Three Super Simple Things You Could Do To Give Yourself A Boost Starting Right Now
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Here are three no-brainers that you could do immediately to give yourself a little boost in your routine.
1. Before you do anything else, drink 2 large glasses of water, one with lemon. This is going to pull toxins out of your body that are left over from the day before. The lemon supports liver function, and believe me, our livers could use a little lovin’! (That made me laugh out loud a little bit.) But seriously, one of the many functions of the liver is to break down toxins and chemicals.
Now this might seem like a lot of water. But right now as you read this, there is a very good chance that you are dehydrated. Yes, you. Most of us do not drink enough water on a daily basis. Confusion, fatigue, negative moods, irritability, dizziness when standing, feelings of hunger, even insomnia, can all be signs of dehydration. Sound familiar? So drinking your two large glasses first thing will make you more likely to reach your water quota for a change. Yes, you are going to pee more. But peeing is ridding your body of toxins. And toxins keep us fat. Peeing is good. Water is good. Get it into your head, lovely! Also, if you reach your fill of H2O earlier in the day, your sleep is less likely to be disrupted by a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Action step: Put your water right next to your bed at night so that it will be the first thing you see in the morning, and it will be impossible to forget.
2. Eat your vegetables first. This general rule for eating comes from rules of food combining. Because digestion of vegetables happens much more quickly than that of other foods, you don’t want it to get stuck behind other foods, as it will give you gas, bloating, and discomfort, as compared with the other way around. Not only that, but since you are the most hungry when you first begin eating, if you load up on your veggies first, you will get more nutrients, and they will take up room in your stomach, so you will have less room for seconds or dessert.
3. Chew your food. One of the basic principles of the Japanese Macrobiotics diet, is to chew each mouthful of food 100 times. Do you know what happens to your food after 100 chews? Why don’t you try it to find out? And then maybe you’ll want to try chewing each bite 20 times instead.
Chewing is the very first step in the digestive process. In fact, digestion of carbohydrates begins right there in the mouth. Chewing more will warm (or cool) the food, and increase the surface area of that food so that digestive enzymes can efficiently break it down. So often we are rushing around, shoveling food into our traps too quickly, and this affects the way that we digest our food (or should I say the way we don’t digest our food). Chewing more will slow you down, allowing time for you to be mindful of your food, thinking about the nourishing benefits that it will bestow, and giving your brain time to get the signal when you are actually full and not when you are over-full. Chewing more=eating less.
Now the title of this fabulous article-that is just so great you are going to want to share it with your friends-says that you are going to start right now. And here’s how. Tomorrow is going to come and you are going to forget all about these three super simple things. Right? WRONG. Right now I want you to visualize yourself drinking your two large glasses of water, one with lemon, first thing in the morning. That’s right. Make a movie in your head. What does it feel like going down? Think of it reaching all the far corners of your body, hydrating, and taking away gross chemical toxins. Now fast forward to breakfast, where you will eat your fruit first, then the rest of your meal. Now think about doing that for lunch and dinner. And slow down, because you forgot to imagine yourself chewing each bite 20 times. Think of your jaw working hard at masticating (that’s fancy science talk for chewing) and you counting and thinking loving thoughts about your food. There you’ve done it! Rehearsal in the brain is going to help you remember what to do tomorrow.
Try these three things TOMORROW. You will feel fantastic!