Today it's more about daily decisions to keep your body glowing and going.
I get asked how my skin stays so soft and glowing or people want to know what I do to stay so healthy and active with minimal soreness, so I thought I'd just write down what I do on a daily basis.
First off, let me say it's not just about what I consume and do with the body but what I consume and execute with the mind and heart.
Right off the bat in the morning, I think of several things of which I'm grateful. This already gets me staying in the present moment. This can be anything: from my hair, to my warm bed, love, opportunities, friends, eyesight, money, car, success and guidance throughout the day or whatever pops up. It doesn't have to be a lot but maybe 10 things or so.
I do this NO MATTER WHAT is going on, this way it gets me starting the day operating from a place of not only gratitude but a place of stillness and therefore a better chance of having a better outlook on the whole day as well as making clearer decisions.
Next while getting on my work out gear ready, I "oil pull" that's something you might have to look up. It's an Ayervedic practice that detoxes the body and keeps my teeth white, throat and skin clear. ( I use organic unfiltered Sesame oil)
Second, I "dry brush" once again, you may have to look this up and once again it's an Ayervedic practice that gets the lymph nodes functioning properly, the skin exfoliated, circulation up to par just to name a few benefits. I exfoliate my face 2 to 3 times a week and get a deep facial peel once a month. I always use antioxidant serum and moisturizer. Generally I use plant essence products but use what works best for you.
THEN I work out (only 6 days a week) for about an hour making sure I work up a sweat (also very detoxing) and drink at least 25 to 30 oz during.
After I work out and clean up, I put oil all over my body and let it sink in before I get dressed. I use either organic olive oil, almond or jojoba oil as I feel they sink into the skin better. (side note mineral oil is more of a skin barrier and won't sink in as well) Also, you can use an essential oil of choice but only a drop or two per handful of oil and do READ the LABEL because, for example if you use cinnamon oil, it has a heating agent to it and if not applied properly can burn your skin
I make sure I get at least 24 to 30 oz of protein (3 times a day), fresh fruit or veggies, nuts or seeds If I have bread, it's always gluten free/dairy free and multigrain with vegan butter and almond nut butter or any other butter I have that is not made with peanuts.
Then I'm off to whatever activity or job I have planned for the day, after stretching and making sure I have my water bottle set and ready to be filled several times a day. I'm an active person so even though I work out in the morning, I still will be active again in the day outdoors, dancing or yoga or something so I drink nearly a gallon a day making sure I get enough nutrients and salts in my body as to not wash out the electrolytes. I tell everyone at least get 50 oz a day and if you work out or are going to sweat or are going to be active (even on moving day..all those trips back and forth from the house and back counts) get at least 75 or more and not all at once, it's best to take it one 25 oz or more bottle at a time, 1 or two in the morning, 1 or 2 afternoon, and 1 for in the early evening. (always being mindful if you are taking medications, what is the appropriate amount suggested as I'm not here to combat Western Medicine, just more as a light and simple guidline that can serve most. Keep in mind, all the beauty products in the world are not going to keep you hydrated on the inside. If you are dehydrated, your extra thick moisturizer can only go so far...you MUST drink your water!
The few supplements I take a day is Collagen Booster by Reserveage (or anything that has Hyaluronic acid, collagen, msm) As well as cell salts The one I take is Bioplasma by Hylands (it's a homeopathic salt combo that serves cell growth) Both of the one's I take can be found pretty easy but I'm not technically promoting them, just a suggestion if you are not sure where to start.
Through out the day I check on my breath, to make sure that it's going at an even balance. Breathing exercises are great for so many reasons but I"ll save that "balance" blog for later
The only sugar I have more regularly that is not in the few fruits or veggies I get is a few pieces of dark chocolate. It can be pretty tough on the body to have so much sugar. Being that it lowers the immune system, hard on the skin, cell turnover etc. I keep it at a bare minimum. Not to say that I deprive myself, once in a while I'll have a cookie or something sweet, I just keep the serving small.
F you DO plan to have cake or something very sweet and processed for a special occasion, just get some healthy foods in you first as that, from my studies, is what the body will absorb the most when it's hungry.
At night time before bed I have a drink with magnesium in it, stretch and breath deep. I may think of things I'm grateful again and listen to something that has a calming affect and do some visualizations and send love and peace to myself and others and to all of the world. Thank my soul for guiding me and my heart for lighting the way. This can help you to be IN your body and presently aware and it feels nice. For me, it's a mind, spirit and body health all together. Keep the low vibe thoughts (unforgiveness, worthlessness, anger etc Look up the David Hawkins emotional scale) those are the ones that can bring you or others down if not delt with either right away or in a healthy way in the near future. Example being if you are pissed off at yourself or someone else and it's been going on all day long or even longer...it can really harm your body and energy around you..I'll write up about forgiveness at a later date but for the meantime..do your best to get into a higher vibration, even by distraction (watch something as simple as a cartoon or a comedy skit) Do your best to think of the lovely qualities of even others that your not upset about, at least until you're feeling better and then maybe at a place to release what it is that is really bothering yo.
I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred (In front of the mirror! LOL! Come on, it'll be fun)
I Am Light by India Arie
One last thing: Say nice things to your water, it has memory, such as I am handsome, or I am beautiful or a simple thank you..I swear it tastes better too. Saying a blessing over the food is not religious to me, it's just being grateful for what you are about to receive.
With love and appreciation