Thursday, January 17, 2013

Physical Benefits of Fasting

Pouring water into a glass

     It's a new year and its the time of year that many of us clean out and organize our homes and our businesses and give ourselves the best possible advantage during the coming year. This time of the year is also a good time to clean out our bodies through fasting. Here are a few benefits of fasting. 

1.  It has healing properties
2.  It purifies the blood
3.  It removes from the body almost all poisons of 
4.  Fasting starves disease causing bacteria and viruses.
5.  It improves circulation, and removes plaque from the 
      blood stream
6.  The stomach and other organs get to take a vacation 
      during the duration of the fast.
7.  When a person is ill, fasting conserves energy. 
     When breaking down food, the body uses energy 
      that a sick person does not have available to use.
8.  Fasting is said to cure 99% of ailments.
9.  Fasting quickly heals minor diseases such as boils, 
     skin blemishes, indigestion, dyspepsia, constipation, 
     fever, anemia, and asthma. A major fasting increases 
     the body’s ability to fight off major diseases.
10. Fasting improves the mind’s ability for thinking, 
      studying, remembering and concentrating.
11. After the initial cleansing detox (10-15 days) the
      body becomes physically stronger
12. A headache during a fast proves that you needed the fast.
13. Fasting will rid the body of headaches caused from too much caffeine. (as long as you stop drinking 
      the caffeine.
14. By using a strict water fast, bad habits like alcohol use, tobacco use, and other addictive habits can 
      be overcome in as little as 3 days.
15. Fasting restores natural youth.
16. Fasting regularly can increase your lifespan by 20-40 years
17. Fasting removes tumors, ulcers, and goiters.
18. After 2 weeks on a fast, the bad breath of the early days of the fast becomes pure as a child’s 
19. The bad taste in your mouth goes away because of fasting.
20. Excess meat stored in the intestines is discharged and the intestines return to normal size.
21. Fasting gets rid of cravings for unhealthy processed foods.

Friday, January 11, 2013

This Year's Resolution to Simplify

       Like many people, January is the time of the year when I spend a lot of time evaluating what we accomplished the year just finished and what we want to accomplish in the year to come.  Many people make resolutions in January that are often too much for them to accomplish. I have a tendency to do the same thing. For instance, last year I resolved to write 365 articles. I probably wrote about 20. I also wanted to lose 50 pounds. I didn’t lose the weight either.  I obviously over-committed. This year I want to do something different. I want to make my life simpler, not more difficult, That’s why this year, my goal is to be productive by focusing on finishing what I have already started. Also,  I have decided that it is important for me to focus on the results, not just the actions so that I know whether what I am doing is productive or not.
      Every day I have many different projects that I could be doing. I know that I cannot do all of them, so it is important for me to determine which of these different projects and the tasks related to them result in fulfilling my long-term goals.  When scheduling what I intend to do each day, I must ask myself, “How does what I do today connect me with my long-term goal.”
      My daily tasks are markers to determine if I am accomplishing my short-term goals (goals I have created for the month, quarter or year), my short-term goals lead to my long-term goals (goals  that extend beyond one year, into three, five or ten years.)   
        Everything that I do, should be guided by my life’s purpose, my vision, and my mission.  By working toward what I know I want out of life, I will simplify my life by focusing on living my life the way I know that I am destined to live. That is what I am determining to do this year. That is my resolution for 2013.
          This year I have made the resolution simplify my life for results, not disappointment. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Being Sure to Drink enough water

      One of the things that I am intent on doing this new year is making sure that I am drinking enough water. As everyone knows, water provides many health benefits. Several studies indicate that drinking plenty of water is instrumental in helping individuals control their weight. If I am dehydrated I may eat instead of drinking water, thus consuming more calories than I might if I were sufficiently hydrated.  Drinking water before meals helps me eat less during meals. Drinking eight glasses of ice cold water is said to burn an additional 100 calories per day.    

Glass_of_water : face of a young healthy woman and a glass of clean water 
      The problem with drinking eight glasses of water per day for me is remembering to drink eight glasses of water per day. Until I am able to develop drinking water as a habit, I have to be sure to make an effort to remind myself every day to drink enough water. 
      However, I have a plan. With a plan, I can turn intentions like drinking eight glasses of water a day into a habit. So, how do I implement this plan?
      I am using a system which is contained in the acronym SOFF. SOFF stands for:





       First thing I do is  START my plan the night before to prepare for drinking water eight glasses the following day. I ORGANIZE to create easy access to the required eight glasses of water the following day. If I'm staying home, I sufficient water into a pitcher in the refrigerator to drink the following day' iIf I intend to go out of the house the following day, however, I prepare bottles of water to take with me, and on hot days,  I have a cooler ready to put the bottles of water into in the morning to take with me. 
      Also as part of ORGANIZING I set the alarm on my smart phone to remind me to drink water every hour during working hours the following day. If after I few days I realize that I forget to drink the water, I also include placing notes around the house and car to remind me to drink the water. 
      For about three weeks I FOCUS on keeping myself supplied in water, and reminding myself to drink the water every hour for eight hours every day. 
       The final step each day in this water-drinking campaign is that I make sure I FINISH the water during my final meal of the day and before seven pm. The reason I finish the water before seven pm is because I also value my sleep. If I drink water any later than 7 pm, I will probably be getting up several times during the night. 
      Drinking water is just one way that I use ROFF for an overview of how to use ROFF to schedule your day, go to my article Daily Planning: Increase Productivity.
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