3 Benefits of Smart Snacking

If you Google “how to lose weight,” one of the most common pieces of advice that you’ll come across is to avoid snacking at all costs. But let’s take a step back: what they’re really saying is that MINDLESS eating will lead to packing on pounds.

At the end of the day, mindless eating and snacking are two very different things. Mindless eating often stems from boredom, stress, depression, and even habit or ritual. Snacking, when done smartly and mindfully, can actually come with a whole slew of health benefits.

So what exactly is smart snacking? Smart snacking is eating a small nutritious “meal” with the specific purpose of contributing to an aspect of your health.

Not convinced? Check out these 3 reasons why we’re huge fans of smart snacking!

  • Smart snacking can prevent overeating during mealtime. Having a healthy snack, like granola or apples with almond butter, in between meals can help you maintain your blood sugar and cravings, along with keeping your hunger at a manageable level so when lunchtime or dinnertime rolls around, you aren’t so famished that you completely overeat.
  • It gives you the chance to incorporate healthier foods into your diet. If you’re like me, you don’t always love stuffing your mouth with vegetables during every single meal. One of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting your daily recommended serving of fruits and veggies is to plan a few snack during the day that help you totally crush that pesky food pyramid.
  • Snacking in a healthy way also improves your energy levels and mental clarity. Smart snacking on a regular basis can assist in maintaining your blood sugar levels throughout the day, helping to avoid the infamous nap-inducing in-between-meal slumps.

Ready to join the snack pack? Check out our locally made, all natural snacks like our Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pucks and our brand new granolas!

Create Your Very Own DIY Wellness Plan For 2018

I have a confession: I absolutely hate when people say “new year, new me!” — mostly because it makes me think that you need to be a totally new person in order to have a better year than the last.

Although, I have another confession: I love resolutions. I think the idea of seizing the moment to better yourself and your life is incredibly brave and courageous. Whether it’s when the new year kicks off or whenever just “feels right,” taking that step to make a positive, healthy change is definitely something to be celebrated.

This year, my own personal resolution is to be more intentional with my overall well being. From what I eat to my activity levels to mental self-care, I’m striving to find more balance in my overall wellness to help create a happier, healthier me. And while the goal itself is exciting and I couldn’t be more pumped about it, it can be a little daunting to figure out how to actually get there… So, I’m making a plan to make sure I stick to my resolution and make this my best year yet.

Want to join? Check out my step-by-step wellness plan below and let me know in the comments what kind of goals you hope to crush this year!

P.S. Want to win a $50 Eat Well gift card? Share your wellness goals on Instagram or Facebook and tag us for a chance to win!



Step One: Set Your Goals
If you’re even considering creating your own wellness plan, you probably already have a goal in mind; but this is where it gets a little more focused.

Use the exercise below to set up 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month goals in each main area of wellness. Setting goals in shorter time frames like this helps you keep your progress manageable.

Don’t forget to increase your goal a little bit every 3 months!

  • Activity
    • In 1 month, I will have successfully: (Example: In one month, I will have successfully run on the treadmill for 20 minutes 3 days per week.)
      In 3 months, I will have successfully:
      In 6 months, I will have successfully:
  • Nutrition
    • In 1 month, I will have successfully: (Example: In one month, I will have successfully eaten 3 full servings of vegetables 5 days per week.)
      In 3 months, I will have successfully:
      In 6 months, I will have successfully:
  • Self-Care
    • In 1 month, I will have successfully: (Example: In 1 month, I will have successfully gotten at least 7 hours of sleep a night for at least 3 nights per week.)
      In 3 months, I will have successfully:
      In 6 months, I will have successfully:

Step Two: Identify The Essentials
Now that you’ve set manageable goals for yourself (and hopefully you’re starting to get excited!), it’s time to figure out what you’ll need to reach those goals. Use the exercise below to identify your goal-crushing essentials.

