I’m thrilled to partner with Luvanya on a fabulous giveaway for Clean Beauty Scene podcast listeners! Scroll down to enter. My guest this week is Dr. Alpa Patel, retired pediatrician with a background in biochemistry, mother of 2, and, CEO & Founder of Luvanya. You can listen to the interview on any of your favorite podcast apps or click here.
One of my top priorities is researching and discovering clean beauty brands to bring you a variety of recommendations. When I was approached by Dr. Patel to be a guest on Clean Beauty Scene podcast I was inspired by her story and impressed with her line and expertise in plant-based holistic lifestyles.
A year ago we had never even heard the term maskne, now so many are suffering from it. If you have maskne this episode will be incredibly helpful for you but even if you’re not you’ll love this episode because Dr. Patel shares great skincare tips, the right routine for healthy skin and nourishing skin fortifying ingredients to look for. She also shares helpful advice to protect your skin from blue light. Exposure from our devices that we are constantly on is also damaging our skin.
Luvanya is clean, vegan and doctor formulated combining science with nature for the most visible and effective results to improve the health of your skin. Enter code luv20 for 20% off your Lavanya purchase (excludes sale items).
We need clean products for our health but we also want products that are effective and results driven. Those of us who are Gen Xers and beyond need products that work. Check out all of the wonderful testimonials on their site. The packaging is beautiful too!
Dr. Patel’s Maskne Prevention Tips
1. Wash masks with every use! Use masks with breathable natural fabric. Silk or 100% cotton is best. Use a mask that fits properly – if too tight can cause skin breakdown.
2. Cleanse and moisturize face after using mask and double cleanse after makeup use
3. Exfoliate regularly. ( A gentle exfoliating product that you can use regularly and safely will keep your skin free from daily toxins and build up.)- favorite ingredient glycolic acid
4. A weekly detox mask will help greatly!
5. Use products that incorporate ingredients with powerful anti-inflammatory properties to keep your skin calm and soothed under that mask! We need to keep barrier function strong – so look for products that will help maintain a strong barrier.
7 Ways to Protect Your Skin From Blue Light
1. Incorporate Antioxidants in your skincare – (CoQ10, Niacinamide, Guava Extract, Raspberry Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil)
2. Eat a diet rich in Antioxidants – (leafy greens, fruits, nuts, vegetables)
3. Invest in a blue light filter for your screens
4. Lower the brightness of your screens up to 50%
5. Use your devices’ nighttime settings
6. Spend time away from screens
7. Wear SPF
Enter our giveaway! One lucky winner will receive:
A Luvanya Maskne Skincare Set & a 1:1 Wellness Coaching Session with Kelly
Total prize valued at over $200!
Luvanya’s Maskne Skincare Set is curated to protect your face from the irritation, redness and potential acne caused by the fabric of your mask and the buildup of moisture.
✅ Luvanya Nourishing Gel Cleanser
✅ Luvanya Nighttime Exfoliating Elixir
✅ Luvanya High Performance Hydrator
✅ Luvanya Superfoods Dextox Face Mask
✅ Silicon Mask Applicator
P.S. My FREE 5 day challenge to help you kickstart pandemic weight loss & get rid of the #quarantine15 starts Sunday, click here to sign up!
A 7 Day Whole Foods Cleanse Reset To Help You Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy And Stress Less Without Giving Up Delicious Food.
Do you find yourself craving sugar and carbs? Having a few too many glasses of wine many nights? Do you wish you had more energy? Is the isolation from this pandemic making it harder for you to stay healthy and lose weight? Have you had breakouts?Do you want to lose the quarantine 15? Feel like you don’t have enough time to eat right and focus on your health?
If you relate to any of those questions you are ready for things to get better. Join the uplifting power of this easy yet effective detox and learn to focus on delicious whole foods feeding your body and mind what it needs and wants – while saving you time.
2021 is shaping up to look like more of the same but you can show up stronger, leaner and more resilient. 80% of people who make resolutions drop them by February. If that’s you we will get you back on track.
This 7 Day cleanse helps you gently reset your habits and jumpstart weight loss by focusing on delicious meals and easy steps to improve cellular health, immunity, mental clarity, metabolism and energy. This reset will help you reduce inflammation in your body to help slow down premature aging.
Overwhelm… bloating… quarantine 15… the blahs… anxiety — let’s put an end to all of that and hit the reset button.
Would you like to just hit reset on some of your eating and lifestyle habits without changing your entire life routine or diet? This is for you. It’s quick, easy and effective.
Don’t worry, you won’t be surviving on green juice or cayenne pepper lemon water for 7 days. You won’t starve! You’ll enjoy real whole delicious food. You’ll love the recipes. Let’s keep it simple sister.
Clean & Lean will save you TIME because I will have everything laid out for you and give you the action steps you need.
I’ll give you guidelines with easy to follow action steps each day to help you debloat, destress and you might even lose a few pounds, many do.
Before I give you the details about this life changing program who is this transformational week really for?
