Gabrielle Kassel is a New York based writer who has a deep affinity for weight-lifting, living mindfully, and the em-dash.
When it comes to health and wellness staples, Kombucha is as trendy as they come. And it helps that kombucha is one of the easiest ways to get a daily dose of gut friendly bacteria. But what exactly is Kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented tea that is naturally carbonated, filled with amino acids, loaded with probiotics, and has a number of natural healing properties. Kombucha has an acquired taste which non-lovers compare to vinegar, I found that the acidity is pretty easy to get used to once you have started drinking it on a regular basis. Now, I not only tolerate the taste, I crave it (and so does my body).
Spoiler alert: Moms (and mother figures) teach us A LOT. From practical advice like how to choose the ripest cantaloupe or ethical advice like “treat others how you want to be treated”, their wisdom gives us something to live by and believe in until we grow old enough to form our own beliefs. But sometimes their voices and habits get ingrained in our own routines, without us even realizing it. It’s officially been a year since I moved out of the nest, and while I still talk with my mom on the phone every damn day and visit at least every six weeks, in the 12 months since I’ve moved to the city, I’ve reflected on the ways my Mom shaped me into a woman who values health, has a passion for fitness, and priorities self love. While this list will never be complete, below I compiled a list of 10 things my mom taught me about health and wellness through both her actions and words.