  • Activity
    • To reach my goal of ___________, I will need:
      Example: To reach my goal of running a 10k in 6 months, I will need an awesome pair of running shoes from Fleet Feet Nashville and fellow runners to help challenge me, like the East Nasty Running Club.
  • Nutrition
    • To reach my goal of ___________, I will need:
      Example: To reach my goal of eating 3 full servings of vegetables 5 days per week, I will order customizable meals from Eat Well Nashville and pick up extra produce from Turnip Truck every Sunday.
  • Self-Care
    • To reach my goal of ___________, I will need:
      Example: To reach my goal of getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night for at least 3 nights per week, I will set calendar reminders on my phone and track my sleep using my iPhone’s Bedtime app.

Step Three: Create An Accountability System
Let’s be honest: all of the planning in the world still doesn’t mean you’re 100% going to crush your goals. That’s where your accountability system comes in. For this step, pick a person or a particular method to help you check-in with yourself and your progress to keep you on track to reaching your goals.

No exercise here; this one has to be whatever works best for you. Here are a few ideas, to help you get started:

  • Post your goals on Instagram and commit to sharing regular daily or weekly updates about your progress
  • Share your goals with your best friend and ask them to check in with you every 3-5 days about how you’re doing
  • Use a goal tracking app on your phone
  • Create your own DIY written check-in system for yourself; write a sentence (or a few!) every day about what you did to actively progress in your journey to reach your goals and how it made you feel

Step Four: Reward Yourself!
While accomplishing your goal is a reward in itself, giving yourself a little extra incentive never hurts! Use the exercise below to determine a reward for reaching your goals at every benchmark, with the biggest reward set for the 6 month mark.

  • When I reach my 1-month nutrition, activity, and self-care goals, I will reward myself with ____________________.
    (Example: When I reach my 1 month nutrition, activity, and self-care goals, I will reward myself with a pair of concert tickets!)
  • When I reach my 3-month nutrition, activity, and self-care goals, I will reward myself with ____________________.
  • When I reach my 6-month nutrition, activity, and self-care goals, I will reward myself with ____________________.


Well, folks – there you have it! You are all set and ready to totally crush your wellness goals making this your happiest, healthier year yet.

BONUS: I’d love to hear about your goals and your progress! Share your wellness goals on Instagram or Facebook and tag us in your post (make sure the post is set to ‘public’ so we can see it!) for a chance to win a $50.00 Eat Well gift card.

Why Committing To Happiness Is The Best Resolution You Can Make In 2018

We’re sick of failed resolutions. Let’s shift our mindset and commit to the things that make us happy in 2018.

No more kicking off the new year by pinpointing what’s wrong with our lives and our bodies. No more deciding that a number on a scale is the only thing that will make this year better than the last. It’s time to shift our outlook on typical New Year’s resolutions!

We’ve all been there: starry-eyed on New Year’s day with a long list of things we want – scratch that – we KNOW we’ll change this year, only to consider our feats a failure months down the line. While the underlying themes of bettering yourself and bettering your health are worthwhile, setting unrealistic expectations about changing the “negatives” in our lives can leave us worse off than we were on December 31st.

But what if instead of trying to fix everything wrong in our lives, we used January 1st as an opportunity to shift our mindset? What if in 2018 we decided to commit to what makes us the happiest, instead of focusing on the things we want to change? This year, we’re ditching the arbitrary benchmarks and making a pledge to spend more time on the things that make us happy, and we want you to join us.

Is your normal resolution to work out every day? Try committing to being active in a way that is fun and makes you feel good, rather than focusing your imperfections and changing the way you look. Looking to free up your schedule and stress less? Commit to treating yourself to more time-saving indulgences, like meal delivery, to free you up for more “me time.” By zeroing in on the good things, the negatives in our lives will lose priority and weight.

In 2018, we’re giving you one mission: commit to what makes you happy. We’re challenging you to focus less on the things you want to change, and more on what makes you happy.

Share your commitment to happy in the box below and we’ll send it back to you a year from now so you can see if you spent 2018 committed to being happy:

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2017 Nashville Wellness Gift Guide

Raise your hand if you’re feeling the pressure of finding perfect gifts for your favorite people! The holiday season is sneaking up on us all and while this famously joyous time of year is also, ironically, one of the most stressful times of the year, we have good news: we have the perfect gift hack to help combat the horror of holiday shopping.

What is this magical hack to help battle holiday-induced stress and stop it from creepin’ into the new year, you ask? Giving the gift of wellness, self-care, and indulgence to both your loved ones and yourself.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas from a few of our personal favorite local businesses in Nashville that will have you and your loved ones sighing with relief instead of succumbing to stress.

