The 2018 roundup
Little things that made my life better this year.
1. Time-restricted feeding (aka intermittent fasting)
Inspired by the research of Dr. Satchin Panda, I set the goal at the beginning of 2018 to practice time-restricted feeding (TRF) at least 5 days a week. I aimed to consume all food/drink within an 8- or 10-hour window each day, fasting from everything except water for the remaining hours. The effect on my sleep (yes, sleep — weird, right?) was incredible, & I experienced improvements in overall energy & mental clarity as well. TRF hasn’t been extensively studied yet, but these are common experiences for those who practice it.
Try it yourself & help further Dr. Panda’s research by downloading his myCircadianClock app.
2. Scrunchies (link)
Curly hair + fine hair + hair ties = breakage. Sick of trying to untangle my hair from its daily updo without hurting anything, I decided to copy the “Blurred Lines” models & get some satin scrunchies. Hope these stay in style for a while, because I’m never going back.
3. “Hammies” (link)
This one’s for my low-carb fam. Super simple, convenient, & delicious, these ham/egg cups (we call them “hammies” at my house because we’re us) have been a staple in my life since September. Love love love.
Honorable mention goes to bacon-wrapped dates, another staple in my household. Stupid easy & soooo so good.
4. Habitbull (link)
If you’re looking to build daily/weekly habits this new year, give this app a spin. Anyone who’s “clean streak”-oriented will love that it allows you to incorporate cheat days without breaking your momentum. The free version allows you to track up to 5 habits (which you can set up as either a binary yes/no or a numeric value), & measure your success rate for each. I can’t wait to recalibrate Habitbull with my 2019 goals this week.
5. Therapeutica sleeping pillow (link)
In 2016, I became an evangelist for electric neck massagers. This year, in the same spirit, I became just as enthusiastic about the Therapeutica sleeping pillow, which gives your neck great support whether you’re a back sleeper or a side sleeper. The pillow helps me sleep so well that I bought multiple, keeping one in each of the cities where I spend most of my time.
I use the petite size, but I recommend taking your measurements before ordering.
I took shampoo suggestions from Facebook friends earlier this year & couldn’t be happier with DevaCurl, which was recommended to me by at least a dozen women. I had been increasingly feeling like anything with suds was damaging, so I was looking for something gentle but effective.
I tried the shampoo & loved it. But just as importantly, I tried going to a DevaCurl-certified salon & was blown away — best haircut of my life! The stylist understood my curls better than I did myself. Find a curly hair salon near you by using DevaCurl’s salon lookup.
7. TSA Precheck (link)
Skip the airport security lines. Need I say more? With how much I travel for work, this was $85 well spent.
Wishing you a productive, happy, healthy new year! Be well.