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Healthy New Year's Resolutions

By Debra Rodzinak 

Most people make some type of resolution at the beginning of the new year.  After all, it is a time to start over, begin a new path, or bring about positive change.  Some people vow to stop smoking, lose weight, or spend money wiser, but I have found some ways to bring an overall healthier balance to my life. 

Aspartame

I love my artificial sweeteners.  They give me the sugar taste without the calories.  However, I am giving up this sweetener due to the negative side effects of the methanol found in it.  Synthetic sugars of all kinds contribute to increased acidity which leads to the creation of fat cells that store up extra acid. 

Refined Sugar

I gravitated to artificial sweeteners due to my addiction to sugar.  Refined sugar can weaken the immune system.  White blood cells destroy bacteria and refined sugar decreases the body’s ability to fight infection.  Also, many foods that are loaded with refined sugars don’t have the necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber that a body needs to function.

Vegetables

Vegetables are a necessary and vital part of a healthy lifestyle.  Vegetables contain vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3’s that are necessary for a body to function to its fullest potential.  Adding more vegetables to your overall diet can be challenging, but just remember that for every serving of vegetables you add to your diet, the better your overall health will be in the long run.

Fermented Foods

Growing up in a western food culture, I was taught to throw out foods that sat in the fridge over a few days.  However, fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut contain healthy bacteria that can speed up digestion and help reduce the craving for sweets. 

Write Down What You Eat

This is a very effective tool for managing weight.  I never realized how much sugar I was actually eating until I started to write it down.  Now, when I mindlessly roam to the kitchen at night and rummage through the cupboards, I pause before I reach for the ginger snaps -- opting instead for fresh fruit.

By making a few changes to your overall nutrition, you too can lead a healthier life without having to make drastic resolutions that will not last past Valentine’s Day.  Even if you only choose one or two of these changes, you will be taking steps to lead a healthier lifestyle. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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