The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates reveals her morning wellness routine
After discovering holistic health while battling with eczema, Carla Oates founded the now cult beauty elixir brand The Beauty Chef. In a piece written directly to her website, the 46-year-old credits nourishing meals and her probiotic powders amongst the few wellness rituals that are keeping her ‘gut happy, immunity strong and skin glowing’.
When it comes to adopting wellness habits, Carla shared some universal advice: “Be realistic about what you can achieve; rather than trying to cram in five new rituals before 9am, pick one and commit to it for a week”.
She also urges people to keep things in perspective: “Be gracious with yourself and remember that life is never as neat as it may appear on someone’s social media feed”.
Here are some of the wellness tips and practices Carla uses to keep her mind and body in check:
Keep a journal
A de-stress trick that is ingrained in Carla from her days as a beauty writer, she looks to journaling as a way to “explore solutions, pursue ideas and evaluate things from a healthy distance”. She describes it as the “perfect pre-work ritual”, saying that jotting down her thoughts before starting the day allows her to be “calmer, clearer and more present” before tackling the chaos and business that lays ahead.
A quality sleep
In what Carla refers to as “the one wellness ritual we should all take a little more seriously”, a quality night's sleep is a key player when it comes to stress management, building a strong immune system and building a strong gut microbiome.
Try to move every morning
It’s taken a world pandemic and being forced into lockdown to truly appreciate something as simple as a morning walk around your local area. For Carla, a sunrise walk around her local park is a moving meditation which she describes as a “natural filing system for my brain”, that provides mental clarity and helps to set her up for the day.
Nourish from the inside out
All year round Carla takes a combination of her Glow ($65, available at thebeautychef.com) and Collagen ($45, available at thebeautychef.com) for gut and skin nourishment. According to Carla “the health of our gut microbiome can have a major impact on how we react to environmental allergens and food intolerances”.
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What are your go-to tips for starting your day off right and keeping a clear mind?