5-Pillar Friday: December 14, 2018

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Your weekly roundup of insights and tips from The Life Delicious’ 5 wellness pillars:

  1. Mindset

  2. Movement

  3. Nutrition

  4. Sleep

  5. Connection


The Life Delicious helps you create feel-good brain chemistry and hardwire healthy habits – by shifting the way you think, move, eat, sleep and connect – so you can lead a pleasurable and productive life.⁣


MINDSET

MINDSET >>> Got barriers? Whether mental or physical, barriers keep you spinning your wheels, going nowhere despite your best intentions and deepest desires. ⁣ ⁣ You are not alone – we all experience this! It’s human nature to save energy, even if staying put (or stuck in bad habits) isn’t serving us.⁣ ⁣ I want to help you take consistent positive action because the alternative is painful. I know this on a very personal level! Helping you avoid pain and experience pleasure is why I created #TheLifeDelicious curriculum, and why I focus a large part of my energy on hosting retreats (NEXT UP: Feb 1-3, 2019 at the @OakBayBeachHotel). ⁣ ⁣ Using the power of #strategicrepetition, The Life Delicious’ 7 mindset shifts, and the genius of collective wisdom, we’ll look at your barriers from every angle so you can finally discover exactly what works best for you. ⁣ ⁣ A weekend away may seem extravagant but investing in both knowledge AND action will save you time and money. ⁣ ⁣ At our retreat, you will not only learn the absolute best habits to serve your life, you will understand how to remove the barriers that keep you stuck. ⁣

MINDSET >>> Got barriers? Whether mental or physical, barriers keep you spinning your wheels, going nowhere despite your best intentions and deepest desires. ⁣

You are not alone – we all experience this! It’s human nature to save energy, even if staying put (or stuck in bad habits) isn’t serving us.⁣

I want to help you take consistent positive action because the alternative is painful. I know this on a very personal level! Helping you avoid pain and experience pleasure is why I created #TheLifeDelicious curriculum, and why I focus a large part of my energy on hosting retreats (NEXT UP: Feb 1-3, 2019 at the @OakBayBeachHotel). ⁣

Using the power of #strategicrepetition, The Life Delicious’ 7 mindset shifts, and the genius of collective wisdom, we’ll look at your barriers from every angle so you can finally discover exactly what works best for you. ⁣

A weekend away may seem extravagant but investing in both knowledge AND action will save you time and money. ⁣

At our retreat, you will not only learn the absolute best habits to serve your life, you will understand how to remove the barriers that keep you stuck. ⁣


SLEEP

SLEEP >>> Try these 3 simple tips to transform your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, so you can fall asleep better, stay asleep better, and wake up feeling refreshed:⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep it COOL: crack a window, invest in light linens, ditch your pajamas and sleep naked⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep it CALM: clear the clutter, choose soothing décor, and ban work, electronics and difficult conversations ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀  Keep it PURPOSEFUL: dedicate your bedroom exclusively to sleeping, reading and sex (not necessarily in that order!)⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

SLEEP >>> Try these 3 simple tips to transform your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, so you can fall asleep better, stay asleep better, and wake up feeling refreshed:⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Keep it COOL: crack a window, invest in light linens, ditch your pajamas and sleep naked⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Keep it CALM: clear the clutter, choose soothing décor, and ban work, electronics and difficult conversations ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Keep it PURPOSEFUL: dedicate your bedroom exclusively to sleeping, reading and sex (not necessarily in that order!)⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


CONNECTION

CONNECTION >>> Awesome infographic from @lifehackerdotcom on the best air-cleaning indoor plants, according to @NASA! NASA’s research suggests that “indoor plants can scrub the air of cancer-causing volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene,” according to a recent @TIME article, “And the bigger and leafier the plant, the better.” Plus, “later research has found that soil microorganisms in potted plants also play a part in cleaning indoor air.” ⁣  While the article goes on to include expert opinion that questions the efficacy of houseplants’ ability to clean air in non-laboratory settings, it concludes with additional benefits: “Studies have shown plants can knock out stress by calming the sympathetic nervous system, and can also make people feel happier. More research shows spending time around nature has a positive effect on a person’s mood and energy levels.”⁣  Here’s my smart little B trying to water our peace lily and fern (after climbing onto the couch and up the bookshelf all by her strong little self!) with her water bottle after seeing me do the same with mine (it lets you water with a slow drizzle so the soil can absorb better, and you don’t have to buy a watering can – yay minimalism!).⁣  NOTE: keep them high up because many of these houseplants are poisonous to pets and children!!⁣

