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Five useful tips for sustaining health goals

As the first month of 2014 comes to a close you’re probably in the depths of the winter doldrums.

It’s been a weather roller coaster ride for us here in the Maritimes going from winter blizzards to spring like days. The credit card bills from the holidays have arrived. Socially, you’re friends and family are depleted. Work deadlines and new projects have kicked into high gear. It’s dark after work and we plunge into the season for book reading, checking out new TV shows, and comforting ourselves with warm nourishing foods.

Sounds pretty bleak doesn’t it? To top it all off your new year’s resolutions are likely starting to slip and slide out of sight. It’s a fact, 80 per cent of Canadians fail to follow through and achieve their new year’s resolutions?

What’s been your success rate in the past? Do you want to be the successful 20 per cent who stick with it and make your health and wellness goals a reality?

To me it’s not simply about setting SMART goals and using will power to muscle through. For real lasting change to happen it takes some deeper work to uncover what is really keeping you stuck.

Here are five tips for turbo-charging your health and wellness goals for 2014:

#1 Change the way you think about weight

Getting to your happy weight is not about a number on the scale. It’s about how you feel in your own skin, in your heart. Are you happy, proud of the way you look? Are you sleeping well and full of energy? These are the qualities that really matter.

#2 Kick your sugar habit

Sugar is the top food we need to eliminate from our diets. Sugar is an addictive substance just like caffeine and alcohol. Eliminating it from your diet takes some work and one of the first steps is understanding the reasons you crave it. Figuring this out will be one of the most important things you do for your health.

#3 Balance your moods

Food and mood are very closely related. If you experience mood swings, depression and anxiety they could be caused by what you’re eating. To remedy these you’ll want to balance your blood sugar levels, remove food intolerances or sensitivities, and eat foods that keep the brain functioning properly.

#4 Manage your stress

The stress hormone cortisol can increase fat storage, impair memory, lead to mood fluctuations, disrupt sleep, cause insulin resistance and even trigger osteoporosis. Develop a plan to reduce stress in your life or find ways to cope effectively with the stress that you do have, to get your health in a good place.

#5 Enhance your energy

The wrong kind of foods not only mess with your weight, but they also zap energy and even create brain fog and other symptoms that sabotage productivity. To help boost your energy eat a good balance of protein, healthy fats and fruit and veggies at every meal. Get enough sleep. And reduce your toxic load with a whole foods cleanse twice a year.

By following these tips and getting rid of some of the emotional and physical blockages, you’ll be on your way to reaching your health and wellness goals which ultimately means a happier more joyful life!

* This post was originally published in the Herald Community on January 29, 2014

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