[A great way to get underway to better health. Excerpted from Newsmax magazine January, 2018]
“Health Is Wealth” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Updated for 2019.
Millions of Americans will vow to lose weight and adopt other healthy habits in 2019, but most won’t stick to those resolutions, according to a University of Scranton study. In fact, only 8 percent of people keep their New Year’s promises to themselves.
One reason: Most resolutions are too lofty or difficult and carry few early rewards that make you feel good. But there is a better way, says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned integrative physician and author of “Real Cause, Real Cure.”
“The main reason people don’t stick with New Year’s resolutions is because they are resolving to do things they think they should do instead of things that actually feel good,” he tells Newsmax Health.
Teitelbaum reminds us that so many of our favorite foods have been deemed bad for us over the years — such as chocolate, coffee, eggs, tea, salt and sunshine — until more recent science debunked these myths.
“So instead, this year resolve only to have New Year’s resolutions that feel good which will also work out well for you,” he says.
Here are some suggestions:
Choose chocolate. Enjoy an ounce of chocolate a day to boost your heart health. But choose dark chocolate, which has been associated with a 45 percent lower risk of dying of a heart attack, in recent research. Coffee, tea, and salt are also heart healthy in moderation.
Trade one treat for another. Instead of cutting things out, make substitutions. For example, substitute one pleasurable thing for another. Sodas and fruit drinks have three-fourths of a teaspoon of sugar per ounce and neither are healthy. Instead, resolve to drink tea — there are dozens that taste great — and sweeten with Stevia.
Make exercise fun. If going to the gym feels like a chore you dread, try finding an exercise you enjoy. If you like dancing, take a Zumba class. If you enjoy shopping, make sure you walk to and from the store as much as possible. Simply add more movement into your day in ways that make you happy.
Limit feel-bad activities. Resolve to eliminate or limit your exposure to things that make you feel bad. Does watching the TV news upset you or make you angry and afraid? If yes, resolve to turn it off when you start getting upset and watch something more uplifting. “I guarantee you will feel better and healthier if you do so,” says Teitelbaum.
Find a resolution buddy. Doing things with a partner makes any task more pleasurable and helps you to stick to it. You are also accountable for each other.
Don’t go on a starvation diet. Instead, limit sugar, processed foods, gluten, and other unhealthy items from your diet, says Dr. Robert Silverman, D.C., a one of the nation’s leading experts in functional medicine and nutrition. “By eliminating these foods you will make a simple step towards better health,” he tells Newsmax Health. “Forget the fad diets. Just make this one lifestyle change to get healthy.”
Happy New Year,
Lew, Sue and Bobbi Fisher