Dry Brushing Your Way to Healthy Skin

When we think of caring for our body, we want to support and nurture it as best we can, both inside and out.  Last week I spoke of some ways to cleanse and support the body with foods this time of year, so this week I wanted to mention a wonderful way to love and care for your body from the outside.

Skin is our largest organ.  It helps to regulate our body temperature, prevents the entry of bacteria, plays a huge part in our sensory functions, and also is responsible for eliminating toxins in the body.  It is estimated that the skin secretes about 1 pound of toxins everyday!! Gross!  But also awesome… (Thank you skin!)  With all that it is responsible for and the fact that it covers our entire body, I think it is safe to assume that keeping our skin healthy should be a top priority.

There was a time in my life where CVS was one of my favorite places to shop, but as I have become more conscious of what I put IN my body, I have also learned the importance of what I put ON my body.  Consider that we are feeding ourselves through our skin.  Products are absorbed and ingested into the body just as if we were to sit down and enjoy a big bowl of them.  Realizing this has created shifts in my life, such as moving away from products found on most store shelves and onto techniques like dry brushing.dry brush

Dry brushing is a great way to support the health of your skin, ensuring that it is properly excreting waste and toxins through the pores while also keeping it smooth, bright and healthy.  Why purchase all those chemical laden exfoliators, lotions and oils when you can dry brush?  This technique also supports the lymphatic system, the immune system and the urinary system, and increases circulation, which in turn supports detoxification and drainage throughout the body.

So, how do you dry brush?  First you want to purchase a body brush online or in your local health food store.  Then, spend 5 minutes each morning before your shower or workout to brush your entire body.  The goal is to exfoliate the top layer of your skin, and this is done by GENTLY stroking each part of your body about 5 times.  Start at your feet and work up towards your heart with straight or circular strokes.  Then, start at your hands and work in towards your heart.  Use straight strokes over your arms, legs, back, etc… and circular strokes over your joints.  Brushes with long handles make it easier to brush your back.  And don’t forget those butt cheeks!

This is a gentle process and in no way should you be in pain.  While you brush your body, think loving thoughts, reflect on what is to come in your day, and simply love yourself.  This can be a beautiful time to treat your body and your mind to some real nourishment.

It is recommended to clean your brush once a week by soaking it in warm water with a splash of white vinegar for about 30 minutes.  Then, let it dry.  Dry brushing is always to be done with a dry brush on dry skin.

Over time, you may not need all those fancy lotions and oils anymore.  Dry brushing causes the skin to release natural oils, keeping it extra soft and not clogging up the pores the way most products do.  Remember, we want our pores to be able to breathe so they can properly detox bodily waste throughout the day.

To continue the release of toxins, alternate between warm and cold water in the shower.  This stimulates our blood circulation and  invigorates the skin, further encouraging the body’s natural elimination process.  You can also support the health of your skin by exercising and sweating regularly, staying properly hydrated, and eating the right foods (think healthy oils and fats).

Is dry brushing right for you?  The only way you’re going to know is if you try it out.  Happy dry brushing!

 

with love and radiant skin,

Amanda

Advertisements

Honey, Onion and Garlic Syrup… The Perfect Remedy.

This past weekend, I celebrated my 30th bday… I was so very fortunate to have 2 of my longest, dearest friends come to FL to spend it with me.  We camped, we cooked, we drank some wine, and we didn’t get much sleep.  It was a blast, but left me feeling a little worn down once the weekend was over.

For me, when my immune system is low, I feel it first in my throat.  Slightly swollen glands and a sore throat are the first signs that I need to give some serious care and love to my body.  So that is what I did.

honey onion syrup

I learned about this medicinal honey syrup through Rosemary Gladstar, whom you may of heard me mention before.  She is a goddess in the herbal community, and has done so much to keep the practice of herbalism alive and well.

She refers to this as her “honey onion syrup”.  It is a great remedy for colds, flus, sore throats and coughs and is extremely easy to make.  I had my first experience with this syrup over these past few days, and I loved it so much that I needed to share it with you.

