New Year - New You!
...Or is it?
Yes it's the cliché saying but it's time to be honest with yourself - how are those New Year resolutions going? Are you eating better? Exercising more? Drinking less alcohol and more water? Avoiding things that cause you stress? Perhaps you could make a few improvements...
We're only 2 weeks into the New Year and a few of us have already fallen off the bandwagon. You know what? It's ok, lifestyle changes take time - a lot of time (research suggests anywhere between 21 days and 100 days!). Sometimes you just need a reminder (such as this email) or a gentle prod (from one of our practitioners) to put you back on the healthy track.
We all want to see and feel results straight away but being realistic we know this takes time.
Here are some simple lifestyle changes you can make that will easily become habits:
- Include protein-rich foods in each meal: such as fish, seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy, seeds, nuts and legumes.
- Drink lots of water. Particularly in this warm weather! It's estimated that 75% of the population are always dehydrated which is a scary thought.
- Eat lots of colourful vegetables every day - at least 3 cups! Ideally organic and locally sourced.
- Limit starchy carbohydrates to 2 small serves per day: Aim for brown starches such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat and sweet potato. Also look at reducing wheat, gluten and processed and refined foods.
- Regular exercise. There's lots of little things you can do that make a big difference; take the stairs instead of the escalator/lift, walk to the shops or up that hill at lunch time.
- Enjoy a 'freedom' meal once a week: in order to make a lifestyle change, you do need the occasional treat! Allow yourself 1 or 2 treat meals per week.
If 2013 has left you feeling tired, sluggish, and less than your best, a detoxification program can help you make a clean start to 2014 with renewed health and vitality.
For more information book in now with your regular practitioner or one of our Naturopaths and let's get those New Year resolutions back on track!