This week, let me tell you, has been a heck of a lot better for me compared to last week! If you don't know, my body was hurtinnnggggg and so I have really had to work on healing! Growing, learning, shining and progressing... no matter how long we have been working on our health... that never changes!
I want to ask you... What is health to you? What is "balance" to you? I know for me, it has kind of changed as I have learned more and more about my body, mind and what fills my cup (soul).
Health to me now, is FEELING good the majority of the time, because let's be real, we all have our down moments, and that is okay and that is real life. BUT I want to physically feel good and not hurt, ache, or hurt my back doing normal activities. I want to emotionally feel good the majority of the time. I do not want to feel fatigued, tired and drained every single day, EVEN THOUGH some days I will feel that way, and again, that is totally normal to have those days sometimes!
Balance to me is pulling back when I feel tired, when I feel sore & achey AND then check, am I doing okay on my food? Am not eating enough? How is my sleep? I do a self-check to see how's my balance:
Sleep- no less than 7 hrs, is it restful sleep?
Food- am I eating nourishing food? am I restricting and feel like "I hate my food?"
Work vs Free-time- am I working too much? Do I need to go out and do something?
Movement- do I need to decrease my weight-lifting for a week? am I hitting it hard and not recovering? How's my mobility sessions?
But then when I have to pull back, I DO NOT go FULL MONTY again into working out etc, I try to ease back into things to make this a balanced process.
Rather than going hitting HIGHs, then going LOWWWW, I have learned to TRY MY BEST to maintain a stable and steady pace. This has proven to me that I can be successful when I stay steady eddy. This has also been a HUGE learning process for me. I use to get super "high" on emotions when something good would happen, then super "low" when something bad would happen. I couldn't do it. It was so draining.
Having a routine every week has helped me. When & how I am going to get in movement, when am I am going to eat, and what. When I am going to do a little at home spa night.
For example my week is like this:
I wake up at the same time everyday, this is pretty much automatic now:
4:30 am Movement time + recovery drink
9:00-10:30 am Morning Snack, thyrodrive
Noon-ish Lunch daily nutrient packet, harmony
1:00-3:00 pm reds + greens
3:00 pm Afternoon Snack
5:30-ish pm Dinner
Bedtime:Snack, Reds + Greens, Skincare routine
Wednesdays & Saturdays:mask night/spa night
Fridays:Plan meal prep with our DFG recipes, grocery shop with list
Saturdays:Prep protein (meat), laundry
Sundays:finish food prep
That may look overwhelming to someone just starting out, but this has been my routine for YEARS now, and it keeps me balanced and SANE! Often times, we will make something fun on the weekend, go outdoors, and fill up our cup!
You don't have to wake up early like me, you can 100% do a schedule that works best for you! But I have found having a plan of attack helps keep that balance and progression!
Health is not about the scale, health is not waist trainers and detox teas. It's about finding your clarity where you feel good and you know WHY you are doing, eating and thinking the things you are! Tap into our own-self rather than comparing ourselves to other's journeys!
I want to share a recipe that we love on the weekend with Siete Chips! A way I practice BALANCE! You may be familiar with this!
Jalapeño Popper Dip
With this recipe, you must keep in mind, this is high fat. What I LOVE to do with this is make this dip and add chicken to a serving... IT IS SOOO GOOD!
2 8oz pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided in half
1 4oz can green chilies, diced
1 4oz can jalapeños, diced
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup melted butter
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and spray a 9inch pie pan with cooking spray or parchment.
In a large bowl mix cream cheese using a hand mixer until creamy. Then add mayo, shredded cheese, ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, green chilies and jalapeños. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix until well combined.
Spread into your pie pan.
In a small bowl combine your panko bread crumbs and melted butter.
Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top of your cheese mixture.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Serve with chips or crackers of your choosing.
Calories: 186 | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Carb: 3g