One of the first things writers begin to ignore in their busy lives is their health.
After signing my first publishing contract and releasing 4 stories, I’ve been busier than ever this year, so exercise and healthy foods quickly went away. I just didn’t see how I had the time to take care of myself. I started drinking more and more coffee, tea, and energy drinks to stay awake, not realizing I’d cut back my water consumption to about 20 ounces a day. Since I wanted to limit my sugar intake, I began using artificial sweeteners instead, giving in to the lie that it was better for my body than sugar. I ate foods that were easy to prepare, and I snacked when stress overwhelmed me, which was pretty much every day. Because life was so complicated, my family usually went out to eat 2-4 times a week, and when we were home, we ate a lot of quick meals.
Last month I finally admitted that I’d been a horrible steward of the body God had entrusted to me and I needed a change. I’ve had to totally rearrange my lifestyle. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.
A friend of mine from church asked me to do Isagenix with her. She’d started the 30 day cleanse program and felt amazing. So, having given in to God’s nudging to take better care of myself, I decided to give it a try.
After taking control of my health, here’s what I’ve learned from my new Isagenix family.
1) Caffeine is NOT my friend. Many people think caffeine is good because it can suppress your appetite. But research shows that caffeine may actually slow your metabolism and lead to heart problems. This includes energy drinks; even though they claim to have vitamins, these ingredients are synthesized, not natural, so the body rejects them anyway. I verified with the Mayo Clinic website that: Too much caffeine might cause nervousness, insomnia, nausea, and increased blood pressure. In addition, some caffeinated beverages, such as specialty coffees, are high in calories and fat, which leads to weight gain.
2) Decaffeinated drinks are also bad for you because they create more acid in your digestive system. I also saw an article that said the chemicals and toxins used in the defac process are harmful.
3) Artificial sugars are terrible for the body. I read an article recently that explained our bodies don’t know what to do with artificial items, so it stores them. This will eventually lead to weight gain. I also discovered links between artificial sugars and MS, brain tumors, fibromyalgia, and a few other diseases. I saw another article about diet soda’s giving people pot-bellies. No thanks, not for me!
4) Toxins will build up in your body, no matter what you eat. Because of the factories and super farming that’s going on these days, our food is inundated with junk that we wouldn’t be ingesting if we grew the food ourselves, like in centuries past. There’s a lot of information on the web about the chemicals our bodies are exposed to each day, from soaps and cleaning supplies to foods and drinks. It’s important to do a regular cleanse system to strip our bodies of these poisons. Toxins can cause multiple illnesses that most people don’t realize can be easily corrected by simply eating healthier and doing a cleanse.
5) Plenty of water is essential for a healthy body. I’ve never been a big water-drinker because it’s boring. But several weeks ago I had to remind myself that God didn’t make Coke, lattes, or Irish Breakfast tea. He made WATER. The other stuff is fine once in a while, but we must stick to the fluid that God intended for us to drink.
I’ve only been doing this program for 30 days, but I feel better now than I have in probably a decade. I sleep better, I have a ton more energy, and I’m no longer exhausted by the end of each day!
This plan is all about vitamins and nutrients. While I haven’t been as strict in my diet as the plan suggests, I saw a difference right away. Please note, I’m not being paid for this endorsement, but I feel strongly that Isagenix is a great system for those looking for a way to take back control of their health.
My new life plan:
1) Seriously limit the amount of coffee and soda I drink and focus on getting plenty of water.
2) Stay away from decaffeinated drinks and anything with artificial sugar.
3) Do a cleanse 1-2 times a month to keep my body clear of toxic buildup.
Don’t let your busy life make you neglect your health! No matter what cleansing system you use, please do one! Research caffeine and artificial sugars to see if you really want to keep putting them into your body.
What have you done lately to take better care of yourself?
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