Traveling the country for the last ten years teaching, attending classes, and working at hair shows, I have met some of the most incredible people! When I slowed down this last year, working more from my hometown of Midland, Michigan, I realized how many like minded people were around me in our relatively small community!
I had the pleasure of sitting down with fellow beauty and wellness guru, Alana Jane! She owns many businesses, her brick and mortars, Beauty studio Aura and Wellness center Onyx. Then she has her online empire starting with her amazing instagram filled with gorgeous vegan health food, @beautifruitful and her community Feed your glow, where she shares tips on how to heal your body through food...and she has a beauty sleep podcast that will send you into a perfect trancy slumber! You have got to go check out all of this magical content! http://cosmetictattoostudio.com
Alana is a former hairdresser who found her passion through inner beauty, wellness, and something we all love...food :) She found that the pressures of being a hairdresser and trying to play the role of who she thought she “should be” caused her symptoms of anxiety and depression. She questioned her path and turned to food for healing her physical and internal self.
Alana says, “Food became an integral piece in my healing. I realized that when I eat this = anxiety. When I eat this = I feel better.” If you follow along on her instagram @beautifruitful you will see that this love affair with nourishing fruits and veggies is the best #foodporn ever!
The first thing Alana did in becoming aware of what was causing these issues was to quit eating sugar and replaced it with more high vibe foods such as fruits and vegetables. As she started swapping things out she realized that the foods she was fueling her body with started to relieve the anxiety in her mind and initiated a more peaceful world around her.
Although she eats a vegan diet and that is what works for her current state, she believes that everyone has different needs. She says, “You can still be connected and empowered while eating animal products. Just try different things and see what works best for you.”
We all know it’s a go go go life while we are working behind the chair and we sometimes form habits of what we reach for to keep us going throughout the day ( I myself have been working through a coffee reliance for years, especially after kids! I’m using some of Alana’s helpful tips!!) Often a large coffee, a soda, fast food, or maybe even sweets to keep the energy up are common. The problem with this is we can crash, feel more tired because of the heaviness of the food, or not eat enough and feel fatigued.
I asked Alana what are 3 shifts we can make to fuel our bodies and our minds.
Instead of focusing on changing things in our diet, look at it as swapping things out. Being mindful of caffeine can make a huge impact on the way we feel and how we can sustain throughout the day! We need internal energy (fueling our minds) just as much as the stimulation of physical energy. Bring mindfulness to cleaner energy sources to help you be in a peak state. Instead of drinking coffee or espresso try these swaps:
*Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.
*Compounds in green tea can improve your brain function a.k.a. Make you more smarter :) There is caffeine, just not as much as coffee, but there is enough to produce a response without the jitters.
*Lots of caffeine, less side effects, more nutrients.
*Smooth increase of energy
*So many vitamins like: A, B1, C, E, calcium, iron, magnesium, and many more!
2. Snacks are essential, not mindless. Shift your mind from eating a full out meal at work to small energizing bites. Alana says to mix a fruit source with a green and that will give you the most sustainable energy. These are some of the best “fast foods” to fuel your mind and body!
*Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber
*Great for muscle development (yay we can get fit while doing that blow out!)
*Can boost your energy levels within a half an hour of consumption.
*Lowers inflammation, we all could use this standing all day long!
*Aids in weight loss, YAY! Low in calories, high on electrolytes, antioxidants, potassium, B&C vitamins.
*Cures bloating and improves digestion
*Rich in potassium--This helps muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond, aka..you’ll be a ninja hairdresser.
*They give you a feeling of fullness very quickly!
*Try a fruit mixed with spinach or spirulina. The glucose and sodium are good for adrenal support and sustainable energy. You want to keep your adrenaline stable because that can create anxiety. This means choose some of these power boosting foods instead of that extra double shot espresso!
3. Reframing our relationship to food. Think about fueling yourself instead of feeding yourself. When we are trying to be in a peak state of performance at work we want to keep our focus on our tasks at hand instead of our minds drifting toward indulging in meals. Think to yourself, “Am I giving myself optimal fuel?” A great way to avoid feeling like you are depriving yourself of the luxury of delicious indulgence is this simple trick! At night eat a meal amazingly yummy. Think of it as a reward. Something hearty and indulgent.
During the day = food for fuel
Evening meal = food for a reward
Keep this in mind: we are all on a journey! Don’t judge yourself too harshly as you start to shift your habits into new healthy routines. Go slow, and give yourself grace!
If you like this new way of thinking I have a huge treat for you!! This fall for my Conscious haircolor tour I will have my dear friend and NYC private chef, Julia Chebotar, along with me to every location! She will be creating healthy treats for us to sustain our energy throughout the day, give us tips on what we should eat and why!
**If you’re interested in the 2 day wellness and hair workshop at my salon in November, she will be dishing out her secrets there as well on a deeper level :)
Drop me some comments on the blog and let me know what you think! Have a beautiful day friends!