When you take control of your health and life you feel empowered. A New Year often comes with an attempt to create a "new you". The new goals you put show what you deeply desire for yourself, what your body is telling you that it needs and what you feel you lack in our life i.e. improved energy levels, better sleep, losing weight etc.
My advice for you is that new health goals and resolutions don't need to happen only at the beginning of each year. Make it a habit to evaluate how you feel about your body and how your body functions many times throughout the year. And I would also advice you to not settle for anything less than optimal health and sense of wellness!
The health tips listed below will help you rebalance your body, recharge your metabolism and help you make a fresh and healthy start for the New Year. Write down a list with your own goals and keep this note with you for a while. Track your goals by keeping a diary with the things you achieved and the things you still need to work on.
My Top 5 Health Goals for the New Year
1. Eat Mindfully
Pay attention to the present moment while eating. Do not read, watch TV, work or do other things while eating, rather focus on the sensory stimuli (taste, smell, texture) your meal or snack is offering you. Follow your inner wisdom and knowledge for choosing foods that are both satisfying and nourishing. Do not eat when you are stressed and pay attention to your internal cues signaling that you are hungry or full.
2. Cut down sugar from your diet
Do you crave sugary snacks? Do you eat sweets on a daily basis? Sugar is indeed a very addictive food ingredient. Sugar intake affects the same neurotransmitters in the brain as drugs and has been shown in research to be as addictive as cocaine. Most processed foods and snacks contain excessive hidden sugar and frequent consumption has been linked to Type II diabetes and heart disease. Excess sugar in the diet has also been linked to increased inflammation in the body, high estrogen levels and a poor immune system, all leading to a higher risk of developing cancer.
Avoid processed sweet foods and replace them with fresh or dried fruits, coconut milk with raw cocoa, sheep's yogurt with 1 teaspoon of honey and some nuts, or try our list of healthy snacks from our recipe section! Try our delicious cashew protein balls, our raw superfood bar, our banana chocolate ice-cream or one of our smoothies!
3. Improve Gut Health
We often say that "you are what you eat" but the truth is "You are what you absorb"! To digest your food more efficiently and absorb the vital nutrients your body needs daily:
- chew very well,
- make sure you drink 8 glasses of water or herbal teas a day,
- try to identify any food intolerances (foods that might be causing bloating, a feeling of indigestion and even headaches)
- take probiotic supplements of pro-biotic rich foods ofter such as kefir, unprocessed sheep's yogurt and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut.
4. Get on the move! Make it a habit!
Physical activity is important for everyone!. It helps you burn off the extra calories, it's good for the heart and circulatory system, it maintains or increases your muscle mass, it helps you focus, and improves your overall health well-being. The ideal is to spend 150 minutes per week on moderate physical activity. This is easier to achieve if you make it part of your daily routine. You can:
- use the stairs instead of the elevator,
- go for a walk during lunch breaks (and stretch in your offices in between)
- make time for a family weekend activity.
There is a large number of herbs which have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Lemon balm, lavender and chamomile are all effective at reducing irritability and anxiety and at promoting relaxation and a sense of calmness. These herbs can reduce the effects stress and excess cortisol have on your body.