Do you ever feel like you just need to hit the reset button on your health after a week or two of being all over the place? Though I personally don’t do well with restriction or cleanses, a good “reset” every once in a while does wonders for me. After 2 weeks of no meal planning and grabbing things here and there, plus not working out, I was feeling kind of blah (run down, sluggish, etc). So, reset it is!
A reset in my world is just a way to get back on the health track that makes me feel good. Simply put, I focus on the following:
- Eating real (unprocessed) food, focusing on protein and produce with healthy fats.
- Exercising (3-4 days a week is the sweet spot for me at this stage right now).
- Drinking plenty of water and taking a break from wine (you know, until Friday).
- Getting 8 hours of sleep.
- Consuming anti inflammatory “super” foods.
I know, I know, this is what many would probably describe as just a typical week of being healthy. It’s true, I’m not into extremes so simply outlining these goals helps me regain focus on habits that make me feel more energetic, less bloated, and more vitalized.
So what does this look like in practice? I snapped pictures yesterday to share!
I woke up at 5:30ish and started with 2-3 ounces of this tonic I made on Sunday that is packed with anti inflammatory compounds. As a bonus, I think it tastes quite tasty and fresh- a perfect start to the day!
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut water
- 1½ Tbsp raw honey
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 inches fresh turmeric, peeled
- juice from 1 lemon
- Place all ingredients in a high power blender. Blend until smooth.
- Optional: strain through cheesecloth to remove fibrous parts.
- Drink 2-3 ounces every morning on an empty stomach for a burst of anti-inflammatory compounds!
A little later, once the girls were up, I ate a real breakfast.
Sauteed peppers, onions and kale with a fried egg, half an avocado and blueberries. I also had an English breakfast tea of the side.
Then I made my way to Burn Bootcamp. You guys, I love Burn, yet I think I’ve been only 1 time over the past two weeks. I have a laundry list of excuses, but I have to put them aside. I know how important exercise is to my health and the afterglow of yesterday’s 1000 rep workout felt gooooood.
Now if I really was thinking ahead, I would have packed a snack for afterwards, but since I didn’t, I grabbed the kale, spinach and beet salad from La Patisserie while I knocked out a little computer work.
Beets, I’m trying to like you still, but you make it so hard.
And more tea. I basically drink hot tea all day long when the weather cools off.
Early afternoon I had some leftover spaghetti squash with pizza sauce and red pepper flakes before loading the girls in the stroller for a walk.
I have my fitbit back on after a brief hiatus and wanted to ensure I hit 10,000 steps while we soaked up the nice weather. Quick confession: when I know I’m going to have a week where I don’t exercise much I don’t wear it– how terrible is that?!
We stayed out later than we intended while chatting it up with some friends, but luckily dinner was in the crockpot and I set the rice cooker to be ready and waiting for us.
We had Crockpot Thai Chicken Curry. A few notes:
I liked the flavor (so did the girls!) but for me, I would have added in a few chili peppers for more spice. I did add hot sauce on my second helping and that hit the spot!
I forgot to add the kale- oops.
The sauce was a little thinner than I prefer.
I left the chicken thighs whole instead of cutting them into pieces and it fell apart really nicely at the end = time saver!
Whenever we eat rice, I try to have us eat outside because it inevitably ends up everywhere and finding the energy to clean sticky rice off the floor after the girls go to bed is sometimes just too much for a Monday.
Cute little rascals.
That’s what a health “reset” day looks for me! Back in the day I might have counted calories or macros, but now I know getting back to the basics through a little “refresh and refocus” works best for my body, mind and soul!
Do you have a go-to plan or tip that helps you feel back on track?