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SELF-CARE STEP #1: IF YOU WANT THINGS TO BE DIFFERENT, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY
SELF-CARE STEP #2: GO ORGANIC FOR THE DIRTY DOZEN
Most of us know that organic foods are a great option, but it can sometimes be tough to justify the extra cost. Organic foods are great because they are grown without the use of toxic pesticides and chemicals and recent studies show that they are higher in nutrients than conventionally-grown produce. Fortunately, there’s a way to eat organic foods without breaking the bank! Through extensive testing, the Environmental Working Group has determined which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and which have the fewest. They’ve created two lists: one for the “Dirty Dozen”, the twelve most polluted fruits and veggies, and a “Clean Fifteen” list which shares the least contaminated veggies and fruits. You can cut down the number of pesticides you’re eating by 80% when you stick to buying only organically-grown versions of the “Dirty Dozen”. How cool is that? You can access both lists here:
SELF-CARE STEP #3: DRINK MORE WATER
SELF-CARE STEP #4: FIND A WAY TO MOVE YOUR BODY THAT MOVES YOUR SOUL, TOO
Have you ever noticed how most people at the gym don’t look happy? When exercise feels like something, we’re supposed to do instead of something we really want to do, it’s really easy to blow it off and move our workouts off our priority list. What if you could find a workout that actually made you WANT to go to it? There are all kinds of different classes and workout programs these days, ranging from Zumba classes, dance classes and Barre classes (a blend of ballet, Pilates and yoga) to boot camp, martial arts and even aerial trapeze classes. Instead of forcing yourself to hit the elliptical machine and suffer through another boring workout, can you find a way to move your body that moves your soul, too? Take a look at your gym’s class schedule or look in at the activities available in your community. Head outside for a hike or a brisk walk – the fresh air and sunshine will have you feeling better, too. Commit to trying one new class a week until you find what makes moving your body fun. Express your gratitude for the beautiful body you have, and for all the incredible things it does for you. If you can do that, you’ll never have to ‘exercise’ again. If you are over 40, it’s important to include HIIT or CrossFit type workouts, plus resistance training!
Aim for daily walks even if you exercise. 10-30 min 5-7x/week. It’s even more important if you have a desk job
SELF-CARE STEP #5: CREATE A NIGHTLY BEDTIME RITUAL
SELF-CARE STEP #6: AIM FOR COMPLETION, NOT PERFECTION
SELF-CARE STEP #7: INSTEAD OF THE OBSTACLE, FIND THE OPPORTUNITY
SELF-CARE STEP #8:
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