Today marks the beginning of a new series for Medicine Kitchen called The Wellness Ritual. This series is about inspiring people who embody what it is to lead a healthy and conscious lifestyle. These are people who value taking care of themselves, others, and the world at large. I ask them questions about their personal healing journey and the rituals they use in their lives to stay balanced and inspired both mentally and physically. I hope you enjoy!
Alyson Fox is a designer & artist residing outside Austin, TX. She is my friend and my fitness inspiration. She also happens to be an amazing cook and curious seeker of life-enhancing methods of all sorts.
MK: So, I know you to be quite healthy in your habits, what is your most tried and trusted ritual for your overall health?
AF: Honestly, snuggling with Stache (our dog). Hugging our pup close and focusing on his breathing and smelling him really helps to calm me down and makes me more present. Bringing him home from the shelter was the best gift we have given ourselves mentally. He’s so silly and easy.
MK: When you are able to, what kind of special treatment or therapy do you use to revitalize yourself?
AF: I take a bath that I add mineral salts, baking soda, apple cider vinegar and some almond oil to. I smear a clay mask on my face and soak while reading a magazine. I also get a 10-20 min chair massage before my period.
MK: Well, I took notes on that bath situation and will be trying that immediately! Do you have a spiritual ritual you practice? If so, what is that for you?
AF: Laying outside on a blanket with my husband and listening to instrumental music. Stache is usually smushed between us. Also, taking my shoes off and feeling the earth beneath my feet helps me feel grounded.
Alyson jumping on her mini-trampoline. 5-7 minutes per day for cardio and lymphatic drainage.
MK: Was there a moment in your life or reason you became more devoted to self-care and healthy living?
AF: I was always focused on pushing my body physically from a young age. All of that caught up to me in my early thirties. I went for a run one day and felt very depleted- I’m pretty sure I cried. I stopped 5 minutes in and walked home. I started to rethink what a strong body is. I always felt that you had to exhaust yourself, sweat and eat very specific things to be healthy. Now I have a much different approach. A gentler approach where I move my body often but with softer movements. I eat whole foods but I definitely indulge. I am kinder to myself overall and listen to my body more.
MK: Take a quick picture of something healthy you ate this week:
Alyson’s Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding made with lemon juice, date, and vanilla powder, topped with peanut butter and figs. :)
MK: What are your current favorite 2 superfoods or supplements and how do you use them?
AF: 1. Dark chocolate- I eat several squares every- single- day! Sometimes with cashew butter smeared on top and things like sea salt, cinnamon, black sesame seeds, fig……endless possibilities. 2. Ghee or grass fed butter. I add some to my tea with some almond milk and sometimes I smear on my lips.
Thanks Aly! Healing hugs for the win :)
All images (except Aly’s pudding) by Heather Gallagher Photography. :)