  1. O.Liv Body Bar – O.Liv not only has your regular go-to spa favorites, but also offers Tennessee’s only mud lounge. Click here to grab a gift card or take a break from wrapping presents and jump right in by booking a visit to the mud lounge for yourself.
  2. Thistle Farms – A gift that gives back? Sign us up! Locally-owned Thistle Farms is on a mission to create a safe and supportive environment that employs survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction by teaching them to create natural body and home products. Learn more here.
  3. Lemon Laine – Beauty junkies, rejoice! The ladies of Lemon Laine offer both natural beauty products and an oil bar where they’ll guide you through creating a custom formula specifically for your skin type. Click here to learn more.
  4. Inner Light Yoga – Inner Light believes that with hustle and heart, anything is possible – and we couldn’t agree more! One of our favorite things about ILY is the inviting, soulful community that welcomes any and everyone, making an ILY class pass the perfect gift for your workout-loving friend who loves breaking a sweat and busting a move. Find more information about ILY here.
  5. Verticity Indoor Cycling Studio – Love music and a challenging (but crazy fun!) workout? Verticity is where Nashville rides to the beat with cycling classes paired with killer playlists and perfectly synced choreography. Verticity is offering holiday gift cards – and will even mail them out for you! Learn more here.
  6. The CoolSpot Cryotherapy – Winter is coming… And there’s no better way to chill out than with a chilly cryo session! Cryotherapy isn’t just for athletes, either; it’s rapidly on the rise because of the endless health benefits for folks of all activity levels. Relieve your aches and pains and get info on booking your own chill sesh (or one for your BFF!) here.
  7. Pure Sweat + Float Studio – One of the best gifts you can give to a frazzled friend is the gift of “me time.” At Pure Sweat + Float Studio, you’ll get just that. Whether you choose to float in one of their float pods or sweat it out in an infrared sauna (where you can also watch Netflix while you sweat), now is the time to grab one of their holiday packages and custom gift cards!
  8. Anastacia Skin Studio – Got a loved one who enjoys a little pampering? Anastacia Skin Studio is one of our favorite local pampering pros. They offer a variety of natural skin treatments, including custom skin therapy, custom masks, and healing crystal facials. Gift sets and products are all available online.
  9. Vida Flo Nashville – It may be the season to be filled with cheer, but as the holidays come and go, more often than not we feel drained. Enter: Vida-Flo, a modern wellness clinic that offers IV treatments through memberships, packages, and individual treatments to help you get back to feeling your best in no time.
  10. Climb Nashville – As outdoor activities take a backseat and winter weather settles in, Climb Nashville’s indoor rock climbing gym lets you get an outdoor-inspired workout all year long. Grab a gift card here to give a gift that will take your loved ones to new heights!
  11. BONUS: We may be biased, but one of our favorite gifts to give is the gift of grub – especially when it’s Eat Well grub you don’t have to cook yourself! We have special flash deals happening everyday through the end of year, so click here to shop gift cards and find out what deal we have going on today!

Join Us In Giving Back This Season With GiGi’s Playhouse!

There’s a reason why this time of year is so magical, and we believe it’s the spirit of giving and the opportunity to express gratitude for all that we have. Here at Eat Well, we’re spending the holiday season giving back to the Nashville community that has given us so much!

Each week for the remainder of 2017, we’ll have a featured meal on our menu benefiting a Nashville nonprofit. $1 from each featured meal sold will be donated to a worthy local cause. Giving + Grub… Is there anything better?

This week, we’re partnering with GiGi’s Playhouse! $1 from every Chicken Pot Pie Soup ordered now through December 8th will be donated to help GiGi’s Playhouse in their work to change the way the world views Down syndrome and empower individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the Nashville community. Click here to place your order benefiting GiGi’s Playhouse or continue reading below to learn more about their mission!

When Nancy Gianni gave birth to GiGi, she made a promise to change the way the world looked at a person with Down syndrome. While sitting in a support group meeting for new parents of children with Down syndrome, she wondered why there wasn’t a place where families could go for resources and networking, and where kids and adults with Down syndrome could be the leaders. This is how GiGi’s Playhouse was born, as a place where families and individuals with Down syndrome can celebrate the diagnosis and work toward global acceptance.

