I met Claire in Gstaad, Switzerland.
We were introduced by our mutual girlfriend, Neda, of Healthy With Nedi at a fun, crazy restaurant.
I liked her immediately- she is warm, strong, likable, smart, & knows her shit when it comes to fitness.
So when did I decide to invite her on The Skinny Confidential for a 3 part series on health & wellness? EASY. When she pulled out a tiny vitamin case with vegetarian digestive enzymes & offered me one after a meal of salad, pasta, steak, & cucumber/mint Nedi martinis ( as Neda always says: “the trick is to keep cocktails as simple as possible & avoid sugary mixers. I drink almost EVERY DAY unless I am sick. Alcohol does not cause weight gain, sugary mixers do. So, I keep it simple with a vodka on the rocks, 3 lime wedges, & a splash of water. My boyfriend calls this ‘The Nedi Drink’- LOL. If I am feeling like a cocktail then my go-to is a vodka martini with muddled cucumber, mint, & a tiny splash of fresh lime juice.” YUM ). Anyway, back to the digestive enzymes Claire gave me. Immediately I needed to know: 1.) tell me everything about how these enzymes work, 2.) what brand? ( this brand if you’re wondering ), & 3.) ok now can I pick your brain about supplements on the blog? ( she agreed ! ). We definitely had some funnnnnn that night! Digestive enzymes x cucumber/mint vodka martinis mix very well. And of course, I bought them immediately.
SO! Let’s do this: quick intro for you guys: Claire Grieve is a highly sought-after yoga teacher, stretch therapist, plant-based health coach and wellness writer. Claire underwent extensive yoga training with some of the world’s top yogis and is also a certified Health Coach. Claire has dedicated the last decade of her life to spreading joy through yoga and wellness. Claire wasn’t always as healthy and radiant as she is today. 10 years ago, before she discovered yoga, Claire experienced an array of health problems. She suffered from chronic headaches and inflammation, joint pain, bad digestion, depression & insomnia. Her growing interest in yoga lead her to begin to explore her health from a holistic perspective & she became obsessed with her natural wellness journey.
Today, Claire feels healthier and more vibrant than ever before and is inspired to share the practices that transformed her life with the world.
She is a health boss !! She also happens to be Rosie Huntington-Whiteley go-to yoga guru & best friend.
With that, let’s meet Claire.
You guys will love her. Really. Claire’s deep passion for helping people transform through yoga & wellness has led her to work with with a vast array of celebrities, professional athletes, fitness leaders, people of all genders, professions, shapes and sizes. Claire has shared her bright & uplifting wellness perspective with the world in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, SHAPE, Women’s Health & more. ALRIGHT! SUPPLEMENTS!! Let’s do this:
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Hi guys- it’s Claire. Get ready for a 3-part series on The Skinny Confidential. Here’s part 1: supplements!
Aside from participating in daily physical activity ( yoga is obviously my fave way to do this! ), clean eating is one of the most important parts of leading a healthy lifestyle. Anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy about plant-based foods. I eat a huge variety of vegetables and fruits all day every day. While it is ideal to get most of your nutrition from whole foods, there are a few supplements that I just can’t live without. These supplements help me to feel vibrant and energized without the crash or jittery buzz of caffeine.
( Obviously check with your doctor before starting any new supplement program, especially if you are on medication as there may be contraindications. With any supplement, be mindful that everything affects each individual body differently. It is a good idea to add each supplement in one at a time to identify if you have any sensitivities ).
CLAIRE’S FAVORITE SUPPLEMENTS:
Digestive Enzymes– I suffer from small intestine bacteria overgrowth ( SIBO ), so digestive enzymes are an absolute must for me. These pills help break down proteins, fats and carbs so that your body can better absorb the nutrients from your food.
Vitamin B12– this vitamin is one of the most important in my supplement regimen because I eat mostly plant-based and B12 cannot be found in plants. Vitamin B12 helps to boost mood & prevent depression.
Probiotics– I live by probiotics. Gut health is paramount. The microbiome in your gut is directly correlated to the neurotransmitters in your brain. Happy belly= happy life. Yes please.
L-theanine– I call this supplement my little meditation in a pill. Despite its complicated-sounding name, L-theanine is naturally occurring in black and green tea. It can help reduce anxiety and stress and increase focus & relaxation.
Ashwagandha- I take ashwagandha at the end of a long day. This adaptogen is an incredible tool for relieving stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha lowers cortisol levels and mimics the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which can help you relax.
Glutathione– this is my go-to detox supplement. A super powerful antioxidant, Glutathione can help prevent aging and eliminate toxins from the liver.
Omega 3- I eat a flax-based Omega 3 capsule every day and it truly has helped my skin, hair and nails to look healthier.
Vitamin D– more and more research has been coming out pointing to the importance of Vitamin D. Though you can get your daily dose from the sun, most people aren’t getting enough so I take mine in supplement form.
Magnesium– Magnesium is a wonder supplement in my book. Vitamin D cannot be properly metabolized without sufficient levels of magnesium. Magnesium is also helpful for better sleep, & smoother bowel movements. Magnesium can also help to reduce cortisol levels, which relieves stress.
( Oh & YOU SHOULD KNOW: Claire has also authored two e-books: ENERGIZE and Daily Detox: Practices for a Vibrant Life available on her website. Follow Claire at @claire_grieve ON INSTA. Stay tuned for part 2 & 3- coming soon! ).
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Hope you’re all having a peaceful, relaxing Sunday- we just came home from the Farmers Market & we are going to watch Valley of the Dolls & drink mushroom hot cacao. YUM.
Happy weekend- see you tomorrow, lauryn x