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20 Tips I Follow to Live a Healthier Life

1.)  Give up fast food and processed food.  If you are thinking I am crazy right now it is because you are addicted to the chemicals, fake sugars, MSG, and preservatives in your food, and you know that giving it up will be a tough task to accomplish.  The feeling of accomplishment, and the feeling your body will have after it’s detoxed of the chemicals is priceless.

 2.)  Drink AT LEAST 64 ounces of water daily. Water is what helps to flush the toxins out of our bodies.  First thing upon awakening, drink a glass of water.  If plain water is almost impossible for you to drink—-then soak your favorite fruits/vegetables (grapes, oranges, lemon, cucumber etc.) in the water for at least 8 hours.  Decaffeinated teas are also good to use if you like some flavor.  NO POP—-especially diet!!!

3.)  Cut back on dairy products.  Dairy products increase mucous production and are acidic in nature—–cancer loves acidic environments.  If you are concerned about Ca+ intake know that you can get calcium from other foods like dark leafy greens, Zija, oranges, almonds, spinach, broccoli, kelp, and sesame seeds.

  4.)  Portion control.  Serving sizes have more than doubled in today’s society.  Decrease the size of your plate, and remember to fill at least half of your plate with vegetables, 1/4 protein, and 1/4 whole grains.

5.)  Cut back on gluten products.  Gluten intolerance is on the rise.  Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and malts.  It’s also used as a food additive or stabilizer often called “dextrin” in processed food.  The body can only handle a certain amount of gluten, but when you are getting it from all of the processed food you eat—–the amount increases drastically and becomes toxic to the body.  Some symptoms of gluten allergies are mental fogginess, joint pain and/or stomach issues.

6.)  Allow yourself one cheat meal per week.  You are only human.  We are a society that celebrates by eating.  Just about everything we do revolves around food, everything from birthdays, reunions, picnics etc.  If you know you have a party to attend during the week, don’t stress, save your cheat meal for the event.  Just don’t over do it and eat smarter.

7.)  Reduce your stress.  Easier said than done, I know.  But the fact of the matter is that our cortisol levels have an affect on our belly fat.  Learn to leave your work at work.  Instead of waiting for your children to do wrong so you can yell at them, praise them whenever you catch them doing things right—it will save your sanity.  If you have an issue with your spouse, talk about it and NEVER go to bed angry.  Your mind is a powerful thing.  You are in complete control of your stressed emotional reactions.  Change your reaction and reduce your stress level.

8.)  Strength train 3-4 times per week.  Strength training is so important for not only helping to burn fat faster, but to help reduce your risk of osteoporosis as you get older.

9.)  Aerobic activity at least 4-5 times per week.  Keep your heart and body healthier just by adding a walk, jog, bike, hike, swim etc.  Shoot for at least 30 minutes 4-5 times per week.

10.) Concentrate on your posture.  Posture is not just about vanity, there are many reasons why it’s important to work on improving your posture.  It helps keep bones and joints in the correct alignment, helps decrease the  wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis,  decreases the stress on the ligaments, prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions, helps prevent fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently (which allows the body to use less energy), and it helps prevent strains,overuse problems, backaches, and muscular pain.

11.) Wash your face with Witch Hazel and moisturize twice daily.  For years now I have been washing my face with Witch Hazel and a cotton pad.  I don’t suffer from breakouts, oily skin, or too many fine lines for my age.  I also apply Zija Oil and Zija under eye roll on.  Zija skincare products go 7 layers deep versus 2 layers with other skin care products.

12.) Brush teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily.   I had a lot of cavities as a child.  I know it was because of my unhealthy habits back then.  In my early thirties I started eating optimally like never before, stopped drinking pop, used natural toothpaste, and flossed daily———- I haven’t had a cavity since my early twenties.

13.) Yoga at least 2x’s/wk. and at least 5 minutes of meditation daily.  Yoga is a great exercise to help reduce stress.  The bonus is you will also gain flexibility and strength.  Give your mind the rest it needs by engaging in at least 5 minutes of meditation a day.  I know it can be hard to clear your mind, but it takes practice like anything else.

14.) Massage your cellulite.  Yes, I said to do this because massage helps promote circulation to the affected area.  The increased blood flow  quickens the disposal of toxins that have settled between the tissues.  Keep into consideration that peppermint and lavender oils help stimulate fat cells.

15.) Curb sweet cravings with 72-85% dark chocolate.  Don’t get too excited, I didn’t say you would get the whole bar—-only a square of dark chocolate.  It seriously works!!  My biggest downfall is chocolate and I am completely satisfied with just a square because of the high cocoa content.  It is the high sugar content of regular candy bars that is addictive.

16.) Take Zija 100% Organic supplement daily.  Best supplement hands down that I have ever come across.  It contains over 90 verifiable nutrients, 36 natural anti-inflammatories, 46 antioxidants, all your essential amino acids, and omegas 3, 6, and 9.  Give the body the nutrients it needs and it will heal itself.  My skin is healthier, hair & nails growing stronger & longer, less gray hair, increased energy, increased mental clarity, no ovarian cyst pain, no ulcer pain, no joint pain.  The list grows with each passing month.

  17.) Forgiveness is so important to your mental health.  No matter what situations have occurred in your life; forgiveness is important to heal your heart and spirit.  Why waste your life on earth being negative and angry? I only wish all people could know what it feels like to have that overwhelming sense of peace and happiness.  It truly is amazing!!  Strive for it!!

18.) A Higher Spiritual being is important for optimal health.  I truly believe that everyone needs some sort of higher spiritual being to pray to on a daily basis.  I pray daily for strength, confidence, motivation, courage, and knowledge.  It really helps me to be able to turn over my problems and issues to God.  Let go, let God.

19.) Use natural deodorants, toothpastes, and sulfate free shampoos.  Regular deodorants contain Aluminum which in some studies coincides with breast and lymph node cancers.  I choose to play it safe, so I use natural deodorants.  As for the toothpastes and shampoos, I am choosing to reduce the chemicals I put into my body.  People typically don’t think about the lotions, shampoos, and perfumes; and how the chemicals in those products get absorbed into the body & right into your blood stream.  Daily use leads to lots of toxicity build up in the body.

20.)  Sleep 7-9 hours per night.  A good night of sleep definitely helps to make for a better day.  Sleep helps improve memory, live longer, reduce inflammation, maintain a healthier weight, reduce stress, and decrease risk of depression.

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