What’s your action plan for 2016?
Happy New Year! This year, what do you say we all skip the New Year’s resolutions and just focus on making a commitment to simply live better this year? Most people scare themselves into sabotaging their goals by focusing on diets, strict exercise programs, and other stringent rules that become too difficult to maintain long term. If we all understand our health is about the journey and not the destination, we can create ongoing lifestyle improvements. It will be an ongoing process, not necessarily something that can be achieved overnight, but a plan you can stick with and live by!
10 Steps to Changing Your Life for the Better in 2016
It’s the start of a new year — what better time to start fresh with some positive changes? The 10 that follow are the crème de la crème of lifestyle tricks you can use to live better and be happier.
1. Give Up Soda
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver damage, osteoporosis, and acid reflux are just some of the health conditions linked to soda consumption. No wonder nearly 65% of Americans say they actively try to avoid soda in their diet. If you’re not yet among them, commit to swapping your soda for healthier beverages like water, sparkling water, and, occasionally, tea and/or organic black coffee.
2. Eat 2 Meals a Day, Within an 8-Hour Window
Your body probably only needs two meals a day, and eating this way allows you to restrict your eating to a window of about eight consecutive hours each day, while avoiding food for at least three hours before bedtime. Try choosing between having breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner, but avoid having both breakfast and dinner. Which two meals you prefer are up to you; let your body, and your lifestyle, be your guide.
This type of “intermittent fasting” has numerous benefits for your health, including weight loss, disease prevention, resolving insulin resistance, optimizing your mitochondrial function, and preventing cellular damage from occurring.
**Stay tuned for next week for the next installment of your resolutions for evolution!