1) STOP comparing yourself to others.
Your body was perfectly and uniquely made. Instead of trying so hard to get your body to look like someone else’s and getting down when it doesn’t, be thankful for everything your body has brought you through.
You can either get caught up in taking care of the body you have or wishing/complaining/comparing away your time. The latter is a losing battle. Dont be that person who doesn’t take action.
2) Remember, you have 1 body.
If you take care of it, it will take care of you. Do you wake up with aches and pains or barely able to function without 3 cups of coffee?
How are treating your body? Do you move daily? Something as simple as a walk outside can make a significant difference.
Do you fill your body with food it can use as fuel or whatever sounds good at the moment? When you’re in a cycle of eating processed food and sugar, it can be hard to conceive not feeling like you need a nap after lunch. But the good news? Some small changes can make a big difference.
Try adding a salad and/or veggies to each meal, eventually “crowding out” processed foods and sugars.
3) Listen to your body.
Pay attention to how you feel after eating certain things. Many people have food sensitivities and don’t even realize it.
Do you feel lethargic, have skin issues, feel bloated or gassy after eating certain foods? These are just a few signs that something you’re eating isn’t jiving well with your body.
Common food sensitivities include: gluten, dairy, soy, corn and eggs. Sugar, caffeine and alcohol can also wreak havoc on our bodies.
If you’re trying to make a change, keep a journal noting everything you’re taking in, how you feel and what you notice after consuming it. You could also try an elimination diet
4) Take a mind/body/spirit approach.
We can eat all the greens and workout hours daily but if we have a negative mind set, it will negatively effect all areas of our lives.
Practice gratitude, do things that bring you joy and find ways to relax.
Whatever your view is on spirituality
- whether you practice a certain religion, find peace in meditating or enjoy going for walks and connecting with nature; make a point to do it frequently. And if you haven’t figured this aspect out - I encourage you to start exploring because it’s a game changer.
5) Be present in each moment.
Let yourself actually FEEL each emotion. Yes, many may be uncomfortable, but they are temporary. When you allow yourself to feel the “negative” you’ll be more able to feel the positive.
Resist the urge to numb out or suppress what you don’t want to look at. “What you resist persists” and the sooner you face it, the sooner you can move on. It’s often much bigger and uglier in our minds and when we hold on to things it can effect our health.
6) Spend time doing things you love.
When you’re having fun you don’t even realize you’re burning calories or adding years to your life. Happiness looks good on everyone.
7) Spend time with people who make you feel good.
Laugh, give more hugs and extend appreciation to others. You’ll be amazed at how it comes back to you. Phase out of situations or relationships that drain your energy.
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