Looking to make this year the best one yet? Make feeling your best your top priority. Here are 7 Ways to Embrace a Healthy New Year that you can use to rock 2019.
This is a sponsored post brought to you by Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics. All opinions are my own.
If you are like me, the whirlwind of the holidays has finally passed and you are busy thinking about all the ways you are going to rock 2019. November and December always feel like one big celebration around our house, because in addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have two birthdays.
It was so much fun. Honestly, one of the best holiday seasons that I can remember.
But I am fully ready for a new time.
I am excited about stepping away from rich foods, committing to an exercise plan, and focusing on my health. I am not getting any younger, and I am dedicating this year to becoming the best version of myself that I can be!
I am ready! If you are too, here is some inspiration on how you can make this year the healthiest yet.
7 Ways to Embrace a Healthy New Year
Embrace Clean Eating
Eating right is the single most important step you can take for a healthy new year. Of course, that means different things to different people. I am a big believer in bio-individually. One size does not fit all when it comes to nutrition!
Instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing, figure out what works for you. How do you feel your best? Does that involve going low carb, paleo, gluten-free, or vegan? Maybe what works for you is simply focusing on eating whole foods, or maybe you feel best when you count calories. Whatever it is, do you!
Don't Forget Your Supplements
No matter how well you are eating, supplements provide extra insurance for optimal health.
A good multi-vitamin and Omega-3s are a great place to start. And, don't forget your gut health.
Taking a probiotic every day is the easiest thing that you can do to improve your digestive health. My go-to probiotic is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics®, which combines ancient fermentation techniques and modern science. (By the way, did you know that Dr. Ohhira’s is the probiotic that Meghan Markle recommends?)
When I am consistent in taking Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics, I feel so much better! As someone prone to anxiety, I don’t always deal with stress well. They often say that the gut is the “second brain,” and I find that when I pay attention to my gut health by taking a daily probiotic, I manage stress much better. Little things don’t bother me so much, I feel better and am in a better mood. (Studies support that probiotics can improve the function of the areas of the brain that regulate stress.)
I also have found that I don’t get sick nearly as often, which is impressive considering how often we go to theme parks. (Hello, germs!)
I love the convenience of Dr. Ohhira’s! Since they don’t have to be refrigerated, I can take them with me when we travel. This keeps me feeling my best when I need it the most!
Dr. Ohhira's begins with pure spring water. Seasonally harvested fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and seaweed are added for prebiotic support. To this twelve different strains of live probiotics are added. The prebiotics go through a three-year fermentation process during which the lactic acid bacteria are serenaded by Mozart to enhance vitality.
This process creates health-promoting postbiotics with organic acids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and biogenics. The rich culture medium is encapsulated in an acid-resistant capsule to ensure delivery to the GI tract.
If you've never taken a probiotic, this is the year to start! Probiotics promote healthy digestion and aid in the absorption of other nutrients. They can help to maintain healthy intestinal pH, relieve occasional gas and heartburn, and support a healthy immune response. Some studies suggest that when combined with a healthy diet, probiotics can even make weight loss easier.
You can read more about how to improve your gut health HERE.
Zone in On Your Mental Game
For years I underestimated the impact that my mind was having on my health. I vowed to get fit, eat right, and take good care of myself while allowing my inner mean girl to have free range over my mind.
There is no doubt that what goes on in our minds has a profound impact on our health. The CDC estimates that 110 million people die each year due to stress. That is a pretty convincing reason to learn how to manage yours.
In the last few years, I've started meditating on a regular basis. It always amazes me that 15 minutes of quiet can have such a profound impact on how I feel. Whenever fall out of practice, signs start showing up in my life. I will get anxious, easily frustrated, and stressed.
Other key ways to up your mental game: Write down your health goals and affirmations and review them daily, visualize yourself radiating health and happiness, and listen to positive podcasts and books as often as you can.
By the way, did you know that studies show that probiotics can help you deal with stress better?
In the past, at least 80% of the time when I was doing well and suddenly found myself off track, it was because I didn't have a plan. I may have had a rough idea of a meal plan and even the groceries in the house.
But then I let myself get hangry, and suddenly the idea of waiting 20 minutes to cook a meal is not so appealing. Suddenly, the kids' snacks start looking attractive. And I don't know about you, but once I dive in, getting back to healthy eating is always a challenge.
The solution for me is to always make sure I have something that I can grab and eat. Prepping food on the weekend for the week is key, especially if you work out of the home or are on the go constantly with kids.
Use Tools and Resources to Make Healthy Living Easier
We are fortunate to live in a time where there are so many tools that we have access to make our lives easier.
Some of the things I rely on to help make my healthy new year easier include:
- Nutritional Tracking Software
- Pressure Cooker
- Slow Cooker
- Air Fryer
- Food Processor (hello, not having to hand chop all those veggies)
- Fitness Tracker
- Online Grocery Ordering
You know you need to do it, but making time for consistent workouts can be challenging when you have work, home, and kids to take care of. It helps if you can find something that you enjoy. Hate the treadmill? Don't force yourself to do it! Instead, go for a walk outside, take up kickboxing or dance, or get your heart rate up with circuit training. Feeling good and enjoying yourself...is good.
Finding a time that consistently works for you is critical. With three kids, I've found that working out first thing is best for me. That way I am sure I get time for self-care before the craziness of the day takes hold.
Track and Adjust
Keeping a food journal and jotting down how you feel, as well as keeping track of your progress is such an essential part of your healthy new year.
For instance, I've learned that my digestion is better when I remember to take my probiotic. And, I've learned that when I eat a high carbohydrate diet without enough fat and protein, I am hungry much more often. I have also learned that the days where I note that I am feeling anxious are almost always days that I don't make time to workout and meditate.
Thanks again to Dr. Ohhira's for sponsoring this conversation! Don't forget to stock up on their probiotics.
What are your best tips for a healthy new year? Leave a comment and let me know!