[From my January 2013 newsletter]
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t find a way to hold myself accountable for my own health, it often falls to the bottom of the list. So I decided to create a personal wellness bootcamp for 30 days that I know I can manage. It’s based on a formula that I know works best for me if I want to avoid illness, maintain a high level of energy, and feel generally balanced. See below for my current regimen for maintaining health and energy even with continued sleep deprivation.
1) Nutrient-rich foods and water.
- Morning: I drink hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. WHY? A couple reasons: It boosts the immune system, aids digestion, creates a more alkaline state in my body which is key to fighting off disease agents, hydrates the lymph system, and is a natural detox-er. Want more deets on the health benefits – check out this MindBodyGreen article.
- Superfoods. If you have heard the term and aren’t really sure what the “super” means – it’s simply foods that have a high phytonutrient content and other powerpacked nutrient values so you get a super bang for your buck in these often small but powerful foods. I like to add Chia seeds and Goji berries to my hot cereal with shredded coconut (healthy fats) and often other dried fruit. I’m big on the dark leafy greens, walnuts, and Chlorella these days too! Want more ideas, check out these everyday Top Ten Superfoods.
- Alkaline water. For over 5 years we have had an alkaline water system. It has changed my life! No more allergy medicine and rarely any allergies, super energy boosts, rarely a cold or any other illness, and lots of support in fighting of free radicals and acid in my system that could lead to disease. I was super happy to learn that my recent blood tests came back showing that my pH is totally balanced. The doctor said I am the first person that she has seen in a long time that did not fall in the acid side of the scale. Yay alkaline water and anti-inflammatory eating! Now I just have to stick to my recommended water intake per day, which is about 80-90 ounces of water. You can learn more about AlkaViva Water Ionizers here .
2) Exercise – When and Wherever I can. This one has been on the way back burner lately. Juggling motherhood, household, and business responsibilities means that personal time is minimal. Exercise always falls to the bottom of the list, and often gets bumped completely. So I am taking a new tactic – I don’t have to make it to the gym to exercise. With my new Wellness Bootcamp I have committed to at least one thing everyday, whether 15 minutes or an hour for the next 30 days. See below for my Bootcamp Exercise options (Note that I am not am not a personal trainer and I am sharing what I do just to keep my body engaging in some level of activity when a scheduled workout is not in the cards).
- Ab exercises in the car, sitting at the table, or lying on the floor having some TV wind down time.
- Left and right leg lifts while brushing my teeth.
- Sit ups and push ups before showering or before bed.
- Take the dogs for an extra long walk just to get my legs moving and blood flowing.
- If I get a semi-decent night sleep I have been bringing the baby downstairs around 6:30/6:45am when we wakes up and before the rest of the house is stirring so I can get in 15-20 mins of yoga.
- This week I am tackling Tracy Anderson’s 15-minute workouts (Thank you Goop!)
The bottom line with Wellness Bootcamp is that I can’t skip. So eating nutrient rich foods and doing at least one exercise action a day is a must. Wish me luck!