True Confession: I said one new idea, one week at a time 🙂
We are going to start out with some basics, I will call them the SEEDS that are actually a few ideas and since you may already be aware of some of these, then you can allow yourself to focus on what is new and what resonates with you:
Sleep – sleep plays an important role in regulating your metabolism and it affects every process in the body and when you are not getting enough sleep you may experience increased levels of a hunger hormone called ghrelin and decreased levels of the fullness hormone called leptin, which could lead to overeating and weight gain.
Not to mention that being well rested and alert feels a lot better than being tired, drained and over whelmed and stressed out by the little things in life (which tends to happen when we are exhausted).
The “E” word is not just about fitness, weight control and stress management (but so VERY worthy of consideration!) Our lymphatic system is key to de-toxing our bodies of the crap that sneaks in from everywhere and everything and it depends on movement, water, healthy foods and massage to keep it operating at top performance. If our body’s lymph fluid cannot flow as it should and we don’t allow our lymphatic system to flush out waste products and toxins then we are inviting illness into our bodies.
Please find a way to move – to be active about 30 minutes each day – and if you can get your bod outside, all the better 🙂
Eat SLOWLY – if you have a tendency to eat while you are doing something else or when you are on the run, then you are denying yourself the pleasure of enjoying that food that you are consuming. If you inhale your food, chances are you are going to be looking for something else to eat not long after.
Unless you are choking back something that you really don’t like and you need a distraction, then you are depriving yourself of one of the rewards of being human.
The quality and amount of fresh food that is available to us should not be taken for granted. We are so Lucky when it comes to food choices and when we slow down and become aware of the joy that food brings to us, we feel full faster and happier as a result of the “fine” dining experience – and I am not talking fancy – I am talking about savoring the Tasty!
Drink – even if you are not able to choke back the recommended 8×8 rule; that would be 8 eight oz glasses of water, carry a water bottle with you at all times and sip from it whenever you think of it. The key is your pee – it should be almost clear or pale in colour (straw yellow) if you are keeping hydrated.
Water is free and keeps things clean inside your body – detoxing to carry away the crap and hydrating your cells and organs to keep them healthy and functioning at prime. Never underestimate the damage that the toxic sludge does to your body as it builds up in your cells and organs. We are all exposed to it!
Water is the cheapest beauty product that you can add to your make up bag (or shaving kit 🙂 ) because hydration and de-tox = skin that is cleansed and moisturized from the inside out.
Inner health is key to radiant outer health!
Stress-Management – we have become a world of over-stimulated and over-stressed peeps. The media creates illusions that we believe that we have to buy into – attempting to convince us that we are never enough. That you have to be, do, eat, wear, drink, compete and keep driving yourself to the next unattainable level of being perfect.
You are enough! just the way that you are. So relax and enjoy who you are, what you have and what you do – every day! If you don’t know how, then contact me and I will show you lol
These SEEDS (Sleep, Exercise, Eat Slow, Drink, Stress-management) are a good start 🙂