A Better You

A Better You

For me, January is all about turning inward, focusing on myself, setting intentions and goals for the coming year and practicing daily self-care. I’m so excited to collaborate with Anthropologie on this month’s #ABetterYou campaign. You can read some more of my thoughts over on their blog. This campaign is all about creating daily healthy habits that will hopefully inspire you to be the best version of yourself in 2018. Below, I’m sharing 3 recipes that I hope you will try at home this month. I encourage you to be gentle and treat yourself with love and care over the next couple weeks. Whatever that means to you. Maybe you take a couple days off social media, maybe you take a relaxing bath 3 days a week, maybe you start that meditation practice you’ve been thinking about, maybe you commit to exercising more consistently, maybe you cook vegan or vegetarian one day a week. This is a potent time of year for setting intentions, creating habits and getting clear on what you want and need. As always, I’m here to support and encourage you. I’d love to see how you’re showing yourself love and extra care this month and what healthy habits you’re working on. Tag your photos with #ABetterYou on Instagram and/or comment below.

Eucalyptus-Lemon Bath

1 bunch eucalyptus, organic and/or local if possible
2 organic lemons, sliced into rounds
1-2 handfuls eucalyptus bath salts

1.) Tie bunches of eucalyptus around the faucet handles in your tub.
2.) Fill bath with hot water.
3.) While bath is filling, place candles, crystals and anything else you’d like around the tub.
4.) Once the bath is mostly full, with the water running, add a couple handfuls of bath salts.
5.) Turn off the water. Float the lemon slices in the water.
6.) Light the candles. Grab a cup of tea or water and a book if desired. Turn on relaxing playlist.
7.) Soak, relax, rejuvenate, enjoy.

Find my favorite matcha recipe, here.

[This post is sponsored by Anthropologie. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Spiced Goji-Cacao Smoothie Bowl
[Serves 1]

For the smoothie base:
1 banana
1 cup zucchini, steamed then frozen or chilled in refrigerator
2 scoops protein powder or collagen peptides
2 Tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons lingonberry powder
1/2 cup nut milk of choice

For the topping:
2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut chips
1 Tablespoon goji berries
1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
2 teaspoons cacao nibs, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

  1. Blend all the ingredients for the base on high in a high-speed blender until very smooth. Pour into a bowl.
  2. Top with some of the topping and fresh or frozen berries if desired.

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6 comments

Tanya Sutton January 19, 2018 - 9:07 am

Hi Alison,
Thank you! You are a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to many!
Your sharing of ideas and goals for the beginning of the year are exactly what I too need to focus on. Particularly self love.

I had a shocking 2017 with serious health issues, demanding work commitments and surprise myself that I made it out alive. However I did and the journey to right the wrongs of last year has begun!

You have encouraged me to return to yoga and meditation. Starting with a new teacher next week in a small class of four. Have found the perfect teacher, full of wisdom, soul and heart. This I am sure will bring peace, calm and a little soul back to myself.

I am slowly making positive changes to my life as each day passes. Little things such as carrying a crystal in my pocket, buying beautiful flowers, being mindful and present. It’s the little things which all add up and start to bring happiness back to my life. Even as far as not working an eleven hour day.

I am starting to feel blessed with what I have in life and not focusing on my health problems.

So thank you Alison. Thank you for the encouragement and all that you share with us.

Tanya
Sydney Australia xx

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alison wu January 22, 2018 - 4:59 am

Hi Tanya,

Thank you SO much for sharing this with me! Nothing brings me greater joy than to know I’ve inspired you to take better care of yourself. It sounds like you are making small changes that will hopefully add up to a big shift for you in 2018. Sending you all the love, light and positivity as you continue on your journey!

XO

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Kathryn Hamoudah February 12, 2018 - 8:23 pm

This is wonderful. Where did you get the bath tray?

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Salomé March 31, 2018 - 1:56 pm

Thank you very much for these beautiful posts Alison…
I don’t have a bath at home so I cannot try these recipes yet but it doesn’t not matter.
Your content inspires me so much. I have an emergency list to look at when I am out of alignment and feeling low …and scrolling your Instagram or checking your blog for inspiration is on that list. So thank you for reminding me that I am full of dreams regarding the life I aspire to lead ❤️ Thank you for speaking your truth,creating art and just being.
Salomé (from Brussels,Belgium)

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