Autumn is the perfect time to pay attention to the changing seasons but also the signals from our bodies to come back down to earth from a summer season of over indulgence.  With the social summer season behind us and the kids going back to school, we must take the time to nurture our bodies and restore them from several months of barbecues, ice cream, and maybe even a few too many cocktails by the pool. So what are the best ways to reset our health “thermostat” and prepare for the long winter months?  Below are 10 habits that, when practiced daily will wake up a sluggish lymphatic system, calm the adrenals, ease digestion and tonify the spirit creating a clean canvas in which to paint a happier healthier you.

  1. Start each morning with 8 ounces of warm water followed by 8 more ounces of warm water with a half a lemon squeezed into it.  This will stimulate a sleepy lymphatic system, wake up digestion, jump start a sluggish colon and put you in the “plus” column for hydration.  It will also start your day off on an alkaline kick. Don’t like lemon?  Add 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized (and unfiltered) apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of water.
  2. Give (and receive) a good, strong hug to a loved one.  If you live alone, spend time with a pet.  If you don’t have a pet I suggest you get one.  Positive physical contact with another living thing releases health boosting endorphins which, in turn, boosts immune function, and creates a feeling of happiness and fulfillment.
  3. Eat something within 45 minutes of waking.  Even if it is drinking a smoothie, putting something in your stomach supercharges your metabolism and sets you up for a productive morning. (And also sets you up for a slimmer you!)
  4. Speaking of eating breakfast, sit down and eat for every meal!  Turn off the TV.  Step away from the computer.  Use your good china or go eat your lunch outside.  Take a bite, put your fork down, chew your food.  (If you are having a smoothie, CHEW the smoothie!)  Pay attention to the texture, the flavors, and allow your stomach to tell your brain when it is really full.  You will eat less, enjoy your food more, and this will encourage you to want to nourish every cell in your body with the highest quality food possible because you will finally be aware of just how grey, flabby, and tasteless that fast food hamburger really is.  When we eat, we eat with all five senses.  Learn to use them and you will balance weight with ease. Really!
  5. Spend at least 15 minutes in nature every day.  It can be walking through a park, sitting by the lake at work to eat your lunch, or just walking down the sidewalk where there are trees.  Spending time around nature “connects”  you to the earth and the world around you.  Don’t slather every inch of your body in sunscreen.  Allow some part of your body to let the sun in and get your fill of  crucial Vitamin D.   In the winter, bundle up, take a walk outside, and allow yourself 10 minutes to feel the sting of the wind, the softness of the snow, the pitter patter of the rain.  (If winter in your area is particularly grey and cloudy make sure you are getting your Vitamin D in a good supplement form.)
  6. Prepare your lunch for the next day the night before.  It could be as simple as leftovers of what you had for dinner. Toss together salads such as Corsican Quinoa Salad or Mexican Millet Salad  make nutritious, protein rich, plant vitamin and mineral packed powerhouse lunches that will give you far more energy than you could ever get from a fast food lunch.
  7. Resolve to make two of your meals (at least) plant based.  Instead of having eggs and bacon for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch, and a steak and potatoes for dinner, find alternatives that are less meat based and more veggie centric.  Don’t worry.  You WILL get enough protein {See our 7 Best Plant Based Proteins} and you will be doing your body a favor by loading up on nutrient dense calorie light food helping your waistline, your health, and maybe even the planet!
  8. Take 10 minutes to just BREATHE!  Deep breathing immediately diffuses the stress responses in the body, especially important to those suffering from adrenal fatigue, but beneficial to all of us in this society of overstimulation, constant communication, (with little real interpersonal interaction), and drive to “get more”.   Switch off the Blackberry, hibernate the computer, turn OFF the TV and just breathe.  Practice Pranayama for 10 minutes or, even better, take 20 minutes and say a prayer or meditate.  10 to 20 minutes alone with nothing but the sound of your breath and the peace of the Creator centers and balances your mind, body, and soul.
  9. STRETCH!  You don’t have to go to a yoga class to enjoy the benefits of stretching.  Setting aside a little time every day to stretch lessens aches and pains commonly (and mistakenly) thought to be just a part of getting older.  The human body is meant to be able to perform numerous activities during the day whether it be hunting for the tribe or gathering (which meant a lot of bending) herbs and plants.  In modern society our sedentary lifestyle has weakened our bodies, made them prone to stiffness and stagnation.  Fascia, a glue like substance, builds up in our tendons making them much less supple, pulling  posture far out of alignment causing neck and back pain and muscle weakness.  Yoga stretches the entire body and builds core muscles but there are ways you can build stretching into your day.  Every 30 minutes at the computer, get up, walk around, bend over and touch your toes, do some neck rolls and a few twists to each side.  While cleaning the house, pick up your kids’ toys individually and really stretch every time you bend down.  Sit on the floor while watching TV and open your hips.  Release your inner ballerina and do a few pliés while brushing your teeth.  Find time to stretch!
  10. Write down three things for which you are grateful from the day before you go to bed.  Even if it was the worst day you could think of, finding three things to be grateful for will help you sleep better and wake up more positive the next morning.  Mix it up.  Find something different from the day before to revel in gratitude.

