“I’ll start tomorrow.”
Sound familiar? Whether you’re talking about a new year’s resolution, a new workout routine, a new diet or a new outlook on life, chances are, when you say the words, “I’ll start tomorrow,” something will always get in the way. The reinvention of ourselves is a tempting and alluring thought, wrapped in good intention and dopamine-filled neurological feedback. But that momentary promise of ‘tomorrow’ often opens the door for disappointment in ourselves and in our motivation. Because while the goals we set are typically lofty, they are also often unattainable because let’s face it, social media. Dude look at that girl’s six-pack. I’m gonna work out tomorrow and get that six pack by the end of the week. Ok easy Jillian Michaels. Probably not going to happen by Friday.
But what if we strived for small, daily, incremental changes that were actually sustainable? These are the types of goals I often coach my patients to set – not because I don’t think they (and myself) are capable of big, huge amazing things, but because when it comes to our health, it’s important to be strategic.
So as you resolve to optimize your health as we move into 2019, let’s talk strategy: We know our usual temptations are not going away. We know Jen is going to text us on Thursday afternoon at two o’clock, talking about being “thirsty.” We know those cold winter nights are perfectly paired with an organic, full-bodied Malbec. So how do we ensure that our health goals don’t fall by the wayside as we slip into old (maybe not the greatest) habits?
Here are ways to “start tomorrow,” today:
- Make average week days your “clean” days. Drink a ton of water, eat clean and healthy food (i.e.: get the colors of the rainbow from fruit, veggies and ensure to eat organic protein) and take your B vitamins when you do head out for dinner or cocktails because alcohol depletes your B vitamins, while heavy restaurant meals can also do the same, wreaking havoc on your liver.
- Take care of the friends in your gut. Replenish the good bacteria in your digestive system by taking a good quality probiotic like advanced gut health probiotic. This is the best way to ensure your overall health remains optimal. Those little critters will keep your poops regular, your immune system on point and your emotional game strong.
- Keep the bacteria happy. Yes, we’re still talking about bacteria. Probiotics need food so make sure you’re getting prebiotics (aka food for the bacteria). Best way to do this, especially when starting a new routine in a new year, is by taking an easy-to-tolerate prebiotic, fermented organic gut superfoods+. The fiber and phytonutrient content of this prebiotic will also keep those blood sugar levels on an even keel so that you don’t burst into tears when it snows (again). Starting your day with a smoothie can cure all that ails you, including the winter blues.
- Move. And I don’t just mean from the couch to your bed… I know, January hibernation is real. But force yourself to get to a spin class, yoga, boxing, whatever. Just get out and sweat – the benefits of exercise are innumerable, both physically and emotionally.
- And finally, indulge & enjoy life – within reason. Have two, don’t have twenty – whether we’re talking about slices of pizza or glasses of wine. But truly, the worst thing you can do is to restrict yourself OR indulge and then beat yourself up about it. Just eat, drink & enjoy. After all, we’ve always got tomorrow.
Information provided by Dr. Katherine Kremblewski, ND is intended to be general in nature, and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor or Family Doctor. The advice is intended to offer only a general basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider. Always consult your licensed Naturopathic Doctor or health care provider.