Do you feel stressed? Exhausted? Run Down? The antidote to that is more simple than you think. It is not some pill your doctor is going to prescribe. It is what has worked for women for thousands of years and it will work for you too. Here is how to achieve good health.
As you know I am all about getting happy and healthy by nature, everything we need nature gives to us for free! The problem is that living in today’s society we are disconnected from nature most of the time. It is car, AC, office lighting, processed foods, pollution… So here I will share 9 simple things you can do to get back to being your natural healthy and happy self. Good health Cave Woman Style!
1. Move your body
Our ancestors number 1 priority was: getting food. For that they had to move around. They walked, climbed trees, planted, if they wanted to eat they had to move. Our bodies were made to move not to sit at a desk the whole day so of course if you don’t move you are going to feel crabby. Everyone by now knows the benefits of exercise not just for the body but also for your brain since it produces hormones that makes us happy. You may say I don’t have time but you do! Just work some cardio into your routine. It can be 2x during the week and 1x on the weekend. It can be as easy as walking to your lunch spot instead of driving.
2. Eat real food
By that I do not mean a hearty meal… I mean non processed food. I mean raw food! Everyone should eat at least 2 fruits per day. The logic is really quite simple if you stop and think about it. The number one source of energy in our planet is the sun. Plants have sun energy (because they take the sun in through photosynthesis), if you eat that plant, fruit, nut…then you absorb that energy. If you eat processed food, you are eating things empty of energy from the sun because it has been lost during the whole process of being stored, then put through a machine, then baked, added chemicals and preservatives…So it will fill your belly but not give you the sun’s energy. Try eating a banana in the morning, and an apple as an afternoon snack everyday and see the difference. If you love sweets try a spoon of natural bee’s honey and see the difference in your energy. Nuts are also a great way of eating real food.
3. Get some natural light
So it is not only important we eat things with the sun’s energy but that we also absorb some of the sun into our skins. We all have heard of seasoned depression? When people don’t get sunlight they usually get depressed and sick. We need the sun to produce vitamin D. I am white and yes my dermatologist is always stressing how the sun will damage my skin and that I have to wear sunblock all the time. But trust me getting 15 min of sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon is not going to kill you. Just the opposite! It will do wonders for you. So go outside while you are sipping your morning coffee and afterwards put on your sunblock. Do it consciously, feel the warmth, and think of your cells absorbing that energy.
4. Stay away from drugs (The pharmacy kind too)
Drugs have toxins and toxins will have an affect on your body. I have always stayed away from pain killers and such, using teas and herbs instead. But I did take the pill for many years. After I broke up with my long-term boyfriend and was not active for a while my gynecologist recommended I take a break from the pill. It was the best thing ever! My sex drive got better, my natural lubrication, my period got shorter, my skin still stayed clear, and I still did not have cramps. See I kept taking the pill because I thought it was the pill that made my skin clear, that I did not have cramps and that my PMS was under control. But it was not the pill that did that. It was my healthy eating. The pill was actually making me dry, putting a bunch of unnecessary hormones in my body, which was taking a toll on my liver. Every year my blood tests would show that I had an excess of gamma enzymes (which are enzymes the liver uses to break down toxins commonly found in alcohol), so doctors would tell me to layoff the alcohol like I was a drunk. So I would not drink for 3 months and retake the test and it still would come up high. I thought something was wrong with my liver, so I tested for every hepatitis possible and it all came back negative (thank God). One year after I stopped taking the pill(I do blood tests once a year) the test for gamma finally came normal. It was not my social drinking the villain, it was the pill! The pill does not protect against STD’s so the condom works fine for me for both, birth control and safety. Antidepressants are also big villains.
5. Accept being a woman and all that comes with that
Yeah you will be moody and have PMS. That is part of being a woman and being a woman is beautiful and mysterious. Being unpredictable makes us interesting, and keeps guys on their toes hihihi We have a special connection with the moon and the moon is beautiful. Don’t think of it as a curse. Think of a blessing! We have powers that men will never have. We are quick to change, they are slower. We change with the moon, they change with the seasons. We can do many things at the same time. Most men can only do one. so embrace your femininity, you will be happier, take it from me. I was always one of those women who wanted to be a man, always wearing pants and fighting against my nature, until Condor Blanco thought me to embrace my nature. Now I wear dresses almost everyday and I am like “wow!”. I am much happier with myself and you know what? Dresses are soooo much easier! You get dressed in two seconds, don’t have to worry about matching, and everyone thinks you are so elegant just because you are wearing a dress.
6. Connect with others in person
I am a computer nerd, addicted to smart phones and Facebook, but nothing can replace having real contact with people. Please make being with your loved ones in person a priority in your life. Being part of a group is extremely important. As a psychologist I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a social network to support you. It is an essential part for your mental and emotional health.
The important thing is not so much how many hours you sleep, but the quality of your sleep. Sleep is essential to all of our body, mind and spirit. Some people need less and some people need more than the standard 8 hours. Just pay attention to yourself and see what is the right amount for you. My secret to great sleep is to lay down in my bed and first think of all the great moments I had that day and be thankful for each one of them. Thank you for the delicious coffee I had this morning, thank you for that wonderful conversation with my boss, thank you for that beautiful sunset I saw, thank you for that yummy dinner with the company of my beautiful family is just some examples. Then I concentrate in each part of my body and relax it, from my toes all the way up to the top of my head.
8. Have your own sacred ritual
With today’s crazy schedule is more important than ever for us to have a sacred time with ourselves. Everyone should have a daily peaceful practice and it can be anything you want as long as you do it consciously and it brings you self-awareness and peace. And you can change it up. My for a while was yoga, then a certain meditation for 40 days, then lighting a candle in the morning and making affirmations, my current one is my vocal exercises and mantra practice. It can be as simple as brewing coffee in the morning, or going in a jog and paying attention to your breath.
9. Party the way cave women did
What does that mean? It means not going out to get drunk. But rather having a communal ritual of altered states. If you follow my blog you already know what is my communal party ritual of altered state…It is the Kainapi, where we gather, dance, chant, meditate and go into the sweat lodge. But do one that you identify with and enjoy. Like going to church, going hiking with a group, go to the beach or waterfall with family or friends, going out to dance with your girlfriends…
To close off never forget the most basic thing of all to be happy and healthy – drink plenty of water!