WHAT WE EAT AND HOW WE THINK AND LIVE CAN IMPACT OUR WELLBEING IN A MULTITUDE OF WAYS. USE OUR GUIDE TO HELP CLEAN UP AND CLEAR OUT UNWANTED CLUTTER FROM EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE TO LEAVE YOU RENEWED AND RECHARGED.
CLEAN EATING LIFESTYLE
Now is the time to start eating as clean as possible for optimal health, which essentially means eating foods in their most natural state. According to personal trainer and co-author of the popular Clean Living book series Scott Gooding, food can either be our medicine to foster good health or it can be toxic. One of the simplest choices we can make on a daily basis is to optimize our health with what we choose to eat.
CLEAN EATING CHECKLIST
- The first step is to eliminate sugar as it is believed to be a key trigger for inflammation in the body.
- Get rid of processed foods which are often loaded with additives and preservatives.
- Curb your intake of grains and instead, opt for buckwheat, spelt, and quinoa.
- Pay attention to the oil you use; try to buy high quality unrefined coconut oil and organic extra virgin olive oil.
- Stick to seasonal produce and whenever possible, purchase organic fruits and vegetables.
- Cook your food the right way. Instead of zapping the nutritional value of your vegetables from overcooking, lightly steam, bake, or sauté your food.
CHALLENGE YOUR WAY OF THINKING
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to making progress or moving forward in life. Life coach Yasemin Demirtas points out that the most common kind of self-negating mindset is when an individual is afraid of changing his/her current situation due to self-limiting beliefs. Some of these self-negating thoughts include “am I really good enough?” or “is it going to be really any better?”
HOW TO GET RID OF A SELF-DEFEATING MINDSET
- Act from a place of what you want and not what you think you should do.
- Stop procrastinating and do what you need to do in the order of importance.
- Get rid of negative thoughts as they poison your mind and limit your scope for achievement.
- Be authentic to yourself and your values.
BE GRATEFUL….FOR EVERYTHING
There are numerous health and wellness benefits linked to practicing gratitude. In fact, experts have found that those who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to really notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for actually experience more feelings of optimism, sleep better, and even have more robust immune systems.
THREE WAYS TO INCORPORATE GRATITUDE INTO YOUR LIFE TODAY
1. Make the effort not to complain for 21 days about anything. Constant and chronic complaining about daily irritations can become a habit that is mentally and emotionally draining. In his book “A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Enjoy the Life You Always Wanted”, Pastor Will Bowen affirmed that good things can happen for people in abundance if they gave-up complaining which can actually help transform health, relationships, and careers.
2. Remember to say thank you. Saying thank you comes easy with the boss, but saying thank you to your kids, your friends, and family members can have a positive impact on your life.
3. Keep a Gratitude Journal. Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier” shows that just by routinely writing personal reflections on moments for which we’re thankful can boost wellbeing and life satisfaction. (Credit: www.virtuesforlife. com)
MINIMALISM IS THE NEW BUZZWORD
With Marie Kondo’s “The Life- Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” recently topping the New York Times bestseller list, decluttering your living space has taken on new meaning. A cluttered home is not just a matter of tidiness, but can distract you, weigh you down, and add an overall sense of disorganization into your life.
THREE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF TACKLING CLUTTER
Do each room, one at a time: If your rooms are too cluttered, start by making three piles: keep, not sure, and donate.
Start placing items in each pile accordingly. Everything from the ‘keep’ pile should be designated a place in the room.
First organize, and then buy: Skip the temptation to buy lots of cool looking storage boxes before you sort through the clutter. Experts advise first clean out, figure out what containers you need, and where they are going to be placed or stored.
Teach your kids: If you teach your kids where things go, and start teaching them the habit of putting things back in their proper place, you’ll go a long way to keeping your house uncluttered. (Credit: www. zenhabits.net)