2020 Health Trends and What To Watch Out For! [Episode #450]
This week’s topic is: 2020 Health Trends and What To Watch Out For!
We are still in a very exciting period at the beginning of the year. There is a lot of activity and discussion and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. We do get a lot of questions around new ideas and new products, and new movements. So, I want to get into this today and give you guys my thoughts and opinions on a lot of these new ideas.
Some I find very exciting, and some less so, so we’ll get to all of that in just a moment. Sometimes there’s been fads. In hindsight, we look back and we say, “Oh my gosh. How did anybody think that was a good idea to not eat any fat in the 80s, or how did we think it was a good idea to?” I mean, I think some people still do this, but to put a stick of butter in your coffee. I hope less people are doing it nowadays with more of the research that’s come out.
It’s funny. When we’re in it, it’s much harder to interpret what makes sense, because when there’s a lot of buzz, media, social media, and your friends are talking about something. We want to give our voice to that today. So, I’m excited to cover this topic today.
Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!
My boyfriend has been trying not to drink alcohol as much but misses the feeling of opening up a bottle of wine or cracking open a beer. It’s not just about the taste but the whole experience. While we may not be able to completely replace the taste and feel of drinking alcohol, do you have suggestions on other drinks that can help lessen the longing?
Whitney – Seattle
I was reading in Forbes that one of the top wellness trends for 2020 was meditation. I honestly have been hesitant to do mediation. Can you walk me through getting started in a few simple steps??
Christina – Philadelphia
I have been plant-based for about 3 years now. I always listen to your podcasts and have gotten interested in Ayurvedic medicine. I looked through some cookbooks and saw meat and dairy in them and was wondering if this is normal for this practice?! Can I use faux meat options?
Stan – Toronto
It seems everywhere I go there is CBD added into just about everything. How do you know when a product has the highest quality CBD and is safe to use?
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Kimberly: Hey beauties. Welcome back to our Thursday Q and A podcast. Our topic today is 2020 health trends and what to look out for. So, we are still in a very exciting period at the beginning of the year. There is a lot of activity and discussion and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. We do get a lot of questions around new ideas and new products, and new movements. So, I want to get into this today and give you guys my thoughts and opinions on a lot of these new ideas. Some I find very exciting, and some less so, so we’ll get to all of that in just a moment. Sometimes there’s been fads, I think, in the future. In hindsight, we look back and we say, “Oh my gosh. How did anybody think that was a good idea?” To not eat any fat in the 80s, or how did we think that was a good idea to, I mean, I think some people still do this, but to put a stick of butter in your coffee. I hope less people are doing it nowadays with more of the research that’s come out.
Kimberly: But anyways, it’s funny. When we’re in it, it’s much harder to interpret what makes sense, because when there’s a lot of buzz, and there’s a lot of media, and social media, and your friends are talking about something, so we want to give our voice to that today. So, I’m excited to cover that.
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Kimberly: All right, so let’s get into the show today. We have our amazing Katelyn, who is stationed on the east coast, with me today. She is our general manager of Solluna. She has been with me since we started Solluna and before. She’s amazing, she lives the life, and we have started this podcast together. She’s also been with me on the podcast since the beginning. So, hi Kate. Happy February, still. It’s a birthday month for you and for me. I know you have a lot going on. You’re about to move from New York to Virginia. How are you doing with everything? How’s your stress levels?
Katelyn: Oh yes, well hello beauties. I’m so happy to be back this week. I’m really excited about this topic. Yes, I do have a lot going on as Kimberly just shared. I am leaving home sweet home of New York and heading down to Virginia Beach, so if any of you beauties are in Virginia Beach, definitely let me know. Excited to start a new life with me and the hubby. So, it’ll be good. But, definitely exciting times can cause stress, and trying to stay calm and grounded. Doing a little bit, we’ll talk about meditation later, but I’ve been trying to add that in a little bit to help.
Kimberly: Good, Kay. I think that times with transition are a really important time to ground in to ourselves, because there’s so much moving on the outside, and then we can start to fell really unanchored if everything’s moving on the outside and we don’t have that quiet time at all on the inside. So, I think that’s great.
