“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” – Deepak Chopra
In Buddhist teachings, it is stressed that your body is a temple and key to achieving happiness. Kick-start your transformation with my top 10 mind-body tips:
1. Buy the ‘healthiest’ foods at the grocery store and throw all the crap out of your kitchen: I’m not saying buy the most expensive food, just the healthiest. I believe in organic foods, but you can click this link for guidelines on the least contaminated foods http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/.
2. Try a healthy smoothie for breakfast: Kick the day off right with healthy raw veggies, quality proteins, and wholesome fats. Check this out: http://ikkuma.com/recipe-the-ikkuma-smoothie.
3. Earn your indulgences: If you plan on going ‘off the rails’ with your diet, then at least earn it by doing some moderate physical activity or eating clean the rest of the week.
4. Throw out all your artificial air fresheners: These toxins are poisoning your family. They often contain xenoestrogens, which have been found to cause hormonal disruption in children.
5. Black out your bedroom: Even minimal light can suppress melatonin (the sleep hormone), which sabotages your sleep.
6. Slow down and breath: Our generation is the most stressed in history. Stop and breath. Better yet, start meditating.
7. Toss those synthetic creams: Our skin absorbs chemicals. Only put organic and preferably food grade products on your body. Even suntan lotions can be silent killers, with proven harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone.
8. Stop rationalizing inaction: The average Canadian will spend the last 10 years of their lives with disease. Start incorporating fitness into your regimen and clean-up the diet.
9. Comparing: One surefire way to demotivate yourself is to compare yourself to others. Your path is your path. Do the right things for yourself and results will follow.
10. Self-Compassion: You’re going to have missteps along the way. That’s normal. Don’t get discouraged. Plow forward and visualize success.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti