I haven’t been feeling well at all. My intestines are crazy inflamed, which has created a host of strange symptoms in my body. I’m exhausted, my brain is foggy, unfocused, I feel sad and hopeless, my gut hurts, and everything I eat causes further inflammation, so fighting with food has become a vicious cycle.
I have a million ideas, but only short bursts of energy to work on them.
I can tell you: getting sick sucks.
But it’s made me a more compassionate person. I feel for people now.
I’m more deeply connected to the human experience. I understand pain, black holes, having no energy to work but having to do it anyway. It’s helped me realize there is another dimension to being human, and that all of it is part of the larger story, of the human experience.
So, today, I want to gently nudge you to take the best care of yourself.
We burn ourselves out, destroy our immune systems, and wonder why we get sick.
Lately, I’m doing a mix of self care practices:
I’m obsessed with water/vegetable/fruit based green smoothies.
They’re cheaper than juicing, and I FINALLY found the secret to making them taste good: it’s a balancing act between acid, sweet, and savory.
I’m working on some fun recipes – cucumber/watermelon/lime, strawberry/basil/spinach, but I’m still working out the proportions. This is where my chef background chimes in to create stuff you actually want to drink.
Currently, my fave is:
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 peeled/sliced 1 inch knob ginger
- 1 to 2 cups kale or spinach
- 3-4 strawberries
- 1 tsp. spirulina
- 1 cup water
Throw in the vitamix and enjoy.
Crazy healthy, cleansing, refreshing, delicious. You can switch up the fruit to pineapple, grapes, blueberries, etc. And you can use any type of greens. But do NOT skimp the lemon – it’s what helps heighten the taste of the fruit and neutralize the taste of the greens. The acid balance is imperative to making the smoothie balanced. The orange helps with that too, though it’s not imperative.
Cooking and eating tons of veggies
Latest inspiration: good olive oil, tons of lemon zest and chili flakes.
If you gently warm up 1/4 cup of olive oil, add a tsp chili flakes, it makes a delicious base for tossing veggies. Cooked green beans + broccoli are my fave. Toss the veggies in the oil and sprinkle with the grated zest of a whole lemon, the juice, and some salt – it’s GOOD. I do the same w cauliflower but add capers/anchovies/garlic to the mix for extra flavor.
1Q84: It’s made want to go to Japan SO BAD.
The Energy of Money: I just finished listening to this book and it’s hands down the BEST BOOK ON MONEY OF ALL TIME. Her model is to See, Look, Tell the Truth and only from there can change happen. But she explains our self-sabotaging behavior in a way where you can truly see yourself, and begin to change. I’ve read so many money books that tried to tell me what to do that I’d sink into confusion and anxiety and do nothing at all.
Which leads me to the next self care practice.
Learnvest is a dream come true. It’s a sophisticated financial planning interface where you get 2 coaching calls + a personalized money plan. It’s user friendly and LIFE CHANGING. I feel way better about my money now that I have specific systems in place to know where it’s going and why I’m putting it there.
Bi-monthly calls with my health coach
Health coaching isn’t about teaching people to eat kale. It’s not about specific nutrition plans.
Most people aware enough to hire a health coach know that what they need is not advice or information. They know that what they need are connection + support. A way to create more space for self care.
As a result of these calls, I’ve realized I need to chill. To pull back a little. To stop worrying and start trusting. To take restorative yoga naps. And to not be so obsessed with my own success at the detriment of my health.
Right now, I’m on an immune building regimen, along with two anti-virals that have been shown to kill the Epstein-Barr Virus.
- Cod Liver Oil
- St-John’s Wort
I’ve stopped all soap except for Dr.Bronners. Coconut oil as body moisturizer.
Also started using coconut oil to wash my face – slather it on, rub it in, and use a warm facecloth to rinse off the excess. So far, so good – skin is less dry and clearer than usual.
So, that is what I’m doing to take care of myself. It never ends and it’s crucial to the healing process.
I believe we can all learn so much from each other, which is why I’m sharing my self care regime – and why I want to hear about yours. Maybe it will spark up an idea for me, or someone else – it’s not easy juggling work, a social life, kids, meals, workouts, budgets, etc – and we can all use each other’s support in working towards taking genuine care of ourselves.
So, what are you doing today to take care of yourself? Do you have a self-care regimen that you follow?
The learnvest motto is: Progress, Not Perfection.
Trying to be perfect only leads to being less healthy. Making strides, making efforts towards better self care, doing your best without becoming obsessed? It’s the only way to go.