This week went a little something like that.
A week on turbo, blended with meetings and clients and Wednesday’s international teleconference to yesterday morning’s workshop. Into the mix came a flurry of lemons and as many green things that could possibly squeeze into my blender to boost energy levels and keep my immune system strong as my sleep dwindled. On these high-speed weeks, it is vital that we keep our lids on to avoid a messy explosion and this article will show you how!
- With these hopes, this is your holistic survival guide to your weeks on turbo!
- 1. Energizing Mornings
- A proper start to the day is essential for lasting energy. No matter how early, there is always energy to be found in a cleansing warm lemon water with cayenne pepper followed by a green smoothie.
- Lemon water will boost metabolism, hydrate and improve energy production at a cellular level.
- Smoothies are easily digestible (less energy for digestion = more energy for you!) and provide a readily available zap of energizing nutrients to the body. My favourite smoothie this week is with thanks to my mystery valentine who left a bouquet for me on Valentine’s Day after this post: https://lifeofeden.com/2015/02/12/10-reasons-every-girl-needs-a-bouquet-of-kale/ – we all thank you!
- 2. Lavender
- “Essentially” the best smelling conference I have ever attended. Yesterday I was in a room diffused with peppermint and smelling essential oils to my heart’s (or nose’s) content. Though peppermint and citrus are next on my list, lavender is my current household favourite and with over 200 constituents it is my top recommendation for anyone looking to experiment with these oils.
- The aroma has a calming and relaxing effect on the body
- Apply lavender to the back of the neck and temples to help ease muscle tension
- A few drops on your pillow case will calm a busy mind & promote a restful sleep
- 3. ACTIVEist
- Of course there was yoga, and lots of it! My mat is permanently sprawled out on my floor waiting for me as soon as I find a work break to ease tension, reduce stress and provide mental clarity.
- My favourite exercise in the morning, however, is a run on the rebounder. There are few reasons that exercise takes presidence as one of the most important components of energy control. Exercise:
- Stimulates blood flow for increased energy
- Increases oxygen flow to the brain for mental stamina
- Aerobic exercise promotes mitochondrial production in the body
- 4. Adrenal Support
- Cue my international teleconference on adrenal fatigue that I put on for practitioners across the globe on Wednesday! Our adrenal glands need extra support in times of mental and physical stress. A good adrenal support formula includes both adaptogens (herbs that help the body to cope with stress) such as Rhodiola and Ashwaganda and adrenal glandulars. My favourite: AORs Otho Adapt.
- 5. Vitamin C and D
Both essential to support and boost the immune system in times of stress.
- As stress increases, the need for vitamin C increases to counteract the harmful effects and reduce the release of stress hormones in chronic stress.
- Vitamin D is especially important to supplement through the winter as we do not get nearly enough sun exposure and it is essential for immunity and stress management.
Energizing Kale Lemonade Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 organic lemon (peeled)
- 1 green apple
- 2 leaves of curly kale
- 1/4-1/2 C coconut water to desired consistency
Blend all ingredients on Turbo… Just be sure the lid is on first!
- Holistic Life Hacks:
- By the time I had received my kale it was a frozen ice block, so once it thawed I popped it into the freezer to preserve it and blend it into smoothies. This is the perfect trick to any greens you think might soon go bad.
- Save the stems! I don’t like to waste any part of food if I can help it. Tough but loaded with nutrients and fibre, I save my stems and steam them later with carrots and broccoli, coconut oil and sea salt.
To keeping our lids on through our blended turbo weeks,