It’s the time of the year to dream about new healthy habits and commit to leaving behind negative patterns that don’t align with your true self. Many people promise to eat a healthier diet, start working out, read more, or watch less television, but only a few succeed in the long run. Use these tips to make sure your self-improvement goals become part of a regular lifestyle rather than great ideas that melt in the spring.
Maintain Your Momentum
If you set clear, realistic goals, you might feel like they are easy to achieve. That’s good! There’s no reason to make things more difficult for yourself and risk losing all the progress you’ve made. If things are going well on your diet, don’t reduce your calorie intake even more. If running once a day feels easy, don’t double your effort.
Surround Yourself With Supportive People
When you make the decision to change a habit or create a different lifestyle, be prepared for potentially negative feedback from some of your friends. Some people may think that your choice to change is a poor reflection on their choice to remain the same.
The best thing you can do is spend time with people who inspire you to make positive choices. When you surround yourself with peers who celebrate your success, it will encourage your continued progress. You could also make new friends. If your goal is to start running, join a beginner’s running group. If your goal is to eat better, you could start a recipe-sharing club.
We did just this in January! We rounded up a few amazing moms and made it a goal to meet weekly to workout. Not only that but it was important to find interactions valuable. We are tied to our Phones via social media that when you meet face to face, boy is it a sweet adventure along with creating a community!
We enjoyed some Yoga and Tea at the Irvine Spectrum. What is so great about the RA yoga is being able to take your little baby along with you to Mommy and Me Yoga.
We were able to relax and enjoy company with no judgement.
Support and Wellness is important when trying new things and looking for a strong support system. Creating a block of time to focus on yourself can be tough but with an accountability buddy it makes getting to the Gym easier.
Other tips in helping inspire new habits for 2019
1. Eat Less Factory Farmed Meat
Are you eating meat? If so, try eating less. But when you do, make sure it’s from humanely treated grass fed livestock and not factory farms that use CAFO (confined animal feeding operations).
You also won’t be supporting the animal cruelty of factory farming. And you won’t be eating unhealthy meat products from livestock fed GMO grains instead of grazing on grass, injected with hormones to make them fatter faster, and antibiotics to contain the infectious diseases fermenting in the filth of their miserable, confined quarters.
2. Eat More Organic Fruits And Vegetables, Especially Greens.
Eat raw sometimes or steamed lightly if cooked. When you eat, chew more, talk less, and don’t stress. Practice this until it becomes a habit. Consider adding enzyme supplements to aid digestion.
3. Buy A Juicer And Juice One To Three Times A Week
Then try an occasional juice fast of three days or more. Another option is to juice fast on one day a week as often as you can.
4. Avoid Packaged And Processed Foods
Buy bulk produce, grains, nuts, seeds and buy breads from trusted bakeries that don’t use bromide in the baking process. Avoid the “convenience” of drive-throughs.
Keep some raw nuts and dried fruits or trail mix and fresh fruit in your car instead. Stay away from aspartame laced products, such as diet sodas and chewing gum.
5. Realize That Gut Health Includes But Goes Beyond Digestion
Intestinal flora also controls most of your immune system response and affects your moods. Learn how to make fermented foods and beverages that will enhance your intestinal flora’s beneficial bacteria. At least invest in a good probiotic supplement.
Add more magnesium to your diet with foods and supplements. Westerners are magnesium deficient while taking in too much calcium. That’s a ratio for disaster in many ways for many organs. Magnesium is the master mineral involved in over 300 metabolic functions.
Ignore the fats are bad for you scam. Learn which fats are healthy and the importance of omega-3 fats. You need to balance those omega-6 fats with omega-3 fats. Our brain tissues are mostly fats, so is the myelin sheathing of our nerves that helps transmit impulses easily. Without cholesterol our bodies can’t begin to convert sunlight to vitamin D3.
6. Don’t Use Toxic Household Cleaners And Cosmetics And Drink Pure Water
If you live in an area that fluoridates tap water, don’t drink that toxic stuff.
If you can’t afford your own reverse-osmosis system, grab some large containers and fill up cheaply from machines in almost any food store that use both carbon filtering and reverse osmosis.
7. Everybody Talks About Exercising More Each New Year
But this time consider a type of exercise that gives you more energy instead of wearing yourself out. Hatha yoga, chi-gong, tai-chi, rebounding, and walking outdoors in nature are energizing and regenerative. Meditation may lead to more and more benefits mentally, spiritually, and even physically.
If you’re concerned about being isolated as a health nut or food elitist after some of this, try getting involved with a local community activity, such as a Weston A. Price Foundation regional chapter, or activist group campaigning against fluoridation or GMOs.
Photo Credit: Irina Popa