Keep It Simple This New Year

We made it through the holidays! It’s a new year! Are you now bombarded with messaging everywhere urging you to declare what life-changing goals you are going to pursue? Are you feeling guilted into to at least pretending to sound like an achiever even if you don’t feel like one? Here’s my advice: Take a deep breath, ignore the noise and keep it simple.

Typical New Year Resolutions
The top 10 resolutions we typically make include:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting organized
  • Spending less money and saving more
  • Growing closer to God
  • Getting fit and healthy
  • Learning something new, exciting or meaningful
  • Quitting smoking, drinking or substance abuse
  • Helping others more
  • Finding the right relationship
  • Spending more time with family

They all sound great, right? Except research shows that nearly half of us fail dismally at keeping them. Let’s be honest, if you make it hard on yourself, changes are not going to happen or they’re simply unsustainable.

Simple Suggestions 
I do agree it’s good to have a general sense of direction and even some specific goals, but lets be honest: We all need some kind of support when trying something new. So, think about these:

  1. Figure out what is most important to you this year: Your health? Financial stability? Mending of relationships? Weight loss? Spiritual growth? Don’t take on more than 3-5.
  2. Who do you trust that you can share these with that could offer encouragement and support especially for the first 3-6 months? Pick someone who has faith in your growth and check in with them regularly to stay on track. Avoid negative people who will only drag you down.
  3. Ask God to help you. If you’re a believer, you already have a supernatural, loving Person on your team who wants to help you succeed! Pray daily for God’s strength and discipline to help make those changes that will bless your life.

Health Suggestions to Feel Better
For those of you who wish to improve your health, here are a few things to be aware of:  We all suffer from serious food addictions (you are not alone!) because our food manufacturers deliberately want to keep you hooked on that sugar, salt, dairy, wheat fat, etc. But, these substances not only trigger powerful cravings that are hard to resist, they are also making you sick!

The key to breaking free isn’t simply to stop eating them but to replace these foods something better. Gradually, the cravings will begin to subside. As you begin to feel better, your desire and taste for healthier foods will become what your body naturally craves– it’s really true!

Easy 5 Steps 

  1. Cut down on sugar, salt, wheat, and dairy.
  2. Fill half of every food plate with vegetables — cooked or raw– and organic as much as possible. (Whatever these cost, they’re much cheaper than whatever your medical bills would be!)
  3. Drink at least 4-6 glasses of water a day, especially in between meals.
  4. Move your body 20 minutes a day- any kind of moderate exercise.
  5. Give yourself 8 hours of sleep each night.

Start with these and you will begin to see changes you didn’t think were possible. Our bodies are self healing and self repairing if we give them the chance.

We’ll all be working with you in this new year. God has wonderful things He wants to do in you and through you. We’ll be doing together!

Happy New Year from Healed, Healthy and Whole!