Thanks for writing Jessica! We went to our team to get the goods, and since we are celebrating the New Year and all things health and wellness for 2016, we thought we’d get lots of ideas from a handful of the experts. While we planned to share just the top 5 tips from our pros, we decided to include all the suggestions we gathered after speaking with each of them. Here is what they all had to say!
Angie – Yoga Teacher, Mindful Fitness
Coach, Ayurvedic Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner:
Incorporate many small changes for better health! Go to yoga, and/or sit and meditate for at least 3 minutes a day. Take lemon water and cayenne in the morning, and go for a walk
If you can’t get away for a Juice Cleanse, you can also juice/smoothie “feast” 1 day a week to give your digestion a break.
Meg – Conscious Culinary Educator, Raw Food Chef, Nutrition Coach: First of all, accept that you did nothing wrong in enjoying the festive season and all that goes with it! The holidays are meant to bring light, love, and plenty of laughter, and enjoying every aspect of this delicious and satisfying time of year is perfectly ok. The key is to get your health back on track in easy ways that ensure longevity! Keep your metabolism humming and blood sugar stable by eating small meals every 3 hours, with an equal balance of protein, good fats, and carbs. Think whole food, and steer clear of packaged and processed foods as often as you can. Enjoy lots of leafy greens, cut back on sugar, and incorporate high protein foods like spirulina and organic eggs, and get moving! Aim for 20 minute of exercise a day, preferably working in intervals of high intensity and lower resting intervals (high for 30 seconds, low for 10).
The overall theme to our experts’ tips seems to be self-care. So instead of setting one huge and lofty goal for the year like we so often find ourselves doing come the morning of January 1, why not commit to the simple act of self love? It is really just about making small changes, and allowing yourself time to see and feel the results. Your body is a miraculous thing, and will quickly bounce back from excessive holiday cheer with just some simple attention, and intention from you. Of course, we know there are many out there who do like the idea of setting a year-long plan, and if that’s you and you wish to go the “resolution” route, then perhaps think about breaking your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.