My Digital Detox

I didn’t need another gluten free diet or UltraClear detox.  I needed a digital detox.  A virtual cleanse from the Web World.  And, it was an amazing journey.

I was checking Facebook status updates every 10 minutes. Checking Instagram photo feeds. Taking pictures of my own, editing, then posting them. Reading blogs. Creating blog posts. Reading NPR news. Looking at Birchbox videos. Youtube videos. Facebook videos. Twitter feeds.

Ahh! You get the point.

I needed a new kind of ‘reality check.’   I swear, you can legitimately lose yourself in the Web World. I know, because I did.  I became someone who cared more about looking at a screen than having a conversation.  I became more sedentary.  And more irritable.

At night it was mostly the television. First, I would put McKinley to bed, and then turn on the TV. Real Housewife trash. And I was addicted. Disturbingly to the point where someone would ask me a question and it would annoy me if it wasn’t commercial time. Seriously? How sad is that?  Yeah, definitely a low point.

I started feeling lost.  And NOT connected.  Facebook and Instagram and all these other social media devices portray this illusion of a collective ‘connectedness,’ but the more you indulge– the more alone you become.  I was desperate for conversation and human interaction. I wanted to feel alive again.  So, I began my digital detox.

 

  • First, I deleted most of my apps from my iPhone.  This way, I wouldn’t have immediate access to social media at any point at any time.
  • Second, I initiated new interactions with my husband.  We started playing card games at night and reading together.
  • Third, I now leave my phone upstairs in my bedroom for most of the day and night.  The only time I have my phone with me is if I am ‘out and about.’  Periodically I will check my phone for missed calls and respond to text messages.
  • Forth, I decided to watch specific television shows–and limit my television time to those shows.  Right now, it’s Survivor and Parenthood.
  • Fifth, I tried to only used the computer to check Facebook once a day and respond to emails.
  • Sixth, I completely stopped blogging.
  • Seventh,  I allowed myself to still look at and post to Instagram.  However, I did not attach my photos to other social medias.

It was a well worth it experience.

  • I was able to connect closer to my husband
  • Spend more quality time with McKinley
  • Be more present in the world
  • Realize the importance of doing a digital detox
  • Appreciate the small things again
  • Become more active
  • Understand the slippery slope to social media
  • Best of all…I was able to get back to my roots…back to being me.

I think this is an awesome exercise.  Try out some of these methods for 1 week-monitoring your social media and screen time.  What can you learn from doing this? And do you think you’ll notice any differences?

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! And I want to wish you all a safe and fun New Year!

Check back at last year’s fun memory jar project : Memory Jars

A few goals and resolutions for 2014:
*Publish Children’s Book
*More healthy recipes, milestones, and fun craft blog posts!
*Create new family traditions
*Strengthen my faith

What are a few of your goals or resolutions?

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Tips to Stay Sane

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Health tip: I know I’ve said this before, but when consuming any fruits make sure you eat a protein with it, like nuts or eggs. If you are looking for sneaky ways to not gain 1,000 pounds during the holidays–eat snacks throughout the day (one of them consisting of a fruit and protein tied together). In doing this you keep your metabolism working and lower the sugar content of the fruit.

Laundry tip: Not only should you make sure all zippers are zipped before throwing anything in the wash or dryer, but hook together those bra straps too! Also, don’t put bras in the dryer, instead hang them up! Otherwise you risk damaging the underwire and shrinking them.

Parenting tip: We all know this one, but sometimes need reminding. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It’s crucial to be consistent! The holidays are a hectic time for schedules, so be patient and plan some extra activities or projects to keep the kiddos engaged.

Mental tip: Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes of your day. Concentrate on your breathing by inhaling slowly counting to 7 and exhaling slowly counting to 7. Repeat and Repeat, and If a thought trickles in bring yourself back to your breath.

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Kale Chips…So hot right now.

IMG_1487Everyone has been asking for this delicious snack recipe.

Quick & easy!

Great for lunches!

Late night cravings for salt?

Ingredients: 

  • Kale
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Curry powder (optional)

Directions: 

1) Preheat Oven to 425.

2) Chop up kale

3) Dip kale in Olive oil (put into bowl) and lay out on baking sheet.

4) Bake 5 minutes

5) pull out and flip kale over. Then salt those bad boys and add some curry powder.

6) Bake another 5 minutes and BAM! You have a delicious snack.

I’ve been known to eat the entire first batch by myself.. in under 10 minutes.  They are addicting. Be careful 😉

Thanks to clearchangeprogram for recipe! 

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Buckle Down: Days 4-7

I just realized I had all these detox draft posts and they never actually posted.  I’m still trying to understand the updated app version on my smart phone. So, I am combining days 4-9 in one post. (Whoops my bad y’all).

Detox Day 4: Day 4 is the same as day three except you add more scoops of the nutritional beverage. So bottoms up!

Days 5-7: You can do it! At this point, I’m feeling awesome. I have no headaches and a lot more energy. Rolling out of bed is a piece of cake.  However, for these three days you can only eat: cruciferous vegetables, apples, pears, and spices. So..it’s hard.  Again, you have to plan for it.

Also, you now are drinking the nutritional beverage to 2 scoops 4 X a day. Yum. I actually look forward to the shakes.  The best shake to make is: Apple juice (100%) and nothing added with 1 whole pear the scoops of shake and cinnamon.  Takes like you’re drinking apple pie.

Snack idea: Kale Chips (really easy to make…and really addicting).

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Day 8: You’ve pretty much done the detox! Add back in rice, fruits, and veggies. Reduce shake to 2 scoops 3X today.

Day 9: Slowly add.  2 scoops 2X today, slowly adding food choices back in..

Yay! I’m 5 pounds lighter and feeling healthy and great!  Once you are done doing a detox you want to have a plan in place for a healthier lifestyle and depending on symptoms, maybe stay clear of some of the foods you have already eliminated.

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