4 simple secrets to making 2015 your best year yet!
At the end of every year, we stop and take a look at our lives and think both about our achievements and what we can still do to better ourselves. We start off the next year full of hope that the next 12 months will be the time for self-improvement.
For so many of us, our health is one of the areas we tend to focus on when developing our new year’s resolutions—and rightly so—without it, we wouldn’t be here! But sometimes the best way to approach this is to get back to basics: no fad diets or miracle pills, but, rather, focussing on making a few permanent little changes to our life that are realistic for us. Follow these simple secrets, and this time next year you may find yourself feeling 10 years younger!
#1: feed your body quality nutrition.
The saying ‘you are what you eat’ exists for a reason—everything that enters your mouth literally becomes who you are; you can tell so much about a person from what they eat, because what we fuel our body with is so important. Think about it: every single cell of every single organ in our bodies is made up from the food we eat—and the quality of our food determines the health of those cells. After all, why do you think it is that so many people in Western countries are struggling with disease? Could it be that they are not arming their body’s cells with good nutrition? If you use cheap oil and bad fuel on a car engine, things are going to start breaking down. Similarly, if you put low-quality food in the engine that is your body, it won’t be long before you start seeing the effects.
If we are able to keep this in mind throughout the year, we will be far less likely to eat the junk food that clogs up our bodies, and feed it only high quality food. Good nutrition should be our number one priority next year, and everything else will fall into place!*
I know it’s hard to change a lifetime of bad habits in an instant, and there may be a time (or two) when we find ourselves coming face-to-face with chocolate, cheeseburgers or beer. But remembering that everything that passes our lips becomes who we are, it will make it far easier to get back on the horse and work hard to eliminate those bad habits.
#2: number twos are important!
After the food we have consumed has done its job of fuelling our cells, any waste that is left over must be quickly eliminated from our bodies, to keep us in top health. When this doesn’t happen is when disease and sickness can occur. Food waste, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Our body must also eliminate what’s known as metabolic waste—the by-product of our body operating. As they function, each of our organs creates waste which needs to be eliminated on a daily basis. In a perfect world, this would happen easily, as the body is created with a number of ways to dispose of its waste. But when we overload our body, primarily through consuming more junk food than the body can process and eliminate, then the waste starts to back up and our body starts to store it. This is usually made worse by a lack of exercise, which slows down the process of elimination.
So what can we do about this? Make a resolution in 2015 to give our body some time to detoxify—it only takes a few days a few times a year and we can easily help our body to rid itself of built-up waste. Aussie Herb Shop offers a range of herbal products that can assist with successfully detoxing ourselves.
#3: get that blood pumping.
Circulation is what keeps us living. When we move—and exercise is probably the best way to do this—we get our lungs working, and the blood pumping around our body. The more blood circulates around, the more oxygen our cells receive, and the better they function. Today’s modern sedentary lifestyle, and the lack of circulation it results in, is one reason there are so many diseases around. You don’t have to run a marathon to increase your circulation. Next year, set a goal for yourself to go that little bit extra, and, in particular, take advantage of any opportunity for incidental exercise: take the stairs instead of the lift; get off the bus one stop early; go for a walk during your lunch break. You could wear a pedometre and set yourself a daily goal. The most important thing is to make sure that you are moving on a daily basis. If you want to take it further and begin a dedicated exercise regime, the most important thing is to keep it fun. You could try Zumba, or perhaps take up a new sport. You could find a friend to join you for a daily jog. Whatever it is, though, if it’s not fun, you won’t keep doing it, and if you don’t keep doing it, you won’t keep your new year’s resolution.
#4: the power of positivity.
When it comes to health, the mind is a powerful tool. In healing disease, any doctor or nurse will tell you that attitude is one of the most important factors, regardless of the sickness. Some even believe that cancers are caused as a result of negative emotions. So in 2015, set yourself a goal to rid yourself of any negative emotional baggage that has been weighing you down. Deal with it and put it behind you. Ditch any negative people you may associate who drag you down with them. Make a conscious effort to repeat a few positive affirmations (if you can’t think of your own, there are plenty on the internet) or thoughts each day to keep your mind and emotions in top shape.
The main thing to remember is to be REALISTIC: don’t set resolutions that are doomed to failure; take baby steps to reach your goal. For nutrition, pick one or two kinds of junk food that you have a weakness for, and resolve not to buy them anymore, then pick some healthy foods to replace them with. You could ditch the chocolate and take up more fruit, for example. For elimination, do a detox with Aussie Herb Shop’s Colon Detox #1 and #2.
Make sure you get moving a little each day to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping, and don’t be afraid to start small and work up. By doing a little each day, think of where you will be at the end of the year! Lastly, keep life FUN and be POSITIVE! Learn some jokes, watch some comedies, or catch up with old friends. Remember, a little at a time. If you fall off the wagon, get back on it as soon as possible, and by the start of 2016, you will be well on the way to a more energetic, healthier and disease-free you. Now that’s a resolution worth keeping!
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