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6 Things You Can Do This Weekend to Boost Your Energy and Improve Your Health

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sunrise at tres cruces peru
Our 5 day Internet fast started at Tres Cruces in Manu National Park in Peru. Not a bad place to spend the sunrise, eh?

Before the weekend officially starts, I wanted to share a list of 6 things that you can do to improve your health this weekend…

The reason why I’m sharing this list, is because it’s the list that Annmarie and I came up with for our own weekend options this 4th of July weekend.

If the activities are good enough for us, they’re good enough for you.

Do me a favor and work at least one of these into your plans this weekend. You’ll be thankful you did.

Here they are…

1. Take a 24-48 hour Internet break.

I know, you love the Internet just as much as we rely on it to spread the message of good, natural health.

When we took 5 days away from the Internet in Peru to hike to a glacier lake close to the peak of Ausangate, Annmarie and I felt incredibly rejuvenated.

Now, I’m not asking you to cancel your Facebook account or never read Renegade Health again – I’m just asking you to plan in the near future (this weekend is a good time) to take some time off the Internet to remove yourself from the electromagnetic fields around your computer, your wireless internet or any other device you have that is sending EMFs into your own bio-field.

I’m not here to dispute whether or not these waves are harmless, I’m just asking you to consider the common sense of being disconnected for a little bit.

Plus, when you are, you can actually have fun and genuine adventures with real live friends instead of “liking” short meaningless comments by pixelated representations of them.

I think the former is a little healthier, don’t you?

2. Take a hike in a park you’ve never been to before.

I love exploring new places.

One of our favorite things to do when we were on the road was to pull into a town, park the RV and head off to the nearest local or state park to take a hike or a run in the woods.

This would be our opportunity to decompress and take in the negative ions from the woods.

When we would travel to Sedona, Arizona, I can remember getting antsy the minute we turned off of Interstate 17, because I knew it would be 15 minutes until I could put on my shoes and go running into the Red Rocks on the Soldier’s Pass Trail.

Now that we’re relatively settled, we don’t get to see as many different types of landscapes, but there are certainly some awesome places to explore around the Bay Area.

Over this weekend, our plan is to take a long bike ride to somewhere we’ve never been, then take a hike or sit in the sun – whatever we feel like when we get there.

Doesn’t that sound like it could be beneficial to your health?

(And more fun than running on a treadmill?)

3. Do a one day juice fast.

One day of cleansing has many benefits.

Many people think, just because it’s 24 hours that your body can’t possibly benefit from this little break, but they’re incorrect.

Just 24 hours of juicing can assist in balancing your gut flora, removing mucus from your body, allow your organs to take a rest, clear up your skin, give you an energy boost and help regulate your blood sugar.

A 24 hour juice fast doesn’t really have any rules.

Basically, just make your favorite juices all day until it’s time to sleep.

The next morning, and most important thing, is to break the fast with some fruit or something that is easy to digest.

My favorite juice recipe is this:

3-4 Stalks Celery
3-4 Leaves Kale
1 Big Handful Parsley
1 Cucumber
1 Lemon
1/2-1 Inch Ginger

(Optional – Add a half fennel bulb!)

You can make this or any others throughout your day long adventure!

If you’re juicing for just a day, you really don’t even need to take it that easy. Just be careful if you’re spending the day out in the sun or if you have low blood pressure or tend to get dizzy often.

4. Eat a head of lettuce every day.

For about 1 year, I did this religiously.

I would put one to two heads of lettuce in my smoothie every day.

It was a fun practice and I’m certain it helped me rebuild my mineral stores that had been depleted during my past experiments.

Lettuce – green, red, heirloom, butter, etc – is not only a great source of minerals, but it’s also a good source of chlorophyll which is a blood building compound.

The trick to eating a head of lettuce a day is adding it to your morning smoothie. If you have some great fresh fruits in the smoothie already, you won’t even taste the lettuce.

Go ahead and give it a shot, it’s only a weekend!

In case you’re wondering why I stopped, I have to tell you that after a year of 1-2 heads a day, I got a little tired of lettuce. I’m sure I’ll revisit it in a few months now that it’s fresh and abundant here in California.

5. Go to an exercise class you haven’t been to before (or haven’t been to in a while.)

When we were in Peru, we really missed our regular Saturday yoga class.

We had started to get into a routine, going every week, but Peru put this to an abrupt end.

This weekend, we’re going to make it happen and get back on track with our yoga practice and attend the class Saturday morning.

If you haven’t been to an exercise class in a while or if you haven’t exercised recently, this weekend is a great time to get back on track and finally get a step closer to your fitness goals.