Katelyn: It’s to true. Good reminder for everybody because as January has come and gone, and now it’s February, the wheels just keep turning, and sometimes we can just get caught up and lose ourselves to just taking those couple minutes every day to start your day in a grounded way. I think you really notice the difference, even if you have a lot going on.
Kimberly: For sure. For sure.
Question 1: My boyfriend has been trying to drink alcohol less, and misses the feeling of opening up a bottle of wine or cracking open a beer. It’s not just the taste, but the whole experience. While we may not be able to completely replace the taste and feel of drinking alcohol, do you have any suggestions on other drinks that could help lessen the longing?
Katelyn: All right. Let’s dive into these trends. I’m really excited to talk about this. I was reading a bunch of different websites, talking about wellness trends, so excited to hear what you think and what you want to add to his. So, we have Emily living in London. My boyfriend has been trying to drink alcohol less, and misses the feeling of opening up a bottle of wine or cracking open a beer. It’s not just the taste, but the whole experience. While we may not be able to completely replace the taste and feel of drinking alcohol, do you have any suggestions on other drinks that could help lessen the longing?
Kimberly: So, I do applaud you for this question, Emily. I think this is great. Thank you for bringing this up. Sending you a big, warm hug in London. It is a huge trend to be sober, actually, or to go for periods of soberness. There’s actually been some authors sending me some books, pitching for the podcast, about sobriety. I know that there’s just a lot of discussion around this idea. It’s interesting because, I think, for the first time more and more segments of the population are consciously cutting out alcohol instead of just oh, other people are having a drink, I’ll have one too, or I’m so used to ordering a drink with dinner, and just sort of going with the flow, but actually saying, “You know what, I’m going to give alcohol a break.” It could be for health reasons. We know alcohol really disrupts sleep. We know that you feel it the next day. It appears performance and focus, and it’s definitely not great for your liver. It’s not great for working out. It’s not great for your skin.
Kimberly: So, obviously right now, I’m alcohol free because I’m pregnant, but even before I got pregnant, I have been in an up and down journey myself with alcohol, because there was a stage of my life where I was a huge partier, and a huge drinker, during college and sometime after college. Then I stopped pretty much for a while when I was backpacking. Then when I moved to New York, there was a little period where I got back into it. I was going out and I was going to restaurants. I was drinking wine. I was going to bars. Then I got out of it. I’ve been in this up and down, and then I moved to L.A., and then there was a period where I was doing a lot of Hollywood stuff, and parties, and I drank a little bit more. Then I fell out of it.
Kimberly: So, for me, like some of us listening to this, there’s been this up and down. I feel like I’ll always, when I’m not pregnant, I’ll always maybe enjoy some wine sometimes, but I don’t feel drawn to it the same way. I feel more comfortable in myself, so I feel like I can talk and be social, and I don’t need that aid. I also don’t like feeling hungover the next day, and I don’t like feeling slowed down the next day. So, this may or may not resonate with you. Maybe you really love drinking, and you like the feeling, but maybe for health reasons you’re looking to cut back.
Kimberly: In any case, there’s a lot of reasons why some of us are choosing to have less alcohol, and to Emily’s question, what is the alternative? So, first of all, there is a lot with beer and with wine, depending on the variety, I think there’s something nice about changing the channel at the end of the day, and giving yourself something really yummy to drink. Like you were saying, Emily, it’s an experience. It’s shifting things. So, you can try having a fizzy drink or something like Kombucha. If you’re not drinking it during the day, and then you get home and you have a nice Kombucha, which we have recommended for some people that do drink, to be a really nice mixer as a base with probiotics, and lower sugar. So, you could try having a Kombucha. I’ve certainly transitioned a lot of clients off soda, and some alcohol, with Kombucha, so I think that’s a really good one. You could try different flavors.
