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Staying Healthy at Work
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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. 🙂

Chakra Friendly & Healthy Snacks
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You may be making healthy meal choices but what about your snack choices? Around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, do you get the urge to grab a cup of coffee, a can of soda, or a muffin loaded with refined sugar? Doing this once in a while is okay but repeatedly making poor snacking choices can adversely affect your health.

The goal of healthy snacking is to consume foods and beverages that provide you with natural energy without having to resort to sugar and caffeine. The latter will trick your adrenal system into the false perception of having a lot of energy, which will only last for a couple of hours before you get the urge to reach for more sugar or caffeine. This starts an unhealthy, vicious cycle.

The problem with unhealthy snacking from an energy medicine perspective is that it adversely affects your root chakra. Since your root chakra is closely connected with your physical health and is the foundation for the rest of your energy centers, any imbalance it in can affect your overall health and well-being.

The following snacks are chakra friendly as they are sugar free, caffeine free and calorie and nutrient conscious!

Celery Sticks Dipped in Almond Butter
This is a great snack packed with fiber and protein. It’s very filling and is super easy to transport, making it a good snack to take to work or travel with.

Kale & Lettuce Salad with Quinoa & Grapes
This salad is nutritious and delicious! It is loaded with protein, calcium and antioxidants. Combine kale, lettuce, and cooked quinoa. Add some lemon dressing (I use one made of lemon juice and olive oil). Top it off with shredded vegan cheese and grapes.

Almond Milk Banana Hemp Smoothie
This is a simple and great way of getting your greens, minerals and protein. It’s soothing, nutritious and tastes great! I use half a banana (use a whole banana if you want it sweeter), half a scoop of hemp protein & greens powder, 1 teaspoon of coconut butter and a dash of cinnamon. Blend all ingredients with a cup of almond milk.

Vegetable Crackers with Cheese & Olives
This is a great option if you want something a little more solid. The crackers I use are from the Live Organic Food Bar and are nutritionally dense as they are made from dehydrated vegetables. I opt for a vegan cream cheese and top it off with some green olives.

Enjoy these chakra-friendly snacks!

Resources:
Live Organic Raw Crackers
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese
Ergogenics Nutrition Organic Whole Greens Hemp Protein Powder
Artisana Coconut Butter
Daiya Shredded Vegan Cheese
Almond Butter freshly ground from Whole Foods or Artisana Almond Butter

*Note: Most of these products are available in Whole Foods, Nature’s Emporium, Upaya Naturals (online) or iherb.com. You’ll also be able to find good substitutes at these places if you cannot find the exact product listed above.