I added garlic cloves to my batch because I wanted the extra immune support, but feel free to leave it out if you don’t have it around or aren’t crazy about the flavor.

You will need:

½ an onion, sliced into half moons

4-5 cloves garlic, smashed

Raw, unfiltered honey (enough to cover the onions and garlic)

In a pot, place your onions and smashed garlic cloves.honey onion syrup in pot

Pour in the honey until the onions and garlic are covered.  They do not need to be submerged, but you want enough honey so that the onions can cook down a bit.

Place the pot over a very low heat and cook for 30-60 minutes.  When the onions and garlic soften, and the honey becomes more liquefied, you know that your syrup is ready.

*Note: heating this syrup over a very low heat is important because you want the honey to remain in its raw form.  This provides our body with the natural occurring enzymes that are in raw, preferably local honey.

As the honey heats up, it slowly extracts all of the healing properties from the onion and the garlic, making it super medicinal and healing, the perfect remedy for a sore throat, cough, or a run down immune system.

Enjoy this syrup throughout the day.  Eat it as is or mix it in with some hot water and drink it as a tea.  I was consuming about a tablespoon every few hours, sometimes more and sometimes less.  There is a lot of freedom with this medicine, so enjoy it.  I left the onion and garlic pieces in my syrup, but if you prefer to have just the honey, simply strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer.  Store it in a jar in your fridge and use it freely.

The best part?  You don’t need to be sick to enjoy this syrup.  The medicinal qualities in garlic and onions can benefit our bodies at any time, and we can’t really have too much of them… so enjoy!

Rosemary also suggests adding some cayenne or fresh grated ginger to change up the flavor or to add different benefits.  Play around… This is a recipe you really can’t mess up.

with love and sweet honey,

Amanda

Creating “Right Relationship”

We are surrounded by relationships.  Our partner, our parents, our friends, our family, even “Paul” who works at the gas station.  All are part of a community web that we create.  We are constantly forming new relationships, managing the ones we have, and sometimes letting go of the ones that are no longer serving us.  Relationships can carry us through many emotions.  Many, many emotions.

So what is the right relationship?IMG_4086

Last Saturday, I attended my first sweat lodge.  Never having experienced one before, I was amazed by each element that created this night.  I followed the movements of others and listened closely as we repeated mantras and prayers that have been passed down over many, many generations.

The sweat lodge was referred to as the womb, a sacred place of magic, spirit and birth.  Envision a dome shaped wood frame covered in heavy blankets; such thick-layered blankets that all of the light from the outside was shut out, and all of the heat was kept in.  And all of us (about twenty) healed and released in this heat.

There were many words spoken that night, words of intention, gratitude, healing, love, spirit, but there were a few words that stuck with me long after I had left that magical place.  “Be in right relationship”.

When I first heard this said that night, I thought of the people who are in my life, the ones who have been in my life for a long time and the ones who I am just getting to know.  I thought about how grateful I am for these relationships and for all that they provide me with.

When I heard “get into right relationship”, I thought about some of the changes that I want to make in my own life, resentments that I want to let go of and judgments that are not serving a positive purpose.

“When you put love into any relationship, there is no room for anything else.  There is no room for hate, for judgements, for war.”

Whoa.  This was the answer to how I would release these judgments and resentments that were only causing harm.  By putting love into any situation, there is no room for anything but love.  Of course, putting this into practice can be extremely challenging at times, but with love, all can be healed.  At times of great frustration or fear, this is the perfect thought to come back to.

“Get into right relationship with yourself”.

After all of this time sitting here and thinking about everyone in my life, I had totally forgotten about myself.  How do I talk to myself each day?  How am I treating myself?  Am I putting love into every encounter with my own existence?  How is my relationship with ME?  How can one have a healthy relationship with someone else while living an un-loving relationship with the self?  This was something that needed to go up on the vision board (and it did).  I need this reminder.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the struggles with others, with events, with daily stressors, that we forget to create and practice love for ourselves; our own body, mind and spirit.

