I think it might be possible that I have tried every diet and detox out there, raw food diet, paleo, keto, vegan, whole 30, master cleanse, hot food detox - you name it.
I'm fascinated with food and how it impacts the way we feel, look, and age.
January often becomes a month of paying extra attention to ourselves after a holiday season of the extra treat or two, ok ten.
And, our diet is one of the many self-care tools we have to impact our well-being positively.
Now, I can't tell you what to eat because - what makes me tick and what makes you tick maybe two different diets altogether.
( I will share a self-care list that anyone could benefit from - keep reading.)
What I would encourage you to do, though, is to trust yourself. You know what your body needs.
Ayurveda can also be a navigating guide.
Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old system of wellness from India and acts as a tool that guides us back to our true nature.
Here's a shortlist of what I have learned from Ayurveda:
- Each of us is born made up of elements in different proportions - Air, Fire, and Water.
- Life happens and can throw us out of our "true balanced nature."
- The things that throw us out of balance most are stress, eating the wrong foods for our elemental nature, eating foods that are not in season, and not following a daily routine.
- Ayurveda teaches us to know our unique constitution better to give ourselves the individual care we need.
Self-care tools that everyone can benefit from:
- Start your morning with gratitude - list at least three things that you're grateful for.
- Upon rising, brush your teeth, gently scrape your tongue, and then do 10-20 minutes of oil pulling. Oil pulling is when you take a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil and let it melt in your mouth, start swishing. Oil pulling massages the gums, kills bacteria, and whitens your teeth.
- Drink 32 ounces of warm water with fresh lemon juice. Our bodies absorb warm water better than cool, and lemon gives your digestion a boost.
- Dry Brushing for detoxification.
- Self-massage ritual; choose a nourishing organic oil like sesame.
- Meditate (20 minutes)
- Eat a warm, nourishing breakfast, especially in winter, if you're craving a smoothie and its the dead of winter in Nova Scotia - you can even take the chill off the smoothie by warming it slightly on your stop top.
- Eat your largest meal midday when your digestion is most vital.
- Find a daily routine; eating at the same time every day is balancing for any element.
- Sip warm water with a shake or two of turmeric and fresh slices of ginger throughout the day.
- Every 90 minutes, take a moment and choose one of the following three; Hydration, Movement, Breath.
- Be kind to yourself in every way possible, with your thoughts and actions.
All my love,
If you would like to learn more about Ayurveda and your unique constitution, you can schedule an Ayurvedic Inspired Facial and consultation with Shannon at either Spa Chappelle location.
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