Little things you can do to stay well
It’s the small things that count. Whatever little acts we do each day eventually become habits. Be mindful of your choices—behind every move you make, there is a decision that has been arrived at. We are all faced with decision-making every minute of our lives.
The realities of various options that present themselves to us, whether consciously or not, challenge one’s thought and intent.
The next time you need to take a stand, will it be for your wellness or not?
Here are small, simple reminders to make you feel and look better each day. Remember, your habits today prepare you for who you will become tomorrow.
Do not leave the house without drinking at least two to three glasses of water. Hydration is nonnegotiable. Most people forget to drink water when busy with work. Always have a glass (not plastic) bottle of extra water for the road. As a rule, drink one full glass of water every waking hour.
Don’t ignore hunger pangs. People who delay a meal will eventually have to deal with ulcers. Have your meals on time. You can opt to eat thrice a day, or you could have five smaller meals a day, if you are weight-conscious.
In the long run, the five-meal-a-day diet will help you shed off excess pounds naturally and gradually. If you are visualizing a slimmer you after having skipped breakfast or lunch, then you are wrong. Your overwhelming hunger at dinnertime will make you compensate for all the missing calories.
Food-bingeing translates to weight gain, exactly the opposite of what you hoped to achieve.
Always have healthy snacks like nuts and fruits to keep you going.
Keep your sugar levels stable. The secret to good health, according to experts, is to maintain steady sugar or blood glucose levels. Anticipate your body’s need for energy which is sourced from food.
Choose your food wisely. Study the categories of high and low glycemic food. For example, if you are very hungry, do not eat a yellow mango because this will make your blood sugar spike fast.
Yellow mangoes are high-glycemic. Instead, have a raw, fresh green salad (low glycemic) which you can mix with the mango. Together, the low and the high glycemic foods become middle range on the glycemic index.
The same goes for white rice. When mixed with beans, it is no longer high on the index. Thus, it is safe to eat if you are watching your sugar levels.
The ideal low glycemic load includes: whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables (without starch). Lessen high glycemic foods like white bread, white rice and potatoes. Decrease sugary, sweet foods like cakes, candies and sweet beverages.
Add proteins like lean meat, eggs, fish, seafood, milk and cheese. Note: Pasta cooked al dente has a lower GI (glycemic index) than overcooked pasta.
Always nursing a queasy tummy? Easy. When you are in a restaurant or a party and your stomach acts up, reach out for sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. It is a little known fact that baking soda (NaHCO3) or salt made up of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions, has a lot of uses including baking, cleaning teeth and as a household cleanser.
But it also has medical applications. For a bum tummy, take ¼ tsp of baking soda in a half cup of warm water. Within 60 seconds, you will burp and find relief.
Taking low doses of baking soda can kill fungus, which many believe causes cancer along with bacteria. Baking soda is highly alkaline. Alkalinity can kill microbes. This is the rationale behind the remedy.
Research on the Dr. Simoncini Protocol. Note that this treatment should not be used for longer than three weeks at a time.
If you are exasperated with your recurring sinusitis, then it’s time to flush your sinuses. Order a neti pot or buy a large syringe (remove the needle). Mix 1/8 tsp of baking soda in ¼ cup of warm water. Pass the liquid up one nostril and allow the liquid to drain through the other. Repeat on the other side. Blow your nose gently. This will clear your sinuses instantly.
This week’s affirmation: “I will live a long and fruitful life.”
Love and light!
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