“We are formed by what we do. It is our actions that ultimately make us. What we do slowly, slowly becomes the creator of our lives and our souls. What we are doing in life decides how we are creating ourselves. What our behavior is in life decides the directions our soul will travel, the paths it will move on, the new worlds it will explore.”
“The place and the food should be appropriate. What we eat is very important. Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who you are.
We are what we consume. If we look deeply into what and how much we consume every day, we’ll come to know our own nature very well. We have to eat, drink, and consume, but if we do it unmindfully, we may destroy
our body and our consciousness.”―
“I really regret eating healthy today,” -said no one ever!
Learn to make peace with food. So many of us struggle with our eating habits and body image. Our emotions are often tied to eating; we use food to celebrate, relieve stress, and console us if we’ve had a bad day. So instead of turning to fad diets and weight loss gimmicks, consider changing your attitude about food. Learn to pay attention to your emotions surrounding your daily food choices and discover how you can bring more awareness to how you fuel your body.
Try these tips to improve your relationship with food by bringing more mindfulness to your meals.
- Drink a full glass of water before your meals. This will help curb your hunger and help you to make better decisions regarding the amount of food you eat.
- Try to avoid snacking in between meals. Quite often we snack without thinking about the quality, quantity, or taste of our food. Consider limiting yourself to one snack if needed during the day.
- Make a habit of sitting down at the table when you eat meals or snacks. This allows you to bring more mindfulness to the taste of your food and how much you eat.
- Take a few days to time your meals and focus on chewing your food more completely. Learn to pay attention to the consistency and the flavor of your meals.
- Celebrate all your meals no matter how big or small. Take time to set the table. prepare a beautiful plate, and then pause and express gratefulness for having food to eat.
Put more thought into the importance of food and how it affects your mood, energy levels, and overall health. By becoming more mindful of your food choices, you will begin to see the relationship with what you eat and how it affects your overall health.
“This process within our brains is a three-step loop. First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future: THE HABIT LOOP”
― The Power of Habit
Develop simple habits that will reward you with better health. It all starts with a cue, a trigger, and creating an automatic response. Drink water upon arising, increase your activity level daily, express gratitude, and focus on a positive attitude. Remember, “healthy is a choice.” Here’s a great start with a simple workout and some great ideas to develop into new habits. Learn and experience the power of habit 🙂
“The attraction of New Year is this: the year changes and in that change we believe that we can change with it. It is far more difficult however to change yourself than turn the calendar to a new page. We are creatures of faith, like it or not.”
Many people are a little too exuberant when it comes to health and fitness goals for the new year. Although it’s helpful to be excited and motivated when setting weight loss goals, running your first marathon, or going after those six-pack abs; it’s important to put some thought into how to achieve those goals. If you’re not careful, you can end up with an injury that will put you on the sidelines for weeks or even months.
So go ahead and set those goals for the new year, but follow these tips to help you along your health and fitness journey.
- Hire or consult a fitness professional if you are new to exercise or have existing medical issues. You can’t put a price on your health. Therefore, think of hiring a personal trainer as an investment in your health. A fitness professional can design an appropriate workout for your fitness level. Additionally, they can show you proper form, weight selection, and execution of the exercises in your program. This will provide you with a good base knowledge so that you can continue on your own and gradually build strength and stamina.
- Make sure to include a warm-up and cooldown. It’s easy to pull a muscle if you neglect warming up when exercising. Muscles need to be prepared for work and the warm-up should be tailored to your workout. For instance, If you are running, it would be appropriate to walk on a treadmill and then perform some active stretching to prepare you for the run. If you are doing a weight workout, it’s important to warm up all the major muscle groups before lifting weights. Bodyweight exercises such as squats and pushups are great exercises to prepare the body for weight training.
- Allow a recovery day. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much exercise. Overtraining occurs from a lack of recovery time and can result in injuries and hinder progress. Recovery is vital for repairing and building muscle. Therefore, make sure to schedule a rest day each week. Also, practice body awareness and if you are unusually sore or tired, consider adding additional recovery time before resuming your workouts
- Make sure to hydrate before, during, and after exercise. Per orthoatlanta.com “As your body loses water during physical activity, your muscles can become tense. This interferes with your athletic performance and can make you more likely to injure yourself.” Make a point to drink at least 20 ounces of water before your workout. Also, take breaks to hydrate during the workout, and fuel your body with a good protein and carb source post-workout. Great fuel options are bananas, nuts, apples, and shakes.
Change is never easy but it pays to be patient and take it one step at a time. Set small goals and stay consistent with your program. Before you know it, you’ll reach those goals and be ready to move to the next level.
Celebrate the little things! Find happiness within you rather than the attainment of material things such as aspirations for more money, a better job, the perfect body, etc. Learn to cherish a walk on the beach, meditation, a great cup of coffee, an amazing workout, great food, or time spent with family and friends. Choose to find happiness each day in the little things 🙂
“Remind yourself daily that there is no way to happiness; rather, happiness is the way. You may have a long list of goals that you believe will provide you with contentment when they’re achieved, yet if you examine your state of happiness in this moment, you’ll notice that the fulfillment of some previous ambitions didn’t create an enduring sense of joy. Desires can produce anxiety, stress, and competitiveness, and you need to recognize those that do. Bring happiness to every encounter in life, instead of expecting external events to produce joy. By staying in harmony on the path of the Tao, all the contentment you could ever dream of will begin to flow into your life—the right people, the means to finance where you’re headed, and the necessary factors will come together. “Stop pushing yourself,” Lao-tzu would say, “and feel gratitude and awe for what is. Your life is controlled by something far bigger and more significant than the petty details of your lofty aspirations.”
“MOTHER TIME: Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year, slows things down. We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live that it’s important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock, and acknowledge our place in time before diving back into the melee. Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present. Whether we’re aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.”
― New Year’s Thieve
Yes, life goes by way too fast. I find myself more and more wondering how it’s possible that at this stage in my life my kids are grown and my parents have left this world. It seems only yesterday that my husband and I were starting our life together and my children were babies. However, I’m thankful for the wisdom I’ve acquired throughout the years and the opportunity to focus on what’s important and to let everything else go. You only have this small window in life to get it right and that should be your number one resolution.
HAPPY NEW YEAR