You’ve been asking for my staying at home daily routine.
Since there is a fairly clear-cut routine I’ve been following, I thought it might be helpful to share it.
First, have you ever noticed that you tend to go to the bathroom (#2) at the same time each day when your routine is consistent? Or that it’s consistent on a daily basis until you are traveling and then all the sudden you “can’t go?”
This is because your body knows and craves a certain routine. When the routine is suddenly disrupted, more stress is added.
Anyways, as a member of the Type A society, breaking routines have never been easy for me. I’ve actually had to work hard at living more spontaneously in order to reduce some stress.
But for the most part, keeping a routine has been part of my healing journey.
So I want to share with you what a typical staying at home daily routine currently looks like.
Staying at Home Daily Routine
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** I’m on a fairly specific routine Monday – Friday. The eating behaviors don’t change on the weekends, but some other pieces do. Therefore, I’m giving you a typical M-F day.
4:30/5 am – 6:30 am: Wake up
I wake up, and yes it’s via an alarm. I naturally wake up these days between 6-6:30am, but in order to get things done before the chaos of the day starts, I have to set the alarm. (On the weekends, I don’t set an alarm, and I wake up between 7-8am. Magical.)
During this time I work on all things A Gutsy Girl. I’m usually writing and researching at this time. And it’s always accompanied with water and coffee.
This is a quiet, stress-free time for me that I love and need.
6:30-7:15 am: Workout
I usually take just 30-40 minutes to get my day started with movement. It’s either walking on the treadmill (light, at just 4.0) for 30-45 minutes, or doing a harder lifting session for just 20-30 minutes.
7:15 – 8: Eat, and supplements
By 8 am, I’m ready to eat because I practice daily Intermittent Fasting. The last time I’ve eaten was sometime between 5:30-6:30 pm. You can read all about that HERE.
So, I shower, then make breakfast for Ryan, the kids, and I. And no, it’s nothing fancy. Every single day it’s either eggs or oatmeal. We eat a lot of it, too. Currently, the most common breakfast I have is my Super Gut-Health Oatmeal Bowl. It includes:
- thick, gluten-free rolled oats (I make these in huge batches on the stove)
- a scoop of collagen
- 1/2 scoop Resistant Starch prebiotic
- 1 probiotic capsule (poured onto the oatmeal)
- unsweetened, plant-based milk
- my 2-Ingredient No Sugar Cinnamon Sugar
And along with breakfast I take:
- 1 digestive enzyme
- 2-4 capsules of the Ultimate IgG Immune and Digestive Support
- HCL (if I’m having the eggs instead)
Whew! On with the day.
8 – 8:15 am: Get ready
Wait, what?! 15 minutes to get ready? Um, yes. 15 minutes is all the time I care to spend getting ready. It actually probably doesn’t even take me that long and I have even been putting a little makeup on to make me feel human.
If you get my Safer Skincare and Natural Living weekly newsletter, you received these 5 things I use on a daily basis in last weeks newsletter. (Not on it yet? Don’t miss out Sign up HERE. It’s free.)
Anyways, the skinny on my super minimal, “safer” personal care routine is:
Obviously I use this on a daily basis. But there are only two toothpaste brands you’ll ever see in my cabinet: Redmond’s Earthpaste, which you can read all about HERE and the Wellnesse Fresh Mint Whitening Toothpaste. The difference is really in the taste and color. The Earthpaste is brown, and doesn’t taste like “normal” toothpaste. The Wellnesse toothpaste is white and super minty.
My hair is fine and thin; always has been, always will be. Therefore, I don’t use conditioner on a daily basis. In fact, I use it as little as I can get by with. However, shampoo is critical on an almost-daily basis. I use and love the Wellnesse shampoo. For my full review of the product, check out Natural Shampoo Ingredients HERE.
Absolutely critical! I get mine in light. I use it for under my eyes and general spots. It’s just for touchups, but those touchups can make all the difference.
I use the black one (there is also brown, violet, and navy). This is the one makeup product I could never live without. I have one with me at all times.
This can be (and oftentimes is) a 2-in-1 product. I use it both as a face cleanser, but also as a deep moisturizer (which I use before bed at night).
8:15 – 11 am: School and the littles
All three of our children, like all of yours, are currently at home with us. Because A Gutsy Girl is my one and only business, I own it, and I call the shots – I have far more flexibility than my husband. He is working from home, but on a normal basis, goes into an office daily.
He has been incredibly helpful during this time, but I try to take on most of the day and do my stuff whenever I can.
So, typically, I’ll help move the kids along to get ready, and then we go for a little drive (to get out of the house so Ryan can have ultimate quiet for awhile). We always go to grab drive-through coffee, and then head home. There is no drive-through coffee in the town where we live, so just driving out of town takes some time. And that’s perfect. The kids like the drive, and I use the time to talk to them and also listen to podcasts.