Kimberly: I know that there are some amazing flavored drinks, flavored fizzy drinks out there now. I’ve tried La Croix. There’s one called, oh my gosh, Lolli something. I’ll have to look it up in a moment, but it’s new. I think it’s a trend here in L.A. I’ve seen it at Erewhon. I’ve seen it at Whole Foods. It may be growing across the country. So, any sort of flavored drink, flavored fizzy drink, I think is really great. Then at home, if you want to make it into your own little mocktail, you could pour it into a nice glass and have lime, or lemon, or a little bit of mixer to it, or some unsweetened cranberry. You can mix things up and make your own little elixir, which I think could be really amazing.
Kimberly: Then I also keep hearing a lot about this brand Seedlip. I actually think it’s from the U.K., Emily, I know you said you live in London. I think it’s about all these different flavors, but it doesn’t have any alcohol in it. It’s a non-alcoholic spirit category, which seems to be a really interesting category that there’s more and more drinks coming up in that way. Then of course there’s all the different sorts of ginger beers, and some of the super fermented drinks which taste like wine and beer, but they don’t have necessarily alcohol in them. Do you know what I’m talking about, Kay, have you tried any of them yourself?
Katelyn: I was going to mention in the triathlon community at a lot of the expos I’ve seen. There’s one called Athletic Brewing Company, so it’s beer but there’s no alcohol in it and it tastes just like beer. There’s no alcohol. So, they’re definitely coming out with lines like that. I did see Corona even had a commercial about having an alcohol-free beer. I haven’t seen alcohol-free wine, but I’ve seen different wines that don’t have the sulfates and certain things in it that give you a headache and stuff like, so those kind of trends. But, I have seen specifically, I don’t know if they’re over in London or the U.K., but they are trending here in the states.
Kimberly: I mean, when I think of cracking open a beer or having a glass of wine, like I said, it just hits your palate. It’s different. It’s a little bit of fizz, so emulating that, if you just go to any specialty store and look for the Kombuchas and all the drink replacements, which seem to be such a big category now. I think they’re pretty exciting.
Katelyn: They’re huge.
Kimberly: As far as I think about white wine that’s also chilled, or any type of wine, and it does feel-
Kimberly: That acidity accentuates food, so I know when I go to Little Pine, or Sage, which are two great vegan restaurants in L.A., they have Kombucha on tap. It’s not in a bottle. It comes in a glass, and it kind of feels like you’re having a beer with your meal, but it’s got that flavor. It’s got that acidity, Kay. I feel like it does pair well. They also have it at Plant, Food and Wine, so those are some of the things that I like to do. I like to have something new and different. I don’t really drink Kombucha at home very much, so when I go to a restaurant, I have it.
Katelyn: It feels like a treat.
Kimberly: It feels like a treat and it feels really nice.
Katelyn: I think whenever you’re making big transitions in your life, say you’ve never cut out alcohol, or it is a primary factor in your life, you have to give yourself a little bit of room to get used to the adjustment. I found whenever I’ve cut things out, it’s always hardest in the beginning. Then as you kind of get into a regular routine, and you find something to replace it as you were saying, K, you don’t miss it as much, so you just kind of create a new normal. So, you can give that time. I don’t know how long ago, Emily, your boyfriend tried to stop drinking, but it may just take a little bit of time for you guys to kind of roll through that together and find some new ways to celebrate. I’ve cut alcohol out before, and brought it back in. It does just feel different. When you want it, you want, and then there’s times when I haven’t wanted it, so you just kind of have to see where you’re at.
Kimberly: Exactly. Exactly.
Question 2: I was reading in Forbes that one of the top wellness trends in 2020 was meditation. I honestly have been hesitant to do meditation. Can you walk me through getting started and a few simple steps?
Katelyn: All right. So, let’s see. Whitney from Seattle. I was reading in Forbes that one of the top wellness trends in 2020 was meditation. I honestly have been hesitant to do meditation. Can you walk me through getting started and a few simple steps?
Kimberly: Whitney, thank you so much for your question. Sending you a big hug, b-u-d, out in Seattle. Forbes is absolutely right and I love it. It’s going mainstream. Everybody is talking about meditation, which is not a trend per se, but I think it’s an ancient practice that’s becoming more into the modern mindset. It’s been around for thousands of years from India, from yogig, teachings, and yogis, and great masters.
