Happy New Year!! I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be a fantastic year. Being healthy and feeling great will help make that come true! I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions because most of the time we don’t stick to them and then we are disappointed in ourselves. So this year, instead of BIG hard to reach goals, try making some really simple, small changes that will greatly benefit your health in the long run.
Drink More Water. The kind of water you drink is so important too. Invest in a good filter at home and take water with you in glass or stainless steel bottles. Tap water is full of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and chlorine. Plastic water bottles can leach chemicals into the water. Plus, they are an absolute nightmare for the environment. I take a big water bottle (or 2!) with me everywhere I go. Make water your main beverage in 2016.
Take a Probiotic Daily. Most people have some kind of digestive issues – bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux…These are not normal and it is important to figure out what is causing them and get rid of them for good. Many things can disrupt the good bacteria in our gut such as pesticides, chlorine, BPA, toxic skin care products and cleaning products, over the counter medications, pharmaceuticals and stress. It is important to avoid these things as much as possible and to add good bacteria back into our gut. That is what probiotics do. A large part of your immune system is located in your gut, so let’s keep that gut healthy!
Make Sleep a Priority. Most people that I work with or talk to have sleep problems – trouble falling asleep, trouble going back to sleep or just not sleeping long enough. Not getting enough good quality sleep is linked to so many issues such as gaining weight or trouble losing weight, stress, poor diet choices, excess caffeine consumption, negative mood, lack of concentration and lower immune function. All of these things can eventually lead to health problems.
Here are some helpful tips: Read a book for an hour before bed instead of watching tv or being on your phone or computer, practice deep breathing and/or stretching before bed, take an epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil, drink a mug of herbal tea specifically blended for better sleep, avoid eating and drinking alcohol several hours before bedtime, don’t have any caffeine after lunchtime and keep your bedroom super cool.
Aim for 8 hours every night. Sleeping is the bomb. It is my favorite healthy habit. I hope you can learn to love it again!
Cut Back on Sugar. Way Back. Most Americans are consuming so much more sugar than they realize. Many foods that are considered “healthy” such as cereal, yogurt, salad dressing, protein bars and smoothies most likely have large amounts of added sugar. The food companies purposely add tons of it to make your taste buds get used to that much sugar and crave more. Read labels and avoid foods with added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Better yet, avoid most processed foods.
Switch to Organic Coffee. And only drink one cup. Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world and it is something that most of us consume regularly. Try and find a great local company that uses organic fair trade beans and support them. It will be more expensive but that is even more reason to only drink one delicious perfect cup. Quality over quantity!
Cook Most Meals at Home. Eating in restaurants is not only expensive but most food is full of sugar, salt, trans fats and loads of empty calories. Give your family the gift of good health this year and learn to cook simple, delicious meals that everyone will love.
If you have any questions about how to incorporate any of these changes into your life this year, let me know! I’m here to help.
I hope you have a HAPPY, HEALTHY 2016!