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new year, new body + mind: here's how


By: Candice Kumai

In the new year, 2024- feeling your best is an absolute must. Notes from Candice Kumai for a successful anti-inflammatory new year!

Anti-inflammatory New Year Tips
Sip green tea and matcha

Kumai is pretty much the *queen* of matcha so, yes, she always sips her fair share before hitting an event. Not only is this buzzy beverage anti-inflammatory, it’s also l-o-a-d-e-d with antioxidants. If you don’t have ample time to whisk your matcha to frothy perfection, enjoy a cup of green tea with all the same benefits instead.

Candice Kumai anti-inflammatory new year tips
Supercharge your smoothies

In the days leading up to a big night out, Kumai fills her blender with all the fruits and veggies she can get her hands on. Namely: berries and greens. For an extra digestive boost, she adds a scoop of collagen and/or her favorite greens powder.

Candice Kumai new year anti-inflammatory tips
Skip the alcohol and sugar

Sugar and alcohol are arguably some of the worst offenders when it comes to inflammation. So in order to make the most of your night on the town, Kumai recommends abstaining until the actual party begins. “You don’t need to drink every day. I think people need to be told that,” she says. “I actually only drink for celebrations like hot date nights, holidays, birthday parties.”

Candice Kumai new year anti-inflammatory tips
Infuse your salad dressing with anti-inflammatory heroes

“At night, I make a really nice yum salad that’s fresh and clean,” says Kumai. “I think that it’s just to key to eat delicious food that makes you feel satiated.” For her super salad, the chef reaches for leafy greens (or her new fave red leaf lettuce), avocado, tomatoes and red onion. Then, to top it all off, she whips up a whole made, anti-inflammatory dressing with her choice of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, ginger, turmeric, and curry powder.

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