It’s time to post my annual winter checklist of all the crucial health tips I have collected that keep me feeling my best during the darkest month of the year.
The end of fall is the perfect time to make sure we are doing all we can to feel our very best… to slow down and care for our inner spark while the earth prepares for winter.
It’s okay to take these upcoming winter months slower, to tend to our inner needs more, and to make sure we are getting lots and lots of sleep.
It’s not only okay, it’s what we are *supposed* to be doing. It’s like Mother Nature hand carved these months out for you to repair your adrenal glands and nurture your energy reserves so you can emerge this spring feeling triumphantly energetic!
So let’s run through the 6 questions that you should ask yourself before the beginning of each winter, in order to feel your best for the entire upcoming year:
1) Are you drinking plenty of water each day?
More important than the foods that we will eat today is our hydration status, especially amidst all this dry artificial heat in our workplace and winter fires in our homes.
Drink and drink and drink even more water then you are used to.
It’s easy to remember to drink water in the summer when you are perspiring, hot, and sticky.
It’s tricky to remember to drink it in the winter when you are dry and cold and flaky.
2) Are you taking an Omega 3 supplement?
Combat the winter dryness and lift the winter fog in our brains by eating foods rich in omega oils: fish, flax seeds, avocado, coconut and coconut oil… plus an Omega 3 supplement. The Omega 3s will help smooth out your days and ease your body from the brittle dryness that winter brings.
3) Are you sleeping more than you usually do?
Allow yourself to re-connect to the natural rhythm of the earth.
These days of bright artificial lights and TV channels that blast shows 24 hours a day can keep us feeling like there isn’t much difference between the middle of the night and the middle of the day.
To your body, to your pineal gland, your hormones, your muscles, your brain… the difference between night and day is iron clad.
You are meant to sleep at night, and you are meant to sleep longer in the winter months.
Allow your body to get an extra hour of sleep each night during the winter… at least give it a try this week: vow to sleep an extra hour each night this week and see if your mood, energy level, eating habits, activity level and joy all get a boost!
4) Are you getting out there and touching the earth each day?
We all build up free radical damage, it’s a normal part of life.
What is not normal is that we are accruing damage from them, instead of letting them be effortlessly neutralized by the worlds biggest anti-inflammatory ever… the earth.
Ten minutes of direct contact with the earth will literally begin to neutralize all of the inflammation in your body from head to toe, inside and out.
If I could hook each and every one of you up to a PET scan and show you the difference just ten minutes would make to your body you would be so in love with the earth you would embrace her every day.
And if you find you are not getting your ten minute date outside with mother earth every single day, please begin taking a Vitamin D supplement and continue to take it all winter long if you are not already.
(And for more ideas on why touching the earth is so healing for you, even in winter… grab my free Earthingâ„¢ Idea Book at the top of my right side bar on my website…)
5) Are you pooping?
It’s normal for everything to slow down in the winter, but if your bowels are feeling full of rich and hearty winter meals and you are feeling dense inside, hopefully upping your water intake, taking tons of healthy fish or flax seed oil, and laying on the earth each day will help restore your daily rhythms.
If not, my favorite remedy is drinking this magnesium rich beverage every night, or juicing a whole bunch of apples, or eating a prune a day.
And as a last resort, a cup of nighttime tea with senna in it will certainly help you feel back to normal the next day.
For more holistic ideas to heal consitipation (did you know accupuncture makes a world of difference? Have you ever heard of a Squatty Potty? It can change your life!) head over to my blog post on healing constipation here.
6) Are you allowing yourself gain a few pounds?
You might be an enlightened Buddha thriving off the energy of the universe, but your body is an organic, human thing that is connected to the physical earth and responds to the rhythms of the seasons and needs nourishment.
Every winter it is normal to slow down and allow a few extra pounds to sustain and warm you.
It is like-wise just as effortless and natural to lose several pounds in the spring as the world awakens and we are drawn to more physical labor such as preparing garden beds, trimming the lawn, spring cleaning our homes, and walking barefoot on the beach.
If we don’t attach all the typical BS to our weight that we usually do, the few pounds that warm us in the winter will be shed without a second thought in the spring.
This is the natural rhythm of the animal world all around you.
The first half of winter, while food is still plenty and days grow darker, are a time to allow yourself to find nourishment in foods and warmth under your blankets, eating more and sleeping longer.
In a few months, as the pantry empties out and the holiday parties are long gone, there will be a natural thinning time, a time when the days become noticeably longer and your thoughts turn to the fresh spring salads that will be popping up in your garden.
It is only when we attach a negative meaning to our weight that we attach heaviness and permanency and BULK to it… and these pounds become a part of how we see ourselves forever. We get locked into battle with them and they fight to stay and add and grow, year after year after year.
As a result, most people tend to gain a few pounds a year (despite being locked in constant battle and fighting against it the entire time) and accrue this mass permanently, instead of easily gaining and losing a few pounds with the seasons. It just shows that fighting weight isn’t the way to go.
If we dropped all our mental baggage around this rhythm, a rhythm of ebb and flow, of nourishment and lean times, of seasons, we would not gain weight year after year after year, instead we would gain and release.
It’s only our society that fears weight gain that makes it almost *impossible* to drop the pounds without thinking twice about it late winter and early spring.
Now is not the time to allow our culture’s baggage to taint what should be a natural time of celebration, stocking up, and preparing for the winter ahead.
If you welcome this seasonal change with gratitude, you will be healthier for it.
Want more reasons why your weight should not be stressing you out right now?
P.S. — Winter is the perfect time to turn inwards, nurture your adrenal glands, boost your internal energy reserves, and emerge this spring feeling better than you may have felt in many many years.
Repairing your adrenal glands is the easiest to do in the winter. It’s easier to sleep longer in the winter, easier to prepare and eat warm winter-inspired foods like soup, roasts, stews, etc… rich with fat, protein and salt (all absolutely crucial when repairing your adrenals) and easier to cocoon in and nurture your body, less exertion and more repair.
That’s why I run my Adrenal Repair Online Class in December — because if you start to take care of your adrenal rhythm this winter, in just a few short months from now you can be fully recovered from Adrenal Fatigue! Emerge this spring feeling better than you have felt in many many years! Ready to eat lighter, sleep stronger, lose weight, move your body more.
If you want to work with me to optimize this recovery,
I’m here for you.
In this 5 Day Adrenal Repair Bootcamp, I will:
explain why your cortisol gets out-of-wack and why it’s so important to nurture your adrenal glands
show you exactly how to support adrenal repair so that you get actionable guidance that you can apply throughout the course and beyond
send you an awesome goodie bag filled with items we will use together during the course, including adrenal supportive supplements, a grounding wrist band and my very favorite magnesium drink to help you sleep better, wake better, feel better and live better (the goodie bag alone is over a $50 value!)
send you DAILY uplifting, positive, fun emails packed with information, tips, videos, activities, self assessment quizzes and more to get you into the healing flow of easily and effortlessly repairing your adrenal glands…
host a LIVE Q&A phone call where I will answer every single one of your health questions personally, AND send you the recording so you can listen to it at your convenience and save for future reference forever!
Without understanding and implementing the crucial steps that I am going to share with you in this course, there is no way you are going to have full repair after a stressful circumstance and feel your best.
Just no way.
So let me help you right now with tons of fun, uplifting, actionable things you can do right now to address adrenal fatigue.
Class starts in just 3 weeks:
Dec 5 th – Dec 9 th
Registration closes this week and space is limited, so please reserve your spot today.
Let’s get you feeling better than you do right now… reserve your spot now!