My New Self-Care Secrets

"Taking good care of you means the people in your life get the best of you not what's left of you"

- Anonymous

Dearest Soul Friend,

Have you missed me? Sorry! I've been on a self-care venture. Recharging. In the last months, I've been on a roller coaster of experiences that have drained me emotionally and physically. From a big move, down to the death of my father. Those few weeks turned my life upside down. But I didn't let myself fall in the dumped-and-drained track. Instead, I used them to take my self-care rituals to the next level. This is what I did...

First, during those few days of big transitions and losses, I let myself cry and deeply experience the pain of losing my past life and my father, whose unexpected departure tore deeply into my heart.

After confronting those weeks, full of lack of motivation and pain, I turned around and started paving a new path of self-care. Thanks to the support of my family I was able to really disconnect and take charge of my life. 

I planned a retreat to a detox program runned by the Ann Wigmore Institute, at Aguada, Puerto Rico. A beautiful place right in front of the beach where they detox and recharge your body and mind with their raw living foods lifestyle program.

It has been a wonderful and challenging experience that really helped me see all the things I could do on a daily basis to continue taking care of myself (and those around me) during the months and years to come.

Here are five wonderful things I learned in this sacred place:

#1: Mother Nature's got you covered

Have you noticed how much stuff we buy that is already pre-made? Seriously! If you want to feel radiantly healthy, you might need to upscale your percentage of radiant foods in your plate, meaning eat more unprocessed and organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Mother Nature knows best; we just gotta give her a chance! Once we do give her an opportunity to nurture us with her radiance and beauty, all those qualities will spark from our own pores. Give it a try at least for a week and you'll see what I mean. Check out this website: they have some free recipes to get you started. 

#2: Soak in the sun, daily!

Are you one of those lacking from Vitamin D3? Well, I know I was! Yet I made a commitment to start sitting outside and soaking in the sun more often. You know we don't always have a beach nearby but we sure always have a sun. So my new trick is having breakfast and lunch outside! Find the time, no excuses, the sun is waiting for you! Don't leave him waiting, soul-mate!

#3: Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

Ha! I love this one. At the Institute they have a trampoline in every classroom so we can go ahead and jump lightly and wiggle our bodies during classes. It's great! It really helps to get your body moving and activates your lymphatic system. So if you've been sitting too long and your body is feeling a bit tired, listen to your body and take action! Jump lightly, walk around, or wiggle, wiggle, wiggle... move that body!

#4: Eat less cooked foods

As you may have learned from past posts, I've been a "cooked" vegetarian for a few years but even with that "healthy" diet I was still feeling drained, tired and even constipated, from time to time! Well, hello! It's because when we cook our vegetables (fruits, etc.) we are draining the life and nutrients out of it! If you really want to take good care of your body (or even help your body heal from any condition) you should at least have 50% of your plate with living foods, meaning uncooked, organic and sprouted (if they are grains and seeds.)

Not a salad fan? Well let me tell you the secret, any salad can taste amazing with a nice dressing bath, so go and prepare or get your favorite dressing (keeping it as healthy and sane as possible) and eat your salad with any meal. My favorite salad mix at the moment includes: organic baby lettuce, shredded organic carrots (or beets), sunflower sprouts (or buckwheat sprouts), alfalfa sprouts and avocado. 

#5: Own your life!

One of my favorite classes was at the end of the program it talked about visualizing yourself in the future and where would you like to be? (Really going wild with this one!). Come on, it's never too late (or early) to start embracing who you would dream or like to become. Own your life, declare your life, visualize it and become who you would like to be today.

Me? At the moment, I want to feel healthier and grateful with all that has been going on in my life so this is my morning declaration: "I am radiant health. I am a grateful being, thankful for this moment, this life and whatever it may bring."

Now your turn! Share with me one self-care action you’ll take this week in the comments below.

If you have any self-care rituals of your own that you would like to add to this list, please share them with me and our soulful friends on the comments area.

with love, Rita

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