Do you ever have those days when you just feel, well, blahhhhh? Yeah, well I seem to be having one of those weeks. As someone whose passion and career is based on seeking out wellness and learning how to thrive, weeks when I am functioning at less than optimal actually really intrigue me. When something in my life seems off kilter, I usually go into investigation mode, tuning in to what I need to do differently to get my body and mind back on track.
Last week, in the Nourish 360 program, our focus was on connecting. Since it is a group program, there was an emphasis on connecting with one another to seek support, inspiration, and to gather ideas. But, the idea of connecting is two-fold. Yes, we connect with each other, but an even bigger aspect of this part of the N360 program is connecting with yourself.
We live in the hustle bustle, with a ton of to dos on our lists, events to attend, children to care for, and people to love. Its awesome, its full, and it can be very exhilarating, but in all the stuff going on in our lives, what we often put at the end of our priority list is taking time to connect with ourselves. Taking the time to tune in to our inner knowledge. This is important on so many levels, but regarding the idea of feeling your best and knowing what you need in order to get there… you have to tune in. I am a unique individual, as are you, and there is no one way to thrive. There is no one book that will help everyone lose weight or no one way that will guarantee everyone to feel their best. That is why the bookstores and Amazon are stocked with thousands of health and wellness books. There is a ton of information out there and the best way to sort through what is going to be effective and work for you is to tune in. You have to take the time to connect with yourself in order to realize what will actually work for you.
I felt crummy most of last week and decided I needed some tuning in to what was going to get me out of my funk. I kept asking myself what I needed… in my journal, outside connecting with nature, in any way I thought I was going to get an authentic answer. My answers came pretty clear. I needed to stop drinking my nightly glass of wine and incorporate more green smoothies into my mornings. That is what my intuition told me. And guess what? It was dead on.
So, I ask you, what are the simple shifts you need to make in your life in order to thrive? Take a moment (or many), to tune in and connect with yourself and ask what you truly need. Here are some ideas on ways you can tune in:
Take a walk in nature
Stretch your body
Do something you truly enjoy
Focus on your breath
Ask yourself a question and look for the answer at your heart center or gut as opposed to your mind
Oh, and in case you need a green smoothie too, heres one of my favorite recipes. Have a great week!
Tropical Green Smoothie
by Stephanie Horning
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 8 min
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
1-2 teaspoons coconut butter
1 teaspoon spirulina
Place spinach, banana, mango, pineapple, coconut butter, spirulina, and almond milk in the blender. Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 30 seconds (if you need, stop and add more milk and blend again until smoothie starts blending and/or reaches desired texture).