When I wake up, the first thing I do is brush my teeth with Tom's fluoride-free toothpaste. The evidence linking fluoride to oral health is shaky and has overshadowed research regarding its negative effects.
My skincare routine involves cleansing with MGO 400+ Manuka Honey and toning with freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/4 lemon). If you want to try the lemon juice toner, dilute it with water at first.
Every morning, I take my dogs for a 20-minute walk. Morning walks are excellent for blood flow and peace of mind, particularly nature walks. Parks are the best urban sanctuaries.
After our walk, I make a latte with 16 ounces of frothed almond milk and 2 coffee shots. I fill my Sealpod reusable capsules, which are compatible with my Nespresso Lattissima+, with finely ground organic coffee. The capsules are stainless steel, and the lids are aluminum. I try to avoid plastic pods + hot water because I don't want plastic leaching into my morning brew. I'm currently obsessed with The Bean Coffee Company's festive holiday flavors. I use Wholefood's 365 organic unsweetened almond milk, which doesn't contain carrageenan, a potentially harmful food additive.
The latte is the only food/beverage, other than water and herbal tea, that I consume outside of my 8-hour IF feeding window. The caffeine boost and 2 servings of Almond Milk (80 calories) are enough to hold me over until lunchtime.
On weekdays, I like to take a yoga class during my lunch break if my workload allows. If I can't make it to class at lunchtime, I try to go after work. The more frequently I practice, the more calm and centered I am outside the yoga studio.
I feel better when I eat after yoga, not before. Below are some of my typical midday munchies, which are heavy on the raw fruits and veggies:
After work, I walk the pups again for 20+ minutes, depending on dinner plans. Between strolls with my furry children and commuting, I accrue 3+ miles per day. Like most New Yorkers, I walk like I'm on a mission. Brisk walking is a relatively low-impact cardiovascular exercise that is excellent for your body and your mind.
Most weeknights, I make dinner at home. My go-to supper recipes are basically permutations of leafy greens, other veggies, stone pressed unfiltered EVOO, seasonings, legumes, and whole grains. I love macrobiotic bowls because they're quick and easy to put together, and you can swap out ingredients based on your current cuisine preference. Tonight, I'm going to Carolina in my mind - it's time for some baked beans and collard greens.
I shower before bed. I cherish my beauty sleep and don't want to wake up earlier in the AM to shower. I also don't like blow drying my hair. When I shower at night, my hair air dries by morning. I use Alaffia Peppermint African Black Soap, Nature's Gate Calming Shampoo, and Avalon Organics Aloe Shaving Cream.
I brush my teeth again before bed and pop in my retainers. YES, I still wear my retainers. I didn't wear braces (and headgear, no shame here) for all of middle school just to end up with crooked teeth in my 20s. My husband made that mistake and had an Invisalign lisp for a year just to correct his error in orthodontic judgment.
I also take supplements throughout the day, but I'm not going to delve into the details because everyone has a different body chemistry. I believe that everyone should see a Naturopathic Doctor in addition to their Medical Doctors. Your Naturopath will recommend the appropriate supplements for YOU, given your diet and lifestyle. Not everyone is a recovering sugarholic vegan with excess Pitta dosha like me, so my particular supplements are not generally applicable.