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New Year, New Health & Wellness

The new year is when we all think about self-improvement, am I right? As the calendar flips to January, we find ourselves tidying up our goals, promises we probably won’t keep, and to-do lists for lifestyle changes that may or may not happen. But this year, let’s make it a priority to focus on health and nutrition in a way that’s sustainable and working with our bodies rather than against it. For so long, so many women tried fad diets and restrictive plans only to feel frustrated when they inevitably failed. Now let’s explore gentle ways to nourish ourselves through small changes, listening to the body’s needs and honoring where it’s at. Because truth is, health isn’t a destination but a lifelong journey, and it’s time we travel it with compassion. In this blog post, I hope to have an honest yet upbeat conversation on struggles that so many women face, like hormonal wellness, as we support each other in prioritizing self-care the natural way. Let’s get started!

As we transition into the new year, I want to share some thoughts that will help you start 2024 on the right path.

Reflection and Self-Nourishment

 

In the past, I used to view the end of the year as a time for reflection and self-nourishment. However, I have noticed that the holiday hustle and bustle has left me and many other women feeling depleted. This is especially true for moms who experience the additional stress of holiday preparations. We often find ourselves needing a vacation from Christmas vacation!

Start Small and Stay Consistent

 

When it comes to achieving our health goals, the most important advice I can give you is to start small and stay consistent. Many people make the mistake of making drastic changes all at once, only to find that they are not sustainable in the long run. This leads to burnout and frustration, ultimately derailing our health goals.

 

The Turtle Wins the Race

 

Instead, I encourage you to take a slow and steady approach. Imagine yourself as a goddess turtle, gradually building healthy habits that will last. For example, I recommend taking a 20-minute walk every day rather than pushing yourself too hard at the gym five days a week. Consistency is key.

Avoid Being a Statistic

 

Many people begin the new year with good intentions but often revert to old habits within a short period. 

 

Trader Joe’s, for example, observes a rise in salad and produce sales during the initial three weeks of the year, which is then followed by an upswing in comfort food purchases during the Super Bowl season. 

 

However, you can break this cycle by prioritizing small, sustainable changes in your lifestyle.

Small Changes That Stick

 

So, what are some examples of these small changes? 

 

Start by drinking more water and aim for at least 50 ounces a day. Additionally, consider adding a fruit and vegetable smoothie to your daily routine or incorporating a serving of vegetables into each meal. Swap unhealthy snacks for a serving of fruit. 

 

These baby steps may seem small, but they can lead to lasting changes.

Be Mindful of the Sugar Crash

 

If you’re currently dealing with the aftermath of holiday indulgence, just remember to be patient with yourself, my friend. It takes some time to recover from that sugar crash, but you’ve got this! 

 

Expect the first three days to be a little challenging, but don’t let that discourage you. Always keep in mind that healthy habits may be tough to start, but trust me, they eventually become super easy to live with. You’ve got this! 

Prioritize Your Health

 

Lastly, prioritize your health. Don’t wait for a crisis; proactive self-care is crucial. Think of it as a necessary tune-up for your one precious life. 

 

As we enter the new year, setting goals for better health is common. But let’s be real, ambitious resolutions often fizzle out by February. Remember, slow and steady wins the race, especially when it comes to your well-being. Reflect on your habits, make small changes that stick, and avoid becoming a statistic of broken resolutions. Even the smallest actions have a big impact in the long run. Mind your sugar intake and prioritize health amidst the hustle of everyday life. Start small, stay consistent, and remember that slow progress is still progress. If you’re unsure where to begin, reach out to a professional for guidance. 

 

Cheers to a healthier you in the new year!

 

 

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.