Start Your New Year on a Healthy Note

Is New Year the Perfect Time to Reset Your Health Goals?

It’s been said that January is a time for new beginnings, a time of optimism, hope, and starting the year on a healthy note. It is a time when we allow ourselves to imagine what we can accomplish and how we can be better than before. We all want to make our lives better and do things differently. To build a sustainable, healthy habit, there has to be a reason behind it, a purpose. It should also be something you enjoy doing. 

Let's discuss how should you be starting your New Year on a healthy note!

Pros & Cons of Starting Your New Year Resolutions in January

Pros
  • The beginning of the new year is a great opportunity to do some self-reflection and see what needs to be changed.
  • It's also the perfect time to make resolutions and work on them for the whole year
  • January is a great time to start fresh because it provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your past year and work on your health goals 
Cons
  • The main disadvantage is that if you are not able to follow through with your resolutions by March, you lose motivation.
  • Early resolutions can be too ambitious and unrealistic for some people, and they might find themselves breaking their resolutions or abandoning them altogether before they can really get started.
  • For some people, it is too soon to get back into the habit of doing things they did not do last year. 

Where You Should Start with Your New Year's Resolution if You Haven't Decided Yet?

This is the most common question on the internet. And it's not always easy to answer.

The best way to start is to think about your habits. What are the things you do every day? What are you reactive to? Are you an all or nothing person? How many times have you made the same resolution and quit?

For example, some people have a habit of eating too much unhealthy food after work while others have a habit of skipping workouts on weekends. You can start by identifying these patterns and replacing them with new habits that will be good for your health goals.

How to New Year Resolutions

Step by step on how to set your Starting Your New Year on a Healthy Note goals and succeed.

  1. Know why your goal matters? What would you win or lose, what’s at stake? (Example: cut down sugar to decrease inflammation in the body which would help with muscle and joint pain)
  2. Understand what you need to do to achieve that goal and set out a timeline for doing so. (Example: instead of putting 3 tsp of sugar in your coffee or tea put 1 tsp, instead of dessert after a meal have a piece of fruit)
  3. Get a goal partner, someone that has a similar goal and you can help each other achieve your goal. Your accountability partner
  4. Set key milestones and celebrate them. (Example: being sugar free for 10 days 🎉)
  5. Know what you need to sacrifice to achieve your goal
  6. Keep a scoreboard, make it fun
  7. Celebrate your accomplishments, your wins. It will keep the momentum.

You are probably thinking, this sounds like S.M.A.R.T goals, yes it does and here's a fillable worksheet to help you start with your goals.

What are some simple health resolutions that you can set for yourself and make sure to succeed?

  • Incorporate 1 new vegetable a week into your meals
  • Swap vegetable cooking oil with ghee, butter, or rendered fat, or steam them
  • Eliminate 1 unhealthy food a week from your diet, example: soda, cookie, fried food, etc.
  • Consider the resolution of cultivating a pain-free body by incorporating regular movement, mindful practices, and proactive self-care into your daily routine
  • Get your body moving: walking in place, walking outside, using mini trampoline, dancing, ect...

One thing to keep in mind is that we are individuals and our idea of healthy habits and healthy eating varies. For someone making a healthy choice could mean drinking 2 sodas a day instead of 3 or 4, For others, adding just 1 vegetable to their diet is an accomplishment.

We should never compare ourselves to anyone else because every person’s journey is different. Comparing yourself to other people is not only detrimental for your self esteem, but it can also lead to feelings of jealousy, inadequacy, and depression. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.

Taking small steps and sticking with them!

If you’ve been eating healthy, doing moderate exercise, and want to take your health to the next level, then this is for you: a 30-day easy-to-follow cleanse. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you stay on top of it. Decide which cleanse kit is best for you, and if you're unsure or have questions, please put them in the comments below.

Now, for those seeking personalized action steps tailored to their unique genetic makeup, consider exploring your genetic blueprint

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About the author 

Ani Papazyan BS, CN, LMT, LE

As a Pain Resolution Practitioner, I empower individuals to conquer body pain, reclaim their lives, and embrace personalized wellness based on their unique genetic makeup, offering tailored solutions, self-help techniques, and transformative strategies.

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