As a yoga teacher I get asked all kinds of questions about health, well being, diet, and as a vegetarian people get annoyed with me at the dinner table. But believe me, I am not sitting up on my shiny, eco-friendly, green, vegetarian, yoga throne looking down on everyone who eats meat, drinks milk or does not know what down dog is. Seriously, we live in the real world here!
I also have a confession to make, I am not all that healthy. I really do make an effort to eat healthy, practice yoga daily; but beer, fried shrimp, sugar and chocolate all have a foothold in my life. So in an effort to practice what I preach – I wonder what it would really feel like to be as healthy as I can be for the next 21 days? It takes 21 days to integrate a new habit in your life, so this will be the 21 day healthy as I can be challenge!
I am always on Hailey’s case regarding her diet, but who am I to talk the talk if I do not walk the walk? And I mean, really walk it – get down and dirty with it. Granted, I do not have cancer, but we all have the potential to get it and I DON’T want it. I started this journey yesterday by taking a “mental health” day off. I did not go to work, I read a Twilight book and sat on the couch for most of the day. Sounds very couch potato-e, but it was much needed! I also ate very healthy and took all my vitamins. I did a great yoga practice even though it was hard to peel myself off the couch and I went to bed at 10:00.
I am going to do my best to do this even with Hailey in the hospital, and me possibly going to Texas in the near future. What is the point of being healthy and good to your God Pod if you do not do it when you need it most – when you are under tremendous amounts of stress?
Here is my plan for the next 21 days and feel free to jump on board if you want.
1. Juice a very very very green juice every day
2. Add lots of fiber
3. Cut sugar out completely
4. Gradually go dairy free – ugh, we are the only species on the planet that eats another species milk, that should be enough to get you thinking about that one. I will even try vegan cheese and let you know if I die from gagging or if its as tasty as the reviews make it out to be.
5. MOVE every day! Yoga at least 4 times a week and incorporate dance, walking and hooping etc… Yoga is the best all around exercise – but I love to boooogie so I want to nurture that side of my spirit as well. What do you like to do? Bike, hike, dance? DO IT!
6. Prayer and meditation daily – reading the Bible and finding what God wants me to know right now in my life. If the Bible is not your thing, then please find something that inspires you and brings you closer to God. This will make the biggest difference in your life!
7. Less time on the computer and in front of the boob tube (I really feel my brain turning to cottage cheese some nights)
8. Eat TONS more veggies – eat the rainbow every day! Fiber, vitamins, delicious food…enjoy God’s bounty!
9. Take more QUALITY time for ME
10. Use the support from friends, family, church family, my hubby and online community
11. NO more beer, its just not good for you on any level. If I do have an adult beverage, it will only be organic wine.
12. Drink 64+ oz of pure water a day
13. Phase out processed foods as much as possible, if processed food makes it into my body its going to have a very short list of ingredients
14. Take all of my vitamins and supplements
15. Alkalize my diet as much as possible (cancer loves an acidic body!)
16. Don’t give up but do pamper myself when things get tough
17. Daily affirmations
I hope that this will cleanse my body of toxins that are hiding out in my system, give me more energy and balance my mood during this stressful time.
I will blog as much as I can and give you encouragement, feedback on food, recipes, yoga info, new ways to shake your groove thang and much more.
Any ideas, recipes etc…are welcome!
Love & light