Nutrition Cheat Sheet

Your blood PH is naturally around 7-7.4, as it is neutral-alkaline. Your body will constantly work to return to this equilibrium.

What you fuel yourself with can have effect on your bodies PH level. A diet heavy in dairy, highly caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and meat can cause a heavy acid buildup in the body. This allows diseases to begin and thrive. This is also where inflammation can begin running rampant throughout the body. This can be balanced by eating alkaline foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Ever wonder why lemon water is so popular and energizes you? Lemons are one of the most alkaline things you can put in your body (10 PH!). This is why many people who eat a heavily acidic diet report much more energy from lemon water than their cup of 5 PH coffee.

By making your body more neutral, you are able to prevent diseases from forming, reduce inflammation, clear skin, improve energy and digestion, and maintain a healthy weight. To achieve a more neutral diet, the best thing to do is experiment! Try out different foods that are in the 8-10 PH level and take note of the ones you like. It is important to make the bulk of your diet focused around these foods.

An emphasis on dark leafy greens is the easiest way to make your diet more alkaline if you are eating a more acidic diet.

You can get more greens by enjoying a green juice as your midday pick-me-up instead of that coffee and by adding them to smoothies. You can also try eating a salad made of mostly greens every day (baby greens are easiest to chew).

As stated earlier, the body is neutral, so it is important to balance it with some foods on the more acidic end, such as beans and legumes, grains, and fermented foods. Animal products and byproducts can be a part of a healthy diet when kept to a minimum. If you eat meat, lean meats such as turkey, chicken, and fish are your best options. Keep these products to a palm size portion (3 oz) and fill the rest of your plate with alkaline vegetables to balance the acidity.

Ideas to start leading a healthier lifestyle:

  • Lemon water first thing in morning (drink half your weight in ounces every day!)

  • Fruits for breakfast or snacks

  • Keep a veggie tray in the fridge

  • Keep nuts and seeds in your bag while travelling

  • Surround yourself with healthy options

  • Don’t like greens? Put Chlorophyll in your water

  • One salad a day

  • Keep coffee to one cup, then switch to green tea

BONUS INFO:

Chlorophyll is essentially plant blood and gives plants the deep green pigmentation.

Benefits include helping fight cancer, improving liver detoxification, speeding up wound healing, improving digestion and weight control, and protecting skin health (This goes for all green vegetables, too!)

The purpose of chlorophyll is to help plants get energy from light.

Hemoglobin and Chlorophyll have similar structures. The main difference is that hemoglobin is built around iron (Fe), whereas chlorophyll is built around magnesium, (Mg). Chlorophyll helps to build hemoglobin. This will in turn increase red blood cell count, improve circulation and cleansing of the body, as well as increasing the transportation of oxygen throughout the body.

The magnesium in chlorophyll is also utilized for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein.

Greens are very important!

Another beneficial tip as you work towards optimal nutrition is to keep a food journal, and be sure to list ingredients along with portion sizes. This can help you to see where imbalances lie and where some changes can be made.

Nutrition is meant to be fun! It will offer no benefit to stress over it. As long as you are fueling your body with whole foods and eating a wide range of nutrients, you should be just fine.

How do you walk?

Recently I joined a women’s workshop that holds the intention of helping females tap into their divine feminine energy. This past Wednesday was the first meeting. There were several exercises we did to ground ourselves in the moment, one of which involved walking very slowly.

By slow, I mean slowwwww.

Taking several seconds to take a single step, and feeling each part of your foot as it meets the floor. We were told to have no destination in mind. Simply walk.

During this exercise, the teacher guided us in turning inwards to bring awareness to our bodies. This is when she asked a question that particularly struck me: “What are you leading with?”

As I stumbled about, trying to keep balance while walking the pace of a turtle, I began to take notice of my posture.

As I naturally moved through the room I noticed my head was pushed forward. In fact, my whole upper body seemed to be leaning forward as if it were trying to tell my feet “hurry up!”

Recently as I have been experiencing each day I noticed I am always preparing myself for the next moment. It has always been difficult for me to finish one thing to the fullest before moving to the next. I rarely finish books, I’m up and moving before I swallow the last bite of food, I trail off on another though in conversations before I finished the first.

This simple walking meditation allowed my awareness to be fully saturated in this particular habit o have been carrying. It allowed me to see how it was affecting me, and preventing me from remaining stable in the present moment.

After this realization came upon me, I was able to adjust. I gently pulled my head and shoulders back, and with the next step allowed my heart to lead the way. It now felt as if I was being guided by a force unseen. I became stable in my slow walk. I even had, dare I say, pep in my step. I was able to gracefully glide through the room, change direction, and do 360 turns without faltering.

