Introducing: 10 ways to live a dynamic life! It sounds inspirational and healthy, right?! – it is!

But what’s the likelihood you would not only implement these 10 ways, but stick with them long-term…? We tend to get caught up in life’s chaos and responsibilities and forget how to truly take care of ourselves – mind, body, spirit, and all! We also tend to push aside time for us to grow and advance ourselves – it’s time to change that and truly embrace our life!

So, I challenge you to incorporate at least 5 of these ways into your daily or weekly schedules to help you lead a more dynamic and healthy lifestyle.

Drink the most nourishing choice of liquids.

When it comes to nourishing our bodies with the proper hydration, it is vital to choose liquids that serve our body well. I regularly make sure that I drink at least 8-8oz glasses of water (good old h20) daily.

In addition to drinking my water first, I then add organic smoothies and raw juices to my daily routine. I typically juice more veggies than fruit – juicing is an excellent way to sneak those hard to taste vegetables in your diet. A typical smoothie for me consists of ½ green banana (green is a resistant starch/the good kind), 1 handful of rich greens like baby spinach or kale, 1 tsp Chia seeds, ½ cup wild blueberries, and 1 cup of pure water or other liquid like almond or coconut milk (non-dairy milk).  I make my own plant based milk with a new fun gadget The Almond Cow.  

I also love – love – love drinking infused water as well. When drinking infused water, you simply add fruit to pure water and have it ferment in the fridge for a couple of hours to let the nutrients penetrate the liquid and then voila – ready to drink!

Nourish your body with nutrients.

It is time we ask ourselves each time we eat if what we are about to consume will nourish our body or not! To choose foods that nourish our body and are designed to support it, we simply need to choose foods in their most natural form. I choose foods that are mostly raw, not packaged, not fried, not “fast” served, and foods that if labeled – are completely and totally understandable when it comes to the ingredients. 

I choose to stay on the outer aisles when I shop for groceries because most of the products down the aisles contain harsh preservatives. I prefer mostly organic foods for both my veggies, fruits, and meat. I prefer food items that are free from pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics. I prefer meat that is free-range from farms where the animals were cared for and loved. As the old saying goes “eat your fruits and veggies.” It truly cannot get simpler than that and if you don’t like to eat vegetables, try juicing them!

Nourishing foods create a vibrant and balanced mind, gut, and spirit.

Relax & dream.

Relaxing and allowing your body to sleep and refuel is so important. Imagine driving your vehicle around non-stop for a week – at some point, you’ll run out of gas and will need to fill up again. The same goes for our bodies – they are our vehicles. Our mind needs a break from multi-tasking and our bodies need 7-9 hours of quality sleep.

I say “relax and dream” because even if we are getting the right amount of night-time shut-eye, we also need to take the time to truly let the energies within our body calm and find center throughout the day as well.

Think about what relaxes your body and how you can include those relaxation techniques into your daily routine.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

This step sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? However, when was the last time you let your body freely flow in the form of thoughtless movement and pure joy? Too often, we create a workout routine which involves timed movement and scheduled routines. Having a workout routine is excellent for your health and mood because you are moving those needed endorphins, but every so often you should take time to freely move and freely dance as if nobody else is around! And guess what? You still get those endorphins going!  

Not only will you be releasing tension throughout your whole body, but you will be having a good time. I love to dance around when I’m by myself because it releases tension, it isn’t timed, and I get to jam out to awesome music that by the end of my jam out session, leaves me feeling fabulous and stress-free!

Indulge in key foundational supplements.

Our body runs on essential vitamins and nutrients and our digestive system requires a healthy immune system and “good bacteria” to function properly. I always take a good multivitamin, omega 3’s, and of course, an effective multi-strain probiotic. I also take Vitamin D, especially during the months when my level drops because the sun is barely showing face! Vitamin D is not just a “bone protector” vitamin! It’s important for heart health and your immunity to ward off infections and viruses. Low levels are associated with increased illness, depression, fatigue, and even muscle pain. For those with Hashimoto’s Disease and any other autoimmune conditions, Vitamin D is of particular importance for your health. 

I recommend checking your Vitamin D level prior to starting a supplement so you choose the best dosage to take daily. Current research suggests the optimal range is 60-90 ng/ml and if your level is below 60, you should take 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day. It could take a few months for your level to reach above 60, but once it does, the recommended maintenance dose is up to 2,000 IU per day. 

If you do not have a healthcare professional to check your Vitamin D level, look into trusted companies like D*action, that provides a screening kit for you to complete in the comfort of your own home!

You want quality over quantity with everything in life, including supplements. Reach out to me if you have questions about testing vitamin and mineral levels and if you’d like guidance on choosing the best supplements for you!

 

Fearlessly dream.

Now we get to the “good stuff!” These steps fuel our mood by nourishing our soul as we take a holistic approach to our life and happiness. 

Fearlessly day-dream. This step is vital for mood boosting! Too often, we stop dreaming especially when we become an adult and our responsibilities get in the way of our child-like free-thinking mind. 

I want you to write down your top 3 dreams – without fear and without any thoughts of objects or circumstances that you think may get in the way. 

Plan your dreams with easy-to-take steps.

Now that you have fearlessly written down your top 3 dreams without worry or care, you are actually going to implement them. That’s right – forget the routines, the schedules, the responsibilities, and PLAN to make your dreams come true. You can plan for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years or more – but whatever you do…

DO NOT GIVE UP. 

BELIEVE IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. 

KNOW DREAMS DO COME TRUE. 

This is your chance in life to dream and live fearlessly. This is your time to stop putting your dreams that fuel your soul on the back burner – and start fighting for the life you want!

Find time to explore and play.

When was the last time you played? If you tell me it was when you were 10 years old – we need to make a change. Playing doesn’t end as we get older. We just need to create a balance between work and play. 

Find time to explore life and play with it.

 

Here are 4 tips that you can take to play a little bit more:

  1. Make dinner reservations at the new local restaurant. 
  2. Make plans to enjoy the popular movie that just hit theaters. 
  3. Take a walk through a nature park and observe the beauty. 
  4. Be crazy adventurous – get in the car and GO somewhere, anywhere the wheels take you. 

Life is too short to stop playing, too vast to stop exploring, and too beautiful to let it pass us by!

Create time for you and for self-care.

Self-care, self-love – whichever term you prefer, simply just MATTERS! Self-care can have a variety of meanings from one person to the next because we prioritize and tend to our needs differently, but I can’t even begin to tell you about how this could seriously be the most important step we take to enhancing our mood, thought process, and motivation to more desirable states. There is no “right way” to take care of yourself psychologically, physically, and spiritually, it’s just important that you do it! 

Enjoy some self-care with a new pedicure, set time aside to meditate or read alone, get outside and take in the beauty of nature – just do something often to be you and care for YOU. Learn about more ways to strengthen your self-love here.

Laugh – it’s the best medicine.

Sometimes we can’t take life too seriously and we just need to laugh, whether it’s for fun or through tears. We need to surround ourselves with people who lift our spirits and help us to enjoy life. 

Laughter is a known healer as it produces “happy” chemicals in our body. It’s been known to be the best medicine. 

Laugh to Live.

Has this inspired you to be the best version of yourself? Contact me here to learn more about how YOU can achieve optimal health and wellness! 

 

Yours in health and wellness,

Lindsay Pennington

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