I think that there is one word; one culprit that keeps people from starting or continuing a lifestyle change. That word is: Overwhelm. Like a big roadblock, the feeling of overwhelm paralyzes us and prevents us from taking even a first, tiny step. Overwhelm tells lies and convinces us that unless do it ALL, we should just do nothing. The truth is that every little positive thing we do for our bodies and minds DOES matter. Doing just one thing creates momentum and confidence. Doing just one things puts your footprint in the soil; it leaves an imprint of intention in the ground beneath you and encourages you to take another step, then another, and then another. Pretty soon, you turn around and see a long trail of successful footsteps behind you and there you are….10 miles down the road to your new life.
Choosing broccoli over potato chips; packing healthy snacks for the day instead of leaving your nutrition to chance; and eating veggies rather than bagels for breakfast are all gifts that you give your beautiful body. That’s you taking care of you. Your body will respond in kind and communicate how much it appreciates the love. Good begets good. Kindness begets kindness. Health begets health.
There is something to be said for not overthinking a new health path; whether it’s nutrition or fitness, or both. Looking too far ahead can make us recoil because the road looks daunting. One mile marker at a time! Just start. Wake up and take 5 minutes to pray, meditate, breathe, or set your intention for the day. Drink a big glass of water with lemon. Add some leftover veggies to your eggs. Before you even leave the house, you are already building momentum, and other choices throughout the day are likely to reflect the ones you’ve already made. Below is a list of some simple things you can do each day to help create this kind of momentum. Just choose 1 or 2….and be proud of yourself when you do them. Transformation does not happen with the snap of our fingers. Change happens slowly over time—it’s the result of old habits being broken and new ones taking their place. Be patient with yourself. You are worth the time and effort. You matter, and every little thing you do matters, too.
- Hydrate! Start each day with 16 oz. room temperature pure, filtered water and 1/2 squeezed lemon. Do not drink tap water. Drink at least 64 oz. of water daily, including green, peppermint, ginger teas.
- Eat veggies for breakfast most days.
- Make each meal, snack, and bite as nutrient dense as possible. Eliminate packaged, processed foods and choose clean, whole, organic foods instead.
- Manage stress through prayer, meditation, breathing, gratitude, community.
- Sweat daily. 10-40 minutes of intentional, intense exercise is enough to do the trick, as is going to a sauna! Sweat is a very, very good thing for the body and the mind.
- Take a high quality multi-vitamin.
- Practice deep breathing throughout your day and take walks.
- Start exploring fresh pressed green juices. Always go organic and green when it comes to juicing; 1 apple is plenty to sweeten the drink.
- Use oils like: coconut, olive, avocado, and grape seed; season food with organic fresh and dried herbs.
- Do things that turn you on; light your fire; allow you to live with abandon.