Spring is in the air! It is perhaps one of the best time to pause and reset our lives. Look at our diets, our health, family's health and general well-being. Here's my 7 quick tips on how you can spring clean your health routine for you and your family this season.
1. Go outdoors
Recently, I had to bring my son to an ophthalmologist because of a "turn" in his eye. He's only 2. So why is it that children in this day and age are more likely to develop myopia as compared to the past generations? According to Dr. Flaherty, children nowadays are developing more myopia because of the lack of outdoor activities. So bottom line is, get outside and go for a walk. Enjoy the greenery and the sunshine; kick a ball and create memories at the same time. Go solo or bring the family. Enjoy the nice warm days while they're around.
2. Go wheat free for a month
In the past few months, I've noticed that growing old also means that my metabolism has definitely slowed down too. There's the excess bits that doesn't ever seem to go away and also the "bloated" look that I kept sporting that made me look like I stacked on 5kgs! I decided to do something about it and just decided to cut out all bread/wheat products for a few weeks. Lo and behold, that contributed to feeling great and also not bloated like a whale. 2 extra kgs were shed and my pants are definitely hanging a bit nicer on my bottom than before.
3. De-clutter your medicine and vitamins cabinet
How often have you purchased medicine and vitamins and have either left it past it's used by date or "forgot to take them"? Well I have on numerous occasions because I was consistently sick every single month for the past 18 months and I was trying every possible vitamins and recommendations out there. The situation got to a point where I had blood tests done but the doctors just couldn't figure out what was going on.
In the past week, I decluttered and removed all the vitamins that weren't working for me and also throwing out medicine that has expired. Luckily for me, I was introduced to this awesome product called Kyani by a mate of mine who is Australia's most awarded Allied Health Professional. Ever since I started taking Kyani about two months ago, I've stopped falling sick, stopped feeling as bloated around the time of the month and have had more energy than ever before. Best of all it's 100% natural and I know you'll love it too. If you want to hear more, you can contact me.
4. Spend 10 minutes a day de-stressing
As a mum, 10 minutes a day is a big ask. But what I have realised that if I don't do that quick 10 minutes de-stressing each day, my day will just be hap-hazard and unproductive. Squeeze in some time to meditate. Clear your mind and just breathe. Focus on pulling the air down into your belly, breathe in and count to five, hold the breath for a moment and slowly expel the breath. I've also started using the Omvana app after hearing about it from Vishen Lakhiani's book - The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.
5. Bin old makeup
Remember that awesome red lippy that you bought because it looked great but you have not worn it since? Well it's time to toss it. Most cosmetic products have a shelf life of just one year. If you notice changes in the product, discolouration or some dampness or separation of the product, it is time to pop those in the bin.
6. Limit your screen time
Talk to anyone who knows me, and they will tell you how much I am a technology junkie. However, it has got to a stage where I think I can be classified as being "addicted" to my phone. I can't help it! I use it for work, for Facebook, catching up with friends and or just when I'm "chilling out". Having my phone handy has been great but I have to think about what type of example am I setting for my son. Also, too much screen time causes stress on the eyes and also doesn't allow the mind to calm down. So, what my hubby and I often do is to leave our phones at home on the weekends. It's too bad that we miss that phone call or that social media update. Our sanity and calm minds are more important. We are also forced to reconnect and do things together and not just stare at our screens when we are waiting in line for something. Try this out. Just one day a week of locking your technology away. Grab a book. Read a paper. Your mind will thank you for it.
7. Eat clean and choose in-season, local produce
We're so blessed to be living in one of the greatest countries in the world where great produce is in abundant and we don't just have to rely on big chain supermarkets. Spring is a great time to hit some growers markets and pick out seasonal produce that's packed with more flavours as well as price savings. Opt for organic fruits and vegetables when possible. However, the next best thing is to opt for spray free fruits and vegetables - these are generally easier on the wallets too. If you're in Sydney, check out Addison Market in Marrickville, Paddy's Market or Frenchs' Forest Growers Market.
The above points are all my own take on how I spring clean my health and well being routine. Let me know what are some of your routines. Thank you for taking the time to read this post :)