Kimberly: So, I do have a couple of suggestions. First of all, I think in the beginning, having some guidance can be really helpful, because otherwise you may sit there and get your little time in, but you’re just like, “Oh, what am I supposed to do?” Then you’re just thinking the whole time, and then you feel like you’ve wasted your time, and then it kind of sucks.
Kimberly: So, I want to say that we do offer free guided meditations on our site, mysolluna.com, if that is at all helpful to you. Or you can do a search around. I do recommend checking out free ones before you get into a whole program or buying something from someone, because everybody has a very different vibe. So, it’s just like a yoga teacher. It’s not one size fits all. You may vibe with someone completely differently than your friend, or whoever, so I definitely think it’s good to check it out before you invest.
Kimberly: I also will say that my personal guru and teacher, Paramahansa Yogananda, has a whole set of at-home lessons where you learn the meditations, and you learn about the lifestyle of yoga, which feels very deep, and rich, and enriching to me, and satisfying. So, you can check that out at his website which is yogananda.org. So, guidance, I think, is important in the beginning especially so that you have someone that has been meditating, walk you through like holding your hand.
Kimberly: Then, I think it’s important to have a meditation space. So, it could just be the corner of your bedroom, or a little spot somewhere. But when you have a dedicated space, you just feel like you can drop in, you can have a candle, or again back to changing the channel, you light it. You could burn incense, or just change the scent, or have a crystal there, or something that just kind of makes you feel and signals to your body and your subconscious, oh, this is my space for meditation.
Kimberly: Third, I would say, is that it’s not about meditating for a super long time. I don’t think any beginner goes really deep in the beginning, but I do think regularity is important. It is a meditation practice, so even if it’s for one minute or three minutes every morning, or every evening, I think trying to create some kind of sadhana, a practice, a schedule, is going to really benefit you. Because if you meditate for a few days and then you skip a couple months, then it’s just harder to get into that flow. Then in the beginning, developing any habit, there’s a little bit more struggle, but then once it becomes your new normal, and you’re like, “Okay, I get up. I brush my teeth. I drink some water. I take my probiotics, and now I sit, and I’m going to meditate for five minutes,” or three minutes, whatever you carve out, it starts to get easier and easier over time.
Kimberly: So, those are some of my beginning suggestions. I know, Kay, you have been getting into meditation, so tell us what’s helping you as you get back into it.
Katelyn: For me, I guess I’ve always been a little bit as Whitney’s even saying here, I don’t say hesitant, but I would just say it didn’t feel natural. I tend to be kind of go, go, go, so to sit and stop felt unnatural to me. So, what I’ve been trying to do is carve out my mornings. I started waking up earlier and just giving myself that time in the morning where I can sit, and clear my head, just put my feet on the floor, put my hands on my knees, sit up straight, like you’ve taught me, and just kind of sit, breathe, and just be there. I don’t time it or anything. I just kind of sit with myself for a bit until it either feels like I can’t tolerate it any longer, or it feels good, or I start to have too many racing thoughts. I try to see if I can block them out.
Katelyn: But I think the main point there is just creating a timeframe for me helped, because otherwise I felt like I can’t stop now. It’s the middle of the day, or I’m too tired at night. So, I started doing it in the morning, and it’s really been helping me ground and start my day in a positive way, and just feel no matter what’s going on that I can handle it, and just taking even just a couple of moments instead of starting the day like I used to being very frazzled, and being like, “Oh my gosh, there’s a million things on the list,” and things like that where you can just have that moment. So, I think even if it’s just that simplicity of taking a couple breaths, and a couple moments for yourself, if that’s where you start, that’s great.
Kimberly: Amazing. I find that too, Kay. The beginning of a day, and also for me the end of the day, but especially the beginning of the day really sets the tone. So, like I said, it doesn’t have to be very long, but I think making it part of your morning practice is hugely beneficial and gets you into your body, and into awareness. I found with clients and readers it helps with food cravings, and sugar cravings, and deep breathing throughout the day, and being more organized and more focused, and more calm, more patient with your children. There’s so many benefits to meditating in the morning. So, I would just say too, Whitney, take the small steps. It’s a big win if you commit to a minute, or three minutes a morning. Don’t try to say, “Oh, okay, let me do this full 30 minute meditation every morning,” because then that’s when we go on and off track, because we can’t sustain it.
