During the third week of January, I spent my time at a beautiful place down in Mexico. Each and every day I woke up and watched the sunrise from my balcony while I listened to the ocean waves and got ready for the day. I then proceeded to meditation and energy medicine classes where I learned how to relax my mind and body and carry that sense of calm throughout the day. My days were filled with eating healthy, organic food, chatting with people from all over the world, and enjoying my time either in the therapeutic Thalassamo pools or walking along the grass soaking up the sun. This place that I was most fortunate to visit, along with my parents and two sisters, is called Sanoviv Medical Institute. In short, it’s a toxic-free environment dedicated to restoring the health and vitality of its patients while providing advanced functional medicine designed to heal the body as a whole. Now that’s a mouthful!
This place was basically designed to take away anything that might have a stress-inducing effect on your body and replace it with a sense of calm and relaxation. My goal while we were there was to strip myself of any remnants of ties that would remind me of who I was back in Victoria so that I could experience everything as bare as possible (e.g. no hair straightening, no makeup, no spandex, no planner, etc.). This definitely helped me get into a completely different state of mind and break down any barriers that I had while living in Victoria. What I was able to take away from this experience were tools that I could incorporate into my daily life in order to build a healthier body inside and out. What were those tools? Well, let me guide you (as best as I can) into the healthy world of Sanoviv.
First thing I took away from this experience was the importance of energy medicine and meditation in the morning. Even 10-15 minutes each morning before you get your day started makes a huge difference on your attitude and perspective throughout your day. When I brought this practice back to Victoria, I noticed that whatever came at me during the day was much more easily managed than when I didn’t meditate. This was also in combination with getting my day started at a much earlier time than my previous schedule (meditating at 7:30am vs. waking up at 9:00am) which also made my days feel more productive and efficient. I’m more prone to being a night-owl and getting my work done at night so this was definitely more of a shift for me. No more midnight Youtube sessions!
The second thing I took away from Sanoviv was the importance of good quality food and timing with meals. While we were there, we ate 3 meals a day in combination with green juice, wheatgrass shots, coconut water, and lemon juice timed throughout the day. The meals were perfectly proportioned and we always started lunch and dinner with a good sized salad as our appetizer. As for protein, it wasn’t solely attained through meat or fish which allowed for cleaner and more plant based options. Even though I haven’t gotten the entire schedule down to a tee, I did manage to incorporate the 3 meals a day (with the occasional lemon juice), the salad appetizer, and the smaller amounts of animal tissue as the main protein source. Personally, I’ve noticed more energy and a healthier body including my hair, skin, and digestive system. Because, who doesn’t want more of all that??
The third thing I took away from Sanoviv was the ability to realize that the world is a lot bigger than what we perceive it as in terms of the perspective we have in our daily lives. I’ve heard this from a lot of people who travel and I’ve definitely experienced it myself, but it’s always something that’s nice to be reminded of. For example, understanding that what we do throughout every single day is not the only possibility or path in our lives. This helps to open up your perspective and “go outside the box” to see what else there is that you might be missing. New experiences, breaks in your daily pattern, can all be utilized to get the feeling of a new understanding of life. Even a small change creates a new connection and experience in your brain. For me, there were tons of new realizations about the next steps in different aspects of my life including academics, business, and personal. But no, I didn’t figure out when I would make my first million…I guess I’ll have to wait for that :)
So there you have it. It was literally a physical struggle not to type an entire book about my experiences at Sanoviv so I hope you enjoyed the ones that I did pick out. If you want to check out their website, you can click on this link http://sanoviv.com/ and it will take you to an array of information! Again, if any of you lovely people have questions don’t hesitate to scroll to my contact info at the bottom and shoot me a message :)
Until Next Time,
Live Happy, Live Healthy