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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. 🙂

Why Your Cup of Coffee is Poison & What You Can Do About It

Mmmm! Coffee! The smell of it in the morning is enough to set a smile on my face and get me through my day.

Most of us are on the go and end up stopping by a place like Tim Hortons, McDonalds or Starbucks for our morning wake-me-up. However, these places don’t offer organic options (with the exception of some Starbucks locations in the U.S.) and the coffee beans that are used by these companies are exposed to pesticides prior to being brewed and sipped by you.

What’s the issue with ingesting pesticides? Well, you’re adding toxins to your system, which obviously isn’t a good thing as they can wreak some serious damage on your overall health over the long run – especially your liver and gut health. If you’re drinking coffee everyday, you might want to think about this.

So that’s the coffee part of it. Then by the time you add the milk or cream (which is never organic at the places we typically get our coffee from), you are also adding in additional chemicals and hormones to your system.

Then comes in the sugar – which we all know is a terrible thing in our daily diets (though small amounts are considered to be okay if the rest of your diet is generally healthy).

So your cup of coffee is really just a cup of poison for your body.

I know, it’s sad – I love coffee. I was so shocked when I learned about all of this but I couldn’t bear the thought of giving up that lovely cup of it in the morning. So I decided to do some research and change my coffee habits for the better.

Here are my recommendations on how you can enjoy coffee in a healthier form:

Buy Certified Organic Coffee
As stated above, it’s hard to find a cup of organic coffee at most places. You will find it at the coffee bar at Whole Foods so if you work close to one, that’s an option – though they use a brand called Allegro, which I am personally not that fond of. I find their blends to be incredibly bitter. However, if you like dark roasts you may not mind it.

In Canada, some Second Cup locations will brew an organic cup of coffee for you. The blend to ask for is Cuzco, which is a mild roast. They also sell it in large packets for you to take home and brew yourself.

You can also go to Shoppers Drug Mart or Loblaws and get President’s Choice Organic Coffee.

Another brand I recommend is 23 Degrees. It is sold at Whole Foods and is roasted in Toronto. They have a variety of blends – I am fond of “Morning Star”as I prefer light roasts.

Finally, Marley Coffee (created by Bob Marley’s son) is another great option, which I purchased at Loblaws (it also available in the U.S.). Not all of their blends are organic, but quite a few are. I am fond of the “Get Up, Stand Up” blend and here’s the best part – K-cups are available! So if you have a Keurig machine you can easily pop it in and drinking organic won’t become an extra time commitment for you.

Buy a French Press for Your Office
If you can’t grab a fresh cup of organic coffee near your workplace, buy a french press so you can brew your own cup of coffee a work.

Use Organic Dairy or Dairy Alternatives
If you add dairy to your coffee, opt for organic cream or milk. The brands Organic Meadow and Harmony Organic have both available. Keep some in your workplace fridge if you plan on drinking your coffee at work.

You can also add almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk to your coffee if you want to stay dairy-free.

Caution: if you are using soy milk, you have to heat it up for about 30 seconds in the microwave or on the stove otherwise it will curdle in your coffee.

Use Stevia Instead of Sugar
Stevia is probably the healthiest sweetener to consume. Some brands have an aftertaste. I recommend Now Better Organic Stevia. You can get it in packets or a small little jar that you can scoop the powder out of, which is ideal to keep with you on the go.

Consume Coffee Responsibly
Even if you practice the tips mentioned above, remember that caffeine is caffeine regardless of its form and you shouldn’t overdo it. Having too many cups of coffee a day can be damaging to your health. Among other things, it can upset the ph balance in your body, damage your intestinal lining, deplete your body of calcium and overcharge your adrenal system, which can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue.

It is important for you to take an active part in your daily health. I promise that drinking healthier, organic coffee is just as, if not more, satisfying than drinking the poisoned version of it! 😉