Down syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in the United States, yet it is the least funded. GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center offers free therapeutic and educational programming for individuals with Down syndrome and their families, empowering them by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. Everything they do is to help show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities!

With volunteer opportunities and events like their annual Pajama Run, Golf Tournament, and Gala, there are plenty of ways to get involved with GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville. Attend an event, volunteer, or make a donation here!


Click here to place your order for our Chicken Pot Pie Soup to help GiGi’s Playhouse in their mission to create a more accepting world for those with Down syndrome!


Help Us Pay It Forward With Play Like a Girl!

Thanksgiving is here, and we’re excited to keep paying it forward. We’ve recently passed our one year anniversary here at Eat Well, and are taking this holiday season to give back to the Nashville community that has given us so much!

Each week for the remainder of 2017, we’ll have a featured meal on our menu benefiting a Nashville nonprofit. $1 from each featured meal sold will be donated to a worthy local cause. Giving + Grub… Is there anything better?

This week, we’re partnering with Play Like a Girl! $1 from every Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Burger ordered now through December 1st will be donated to help Play Like a Girl in their mission of advancing the health and empowerment of women and girls through sport and physical activity.

It’s 2017 and if you didn’t know already, women are awesome. Play Like a Girl has known this all along, and are committed to helping girls give new meaning to doing anything “like a girl.” Through programs like after-school clubs and pop-up play days, they’re getting middle school girls involved in athletics and activities to get them moving and their confidence soaring. Their philosophy is simple: the influence of strong, positive female role models gets girls everywhere off of the sidelines and into the game – winning.

The grassroots start-up founded by Dr. Kimberly S. Clay in 2004 has grown into a national nonprofit dedicated to reaching underserved girls through programs, community outreach, live events, and an online community. Reaching over 10,000 people annually, Play Like a Girl is helping girls everywhere unleash their awesome.

Everything Play Like a Girl does focuses on three main goals: building confidence, developing healthy behavior, and improving academic and leadership skills, setting girls on a path for lifelong success. Want to help empower girls everywhere? Attend a Nashville event, volunteer, or become a member here!


Click here to place your order for our Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Burger benefiting Play Like a Girl!



We’re Kicking Off The Season Of Giving With Open Table Nashville!

The holiday season is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year. There’s something very satisfying about being able to look back over the year behind us while also preparing for a new year and new possibilities. It’s a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for and to make plans for how we can pay it forward to others who may need something to feel thankful for. We’ve just passed our one year anniversary here at Eat Well, and are taking this holiday season to give back to the Nashville community that has given us so much!

Each week for the remainder of 2017, we’ll have a featured meal on our menu benefitting a Nashville nonprofit. $1 from each featured meal sold will be donated to a worthy local cause. Giving + Grub… It’s what the holidays are all about!

This week, we’re partnering with Open Table Nashville! $1 from every Chicken Bacon Ranch Stuffed Sweet Potato ordered now through November 17th will be donated to help Open Table in their mission of bettering our community through homeless outreach, education and advocacy.

If we could describe Open Table Nashville in one word, it would be “community.” When its founders made a commitment to the displaced residents of Nashville’s “Tent City” after heavy flooding in 2010, they weren’t on a mission to start a non-profit organization. When the flood waters receded and temporary shelters closed, city officials condemned “Tent City” without providing adequate alternatives for its former residents. The founders of Open Table Nashville began organizing volunteers, collecting donations, and finding solutions for the struggling former “Tent City” residents.

“We’re all motivated by our faith and that to us, an open table means a place where everyone is welcome.”


Through tough times and long hours, Open Table Nashville was born into a homeless outreach organization that disrupts cycles of poverty and makes sure that everyone has a voice. “When people ask about the name ‘Open Table Nashville,’” says Director and Co-founder Ingrid McIntyre, “they ask if it’s about a ‘food thing.’ I tell them that we’re all motivated by our faith and that to us, an open table means a place where everyone is welcome. The table is never too full and there’s always an open seat. I guess we could have called it ‘Available Chair,’ but that didn’t have the same ring.”

