Thirty Days to a Better Me.

It is a bright, sunny morning. As I sip on my warm water and lemon, I reflect upon that which I set out to do this month. I have committed to two challenges: one is to reset my energy through nutrition; and the other is to support my mindfulness and parasympathetic system through a more calming activity. 

Challenge No. 1: The Whole 30. I pride myself in eating quite well. From time to time it is awesome to do a "reset" so-to-speak. In the past I have tried various detoxes, but at times find them difficult to sustain with a busy lifestyle. Last year, I followed the Whole 30 challenge - developed by brother and sister duo Dallas & Mellissa Hartwig. It is a no-nonsense approach to eating well. It involves a paleo type diet. The Whole 30 "rules"  can be summed up as such, as per whole30.com:

  1. Yes: Eat real food.
  2. No: Avoid for 30 Days.
  3. Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
  4. Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.
  5. Do not eat grains.
  6. Do not eat legumes.
  7. Do not eat dairy.
  8. Do not consume carrageenan, Msg or sulfites.
  9. Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with "approved" ingredients.

I invite you to join on this challenge. Several people I love are set to do the Whole 30 with me this month! This link will bring you to their website, wherein you will find a plethora of links to downloadable files specifically created to make the challenge achievable from an explanation of the why and how, to grocery lists, to where sugars and preservatives hide.

If you are just reading this now, don't be shy to embark on this challenge at your own leisure. Review the program and start by string through your cupboards and fridge. Eliminate temptations and pre-packaged food. Fill your kitchen with delectable vegetables, fruits and protein sources. Don't forget to consider some easy-go-to snacks for when you get to "starvation mode". When you are prepared, there are no excuses! Remember that an ounce of preparation will set you up for success overall.

Challenge No. 2: 30 Days Pure One of Ottawa's leading yoga studios, Pure Yoga is holding a 30-day yoga challenge during the month of June. Yes, it is already June! I have enrolled for two reasons: to improve my mindfulness and create an occasion to down-regulate by nourishing my parasympathetic system.

Parasympathetic nervous system: The part of the involuntary nervous system that serves to slow the heart rate, increase intestinal and glandular activity, and relax the sphincter muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system, together with the sympathetic nervous system, constitutes the autonomic nervous system.
— Medicine Net Dot Com

For the past seven or so years, my workouts have involved high-impact plyometrics and circuit training. I have truly plateaued. In addition to the yoga, I will incorporate jogging (can't quite call it running at this stage) as well, since it makes me glow and it helps me organize my thoughts. Also, sunny bike rides will get me outdoors for an occasion to soak up vitamin D right from the source!

This month will be filled with some hurdles, but mostly feel-good vibes and surges in energy and positive shifts in my mindset.

Please share your comments and experiences if you so do please!

Be good to you.

W xo