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How to Create a Daily Self-Care Ritual

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Nov 7, 2018 8:09:37 AM

If your day-to-day grind could use a wellness upgrade (and really, whose couldn’t?), then forming a self-care ritual may be just the answer you've been looking for. Unlike spur-of-the-moment healthy surges like creating that perfectly swirly rainbow smoothie bowl that's destined to get allll the Instagram likes, rituals are the healthy habits that become part of your real, everyday lifestyle. Practiced over time, these small acts of self-love can boost everything from your daily mood to your productivity and even enhance your state of biological well-being on a cellular level. Here's how to map out your own self-care strategy:

“Set Up” in the Morning
Mornings are incredibly important, as they're a clean slate to set the tone for the day. While the wee hours can be quite busy (and potentially sleepy), it takes just a few minutes to set your mind right. Many people benefit from keeping a gratitude journal to jot down something they're grateful for every day, while others prefer to simply ruminate on positive thoughts for several minutes before even getting out of bed. Make it your mission to start the day on a mental note of love and kindness – you'll be amazed at how much brighter your entire day feels.

Make Your First Meal Count
Whether you wake up hungry or choose not to eat until noon, make sure your first meal is a solid one – maybe even your best one. That “first food” is another way to prime your body with the nutrients it craves right from the get-go. Depending on your diet preferences, this could look like many different things – from a skillet scramble with broccoli and avocado to a superfood smoothie with seasonal fruit. Regardless, get in the habit of consuming a few “routine” superfoods, such as a brain-boosting Matcha latte, a heaping scoop of Daily Superfood Immunity Boost in your favorite beverage to keep your immune system at its peak or maybe a skin-friendly spoonful of Chia Seeds sprinkled on your bowl of granola. Practice giving to your body through the foods you eat – aka self-care at its finest!

Set Aside Mini “Me Time”
In today's busy world, mega-doses of “me time” can be hard to come by, save for maybe the occasional vacation. But scheduling mini “me-time” can act like a daily reminder of your real intentions and help you get in touch (and stay in touch!) with the beauty of the present. For some, this may look like 10 minutes of mediation. For others, this may be lighting some sage or lavender to cleanse the air and mind. Still, others may find it useful to simply pause and spend a few moments goal-setting in a notebook. The important part is that you schedule this time to step off the day-to-day treadmill and re-center yourself. You always can find at least 10 minutes!

Value Winding Down
Most of us are stoking our cortisol until the moment we close our eyes, checking that one last work email, scrolling through social media, drinking too much alcohol in the evening or simply putting off going to bed. But getting quality sleep can genuinely change your entire reality, although it doesn't come all by itself. Ensure you're getting the deep sleep you need to fully recharge by giving yourself at least 30 minutes before your bedtime to wind down and relax without stimulation. Keep away from technology and “blue light” and try other relaxing rituals like an Epsom salt bath, calming music or nature sounds. You can even just pick up a good book to allow your mind to wander into an alternative universe – just be sure to avoid reading about heavy subjects like business or politics. You'll be amazed at the mental and mindful advantages you gain through ensuring your sleep is the best it can be.

Remember, no one can give you the self-care you really need except for you and the small rituals you create now can carve the path for a brighter future tomorrow and for years to come.

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Topics: nutrition, stress, blog, health, routine, superfoods, Live Life Positive, Navitas Organics, self-care, rituals

How to Create a Natural Beauty Routine

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on May 20, 2018 4:50:00 AM

Whether you spend an hour on your beauty process each day or take a five-minute shower and call it good, the components of your routine should be considered carefully. According to a 2017 survey, the average woman uses 16 items every day. And men aren't out of the picture either: between shampoo, shaving cream, moisturizer, deodorant and hair gel, you can imagine just how quickly these items add up.

Speaking of adding up, let's talk about ingredients. It's not that using a large array of products is in itself an abominable act, it's that the ingredients found within each jar or canister can sometimes be alarmingly hazardous. And while these questionable ingredients may be found in small quantities, their collective use in several products, in conjunction with the cocktail of other potentially unsafe ingredients the average person comes in contact with throughout the day, is an understandable cause of concern. Considering we absorb about 60 percent of the chemicals we are exposed to in cosmetics through the skin, and some reports say it only takes 26 seconds for these chemicals to enter the blood stream, this is a component of everyday toxicity we should look to aggressively minimize. If you're wondering about the safety of the products you currently use, an excellent resource is the Environmental Working Group's extensive Skin Deep database, where you can search the safety of more than 70,000 products.

But natural beauty – taking care of your glow healthfully – doesn’t have to be so complex. So, before you get corralled into buying another expensive anti-aging serum that's full of worrisome components, try to clean up your routine with a few of these fully natural, fully health-giving and fully effective tricks instead.

Oils are Amazing Moisturizers
While the lotion business would have you believe that skin moisturizing is a complex science, humans have been using pure oils for thousands of years to effectively soften and remedy chafed, dry skin. There is a surprising amount of varieties that work extremely well: coconut oil is one of the most versatile (and yes, you can use the same variety that you use in cooking). Or, for a spa-like experience, gently melt a little Cacao Butter over low heat and massage the warm, chocolate-scented oil into your tired skin – heaven! As a face oil, olive oil, sea buckthorn oil and almond oil are just a few of the exceptional varieties that work well. And believe it or not, at the end of the day, these oils also make phenomenal makeup removers, too!

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Topics: education, information, natural, beauty, blog, food, foods, health, healthy, routine, superfoods

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