So much goes into being “healthy” that sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about, so we don’t. We put ourselves on autopilot and avoid taking a good look in the mirror at our habits, tendencies, and areas where we need to improve. If I’m being brutally honest with myself, there was about 8 months a while back right before and after my wedding that I did not work out. I just didn’t, I was stressed, tired, and didn’t wanna, gosh darn it! However, if I had taken the time to really dig deep and of course apply the common knowledge that excercise can help with stress levels, energy levels, etc etc… I really wouldn’t have had an excuse not to visit the gym or go for a run or put in that yoga DVD. I just was choosing to ignore the obvious because it was easier to stay in that pattern than put in the effort to change my habits, schedule, nutrition, etc.
I finally broke out of my slump and started attending yoga pretty regularly, and did a fitness challenge for 2 months, and a few other things but it’s taken about another year- until now, to really find something that is working for me in terms of optimizing health.
So I’m going to share with you what’s currently working for me in terms of overallhealth! Also, it’s worth noting that I truly believe being “healthy” is about far more than just physical health. Being healthy to me includes physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. I’m all about total well being over here, ya feel me?
- Attend 2-3 yoga classes a week & 1 Orange Theory Fitness (boot camp style) class per week
- Eat mostly whole nutritious foods, minimizing processed foods and common nutritional triggers like added sugar, dairy, soy, legumes, wheat etc. (Curently I’m doing a whole30 so this part is pretty strict, but generally I’m a little more relaxed. For example, I’ll eat Greek yogurt, gourmet Cheese, beans, and some whole grains when I’m not on whole30.)
- Take time for myself to just be; quiet time in the form of the “miracle morning” routine makes me such a happier and more productive person in all facets of my life! This includes prayer, meditation, and devotional/inspirational readings to fill the spiritual aspect.
- Spend time with people who fill my cup. It takes a village y’all- you will never be your best self if you don’t surround yourself with like-minded, yet diverse, people to push you to be your best, pick you up when you fall down, and celebrate life’s moments with you.
And that’s the basics! I’ll be going into more detail on food & supplements on a future blog and how I’ve streamlined my grocery shopping and supplement routine! (Spoiler Alert: Amazon is Life!)
Until next time,