Many New Year’s resolutions include short-term detoxes, cleanses, fasts or diets. The topic of detox always generates many questions and inquiries and I wanted to share some ideas.
As with everything else in nutrition, the topic cleanses and detoxes has divided audiences and this article will not discuss the merit either side. The following tips are designed to help you finding the possible way if you decide to go a program.
1 | Don’t go extreme
2 | Know what you do
3 | Have your annual Doctor’s checkup
4 | Do your research and beware false promises
5 | Plan for a healthy routine AFTER the detox
If you don’t want to go on extreme diets or cleanses for short periods time, here are a few tips for making a long-term resolution for the New year to achieve sustainable healthy lifestyle changes:
1 | Start SLOW
Introduce one healthy food per week. Eat some carrots or any veggie your choice in addition to your regular meal plan. Serve it with your favorite dip as a snack once a day, or exchange a soda with a cup tea your choice. Small steps go a long way.
2 | Crowd in – not out
Getting rid your favorite food(s) entirely is not going to work in the long run. Don’t start by crowding out your favorite foods. Instead try to crowd in healthier options, For example, if you like pizza, modify the dough to make your own with an easy to make, healthier flour. Cooking can be a family event – and it is not only healthier, but much easier on the budget than going out. There is an abundance healthy replacements for almost every food and recipe available, contact me if you have any questions, I specialize in healthy recipe creation and modification.
3 | Don’t apply a timeline to your efforts
Consider your change permanently. Introducing one carrot a day is 365 carrots more than the year before. And – don’t work towards a short term goal – you will only neglect it when the “time is up” and return to old habits.
4 | Have fun
Once in awhile, we all need to indulge. Changes in your eating routine should never make you miserable. Make sure the lifestyle change you choose makes you happy and stand up for it, no matter what trends or others say. There are healthy lifestyle options without chewing on celery sticks all day … remember, eating is fun and we all need fun in our lives to be happy!