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7 Healthy New Year Tips

by Vivian Fleitstra on December 30, 2014

As we welcome in the New Year, I can hear the long list of resolutions not only flowing from myself, but also from family, friends and clients.  I totally understand the eagerness to get started if you have fallen off the wagon with sticking to healthy eating choices, exercise, self-care and just plain old taking care of you.  So let me suggest, resolve to be happier, healthier and fitter this year.  

Here are some simple tips to incorporate into the New Year. 

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Let’s start with #1.  Cook Real Food.  Eat more real whole foods instead of the processed.  It provides 3 things; 1. Cooking is healthier than not cooking, 2.  It’s less expensive than not cooking.  3.  Cooking keeps you in control. Knowledge of what you are putting exactly in your body is power. 

Next up #2.  Buy fresh Food in your local grocery store or opt to go to a Farmer’s market or join a CSA. Organic is best but I also know its expensive, so alternative is fresh.  Buy equal numbers of fruits and vegetables. Opt for a bunch of spinach and whole heads of lettuce. Wash, dry and freeze whatever you can for later use.  This is especially great for making smoothies for breakfast.  Frequently my go to food in the AM.

Moving onto #3.  Cut down on Meat.  Try Meatless Mondays and replace with vegetable protein recipe such as black bean burrito or burger, or homemade vegetable soup.  Opt to have meat once a week and you will not only loose weight you will reduce saturated fats as well.  

#4. Diet without Dieting?  People are finally realizing that what is good for your health is also good for your waistline.  Incorporating more vegetables, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fish, help to lower the risk of heart disease and up your odds of living healthier past 70 by 40%.  That doesn’t mean you can’t eat the things you love, its just about balance and moderation.  You will find the healthier you eat, you will naturally reduce cravings, sugar content and overall be on the road to optimal health with a slimmer waistline as the bonus.

#5.  Eat your way to wellness?  This is at the heart of my passion.  Try a detox and learn more about anti-inflammatory foods.  You’ve heard the terms, “Gluten-free,” “Healing foods,” “Immunity-fighting,” the list goes on. But there is truth in eating for wellness.  For example, the more fiber you eat in your diet, the less your sugar spikes, keeping  blood sugar and insulin levels balanced.  I have friends, family and clients who are gluten-free and literally feel a difference in their bodies.  It reduces inflammation within the body and as we age we have more aches and pains, so anything that can taste good and feel good for my body, I’m opting in.  Making these shifts gradually and finding food alternatives is key to making these lifestyle changes permanently. 

 #6. Let’s get moving.  Make time for physical activity or exercise.  Not only does exercise help when you are trying to loose weight but it builds lean muscle, which becomes increasingly important as we age.  No matter what your current weight or age, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

#7.  The last tip, but not the least by any means, make time to meditate or practice mindfulness. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace.  Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment.  And you can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you’re out for a walk, riding the train, waking up before your feet hit the floor or make it a practice at the end of your workouts.  Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health providing a new perspective on stressful situations, building skills to manage stress, increasing self-awareness, focusing on the present, and providing positive energy and gratitude. 

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2015!  Blessings. XO. 

Vivian Fleitstra

 

 

 

 

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