CONNECTION >>> Awesome infographic from @lifehackerdotcom on the best air-cleaning indoor plants, according to @NASA! NASA’s research suggests that “indoor plants can scrub the air of cancer-causing volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene,” according to a recent @TIME article, “And the bigger and leafier the plant, the better.” Plus, “later research has found that soil microorganisms in potted plants also play a part in cleaning indoor air.” ⁣

While the article goes on to include expert opinion that questions the efficacy of houseplants’ ability to clean air in non-laboratory settings, it concludes with additional benefits: “Studies have shown plants can knock out stress by calming the sympathetic nervous system, and can also make people feel happier. More research shows spending time around nature has a positive effect on a person’s mood and energy levels.”⁣

Here’s my smart little B trying to water our peace lily and fern (after climbing onto the couch and up the bookshelf all by her strong little self!) with her water bottle after seeing me do the same with mine (it lets you water with a slow drizzle so the soil can absorb better, and you don’t have to buy a watering can – yay minimalism!).⁣

NOTE: keep them high up because many of these houseplants are poisonous to pets and children!!⁣


NUTRITION

NUTRITION >>> Having an afternoon snack with high fibre and protein keeps our tummies full, our blood sugar steady – ditto our mood 😜 – until dinnertime.⁣  ⁣Never in my life have I forgot to eat until I became a parent – or craved sweets as much (lack of sleep will do that to your appetite hormones!). I’m just doing my best to avoid the hangries and be the best me 😊⁣  ⁣These vegan @indianlifefoods wraps are so good! Bronwyn agrees. I order a few from @spuddelivers every week (our faves are Kidney Beans & Brown Rice + Masala Chickpea & Wild Rice) for when we get snacky. ⁣  ⁣Want local, organic groceries delivered right to your door? Use promo code CRVAN-ROSCAF to get $20 off your 1st @SPUDdelivers purchase of $50⁣.

NUTRITION >>> Having an afternoon snack with high fibre and protein keeps our tummies full, our blood sugar steady – ditto our mood 😜 – until dinnertime.⁣

⁣Never in my life have I forgot to eat until I became a parent – or craved sweets as much (lack of sleep will do that to your appetite hormones!). I’m just doing my best to avoid the hangries and be the best me 😊⁣

⁣These vegan @indianlifefoods wraps are so good! Bronwyn agrees. I order a few from @spuddelivers every week (our faves are Kidney Beans & Brown Rice + Masala Chickpea & Wild Rice) for when we get snacky. ⁣

⁣Want local, organic groceries delivered right to your door? Use promo code CRVAN-ROSCAF to get $20 off your 1st @SPUDdelivers purchase of $50⁣.


MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT >>> I’m a huge fan of short, sweet, at-home, minimal or zero equipment workouts. The less barriers (time, travel, tools), the more likely you are to do it!  Here’s a goodie from the TLD archives: just 12 minutes, 3 exercises and 2 pieces of equipment for this fun, functional full-body circuit workout:  http://www.thelifedelicious.ca/the-life-delicious/2014/04/workout-wednesday-12-minute-circuit

MOVEMENT >>> I’m a huge fan of short, sweet, at-home, minimal or zero equipment workouts. The less barriers (time, travel, tools), the more likely you are to do it!

Here’s a goodie from the TLD archives: just 12 minutes, 3 exercises and 2 pieces of equipment for this fun, functional full-body circuit workout: http://www.thelifedelicious.ca/the-life-delicious/2014/04/workout-wednesday-12-minute-circuit