Co-founder Lindsey Krinks adds, “For us, an open table signifies fellowship, community, and radical inclusion. In other words, we’re not here just to make sure our friends on the streets get crumbs from the table. That is no more than charity. We’re here to make sure our friends have a place at the table, and that is about justice.”

Seven years after the flood, Open Table Nashville is committed to initiatives like homeless outreach, education, and advocacy. By partnering with local congregations and collaborating with groups like the Metropolitan Homelessness Commision, they’re helping more Nashvillians than ever.

With so many great programs, there’s always a way to volunteer your time and get involved with Open Table Nashville. You can find out more about how to volunteer here! You can also make a direct monetary donation to Open Table Nashville here.


Click here to place your order for our Chicken Bacon Ranch Stuffed Sweet Potato benefitting Open Table Nashville!



Stress-Relief Strategies from Neighborhood Barre Owner Kelly Phillips

Written by Kelly Phillips, owner of Neighborhood Barre (located in Brentwood + Green Hills)

Is your stress level at an all-time high? In a society where we want to do it all and have it all, we can end up being physically exhausted from the non-stop going, and emotionally drained from not always living up to our unrealistic self-standards.

When striving for a healthy balanced life, stress can be an overlooked area we need to work on.   

We know that stress left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, as well as a negative impact on our thoughts, feelings and behavior. Nevertheless, living a low-stress life is challenging – especially in our extremely fast-paced society. 

Ready for some stress relief? Try incorporating a few of these tips from American Psychological Association to reduce your stress. You may find immediate gratification – plus, maintaining consistency will help build-long term results.

Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby, or a growing credit card bill, but when you give yourself permission to step away from it and you let yourself have time to do something else, it can help you gain a new perspective or find the opportunity to practice recommended techniques to feel less overwhelmed. While it’s important to not avoid your stress (those bills have to be paid sometime), even just 20 minutes to take care of yourself can be helpful.

Exercise. The research keeps growing: exercise benefits your mind just as much as your body. We keep hearing about the long-term benefits of a regular exercise routine, but even a 20 minute walk, run, or a group fitness class in the midst of a stressful time can give an immediate effect that can last for several hours.

Smile and laugh. Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of the stress in their face. Laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve your mood!

Get social support. Call a friend or send an email! When you share your concerns or feelings with another person, it helps relieve stress. However, it’s important that the person whom you talk to is someone that you trust and you feel can understand and validate you. If your family is a stressor, for example, it may not alleviate your stress if you share your work woes with one of them.

Our studio mantra is “small moves will lead to real results.” Life should be modifiable and every day may look different. Maybe today is a Netflix and chill day to take a break and smile and laugh. Maybe tomorrow is hitting up a Neighborhood Barre class and meeting a friend for coffee to vent. Take a deep breath, and choose to take one small step today to slow down and smile more

The Side Effects of 3 Common Hidden Sources of Sugar

Friday the 13th is approaching and you know what that means… Things are about to get spooky. But you know what’s even spookier? All of the ways processed sugar is hidden in the grub you get at the grocery store – even the so-called “healthy” options.

At Eat Well, we make it super easy to avoid that sneaky sugar monster: we ditch processed and artificial sugars all together and use healthy alternatives like honey and coconut sugar. But for those of you who still cook or eat out occasionally, the easiest way to avoid accidentally consuming a ton of processed and artificial sugar is to know what ingredients to look out for on your labels.

Syrups: Corn Syrup or High-Fructose Corn Syrup
You’ve probably seen the commercial at some point in your life… A farmer looks into the camera and tells you that corn syrup isn’t bad for you – it comes from a vegetable! But let me set the record straight for you: corn syrup is bad, and there’s no way around it.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, the chemical process used in making high fructose corn syrup allows for fructose to directly impact the liver, leading to fatty liver disease and, ultimately, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Processed Sugar: Ribose, Lactose, Sucrose, Glucose, Maltose, Disaccharide, Dextrose (and more)
This list could go on and on. These are all alternate names for sugar, and they’re used to make it seem like there really isn’t as much sugar as there really is in your food. So while you think you’re eating low-sugar, you’re actually putting a ton of sugary chemicals into your body.

