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What to toss and what to keep


January 6, 2017

Here it is again: New Year's Resolutions. Most are never kept. This time along with adding new practices into our lives, let us consider what we need to eliminate from our lives so that we can increase our happiness, health, joy, and fulfillment.

The purpose of setting New Year's resolutions is to create change. Creating change can require stretching beyond your comfort zone and can bring up your biggest fears and limiting beliefs. Once we have made space by eliminating certain things, then we have room for new ideas.

To allow ourselves clear thoughts we might consider eliminating toxic items in our house. Things such as:

Artificial Sweeteners (they increase weight and tendencies towards diabetes and degenerative diseases),

Plastic Food Containers and Bottles (a basic step to reducing your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals),

Non-Stick Cookware (non-stick coating is made with a chemical which has been labeled a "likely" carcinogen),

Air Fresheners (linked to precocious puberty and other health problems, including cancer and containing endocrine-disrupting phthalates)

Antibacterial Soaps and Detergents (triclosan alters hormone regulation and may interfere with fetal development in pregnant women. This antibacterial ingredient has also been linked to Allergies, Thyroid dysfunction, Endocrine disruption, Weight gain, and Inflammatory responses)

Commercial Cleaning Products (Every single one of them can be replaced with a short list of basic ingredients: baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, liquid castile soap)

Personal Care Products (testing revealed serious heavy metal contamination in virtually all of the products)

Now that we have the toxic items out of our lives, we can do some simple things to add to our happiness and health. These include:

Spend Time in Nature (helps you disconnect from your usual routine and receive a boost of energy, clarity, and gratitude)

Keep a Gratitude Journal (focusing on positive things, such as relationships, good health, having a roof over your head, and the shining sun, brings you closer to a state of pure joy.)

Meditate (helps in gaining a new perspective, shifts your mood, and even provides you with more energy)

Surround Yourself with Positive People (enhances your ability to maintain cheerfulness)

Cultivate a New Hobby (unplugs you from responsibilities and connects you to inner happiness)

Exercise (endorphins released during exercise increase energy levels, boost your mood, and reduce symptoms of stress. Find some form of physical activity that you enjoy doing regularly to maintain your emotional health.)

Practice Forgiveness (Forgiveness is not about approving a particular behavior; instead, it is about cultivating peace)

What is the state of your health? Find a traditional naturopath to assist in bringing your body to a state of wholeness and wellness.

For comments and questions e-mail: [email protected] Susan (a nationally certified tui-na practitioner and instructor, and certified by ANCB as a Certified Traditional Naturopath) lives in Belize, Central America.


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