The 5 Pillars of Wellness

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Think you’d be hard-pressed to find another pair of humans who’ve read more books on nutrition, wellness and personal development than me and Bridget. We’re kind of obsessed if you hadn’t noticed.

And during our time together at Integrative Nutrition we were exposed to more wellness experts, philosophies, strategies and information than even we knew what to do with. So, we know first-hand how overwhelming, and sometimes confusing, it can all be.

There are so many opinions and ‘facts’, and so much conflicting information out there, how do we know what’s right for us?

Well that’s exactly why we believe in simplifying. If we allowed ourselves to get caught up in all the confusion, we’d be paralyzed. We wouldn’t be able to choose what makes sense, or how to start making healthy changes.

Here at Crop Tops & Kale, we advocate for simplifying everything, especially our wellness, beauty and style. Because those three pieces of the puzzle are the tools we ladies use every single day to look and feel our best. To live our lives feeling healthy, happy and confident.

So today, we want to explain a bit further exactly what we mean by ‘simplify your wellness’.

You see, on any given day, you could choose between hundreds of different diets. We know, because our nutrition school covered about a hundred of them specifically. And on any given day, you could also choose between hundreds of different workout plans, or thousands of ‘quick tips’ and tricks to get you where you want to go.

We want to simplify all of that for you. Because really, wellness comes down to five, main pillars. If you forget all the other bullshit and focus on these five, you’ll be well ahead of the game. You can always refine your personal approach from there if you like.



Eat real, whole foods – emphasis on veggies – and minimize sugar and processed grains.

Whether you want to go Paleo, Low-Carb, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Raw Vegan, Pescatarian, Virgin, Wild, Caveman or Zone, if you stick to the sentence above, you should be good.


Drink lots of water. Minimize everything else.


Exercise, not to lose weight, but to get the tension out of your body and keep it strong, flexible and in good cardiovascular shape. Doesn’t matter what exercise you choose. You just have to move your body regularly.


Get more sleep. We can’t run on fumes. Our bodies need to heal every day from the regular wear and tear of life. When they don’t get the chance to do that, they slowly begin to break down.


The fifth pillar is about being considerate in how we live our lives in general.

Minimizing exposure to toxins in food, cosmetics and our environment, managing our stress, cultivating quality relationships, learning, growing, and pursuing happiness and purpose.

Being considerate in how we live supports the intangible things that affect how we feel.

These are the Five Pillars of Wellness we promote here at Crop Tops & Kale. And if you’re an otherwise healthy person who juts wants to look and feel your best, we suggest focusing on them and forgetting about all the confusion out there. Don’t worry about protein or calories or super foods or doing every, little, thing right.  Just simplify to be well.

Eat real food. Drink lots of water. Move your body. Rest. And pursue a life you’re happy and excited about.

What do you think? Would you add anything to this? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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