Staying on track in 2015

Staying on track in 2015

With the New Year upon us, this is a great time to set new health goals for ourselves.   Most of us have overindulged a bit for the holidays, which is okay, don’t feel bad, instead use that as fuel to step things up today.  But you don’t have to go full force, starting out with some simple tasks can make a huge difference in your energy levels, digestion, and of course your waist line.

So, here are some small, easy tips to get you back on track

1) Hydrate!
   Water is the simplest and cheapest way to prevent dehydration, help with digestion, lubricate the body, assist in moving nutrients and help flush out all those alcoholic beverages you drank!  Although every person requires a different amount of water, a good rule of thumb is reached by taking your weight in pounds and divide by 2. The result equals number of ounces of water that you should consume in a day.  Try adding some fresh lemon to your morning water to give your liver a little extra help. 

2) Fiber! Fiber! Fiber!
 A great way to get your body back on track.  Fiber will help your body gets out the toxins.  If you don’t get rid of them they circulate back into the body and deposit in our fat cells for long-term storage.  The core problem is that the body won’t let go of those fat cells if it can’t eliminate the toxins.  Eating more fiber prevents this from happening and you get the benefits of a slimmer midline.  It’s as easy as starting your day with a bowl of baked sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts with 2 poached eggs on top. This is a balanced meal that will provide you the right amount of fiber to start this process. Additionally, eating your largest meal at breakfast is known for its weight loss effects.

3) Diet
 We all know that we need to stop indulging on all the holiday treats.  Bye bye egg nog lattes!  But did you know that eating more protein will help to stabilize your mood and also eliminate those sweet carbohydrate cravings that make it difficult for you to stay on track.  Make sure your eating about 20-25grams of protein with every meal.

4) Beauty Rest With all the holiday parties you may be lacking a few Z’s and now is the time to catch up. Sleep 
allows your body to repair and rejuvenate, start the New Year with a new 10pm bedtime routine and your body with thank you for it.

Good luck,

Dr. Nicole