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Axel’s dad, Mike, once told me “If you don’t clean up after yourself, that means someone else is.” He told me this in an attempt to help me become a cleaner living partner. That didn’t happen until I moved out of his place and into the grandma’s house when Axel was 2 months old. My Nana REALLY prefers a clean environment and it rubbed off on me. What Mike was trying to tell me didn’t fully register until about a year after living with the grandmas when I realized how much they clean up after Axel and I. Things magically get put back in their place and a lot of the time I don’t even notice that I wasn't the one to do it!
Recently it came to me that the same thing applies to our bodies! If I don’t take care of myself, someone else will. Like when I neglected my health and partied like a rockstar for years. I found myself in the doctor's office, asking them to fix my problems. Now that I take care of myself much better than ever before, I haven’t been sick in over a year! Here are my top tips to keep me healthy through mind, body, and food!
My Top Self-Care Tips:
*Meditation: I use my mala beads, saying at least 108 affirmations a day. This helps with my mental health which plays a big role in my physical health. I often use Louise L. Hay's book, Heal Your Body, it has affirmations for each body ailment from Acne to Warts! I also love her Affirmation Cards.
*Limit TV: I used to watch a lot of TV, mostly dramatic reality shows or the creepy murder mystery ones. Our mind and the pictures we see are the most powerful tool we have. Constantly filling it with visions of people dying or cheating and lying is not good for the soul. Now I opt for documentaries or watch interesting youtube videos like this one about love.
*Sleep: I aim for at least 6 hours a night. I didn't realize how important sleep was until I experienced sleep deprivation after Axel was born. Sleep is so important for healing and energy.
*Intermittent Fasting: I aim to quit eating at least 4 hours before I plan to fall asleep. I usually eat my biggest meal during the day and a lighter meal for dinner. This allows my body time to digest during my waking hours so it can fully rest/work on healing while I sleep. I notice that doing this alone clears up my acne faster than anything! Click here to learn more about intermittent fasting.
The key is not to stress out about eating perfectly. There is no "perfect" way to eat. I strive to do my best every day, sometimes my best is getting my favorite frozen vegan pizza and sometimes my best is making a gigantic beautiful salad. I figure if I eat well at least 70% of the time, my body can take care of the rest. Regardless of what else I am eating I always try to get some fruit and greens on the daily.
*Greens: I try to have at least one green smoothie, green juice or salad every day. Sometimes I get all 3, but my goal is at least one of those options. I have recipes for each in my book, Rawspiration!
*Fresh Fruits: If I don't start my day with a green smoothie or juice, I opt for fresh fruit like an apple or some melon.
The greatest lesson I have learned this last year:
When I put myself first and truly take care of myself to the best of my ability, my life is amazing, Axel is happier and everything falls perfectly into place.
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Love & Light