Since last Saturday night, these words have been playing like a record in my head.  “Get in right relationship”

What does this mean for you?  What relationships in your life need tending to?

In my opinion, this work is never complete, but by practicing daily with small steps, you can teach yourself to put love into all aspects of life.  What will you do today?

with extra love,

Amanda

The Power of Accountability

The morning is such a beautiful time; we open our eyes to a new day, show gratitude for all that surrounds us, and move forward with love and good intentions (I mean, that’s the ideal plan, right?).  We all know that life can sometimes get in the way of our well being, so it is extremely important to make time for the things that deeply nourish you, making all of the other “stuff” (stress, work, bills, time) more manageable.

For me, I knew that I needed a better spiritual practice in the morning.  I have had the hot lemon water and green smoothie thing down for well over a year, but there was something missing.  I wanted (needed) to take some time in the morning to do things that made me feel fulfilled, happy.

I am a firm believer in “how you live your mornings is how you live your day”, so for the past 7 weeks, I have developed and practiced a morning routine.  I gave myself some options, and I made a promise that I would do my best to practice at least 2 of these things at the start of every day.

You may remember the post I shared when I was just starting this adventure… So here is how my calendar looks now:

calendar completed

I have to say, I am really proud of myself.

Yes, there are a few blank days, and yes, some mornings I only did one of the practices, but why focus on that?  That is why it’s called a practice, right?  Because we are practicing it, working on integrating it into our life.  It’s not always going to look perfect, and it definitely isn’t always going to feel perfect, but we make the time anyway because we know that it is benefitting us on a deeper level.

Over these past 47 days, I have again learned the power of accountability.  Some mornings, it was a real struggle for me to sit and meditate for 10 minutes when all I wanted to do was get on the computer, turn on some music and check my email… But then I would think of today, the day that I would be sharing a picture of my calendar with you, and that was my motivation.  And of course after my 10 minutes of meditation (or whichever practice I decided on that morning) I felt wonderful, and was so grateful that I took the time for myself.

So thank you for keeping me accountable.

Accountability is one of the strongest ingredients in successful health coaching, and I share it with you because I want to motivate you to commit to something you have been thinking about, something that makes your insides sparkle.  Hang a homemade calendar on your wall to keep track of your progress, find a friend that has something he/she wants to commit to as well and do it together, write about it on your blog, share it with someone you love and ask them to check in with you every day about it… Find something that works for you and do it!  And don’t be scared of error, embrace it, learn from it.IMG_4008

Moving forward, I am feeling more confident and stable in my morning routine.  I now know that in order to feel grounded and balanced in my day, I need to take some time in the morning to journal, practice yoga, meditate, read, stretch, or post a inspirational quote.  I may even make another calendar to help.

I would love to hear the ways you have, or are planning to, keep yourself accountable, and what it is that you want to add more of to your life.

with love and gratitude,

Amanda

Setting Morning Intentions

How you live your morning is how you live your day.

Read that again, just to make sure you have fully absorbed it.

Got it?  Ok… So, how do you live your mornings?

During the night, our bodies cleanse, detox and repair, doing all of the work to keep us healthy, happy, and functioning properly.  After hours of not eating or drinking, we wake up thirsty and hungry.  So, after working all night, it is only right to give the body the best fuel we can offer.

a super green smoothie

My morning routine consists of a tall glass of water, some hot water with lemon and cayenne (continues the detoxing), and a green smoothie or juice when the hunger pangs begin.  This routine ensures that I am hydrated, properly cleaned out, and that I am offering my body nutritious fuel.  It also helps to set the tone for the rest of my day, encouraging me to choose healthy and nutritious foods.

This kind of routine, or some variation of it, is one that I recommend to all of my clients, and I have seen dramatic changes in many lives with these simple suggestions.  I know that a new routine always starts out as work because it is a change in our usual patterns, but with time, when you begin to feel better, a routine like this becomes just as normal as brushing your teeth or taking your dog for a walk.

