Hit the Reset Button on Your Health
Start the Year with Hope and Determination
I love the New Year as a time to hit the restart button on wellness initiatives. There’s just something about being back at the beginning of the year filled with hope and determination that’s motivating. Do we share the same goals of losing those extra holiday pounds, cutting our sugar cravings, having more energy and relief from day to day symptoms? If so, here are my tried and true tips for achieving all these and more.
Keep a Food Diary
To get real on what you are eating, how much, and how your body feels an hour after you’ve eaten, keep a food diary. In addition to identifying food trends in portion control or habitual snacking, it will help pinpoint food sensitivities that may be causing low energy, headaches or other chronic symptoms. Food sensitivity testing is a natural next step.
Drink More Water
Many of us are dehydrated and confuse hunger for thirst. Water suppresses the appetite naturally, helps the body metabolize stored fat, releases retained water, relieves constipation, helps maintain proper muscle tone and is crucial for proper kidney function. Clearly, water is critical for weight loss and your overall health! Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day will give you all you need to stay hydrated and keep things moving through your system properly.
Participate in a 14 Day Detox Program
Detox to minimize stores pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, preservatives, artificial additives and other harsh chemicals that we take in each day our food, drinks and through the environment. The body can tolerate only so much before it gets overburdened, causes weight gain, allergies, headaches, hormone imbalance, lethargy, anxiety and skin conditions. During a detox program, you allow your body to naturally cleanse by eliminating intese foods, taking a few cleansing herbs, and drinking water. It’s easier than you think and you won’t believe how much better you look and feel!
Get Out and Move
Good health and an idea weight can’t be achieved exclusively with diet. Exercise is important for digestion, circulation, regulating the appetite, releasing emotional stress, strengthening your heart, improving lung capacity and reducing body fat. You don’t have to have the perfect outfit or subscribe to the “no pain, no gain” mentality. Just do what you love and do it for 45 minutes 5 times per week and you’ll be rewarded with a toned, energized body.
This is your year to make your health and happiness a priority. You deserve to look and feel your best and when you do, everyone around you wins. If not now, when?
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