Mindful eating

Eating is a natural, healthy, and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger. In our current society however, eating can become mindless and guilt consuming instead.

Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention that allows you to care for yourself and notice the way different food affect your body. Mindful eating includes an awareness of your physical and emotional cues, recognition of your non-hunger triggers for eating and learning to meet your other needs in more effective ways than eating.

Mindful eating also helps you answer questions such as why do I eat, when do I feel like eating, what do I eat, how do I eat and where do I invest the energy I consume? These questions will help you understand your personal eating and is a good first step toward meaningful transformation. Understanding how essential the impact food has on your body will allow you to understand what fuels your body to positively improve your health and give you new found energy and a new found outlook on life!

5 Daily Rituals for Wellness

So what is a ritual exactly? I’ll start by saying what it isn’t – it’s not getting the kids ready for school, or having a shower, or even doing your makeup.

It’s not just your routine and what you have to do each day. It’s a ritual and a ritual is a personal routine of self-care and self-love that is motivating and invigorating, it prepares you to take on the day. It’s a sacred time for just for you. Daily rituals will boost your focus, productivity and happiness. It will lift your mood, give you a sense of peace and contentment.

Here are 5 daily ritual for wellness just for you:

1) Stretch first thing

When you wake up in the morning, take a few moments to stretch your body. As you wake in bed stretch up reaching high in the sky above your head and your body out all the way do your toes. Spend a few minutes just moving your body in bed and set a positive intention for your day. Tune into your body and how you are feeling today. What do you need for today to be a great day?

2) Drinking Water

Hydration first thing is by far on of the most important ways you can kick start your day. Surprisingly many people start their day with stimulants like coffee or juice and rarely incorporate water into their daily routine. This can result in feeling tired, fatigue, skin problems and headaches. Drinking water will stimulate your digestive system and start waking up your body. Drinking water first thing in the morning is like sending the little wake up call to your brain.

Continue to drink water throughout the day, and yes I know it sounds like common sense, it isn’t however common practice. Continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day so your body will be continually hydrated leaving you feeling refreshed throughout your day.

3) Finding something to be thankful for every day

Practicing conscious gratitude allows us to appreciate our lives for what we do have, rather than thinking negatively about the things we don’t have. Learn to recognize the small things that bring you joy.

4) Meditation or Breathing Breaks.

Our breath comes naturally to our bodies and it can also be altered and controlled with thought and concentration. Awareness of our breath can be a key factor in making life changes and in all sorts of healing. Focusing and relaxing our breath can help ward off many kinds of diseases. Meditation helps decrease stress and links our bodies with our minds.

Take a few minutes out of your day to sit, become present to your breath, allow yourself to be present. You can do this anywhere it doesn’t have to be a quite spot for 20-30 minutes. It can be whilst waiting in line at the shops, or sitting outside on your lunch break from work, or even as you get up to walk from your desk to head to the toilet… find those moments throughout your day where you can become present to your breath, body and mind.

5) Wholefood, Juices and Herbal Tea

Whenever you can eat foods that are as close to their original form as possible; like fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Processed foods are full of chemicals that have no nutritional value, and they can weigh you down and dampen your mood. Even when you are on the go, incorporate fresh squeezed juices, and herbal teas like MissVitality Clean Tea.

Mindful walking

Meditation and methods of relaxation are proven to provide our bodies with several physical and mental health benefits, but have you ever considered walking as a form of this relaxation? The fact that walking is so central to our lives makes it a ready focus for mindful meditation in its easiest form.

Begin by standing up straight with your back upright but not stiff and make sure your weight is distributed evenly. Next, curl the thumb of your left hand in and wrap your fingers around it. Place it just above your belly button and wrap your right hand around your left so your right thumb rests in the crevice between your left thumb and index finger. Continue by dropping your gaze slightly to maintain focus and step out with your left foot, followed by the right foot. Walk at a steady pace, slightly slower than in daily life but not too slow.

This mindful walking will help you begin each day with a clear mind or help you unwind after a big day, assisting with relaxation and allowing you to think clearly about what’s going on presently in your life.