Getting clean (aka sober, aka living without compulsion, aka creating a fulfilling happy life) doesn’t only mean stopping drinking, doing drugs, or binge watching Netflix. It means revamping what is ingested, and therefore digested, throughout the day. All of it. From start to finish.
What one consumes, in terms of media, food, and environment, dictates values.
Real quick, Do a review of your day. How does it start? Alarm blaring or soft music? Do you check your phone? Watch the news? Read something inspirational? How does the day proceed? What podcasts, radio shows, or music do you listen to? Who are the people in which you interact? What conversations are participated in? Are they beneficial, detrimental, based on fact or opinion? And what foods are eaten? Processed or whole? Salads or cheesy-poofs? One meal a day or four? How much time is spent outside, in the natural environment, looking at plants and animals? Does your home or work environment create stress, chaos, and clutter? Or is it calming? And finally, How does the day end? A movie in bed? A hot shower and a book?
These choices, which are made throughout each and every day, effect thought process, the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and how we sleep. Making even the smallest change in these areas can greatly impact happiness and well-being.
Be your best you, everyday!
Read, Reflect, Practice
Three Areas to Clean Up Your Life
- Waking up with a clear head and a pep-in-your-step involves eating whole, real, and (preferably) organic foods. Michael Pollan’s guideline to avoid foods that contain more than 5 ingredients is a go-to for me.
- “Fueling” three to five times a day regulates blood-sugar, supporting brain function and decision-making. Play by this simple guideline and notice rapid changes in positive mood, sleep, and cognition.
- Check-in before and after meals to identify what types of food positively and negatively affect energy levels and mood. Staying connected to your body and food throughout the day is the goal.