Dear Friends ~
Happy New Year!! Wow – God has been using me to help so many people already this year, it has taken me a while to get this out! I am so grateful for everyday I wake up breathing and having another opportunity to serve.
You know a lot of people begin the New Year by making resolutions – the gym and my classes are packed. We’ve all been there. We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Why is it so hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions?
Here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:
Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every night? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.
Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? Get connected to the result of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
Share your resolutions with friends and family. Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.
Reward yourself with every little accomplishment. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself with a massage.
Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time.
Happy New Year!
Food Focus: Sea Vegetables
In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair, skin and nails. Sea vegetables (or seaweeds) provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron and iodine, and can help balance hormone and thyroid levels in the body. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.
(The above was adapted from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition)
When we are obedient and disciplined in one area of our life, it automatically infiltrates in other areas of our life. I found that the key to habits, whether making them or breaking them, is God – and choosing HIM first day in and day out..
That’s it for now my friends! Keep tuning in to my show every Saturday at 11am on 99.5FM WDCX – The Raw Truth! Join the conversation!! And stay tuned for my upcoming Transitions and Holistic Nutrition Classes and Seminars!
I am learning so much at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition! I can’t wait to share it all with you!