloride), onions, cashews, tomato paste, coconut oil, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, cilantro, ginger, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder

Cumin Sweet Potato: Water, sweet potatoes, cashews, extra virgin olive oil, cilantro, sea salt, cumin, red pepper powder

Red Beet Buddha Bowl: Water, red beets, sweet potatoes, onions, organic carrots, quinoa, organic kale, extra virgin olive oil, organic celery, tahini (crushed sesame seeds), lemon juice, sea salt, garlic, coriander, cumin, chili powder

Celery Plant Drinkable: water, celeriac, organic russet potatoes, onions, organic celery, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic, thyme, black pepper

Cauliflower Coconut: water, cauliflower, navy beans, onions, organic celery, coconut oil, garlic, sea salt, Madras curry powder, rosemary, black pepper

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So my lovelies, sending you love this week! Plus, excited to share that to do Splendid Spoon you can click the link here, to get a one of my Ambassador Perks, $20 off your first purchase! Try it out, reset, refresh and nourish yourself in a low sugar plant based way.

xoxo

Krista

P.S. Read my article on Splendid Spoon here: