Unless you are one of the few people who have the strength and discipline to make a whole bunch of drastic changes in one go, you are more likely to be successful with a gentler approach. If you set unrealistic goals, you will probably find it very difficult to stick to the plan, feel deflated and give up altogether. Identify an area that is badly affecting your health and wellbeing and tackle it step by step by setting intermediate goals. Once you find your coping well with the changes you have made and are seeing some result, try adding some more healthy changes to your lifestyle. For example, if you feel you’re drinking too much, start by setting a goal of not drinking Monday to Friday, or only drink on 2 days per week so you can be flexible if you have a social event midweek. Once this doesn’t feel so hard to do any more, set yourself a new goal.
If you don’t get enough sleep (7-9hrs for adults), you are up against it. Many restorative processes happen in your sleep and both your physical and mental health will be affected if you don’t get enough shut-eye. Lack of sleep affects your hormone production. This will increase stress levels and make you feel hungrier. Sleep deprivation will affect your motivation and production levels. You are even more likely to cause an accident when you’re lacking sleep. Sleepiness clouds your thinking and causes you to make more errors, react slower, and use poorer judgment than you do when you're alert. Some famous examples of this are the nuclear plant disaster at Chernobyl, which took place at 1:30 a.m., which was linked to human error influenced by sleepiness. Sleep loss is also thought to have played a role in the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill, and the Space Shuttle Challenger accident (where managers at the flight centre were known to be working irregular hours on very little sleep).
This is one of those things that we all know we should be doing, but not many of us do. Drinking plenty of water will improve digestion, skin health, bran function and even energy levels. Try to create new habits, like every time you wash your hands, drink a glass of water and always start the day with a glass of water with lemon essential oil to support the liver, kidneys and digestive system.
Create the right environment
Another obvious one, but not many people actually get rid of stuff that doesn’t serve their health and wellbeing. And when I say stuff, I mean people as well. If you are surrounded by people with bad habits, it’s unlikely that you are going to be good. If there are unhealthy foods in the house you will have to rely strongly on your willpower when cravings hit. If it’s not there, you’re far less likely to succumb.
Our gut flora (the micro-organisms that live in our gut) affects pretty much all aspects of your mental and physical health. Unhealthy diet and lifestyle will cause build-up of undesirable organisms in your digestive tract which will negatively affect your immune system, mood, skin and will it make it difficult for you to lose weight. You can clean your gut by adopting a strict clean (grain-, dairy-, sugar-free) diet and populate your gut with the good guys by eating pre- and pro-biotic foods. This process can take a while and takes some knowledge and commitment. Let me know if you would like help with this.
You can also use natural supplements to clean and restore. In 4 weeks, you can kill off bad bacteria, re-populate with good ones, ensure that you are getting all the nutrients and essential fatty acids your body needs to function optimally and support your liver and kidneys. It will be a total reset, after which it will be much easier to maintain good health. If this tickles your fancy, you’ll be excited to hear that I am offering 4 one-to-one sessions as a free bonus when you buy the 30-day Cleanse and Restore kit so you will have all the support you need to be successful. Contact me to sign up or if you have any questions.
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