There are many resources on nutrition, so I am not going to spend a lot of time on this subject. I will say that eating whole foods, fresh produce, beans, mushrooms, organic meats (when available), and limiting sugar to special occasions has helped me to maintain a healthy weight.
I was a vegetarian for ten years (but am not more), a vegan for one, went without sugar for a full year, tried macrobiotic eating for a year, went gluten free for a while, and I’ve tried dozens of fasts and detox programs. I love to experiment with my diet, but have found that “going with the flow,” as in, eating whatever is put in front of me (within reason) has been a great stress reliever in my life. When I cook for myself, I obviously have more control over what I eat.
This is a controversial and liberally covered topic in mainstream health sources, so I will be brief. Everyday, I take a multi vitamin, D3, flaxseed oil, vitamin C, apple cider vinegar, ginger, ashwaganda, probiotics, and turmeric with bioprene. When sick, I take garlic, oregano oil, manuka honey and other herbs depending on the ailment. I also diffuse essential oils such as lemon, oregano, thyme, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Please consult your doctor before taking supplements or trying any of these substances.
Almost any fitness source will urge you to drink plenty of water every day, a suggestion with which I strongly concur. In addition to drinking water, there are other ways to hydrate the insides. I used to suffer from sinus infections and a scratchy throat, both of which I have alleviated by drinking what I call morning water, and by adding steaming, neti pot, use and gargling oo my regular maintenance.
Morning Water – I drink a tall glass of water every morning, first thing, on an empty stomach. Just chug it! You’ve haven’t had anything to drink for like eight hours, and your body needs the water. Plus, the act of drinking awakens your insides to the fact that they are in fact, awake. I’ve also read that morning water jump starts the metabolism.
Steaming – Dr. Dan offers a good instructional on steaming. I use a coffee thermos topped with a canning funnel. I pour boiling water into the thermos, top the thermos with the funnel and then breathe. I inhale and exhale through both my nose and mouth. I even pant through my mouth to get the steam into my throat. Strange, I know, but it works. Use caution not to burn yourself when steaming!
Neti Pot – How to Use from Ashley’s Green LifeTip: I make my own salt/baking soda solution and store it in a jar. I neti once a day when I’m healthy. When suffering from sinus pain or infection, I try to neti three times a day. I have also used coconut oil and Manuka honey in my neti pot, which has been very soothing. I strongly caution against putting anything into your pot unless you know what you’re doing. If you have persistent sinus issues, then please see your doctor.
Gargle – How to from Jane Corner
I cannot stress the importance of conventional exercise, but since so many resources already exist on the topic, I will keep this section brief. I exercises at least 5 days a week, and I keep a variety of moves in my workouts. This keeps me from getting bored, and it encourages adaptability within my mind and body. I always warm up with postural exercises, and I give myself a good 5-10 minute full-body stretch at the end of every session. I usually strength train 2-3 times per week, and in between strength training days, I do any of the following types of exercise: yoga, hill running with the baby stroller, swimming, Pilates, walking. It has been my experience that Humming Guts exercise enhance my conventional workouts.
Here are some of my favorite resources for fitness information and routines: