In an age when technology keeps us tethered to work and other stressors, it’s crucial to be intentional about our wellness. Unfortunately for me, I'm not a holistic health guru who's totally “in the know” when it comes to the latest and greatest products to enhance my overall health.
Enter: The Year of Wellness. LEAFtv co-founders Geri Hirsh and Erin Falconer have curated a 12-month subscription program to help healthy living newbies like me discover and explore products that’ll detox, nourish and energize our lives.
Falconer and Hirsh developed the concept when they noticed their readers becoming increasingly curious about holistic health. “We started to realize that there was a real need for a program that informed you — if you have no wellness knowledge — what all these different facets of wellness are and how they can help you,” Falconer says.
For $60 a month, you’ll receive five to seven products focused on a different theme. Unlike other subscription services, The Year of Wellness takes you on a purposeful journey by placing you at the start, DETOX, and progressing through the lineup in a set order — regardless of when you sign up.
“It’s not just about the concepts, it’s how you apply them,” Falconer says. “We wanted to take you through a journey that really makes sense, so we thought the best way to start is to take all the impurities out of you, so you’re starting on a clean slate, and then start adding on levels of wellness.”
I took a peek inside the Year of Wellness’s DETOX box to give you a sense of some the innovative products to anticipate as you start the program.
A Beginner's Guide to Wellness
LEAFtv definitely had novices like me in mind when they wrote the instructional guide that comes in every box. It explains why you need each product and how to use them.
Unfold the DETOX pamphlet and you’ll find a detox to-do list, complete with everything from books to read and movies to watch to tips on how to clean up your body, mind and social circle.
Detoxing With The Year of Wellness
Before you welcome the new, you have to get rid of the old. The items in the DETOX box do just that. When I opened the box, I found, wrapped in chic folds of tissue paper, a skin brush, a bar of rose clay soap, an Ayurvedic copper water bottle, several packets of CocoPull, a bundle of palo santo sticks, a canister of liver detox tea and a few packets of Clean Daily Shake powder.
My favorite discovery from this box is the Ayurvedic copper water bottle. According to Falconer and Hirsh, water from a copper vessel can act as a detoxifier for the body by regulating the functioning of your liver and kidneys, supporting the elimination of waste and promoting the absorption of nutrients. Plus, the bottle’s rosé sheen makes it instantly Instagram-worthy
I also enjoyed the Clean Daily Shake, which is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Although it’s only 90 calories, it kept me surprisingly full between meals.
Oil pulling, which involves swishing a teaspoon or so of coconut oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, was a new experience for me. But do it often enough, and you'll have healthier teeth and gums.
While I probably won’t make oil pulling a part of my daily routine, what makes the Year of Wellness box so great is that it allows you to explore the latest trends without the commitment of buying them in bulk.
3 More Subscription Boxes We Love
Part of wellness is treating yourself to the things you love every once in a while, and there’s no better way to do that than with the surprise of a subscription box. We checked out a few more of the most popular health and fitness subscription services on the market to help you decide which might be the best fit for you. Here are our thoughts:
“I like to think of this box as my quarterly pick-me-up,” says LIVESTRONG.COM contributing editor Rachel Grice. “It's not strictly fitness or wellness, but it's a mixture of those plus beauty and lifestyle items.”
The FitFabFun box will always include things you’d never think to buy yourself — like popsicle molds, yoga toe socks and a contouring palette — alongside things you totally would — like an herb garden starter kit, yoga mat towel and beach wave spray.
Each box is perfectly themed to the season (like a scarf and coffee mug in the fall 2016 box) and seriously loaded with a TON of great items. If you upgrade to Select, you get your box early and can pick out which variations of some of the items you want (like the Trina Turk beach tote that came in the summer 2016 box). PRICE: $49.95. WHERE TO FIND: FabFitFun.com (use this link for $10 off your first box)
If you have a whole separate wardrobe for your workout clothes (and maybe a slight obsession with workout leggings), this is the box for you. Every month you get seven items handpicked just for you by your stylist (think: StitchFix for fitness).
You fill out your likes and dislikes on everything from the types of clothing you want to the colors and price range. Keep what you want, return what you don't (except you probably won't want to return anything). Super simple.
“My favorite feature is the stream where you can see what other women got in their boxes and request items for your next box,” Grice says. PRICE: $20 styling fee + whatever you keep (you can deduct the $20 from whatever you keep). WHERE TO FIND: Wantable.com
3. Adidas Avenue A
This box is a little pricier than a lot of the boxes out there, but when you think about what you're getting, it's a steal. Any one of the items could easily run $150, but each box includes five really cool items.
“I love that there's always a pair of shoes, like the adiZero Boston shoe from the fall 2016 box,” Grice says. “And the summer 2016 box even had Adidas' FitSmart watch.”
Each box is curated by a super stylish celebrity — celebrity trainer Nicole Winhoffer, US soccer star Morgan Brian and Well+Good editors Kate Citron and Rebecca Willa Davis have done previous boxes, and up next is singer Rita Ora. Just be sure to get your sizing right. You can exchange it, but only if the size you want is still in stock. PRICE: $150. WHERE TO FIND: AdidasAvenueA.com
What Do YOU Think?
Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes? What subscription service do you want to read a review for? Will you be subscribing to any of the boxes in this article? Let us know in the comments section!