Anna Getty is a mother of four, wife, activist, philanthropist, investor, and healthy lifestyle spokesperson living in Ojai, California with her family.
Why is self-care important to you?
For me it’s just being able to be alive and be healthy and present in the world. If I’m not taking care of myself, then I can’t function.
What does your morning self-care ritual look like?
The first thing I try to do is a meditation. Right when I wake up, I listen to one on the app Brain.fm and it helps balance the brain waves, has beautiful sounds and music and allows me to get present with my breath and set intentions for the day. It all depends upon if the baby has had a rough night, or if the four-year-old comes in and cuddles. I’m really into the Activated Charcoal Toothpaste right now by My Magic Mud, even though it makes my mouth black and the sink black. And then I’ll wash my face with a Luzern cleanser, put my serums on, usually a Kypris oil, and my cream from Silk Therapeutics, and I always finish with Luzern’s hyaluronic acid, which is called Rehydrate.
There are also two great companies out of Ojai: one is called Gara, and they do a lot of hydrosols, which they handcraft, and this company called EarthTonics who makes this beautiful Botanical Toning Mist that I use a lot to lock everything in. I’ll try the same program for six weeks and then I change it up and give my face a break. And I really like Shiva Rose’s Venus Amber Body Oil and some of her other products. If I shower I use the Odacite body scrub, sometimes I do body oil, and then I’ll change it up to the Argentum body cream. I don’t use a lot of deodorant, I try to be natural there, but sometimes when I do I use the Nubian Coconut Papaya deodorant. Those are my staples.
Do you eat breakfast at home during the week?
My husband cooks for me and he asks me what I want. He’s a big breakfast person and since the beginning of being together, he’s always made me breakfast — whether that’s beautiful omelettes or right now, we are doing the Plant Paradox way of eating, which is Dr. Steven Gundry’s lectin-free diet. Lectins are carbohydrate and protein-binding compounds that actually do a lot of damage to the gut — they include the “nightshades,” eggplant, tomatoes, starches and grains except for millet and legumes, and then some different seeds and nuts. The diet really promotes anti-inflammation and it’s helping people lose weight as well. It makes me feel really nourished and when I see it that way, it makes it so much easier to do, and I feel better. I’m doing it because I’m an “O-type,” so when I eat grains, I get really groggy. I bought myself a pressure cooker, which is one way to keep the lectins down when you cook, so I do a lot of that.
I eat things like a beautiful bowl of millet grits with two duck eggs, some bacon and avocado on the side, some japanese sweet potato sauteed with coconut oil. I try to have it be really nutrient-rich with a lot of healthy fats like olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil for joint lubrication. I drink a lot of green tea and I make a lot of my own milk, like almond milk, pistachio milk, walnut milk — fresh every few days and I’ll use it for smoothies, turmeric lattes for myself and my husband. I’m also really into the ceremonial-grade matcha tea and I make matcha lattes with ghee and mct oil. So that’s the morning. I’m less dogmatic about it when I travel and I’ll go off of it. I also take supplements to support my body, like curcumin, a lectin-blocker, Vitamin D daily with Vitamin K.
Photo by Hadley Hudson
Is there a product that you don’t leave the house without?
I always keep Rescue Remedy with me for my children, as well as Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener as a natural sugar replacement. It’s also a prebiotic and an anti-inflammatory, and I love baking with it — I always have it in my purse.
Do you use CBD?
Yes I do, and it really helps me get a good restful sleep. I’m waiting for prima products to be ready, but for now I use Select’s vaporizers with essential oils. The Revive really wakes me up. And I’ve tried skincare products as well. Gara, a company I love, makes an amazing hemp butter that I put on my son’s eczema, and it’s super creamy and buttery and nourishing.
Do you have an uplifting quote or words of wisdom that you share with your children?
I lean towards Pema Chodron and Eckhart Tolle, remembering to be compassionate and patient with oneself and others, and to hold that inside myself and to allow the differences between us. When my children say things like, “That person is so annoying,” I tell them that maybe they’re not, maybe they’re just different than you, and I can understand that might feel weird to you, but is okay for you to be open and let others be different.
What’s one thing that you could tell your younger self?
It’s a cross behind don’t take things so seriously, and at the same time, apply yourself.
"Let yourself be disciplined and take care of business, and at the same time, don’t take things so seriously. There’s a little bit of polarity there, but it falls somewhere in between."
What’s one thing that motherhood has taught you about self-love?
Acceptance. Acceptance of change. My body has definitely changed after having four children and you can fall down that trap of noticing things, like how your stomach doesn’t look tight anymore when you lean over, and I’ve breastfed four babies and so I start going down the path of wondering what I can change and then I’m like, wait a second, can’t I just live with this, and maybe it won’t be that important in six months and I might have a different perspective on it. I also really want my daughter to see that things change, and things evolve, and there’s acceptance with maturing and changing and growing older. So I think about how my daughter will apply my choices to her life later — it makes me think more about my own criticisms or my own judgements or my own fears, and kind of helps me question them and rise above them.
Photo by Hadley Hudson
Do you have any advice for women who are trying to establish themselves in business but also be good mothers and wives?
We can’t have it all, we just can’t. I believe we can have a lot, but I think there are also choices to be made. And those choices you make, you don’t have to commit to them forever. Yes, you’re going to be a mom for a long time. And for me, if one is a mom, that should be the first priority, or don’t do it. And then, see how you can create your life so that you can fit what you want to fit in. For me, around my work, I had a baby but I knew I wasn’t going to be leaving my baby with my husband or a babysitter, so I created things that she could be a part of. Eventually she came to all of my events, making the gift bags. She was in my Pre-Natal Yoga DVD, and when I was editing I was breastfeeding so she was in the editing room with me. For me it was important to figure out how I could bring my child with me.
"Many women I know ended up changing their profession so that they could include or incorporate their children and family life into it. It’s prioritizing and being compassionate with yourself. If you are focusing on your work, as long you are showing up for other parts of your kids’ days, they get used to it. They will learn that mom has to go take care of business or take care of herself."
We’re definitely starting to demand more opportunities to integrate our children at work, but it’s been a man’s world...and that’s finally starting to shift. Governor Gavin Newsom just initiated a proposal for six months of paid leave between both parents, so that in a way, women are becoming more masculine and men are becoming more feminine — and together they find that balance.
Where does your passion for health and sustainability come from?
It really just unfolded. I know that I feel responsible as a person, and as a person in my position to be accountable in the world. I happen to be completely impassioned by nature and making the world a better place. I can’t necessarily say that this is for my children; I want it to be for everybody.
"Everybody deserves a healthy planet, education and opportunity no matter where they live or what social bracket they’re from. Everybody deserves health."
Editor's notes: interview conducted on January 14, 2019 and edited for length and clarity.