After about a year of practice at this, I am confident to say that I have fully commited to this routine.  For me, that water and green smoothie complete my morning, and I tend to feel a bit off balance when I am not able to incorporate them.

In this belief, that how you live your mornings is how you live your day, I have always focused on the fuel, the foods that you are ingesting in the morning, but what about a spiritual practice?  If your mornings are filled with stress and anxiety, you can drink all of the green smoothies you want, but that stress is going to overflow into the many aspects of your day.  And we all know what stress does to the body, right?  It’s not a pretty thing, and we don’t deserve it.

In celebration of admitting my morning routine not really being a routine anymore (yay to green smoothies!), I have decided to commit to a new routine with a more spiritual focus.

I know that when I take time to meditate in the morning, I feel better all day long.  I know that journaling helps me to sort through my worries, my stress and my emotional pains.  I know that yoga and stretching help me to release tension and help to get me into the present moment.  I know that reading and learning helps me to grow as a student, as a teacher.  I know that reading and posting inspirational quotes is an enjoyable way to share some of what I learn daily.  So, if I know that these things nourish me, why aren’t I doing them on a consistent basis?  Well, I’m not sure.  Maybe for the same reasons that I didn’t begin drinking green smoothies every single day as soon as I learned all of their health benefits. But, I feel ready to commit to my spiritual health, which is why I am sharing this post with you.  I am ready to take time every morning to get present, get grounded, get passionate, and feel grateful for all that surrounds me at each moment.

I loved Jackie’s idea of making a calendar to stay on track with her meditation, so I decided to make one myself, as a visual commitment to look at every day.  Every morning, I will do AT LEAST 2 of these things that nourish me.  I invite you to do the same.my sacred mornings calendar

Do you have practices that you feel nourished by but you are having trouble weaving them into your everyday life?  Maybe you have never tried some of the things I mentioned but feel intrigued to find balance and nourishment in new ways?  Either way, I invite you to join me in committing to something, anything, that you deserve every morning.

If you do decide to join me on this, I would love to know what you are committing to.  Let me know in the comments below or feel free to message me on Facebook if you prefer to share privately.

with love and a commitment to health,

Amanda

A Shift In Perspective

Have you ever heard certain words strung together, words that fit together so perfectly that when you hear them, you experience a shift in consciousness?  One simple sentence that can change the way that you feel?  And possibly even the way that you will face each day going forward?  Well, I had a moment just like this in my yoga class this morning.  A few simple words that were strung together so perfectly, I felt them ignite my inner spirit.

Theresa referred to it as “flipping the emotion”, a way to change your perspective in any given moment.

“If you are uncomfortable with something, find something about it that makes you comfortable”. 

A little reminder at a gas station.. yoga is a way of living, and it is everywhere.

A little reminder at a gas station.. yoga is a way of living, and it is everywhere.

Whoa.

It all made sense.  At any given moment, I am in control of how I feel.  It is up to me.  And it is up to you, too.  This stuff is good, like, really good.

When I asked her about it after class, she explained that in any given moment, you have the ability to bring yourself out of discomfort by a simple shift in interpretation.  How you are internalizing a situation will effect how you feel in it, and by taking a step back and shifting your position, you gain the ability to see the beauty in everything.

“It doesn’t need to be a big shift, but just enough to change your perspective”.

The real magic in this thought process is the possibility to re-train our bodies to live this way.  Imagine if we all were able to take a step back and find the comfort, beauty and love in everyday living?  This magical stuff is right in front of us everyday, but sometimes we get so caught up in “the destination” that we forget to enjoy the ride getting there.  Find comfort in knowing that when we are uncomfortable, we are growing.

Where will you find comfort in uncomfortable situations?  Will it be your breath?  Your interpretation? Your knowing that the universe has placed you exactly where you are supposed to be?  Beginning to find comfort in everything that we do will open us up to a more passionate way of living and growing.

I hope that these words have touched you like they have touched me.  If so, hang them on your wall (I know I did).  Post them on fbook.  Tweet them.  We could all use a little reminder from time to time.

