Updated: Sep 13, 2021
I was excited for the year to end because, omg, what a dumpster fire of a year. There is no need for me to list all the f*cked up things that happened in 2020.
I was not ready to say bye to such an incredible year of growth and learning. Check out "My word for 2021" and get to know my lessons learned in 2020 and what I intended to venture into for the year 2021.
There would be no learning if my health weren't at its best. Not to boast, but I am genuinely impressed with how healthy my husband and I were during the pandemic. Contributing factors are plenty, from committing to a tasty, yummy diet to daily movements, reflection by journaling or drinking tea, etc.
This post is my list of the five easy practices I recommended to integrate into your daily life to promote ultimate health.
A time-saving nutritious breakfast.
In my observation, my clients and I tend to skip breakfast because morning always seems so short, and the list of tasks keep piling up. Unfortunately, from the brain to guts and muscles, our system needs the energy to function at its best. Skipping breakfast can result in overeating at lunch and dinner, craving for sugar, or fatigue throughout the day. So, how can we feed ourselves with little time and get full with real nutrients?
My answer is SMOOTHIES! Yes, smoothies are the easiest, fastest way to get nutrients in the morning. My absolute favorite item in my kitchen is my Vitamix. Here is the Vitamix version I use.
Not only is it fantastic for healthy, refreshing milkshakes, but I also make nut milk, nut butter, a bunch of excellent soups, and sauces with it! Get your recipes here. Feel free to request any recipes you want by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write a comment below.
There is no denying the positive impact caffeine has on our brain's health. Coffee is one of the world's most famous drinks, but unfortunately, it is not my "cup of tea." I get frigid and crash eventually with coffee consumption. This is why tea is a perfect tool to help me with my energy, sleep, and relaxation.
Do you know that you are less likely to get a “caffeine crash” when you drink tea (as opposed to soda or coffee)?
Why? The high levels of antioxidants in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, which results in a gentler increase caffeine in your system and a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.
My husband and I became aware of a specific brand of tea called Piquetea, and they are phenomenal with a wide range of selection. They are easy to use, and have a variety of tastes.
Our four favorites are:
Jasmine Green tea - Clean energy + gut support
Chaga energy elixir - Banish fatigue refreshes the mind, body and soul, my favorite.
Fermented Black tea - The ultimate super tea for gut health and digestion support.
Reishi calm elixir - Perfect for better sleep.
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I love these teas because they give the right amount of energy and add healthy compounds from medicinal mushrooms such as Chaga and Reishi mushrooms. Check out my mushroom talk for more information on mind-blowing medicinal mushrooms!
Only when the outside world was no longer ideal, I started to turn inward. Living space was so crucial during quarantine and the pandemic. Working from home can be even more suffocating without the soothing impact coming from our plant friends. I adopted much more green of our green friends. I have to be honest with you, I was saved by these wonderful beings. Not only are they relaxing to look at, but they also can be the perfect air cleaners. These are some of my favorite plant suggestions that are easy to take care of and fresh out your air at once.
I love philodendrons; they are easy to take care of. The fuller-looking green represents an abundance of energy.
Another plant that's on top of my list is the Draft Date Plant. This palm scores very high for its ability to remove airborne chemicals and is especially effective at ridding xylene air, a common solvent ingredient. Palm brings a fresher looking, summer vibe for your living space.
Last but not least of my favorite is Boston Fern. This fern ranked the highest out of all plants tested in its ability to remove formaldehyde from the air. Fern is definitely the number-one choice if you are into creating an enchanted look for your house.
That is three of five health charms that accompanied me in 2020! I hope it inspires you to integrate some or all of these health charms into your daily life.
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