Most people start the new year with wonderful resolutions, only to get discouraged and let them go a couple months later. I do not believe that resolutions work for most individuals, simply because we are for the most part not strong enough to follow through. However, I do believe that by making some adjustments it is possible to live every day to the fullest and to enjoy life even if circumstances don’t look good.
It seems to happen to many of us. After we get up from our winter slumber, some of our cloths just don’t sit right any more, and that scale…. gee, it’s got to be lying…. It is not uncommon for many people to gain between 3-10 pounds during the winter. But, it does not have to happen. Here are a few principles and ways that can be very helpful to enjoy the cold season with it’s holidays without adding inches to our waist line.
Research links a diet that is rich in cruciferous vegetables (about 1 serving per day) with a number of health benefits. Cruciferous vegetables, if eaten soon after they are harvested are nutritional power houses. Besides vitamins, minerals and fiber, they are loaded with powerful phytonutrients that promote healthy cells and tissues, particularly of the breast, prostate, colon, uterus, ovaries and digestive tract.
Essential Fatty acids are crucial for normal growth and behavior. They are necessary for healthy cell membranes, a well balanced hormone level and properly working immune and nervous system. One reason why so many people today are dealing with inflammation-related illnesses, such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease and fibromyalgia, as well as mental conditions such as depression, ADD and ADHD is due to a lack of essential fatty acids in those individuals’ diets.
Diets that contribute very small amounts of fat can be extremely harmful to your health. Many studies point out a distinct connection between consuming the right kind and the right amount of fats and the absence or presence of certain mental and degenerative diseases.