Isn’t it true that clearing the clutter in your home or office makes you feel uplifted and more productive? It somehow releases great vibes and gives you time and energy to enjoy the things in life that you want to spend time on.
The same goes for your body – we have body clutter inside and out, just as we accumulate junk inside and outside of our homes. The only difference is that we see our homes and things as tangible objects but often see our bodies as what we’re stuck with. When it comes to working out and eating right, people have become accustomed to putting off the most important thing of our lives, and letting that junk drain us of energy.
Obesity is at an all time high in America and growing at a rapid rate. Children are growing up with technology that pins them to their couches, and the world is becoming a more toxic place to live. We need to break this cycle and get back into the simplicity of living cleaner, healthier lives.
I have recently stumbled on a nutritional cleanse that has helped me release 12 stubborn pounds and gave me the energy to keep going with my exercise program. I am amazed how great I feel and watching my scale drop every week. There are a few simple adjustments I’ve made to my routine and you may enjoy incorporating some of these into your own schedule:
1. Empty out your pantry – Take out everything from top to bottom and wipe down your shelves and bins. Look at the expiration dates and nutritional value – do you really want to keep that? If needed, create a separate shelf for snack foods and label it for your family. I did this for a client who was trying to eat healthier but wanted snack items for her kids, so we labeled that cupboard “Indulgences” and that way whenever she reaches for that area, she is reminded that she is giving up a good meal for an indulgence… it worked for her!
2. Commit to eat clean – This was something I had heard about for the past year, but I thought that buying organic food wasn’t in the best interest of my pocket book. How wrong was I when I found out that I am actually saving money because it tastes better and I am not letting fruits and vegetables go bad. I actually planted a garden about three weeks ago full of different lettuce, herbs and small veggies which are helping out too! Looking good huh?
3. Drink your water – I know this is a given, but since I began cleansing, I started filling my 24 oz. water bottle 3 times a day. I fill it right when I get out of bed, right after my workout (because when I work out, I always drink a full one) and then again before dinner. I started putting lemon slices and mint leaves in the water just to make it interesting and I am loving it. I think this has really contributed to losing all of that puffiness in my face and flushing out the toxins.
4. Stick to an exercise plan – This is not the easiest for me, but I found this great website Spark People, where I have connected with local women to workout with! They were within my range of weight loss & have been supporting me like crazy. I even made some new friends in this big new city that I moved to :) What I love about it is that I can track my meals and exercise so that I know exactly how many calories I need to burn throughout the week.
5. Find a plan that is a lifestyle not a diet – I have tried everything there is to try, but my plateau just kept holding me at a weight that I did not feel good about. I didn’t really yoyo – I just kept going back to this horrifying number like a magnet. I found a nutritional cleanse that not only dropped my weight, but it restored real nutrition to my body and helped me build healthy muscle. I hadn’t realized just how much I was depriving myself until I found it and you, too will find energy when you rid your bodies of toxicity.
These are just a few things that have helped me in the past month, and I wanted to share this with you because I truly feel amazing! Just as with my home, I hope to clear out all of that body clutter so that I have the energy and motivation to do the things that I enjoy.
What are some things that have helped you to lose or maintain? Have you ever tried nutritional cleansing?