Keeping those Healthy New Year's Resolutions
Happy New Year!
I love a new year: it not only represents an ending but a new beginning, and the start of a new and improved you! I bet many of you are probably resolved to get healthier and maybe lose those extra few pounds earned by those holiday indulgences. Some of you may also be kick starting the year off at the gym with a new exercise program. Sticking to New Year’s resolutions can be a challenge at times, so I hope the following tips will keep you on track!
Start your day off with warm lemon water
Lemons have an alkalizing effect on the body and lemon water can help kick start the digestive system and stimulate the liver detoxification pathways. They are also rich in bioflavonoids, which help protect against oxidative stress and free radical damage, thus boosting the immune system. Lemons are high in Vitamin B6, iron, potassium, magnesium and of course Vitamin C.
Drink your breakfast!
I love smoothies for breakfast because you can pack them full of all the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for the day. And for those of you on the run first thing in the morning, you can take it to go! No smoothie should ever be without 1 tsp of liquid fish oil, 2-4 drops of vitamin D, a scoop of fiber, a scoop of magnesium and a scoop of vitamin C.
If you must choose something pre-packaged, please read your labels. Watch for artificial sugars such as sucralose, aspartame and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and hydrogenated oils. Also, if you don’t recognize an ingredient on the list, don’t eat it!
Eat those leafy greens
Kale, broccoli, bok choy, and brussel sprouts all come from the cruciferous family of nutrient dense vegetables. Do not underestimate the power of having cruciferous vegetables as part of your daily diet. Cruciferous vegetables contain powerful antioxidants, which may decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. They contain glucosinolates, crambene, indole-3-carbinol and isothiocyanates, which have been shown to decrease cancer risks and promote the detoxification of bad hormones.
Engage in regular exercise you actually ENJOY
Set realistic goals and try to include both aerobic and strength training in your exercise program. Recruit a friend or family member, as it’s always easier to work out with a friend.
Buy local and organic
It is so important to purchase organic foods, especially with our growing awareness of the harmful effects of GMOs (genetically modified foods). Organic foods are also free of herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and other potentially harmful chemicals. Check out the Environmental Working Group for more information.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!