Most people make New Years resolutions and believe they will stick to them throughout the year but usually fall short of their goals.  Today we are going to look at some healthy habits and making New Year’s resolutions.

The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or get in better physical shape.  So let’s look at this resolution.  Reality is you didn’t gain the extra weight or get out of shape in the last 30 days yet most think that in 30 days, viola, it should all be done.  Weight gain usually has occurred over months to years, allow yourself at least one month for every year of weight gain.  Here are some more healthy habits for weight loss.

  1. Don’t try to attempt drastic changes.  Funny thing about our bodies, if you decrease your food intake too drastically or have been a constant dieter your body will rebel.  Firstly, I don’t like the word diet.  The first three letters spell, DIE.  I like the word, food intake.  So, if you have decreased your food intake too drastically or have constantly tried decreasing your food intake and then give in and increase your food intake, your body will try to protect itself.  The body will think you are starving and hold on to everything it can.  That is why slow, consistent lifestyle changes will produce long term positive results.
  2. Start with eating slightly smaller portions and over time continue to eat smaller portions until you reach your goal.
  3. Don’t drink your calories.  Diet drinks would be the first to go.  Soft drinks also have to go.
  4. Eat good fat, olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil.
  5. Don’t eat condiments, they are loaded with sugar.
  6. Salad dressings are condiments. Make your own salad dressing with the good oils listed in item 4.
  7. Spice up your life with spices.  Many spices can increase your metabolism.
  8. Decrease heated oils, in other words no fried foods.
  9. Drink more water and make sure your water is mineralized.
  10. Reduce your white intake, white sugar and white flour.
  11. Try to eat 70% of your food intake in a day as good grains, vegetables and fruit, 20% protein and 10% good fat.
  12. Don’t eat anything past 7 -8 pm.

You absolutely have to change would goes in your mouth if you want to make a change in your weight and or body shape.

After you have made some positive changes to your food intake, it’s time to look into increasing your metabolism through exercise.

  1. Where every you are with your exercise routine right now, you need to increase it.
  2. Start with a realistic expectation of time that you can commit to 3 times a week to begin with.
  3. Do something you enjoy doing.

The best New Year’s resolution you could make is to be happy.  A long time ago I was handed a scrap piece of paper with these words written on it.  Be content but not satisfied.

Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.

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