Day 2!!! Where’s my peeps at? Shout out where you hail from! I will start! Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada now living in beautiful Calgary, Alberta. 😍
Today we will talk about Rest, Water and Nourishment. How many of you feel refreshed upon waking ready to jump out of bed to take on the world? Honestly? Not me!!!
I may have mentioned before I used to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow nodding Zzzzzzz’s until the alarm rudely insisted I get up. Well since the fire I either can’t get to sleep tossing and turning, wake up throughout the night or wake up the family with night terrors. Not fun for the family and I rarely feel rested. This did get better with my change of diet ( Ask me how) but still a work in progress.
In this crazy 24-7 accessible world, family, work, activities, schedules there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. We are rushing around here and there trying to get everything done now! No wonder we have sleep issues, lack of sleep or wake throughout the night. According to some of the sleep institutes we should have an average of 7-9 hours of sleep a night. This is when the body restores and regenerates. How are you fairing?
How’s your water intake? Are you drinking roughly 2 litres of water a day? Or are you waiting until you’re thirsty to drink some water? Water helps get rid of toxins, aids with elimination of waste, helps fight disease/infections, helps memory, gets rid of headaches, reduces hunger and so much more. Are you feeling sluggish? Drink some water and see how you feel. It even helps with moods. Feeling cranky or hangry, drink up! A good way to check if you are dehydrated is by the colour of your urine. If it is dark yellow/orange you are severely dehydrated. Aim for a light yellow and frequent trips to the bathroom. Your body, liver and all your other organs will be much happier. It may actually help you sleep.
Last but not least Nourishment! I’ve had a tough time with this. I used to eat Cheerios for breakfast or toast with peanut butter. I had no problem with eating lots of fruits, didn’t always eat a lot of veggies and loved bread, crackers and baked goods. Most of my meals were fairly healthy but being a chip and chocoholic I pretty much had one of each every night. I don’t mean the small bags of chips. In 2012 after seeing a pic of myself I started getting healthy with exercise, lots of it! But the food was still a challenge. After several years I have finally worked out that piece of the puzzle. Occasionally I will have a slip up and you have to live so it’s ok to eat the cake, chocolate, cheesecake, cookies mmmm cookies lol but not all the time and not everyday. I can’t have the chips as I will eat them ALLLLLLLLLL!!! Tell me your struggles or accomplishments here.
So this post is getting rather long….
Self-Kindness Challenge for today is to go to bed early: Try for the 9 hours, 8 at the very least. Drink 2 litres of water and eat nourishing whole foods: the size of your palm in protein, 1/2 plate in veggies (mostly green) then 1/8 grains 1/8 fat per meal. no snacking after 7 p.m. If hungry have a mid morning and mid afternoon snack like an apple with almond butter or handful of almonds.
That TV show can wait, the Netflix binge will be there another day, you can fold the laundry tomorrow or make the kids/hubby do it, that last text/email/phone call can wait. This is all about you and your rest, water and nourishment.
If you need help with the nourishment ask me about Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living or I can hook you up with some resources of friends who do this for a living