You’re a busy woman who is short on time, big on frustration over extra pounds and pandemic fatigue who wants to have more energy, less stress and is ready to feel and look better.
Let’s make like Elle Woods and bend and snap our way out of the 2020 Quarantine 15 funk and get back on track.
Time to reset, savvy beauty.
During this 7 day reset you will learn habits that will help you
Clean up your food plan and focus on healthy delicious foods
Increase your energy and improve your sleep
Reduce your body’s toxic load
Lower your stress and anxiety levels
Stop feeling hungry or deprived
Clear up skin issues
Put an end to sugar cravings
Manage blood sugars and decrease inflammation
Improve gut health and optimize digestion so you are less bloated and more comfortable
End yo-yo dieting and stop counting calories
Avoid environmental toxins that mess with your metabolism and promote fat retention
Implement healthy habits and nutritious eating that will save you TIME!
You’ll be given checklists, meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, clean beauty recommendations, daily check-ins and inspiration from me via email.
- Home Detox Masterclass
- Pantry & Refrigerator Clean Out Guide
- The 1st 5 people to register by August 3rd get a free PRIVATE 1:1 session with me!
- I’m offering private email support during our 7 days together. This means you can reply to my emails with your questions, concerns, or if you just want to chat or vent. I’ll be there for, coaching you through the process.
This an easy 7 day quickstart program teaching you simple but effective habits you need to eat well, de-bloat, de-stress and feel great without restrictive crazy trends. If you follow it you will likely have better energy, better moods and lose a few pounds.
I know that resetting your eating habits and detoxing may sound hard and downright scary but don’t worry, I’ve designed it to make it completely doable with delicious foods that you will love. You’ll be surprised how easy it is and you’ll end up having fun!
*72 hour Money back guarantee* I believe you will love this program but if for any reason you start it and aren’t feelin’ it, I will give you a full refund which means there is no risk for you to sign up and give it a try!
Summer is here. Let’s do this.
This will save you time. You will go right to the source, no wasting time Googling things that don’t work.
>>>>>Enrollment is open, begin on a date of your choice<<<<<
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“Thank you for all the information! I felt healthy all week! I loved the butter lettuce tacos… amazing!!!! I feel better! So happy that I still have stayed away from the processed foods. Yay! I loved all of the action steps. I also love that I can watch your Home Detox Masterclass. I love all the education!” ~Traci S., Mom of 2 teenage boys
“My daughter is turning 13 next week… and I decided a few months ago that it was finally time to lose the baby weight… haha! Also, my 15th wedding anniversary is in August so another great motivator to do so, right?! Sooooo, I wanted to share that I’ve lost almost 20 pounds so far working with my wellness coach, Kelly Bonanno. She’s amazing guys!” ~Azar R., Esthetician & mom
Disclaimer: Kelly Bonanno is not a licensed practitioner, physician, dietician, nutritionist, nurse or medical professional. I offer no medical treatments, diagnosis, or counseling. If you have a medical condition of any kind, you must maintain treatment as prescribed by your physician regardless of my recommendations or advice, or any use of recommended online guides, supplementations, websites or products. In the case of medical diagnosis, it is vital to work with your physician to determine the best course of action; and to never replace one treatment for another that goes against your physician’s advice. None of the recommendations, suggestions or written information provided are intended to replace medical advice of any kind. Wellness counseling is not a prescriptive service; all consultations written or otherwise should be considered as purely informational and carried out at the individual’s own risk. The information presented is never intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kelly claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the information presented, suggested or recommended. Some brands listed are affiliate links.
Would you like a quick and easy way to get loads of nutrients into your system?
There is a lot of controversy surrounding what we should and shouldn’t eat but one thing that’s never up for debate is the fact that we all need lots of vegetables every single day. How does getting the nutritional equivalent of a plateful of veggies from one tablet sound? And what if I told you that tablet was actual food, not a supplement? Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? It certainly intrigued me.
That superfood is algae. There are so many health benefits that it is mind blowing. Hear all about them on this week’s episode of Clean Beauty Scene podcast. My guest, the country’s leading expert on algae nutrition, Catharine Arnston, Founder & CEO of ENERGYbits, explains the many phenomenal science backed health and beauty benefits. Click hear to listen.
We’ve partnered for a wonderful giveaway! Enter below to win a box of BEAUTYbits Spirulina Algae Tablets AND a 1:1 Wellness & Life Coaching Session with Kelly.
Algae is the most powerful nutrient-dense superfood on the planet. It has thousands more nutrients than any fruit or vegetable containing all essential amino acids, the highest concentration of protein, iron, beta carotene, and antioxidants, as well as B-vitamins, electrolytes, and omega 3’s!
It’s also the most eco-friendly sustainable, you know this Eco girl loves that aspect as well. It’s been used for thousands of years most notably in Asia where it’s a multibillion-dollar agricultural crop.
You will find the incredible information that Catharine shares in the episode about algae and its history absolutely fascinating. You’ll hear about how Spirulina was the first life on earth almost 4 billion years ago! You might even hear my Cher impression.
