“Sitting is the new Smoking!”

If you are interested in health, regularly workout in the gym, or maybe teach others how to move optimally in their lives, you have probably came across the catchy slogan of ‘’SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING.’’

Yes, the big news is out for quite some time: your plushy chair is designed to destroy you. Especially your back.

Last year extensive study published in LA TIMES pointed out that for every straight hour of TV we watch; we proportionally cut our lifespan by about 22 minutes.In comparison, for every one cigarette people smoke they shorten their lives by about 11 minutes. So if you are ‘’seated smoker’’, your health is under serious threat.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SIT?

As humans nowadays, we sit more than ever. Think about all the office chairs, car seats, plane seats, waiting areas in doctor surgeries, banks, crèches, dinner tables and toilettes…and the list; of course; goes on and on. No wonder our hips are tight & stringy, our backs are more prone to injuries and we are losing our ability to maintain good posture.

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How to Detox Without Deprivation

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Cleansing is pretty popular these days. For many, including myself years ago, the word cleanse conjures to mind thoughts of deprivation, juices for day, and some extreme kind of Master Cleanse. Cleansing the body is important because we live in a stressed world. Not only do we consume foods that are laden with pesticides, we also have stress in our life, which contributes to toxicity.

Doing a cleanse four times a year during the changing of the seasons is ideal to clean out the toxins that find their way into our bodies, causing metabolism issues, weight gain, headaches, low sex drive, and overall toxicity that can take away from our happiness.

I love cleansing my body, because it cleans out the pipes. Cleansing with all natural, whole foods that are rich in oxygen gives the body exactly what it needs to recharge, rebuild, and regenerate. Cleansing is not and should not be about deprivation. Even with a juice cleanse, you can add steamed vegetables for some extra energy or a pureed raw soup if the juice cleanse is too depleting for you.

Cleansing is really about finding balance and harmony within the body and mind. Eating cleansing foods is vital for your health. This includes items such as juices, smoothies, fruits that are low glycemic and great for flushing the lymph (think: apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons, and limes), leafy greens (like kale, dandelion greens, and parsley), healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, and coconut oil), and plant- or animal-based proteins to support the regeneration of cells.

But let’s go a step deeper and talk about cleansing the soul. I used to think detox was just about the food on my plate, but it is about so much more than that. Detox is about removing what does not serve us emotionally as well as physically. Every cell in the body carries both physical and emotional toxicity.

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My 5-Step Formula for Overcoming Insomnia

In this post you will learn the 5-step formula that works for me in terms of overcoming insomnia… it might work for you too.

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What I learned from a decade of Insomnia

My first long stretch of sleeplessness started my sophomore year of high school. I’d lie awake in bed, staring at the clock slowly creeping its way closer and closer to my 5:00AM alarm. When morning finally arrived I had to navigate the school day with just a few hours of sleep under my belt.

There’s a scene in Fight Club where Edward Norton’s character is sleeping so little that he’s hallucinating at the office, seeing lights flicker and having visions of Brad Pitt. I’d see strange and disorienting things from time to time, too, imagining aliens in the rearview mirror and mistaking trees for people. I startled my family one evening, screaming when I thought our cat was a ghost flying at my feet. Sadly I had zero visions of Brad!

While my sleep challenges as an adult weren’t quite that extreme, rough patches were still miserable. I followed every pro-sleep tip I came across and strictly controlled my evening and morning routines. It felt like endless trial and error.

There’s a desperation that comes with not being able to fully rest. Many of us who have struggled with sleep feel like we’ve tried it all. We’ve read the sleep hygiene pamphlets from our doctor, guidelines on Web MD, the “Top 10 Million Tips to a Good Night’s Sleep” online, and tried suggestions from our friends.

Some of this advice has worked and some made us feel all the more isolated in the wee hours of the morning. The fact of the matter is this:

The path to better sleep isn’t one-size-fits-all.

Our needs vary widely, so we may need to search for a while to figure out what works. At the same time, we aren’t alone. Not in the least. 56% of Americans feel that they don’t get enough sleep most nights. Over half of us are on this path!

So it’s with an ocean’s worth of gratitude that I admit I haven’t experienced a long stretch of insomnia in years. It took nearly a decade, but I’ve found what gets me the amount of sleep that my body needs on a consistent basis. Some of it’s little stuff, like caffeine intake and physical activity, but the most effective parts of my sleep formula are deeper.

Overcoming Insomnia: I want to tell you about my formula not because what works for me will necessarily work for everyone, but because it might give you some food for thought if you’re struggling with sleeplessness, too.

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Things I Love More Than Food: Hot Showers On Chilly Nights

Disclaimer: this post was written a long time ago and was hidden in the depths of my drafts, haha. Time to see the light of day!

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There is something about a hot steamy shower that makes me really happy. No, not in a weird way, get your head outta the gutter. I’m serious.

I never really stopped to think about this but hot showers really make me feel good. The hot shower embraces my body in a way that nothing else does. It provides the ultimate feeling of warmth and comfort.

Because I lack the feelings of intimacy and comfort from another human being, I crave for comfort, warmth, security, and intimacy in other places. This often translates into craving food. More so than food, it creates the feelings of craving for the behavior of eating which provides the temporary feelings of comfort as well as numbness from the issue at hand.

I’m looking for alternative ways to combat these cravings. Instead of going about in a negative way by implementing “strong willpower” and whatnot which doesn’t work in the long term, I’m looking for positive ways to diffuse these feelings of lacking and get the same reward from elsewhere.

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