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7 Shortcuts to More Vibrant Living

The bedrock of aging gracefully and living vibrantly is good health. A woman who is mentally and physically well shines at every stage of life. Here, life coach Michelle Gillette shares her favorite shortcuts for fitness, wellness, and style.

Eat

My favorite resource for anyone trying to eat super clean and insanely delicious? Sakara. The meal-delivery service is more than a convenience; it’s a jump-start on healthier eating. Plant-based meals are nutrient dense, filled with fiber, organic, and gluten free. Sign up at Sakara.

Drink

Alcohol tolerance can decrease with age, and if you like to drink wine, that can be the pits. I’ve found that the day after a party can be more pleasant if I stick to Dry Farm Wines. They’re organic and free of the pesticides, sulfites, added sugars, mycotoxins (molds), and artificial flavorings found in many conventional wines. Order Dry Farm Wines.

Sleep

Lavender helps promote a feeling of calm and relaxation, as does Epsom salt, which can replenish the body’s magnesium levels via skin absorption. A warm bath with lavender Epsom salt is an inexpensive way to downshift from fight-or-flight to a good night’s rest. Buy Epsoak Epsom Salt Sleep Formula.

Move

ClassPass is for people who like to keep their fitness routines fresh. For a monthly fee, it gives you access to many different studios near you (or wherever you’re traveling), so you can try a variety of classes — from yoga to boxing to Pilates to spin and more. Bonus: learn new things and meet new people. Sign up at ClassPass.

Breathe

Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation studies have found that a simple 12-minute meditation can have profound effects on health in general and brain health in particular. Called Kirtan Kriya, the reported benefits of this yogic chanting meditation include improved blood flow to the brain, less depression, and better memory. There are a few versions on YouTube. I like this one and this one.

Wear

I find that when I reserve my energy for more important questions than what to wear, I gain time and confidence. Designer Franne Golde has basic pants that are slimming, smoothing, and sharp looking. They come in sizes 2 to 20 and were called “magic pants” in O magazine. Shop Franne Golde. (Tip: Use code MG10 to save 10 percent.)

Heal

If you’ve struggled with your health and tried many doctors but haven’t found the help you expect, a functional medicine doctor could change your life. Functional medicine calls for targeted tests, personalized protocols, and nutrition and lifestyle plans designed around patients’ individual needs and goals, getting to the root causes of problems versus treating only symptoms. Find a practitioner at The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Learn more about Michelle Gillette at michellegillettecoaching.com.

Photo: Rob and Julia Campbell

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