When we get home, I start curriculum with my Kindergartner. The 3 and 4-year-old either play quietly downstairs or are filled with screaming, chaos, and noise (usually the latter!). We do the first half of her daily curriculum during this time.
Note: during this time I’m only drinking coffee and having water. Remember, I practice both Intermittent Fasting and meal spacing every single day these days for optimal digestion.
11 am – 1 pm: Lunch, break, work
The truth. You should not multi-task eating and other work, responsibilities, things in general. It’s not optimal for digestion. I’ll have a whole other post on this at some point.
But for now, I’m being completely transparent and honest with you. This is just the current reality. I barely have any work time these days so while my husband has lunch with the kids, I have lunch in the office and work. I’m not stuffing my face with anything and everything. Instead, I’m calmly eating, and catching up.
What I eat for lunch is also intentional. It’s usually leftovers from the night before. Yesterday for lunch I had:
- Salmon Patty (from page 111 in The Leaky Gut Meal Plan)
- Creamy Cilantro Sauce (from page 108 in The Leaky Gut Meal Plan)
1 – 3 pm: School and littles
And then it’s back for the second half of school. I use the afternoon for math and the extra-curricular (art, gym, or music).
During this time, I also sip on my best lemonade ever drink. It includes:
- a scoop of Vitamin C powder
- a serving of the (number 4) Magnesium
- monk fruit
- fresh squeezed lemon
It’s super refreshing, healing, and keeps everything moving. See the full recipe via DIY Lemonade for Constipation HERE.
We also walk the lake a the end of this time sometimes (especially now that the weather is getting nicer).
3 – 5 pm: A Gutsy Girl
During this time each day, the kids either play outside or they can choose iPad time. Let’s be honest. They love their iPad time. And yes, of course I feel guilty, but we are all doing everything we can to stay afloat these days. I’m not about to act like any sort of champion mother. I’m just not, and like the rest of you, am trying to balance full-time work, full-time homeschool, and full-time motherhood. And guess what? It’s actually not realistic.
So this is a whatever-goes time period.
I sip more lemonade during this time, drink water, and sometime (around the 3 pm hour) I’ll have a protein bar.
Work things I do during this time include:
- checking in with my Beautycounter team (Interested in joining us? learn more about the decision that could change your life HERE.)
- creating more free resources for you (forever and feverishly updating the Master Gutsy Spreadsheet)
- researching and writing
- producing for new and upcoming projects (i.e. the Ultimate Gut Healing Journal!)
- health coaching calls
- miscellaneous calls with brands, the book publisher, etc.
- checking in with other team members and their work/questions
5 – 6:30 pm: Make and eat dinner
Right around 5 pm is when we like to eat. I never make anything that’s complex or takes hours, so if I start dinner around 5, we eat shortly after.
And our dinners are always very simple.
Choose: protein, starch (grain, pasta – grain or non, or potatoes usually), and vegetable. And then, I’ll add in whatever else might make sense with the meal (what we have handy?!):
- a sauce
- nuts and/or seeds
- beans or lentils
- sometimes cheese (goat, raw, etc.)
Isaiah (4) and Amiya (3) lead us in prayer every single night. It’s adorable, and really helps set the gratitude for our meal.
After we eat, I always have a treat – at least 90% of the time. Why right after? Because then I’m done eating for the whole day so I can fast for at least 12, if not 14-15 hours.
6:30 – 8 pm: Winding down
Wrapping up the day is always all about the kids. Almost every single night they do a bath. We read a book, snuggle, and often I’ll do the girls’ hair during this time, too.
If I get hungry (which is rare), I’ll sip on bone broth. Usually I stick to water, though, because it’s refreshing before bed.
And that’s a wrap.
Once the kids are in bed, I also retreat to a quieter place for the ultimate rest. I take my LDN, put on the cleansing balm, and jump into my super comfy bed.
Sometimes I read or watch TV. But I’m almost always asleep before 8:30 or 9 pm (remember, I get up at 4:30 or 5 am and I like my 8 hours of sleep).
I turn on my diffuser, and drift off.
This time is critical. Sleeping is essential for gut health, and maybe even more essential now to boost the immune system even more.
I really wanted to share this staying at home daily routine for the present times because, even with all that’s going on, I’m still thriving. But as you can see, it’s been very intentional. I’m not stress eating, blowing everything off, and using this stay at home time period as an excuse for anything.
Instead, I’ve used it as an excuse for even further healing.
And you can, too.
Or grow in and with whatever pillar you’re most focused on now.
You’ve got this.
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