We develop our habits daily. The everyday stuff we repeat are the practices we cultivate. From the thoughts we think to the actions we take — we are always furthering these ways of living.
Repetition is key in creating a habit. After doing something over and over, the habit is formed and then becomes part of our everyday routine. At some point, the habit becomes so engrained in us that we do it unconsciously.
Some of our habits are good and some are not. Here are 10 of my positive daily habits that I would love to pass on to you because they support ageless living – a life about optimal health, mind-body-spirit coherence, and exuding a timeless way of being. If you like my habit suggestions, do them as often as you can and turn them into your daily practices!
1. Get into the habit of thanking your lucky stars daily!
Every morning—before I’m out of the bed—I give gratitude. I say thank you for whatever comes in my groggy head. It could be yesterday’s events or thinking good thoughts for the coming day. Either way, I say at least 3-5 things I’m grateful for. Last year, I also made it a point to do this before I touched my cellphone because there came a time when I started to reach for my phone first.
Practicing gratitude daily puts you in a good mood, gets you smiling, and motivated to participate in your day.
2. Begin a routine of eating breakfast you love.
I do believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some people may argue and don’t get me wrong, eating throughout the day is just as important, but breakfast has a few things going for it that make it a little more significant in my eyes!
Top 3 reasons to eat a breakfast you love:
- It jump-starts energy production. During sleep your body is fasting which slows down your body’s energy-generating process because you don’t need much. But, when you wake up, you want energy production to get going because you got stuff to do. Eating breakfast initiates this process. It gets your digestive system going which revs up your metabolism.
- Eating breakfast puts you in a better mood than if you didn’t have breakfast. One word – hangry. Eat a breakfast you love and not only will you be energized, avoid hunger-pains, you will also feel amazing. The act of providing yourself with a tasty and nutritious breakfast could also be viewed as a type of self-love—showing how you prioritize your well-being.
- Eat a breakfast you love and steer your day to be more positive. It’s like the saying, “Start off on the right foot!” because if you start the day off right and it’s more likely to go right.
Having a good breakfast supports an ageless lifestyle by providing you with usable energy, a good mood, and directing your day towards awesomeness!
The breakfast I love consists of 1 Paleo pancake, 2 eggs, berries, with maple syrup, and my bulletproof tea. Eating this breakfast daily makes me healthy, happy, and ready for my day. I also learned a trick about breakfast—making it that much better—but I’m saving that nugget for part 2.
3. Put coconut oil on every thang!
Eat virgin coconut oil because it boosts your immune system. When you consume coconut oil you are providing your body with essential nutrients such as a healthy source of saturated fat and lauric acid, the most important essential fatty acid in building and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Put coconut oil on your face and body for ageless and acne free skin. Coconut oil has antioxidants to help prevent aging from free radicals. The anti-bacteria properties of coconut oil help the face stay clean from bacteria that can cause bumps, pimples, and acne.
By ingesting and through topical application, coconut oil also helps hair, skin, and nail health. Coconut oil-pulling improves gum health, kills bacteria, and freshens your breath.
I eat 1tbs of coconut oil every day in my bulletproof tea (also with 1 tbs of grass-fed unsalted butter). I use coconut oil straight from the jar as my body lotion and face moisturizer every other day. The other times I will use olive oil, argan oil, or almond oil (only for body). I also mix them together.
For example, if I see a little redness on my skin because of an irritation or potential pimple, I combine olive oil and coconut oil together and then the next day my skin is back to normal. I oil-pull with coconut anytime I feel a sickness coming on — sore throat, cold, or even extreme tiredness.
4. Jump on the bandwagon of organic or bust!
The hype is legit. There is a difference between foods sprayed with toxic chemicals and foods not sprayed. There is a difference between meat from animals fed on a GMO corn diet and those that are not.
MIT professor Stephanie Seneff declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.”
She claims autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity. Glyphosate –- the key ingredient in Roundup the weed killer — is used in the farming of corn, soy, and wheat.
Products made from food sprayed with Roundup (and genetically engineered foods made to withstand Roundup) such as bread, pasta, cereal, or drinks and candies sweetened by corn syrup add to the levels of glyphosate in the body.
Let’s just look at this logically -– if kids are getting messed up from this -– what is happening to adults?
While Monsanto insists that Roundup is as safe to humans as aspirin, Seneff and Samsel’s research tells a different story altogether. Their report, published in the journal Entropy1, argues that glyphosate residues, found in most commonly consumed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GE sugar, corn, soy and wheat, “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”
So increased glyphosate in the adult body worsens any other food chemicals that are inside all the processed and non-organic foods you’re eating. Then it disrupts normal body functions. Think for a minute all the functions your body does to keep you alive and healthy—from turning food to energy, regulating blood, rebuilding cells, and so forth. You don’t want to throw a wrench in that finely-tuned clockwork system. To top it off, elevated glyphosate can bring about disease.
MIT professor Stephanie Seneff has sent the memo. Listen to your own gut instinct and get in the habit of reaching for the certified organic label when it’s available.
By the way, what do you think is happening to the insides of cows, chickens, and pigs who eat genetically modified corn, or wheat and soy which were sprayed with Roundup?
5. Introduce yourself to the 80/20 lifestyle.
The 80/20 health & fitness rule basically means a “B” effort will keep you kosher. Anyone who has ever tried to give 100% percent to anything knows the difficulty. For example going organic and grass-fed 100% of the time is pretty much impossible — unless you never eat out again.
With the 80/20 lifestyle, I am able to succeed in eating healthier. I choose to only buy and cook organic foods in my home and then throw caution to the wind when I eat out. And, I try to eat out only 20% of the time.
Our reality is what it is; we can’t avoid every bad thing in the world. As in all things, control what you can which are your thoughts and actions. Also, when it comes to mindful eating, do as I do and bless your food.
I believe our words have an impact on the food and how our body accepts them. Think of it like the placebo effect where your mind has the power to create a more favorable outcome for you. If you believe in the power of positive thinking, then blessing your food should be a no-brainer. It’s basically thinking good thoughts about what you’re eating!
Want proof that what you “think” about your food matters and how your body reacts with measurable biological changes from said thoughts? Watch the “Milkshake Experiment.”
By the way, you can also apply this principle to your fitness, beauty, and self-care routine. Take care of your needs 80% of the time and realize the ease of ageless living.
It’s filled with lifehacks — insightful and to the point information to get you living your best life. I’m living proof it works because in the book I share what I do on a day-to-day basis to have optimum health and happiness. Develop good habits now and enjoy a brighter future!
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