What is your New Year’s Resolution?
Are you one of those people who just never make one? Do you ask yourself why are others making resolutions and I am not? I think that a resolution is just another way of goal setting. Goals tend to get us started on a journey, without goals just wonder around never reaching an end point.
Just in case you are searching for a resolution, I have some suggestions. These are only suggestions and perhaps one or two on these will inspire you to be a healthier individual in the 2010. They are in no specific order.
- Eat 5 to 7 veggies daily (not to include corn, potatoes, beans or peas… these are legumes and grains, not veggies). Every food pyramid, nutrition book and diet makes this suggestion. Veggies contain mineral and macro nutrients and are the great natural cleaners for our bodies.
- DRINK half of your bodies weight in ounces of WATER. (IE. If you weigh 150lbs then you need to drink 75oz of water a day). You will need more if you are exercising, smoking, or drink more than 8 ounces of caffeine daily.
- GET ORGANIZED with your meal planning and shopping. Make a weekly menu and make a weekly grocery list from the menu. This will save a ton of time and your meals will be much healthier.
- GET MOVING! Exercise at least 30 minutes 4 to 5 times a week. Pick an activity that you enjoy doing and I guarantee that you will make it happen.
- Eat SMARTER! No artificial sweeteners! No drive thru or fast food! No fried food! Over 900,000 died last year due to cardiovascular disease. We all know the connection between fast food and fried food to CVD!
- GO GREEN! Recycle, recycle, recycle. You will definitely feel better about your trash when you start recycling.
- Identify your worse “FOOD FOE” and befriend it. Let’s say that you love DIET COKE or a Hazelnut Latte every morning…… You need to break up with it. Or let’s say that you just love fast food fries or some specific candy, cookie or special type of chocolate…….. You need to break up! Better sooner than later
- Only allow yourself to have cakes, cookies, pies, bagels and breads once a month. These food contain very few beneficial nutrients. Remember, food is fuel for the body so pick nutrient dense foods.
- Make time for yourself each day! In this day and age of technology, schedule it into your day in your planner. If have found that if you wait until the end of the day,you will have a tendency to run out of time. So start your day off right with a little time for yourself. It could be reading, exercising, reconnecting with friends or daily prayers.
I have found that if you pick one resolution then at least one other will fall into place. Say that you are going to start exercising, your body will want more water and you will automatically drink more water. Or if you are going for #1 and eating more veggies. You will automatically reduce your consumption of fried food and trashy carbs (#8)…..
Good luck! Start redefining your health TODAY!
If you have another great suggestion please share it with us.
In good health,