I share this with you now because this moment was very impactful, and I feel it could offer great benefit to you.

Next time you are walking, bring awareness to your body. What is it you are leading with? How stable are your steps?

When I first began walking, I was leading with my mind. I was allowing the thoughts about the action to guide me. After the adjustment, my heart took the lead and I no longer had to question where I was stepping or how the nature of that step should look. It happened organically.

By bringing awareness to simple things like how you walk, you gain insight into deeper things, such as how you walk through life itself.

I encourage you to try this next time you have a spare moment, and feel free to share your experience in the comments.

I look forward to hearing from you.

10 Easy Ways to Survive the Summer Heat

Here in Michigan, Summer came creeping up from behind quickly, and with a story to tell. We were all feeling it as the sun blazed down and the sweat started to form a sticky layer that seemed to become a part of the skin. I had to learn quickly how to adapt to this heat wave, just to be comfortable in my own home. Now I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you on how to survive these coming summer months. After all, this is only the beginning….

First, we will start with some of the obvious:

  1. Loose-Fitting, Cotton Clothing

It’s breathable and will increase airflow around your body.

      2. Drink Plenty of Water

You are roughly 60-70% water. It is vital for regulating body temperature and keeping you cool, especially as these hot summer months can suck the moisture right out of you! (Gotta love that sticky humidity) Be sure to stay extra hydrated, I aim for at least 3 Litres of water a day, if not more. Listen to your body to find what works for you. If you’re one of those people who don’t like the taste of water, try adding fresh fruits and herbs! Experiment with different flavor combos. Here are a few to try out:

  • Cucumber + Lemon (Alkalizing and contains Electrolytes!)
  • Blueberry + Lavender (High in Antioxidants and Relaxing)
  • Watermelon + Mint (Summer in a Cup)
  • Strawberry + Lime + Mint (Refreshing Detoxifier)
  • Green Tea + Lemon + Ginger (Metabolism Booster)

      3. Turn Off and Unplug

Pretty straightforward. Electricity emits heat. Keep the lights off and unplug electronics at night.

      4. Hang a Wet Sheet

This might be a new one! Hang a wet sheet in a doorway or on the windows. The air blowing in will pick up moisture from the cloth and quickly cool down the room.

      5. Avoid the Stove and Oven

Have you ever cooked something in the oven during a hot summer day and dreaded going into the kitchen after? I would too, having a large appliance emitting waves of 400 degree heat.
Opt for eating more fresh and raw foods, especially ones with high water content to cool down and regulate body temperature (Easy Summer Recipes coming soon!) Some good choices include fruits (Berries, Watermelon, Peaches, Apples…), celery, cucumber, leafy greens, peppermint, and tomatoes.

      6. Sleep Outside

I’ve taken a liking to sleeping outside on my porch. It’s much cooler at night, but sometimes the house is left still humid and hot from the day time. Go rustic and set up a tent in your backyard for the night. If camping was never really your style, try glamping! You could even invite some friends over and make a little party out of it.

     7. Put your Sheets in the Freezer

Place your sheets in a reusable bag and store in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to sleep. It won’t last all night, but can at least keep you cool while you’re drifting off to sleep.

      8. If You’re Sweating, Up your Salt Intake

Salt is a vital mineral for regulating body temperature and has a cooling effect. As you sweat, you lose salt through your pores. If you’re a coffee drinker, you may need salt even more, as it leeches it from your body! Take a small pinch of high quality sea salt (I like Celtic Sea Salt) and add it to your food or water throughout the day.

      9. Go Cold Brewed

You could brew coffee or tea traditionally and pour it over ice, but boiling the water could add excess heat to the air.
For Iced Tea, I like to add around 8-10 tea bags to a half gallon container and store it in the fridge overnight.
For Cold-Brew Coffee, add 1 + 1/3 Cup of ground coffee to a jar with 4 cups of water and let sit in the fridge overnight (at least 8 hours). When ready, pour through a fine mesh strainer and serve! It will turn out quite concentrated, so I recommend diluting it to your liking.

      10. Exercise… your Green Thumb

You thought I was going to tell you to actually exercise didn’t you?

Did you know there are plants that can help keep your house cool? Most of them are the same ones that remove pollutants and toxins from the air! Bonus!
Just to name a few:

  • Snake Plant
  • Ferns (especially good for humidity)
  • Areca Palm Tree (removes benzene and formaldehyde)
  • Ficus Tree
  • Aloe Vera (will also come in handy for the sunburn you’ll be getting!)

Have you tried any of these methods, or have tips and tricks of your own? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you!