How a New York City Content Creator Spent $1,000 on Wellness

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What if you had $1,000 to spend on your health?

Welcome to Wellness Diaries. In this series, we send readers $1,000 to splurge on any product, service, or experience—as long as it’s something that can enhance health. Any leftover cash is donated to a charity of the diarist’s choice.

This time, we’ve got Kate Glavan, who we selected as one of the most influential people in wellness of 2022. Beyond her gut health knowledge and HOKA-sponsored athleticism, we’re enamored by her ability to look this good while running (thanks in no small part to the matching sets she wears—she’s a true beacon of fitspo both on and off the road).

Kate spent her $1,000 on a blood biomarker kit, lion’s mane mushroom powder, and a Le Creuset stockpot (for bone broth purposes).

In the spirit of spreading influence and wellness, we’re opening up Wellness Diaries to all Nessie Readers. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to spend on health and wellness.

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Kate Glavan

Meet Kate

She’s a full-time content creator living in New York City, co-host of the Sea Moss Girlies podcast (and excellent meme page), and HOKA Global Athlete Ambassador.

Her charity of choice: Leftover funds were donated to Earthjustice.

Kate’s Diary

$659 InsideTracker Blood Biomarker Test

a computer graphic / clipart of two test tubes with blue liquid in them

InsideTracker Ultimate Plan (44 blood biomarkers)

“A lot of information about your overall health and wellbeing can only be known through bloodwork, which is why I’ve always been curious to try out InsideTracker! InsideTracker measures 44 different blood biomarkers and creates data-driven recommendations for you to optimize your health. I’m super excited to have this access to information to learn more about my body.”

$45 LMNT Electrolyte Drink Mix

3 packets of LMNT Recharge Electrolyte Drink Mix in the flavor Watermelon Salt
LMNT Recharge

LMNT Recharge (Watermelon Salt, 30-Pack)

“I’ve had issues with dehydration in the past year and have since made consuming electrolytes a huge priority in my wellness routine. Electrolytes are really important for runners due to sweating and mineral loss while training, but I utilize electrolytes throughout my day to make sure I’m feeling my best.”

$118.85 Momentous L-Theanine, Magnesium Threonate, and Tyrosine Supplements

a bottle of Momentous L-Theanine supplements for sleep, relaxation, and focus, formulated by the Huberman Lab by Andrew Huberman, against a white background

Huberman Lab Supplements at Momentous (L-Theanine, Magnesium Threonate, Tyrosine)

“I am a huge fan of Andrew Huberman’s Huberman Lab. I love the research and science in his podcast episodes, and I’ve always been curious to try his supplement recommendations. I’ve been a magnesium icon-trusted-source National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements “Magnesium” View Source fanatic for a few years, but I’m interested to try additional supplements he recommends, like L-theanine icon-trusted-source Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center “L-theanine” View Source and tyrosine icon-trusted-source Mount Sinai “Tyrosine” View Source and see how aspects of my wellbeing like my sleep and cognition are improved.”

$110 Le Creuset Stockpot

a blue stockpot filled with wine, blood oranges, and a stick of cinnamon on a white marble countertop. around the pot is set dressing: a ladle, a cloth, a small ceramic with cinnamon in it, an open wine bottle, the cork, the pot lid, a full wine glass with a slice of the soaked blood orange on the lip. it gives the impression of someone serving some wine that they just steeped in the kitchen.
Le Creuset

Le Creuset Stockpot (Azure, 8 qt)

“This will be the year I start saving money by making my own bone broth from scratch! I consume bone broth every day (I love the brand, Kettle & Fire) and it is an expensive habit… Thus, I really want to make my own bone broth at home with a stockpot! I’m really excited to own my first Le Creuset piece and get cooking some new recipes with it.”

$54 Sun Potion Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder

a bottle of lion's mane supplemental mushroom powder. the lustrous gold label looks pretty against the navy jar.
Sun Potion

Sun Potion Organic Lion’s Mane Mind Power Mushroom

“Lion’s mane is an adaptogenic mushroom that helps with brain cognition and focus. It is a staple in my everyday life and I’ve noticed significant improvement since becoming regular with my consumption!”

Total: $986.85

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