6. Do a vision board for your own health.

The reason I mention this is because Annmarie and I are doing ours this weekend!

Two days ago, Annmarie went out and bought a bunch of magazines to cut up and paste onto our vision boards. We felt the need to make new ones. The last ones we had made – before we left in our two year R.V. tour – have already come true, so it’s time to set new goals to achieve.

If you don’t know what a vision board is, it’s a visual representation of your goals that includes words, images and ideas that you want to accomplish. You can make one by getting an 11 X 17 piece of paper, some glue and some old magazines to cut up and put on the paper.

It’s such a simple tool to help you align yourself to achieve your goals!

If you do one or all of these, you’ll come out at the other end of this weekend more rejuvenated, more energetic and chances are a little healthier than you were when you started.

My question is this, will you actually take action and do one of these things, or will you just read this, agree with it and never do any of the things I suggested…

I want to know your thoughts: What are you doing this weekend that’s healthy?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Athena says:

    Hey there Kevin and Annmarie, I hope you guys have a super fun 4th of July weekend! Me and my husband will be working out Sat and Sun and enjoying the beach on Sat, maybe the dog park on Sun? What ever we do we will be outside enjoying this California weather it is the best! Love you guys! Smooches and <3

  2. Emilie Rose says:

    Hey Kevin!

    I’m going to a spring tomorrow that I found on “findaspring.com” I got the tip from a David Wolfe lecture I attended a few weeks ago. I’m really excited! Great article – and thanks for all that you do.

    emilie rose

  3. Velda says:

    Hope you guys have a happy, blessed and safe 4th of July!!!

  4. Donna says:

    This is great, thanks so much Kevin and Annemarie! I am currently recovering from a shattered tibia, knee and my ACL tore off for the past 7 months, so know that I am able to walk with a cane I am upping my game with walking, the elipticle and varies leg exercises to refire my muscles. I am also going to do my vision board this weekend. Thank you so much for the inspiration. PS I want to have arms like you Annmarie, they are totally inspiring!
    Donna

  5. Nikki says:

    #1) Love yourself.

  6. Tia says:

    I will do a juice fast for 24 hours.

  7. oreganol says:

    I’m always setting goals, but have never tried making a vision board, so I think I will give this a go. Sounds like fun. Setting goals really helps me, so have a visual representation may help even more.

  8. Maybe the juice fast and vision board, tho I am overwhelmed… We’ll see how much I can produce.

  9. ddoubleu says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve been wanting to make a vision board!

  10. Florence says:

    Thanks guys, Im goin for it all. Its all things Ive been thinking about as sometimes I get in a rut. THanks for the encouragement. Haven’t done the vision board before though but does sound fun. I appreciate all the things you do for us.

  11. Sue says:

    I will try for walking in a new place to explore. The other day, I came across some wild morning glories, and I want to get back there with my camera. I will explore areas down near the ravine while I’m at it. Your veggie smoothie sounds good, so might might try that as well!

  12. susan says:

    Hi guys hope you are having a great weekend!! It is Canadas birthday this weekend so we have a full agenda already. We are visiting a theme park, a waterpark and fireworks display. I am on a 30 day juice fast already so that parts easy! No time for internet!!

  13. Candy says:

    We have so many springs here in Florida that me and my boyfriend are going to go to one we have never been to before. It has snorkeling and you can take a kayak out in it and explore. I love being out in nature…it’s so refreshing and it does make you feel better. I agree the computer/internet is a good source of information but and is a tool most of us are using now for work all day or a means to find jobs…but I think we can over use it and I find sometimes I wish we didn’t have to use it so much. Moderation is much needed and is necessary to feel connected again to the outside world with people and nature I agree TOTALLY!!!

    HAPPY FOURTH TO YOU BOTH

    Thank you for all the great information you provide. I read your articles every day :)

    Candy

  14. Patricia says:

    Great list. All reasonable things to do individually, but awesome for one day and over a long weekend. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    I have a small plan in place, but will add to it from your list. (Wish I could all, but my cat head butted me a few mornings this week and it threw my neck out…me-ouch!! )

    I start each Saturday at a local flea market / green market here in NYC at 67th btwn 1st & York and I picki up farm fresh produce. I’ve been trying new fruits and veggies, and I can get all the ingredients for the smoothie there.

    Since it was recommended to me to do a sauna 10-20 minutes 6 days a week, I’ll be doing it each day of the 3 day weekend.

    I was planning on at least 2 juices a day for 3 days, but will try for a 1 day juice day also.