Algae is a beautiful companion to your clean beauty routine because it naturally helps your body detox.
There are tens of thousands of scientific studies validating the benefits of algae, including some about COVID-19. It’s been used for thousands of years most notably in Asia where it’s a multibillion-dollar agricultural crop. It’s endorsed by the UN as the answer to world hunger.
ENERGYbits gives you a seriously simple way to assimilate this super food into your diet with high quality algae tablets. It’s the quickest easiest way to get the nutritional equivalent of platefuls of veggies without cooking, peeling, chopping or cleaning! Genius.
They fuel NFL and Olympic teams with ENERGYbits.
Nutrient-rich algae is highly beneficial in building a strong immune system which is always vital and it’s more crucial than ever right now as we face this pandemic.
Do you struggle with insomnia or 3 AM wakings? Chlorella has the highest amount of tryptophan – precursor to melatonin.
It’s important to note, these ENERGYbits tablets are not supplements, they are real food. On a personal level, I can’t tell you how excited I am to have these amazing nutrients in my life. To know that by just having a few tablets a day I am getting the equivalent of platefuls of nutritious vegetables is remarkable. Even my teenage boys are happy that they can get this amount of nutrition in one tiny tablet. Isn’t the packaging gorgeous? Catharine designs all the packaging herself!
Enter below for your chance to win a box of BEAUTYbits Spirulina Algae Tablets AND a 1:1 Wellness & Life Coaching Session with Kelly! Prize valued at $175.
Are you overwhelmed and confused by all the conflicting and misleading information out there about what to eat and what products are truly clean and green? I get it. I’ve been there and I can help.
Minimizing your body’s toxic burden is crucial for overall health, it’s also important when it comes to managing your weight.
Would it shock you to hear that your makeup and personal care products could be one of the reasons you’re struggling to lose weight? It’s true. Certain toxins commonly found in conventional products can alter your metabolism and the way your body stores fat.
These type of toxins in your beauty & personal care products can lead to:
& other adverse effects
I created this free time saving clean beauty quickstart toolkit to help you ditch toxins that mess with your health and metabolism and cause dreaded weight fluctuations.
This tool kit will give you the proven steps to reduce toxic load and clean your beauty routine so you can avoid toxins that impair your metabolism and your immune system.
A good clean perfume is hard to find so I am thrilled to introduce you to Aspen Apothecary, a brand new niche scent apothecary creating clean, vegan CBD-infused perfume launching this week! Hear all about it on the latest Clean Beauty Scene podcast episode and enter our giveaway below!
Cofounders and BIPOC sisters Keta & Kaja Burke-Williams have set out to become the fresh, diverse face of fragrance and they are on a mission to amplify women of color. A mission I fully support.
These inspiring and impressive sisters had the idea to launch this line last Thanksgiving, barely a year ago! Keta is attending Harvard Business School as she and Kaja build the business.
The line is currently in the Venture Program at the Innovation Lab & the Rock Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Harvard.
Let’s face it, when we smell good we feel sexy and more beautiful. You may have your signature scent that you’ve been loyal to for years but it’s likely filled with hundreds of toxic chemicals.
Branch out and make the switch to clean perfume. Trust me, you can smell beautiful without dousing yourself with carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting substances.
Enter for your chance to win a beautiful bottle of Aspen Apothecary perfume to keep for yourself or gift to a loved one this holiday season, a tote bag and a private 1:1 virtual Wellness & Life Coaching Session with Kelly. This prize is valued at over $200! Use code CBS15 to receive 15% off any Aspen Apothecary item.
Aspen Apothecary is featured in Byrdie and has been selected as a finalist from 300 applicants for Tower 28’s Clean Beauty School. InStyle named them as one of the “Only Luxury CBD Beauty brands I’ll ever shop”!
I was incredibly impressed with Keta, I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with her. You will love my interview with her in this episode of Clean Beauty Scene. She explains the benefits of infusing CBD isolates into their vegan, Leaping Bunny Certified perfume and why they chose particular ingredients to create long lasting scents that are free of the harmful toxins found in conventional fragrance lines.
You’ll also discover what they hope to see more of in the beauty industry as ambitious, trendsetting, inspirational women of color.
Enter our giveaway for your chance to win:
Please don’t head to the mall to get the toxic junk – you know the brands I’m talking about. Instead, give your sisters, daughters, nieces, girlfriends, moms and wives (and yourself!) healthy beauty with glamourous eco conscious products. This curated list gives you a wide variety of suggestions.
I love this time of year. I happen to enjoy Christmas shopping and searching for the perfect gifts!
Keep checking back, this list will be updated often.
I’m offering 20% off my coaching services and programs for the holidays.
Niru Beauty Turmeric + CBD Mask Kit and Face Oil Gift Set for Normal/Oily Skin Brightening and toning Ayurveda face mask and nutrient-rich anti-aging face oil come pre-wrapped in a beautiful paper gift box. $65 Use code CleanBeauty for 20% off. I had the pleasure of interviewing CEO and creator Leena Roy on the podcast last month, episode 11. Listen to the interview on any podcast app and learn how her ingredients heal acne and give you glowing skin. Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts.
