Let’s face it, there’s a TON of products out there and they all claim to make you basically immortal. We all know, for most of these products, that’s a bold faced lie. So how do you sift through the mess? By slowly teaching yourself what it really means to be natural.
While I do know of many products that are a natural skincare line, let’s go over one of the biggest things that will GUARANTEE you better skin, a natural glow, minimal to no break-outs and a good step towards getting your body on a healthy path.
CHANGING WHAT YOU EAT!
It’s not an easy thing to do so let’s start with 10 changes you can start right now to a healthier, more vibrant you!
DRINK WATER FIRST THING.
Start your morning off with a glass of water with lemon BEFORE anything else. Water will actually wake you up faster then coffee ever will!
This helps your body wake up and jump starts your metabolism. Adding the lemon stimulates white blood cell production, vital for your immune system to function properly. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects cells from oxidation damage. Drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a sizable amount of vitamin C daily.
If you do Yoga, then you know it’s a perfect to start your day. For the people out there like me, who don’t have yoga poses memorized and have a hard time trying to pull out a mat and stay on it while both my dogs and cat think we’re playing some kind of game, then I suggest just doing stretches that you know how to do and learn a new one each week.
ACTUALLY EAT BREAKFAST
Yeah, yeah…you’ve heard it all before. Eat breakfast, yada yada. What you may not know is that when you skip meals, you’re body goes into starvation mode and then it will hold on to whatever your next meal is. I’m guilty of this, (to the point I once almost weighed 300 lbs). Keeping it simple helps a lot. Here in our house, I cook up 3 eggs for me, the munchkin and the hubby. We start out with good proteins and good energy. I timed it once, takes 1 min 12 seconds per person to cook. Trust me, you’ve got the time!
FRESH OJ WITH BREAKFAST
So, at this point you’ve had a glass of water with lemon, stretched and eaten eggs. Your stomach should be filling up soon, so having some fresh squeezed OJ should fill you up the rest of the way. This one will take some prep time. I buy about 20-25 oranges from our local Sprouts and juice them all so that we have a full pitcher of fresh orange juice for the week. No additives, no chemicals, literally just oranges. Roughly 20 minutes of juicing time (or 1 episode of Roseanne) and you’re good for the week. You’ll need a citrus juicer for this (different than a regular juicer). No worries, I bought mine for $16 on Amazon. If you don’t want to wait two days, Wal-Mart has one for $18
EAT MORE OFTEN IN SMALLER PORTIONS
This one I had to learn the hard way. I used to eat once a day, after a 14 hour day at work going non-stop and then I would eat EVERYTHING! Turns out, SUPER not good for you. Kills your metabolism and helps you gain weight not lose it. Eating more often, in smaller portions helps keep your blood sugars, metabolism and energy running smoothly without the highs and lows associated with only eating 3 times a day. We really need to kick the 3 meals a day rule, it’s actually not enough.
It’s true, I’m not going to lie to you. You’re gonna pee…..A LOT. It’s a good thing though! Staying hydrated is what keeps your energy up, keeps your skin healthy (and not dry), keeps your lips from being chapped, etc. It’s the NUMBER ONE thing everyone recommends when every bride asks, “How should I start taking care of my skin?”
It’s not just starting out your day with water, it’s drinking it throughout the day too.
DRINK FRESH JUICE
Drinking fresh juices, especially green juice, is a catalyst for your health. This beautiful green glass can help you lose weight, have healthier skin; in large doses it’s proven to cure diabetes and asthma. This is how you get your vegetables for each day in without having to eat them all. You can get a juicer for as low as $30 at Wal-Mart or on Amazon, so it’s not a huge investment!
Drink at least 1 glass a day to start out and you’ll be making huge strides to a healthier you.
Green Juice Recipe:
2 Bunches of Kale
1 Head of Celery
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
DRINK YOUR TEA!
Not only does drinking Green Tea help your metabolism it also curbs your appetite. I’ve learned that having a cuppa about an hour after dinner (as a dessert) will keep you from getting hungry later and helps curb those late night cravings.
SLOWLY CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE
You mean go on a diet? Nope, I mean changing your habits. Learn new ones, make better food choices, think about what you’re eating. Is it easy? Hell no…..but it’s worth it. I prefer Paleo, and my time spent as Exec.Chef at Luxury Brand Hotels proves that people overall love eating foods that not only taste amazing but are healthy, natural and locally sourced. Do I expect you to go out and start all this tomorrow? No way, I don’t actually advise it. What I tell people to do is make small changes. If you drink soda or energy drinks, stop. Choose 2 meals that you love and learn to make them the Paleo or Keto version, and slowly change over that way until one day you’re completed switched over. Baby steps overtime will become new habits. Trying to change overnight will result in crashing and burning. Take your time.
Sleep is SO crucial! Ask any Olympic Athlete or Crossfit Games Champion; one of the biggest things they do on a daily basis is make sure they sleep. 6-8 hours for men and closer to 9-10 hours for women. Women do actually need more sleep than men do (this makes me so happy!)
For those of you who have a hard time sleeping, you can try reading before bed, sleeping in a room that’s cold, Melatonin or the use the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique.
Breath in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, breath out for 8 seconds. Repeat. This helps lower the heart rate and get you ready for sleep.
A HEALTHIER MORE VIBRANT YOU STARTS WITH A FEW BABY STEPS AND SNOWBALLS INTO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LIFESTYLE.
CONGRATS ON TAKING YOUR FIRST STEPS…