New Year, New You...Are you Ready?

Every new year brings with it a wonderful opportunity to take stock of what's good in our lives and what things are not exactly up to par. For many of us that includes our nutrition and exercise habits. However it's a whole lot easier to say "diet and exercise" than it is to actually do it on a regular basis.  Here are some things that may actually contribute to you sticking with the resolution to make better lifestyle choices a part of your regular life in 2016.

1. Detox Programs: Although the body contains everything that it needs to completely detox itself sometimes the modern lifestyle can inhibit this process. Refined foods, overabundance of sugar, unhealthy fats, and lack of nutrient dense foods can all cause kinks in this process. This can hamper the ability to clear fats which ultimately is the goal of many weight reduction techniques.  Detox programs whether through the form of a liquid cleanse, stricter dietary choices, avoidance of certain foods groups for a 7-14 day periods or via nutritional supplementation with vitamins that improve liver detoxification can help to improve the body's own innate ability to heal and detoxify itself.

2. 5HTP- Many people start off with the goal of making better dietary choices but the intense cravings that can sometimes accompany these choices can sometimes make it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.   5HTP is a natural supplement that naturopaths and bariatric physicians have used to help to curb some of these "hunger pains" that can initially accompany a change to a healthier diet. After all if you can focus more on healthy food choices as opposed to the chocolate demon that is inching your hand closer and closer to that Oreo then your waistline will be the ultimate beneficiary.  As always please consult with your health care provider prior to starting or adding any new nutritional supplements.

3. Meditation- The typical daily grind for most of us is not one that lends itself to relaxation. Although we may live in a world of modern technology and a 24/7 lifestyle our bodies are still functioning on ancient principles to function day to day. Ignorance of this while trying to incorporate better lifestyle choices for most will only lead to failure or limited success. Continued stress elevates the body's cortisol level which leads to poor sleep and increased weight gain. Therefore even if you are eating and working out continued ignorance of your own innate mind body connection will ultimately spoil your weight loss goals. Take at least 5-10 minutes daily for meditation and make it a goal to work up to 30 to 60 minutes a day. It's okay if you don't exactly know what you are doing at first.  Your body and your waistline will thank you for it. For three different examples of daily meditative music for your sessions click here.

These are just a few tips to help you keep on track this year.  Remember consistency and not perfection is the goal.