Kimberly: So, just start with a few minutes, but do it regularly, and I think you’ll notice some really big benefits.
Katelyn: 100%. One of my favorite authors, James Clear, his book Atomic Habits, he talks about never missing twice and starting small, so that’s a great book if you’re into that type of stuff. But when you were talking, I was thinking of the don’t miss twice mantra, which is mirroring what you said of just keeping up that routine, and starting with small, tangible stuff. There’s a lot of research that shows that that will get you where you need to go.
Kimberly: Amazing. Thank you, Kay.
Katelyn: All right, beauties, so with that little nugget, we will leave you here for a short break, and then
Kimberly will be back to answer the last two questions.
Kimberly: All right, beauties, we are back from our break. We have two more questions for you guys on this whole topic of health trends and what to watch out for. So far, we’ve been talking about alcohol free, and we’ve been talking about meditation, which are amazing trends, and I love them, so let’s see what else is on the horizon, Kay, for 2020.
Question 3: I have been plant-based for about three years now. I always listen to your podcasts, and I’ve gotten interested in Ayurvedic medicine. I’ve looked through some cookbooks and saw meat and dairy in them, and I was wondering if that’s a normal practice. Can I use faux meat options as an alternative?
Katelyn: Okay. We have Christina living in Philadelphia. I have been plant-based for about three years now. I always listen to your podcasts, and I’ve gotten interested in Ayurvedic medicine. I’ve looked through some cookbooks and saw meat and dairy in them, and I was wondering if that’s a normal practice. Can I use faux meat options as an alternative?
Kimberly: Christine, thank you so much for this question. I think this is a wonderful question. I think there’s a couple trends within this. There’s the faux meat which is massive right now, I’m happy to say. There’s all these meat alternatives from Beyond Meat, to Impossible Burgers, Dunkin Donuts, and Kentucky Fried Chicken have all these alternatives, which I think are wonderful, and great, and a wonderful transition food.
Kimberly: The other day I went to Fat Burger. Do you know what that is, Kay? I think it’s only in L.A.
Katelyn: I don’t think they have that chain on the east coast, but it’s probably just a burger chain, right?
Kimberly: Exactly. It’s a little bit upscale Burger King. I was just starving, and husband and I were like where can we eat? It’s fast, and we saw this whole huge vegan sign, so I actually ate an Impossible Burger there, and they had vegan cheese. I’m sure it may not be the healthiest meal, but it still has nutrition. There’s still a good deal of protein. It’s still plant-based, so you’re not going to get all the environmental toxins, and the hormones, and the steroids that are in meat. Even if meat is organic, again, I always want to remind people. All the environmental toxins, which range of all the mercury especially in fish, to the dioxins from pasture-raised animals that are out in the fields, that are still absorbing all these toxins from the fields, that biocumulate as you go up the food chain. By nature, of eating plant-based, even switching to faux meats, you’re going to cut out of toxicity, which I think is really, really important.
Kimberly: Now, should we eat faux meats every meal, every day? Probably not. But switching them in, substituting them in, is that a good idea? Yes, absolutely. Are some better than others? Yes. So, in general, I prefer tempeh-based ones versus seitan, for instance, which is a very gluten-y product, when possible. There’s an amazing restaurant here in L.A. called Crossroads, and they have this tempeh piccata which kind of looks and tastes exactly like chicken, but it’s tempeh, so it’s fermented and it’s easier to digest. So, if you were sitting in that aisle in the grocery store, check out tempeh for sure.
Kimberly: There’s this Lightlife has something called Fakin Bacon, and it tastes really good. I did an Instagram story about this recently. My fast meal, okay, I heat it up in the pan for a couple minutes, and I throw it on some greens or whatever, and it’s so easy and it’s so fast, and I love it. Actually, I’m getting really hungry. [inaudible 00:25:04]
Katelyn: That’s one of my favorite snacks, too, because it’s already seasoned. Sometimes if you’re new to tempeh, and you buy that brick pack, and you’re like what do I do with this? Then you’re like it doesn’t taste very good on its own, at least not for most people maybe don’t think that. You need to put some type of sauce, or seasoning, so that’s already seasoned for you, the Fakin Bacon.
