It is Wellness Wednesdays and I am here to help you with your addiction. Do you struggle with an addiction every day? Is an addiction consuming your life and destroying your relationships? Are you tired of the pain and suffering, and ready to experience the peace and success you deserve?
It’s important to understand how addiction can affect your life. Addiction can ruin your relationships, causing you a lot of problems with your professional and personal life. It is possible to beat your addiction and enjoy a peaceful life. It may seem so far off in the future, and it may take some time, you will reach the point where you rely on yourself and not a substance to assist you.
When you are ready to give it your all, you will succeed in freeing yourself from the addiction. Stay focused on your life in the present. You no longer need that substance to carry you through another day. Take it day by day. You will look forward to the future with an added zest for life.
You will want to try out these strategies to help your conquer addiction. These strategies have worked for many people and they can work for you too. Use them wisely and take special note of the improvements that you see in yourself.
Make A Conscious Decision To Conquer Your Addiction
The most important step in conquering your addiction is making the decision that you want to be free. You have to want to do this and it will make a huge difference in the way that you handle the process. Be clear in your mind that you are going to do this and it will give you the courage that you need. It will not be easy but it is definitely worth doing.
Envision all the reasons you want to let go of your addiction. How will your loved ones benefit from these changes? How will your health be affected?
- A big enough “why” will make the process successful. The journey you face is a challenging one, but it’s not impossible if your reasons for change motivate you to change. When the going gets tough, what’ll get you through is allowing your mind to dwell on the reasons why it’ll all be worth it.
Challenges that will creep up along the way. That’s ok because it is all a part of the process. Make sure that you keep in mind how your health will benefit when you are free of your addiction. You will also want to imagine how much better your relationships will be with both your professional and personal life.
As you add to your accomplishments and your ability to handle problems, you will feel very proud of yourself. It will give you confidence in what you are capable of doing. You won’t feel trapped and inferior because of the strength that has built up inside of you.
Changing Your Surroundings
You want to seek out positive people and be around them as much as possible. Bring them into your life in good ways. Always avoid negative people and ones that feed your addiction. These types of people can be very manipulative. You want be totally clear of these types of people because they will try to drag you back down again, potentially sabotaging all of your efforts for sobriety.
- Remove your temptations from your home. If you’re trying to quit smoking, don’t keep cigarettes around. If you’re addicted to alcohol, get rid of all the alcohol. If you’re committed and have a big enough “why,” you can overcome your addiction. Your challenge is much harder if you keep the temptation around.
Your surroundings need to feel safe to you. Make sure that you create an environment that will allow you to embrace life again
Keeping Busy With Lots Of Things To Do
If your hands and mind are idle, your battle over your addiction will be an uphill climb that seems impossible. Find things that keep you busy and keep your mind off of temptation.
If you want to get out and volunteer, then do so. Tackle some projects that you have been putting off for a while. Work on an art painting or simply take a walk. Pour your time into your loved ones. The point is that you want to find ways to keep your mind occupied and your hands busy.
- One giant step in the right direction is to start an exercise routine. You’ll feel more confident, improve your health, and distract your mind away from your addiction at the same time. Choose an activity that excites you. An activity you enjoy is more likely to be something you’ll stick with long term!
Believe In Yourself And Stay Strong
You are strong and you can overcome the addiction that has plagued you. When you know this about yourself, it becomes easier to fight the addiction. Surrounding yourself with positive people will help immensely when you are battling an addiction.
Using positive affirmations will help in many ways. You will feel better about yourself and you won’t be tempted to use negative thoughts or self-talk to feed your addiction. Meditation and Yoga are big helpers too. As you become stronger, you will know that you have conquered the addiction and you will feel much better overall.
Standing tall and proud, you can make things happen that are good. From your better relationships to a great attitude on your job, it will increase the stability in your life so that you feel stronger and healthier.
You want to rekindle your love of life so that you don’t return to your addiction. You want to build on the good relationships that you have with loved ones and remind yourself of the reasons for your committment. It can make all the difference in the world when you have the support of the people that love you. Show them that you care on a regular basis and you will enjoy life again.
If you take these steps one day at a time, nothing can stop you from achieving the happiness and success you deserve.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use functional medicine and lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.
But it is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Wellness and Immune-Boosting Supplements to use! This MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency.
For best results make sure you use the supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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