Kicking off the New Year is always an optimistic opportunity. It’s a chance for new beginnings, positive changes and self improvement! Hitting the reset button is often helpful at squashing any pesky habits that crept back in during the holidays. Use these tips to get back to the basics. Because after all, feeling good is what will give us the motivation and energy to make our New Year resolutions shift from an idea into a lasting and purposeful habit!
Happy New Year - cheers to a mindful, meaningful and uplifting 2017!
- Start your Day with Lemon Water: Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning can stimulate digestive juices before eating and improve pH balance. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can also be used in place of lemon juice.
- Love your Liver: We have already talked about liver-loving foods but here’s a friendly reminder following any holiday indulgences. Pack your diet with cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), turmeric, garlic, leafy greens (spinach, mustard greens, arugula), and citrus fruits to boost liver function, aid in clearance of toxins and provide helpful antioxidants.
- Kick Nasty Habits: Eliminate consumption of alcohol, sugar, fried foods and processed foods. If possible, aim to purchase organic produce, drink filtered water and add bone broth to the diet. Minimize consumption of gluten and dairy as these foods have be known to negatively impact gut health and increase inflammation, respectively.
- Get Active: Daily exercise is of great importance for increasing blood flow, decreasing cardiovascular risk and improving moods. Outdoor exercise is encouraged whenever possible as the connection with nature can also be a great stress reducer. For those with limited time or access, walking is always a great option.
- Manage Stress & Sleep: Find your outlets for proper stress management and take action! Meditation, yoga, exercise, and journaling are great options. Aim for 7-9 hours each night. Sleep is vital in our ability to fully rest and feel rejuvenated when we wake.
Check out the recipe tab for a greens smoothie that will help you hit the reset button!
Dr. Sarah Silverman