Kimberly: The Fakin Bacon is amazing, and then at Costco, my husband got a ton of Beyond Burgers, Beyond Meat, rather, Beyond Meat Burgers. So, if we’re in a bind, as a family, Bubby loves them. I love them. It’s having those emergency foods in the freezer. Like I said the other day. I loved having an Impossible Burger option at Fat Burger, and now McDonald’s and Burger King, all of these have options. So, this is a huge trend. I think the word has gotten out, rightfully so, and thankfully so, about plant-based being better for your health, and way better for the environment, and for all of us beauties that are really passionate about nature, including me, and Katelyn, we love the trees.
Kimberly: I mean, I live here in the mountains now, and I hear the owls, and it breaks my heart to think about deforestation, which is largely for pasture-raised cattle. That’s why the Amazon is being burned down, because of all people that want organic, pasture-raised cattle. I mean, they have to literally cut down the forest to make land for grass to grow cattle. It doesn’t make any sense to me.
Kimberly: So, in terms of the environment, in terms of wellness for the planet, and for everyone, I can’t urge you enough, beauty, to be more plant-based. It doesn’t mean you have to be all plant-based. You don’t have to be all vegan, but definitely, Christina, to your question, please check out all the different plant-based meats and products. By the way, Cheese Wise [inaudible 00:27:01] is amazing. It’s a dairy-free cheese option that is so good. They have an amazing butter.
Kimberly: That’s one trend in there. The other thing I want to address is the Ayurvedic part, which I think is growing as a trend. Alternative medicine, shall we say, whether it’s working with essential oils, or acupuncture, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine doctors, homeopaths, I think that’s a big trend, and I think that’s great because people are going outside the box of just western medicine, and using complimentary therapies, which is great.
Kimberly: Now, you mentioned that some cookbooks see meat and dairy. Ayurveda is called the science of nature, and it doesn’t strictly say that one has to be vegetarian. There’s certain body types that can eat. First of all, it doesn’t really demonize anything. It says you can have anything, it’s just different doshas, different body types. But I will say, so depending on who the author of your book is, this person may be using Ayurvedic concepts and applying them towards eating meat and dairy. But I will say this. All of the prominent teachers that I have personally worked with, and I’ve worked with three, two in the United States including Dr. Jay who comes on the podcast a lot, and one in London. All three of these teachers who understand energy and really understand the body, not one of these three eat meat. They are completely vegetarian.
Kimberly: Now, they will eat some ghee, so they will have some dairy, some organic ghee, but when it comes to energy transfer, Einstein was a vegetarian as well. There’s so many layers to being plant-based, and my teachers, Dr. Jay just talks about all the [inaudible 00:29:01], the denseness of meat, what it does to the mind, what it does to meditation. It really affects your meditation practice. You may become more easily agitated. You may be more angry as a person. You’re taking this animal that was killed and suffered, in most cases, horribly.
Kimberly: So, I will just say, Ayurveda will say, there’s no right or wrong. There’s a lot of interpretation with an Ayurveda, but again, the teachers I have worked with are across the board vegetarian. They do not put flesh foods in their body, and I think that says something.
Katelyn: Thank you for clarifying that because it has come up over the years when people dig into Ayurvedic medicine, and then they wonder how to combine it into our Solluna beauty talks lifestyle. So, I think that’s great to have a little bit of clarity around how you apply Ayurvedic medicine in your life, and obviously talking about the big trend of faux meats.
Katelyn: I was actually telling Kim before we came on the podcast that when I was in New York this past weekend, I was seeing it everywhere, and it just made me really happy to see it become more mainstream, even if we’re calling it a trend. It’s a great trend to have more and more people apply it for the environment and for their health.
