Have you tried every diet trend, super food and gym class you can find in the hopes of looking and feeling healthier, only to end up not achieving or sustaining your wellness and weight loss goals? Well, I have discovered the key to getting your metabolism going, feeling energized and enjoying a slim body naturally. I want to share my secrets for sustainable success with you:
1. Stay on a schedule.
Get your body into a consistent routine during the busy work week. Our bodies love to know exactly what time we'll be able to rest, get active, eat, work and play. It’s all about creating a routine that works well for your unique body type, lifestyle and personal preferences.
2. Rise with the sun.
If you rise with the sun after a good night's sleep, your body shouldn’t need a caffeine hit in the morning as the sun is a natural energizer and stimulant. The best way to soak it up is by taking your breakfast, cup of tea or meditation practice out into a sunny spot and enjoying some quality time alone before the rush of the day takes place.
The morning sun causes your body to release the feel good hormone serotonin, setting you up for a positive day.
3. Drink water.
We wake up dehydrated and with very acidic bodies after a solid nights sleep where the body has been busy repairing and rejuvenating. It's important to flush out any excess toxins and re-alkalize the body first thing in the morning for optimum functioning throughout the day.
The best way to do this is to drink a tall glass of room temperature or warm water when you wake up. Optionally, add the juice of half a lemon to aid this cleansing and balancing process, plus get the added bonus of a super vitamin C hit for enhanced immunity.
4. Move your body.
Mornings are a great time for energizing the body with stretching, strength or cardio work. It doesn’t have to be intense. A simple walk around the block or a yoga sequence can have a huge impact on your vitality both physically and mentally. It’s a great way to keep the metabolism revved and shed excess weight.
5. Eat your meals at the same time each day.
It’s important to listen to your body when it comes to when and what to eat. Some people work well on three set meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and others work better with three smaller meals plus a mid-morning and afternoon snack in between.
Your body will keep its metabolism revved and utilize the fuel you are putting into it if you eat at set times during the day, and make healthy choices based on your energy and nutritional requirements. Meals, such as an organic leafy green salad with pastured chicken and a ripe avocado on top, or wild salmon with fresh vegetables, will support a balanced, healthy, slim and energized body.
6. Make sure you get some down time (and some sleep).
Rest and sleep are extremely important to keep your metabolism fired up and to support sustainable weight loss. Set a time in your household where you have a technology-free zone, for example after 6pm, and enjoy a wind down ritual that relaxes you, encouraging effortless and sound sleep. I know it is hard to do, but your body will thank you and keep you revved up the entire next day.
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