Earlier this week I talked about loving your outsides, today’s post covers some basic, FREE ways to spread that lovin’ feeling to your internal workings. Check it out.

Beauty is definitely more than skin deep…

I’ll just be blunt here – start doing things to your insides that guarantee you’ll FEEL beautiful. Toss the diets, the expensive make-up, the thirty minute beauty regimen that is more than likely doing more harm to your skin overall than you think. Instead, focus on doing and eating things that promote the healthy operation of your body on the whole.

1.  Drink more water (there’s an ap for that, Water Your Body) – While there is a lot of debate going on as to how much water you should be drinking, there’s very little about why you SHOULDN’T be drinking those sugary, useless calorie laden beverages the majority of us are fond of. I used to be a sweet-tea junkie. There wasn’t a meal that went down my gullet that wasn’t backed up by a 32oz serving of the stuff.  I’m now more likely to get 52 ounces of H2O swishing around in my system before I even think of getting a small sugary drink of any kind. And no, I didn’t suddenly have all of these miraculous things happened to my bodysince the switch, but I will say I FEEL better when I have my water; fewer migraines and looser joint movement, and that makes a world of difference in how I feel about my body.

2. Move More (a.k.a. exercise) – most people I know dread the idea of going to the gym, or doing any kind of movement that can be remotely described as exercise. I get that. I used to feel that way myself. Until I made this critical shift in my thinking.  I stopped thinking of movement in terms of losing weight so I could fit into my skinny jeans and instead thought more about being HEALTHY.  Marketing campaigns aside, when you are HEALTHY, you LOOK good.  But, if the word “exercise” still makes you grimace, then ditch the “exercise programs” and instead, find some ways to move your body for 15 minutes as many times a day as you can squeeze it in; per many a self-help guru, “you can do anything for 15 minutes”. Set the timer on your phone or fitness tracker and dance like a mad person in your living room, walk the dog, play “catch the string” with the cat while standing, engage your toddler in a vigorous game of tag, stop by the gym and walk on the treadmill, all for 15 minutes. Doesn’t sound like much but man, do it consistently and note how quickly you stand a little straighter, feel a little more body confident.

NOTE: If you have any type of physical boundaries that make it difficult, painful, or dangerous for you to move, AFTER consulting your doctor / physical therapist / medical professional, please share the activities they recommend you engage in that generate that inner “feel good”.  I’d like to be able to add to my list to make it more inclusive.  Thank you.

3. Eat to Live – There are just as many debates going on about what you should and should not be eating as there are about how much water to drink. Unless you have some medical restrictions to what you eat, I believe the basics are still valid. More fruits and veggies, less processed foods, and avoid those blatantly fatty foods that are heart attacks just waiting to happen. Mind you, the marketing gurus will do everything they can to get you to follow their advice, but your body knows what’s good for it – trust your instincts.  It took me a month or two to distinguish between a legitimate craving (for example, after a work out, I crave beef.  My body is screaming for protein) and a not so legitimate one (I’m bored – where are the chips?)  :-).  Food diaries are helpful here in that you can log how you feel when you eat certain foods, how they affect you emotionally and or physically. Armed with that information, you can determine what the legit cravings are and how to satisfy them in a health inducing manner along with developing strategies to deal with the others.

Practice What I Teach

All of what I suggest here are actual activities I engage in. I wouldn’t share anything I’m not actively doing myself. Drop a comment, ask questions – I’d love to learn more of what you’re doing to continue the self-love practices.

In the meantime, I’ll be back to sum things up tomorrow. Hope to see you back then. As always, sending love & light,