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
1/2-1 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?