D.R.E.S.S. = An Acronym to Keep Health Simple

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So, I just hopped off a call with Reed Davis of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition  and we talked all about how vitality & health is truly found through simple daily steps that anyone and everyone can take. He has called it D.R.E.S.S. Let me break it down for ya...

D. - Diet (big surprise, huh?) This includes:

  • Cutting out foods that cause you upset and inflammation (this means paying attention to what you eat and how you feel after.)
  • Finding food intolerance, either through testing or an elimination diet.
  • Eliminating the crap storm of sugar & processed foods.
  • Filling your body with whole, healing items that give you energy, well-being, and satiety.
  • Slowing down when you're chewing and eating your meals.

R. - Rest (another big surprise, huh?) This includes:

  • Shoot for 7-8 hours each night.
  • Try to stick to some sort of a routine, even on the weekends.
  • Set your room up for complete quiet and darkness to ensure deep sleep.
  • Noticing how you feel when you wake. You want to feel like you can jump out of bed and do a ditty.

E. - Exercise (I'm guessing the element of surprise is now gone.) This includes:

  • Getting some sort of movement, if not daily, at least 3-5 times per week.
  • Doing both strength and cardio workouts.
  • Getting sweaty at least a couple times per week.
  • Stretching to promote healing from your workouts.

S. - Stress Management (you've heard this one from me before!) This includes:

  • Practicing mindfulness in whatever way works for you.
  • Practicing deep breathing.
  • Eliminating or minimizing things that cause you stress.
  • Spending time in a nature.
  • Laughing and playing.

S. - Supplements (as much as I wish we could get everything from our food!) This includes...

  • This one is so individualized depending on each persons body & needs. As much as I wish we got all the minerals, nutrients, and vitamins we need from food, we just don't. There are a few supplements I think most people should be using; fish oil, vitamin D, & magnesium. Again, these are all so body specific but good to know.