dudes + dudettes.
there's a lot of questions popping up in my inbox about how I sneak vegetables into our Gillies, now 5yr old twins, menu. and one way is through something we call, "emerald sunshine" in our house.
it's basically a green juice we stumbled across on Kris Carr's website yet made a few tweaks based on mama's tastebuds + trial n' error. isn't that how MOST good things are discovered?!?
it's also important to note, that while we have been using this juice for prolly four years now... I recently came across an article which stated the following:
by the year 2050, the United States will have 14 million people needing full-time care for Alzheimer's disease?
shut your face, right?!?
just to be it into perspective: that number is roughly the entire current populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago put together.
as y'all prolly know... we try to limit dairy in this household for optimal gut health!
and ONE thing the hubster truly misses is ICE CREAM, I mean, we are from the South... so homemade vanilla ice cream from Blue Bell was kinda a staple growing up!
however, we learned how to whip up a delicious "ice" cream recipe while staying true to our nutritional plan and keeping everyone's gut happy
((( plus it's loaded with superfoodies, so that's an added bonus for this mama-bear! )))
if you try it, tag me and let me see!!!...
Now. Let's be real, love... this was something I actually wasn't doing! YIKES!!! And it wasn't because I didn't have access to water. Dude. The water was right there on my nightstand - how freaking blessed am I, right? BUT this habit of drinking first thing in the morning wasn't happening. What would happen is a staggering-zombie walk down the hallway throughout the house to get to the bubbling coffee pot for some liquid caffeine.
I was drinking caffeine... and pouring coffee straight into my gut + bloodstream BEFORE I hydrated myself. It's not like I was consuming water during my sleep, so I was mostly likely a tad bit dehydrated in the morning. No wonder my gut was angry shortly afterwards... TMI.
Anywho. This brings me to the HEALTH HACK: Start your day with 8oz of Water
Here's the Health Hack low-down... drink 8 oz of water FIRST thing in the morning! I typically aim for 12...
How this health hack came to me was in a series of threes, that's how it happens doesn't it? We joke in the veterinary ER world how things typically come in clusters of threes... three hit by car patients... three heart failures... three, well, you get the gist. Anywho. Here were my THREES:
Deodrant is one of those products that folks typically don't think about... it's a habit. And with it's application, you get a wee bit of peace of mind that you won't stink up the place and/or there won't be unpleasant sweat stains under your pits during this afternoon's office meeting. Right?
Well. In our journey towards a healthier lifestyle... while our main focus is optimal brain + gut health... I realized nutrition isn't the ONLY thing that contributes to optimal brain + gut health, but also your internal dialogue... your daily habits... and even the products you place ON your body.
So. I started with deodorant... and soon discovered that there were at least THREE common ingredients found in conventional deodorants that scare me, but let's briefly touch base on one today.
Anywho. This brings me to the HEALTH HACK: Start your day with 8oz of Water
Aluminum is the primary ingredient included in antiperspirant deodorants...
Here's my tips to owning my morning + being my most vibrant and productive self. Now. That being said... do I do all of these tips EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. Um, no. I human and slip up from time to time. However, I know if I can master just a few of them... then my day is starting off on the right foot. If I do ALL of them, Hallelujah, I'm doing fantastic.
The takeaway, I would love for you to snag from this... find out what works for you, which tidbits make YOUR mind/body feel fantastic, which habits take away stress + not add it in your day... and do that. It may be one of these or it may be all, I don't know. You got to figure it out, love. As my hubster would sarcastically quote me, "You do you, boo. You do you."
Love. For the longest time, I was using my mobile phone as my alarm clock which was not helping me rise + shine. Here's the...
Prior to having the Gillies, our twins, I would read stories from other moms... about dressing up their little girls in bows + having tea parties while other moms were taking frogs out of coverall pockets + cleaning mud tracks in their kitchen. And I'll be honest... I was a wee bit scared about being a mom. Not because I was going to be bad at it - I'm pretty sure the Gillies would have a lot of therapy material, but because I didn't know about tea parties... and I sure as heck didn't know anything about dump trucks or legos.
MY HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO... SO MUCH AWESOMENESS, RIGHT?
I grew up as a tomboy sorta... I guess. What do you call a girl who played almost every sport their small town offered but also participated in pagents and cheered at football games? Seriously. At the Friday night football games, I would cheer until halftime then join the marching band by playing the bass drum (and yea, played the piccolo in orchestra). I was an odd...
recently, I had gotten away from eating salads... call it boredom. call it laziness. call it Ishmael. whatever. for some reason, salads were nonexistent in our household for a wee bit. now. that doesn't mean we weren't eating leafy greens... we were, I just got into the habit of either blending them into our smoothies or sautéing them to serve up with sunny-side up eggs (still a fave!).
but. I needed to get back into the habit of salads... not just for my overall well-being but because our littles (who just turned 5!?! what?!?) were watching what mama was eating and starting to refuse salads (cause I wasn't eating them). um. not good.
so. the search began with finding inspiration for salads - I need it... and what better place to search for food-inspiration than instagram, right? ugh. some folks take AMAZINGLY delicious looking food photos while my food art is a tad lacking in the artistic side....
Here's an ongoing list of our 100 Health Hacks... we will be adding Health Hacks each week until we cap out at 100! If you have any health hacks or tidbits, you use or find inspiring - please share below or shoot them this way! I'll all about learning + growing as well as sharing with my tribe.
Initially, I was sharing each DAY'S HEALTHY HACK + MY THOUGHTS, plus where I got the idea + research behind it. But... that was a wee bit intense for a few folks ( + if I'm being honest, myself). Mainly because... I'm human + a twin mama bear plus launching our IT TAKES BRAIN + GUTS (membership site). It felt like the hacks were just getting thrown together + the quality was below par. I'm just keeping it real, love.
So. To make it better... less intimidating for all involved. We are switching things up a bit, because isn't that...
For a brief recap:
Over the past few months, my own wellness was taking a backseat... and I was struggling, to put it lightly. INSERT the love of my life. The hubster gave me some tough love + an idea. He casually mentioned I should focus on simply doing one percent better each day... just 1%. For a person with a "Go BIG or Go HOME" attitude, this was hard for me to accept. However, he went on... if I focused on simply being 1% better each day over time, I would be doing 100% better than I am doing today... and how great would that feel? RIGHT?!?
This spurred the idea... 1% better each day for at least 100 days. Now, thanks to my brilliant dear sweet aunt... due to the compound effect, if done consistently over 100 days I'll be doing better than 100%. However, for the ease of my mind... we are focusing on one new health hack (1% better) each day for 100 days, consistently.
But WHICH habits, right? And which...