It’s that time of year!
Flowers- and cacti- are blooming. Midwest gardeners are very antsy to buy some plants- and get them in the ground!
Perhaps the cleaning bug has bit, and you find yourself cleaning a long-overdue area of your house or office. Or maybe you are decluttering a closet or drawer. Are you using this mantra as a guide: ‘if it hasn’t been used for a year, it gets tossed?’
Ed and I just spent the week-end rearranging three rooms and the loft. It was a lot of work-especially on Ed’s part as he got all of his extra interests and hobbies into one room, not two!! We are both excited though, as we feel ‘lighter’ and more productive!
There’s another part of your life that merits the attention of a good spring cleaning: your body!
Nasty toxins can get into your body from food, water, air and chemicals on a daily basis. Your body naturally self-cleanses, but it can become overburdened by a hectic lifestyle and consuming too many processed or unhealthy foods. Certain medications can also play a role in overtaxing your kidneys and liver. Of course, eating quality-sourced food is a great everyday help to your body’s process of cleansing, but as with other areas of our lives, it seems that periodic cleansing of your system will help prevent more toxin build-up.
Here are four basic lifestyle habits that can positively impact your health. If these habits are all that you adopt into your daily routines, I am confident you will see a benefit!
Drink more water.
Conventional wisdom recommends that you drink half your body weight in ounces per day or enough water to keep your urine pale in color.
Eat more fiber.
This can be done by decreasing/eliminating processed foods (which typically have 0 grams of fiber) and increasing your vegetable intake. You won’t find the fiber count on vegetables themselves, which is a clue that you’re on the right track- no labels on fresh foods- so do a little research on those vegetables that are already your favorites and increase the number of servings or explore some new ones! One of my friends who made this change was pleasantly surprised to discover new veggies that she absolutely loved!
Exercise/activity are crucial components to your body composition change. You will be burning calories and your energy source will be your stored fat. Start by walking. If you can walk for 10 minutes, great. If you can go for 15 minutes, great. But go, go, go!
Get adequate sleep.
Be concerned about quantity and quality. Wearable tracking devices provide great input about sleeping habits. Besides the obvious record of how many hours of sleep you are getting, some can provide information about the length of time it takes for you to fall asleep, and the quantity of light and deep sleep.
That’s enough for today. Check back tomorrow for more spring cleaning suggestions.
If you want to talk to someone about how to implement these habits into your life, call me at 480.382.8255 and let’s set up a complimentary consult. I find that although many people know what they need to be doing, they will respond very well to one or two personal suggestions that can actually make a difference!
Make that call: 480.382.8255!