How Amanda Chantal Bacon Balances Mindfulness and Multitasking
A NATURAL WAKEUP CALL
“I’m not a coffee drinker, but something came over me when my daughter was about four months old. I wasn’t sleeping at night. I just wasn’t functioning. I was like, ‘There's this thing called coffee that everybody keeps talking about, so I’m going to try it,’” says Bacon who started spiking her morning tonic with caffeine. “I actually hated coffee before and didn’t like the way that it made me feel, but I must have been well-rested! On no sleep, coffee really helps.” Bacon blends a tablespoon of Canyon Instant Coffee, two scoops of vegan collagen, a teaspoon of Sex Dust, and a teaspoon of Spirit Dust into hot water or almond milk.
She also gives her immune system a daily boost by taking SuperBeauty. This new supplement stars glutathione, a powerful antioxidant naturally found in the body that is said to defend against the oxidative stress that accelerates aging. It also contains vitamins C and E, astaxanthin (an antioxidant derived from microalgae), schisandra (an adaptogen traditionally used for hydration and skin clarity), and N-acetyl-cysteine (an antioxidant). “I suggest taking [SuperBeauty] in the morning because that's when your glutathione levels are naturally the lowest,” she says. “Much like collagen, glutathione breaks down with age. The more stress you add, the faster it breaks down.” Bacon also takes SuperYou for “adaptogenic stress relief” alongside vitamins D and C, which she recently added to her routine for extra immunity support.
A LOW-KEY LUNCH BREAK
“I forever have a big pot of soup on. It can be vegetable soup. It can be bean soup. Simple stuff—nothing fancy. Throw whatever you have into a big stock pot and make it taste good,” says Bacon. “I find that having soup, or even just a pot of broth, is hot and fast. You can add greens, or quinoa, or Parmesan, or an egg. It’s really the gift that keeps on giving.”
She also regularly cooks up “toad-in-the-hole” for the entire fam, which involves poking a small jar through a piece of bread (Bacon likes chestnut flour bread from Breadblok in Santa Monica). Next, she fills the center with a hearty duck egg and fries everything in ghee. “It makes everyone happy—myself included—and it’s something I can execute while on a work call,” she says.
Beets are another quarantine staple Bacon keeps on hand. “I do big batches and roast the beets whole. Then, I skin and slice them up before marinating the beets in whatever I have on hand,” she says. “They last for days.” Bacon often uses chopped garlic, grated ginger, salt, apple cider vinegar, lemon, or lime juice for a spicy, pickled effect. Eat them plain or add marinated beets to a salad, half an avocado, or even atop a toad-in-a-hole.
A JITTER-FREE BOOST
Overcome an afternoon slump with a “mood-altering” shot that’s fit for the entire family. “I’m really committed to the Dirt Shot,” says Bacon. “Everyone in my house has been taking it once a day, including my eight-year-old son.” Blend one teaspoon of Reishi mushroom powder, one teaspoon of Chaga, and one teaspoon of Cordyceps with warm water. “I mix it with a chopstick so I don’t have to clean the blender,” she says. “It’s dirty, weird, and not meant to taste good, but mushrooms have incredible properties and are great for immunity and mood.”
For even more endorphins, take your next conference call on the move. “I would love to say that I’m doing an exercise class every day, but I’m not—I don’t have time for that right now,” says Bacon. “I try to walk [around my neighborhood] every day for a good hour, but sadly, that’s sometimes even too ambitious. If I’m on the phone for eight or nine hours straight, I’ll put headphones on and pace outside my house. When I clock it at the end of the day, it turns out to be a mile and a half!”
AN EVENING WIND DOWN
“Sleep is really important. It’s not my finest hour, as I have a baby who wakes up every night, but I’m pretty strict about turning my phone off and stopping the blue light at 9 p.m.,” says Bacon. Her evening routine starts with sipping Magnesi-om to promote relaxation, as well as a fast and foolproof beauty routine. “I wish I could report that I have some amazing bath ritual, but I’m pretty slammed all day long,” she says. Three to four nights a week, Bacon uses Acid Potion to “break down congestion and slough off dead skin” before slathering her complexion with Plump Jelly for extra hydration. Once or twice a week, Bacon reaches for her FasciaBlaster or dry brush to promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage before jumping in a cold shower. Instead of scrolling through social media or watching movies, she opts for a book or a chat with her husband that’s purposely unrelated to the children, news, or tasks that have to be done. Her final act of self-care before switching off the lights: “Pat yourself on the back every day you get through. After your children are asleep and you’ve made it, tell yourself ‘Good job.’”
Written by Amber Kallor