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It’s November. Thanksgiving is around the corner, and our schedules are jam-packed with holiday parties, family gatherings, shopping, traveling, and lots of delicious food. With such hectic schedules, our normal routines and healthy habits often take a backseat.
We asked a dietitian for advice on staying healthy during the holidays. Jenna Werner, a Registered Dietitian, shares her approach (and favorite product!) to maximize the holidays without compromising your health and wellness goals.
When working with clients to create healthy outcomes during the holidays, here’s two key pieces of advice:
The first is to manage stress by sticking to a movement routine. Exercise is a known stress-reducer that releases endorphins, allowing you to ride the high of a workout and stick to your healthy habits all day long.
While the first piece of advice is obvious, the second is my secret weapon. It’s simple–manage your cravings by eating often. When you add in more of the good (healthy snacks), you effectively “crowd out” the bad (e.g., those communal cookies in the office kitchen).
While finding a nutrition regimen that works for you may take time, incorporating foods into your daily routine that are portable, healthy, and delicious doesn’t need to be difficult!
This is why I recommend Après to all my clients. Après is a plant-based protein powerhouse that’s perfect for a light, on-the-go snack, a post-workout pick-me-up, or even a post-holiday party refresher. It’s great year-round, but especially during the holidays.
Protein: Après is packed with 14g of plant protein. As we all know, protein is an important component of every cell in our bodies. It helps with weight maintenance, repairs muscle tissue, and keeps your immune system healthy. You need a high-quality, complete protein in order to get all the benefits. The Après blend of pea, chia, cacao, and hemp protein provides a complete protein source that is easily digestible (bye-bye bloat!). An extra bonus is this blend doesn’t have the chalky taste of some proteins–it’s smooth and creamy and tastes delicious.
Healthy Fats: Fat gets a bad rap, but when it’s from a good source, it can be highly beneficial. Fat also helps keep you fuller longer and creates that creamy and delicious texture. When fat comes in the form of MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) like in Après, it’s absorbed faster and is thus able to provide quicker acting and longer-lasting energy–meaning no more afternoon crashes after those early morning workouts!
Electrolytes: Losing too many electrolytes can cause an array of symptoms, including brain fog, fatigue, and cramping. Replacing lost water is essential, but replacing your electrolytes (think post-sweat or post-holiday party) is even smarter. Après utilizes a coconut water base, helping you replace fluids and electrolytes in a natural and safe way to keep you sharp and energized.
Regardless of whether you drink Après, or have your own go-to product, you should take in some combination of protein, healthy fats, and electrolytes if you want to feel your best. (I love the product because it's already prepared and easy to take with me, which helps save time on busy days.) Do what works for you!
This holiday season, remember to move and replenish your body to get ahead of stress and cravings, and begin the new year feeling fresh and ready to go! For more holiday tips and nutrition information follow me on Instagram at @happystronghealthyrd.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!