There is so much information online about what “health” looks like these days, and it can get overwhelming. That’s why I like to keep things simple and natural whenever possible. Over the last year, I took time to get to know myself better – mind, body, and soul – and started integrating more holistic habits that have truly helped me feel like my best self. I think getting to know ourselves, listening to our bodies and doing what we can to feel and live better is a really cool part of growing into ourselves. I want to stress that I’m not a doctor, and that I can only speak to what has worked for me, and hopefully some of these work for you, too!
1. NO BREAKFAST? NO CAFFEINE
I love coffee and matcha. I alternate between the two regularly, but recently I’ve really been in my latte era. I love an almond milk honey latte over ice in a cute little cup. That said, drinking it on an empty stomach is a no-go for me these days. Drinking caffeine first thing in the morning before you’ve had your first meal leads to increased cortisol, which can increase inflammation, cause anxiety, and disrupt your metabolism. These days, I try to start my day with some yummy breakfast tacos or a scramble with lots of veggies. Getting protein before I get my caffeine fix helps me sustain my energy throughout the day without the midday caffeine crash I used to get.
2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
I honestly didn’t know what a powerhouse apple cider vinegar was until this past year. It’s incredible for detoxification, which is why I make sure to take it when I’m dealing with a cold or really any sickness. In addition to flushing out toxins, it can aid your digestive system by helping to balance blood sugar! I use one from Trader Joe’s, but this one from Bragg is a great organic alternative! *Note, people who are on blood sugar stabilizing medications or who have known blood sugar issues should not take apple cider vinegar.
3. MORNING MEDITATION
So many of us are plugged in constantly. Our phones make it so easy to mindlessly scroll, stare, and sit for hours. Recently, I started putting my phone on DND through the night and part of my morning routine (which you can get the full scoop on here). I wake up without it, and the first thing I do in the morning is sit outside (preferably in the sun with my cat), and do my morning prayers and meditation. Taking this time to do my breathing, talk to God, and envision my goals helps me center myself and lower my screen time. Plus, daily meditation is thought to aid in decreasing inflammation and stress inducing hormones!
4. VITAMIN SI
I take daily vitamins that are largely geared toward immunity support. I travel a lot, meaning I am constantly on planes which are notoriously germ-y. Beyond that, try as I might, my routine has to be flexible so I can accommodate my travel. That can be a lot on my immune system! I LOVE the Wellness Formula from Source Naturals because it packs a punch with everything I need. Before you buy vitamins though, make sure you’re considering your specific needs, we are all different!