Summer Challenge Weeke 7: Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Adopt routines that help you have a deep and restful sleep.

  • Do not use electronics around bedtime to avoid exposure to intense blue light.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night. A regular sleep schedule can work wonders for your energy levels!
  • You need deep sleep to create serotonin and GABA which help curb cravings.
  • 7-9 hours of sleep per day!

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends individuals ages 18-64 should get 7-9 Hours of sleep/night, while those ages 65+ should get about 7-8 Hours of sleep/night.

According to their research:

  • 1 in 2 adults have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep.
  • 1 in 5 adults do not find their sleep refreshing.
  • 1 in 3 adults have difficulty staying awake during waking hours.

Good sleep hygiene could lead to better sleEP

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine before bed
  • Maintain a regular bedtime/waketime
  • Practice relaxation and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques
  • Reduce noise in the sleeping environment
  • Exercise regularly
  • Review medications with your physician/pharmacist regularly

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Summer Challenge Week 6: Get Outside Everyday

Spending time outdoors is calming, grounding and a key factor in improving mood.

  • Fresh air contains oxygen that will make you feel awake, alert and ready to take on the day.
  • Negative ions, which are released by water and plants, help improve health. Positive ions, created by electronics, air-conditioners, pollution, cigarette smoke, closed air in houses or office buildings can be harmful to health.
  • Exposing yourself to the sun for 30 minutes a day is essential for getting vitamin D. Vitamin D is especially important for Canadians since much of our population is deficient.

Notes from our Nutritionist 

Dandelion Foods’ own nutritionist, Morgan, has accepted the 8-week Summer Challenge and is providing updates on how she’s finding it. Here’s her notes from Week 2. And if you missed Week 1, you can find them here. You can also follow her on this page or on Instagram or Facebook.

In the summer, I find it easier to get outside. I try to do 15-20 mins walk daily.  I found a cute little trail near where I work which makes it easier to get out in nature and away from the hustle bustle of the busy workplace.

Summer Challenge Week 5: Exercise Anywhere

It’s Week 5 of 8 of the 8-week Summer Challenge by @lornavanderhaeghehealth . We’re over halfway there!

With the beautiful summertime weather, there are endless opportunities to exercise.

AT WORK?

  • Conduct ‘walking meetings’ by walking outside while discussing the day ahead.
  • Throw in a wall-sit at lunch to activate your leg muscles.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator!

TAKING THE KIDS TO THE PARK?

  • Join in on the fun! Play soccer, skipping rope, or even tossing a ball around can be a great way to combine family time and exercise.

Dandelion Foods’ own nutritionist, Morgan, has accepted the 8-week Summer Challenge and is providing updates on how she’s finding it. Here’s her notes from Week 2. And if you missed Week 1, you can find them here. You can also follow her on this page or on Instagram or Facebook.

I continued to enjoy my daily walks as well as trying to fit in as many opportunities to standup paddle board (SUP) as I could. SUP is is a new interest of mine, and one that I share with my husband. I enjoy being on the water; the exercise that we get; as well as being able to enjoy our time together in the fresh air. We just spent the weekend in Algonquin Park doing SUP and had a blast!

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Summer Challenge Week 4: Prioritize your Mental health and Energize your Brain

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These natural ingredients help you feel energized without relying on caffeine. Coenzyme Q10 is found in almost every cell in the body and is often called the “Spark of Life” because it provides powerful energy.

This not only promotes good mental health but also boosts your energy so you can get out and do things to further improve mood and wellness.

Cultivate a daily meditation practice starting with just 3 minutes a day!

Notes from our Nutritionist 

Dandelion Foods’ own nutritionist, Morgan, has accepted the 8-week Summer Challenge and is providing updates on how she’s finding it. Here’s her notes from Week 2. And if you missed Week 1, you can find them here. You can also follow her on this page or on Instagram or Facebook.

I enjoy walking for my mental health and so, this week, I continued to incorporate a walk into my daily routine. I also added some earthing (see below) for a few minutes when I had the chance.

What is Earthing?

8 week challenge, week 4 - mental health, earthing

Earthing, also known as grounding, is based on research that demonstrate that connecting to the Earth’s electrical energy promotes physical well-being. The act of Earthing refers to a physical connection between the electrical frequencies of the human body with that of Earth’s (think barefoot in the grass, or at the beach). Just like the sun constantly provides us with energy and vitamins, the earth too is a source of subtle energy that contributes to optimum health.

Earthing can be achieved in a number of ways: standing, sitting, lying or walking with direct skin contact with the ground is the easiest.