Indie Lee Discovery Kit Complete 3 step skincare routine includes travel sizes of 3 of their best sellers: Brightening Cleanser (the BEST cleanser!), CoQ-10 Toner and Squalane Facial Oil $29
AnnMarie Herbal Facial Oil Handcrafted using organic and wildcrafted ingredients, balances, moisturizes and softens skin. $45 Use code GLOWING10 for 10% off
LoveGoodly Essential Subscription Box Recipients gets a box every other month curated with 4-5 full size products, focused on nontoxic, cruelty free and vegan beauty and skincare, as well as an occasional eco style accessory, wellness product or healthy snack. Pause or cancel anytime. Single Essential Box also available $34.95
Herbivore Botanicals Prism Exfoliating Glow Serum Gentle yet effective daily exfoliation with this new and improved formula of 12% natural fruit- and plant-based AHAs and 3% Willow Bark-based BHA $54
Living Libations Frankincense Honey Mask Fortifying and skin nourishing $24.96
Skincando Miracle Cream Thick, luxurious hydrating night cream that has had a loyal following for over fifteen years! $12 – $70. I’ve invited CEO and founder, Sara DAmelio on the podcast so stay tuned!
Holiday Edition: 5-in-1 Cinnamon Cassia & Coconut Moisturizing Exfoliator Exfoliates and moisturizes dry cracked skin. Check out my Facebook live interview with founder Rene Bartosh here, learn about the line and how she created it after years of suffering from chronic, dry, cracked, often bleeding skin $20 & up.
Bella Vida Skincare Minis Gift Set Includes a variety of mask minis: Blueberry Coco Charcoal Mask, Pineapple Paradiso Glow Mask, Radiant Sunflower Serum, Coco Citrus Noir Purifying Cleanser, Pumpkin Pie Enzyme Mask $27 (nearly 50% off!) I’m excited to welcome founder and fellow SoCal resident, Erin Schmidt to the podcast after the new year!
Colorado Aromatics Razz Hyaluronic Acid Tightening Serum $16.85 You had me at tightening serum! This serum is wonderful and smells beautiful. Be on the lookout for an interview with CEO, Cindy Jones.
Ilia Eye Love Clean Eye Makeup Set Includes eye tint, liner, my latest favorite mascara in a nice travel bag! $45***
Aether Beauty Amethyst Crystal Gemstone Palette 12 gorgeous eyeshadow shades $58***
PYT Beauty Day-to-Night Cool Eyeshadow Palette Love this, neutral but stunning shades $32***
Salty Girl Beauty 5 Minute Makeup Kit Includes foundation, concealer, multi stick, lip gloss, and mascara in your choice of shades with a cute makeup bag $120
Earth Based Body Multi Purpose Lip & Cheek Tint. Sheer tint that delivers shine and hydration $22. Founder Nancy Sundboom will be on the podcast in 2021. Check out the gorgeous watercolor artwork on the packaging created by Chicago artist, Christine Arcus.
Crunchi Solarise™ Bronzer Every savvy girl needs a good bronzer all year round!$36
Kosas Mini Wet Set Lip Oil Gloss Trio Set of 3 best-selling hydrating plumping mini Wet Lip Oils $25***
100% Pure Coconut Body Oasis Deeply moisturizing coconut shower gel, whipped body butter, hand buttercream $38 (40% off)
Sway Trademark Dry Body Oil A luxurious body oil formulated with over 10 precious botanical oils and extracts. Customize and choose your own skin boost, aroma and toppings. Use Code SWAY@& for 27% off $48
Pure Haven Complete Almond Biscotti or Candy Cane Pack Includes dream cream (a cult favorite), candle, body wash, moisturizing hand soap, and body butter. Smaller sets available and items may be purchased separately. Limited Edition. $24.95 – $112.95
Innersense Organic Beauty Box Clean, luxurious hair care set that includes shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner and lift volumizer $56 (50% off!)
Pura D’or Apple Cider Vinegar Thin To Thick Shampoo and Conditioner Set Encourages exfoliation to the hair and scalp and locks in hydration. This is my current favorite hair care!
$25.99 $18.19 with code Bf2020. 30% off all products with that code!
Nail Care & Polish
Lauren B. Beauty Luxury Nail Care Collection Long-wearing, chip resistant, vegan, luxury eco nail polish and nail care. Use kellyb20 and get 20% off. Lauren Berkovitz, CEO and founder was the first person I interviewed on Clean Beauty Scene podcast! She is featured on episode 11, you can listen on any podcast app, click here to listen on Apple Podcasts.
Aspen Apothecary CBD Infused Vegan Perfume Created by BIPOC sisters committed to amplifying women $79. Named by InStyle as one of the “Only Luxury CBD Beauty brands I’ll ever shop”. I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing CEO & co-founder Keta Burke-Williams on Clean Beauty Scene podcast, you can listen on any podcast app. Be sure to enter our big giveaway for your chance to win a bottle of their beautiful perfume, a tote bag, and a wellness coaching session with moi! Click here to enter the giveaway!
