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4 Healthy Living Trends I Can’t Get Down With

April 2, 2018Thyme and JOY
4 Healthy Living Trends from Valerie Skinner of Thyme + JOY

Right off the bat I must tell you that this post is pretty likely to piss a few people off. I totally get that! There are things that are near and dear to my product junkie heart that I silently gasp at once I find out people don’t like it. Then I quickly realize we’re all adults, like different things and that’s what makes us awesome. So let’s get into this post on 4 Healthy Living Trends I just can’t get down with. 

Here’s the thing.  Sometimes I feel like seeing products in the hands of friends or influencers on instagram make us feel like we HAVE to like them. Honestly, that is the job of the influencer and it means they are doing something right!  But, have you ever just disliked something that EVERYONE else seems to like and have felt some weird shame about it?

*raises hand*

I’ll be the first to admit I try new products all day long that I pay for and sometimes don’t. My fear is that one day I will  look like a marketing robot spitting out discount codes all day long.  Its tough to find a balance, but what I can promise you is that I’ll be honest with my tribe, and continue to turn down what doesn’t feel (or taste) right. With that said, lets get into some feather ruffling so I can tell you about the:

4 Healthy Living Trends I Can’t Get Down With

Here are 4 healthy living trends world that I really cant get down with. Drinkable soup, nut butter drip cups, DNX bar, Beauty Counter. | Thyme + JOY


Let me start out by stating the obvious… who wants to drink soup!? I really don’t know why this trend took off as much as it did because I don’t know about you but I like to eat my expensive vegetables. I think a big issue for me is the flavor combinations. I once got a beet, cabbage, coconut and cumin drinkable soup and couldn’t get one sip down. My dog couldn’t either. Not only that but a package of 12 Whole30 approved soup bottles from a popular company will run you over $75 for just over a gallon.  If you really want to jump in on this trend, it may be a MUCH better idea to make your own A gallon of vegetable soup will run you $10-$12 total. I know this because I’ve done it before, repeatedly….. or buy some better quality baby food. Literally same thing!


Ok, so I totally get that we all try and make food look pretty for instagram, but I think that dripping expensive nut butter perfectly all over your smoothie cup or bowl is a little excessive and DEFINITELY unnatural. Not only that, but what do you do with it afterwards? Spoon it back into the cup and get your hands all messy? Lick it off the cup like some sort of millenial animal? I’m sorry but, its not a candle… it’s your breakfast!


So it took me a long time to try a bar full of meat. Honestly, I get it! It’s high in protein and if it tastes good it could make one of the healthiest on the go snacks out there. I think EPIC makes some REALLY good ones (and not so good ones).  I think DNX bar makes really bad ones… all of them. If you want to think about what a DNX bar tastes like, picture this. Some kind of meat (chicken beef or bison), an odd sweet flavoring (cinnamon, dates cacao) and then picture it all mashed together with the EXACT texture of a tootsie roll. If, I wanted something that tasted like a tootsie roll meat bar, I think I’d rather eat gum off the sidewalk in NYC. Definite no go for me…


Ok, so this is one that may actually really offend some people, including my friends!  But I’m going to say it anyway. I AM NOT A FAN OF BEAUTY COUNTER. I will say this, I really support their mission and what they are trying to do, and I really didn’t mind the quality of the expensive products I ordered once. But its the DAMN ARMY! I kid you not, I get no less than 5 emails or DM’s a week that are cookie cutter introductions into something I already know. I really just stopped responding to anyone that tries to send me any info on Beauty Counter because I don’t believe that it is accessible to everyone as the price point is super high among other things. Any time I’ve mentioned this to the army, they tell me that I can get huge discounts becoming a consultant. YEP! All for the low price of another 5-20 hours of work a week on top of what I already do throwing parties and annoying the shit out of my friends and family so I can make my $200 a month quota just to keep my status. I’m sorry but, no thank you. I have found some AMAZING products at Wholefoods, Thrive Market and there are TONS of DIY safer skincare on Pinterest. I want to be clear here and tell you that I know a lot of beauty counter reps, online and in person and they are NOT all like the people I’m describing and I find them pleasant and not pushy which is refreshing! Honestly, I am not a fan of any MLM companies in general but I feel like you’d make a great health coach! Join my team? (totally kidding)


I could probably do a volume 2 of 4 Healthy Living Trends, but I’ll leave this here for now. This post is just meant to share my opinion in my very snarky grew up on the jersey shore and married a sailor type way and not meant to offend the die-hards. If you like any or all of these things, thats great! Enjoy them! If not, it’s also totally cool.

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