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7 Healthy Habits That Can Change Your Life

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits teaches that you can turn anything into a habit, and that it’s important to conquer one habit at a time instead of getting burned out by trying to do a whole lifestyle shift at once. He says that it’s important to start small, and gives the example of flossing saying that instead of committing to flossing daily, commit to flossing ONE tooth. Surely once you’ve started you will find yourself flossing the rest of them, and the key is to set goals so ridiculously small that you can’t imagine not doing them.
With this in mind, we compiled the following list of healthy habits. We recommend that you pick the one that sounds the least challenging to you, start conquering it today, and then move on to the next habit in 3-4 weeks or so.
Here are 7 healthy habits that can change your life:
1. Hydrate properly
Most of us simply do not drink enough water to keep our body adequately hydrated. The new recommendation is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, and more if you live in a hot climate or are extremely active. Work your way up to this goal one day at a time. For example, if your target is to drink 80 ounces per day and you are currently only drinking 16 ounces, add another glass today, two tomorrow, and so on until you reach your goal. Ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer has been found to hydrate up to six times better than standard water and does not leave a bloated or waterlogged feeling.
2. Get juicing
Green juices and smoothies made with fruits and vegetables like kale, spinach, avocado, cucumber and celery are extremely alkalizing and provide a wonderful boost to your immune system. If you aim to make one or two green juices or smoothies per day, you might start by making one a week, then two, and so on. Or you might try a 30 day challenge where you drink one every single day. By the end of the month you’ll be feeling so great and the habit will be so ingrained that you won’t want to stop!
3. Cut the crap
Do you eat a donut for breakfast every morning or a sugary dessert every night? Identify which items on your shopping list are the least healthy (anything processed and prepackaged is a good place to start) and then slowly stop buying them. So for example you could say goodbye to potato chips this week, cookies next week, and so on. If your pantry isn’t stocked with these unhealthy foods then you will be less likely to eat them!
4. Nourish your body with alkaline foods
If the idea of cutting the crap sounds too daunting, you can do the opposite and crowd out the bad with the good. Try adding one new alkaline food to your shopping cart each week or start eating one salad a day. As you start to eat more alkaline foods your taste buds will change and you will eventually no longer crave the processed crap.
5. Get Moving
Of course exercise is an integral part of health and a surefire way to boost your mood. Aim to do alkaline exercises like walking, yoga, Pilates, jogging, rebounding and stretching at least three times a week.
6. Switch to natural products
Commercial beauty products and cleaners contain toxic ingredients that wreak havoc on your health. But fortunately natural alternatives are available and you can slowly re-stock your medicine cabinet and cleaning supply closet when you develop the habit of reading labels. Try buying a fluoride-free toothpaste this week and an aluminum-free deodorant the next. A water ionizer will produce multipurpose low pH acid water that can replace everything from facial toner and hand sanitizer to Windex and Lysol.
7. Cut back on meat and dairy
Even if you’re not ready or never intend to become vegan or vegetarian, if you are eating large amounts of meat and/or dairy you can see health benefits like fewer allergies and increased energy by cutting back. Try implementing Meatless Mondays or replacing your cow’s milk with organic soy, almond or coconut milk.
Which habit will you begin implementing today? Share in the comments!

4 Tips to Shift Your Eating Habits

Remember the Lay’s potato chip slogan “Betcha can’t eat just one?”

Well, it’s more than just a slogan, it’s a scientific fact that processed foods are designed to make you crave more of them by depriving you of the nutrition your body needs. Scientists in labs literally work to design foods which leave you feeling unsatisfied, so that you’ll consume more of the products the major brands they represent produce.

You Are What You Eat

It’s no wonder that our country is now facing an epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, diabetes and cancer. Americans are bombarded with more processed food choices than ever, and the lure of the convienent fast food drive thru and dollar menu is on almost every street corner. Food can be a drug and it’s time that we start recognizing unhealthy foods as such.

Even animals are not immune to the addiction of processed foods, as evidenced in this funny video: Sam the Shoplifting Seagull Is Addicted to Doritos.

Taste is a Learned Response; Not a Fixed Response

Fortunately, taste is not a fixed sense and can be reprogrammed to get you craving the right type of foods that your body will thrive on instead of the foods that may ultimately destroy it.

According to Anna Coutler of Better World Cuisine, “Taste preferences will change with time and support your new way of eating. The understanding that enjoying a food can grow on us is absolutely true. After we have eaten a new food about a dozen times, the body will call for it again and it will become one of the preferred foods. By habitually stretching your palate, the tolerance and enjoyment of healthy foods will increase. The more one eats high-nutrient foods, the less one craves low-nutrient foods. Over time, wanting less fat, protein and carbohydrates happens naturally, and the fabulously healthy foods become our favorites.”

4 Tips to Shift Your Eating Habits

1. Introduce New Alkaline Foods Into Your Diet – It’s easier to add foods to your diet than to subtract them, so an easy tip is to try adding one new alkaline fruit or vegetable to your shopping cart each week. Examples include avocados, kale, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, asparagus, coconut, grapefruit and lemons.

2. Start Your Day With a Green Juice or Smoothie – According to raw food expert Karen Knowler, whatever type of food you eat upon rising (sugary, starchy, healthy, etc.) is what you are likely to crave for the remainder of the day. So by starting each day with a nutritious green juice or smoothie, you are setting yourself up for success.

3. Drink More Water – Oftentimes when we feel hungry, we are actually dehydrated. Try drinking a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily in order to stay properly hydrated and to ward off food cravings. Chanson alkaline ionized water is able to hydrate and detoxify without leaving a bloated or waterlogged feeling. Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

4. Switch Your Sweetener – Sugar is highly addicting and has been linked to cancer, and artificial sweeteners are loaded with toxins that make them even more damaging to health. Instead, try stevia or xylitol. Both are natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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10 Reasons to Go Veg

There are three main reasons that people choose to adopt a plant-based diet: their health, the health of our planet, and out of compassion for animals. As it stands, the majority of Americans are overfed, overweight and undernourished.

