#ingoophealth, takeaways from the controversial event

 
 During a meditation practice—you can spot me down the center (in all-black)...

During a meditation practice—you can spot me down the center (in all-black)...

I can't say I’m a huge wellness groupie but I have been following Gwyneth Paltrow’s modern lifestyle brand, goop for quite a while now and have always been interested in the somewhat controversial health/life advice they often recommend and sell eg. eggs that are good for your vagina—not that I've personally tried it. Nonetheless, I found myself drawn to purchasing a summit ticket, where I would be guided through meditations, dive deep into my astrological future, consume plenty of matcha, and witness a psychic medium in action. 

So, was a $650 ‘turmeric' ticket to the In goop Health summit really worth it?

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This is me above—we finally get to meet face to face (or selfie to selfie?). Turns out, the summit left me feeling more inspired and motivated than I had ever imagined. So much so, I went home and googled my brains out/stalked every speaker on Instagram (and I've put many of their handles in the text below). Read on for my top takeaways from the event; some serious and some not so serious…

 in goop health tote bag

in goop health tote bag

Wearing slippers in public is accepted and even encouraged. We each received a fluffy pair of Minnetonka Moccasin slippers upon arrival, and were instructed to swap our shoes for the day—the only people who did seemed to be from Los Angeles, whereas the New Yorkers kept their sneakers on.

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image source: Getty Images

Kale, radishes, and beets make for an exquisite photo backdrop, nearly everyone wanted to capture the leafy green wall. Although, some environmentalists were interested in the fate of the fresh vegetables after the day had ended… 

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Making a list of non-food related rewards is essential if you struggle with emotional or environmentally driven eating (@shira_rd). In fact, 75% of eating is emotional. To go on further, weight equates to 70% food, 10% genetics, and 20% exercise—that's it. No B.S.

  côte  toxic free manicures in the main hall

côte toxic free manicures in the main hall

Conscious breathing (‘through your cylinder’) is the link between the inner and outer world, it brings equilibrium to the nervous system, reduces high blood pressure and anxiety (says @eddiestern). Conscious breathing is exercised during meditation practices, but can also be performed during yoga, pilates or even as a stand alone activity.

 view from meditation room, Pier 17, Seaport District

view from meditation room, Pier 17, Seaport District

All relationships move from harmony to disharmony to repair—or so says Terry Real during a live marriage therapy session which honestly sounds juicier than it really was...

 talk/panel room during a break

talk/panel room during a break

Fear is the absence of love—the only way to decrease fear is to love. Anita Moorjani (@anitamoorjani) shared her experience with death and regaining consciousness, that lead to her spontaneous healing from end–stage lymphoma. 

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image source: Getty Images

'Blowing out someone’s candle does not make yours brighter'—we need to support each other, rather than compete. This resonated with me the most. It seems as though we are taught from a young age that competition is necessary in order to be successful—that we must be better, brighter, and prettier than our peers—when in fact, we need to stand together. A thought from Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth): 'What do the architects of success really look like?'

 morning activities in the main hall

morning activities in the main hall

Depression is a symptom, not a disease. Kelly Brogan (@kellybroganmd) admitted she had some ‘reservations’ about her panel, speaking amongst two psychiatrists who actively prescribe medication… Brogan believes that medicating is actually contributing to chronic illness. From someone who won’t even take Paracetamol when in pain, I happen to think she’s spot on.

 'star cast' during final panel — 'it's an art; changing the female paradigm'

'star cast' during final panel — 'it's an art; changing the female paradigm'

Applauses seemed louder for the star cast; Drew Barrymore (@drewbarrymore), Gillian Flynn (@gillianflynnofficial), Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler), Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth), Laura Linney, and (of course) GP (@gwynethpaltrow), than for the medical professionals—making me question the real purpose for some people's attendance. Was it to see the ‘celebs’ or to listen to the experts?

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It’s apparently normal to have thoughts about killing your newborn baby—says Catherine Birndorf MD, and it's okay to voice your thoughts. Being 22 and without child, I’m not entirely sure what this looks like… but I will say, it made me question my desire to have kids one day. If you're curious, check this out. 

 morning light in the meditation room

morning light in the meditation room

Pointe Studio grippy socks are both stylish and very practical when doing yoga (@pointestudio). I picked up a pair for myself... gone are the days of slipping all over my living room floor. 

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It was definitely worth it. Being amongst powerful individuals, embracing different perspectives (including alternative methods), and generally feeling fantastic—I applaud goop for thinking about health in ways beyond traditional western practices and instead focusing on health and wellness throughout our lives, rather than once we hit rock bottom. GP sums it up pretty perfectly, “We love science and data, and we make a lot of our decisions using data, but we also love the unexplained and unexplored, and the sweet spot in between.” I might not be a wellness groupie, but I’m definitely a ‘goopie’.

 
FussJessica Inci