New Year, New You

Easier said than done, but not impossible!  Instead of making new years resolutions we should be making new year lifestyle changes.

A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.  Usually a resolution is made not putting enough forethought into how we will accomplish it. Quite often resolutions are thought of as denying yourself of life’s pleasures and we find it very difficult to make it to the end of the first week of the new year without breaking them.

A lifestyle change is a process that takes time and requires support. Once you’re ready to make a change the difficult part is committing and following through. So do your research and make a plan that will prepare you for success. Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time. There are several areas we can target to make positive changes that make life more enjoyable and feeling good is a great goal.

Many struggle with making healthy food choices which is the main cause of excess weight.  Foods that aren’t great for us are easily accessible. Making a lifestyle change to mainly shop the outside isles of the grocery store and/or cut out white foods (pasta, flour and sugar) are a good start. Our bodies actually crave these types of food the more we eat them. If you replace these white foods with colorful fruits and vegetables you will begin to crave “good for you” foods.  As they say we should eat a rainbow of colored fruits and vegetables each day.
We can also reset our systems and stop “junk food” cravings by doing a cleanse.  In just a few days you will notice your craving for simple carbohydrates are vanishing. Complex carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables gives you more of what you need and also gives your immunity a boost.  If you stick with the cleanse you will shortly notice you’re feeling better overall.  You’re sleeping better, have more energy since you’re eliminating toxins better and you have probably have lost a few pounds.  Healthy living is a choice.  It’s easier than ever to make good choices with Standard Process’s purification kits.  The kits come in regular, vanilla and chocolate flavors. There is a dairy free option and all are gluten free and vegetarian.  To help you jump start this lifestyle change we recommend the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Cleanse Kit.  This is an easy program to follow and can be purchased from us. If you have any questions about this product we would be happy to talk to you about it.

Exercise is where many of us also fall short.  Just 30 minutes of exercise that gets your heart beating faster on most days is a good goal to shoot for.  If you are struggling with excess weight you could increase the amount of exercise you do which can help you meet your weight goal. Exercising doesn’t have to be running.  Some people just don’t like to run, but they can get fit with many other kinds of exercise.  Even walking is better than nothing. What ever you do make sure it is fun so you will stick with it.  Perhaps the family dog can benefit from your commitment to making a lifestyle change.  Grab a leash and take them along.

Stress is also a thief of our well being.  Sometimes we aren’t even aware that we are stressed.  Take time for you.  Find a hobby that doesn’t require a lot of mindfulness.  It’s good to not critically think even if only for a short time.  A regular habit of doing this helps enrich our lives.  Adults are now finding pleasure coloring in adult coloring books.  The pages are beautiful and gives you ways to express your creativity just like we did as children.  Reading a good book, listening to favorite music or even watching a good movie helps us unwind and disconnect from everyday stress. So let’s make 2017 be the year of “YOU”.  It’s OK to take care of ourselves and just maybe those positive life style changes we make will trickle down to those we love and care about.  Make it your year!

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