Wednesday, January 1, 2014

3 New Habits to Try in the New Year

1. Try a Detox (physical)

There are sooo many benefits of detoxifying the body.  Dr. Mark Hyman says, "we are living in a sea of toxins and it is destroying our bodies and brains."  They are everywhere - in our skincare, household cleaners, processed foods, GMOs, cosmetics and so on. Ridding of and avoiding as many toxins as possible is a healthy and beneficial thing to do. Here are some tips to help do that.

Simple ways to detox daily or frequently:

  • Drink room temperature/warm water with the juice from 1/2 of a lemon daily
  • Soak in an epsom salt bath (detox through the skin)
  • Sweat - toxins are removed through sweat
  • Stay regular - toxins are also removed through our elimination systems
More dramatic ways to detox:
  • Eat clean - reduce/avoid processed, acidic and addictive foods and GMOs
  • Join me and hundreds of others in the Arbonne 28 day Detox Bootcamp Challenge  (groups start each Monday)
  • Reduce toxins put on/in your body through your skin by using only chemical free skincare (try Arbonne)
  • Use all natural forms of cleaners for the home
*These statements are not meant to give medical advice or prevent, diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Please consult your doctor before beginning any diet or nutritional program.

**I am an Independent Consultant for Arbonne (and loving it).  Please leave a comment in the comment section if you would like more information about the 28 Day Detox/Clean Eating Challenge or Arbonne skin care and nutritional products.

2. Read through the entire Bible (spiritual)

Regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey - maybe you are a long time Christian that has never read through the Bible, maybe you don't even own a Bible or maybe you are a skeptic.  Try reading through the Bible in 2014.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to do that:

This is just as it sounds.  Brian Hardin (in his ever soothing tone) reads daily passages from the Bible from the Old and New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs and ends with a short commentary.

- changes the translation weekly

- you can download the DAB app or listen online
- it's very convenient for those on the go or who absorb more by listening than 

This is one of my favorite ways to read through the Bible.  The daily plan is already laid out for you.  You literally open up to the current date and in 15 minutes +/- you read a portion of the New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. 

The One Year Bible  comes in several different versions 

- after 365 days, you have read the entire Bible 
- the reading plan is done for you - just read

3. Schedule some "unplugged" time each week  

   with with your spouse and/or kids. (relational)

It's no secret that we live in a media saturated culture.  It entertains us, keeps us on schedule, informs us,  keeps us connected and makes life quite convenient in many aspects.  

However, many times we overdo it and become overly dependent on it.  What happened to the days of a good ole' board game and a date over a candle lit dinner staring in each others' eyes rather than the smartphone?!  

  • pull out the board/card games - Uno anyone?!
  • take a walk in the park with your love
  • try a new hobby, sport or volunteer together
Try to make a habit of media free time each week with your loved ones

Check out this 24 hour media free challenge I posted on another blog.

Happy New Year!  Expect great things in 2014!

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