for a healtheir YOU in 2011:
10 Simple Steps For Success.
“Whatever you can do or dream, begin it! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Making a fresh start is so much easier when you have a solid plan for success. Here are 10 simple tips that will help you as you embark on a new, more healthful diet or improve your existing one. Let them inspire you as you choose a gloriously joyful path to the new you!
- 1. Start Strong. Make the start date of your program a special date. Clean your kitchen of unhealthful products, get your workout gear in order, and create a calendar where you can list your accomplishments. For example, on Day One, You might write that you walked for 30 minutes, meditated for 15 minutes, ate 3 pieces of fruit, and put a rejuvenation mask on before going to bed.
- Eat your Morning Meal. Have breakfast within one hour of getting up in the morning. It stokes your metabolism and makes it easier to make healthier choices throughout the day.
- Curb your Appetite. Drink a large glass of water 15-20 minutes before a meal. Water detoxifies and rejuvenates your body and helps prevent over-eating by making you feel full.
- Stop after 7:00 P.M. To see rapid changes in your body shape, establish a habit of not eating after 7:00 P.M. To drop some weight quickly, stop eating after 3:00 P.M, with the exception of a piece of fresh fruit, vegetable juice, or tea.
- Feel your Hunger. Snack only when hungry, not when bored, depressed, or tired. Remember, eat to live, don’t live to eat. To prevent overeating, cultivate an appreciation for quality versus quantity in your food and lifestyle those who are wise and evolved. (One exception is my recommendation to eat plenty of leafy greens and most vegetables!)
- Go light. When you’re hungry and don’t have much time, opt for low calorie snacks that are quick and nourishing, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. If you crave more substance, add a few raw seeds or nuts, but no more than 1 oz. at a time if you have more than 10 pounds to lose.
- Eat what you like. There are many delicious, healthy foods to choose, so don’t eat what you don’t like. Nothing makes a food program more difficult than forcing yourself to eat foods that you don’t care fore.
- Slow Down. Eat slowly enough to give your body time to release the enzymes that tell your brain when you’ve had all that you need. Inhaling food instead of eating consciously and deliberately causes indigestion and gas.
- Don’t give up. Falling off your health program once or twice does not mean the effort is hopeless. Simply acknowledge that you didn’t eat wisely and get back on the program. If you make nutrient-rich whole foods (uncooked and unprocessed, whenever possible) the center piece of your diet, you quickly will learn to prefer these natural delights to less healthful choices.
- Reward yourself. Treat yourself to a massage, a movie, or a new piece of clothing for each week that you faithfully complete your health program, lose weight, or accomplish some other goal.