Tips that became my Lifestyle
1. Start the morning with good fats and protein
Fueling your body with this combo in the morning is essential for stabilizing fasting blood-glucose levels, keeping you full longer, and providing a steady amount of energy to start the day.
Avocado toast with an egg (+ using sprouted flax toast) is my go-to breakfast for a reason. It has good fat (avocado), protein (egg), and more good fat (flax bread) , or a power packed smoothie.
2. Limit caffeine intake
Caffeine puts added stress on your liver and adrenal glands when you are dealing with a hormonal imbalance or dealing with chronic stress - especially if you’re drinking in in excess.
For me, coffee is not just something to wake me up in the morning - it’s more of a ritual and a beverage I thoroughly enjoy the taste of. It was important that I found a sweet spot and a balance when consuming it, instead of getting rid of it altogether.
3. Get 7-8 hours of good sleep
This one seems simple but is SO important. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick, you feel irritable, your memory doesn’t function at the optimal capacity, and so on. Over time, this really starts to mess with your hormones, heart function, and other vital organs.
4. Make exercise a priority
Sweating is how you eliminate toxins, pump up your endorphins and get in the flow of a joyful mood.
This has made quite a difference in my energy, mood, skin, and digestion. When you keep your body moving daily, it keeps your digestion moving, which keeps toxins from accumulating in your body, which keeps your skin glowing, and your mood + energy high.
5. Learn when and HOW to relax
Ever been so chronically stressed that the thought of “relaxing” made you even more stressed out? It might look like a few different things depending on what ultimately relaxes you. Maybe you need to work-out, go for a walk while listening to enjoyable music, sit in the bathtub with a book, meditate with some candles and the smell of burning palo santo or take a nap. Listen and tune into your body and find out what it needs.
6. Quit sugar
I’m not talking about the naturally occurring sugar found in fruit. I’m talking about the donuts, the candy, soda, pizza (yes there’s sugar in pizza), cookies - whatever your sugar vice is. Even if what you’re eating is the “healthy” version - if it has sugar in it, then you should cut back on your intake.
7. Start introducing organic veggies + grass-fed meats into your diet
Organic vegetables and grass-fed meats are held to a higher standard. Organic vegetables are not sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers - all chemicals that increase your body’s total toxic load and require your liver to work overtime process and eliminate it. Similarly, grass-fed meats are raised without antibiotics or added hormones to promote the animal's growth and production. When you eat conventional produce and meats (non-organic + grain fed), you are ingesting all of those chemicals that the vegetables + animal was exposed to over their lifetime. Thankfully though, some veggies are safe to eat non-organic
8. Get outside in the sun
Exposure to sunlight increases nitric oxide production in your body, which lowers blood pressure and benefits your cardiovascular system. The best rays are the UVB rays. Because UVA go deeper they can cause the more free radical problems (i.e. ageing skin).
Research shows the best time to get the UVB rays is between 10 am and 2 pm. starting with 5 to 20 minutes daily without sunscreen, depending on skin tone, and then building up gradually from there.
9. Drink lots of water
Water intake will help everything. Drink more at least half your weight in ounces
11. Learn to say no
This one was (and still is) really hard for me. Setting boundaries with friends, family, people at work, is something that is uncomfortable but is necessary.
It’s important to learn to take care of yourself first so you can really be fully present with others when the time come
12. Spend time in nature- Get grounded
Get outside , get barefoot and get grounded
Scientific research over the past decade indicates that our bodies can be protected and helped—and that we feel better—when we are electrically connected to the Earth. That is, when we are grounded. The Earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural, subtle electric charge—a special kind of energy present in the ground. For safety and stability, almost everything in the electrical world is connected to the ground, whether it is an electric power plant or your refrigerator. That’s what the term “grounded” means.
Being grounded also applies to people. When you are electrically grounded, when you maintain your body at earth’s electric potential, you feel: Centered, balanced, less stressed