During your program, here are some key things to keep up on.
Sleep. Are you getting enough sleep? 8 hours is REcommended for most people. Sleep totally affects how we look and feel short-term, and long term! When you give your body the proper time to REjuvenate itself, it will have the energy to function more optimally. Poor sleep habits can affect your body's injury or illness REcovery time, your immune system, metabolism, hormones, as well as appetite/unhealthy cravings to increase.
12 Hour Window. Giving our digestive system time to sleep is just as important as our bodies sleep! Our DS is always working during the day, so giving it at least 12 hours of time to digest and the REst between your last meal of the day and your 1st meal the following day is SO important! Make sure you stop eating 2-3 hours before bed and try to give yourself at least 12 hours without food, maximum 16 hours! That way when we are sleeping our DS isn’t working overtime digesting food and hindering our bodies REst time. Always do what works best for your lifestyle, but keep this in mind for better digestion, sleep, and energy levels!
Hydration. Water is a must! About 8oz / 2 Litres of good, clean water a day is REcommended for most. Do your best to sip throughout the day. If you notice bloating or odd changes in digestion, try giving yourself a break from drinking 30 mins before eating a meal and wait to start drinking at least 30 mins after eating.
Products. Are you utilizing all the supportive products from the healthy living kit? Make sure you’re being consistent and using the magic you got!
Balanced Plate. Make sure you’re getting all the good food too! We have amazing, supportive products to help nourish our bodies but we also need to make sure we are eating enough fresh, whole foods. Never deprive yourself from that! If you feel hungry, eat!
Food Combining. This is a to each their own topic! We need to make sure our meals are balanced with protein, carbs, and fat. But for some of us combining certain foods together can cause uncomfortable bloating, gas, and/or unwanted changes in digestion. If you are noticing this, start playing around with your shakes! If you’ve normally been adding tons of other fruits and veggies, first try drinking them a bit slower. If you still feel uncomfortably bloated, try taking out the fruit to see if you notice positive changes. For those who have a harder time with bloating, we REcommend having all of your fruit to start the day, then having your shake separately, you can add things like frozen spinach, flax seed, chia seeds, maybe even some berries as they are lower glycemic and easier to break down when mixed with protein, compared to sweet fruits like banana, pineapple, mango, etc. Disclaimer: this is only for people who notice extreme bloating. If you're feeling normal after meals and shakes with different food groups, you can disregard this one!
Movement. Our bodies want to be moved! if you’re not consciously doing something to move your body everyday, it’s time to start! You don’t have to be hitting the gym for intense workouts everyday, but at least getting outside for a walk, getting some fresh air, and doing some stretching, will have your body thanking you!
Mindfulness. Be mindful with yourself, and your eating. Take time for you and take time to consciously eat. Many of us inhale our days and food without even thinking about it. Slowing down to really take note of each moment, sensation, taste, and texture can really help our mind and bodies connection and process.