Kimberly: Exactly. I mean, it’s everywhere. I never thought this day would come in our lifetime. I’m so happy that McDonald’s, all these fast food chains feature it so prominently. I remember being in the airport in, where did we fly into, New Mexico. This was for Thanksgiving break, oh, Puerto Vallarta. In Mexico, at Carl’s Jr., the big sign was about the plant-based burger.
Katelyn: Well, it became so popular after Burger King did it, that all the other chains followed suit. I think that they know the customers will come. I think there was probably a question of profitability for them. Will people buy this? People are showing that they want to go ahead and order that over something else, so it’s amazing.
Question 4: It seems everywhere I go, there is CBD added into just about everything these days. How do you know when a product has the highest quality CBD and it is safe to use?
Katelyn: All right, last big one for you here, K. We have Stan in Toronto. It seems everywhere I go, there is CBD added into just about everything these days. How do you know when a product has the highest quality CBD and it is safe to use?
Kimberly: Stan, thank you so much for your question. Sending a big hug out in Canada. So, CBD is and has been a big trend. It’s been an explosion and it almost feels like, I don’t know, I don’t know how it is there on the east coast for you, Kay, but it almost feels like it got to big it peaked here, and kind of is going down a little bit, but it’s still very popular. How do you feel about it over there?
Katelyn: So, New York, definitely, I feel like in the next few years, they’ll probably legalize it here. When I was just in Manhattan, they have these big cannabis truck vans now, promoting cannabis. There’s actually storefront options. It’s pretty predominant throughout the city, which you didn’t even see that last year. So, we were a little bit behind the curve of California, Denver, other places, where it has been out a bit longer. But, we don’t have it in products here the same way you would see it when you go to the store in California, and they have it in the drinks, in the foods, and all of that. It’s definitely trending up. I know a lot more, those CBD oils and just tinctures and things are becoming more popular as well.
Kimberly: So, I will say that first of all, there’s a lot of CBD. It is not considered the same, of course, it’s just like having a massage. Some massages suck and some are amazing, right? So, something to look for is full spectrum, or whole plant label. That’s something that I’ve been seeing a lot, something that I’ve been told to look for just as far as quality. There’s also third-party lab results, so you can see the efficaciousness of that product and whether it’s been tested. Dosage, I think, is really important. Just because something says it has CBD, some of these skincare products I see, if you really look at it and dig in, and there’s a drop. So, you’re not really going to get a lot of benefit from it.
Kimberly: So, you really want to do your research, especially before you spend some real money into the product. I mean, there’s literally thousands and thousands of products. I’ve also heard that THC is something that you want to look into with CBD, because there’s combinations. Some people want to avoid THC altogether because of the psychedelic affects, but some products say that they work better with a little bit of THC, so it depends what you’re using CBD for. Some people are using it for better sleep. They’re using it for anxiety. They’re using it for pain relief. So, I think it’s important to know what you’re using it for, and then to kind of delve in the research about what combination works for you.
Kimberly: Also, what is the best administration? There’s patches now. There’s lotions. There’s vape pens. There’s tinctures. From what I’ve read, different administrations affect different sorts of conditions differently. Then you also want to look at where it’s grown. There’s so many different growers. You want to look at the sourcing of something, just like where your vegetables come from. In the United States, there’s a lot of CBD right now that’s grown on the west coast. It’s growing on Colorado. You can kind of look into the sourcing more. There’s more hemp being grown overseas. Just like issue that came out with turmeric a little bit ago, there’s not necessarily the same lab testing, and so you just want to make sure you know your source, and a good company will speak about that and talk about that, and hopefully you can find one that’s really proud of their sourcing, and the way it’s grown in the best possible way.
Kimberly: As I mentioned, test results is always great, and the amount is huge, because I think a lot of them under-dose. So, I think that it’s a huge trend. I think that there’s a lot of people exploring it. I have tried it a little bit. But I don’t have a lot of the issues that it’s targeted towards, so I didn’t notice a big effect from it personally, but I know a lot of people that do swear by it. So, I certainly think there’s a lot of positivities to it versus just over-medicating with pharmaceuticals. So, I think it’s a great trend, I think for all the many reasons, all the different factors we talked about here. You want to really source high quality because you’re putting it into your body, and of course it’s going to affect your body’s functioning, so you want to know where it came from, what the dose is, the combination, so on and so forth.
