In our Zen Things I Hate About You series, we’re exploring all the wellness trends and practices that some of us are maybe a little skeptical about, and offering a peek behind the curtain. See previous editions here and here. Marlie Cohen is the badass blogger behind the beloved moniker Kale & Krunches. When she’s not leading high-energy sweat sessions at SPINCO or building swoon-worthy dishes on her Insta-stories, Marlie finds her zen by ditching her digital habit, rolling on essential oils, and taking time to prioritize her wellness.
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Well TO Do: Were you always into fitness & wellness? If not, how did you start embracing it?
Marlie Cohen: Definitely not. I became interested in getting active and eating well when I had a corporate desk job that forced me to sit all day. I started to embrace it when I felt incredible changes from within, such as fewer digestive issues, less anxiety and weight loss.
WTD: What does being “zen” mean to you?
MC: It means being present. As with most people, I’m far too distracted by technology, my phone, social media, etc. When I’m really focusing on one thing at a time, putting my phone away for a few hours or not thinking about what I have to do next, I feel present and more relaxed.
WTD: How do you find and keep your zen?
MC: I’ll find my zen in a workout class where I have that one hour to myself. Especially a really great yoga class. Keeping the zen after is the hard part!
WTD: What’s something that you embrace that others might consider “woo woo wellness”?
MC: I’m very into essential oils. I live by my Saje Wellness Pocket Farmacy and carry it around with me everywhere. It has mini oils for everything: headaches, pain, stress, digestive issues. I rub them all over my body, especially when I get on a plane. I also can’t sleep without my Saje nebulizer that diffuses the oils with water. I mix lots of different scents together depending on how I’m feeling.
WTD: Do you have a daily ritual (wellness, exercise, food etc)?
MC: I wish I could say I wake up and mediate every morning, or write in a journal, or something more ‘zen’ but I would have to say my one consistent ritual is coffee. I guess you can say it’s wellness related because it’s more like a potion filled with superfood goodness: maca, collagen, bee pollen, cinnamon and ghee.
WTD: What do you think the biggest barrier is to people getting into wellness?
MC: Prioritizing. We live in a culture of always putting other people or things: our jobs, our families, etc before us, before taking care of ourselves. It takes carving out time in your day to take a yoga class, or grocery shop, or meditate even for 5 minutes and it’s the easiest excuse to say I don’t have time. But no one has time. You have to make time and decide that wellness is a priority.
Complete these sentences:
I’m most at peace when…my phone is turned off
The future of wellness is…becoming more mainstream. It’s starting to be cool to be healthy.
The last time I felt zen as f*ck was…yesterday at my cottage with my family.