Recharge, balance, and relax. These all seem like ideal outcomes for a spa getaway, right? Well, they don’t have to be! How about on the weekend at your own home?
A weekend “unwind” doesn’t have to be self-depriving. You don’t have to be alone, you don’t have to live off raw kale salads, and broth shouldn’t be your dinner! Instead, it can be really nourishing for the mind, body, and soul. It can be filling and fun too!
I see the weekend as a time to check in with myself and make sure I give my body what it missed over the work week. That may be sleep, exercise, greens, stretching, more time with my spouse/partner, cooking, reading, tending to my plants, you name it. The list is endless. I’m not sure about you, but I prefer a restoring weekend over a busy, jam-packed one anytime! If you follow the typical work-week/weekend schedule, those two days off are quite valuable and important for your well-being routine. Those two days are like sleep because they allow our bodies to recover, gain nutrients, and restore us for what’s ahead! Please don’t think that you can do whatever you want during the week and restore completely during the weekend. That’s not the case. It’s still very important to get adequate sleep, nutrition, and exercise to maintain your vital self. Bumping up this level over the weekend is simply a boost!
Here are a few of my weekend restoration tips that I’m currently following right now:
– Start the morning off with green tea; wait 20 minutes before breakfast
– Take your multivitamin, preferably organic and whole-food based
– Have at least one green juice per day
– Have at least one leafy, green salad per day
– Eat only natural foods (no packaged, prepared foods)
– Stay away from gluten, processed sugar, coffee, alcohol, and dairy
– Get creative in the kitchen with your natural foods
– Move at least one hour per day (preferably designated exercise)
– Get at least 8 hours of sleep
– Nourish your soul: talk with someone you care about, read a good book, go to your gym’s steam room, watch a sweet movie, garden
– Try to get out in nature as much as possible
– Provide yourself with positive affirmation through journaling or meditation
You can also check out these books/blogs for more ideas:
– “The Weekend Wonder Detox” (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weekend-wonder-detox-michelle-schoffro-cook/1116104259?ean=9780738217376)
– http://www.goop.com/journal/make/15/detox (Gweneth Paltrow’s detox recipes)
You certainly don’t need to follow these tips every weekend or everyday for the entire weekend, but adopting a few of these tips can help create balance and peace in yourself. You certainly can follow these tips during the week! Now that’s a great idea:) You may be surprised with how great you feel that you may want to follow most of these tips everyday:)
If you have a busy family life and you’re rolling your eyes at the thought of having a spa day because you’re running from soccer practice to dance recitals to making meals for your kids, taking care of elderly parents, that’s ok too! You can still make time for yourself by blending greens for your morning juice, having herbal tea instead of wine after your Saturday dinner, and heading to sleep when your kids go to bed instead of catching up on Mad Men after they crash.
For a while, I thought my Saturday unwind had to include a movie and glass of red wine. Even after a glass or two, I would wake up Sunday morning feeling tired and not as restored as I wanted. Yes, that Saturday was relaxing on the couch, but that evening didn’t nourish my body the way I had expected. Instead, having a whole-food based dinner with my boyfriend sans wine, then following the meal with a cup of herbal tea is a better way for me to feel recharged. I also think staying away from alcohol is key because it produces a more adequate night’s sleep. Since sleep is vital in feeling energized and balanced, that’s why I recommend tucking it away. Staying away from alcohol has a lot more health benefits, such as clearer and more vibrant skin, regulated moods/emotions, less food cravings, and of course, less sugar and empty calories. You’ll also save a few bucks.
To kick start your next rejuvenation day, here’s a simple recipe:
Green Grapefruit Juice
1/2 grapefruit, including its juice
1.5 cups filtered water
3/4 cup frozen organic kale
2 tsp ginger, freshly grated
1 tbs unsweetened applesauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp chlorella
1 tsp spirulina
1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until fully incorporated
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
*Pair this juice with gluten-free toast and almond butter, soft-boiled eggs and fruit for a balanced, energizing breakfast!