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Holistic, natural weight lost that doesn't cost a dime.

Updated on January 28, 2014
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First things first. Mindset.

Here's the thing, people often attempt to improve their physical health by only engaging in the physical aspect. There is a huge problem with that! The battle for better body starts in the mind and deals primarily with the emotional state. Whether you admit it or not, that coffee in the morning, that cigarette on break or the extra large value meal are all escapes from your life. I'm not assuming all unhealthy people are miserable, but those dirty little habits make the day a little brighter. So the first thing one must do to acquire their desired state of health is to be brutally honest with yourself. It's your fault you let your body go, and your doing it for a reason. Make a pact with yourself. A pact to find out what's pushing you to those bad habits. Admit there is at least seven bad habits keeping you from perfect health. Make the road to better health a true journey of mind body and spirit. Now doesn't that sound exciting?

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When I say, bad habit, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it cigarettes? Late night snacking? The odds are, the first one you think of that pertains to your life is the most prevalent one. So lets say it's late night snacking. Guess what? The body barely needs food after you get out of work. What do you do after work? Wind down maybe, read a book or watch T.V.? Your body doesn't need the gas your giving it. During sleep your body slows down to a point closer to death than of life. So with that said think little steps. Day by day, slowly increase the time your not eating before bed. I stop eating after 6. My energy is through the roof and I sleep very well. Hunger will ensue at first, but your body will get use to it. You will begin to see results immediately. If you go to bed on a full stomach, your body attempts to digest food in an awkward position, and once you begin to doze off that process becomes sluggish. What your left with is a unfilled quota needing to be finished in the morning. Start the stomach fresh and ready to take in vital nutrients. As the ancients said, "Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and give your supper to the enemy."

Here's the fun part. Pay close attention to your behavior as you ween yourself off your first bad habit. What you will find, if you defy your need for the number one addiction, is your number two addiction. From here, rinse and repeat.

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Now I'm not saying anything you haven't heard before right? So why do people fail so often in attempts to be healthier? The answers are boredom and sadness. When getting rid of a bad habit, one has left a hole in themselves that can be emotional, time consuming or both. So what's the solution? Well, a good habit! What else? Fill the new hole with something time consuming and beneficial. For smokers that are quitting, try deep breathing while ciggerettes are on your mind. Mimic all the actions of smoking without smoking. The deep breathing will give you a buzz that in my opinion is better than the buzz from smoking. Deep breathing as a form of mediation, becomes a more potent high as you increase practice, as opposed to the opposite effect of nicotene consumption. For coffee drinkers, try new and exotic teas that have slight mind and body altering effects. Or cut down sugar and cream slowly until you get black coffee. Late night snackers have apples and carrots on hand to help curve appetite as your body adjust. And pick up that book you never got around to finishing. And as you take a bad habit out, and bring a good one in, pay close attention to your thoughts and emotions. What you think about and begin feeling are hints to your demons, your issues. And once this ultimate enemy reveals itself, you will be on the road to self mastery, and perfect health.

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    • Kemet Musiq profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Needham 

      6 years ago from Utica,Ny

      This is true, and thank you!

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ok maybe I have two. If we didnt have them we'd be perfect. Boring!! Good luck with yours also!:)

    • Kemet Musiq profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Needham 

      6 years ago from Utica,Ny

      Thanks! Yea It's pretty amazing how the body works. Good luck with your bad habit, i still got like four haha.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I never thought of sleep as a point closer to death than to life. That's a unique way of thinking. Good tips on how to break a bad habit. I have one to work on. One day. Welcome to Hubpages. Keep the tips coming!

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