Maintaining a healthy weight can feel incredibly difficult and frustrating. However, there is a simple way to achieve your ultimate wellness to look great and feel great: a mind-body detox. The body and the mind rely on one other; when the body suffers from imbalances, the mind does, too. The beauty of this holistic detox lies in strengthening not only the body, but the mind-body connection. Clearing yourself of physical and psychological waste allows for a strong constitution, high energy and a healthy relationship with food.
Where to Begin…
- Cut out the trans-fats and junk
- Get adequate sleep (7-10 hours) at normal hours
- Eat whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables
- Quit smoking and excessive drinking
- Drink 5 to 8 glasses of water per day;
- And – you guessed it! – work out 30 to 45 minutes 3 to 5 days per week
Step 1: Stock Up on Tea
Tea has been touted for its cleansing properties for thousands of years. Consuming hot water is linked to improved kidney function, a faster metabolism, clear sinuses and fewer risks of infection – and shorter bouts of cold and flu, keeping you healthy, happy and ready to hit the gym.
- Chicory tea speeds up the metabolism and improves digestion. Drink one cup of chicory tea before your afternoon and evening meal. Keep evening meals light.
- Oolong tea lowers bad cholesterol and targets body fat. Drink a mug of oolong tea 30 minutes before your workout and melt off the pounds.
- Tumeric tea gently detoxifies the liver, a key organ that cleanses waste. This tea boosts circulation and healthy bile.
- St. John’s Wort tea naturally eases depression and listlessness, keeping you positive and high-energy for all your workouts. (If you are taking medication, consult with your doctor about trying this tea.)
- Triphala tea is excellent for short-term use to cure constipation. When you are constipated, toxins stuck in the intestines recirculate throughout the body, causing discomfort, fatigue and poor digestion. Knock out roadblocks to healthy exercise and eating by keeping your colon regular.
Step 2: Recharge With Herbs and Vitamins
Always purchase your vitamins and herbs from a trusted manufacturer. Recommended below are herbal supplements and vitamins with few side effects:
Green Coffee Extract’s chlorogenic acids may reduce glucose absorption, which bolsters weight loss. Take a low dose supplement with an afternoon meal.
- Fish Oil’s omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to increase the amount of fat burned during workouts. This supplement is also excellent for heart health.
- Acai Berry supplements flushes out toxins and provides antioxidants that may speed up the metabolism and improve skin elasticity.
- Chlorella is a ‘superfood’ that boosts energy, regulates blood sugar levels (thereby reducing hunger) and increases immunity against viruses.
Step 3: Meditate to Make Peace With Food
Toxic thinking is a hugely negative influence on your physical state. Self-acceptance, not punishment, yields healthy changes. In order to achieve the body of your dreams, you must create a healthy relationship with food. Here is an example meditation that allows you to make peace with food and eliminate negativity:
- Sit in a chair and plant your feet firmly on the floor. Breathe in deeply; ground yourself.
- As you breathe, listen to your thoughts. Allow them to float through your mind; do not react – just observe. Acknowledge that anxiety, weight-related or otherwise, is impermanent.
- Pay special attention to the way you feel when you think about food. How does your body react? Do you tense up, or does your posture change? Zoom in on the mind-body connection.
- Place your hands on your stomach. Envision your mind as a power source; visualize its cord connected to your stomach. Now, visualize yourself cutting this cord. Remind yourself that it is your body’s desire for nutrients (and nutritional deficiencies) that cause cravings – not the mind.
- As you meditate, use mantras to instill positive thinking. ‘Food is the source of life’ is an example mantra to use to remind yourself of food’s true purpose. Food is not an emotional pacifier, nor is it the enemy.
(**If you are pregnant or nursing, taking medication, recovering from surgery or illness, severely overweight or elderly, consult with your doctor before making major changes to your diet and exercise routine.)
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