If you are in the Orlando area, I would highly suggest stopping by College Park Yoga and taking a class.  It is a beautiful place overflowing with love and gratitude.

with love and finding comfort,

Amanda

An Excuse For Simplicity

As I drove around my neighborhood yesterday afternoon assessing the previous nights hurricane damages, I could not help but think about all of the cities, homes and front yards in so many states that have been littered with broken branches, heavy tree trunks and other debris.  Being without power and cell service, I wasn’t able to hear the news, but I could only imagine the devastation that others were experiencing.  My sympathy was with those that were affected by this storm in any way, and still is.

For me, this hurricane caused some “speed bumps” in the road; Tim and I lost power on Monday afternoon, we were confined to our driveway and the few streets around our apartment by fallen trees and power lines, and judging by the mess of telephone poles, trees and electrical wires in the street in front of our place, we will most likely not be regaining power anytime soon.  At the same time, we were blessed with the safety that our home provided, the company of each other and our pup, and the opportunity to get creative about how we would spend our time without the internet, television, or electricity.

An excuse to bring out my stash of candles always excites me, so I had the house prepared for candle light way before the sun went down.  There is something so soothing about surrounding yourself with such soft light; it makes me feel like I am living a life of simplicity.  I used that feeling over the next few days and dove into thoughts and ideas of how I would spend my time, simply.

Writing.  I wrote in journal form, I wrote in exercise form, and I wrote in lists.  For me, writing in any form provides instant comfort.  I love seeing thoughts, feelings and even “to-dos” written out on a page.  This experience of writing by candlelight made me realize that I don’t make enough time for this in my life, something I really love to do.

This feeling continued on.  I read, something else I love to do but don’t make enough time for.  I read healing words from Caroline Myss and inspiring stories from Bernie Sigel.  Surrounded by quiet and low light, these powerful books brought me into a space of love and gratitude, of power and motivation.  I realized that bringing these kinds of words into my life on a daily basis would provide me with a feeling that I don’t get from a TV show or from reading a blog post.  The authenticity of sitting with a book is one that cannot be matched.

I took a walk, and have taken many since.  Having a connection with nature is something I feel very strongly about and I make a constant effort to include it in my daily life, but to walk around and witness the changes in my usual surroundings after a storm such as this can modify your view.  To witness the power that Mother Nature has over us seems to put our existence in perspective, and the respect that we should show her constantly is magnified at a time like this.  She is a mighty force.

The connections that I have felt with my loved ones over these past few days have been a beautiful reminder of the support and love that I have in my life.  It is amazing where a conversation can drift off to without the sounds of music, TV or any of our other electronic distractions.  Sometimes we can take these relationships for granted, and during this time I have realized the strong beautiful people that I hold in my life and the gratitude that I need to show them everyday.

I can continue on about how I chose to spend my days living in this simplicity but that is not my reason for writing this.  My purpose for sharing with you the last few days of my life and my “ah-ha” moments is in hopes of igniting emotions in you, new realizations or thoughts that may have come to you in this time of disconnect.  Maybe we can all take something from this and continue with it even when our power, televisions, internet, phones, computers, and daily living comes back into play.  Is there anything that you will hold on to?

With love and simple, wonderful things,

Amanda

8 Ways To Keep Your Immune System Strong

This is the time of year when we really put our immune systems to the test.  We are bombarded with a change in season, a change in temperature, and everyone around us seems to be sick!  At a time like this, a strong immune system can keep you happy and cough/sniffle/sneeze free.  Here are my 8 favorite ways to keep your immune system strong this time of year.

1. Raw garlic

Raw garlic is medicine in a plant.   Yes, it can be used to flavor our red sauce and add some kick to our hummus, but raw garlic contains many medicinal qualities as well.  Many of you may of heard of its cardiovascular benefits, as garlic is known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, but it also works wonders for our immune system.  It is rich in antioxidants, helps to treat infections (both internally and externally), and has anti-bacterial AND anti-viral properties.  WOW!  I mean, maybe you should go back and read that entire sentence again because that is a lot of power!

