I had a small glitch with the planned Monday Motivator for today, so I figured what better time than to take you through my typical day for healthy motivation and inspiration for the week ahead.
Time to wake!
I always start the day with my favourite drink, lemon juice in warm water to kick start my metabolism, cleanse the liver and kidneys, as well as getting my digestive system ready for the food to follow. I sip this through a glass straw to protect my tooth enamel.
Twice a week, I wake earlier and do a short high intensity workout. I find PACE Express, designed by Dr Al Sears really gets my heart rate up and sweating in a short but sweet workout. Now that it’s warmer weather, I’ve otherwise been going to an early morning hot yoga session, in place of the home exercise.
I’ll follow my lemon water with a fresh vegetable juice, my favourite mix being the My Health My Happiness Green Start, but I tend to just chuck in whatever vegetables I have in the fridge, with majority being green.
The days where I’m not in a rush to yoga, while enjoying my juice, I’ll take a walk in my backyard, breathe the fresh air and admire my ever growing vegetable patch. I’m proud of these babies 🙂
I make up a more substantial brekkie to get me through the big day ahead.
This varies between My Health My Happiness Green Start Smoothie, My Health My Happiness Protein Power Smoothie (found in Your Journey To Health and Happiness), Chia Seed Puddings (soaked chia seeds with various superfoods), my own nut and seed muesli mixes with nut milk or coconut yoghurt, coconut pancakes, or cooked eggs with herbs and vegetables.
If I’m not feeling hungry enough to finish off what I’ve prepared, I’ll pack it along with my lunch for the day in a glass container, to enjoy mid morning.
I follow my brekkie with a mixture of supplements, some being daily and other which vary around every fortnight, depending on the areas of my body I feel need the most support. Stay tuned for a more detailed post on this topic.
I always start the day in clinic, with a green tea. This helps me feel alert and to be honest I’m a very habitual person, so I also find it quite comforting.
I’ll sip on filtered water mid-morning as well.
Usually by this time I’m getting peckish, so in between patients I will snack on either nuts (I rotate each day with the type of nuts I have), seeds (hemp, pumpkin, sunflower), avocado by itself, or in a small salad. This keeps me full and stabalises my blood sugar levels until lunchtime.
This is when I am feeling hungry enough for my lunch. I try to have my meals on time each day, to help set up strong digestion. Lunch usually consists of leftover organic meat, chicken or wild caught local fish ( I like Tommy Rough, Whiting, Snapper). I will always keep ‘Good Fish’ Sardines in the pantry for the days that I don’t have any leftover protein to take for lunch.
With the protein, I make sure to get in a good 3 handfuls of either green salad or vegetables (both cooked and some fermented). I find avocado helps to fill me up with lettuce salad mixes.
I’ll dress salad with a lemon juice and a small amount of olive or hemp seed oil and garnish with fresh herbs.
If I have enough time, I’ll change into my sporty gear and go for a walk in my lunch break too.
Peppermint tea time. I may have a peice of fruit here, otherwise vegetable sticks with nut butter, homemade dip or tahini.
On my drive home, I’m getting hungry and ready for tea. I try not to eat too much, but will nibble on a few more nuts if I really cant wait (I have a 1 hour drive home in peak hour), but I try to keep to no more than 1 handful of nuts per day.
Twice a week I will fit in a 6pm yoga session, so those nights I will have had a more decent snack in the afternoon, and only have a very light meal when I get home.
On the nights I don’t get home until late, I’m lucky enough to come home to tea already being prepared (thanks Tom), otherwise my favourites I prepare vary between curries, stir-fry, baked meat and steamed veg, soups or a big fresh salad.
Through the week I plan to rotate the types of proteins I eat, as well as the vegetables and salads which we enjoy alongside. I always cook my meals in coconut oil and use all organic produce (either from my garden, fresh from farmers markets, or my local supermarkets organic section). I aim to incorporate homemeade bone broths into all my cooking, otherwise will drink a cup by itself, for maintaining good gut health.
I’ll enjoy either a ginger, chamomile, peppermint or dandelion herbal tea after dinner (I try to wait at least 1 hour). I find this helps cleanse my palate and reduces any cravings for sweets. If however we have eaten early, I’ll have a small snack of either coconut yoghurt, a bliss ball, a couple of squares of loving earth dark chocolate (coconut sugar sweetened) or as an occasional treat, my famous Hot chocolate (found in Winter Warmers).
I aim to have an epsom salt bath 2-3 times per week, and the other days, I will dry body brush before a shower.
If I’m not in bed by this time, I don’t feel fully refreshed the next day. I usually do some reading (for pleasure, not work related), meditation and/ or stretches and head off to bed by latest 10 pm.
Weekends are a bit different, depending on whether I am working in clinic or not. I generally try to sleep in and get as much healthy exposure to the sun as possible. Farmers markets, gardening, beach walks, camping and catch up’s with friends and family make up a perfect weekend for me!
Offering inspiration and motivation for your Monday.
Health & Happiness,