Tips To Help You Start Meditating

6 Tips To Help You Start Meditating

Most of us are aware of the benefits we’d get from meditating as little as 10 minutes per day. Still, we find it hard to work into our busy lives. Below I’ve published a few tips to help you start meditating. Just get started, you’ll never be the same!

Tips To Help You Start Meditating

Start the night before. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than normal. Say to yourself, “Tomorrow morning I am going to get up 30 minutes early to devote some time to myself”. Think positive thoughts. Ask yourself, “Am I really going to wake up and do this?”, answer yourself, “Yes! I am!” This may sound silly but it helps defeat the ambivalence we have towards self-discipline.

Skip the morning coffee (just for a bit!). Wash your face, brush your teeth, and get ready to sit comfortably somewhere. Don’t check your email – put you first! Light incense if you wish and find a place to sit. Make sure it’s as quiet and as comfy as possible.

Take a day off. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Schedule a day off if you’d like, or simply start over if you miss a day. Don’t beat yourself up or fall into the trap that if you miss a day you shouldn’t continue. This is the way we think sometimes, so prepare for it!

Commit to meditating for two weeks. After two weeks ask yourself if you feel better. Has meditation worked for you? Are you more focused? More relaxed? Usually, positive results are pretty clear and will help you commit to another two weeks. Little by little you will become a regular meditator. You’ll see

Meditate in the morning. It matters. There is magic in the morning and it will help set the tone for the rest of your day. If you can’t meditate in the morning (not won’t, but can’t) then before bed can help you process all the stresses of the day, etc., but PLEASE try to get up in the morning and have some YOU time.

Remember, this isn’t a skill to master. Meditation is a practice to devote yourself to, not a skill to master. If you fall asleep, dream, struggle to quiet your mind, etc., it’s fine. The biggest obstacle to beginning meditation is the incorrect idea that you must calm and focus your mind. Meditation is what you do when you meditate. There is no right or wrong way to do it. The test of meditation isn’t how you’re meditating, but how it is impacting your life.

Easy Ways To Cut Your Sugar Intake

7 Easy Ways To Cut Your Sugar Intake

We all know that cutting processed sugar from our diet is a good thing, yet somehow sugar keeps finding its way into the things we eat. What can we do? We can be more diligent. Here are 7 easy ways to cut your sugar intake.

Easy Ways To Cut Your Sugar Intake

1. Stop Drinking Soda
You should really know better by now, however, if you’re still drinking soda you need to trade it for water, water with lime or lemon in it, or some other non-sugary drink like tea.

2. Stop Eating Processed Foods
This is the one most people struggle with when it comes to cutting out sugar. Nearly everything we buy that comes in a box, bag, or can has added sugars, sometimes one product has many different types of sugars added. If it’s a convenience food, it’s probably very bad for you.

3. Eat Fresh Fruit. Don’t Consume Juice, Dried Fruit, Etc.
Treat yourself to the natural benefits of fresh, whole fruit. Berries, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, and limes over their higher sugar counterparts apples, bananas, and grapes. Juice and dried fruit taste great, but they are almost entirely pure sugar.

4. Don’t Eat Flavored Yogurt
A 6oz Dannon Blueberry yogurt has 150 calories and 24 grams of sugar. A 12oz Coca-Cola has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar. Yeah! Don’t eat flavored yogurt! Buy plain yogurt (Greek is best for you) and add fresh fruit and some honey if you still need a little sweetness.

5. Stop Buying Sugary Treats
This is a no-brainer that many people simply ignore. If you have a container of ice cream in the freezer, you’re going to eat it. Save your naughtiest cravings up for your cheat day (tip #7)!

6. Stop Consuming Mixed Drinks
Do you know how much sugar is in a Jack & coke? How about a gin & tonic? I guarantee you its more than you think. If you drink, choose red wine, straight spirits, or mix your spirit with soda water.

7. Have A Cheat Meal or Cheat Day. Eat It Then and Only Then.
Give yourself the freedom to have one cheat day per week where you can have anything you want. If the thought of a whole day of reckless eating bothers you (but it shouldn’t, really) give yourself one cheat MEAL a week and top if off with that sweet, sugary thing you’ve craved all week.