If you've started your journey with a good mind and body detox, you're on your way to a healthier you. The next step is to repair any damage that's been done and restore good habits.
Once you've removed the fears, blocks and limiting beliefs that are holding you back, the next step is to fill the void with the affirming self-talk, new habits and empowering beliefs that will get you on track towards manifesting your dreams.
Restoration from food begins with clean, healthy ingredients. Learn to cook (and learn to enjoy it!) - or find someone in your life who does. Buy organic and choose as many whole, real ingredients (without labels, or ingredients you can't pronounce).
The good news is that our bodies are in a constant state of renewal, and by making these lifestyle changes, it's possible to reverse many chronic diseases!
From Reparation to Restoration
Navigating that bridge from a lifestyle of convenient, tasty, addictive foods, unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, to healthy thoughts and whole clean foods can be tricky.
The addictions are real, in your mind and your body! Although you may have reset your beliefs ad taste buds and cleared some of your toxic load, the challenge now is to repair any damage that's been done so you do not remain in a cycle of treating symptoms.
Not sure where to begin?
Once you've cleared your toxic load - a process that should be ongoing - your first two priorities (that can be done at the same time) are to 1) repair your thoughts with self-talk swaps and powerful affirmations, and 2) repair your gut which is like your second brain.
A compromised gut affects every system in your body as well as having a major impact on mood, energy and overall mental health, and our self-talk reinforces (good or bad) our belief system.
The gut, also referred to as the digestive or gastrointestinal system, is a group of organs that includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, colon, and rectum. More than the body's primary site of taking in an absorbing nutrients, this system of critical digestive organs also acts as a type of switchboard or communication center to and from the brain, and functions as one of the body's front lines in the fight against disease. In fact, the gut is often referred to as our second brain!
Our gut plays a major role in our health and well-being. It can be the root of disease, as physicians have attested since ancient times, or the root of vibrant health, energy and longevity. When our microbiome (the good bugs) are plentiful and happy, we radiate energy. Our skin is clear, we sleep well at night and we have no digestive distress. Fortunately there are many natural remedies available to restore this complex, critical system that is foundational to our well being.
The brain is an incredibly complex organ housing somewhere between 84 to 100 billion neurons that act as the command center for our body and mind. Our brain simply rules our life. From our bodily functions to our emotions, intellectual capacity, social interactions, creativity and mood, a healthy brain can mean the difference between a happy, successful person and one who struggles through life.
What damages the brain? Consider that our brain is very soft - the consistency of butter - housed in a skull that is full of bony ridges. Accidents happen, but when they are to the head, there can be more going on inside than you'd expect!
The brain is also damaged by poor nutrition, toxins in our food and environment, preservatives, GMOs, drugs and alcohol, lack of water and exercise and poor sleep. Though our brain only accounts for 3% of our body weight, it utilizes 20% of the body's resources. The good news is that this type of damage in many instances can be reversed.
If you think of your brain as a computer, the mind is the software running it. Taking care of your brain is essential for your software to run smoothly. Now assuming your hardware is being well maintained, let's talk about this multi-level software that transcends physical boundaries.
Your mind lives both in your 'computer brain' as well as in the cloud. It operates at varying levels. Consider the awake of conscious mind, the sleeping or unconscious mind, the subconscious 'always on' mind, the transcendent or intuitive mind, the heart centered 'emotional' mind and the spectrum that runs between them. Who programs this software? How does it get updated? What happens when there's a virus of malicious programming?
The mind is pivotal to health and happiness. It is our mindset, our ability to remove blocks, change behaviors, replace bad habits with good ones, change patterns and actively heal from difficulties that all come from the power of our mind.