Ah, sweet, sweet summertime. Life is breezy, spontaneous, and beautiful. I’m currently on paid vacation. Less time working equals more time for playing, and I am definitely in playful spirits these days. While the major themes of this post are related to summer and my life post The Elimination Diet, I’m writing with a more relaxed, somewhat spontaneous approach…something like a first thought, best thought scenario is about to ensue, so just go with it!
First things first: I’ve successfully reintegrated everything I eliminated from my diet during those 30 days on The Elimination Diet with no major adverse side effects. I was slightly concerned that after going sans gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, caffeine, and alcohol for an entire month, my body may have rejected the idea of at least one of these categories. Fortunately, that was not the case. I have kept the consumption of these categories in my current daily diet down drastically compared to my eating habits prior to The Elimination Diet, and I do believe my body is better off this way. However, I am sincerely grateful that my body still accepts and allows me to enjoy things like sweet treats, gluten and dairy filled goodness, and of course, the occasional adult beverage in the form of delicious (antioxidant rich!) red wine and crisp, refreshing craft beers.
Easy health hacks I have continued to include in my diet post 30 days include:
- I use almond milk instead of milk or a dairy based creamer when drinking coffee. If I sweeten my coffee, I opt for a teaspoon or less of organic raw blue agave.
- My cravings for sugar have definitely diminished, which is wonderful. When I do want a sweet treat, I go out and treat myself to ice cream or a pastry, rather than buying a pint of gelato or a box of treats to keep at home and indulge in at any time.
- The only sweets I have to indulge in at home are organic 72% cacao dark chocolate and coconut cookie thins. I’ll have a square of chocolate or a few cookies every now and again, but it’s no longer a nightly ritual and definitely in major moderation compared to my prior sweet tooth indulgences.
- I still enjoy a super food packed smoothie nearly every day. Sometimes, I make one in the evening when I previously would’ve gone for less healthy snack food or sweets option.
- Gluten free crackers and veggies are dipped into my hummus rather than pita chips.
- My overall diet is still primarily veggie and protein packed.
- I am much more aware of reading the labels when grocery shopping, and am buying organic whenever possible.
Keeping with the continuation of positive health practices post Elimination Diet, I treated my tummy to an Arvigo Therapy session while I was in Virginia. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, founded on an ancient Maya technique of non-invasive external abdominal massage, assist with supporting your reproductive and digestive health.
As a dancer who is always focusing on her “center” of gravity, this technique opened up a completely new way of connecting to my center. I never thought of my internal organs as more than functioning anatomical systems in my body. After focusing so deeply on the physical health and well being of my internal organs through a deep system reset on The Elimination Diet, it was refreshing to take on a more energetic approach to this area of my body. The massage made me realize how much power there truly is, both on a physical and emotional level, behind this area of the body. I love that this technique incorporates a self-care massage component that your Arvigo practitioner guides you through at the end of your session. Carving out a few extra minutes each morning or evening to take care of my body in this way has definitely yielded positive health results. Getting in touch with our bodies is so crucial in this day and age, and I’m excited to have yet another tool in my health regime to assist me in living at my highest potential. All my gratitude goes out to Rhonda Barnhill for my Arvigo Therapy session!
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Keep calm and sip on this summer…although tea is already a hydrating health conscious beverage, these Superfood Iced Tea Recipes rev up the health benefits and keep you hydrated, while cooling you down during the hot summer months. Summer health is all about staying hydrated. Enjoy!
Light, love, & gratitude,
* I am currently expanding my private clientele throughout the summer! If you or someone you know in the New York City area may be interested in my services, please feel free to connect with me.