New Year’s Resolve
I am not an expert on any of the things I am going to discuss in this series of articles. I have tried, and been successful with, some of the tips and techniques I will be sharing, however.
We’ve vowed to work on our health again this year. Gym memberships are up, and supplement sales are soaring. By February, things will be back to ‘normal’. Most of us will have said goodbye to our best intentions by this time, and though we may make a few feeble attempts to rekindle the spark of change into a flame, most of us won’t succeed.
Don’t beat yourself up about this. Don’t give up on yourself because you feel that, once again, you have failed. You haven’t. You learned that whatever approach you chose did not work for you, that’s all. Perhaps you need to make smaller incremental changes. To that end, here are some suggestions that will move you in the direction of a healthier life-experience.
I encourage you to choose one thing and work with it until it becomes an integrated part of your life, then add another thing from the list. One of the quickest routes to disappointment is to take on too much at once.
All of these things will strengthen your body, which will support it in holding and integrating more of the incoming Light frequencies. When the body is not expending energy trying to function in spite of the things we do to it, or fuel it with, there is more energy available for the important work of transmutation and realignment.
Some of these things may seem obvious, and overly simplistic, but they can provide profound benefits for the physical body.
1. Drink more clean water. Water is a conductor, and most of us are lacking in this department. If the energy is not being properly conducted, your subtle circuitry can get overloaded. By clean water, I mean water that is from a pure source or properly filtered. The chemicals in tap water are not healthful for the body.
In the same vein, when possible, filter the water you bathe or shower in. When you take a hot shower or bath, you are covering yourself with chlorine and you are breathing it into your lungs too.
2. Eat higher quality food. I hear it all the time: “I can’t afford to eat organic.” My response to that statement is: “You can’t afford not to.“
If you are careful, and eat less food of a higher quality, you can afford organic. Research the most important items you should buy organic versions of, and invest your food dollars there. Your body will thank you.
Include fermented foods and probiotics in your food budget. These contribute to good gut health, which makes the body more able to deal with toxic overload. Adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet will help things move more quickly through the body.
Explore the benefits of quinoa and amaranth. Both are nutrient-dense grains and quinoa has almost all the essential amino acids your body needs and it is an excellent source of protein.
The more closely to the Earth you eat, the healthier you will be. This means it’s best to shop the perimeter of the store because when you venture into those middle aisles, you enter the land of preservatives and additives. Most of these things are molecules your body doesn’t know how to handle and in self-defense it will often just build a protective layer of fat around the foreign substance to protect itself.
The long-term health benefits will outweigh the short-term costs. Just think of all the healthcare dollars you won’t need to spend later if you treat your body with kindness now.
3. Reduce your exposure to chemicals. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and your new motto should be if you wouldn’t (or couldn’t) eat it, don’t put it on your skin, either.
If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you probably shouldn’t be using it. It takes some effort to find non-toxic personal care products, but they are out there. Yes, most are more expensive than ‘regular’ personal care items. Again, pennies saved now are not worth the dollars you spend later.
4.Support Your Body’s Detoxification Process. There are many ways to help the body rid itself of toxins. Juicing or a detox cleanse is helpful. Be aware that you may feel worse before you feel better, and you’ll often be tired during a cleanse, so allow yourself the time to rest. You may get headaches or experience nausea especially if your body is really toxin-laden.
Massage is an excellent way to help the body release toxins. For those of you in the Omaha, Nebraska area, my helper of choice is a wonderful woman named Arlene. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
If you have access to it, a far infrared sauna is another way to move the toxins out of your body. You will get a good sweat on, and will feel invigorated afterwards.
Detox foot baths can pull the toxins from the body through the soles of the feet.
5. Eliminate ingesting toxins as much as possible. Avoid alcohol. Stop smoking. Don’t store your food in plastic containers. Don’t buy food that comes in plastic containers.Be mindful of what you are purchasing when you stop to pick something up on the way to work in the morning, or on the way home in the evening. Maybe that’s not such a good deal, after all.
Don’t wear petrochemicals on your body. Most clothing is not made of natural fibers. Look for more healthful alternatives when it comes to furnishing your home or building a new home.That new carpet smell? That new paint smell? That new car smell? Not good for your body’s well-being. I’m not sharing this to scare you, I want to encourage you to make more conscious choices this year.
6. Alkalize the body. Our bodies are too acid, which makes them vulnerable to a host of problems. Alkalize or Die by Dr. Theodore Baroody is an excellent place to start. It contains a substantial list of alkaline producing foods and talks about how excess acid waste in the body cause our organs and systems to deteriorate.
I have formed my opinion as to whether it is necessary to also drink alkalized water, and I encourage you to do your own research in this area. Follow your guidance in this matter.
7. Move the body. We were not made to sit or lie around like blobs. Our bodies are created to move. So move every day. You don’t have to go to a gym to get the job done. A pair of tennis shoes and a path you can walk will do. If it’s cold outside, then shove that coffee table out of your way, put on some music, and dance, dance, dance. All it takes to feel better is about 30 minutes a day. You don’t even have to do it all at once, either.
Baby steps will get you there. When you start to feel better, you will naturally want to do more. That is what is happening to me with this one.
8. Get Enough Sleep. This seems obvious, but most of us don’t give the body the time it needs to rest and restore itself and we slog through our days in a fog because of this. The magic time for your body is between 1000PM and 2AM, so if you are awake then, you better be sleeping! You body needs about 7-8 hours (and some of us need more, those of you who say you can get by with less are often fooling yourselves) of quality sleep a night to function properly.
Lights Out-Sleep, Sugar and Survival by Bent Formby is an eye-opening easy read about how our sleep-deprived lifestyle is a contributing factor in the skyrocketing incidences of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression. It has changed the way I look at sleep, and causes me to make different choices about when I will turn out the lights in my home.
There’s a lot here. Remember it’s great to just choose one thing and work on it with all your attention and intention until you integrate the new habit, then move to the next thing that calls to you to do.
Allow the intelligence of your body to tell you what it needs help with the most. As you read through the list of suggestions above, which one pulls at you the most? That is most likely where you need to start, so trust that.
We all have to start somewhere, sometime. And now is as good a time as any, don’t you agree?
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~Rabindranath Tagore
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