Saturday, July 5, 2014

3 Super Duper Ways to Boost Your Mood - Immediately



Truth be told, there are many, many more that I can, and probably will write about. Start here to SHINE like the crazy diamond you are!

1. Breakfast.
Mom was right, it actually IS the most important meal of the day. The best way to wake up is with some sort of protein. I am talking REAL FOOD here friend!  That could look like 2 scrambled eggs (the REAL kind folks!), a pinch of each of these: cheese, diced tomatoes and spinach. Viola' - breakfast fast, easy and delish! Sometimes it could be 2 pieces of low sodium turkey or ham wrapped with a 1/2 slice of cheese in the middle. How about a small apple and 1/4 cup of regular yogurt, or 2 tsp of peanut butter? There are endless items to choose from that are healthy, fast and easy. For the people who feel rushed in the mornings and grab instead a "protein bar" or something processed, or worse - nothing... here's another one I have found I dig once or twice a week: Steel Cut Oats with 100% PURE maple syrup (NOT Aunt Jamima!) sprinkled with ground cinnamon, or raw, organic honey.... YUM! I make up 4 batches in my slow cooker the night before and put it in a square dish and cut it in quarters so I eat the right serving size. Eat! You've been "fasting" during your night's sleep. The last thing you want is your blood sugars to be out of whack. What that does to a body is extensive and very bad for you. However, here's the good news!  It's simple. We are creatures of habit for the most part when it comes to our eating so just start.  It's where we begin everything! Ready? Set? GO!

2. Exercise.
Surprised? Look I get you're busy. But how is feeling like crap all day, all the time working for you exactly? If you don't know what you're doing and you want to learn, go do what you do with everything else you want to learn and know about - hire someone to teach you.  Again, simple. Make sure they have the knowledge you need for your specific goals and walk the walk. Every single time in every single person who goes for a walk, rides a bike, lifts some weights, throws a frisbee, walks the golf course, works on the yard, swings on a swing, plays any sport, or heck - makes some love -- these things BOOST YOUR "happy hormones" - your endorphins. Every time. Have at it.

3. Sleep.
Your mind, your body, your spirit - they are all connected and need time to heal, process and rejuvenate for the day ahead. Staying up all night in front of a computer or television is stressful to your mind and body honey! That will literally make bad hormones in your body. You've heard of cortisol levels causing havoc on the body? Well, it's true. Read this for a little 411: High Cortisol = Bad Stuff  To bring your body to a relaxed environment again you NEED 15 minutes minimum a day of mediation, sitting and journaling, or even just sitting outside on your patio or porch. The next time you get the "stares" be aware of how you feel in that moment... your whole body is relaxed,  you are aware, but shut down. That's kind of how beginning meditation might feel.

Relinquish yourself to the sweet peace of a good night's sleep. Eat your breakfast like a good girl/boy and move your body. It will all be there for you in the morning. Look at it this way, at the end of your life, it all goes back in the box. In other words you can't take it with ya honey! Sweet dreams...

I have delightedly spent the last 11 years of my life helping people become aware of these extremely important habits and implementing these simple, easy things into their life and changing how they f e e l within 2 days after meeting with me for their fitness assessment.  Top tip I could give you is this: stop making it so  h a r d.  Check out my services page HERE and let me know if you would like my help.

Hugs,
Cindy

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