Sponsored 04 June 2018
As a scientist and former Miss New York US, it's safe to say my wellness product demands are high. While I'm always looking for something that will help me look fresh-faced (even under glaring spotlights) and feel energetic, I also tend to obsess over ingredients, formulation, and product technology. I am quite picky, especially when it comes to starting new routines, but I am open minded to products that promise to make me feel better. So, about a month ago I met a friend for lunch and she began raving about a green drink from an Australian wellness brand, WelleCo that she says changed her life.
My friend, who happens to be a media mogul on top of her field, was at the time not only on a multi-city book tour complete with a series speaking engagements and book signings, but she was also balancing family and social life as well as managing an investment portfolio. After she told me that her superhuman energy levels, gorgeous healthy skin (not a wrinkle in sight) and mental clarity were all thanks to a daily green drink, I had to know more.
As it turns out, the magic elixir that was giving her so much life is actually a superfood-packed ingestible, coincidentally called The Super Elixir Greens. Comprised of a total 45 whole food ingredients like barley grass, wheatgrass, alfalfa and milk thistle in addition to pre and probiotics, vitamins and super greens that all but promise to revolutionize every part of your health, my first thought was 'that can't taste good."
Although I like to exercise, I'm far from health-conscious when it comes to my nutrition. Due to the nature of my career and my schedule, finding balance in terms of my health and wellness has been somewhat elusive. If something is not convenient, I won't do it, even if I know that it is good for me. So, when choosing any kind of new health regime, 'can I do it,' is paramount but 'will I?' is more important.
After my conversation with my friend, I decided to give The Super Elixir a try. I'll start by telling you that despite my hesitations, the flavor is far from off-putting. Although it does definitely taste like you're drinking something “healthy" at first, the inclusion of fruits like pineapple, apple, and goji berry make it taste light and sweet. It is recommended to mix the powder with plant milk or water, and I opted for the latter, drinking about two cups of my DIY green beverage each day when my sugar cravings hit.
I continued drinking the Super Elixir for a full month, and I have to say that by day three, I was hooked. Not only did I have more energy and mental clarity but I also began to feel and look better in many ways.
Here, the top five ways the Super Elixir changed my life in 30 days:
The first thing I immediately noticed after just a few days of drinking the Super Elixir is that substituting out my 4 PM coffee for the green drink amped up my evening energy levels. Whether I was going to the gym or to an after work meeting, I felt more energized (without the repercussions of a coffee come-down). This increased stamina also helped me be more productive at work, as I found myself less tired and more focused. After a week of feeling generally more alert, it became less difficult to wake up in the morning, as I woke immediately feeling refreshed and well-rested. I even started working out in the mornings, instead of evenings.
My tummy really thanked me for this change over the course of the month. I gradually began to feel less bloated and generally felt much more healthy (even after a helping of Dunkin's infamous donuts). What I really love about the Super Elixir is that it helps counteract any moments of “naughtiness," (which for me is carbs of course) as the ingredients actually bind to toxins and expel them from your system. Plus, the infusion of digestible nutrients that your body can actually recognize and absorb makes this a great hangover cure as well!
From breakouts to dry patches to rashes and sensitivity, I've had chronic issues with my skin my entire life. Despite trying a bevy of skin-clearing formulas, some expensive, some prescription and some from my local drug store, I've never found a regimen or product that fully worked for me. Taking the Super Elixir steadily for the last month I noticed fewer blemishes and while I can't say my skin became suddenly flawless, I certainly look better than usual after a 14-hour workday. I also noticed that my overall texture has, over the past month, become more smooth and my face looks more plumped and hydrated. By the last week, I even stopped wearing foundation, which is a first for me. Perhaps some of my skin benefits have come simply because the Super Elixir has helped me drink more water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Admittedly, if a sugar or carb craving hits during the day, I am absolutely susceptible to picking up something carb-filled and sweet, and more often than not, a Chipotle lunch. Taking the Elixir at around 4 PM every day definitely quashed that longing for a sugar injection. After I got used to the taste (which really happened by day 3), I found my drink enjoyable and thus not necessary to cram a chocolate glazed in before I leave the office for the night. I also found that I started craving coffee (which is a daily obsession) less, especially in that late afternoon daily slump. My body was almost asking for the Super Elixir instead, so it became almost second nature to drink it around the same time each day.
Sleep & Stress
It's no secret that being an entrepreneur comes with a heaping of stress. My life, once ordered and corporate, is now chaotic and entirely unpredictable. While I wouldn't have it any other way, the negative side effects of a life spent in flux are impossible to deny. While subtle, the drink's superpowers became noticeable even when trying to stay positive while navigating business life and getting to sleep at the end of a long day. After one month, I not only felt more cleansed, but I also found myself getting less anxious about things that are out of my control. I should add that as I started my month with WelleCo, I also began focusing more on my mental well being, practicing mindfulness and meditation every day. I found the Super Elixir really helped me with being present and more positive, which I think in part was to actually getting sleep. As a night owl who does a lot of my ideating in the wee hours, I often toss and turn and wake up feeling depleted. Now that I sleep earlier and wake up feeling more refreshed, things just seem to be falling into place, both with business and my personal life. It's crazy to attribute this wave of goodness to a green powder, but it does seem to be the catalyst for the positivity that surrounds me.
I used to take my health and wellness for granted and didn't prioritize my wellbeing. Now that I found a routine and product that conveniently worked for my lifestyle, I can safely say that my month-long Super Elixir challenge will continue on for many many more.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.