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7 New Year Resolutions for a Healthier You

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IT’S A BRAND NEW YEAR and you know what they say: Nothing like making new year resolutions to start the year off with a zippitybang! Plus, you gotta get back to work by tomorrow lookin’ good.

So, here are eight ‘must-dos’ that’ll help you make a splash for 2017. Stick to them if you want to detox your system for a happier, healthier, and brighter you.  Health is wealth as the wise folks say, yes? 

1. Lose Weight

What? You didn’t know this resolution would be the top of the list?

After all that inebriation and binging over the Christmas and New Year celebrations, it’s time to sober up and cut fat. You know you’ve put them on. Don’t let’em flabs stay now. To help you, here are 10 Tips To Lose Weight Fast and 10 More Tips To Lose Weight Even Faster compiled below. Yeah, we know you want a quick fix. (Remember ─ don’t skip meals and starve yourself, it doesn’t work).

1.Eat a high-protein breakfast. High protein has been shown to reduce cravings and calorie intake throughout the day.

2.Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. These are the most fattening things you can put into your body, and avoiding them can help you lose weight.

3.Drink water a half hour before meals. One study showed that drinking water a half hour before meals increased weight loss by 44% over 3 months.

4.Choose weight loss-friendly foods (whole eggs, leafy greens, salmon, lean beef, chicken breast, tuna, beans, avocados etc ). Certain foods are very useful for losing fat.

5.Eat soluble fiber. Studies show that soluble fibers may reduce fat, especially in the belly area.

6.Drink coffee or tea. If you’re a coffee or a tea drinker, then drink as much as you want as the caffeine in them can boost your metabolism by 3-11%.

Increase your metabolism by drinking coffee or tea. Tip for coffee drinking: pour in a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil for faster weight loss.
It’s beneficial to your bod to Zzzzzzzzz.

7.Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods. Base most of your diet on whole foods. They are healthier, more filling and much less likely to cause overeating.

8.Eat your food slowly. Fast eaters gain more weight over time.  Eating slowly makes you feel more full and boosts weight-reducing hormones.

9.Use smaller plates. Studies show that people automatically eat less when they use smaller plates. Strange, but it works.

10.Get a good night’s sleep, every night. Poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for weight gain.

2. Stay In Touch

Keep in contact folks, use technology and good old-fashioned means of simply getting together and meeting up.

Social networking is apparently good for your wellbeing, mental and emotional included. Of course, we’re not just talking about Twitter, Facebook and the like. It’s good to network any way you can especially by going out, socialising, staying in touch with family and friends. Research has shown that those with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t.

In fact, according to the journal PLoS Medicine, “a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise.” So, don’t be a recluse. Keep in contact.

3. Quit Smoking

No pipe dream this if you wanna.

Okay, you’ve heard this one before. Many have tried and many have failed and many have tried and tried again. It seems: “Nicotine is harder to kick…than heroin” as the New York Times headline says.

“Smoking is a subset of compulsive behavior in which the controlling factor, nicotine, profoundly affects the smoker’s central nervous system, producing pleasurable effects, dependency and, when it is taken away, withdrawal,” says Dr. Jack Henningfield of the Addiction Research Center of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore as quoted in the article.

But don’t give up. There are many methods to quit smoking: acupuncture, patches, pills, even counselling. In the end, it’s all in the will power. If you have the will, you will succeed in the end, with help or without. Yes you will succeed if you want to.

4. Help Others Out

Help others. Not just by donating money but by giving your time.
He is known only as Tony. He sold his home, car and company to feed the homeless in China.

“We tend to think our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others”, says Peter Kanaris, PhD, coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association.

The Feel-Good factor is good for your health. In fact, it heals you of a lot of ailments, centering around the heart in more ways than one.

Take the story with picture on the right. “Kind-hearted Brit sells home to feed homeless” reads the headline from China Daily.com/Xinhua News Agency. Read full story from the link.

According to www.health.com, “People with positive emotions were about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. Other research suggests that positive emotions can make people more resilient and resourceful.”

“Someone who makes this sort of resolution is likely to obtain a tremendous personal benefit in the happiness department,” Kanaris says.

5. Hold Back on the ‘Yam Seng’

Yes, CNY is coming up and a lot of it will involve gulping down more than a tipple.

It’s great to party no doubt…but don’t let your hair down too much while at it.
Drunk, sloshed, smashed…it’s known by many names and all aren’t good.

While it is good for health to drink a small amount of alcohol now and then, boozing like no tomorrow impacts a whole lotta your system in a bad way. First and foremost,  it messes up your brain’s neurotransmitters and makes you do stupid things…to say the least. And the hangover is painful too. But that’s not the worst of it. Healthwise, it can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, seizures not to mention pickle your liver in the long run.

According to health.com, “chronic heavy drinking boosts your risk of liver and heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and mental deterioration, and even cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, and breast”.

Therefore, intoxication, any way you look at it, is not the way to go. Cut it out and if you can’t, cut it back.

6. Go To Bed

Lack of sleep screws up your mood, your functioning and your appearance. You know that. But more than that, “sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke,” says healthline.com. They continue to say that according to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure all through the next day.

So, please, go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.

You gotta do this if you know what’s good for you.

7. See The World, Travel

There is nothing like travel to broaden the mind and freshen up perspectives.

Go check out what exists outside of your immediate sphere. It’ll help air your mind out.

“We can often get stuck in a rut, and we can’t get out of our own way,” says Kanaris (Who’s Kanaris? See above at Tip #4),  “Everything becomes familiar and too routine.”

Travelling and having a change of scenery can often be a breath of fresh air for the soul.

“It makes you feel rejuvenated and replenished,” he says.

And there you have it ─ 7 salubrious solutions to a hale and heartier you. It’s the start of a brand new day and before we leave, here’s Food for Thought…see below.

Don’t break ’em resolutions now.

Food for thought.

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