be inspired: Khrystle Rea
Certain things in life are ADDICTING. Caffeine, chocolate, binge watching Netflix, you name it… but what if you gradually became addicted to improving your own personal health? Being healthy, while trying to maintain an ideal work-life balance, can be tough but it doesn’t have to be! Achieving your peak of health is a personal process that takes time and experimentation to find what works best and makes you feel your best. Khrystle Rea, a health coach dedicated to empowering working women, strives to help these women make crucial time for themselves and improve their health and wellbeing for the long term. Her philosophy is that the body has the amazing power to heal itself when fueled with the right ingredients, whether that be through food, exercise, supplements, or relaxation.
Read on to discover this inspiring Health Coach's morning routines, cheat meals, daily mantras and more...
Tell me a bit about yourself. Who you are and what do you do?
I am Khrystle Rea and I am an empowerment coach and life balancing strategist. I help busy working women meet their demands and find time for themselves. I understand how stressful it is to work and struggle to find the time to eat healthy and exercise. As a coach I help women make long lasting lifestyle changes that improve their overall health and sometimes they even lose some weight. My goal is to help working women feel more relaxed while being able to get it all done.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
For breakfast this morning I had 2 eggs and oatmeal with cinnamon, cashew butter, and granola. I also took a ton of supplements as I am working on re-balancing my body (supplements included Taurine, B12, Folinic Acid, TMG, Zinc, Digestive Enzyme with Betaine HC).
What is your health philosophy?
I believe the body is able to heal itself of anything when given the right ingredients (including beliefs, food, exercise, relaxation, etc.) The body is incredible! I feel everyone is truly unique and the foods that work for me may not work for you; food is very personal. The more aware we are with our selves, the healthier and happier we can be. When I say awareness I mean from a physical, mental, and emotional aspect. You need to get in touch with your true self and figure out what you really like. When you are able to listen to your body, you are able to continuously provide it with what it needs.
Who is your greatest health influence?
This is such a challenging question to answer! I have worked with a ton of functional medicine doctors and have learned all of their varying viewpoints. Ultimately, I do not believe there is just one way of living healthy or eating healthy. When it comes to a health influence from a more mindset/spiritual place than Wayne Dyer has influenced me the most.
What motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?
Feeling good is what motivates me to live a healthy lifestyle. I am a sensitive person and minor things can have a huge impact on the way I feel. I decide to eat, exercise, sleep, aka overall live in a certain way because that is what makes me feel my best. Once you experience what it feels like to actually feel healthy, you never want to go back - it is addicting.
What does a day on your plate look like?
My plate is always pretty simple because I find when I have too many super foods my stomach gets upset (I am in the process of healing my leaky gut). You typically will find some form of protein, rice, and a green vegetable.
What’s the one beauty product you can't live without?
I can't live without Vapour Lip Conditioner and Pur BK's Love Roll on Deodorant! I made a switch to natural deodorant with Pur Bk about 8 months ago and absolutely LOVE the change (minus a bit more sweating now).
What does your fitness routine look like?
My fitness routine varies depending on how I am feeling. Lately I have been doing more at home yoga videos since my body has been detoxing. I am just about ready to start going to the gym again 3-5x days a week and lifting weights. It really is just going to depend on what my body is craving and how it is feeling pre and post workout. I am cautious not to go overboard and stress my body out when I have a lot going on.
Do you have a mantra that you live by?
MANY! I am love, I am healthy, everyday in every way I am getting better and better. This isn't necessarily a mantra, but when it comes to taking chances I always remember if I go after something I have a 50-50 chance of getting it and if it doesn't happen than I am exactly where I currently am - so why not go after it and see if there is any chance it could happen.
Do you have cheat days/meals? If so, what is your indulgence?
I will do a cheat treat every once in awhile like Eat Pastry Gluten Free Cookie Dough or a Gluten Free Vegan Donut from Erin Mckenna's Bakery.
On a more frequent basis I may order myself chicken fried rice, gluten free pancakes or a hamburger from Bareburger or Shake Shack (these meals more so correlate when my boyfriend is back in town and we are looking to get something to eat).
What do you think is the key to living a healthier life?
Awareness is the key to living a healthier life. You have to be aware of your thoughts, how you are feeling, what you are craving, etc. Once you are aware of what is going on, you have the choice to choose differently. You cannot make a change if you are unaware of what needs to change. First become aware of yourself and your actions; observe them from a distance. Then figure out from what you are observing, what makes you feel good. Keep doing the things that make you feel good and change the things that don't.
What does your morning routine look like?
My morning routine includes waking up around 6:30am, taking a prebiotic and probiotic on an empty stomach, doing a 10-20 minute at home yoga video, journaling/doing affirmations + visualization, pulling oracle cards, eating breakfast + taking more supplements, getting dressed for work and heading out the door to commute into the city where I typically read a book or play a game on my phone during the bus ride.
Do you have any self care rituals?
One of my favorite self care rituals is dry scrubbing and taking an epsom salt bath with sweet orange essential oil. Sometimes I will read or listen to a meditation during the bath or I will watch something funny. It is my time to detox my body and relax.
Do you have any tips for people just starting out on their health journey?
Think of the ultimate goal you want to achieve and then break it down into smaller goals to the point where you are thinking what do I need to do today in this moment. Focus on that one small goal and move on to the next one. In no time you will end up at your bigger goal and not even realize it. Remember this is a journey and be patient. There will be days where you struggle, but know you are on the right path and stay with it.
What do you think is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long term?
The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long term is to do things that actually work for you that you enjoy. Start small and only change one aspect of your day or life and then work on changing another. The goal is to create a new lifestyle/way of living. Know that it takes time and forgive yourself if you do fall back into old habits - it is OK, just start from that point and keep going forward.
What do you know now that you wish you knew five years ago?
Stress makes things worse and being stressed about getting healthier won't make the change happen more quickly. It is a journey and it takes time, but eventually new habits will form and you won't even notice how much you have changed until you look back.
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