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The Nontraditional Resolution – Solution

The holiday season is once again upon us and with the holidays come our customs and traditions. One tradition that many Americans take part in each year is challenging themselves with a New Year’s Resolution. The origin of this tradition dates all the way back to the time of the ancient Babylonians who wanted to start the new year off fresh by making promises to their gods to pay off debt, return borrowed items, and things of that nature. Now, centuries later, many of us still partake in this tradition in a more modern way.

This year we challenge you to hold yourself accountable to three resolutions instead of just one. First, resolve to do something that will benefit your life in a positive way. Whether you are giving up a bad habit or forming a new and healthy one, choose something that will have a beneficial effect on you as a person. Next, promise to do something that will impact the ones you love. Even if it is the smallest gesture that helps enhance their quality of life, show them you love them, or simply take a little stress away. Lastly, consider putting yourself out there and making an effort to help those you don’t know. Regardless if you decide to partake in random acts of kindness or volunteer at the local soup kitchen, going out of your way for someone you don’t even know can have an enormous impact on the lives of those you have touched as well as yours.

Taking life and those we love for granted is something most of us are guilty of at one time or another. This year make it a point to be a better person to yourself and those around you and to appreciate and be grateful for what you have. Strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be in 2016!

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Personal Transformation During Healthy Weight Week: January 18-22 (Part 1)

Over 20 years ago, Healthy Weight Week was established to help people understand that being healthy is not synonymous to the pounds on a scale. This week is about encouraging people to create a sustainable and realistic healthy lifestyle through:

Feeling Good About Themselves
Living Actively

Mindful Eating is a great start when promoting Healthy Weight Week. To be a Mindful Eater you must practice. Here are 5 tips for you to use to achieve and maintain your desired healthy weight.

  1. Slow Down: Between each bite, put your spoon or fork down and alternate eating with your non-dominant hand.
  2. Take Deep Breaths: Before eating, close your eyes and inhale and exhale. Ask yourself…
    • Are you stressed?
    • Is what you are about to eat affected by your level of stress or level of hunger?
    • Are you eating this food because you are hungry?
  3. Savor Food: Before you chew your food, move it around in your mouth first. Pay attention to the food’s temperature, texture, and tastes. After savoring your food, then chew.
  4. Crazy Hunger: Hunger can affect your mood. For 3 days, eat only when you are hungry and chart your mood level. Then, for 3 days, eat before you are hungry and chart your mood level. Most find that if you wait to eat until you are hungry, your mood is more aggressive. However, if you eat smaller meals/snacks throughout the day, your mood tends to remain at a constant pleasant level.
  5. Be Satisfied Not Full: Eating until you are full is not the route to go. You should eat small meals/snacks until you are satisfied. You will be surprised at the difference in 10 nourishing bites of food instead of 20.

As you try these 5 tips, recognize that you are taking the practical steps to participating in Healthy Weight Week, while at the same time becoming a Mindful Eater. We will post additional blogs to assist you in your journey as you listen and trust how your body responds to food.

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