Rejuvenate on the Daily

Spimgresring is in full swing! I know it’s still a little chilly in some parts of the world, but here in Nor Cal we are in bloom! I have to admit that after spending the last 8 winters in NYC, I am grateful to be home in the sunshine. Some of us just thrive in warm weather and I am definitely one of those people.

Lately, I’ve been out and about delivering my workshop on how to properly cleanse and detox your body. Why is this important? Well, think of the amount of toxins your body has to deal with everyday – environmental toxins, additives in the food supply, chemicals in beauty and cleaning products, and more. When your body is bogged down with trying to process all that toxicity, you tend to feel less than awesome.

Regardless of where you live, or even what season it is for that matter, do you ever start to notice when you’re feeling a little less energetic than usual? Or when your skin might be breaking out a little? Or when your digestion is less than optimal? We all most likely experience these types issues from time to time but either choose to ignore them or simply don’t know what to do about it so we suffer through it. And sometimes you might think that your body is totally trying to sabotage your life by acting up like this.

Well, I’ve got some news for ya! These are actually ways that your body is trying to communicate with you. It’s saying “Hey! I’m down here below that crazy head of yours needing a little extra TLC!” Whenever you catch these signals from your body, these are good indicators that it’s time to hit the reset button. And you can that by incorporating these 3 easy tips on how to gently detox on a daily basis.

1) Drink lots of water! I know, I know. You’ve heard this a million times! But I find that this reminder never gets old. I have clients who have been working with me for months and they are still not drinking enough of the stuff. Also, please choose clean water for that precious vessel of yours. Here’s a wonderful article from the highly reputable Dr. Mercola on the best drinking water.

2) Eat more green veggies. Again, broken record, but I must remind you that greens are some of the most important foods to put into your body. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into the diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. When you nourish yourself with greens, you naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Green vegetables help to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants. And green is associated with spring – the time of renewal, refreshment, and vital energy.

3) Cook at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice meal out on the town, but I strive to prepare/cook about 90% of my meals at home. This is because well, for one I love to cook! And two, I know exactly what is going into my body. The type of oils, amount of salt, and the amount of time those delicious greens were cooking on the stove are all factors that effect my how I feel – physically, mentally and energetically. Most of the time when you dine out at restaurant, it may taste delicious but you don’t always know what ingredients and methods are being used in the kitchen. These things do contribute to your vibration!

I hope you find these simple tips helpful. Comments and questions are welcome. I’m wishing you a fresh and vibrant season!

Love,

Michelle

How to Find More Balance

All work and nbalanceo play makes Michelle a dull girl… Not to be so frightful, but that’s what it feels like sometimes when our lives are unbalanced, right? Vice-versa too. Playing too hard and not being productive enough can leave us feeling inadequate or even shameful. So before we start redrumming everyone, I’d like to give some tips on how to find some stable ground.

1) Prioritize exercise and movement. No matter what your schedule looks like for the day / the week, make damn sure that you are moving that body of yours. Whether it’s going to the gym, a yoga or fitness class, riding your bike, going for a run, or taking a 5-minute dance break, do it. As you already know, exercise is beneficial for so many reasons, but I love it because it gets me out of my (sometimes chaotic) brain and in touch with my breath and body. When I’m able to clear my mind and sweat out any toxins that may keep me feeling stuck or sluggish (mentally/physically), I have way more energy and clarity to both take care of business and find time to be leisurely. It can also help you to feel pretty accomplished regardless of all you have going on in your life. I actually schedule my whole life around my workouts and yoga practice. I pretty much have a class scheduled every day of the week but one (my day of rest). If you can’t make it to the gym, what physical activity can you either do at home or outside for whatever length of time? Get the rest of the family involved if necessary too. Yoga is an especially beneficial tool for balancing. From an energetic standpoint, practicing the physical balancing postures consistently will help you find balance in all other areas of your life!

2) The Daily Q: What is the most important task for the day and why?  I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but the 25+ things on the To-Do List are most likely never going to disappear. Even if you complete them all (and if you’re that kind of person, major props because that is certainly not me), they will replenish soon enough. So what is the main thing you’d like to accomplish for the day and why? Now this doesn’t necessarily have to be work-related. Perhaps your most important task is to spend quality time with a family member because you will feel nourished and loved if you do so. Or perhaps it’s to exercise because it sets the tone for how you want to feel throughout the day (see what I did there)? Whatever you choose, it’s highly recommended to also get in touch with the why. (Hint – the why is related to how that task will make you feel once you’ve accomplished it).

3) Get support. Enroll friends, family members, gym buddies, teachers, and coaches to help you stay on track, hold you accountable for making positive changes and simply stay open and honest about how things are going in your life. Our relationships play key roles in balancing in our lives. If we’re isolating ourselves or hanging with people who are not supportive (or who just don’t get it), it can be difficult to get shit done and have some wholesome fun. Support = stability.

There are many more ways to be rock-steady, but I felt called to share these today. I hope you found them helpful. Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments. Wishing you an even-keeled week ahead, my friends.

Love,

Michelle