Abbott NYC Exploration Set 8 unisex fragrances inspired by nature $28***
I always looked forward to checking out my stocking on Christmas morning! My mom… er Santa put the best stuff in there. My favorite was a big tube of the giant Bonne Bell Lip Smackers in six different flavors. Oh do I wish those were toxin free. Fortunately, I found a few clean alternatives. Lip Smackers will always hold a special place in my heart.
LaVigne Liminal Resilience Face Oil Poppy-infused blend of active botanicals that hydrate, nourish, and encourage resilience. This is the first product in their Derm Immortelle line $5.00 – $9.00 for trial sizes.
100% Pure $10 Beauty Deals Tons of items for just 10 bucks… foundation, mascara, lipstick, lotion, powder and much more!
For Little Girls & Tweens
Get them started on clean products, their systems are delicate and still developing. Fortunately, there are fun clean lines for especially for them.
Lip Smacker alternatives:
Mount Lai Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool A personal must-have! $28
Gifts For Men
Erin’s Faces Lumberjack Skincare Set For Men Face wash and face lotion $75
Pure Haven Men’s 4-piece daily skin care set includes shave butter, aftershave and moisturizer, body wash, and face wash $67.95
Bow Chica Bow Wow
Into The Wylde Wylde One Herb & water-based lubricant $11.99
Java Skincare Sexy Serum Stimulating and sensual caffeine-infused massage and lubricant oil $19.50
Province Apothecary Sex Oil $28***
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Wishing you & your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
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Get ready to stop counting calories and resorting to restrictive diets.
Drop the quarantine 15, control cravings and put an end to weight fluctuations while still enjoying some of your favorite foods.
It’s easier than you think and saves your time. I’ll show you how!
Kickstart Your Intermittent Fasting Program & Look Great In Your Jeans Free 5 Day Challenge
November 15th – 19th
You can still register and get access to anything you’ve missed
Do you have trouble losing weight no matter how hard you try or lose and gain the same 10 lbs over and over? Belly fat won’t budge? Maybe you gained the quarantine 15 and want to get rid of it?!
Discover 3 secrets to reach your ideal weight and maintain it effortlessly – – – even if you’re over 40.
Do you find that no matter how low your daily calorie intake is or what diet you try, you just can’t release unwanted pounds?
Maybe you gained the quarantine 15 and want to get rid of it?!
Do you lose and gain the same 10 lb over and over? Belly fat won’t budge?
Sign up for this free challenge and take control of your weight loss once and for all.
What if I told you that I have a simple solution to lose those unwanted pounds forever? Would you be excited to know what it is so you finally feel in control of your weight and overall health?
You will discover:
✅ What intermittent fasting is and the associated health benefits
✅ How to lose weight and feel better with a simple shift to your eating timetable, even if you are over 40
✅ The best intermittent fasting techniques & supplementary diets that support your overall success even for those in menopause
✅ How to gradually shift your current eating patterns into an intermittent fasting approach
✅ How to lose weight in a non-invasive way, even for the habitual yo-yo dieters
✅ How to control your cravings and manage your blood sugars
✅ The connection between environmental toxins and your weight and how to avoid obesobegens that mess with your metabolism
November 15th – 19th
You can still register and get access to anything you’ve missed
In truth, our bodies need a rest and recovery period from digesting food in order to run at an optimal level.
When you expand the number of hours that the body isn’t digesting food it can put that energy toward cell regeneration, fat burning and disease control.
Your weight and your health are inextricably tied together.
Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death. Just an extra 30 lbs is considered obese.
There is growing evidence that obesity is one of the most significant factors associated with an increased risk of Covid.
Look hot in your favorite jeans again savvy girls.
“My daughter is turning 13 next week… and I decided a few months ago that it was finally time to lose the baby weight… haha! Also, my 15th wedding anniversary is in August so another great motivator to do so, right?! Sooooo, I wanted to share that I’ve lost almost 20 pounds so far working with my wellness coach, Kelly Bonanno. She’s amazing guys!” ~Azar
Are you a breastfeeding mom or were you at one time, a breastfeeding mom who found breastfeeding so damn hard you felt like giving up? I had an incredibly difficult time coupled with postpartum anxiety. Postpartum issues and breastfeeding difficulties are more common than you might think. In fact, in my experience, more common than not. I hope my story helps you.
Most women I’ve talked with had some type of hardship surrounding their breastfeeding experience. Many have such a sucky (no pun intended) time they just give up. For better or worse, I persevered.
Both of my pregnancies were great but I suffered postpartum anxiety after my first. I’m far removed from that point in my life but I remember it like it was yesterday. Perhaps you had a similar experience and will relate to my story. One thing I know for sure, if you did or if you are currently, you are not alone.
As tough as it was, I never lost sight of the fact that I was blessed with a healthy, thriving, fun baby who allowed me to experience a love I never knew existed.
