The medicine cabinet takes on a whole new personality in all of our homes. For some, it's exactly as its advertised, suspended above the bathroom sink. For others, a pile of makeup palates on your nightstand, or bottles of supplements in your kitchen cabinet, maybe even tinted moisturizers that have found a home in the console of your car.
The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.
The Medicine Cabinet Series: Laura Lea
Holistic Chef and founder of LL Balanced from Nashville, TN
BINTO: What’s your daily wellness routine
LL: The first thing I consider part of my wellness routine is I make a mental gratitude list, it can be really specific or really vague- the sunlight coming through the window, my cat, things I have going on that day- it’s been really helpful whenever I’m stressed out. The next thing I do is drink this morning elixir that I prepare the night before, it’s a combination of apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon or lime juice, and Everly drink mix (It helps with the apple cider vinegar taste!). I also drink a ton of water- anywhere between 32-48 oz, and when I’m about halfway through I take my supplement routine. I like to make sure that I really wash everything down well
I use Acure shampoo and facial cleanser, and I alternate with this amazing vanilla facial scrub by MyChelle because it’s very mild. After that I’ll usually eat breakfast, but I’ve kind of gotten in the habit of intuitive eating. During periods of high stress, you tend be eating to live rather than living to eat. I used to eat just because it was “the thing to do” in the morning, now I eat when I need fuel.
Morning is my good brain time, so in the first few hours of the morning that’s when I do the most heavy lifting with writing and all that. After, I usually go for a walk.
BINTO: What product can’t you live without?
LL: The combination of water and supplements is really it. I feel like the foundation of hydration and repopulating good bacteria is so important not only for you gut but your lady parts, too. They really can prevent things like UTIs and yeast infections.
BINTO: Did you have this defining moment where you realized you could take your health into your own hands?
LL: When I was living in New York for a couple of years, I had a tough time being there. I decided to stop partying and drinking, and started cooking and going to farmers markets. After a couple months of that, I noticed that I felt less anxious. Seeing that change- especially from eating better- motivated me to want to learn more and do this for my life’s work. This was something I wanted to share with the national community.
BINTO: Have you ever discussed supplements with a health professional or do you tend to Google things?
LL: I got really lucky because I had colleagues and friends at culinary school who knew their stuff, so I had a resource early on. They were the ones that taught me this really isn’t something you can Google, and the fact that you have to tailor things to each person’s body. It’s like all the things BINTO is about- it’s not a one size fits all.
BINTO: Do you stick to your routine with BINTO?
LL: Yes! I’m very routine oriented and I think that’s part of the reason why I do it first thing in the morning. I’ve noticed such a difference in my digestion when I take the supplements that I don’t want to be inconsistent about it. Taking BINTO was also a pivotal piece in when I got my period back. I hadn’t gotten it in 3 years before then, and after going through something like that, I don’t want to take the chance of having that happen again.
BINTO: Favorite supplement in your pack-Go!
LL: I have to say the DHA because it’s so hard to find versions of Omega-3 that are high quality. It’s such a buzz topic that there’s so many poor quality ones out there. In terms of irreplaceable value, I feel like I have a source that is really good because of BINTO.
BINTO: Do you feel like there is something you’re still searching for in your wellness journey?
LL: I wouldn’t say that I’m content in a sense that there’s always room for improvement and I feel like not only can I become healthier and learn more, but our bodies change over time so if I stick with the same thing it’s not always going to work for me. In terms of my mindset, I’m pretty solid there. How I approach eating, balance, the struggle of guilt- that mentality that plagues a lot of women- I’d say I’ve gotten to a good place in that journey. Sometimes I need reminders, but that’s still something I feel like I’ve accomplished in the past few years.
BINTO: Have you seen your wellness routine evolve over the years?
LL: I used to always approach food as calories in-calories out perspective. I’ve realized that your body will balance macronutrients on its own if you primarily eat whole foods, and that you have minimal stress in your lives and loving relationships. If you have that, then the rest takes care of itself. That’s why people should start instead of working on the inside, outward.
For more information about Laura, her cookbook, and her classes visit: LL Balanced