When Krista went to Ibiza, she decided to give her body and mind a full reset. This called for healthy foods, intuitive movement, tons of rest, and more holistic health solutions. We’re going to take you through what she did, why it helped, and how she feels after the reset.
In this post, we’ll talk about
- Holistic health tips you can incorporate into your everyday life
- Why consuming fruit in the morning is essential
- How you can add slow movement into your life
- Listening to your body when you need to rest
- Benefits of filling your diet with vegetables
- Why limiting oils + salts helps reduce inflammation
- How limiting caffeine intake can benefit your body
- Why swapping processed foods for whole foods is the move
- Balancing alcohol consumption on vacation
Krista here! Today we’re talking about healing during vacation. I feel like when I’m in LA, there’s always an extra layer of energetic density, and I’ve found myself feeling like I wanted to change the way I was doing things. My recent vacation to Ibiza with Jenna Zoë was the perfect opportunity to do just that!
There’s a certain pressure to live life to the “fullest” when you’re on vacation. This could mean going out more, consuming more alcohol, eating differently than you do at home, sleeping less, and overall just abandoning the healthy routine you have at home. I decided to take another route for my vacation.
I’m going to take you through what I did to reset my body and mind in Ibiza, step by step. But remember, as always, take what resonates and leave the rest as our bodies are all different.
Let’s get into it!
1. Incorporate as much fruit as possible — especially in the morning
I eat well and have been plant-based for years, but I don’t normally eat a lot of fruit at home. On this trip, I felt called to. This is something I chose to do intuitively, but there are so many benefits to consuming fruit early in the day:
- It increases the rate of detox in your body
- Boosts your metabolism
- Stimulates your digestion
- Helps to wake up the body through natural sugar energy
- Boosts your immune system
- Help you feel full & satisfied (fruits are full of fiber)
- Strengthens your heart
- Reduces bloating
2. Move slowly and intuitively
Let’s have a reminder, we’re still on vacation! Your body needs time to rest and reset, and that means it’s OK to take a break from the hardcore workout routine you may be used to. Of course, everyone enjoys different forms of movement, but for me, walking and dancing help me feel energized, embodied, and overall happier.
Getting the balance of movement without straining your body is so important for a physical and mental reset. Some other ways you can incorporate gentle movement include:
- Yoga flows
- Light and slow pilates
The goal is to get your body moving without exhausting you, especially if you’re eating less protein-dense food during this reset.
3. Rest as much as you feel called to
When you’re in the process of getting back into your body, the most important thing is to follow your intuition. Rest is so important, but shouldn’t be forced or limited. For me, I tried my best to listen to my natural cues throughout my vacation and took a rest when I needed it. Here are a few ways you can rest your body and mind when you’re feeling called to it:
- Sleep of course (naps are the best!)
- Complete a long meditation practice
- Lying down and staring at the sky (this is so beneficial for your mind)
- Taking a bath
Our bodies are such powerful creations and they are equipped with built-in rest-detectors. Trust and listen to your body — you may be surprised by how often you need rest.
4. Eat as many vegetables as possible
Even at home, I try to eat vegetables all the time. It’s especially important when you’re resetting your body to have lots of natural, powerful foods. The benefits of eating more vegetables are neverending but here are a few:
- They’re RICH in vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, Vitamin K, potassium, etc.)
- They can reduce the risk of some cancers
- Help increase fiber intake
- Work to maintain healthy blood pressure
Throughout my time in Ibiza, I had tons of veggies from green juices and salads/sushi/sides with lots of flavorful spices.
5. Reduce protein, fat, salt, & oils
With a reset, you may want to take a look at your diet and limit foods that aren’t serving you as much. For me, this meant focusing less on protein and fat (which I usually have more of at home) and reducing salts and oils. Reducing my protein and salt intake works to decrease inflammation in my body.
6. Eliminate Caffeine
This is so hard to do in my day-to-day life in LA. My days are filled with meetings, writing, phone calls, and planning. Sometimes this calls for caffeine, but I wanted to give my body a break from the constant stimulation.
Our culture consumes so much caffeine that we forget how our body can adjust without it. The benefits of reducing caffeine include:
- Makes your body feel more relaxed (not in that fight or flight mode)
- Helps you sleep better by regulating cortisol levels
- Can help increase vitamin and mineral absorption
If giving up caffeine completely doesn’t resonate with you, try switching from coffee to something less intense like matcha or mushroom-based coffee.
7. Eat whole and natural foods
As a rule of thumb, I always try to stick to natural, whole foods. This means consuming food with as few ingredients as possible. I tried to stay away from processed food as well. Doing this will help with the topics discussed above like limiting salt and oils, as those are generally top ingredients in processed foods.
When you’re sticking to an eating pattern like this one, it’s important to listen to your body. If you’re craving sugar, try reaching for fruit, dates, or honey. If you’re being called to eat something savory, go for a flavorful veggie dish. Our bodies’ natural intuition calls us to certain foods, and it’s up to us how we satisfy that craving.
8. Drank wine if I felt called to
Drinking isn’t normally my thing — I didn’t drink at all for about 5 years and now I do so on occasion and intuitively. This is a personal decision, but for me, when I’m not drinking I feel clearer and more like myself.
In Ibiza, Jenna and I wanted a glass of wine one night at dinner, so we had a few sips and felt like that was all we needed. We didn’t judge it and enjoyed every sip!
The results of the reset
These 8 practices helped me feel back at home in my body. My days were filled with all things rest, healthy plant-based foods, slow movement, and tons of time to think and reflect on myself. Even though I did this on vacation, I know I’m ready to try out this routine at home.
By doing this, I felt completely reset. I can see my cheekbones again, which for me means that I’ve reduced inflammation and rid myself of lymph and water weight that I tend to hold in my face and my body. Overall I feel like I’m “holding less” both physically and mentally.
My next step is making this my new lifestyle. It won’t be perfect, but making these my new habits makes me feel happy and at home in my body.
You don’t need to be on a vacation to try these tips either — you can do a reset anytime you feel called!
Take what resonates with you and remember to follow your intuition! Resetting our bodies is all about listening to what we need each day and following those cues with our healthiest options.