Happy New Year to you and yours! I don’t know about you, but we like to set goals in the beginning of each year rather than resolutions. We like to have something concrete to work towards. One of those goals is focused on wellness. Gary and I have fallen off a bit on our healthy eating over the holidays and we are committing to doing a Whole30 together. We love working together to plan meals and keeping each other on track. Wellness is always a big focus in our lives and we’ll admit that with the busyness of this past year, we’ve let eating well take a bit of a backseat. We’re on Day 2, so the sugar detox will begin soon and we may be a little crabby for a few days, but it will be SO worth it! Gary will tell you that I am not one for fad diets and never recommend them to my patients. I was even skeptical of his first go around with the Whole30, but after reading the book and studying the science behind it, it makes sense and it’s not a fad. It’s really straight forward, common sense eating. There is REAL food involved and you eliminate most if not all of the inflammatory foods from your repertoire. It’s a 30-day reset to help break those strong cravings for foods that don’t serve our bodies well.
Plus, at least for me, when I eat better, I have more motivation to exercise which allows wellness to move on up in the priority list. Gary is a rockstar when it comes to exercise, but I need more motivation. This morning, I’m starting my day with an elixir recommended by my dear friend and health and nutrition guru, Caroline Stahlschmidt. Gut health and decreasing inflammation are super important to our overall health and function. She’s taught me the digestive and health benefits of apple cider vinegar and adding a drop of citrus oil can help too. In the glass, I have 12 ounces of water, 1 tbsp of Bragg’s ACV and 1 drop of essential oil. It’s not too tart and is actually quite refreshing. As far as essential oils, I only use pure, therapeutic grade oils and do not ingest an oil that is not labeled as a dietary supplement and when I do, it is in very small quantities. So, have you set your health and wellness goals for 2017 yet? We’ll be cheering for you to meet them. Blessings to you and yours for a happy and healthy year!
With Peace & Love,