taking the first step to a healthier life begins now!
Increase your WATER intake!!!
I encourage you to do your own research but let me start you off here with this great site,
Change must start slow. Extremely slow. It starts out as a tiny snowball, you begin rolling it and it starts picking up newer and healthier habits. You continue rolling and pushing and you build momentum over time, then you wake up one day and realize that you no longer have a taste for soda( you don’t outright reject it, although you should), you don’t crave sugary drinks or snacks 24/7, your taste pallet resets, you appreciate natural fructose more, and even the humble bell pepper taste sweet!
I challenge you for one week to make a conscious effort to up your water intake!
Here are areas where you can start your change:
- Drink 32-64 oz of cold water each morning before you sit down for breakfast.
- Drink 32 oz before you go to bed, it keeps your body humming smoothly all night, keeps you from being dehydrated throughout the night, and more.
Wow, there you go! 2 tangible areas to start you off.
I do not believe going “cold turkey” breaks unhealthy habits effectively. Motivation can only get you so far, it takes discipline to keep you going in the long run. You will hear me say that over and over again. Discipline outworks motivation!
Going cold turkey frames the habit you are trying to break as “evil”. It may very well be “evil” and you want to rid yourself of it but that can be difficult, just ask smokers how many times they’ve attempted to kick their habit. The percentage of successful first-timers are quite low (7% from StatisticBrain) and people going cold turkey is even lower (3.5%) Focusing on building this new habit will diminish the grip of the old habit you are trying to kick. A more effective route in my humble opinion.
I personally drink at least 160 ounces of water a day. On the days that I do not drink enough water I feel thirsty all day, my lips get dry, my acne flares and I become lethargic in the morning.
Here’s what has changed about my taste and health over time from drinking more water;
- I do not reach for a soda or choose it. Occasionally I will indulge in one but there is no guilt associated with it. There is no stigma of addiction attached to the soda because I recognize it simply as a choice.
- My taste pallet picks up the subtle tastes of all foods I choose to eat much better.
- My metabolism has sped up
After you have successfully increased your water intake for a week, don’t quit, continue building that new habit. One day at a time, one week at a time.
So I encourage you to take that first step.