Are You Getting Fresh With Me?!

Featured

On a final note of renewal for April we’re looking at food. Springtime offers a number of unique renewal opportunities when it comes to food. And so often the way we look at food is one of the bigger challenges in getting fit and healthy. Spring offers a few fresh perspectives:

Changes in cravings: Often comes spring we’ll actually want to eat more of the fresh seasonal foods available. I’ve heard this time and again, and have many years experienced it myself. Take this opportunity to stray from your grocery list and adopt a new habit such as a big bowl of fruit for breakfast. Listen to those cravings of wanting those baby greens, fresh fruit and the more readily available or locally grown fare.

Opportunity to try something new: if you’ve never tried a fiddlehead, spring garlic, or baby broccoli, spring is the only time you’ll find them. They are some of the few foods that aren’t conventionally grown for the purpose of consumption in their early days, or only grow at this time of year and aren’t grown for mass consumption. If you have tried them before, don’t forget about them. Adding diversity to your healthy diet keeps boredom from setting in and can help keep you on track– that’s not only relevant to spring but anytime you feel tired of the same old thing, look for a new recipe using healthy foods you don’t normally choose.

Opportunity to grow your own: this may not be for everyone on a grand scale, but trust me when I say you can grow chives, for example. Growing food does take time and effort and having a full veggie garden isn’t something everyone can commit to (so awesome if you can!). But even growing a few herbs on a windowsill is very rewarding and feels so nice compared to dried herbs or even fresh ones from the store. I remember my first attempt at growing food lacked grand success but those few cherry tomatoes (four I think, harvested at different times, and shared with my partner) are experiences I won’t forget. Not only did they bring greater awareness to the overall process and effort required to produce food, but there is a sense of satisfaction (if not for your stomach with such small yields) and appreciation for that food you just don’t get with picking up a piece of produce from the grocery store. And since then I’ve had success growing some more substantial amounts and varieties. I’ll probably never be a farmer, but trust me when I say you can grow chives (you might actually have trouble not growing more chives than you want or need if you don’t contain them in a pot!).

So are you getting fresh with me this spring?!

Looking for more renewal opportunities? Renew each week, sign up for the Awesomeness Update.

Get daily renewal with some social media: facebook, twitter, google + and instagram

© Lisa Kingsley-Correia and Create Fitness Health and Wellness, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Advertisements

Be A Space Case

Featured

If you’ve been having trouble implementing some of the previous renewal suggestions so far this month despite your efforts perhaps it’s a space case: we are so loaded down with stuff and schedules and to-do lists, we often haven’t created enough space in our lives for these things.

Think about how much harder it is to get things done in a messy space, how helpless we feel in a dirty or crowded space, and how challenging it is to remember to do and implement new habits into your routine when you feel like you’re overwhelmed by an already packed schedule. Does something here really speak to the way you are currently living? If so perhaps you need to be a space case.

If you’re already feeling challenged or helpless and time pressed and lost in a mess, this all sounds fantastic and ideal, but how and where to start?! Nike have a good point when they say “just do it”. Of course not all at once, but rather than ponder and dread and procrastinate and avoid the problem face it head on, in a manageable 10 minute chunk of time if you have to.

1. If time is an issue address your calendar first. What’s in there that’s making you feel overwhelmed, that you said “yes” to when “no” was really ok? Or what is an old habit in your routine that you know you don’t need to do? Make some time priorities for yourself, and really question the validity of “have to” outside of work and obligations that will truly cost you, or meetings and events you really will regret missing. Now you’ve likely found at least a few minutes to spare.

2. As a matter of priorities you manage to find time to do lots of tv watching, facebook creeping newsfeed cruising, internet surfing (we’ve all been click baited into an hour of time wastage before whether we like to admit it or not, and then wondered why we wasted that hour), and probably even useless/junk email checking. So when the thought crosses your mind that you should put down the remote, the mouse, or the phone because you know you’re wasting time: just do it and don’t look back. You will never regret missing a binge session of Storage Wars or 25 gifs of the most epic fails.

3. Now that you’ve got some time, start looking at your space even if you think “all I needed was a bit more time”, but have a cluttered or messy space, your mind may still have a level of overwhelm you don’t recognize due to being “used to it”. Use some of this time rather than making new habits and filling up your schedule again to make some life space, or work space, creative or family or active or spiritual or even cooking/food prep and eating space. Make your living spaces places you want to spend time and enjoy yourself. Spaces you find aesthetically pleasing.

