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Staying Healthy at Work

It can be difficult to maintain a health regimen when you are working full time and are constantly on the go.

Our root chakras are usually taxed throughout the workweek – this is the chakra that fuels our physical body and gives us energy.

Here are some tips to keep you and your root chakra on track during the workweek:

1. Prepare Your Meals At Home
Even though we live in an era where healthy meal options are becoming more readily available, the best way to control our diet is to prepare our own meals. This way we can be completely in charge of the ingredients and know exactly what we’re consuming.

I find this to be especially important for those monitoring their sugar intake – natural or otherwise. It’s common for a lot of outside “healthy options” such as salads and stir-fry dishes to have sauces that are loaded with sugar. In addition, while you may think having a salad is a healthy choice, if it contains veggies that are on the dirty dozen list, it’s best that they be consumed organic. Preparing your own salad at home will ensure that your greens are organic and your dressing is healthy.

To save on time, consider
– Pre-washing any veggies you plan to use for juicing or making salads
– Making batches of different salad dressings to use throughout the week
– Pre-making sauces (e.g. pasta or stir fry sauces) and freezing them
– Creating a meal plan so that you can have the necessary ingredients available when you need them

2. Stock a Drawer at Work with Healthy Snacks & Sweets
I have a drawer at work where I keep my healthy snacks. I am particularly fond of coconut chips, naturally sweetened organic granola bars, organic dark chocolate and healthy protein bars for when I need something a little more substantial. Keeping these snacks on hand will resist any urges you have for going to a local coffee shop and choosing an unhealthy baked good.

3. Brew Organic Coffee
I’ve started to brew organic coffee in my office. This is a far healthier option than coffee prepared by your local Starbucks. If you don’t want to brew a large amount, you can always use a French press to brew a cup just for yourself. For more on regular coffee and its toxicity, click here.

4. Stay Hydrated During the Day
A lot of offices have poor circulation and tend to be pretty dry, so it’s really important to stay hydrated. I was able to ask my office to install a reverse osmosis filtration system so we could consume healthy filtered water throughout the day.

You can also store your office fridge with healthy beverages such as coconut water and keep healthy herbal teas in your snack drawer. For more on healthy herbal teas, click here.

5. Stay Active During Breaks
We all spend way too much time sitting at our desks. Try to get into the swing of taking a short walk during lunch or at some point during the workday – the fresh air will do wonders for you.

You can also try to implement some gentle exercise, such as yoga. My office converts our boardroom into a yoga studio for 20 minutes three times a week during the lunch hour. We switch on a yoga app that is connected to the boardroom TV – it’s a wonderful way to de-stress and stretch out our stiff muscles.

A healthy lifestyle does take a lot of work and a strong commitment – but when your skin is glowing and you feel energized, it’s a small price to pay. The key is to stay organized and take joy in nourishing yourself. 🙂

Is Your Root Chakra on Overdrive? Stay in the Now and Care for Yourself!

I’ve fallen sick and I’m not surprised because my root chakra was in complete disarray these past couple of weeks.

The problem was that I was trying to do too many things at once, which left my energy scattered and ungrounded. I was waking up early, going to work, coming back home, exercising, cooking my vegan meals and doing distance healing sessions. Add in some social commitments and teaching energy healing classes over the weekend  – I was left with no time to myself.

One night I found myself rushing to the kitchen to cook my meals for the next day. As I was whipping up a smoothie bowl, I suddenly felt an energy shift in my back and shoulders. I stopped the blender and contemplated what the energy was. It was tight, scattered and tense – stress.

I literally laughed at myself – I was getting stressed over making a smoothie bowl. I mean, come on. It’s hilarious how a busy schedule makes even the smallest of things seem like daunting, stressful tasks.

I also realized that I was approaching the simple task of making my meals as yet another item to mark off my checklist instead of really stopping and connecting with what I was doing.

A healthy root chakra is all about being in the present moment and grounding yourself.

I realized that instead of approaching the task of cooking with a “this has to get done” mentality, I simply had to shift my thought process over to something else. For me, it was recognizing that I was taking out the time to prepare healthy meals that would nourish my body. Suddenly, a disconnected, annoying task shifted into an act of self-love. That made my root, solar plexus and heart chakras very happy!

Always approach taking care of your body as an act of self-love instead of being frustrated or annoyed with it. That can easily happen because lets face it – you do have to take extra time out of your schedule to commit to a healthy lifestyle. It’s not always that convenient. Plus, our bodies can do very random and odd things that we don’t understand. It’s easy to get annoyed or frustrated instead of treating them with gentle, loving care.

Of course, the moment I got the sniffles I realized that I was carrying all that stress in my system for the past couple of weeks. Out came my energy healing tools and I am well on my way to a complete recovery. It’s amazing what energy healing and a healthy diet can do for you.

So if you find yourself on root-chakra overdrive, try to stay in the now and shift your perception of your self-care tasks. Taking care of your body is so important! Your root chakra will love you for it! 🙂

Are you Judged for Your Healthy Diet?

When I turned vegetarian at 16 years old, I received a lot of questions – most commonly, “why are you doing this?” and “how will you survive?”.

As I entered my early 20’s, when people found out I was vegetarian, they would look at me like I was nutritionally deficient. “Where do you get your protein from?” they would ask. I would relay how soy, lentils, quinoa, brown rice, nuts and protein shakes were part of my daily regimen but they never looked convinced that the diet I was on was “right”. I was even told to “be careful” a few times.

Judgment follows me even more now that I am predominantly vegan. “Are you at least taking a calcium supplement?” I am asked. (Yes I do take a calcium supplement. Need I mention that almond milk has the same amount of calcium as regular milk and that dark, green, leafy vegetables are really high in calcium?) “Don’t you miss cheese?” is another question they ask. When I talk about cashew cheese they look at me like I’m an alien.

There’s also the “why are you doing this, you are so young” comment, which I find hilarious. You’re never too young to make decisions for the betterment of your health!

So here are my tips for handling all the dietary judgment you may get:

Don’t Care What People Say – Stay Authentic to Yourself
Who cares what other people think? You know what’s right for you, including your diet. Everyone’s bodies are unique. Some people can’t handle sugar, some people can’t handle caffeine, and some people need meat. There’s no “right” diet (aside from avoiding the junk we all know about). If you want to make sure that your diet is right for you, work with the proper professionals and get the right tests done to ensure that your diet is providing you with the nutrition you need. Once you have medical tests that illustrate your diet is working and you start to feel better, you can have the confidence that you’ve made the right choice for yourself.

Don’t Yield to Social Pressure
If someone stops inviting you out because you don’t want to have a sugary cocktail or fried food, I say good riddance! You should be surrounded by people who love and accept you for who you are. I am incredibly fortunate to have friends that are open to trying out vegan restaurants or taking me to places where there are enough vegan options. It’s awesome! They also still invite me out to keep them company, even if it is at a place where I don’t want a lot of the food. Good conversation & fun doesn’t need junk in your system!

Challenge the Stereotype that Healthy is Not Yummy
Bring healthy foods/snacks/desserts into school or work to let your friends or coworkers try out foods that are tasty and healthy. You won’t seem as much of an alien to them once they understand the kind of food you eat (and in most cases, they’ll love it as much as you do!)

Enjoy your healthy diet and stay true to yourself! 🙂