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A New Year’s Solution For Your Health If your resolution this year is feeling or looking better, you must start by defining what that means to you. Before a person can embark on the mission of obtaining better health they must first know what being “healthy” is to them. It’s the new year and too many times people start it off by setting unrealistic resolutions for themselves. Let’s be honest, resolutions FAIL to be solutions to the issues at hand. If you desire change and want to set new goals for yourself, consider a fresh approach this year. Change requires changing (an action word). It means taking action. Instead of just setting general goals such as, wanting to lose weight or sleep better, sit down and lay out an Action Plan. One with steps that you will follow through on to reach that goal with measurable success markers. The questions are, “How can I succeed? What steps do I take in the right direction?” If your resolution this year is feeling or looking better, you must start by defining what that means to you. Before a person can embark on the mission of obtaining better health they must first know what being “healthy” is to them. I envision “my best health” as waking up every morning with energy to do the things I need and want to do, energy and endurance to take on the day, resilience to deal with stress, and clarity of thought. That sort of life doesn’t happen by accident and without purposeful living. Once you have a clear definition of what you want to achieve and know is needed to do to reach your goal, it’s time to set simple daily,
weekly and monthly action steps. A daily health check list may look like the following: Drink ½ your body weight (in ounces) of water per day. Eat 120 grams of protein. Go to bed by 9:30 pm. Don’t eat more than 75 grams of carbs per day. Walk 10,000 steps a day. Instead of seeking to achieve all of these in a week, you may start with one, mastering each before adding another. Solutions to problems occur one step at a time using measurable goals and taking action steps to get there. Consider your first step to obtaining your health goal being elimination of just one thing out of your diet. Sugar, particularly found in soft drinks, can truly weigh you down. Excess sugar contributes to inflammation, fatigue and endurance problems. Another simple step is to add a supplement. Considering that 90% of all disease states are a result of inflammation, start with a quality fish oil or multivitamin. Take it daily. The purpose of moving daily is to improve circulation, achieve blood flow, maintain range of motion, flexibility and decrease the risk of injury. Move daily. Find something you like and get to it. Seeking solutions rather than resolutions in the new year may help you find success in 2016.
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You can achieve your best health at any age and under any conditions, however, failing to have an action plan will certainly result in failure. I propose this year you take a new approach: Start out with a clear plan, put some action steps in place, get an accountability partner, seek sound nutritional advice (TotalNutritionandTherapeutics.com), and stop making excuses why you can’t and start believing that you can! Whatever you do, have a happy – and especially a healthy – new year.
Lori Esarey MS, ARNP-C, CFT, ABAAHP, FAARFM Masters in Nutritional & Metabolic Medicine Total Nutrition and Therapeutics TotalNutritionandTherapeutics.com
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Published on Dec 31, 2015
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