Start exercising regularly.
Cut out junk food.
Eat lower carb.
Eat more fresh vegetables.
Get more sleep.
Drink more water.
All great goals but when you make a list of all the things you’d like to accomplish, it can seem daunting. Where do you begin?
If you allow me, I’d like to make a suggestion. All my coaching is based on the principle of taking baby steps. Small, gradual, incremental steps. You don’t have to do everything all at once. So if I was going to make a suggestion, here are the two things I would suggest you begin with in order to see the most improvement in your overall health. I’m all about getting the most bang for your buck!
The first thing I would suggest, if you are not already doing it, is to increase how much water you drink. Begin gradually substituting 8 oz. of water for one serving of any other beverage you consume daily. It might be fruit juice or soda. You can still have your morning coffee or tea, but the goal is to be only drinking water throughout the day. Do this until you are drinking one-half your body weight in ounces and include ¼ tsp. natural, unprocessed salt (like Himalayan Crystal) for every 32 oz.
Hydration is critical. Every cell of your body needs it to function properly. You can’t lose weight if you’re dehydrated; you can’t process emotions effectively and when you’re dehydrated, your liver secretes a hormone that increases your blood sugar. As you hydrate, blood sugar levels lower naturally.
It doesn’t much matter how long it takes you to do it. It’s not a race. Do it gradually. But be consistent and then stick with it. It will become your new normal. When you see how much more energy you have and how much better you look and feel, you won’t want to go back.
Once that has become a habit, then the second thing I would strongly suggest you do is cut out sugar. Sugar feeds cancer and Alzheimer’s and is a driver of diabetes which has become epidemic. It’s estimated 75% of Americans are addicted to sugar and don’t know it. Sugar is added to nearly everything, even foods that may not seem sweet, such as crackers, bread, yogurt, pasta sauce and more which feeds the addiction.
I have worked with people to kick this addiction and honestly the only way is to cut sugar out completely. When you do, it may be hard for the first week or even two if you’re really addicted, but once it’s broken you will see how much better everything tastes! Fruit will taste sweet and delicious again.
And I can’t stress this enough – don’t replace sugar with artificial sweeteners! They are terrible for you, particularly for your brain, they disrupt gut bacteria and cause weight gain as well.
Stevia, erythritol and monk fruit are natural sweeteners you can use, and of course fresh fruit in moderation will also satisfy that need for sweetness, but in the first weeks of breaking the addiction I would avoid any sweeteners. Of course that means processed, packaged foods as well.
So pare your list down to these two and I know you’ll reap more health benefits than you ever imagined.
What are your top health resolutions for this new year?
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