“Dr. Oz’s 31-Day Jan-YOU-ary Plan”

“Dr. Oz’s 31-Day Jan-YOU-ary Plan”

Being bombarded with information on how to make healthy choices this new year can be overwhelming, especially if you are uncertain of how reliable the sources are. This slideshow featured on Dr. Oz’s website is loaded with helpful tips on how to keep your health and wellness the center of attention this month.

30 Days Until a New Habit

30 Days. It takes about one month to form a new habit and it’s only been a little over a week since you’ve sat down and considered what your resolution for 2014 would be. For the first couple of days, social media pages were flooded with posts like “New Year: New Me” and all of the hype probably had you motivated. But, what about now? How do you stay excited and committed until you’ve reached the thirty day mark?

Reminders. Leave inspirational notes for yourself around the house or office in places you’ll see them sporadically throughout the day. Set reminders or alarms on your cell phone randomly throughout the month. Change the background of your computer desktop or of your cell phone to something encouraging for your specific resolution.

Goals. Set small, weekly and measurable goals. By providing yourself with smaller tasks, achieving something and rewarding yourself more frequently throughout the month will continue to keep you motivated and on track.

Communicate. Encourage your friends and family to stick to their resolutions. Seeing the progress of others will entice you to push ahead.  Also, you can share your resolution with someone or something that will hold you accountable for it- whether it be a new gym buddy, volunteer coordinator or your Twitter followers.

With these tips, hopefully making a habit out of your resolution will be easy. If you slip up, don’t worry about it. Keep at it and good luck!

 

For other tips visit: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/01/06/make-2014-year-keep-your-resolutions/
http://www.inc.com/carolyn-cutrone/apps-to-keep-new-years-resolutions.html
http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-tips-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolution
 
*Photo credit: news.easybranches.com*

Warmin’ Up

As the temperature outside decreases and the number of blankets we layer up with increases, the thoughts of comfort foods begin to roll in. Many of the health-conscious try to dodge these thoughts, staying loyal to the dietary goals they’ve set. Luckily, curling up with a favorite bowl of soup doesn’t have to be a thought dodged by anyone.

There are health benefits to eating soup, especially when the soup is properly prepared and homemade. Using low-sodium stocks and slow cooking vegetables can increase the nutritional value of the soup. Clear broth soups, like chicken noodle, can aid in re-hydrating, calming inflammation, settling stomachs and reducing congestion. More vegetable-based soups help achieve proper dietary intakes for nutrients and fiber.  Meat-based soups provide the body with proteins and amino acids. Adding spices such as tumeric, garlic or pepper increase the body’s circulation, warming you up! Additionally, garlic is known to be “an antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal agent…” (Total Health Nutrients, 2010). No wonder the infamous any-kind-of-illness remedy is chicken noodle soup (especially if it’s chuck full of garlic and veggies). 

Recipes for the Favorites

French Onion- http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001842491,00.html

Broccoli Cheddar- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/healthified-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe/index.html

Chicken Tortilla- http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/soups/chicken-tortilla-soup/

Curried Cauliflower- http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/andrew-weils-curried-cauliflower-soup

For a full listing of recipes, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-soup-recipes/RE00122.

How-to Video

Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil Make Curried Cauliflower Soup

With these easy and healthy recipes, the days of feeling guilty indulging in your favorite comfort soup are long gone!

 

*As always, remember to consult your doctor before changing your diet or treating symptoms of any illness.*

For more information, visit any of the above links or http://totalhealthnutrients.com/?p=1875 that was utilized in creating this post.
(Picture of Broccoli Cheddar soup from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/healthified-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe/index.html )

Wo-Fit

Being the last Wednesday of September, yesterday was National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. If you’re a lady and you missed it, not to worry; the last week of September has been dedicated to Women’s health! The Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), the brains behind the event, do not limit groups to just one day of health and wellness activities.

According to fitnessday.com, over “1,000 groups across the country… host[ed] women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations.” The purpose of dedicating a day to women’s health is simply for encouragement. The hardest part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is at the beginning. This kind of event helps women understand the importance of healthy choice-making and how to incorporate exercise into a routine.

So, now that the day to kick-off starting a regular routine has come and passed, what exactly should you do? Good question. Last year, Dr. Oz compiled a list of 23 essential health tips for women. Here’s just a couple of the renowned doctor’s suggestions:

  1. Laugh
  2. Don’t skip breakfast
  3. Get at least seven hours of sleep
  4. Eat foods with bright and rich colors
  5. Breathe deeply
  6. Be social
  7. Snack on nuts
  8. Drink green tea
  9. Avoid fad diets
  10. Floss

For the complete list and the explanations of each suggestion, visit http://www.womenshealthmag.com. You’d be surprised what all he shares!

These tips from Dr. Oz are great starting points to get you headed in the right direction for maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

For more information on the National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, or if you want to participate in the event next year, visit the website http://www.fitnessday.com/women/.