whether we have a new year’s resolution or not, we can't deny the things that need improvement. Sometimes change doesn’t happen as quickly as the idea’s that pop into our head. And most of the time we give up on these ideas because we do not see instant change. Honestly, we live in a time where we have all been conditioned for instant gratification. And most of us believe that if we don’t get what we want instantly, that our desires are unattainable. Some of the things we desire may be too expensive, but others may just be too inconvenient. For instance: I want to lose 4 inches around each arm. I know that lipo-suction is available and after recovery I will be instantly satisfied. However, changing my daily eating and physical habits will take longer but will also give me greater health, beauty, and fitness benefits in the long run.
I started making changes earlier in 2015 after a rancid lupus flare and gaining almost 30lbs, 26.8lbs to be exact because of steroids. I started walking more, going on nature trails and hiking spots, monitoring what I put into my body, and monitoring the company I keep. It has not been easy at all. And on some days I do not always have the same strength as I did the day before. But the point is, I still follow through with the plan. I may not go as long, or as fast as I anticipated, but I am turning a negative habit into a positive and proactive one. Because of these changes, which I had the power to enforce, I have noticed an improvement in my skin, energy, hair, nails, and body.
I want to share some of the important details that have really helped. These are the details that do not produce instant results but they will instantly make you feel great about yourself just for doing them. I’ve always been a firm believer of materializing your ideas and weighing your options. I can’t say that what is working for me will work for everyone, but they are some great options for anyone who is willing to do the work.
Waking up in the morning I drink either warm water or tea. This helps with energy and the digestive system. Drinking ginger tea between each meal also helps plus it’s a great way to keep oxygen and blood flow stimulated. After about 3 days of this I also noticed that my skin has more clarity and healthy color.
When grocery shopping I keep an eye on the nutrition label making sure to stay away from processed foods, foods high in sodium, sugar. I add more live foods like veggies and fruits. Sometimes I’ll just buy some fresh pressed juice, not to cleanse but more for when I eat less but still want the nutrition benefits of fresh organic foods.
Physical activity has been a struggle for me in the last few years. I always used to stop my routine when I didn’t feel good. Not feeling god doesn’t mean that I should completely stop exercising. It just means that I should change what I’m doing for the moment. Like rather than walking for an hour that day I can maybe walk for 20 or 30 minutes and eat lighter. Or do an hour of light stretching vs yoga.
These are just some tips that may help start a new pattern and improve your health and beauty. Whatever you wish to improve on is what you should research and strive towards. Small changes lead to big results.
Good luck and have a happy new year!
- Mila Grass