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Natural Health from A to Z
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 • Posted January 6, 2010

Making New Year’s resolutions regarding health and wellness is a great thing to do this week.

Many of us (me included) make weight loss resolutions – which are good to make, but hard to follow through with without some kind of structured program that helps change lifestyle. Many have great results with Weight Watchers; others like the do it yourself programs like South Beach. My personal favorite is the Fat Flush Plan. Pick what appeals to you, but plan ahead and get support.

Aside from weight loss, physical health and wellbeing are important goals. I think health begins with nutrition. Good food choices are important, and I find that a good core group of supplements also helps. Great multi-vitamins make you feel good and insure that you are getting nutrients that may or may not be in your food. I like whole food vitamins – there are some great formulas now, including stress reducers, energy boosters, high iron, no iron, etc.

A good multi-vitamin is not enough – a good omega 3 oil is also a must – it helps with brain power, cholesterol, joints, skin, immune function and more. There are good high potency fish oils that are lemon flavored – meaning there is no fishy aftertaste.

After a multi-vitamin and an omega 3, there are many choices for what you take to optimize your health. For the winter season, I recommend a good preventive formula for wellness – Elderberry Defense has worked great for us. I also recommend a good probiotic daily for those that are eating any amount of refined food.

Another popular health resolution is cleansing. I recommend the whole body cleanse once or twice a year. It works wonders for many issues – including joint problems, cholesterol, indigestion, constipation, headaches, lack of energy and more. If you haven’t done one lately, maybe now is the time.

Also, think about resolutions that will make you happier and healthier. Maybe it’s about slowing down and having time for yourself and/or your family. Maybe it’s about financial goals. Maybe it’s about reprogramming yourself so that the hazards along life’s road don’t get you down. Maybe it’s about forgiving someone (ourselves included) and not carrying hurt or resentment into the New Year. Our mental attitude has much to do with our health and happiness – think about how to change yours for a happier New Year.

If you are thinking about how to be healthier in the New Year, look at your daily habits. Do you eat breakfast? Breakfast truly is an important meal. What you eat for breakfast makes it even more important. Think about protein – the traditional breakfast foods of meat (sausage) and eggs are great protein sources. But there are other ones such as cottage cheese and protein drinks. The key with breakfast is to cut out sugary and starchy foods that do not have enough protein. The high protein breakfast helps level your blood sugar and give you energy and brain power for the day. Just making a good breakfast a daily priority would be a great resolution for you and your family.

Whatever you resolve to do, I wish you the best of health and happiness in the coming year. Happy New Year.

Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas.

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