In the words of Albert Einstein, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

10 Reasons to Go Veg

1. You reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

Research indicates that populations who consume large amounts of plant-derived foods have lower incidences of several types of cancer. On the other hand, the people who eat the most animal protein have the most heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study: “The evidence now amassed from researchers around the world shows that the same diet that is good for the prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease as well as obesity, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, cognitive dysfunction, M.S., osteoporosis and other diseases. Furthermore (a whole foods, plant-based) diet can only benefit everyone, regardless of his or her genes or personal dispositions.”

2. Achieving proper acid-alkaline balance for overall health is much easier

“Vegetarians, and in particular vegans, are more likely to have a better acid-alkaline balance and increased protection against degenerative diseases than meat-eaters…All body tissue has different levels of acidity and alkalinity but, overall, it functions best in a mildly alkaline state. Prolonged acidity within the body is pro-cancerous, and the typical Western diet creates overacidity,” according to Ian Marber and Vicki Edgson, authors of The Food Doctor.

In the words of Dr. Gabriel Cousens, “When you create a healthy pH (in your body), you create a significantly more disease-resistant body…a properly alkalinized person optimizes all mental and physical functions.” So not only will you be less prone to disease, but you’ll be able to function at optimal levels.

3. Vegetarians live longer and weigh less

The longest-living people in the world–the Hunza, the Vilcabama, the Abkhasia and the Okinawa people–eat a largely vegetarian diet using freshly picked organically grown fruit and vegetables. Many also drink alkaline ionized water from uncontaminated fresh-flowing rivers and streams. Studies have shown that vegetarians live about seven years longer than non-vegetarians, with vegans living about 15 years longer than meat eaters. Additionally, a 2009 study by Oxford researcher Tim Key found that vegetarians and vegans had body weights 3-20% lower than meat eaters.

4. Vegetarians are stronger and have lower cholesterol

In more than 10 studies, non-athletic vegetarians had two to three times more endurance than meat-eating athletes, and the best athletes in the ancient Greek Olympics consumed a plant-based diet. The myth that people need animal protein to build muscle is completely false.

According to Dr. Howard Murad, “There are many benefits to eating vegetable protein food as opposed to animal sources of protein. Vegetable proteins contain no cholesterol or saturated fat and in many cases also provide a good source of dietary fiber.” The cholesterol levels for vegetarians is about 14% lower than meat eaters, and vegans consume no cholesterol whatsoever.

5. It will save you money

By replacing meat, chicken and fish with vegetables and fruits, it is estimated that your food bill will be reduced by an average of $4,000 a year. Just think of all the things you could do with the extra income. And that’s just for one person, what if you could get everyone in your household to follow your healthy eating habits?

6. It’s better for the environment

The water and carbon footprint of a meat-eating Prius owner is larger than that of a vegetarian who drives a Hummer.

Each year, our nation’s factory farms collectively produce two billion tons of manure–a substance that’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the country’s top 10 pollutants. And that is not even taking in to account the amount of methane gas released by cows, pigs and poultry, the ammonia gases from urine, the poisonous gases that emanate from manure lagoons, the toxic chemicals from pesticides, and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.

It takes 1,857 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, and for every hamburger made from imported beef the equivalent of a small kitchen worth of rainforest is destroyed forever.

7. It’s the humane thing to do

Every year in the United States, more than nine billion animals are slaughtered for food while millions more die of stress, suffocation, injuries, or disease in the food industry.

In the words of Paul McCartney: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” It is believed that vegetarians and vegans spare the lives of 100 animals a year. Remember that you have a choice every time you pick up your fork at mealtime, order off a menu, or fill your shopping cart.
 
8. It’s better for our children

“Putting children on a plant-based diet could reduce teen pregnancy by delaying the start of menstruation by an average of 4-6 years,” according to Dr. Campbell.

We teach our children not to drink, smoke or abuse drugs and to practice safe sex, but so long as we are providing them with an abundance of processed foods and sodas, we are doing nothing to prolong or enrich their health, but rather setting them up for a lifetime of dehabilitating illnesses, prescription drugs and medical bills. 16-33% percent of children and adolescents are obese, and unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.

9. It helps menopausal women with the change

Hormone levels aren’t as elevated in women who eat a plant-based diet than those who don’t. This is especially helpful during menopause, as the crash isn’t as hard for vegetarians and vegans as they are for meateaters.

10. We were not evolved to eat meat

“Humans are designed to be vegetarian, and our bodies will never work their best if we keep forcing them to do something they are not equipped to handle,” according to Dr. Robert O. Young, author of “The pH Miracle.”

Our teeth, the length of our digestive tract, and the strength of our stomach acid is all better suited to a plant-based diet than meat. In fact, when humans consume meat it rots in their digestive tract because it remains in there for too long and is not properly broken down.

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In Chanson Water’s continued effort to promote health, we encourage a plant-based diet by offering “Meatless Monday” recipes every week.

If the idea of quitting meat cold-turkey is too challenging for you, try going meatless for one day or even just one meal a day and work your way up. For every person who eats one less hamburger each week for a year it would be equivalent to taking one car off the road for 320 miles.

And don’t forget to hydrate with Chanson alkaline ionized water. According to Ray Kurzwell and Dr. Terry Grossman, authors of Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, “Most people are already too acidic from eating excess meat, simple carbohydrates, and sugar. Alkalinizing water is a very effective step to bring this into balance.”

Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.