6 Rituals to Reduce Fatigue and Lose Weight
1. Water Yourself
You’ve probably already heard that your body is made up of around 70% water. Your brain depends on water to function optimally and your body need adequate hydration to run effectively.
Being dehydrated is the culprit of unwanted weight gain, and even food cravings. The truth is, you may think you’re hungry when you’re actually thirsty. One of the best ways to prevent overeating is to simply drink water around 30 minutes before a meal.
Drinking more water will also help your body burn calories more efficiently and can help you shed excess weight. But what if you actually don’t enjoy drinking water? Perhaps you’re a little (or a lot) addicted to sugar, which means you may be consuming more Starbucks, sodas, or even fruit juices.
The solution: fruit up your water by making your own Homemade Vitamin Waters! Create a new pathway in your brain that helps break the cycle with sugar, overeating, and indulging in food cravings by opting for only water or herbal tea and perhaps that one coffee per day for 30 days.
Watering yourself is one of the most empowered actions you can take for your health and body when you’re aiming to feel more energy, lose weight, and have more confidence.
2. Drink Holy Basil Tea
Stress can drive us to eat more, sleep less, and disrupt our metabolism. If you’re feeling like stress may be holding you back, a healthy and affordable way to minimize your cortisol while also adding in a source of minerals into your diet. Holy basil is a different herb than traditional culinary basil you commonly use in your recipes and has more medicinal properties that contribute to hormonal balance, less anxiety and lowered stress levels. You can enjoy Holy Basil Tea at any time of day or night, and it can replace your morning coffee if you’re ready for the leap. Drinking a steamy mug of tea before bed can also be a nice way to relax yourself before sleep.
3. Take Magnesium Before Bed
Magnesium is an important mineral that we often don’t get enough of in our diets. Do you ever find yourself craving chocolate? Try magnesium even half the time instead of eating the chocolate and you may find you feel better. Magnesium supports your body in its natural detox functions, balances blood-sugar and also plays a role in protein synthesis and metabolism.
Also, if you’ve started incorporating exercise or sweating in a sauna into your health regime, magnesium will be extra important for your muscles and joints. You can purchase magnesium powder at virtually any health food store and most grocery stores. To consume it, you just place a small scoop in a glass of warm water and drink it, or find capsules at a health food store. Magnesium is a mineral that’s best absorbed at night.
4. Sleep Before Midnight
It may seem obvious, but one of the keys to reducing fatigue is to optimize your sleep schedule. When your adrenal glands are taxed, proper rest time is paramount to healing. Your liver is also doing a nightly detox while you sleep, but if you’re awake while your body is meant to be rejuvenating and repairing itself, you’ll feel the impacts. Sometimes, the last piece of the puzzle in a weight loss journey is sleep, so make sure you’re getting enough at the right times. It’s not enough to simply get 8 hours, you really will benefit from having a regulated sleep schedule, even if that means you find herbs or melatonin to temporarily get you on track. Be sure to check with your care provider before taking anything new.
5. Eat Clean
Whole-foods, grass-fed meats, clean water and low-sugar are all principles that fit into a Clean Eating Lifestyle. The less time your body spends on digesting processed foods, the more time it has to produce real energy you can burn enjoying life, shedding weight, and feeling better. Clean Eating has so many benefits, from how you look, feel and operate.
When you eat better, you’ll notice your friends and family may become curious too, making it even easier to stick to your new way of life. Eating Clean is empowering, it gives you the energy you need to create goals, achieve them, and boost your confidence. A lot of people start out thinking that Eating Clean will be a temporary fix to their problem, and then it becomes an effortless and enjoyable way of life. And that’s just it right there, eating real food doesn’t have to be hard, but it can change your life. Find recipes like the Easy to Eat Clean Grilled Chicken with Fresh Mango Salsa pictured above, or try taking the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge!
6. Practice Gratitude
This one’s super important! Even when things are tough, paying attention to the beauty in our lives has a way of keeping us present to all of the ways in which live is working out. What are the things you are grateful for? A gratitude practice when you wake up and right before bed is a great way to lower anxiety, boost endorphins and lay a healthy foundation for yourself to experience greater happiness in life.
Whenever we focus on the negative for too long, we increase stress levels in our body. Want to lower stress, experience more energy and tell your body it’s safe to heal? Spend a few short minutes each night before sleep to write down 5 things you’re grateful for. If you have a partner, you can do this together and even express some of the things in one another that you’re grateful for, strengthening your relationship too.