The Month of Financial Recovery and Wellness, part 3: Wellness Month

July is here! ¬†The final part of my Month of Financial Recovery and Wellness is the wellness part. ¬†Julia and I decided that a wellness month is in order to get us back on track so we are doing this together. ¬†What is a “wellness month,” you might ask? ¬†We envision it as a month to be more mindful about what we’re putting into our bodies and how we take care of ourselves for optimal physical and mental health. ¬†Even though we’re doing this together to help keep each other accountable, we’re creating our own parameters since we have different diets and things that work for us. ¬†I already do a lot of these things, but I have found it easy to justify a lot of indulgences lately, and it’s impacted my health. ¬†I’m looking at you, cheese. ¬†Delicious, delicious cheese… ¬†Mmm…cheese…


Now listen here…I’m not a doctor or nutritionist. ¬†My master’s thesis was on factors that predict binge drinking, so you should only listen to me tell you why you’re binge drinking. ¬†I have read a great deal about nutrition and health, and I know what works for me, what I think is garbage, and things I think are awesome that other people think are pseudoscience or, as my dad would say, “hippie-dippie bullshit.” ¬†You do you, let me be me, and don’t sue me if you make yourself sick. ¬†You’re welcome to give me money, though, if you make yourself rich and famous by eating chia seeds or something.

The Ground Rules

  • Cook at home and try to eat primarily whole foods while limiting processed foods. ¬†Whole grains only.
  • Start each day with water, chia seeds, and lemon juice. ¬†I have been doing this for over two years. ¬†Chia seeds can hold around 10x their weight in water and I feel so much more hydrated. ¬†They are also nutritional powerhouses, and have fiber, protein, and omega-3s. ¬†The lemon juice helps flush the junk out of your system (science!) and tastes lemony (wordsmith!).
  • Drink green tea. ¬†Coffee only in morning. ¬†No energy drinks.
  • Eat lots of fruits and veggies. ¬†LOTS.
  • Meat is ok 2-3 times a week. ¬†I’m not a vegetarian, but I eat mostly vegetarian. ¬†I have struggled with anemia from low iron levels, and even when I’m eating all the iron-rich veggies in the world and taking a supplement, my body feels better when I have meat occasionally. ¬†I don’t think it’s healthy to eat meat for every meal, but all things are good in moderation. ¬†Plus, burgers and bacon are the shit.
  • Limit added sugar and sodium.
  • 80 oz of water per day.
  • Seriously limit cheese. ¬†NO WINE AND CHEESE NIGHTS.

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  • Floss every. damn. day. ¬†This is so hard and I hate it but I love having teeth and not having heart problems. ¬†bleh.
  • Oil pull every day with coconut oil. ¬†I don’t necessarily think this is a cure-all, but it does work wonders for teeth whitening and gum health, when combined with brushing and flossing.
  • Dry bush before each shower.
  • Yoga 5 days a week.
  • Cardio 4+ times a week.
  • Acupuncture once a week. ¬†I go to a community acupuncture place and it’s $20 a treatment. ¬†BARGAIN.
  • Bike as much as possible (hey, No Spend July rule!)
  • Epsom salt bath once a week. ¬†This is so good for helping tired or sore muscles, and you absorb the magnesium through your skin.
  • Daily supplements: vitamin D3, calcium, iron, fish oil, cinnamon, acidophilus
  • Alcohol¬†only twice per week, two drink limit. ¬†Since I live in Fort Collins, let’s be honest, there will be beer drinking, but it has antioxidants, right? ¬†So does wine. Beer and wine¬†are basically vegetables until you get drunk.

The TL,DR version: Don’t eat junk and get off your ass and move. ¬†And then do some weird shit like squish coconut oil between your teeth for 20 minutes a day.

In financial news, I got paid today so I don’t feel so broke. ¬†If I can just figure out how to keep it all in my bank account…

What do you do to stay well? ¬†Is there anything you think I should be doing that I don’t have on the list?