Written by Monica Kovacs, CNP
Yup, it's that time of year again when we're all making resolutions to do things better this time than we did last time. It's not a bad idea, since new year's often gives people that extra motivation to follow through on ideas they've been toying with for a while. Of course, one of those popular, overdone ideas is to lose weight and/or 'get healthy'. Even as a nutritionist, I have my own 'get healthy' resolutions for this year so I thought I would share (because I steal other people's new year's resolutions too).
#1 - Drink a green smoothie every day
Yeah, I drink a lot of these. But not enough. I'm going to try to start every day with a green smoothie. Why? Because you get a full serving of vegetables, it's alkalizing, high in fiber, and depending on the ingredients you use, it can really ramp up your liver's detoxification. If you don't have time to make a smoothie, squeeze some lemon into your water and a tsp of greens powder.
#2 - Drink beet juice every day
Ok, this one is a little ambitious as I'll admit I'm a lazy juicer. But if I can squeeze in a glass of fresh beet juice 3 - 4 times a week, I'll be happy. Beet juice is fantastic for the liver, but be sure to start slow as having too much as once can be so detoxifying it can make you a little nauseous. Try juicing it with celery, apple, lemon, ginger, parsley or carrots.
#3 - Avoid dairy
This is kind of a personal one for me, but I find a lot of my clients feel better avoiding dairy. For me, milk causes cramping, bloating, weight gain and a stuffy nose. Not very sexy. So I've made a decision that I can no longer indulge and I must avoid it all together.
#4 - Start running again
I used to be an avid runner years ago, but then I got side-tracked because of my busy schedule. This year I'm making a commitment to start running again, minimum 2 - 3 times per week. If you're one of those people who finds it difficult to sit and meditate every morning, I highly recommend running. It's like 'power mediation'. You still get into that same zone, but you don't have to sit quietly in uncomfortable positions. Plus your heart and lungs get a great workout, and the impact helps improve bone density.
So those are my big four for this year. I also think it's important not to set too many goals as it can be overwhelming and you'll be more likely to fail. Come share your own goals with us on twitter and facebook!
Monica is a Holistic Nutritionist and avid cook. She is often found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes or buried behind a pile of cookbooks. Local, organic, plant-based ingredients are her weapons of choice. Click here to follow her on Facebook and Twitter