Getting Back On Track in The New Year
Posted on 08 January 2018 by Leonie Satori
I am the first to admit that the first week of this year did not go as positively as I had anticipated. Being an imperfect human, I found myself indulging in numerous unhealthy eating and drinking habits to help cope with the stresses of the new year. I have, however taken a big dose of my own Naturopathic advice and 'pulled up my socks'. The following advice is what I have given to myself to help resurrect my life for the new, new year 2018.
Detoxify 'Bad' Friends From Your Life
Yes, we all have at least one friend that is not beneficial to our health. Breaking ties from people who bring you down, mess you about or don't encourage you to be a better person can be a little scary to do at first, however in the long run you will have more time for other friends who are nicer to you.
Drink Water - More Than You Normally Would
If, like me you have been a little too indulgent through the festive and new year period, water is your best remedy for rejuvenating the body. Proper hydrating fluids will bring back your energy, flush out toxins and can also help to reduce cravings. If you are having difficulty getting enough fluids in through the day, look at including coconut water, herbal teas or just adding a little lemon or lime to your water to make it a bit more interesting.
Drink A Green Smoothie Every Day
In the warmer weather, I like to start the day with a green smoothie. I change it up a little to include power greens such as spirulina, barley grass and chlorella and also add in cucumber, kale, spinach, parsley, coriander or peppermint. Many of you will know that spirulina is one of my favourite foods, it is a veritable powerhouse of protein, minerals and chlorophyll to build and cleanse the body. At the moment my favourite green smoothie is an adaptation on Angela Liddon's Back On Track Green Monster Smoothie. You will see in the photo that I have 'enhanced' her recipe with some additional superfood greens to make it extra nutritious.
Eat a Big Green Salad Every Day
You really cannot get enough green leafy vegetables into your diet. A lunchtime salad with a range of greens from your garden will provide you with more energy than a stodgy sandwich or pastry. Greens provide trace minerals and magnesium to fuel cellular energy and fibre to get your digestive system moving. Add crunchy and chewy vegetables to your salad, including liver friendly beetroot, cleansing celery or delicious steamed sweet potato. Include some protein foods, a yummy home made dressing, some cooked millet or quinoa and maybe some sprouts or soaked nuts & seeds and you will be energised for the entire afternoon.
Take your Herbs and Flower Essences
Yes, we can all get a little slack with our remedies. Many of you will know that I am fond of building custom-made formulas including herbs and vibrational remedies to help address imbalances on physical and emotional levels. I like to keep my herbs and remedies near the chopping board in my kitchen or on my desk at work so they are a visual reminder to dose. Have a look at our article How Flower Essences Can Help With Detoxification for some specific remedies to bolster your new year emotional detox.
Be Kinder To Yourself
Praising yourself for your daily achievements, no matter how minor can help encourage you to to do better each day. Focusing on the positive in your day can help to create more positivity: "Energy flows where attention goes". What we focus on is what we achieve and being kinder to ourselves can have a flow-on effect with others around us, with them being kinder to us. So it's a win win.
Go To Bed at a Reasonable Time
Ok, so the way I look at this is: what I do today, influences what happens tomorrow and a good night sleep means that I start the day well. Healthy choices are so much easier to make when you are not tired.
So, there you have it: how a Naturopath treats herself after recovering from a rough few weeks. It's not rocket science, just a few simple steps and daily sensible choices to rejuvenate the spirit and embrace a new year - Simply Inspired Vitality.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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