Garlic is great to incorporate into your daily diet and is best consumed in its raw form to ensure that you are receiving all of its benefits.  If you are cooking with garlic, try grating some raw garlic on top of the finished product (ex: sautéed veggies).  When I am feeling under the weather, I will swallow a clove of garlic like a pill a few times a day until that icky feeling clears.  This is a great way to blast your system with all of its healing properties.

2. Probiotics

Probiotics (aka ‘intestinal flora’) are the healthy, beneficial bacteria that live in our gut.  They are necessary for proper digestion, nutrient absorption and immune function.  Our gastrointestinal system houses around 70% of our immune system, so a healthy gut means a healthy immune system, and healthy intestinal flora means a healthy gut; see the relationship??

Fermented foods, such as raw sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha, contain probiotics, but if such foods are not part of your daily diet you may need to find them in supplement form.  Look for a dosage with around 5 billion organisms per capsule, and with more than 5 different strains of bacteria.  One of my favorites is Jarrow Formulas “Jarro-Dophilus EPS”.  They don’t need to be refrigerated so I can pack them on my travels and have no worries about them spoiling.  Another great brand is Udos.  Talk to the supplement specialist at your health food store to find one that is right for you.

3. Eat more raw foods

The joy of life!  When you consume raw foods you are literally eating life!  These foods are still alive, and they are providing us with the sunlight, water, and energy that they have stored during their growing process as well as the ENZYMES necessary to digest them.  Enzymes are killed when heated, and are responsible for doing all of the hard work in your body, such as digestion, healing, detoxification, repair, building blood and tissue, support brain function, reproduction, cell growth… the list goes on and on.

When we have a diet that lacks in raw food, we are constantly pulling enzymes from our “enzyme stash” for digestion, preventing other necessary work from being done.  When the other functions in our body aren’t getting the attention that they need, we begin to experience things like exhaustion, inflammation, signs of aging, mental fatigue, and a WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM.  Most raw foods are loaded with the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your body happy, so skip the heat and enjoy some foods the way nature intended us to eat them.  A green smoothie is a great way to get in a ton of awesome raw fruits and veggies into your diet in a tasty way.

4. Avoid inflammatory foods

Inflammation equals illness, plain and simple.  The key to a healthy immune system (and a healthy diet) is to keep these inflammatory foods in check by eating a mostly anti-inflammatory diet, which Dr. Weil explains here.  Foods that cause inflammation in the body include meat, dairy, sugar, gluten, alcohol, eggs, caffeine, processed foods and refined carbohydrates.  In moderation (preferably sparingly), these foods can be ok, but if most of your diet consists of foods on this list, then you may have some inflammation in your body wrecking havoc on your immune system.

Begin to notice your food choices throughout the day.  See if you can substitute that burger for a big salad with lots of veggies and beans and then pay attention to how you feel…   More energy?  Less sluggish?  I thought so…

5. Learn to love antioxidants

Our bodies are built to defend and protect us against harmful encounters, and anti-oxidants give us that extra boost.  Everyday, we are faced with harmful toxins, bacteria and viruses.  They may exist in our environment, our food, our beauty products, our water supply, and even in our relationships (a different topic for a different time).  Antioxidants help to boost our immune system and help to battle these harmful oxidizing agents by binding to them and escorting them out of our bodies.

Include high antioxidant foods in your diet, such as berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, green tea, artichokes, red cabbage, broccoli, cherries, plums, apples, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, and yes, dark chocolate.  Think bright colors!

6. Avoid antibiotics

Antibiotics kill ALL bacteria in your body, good and bad.  Since you now know why the good bacteria are so important, you can understand why it is a bad idea to kill off the good guys unless totally necessary.  These days, antibiotics are as easy to get as skittles, and because of their overuse, new strains of bacteria are developing that are resistant to medications.  To ensure that your body will react properly to antibiotics when you NEED them, limit their use.  It is also a smart idea to buy milk, meat and eggs that are antibiotic (and hormone) free.  Remember, whatever that cow was eating, drinking, experiencing and being medicated with, ends up on your plate… choose accordingly.

