As we're jumping into 2021, it's essential to think deeply about how we're treating our bodies. Asking meaningful questions about health and healing is so very important for both the present moment and future.
Are we getting the right nutrients we need to thrive? Are we engaging in enough exercise?
If you've found yourself feeling a bit sluggish lately, don't get too hard on yourself. The age of Covid has left millions of people around the world anxious to get their bodies healthy and moving again.
The following are some ideas for diving into the New Year empowered and healthy. I hope you'll find them helpful!
#1 - Be Mindful About What You Put in Your Body
It's been said time and time again, "food is medicine." So as you move forward in your daily life, think deeply about what you're consuming on a daily basis.
Consider eating mostly protein and veggies with a small number of carbs. This will boost your metabolism and help your body burn calories. It all helps you feel fuller longer, making it easier to stick to your diet.
Portion control is also very important. Try reducing your regular portions by about 10 percent.
#2 Avoid Processed Foods and Sugary Drinks
The more natural and organic you can keep things the better. Avoid drinks with high fructose corn syrups, sugary sodas, fruit juices, and alcohol.
Stick to a high volume of vegetables to enrich your diet with minerals, fiber, and vitamins. Skip refined grains like white bread, pasta, and white rice. Instead, pick up whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread, and popcorn.
#3 - Eat Slowly and Chew Your Food Thoroughly
I'm a huge believer in the concept of "Mindful Eating." To me, this means paying attention to what you're eating, rather than diving in and just scarfing food down. It also means eating slowly and chewing your food thoroughly.
Studies show that people who eat fast and don't chew their food properly usually have problems losing or maintaining their weight. It also causes bloating, heartburn, acid-reflux, and a host of other problems.
Set aside time to eat. Dare to sit quietly and really enjoy the food you're gracing your body with. This practice alone can make a huge difference in your overall health and weight management efforts.
#4 - Create an Exercise Routine
Create regular workout times that include a mix of cardio, weight lifting, and strength training. Weightlifting and strength training increases your metabolism, burns fat, and preserves muscle mass. Cardio is the best way to burn calories.
I think getting out of the house into the open air is also important. Connect with nature via a walk, run, bike ride, or whatever activity you love most.
The secret to getting started on your exercise routine is to just go! Once you start moving, your mind and body will be so thankful!
#5 - Make the Scale Your Friend
If you're actively trying to lose weight, keeping track of your weight is an important part of your success. Increasing your awareness of your weight will help you keep on track. It's important to know where you stand and if you are gaining, losing, or plateauing.
Daily self weigh-ins can be a huge motivator in helping you achieve your goals.
#6 - Drink LOTS of Water
Drinking water is essential for stimulating your metabolism, removing toxins and waste from your body, and even suppressing your appetite.
You may also be excited to learn that new research shows that drinking 16 oz of water 30 minutes before all three meals can help with tremendous weight loss.
As you move forward with your weight loss adventure, it's important to make the effort both fun and empowering. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.
If done with love, caring for your body will become the most rewarding and beneficial effort you've ever undertaken. Take it day by day and look for beautiful things to happen!