We are beyond excited to share a special interview today with our go-to beauty expert and wellness partner, Jessica Richards -- owner of Shen Beauty and head of the wellness and beauty department at Free People. At the beginning of the year, Jessica wrote a letter to her community sharing more background on how she started Shen as well as some challenges she was dealing with. We've always been moved by Jessica's courage to tackle projects and willingness to bare it all out in the open with her community. Check out our interview with Jessica where we cover what self-care means to her, how she's dealing with her recent Vitiligo diagnosis, her 3-minute beauty routine, and fave products during the summertime.
Collagen is the ultimate beauty food. It’s the protein responsible for the vitality and elasticity in skin, giving you the glowy radiance of youth, and keeping your hair shiny and your bones strong. It also protects your gut lining. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is found in the skin, joints, cartilage and bones of animals. I recently turned 46, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't more focused on my beauty routine than ever! Keeping my skin wrinkle-free and my hair thick and shiny are two of my top priorities and, since I believe that beauty comes from the inside out, I keep a clean diet with the help of Provenance Meals and make sure I’m getting enough collagen.
Let's get this out of the way first - fat does not make you fat. Fat is an essential part of the human diet, the trick is to choose the good-for-you fats. In fact, long-term adherence to a low-fat diet can backfire, causing hormones to fall out of balance and a whole range of issues from weight gain to fatigue. One of the main sources of fat in our everyday diet is oil. We are very picky about the types of oil we cook with here at Provenance Meals.
We’ve been taught that the sun is the enemy. It’s actually absolutely essential to life -we need Vitamin D. It’s a pseudo-hormone that affects almost every process in the body. We’re told to slather on chemical-laden sunscreens that are filled with toxic chemicals. Not exactly what you’re looking for when trying to avoid skin cancer. It also stops vitamin D from being absorbed. Diet is more important than slathering on the chemical-filled sunscreen. One of the best things you can do is avoid processed food, industrial vegetable oils, refined grains, and refined sugar. Then go the extra mile by incorporating these ingredients in your diet.
What type of cleanse program should I do? This is one of the most common questions our wellness experts receive from clients. Our answer: it depends on your wellness goals. Our organic prepared meal delivery is great for those that want to choose their meals from our weekly menu of 20+ options including Paleo, plant-based, or omnivore selections. These plans are very flexible and allow you to choose which meal types (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) you'd like. Our cleanse programs, on the other hand, are best for those looking for a metabolic and digestive reset and help from our wellness experts to make their food choices throughout the day. We offer three cleanse programs and each have different features.
Stabilizing blood sugar is the key to managing energy, weight, mood, hormones and cravings. Many people are riding the wave of energy ups and down during the day and it can take a tool on you both physically and emotionally. For many, they know what foods are healthy and that eating clean is the best step in their wellness journey. So their big picture nutrition isn't an issue, it's the little modifications we make in their day to day that end up having a huge impact.
By far the most frequent question we get is “How many calories are in your meals?” We very consciously don’t include the nutritional information. Why? The simple answer is that calorie content is not a good indicator of how healthy something is. True health, and even weight loss, goes far beyond calories in vs. calories out. Here are the five main reasons why we believe counting calories is not essential on your wellness journey.
I am a firm believer in cooking. To paraphrase Michael Pollan, I believe it may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our health and general well-being. As a health counselor, I know that eating nutritious whole foods, or “clean” foods free of potential inflammatory triggers (such as gluten, dairy and refined sugar) is the fastest path to feeling well. But I also know that modern life can be stressful and fast-paced, and eating healthy can be pushed to the end of the priority list, only considered once the body’s blood sugar starts to take a nosedive.
During and after your pregnancy, putting your wellness first by eating nutrient rich foods and staying active is key. To share more insights we talked with Kristin McGee, our favorite 'can't believe how she does it all' Author, Mompreneur and Celebrity Yoga / Pilates Teacher. From day one we knew she would be our go-to resource for soon-to-be and new moms. Check out our interview with her on how to stay nourished, tips for recovery, best yoga positions, and advice on keeping it all balanced. What advice can you share on how to feed yourself during pregnancy and then while breastfeeding - especially if you want to stay nourished while also starting to think about recovery?