The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives and wellness routines of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.
Jamie Burton is the founder of The Founder's House, where their mission is to empower women through education and connections. She lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and two children, a four-year-old girl and six-year-old boy. Follow Jamie on Instagram to learn more about her.
BINTO: What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I work out with my husband before the kids wake up (so usually around 5am/5:30am) or go for a run.
BINTO: Tell us about your eating habits.
I tend to adhere to the 80/20 rule. I love healthy food but also love to indulge in inventive and playful menus as well as pasta and pizza—I could never give those up. My favorite healthy foods are fresh-pressed juices, bowls, and toasts. I have been a pescatarian for seven years and it has had lasting positive impacts for me.
BINTO: What workouts do you enjoy? Which do you not enjoy?
Exercise is a key component to my life. I feel like it always helps center me and clear my mind. I ran competitively until I got to college and still love to run. I also love doing triathlons although haven’t done one in quite some time.
After I had my two kids I did Tracy Anderson workouts religiously for years and loved the results. I still do her workouts from time to time, but have come to love Chontel Duncan’s Fierce program on the Sweat app for its flexible schedule and length of workouts. I'll also do hot yoga over regular yoga.
BINTO: What was the defining moment when you realized you could take your health into your own hands?
I think there are many different points in my life when I have realized that my health could be taken into my own hands. The first was when I went to college, living with girlfriends — we had so much fun working out together and cooking together.
More recently, was when I was in NYC and had an interview with Honeybrains. The restaurant mindfully chooses ingredients based on the "best available science” and has created the most enjoyable menu. It was eye-opening to see how science about brain and body health can be translated into the most delicious food and drinks.
There have also been key inflection points, moments in time, where I think I have also really gained clarity as to the importance of mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health. I regularly see a therapist for my emotional and mental health and try to make mindfulness a daily practice. I absolutely love the Happy Not Perfect app as a way to practice gratitude and meditation in a way that feels authentic to who I am.
BINTO: How has your wellness routine evolved over the years?
I used to consider wellness as fitness and food — eat right, work out, feel great. I have come to realize over the past decade or so that it’s so much more than that. It’s been gradual over time, but now in addition to working out and fueling my body with the right foods, it’s vital for me to take my vitamins (yay Binto), drink my juice in the a.m., see a therapist regularly, and I love a night time bath.
To me, wellness also includes indulging in little luxuries. That may be a massage (Squeeze, when are you coming to D.C.?) or a blowout every once in a while, or a glass of wine or coffee date with my husband. Those are the things that make me feel great. For others it may be painting their nails or listening to their favorite song in the car.
Ultimately, I think it’s so important to think of wellness in terms of gratitude and come from a place of love and empathy—think of the incredible things our minds, bodies, and souls can do. It sounds woo-woo, but that’s such a large part of my routine that makes me feel well and whole.
BINTO: Do you use Binto? If so, what kind of changes have you experienced as a result?
I absolutely LOVE Binto. I am not just a user; I am a huge advocate! Prior to Binto, I was taking way too many vitamins, not knowing why or if I was taking the right things. I was falling for a lot of the marketing pitches out there.
Once I had a chance to chat with the nurse on the site and learn about what I should be taking for my body at this point in time, I was hooked. Then I had the opportunity to interview Suzie. The knowledge she brought to the conversation along with the evidence-based research and the passion for supporting women in their unique health journeys has made me a customer for life. I recommend it to everyone I can.
BINTO: What other product can’t you live without?
If I had to name just one it would be the Happy Not Perfect app. However, I thoroughly enjoy Goop’s Martini bath soak, Shani Darden's Texture Reform and Olio E Osso’s lip and cheek balm. As a mom, Water Wipes are a must-so multifunctional. That was way more than one!
BINTO: What is your biggest challenge in terms of health or wellness right now?
Fitting it all in.
BINTO: How do YOU define wellness?
To me it’s wellness from within.
As Oprah once said, “If you want to look and feel your best, you have to make the complete mind, body, and soul connection.”