Clean your plate!

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Scronny a child that I were, I have always heard this sentence coming daily at lunchtime from my mom.

No wonder later I did that so well she had to beg me to stop eating. I didn’t cooperate. Not even when she offered to pay me a large sum of money for every pound I lose (and believe you me she couldn’t afford it but she would since she was do desperate to see me healthy. She was very health conscious way before it was hip) for little did I know that years from then I would struggle to gain every ounce to get my health back.

So I urge you. Don’t ask your child to clean the plate, nor let this phrase echo in your head while you eat.

Just eat till hunger is gone. You don’t have to feel full to get what you need from food.

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Habit No.1: Breathing

Breathing is the first thing you did when you came into this world.

Over the years you got accustomed to shallow breathing. Only enough for you to survive. But you need much more than that. Both for your body and your soul.

You will want to acquire the habit of breathing through your nose, to begin with. If you were not breathing this way till now, make an effort to be aware of it. It will be odd at the beginning, but later on it will become instinctive and it will be a part of you. You will feel better and sleep better and be healthier.

The second breathing habit you will want to acquire will be the one that relieves you from tension and fear. This tiny, easy, simple habit will literally change your emotional life and turn you into a calmer and hence a stronger person.

All you need to do is breath in normally, inhaling as you always do, not deeply. Then you exhale real slow, while making the sound “ffffffff” or “ssssss” or “sh sh sh” through almost closed relaxed lips, patiently letting air out gently and slowly till all the air is out. You do this for only one minute, three times. You do it in the morning and in the evening, in a quiet room with no distractions.

You can also do it before you fall asleep. It will relax you, move your attention away of stressful thought and help you fall asleep faster Then you do it every time you feel overwhelmed, anxious or exited, even in public.

No one can tell that you do it if you do it lightly.So it can assist you in stressful events.

Later do it for two minutes each time. It relaxes your body, slows down your pulse and raises your hands temperature a bit. You will start feeling in control. It feels great. Then start the habit of deeper breathing. I will write about it later.

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Habit No.2: Drinking

Yes. Drinking.
No. Not alcohol. WATER.
Drink cool fresh water.
A cup per hour. Or eight cups a day.
More if you are straining or outdoors in a hot weather.

Learn to savour the moment. Enjoy each sip. Imagine you are in the desert and just found a magic fountain.
Or just force yourself to. Darn it!

Well, now seriously. Most of our body is made of water. Just take a mental note of that. Athletes take water very seriously. They drink a lot in the days before a contest. They know well of the way it affects their peak performance.

Water drinking, if done properly, reduces your chance to suffer from a stroke substantially.

It also helps digestion, provided you do not drink while eating, since it dilutes the acids that digest your food.

It keeps your colon, your kidneys and your blood density in a better shape and prevents many health problems.
And the best part is it is easy and accessible.
So start drinking!

And remember that alcohol, caffein and tea deprive you of fluids. So drink a cup of water any time you can.
Do not drink excessively, since you do not want to dilute your blood too much.

You need about 8 cups of water a day. And coffee tea and sodas are not taken into consideration.

Put a glass of water at your bedside (or a bottle). Drink 2 cups of water as you wake. Add some hot water if the weather is cold, to make it easier to drink as you wake.

And the bonus is (among other things) it will help you to lose weight (if you need to) and make your skin more radiant.

So be there for yourself. Drink water!