Let's Talk About.....COFFEE
Today I'm going to talk to you about one of my favorite things....COFFEE!
Coffee tends to get a pretty bad wrap in the health and wellness world these days. Let me first just start by saying that coffee is not for everyone. There are some whom should stay away from caffeine such as those with sleep issues, low adrenal function, heart problems or high blood pressure etc.
But for most of us living a healthy lifestyle, coffee is an added benefit into our regime.
Some benefits of coffee include:
Coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed crops and the way we rid the beans of the pesticides is to pour hot water over them and then drink it ...Yuck!
So do yourself a favor and go organic with your coffee. My favorite brand of coffee, though on the higher end price wise, is Bulletproof. It's beautifully smooth, robust in flavor and is free of molds and toxins.
One of the other things we hear in the health world about coffee is that it is too acidic and makes our bodies ph too acidic therefore making us unhealthy and set up for disease.
While coffee is acidic, so is protein and many other things in our diet. The first key here is moderation. No one should be drinking a pot of coffee a day. Depending on your body size and metabolism, 1-2 cups a day of caffeinated coffee is plenty.
I hope this has helped debunk the "coffee is bad for you" myth. As always, if you are unsure if it is a right choice for you, I encourage you to check with your doctor or Holistic Health Practioner first.
I'm off now to go make myself a cup of coffee...
With Love & Grace,
Rachelle Cain, HHC
When I started working in the health and wellness industry, I like many who work in the field, felt that I needed to be ahead of the game in all things wellness for myself. I needed to have the perfect diet, the best fitness program, top of the line supplements, practicing meditation and yoga, detoxing regularly, oil pulling, fascia blasting, sauna and red light therapy and making time to ground and feel at one with nature all while singing kumbaya. Ya’ll, it wasn’t long before I felt like my world was crashing down around me. It all seemed so necessary but how could I possibly keep up these routines and still have a life? The answer….I couldn’t!
I have come to understand now, that in all things in life, but especially our health and wellness routines, simple is just plain better. It’s about choosing a few things that are important to you and sticking with them for the long haul. These are things that should give you joy, add value to your life, and help you grow physically, mentally and spiritually.
There are times that our bodies reach crisis mode due to stress, illness, overwork or just too many demands, and during these times is when our bodies then require additional love, time and TLC . But for the most part, if we are living a healthy lifestyle and just trying to maintain our health, we can simplify and focus on the four main things: food, water, sleep and love.
It’s really that simple ya’ll! If you are wondering where to start with a healthy lifestyle or need to simplify your current routine, start here:
1. Focus on eating well balanced healthy meals containing a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables and grass fed animal protein (for my non-vegetarians/vegans of course).
2. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily for proper hydration.
3. Sleep 7-8 hours each night.
4. Focus on generating more love in your life through relationships, spirituality, hobbies, and honestly, whatever brings you joy and makes you want to jump out of bed every morning.
I promise that if you focus on these four areas, anything else that you do, including exercise and supplements etc. will only make those four areas benefit you more.
Instead of getting overwhelmed by all the things we could be doing to live a long, healthy life, let’s get back to the basics first and generate some simplicity in our daily routines!
With Love & Grace,
Rachelle Cain, NBC-HWC
Four Steps to Create Consistency
This morning, I was sitting trying to decide what important piece of health knowledge I wanted to share with you all and I was not feeling it! I mean I felt like the kid who put off writing her paper until the last minute and sat staring at a blank screen, imagining all the ways to get out of it or postpone it rather than waiting to feel inspired about what would add value to y’alls lives. That’s when I began to chuckle a little and realize that one of the most difficult, yet important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle is....consistency.
The Nike ad “Just Do It” resonates with so many because, as adults, we have to do exactly that....even when we aren’t feeling it. We have to wake up every morning and recommit to our healthy food choices, exercise, positive thinking and spiritual practices each and every day. It’s no different than the conscience decisions we are making to love our spouse and children and to be the best version of ourselves each an every day.
The common core is consistency.
Life gets in the way for all of us and can throw us off course, but the best way to ensure that we prevent or at the very least lessen these instances is by using these four steps to create consistency:
Four Steps to create consistency:
1. Set goals: these don’t have to be magical - just something that you are working towards. Whether, it’s a vacation your going on, a marathon that you want to run, or just 21 days of implementing good habits
2. Lay out a morning/evening and or mid-day routines to incorporate your healthy activities, food, prayer, meditation, supplements, and self-care
3. Schedule time in your calendar for your healthy habits. If your goal is to take 30 mins, 3 days a week to sit in an infrared sauna to decompress and detox, then schedule it in just like you would an important meeting. You deserve to make the time and doing this consistently actually creates the time in your schedule no different than taking the time to shower or brushing your teeth.
4. Reward yourself (in healthy ways) for sticking to your healthy lifestyle choices. I encourage you all to wake up and start each day with intentionality and push to be a better version of who you were yesterday by being consistent with the healthy lifestyle you have chosen to live. There are days all of us don’t feel it, myself included, but it’s those days that we are not feeling it and push through, that we prove to ourselves what a warrior we really are!
With Love & Grace
Rachelle Cain, HHC
Dr. Kimberly Kaye Castaneda, ND
Rachelle Cain, NBC-HWC
Rachelle Cain is a certified Holistic Health Coach. As an HHC Rachelle is a supportive mentor and wellness authority that works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes.
Rachelle’s passion is to continue educating people on how to take care of themselves in a way that provides them with long, healthy, vibrant lives.