Be Well Living with Sophia Ruan Gushée

Through her book, podcast series (titled Practical Nontoxic Living), and developing D-Tox Academy, Sophia aims to outline a modern, holistic, and science-based framework with which we can optimize our well-being. We talk to Sophia about her own personal wellness routine and current mantra.

Wellness Inspiration: My children. While I want to optimize my longevity and quality of life, my children inspire me to live and care for myself in a way that I hope they will model.

Health Passion: Mindfulness. From my first pregnancy, I have become more deeply mindful of my choices: what I eat, drink, breathe, and think; environments I can choose to be in or avoid (more often than before, I wonder if my environments inspire and uplift me, or depress me); and how my choices affect my children and their future.

Wellness is ______: An evolving and dynamic balance of mind, body, spirit, and emotions that honors and elevates my unique self.

Guilty Pleasure: Red wine!

Relax & Chill Out: Two of the most restorative ways for me to relax and chill out are: 1) enjoy good company over good wine and food; and 2) binge-watch a great television series with my husband.

Exercise of Choice: Yoga!

Sleep Routine: My routine includes connecting with my husband after he gets home from work; preparing to sleep with a clean body, teeth, and mind; checking for key responsibilities for the next morning; turning cell phones to airplane mode; avoiding plugged-in electrical wires on our nightstand; watching TV; and then lights out.

Travel Carry-ons: Coconut oil or shea butter to moisturize hands, face, and lips!

Favorite Healthy Destination: Our home in Long Island. It’s our family’s most treasured respite.

Current Reading List: Originals, by Adam Grant.

Always in Fridge: Fruit, vegetables, cold-pressed green juices, eggs, grass-fed butter, Bragg amino acids, and yogurt for the kids.

Pantry Staples: Rice, beans, fermented foods, coconut flour, almond flour, peanut butter, almond butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and sesame oil.

Favorite Way to Reset: Yoga, shower, and infrared sauna.

Daily Supplements: None. But I aim to take vitamin D3 supplements.

Favorite Healthy Food On-the-Go: Soups. I often don’t eat until after noon. And then I’m often rushing to something and need to get something to go. Soup has been wonderful because I can bring it to a meeting, and it feels like a gentle way to nourish my body when I haven’t eaten solids yet.

Ingredient I Always Avoid: Artificial colors and sugars.

Can’t Live Without: Soul-searching. I can’t help but be really grateful for the one life I have to live, and for my loved ones. In trying to make sense of how to make the most of it, I treasure conversations that share what others have learned in soul-searching.

Current Health Focus: After reducing electromagnetic fields in my home, I’ve been learning how sensitive I am to them. There were chronic symptoms—brain fog, nausea, deteriorating memory, insomnia, and pressure in my chest—that I accepted as part of aging. Later, I learned that those chronic symptoms weren’t necessarily from aging because they improve after I’m able to reduce my EMF exposures. I now recognize when I’m near high exposures because my new baseline for normal is less influenced by them, and the old chronic symptoms emerge/disappear with my EMF exposures.

Current Mantra: My current mantra has been to “take care.” I’m excited to do so many things, it’s hard for me to relax. However, I have been working hard to do less so that I can take care of my sleep, take care of my brain health, take care of my body, take care of my energy, and most importantly, take care of my presence. Especially around my children.

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