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Letting Go of Old Habits

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They say that the universe doesn’t like empty spaces so it quickly fills what’s been left void.

Same goes for our mortal lives, too. When we give something up or let something go, an instant emptiness appears in its place. It could be a boyfriend, a job, or an eating habit - whatever it is, the smart thing to do is to come up with a positive replacement on your own rather than let the course of things define what should fill it up.

Those who might feel inspired to make some changes in light of our new detox series might want a few straightforward tips on establishing change.

Here is what we suggest:

Quitting cigarettes: Whether you’re quitting cigarettes on your own or with the help of a proven technique, your hands and your mouth are used to moving in sync to put something in your mouth (aka fulfill your oral fixation). The best way to go about this is to start carrying a half-liter water bottle with you at all times. Hopefully, you’ll never feel the urge to smoke again but either way water will help with the transition, will be great for your health, and make sure you don’t go for unhealthy food to fill the void.

Quitting coffee: If you’re serious about this, remove all coffee and coffee makers from the house so there is no temptation and create a morning ritual to energize yourself. Working out, even if only for 10 minutes, refreshes you in the morning. If that’s not your thing, drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice and/or organic apple vinegar. This will alkalize your body and also give you that same ritual feeling as your morning coffee. Alternatively (or in addition), have a green juice to start your day. It’s a natural energy booster, so you’ll be less likely to crave coffee later in the day.

Quitting sugar: This may be the hardest as you’ll soon realize almost everything has sugar in it. Take a deep breath and acknowledge that this is a process. The best thing to do is to make sure that at least your kitchen and the food that you cook is free of sugar. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, go for fresh fruits and organic dark chocolate (make sure to check the ingredients).

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