That little newborn turned 18 in July. Last week, we moved him into his college dorm. The cliché time flies.. nothing could be more true. Seems like yesterday he was my stubborn but sweet high energy toddler running me ragged, cracking me up and giving me the best cuddles in the world.
I wanted to share my own difficult breastfeeding and postpartum story for years but it’s not easy for me to open up and be vulnerable – not to use a totally overused term but I’m not the emotional type. I feel strong emotions but sharing them is out of my comfort zone. I’m the type that gets angry rather than cries but my anger is swift and fades fast, I take after my dad in that way.
This was not the case after my first son was born, emotions were heightened. I was weepy, sad, confused, irritable, guilt-ridden, lonely… an emotional sleep deprived wreck.
We hear about postpartum depression but postpartum anxiety is more common than you might think. The 4th trimester is real. I didn’t realize this at the time but that is what I was going through – 4th trimester struggles. I felt very alone and inadequate.
There simply weren’t enough resources for new moms. Fortunately today there are many. If I knew then what I know now things would be different. Now that I’m a wellness coach that focuses very heavily on self-care with my clients and myself I would’ve told that new mom, you need to take care of yourself and seek help.
If you’re going through that or ever do in the future please make your well-being a priority. Believe me, I know how difficult it is when you have a newborn, you barely have time to shower but practicing a little self-care each day will help you. The fact that self-care is a non-negotiable for our well-being is the reason I created my free Virtual Self-Care Retreat. If you’d like help fitting in some easy self-care, you can sign up here.
I’m not good at asking for help which was a big part of the problem. But I didn’t have much choice, at the time my mom was very ill with rheumatoid arthritis and my mother-in-law did not live nearby. I had left my well-paying network TV job at CBS so money was tight.
I distinctly remember thinking I am going to write about this one day because I cannot possibly be the only mom going through this. Facebook didn’t exist and blogs weren’t nearly what they are now. I thought I’d do it sooner but all things happen at the right time. I share my story because since then I’ve met many women who have been in the same exact boat. If you have a similar experience, I want you to know you are not alone or crazy like I thought I was.
20% of women in the U.S. suffer from anxiety and mood disorders before or after pregnancy and it can last up to 3 years postpartum. A national survey conducted by Every Mother Counts, Seleni Institute, Peanut, Motherly and Maven, revealed that the majority of women reported experiencing both depression and anxiety.
I shared my story two years ago in this video…
It was of utmost importance to me to be able to feed my baby the almighty breastmilk to give him the zillions of immune boosting health benefits, particularly being such a wellness advocate. And frankly, I figured it would be easier than having to make bottles and drag them along and certainly cheaper, breastmilk is free.
For a list of top toxins to avoid to welcome baby into a healthy home and pass fewer toxins through your breast milk click here.
In the video, a live stream I did in my private Facebook group (you are welcome to join), I share that I unknowingly nearly starved my son for the first few days. He latched on just fine so I had no idea no milk was coming out. I did everything possible including hiring a lactation consultant.
I also talk about the circus it was and the rigors I went through weighing him, nursing him, weighing him again to see what measly little milk I might’ve given him… then making a bottle to supplement after which I had to pump to try to encourage my mammary glands to start making milk on their own and hopefully increase milk production.
The whole process was so freaking long by the time I was done feeding him it was practically time to feed him again! Plus, I was really bad at breastfeeding. I could not do it in public discreetly, boobs everywhere. I now realize why wet nurses were popular at a point in time.
I share my best advice to new moms and reveal how I finally, after months of screwed up sleep patterns, got him to sleep through the night and become a good napper.
I literally thought I would never be able to leave the house. I was almost delirious. The sleep deprivation was brutal. That coupled with the postpartum anxiety I was experiencing and lack of support made me so damn irritable.
If I was going through this today I would reach out to Mindy Werth of Aunty Mindy. She is a kind, loving and knowledgable Family Consultant specializing in: Fertility & Pre-Natal, Birth & Postpartum, Infant Feeding & Family Development, Gentle Sleep Guide. If you are having any type of postpartum difficulties or just want some help, you can find her on Instagram @auntymindyconsultant
I’ll cover many wellness issues including topics like this that are important for moms on my new podcast launching September 1st: Clean beauty Scene with Kelly Bonanno. Subscribe on Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast or any other podcast app.
How are you holding up? It’s been a crazy few weeks. Very difficult for some. Confusing, frightening and downright strange for most of us. The fear, uncertainty and conflicting information being circulated have caused anxiety in just about everyone. My heart goes out to you if you or a loved one are suffering from coronavirus, sending you healing thoughts and love.
In light of these incredibly unprecedented times while we are staying home, trying to stay healthy, flatten the curve, keep coronavirus from attacking us and from spreading, it is more critical than ever that you strengthen your immune system as much as possible.
It’s surreal. Normal life is on hold which feels strange an uneasy. I think everyone is experiencing a myriad of feelings and emotions over this, I know I am. It’s completely normal and we need to give ourselves space and grace.
