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Turn Over a New Leaf

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It’s one of the latest health trends everyone’s raving about. I’m talking about a detox or cleanse. It usually consists of a three to seven day juice plan or the removal of all things processed.  The idea is to flush the toxins and junk from your beautiful temple. It’s out with the bad and in with the good. I’ve done a few cleanses myself and have supported clients through them as well. I think most would agree that it isn't ever easy, but certainly worth it in the end. It's the end result that keeps you going.  Your eyes look brighter, your skin is glowing and some of those extra pesky pounds are flushed down the toilet, literally. While this type of cleanse can be great for the body, there’s another type of detox I want to introduce to you. It probably won’t change the number on your scale, but it may help you feel lighter, and happier in other ways. The time to turn over a new leaf, and detox your life is now. That’s right; it’s time to cleanse everything that is weighing you down. It requires you to remove or distance yourself from negativity, drama and any "toxic" things that may be holding you back. Like a juice cleanse, it’s usually not easy but totally worth it.  Let me help you see the big picture. You have one life to live in this amazing and beautiful world, so ask yourself this, “Why am I allowing myself to get bogged down with nonsense that leaves me feeling bad about myself?” It’s not just with people; it’s also about how you think and treat your space. As a health coach, I believe this is a major part of living a happy and healthy life. If this part of your life is out of balance, it’s going to be difficult to be at your best every day. Health doesn’t necessarily mean eating clean alone; it requires a balance to all areas of your life. Here are a few steps I’m encouraging you to remove the toxins and unhealthy “junk" from your life.

Remove or distance yourself from negative people. You want to surround yourself with people who lift you up, help you to thrive and treat you with respect. They should be honest with you yet gentle towards your heart. Distance yourself from people who constantly talk down to you or make you feel as though you don’t have any worth. This should include networks, family, friends and personal relationships. This doesn’t mean you can’t be kind, but distance yourself until your relationship can return to a healthy state.

Turn off your cell phone. Scary, right? I mean what are we to do when we can’t answer emails at 11pm? SLEEP! Go to sleep, you lovely people! The amount of time and energy spent on your phone can add up to hours in your day. Five minutes here, and there, can REALLY make a difference. So, when I hear people complain that they don't have any time, I wonder how much time they would have if they put down their cell phone. Disconnect from the internet, from technology, and spend time the good ol' fashioned way. Being present is SO important. There is nothing worse than being with a group of people who are all on their phones, instead of connecting with one another. 

Connect with your body, trust it, and most importantly listen to it. Am I beginning to sound like a broken record? GOOD! I hope that you're beginning to catch onto this. Our bodies will tell us what it needs, if we just take the time to listen to it. Be mindful of bloating, gas, energy and mood. Also, pay attention to when these moments come on. If you notice yourself running to the bathroom after eating a block of cheese, you may want to refrain from making that choice. It's hurting your body, which means it's hurting you. 

Go to bed early, or at least at a decent time. This is one of those areas that you HAVE to change in order to be healthy. There is no getting around it. Get yourself into a routine that allows your body to rest properly. If you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, try adding a bedtime routine to get yourself into relaxation mode. You can try disconnecting from your electronics, take a warm bath or shower, read a book, write your thoughts onto a piece of paper and save it for tomorrow, or try some bedtime yoga!

Complain less. Your words can be weapons to not only yourself but to others. Do your best to speak with encouragement and love. It doesn’t mean you can’t express your feelings, but choose to do so only when necessary and be sure to think before you speak. Challenge yourself one day at a time. Try going one whole day without complaining and only speaking positive words towards yourself and others. You may not even know you are doing it.

Upon rising each day, let all of your thoughts and feelings fall onto a piece of paper. Early morning thoughts are often the feelings you are struggling with from yesterday or what you have to face within the day ahead. Take a few minutes to write in a journal about how you are feeling. Releasing your thoughts, good or bad, helps you to take on each day without anything filling your mind or taking over your thoughts. It’s like starting fresh before you walk out of the door.

Find your joy every day. This is something I preach to my clients. If you are just going through the motions and living for the weekends, are you really enjoying life? It’s all about joy! It doesn’t have to be something big, just something that brings a smile to your face with each new day. Take a luscious bath, light a candle, enjoy a piece of dark chocolate or go for a walk in the great outdoors. Find your joy and bring it to life.

Remove the clutter from your space. Your home, car and office are a reflection of you and can affect your productivity. As we get ready to welcome a new season, take some time to fit in some cleaning. Remove the items you don’t need or use and donate them to someone in need. Give everything a good deep clean and top it off with a fresh fall scent like pumpkin spice, apples or cinnamon. Organize files, papers and drawers. It’s such a therapeutic exercise that can give your life a fresh look and energized feel.

Doing these things can be just as important as eating a whole foods diet and exercising. As we enter a new season, it's the perfect time to incorporate some or all of these suggestions into your life. It's a great way to balance your plate, work towards better health and find true happiness.