I don’t remember the first moment I was introduced to the idea of wellness. It was something that was always an instinct for me, but had never been put into words. Even as a child, I knew plants could provide healing, when I would crush up plantains from my yard to put on my scraped knees. In college, I was a student of biology, so it seems natural that as I learned about how our bodies work at a molecular level, questions about herbal and naturopathic medicine crystallized in my mind, and from there I leapt headfirst into the world of wellness. This field encompasses so much more than medicine, yet in a way it’s all medicine. Caring for your body, your mind, and your spirit, is powerfully healing. When I focused my diet to clean whole foods, when I removed as many harmful chemicals from my routine as possible, when I sat with myself and got to know my inner truth, I felt happy and radiant. Bright.
My goal here is share that insight, to help make wellness accessible, and to dispel the misconception that it’s not for everyone. I think it can seem daunting to incorporate wellness practices into your life, since it really is a lifestyle more than a hobby. And to a certain extent, there’s a degree of mystery and inaccessibility for many people. Not only can the perception of wellness practices be “that’s a load of hippy dippy pseudoscience,” but maintaining a healthy and clean environment can be expensive.
Firstly, being a student of science, I care about maintaining the scientific integrity of my practices. I want to know why and how something works, not just do a face mask because I feel like it’s pulling “toxins” and “impurities” from my skin. That’s why I’ll never feed you a bunch of vague hippy mumbo jumbo, and I’ll always back up what I tell you with science.
Secondly, I get that this lifestyle can be expensive. Who has the money to eat bushels of fresh strawberries every day in summer? Not me, and not a lot of young people just building their careers. In a society that values selling a cheap product and getting you hooked on sugar and MSG to keep you buying, it is more expensive to eat healthfully than consume processed “food.” I can’t tell you how many of my friends live off frozen pre-cooked chicken nuggets.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! I hope that the tips, suggestions, and examples that I share here can help to inspire you to find ways to incorporate wellness into your life, no matter what your budget. Welcome to this space of inspiration, and enjoy!