Sleep: The Natural Healer

In the busyness that is today’s world, our minds sometimes don’t stop. We are constantly wrapped up in this ‘there are not enough hours in the day’ mentality and that ‘we can sleep when were dead’ concept. Though I am hustling hard to build my health and wellness empire, I am constantly reminding myself and taking the time to ensure I have a good nights sleep. Truth is, I love my sleep! There is nothing better than crawling into my bed after a long day and drifting off to sleep. As a mom, I don’t always get enough of it (early rising toddler over here), and I really feel the effects if I am sleep deprived.

This is actually quite a fitting post for right now too. This past weekend was filled with lots of fun and what feels like very little sleep. On Friday night, I went to a country concert with a girlfriend. On Saturday night, we were out of town for a close friends wedding- with a bunch of our other friends. That turned into a past 3 am bedtime and an early morning for breakfast and check out. Needless to say, I was hurting this morning with the lack of sleep. IMG_20180706_22305600000img_00000_burst20180707164404368_cover.jpg

Driving to work I was pooched! My eyes felt so heavy and I think I even closed them for a second at a stoplight. Guilty! To combat the sluggish feeling, I drank lots of water, loaded up on veggies and took a lunchtime stroll outdoors. All of these things totally helped, but I am looking forward to getting to bed early tonight!

Sleep is so important. It is the only time our bodies are really at rest, and with all we put it through throughout the day, this time is so sacred. Our bodies need it! Sleep is actually just as important as eating well and exercising for our overall health. This is the time where your body does its most important work. While you are sleeping your brain is preparing for the next day, your heart and blood vessels work on repairing themselves, your hormones can balance out and your immune system is working to stay healthy.

The average adult requires 7-8 hours of sleep her night (I prefer 9 if I can get it!). For children, the requirements are event more, up to 13 hours needed (including naps), so parents, make sure your kids are getting the sleep they need to grow!

There are some pretty awesome benefits from getting enough sleep, but here are a list of some of the reasons why you need your sleep, as it relates to health, wellness and weight loss!

  • bed-bedroom-color-212269.jpgPoor Sleep is linked to Weight Gain
  • Better sleep can improve your Productivity (bonus!)
  • Better sleep = better workouts
  • Poor Sleep is Linked to Depression
  • Better Sleep can improve your memory

 

 

Sleep can have an effect on your entire quality of life!

For me, there is nothing worse than being exhausted while wanting to do all the fun things that life has to offer. So, I recommend you make it a priority, get the shut eye you need so you give your beautiful body the chance to be at it’s best for you!

On that note, I am going to do my nightly reading, spray my pillow and hit the sheets!00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180512154840903_COVER

Do you get enough sleep?

Hugs and Kisses,

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What is Balance- How to Achieve it

I’ve noticed that balance is a word people are using more and more when it comes to their daily lives and how they make it all work.  Balance is also a term often associated with diet and weight loss. But it is about so much more than that too! I wanted to share a little bit with you about why balance is so such a huge part of how I live my day to day, and how it keeps me in check with myself.

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It all starts here

Welcome to my blog! I am grateful that you took the time to visit the space where I plan to share my journey. One of my biggest satisfactions is knowing that I have a positive impact on someone to make a change in their life- to live healthier and be happy. To inspire others is something that brings me joy.

This blog will be a little bit of everything that is me and my journey, designed to help you on your own- health, food, and life as I see it. Life is crazy, beautiful, messy and fun. And if you take the time to become knowledgeable on living well, eating well, being more mindful and present in your food choices, staying active, living with BALANCE and loving yourself completely and without judgement (which let’s be real, we all need to work on)- I feel that we would all have a great sense of happiness.

Be Happy.