It’s January: a time of New Year’s Resolutions and new gym memberships. How many times have you resolved to lose weight or eat healthy for the new year? How long have you actually stuck with these resolutions? Only a few weeks? You’re not alone. New Year’s resolutions surrounding weight loss and exercise are by far the most common. Studies show that only about 64% of people who make these resolutions stick with them after one month. Worse than that, only 46% of people are still pursuing their resolutions after six months!
Unless you’re a super goal-oriented person, you probably have some trouble sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions for the long haul. Making life changes can be difficult, especially when these changes have to do with something as complex as your diet. Often times we’re so out of whack from the holidays that it takes an extra effort to follow through with our New Year’s Resolutions: you have to get back to normal before you can move on to awesome. You have to get your body back to the way it was before the holidays before you can make significant improvements. Here are some simple ways to get your system back to normal to make your resolutions come to fruition!
- Get Hydrated! We all know that water is a magical beverage. It helps regulate digestion and is essential for our bodies to function optimally. Make sure to drink plenty of water (t least 8 glasses a day) while striving to reach your new goals! Kombucha is another wonderful drink to help get your digestion back in shape.
Kombucha is a bubbly, fermented tea that’s full of beneficial probiotic bacteria and live active enzymes that aid digestive health. It also has organic acids like malic acid that helps with liver function and butyric and gluconic acids that strengthen that walls of the intestinal tract. Kombucha isn’t for everyone though: most often you can see flakes of the fermentation culture, which can be off-putting, but I promise it tastes delicious!
- Get…um…Regular! Fiber isn’t just for your grandmother– taking a daily fiber supplement, like psyllium husk, can not only “maintain regular GI transit” , but improve and repair your intestinal tract!
Psyllium seed husks turn into a gel when combined with water–this gel of dietary fiber passes through your digestive tract and “cleans” it so to speak. Picture Drano going through a clogged pipe, only (hopefully) not as gross. Psyllium husk can remedy some of the damage done to the intestinal lining by gluten and the lectins found in legumes.
If a psyllium supplement isn’t for you, consider increasing your intake of fibrous fruits like avocados, apples and berries and of dark green leafy vegetables!
- Get Moving! Make sure that you incorporate some movement into your every day routine. You don’t need to run to the gym and hop on the elliptical for an hour to make a dent in your cardiovascular shape– consider walking instead! Walking is totally underrated: even if you only walk for 20 minutes everyday, you can still increase your aerobic fitness, and decrease your blood pressure and resting heart rate. Walking is an easy, low impact activity that can have a surprising effect on your fitness level. Try walking for 30 minutes a day– brownie points if you walk outside! You’ll get the extra benefits of fresh air and a little vitamin D exposure!
Now is the time to start working on reaching your goals for the new year–As they say, “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow.” Getting back your digestive health will make achieving your resolutions so much easier! By following these simple guidelines you should have your body back to normal in no time.
Sticking with your New Years Resolutions can be tough, especially when they revolve around your diet. Consider seeking the extra support of a health coach to help keep you on track and out of that 46%! Contact me at AllisonNichols.HC@gmail.com for a free consultation!
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