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Consistency wearing off?

We all have experienced it – we make the resolutions for the New Year, stick with them for a week, a month, maybe even 3 months.  But then it just happens, we slowly back off from them until we are not making any progress towards achieving them.  Try these tips for making resolutions stick:

  • Keep it simple. Big resolutions can become discouraging. Try making them more manageable by breaking them into
    small daily or weekly goals.
  • Keep your mood in check. If you only focus on the negative it will get you
    down. Spin your goals in a positive way by stating the good habits
    you want to start.
  • Make it actionable. Vague resolutions are hard to accomplish ~ put some power behind your intention by designing it to be doable.
  • Journal it. Writing down your progress will keep you accountable.

Feeling like you are failing, already?

We are only a few days into 2016 & the stress is probably starting to build up for you, right?  The stress with sticking with your goals, your resolutions, being healthy, exercising, and the list goes on.  With any life changes, even positive ones, your body may experience added stress, so it’s important to find ways to stay balanced as part of your plans for the New Year.

 

1) Many of us turn to food when we’re stressed, but did you know if you time your meals and snacks accordingly, it can also help limit stress?

If you let yourself get too hungry, you can experience low blood sugar levels ~ putting additional stress on your body and makes your adrenal glands work even harder — which may lead to an adrenal imbalance with symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, & irritability.

Try these to help lessen a possible adrenal imbalance:

  • Eat breakfast by 8:00 AM or within an hour of waking up.

  • Eat lunch between 11:00 AM & noon.

  • Eat a nutritious snack between 2:00 & 3:00 PM (this will help also with the afternoon energy slump around 3:00 or 4:00 PM).

  • Eat dinner around 5:00 or 6:00 PM

2) Exercising at a slower pace can give you better results

We tend to push ourselves right after the holidays with fitness, but if you’re recovering from a stressful period, exercising
too much may add to the burden your body is trying to carry.

Try walking outside for 15 minutes after meals, take
a yoga class, or perform a lighter version of your normal exercise routine.

3) Natural remedies for stress relief

Do you experience any of the following ~ trouble
getting out of bed in the morning? hard time falling asleep at
night? crave salt or sugar or caffeine for energy
boosts? If so, these could be signs that stress may be affecting your body.  Lean towards natural remedies for stress relief ~ read, go for a walk, have a cup of tea, call a friend or just be quiet & still.

4) Anxiety: You can control it!

Anxiety can overtake your mind, body & soul!  It can inhibit your everyday events ~ paying bills, doctor’s appointments or the kids being home sick.  These sorts of issues can lead to fear or
dread of what will happen, as well as physical symptoms of fatigue,
nausea, and elevated heart rate.  Learn some natural strategies to taming your anxiety ~ read, go for a walk, call a friend, have a cup of tea or just sit & be quiet.  

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

~Vince Lombardi

 

Make those resolutions stick!

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We all have experienced it – we make the resolutions for the New Year, stick with them for a week, a month, maybe even 3 months.  But then it just happens, we slowly back off from them until we are not making any progress towards achieving them.  Try these tips for making resolutions stick:

  • Keep it simple. Big resolutions can become discouraging. Try making them more manageable by breaking them into
    small daily or weekly goals.
  • Keep your mood in check. If you only focus on the negative it will get you
    down. Spin your goals in a positive way by stating the good habits
    you want to start.
  • Make it actionable. Vague resolutions are hard to accomplish ~ put some power behind your intention by designing it to be doable.
  • Journal it. Writing down your progress will keep you accountable.

Keeping healthy through the holidays

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Sticking to healthy habits during the holidays can be a challenge ~ here are some ways to help manage the challenges that arise:

1. Eat breakfast. When you eat the right breakfast, it jump starts your metabolism, boosts
your energy, provided needed vitamins and minerals and reduces cravings.

2. Sleep. Aim for at least 7 hours a night helps you to re-energize, regulate hormones, detoxify and reduce cravings.
3. Stay Calm.
Keep things in perspective and stay joy filled regardless of the circumstances that may be out of your control.  Holiday times have the potential to be a person’s happiest memories. Do you best to find a blessing in every situation.

4. Exercise. You know it’s true — you feel your best when you are exercising regularly.  During the holidays its more important than ever to keep workout.  What a great stress reducer and calorie burner.
5. Drink water. Staying hydrated is key, not only for reducing cravings, but also for making sure you can keep up with the holiday rush!
6. Travel healthy.
Whether you are taking a day trip or are going for a week, be prepared with health snacks and meal replacements.  Don’t rely on what’s in the airport, resort or even at mom and dad’s to fuel your fit body.

7.  Treat Yourself – While you should avoid harmful foods and beverages such as high
fructose corn syrup and alcohol, there are some healthful indulgences you can enjoy guilt free. It’s all about moderation!
8.  Identify your goals. Having a plan for when and what you will eat and when you will exercise is key to success. Identify goals for the holiday season to keep you on track & put them where you will see them regularly throughout the holidays!

9.  Focus on the spirit of the holiday. The festivities and the food are secondary to the true meaning of the season.  Focus on what is truly important to you during this joyous time.