While some people aren't a fan of making resolutions for the New Year, I think it's a great time to reinforce some positive change or improvement in one's life. The NEW year symbolizes a fresh start and a chance for one to work on their personal-growth, which I am all about. One of the top resolution's people make each year has to do with their health- Whether it's working out more or eating better. Notice how crowded the gym is in January, but by the time February rolls around it's like a ghost-town? Surely, a resolution is intended to be something that lasts. It's a change you want to adopt into your every day routine. But I think a lot of the time, people set unrealistic goals for themselves. If you're truly trying to live healthy, it may not be best to do a 360 degree with your lifestyle as soon as that clock strikes midnight. Instead of throwing out all 10 or so habits that may be contributing to your current unhealthy lifestyle, start by focusing on the top two things you would like to change first, and build from there. You will be able to welcome the changes easier and stick with them because you won't be overwhelmed. If you are ready to make 2016 YOUR year of living a healthy lifestyle (forget the fad diets), below are some tips and suggestions to ensure you're one of those who beats the odds and is still going strong with your healthy resolution(s) come 2017 and each New Year after that.
1) Use a positive mantra to reinforce self-love and repeat it in front of the mirror 3 times daily when you wake up (you can also write the phrase on a piece of paper and stick it somewhere you will see multiple times on a daily basis).
2) Get those greens in EVERY day. Whether you sneak them in your smoothie or get them from a salad. To ensure a healthy salad, make it yourself at home and for a heart-benefiting, detoxing salad dressing mix 1 tbsp. Thrive algae oil with 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, plus a few dashes of garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Forget the ranch and blue cheese dressing!
3) Schedule your workouts like you would a work meeting! Don't just say you are going to workout "4 times a week", instead incorporate your workouts into your daily planner or calendar. Notice how much more you accomplish when you have a To Do List? This works in the same way. Also, on the weekends switch it up by trying a new or challenging workout. I love hiking on the weekends, so I'm always looking for new hikes to try. It keeps my workouts interesting and gives me something to look forward to. And do invest in a good pair of comfortable workout shoes. Lately, I've been digging the Skechers' Burst (as shown above), they are super comfy and stylish!
4) Limit eating out to 2x a week and when you do eat out choose a place that has healthy options, otherwise you could be causing more damage to your healthy lifestyle than you realize.
5) Shop smart! Make sure you are getting your groceries from somewhere that offers organic options, whether that's your local Farmer's Market or grocery store. The quality of what you are eating is so important to your overall well-being.
6) I can't stress enough how important it is to plan ahead. If you work all week, make Sunday your day to grocery shop and prepare meals to have on hand throughout the week. For meal inspiration, pick up a healthy cookbook that's compatible to your taste palate and mark recipes you want to make from it. Each week choose 1-2 of these new recipes to try. This will keep eating healthy fun and exciting. The more you plan, the more you will succeed!
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