Lately No. 02 — July 2019
Every month, we publish a post under the category “lately,” where I (Bre) will share what I’m currently finding helpful in my own continued journey in healing and well-being. While I have a small handful of tools that I use most days (like yoga, meditation, and journaling), everything else seems to fade in and out depending on what I need in the present moment. It’s fun to explore and I thought it would be fun to share, too ... you know, just in case anything catches your eye.
Blue light: Before electricity, humans relied on the sun to see during the day and the moon and fire to see during the night. In today’s world, however, we have non native light everywhere. With the flip of a switch, light floods our world, wherever and whenever we want. And then there’s our computers and cellphones, both of which radiate light from their screens, beckoning us in. With that comes blue light.
Now, not all blue light is bad. In fact, it’s a big part of regulating our circadian rhythm. The problem, however, is that we’re getting far too much of it these days. And when you look at your screen, you’re really telling your body it’s noon, no matter what time it actually is.
To help combat this, you’ve probably heard about blue light blocking glasses, which are starting to become more popular. I ordered a pair of my own from BLUblox, which I wear when I’m inside during the day. But it wasn’t until I ordered these (not so pretty) red glasses that I truly started to notice a difference. Technically, they are laser enhancement glasses, made for construction. But they do a killer job of blocking out blue light at night if you still want to watch a television show or two. And usually, I do. Since wearing these, I’ve noticed that I fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. You can find prettier pairs on BLUblox, but I wasn’t ready to invest quite yet and these only cost $9. Ten out of ten would recommend. ;)
Astro charts: Many of you know that over the past several months, I’ve been studying Astrology (and loving it). A friend of mine recently showed me astro-charts.com, which has quickly become my favorite way for studying charts. The design is clean and organized, and you can save as many as you want. Win win win.
I followed her instructions, laying on the floor with a pillow under my head. And then I listened to her voice, where she guided listeners to breathe in and out, releasing whatever natural sounds came through. I blew out air, laughed maniacally (and then laughed at myself for laughing maniacally), felt tears silently stream down my face, yawned a ton, and continued on for 40 minutes. My hands turned tingly, my body cold, and colors floated in front of my eyelids. It was transformational and freeing … something I wholeheartedly recommend if you’re in need of a good release.
Baking soda test: Ally Milligan of Loveleaf Co. was a past guest on OHH and recently, I tried her baking soda test, which essentially shows if your body is producing enough stomach acid to aid in proper digestion. I failed my initial test, but followed Ally’s instructions of drinking warm lemon water each morning and ever since, have noticed an improvement in digestion. AKA, I’m now regular every single day. Like clockwork.
Reintroducing meat: In my own interview on OHH, I shared that after getting diagnosed with endo, I stopped eating meat, dairy, gluten, soy, and processed foods. But after about a year, I felt as if I’d hit a plateau. My energy was low and I was actually gaining a little extra weight despite a healthy diet. Around that same time, my partner, who also went veggie, started mentioning how he was thinking of reintroducing meat back into his diet. And then I started hearing more and more about people who were doing the same.
Eventually, I took this as a sign from the Universe and got curious. But as someone who loves animals and cares about the earth, this wasn’t easy. I researched and listened to a lot of podcasts (this post was super helpful) before eventually muscle testing myself at the grocery store. Turns out, my body wanted some meat.
The topic of sustainability and animal cruelty is a big one and not something that I’m going to cover right now. But because my body is asking for it, I’ve decided to listen. We still eat primarily veggie in our house, but about 1-2 times per week, are eating meat that is local and organic, as well as grass-fed / safe caught / pasture raised / etc. depending on the animal. So far, my body is feeling a lot more energetic and I’m taking that as a good sign. ;)