Get a Joyous Start To the New Year

Get a Joyous Start To the New Year

Posted by Joy McCarthy on Jan 11, 2013 | Wellness And Balance

Most people set their New Year’s resolutions far too high or get overwhelmed with the sheer number of resolutions. While your intentions might be good, this actually sets you up for failure. 

If your goal is overall health and wellness, start simple. How do you do this? Choose one new habit to focus on per week that will help you reach your goal. If you make each habit achievable, for example drinking herbal tea instead of coffee when you hit the 3pm slump, then you are far more likely to reach all your goals and still be drinking tea come March.

Here are three worthy resolutions for 2013 that are sure to make you feel joyous and healthy!

Choose a “glass half full” attitude.

Perhaps not your typical New Year’s resolution, but it’s one worth considering – choose optimism.

Your thoughts create your life. What you think today, literally creates your tomorrow. Do you want to create a crappy day tomorrow? Likely not. So if someone cuts you off while driving or sneaks in line in front of you at the grocery store just let it go. It’s quite likely they didn’t mean to do it. So let it go! Always remember it is YOUR choice how you respond and react to all situations.

If you find that negativity takes over more often than you’d like to admit, then there’s a simple habit you can start doing today. Every morning, read positive thoughts aloud that you plan on living out for the day. For example:

I choose foods that nourish my body and my mind.

I love my body precisely how it looks right now.

I choose to be kind and considerate to everyone, including strangers.

This is a very powerful strategy that actually works!

Food Journaling.

Studies have shown us that when you keep a daily diary of your food and drink intake that you are more likely to reach your goals, especially weight loss. This is even more effective than actually weighing yourself every week. Not only does this help you become aware of bad habits, but also it helps you assess what you might be missing. You may even want to consider hiring a natural healthcare practitioner to assess what you might be missing nutritionally.

Food journaling is not something you need to do for the rest of your life. However, doing it for two to four weeks definitely has benefits.

As a nutritionist, I’ve personally seen hundreds of people evolve and improve their eating habits simply by writing them down.

Swap Your Mid-Aft Coffee for Tea.

Coffee is not all that bad. In fact, it contains antioxidants to help prevent heart disease and nutrients that even boost your metabolic rate (you likely have experienced this when your heart rate increases). However, if you are drinking it because you crave it when you hit the mid-afternoon slump, then this is a worthy habit to break. In fact, this daily afternoon ritual may be affecting your sleep at night and then your energy the next day. You can see how this is a vicious cycle right? The other negative effects of coffee are that it can be hard on your adrenal glands especially if you already have a lot of stressors in your life. In this case, coffee is actually adding to your body’s stress!

Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee chock-full of anti-cancer compounds, a little bit of caffeine (not enough to tax your adrenal glands) and tastes delicious, especially with a dollop of local honey.  If you find the taste of green tea too strong, try white tea. It is higher in antioxidants and lower in caffeine.

Now that you have some worthy goals to consider, if you start one new habit this week, and a new one each week thereafter by the end of four weeks you will have improved your health immensely and it won’t be an overwhelming task.

Happy New Year!