My ways - let's get personal!
I'm often asked how I do it! So I've have decided to clue you in. This seems silly and simple to me but it's been much help to others. I preach rhythm and good diet, provide people with recipes and yet I find still the frustration in other's inability to implement changes. I hope you will find this helpful!
My life is busy with many demands and I am able to provide my family with good food that fits their individual needs while enjoying life! So, here you have it::
Awake and talk to God- this creates clarity in my vision and purpose allowing me to feel lead rather than discouraged by my long list of tasks. Sometimes, without the voice of the creator, our priorities are different from what they should be! I don't schedule appointments until 9:30 to schedule in my personal work.
I begin my day with 30 minutes to stretch, dress and get myself ready.
l start myself and family out with good water- room temp. pH between 6.5-8
I have a moment with kids, pack food for the day, and eat a hearty breakfast as a family - see meal ideas in the Nutrient Guide
I eat at consistent times - listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs. I follow a combination of an Ayurvedic medicine (customized diet) and hunter-gatherer diet. For details: download booklet
I only allow for a maximum of 1-2 evenings a week that interrupt our family time (beginning at 5pm)! I try to create as much consistency as possible for my young family. I believe that is a lot of the reason my children don't have meltdowns and fits. We have conversations.
Children, regardless of age start bed time routine at 7pm! My oldest is 12 to whom admits "I'm ready for bed by 8pm mom, schedule our 1-on-1 time for earlier"! This is when offered to get to stay up till 9pm so we could have our talks and game playing after the young ones go to sleep! It surprised me, but the boy values his sleep! Another thing he requires is down time, or alone time after school! This an essential - for the mind and over all health. Adequate sleep is a necessity I believe many Americans have forgotten!
Try to remember to breathe and carve out time to look at my day and how I expect it to go... I found this exceptionally valuable in helping me consider others- in what they need from me! A good calendar works wonders! I find it best to write out everything, not just meals. I plan all meals (breakfast and lunches for 4 of us included, not just dinners)
On the same note as breathing and taking time- even an extra minute in the bathroom at work, closing eyes for 30 seconds every couple hours, and taking the time though out the day to do something other than intense go go- go all the time will do your body good! I find necessary for the peace of mind and clarity compared to when I don't implement it!
I start dinner at 4:30 (summer later), all clean by 6. Fun time till 7.
I try hard to leave work at work and be present with my children, protect them from the world! Be genuine but never download on the kids! That is abuse my friends!
I sleep in the dark- as dark as possible. My children co-slept till up to age 1.5-2 and now the occasional entering around midnight to early morning if they happen to get up to go the bathroom. Most nights sleep 8-9.5 hours- unless staying up being inspired to write things like this. I'm often asked "how do you do it?" or stared at with a pondering look followed by "I don't know how you do it" - it's not hard folks! Although I guess I'm blessed to love what I do. My family and helping people are my life! I haven't always been so intentional, never a whole lot organized, although I strive to be, and certainly have much to learn! I don't claim to have all the answers, I just try not to over complicate things, choose friends wisely, and above else- listen to GOD!
Exercise- I need more. It's not constant or a regimen but for the most part I'm lucky to live in a town where I can walk many places I need to go! I do little things though out the day. Remember- it's 80% what you consume, and the quality of it and only 20% activity- just enough to keep you fit!
Diet- I live what I preach! I developed the Vital Diet Plan outlined with in the Initial Patient Handbook and teach this as a three hour course. As a quick run down here are some basics in prep and planning:
> I limit carb based dinners to twice per week (one potato meal and one past meal per week. With left- overs for lunch this allows for about four meals a week plus two AM meals to be carb based).
> I have breakfast salad and mineral broth, eggs, soup, dinner left-overs or a smoothie for breakfast all but a maximum of two days per week (in which case are soaked flour biscuits, scones etc. or sprouted grain bread).
> Supplementation is important for me to obtain energy and health. Stress depletes us and our food is less than ideal in containing the nutrients we need, even with the healthiest of diets! I have a great system for this, a wonderful assessment for evaluating nutritional needs and use all whole food supplements and herbal formulas as needed. One herbal* adaptogenic formula daily!
*ADAPTOGENS conserve adaptation energy. They increase the body’s resistance to physical, emotional, environmental or biologic stressors and promote normal physiologic functions. Key adaptogens are Eleuthero, Ashwaganda (aka Withania) and Rhodiola. Astragalus, Gotu Kola, Korean Ginseng, Schisandra, Shatavari are also classified as herbal adaptogens
> I detox or cleanse at least twice a year to maintain health! Ideally four times a year.
How I feel I’m able to accomplish so much- I discovered a secret I’m happy to share! I developed a program based on a technique that comes naturally to me. It is simple but makes all the difference in coping in a more healthy way under stress, pressure and the hustle and demands of life today. I call it Journey to Clarity