So you tried cleansing your body for a short period of time – let’s say for 3 days, now what’s next? You’re in charge and what’s next is really up to you and what your intentions are. It could be losing weight, gaining more energy, or you want to improve your health because you’re suffering from an illness. Whatever the reason might be, you’re the CEO of your health, you have the power to change everything in your life.
I remember a few years ago when I had my bakery and not taking care of myself, I was restless, tired and making poor decisions because my body is lacking the nutrients it needed. I realized that having just the basic needs and good health is all I needed to live a full life. You don’t have to spend tons of money to hire a nutritionist or a personal trainer to get your body back to its normal state of being alive and happy.
Have a cup of tea and sit down, get your pen and pretty pink journal to write down your big WHY or your intentions. Start slow and progress to where you want to be. There are simple strategies that you can easily implement into your day to day life to be strong, lean and happy. Incorporate simple habits and food choices that will help you live a healthier lifestyle without adding unnecessary stress to your life.
Here are practical tips that empower you to reclaim your sexier body without dieting
Organize your kitchen
You know what they say – “kitchen is the heart of the home”. You’re most likely to get distracted when you’re kitchen is full of clutter. If you have forgotten those vegetables in your fridge and they’re rotting or you open another can of beans and a second container of walnuts because you cannot find the first open container, then you know it’s time to organize your kitchen.
Start clearing a starting zone–Investing time in planning and organizing today will free you up more time later. When you rid your pantry and fridge of processed junk and fill them with nutritious whole foods, making clean meals will be a snap. Sort through your stuff, FIFO (first in first out). Store your vegetables in the crisper, make sure to pull all the older items to the front and push the newer items to the back of your refrigerator, this way you’re consuming the items that are closer to their expiration dates first. The same way when you’re organizing your pantry, push the newer item behind and pull the older items towards the front.
Breakfast can help get your day off to a good start and help you stay energized. It stabilizes your energy levels. When you eat lightly or skip food in the morning, and eat heavier in the afternoon or have a big dinner it deprives you of food when you need it the most, which is in the morning. According to Consumer Reports eating within 2 hours of waking up can make a difference in the way you metabolize glucose or blood sugar all day. Eating breakfast can help jumpstart your digestive system. Your glucose level rises every time you eat, and your pancreas produces insulin to shuttle the glucose into your cells, where it’s used for energy. Research is finding that keeping glucose and insulin in the right balance has important effects on metabolism and health.
Eating a healthy breakfast can refuel your body, and help you to eat less later in the day. When you skip breakfast, you are more likely to overeat later in the day. Consuming a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fat, and protein can fill you up, and satisfy your hunger. Breakfast is not just an extra meal. It serves several purposes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Like anything else, exercise is a habit that is developed over time. Don’t be afraid to start small. If you can’t commit to 30 minutes of exercise at once, then break it down into smaller chunks. Just start taking steps to work towards 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. You will be benefiting your healthy lifestyle, and establishing new habits for years to come.
Exercise can help boost your mood by increasing your endorphins. These “feel good” hormones flood your brain while you exercise, and continue for hours even after your workout has ended. Exercise has been referred to as a natural antidepressant. It doesn’t have to be high intensity either. Even low-intensity exercises have mood-boosting benefits. So start by just talking a walk!
Does your morning typically start with a latte or cappuccino? Do you find yourself reaching for a Diet Coke to help you snap out of a mid-afternoon slump?
While sweet drinks may give you a temporary energy boost, they can also cause your energy levels to crash shortly after. The more sugar you consume, the more you crave it, leading to a never-ending roller coaster ride of sugar highs followed by crashes. The only way to break the cycle is to eliminate (or drastically reduce) your sugar consumption.
You don’t want to sabotage yourself and undermine all the hard work you have put into your diet and exercise routine. By changing what you drink, you can make sure you are staying on track with a healthy lifestyle.
Try trading out sugar laden or artificially sweetened drinks for water, or unsweetened iced tea. This will help you stay hydrated without adding unnecessary calories. If you are really craving some flavor, try infused water. You can infuse your water with fruits or vegetables to improve the taste without sacrificing your health, and it’s super refreshing!
Meeting your body’s hydration needs doesn’t have to be difficult. By switching out your Diet Coke for a glass of fruit infused water, you can make sure you are properly hydrated without all the added sweeteners.
Everyone has different hydration needs, based on weight, activity level, and other factors. Make it a starting goal to drink three to four (8 oz.) glasses of water a day, and adjust according to your needs.
Take charge of your hydration starting today, and you will be one step closer to achieving your health goals.
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Get Adequate Sleep
Believe it or not, adequate sleep has a lot to do with your overall health and your waistline.
Sleep deprivation can also make you less likely to be active. Think about it – when you are already tired, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. The lack of exercise combined with increased cortisol levels can deliver a serious blow to your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.
While everyone’s sleep needs are slightly different, most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to function at their best. You will know that you are getting the right amount of sleep when you wake up feeling refreshed, as opposed to having to drag yourself out of bed.
Don’t allow a lack of sleep to undermine the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to attain. Find a sleep routine that works for you and stick to it. Your body will thank you!
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