Ok my friends. It is game time. I don't know about y'all, but all of the Christmas casseroles and desserts are good for a while, but then come January, I actually crave a salad. Now don't get me wrong, I love some good home cookin' just as much as the next person. But sometimes, (ok most of the time) I feel pretty icky when I am only eating lots of processed or fried foods. So January seems like the perfect time for restart, am I right, friends?
There are so many trends surrounding diet and healthcare, and it is hard to know what choices to make for yourself and for your family. For me, it's not about the latest trend or the newest diet, it's about holistic health. In the past couple years, I've been taking baby steps toward a more natural lifestyle in each area of my life. It started out with my beauty products, then cleaning products, and now products that support my overall wellness in ways I didn't even think were possible.
This year, my restart will look different from the last few years. That's because this year I'll be incorporating oils and supplements from Young Living in order to boost my energy, support my immune system, and give me a great start for each day. There are several oils that I use every day (you can read more about that here). But in 2017, I'm taking it to the next level.
It's easy to think about fitness and health goals, but the truth is that it's a lot harder to follow through on them and actually make long-term habit changes. Does anyone else struggle with this? I know I do. I start out with the best intentions and then fizzle out after things get hard or I feel like I've jumped off the bandwagon.
But this year? Things will be different. I've got a plan, and I'm actually really excited about it. In the past, I've wanted to change my diet and exercise for purely superficial reasons. But now? I want to take care of this one body the Lord has given me. I want to be able to feel at my best, avoid illness, and have the energy I need to pursue everything He's called me to with all that I have!
So friends, here is my plan:
Work out five days a week for 20-45 minute sessions
-walk/jog/run when weather permits
-do Pilates or dance videos
How I'll make it happen:
-lay out my workout clothes the night before
-have workout videos cued up and selected
-have any workout equipment set up the night before
-make my workout the first thing I do each day so I don't "run out of time"
-use grapefruit, lemon, and peppermint oils in my water and tea to help regulate my digestive system. I've used peppermint quite often in hot or cold water, and it is a dream for any digestive issues. Plus lemon is incredible for when you feel a case of the ickies coming on.
-30 days of Ningxia Red, an antioxidant rich superfood juice that supports overall wellness- specifically bone health, joint health, hormone health, and blood sugar support (goodness knows I need some of that in my life). I've already been loving my Ningxia Nitro for an extra energy boost in the morning or during the typical afternoon slump.
-Progessence Plus for hormonal support (more on this later; this has changed my female health dramatically for the better)
-FemiGen capsules for female health
-OmegaGize³ supplement for overall wellness
-go dairy free
-eat only whole grains (no starchy white breads/rice/pasta)
-go to bed on time! Rory is always a stickler for this and I'm just not as disciplined. But this girl needs sleep!
This girl loves herself some carbs, but I also know that gluten is not the best for your system, even if you're not allergic. So clean eating, here we go!
-meal plan for each month
-dessert once a week (because nobody's perfect)
My favorite resources for meal planning are:
Paleo on a Budget
and Pinterest, duh.
And here's the best part, my friends. I'm not alone in this. I've got a community of other ladies on Facebook who are all taking this challenge to take control of their health and be the best they can be! If you're interested in joining me on this journey, I'm sending little care packages of happy (dare I say healthy?) mail that include a free Stress Away roller (which I basically bathe in each morning and evening and sometimes throughout the day, too) for those who order their supplies for My Healthy Day by December 31st! Not only that, but you can be added to our group on Facebook that will have advice from nutritionists, personal trainers, and support from women just like you who are getting serious about their health.
Who's with me, friends? Each Friday, I'll be checking in and letting you know how I'm doing with an update. There's nothing magical about January 1, but let's not hesitate! Let's not wait another minute to get serious about our health.