4 Changes: Feel Better in a Week

waterAs the weather gets warmer, and things start blooming and getting green around us, it’s only natural to want to start looking into ways to feel our best so we can match the fresh environment.

The start of a new season is a great time to reevaluate, reflect and recharge with new habits and intentions.

These four recommendations are sure to kickstart your vitality and surely, if done daily, make you feel better in a week’s time.

1/ WATER

-Water is critical to having energy and fueling all of your body’s processes and functions. It hydrates you and cleanses your organs and helps all of your system do it’s job.
-First thing in the morning, aim to drink about 16 oz of water. Doing this guarantees you some hydration for the day, is cleansing and revitalizing and cleans up the general waste your body has created overnight from detoxifying, digesting, etc.
-Also consider your water source. Filtered water is great if you have access to it; filtering out flouride and chlorine that is so prevalent in the water supply is beneficial.
-Flavor your water with fresh citrus, berries, or herbs (or combinations of all 3!) overnight if drinking water feels too plain for you. Experiment with herbal teas or carbonated/artifical sweetener free seltzer drinks.

2/ EAT YOUR GREENS

-Aim to get in 2-3 servings of green, non starchy vegetables a day, or at LEAST aim for one daily. This can be in the form of kale, collards, spinach, romaine (all leafy greens), snap peas, alfalfa sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts (all cruciferous vegetables).
-Greens are super nutritious and dense with phytonutrients, vitamins & minerals. They are a great way to help cleanse and give the body the nutrition it craves.
-If you struggle eating green vegetables, consider that they will take on whatever flavor you use in preparing them. They are so many kale salad and green smoothie recipes out there that this shouldn’t be an issue, rather a fun time to experiment with new recipes and feel great about doing so.

3/ REDUCE the amount of PASTERURIZED DAIRY and general PROCESSED foods you consume

-These things are highly acidic in the body and contribute to the general congestion, energy depletion, and nutrient deficiencies that contribute to the manifestation of disease. Pasteurized dairy (yogurts, ice creams, milk) has no enzymes to assist in its digestion therefore the body leaches minerals from the bones to do so.  Raw dairy on the other hand (if you have access to it), is highly nutritious and is rich is all essential amino acids, enzymes and has bioavailable protein. Try raw goat or cow’s milk cheese (available at Trader Joe’s I believe!)
-When you find yourself reaching for the dairy in your diet, consider the option you could have instead. Coconut or almond based products are prevalent and a delicious change of pace.
-Replace processed or packaged foods with fresh ones. Fruit is nature’s fast food; hard boiled eggs, hard veggies (celery, carrots, snap peas), nuts & seeds make great on the go snacks

4/INCREASE HEALTHY FATS

-Gone are the days of fat being equated with poor health and disease. Mainstream media is now embracing saturated fat (from healthy animals, avocado, coconut oil, grassfed butter) as healthful; it is immune and cognitive function boosting as well as supportive and crucial to  many other bodily processes. Cardiovascular disease has never been explicitly connected to increased saturated fat intake. Check out Mark Sisson’s write up for a comprehensive scoop on saturated fat.
-Coconut oil is one example of an amazing saturated fat. Incorporating daily into your diet is awesome for the skin, immune system, and metabolism. It is a source of quick energy and is antifungal making it great for combating any gut bacteria issues. Start cooking with it for any time you are using high heat.
-1 tsp of coconut oil is an easy addition to tea or coffee (stir in 1 tsp to get the boost!)

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