WHY: Juicing extracts the water and nutrients from vegetables, leaving behind the fibers (the hard to digest stuff). This way, your body can best absorb the nutrients without having to digest the dense ingredients.
HOW: Invest in a juicer! It’ll allow you to pack an incredible quantity of fruits and veggies into a single glass of juice, leaving you with a smooth and delicious nutritional cocktail.
WHY: Sweating helps the body rid itself of unwanted materials and aids circulation. In medieval times, healers relied on saunas to cure illnesses and priests channeled the heat to chase away evil spirits. If you have any negativity in your life, find yourself a sauna, stat!
HOW: Hit the sauna after you exercise, and you’ll elicit a quart of sweat per hour. Tip: dry heat of a sauna is generally more tolerable than the wet heat of a steam room.
WHY: Water accelerates movement through our system; cleansing out waste and toxins, plumping up cell count, and clearing skin.
HOW: Carry water with you 24/7, whether you’re at home or the office (it’s a good excuse to score a cute eco-friendly bottle, too!). Jumpstart your morning with a glass of water to start the hydration process.
Figure out your daily water consumption:
Your weight / 2 = number of ounces you should drink daily
• There is disturbing evidence amounting that people from the United States and other regions around the world are consuming more refined sugars and empty calories that at any other time in history.5 These foods in excess may increase the risk for developing chronic diseases:
o Soda and other sweetened soft drinks o Pastries, cookies, cakes and pies
o Sugary breakfast cereals
o Fried foods
o Fast foods
o Chips and candy o Processed foods
o Fish and seafood
o Whole soy foods (but make sure they are organic, not genetically modififed)
o Other sources of protein (such as lean meats, eggs, and other foods that contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids)
o Tea, herbs and spices
• Remember the issue becomes when anything is eaten in excess. Make sure your plate is full of COLOR at every meal. Variety is the spice of life!
• Smaller food portions have also been linked to a healthier lifestyle For protein (such as chicken) a healthy serving should be about the size of a deck of cards, and around half of what you are eating should be vegetables.
• Develop healthy habits like washining your hands before eating or touching your face and drinking water throughout the day to rehydrate your system.
WHY: Learn to trust your cravings, rather than attributing them to weaknesses. With a craving, your body typically sends signals to your brain for nutrients it needs.
HOW: Trust what your body’s telling you. Understand the foods, deficits, and behaviors in your life that spur your cravings. Start with the flavor and find a healthy substitute!
Craving something sweet? Bypass the processed donuts, cakes, and cookies and grab enzyme-rich raw chocolate. Statistics show that it has 20 times more antioxidants than a glass of red wine! Also try sweet veggies, such as corn, carrots, onions, beets, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and yams.
Craving something salty? Cravings for salty food often indicate mineral deficiency. Instead of a bag of chips, try leafy greens which are high in minerals. Kale chips are a savior, and easy to prep. one of my favorite craving killers is a yummy protein shake with fruits ..
WHY:> Usually, 7-9 hours is considered to be a good amount of sleep.1
- Sleep is a time for the body to heal, recharge its “batteries,” regenerate new cells, rest the mind and allow the immune system to function at its highest capacity. For this reason, sleep actually prevents one from getting (or helps heal one if already) sick.2
- In addition, staying well-rested allows one to think more clearly, improves one’s mood and reduces the risk for depression.2, 3
- Sleep may also help to prevent or reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.3 This is because lack of sleep tends to increase inflammation and the amount of hormones that are dangerous at high levels in the body, such as adrenaline and cortisol, among other factors.4
- To get better sleep, consider the following options3:
o Go to bed and wake up at routine times.
o Don’t take long naps during the day (this can throw off your circadian