Another list that could go on and on? The side effects of ingesting too much of these processed sugar alternatives, like increased thirst, upset stomach, dry skin, swelling in the arms, legs, and face, weight gain, and fatigue.

Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, Sucralose, Sorbitol (and more)
A long time ago, it was a common understanding that artificial sugars were the key to losing weight; you could chug your diet sodas and add sweeteners to your iced tea and indulge your cravings while maintaining your waistline. Nevertheless, artificial sugars have since been proven to have the exact opposite impact on your body. Not only will it contribute to weight gain, but it has a whole slew of other negative side effects to your health that come with it.

Artificial sugars have been proven to contribute to migraines, change in vision, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, joint pain, depression, memory loss, and a change in your heart rate. Yikes!

Still need a fix for your sweet tooth? Give our Maple Pecan Overnight Oats (sweetened with honey and maple syrup) or Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins (sweetened with honey and natural pumpkin pie spice) a try! We’ll even deliver them to your door without the process sugar side effects ;)

3 Self-Care Check-Ins from Local Entrepreneur Kimberly Novosel

Written by local entrepreneur + owner of VERTICITY indoor cycling studio, Kimberly Novosel. Learn more about Kimberly here.

Self care can go out the window really fast when life gets hectic with work projects, social calendars, new boyfriends or babies, or any kind of change, big or small. We go into survival mode, eating what’s available to us when we can, getting less sleep, bypassing fun, restful, or creative activities, and putting our workouts on the back burner. In this changing season, let’s all take a step back and look at where we can create some space for a little more self-love in our lives.

Here’s a little self-care check in for you.

It’s not always about our physical energy bank. Sometimes our mental energy is the first thing to deplete. How are you caring for your mind: your decision-making ability, your creative energy, the quality of what you’re outputting? My challenge this season is to say NO to more things than I say yes to. Whether it’s meetings, social events, or tasks, I need to protect my yesses by saving my best for what matters most to me right now. No to everything else, guilt-free.

If you stop and think, I bet it’s been a while since you’ve had a full day off. Even when we’re away from the office or our teammates, we’re constantly checking our email. We’re answering clients’ texts. Or we’re working on side hustles that, as fun as they may be, are still hustles. I challenge you to take a true, full day off. For me, I’ve been reserving my Sundays for solo self-care. Yoga and iced coffee first then maybe a run or a hike, spend some time at home, read, Netflix, usually rosé… It’s basically a day of favorite things. Trust me, you need this.

Last month I traveled for three weeks, and once I was finally home I had about ten days to decompress before I was gone for another week. (Hello from California!) As fun as travel can be, or whatever it is that’s keeping us so busy and out of our best routines, it’s too easy to fall out of the habits we built for taking care of our bodies. What does that entail? Four things if you ask me:

Hydrate! A wine and iced coffee lover, I have to work very hard to get water into my body. Set a timer. Make a challenge of drinking the whole big bottle. Add Everly to make it taste better. Whatever you gotta do, get it down!
Fuel with food. Even if I had the time to cook, I’d use that time for a thousand other things. I hate being in the kitchen dirtying dishes and chopping and usually burning something (like my fingers). I’m so grateful to Eat Well for keeping me well fueled and well fed even on the craziest of days.
Sweat. Every day. A quick run, a 45 minute cycling class (VERTICITY shout out), a hike with a friend. It’s not just about abs or legs or high intensity cardio, it’s about all the wonderful things that the process of sweating does for us – cleansing, healing, activating, strengthening.
Rest. Downtime from the go go go. Recovery time between workouts. Plus, of course, straight up sleep. A few good, full nights of sleep in a row can be a total game changer.

One last thing to think about… When we’re talking about self care, although it doesn’t have to be entirely by yourself to count, there are some truly deep benefits of spending time on your own. It always surprises me when people say they’ve never traveled alone, gone to the movies alone, or had dinner alone at a restaurant. Challenge yourself this month to go on one self-date. Hit up a place you’ve been meaning to try that no one has wanted to go to with you. See a movie you’ll love but your friends won’t. Take a S’well bottle of wine and a book to the park. Buy a concert ticket and go sit alone. It might take a little bit of bravery, but the best things in life do.