I’ve now shared with you what I am currently doing to improve my mental health. I am unplugging more, finding more ways to spend time off a screen and spending more time slowing down. I am reading my novel almost every night before bed, I am leaving my phone behind for near full days and using things like a real paper planner and writing prompts. I have most definitely felt a difference in my anxiety levels and the habit of going to things like books and journals has settled in as the new norm. It’s been quite fascinating.
So now I want to share with you some things I am doing for my physical health. I’ve gotten back to some foodie things that have got the organic-hippy-all-natural-wannabe-babe in me titillated. And that excited nerd/babe wants to tell you about it!
Starting with my most recent AMAZING farmers market haul:
Free range eggs …I’ve said it before and am sticking to it. I will never go back.
All natural, local farmers sausages
Homemade Sweet Potato Hamburger buns!!
And, my most prized find… grass fed butter!
I really want to give my body good things. And by good things, I mean things that I know are whole foods, as local as possible, and without unnecessary additives, preservatives or pesticides. I am not strict by any means and will definitely eat things that do not have these labels (though for the record – that Toris cinnamon bun I die over? Yeah, it’s organic). But I’d really like to make certain products more of a priority. One of which being grass fed dairy products. I have been on a mission to find grass fed butter for a while now, but as I quickly learned, it is next to impossible to find such a thing in good ol’ Canada. We ain’t New Zealand and there’s no Kerrygold found over here, or if it is, it would take the roof over my head to be able to afford. BUT I DID find this full block at the farmers market! Its as close to grass fed as you can get in Canada. The cows at the farm are out free during the summer months. In the winter months (damn Canada) they obviously have to be put inside, but they continue to be fed all natural/Non GMO sources as close to grass fed as possible. So I’ll take it. And it was only 6$!!
One reason I really wanted to find grass fed butter, besides the fact that it has so many health benefits and actually has far more nutrients than regular butter, is I wanted to start putting it in my coffee. NO I am not giving into the whole “bulletproof coffee” fad, but I have learned that I have some difficult sensitivities to caffeine which could be implemented by the fact that I metabolize it very quickly. I have read a number of things that says adding that healthy fat source will slow down the metabolizing process and make the energy it gives you less intense and last much longer. Plus I want to give my body more healthy fats in general, so the best quality with the most nutrients is what I’m wanting.
Bring on da butter!
Now if I could finally find some Ghee!! Ooo or maybe I’ll make my own.
We won’t get into that one today, but for an article describing some of the differences between butter, grass fed butter and ghee, see here.
Now Carrying on with my grass fed goal… I found organic grass fed yogurt!! It was at a nearby health food store I had been wanting to stop in. And it was cheaper than greek yogurt found in the grocery store!
Tumeric Ginger Tea.…I’ve been giving myself all the extra ginger and turmeric I can.
Okay and then onto some not-so-natural things.
I am not one usually for supplements. I much prefer to advocate getting your nutrients from whole foods. That being said I think the one supplement I would support for absolutely anybody is Omega 3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA. Sarah reminded me a few months ago about their importance and how we should be looking for a mix of atleast 250-500 mg of DHA and EPA daily. I’ve gotten back to taking a capsule or two each day (300-600 mg). Even if you can’t see the difference, I trust that it is doing good things for my cell membranes and think tank.
I’ve also gotten back to taking Vitamin D and Magnesium. A few months ago I was taking 2000mg of Vitamin D, as prescribed by my doctor. Soon after I started however, I began to experience that crazy body high anxiety that I wrote about. I have no idea if it was related, but I have read some things about too much Vitamin D giving some people anxiety – especially if you are deficient in another nutrient, specifically Magnesium. Maybe 2000mg was too much for me?? Regardless of the connection or not, I stopped taking it. I started back on on a low dose of Magnesium (I took it before in a larger dose and it gave me, er, poopy problems) and then started back on Vitamin D as well, but only 1000mg this time.
So far everything is feeling good. I notice a much better balance of my mood when I take Vitamin D, and Magnesium is known to help with stress and anxiety.
A note about Magnesium. It is an important nutrient to combat stress, especially physical recovery after exercise, but there are so many different options out there which makes it all very confusing. Try to get Magnesium Bisglycinate as, from what I understand, it has the best absorption rate. Dietitians correct me here if I’m wrong. Also, watch your intake, as I mentioned, you could have… side effects. And of course, only take it after you speak to your doctor.
Lastly, I guess you can say I took the bate. Collagen is all over the blog world right now, and I’m not one to usually give in to those things (especially if it involves lots of money), but after doing my own research, I thought collagen could actually be a real benefit to my health. I worry about my bones, I already feel some discomfort in my joints, and my hair isn’t great. I figure anything that could help me start to strengthen these areas while I’m still young-ish is better than nothing. Immediately I began to see a difference in my nails. They are shinier and stronger. I’ve also been experiencing zero problems with my SI joint (knock on wood). No idea if there is a connection, but its something.
Other things I make a part of my daily life? I continue to drink my warm lemon water each morning (for them antibacterials). I use only himalayan rock salt (for them extra minerals), and I’m continuing with heaps of my beloved sauerkraut (for them probiotics)!
Oh hey, and did you know mushrooms are jack full of surprising health benefits? Thrive magazine recently put out an article on the nutritional value and health benefits of mushrooms and included my Vegan Mushroom Gravy recipe. For this and other mushroom recipes go here, and for the health benefits article go here!Grass Fed Butter, Supplements and Foodie Excitement. What I'm currently taking for extra health.… Click To Tweet
Alright that’s all the nerdy nutrition excitement you get from me today. Go forth and be healthy!
Do you buy grass fed or organic butter?
Do you take any kind of supplements? Have you ever experienced side effects from taking a vitamin supplement?
What is one thing you’d ideally like to add to your health regimen?