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The 2-Week Healthier You Challenge

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Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

If you’re one of the many people who had at least one New Years resolution involve losing weight and developing a healthier start to 2014, you may be considering some type of detox program. You would not be at a loss for finding one because needless to say, there are many to choose from. In fact, there are so many, the task may actually seem overwhelming and confusing, not to mention quite costly and extreme.

But there is hope. There are quite a few things that you can choose to do naturally to give your body a great quick step toward detoxing itself naturally without confusion, without the high cost and without putting your body through a harsh and drastic ordeal.

The human body is quite miraculous, and one of the amazing things it does quite naturally as designed, without any special bells and whistles, is detox and cleans itself. Although we close our eyes and sleep (hopefully every night) our body’s systems keep working to do their thing, non-stop, through day and night. But there are some things we can do to aid our body in the process and help ourselves kick start the year into healthier eating exercising habits.

One thought is to follow this system for two weeks and see how it works for you and how you feel. Then you can decide if you would like to continue with it or modify it.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

• Get into the hydration habit. Enough can’t be said about the significance of keeping your body hydrated properly so that it can function at its best – not only in regard to weight loss, but to overall health and well-being. Here are a few steps built around your body’s staying hydrated and eliminating hydration properly and how it fits into your natural detox regime.

A healthy color for urine is pale yellow. If you find it is darker, then you need to increase your hydration. Don’t forget that fruits and many vegetables are mostly water, experts say more than 5 helpings daily can help boost your natural intake of water.

If you enjoy caffeine, happy day– detoxing and cleansing doesn’t mean eliminate it, just moderately. Experts suggest you keep the caffeine intake to less than 300 mg daily which translates into two large cups of coffee or six cups of tea daily.

Alcohol, even a glass of red wine, is not your friend during this process. Alcohol is high in calories, tends to lower your resolve to keep to healthier food choices and dehydrates the body. Sorry, but when any substance earns three strikes, we have to say “you’re better without.”

• Sweat it Out – Sweating is the body’s way of eliminating excess body salts. If you can manage to accomplish it daily, your body will thank you.

• Go au Natural – It may take a bit of getting used to, but opt for sugar free and sugar-free free eating. Even no-cal sweeteners satisfy the body’s craving for sweets at a high level. Let fruit in its natural state of sweetness be the way to satisfy the desire for sweets.

This goes for eliminating processed and prepared foods that harbor lots of hidden sweets, fats and calories.

• Fiber Friendly Foods – provide exercise for your gut but not too much 3 to 4 grams per serving with 15 to 20 percent of your daily intake is fine and just what the ‘detox doctor’ ordered to keep your digestive tract doing what digestive tracts do.

• Your Body at Rest – Stress is one of the worst enemies to practically every aspect of proper and good health and this is no exception. Finding more appropriate ways to handle stressful situation, like practicing mindful relaxation or stress-reducing techniques will help your cleansing and detox efforts. Learning to take a deep breath to regain your composure is something that you will feel the benefits of in many ways.

Along with stress-reduction comes the need for restful sleep. No less than seven hours a night. This is when our body rejuvenates and recharges. Don’t minimize how important proper and consistent sleep is. Don’t shortchange your body of its much needed activity-free time.

Staying on Track

Staying on Track

The benefits will abound. The interplay with less stress BECAUSE of how healthy you are being and how much easier it is to keep on track with your eating and exercise goals because your body will be better rested and more energized are truly amazing.

Give yourself two weeks and please, let me hear how you feel!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

The Yellow Brick Road to Emotional Awareness

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Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness

SAY HELLO TO STRESS
In order to become more emotionally aware we have to be able to effectively and rapidly reduce stress in the moment. Let me explain. Whether we like it or not, stress is here to stay. Not only is it here to stay, but it is absolutely necessary for things like creativity, learning and even survival.

It isn’t until stress becomes overwhelming that it becomes the harmful, negative force most of us believe it to be in our lives.

Stress Effects

Stress Effects

WHERE IT COMES FROM
Another misconception about stress is that most of us believe the worst kind of stress comes from traumatic events outside ourselves, such as car accidents, or when someone we care about gets sick. The fact is that everyday stress, known as chronic stress, is just as harmful. This is the type of stress that wears us down, most of the time when we are not even aware that it is happening and that there is a problem; making it infinitely more dangerous and damaging as far as I’m concerned.

So, many times, we create our own stress. It happens when we dwell and fret about things that we have little or no control over. It happens when we put ourselves down, or imagine the worst case. We give birth to stress when we take on too many responsibilities and don’t say “no” to things that push us too far and when we set unrealistic expectations and standards for ourselves and for others.

Reduce Stress

Reduce Stress



EMOTIONAL BALANCE and RELIEVING STRESS

If we are aiming for balance, and we are doing just that, we need to be able to first identify stress in the moment and be able to relieve it quickly, clearing us to focus on whatever life throws at us and to remain in control of ourselves through it.

We need to be able to quickly and effectively relieve stress in the moment in order to:
Think clearly and creatively
Communicate clearly
Accurately “read” other people
Here what someone is really saying
Trust others
Attend to your own needs

Managing stress appropriately helps us avoid becoming overwhelmed by strong emotions and life’s challenges.

• If you find yourself having a hard time calming yourself down when agitated
• If you find it difficult to let go of anger
• If you have a hard time turning to other people close to you to help you regain composure and feel better
• If you feel exhausted and drained when you return home
• If you are easily distracted or moody
• If you cannot identify or recognize what upsets other people you know
• If you don’t know how to pick yourself up when you feel like you’re running on empty

These are all signs that you are not managing your stress in healthy and effective ways.

If you are with me this far, stay tuned. The next post will be about recognizing stress so that we can lessen its impact on our lives and free us up to experience life more fully.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!