    3 days of long walks.

    I picked up the lettuce last night.

    I’d love to be laptop & tv free this weekend, but the pulled neck & pain changed my scheduled away plans and thus kicked in the blues for me a bit and truthfully both appliance can act as a baby sitter at times.

    Have a lovely holiday weekend!!!!

  15. Anna21 says:

    That’s funny because a ‘vision board’ is is on my to-do list, so this was a timely reminder.

  16. erp says:

    Going to a Bikram class, haven’t exercised in a few weeks.

  17. reBecca says:

    Dear Kevin and Ann Marie,

    Ok so you got me commenting..my first, (in over a year of reading), your valuable reminders/suggestions…P.S. Reminder to readers please support organic it is the only nourishing food. And please do not support gmo corn, soy, etc.. If you or your kids drink milk organic is so important.

    Just want to say, (maybe you’ll read this Kev)..(whatever).

    I am here in Berk as well/(native of here).. and have been enjoying..(don’t laugh).. an entire bunch of org. red radishes for breakfast and or 1/2 to 1 whole head of in season organic romain….Ha ha I eat it whole. Then for lunch, the sweet, lovley, in season cantalope (for three days in a row at least 1/2 a large melon… and now for the last two days,organic seeded wonderful Watermelon. I will repeat the diet again today (lettuce radish melon)….Organic seeded wonderful Watermelon. I mean it is just making sense for me to do this. I feel so nourished and cleansed as well…

    A bit ironic your note making same suggestions … well it must be in the bay area summer air.

    Oh, p.s. Been trying to attend my 6am yoga, but keep oversleeping! Going to keep trying to attend that.

    Thanks for your info sharing.
    All BEst to All,
    reBEcca

    Peace and Love friend,
    Peace and Love

  18. Diana says:

    Praying and trying to keep a positive mind and not get sick, while my younger sister of 49 has just begun in an 8 hour surgery … Ovarian Cancer… hysterectomy, spleen, some colon, and maybe more will be removed… praying it won’t be in liver, lungs, or any other major organ when the biopsy is back… so hard to stay physically strong when stress is weakening my body and making me sick… I’m going to go juice lots of greens with organic raw eggs and do some deep breathing, positive thinking, and pray pray pray all day…

  19. johndisoza says:

    Good health is a state of physical and mental well-being necessary to live a meaningful, pleasant and productive life. And the six points provided are key to both as for good Nutrition is also necessary. It’s an amazing thing which is set as fun and recreation and no doubt I will go for it.

    Thanks

  20. Lynn Ranos says:

    I plan on getting just enough sun to replenish my Vitamin D stores naturally. Working in an office every day means I have to supplement most of the time. Sunshine, here I come!

  21. Hi happy Renegates! Once again: Welcome back to the USA! I love all the stories of the wonderful trip to Peru you guys are bringing to us. And thanks also for a list of wonderful ideas to help us get more healthy during this festive holyday.I will do the juice fasting on the 4th! Juicing a big watermelon. that will give me one galon of sweet genuine mineral water. I will do it honoring the memory of Ann Wigmore who prize this refreshing fruit highly.By the way, 2 days ago I opened a watermelon and got surprised because was yellow inside! I hate it! Because was not as sweet as the red ones. And my fasting will be 12 hours only because the rest we spend asleep sin a day consist of 24 hours. And if I take naps??? If I drink juice for 12 hours straight, at night I’ll have to get up a lot! And before the wee, wee, wee hours! Ja! Well, that’s me with a set of old kidneys!
    Another thing, it is good to not to talk for 12 hours also in order to saving energy for the next day celebrations? That will be no picnic! But it is alright with me! Ok AnnaMarie and Kevin, Have a Happy 4th of July! Aida

  22. Luetta says:

    We are on the same wavelength. I am journaling and making a life evaluation with new goals this weekend. I am also doing a twentyfour hour juice fast with lemon and water. Time to live consciously again.

  23. Janet says:

    I spent yesterday having quality time with my three sons and their partners. Today I’m spending quality time and space with ‘me’.. reflecting on my relationships with my family and others, and taking in the magnificent Welsh coastline.

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  25. Nanette says:

    Thanks for the weekend tips. Sundays is my day for staying free from the PC. Tonight I will be enjoying the OpenAir concert in our city…is about 7 kilometers away…which I combine as my exercise for the day…besides the usual weekend “stuff” to do..this is a
    great relaxation..even in a city. And tomorrow? Maybe a wellness/family day, it is supposed to rain…and at the start of next week…detox!
    Have fun you two…and enjoy the weekend.

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