As a dietitian it’s sort of expected that I live this incredibly healthy life. I wish I could tell you that’s true, but regardless of my profession, I’m still human. My goal for my clients (and myself too) is for them to feel their best every day. We focus on a few specifics to help achieve this: Diet, sleep, exercise and supplements.
Although my guidelines vary depending on the client, learning about others routines can be a fun and helpful way to build your own. Here’s what I do to feel my best each day.
Ideally I’m up before my kids to have a few minutes to drink a large glass of water and attempt to meditate. I say attempt because it’s far from something I’ve mastered. I’ve tried a bunch of apps to see if something clicks—nothing has just yet, but even when I unsuccessfully meditate, I feel better than when I don’t even try. More often than not, my 5-year-old jumps into bed to wake me up, and that’s not a bad way to start the day. It’s rare that I sleep past 5:45 a.m. with or without my small human alarm clock.
Once I get the kids to school, I either go straight to work or sneak in a workout. I love high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. There’s been some recent research suggesting that HIIT can help optimize your endocannabinoid system (ECS), so that validates why I torture myself with these workouts. Living in New York City, I get in tons of walking daily, so on my non-workout days, I try to skip the taxis and walk a bit more. It’s easy to hit 10,000 steps living here.
I take my daily serving of CBD once I’m at my desk. I have found that it improves my focus and concentration when I’m in the office and I’m less distracted or less likely to keep hopping on Facebook instead of meeting my deadlines. I use my own brand of CBD, Daily Habit, which I add into a tea or coffee and sip on while I work.
When it comes to eating, I’m lucky that I truly love and enjoy healthy food. I’m happy with eggs or a smoothie for breakfast. Some might call it a sad desk lunch, but I love getting big chopped salads and eating at my desk. Around 3 p.m., my attention starts to wane. That’s when I let myself indulge a bit. I’ll buy or make another tea or coffee and have something sweet with it. On good days, it’s high-quality dark chocolate, but other days… well, it’s anything that can be found in a bakery. I’ll often add another scoop of CBD to help me finish out the day.
If the weather and time (and, more importantly, my footwear choice) cooperate, I walk home from the office. I find that taking those few extra minutes helps to clear my head so that when I get home to my two girls, I can give them the attention they need. We eat an early dinner together. Sadly, my husband isn’t home in time, but I feel it’s important to have that time together with the girls. I’m always experimenting with new recipes or the vegetables that came in my produce delivery, and I’ve found that to be a good influence on my 10-year-old; she’s been so open to trying new foods. My 5-year-old refuses to try anything new, and that’s fine too.
I try to stop eating by 6 p.m. I end my meal with a tea that I supplement with magnesium powder to help me start to unwind. Magnesium is a natural relaxant so I find it helps my mind slow down and my muscles recover from whatever I did that day. I’ll sometimes add CBD if I’m feeling any extra stress, but most nights the magnesium is enough on its own. Ending eating early always makes me feel better, so even though my husband makes fun of my Early Bird Special dinner times, I feel I sleep better when it’s been a few hours since my last meal.
New York City might be the city that never sleeps, but I’m normally drifting off to sleep by 9:30 p.m. I am just not a night owl and feel so much more productive in the morning. Although it may be a little boring, this is what works for me. I’ve found that my clients have their own internal clocks. Some are night owls and some are morning people. I haven’t found research to prove one way is better than the other—it’s really about what works for you.
That’s my daily life in a nutshell. Every day is different and some days are certainly healthier than others. I’m grateful for CBD because it helps me optimize my focus and keep my stress under control, but it’s equally important for me to eat well, sleep well and move my body as much as possible. When I do all of that, my days are so much better, and I’m better for it.