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12 Steps To Feeling  

Your Best Self

by Jan Pitts

I know a woman whose home should be featured in Beautiful Homes and Gardens.  However, the care she gives her body is in sharp contrast to the care she gives her home.  For starters, she weighs over 350 pounds.  She is so overweight, that she has trouble catching her breath when she walks.  She eats all the unhealthy stuff in large volumes and complains constantly about not feeling well.  Her daily diet gives new meaning to the term “junk food.”  She ignores her body as if it has no value, yet she devotes every spare moment to the beautification of her home.

However, she is not rare, most of us take better care of our cars and homes than we do our bodies.  What about your body…Is it cared for or not?  Take this short ‘Body Care’ quiz and see how well you take care of your body.

  1. Do you eat fruit and vegetables at least four times a week? If not…you should.
  2. Have you ever relaxed in a bathtub of water mixed with two cups of sea salt? It will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth in a way you can’t imagine.
  3. Do you eliminate daily? If you don’t, here’s a great cleanser to use at the end of each week. 12 ozs. of prune juice followed immediately by one 12 ozs. of apple juice.  This concoction is guaranteed to make you feel brand new in less than three hours.
  4. Do you get at least seven hours of sleep a day? Sleep restores the body and is necessary for good health.  Lack of sleep zaps your energy.
  5. Do you drink at least 5-8 oz. cups of water per day. Force yourself.  Try it with a straw.  Water washes the muck out of your body. You will feel the difference immediately.  .
  6. Do you force yourself to exercise at least three times a week? You should.  You will feel ten times better than you feel now, and if you move up to five days, you’ll feel on top of the world.  Start by walking briskly 30 minutes a day.  Do 25 sit-ups or ten jumping jacks in front of the mirror.  Rejuvenate yourself, and your body will reward you in stamina.
  7. Could you run fast for five minutes if you had to run for your life? If the answer is no, start lifting weights today and buy yourself a bike.  It’ll build up your endurance.
  8. Do you dry-brush your skin? This improves your blood circulation.
  9. Do you ever do deep breathing exercises? Learn to breathe from deep down.  The oxygen helps burn fat, and deep breathing cleans out toxic carbon dioxide from your blood cells.
  10. Exercise daily.  And you can keep it simple by walking, running or climbing stairs. Keeping your body in motion is life-changing and serves as a great aid to feeling good.
  11. Do you eat fried foods at least twice a week? If you do, you might as well include motor oil in your diet.  Fried foods clog up your system like a cork in a wine bottle.  Fried food should be an indulgence only. Try once a month.
  12. Do you worry a lot? Worry can be a serious hazard to your health.  Feeling stressed?  Lie flat on the floor with your feet propped up on a wall for five minutes and rejuvenate your mind.

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