Even though I eat clean most of the time and organize my social life around yoga class, I still find myself feeling heavy tired and toxic sometimes.
It can be because of stress—let’s face it, I am a startup founder, physician, and mama to a toddler so sometimes life feels just a little hectic!
Other times it’s that I fell down the NYC social rabbit hole called the cocktail hour—even one a night adds up, disrupting my sleep, screwing up my sensitive digestion, and slowing down my metabolism.
Or it’s just that I’m spending too much time at my computer and not enough time running around and shaking it out.
Tips for when you’re feeling heavy, tired, and toxic
Exercise to clear your mind
Whenever I feel stressed, lost, angry, hungover, tired, anxious or sad, I return to my mat. My yoga practice brings me home to who I am and why I’m here. It stimulates my parasympathetic nervous system, the rest and digest part side of the nervous system and allows my body to heal, my immune system to function, digestive tract to absorb food, and adrenals to restore. Find what exercise works for you and commit to moving at least 150 minutes a week.
Clean up your diet
Healing really begins from the inside out, so it’s no surprise that what you eat truly matters when you’re trying to reset. At Parsley Health, we recommend a core diet that’s gluten-free, dairy-free and heavy on the plants. I find this Paleo-style of eating extremely nourishing and look forward to jump starting my day with our Avocado Power Smoothie recipe, which includes Parsley’s delicious vegan protein with 26 grams of protein.
When it comes to lunch and dinner, I’ll turn to the recipes found in our 7 Day Total-Body Breakthrough guide, which are packed with protein and veggies. When I’m too busy to cook, I’ll grab wild sockeye salmon over greens from Dig Inn or a plate of roasted veggies from an organic take out spot by Parsley’s offices. I’ll also make sure to hydrate with my favorite go-to kombucha from Pilot and lots of water.
Find a meditative practice
Setting aside time each day for a meditative practice, whether it’s writing down what I’m grateful for or doing a meditation, has been integral in maintaining my mental well-being. Not only does a practice like meditation lower cortisol levels, but it also reduces inflammation, which is at the core of a number of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In an ideal world, I’d have 20 minutes set aside each day to meditate, but when I’m pressed for time I’ll commit to at least 10 minutes, following with a gratitude list. Sometimes it’s really simple things like my husband’s cooking that will end up on my list or sometimes it’s more abstract things like being part of a community of creators who remind me I’m not weird for seeing things that don’t exist and making them a reality to share with others. If you’re new to meditation, start small with just five minutes a day and aim for consistency.
To keep me on track and hold myself accountable during times like this when I’m feeling heavy, tired, and toxic, I rely on our 7 Day Total-Body Breakthrough. The recipes, workout plan, and gratitude journal are easy to follow and keep me from having to think too hard about being healthy.
On this program I feel full, grounded, and energized. Usually for me somewhere from five to seven days is the perfect amount of time to fully reset and refresh, and to feel fit clean and light again.
For other people, seven days isn’t quite enough. If you need to figure out what’s causing acne, headaches, allergies, or digestive problems like gas and bloating, we recommend getting to the root of food sensitivities and healing inflammation by continuing the reset for a full 21 days.
This is because your immune system doesn’t stop reacting to a food you ate for 21 days so you don’t experience a complete de-escalation of inflammation if you don’t do a program for at least that long.
Our 7-Day Total-Body Breakthrough gives you everything you need to reset both physically and mentally, without feeing deprived. I also recommend gut healing supplements like our 30 billion count Parsley Probiotic with the most studied and proven beneficial strains, and a vegan digestive enzyme to help you absorb the powerful nutrients you are taking in.
Seven days later you’ll feel refreshed and energized and that heavy, tired, toxic feeling will be nowhere in sight.