- Healthy Eating: I’ve found that subscribing to a food plan is the easiest way for me to cook and eat healthy. I need something simple and convenient. AND I want delicious food! I’ve tried Home Chef, Dinnerly, Hello Fresh, and Sun Basket. The best price is Dinnerly but it’s not convenient enough because the recipes aren’t in the box and the food is not separated out into meals plus my first box was missing the green beans (which were ingredients in 2 of the meals) and Dinnerly did nothing to replace or refund or even apologize for that. The best tasting is Home Chef but I had some reliability problems with the box not arriving 2 different weeks within a 3 month period. Hello Fresh had a good amount of home style food with generous ingredients for two people, enough that you could stretch a meal to feed three. Sun Basket has full flavor, interesting tastes, and really weird ingredients but offers meals for a variety of diet types … I can get low calorie and low carb food that fills my plate and that I enjoy but my husband just isn’t sure he likes it. I think Hello Fresh and Sun Basket are the ones I’ll alternate between.
- Insightful Reads: I just finished “Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect” by Jonice Webb and I thought it would be just another psychology book but shockingly I recognized myself in some of the vignettes … it’s not about traumatic things that happened in childhood but about the caring assertive supportive moments that didn’t happen and how that plays out for us adults. I’m also in the middle of “The 5 Personality Patterns: Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity” by Steven Kessler and this again is about how childhood trauma creates personality patterns that are intended to be protective but also are negative coping survival patterns unconsciously triggered by distress … but you can bring awareness to these and heal into the real you. I usually have more than one book going at a time and so I have two in the wings … “Unfreedom of the Press” by Mark R. Levin and “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel A. van Der Kolk.
- Self-Healing Strategies: I have a daily routine of waking up with a cup of coffee (organic decaf+roasted chicory), praying and meditating in the hot tub while completing the Eden Daily Energy Routine. I end that day sitting in front of an infrared light box, listening to Holosync (brain building and stress releasing meditation), and drinking a green drink (Dr. Anna Cabeca’s Mighty Maca). These two practices last about 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening and are an important part of my healing stress management daily strategies. In the middle of the day I practice intermittent fasting by eating in 8-10 hour window and not eating for 14-16 hours and I have a gratitude daily journal where I write down what I appreciate, what made me happy, who I connected with, and what little thing I can celebrate that I did.
- Supplements: The biggest part of supporting my wellness is taking magnesium and Vitamin D supplements (both of which I tested low on in a blood test) plus a progesterone cream, bi-est cream, DHEA and Pregnenolone for menopause. It was also recommended I add zinc and iodine supplements to help boost a sluggish thyroid, which I do. On top of that I do a 5- day monthly detox (I did a 6-month detox first) using the Microbe Formulas protocol.
- Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle: I’m walking 3 miles a day with my dogs and riding my horse twice a week. I value family so I’m giving my time twice a week helping my aging parents. I value faith so I’m praying, reading the bible, and going to church daily. I value a natural lifestyle so I’m buying organic, using essential oils for cleaning, and am recycling all plastics I use.
Feeding the body and brain, practicing a daily healing routine, supporting wellness with supplements, and living out values … this is the magic behind happiness, self-love, and then love extending that gift of your self to others. I bet you’re already doing many of these things and maybe aren’t giving yourself the credit. Why not sit down with a cup of coffee and discover what’s up for you!