Well Summit’s: A Day of WELLness

May I be completely honest with you guys for a moment?

Well, I have been going through a rough patch for the past two or three weeks. My mind has been mulling over who I am, what I want and where I want to be. I’ve gone from loving Boston to wanting to move far away and find something fulfilling to permeate my days. Like I told my mother on a frantic phone call one afternoon, “my soul has been feeling empty”. I haven’t been living my life for me or immersing myself in the things that I’m passionate about, and as a result, have been becoming more reclusive. I have been living to what society says is right: graduate college, get a job, get married, have babies, grow old. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to get married and have babies, but I have never been a lover of the typical 9-to-5 office job. I have never been known to walk around like a lemming on the same path that is expected of us day in and day out. 

When I was asked to attend the Day of WELLness as a blogger, I was so excited. The first time I met Gianne, the owner of Organic Bath and founder of The Well Summit, I felt inspired by her. She was (and is) such a genuine person. We sat down and spoke for forty-five minutes (no exaggeration) about goals and dreams and health + wellness, and we had JUST met. So of course I wanted to spread the word about her event.

If you follow me on Instagram, especially via my Insta Stories, then you know I love health + wellness. I spend my down time reading about organic food and beauty products, natural ways to combat a cold or allergies, how pre-and-probiotics can transform our gut health, and how you can revamp your skin just by drinking smoothies full of antioxidants, and of course 8 glasses (or more) of water. These are the things that fulfill me, and after attending the Day of WELLness I have confirmation that following my dreams and pursuing a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and turning my blog into a business/ brand is where my path is leading.

Thornandbloom.com (natural fragrances)

The day started at 8am on Saturday March 18th, a little earlier than I’d like to be up on a weekend, but I sprung out of bed like it was the first day sleep-away camp. (you know how excited you were to be around your best friends in a cabin all summer). We had an overnight oat breakfast spread provided by the lovely Heather Stevenson and her company, Thirst Juice Co.

                      After an intro into what we could expect from the day, we then broke off into our respective classes. My first class was also one of my favorites of the day. Entitled, “Eat Like the Future Depends on it”, and led by Heather Stevenson, we learned about the impact what we eat has on our bodies (physically and mentally), and our ecosystem.

If you have seen the jaw-dropping and mind-blowing documentary, Cowspiracy, then you have an insight into what was discussed. If you haven’t then I’d advise you to gather a group of friends and have a viewing party; and while you’re at it, read articles by Dr. Esselstyn, and Dr. Drew Ramsey . There are also other documentaries, such as the newest by the producers of Cowspiracy, What The Health (WTH)

Once you’ve watched the documentaries and read about how what we eat can transform the way our bodies operate (mentally, psychologically and physically), then you’ll probably want to read books such as “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger, and “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross. 

Next, we heard from Emily Kanter, owner of Cambridge Naturals, on how to Create a WELL Home. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of times about how the toxins in the chemicals we use in and around our home has a direct effect on our brains. Not only do they effect our brains, but they effect our hormones and make us susceptible to things such as illnesses, reproductive issues and cancers. Read more about how our cleaning products are harmful, here, here and here.

We also learned about what “clean” products you can replace your toxic cleaning products with in each room of your home (example: mineral based toothpaste in the bathroom). I’ll talk more about that in a future blog post where I’ll recommend a few products that I have used and can say work with certainty.

True Moringa

We briefly discussed financial wellness with the canny, gorgeous and witty, Nora Yousif. This woman is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to finances and how to get to the point of living WELL off (ex: how to save one million dollars by the age of 65). To round out the end of the day, I had a session called: “Get Real: A Scientific Guide to Wellbeing” with Dr. Rachele Pojednic and “Gut Health: The Foundation of Wellbeing” with Jennifer Hanway. One startling piece of advice that I learned in Dr. Rachele Pojednic’s session was that on average, 60% of an American’s diet comes from ultra-processed food. Mind boggling. 

During Jennifer Hanway’s session, I finally had an answer as to why I have developed an intolerance to eggs and a random allergic reaction/hives to one type of mushrooms. Did you know that when your gut health is compromised you can develop random allergies and intolerances that never existed prior? Some ways to regulate and improve gut health is to pay close attention to how different foods make you feel (eliminating the ones that make you feel bad and increasing the ones that makes you feel great), eat the proper strains of pre and probiotics, as well as fermented foods. I will cover more gut health improvements in a further post.

We closed out the evening with a transformative meditation by Sara DiVello. When she was speaking about feeling lost and unfulfilled, I knew she was speaking directly to me and that being at the Day of WELLness was where I was supposed to be. If you want to learn more about Sara and how she went from a successful corporate job to an even more successful and fulfilling career as a highly sought after yoga instructor, speaker and NYT Best selling author, then read her book, “Where the OM am I?”

I’d like to thank Gianne, the Well Summit and all of the vendors and speakers for inspiring and motivating me during the Day Wellness. It’s something to be seen and felt to spend time surrounded by like-minded people, seeking a healthier and more balanced life. Can’t wait for the big event: Well Summit 2017 in NYC. (more information coming soon).

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A Balanced Life: Jessica Diaz of Jessica Diaz Wellness

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

My next Balanced babe, Jessica Diaz is inspiring to me in a different way. Yes, she is active and eats well; yes, she juggles being a barre instructor, mother of two and personal trainer, but it’s the why she started it all that inspires me. In 2013, Jessica suffered a stroke (putting to bed the thought that only old people experience this issue) and from then on her life changed. I won’t give away all the characteristics that make Jessica amazing, I’ll let her tell you herself.

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Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life | Heather Stevenson of Thirst Juice Co.

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

If you are not aware, I am an ambassador for the Well Summit’s Day of Wellness that will be taking place in Boston on March 18th 2017! This will be a full day of nothing but health and wellness, healthy bites and inspiring speakers in the health and wellness community. You can learn more about the event here and use my code: TSSB for a discount on your tickets!

Leading up to the event I wanted to bring you Balanced Life interviews with a few of the lovely speakers. My first interview is with the CEO of Thirst Juice Co., Heather Stevenson! Heather is a life long vegetarian and makes it her goal to bring healthy, plant-based, foods to the masses. An avid marathon runner, obstacle course champion and adventure seeker (climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro), Heather is a prime example of a strong and phenomenal woman. Not only is she personally passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle filled with plants and fruits, but she also has  formal training and certificates on the subject as well. She shares all that she knows via Thirst Juice Co.’s blog and is sharing more with The Sweet Scene family!

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Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life | Britt St. George

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

Have you ever stumbled across an Instagram account and look up to find that you’ve literally scrolled through all one-thousand, one-hundred and ninety-eight of their pictures?  Yeah, well that was me when I came across Britt St. George’s  (@therelevancereport) account. Her unique eye for detail, her calming aesthetic and her keen fashion sense are all factors that make you hit the follow button immediately. Aside from being one of Boston’s “must follow” accounts, she is also a content strategist, a digital art director…and, oh yeah, an attorney. Beauty and brains; everything that makes a Girl Boss and a truly inspiring Balanced Babe. 

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