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Do you want to improve your health this year?

2 Feb 2013 2:45 PM - You don't have to do febfast to improve your health...

 

Is it time for a health reality check? 

So, it's the 2nd of February and, hopefully, if you are like me you have had a lovely few weeks since Christmas with some holidays, warmer weather and longer evenings which make coming home from work all the more pleasant.  It's been a great opportunity to rest, rejuvenate and catch up with friends.  However, it has also been a time of a bit too much indulgent food and a few too many drinks, and maybe the exercise routine has been on holidays too.  

So now the kids and back at school and you have time to stop and look in the mirror.  Are you happy with what you see?  Or maybe you are back at work and the holidays are a distant memory....you are staring down the barrel of a very busy year and wondering how on earth you are going to survive.    

As a way of hitting the "pause" button, I am doing febfast this year.  It's a month without alcohol.  I'm not a big drinker but I do enjoy a glass of wine and it is interesting how it sneaks into your lifestyle and suddenly, if you aren't careful, it is very easy to underestimate how much you drink.  

I find a month without alcohol is just perfect at this time of year.  It's a chance to give my liver a breather and focus on my health, perhaps do a detox and really focus on where my body might need a tune up.  It primes my body and gives me the best chance of getting through the year the healthiest I can be.  And let's face it, we need to be the healthiest we can be to get the most out of our busy lives with a smile on our face and a spring in our step. 

So, whether or not you are doing febfast, you can ALWAYS take some time to clean up your diet and lifestyle ... maybe for a short period of time (I would recommend at least two weeks) or sometimes it even becomes a permanent change.  

Feel free to pick and choose from the following list of cleansing things you can do for your body: 

  • quit alcohol
  • cut out the less healthy food options (pizza, burgers, fries, fried food...you know which ones apply to you)
  • have at least one extra serve of vegetables or fruit per day
  • reduce (halve?) your coffee or tea intake
  • eat your greens every day...or if you prefer...drink them in a smoothie
  • say no to sweets...that includes icecream, lollies, chocolate bars, biscuits, cakes, pastries etc etc
  • cut out soft drink, energy drinks or bottled juice
  • halve the amount of sugar in your tea or coffee
  • quit smoking
  • commit to doing some form of exercise for 30 minutes every day (in 10 minute blocks if necessary)
  • drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day
  • switch from white bread or pasta to wholegrain
  • switch from white rice to brown rice
  • try one new vegetable, bean or grain (eg quinoa, buckwheat, millet) each week
  • eat fish at least twice per week 

It's entirely up to you to choose how little or how much you try but my advice is...don't get carried away! If your diet and lifestyle is in the doldrums you can make yourself quite ill by trying to do too much too soon.  (You don't just run a marathon without doing some preparation first and the same thing applies to your diet and lifestyle).  Everyone is different.  For some people picking one of the things off that list will be enough of a challenge and will be a fantastic start and make a big difference to their health and vitality.  For others, you might like to pick a few things that might work for you.  Others still might like to make an appointment to see a naturopath for a preliminary health check and assessment of their diet so that a tailored cleansing programme can be prepared just for them. 

I think February is the perfect time to kick start the new improved you.  What do you think?  Is this going to be your year?  And if you want some expert help along the way, call me.  I'd like to help you get there!

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath

 

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