“RESET” YOUR BODY
Spring is the perfect time of year to plan a cleanse and kick our wellness into high gear. Taking a day to “reset” your body allows you to tune into the areas of our life that need support. The following guide is the perfect jumpstart to your wellness regime and it’s something to come back to whenever you’re feeling like you need to reclaim balance and reboot your routine.
The morning is a very important time to set the tone for how you want your day to go. Create a daily routine that supports you and your lifestyle; make adjustments whenever you need.
Tech Break: Allow yourself an hour to ease into the day and ground yourself before offering all of your energy to your phone. Give your life space away from technology so that you have more of yourself to offer and, in turn, more to offer to the world.
Upon Waking: Drink warm lemon water. Mix 250ml of warm water with ½ a lemon squeezed in + 250ml of room temperature water. Not only will this help to hydrate your body but lemons are also loaded with vitamin C, which is needed to alkalize the body, rebuild tissues and cleanse internal organs.
Meditate: Set yourself up for success and quiet your mind with a ten-minute meditation upon waking. If you’re not sure how to begin or your mind is a rapid fire, try guided meditations. Beginning your day this way helps to connect the mind and body and reduces anxiety, stress and overwhelm throughout the day.
Eat: Have breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, unless you head straight out to exercise. This will help to regulate your blood sugar throughout the day. Start the day with a combination of healthy fats and protein to give your body sustainable energy throughout the day.
Move: If possible, head straight out to workout after your meditation (this makes for zero excuses to fit in exercise!). Otherwise, have breakfast and get moving. This gets your blood flowing, skin glowing and provides your body with extra energy to face a multitude of tasks throughout the day.
MOVING YOUR BODY EARLY IN THE DAY ENSURES THAT YOU WILL NEVER MISS A WORKOUT
MID-MORNING & MIDDAY
During mid-morning enjoy a large glass of water and a handful of raw unsalted almonds. Almonds will help curb any cravings with a small dose of protein.
During mid-day eat: Avoid the afternoon slump by eating a medium-sized lunch. Load up on a variety of colors, especially dark leafy greens and some protein and healthy fats to keep you energized and keep your metabolism fueled. A soup and salad combo is the perfect option, topped with some type of plant or animal protein. Also move: Go for a light 10-20 minute walk outside after lunch.
HAVE BREAKFAST WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF WAKING, UNLESS YOU HEAD STRAIGHT OUT TO EXERCISE
Eat: Keep it simple while focusing on whole-food, plant-based ingredients. Create a complete protein meal by combining lentils and grains for dinner or have a variety of leafy green veggies topped with animal or plant proteins. Add a variety of herbs to enhance nutrition and mineral content.
Move: Go for a light 10-20 minute walk 30 minutes post-meal. This will help to support the digestive process.
Wind down: Create a bedtime routine for yourself – nothing stimulating at least one hour before bed. Turn off all screens, read, listen to a book on tape, meditate, stretch and practice deep breathing.
Bathe: Pre-bath, spend 5-10 minutes massaging yourself from head to toe with oils. Then hop into a detox bath. Fill your bathtub with hot water, add in 2 cups of Epsom salt and a few drops of essential oils. This will help to promote sweating, stimulate the lymph system and move toxins out of your body. Lavender is the perfect essential oil to calm the mind and prepare the body for restorative sleep.
HAVE A CUP OF CHAMOMILE TEA THAT SOOTHES AND RELAXES THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
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