A Peek into My Own (Almost) Daily Health & Wellness Routine
I get many messages asking me what my own personal health and wellness routine looks like! How do I exercise? What supplements do I take daily? I know this is different for everyone but I thought I would share what I have been doing lately to take care of myself.
A little back-story. I tend to take care of myself least. I am very busy with blogging and making products for 90210 Organics, as well as seeing clients locally and via email. I’m married and I homeschool my 3 elementary and middle school children and have an almost 2-year-old. So, needless to say they all get priority over me when it comes to who gets my attention!
It’s easy for health issues to pop up when you neglect your own health! Late nights and early mornings mean that my adrenals are stressed. My hormones and metabolism get wacky and my liver gets sluggish. I know these things about myself and my body and encourage you to listen to your body’s cries for help! Can you relate?
My daily health and wellness routine may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. It flows right along with the rest of my day and really only takes a few minutes here and there. Sometimes I forget something and that’s ok. Some days I don’t feel like I need every thing on this list. I listen to my body and don’t force anything.
Here are the steps I take *almost* daily (sometimes I can’t get it done in the morning):
- Wake up and oil pull for 20 minutes while I exercise
- Brush my teeth and drink a full 16 oz of either raw apple cider vinegar in water or lemon water
- Wait 30 minutes and drink magnesium (sometimes with Emergen-C if I’m feeling punky)
- Take milk thistle tincture
- Make Feminine Balance tea to drink at least a quart throughout the day (preferably, make the night prior and let steep overnight)
- Dry brush before shower
- Eat a protein rich, grain-free breakfast (usually eggs cooked in coconut oil and butter) and a full glass of water kefir
- Drink a glass of raw apple cider vinegar and water
- wait 30 minutes and take milk thistle tincture
- Drink a full 16 oz mug of warm to hot bone with 1 or more TBS of coconut oil and a pinch of salt added for/with lunch and drink another glass of water kefir
- Before dinner, drink another glass of vinegar water, wait 30 minutes and take milk thistle
- Take a digestive enzyme, eat a real food dinner with plenty of good fats and protein
- Drink an adaptogenic tea between dinner and bedtime
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend, probiotics and milk thistle before bed (sometimes with elderberry if I feel like my immune system needs a boost)
As we move into the winter months, I’ll be adding Vitamin D in addition to my Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Seeing forskolin extract reviewed, I’ve been considering adding that to my diet-months. I’ll also drink different teas in addition to my Feminine Balance tea like Immuni-Tea (buy here) as needed.
Sidenote: If you’re not reaching your personal health and wellness results, you need to change something. Don’t keep doing the same things and expecting different results!
Okay, moving on to what some of these things I do every day actually are!
What is Oil Pulling?
In a nutshell, oil pulling is an ancient, Ayurvedic method of improving dental health. It involves swishing oil around in the mouth for a sustained amount of time and then spitting it out. It is meant to improve gum health, heal bad breath, and help remove plaque and eliminate bad bacteria. It also helps strengthen the muscles in the face and joints of the jaw and has other health benefits. For more information, check out this post from Mix Wellness.
Coconut oil is preferred. Take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of coconut oil and chew it until it turns to oil if still solid. Swish in the mouth for up to 20 minutes and then spit in the trash. Be sure to brush your teeth well afterwards, preferably with a natural toothpaste like Claypaste.
What is Dry Brushing?
Again, in a nutshell, dry brushing is a way to exfoliate skin to remove dead skin cells, improve circulation, help detoxify the body and encourage a healthy lymphatic system. To dry brush: Using a brush with a long handle and natural bristles, work from the feet up the body with single strokes towards the heart. Use clockwise strokes only on the stomach. Avoid the face and breasts. From more information, check out this post from Body Unburdened.
How do I Exercise?
I’m not a hard-core exerciser anymore. Been there, done that. Hated it. Kudos to you exercise lovers out there! I am a firm believer in eating real to lose or maintain weight loss. You can eat your way around any exercise plan and not lose a pound. What you are eating matters most of all!
Other than chasing my youngest around all day, I currently do strengthening exercises at least 3 times a week but usually every day. I also take walks with the kids and dogs or bike rides with the kids. If you are interested in reading more about my weight loss story, click here.
It takes me about 20 minutes to do the following routine:
- Side Leg Raises – 20 per side
- Back Leg Raises/Donkey Kicks – 20 per side
- Inner Thigh Kicks (like going from 1st to 4th position in ballet) – 20 per side
- Raised Knee Hinges – 10 with flexed foot, 10 with pointed toe each side
- Squats – 20 reps
- Plie Squats – 20 reps
- Hip Hinges – 20 reps
- Bicep Curls – 20 reps
- Tricep Extensions – 20 reps
- Overhead Tricep Extensions – 20 reps
- Chest Presses – 20 reps
I also recommend pilates and love it but I have diastasis recti (split stomach muscle from pregnancy) and can’t do it right now, so I’ve been looking into the differences of Yogalates vs. Pilates. I’m working on fixing this and will tell you about it in a future post!
A Note About Drinking Water
I don’t believe in drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I think it’s ridiculous. I recently heard a wellness professional say that everyone should be drinking half their body weight of water in ounces every day whether it’s filtered water or not in addition to anything else they are drinking. That’s just dangerous, folks! Our bodies can’t handle that much chlorinated water daily! Buy a filter! If you are drinking herbal teas, water kefir, bone broth and kombucha you don’t need 8 glasses on top of all that. You will float away! All that water is flushing out your body, yes but you need to be nourishing your body too! You need the nutrients in those other drinks (which are made with water anyway) more than you need plain water. Here’s more info on that from Butter Believer.
So, that’s it! For hormone balancing, adrenal health and improving liver and lymphatic function, this is what I am doing right now. It will change when I need it to change and may not look the same for you. Stay tuned for updates!
What does your daily health and wellness routine look like?
Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).