Is Wellness A Luxury?
Last night while I was cooking, I listened to the latest episode of the Rich Roll Podcast. Amanda Chantel Bacon, the founder of Moon Juice (which I'm thoroughly obsessed with) was the guest. I love her products (you've definitely seen the dusts all over the place) and the fact that she is a succesfull female entrepreneur and a single mom. She's always seemed super authentic to me and while I may not make everything in the Moon Juice Cook Book it's definitely eye candy.
A little backstory taken from Well And Good:
Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon is indisputably one of the most fascinating women in wellness. When she launched her brand with a tiny Venice shop in 2011, Bacon was one of the first in Los Angeles to give the concept of cold-pressed juice a modern spin; since then, the former fine-dining chef has garnered a near-religious following for her decadent medicinal drinks, superfood snacks, and adaptogenic Moon Dusts. (The libido-boosting Sex Dust and complexion-enhancing Beauty Dust are particularly sought-after.) But Bacon’s journey hasn’t been all rainbows and moonstone. Like many wellness pioneers in the social media age, she’s had to deal with some crazy backlash from people confounded by her outspoken obsession with bee pollen and Chinese herbs. (The worst of it came earlier this year, in response to a food diary she kept for Elle—and parodies like this one ensued.) Read the rest of the article HERE.
The podcast (which you definitely should listen too) talked about her journey into wellness, her opening Moon Juice, and how she was ridiculed for her wellness routine. For the record, if I had her knowledge and resources, I'd probably be doing the same things. Then they bought up the topic is wellness a luxury.
With $40 workout classes, $11 green juices and adaptogens that range from $20-$60 a jar wellness can seem to cater to people with more resources. It starts to become a black hole, the more you dig deeper, the more things you think you need to stay healthy. How are people who can't afford the rare Chinese herbs or adaptogens excepted to be healthy?
While Bacon does admit her lifestyle is unique and not something that the average person could do or afford, she did offer some wellness habits that don't cost that much.
- Sleep. You can drink all the tonics and teas but there is no substitute for good sleep.
- Meditation. All you need is yourself and 10-20 minutes to sit. Bacon said she does a lot of her meditating in her car in parking lots. I do it when I first wake up, and if the day is getting really stressful, I take 5 minutes and meditate in the bathroom.
- Loving Relationships.
- Focus on eating plants. Plants don't cost that much. Rich Roll pointed out in that healthy food is basically "peasant food" i.e. beans and rice, basic greens. Rare chinese herbs and fancy potions are great and all but if your diet isn't mainly whole foods with a lot of greens, they're not gonna do you that much. Also: I'm a big fan of frozen organic veggies. Super cheap and you don't have to worry about them spoiling in the fridge.
- Healthy fats. Coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds are very important for brain health, good skin and nice hair.
She said just doing the above mentioned things would definitely give you optimal wellness and I agree. Sometimes the simplest things are the answer.
I am very fortunate to be able to afford some of the wellness modalities that I use on a daily basis, i.e. adaptogens, green juice, fitness classes and I recognize that not everyone is able to do this. Honestly my priorities have changed over the years. For me, I'd rather spend money on some maca then a bottle of wine. I'm also more apt to go to yoga with a friend then have a boozy brunch. Health is my main focus (and my career) so getting my nails done all the time isn't something I'm worried about. I mean, I still like to get them done but long gone are the days of the crazy expensive manis.
Have you guys listened to this podcast? Let me know what you think about it in the comments.