These are 5 habits you won’t want to break, and if you can stick to them for 30 days they will easily become part of your everyday routine.
Chew each mouthful 20-30 times – seems like a lot, right? Chewing slowly until each bite is almost liquid enables the body to digest it as easily as possible. Really savouring the flavour also helps extract all the nutrients from the food and leaves you feeling full and satisfied after your meal.
Morning cleanse – our bodies build up unwanted toxins, from fatty and sugary foods. This can overload the liver if eaten frequently. These toxins can get trapped and start damaging cells which in turn affects how your body can function, and even encourage disease, cause premature ageing and food intolerances. Get into a good practice of drinking a warm cup of water with a squeeze of lemon first thing in the morning, about 30 minutes before you eat.
Replace sugar – your body can’t burn fat when it’s burning sugar. So all your effort on the treadmill maybe going to waste simply because of the foods you eat. And Australians enjoy their sugar with 43kg consumed each year (by the average person). That’s 27 teaspoons a day. There are numerous health issues that can be caused by high sugar intake. Some include heart disease, osteoporosis, headaches, and even depression. Try an alternative like Stevia – a zero-calorie, sugarless, carbohydrate-free herb, that’s believed to lower blood sugar levels after eating by up to 18 per cent.
Get plenty of sleep – when we’re asleep, our bodies are fast at work. The gallbladder is detoxifying at 11pm and 1pm, while the liver detoxes from 1am – 3am. Well, maybe not those exact times, but our bodies do need to be horizontal in order for this process to happen. So make sure you go to bed early to let your body and your brain do its thing before you do your thing, next day.
Breathe deeply – it’s commonly used during meditation and even at the end of a yoga session, but deep breathing can make you instantly feel more calm and composed, enabling your diaphragm to relax and turns on your relaxation mode. Doing the opposite (shallow, short breaths), can deprive the brain, blood and cells of oxygen leaving you feeling tired, cranky and stressed.
What healthy rituals do you follow? Comment below to let us know.