Spring has well and truly sprung and there is clearly a shift in energy, outlook and mindset.
After a long, cold Winter and with glimpses of sunny Spring weather appearing, for many, thoughts (and actions) are turning towards a transition to a healthier body and thus a healthier mind.
During Winter, we inherently gravitate to more dense, hearty meals which may mean a tendency to over-do delicious carbohydrates and sweet treats.
If you have become dependent on comfort food during the cooler months and inadvertently created less then healthy eating rituals, then the risk is that you are eating more sugar, unhealthy fats and higher salt, than is necessary.
As a result every cell of your body has been fed these less then optimal foods resulting in suboptimal performance.
This also includes your brain cells which may explain poor concentration, lack of focus, foggy thinking, anxiety and a lowered mood.
Many are feeling lethargic, bloated, unmotivated, run-down and tired all the time.
Others are suffering from headaches, poor sleep, mood swings and irritability.
However the biggest complaint we hear by far though… is the Winter kilo-creep.
Maybe you can relate to one or two of these. If so, join the club you’re not alone!
So now’s the time to make some changes towards a stronger, healthier you.
Three small Steps to take now to help Re-Set your body this Spring
Eat More Plant Food and notice the difference in your energy levels
The focus here is to simply add the following plant food to your diet…
- A minimum of 3 handfuls of vegetables each day
- A minimum of 3 handfuls of salad each day
- 2-3 pieces of fruit each day
Take The Toxic Load Off Your Body by looking at Your Environment
You don’t have to be spray painters, farmers or industrial chemists to be at risk – in fact, the main source of exposure is in our own homes. Our diet, household chemicals and personal care products rank highly on the list as sources of a variety of environmental pollutants.
Take the time to do an “environment audit” and carefully check your home and the products you are using to clean it.
And whilst you are at it, check the ingredients of your skin care, make-up and personal care products.
You will be amazed at how many chemicals you are directly exposed to every day. This culmination of toxins places an increasing amount of pressure on our bodies to render them harmless and expel them. Thus ‘toxicity’, in its various forms, is emerging as a chief cause of chronic health issues.
- Replace toxic cleaning products with natural ones
- Replace your skin care, hair care, soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, make-up with chemically-friendly alternative
- Spring Clean your home – ridding mould spores and dust
- Pop some plants around your home and office to absorb the off-gassing from your soft furnishings and carpets
- Avoid processed foods that are full of artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives (so that’s anything with a number or something you can’t pronounce listed in the ingredients)
If you have been paying attention to media reports you may have noticed that the World Health Organisation has just advised us that if we want to cut disease we need to be exercising five times more than we currently are… yes that’s 5 times more!
This translates to 15-20 hours of brisk walking per week or 6-8 hours of running per weeks to significantly cut our risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Whilst the most common reaction I’ve received to this news is, “well that’s just impossible” or “no-one can fit that in” I like to see this as a challenge and look at ways that I can double my daily movement rituals and thus reap the benefits with not only reducing my risk of disease but doubling my energy levels and vitality.
If you haven’t already established a daily exercise ritual that would be the first step… look at walking the river in the mornings or evenings or swimming or cycling – anything that you enjoy.
Then throw in a high-intensity interval training session (HIIT), a strengths session, maybe some yoga or pilates and a bush walk or gardening on the weekend and you will not be far off the WHO target.
The question to ask yourself is…no matter how time-poor you are, how are you going to double your exercise each day and start reaping the many benefits that only exercise can bring?
Spring must be the easiest time of year to make positive changes – so what’s your first step?
Because it’s Not A Rehearsal
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