How to do a Digital Detox

This week, as I prepare for my upcoming trip to Sri Lanka, I’m battling with whether or not to take my laptop. I really want to take a break from technology and unplug, but I think of that 14-hour flight to Dubai and relish the thought of having all that time to outline a new program, get half a dozen new blogs posts ready, and so much more. That’s the type A in me. Then I flip that over and think, “Angela, you are on vacation. CHILL OUT!!” 
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Are we so wired into our devices that we can’t disconnect? We seemingly depend on our phones, iPads, and laptops for work and pleasure. I recently had a glitch with my computer and nearly had a full-blown panic attack at the thought of not being able to do my online work that day. That’s messed up! My biggest pet peeve is seeing a group of people, or worse yet, a family at a restaurant and EVERY single one of them is buried in their phone.

Have you seen the blooper videos of people on their phones texting and running into things or falling down steps? We miss out on so much of the present moment by burying ourselves in texts and social media posts. I’m just as guilty as the next person. My husband tells people, “Don’t talk to her when she is on her computer, she shuts the rest of the world out.” 

 “Just turn off your phone!”

“Why can’t you just switch it off?”

“Can’t we just talk to each other?”

You’ve probably received many warnings to turn off your phone and other devices. You may have even rolled your eyes when you heard them. I mean, can you imagine living without technology? It opens up possibilities for communication that past generations deemed impossible. 

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Is it really that dangerous to stay  connected to our devices? The answer is a resounding yes!

The Effects Of Always Being On
Electronics make our lives better in many ways, including keeping us in touch with friends and family around the world. But, being connected to others constantly can wear on our well-being and it can cut into our long-term happiness and lower our overall satisfaction with life.

The benefits of taking a digital detox, or even small steps toward one, are far-reaching. People who have taken a break from technology report a sense of feeling more closely connected to those around them. When we’re tied to our technological devices, our priorities shift from spending time with our loved ones in person and can easily disrupt our well-being. Stress can easily increase. We may feel more depressed and more alone in general when we spend an excessive amount of time using electronics to communicate with others, rather than communicating face-to-face.

How To Do A Digital Detox Without Going Crazy
A digital detox doesn’t have to mean you cut out technology altogether. You can take gentle steps toward using your devices less and listening to your body and mind more.

Here are a few guidelines to create your own digital detox. Use as many or as few as you desire:

1. Purge yourself of unnecessary electronic equipment. This approach can apply to avoiding certain apps on your phone all the way up to a moratorium on all devices. Take time to be critical about which electronics you use with regularity. Eliminating half the apps on your phone narrows down your electronic clutter and can lighten your mental load, even if you don’t stop using your phone altogether.

 

2. Schedule your social media posts. There’s no need to update the world, or your pages, every day if you already have content scheduled.

3. Write in a journal. Give yourself a break from structuring every sentence to be perfect for Facebook. Some free writing in a journal can ease your mind and ease your desire to record yourself.

4. Reach out to friends in person or through a phone call. One easy break you can take from technology is to reach out to your friends personally whenever you need support. Most of us will just text when we want to communicate, but taking time to call or meet in person can create a welcome break from electronic communication. 

5. Give yourself short “breaks” from your devices. You don’t have to give up your electronics for a very long time if you’re not ready to do so. Just take the weekend off, or stop at a certain time after work. Over time, you may even find these breaks to be addictive.

Well, I’m going to try and take my own advice and do a digital detox. This digital detox will follow the 14-Day Hormone Balance Detox I am currently doing so I can come back from Sri Lanka totally, digitally refreshed. It’s time to hit the reset button! 

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Have you ever attempted a digital detox? How did it go? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

If you’d like to learn how to work with me, visit my website at www.AngelaSidlo.com or follow me on Facebook.

Warmly, Angela

Produce You MUST Buy Organic

I’m going to Sri Lanka soon and I can’t wait to visit the markets and see all the interesting fruits and veggies. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

store produce.jpegWhen it comes to eating healthy, the emphasis goes beyond just taste, carbs, fat, protein, and calories. It even goes beyond food groups! When you make the conscious decision to start eating healthier foods, it’s important to pay attention to what’s in your food. 

 

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Did you know that the nutritional value of most of our produce has decreased over the last few decades? The food we eat no longer gives us the nourishment it used to, requiring us to seek other sources of vital nutrients. This is due to the increasingly common use of pesticides and genetically modified foods or GMOs. 

 

By consuming organic food as often as possible and choosing foods that are locally grown, you can minimize the effect of pesticides and GMOs in your diet.

Beware These Foods: The Dirty Dozen

These foods have been named as the most likely to be contaminated by pesticides. If you’re on a budget, these are the foods you want to prioritize buying organic.

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes (Imported from elsewhere)
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

Safer Bets: The Clean Fifteen

These foods are the least likely to contain pesticides, according to the President’s Cancer Panel. Because of their many layers and rough outer skin, these foods are less likely to be toxic when bought conventionally.

  1. Onions
  2. Avocados
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwifruit
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet potatoes (also known as yams)
  15. Sweet onions

Here is  a handy list for you to print out and take to the grocery store with you

EWG List.pngGuidelines for Staying Safe When Buying Food

Most foods are much better for your body, on multiple levels, when purchased organic. They’re closer to the earth and more care has been taken to ensure that they’re raised in a natural setting. 

If you’re not able to purchase organic at a grocery store, farmer’s markets are a great alternative. Local farmers aren’t subjected to the same large-scale requirements of a corporate or a farm subsidized by the government. They’re usually more likely to use fewer pesticides and more natural methods when growing foods. Often, these small farmers carry organic produce, even if the label itself doesn’t say “organic.”

It’s also easier to buy foods that are in season if you have local sources. Farmers want to ensure that their stock doesn’t go bad before the next crop comes to flower. Eating seasonally is also statistically the best way to avoid food that has been genetically altered to remain fresh longer

Where do you buy food in your neighborhood? Do you typically buy organic food? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

If you want to learn more or work with me, let’s start a conversation.

http://www.AngelaSidlo.com or follow me on Facebook.

Let’s keep is fresh and organic, 

Angela Sidlo, Certified IIN Health Coach