Everyone wants to get healthier, but understanding the concepts that create longevity and actually applying them are two different things. For that reason, I always recommend people begin slowly when introducing healthier habits into their lifestyle.
This suggestion may be shocking to some, but it is definitely more worthwhile for an individual to gradually build life-long habits rather than to shock their body and treat their new ‘lifestyle’ as a fad that will cease once their ailments improve or their bodily weight balances.
If care is given every day to include simple, easy-to-apply habits like those listed below, your health will blossom in no time.
Warm Lemon Water Upon Waking
As soon as you’ve stretched and awoken to the world, drink 8-16 oz of warm lemon water (with or without raw honey) to hydrate your body and gently cleanse your liver. You will notice cravings subside from such habit, and you’ll likely feel more energized and mentally clear from just beginning your day with this cleansing concoction.
Switch Your Sweeteners
Most foods available on the market use cheaply processed refined sweeteners or sugar-less chemical substitutes (like aspartame). Both wreak havoc on one’s health after a period of time, therefore it is important you know what sweeteners to use when out and about, and also when creating cuisine in your own home.
Choose whole food, natural sweeteners like raw honey (which is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial), dates, maple syrup, coconut syrup, raisins, and stevia (which is low-calorie and a natural derivative from the stevia leaf – if produced with integrity). Not only will your waist line benefit (as refined sugars spike blood sugar, causing the body to release insulin and store fat – in comparison to fiber-filled natural sugar alternatives which release slowly), but your health will dramatically improve.
Fast Food = Fruit
You will never find a faster meal than freshly-picked, ripe fruit on the counter. Grab an apple, a bunch of bananas, or take a container of organic blueberries with you to work to snack on in between meals. If fruit in between isn’t as satiating, make natural trail-mixes with sulfate-free dried fruit and raw nuts and seeds.
Fruit is abundant in vitamin C, antioxidants, water, enzymes, and fiber which can keep you regular while aiding digestion.
Curb Meals 3 Hours Before Bedtime
Eating late at night or having your evening meal right before bed is not a healthy habit for optimal digestion. Going to sleep with a full stomach can contribute to acid reflux, poor sleep, nightmares, and even restlessness.
If you wait 2-3 hours before bed for digestion to catch up after your evening meal, you’ll find yourself waking up more clear-headed and feeling far more rested than if you had a late dinner the night before. Make it a regular habit and you’ll likely also shed weight.
You are an incredible extension of Source, and in result have the potential to create beyond your wildest imagination. Owning your power and the inspiration to act upon your limitless capabilities, you may find more motivation to stick to those habits which serve you – and apply more in the future!
Some great affirmations to begin saying routinely (and mean) follow:
“I am healthy, loved, and on my way to vibrant health”
“I am a powerful, strong, and supported in endless ways by the Universe”
“I love and accept myself unconditionally, and act upon my highest good to contribute to the world in a successful, positive way.”
Never doubt that with persistence, the right tools, and belief in yourself, you will succeed. Adopt these five habits and see how your life transforms.