7. Eat your Omega-3’s

Omega-3 fatty acids are a necessary component in proper bodily function and are incredibly important to incorporate into our diets because our bodies do not create them.  They support brain function and development as well as cardiovascular health, and play a huge role in battling inflammation.  Omega-3’s help to strengthen our immune system so we can battle day to day encounters, and they also help to reduce the risk and symptoms of long-term disorders caused by inflammation, such as heart disease, strokes, certain cancers and auto-immune diseases.

Omega-3’s can be found in cold-water fish, such as sockeye salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring.  It is recommended to eat these fish at least twice a week.  Fish oil supplements are available at your local health food store or online, and provide you with the same benefits.  Make sure that they are “Third Party Tested”.  Eggs can be another source of Omega-3’s if the chickens are fed a diet rich in these essential fatty acids.  Talk to your farmer or find a brand at a health food store near you.  If you prefer a non-animal source, try hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, freshly ground flax seeds, hemp oil or flax oil.

8. Stay hydrated

The body is about 70% water, so it should be no surprise that we need to be drinking water throughout the day.  No, coffee, tea, juice, and soda do not count as water.  I am talking about pure, preferably filtered, fresh water.  Hate the flavor?  Throw in a lemon, lime, cucumber, or some fresh mint.  A tall glass of water should be the first thing you have in the morning because or bodies are dehydrated from not getting any liquids all night.  Starting your day off this way will set a tone for the rest of the day, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving more.  It is recommended that you get half your body weight in ounces per day, so bring a reusable water bottle with you (Klean Kanteen are great), and sip it all day long.

So…  How will you strengthen your  internal army today?  Your immune system is the health of your body, and you deserve to be happy, healthy and vibrant!

with love and strong immunity,

Amanda

Take Your Shoes Off

With everything going on in our everyday lives, it can be pretty easy to get disconnected; disconnected from ourselves, our loved ones, our emotions, our inner wisdom, and especially, our mother nature.  These days, we have the world at our fingertips (literally), and we can easily forget to look elsewhere for the answers.

I see this a lot in my health coaching practice.  With the non-stop, never-ending information on the newest dieting trends and healthiest foods of the week, people forget to look to the ones who know what is best for their bodies, themselves.

We need to reconnect.  At times, we need to disconnect.  Spending time outdoors, with the source of our existence, is a wonderful way to take a break from the bombardment of new information and status updates, and get back in touch with us.

It is recommended that we spend time outdoors everyday, and in order to connect to the rhythms of the earth, we need to take our shoes off.  Being barefoot outdoors is a very grounding experience, one that allows us to connect to the pulses and movements of the earth.

Taking some time to connect.

When we re-connect, we open up to the possibilities of listening to the earth, which allows us to better listen to ourselves.  We are the geniuses behind our own existence, and owning up to that can be the easiest way to heal your mind, body and soul.  We all know at least 3 things that we should be doing, but aren’t.  But what if we allowed ourselves to bask in that goodness?  What would really happen if we allowed ourselves to be happy?  Healthy?  Loving?  Free?

I know that it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but taking this first step, just by spending some time outside and taking your shoes off, is a wonderful place to start.  Dedicate just 10 minutes a day, maybe only a few days a week, to sit under the blue sky, rub your feet in the green, crisp grass, and reconnect.  Allow yourself to open up to the beauty that surrounds you each and every day, beauty that we too often forget to recognize.

From there, begin to trust that you know best for you.  The universe has supplied you with the knowledge and “gut feeling” that you need.  Of course, we can all benefit from some spiritual guidance and nutritional information, but at the root of it all, we know what works for us and what doesn’t.  We know what makes us fulfilled and what makes us feel used.  By spending some time admiring the outdoors, you will learn to admire yourself, and your own wisdom.  And there is nothing more beautiful than that!

with love and bare feet,

Amanda