I was a good student, I listened, paid attention and took impeccable notes. So when my primary PE teacher talked about the way to having a long healthy life was through exercise and eating well. I listened!
The seed was planted.
Thankfully now, I know better.
It was whilst on my quest to become healthier, leaner and fitter during my teenage years, that left me at the unhealthiest stage of my life. A downward spiral into a full blown eating disorder. But at the beginning stages, while I may have been getting leaner, I was also miserable, moody, my hair started to fall out, had very little energy, my nails were flaking, I had terrible gut issues, felt socially ostracized and far from the happy go lucky girl on the front of the fitness magazine.
I thought I was doing everything I had been told. I was working out every day at least once, sometimes twice. I was eating super healthy food. So what could possibly be missing?
There were three key areas that I was totally neglecting -
Stress - Our bodies are unable to categorise stress into there own individual buckets. It welcomes in school stress, home stress, training stress, work stress all into the same bucket. Therefore, hitting your daily limit doesn’t take much. Now the side effects of stress may include elevated cortisol levels, alter the body's hormone balance, difficulty sleeping, headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
Sleep - Our inability to get at least 8-10 hours sleep a night has the potential to increase our risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. Sleep affects how well our bodies react to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose or sugar levels. Make sense on days when we don’t get enough sleep that we are reaching for the lollies and sugar filled carbohydrate foods.
Toxins - Now this may come into our bodies via the so called ‘health’ foods we eat, the no sugar, no fat but plenty of added crap type of foods that we have been lead to believe were good for us because they were ‘under 100 calories’. It may also come in the form of the skin care products that we use, the moisturisers, makeups, body washes that smell so incredibly good but I never took the time of day to look at what was in them. There is no surprise that the average women uses 715 chemicals on her body every day. Toxins can also be found in the products that we use to clean our homes, wash our clothes and even in air fresheners that we pump through our homes to ensure they smell good. Oh and what about all that fast acting relief we buy from the chemist when we have a headache, cough or cold. Unfortunately, the effects of the toxic load on our bodies can show up as fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sinus congestion, headaches, digestive upset, bloating and through of our hormonal balance completely.
Before your mind starts going into overdrive and you start questioning what on earth you have been doing all these years (don’t worry, I did). I want to assure you that this can all be changed. It is not going to be magically fixed overnight, but with a few key changes, it can certainly be repaired.
So here are are a few of my top tips to start working towards optimal health -
Move your body everyday. Find what you love and do it for 20-30 minutes.
Nourish your body with whole foods at least 80% of the time. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, good quality meats. Use all the amazing herbs and spices on offer to flavour it up. Get creative in the kitchen.
Prioritise sleep. Count backwards from the time you need to get up the next morning and give yourself a bed time. This is the time that your body needs to restore and repair itself.
Use Essential Oils as a natural tool to help reduce stress, promote sleep, improve mood and treat common colds, headaches and day to day health concerns. These little bottles of pure goodness are nature’s remedies that are super effective.
Listen to your body. What is it telling you? Is it telling you to slow down, go to bed, nourish it, go for a walk, do some Yoga, get fresh air, write in a journal, take some quiet time, participate in acts of self care.
Clean the Slate. Work towards detoxing your system so that you can start all over again. Our bodies are pretty forgiving that way.
Sometimes a second chance, a change in mindset and the will to want to do better is all we need to change our life's trajectory. I am excited to share with you a 21 day program that fellow Mumma Belle Flowers and I have collaborated on. Belle is an incredible massage therapist, counselor, energy healer & yoga/meditation teacher with an incredible handle on Women’s health issues.
This is for you if you want to strip back all the bad habits that you have allowed to creep in over the years, want to improve your mood and mindset, shed a few unwanted kilos, shine from the inside out and interact with high energy people that truly want you to be feeling like the best version of yourself. What it involves -
Cleanse and Restore Supplement Program (doTERRA)
Weekly HIIT session
Meditation and Mindfulness
Yin Yoga session
24/7 Support and Mentoring
Please note all aspects of this program can be completed online and in the comfort of your own home.