For all of you wondering what a day in the life of this Nutritionista looks like, here you go:
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I get 8 hours of sleep each night, that's something I don't compromise on. It's also something I'm extremely grateful for! Quality sleep is absolutely essential to our health & well-being. It's a time where our bodies relax, repair & regenerate. Lack of sleep can significantly impact our short and long-term health and can result in weight gain, impaired immunity, headaches and more.
I wake up in the morning and the first thing I do is either oil pull, dry skin brush or meditate. Sometimes a combination depending on my timing. Mediation is a very new practice for me! And it's literally practice! For a girl who has a gazillion thoughts swirling around in her head at any given time, trying to quiet my mind requires a lot of concentration, focus and patience. It's still a work in progress but it's a fantastic way to calm the nervous system. There are so many healthy practices out there and although I would love to do all of them each and every single day - I just don't always have time. The idea is not to overwhelm ourselves so we become stressed out! That's counter intuitive to what we're setting out to do. So I alternate. I oil pull and dry skin brush at least 2-3 times a week and meditate in between. I also journal. I find the best time for me to journal is during the 20-30 minutes I'm oil pulling. I almost always write down everything I'm most grateful for. It's a great reminder that my glass is half full :) All it takes is one positive thought in the morning to change your whole day!
TO START MY DAY:
Each morning on an empty stomach I either have a warm cup of water with 1/2 squeezed lemon and 1 tsp of raw honey or I have a glass of my simple detox tonic. No rhyme or reason! Most days my body craves my warm water and lemon and some days I prefer to take a break from that. This is a great practice to fire up digestion, rehydrate and detoxify the body. Some days I'll add some zing to my water with a pinch of cayenne (to kickstart metabolism) or some freshly grated ginger (super anti-inflammatory).
Breakfast is something I NEVER EVER skip. If I'm not particularly hungry and looking to give my digestive system a rest, I'll opt for a protein rich smoothie. Other times I'll have:
- sprouted grain toast with mashed avocado overtop
- hot cereal loaded with raw nuts/seeds & fruit
- I personally think fresh organic free range eggs make for some of the yummiest and most satisfying breakfasts like an omelette or a poached, fried or scrambled egg over top steamed veggies with sliced avocados
Depending on what time my day gets started, I'll have a mid-morning snack. Sometimes that's a green vegetable juice to wake up my cells, give me a boost of energy and sometimes it's sliced pears topped with cinnamon.
I find the time to move my body each day. It's not always easy but even if I can only carve out 10 minutes, then that's what I do. I like to switch it up so that I don't get bored. I enjoy walking the dog, hooping, rebounding, yoga & Pilates. Ideally, I like to fit in 3-4 45-60 minutes workouts each week.
Lunch is almost always leftovers from the night before. Or I put a few minutes aside each night to ensure I have a healthy lunch for the next day. I always include protein and healthy fats to keep me satisfied. Here's an example of what's on my plate at lunch:
- Mixed greens, loaded with a variety of veg., quinoa and a home-made salad dressing
- Veggie burger over sautéed greens with a tahini dressing
- 3 bean chili topped with sliced avocado
I snack around 3-4pm which I find absolutely necessary to keep blood sugar levels stable, thus staving off cravings and preventing me from overeating at dinner. My go-to at this time is a warm cup of herbal tea with a homemade gluten-free muffin or a handful of trail mix.
We try to eat dinner as early as possible which is typically around 7:30pm because as the day goes on our digestive fire slows down. Eating earlier helps to prevent digestive issues such as gas, bloating, indigestion and fatigue. Dinner is usually a medley of roasted veggies with a protein source such as beans, tempeh or wild fish. Some nights it's lighter fare such as a vegetable and lentil soup.
I always strive for 2L of water daily and have a ton of herbal tea throughout the day. In the warmer months I really enjoy making my own homemade iced herbal tea with basil/mint infusions.
I like to treat myself at the end of the night with one of the following:
- Giddy YoYo Chocolate (a Canadian company who makes brilliant raw chocolate!)
- Cup of homemade chocolate nut/seed milk with vanilla and a touch of maple syrup
- Dandy Blend latte
- Frozen banana that I run through the food processor with natural peanut butter & raw cacao - makes for the most decadent homemade ice cream :):)
- Raw cacao and avocado mousse topped with raspberries
- Warm cup of homemade almond milk blended with vanilla and raw honey
I 100% live and breathe what I preach to you. Healthy is a choice that I make every single day and I encourage my clients to do the exact same.