Cleaning Up The Act
In my world, I have 5 close friends who are pregnant, one who just finished a 21 day sugar detox, a colleague who did our Beaming 21 day food plan and oh, by the way, I’m exposed to gorgeous cold-pressed, organic juices, superfoods and salads daily. Needless to say, I am surrounded by people who are cutting out the booze and attempting to clean up their acts.
Shame on me for being the girl who, for the last couple of weeks, has been running around fueled by a cup of coffee and a green juice in the morning, then barely stopping to eat lunch (sometimes not) and having my largest meal of the day at dinner. And did I mention dinner is usually accompanied by a glass (or two) of an adult beverage. I’m a great sleeper, but that went out the window. And I was losing steam more than normal. No big deal, but time to clean it up a bit…
I did a little research, consulted some amazingly knowledgeable/talented friends and mixed it in with the things I already know work really well for me to create a little healthy routine that feels good. Here’s what I came up with…
From left to right: My trusty Manduka Prolite mat, Barleans Omega Swirl Fish Oil, Ph Strips, Coco Libra, raw cashews, lovely lemons, dry brush, DoTerra Clary Calm essential oil, vitamin D drops, luscious limes, organic coconut oil, Beaming Superfood Protein Powder w/Greens and sparkling mineral water.
Step 1 – back to yoga & meditation. Thanks to handy recommendations, I discovered Hale Holistic, a sweet little studio about two blocks from my urban house. I’ve been twice in three days and my body is thanking me by loosening up my shoulders and hamstrings. I’ve been consistently meditating since Jan 1 and the combination is foolproof. But we know this already, right?
Step 2 – balancing my ph and improving overall nutrition. I can’t even imagine how acidic your body is after starting the day with coffee then waiting 5 hours to eat something. After consulting two girlfriends, on a ND and the other a nutritionist, I’m starting my morning with a big spoonful of chia (soaked overnight) in water. I’m adding lemon/lime to my alkaline water throughout the day. I also bought some ph strips, but I promise I won’t bore you with the readings!
Step 3 – breakfast no matter what. Enter in the forked avocado toast w/a dash of balsamic vinegar and a slice of tomato. Add in an egg and oh my my so very tasty! Option 2, superfood protein smoothie w/almond milk, berries and greens. Also having some fish oil. Can’t stand the taste? Omega Swirl makes this a breeze!
Step 4 – breaking the booze. Sure, a glass of wine or beer is fine. But I’ve been a bit too comfy with this ritual. So I bought sparkling water (add lemon or lime) to drink with dinner instead of a cocktail. On week 2 and A-ok, don’t miss it at all. Yes, I do realize it’s only Monday.
Step 5 – body care. I got a dry brush. In the winter, this is heaven. Goodbye gross winter skin and hello improved circulation. I chucked my old lotion and am opting for organic coconut oil (already in my pantry) to see what happens. So far, I smell yummy.
Step 6 – mood balancing. I had an aromatherapy reading and the verdict was lemongrass and clary sage. Apparently, Lemongrass oil is great to relieve stress and balance emotions. I also added in Clary Calm oil, a blend of sage, lavender, bergamot and other oils to help balance hormones cycles (tmi?). It’s amazing how much essential oils can elevate your mood, energize you, calm your mind – depending on which one you select. Put a little in your hair and you’ll be smelling so good (especially if you’re also using the coconut oil)
Step 7 – sweet dreams. This may be favorite tip – eat half a banana and a small handful of raw cashews before bed. I’d been waking up around 3am or 3:30am since we moved downtown. If I think back, it may have even been longer. But I’ve always been an incredible sleeper so this was really hard to handle. Enter in the banana/cashew combo. It really really works.
All of these things are relatively easy to incorporate into your daily routine. It’s nothing drastic. Just some healthy habits to improve my overall health. I feel pretty darn good and am not going crazy depriving myself of anything. I am still a huge fan of quarterly cleansing to hit my reset button. But I can do these things every day to make sure I stay healthy, sleep well and feel energetic.
If you want a great resource for all those buzzwords like candida, adrenals, leaky gut and wondering where to start, I highly recommend my friend Christa’s videos and blog posts over at the Whole Journey. They’re easy to follow and there is a wealth of info to get you started. She and her team are awesome and have some great resources to follow online. I hunkered down and went through over an hour of videos last weekend…some truly great stuff in there.
In general, I’m open, no homeopathic tale, recipe or ritual is too much for me. So if you have one, lemme know. ♥