oh, happy day! not only are my gorgeous Nikko blue hydrangeas blooming (my favorite flower after peonies) but i thought i’d share today how i’m dealing with my knee surgery. yesterday, i had my six-week post-surgery check-up, and i’ve been discharged from physical therapy. everything is A-Okay with my new plastic knee. but now the real work begins. it’s time to hit the gym, ramp up my walks, hop on my Peloton, and get the recommended 10,000 steps in. what’s my plan? a ten-day detox for starters (i’ve turned to these many times through the years for a reboot) to cleanse my system from the effects of surgery and anesthesia. both trigger the release of stress hormones that activate inflammatory responses in the immune system. inflammation worsens many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, dementia, and can even trigger type 2 diabetes. surgery undoubtedly causes pain, stress, and anxiety but couple that with anesthesia and low body temperatures during surgery, and you get an immune system that’s been rattled in a BIG way. but i’m thankful for modern medicine and my new bionic knee.
maintaining a healthy lifestyle
since y’all know i’m all about living a healthy lifestyle, i prepped my body pre-surgery with clean eating and loading my body with supplements. food is medicine, ladies, which is why nutrition comes first. but it’s hard to get the recommended dose of vitamin C by munching on spinach alone, which is why i decided to add daily supplements to my routine. if you’re interested in the list of supplements i take and their benefits i filmed a YouTube video that will fill in the blanks. i’m always happy to share what works for me.
just like plants, our bodies need nutrients to bloom. so for the next ten days, it’s all about clean eating, so i’m following The Blood Sugar Solution Ten-day Detox Diet by Dr. Mark Hyman which focuses on out with bad in with the good. Dr. Oz is a big fan of his too. i listen to Dr. Hyman’s podcast, which is so informative about nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, and metabolism. everything we need to lead a healthy life. and our health at any age, but especially as we age, is our number one priority. aging with grace, strength, and beauty focuses first on our health so we can lead the vibrant lives we all want. it takes lots of energy to chase after grandchildren, garden or travel. am i right?!
summer wardrobe essentials
but how cute is this polka dot jumpsuit? recently, i shared a post on summer wardrobe-essentials. the mighty jumpsuit made the list. recently, i ordered this polka dot jumpsuit from Talbots, but there was a considerable shipping delay, and guess what? the jumpsuit is no longer available. but i did source several other polka dot jumpsuits that i think you’ll like just as well here and here.
the same held true for this round leather handbag. ugh! i know all of the brands are doing their utmost best to stay on top of the shipping cycle, and delays are to be expected these days. but Talbots has a round suede handbag that’s just as adorable as the leather, and i loved the gingham handbag too.
but we’re in luck with the sandals from Loft. and they’re the perfect summer neutral that goes with everything. and i can walk easily in a low block heel. we’ll have to wait and see if heels are in my future. but i’m convinced if my legs are sturdy and strong, then heels shouldn’t be a problem going forward. lot’s of squats, cycling, and weight training are in store for me; that’s for sure!
for several seasons handbags with a round shape have been the cat’s meow. keep it simple but still tap into the trend with a neutral color. but nothing beats a straw circle crossbody bag for summer.
for the next ten days, coffee, sugar, dairy, grains, gluten, alcohol, processed foods, vegetable oils, and beans have been eliminated from my diet. oh, coffee and wine, how i will miss thee. but hey, after about three days i’ll start to feel soooo good i won’t regret it for a minute. gluten, grains, and dairy are the main culprits when it comes to inflammation and spiking insulin levels. by getting rid of them for ten days allows your body to see how they affect you.
accessories make or break an outfit. typically, i’ll ditch the self-tie belt that comes along with many dresses and jumpsuits in favor of one i own. but don’t forget to add a jazzy necklace or bold bangle to spice up your outfit. the devil is in the details, so pay attention to your accessories.