Back in the early days I was like “Yeah broccoli is a superfood, why do I need all that other crazy shit” but now I get it, but only after starting to feel less that 100%.
When I first made the decision to go plant powered (vegan) in 2011 and I cut out dreadful dairy etc, I immediately started to feel amazing. And when people asked was the transition easy, I always reply “hell yes” but what takes work is maintaining that feeling. There are some days when I’m on the go and maybe my diet is not fully wholefoods based, crisps being a vegan nemesis! And have to remind myself of this…
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” thanks Anthony Robbins
And believe me when I say “I’m human” and its a practice to do something everyday, but what I’d like to share with you is the ideal stuff to do for your God Pod on a daily basis. You might already be doing some of this, it might all be completely new and seem a little bit freaky. But hang in there, remember the quote and practice. Just start and keep doing it until you’ve got a routine down that Beyonce would be proud of. Hell dance around whilst your doing it, that will help a truck load too.
So here goes … 11 things to do everyday to stay fucking awesome…..
1) WAKE UP
This is the most important step. Don’t do this and all the other stuff means nada.
2) BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU WOKE UP AND THAT YOU HAVE THIS AMAZING BODY
Right, when you’ve woken up seriously the next thing to do is to say silently or really flipping loudly, THANK YOU! People die in their sleep. Be grateful that you didn’t, I mean it.
3) HOT WATER WITH LEMON
Fire up your system with some warm water & a squeeze of lemon. WHY? Well because it .. Aids digestion, cleanses your system / is a diuretic, boosts your immune system, balances pH levels, clears skin, energises you and enhances your mood, promotes healing, freshens breath, hydrates your lymph system and aids in weight loss. MAGIC
I like to do Yoga and it can be as simple as 5 mins. My absolute all time favourite posture is the Miracle Bend. Stand up with feet about hip width apart, hands in prayer position at the heart, eyes closed. Start by feeling really rooted and grounded, feel that at your feet. Then slowly bring your attention all the way up the body. Breathe all the way up. Then inhale & open the hands, bringing the arms round in a big circle reaching above your head. Stretch. With a flat back, exhale & fold all the way down until your fingers reach the floor. Inhale deeply and bring the arms around again, big circle until you reach the top. Stretch. Repeat, 26 times.. No mat required, no fancy yoga clothes, you can do this one in your pants.
5) DRY SKIN BRUSH
Remember Baloo in the Jungle Book giving himself a nice dry brush against a tree? Well its a bit like that and like he says “Oh man, this is really living” HOW – Use a natural fibre brush on dry skin (not a tree ha ha). Use circular motions always towards the heart. Start on the soles of your feet moving up. Don’t brush to hard. Always do it before showering. Do it once a day for a few minutes. WHY – because it stimulates your lymphatic system, detoxifies your skin, reduces cellulite, strengthens the immune system, stimulates your nervous system & gets your skin glowing.
6) HOT & COLD SHOWER
A natural high to start your day? Hydrotherapy has a golden rule of 3′s: 3 minutes hot, 30 seconds cold, repeat 3 times always ending on cold to get your blood and lymph moving and give you an energy boost. Top tip, DON’T put your head under the cold water and you try shouting WARRIOR to get you through the 30 seconds of cold. This was a tip given to me by my first Yoga teacher and it works a treat. Who cares whose listening.
7) GREEN JUICE
Oh yeah baby, get some liquid sunshine in your veins. This is a whole post by itself but for now just believe me when I say DO IT.
I don’t want to hear any complaining about how much a juicer or the vegetables cost, how much do you spend on an average night out, chocolate, crisps or rubbish beauty magazines? This shit will improve everything. Start out with a simply juice, cucumber, celery, green apple, spinach & a bit of ginger. BAM. I will do a full write up on this because, well, it deserves it and so do you. Just go get juicy juicy juicing and drink it slowly.
Some people don’t eat breakfast, I, on the other hand have to eat breakfast. Although since I’ve been chugging down my green juice I don’t need it as soon as I wake up. Just take a look at the word itself BREAK – FAST. So we want to let our body know we’re gonna give it some kick ass fuel for the day and not weigh it down with loads of crap, we are breaking the fast of the last 8 hours. If your inclined to have a couple of pieces of fruit that might be all you need. If you need something a little more filling, especially if you do lots of exercise try some almond milk and chia seed bircher muesli. A small handful of gluten free oats, a cup of non-dairy milk and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, grate in an apple and leave to soak overnight. The chia seeds really soak up all the excess liquid and thicken up the porridge. The texture of the bircher muesli is delicious and incredibly filling because its so nutritious. Chuck in some nuts, seeds & fruit of your choice. Yummers. Must try. And as bonus you can make a bigger batch and it will last a couple of days. BINGO.
This is a new one on me. I just wasn’t feeling 100% so took myself off to my acupuncturist, *Glorious. With the amazing healing and conversation, it soon became apparent that my body needed something my diet or lifestyle wasn’t giving me. I also have a 20 year old daughter who is also vegan and felt it was role to lead the way in healthy living. This is another one of those “I can’t afford it” moments. What you can’t afford to be healthy & happy? Um I think you bloody can. Prioritise yourself. Put your wellbeing before new shoes or a fancy bottle of wine. Life, I promise is much more awesome when you feel on top of the world. Supplements I take are a wholefoods multi vitamin, vitamin D, vitamin B12, evening primrose oil and a probiotic. Get down to your local health food shop (NOT Holland & Barrett) and have a chat with someone there. If you go to the right place these guys know there stuff.
10) DO A LITTLE DANCE
Just before you leave the house, you gotta have a little dance. Put on your favourite track, crank it up and dance your ass off whilst putting on your shoes, finding your keys or kissing the husband goodbye. (Blow yourself a kiss in the mirror if no husband available!) Your endorphins will love you for it and all the people you smile at down the road will get a bit of your inner buzz.
11) START YOUR DAY LIKE YOUR A FUCKING SUPERSTAR
Once at a yoga retreat on the first day, our teacher (a very wise man) sat there looking all serene, looked up and said to us “The fastest way to happiness, is stop complaining” HOLY SHIT! There was a gasp followed by silence. So simple yet so true. So lets take this opportunity to practice these simple tools, just for a week to start with and see how you feel. This might all sound like a lot to do but in reality its an hour, tops. What will happen then is that you’ll make better choices for yourself all day. You’ll be calmer, lighter, more fun and you’ll generally just be much more awesome. Go on be a superstar.
Got someone in your life that might benefit from a helpful kick up the toosh? Then share this with them, flash it around on Facebook or Tweet tweet tweet. I’d also love to hear your thoughts, is there something I’ve missed? Is it all too much? Tell me, ask me and remember “The fastest way to HAPPINESS is to STOP COMPLAINING”
Love & shizzle
PS I realise this is a mighty long post so over the coming weeks, I’ll break it down for you ♥