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10 Tips to Enter the New Year 2015 Healthy!

With 2015 just around the corner.. I am sure many have made new year resolutions..

Well, here are some tips on how to stay strong, mind, body and soul, while keeping to those well-meaning plans. Here’s how to enter the New Year 2015 as healthy as you can be!

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1. Control Your Portions

And using a smaller plate, rather than a larger one always helps because we tend to fill whatever size plate we pick up. Well by just downsizing your dishes, you will still be able to enjoy food, just not to the point of over satiety. One portion of Turkey or Fruit Cake will do.. not 3 or 4 or 5!

2. Touch base with old friends & loved ones

When was the last time you called up and aunt or old college friend to say hello.

Well, it’s time to renew ties and pick up the phone and call. Why?

Because research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In fact, one study showed that a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise.

3. Don’t forget strength training

If you’re a cardio bunny like me, then you will know that it is easy to lose muscle mass. Pick up some weights (even body weight exercises are fine) and do it at least 3 times a week. This helps rev up the body’s metabolism too. In reality, too many people neglect resistance exercise, particularly women for whom it’s crucial for preventing muscle and bone loss with age. Lift weights for at least 30 minutes, two- to three-times per week for some serious benefits.

4. Eat fish 2- 3x a week

Omega 3 is essential for good health and the well-being of your heart. Cold water fish is what you need to add to the weekly diet – sushi, sashimi  – the more raw, the better. Fish oils from salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring, are all beneficial for the heart and brain and may even lower risk of cancer.

5. Reduce Salt

If you are cooking at home, cut out the salt. Too much salt can cause hypertension and make your blood pressure rocket. All these are precursors to heart attacks and strokes. The recommended limit of sodium, which is a teaspoon (or 6 grams) daily but folks end up taking a lot more, in their burgers, fries and generally eating out in the coffee shops, where you have not control over what goes into your food. Processed foods contain the most, so make sure to read labels.

6. Don’t be self critical

We are our worst enemy, and while setting high standards for yourself is good, setting realistic goals is even better. Having healthy expectations for yourself is important to both your physical and mental health. If you’re overly critical, you will never be able to give yourself or others a chance. It pushes people away from you. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back and say, well done!

7. Drink Less Carbonated Drinks

8. Champion a Worthy Cause

9. Learn a New Skill

10. Save Money!

Happy New Year one and all.. BRING IT 2015 !! 

 

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