Social distancing and isolation is uncomfortable and inconvenient but important for public health. It’s devastating how many are fighting for their lives, how many have lost their lives and the number of people who may face financial ruin.
A weak immune system decreases the body’s ability to fight off foreign bacteria, viruses, and other illnesses. Panic and fear suppress the immune system too. Here are 5 powerful things you can do that bolster your immune system.
That being said, for those who are suffering from coronavirus, treating the immune system depends on the potential cytokine storm. This is the case with other illnesses as well. Dr. Marc Milstein offers helpful insights in his video: Why Some Get Very Sick with COVID-19 and Insights Into New Treatments. You’ll find more information on cytokine storms in this study: Consider cytokine storm syndromes and immunosuppression.
Gut health We know that proper nutrition boosts your immune system in a huge way. Food really is medicine but the wrong foods break down your immune system and threaten your health. The foods we eat have a huge impact on how well our immune system functions.
Our diet is a major component of hormone function, energy levels, of course, weight and digestive health, but also on our mental state, brain health and more.
I coach certain clients through a nutrition program that helps them achieve optimal health but some of the basic tenents to follow: eat whole non-GMO, low glycemic foods, avoid processed foods, get at least 5 servings of produce each day, pile your plate with foods, known to boost your immune system including:
⦿ Citrus fruits ⦿ Broccoli ⦿ Wild caught salmon ⦿ Garlic ⦿ Ginger
⦿ Almonds ⦿ Berries ⦿ Sweet potatoes ⦿ Tumeric ⦿ Green tea
⦿ Pomegranates ⦿ Papaya ⦿ Sunflower seeds ⦿ Miso ⦿ Green veggies
“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates
Chew on this: The digestion process starts in our saliva. Amylase, an enzyme in saliva helps to begin breaking down starch into simple sugars. Aim to chew each bite 20 times. This will get the digestive juices flowing and make you a more mindful eater.
My latest favorite green tea, by the way, is Pique Tea. They offer a wide variety of delicious teas with powerful plant polyphenols to build up your body’s defense during this critical time including green tea. They’ll deliver right to your door, no need to brave the germ laden grocery store. I’m sipping Earl Grey as I write this!
Sleep This is absolutely essential for your immune system. Along with making us look like crap, sleep deprivation is linked to more health problems than just about anything, including a weakened immune system.
Sleep scientist Matt Walker calls sleep ‘the most powerful elixir of life’ that is critical in order for our immune system to protect us. After only one night of 4 hours of sleep, we experience a 70% reduction in immune cells known as Natural Killer Cells, a type of white blood cell that is a key player in combating viruses and infections, and crucial for disease protection and detection, including cancer.
Hydration What are the two things you every doctor says to do when you’re sick? Drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. Listen to your grandmother and drink that water. You’ve got to flush those germs out.
70% of Americans are subclinically dehydrated. This is something I have clients track. Oftentimes they’ll tell me they drink a lot of water but then when they keep track they’re surprised at just how little water there actually taking in each day. Ahh the power of tracking and journaling.
Drinking enough water flushes out your G.I. tract and aids the function of your immune-fighting lymphatic cells. It also helps remove toxins from the body.
Water oxygenates your blood. When you are even mildly dehydrated, your body pulls water from the skin’s tissue to maintain concentration in your blood. When we’re fighting infection, our body’s fluid needs increase.
Start your day with a detoxifying drink of warm lemon water. A cup of warm water with the juice of 1 organic lemon helps flush the kidneys, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, balances pH levels and the acidity stimulates your liver to produce acids that help detox the body… how about all those benefits without much work?! Oh and you’ll also get a nice dose of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B and C and other antioxidants.
Extra credit if you add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, It also creates an alkaline environment that helps kill viruses and bacteria. That’s what I drink every morning before my coffee. Drink about half your weight in water each day. A bit more if you are ill.
I’ve been teaching clients, students in my workshops and in my online programs to drink warm lemon water every morning for years now. According to Mr. Healthy, Professor Chen Horin, CEO, Beijing Military Hospital, warm lemon water aids against proliferation of coronavirus. He says the acid and carboxylic acid in lemon help protect narrowing arteries and regulate hypertension which is a risk factor for coronavirus, stroke and other problems. He advises putting three slices of lemon in a cup of warm water which turns it into alkaline water.
If you are one of those people who just do not like the taste of water and it’s a true hardship forcing it down, try Hint Water.
Detoxification Environmental toxins impair your immune system. Detoxing your home, beauty and personal care routine is not just about being an eco freako earth loving hippie chick. No, this is vital for your health. I’m not messing around when I talk about this. Toxins have a very negative impact that suppresses your immune system. Using clean beauty and non toxic household products is vital for your overall health.
Get your home detoxified. Make it easy on yourself by registering for my easy to follow Home Detox Masterclass. You’ll learn how to create a healthier, less toxic environment inside your home which will benefit your immune system big time. In light of what’s going on right now I am keeping my Home Detox Masterclass at the introductory price for the time being. I can also help you reduce your body’s toxic burden with an Eco Wellness Power Hour. Book yours here.