Wishing you peace and balance,

Jacqueline

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  1. mary
    mary says:

    Couldn’t agree more with these suggestions….I can confirm they all help hugely as I tend to do a lot of them already and on the days I don’t I feel the lack of balance. Sometimes my excuse is I haven’t got time which is no excuse, you can make time and it’s worth it. It only takes 10 minutes meditation to calm you and deactivate the mind chatter. So worth it!

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  2. Rosann
    Rosann says:

    Jacqueline, I couldn’t agree more with your suggestions here. I try to make healthy choices each day. When I don’t, I notice it in how I feel overall. This week (with the passing of my father in law) has been particularly challenging for staying on track with healthy choices. It has to be a priority for sure once we get through this difficult weekend of visitation hours and the funeral.

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  3. Becky Jane
    Becky Jane says:

    I’ve bookmarked this post and added it to my Health folder. Your post has come to me at the perfect time. Getting control of my health and eating habits is my focus right now. Thanks.

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  4. Ashley Brown
    Ashley Brown says:

    The best way for reducing weight is by eating right along with regular exercise. As dieting is not a permanent solution as when you stop dieting you will gain weight fast. For reducing and maintain weight it is important to make permanent changes in our lifestyle and your post explained the every thing which required for reducing weight naturally.

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  5. nando
    nando says:

    place ourself with nature like you said is an effective way to get real results. I think by having pets may get our stress away. to me, they are my friends 🙂

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  6. Leigh
    Leigh says:

    I love #5 – Spending atleast 15 mins in nature every day. I love to be out doors and try to make sure I get the twins outside atleast once a day. It’s going to be challenging this winter, but I know with the right gear I’ll manage.
    Leigh

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  7. Kristl Story
    Kristl Story says:

    I’ve been adding apple cider vinegar to my water once a week because I was told it’s a good cleanser, but I was also told to do it no more than once a week. It’s just vinegar, and I don’t see any harm in once a day, so I’ll start that regimen right away! Thanks!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Kristl, if you are using raw apple cider vinegar it is perfectly fine to do it even several times a day!! You are only using a few teaspoons at a time and it is super alkalizing!

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  8. Victoria
    Victoria says:

    Great suggestions! I pinned this post too. Your blog is really becoming a favorite of mine. I loved your detox salad dressing too. We eat a lot of salad and that looks like a great recipe. I will be adding the lemon water in the morning. I generally have my 2 cups of coffee over the course of a morning. (that’s all… I’m NOT an all-day coffee drinker, just those 2 cups) These tend to ‘fill me up” so I have to make an attempt to have a banana before I leave the house. I’ve also tried taking a “green-tea” pill each morning. I heard it is good for energy. I would love you thoughts on that. Thanks!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Victoria, you should eat a little breakfast, I’d say as a replacement for one of those cups of coffee and if you can’t do that, then at least add the water BEFORE your coffee!. The green tea pill in the morning, really, I am not a huge fan of. I’d like to see you actually DRINK the green tea (maybe in place of one of those cups of coffee) as it is easily metabolized. When it is in pill form it doesn’t assimilate the same way the whole food would.

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  9. Abel Brions
    Abel Brions says:

    Great post! All the above suggestions and tips are the ones that can be done at home ,or that don’t require any extra efforts ,which makes these suggestions more applaudable and hence more appealing to people like me.Thanks for sharing the information with us.

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  10. Jenny Williams
    Jenny Williams says:

    The tips were explained in very descriptive manner. A balanced health will contribute towards a balanced and happy life because I think a healthy person is much more happier than a stressed, unhealthy person. So better take care of your health by following these tips and live happily.

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  11. rachelblascopro
    rachelblascopro says:

    Divas –

    Has anyone ever tried far infrared heat therapy? It helps in so many ways! Detoxifying the body, increasing circulation, and lowering stress are all vital in balancing our health – and our lives. I highly recommend adding far infrared sauna therapy into your routine – along with the practices outlined above! GREAT info – thank you for the insight. Some great products I have invested in with great results are a Portable Infrared Sauna (can be stored away and takes up little space) and an infrared heating pad that helps with cramps and muscle aches. Got them from https://www.therasage.com

    Health and Blessings,

    Rachel B.

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