1. Don’t make a new year’s resolution. Instead, set realistic, achievable short term goals (3 months) and realistic, achievable long term goals (6 month to a year). Be very specific.
2. Stop eating or significantly limit sugar – period!
3. Stop eating packaged foods that have more than 5 ingredients. They likely have a lot trans fats and what you’re told to stop in number 2 (sugar).
4. Find a fitness buddy at your level of fitness. The buddy system is scientifically proven to improve your chances of sticking to an exercise program and improving your health better than any diet, exercise video or new gym membership.
5. Eat breakfast. Eggs, oats or beans are good choices. Shakes are OK if you’re a regular exerciser and time is an issue for you. Put flax seeds (for fibre) and cinnamon (to lower blood sugar) in whatever shake you make
6. Be honest with yourself – you will make excuses. Write down every excuse you make. That act alone will force you to reflect and will help to get you off of your behind and do what it is you set out to do in tip number 1(short and long term goal).
7. Toss the vegetable oils and the margarine in the garbage. Cook with traditional healthy fats like grass fed butter, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, grass fed lard and ghee.
8. Good sleepers are slimmer and healthier than bad sleepers. Make it a point to get 7-8 hours a sleep every night.
9. Get together with friends more often and get to know your neighbors. Feeling like you have a sense of community will ward off loneliness, increase longevity and, who knows, you might make a new friend.
10. Do one thing really well from this list. You’ll fail if you try too much at once.
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Happy New Year