Manage Stress Our adrenal glands pump out excess cortisol when we’re under stress which weakens the immunity in the lining of the gut. To say this COVID-19 pandemic is causing stress and anxiety is an understatement. We must manage that stress and anxiety for our well-being.
Exercise It’s vital for your immune system and since we all are homebound with a lot of our responsibilities taken off our plate the number one excuse for not exercising: ‘not enough time’ is not going to fly anymore unless you are someone who is now working from home while also homeschooling young children. In that case, you need stress relief more than ever. Walk, jog, do yoga, lift free weights in your home, log onto one of the many online workouts that are now popping up.
Yoga Since your gym and yoga studios are closed, online workouts are our solution! Keeping up with your workouts will keep you sane and boost your immune system. Yoga is a stress reducer and a great workout. Try Yoga Download or even Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube.
Sleep, rest and relaxation
Getting out in nature Can’t go anywhere else now anyway. Take a walk and a few times a day, step out on your balcony, yard or front door and take a few deep cleansing breaths.
Meditation, Mindfulness & Gratitude There are wonderful meditation resources like Barbara Savin that can help you create a meditation practice. I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with her at Conejo Collective Day Of Wellness last year. She ended her talk with a short guided grounding meditation that was transformative, everyone was talking about how wonderful it was.
If you’re new to meditation, you don’t need to get fancy, just take a few minutes or even one minute several times a day to breathe while focusing on something you are grateful for. Gratitude is a potent stress reliever.
What you focus on expands. What you resist persists. Focus on thoughts of health and wellness. What do you think will happen generally does happen.
“Stress is a response to stimulation that makes you feel threatened and not always provoked by real circumstances, Rather a perception that you are being attacked.” ~Dr. Mark Hyman
There are many others things you can also do for your immune system that I help clients with but these are a few of my top recommendations that you can implement right now. They aren’t difficult, they are free or very low cost and they will make a difference. A strong immune system is your best defense during this crisis.
I don’t use that word lightly. I am not an alarmist and I truly believe that staying calm and levelheaded will get us through this but it is a crisis. It’s a serious situation, however, worrying about what we can’t control will only deteriorate our mental and physical well-being and exacerbate anxiety and stress.
As with every aspect of health and life in general, I always say control what you can, give yourself grace and release worry about what you cannot control. Can you 100% control your immune system? No, but you absolutely can implement these methods to give yourself a leg up.
With all that immune boosting goodness being said, please don’t beat yourself up if you’ve been eating too much comfort food, having a few to too many glasses of wine, not getting off the couch often enough, scrolling social media endlessly… These first few weeks were weird and scary. I think we all have to just give ourselves a little bit of grace, right? Your world has been turned upside down and your schedule is likely completely thrown off. Give yourself a break but that now we’re a few weeks in, good idea to get into a healthy routine – your new hopefully very temporary normal.
A word about personal Hygiene. I wrote about handwashing years ago in the first article that I wrote on tips for preventing cold and flu and easing symptoms. One of my tips was handwashing and as I stated in that article, I attribute diligent handwashing to rarely getting sick (thank you, Lord!). It’s amazing how handwashing is now at the forefront of everyone’s minds. It should always be a priority.
Certain germs threaten your immune system and others can lead to serious illness as we are now witnessing across the globe. I was a major hand wash it before all of this and even I am over the number of times I am at the sink sudsing up! However, we must wash the germs off your hands, especially before you eat, wash or touch your face and prepare food and always after you are out in common areas.
When it comes to supplements, check with your physician
There are impressive supplements that also boost the immune system like probiotics, vitamin D3 with K, astragalus, vitamin C, zinc, oregano oil, Echinacea, and more but you must check with your healthcare practitioner. Particularly with the coronavirus, scientists are finding that certain substances in medications exacerbate symptoms. And please keep in mind some supplements are not healthy on a long-term basis like echinacea and others so you must do your research and find a good physician. I like Western doctors that are integrative and homeopathic as well.
Spread Love Not germs
Know what else reduces stress? Love and gratitude. Spread loving kindness and treat with others and yourself with care.
Be gentle on yourself and as I told my kids, let’s just take it one day at a time and look for the silver linings. I shared some of mine here that will help ease your anxiety.
We are all in this together, we need to stick together, be there for one another and comply to save lives. It’s OK to be scared and to dislike the situation. This isn’t the norm for humans, it’s lonely. We are meant to be together and experience human touch. I still can’t believe it’s happening.
I’ll say it again because it’s an important concept to understand – – – – what we focus on expands. Focus on love, healing & positivity? Send those vibes out into the world to change the trajectory. It will make a difference in what’s going on in the world, within yourself. and your beloved immune system.
Health isn’t just what you’re eating. It’s what you’re thinking, what you’re doing and what you’re saying.
Want help implementing some of these habits and learn more self-care tips that will help alleviate your anxiety during these uncertain times?
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Stay safe, stay well and let’s all do our part to stop the spread of COVID – 19.