Sunday is the day for relaxation and restoration; that fits right into our reboot philosophy and my primary objective for this tour: self-care. My key theme this year is Growth16 and so with our reboot and my recent completion of the Austin Half Marathon, I continue to experience physical, mental and spiritual growth. This is my third iGnite reboot and the last two times my daughter, Megan, has participated with me. It is much more fun to do the reboot with her.
I awoke rested today, receiving 8 hours and 15 minutes of sleep—at goal and definitely more than I get Sunday-Thursday. Shortly after waking, I had my wheatgrass (which has been a part of my routine for about 3 years), my hot lemon water (which I enjoy but usually only do during the reboot and for a few weeks after), and a little bit of steel cut oats so I don’t have an empty stomach.
Since there aren’t any iGnite classes on Sunday, I headed over to Free Yoga at Luke’s Locker. Stacey and Jenny alternate teaching this class at both 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Today we worked on balance, feet and lots of hips. I am definitely feeling better after this.
I had a small smoothie when I got back from Yoga — this one was beet, kale, pineapple and blueberry — and then I prepared some food for the upcoming week – getting the cranberry water made and preparing the Detox Salad (iGnite recipe pages 32-33 ).
Then in keeping with my promise to myself to relax, renew, reboot, refresh, restore, retool and rest; my next Sunday Funday activity was to go with my daughter to get a manicure and pedicure at Lacquer in downtown.
We met Megan’s twin brother and had an outside brunch at the Café No Se in the new Soco Hotel on South Congress. We split the hummus with vegetables and I had Fresh Tuna with Avocado Salad. It was nice to try a new spot for brunch with healthy delicious food and get an outside, fresh air fix with two of my kids. There are always lots of temptations at restaurants, and I was proud of myself for avoiding both the margarita, instead opting for Chamomile Tea, the Laffa bread that came with the Hummus!
After a Lady Bird Lake Walk with our dog, Wall-e, we had homemade meatballs (using Gluten-free breadcrumbs) and spaghetti squash with a side of roasted green beans and carrots. Now my continued relaxation is reading and a quick catch up on the Academy Awards.
The most difficult part:
Initially, I thought the body brushing and Epsom Salt baths would be the most difficult part. In my first reboot, I think I accomplished one bath for about 7 minutes. After working on it, I have since really come to love that part of the reboot and it has been incorporated as a regular element of my routine—not 3x/week but definitely several times each month. I particularly appreciate it after a long run like yesterday!
The parts that I have incorporated into my life:
I ate pretty clean before I started all of the reboots but I love the intentional re-setting that it provides for me. Time to stop and access how you’re spending your time, what you are putting into and on your body. It is easy to let things slide back in. The reboots are a good time to remind myself how much better I feel without many of these elements in my body. Definitely the daily outside time, the exercise and variety of different ways to exercise are important things to remember. I have discovered that I actually do feel better without gluten so I opt to eliminate whenever I can when I’m not on the reboot. I love some new tortillas I have found made of almond flour and coconut flour. And of course, as some of you already heard, in my first reboot, I discovered I had a dairy allergy. Decades of eczema virtually disappeared without dairy. So dairy has become a permanent elimination.
Tips for success:
Getting organized in the kitchen is a huge help for my busy weeks. I keep my pantry stocked with a wide variety of seeds (flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower), nuts (brazil, almond, walnut,), fried fruits (cherries, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, currants, raisins, figs, dates, prunes) and legumes. I keep my refrigerator stocked with easy to access spinach, kale, shaved Brussel sprouts, peas, shredded carrots, diced zucchini, diced roasted beets, sliced cabbage, sliced jicama, pineapple spears, detox salad, cooked chicken thighs, and other vegetables and fruits that can be quickly cut. This enables me to make fabulous salads to eat or take to work lunch and to add to side dishes with a protein for dinner. The real culprit for most of us in eating healthy is running out of time when we’re hungry or our family members are hungry. When it is easy to make a healthy snack, we are much more likely to choose that route. Above is a photo of how some of those elements come together to make a salad in about 2 minutes.
The oil pulling is something that I remember in the last reboot’s closing session. When it was added this time, I was curious to try it. If even half of the touted benefits are true, it is certainly worth the incorporation into your routine. I often did it while washing dishes or taking the dog out.
Good luck with the last few days of your reboot!