My Daily Health Practices - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 14th, 2013
01:33 pm - My Daily Health Practices
So, here is what I do each day to care for my body.
On waking, I take my basal temperature and blood pressure, then record it. Then I laser my scar and put sea buckthorn oil on it. After that I do about 10 minutes of skin brushing, then apply coconut oil. While I'm doing that, I do my oil pulling (swishing oil in the mouth) with coconut oil for 15-20 minutes. While I'm doing all this, I'm firing up my computer. I check my emails and the blogs I'm following with my bare feet resting on my new Earthing Pad to ground me at the computer. I make a spirilina smoothie for me and my dad, and I sip on it in front of the computer. At that time, I take my many morning supplements with the smoothie: enzymes, iodine, adrenal supplement, and at this time, I'm taking a liver and thymus supplement in an effort to address this bump on the roof of my mouth. The supplements are all prescribed by my chiropractor due to what he found when muscle testing me. (By the way, for the record, my chiropractor does not sell or benefit from anyone else selling supplements! I buy them from the health food store or online.) The smoothie is just something I concocted which is made from water, banana, spirilina, cacao powder, coconut oil, and ground flax seed. Delicious! Well, ok, it's an acquired taste!
Then I'm off to the gym where I do an hour workout of both cardio and weights. More weights than cardio. I'm going to post a picture of my arm muscle soon. I had very poor muscle tone (due to a 25 pound weight loss, which included a lot of MUSCLE!) when I joined the gym last January. I'm more muscular now, and I feel stronger.
When I get home from the gym and shopping for groceries, I get my dad's breakfast ready. He will return from yoga class around the time I get home. I make a meal for him and usually something for myself. Then I lie down for a 15-20 minute rest on my new "grounding fitted sheet". I often read at that time. I usually read non-fiction... often to do with health. But, lately I've been reading novels and that makes my eyes tired, because I can lie there and read for hours if I'm hooked on the story. I need to stick with my health books, because I don't find them as compelling and can stop reading any time!
On the days I don't go to the gym, I do my Egoscue stretching exercises while I listen to Oldies on the Internet. Also, I try to go swimming at the retreat center a couple of times a week. I lie in the sun after swimming for a total of 20 minutes... 10 minutes on each side, to get my Vit. D. I apply more coconut oil after I swim and sun.
Dad eats his afternoon meal with us around 4 PM. We are eating a Paleo-ish diet these days. It's not strict, because we eat cheese and fermented milk products. But, it is extremely wholesome and nourishing food, and I'm very happy with this diet. At this time, I take my second round of supplements with our meal. Right now, due to a fall my dad had last week and a trip to urgent care yesterday to get first aid and antibiotics, I am doctoring my dad after this meal, and making sure he gets his medications. (He does NOT like taking these, and there's a bit of tension and frustration around all this meds-taking. I would like to change this somehow.)
In the evening, I walk barefooted outside. This is new. I've been wearing shoes (with a lift) nearly all the time now, and my feet are very soft and tender. When I was young, I went barefoot more than not, and my feet were very tough. Now, due to wanting to ground myself to the earth more, I am attempting to toughen my feet by taking walks outside when the sand is not too hot. It really hurts! All the little rocks are sharp and I try not to HOBBLE too much! I've been walking on the grass at the park in the evenings. That's better, but my feet are STILL tender! Supposedly wet earth or grass is more beneficial than anything that is dry. Well, our sand is dry, dry, dry! Walking by the ocean is best, because the salt water is very grounding and the wet sand is grounding. We don't have any oceans nearby, but we can find ways to moisten our ground more.... like having gardens and walking barefoot in them? Got to get rid of those biting ants, though! I am really enjoying learning about this Earthing theory, and I'm putting as much into practice as I can right now, just to test it out. I love stuff like this.
I go to bed around 10 PM, and now we're sleeping on a "grounded sheet" with a "grounded blanket". The jury is out how this will help our health, but I'm enjoying the experiment. In the middle of the night I take my natural thyroid hormones (supposed to be taken on a completely empty stomach) And when I wake up in the morning, I start all over again.
Those are my health practices right now.