Conscious Living

Breath & Energy

Conscious Breathing

Life starts and ends by taking a breath and it is obvious that we should fill out lives with good breathing habits. Our bodies needs a lot of oxygen to function properly and to help discard waste products like carbon monoxide. Every cell in our body actually needs lots of oxygen. Today many people are conscious about what they drink and what they eat but very few think about how they breath

How Breath Works

It affects the nervous system, the heart, the digestive system, muscles, sleep, energy levels, concentration and memory and much more. Breathing is also our largest system for waste removal. 70% of the waste products produced in our body is supposed to be removed via breathing. 30% is removed via the skin and only 10% remains for the kidneys and the digestive system.

We not only breath in oxygen but also life energy,  where it has been written in all recorded scriptures about creation. to most known as  ‘breath of life’.

Breathing is easily affected, become restrained or blocked. Our way of breathing is actually one of the first affected by stress and emotions.

Solar Plexus  Breathing

Here is an easy way to learn again how to breath with your abdomen and receive many health benefits on the way.

How to do it:

You can either stand or lie down (suggest you stand)

Stand with your feet fairly close together

Relax and free your mind from all thoughts

Open your mouth slightly

Press gently and smoothly inward on your abdomen with your palms. Breath out during a count to six.

Hold for a count of two

Release smoothly and breath in under a count to six.

Hold for a count of two. (This whole process of pressing, holding, releasing, holding is called a breathing unit)

Repeat this whole process until you have done ten whole breathing units.

Drop your arms to your sides and close your eyes if not already closed.

Let go of everything and enjoy the state of “nothingness” for about five minutes or the time that feels right for you.

When ready rub your hands together and “wash” your face with them. Open your eyes and walk a few steps.

Here are a few tips for you: To do this correctly you breath out on pressing and breath in on releasing. In the beginning try and forget about the breathing it usually takes care of itself. Concentrate on the pressing and releasing. Practice once in the morning and once in the evening for a couple of weeks and see how you feel! As you go along you can add more units to your exercise. If you feel stressed, upset or tired this is a very good and quick exercise to revitalize yourself.

 

Carb Wisely

Carbohydrates have a bad reputation. Low carb diet are extremely popular and people tend to steer away from carbohydrate ridden foods such as breads, pasta, and rice. What most people don’t realize is that carbohydrates can be divided into two groups: good and bad. While you can’t change a bad carbohydrate food into a good carbohydrate food, there are changes you can make in your diet to reduce the weight gain effects of bad carbs.

Knowing how your metabolism works and which carbs are good and which carbs are bad will help you to successfully plan a healthy diet… with carbs. You don’t need to cut carbs out of your diet to lose weight. In fact, carbohydrates are important to your health, as they give you and your body energy.

Bad carbs are foods made with unrefined flour such as white bread, white flour pasta, pastries, jams and jellies. Good carbs are whole wheat breads, brans, oats, and brown rice. Try to stick to only good carbs when on a diet as this will help you reach your weight loss goal. Good carbohyrdates slowly release energy throughout the day, this will help you stay full longer and keep you from overeating or snacking.

A good way to counteract the affect of bad carbs is by eating lean proteins. If you have a lot of good protein in your system, your body will have more energy to burn off the excess calories from the bad carbs.

Another way to offset the affects of bad carbs is exercise. 30 minutes of good exercise will help you to burn off the calories from the bad carbs. If you eat a bad carb food your body experiences a sudden burst of energy, if you do nothing to burn off that energy it is then stored in the fat cells of your body. However, if you actively work to burn off that energy then bad carbs suddenly work in your favor by giving you the energy to exercise.

Bad carbs can only work in your favor if you plan to work them off almost immediately. Try to stick to a diet of good, lean protein and complex carbohydrates so you will have high energy levels and be less tempted to over eat. If you have a diet that is high in protein and high in bad carbs and you don’t work it off, your body will store the access fat, which leads to extra pounds.

 

Mind Over Food

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

However, our body needs a range of foods to stay fit and healthy. Carbohydrates—foods made from whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans— deliver vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients, which protect against a range of illnesses and diseases. We need carbohydrates to provide the body with the fuel for physical activity and for proper organ function in our every day life.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

However, our body needs a range of foods to stay fit and healthy. Carbohydrates—foods made from whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans— deliver vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients, which protect against a range of illnesses and diseases. We need carbohydrates to provide the body with the fuel for physical activity and for proper organ function in our every day life.

Foods with a high glycemic index are :

white bread or baguette

baked potato

corn chips

jelly beans

Foods with a low glycemic index are:

whole oats

whole wheat spaghetti

chickpeas

apples

rye

Time & Food

Losing weight is possible by adhering to a diet where most food is consumed during daylight hours, according to the diet.com website. The human metabolism slows down after 6 pm, as the body’s natural impulse to rest begins. Eating a heavy meal and/or snacking on foods–especially those high in sugar– do not break down in the body as fast as other meals and can lead to weight gain. Follow several simple measures to consume your food before 6 pm to increase the possibility of weight loss.

Eat several small meals throughout the day. Traditional western diets are based on three large meals per day–where dinner is often the largest meal, consumed after 6 pm. Eating three or four small meals throughout the day provides your body with necessary nutrients and prevents you from feeling hungry later in the day.

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Eat protein and vegetables before 6 pm. Consuming foods with high levels of protein and nutrients contributes to a large and healthy accumulation of calories. Healthy calories burn slowly throughout the body during the day, making you feel appropriately full.

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Minimise sugars and sweets from your diet. Foods high in sugar and fat burn faster throughout the body, making you feel hungrier. They also contribute loads of calories at one time. Calories that are not burnt as energy transform into fat. Avoiding starch-based foods, such as pasta and white bread, is also a way to minimise and/or eliminate harmful sugars.