1. Go to bed earlier tonight:
In the two hours before midnight, your body is in ‘super healing mode’. Sleep before midnight enhances your recovery from the days stresses, and helps your body physically renew itself. Even if you get a good eight hours after midnight, it’s not as beneficial as eight hours with some of that being before midnight. So turn off the tv and computer by 8pm, dim the lights or light candles, and get your body prepared for sleep by 10pm.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water today, and add freshly squeezed lemon juice to 3 of them:
Measure your water intake and make sure it is at least 8 glasses or two litres. Have 3 between morning
and midday, and 5 between midday and evening. If you’re out and about, fill up the required amount in
bottles, and make sure it’s gone by the end of the day. If you’re at home or work, set a reminder every
half hour to take a few sips. Squeeze some lemon directly into the water, three times a day, and this will help regulate your pH, helping your cells to function at their best.
3. Avoid dairy, gluten, and excess fat today:
These foods are a strain on the digestive system, and dairy and gluten contribute to acidity and
inflammation, so give your gut a break and stick to lean protein like chicken or fish, vegetables, fruits,
seeds, nuts, and gluten free grains like basmati rice and quinoa (if you’re not on a Paleolithic diet).
4. Take 30 minutes to work out your whole body:
Do 15 minutes of walking, with alternating periods of fast and slow (eg: 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes slow),
and 15 minutes of stretching and strength exercises. By doing this 30 minute workout your insulin sensitivity and fat burning will be improved for the next day or two.
5. Meditate tonight:
Before bed, or while having a bath, take at least 20 minutes to follow a relaxation or meditation sequence. If you’re not used to meditating, download one of the many relaxation or guided meditation recordings off the internet, or use a CD if you have one. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy the quiet. Focus on your breathing, and visualise your muscles relaxing. Doing this will not only prepare you for a restful sleep, but will also activate your inner healing mechanisms.