As in the most ideal of diets, small, measured but frequent portions are recommended to keep your body energy up but your weight under control.
So, too, for the mind. When it comes to information gathering, small, digestible nuggets of wisdom and fact are enough to keep you in the loop of things.
Every day is an opportunity to learn something new. So, today is the day.
Stress can be fattening—Overeating can be directly related to stress. Cortisol, a stress hormone, causes the body to store body fat. And the alarming truth is, the favorite area for storage is the abdominal area. Also, when undergoing stress, cravings for sweets and junk foods keep your insulin levels up.
Every single fat cell in the body automatically produces inflammatory chemicals which immediately circulate throughout the body. The result: an increase in the risk of aging as well as age-related diseases.
Think thin, and the body follows. Whatever the mind says, goes. If you constantly think “thin,” then the mind programs itself to accept “thin” as the ideal goal. Consequently, the mind begins to program the body to become thin. This isn’t hocus-pocus. It is simply programming. Warning: Be careful what you declare for yourself as truth—you will become it!
Exercise is a pain reliever. This was discovered in the 1980s. Neuropeptide beta-endorphin was discovered to be an effective and significant pain reducer. More than that, it also promoted feelings of exhilaration and euphoria while simultaneously reducing feelings of anxiety and depression. Then, it was known as the runner’s high.
The moral of the story: exercise in order to reduce stress and create feelings of happiness. The reason: neuropeptides are released by the body during aerobic exercise. A popular regimen to achieve this includes weight resistance training, an aerobic workout, and stretching and flexibility. If you incorporate all three, then you are in control of your body.
Think ancient—The new is found in the old. Breakthroughs in anti-aging take inspiration from ancient food. Try Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern food in order to derive the benefits, such as from turmeric (India).
Eat more fiber—It can only cleanse the body while keeping you young.
The darker the better—Dark green vegetables have higher antioxidant content than their counterparts. For example, romaine and arugula have higher health benefits than, say, iceberg lettuce.
Throw away leftover food, especially if it’s vegetables. This is according to health experts. You may be able to get them fresh to ensure the presence of enzymes.
Think cottage cheese—While it may be a complete meal, the store-bought item might have preservatives, coloring, flavor.
This week’s affirmation: “Nothing and no one intimidates me.”
Love and light!
Reference: “The Perricone Promise” by Nicholas Perricone, MD