We all have a robot living inside of us, so to speak. It’s programmed to do the same things every day. Some of those things―like going to the bathroom and breathing―are a given, but what about the things we actually have a say in? What are we eating? What are we drinking? How are we starting and ending the day?
If we decide to go on a diet, what are our options? Well, there’s thousands. It’s all right there plastered in front of us. “The New Famed Diet, 30 Days To A Better You!” Whether it’s a structured meal plan or a bottle of pills, we can find it on the racks at the grocery store, the counters at the gas station, scrolling on Facebook, and it all sounds like it could really work. But these things don’t change our habits, they interrupt them briefly. It’s temporary, at least for most of us.
We’re not just talking about diets, we’re talking about health in general; body and mind. They are linked together. If we are able to change the mindset, everything else will fall into place.
Unfortunately, we've been programmed to think we have to do it all at once. It's rare for someone to stay committed to eating, exercising, work, family, and friends for an extended period of time. It's a total setup for failure.
We punish ourselves for missing our workout day, or indulging in that piece of candy. We criticize and torment the very person we should love the most. If you don’t care enough about yourself to be kind and forgiving, then you’re not ready for big changes, but you could handle some small ones…right?
These 3 steps are small and can easily fit into your schedule.
1. Drink one glass of water first thing in the morning, before anything else. If you can manage it, squeeze ½ fresh organic lemon or lime and mix it in. This is a good way to wake up the liver.
2. Stretch! Yeah, it’s going to hurt a little, but go easy. Do this before bed and first thing in the morning. Stay in one stretch position for the count of 30. (Some will say 15 seconds, but shoot for 30). The whole process shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes.
3. Drink a glass of water before each meal & snack. It’s not just about making yourself feel full, so you’ll eat less, it’s about diluting some of the toxins you’re about to eat, and sending your liver a clear message to wake up.
IMPORTANT: If you’re eating raw vegetables or fruit, don’t drink anything before or during your meal. Wait at least 20 minutes after you eat before drinking. The idea is simple. If you’re eating foods rich in live enzymes, then you don’t want to dilute them. If you must drink, just sip. Also, if you have healthy items on your plate alongside fattening foods, eat the healthy portion first. This gives you a better shot at getting the nutrients into your blood, before the fat.
photo by Aaron Snider