Posts Tagged "daily habits"

Every now and then I have a cooked ethnic meal and last night my kids and I went out and had Japanese food. For those who are curious as to what I ate, I ordered the following items:

Miso Soup
Cucumber Salad
Seaweed Salad
Veggie Roll w/ Low Sodium Soy Sauce and Wasabi

Now to some people the items I ordered above might look like a pretty healthy meal, but I woke up looking and feeling OFF. I realize it was because of all the sodium in one meal. When you are eating relatively a clean, simple, high raw, high green, low salt diet, a meal like that can really throw you off your game….well, it did for me anyway. This was WAY TOO MUCH SODIUM for me! The cleaner the diet, the more responsive the body becomes. Here is what I experienced:

  • I felt salt around the rims of my eyes upon waking up this morning. I normally wake up with nothing around my eyes.
  • My face and body looked and felt puffy. I was retaining so much water! I normally wake up with a flat tummy!
  • Slight aching in my fingers/ joints (as though they were at the pre-signs of arthritis), they were retaining water!
  • A lack of drive to workout. Probably due to the dehydrating effect of sodium.
  • My face didn’t look nearly as attractive.

I have talked with a couple other friends who have experienced the same symptoms. It’s as if I aged 10 years overnight! My friend and I joked that salt was an instant ugly pill. We agreed that to hydrate and to stay away from the mirror for the day until the water retention is calmed down.

I knew after reading 80/10/10 that salt was not as healthy to our bodies as we are told it was, but I wanted to refresh my memory a bit more since I was feeling so much discomfort and I wanted to share the information with you!

Did you know that salt is a stress food?

Salt is a stimulant! It stimulates Sympathetic Nervous System and adrenal glands and creates stress arousal. That’s why it comes under the category of stress food. We all know what stress does to the body (first thing that comes to my mind is pre-mature aging).

This was news to me that salt affected the adrenal glands! Being a person who has been diagnosed with a sub-optimally functioning thyroid this caused a red flag for me. Most people who have hypo-thyroidism know that the adrenals are also related to thyroid function.

I know that sodium is important to the proper functioning of the body and many foods naturally contain salt. Actually, there is some salt present in every natural food we eat which is enough to meet the needs of the body under normal circumstances. So there isn’t really a need to shake the salt onto our foods. However, since it is an excito-toxin it can be hard to break the habit.

According to Dr. Douglas Graham it can take about 2 weeks without salt to really lose the craving for salt and to really heighten our ability to taste flavors fully and with a refined palate.

I am inspired to lay off the sodium especially after what I experienced.

TIP: Salt is dehydrating and can really zap your energy! 

If you are noticing more lethargy and are not as inspired to workout you may want to see if it is due to your salt intake.

Today’s Workout
60 min walk at Santa Rosa Plateau w/ Alex
60 min walk in my neighborhood


Until tomorrow,


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Today’s Workout
20 minute easy walk
60 min yoga

Check out this crazy PMS fact: 

PMS costs! Researchers at UCLA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center calculate that PMS costs $4,392 per year in direct medical costs, missed workdays, and lost productivity. In the 2005 study, researchers collected data 374 women aged eighteen to forty-five. Administrative health claims data showed that PMS cost $59 in direct costs each year and $4,333 indirect costs, such as missed workdays and lost productivity.

Think about how many days women are affected with PMS in a month. Let’s say 5 days a cycle you are feeling “off” . In a one year span that is 65 days a year of feeling less than stellar. That’s over 2 months!!! No way am I going to give away 2 months of my life per year to something that I can improve with healthy habits such as fitness and clean nutrition! Wait, think about that over the course of your life … THAT’S 6 YEARS over the course of your life!!! NO FREAKING WAY!

Cheers to happier, healhier women!!!

Love ya,



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Today’s Workout
60 min Zumba
60 min Yoga

How I am appreciating my body

  • I rest as much as my body needs
  • I keep myself optimally hydrated
  • I fuel my body with nutrient dense foods
  • I get daily sunshine all over my body (yep, in the nude!)
  • I take time to floss, wash my face at night, skin brush, and do all the grooming things that keep all the small details of me healthy
  • I check myself out in the mirror and see what is going right versus what I think is wrong.
  • I thank my body for going through daily exercise
  • I get regular massages.
  • I sweat daily (via workout or sauna)
  • I balance my body with flexibility, strength, balance, cardiovascular health.
  • I get outside in the fresh air and spend time in nature very regularly ( right now this is daily)
How about you? I’d love to hear how you are appreciating the gift of an able body by posting it in the comments below!
Until tomorrow,




Notes from the video:
* If you’d like to see all the ways I brainstormed working out see my list HERE.
* If you’d like to read the story about Drema click HERE.
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