Kimberly: Do research on that individual brand. I mean, this is so different than talking about Kombucha where there’s probably 10 big companies or less. There are literally thousands of products for CBD, so I can’t even really talk about one or two here. There’s just so many, so I encourage you to look out for all those factors when you do your research.
Katelyn: 100%. You have to know where things are coming from and what you’re putting in your body. When the market becomes more saturated, brands pop up that may not be legit, trying to make a quick buck, so you definitely want to make sure that you stand behind what you’re taking and know what you’re putting in and on your body.
Kimberly: I will say one more time, dosage is important, because I have heard that most products are 10 times less than the dose that you would need to actually feel something, because they’re so diluted. I have noticed I’m very sensitive to energy, so I think the products I was trying were really under-dosed, Kay. What I had a difference is with herbs, taking Ayurvedic herbs, and also the bach flower remedies, which I started taking. Do you like them, Kay? I introduced them to you.
Katelyn: I’m actually really noticing a difference from them, to be honest.
Kimberly: Oh, good.
Katelyn: I have four different ones, but one for calming, and another one for being efficient, and I feel like since I started taking them, I’ve been taking it for about 35 days now. I have this app and it pops up, and you swipe over that you’re doing your daily habits, so that’s why I know the date because today was day 35 on my little nerdy habit tracking over here. But I think they’re great. I don’t personally use CBD myself. I haven’t. I never really had good effects from cannabis in general. I think I’m sensitive to it, but I would open to trying it, not just something readily available where I am. I’ve used CBD creams and that’s helped with my muscle recovery with working out, but I haven’t used any ingestibles or anything.
Kimberly: So, I think it’s do your research if you’re interested in trying it. We have lots of spices, and herbs, and things that we recommend that we do see benefit from, and Katelyn and I love. Bok flour essences are sort of like taking concentrated herbs, so if you’re interested, you could search about that. I’ll put a link in. It’s just working with these plants in different ways I think is powerful.
Kimberly: There you have it.
Katelyn: There you have it. Well, before we let you go, let’s pick your brain one more time. Are you thinking of anything as a quote of the week this week?
Kimberly: I do. I have a quote and I wanted to have this quote come from Ralph Waldo Emerson, who is a writer that is very close to my heart. He is the one that started talking about eastern philosophy and the Bhagavad Gita pretty much for the first time in the western world, and I love him. As you may or may not know, my son’s name is Emerson, and it came to me in a dream, so I feel connected to Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Thought of the Week
Kimberly: So, here’s his quote. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” So, I want to leave us with that thought because I think it’s related to these trends. I think it’s easy to get sucked up into what’s trendy, and what’s going on, and what such and such is doing, so I just want to urge you as we sign off here on the show, to really tune into yourself and your body, and what feels good to you, feels good to eat less meat, feels good to spend more time in stillness and meditation. If it doesn’t feel good to you to have a trendy product like collagen, or even CBD or whatever, then listen to that because you know your body best, and again, you are the anchor in the midst of the crazy world where there’s so much that’s trying to be sold to you, and marketed to you, and shifted in you.
Kimberly: So, being yourself, listening to yourself is ultimately the best guide. So, those are my thoughts to leave you with, with all the trends we talked about today and beyond, and I am so grateful for our community. I’m so grateful for you, beauty. Thank you so much for tuning in. We’ll be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. You can submit your questions. I think I have it, Kay, mysolluna.com/askkimberly.
Katelyn: Correct. That’s where you guys got to go. We love seeing your questions and ideas for the topics for the shows, so it does matter. Keep submitting your questions, and I will be reading them and coming up with the next show.
Kimberly: Awesome, Kay. Thank you for gathering the questions. Thank you so much for keeping it going with our podcast so we can all connect and support each other. Beauties, sending you lots of love. Again, like Kay said, keep it coming. We are here to support you. We are also over on the Solluna Circle, and we’ve got lots of stuff for you at mysolluna.com, and we’re on social. So, sending you big love. We’ll see you in a few days. Until then, take care and so much love.