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

CHILLIN - HARD. For a faster metabolism, less cellulite, better recovery & super smooth skin

Greetings loves!

How are ya? A good weekend? Lindsey and I (of Almost 30) spoke at an event at Lululemon Malibu (Intention Setting and Magic Making) and it gave me LIFE. Connecting with likeminded babes, on topics about feeling good and self love with brands sponsoring that are also aligned to living a good life...nothing better.

But I wanted to tell you about something I've been doing for the past month or so. Beauty/wellness adventures all for the Hundred community.

Have you guys heard of Cryotherapy? 

Yes, yes you're right because you're probably thinking, it's where you're basically frozen? HA.

For real, you're in a little ice cube coffin, standing up, fully naked (but no one can see) and only your little head can peak over the counter to chat with your 'chill therapist' (not an official name just one I made up). I actually love the 3 minutes in the booth chatting with the employees at CryoZone (where I've been going) because they are so damn SWEET. Nicest people, ever. 

So, little run down. 

You come in, strip down, get in the chamber, push a button, your friend comes in and turns on the machine, you're in there for 3 minutes, get gold, freak out a little, and then you're done! Change and peace out and live your life!

Easy right?

Okay the science behind it and, ACTUALLY what it is from CryoZone in Santa Monica (they also have other locations, check them out here)

"Whole Body Cryotherapy is a holistic, cold therapy treatment that enables the body to recover naturally at the cellular level. Cryotherapy targets swelling, inflammation and pain by stimulating circulation and soothing the affected areas with a cold nitrogen blast. Cryotherapy also promotes collagen production in the skin and spikes your metabolic rate, which is a big part of why clients burn calories after each session."

Yes please burning calories and doing nothing. I'LL TAKE IT.

"Clients expose themselves to temperatures at around -200°F inside a Cryodsauna, which drops the surface temperature of the skin down to about 35°F. This triggers a fight or flight response in your body that protects your internal organs by pushing blood to the core and keeping the core's temperature in tact."

It's weird because after I've done it, I can feel the fresh blood going to my muscles and it feels like it's breaking up any tension or knots I have in places like my back.

"After exiting the Cryosauna, vasodilation occurs and your blood vessels expand as oxygenated blood recirculates back into your outer extremities. This creates favorable conditions for the healing of damaged tissue and flushing out lactic acid after a tough work out."

I usually do this right after a workout, actually. I think it's best when I've been sweating and moving and seriously prevents soreness. 

"Because of the extreme temperatures, this treatment stimulates functions of the autonomic nervous system such as your metabolic rate and immune system. We recommend that clients come 7-10 times in a month to experience the full range of benefits of the treatment."

DEF agree with that one. Coming regularly with Cryo is where I see the most benefit. When I was doing it for a month, about 4x a week, I felt like I could go as hard as I wanted with workouts and not feel a DAMN thing sore wise. I was also feeling tighter and lighter. 

So can I say something.

I actually went into this thinking that this wasn't going to work, HA. 

To be completely 100% honest with you. I wasn't sure this was going to work. For real.

I was like okay I'll try it, we'll see, this could just be crazy woo-woo L.A. stuff.

(Which it is, don't get me wrong).

But I honestly got it.

I felt more rested, more recovered, my muscles weren't sore, I felt tighter and I did notice that my skin looked more plump. I am aware this may sound annoying but I have a dimple on my right leg that comes and goes with how fit I am/my weight/water/etc. and it was completely gone, zip zero nothing. 

The month after I STOPPED doing regular Cryo, I could also TOTALLY tell a difference in my body. I was getting more sore, I was feeling less tight and my skin didn't look so damn GOOD. 

Believe me, I am as surprised as you that it works. But, celebrities and athletes are doing this on the regular to help them stay tight and with recovery.

Jessica Alba swears by this shit, because:

"This process kick-starts the body to begin its own healing process, and speeds up the removal of toxins. The extremely cold temperatures also enhance the natural production of collagen, leaving the skin looking brighter, more radiant, smoother, tighter, and with fewer wrinkles, as well as boost endorphins and adrenaline."

Oh yes and it's true.



CRYOZONE BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • Cellulite reduction

  • Boosted metabolism promoting weight loss

  • Skin conditions ameliorated — including psoriasis, blemishes and acne

  • Collagen production — skin toned evened, visible signs of aging reduced

  • Pain relief from joint disorders, rheumatoid diseases and fibromyalgia

  • Decreased muscle soreness, spasms and inflammation

  • Improved post-surgery recovery

  • Alleviation of depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, migraines and the effects of stress

  • Lowered incidence of colds and flu

  • Prevention of conditions like osteoporosis

  • Faster recovery from stress of competitive sports or training

  • Reduced inflammation, swelling and pain

  • Enhanced energy and endorphin release

  • Improved muscle and motor unit activation

  • Greater testosterone levels in men


So!

I am keeping cryotherapy in my arsenal as non-needle, safe, affective treatments for life and athletic performance (if you're working on regularly you're an athlete!)

I'll be doing it once or twice a week, and I really look forward to my session, seeing the CryoZone team, and feeling so much better after. Oh did I tell you, it's also on ClassPass? Major right?

Have you guys tried it? What are your thoughts? Any questions, let me know! Also, a MAJOR thanks to my friends at CryZone in Santa Monica, I truly love hanging with you!

xoxo

Krista