4. If all of this seems scary and out of your comfort zone that’s a good thing. Often fear is an opportunity to move and grow into “better” people to ourselves and our family, but is a stretch outside of our idea of what we’re capable of, or challenges us to accept a different belief than one we’ve been carrying around for a long time. Be scared and do it anyhow! The reason we procrastinate and fill our time with non-meaningful activities is often our excuse not to be who we want to be or achieve what we want to achieve. Comfort zones are important and gut feelings are too, don’t get me wrong, but can we all acknowledge that many times they are hindering and holding us back? Allow yourself to be scared and move through it, don’t wait to not be scared of something new or different. You may never get over that fear, but you may step out of it and realize it’s usually very freeing and not as fearsome as you thought.

5. Embrace this idea: failure is awesome! Fear of failure to embrace a new change, let go of an old habit or something that once meant a lot to us stops us because maybe we failed at it, or something like it before, but failure is usually inevitable prior to success. You walk don’t you? Ever seen a toddler walk on the first or even the fiftieth attempt? I’m sure you get the point here, and to add to it often failure comes with fantastic lesson(s) with each attempt. We wouldn’t have most of the many amazing tools we use every day if failing was a sign we should give up on something. So go ahead and fail at any or all of this; just renew your “can-do” attitude and try try again!

You could also create space in your inbox to get a weekly Awesomeness Update. You can also find us on :  facebook, twitter, google + and instagram for a daily dose of awesomeness.

© Lisa Kingsley-Correia and Create Fitness Health and Wellness, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited

The NINJA: April 2015

Featured

As seasoned readers of this blog know. I love my blog, but not such a great fan of complicated technology, so the weekly blog gets posted here, but in order to keep the high quality look to my newsletter you’ll have to bang out one more click. Thanks for the love ninjas!

A Personal Water World

Featured

Having already covered breath and oxygen I think it goes without saying that when it comes to physical renewal water is runner up on the importance rank. Yet, most of us, even those seeking to be healthier, fitter and feeling renewed are going about our days dehydrated. I might even go so far as to say parched.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record to those who’ve ever read a word about hydration: once you are thirsty you are already experiencing a level of dehydration. And if you’re someone who “needs” their lip balm or hand cream regularly chances are you need a glass of water too. I also loathe to break it to you: not juice, iced tea, or (goodness forbid!) soda or coffee. Yes, some of these things will offer a level of hydration your body isn’t really saying “please hydrate me, and feel free to add a solid shot of sugar and/or caffeine and/or colour and flavour with that”, it’s just telling you it wants water. We survived a very long time without those others and our bodies never need them, despite the fact that our love and addiction to sugar and caffeine might tell us we do.

So when and how much water does your body crave on a daily basis? Well, starting your morning with a glass of water and then another as soon as you can handle it is a very good time to rehydrate after a long night of not drinking anything (or maybe the few sips you grabbed off of the bedside at 3:00, but that’s because you were so dehydrated your body woke you to tell you to drink, in this case you definitely need it!). Also important timing is during exercise, aim for a glass every 15 minutes or so. This is of course somewhat dependent on your size, gender, level of exertion, and whether you sweat heavily or lightly relatively speaking. Women tend to sweat less than men, and if you notice during a workout that you are drenched relative to your workout compadres you’ll want to drink more than the suggested guidelines, use your best judgment here. It’s also important to hydrate pre and post exercise. Don’t hit the gym or the road with what feels like a turbulent body of water in your tummy as you move, lest you feel sick, but a few glasses leading up to and another one or two after exercise are sure to keep you hydrated. If you will be exercising more than an hour at a medium to high intensity consider electrolyte replacement or a pinch of salt and an orange juiced into your drink (this sounds gross, but you won’t taste the salt). As for how much outside of your exercise routine: your weight in kg as the number of ounces to drink daily is ideal, if you only know your weight in pounds divide by 2 for a good approximation (i.e. 150 lbs divided by 2 is 75, so 75 oz. daily). To clarify this is in addition to your workout water, not including.

For many this will seem like a lot, and if you find yourself hitting the bathroom what seems like a comical/irritating/”again?!” number of times work your way up to your ideal. Our bodies are the most amazing adaptation machines, your body will love you for it, and the rest of your mechanisms (particularly mind and bladder) will adapt. Happy hydrating!

If you want more like this sign up to get a weekly Awesomeness Update. You can also find us on : facebook, twitter, google + and instagram for a daily dose of awesomeness.

© Lisa Kingsley-Correia and Create Fitness Health and Wellness, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.