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IS THAT WHAT YOUR BODY IS SCREAMING AFTER A PERIOD OF INDULGING, FEASTING AND LATE NIGHTS? IF YOU’VE DECIDED ITS TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, HERE IS GUIDE TO EASY DETOX FOR FITNESS, MENTAL CLARITY, BOOSTED ENERGY AND WEIGHT LOSS
A Regular Sleep pattern of 6-8 hrs. Of good quality sleep allows the body and mind time to rejuvenate. Aim to be in bed no later than 10pm at night to allow your adrenal glands to work their magic – these powerful little endocrine for life, health and vitality, and are functioning at their peak between 10pm and 1am.
I’m not talking about the environment here, I’m referring to the color of your food. Boost your nutrition levels by adding greens to your diet. Eat lots of raw leafy green salads, lightly steam your green vegetables, make green smoothies (add a couple of handfuls of baby spinach and a cup of water to your favorite fruit, blend and drink!) try green powders (such as powder barley grass). If you make no other dietary changes but this one, you will feel the benefits.
The word ‘exercise’ conjures up the images of smelly sweaty gyms, spandex, pain effort and boredom. Look at your body – it was designed to move! Arms swing, lift, pull, push. Legs walk, run dance, kick. Use your body to move in ways that circulate your blood, massage your organs, stretch and strengthen your muscles, get oxygen in and out and make you feel good. Don’t limit yourself by thinking of movement as exercise – think of it as a fun, get creative.
Give your body a rest from excess. How much is too much? There are plenty of guides available that can tell you how much of what foods to eat for your age, size and activity levels. Take an honest look at your plate. Slow down your pace of eating. Chew chew chew every mouthful. Start eating your meal by eating the vegetables and fruits first. Stop when your hunger is satiated NOT when you are full and teach yourself to know the difference.
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but here’s a reminder anyway. Stop drinking the sodas, eating highly processed and chemicalised foods, and buying low quality takeaways. They are toxic products packaged and marketed to convince you to hand over your hard earned cash for a temporary taste or hunger fix. These are foods to create illness and ageing – not health and vitality, and they certainly don’t belong on a celebration buffet.
Water – Take Stock
How much clean filtered water do you really drink in a day? Two liters or 8 glasses in generally considered the minimum that the body needs for normal body functions. This is of course if you are already healthy, not moving a great deal, not sitting in air conditioning or artificially moderate climate. If you eat highly processed foods, live in a hot or cold climate, are physically active or not at the peak of health, you may need more. Keep a water diary for one day to check if you really are drinking enough water.
If you’ve been doing a lot of sitting, sleeping and eating and not a lot else, it’s a good idea to do some active breathing. Move, meditate, or simply do 1- deep breathes in a row every hour to help flush your cells with life giving oxygen.