Lucy explains that the eating plan is high in complex carbohydrates but low in protein which mainly comes from plants (20 grams compared to 50 grams in the Western diet), packed with prebiotic food is eaten every day, either in the form of kefir or fermented vegetables and zero use of sugar, refined carbohydrates or any processed foods.
Mini meditations and mantras
Dr Maurice Duffy, mindset coach and mindset strength guru, says that mini meditations will help boost your wellness without taking up too much of your precious time. He's shared two popular techniques to get you started:
60 second mirror mantra: This is the easiest wellness hack to tap into and one that is truly transformative. We have seen a huge rise in people using positive mirrored affirmations to help transform their mindset. Start every morning with a 60 second mirror mantra. Talk to yourself as the best version of who you are, who you want to evolve into and who you can truly be. Start shifting your mindset to always seeing the positive in things and extract lessons and growth when you feel you are in un-comfortable territory. Wellness trends and hacks don’t need to cost money - you have the power to change everything you want and need to and it’s all within yourself and your mind.
12 in 12 meditation: Bite-sized meditation is on the rise and you will see a huge amount of people step into this wellness trend next year. For too long people have thought meditation means sitting still and quiet for an hour. This is simply not true! Meditation is about quietening the mind and your thoughts. I encourage my clients to weave it into their day regularly - you can take 60 seconds an hour to stop, focus on your breathing and re-centre yourself. Bite sized meditation is a game changer! Breathe has a huge impact. Focus on your breathing. Stay present. Bin the past though positive meditation. Over the course of 12 hours or the working day commit to giving your mind 60 seconds of stillness an hour. Watch the transformative change begin…
Grounding, or earthing as some know it, relates to connecting electrically with the earth, and a growing body of research has found several health advantages as a result of grounding your physical body.
As Dr Simoné Laubscher, formulator of WelleCo’s ingestible beauty-through-wellness collection and founder of Rejuv Wellness, explains: "Touching the elements of nature - getting out in your garden, or a park, putting your hands in the soil, walking or sitting on the grass, swimming in the sea, and even filling your home with plants or playing with pets will improve your internal microbiome and the microbiome of your home. If grounding with the earth is tricky and you have to spend many hours a day on your computer inside, then think about buying a grounding mat to put under laptop, or place it under your feet while you work to reduce your EMF load - even using a yoga mat will help.”
Levelling Up Your Hydration
We all know how vital it is for our wellbeing to properly hydrate our bodies, and we’re seeing more people mixing up their own electrolyte drinks at home to maximise this hydration. “Mixing up a ‘wellness water’ not only keeps this more interesting, it’s also a wonderful way to balance your blood sugar levels, reducing cravings, and to detoxify and nourish the body. I suggest taking a glass jug with 2L of water, and mixing it with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 a lime, ginger (to taste), fresh mint leaves, sliced cucumber and 1tsp cinnamon powder. Drink this throughout the day and avoid large amounts at meal times,” says Dr Simoné Laubscher.
We talk about gut health but why do we not talk about brain health? The gut is our second brain, so why are we not taking the same care with our actual brain? The brain is arguably the most complex organ in the human body and recognised as the body’s command centre, influencing every aspect of life. Brain health is the state of brain functioning across cognitive, sensory, social-emotional, behavioural and motor domains, allowing a person to realise their full potential and that's why people will be supplementing with nootropics. Nootropics are brain-boosters: they are known to enhance cognitive performance and improve brain health. They work in many ways to produce a wide range of benefits across memory, focus, motivation and verbal fluency. Many nootropics have adaptogenic properties – helping your mind and body adapt to physical, mental and emotional stressors and find balance.