How is this year going to be any different to the last? What can I do differently to improve my quality of life? What can I do to feel happier, healthier and more energetic? These are just a few questions you might be asking yourself at the end of the year and the answers to these questions are found in what you indulge in daily.
The routine we create in our daily lives is the biggest influence on our state of wellbeing, which is why it is so important to create a regime that you love and that gives you the most beneficial outcome. There are some key areas to look at that will enhance your state of mind and body.
This would have to be the single most important aspect of our life. Food is life force; Complexion, clarity, good voice, long life, understanding, happiness, satisfaction, growth, strength and intelligence, are all established in food. This is of course, if you are eating with awareness. Each food, vegetable, fruit, nut, grain, or liquid, can become medicine or poison for our body. The way we eat in relation to our awareness, and the qualities of food and in relation to our body’s constitution, can add to our health or become the root cause of our illnesses. Food is the prana (life force/ energy) of all beings and you can gain more of this prana by consuming substances that are alive, or were very recently alive “life lives off life”.
o Your diet should consist predominantly of fresh whole foods, that means food that has not been altered from its natural state, the only exception here is dairy products. Empty your fridge and cupboards of anything canned, frozen or packaged and fill it with fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables, legumes and grains.
o Prepare your own food. This way you know exactly what goes into your meal and you can ensure you are getting a wide variety of nutrients. The more colors on your plate, the better.
o Eat warm cooked foods, the food is more easily digested and helps to calm the nervous system.
o Avoid skipping meals. Skipping meals often leads to binge eating later and undesirable cravings
o Avoid overeating; eat to the point just before you are full. Try leaving ¼ of your stomach empty, this will allow for better digestion and you will feel lighter and more energetic opposed to heavy and lethargic.
o Wait at least 2-3 hours before your next meal so your previous meal has been completely digested.
o Avoid cold liquids before, during or after meals
o Avoid eating within 2 hours of going to sleep
Our morning and daily routine plays a major role in how we feel and act throughout the day. Here are some tips to help set you up for a productive, positive and energised day.
o Go to sleep by 10pm and wake up before 6am
o Evacuate bladder and bowels upon waking
o Brush teeth and scrape tongue upon waking – this is a very important routine as any undigested food matter from the previous day has tried eliminating the ama (toxins) from the body but if you do not brush and scrape upon waking then these toxins will be taken back into the body and re-assimilated.
o Morning detox drink (warm water with ½ tsp lemon, ½ tsp ginger and ½ tsp of honey) – boil the water first, add the lemon, ginger and a herbal tea bag if you like and then wait 5-10 minutes for the water to cool a little before adding the honey.
o Exercise (walk, yoga, swim etc.) exercise is best done in the morning; you will feel fresh and energized for the day ahead.
o Pranayam (5mins) – this is the best practice for stimulating the mind and senses, purifying the blood and respiratory system and energizing the body.
o Meditate (20mins), twice a day
o Warm shower – try to avoid having hot showers
o Take a nourishing breakfast (eg. Stewed pear & apples, semolina porridge, fruit salad, oats)
Written by Alex Griffith