One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. Seriously, almost everyone I've met has had that as their resolution at least once (often once a year or more! lol). Let's face it, losing weight and keeping it off aren't easy! But if you plan to try, here are some things that could be of help:
Let's start with some general tips (including things to add to your diet to boost your metabolism). And while you're at it, here are some herbs that help promote weight loss.
It's also helpful to know the nutritional information of foods you eat. But not all foods have labels. Self's Nutrition Data allows you to search for any food and find out not only calories, carbs, and fat, but also vitamins and minerals! Just type a food into the bar on the upper right and it will bring up a variety of choices. But what if you want to know the information for a dish you've made yourself? Simply plug the ingredients in here and get an analysis.
Some people like to jump start their weight loss with a detox. Here's an article on how to detox cheaply (Veg*ns will want to substitute a Vegan DHA/EPA supplement instead of fish oil). Further, here are THIRTY TWO detox drinks! So you're bound to not get bored.
Many people will reach for meal replacement shakes. These can be VERY expensive! Here's a homemade Shakeology recipe. And here is a list of shakes (low calorie, low carb, and Vegan options are available), in case you prefer to mix things up.
Another thing people resolve to do is eat better. If you need (or want) to reduce sodium intake, here are some tips. If you're trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, here are tips on how to add them easily. And here's a list of "Superfoods" on a budget (though eggs HAVE gone up a lot....). What if your goal is to go Vegetarian? Well, here are 50 links to help you! And this list of "accidentally Vegan" foods might come in handy too. Here are 10 tips to cut back on sugar. And here are 10 ways to reduce fat.
Perhaps not surprisingly, a lot of people swear they will exercise. Do NOT try to tackle an hour+ workout every day if you've been sedentary for a while! Not only will you be more likely to give up, but you could hurt yourself. Instead, try one of these 10 minute workouts. Or, here's one I swear by: Leslie Sansone's One Mile Walk. Each time I have decided to go back to exercising, I pull out my DVD and after a couple weeks, I'm in shape enough to tackle a longer workout. Alas, I find myself having things come up that stop me from exercising (like the foot pain), and backslide for long periods. But when I do get back to it, you can bet the One Mile Walk is there! lol. When you're ready for more, here's a list of full-length workout videos, which you can search by length and type. And here's a list of 30 YouTube Channels for free workout videos.
Some people resolve to quit bad habits. The two most common are smoking (cigarettes) and drinking. Here's a list of herbs said to help making quitting smoking easier. And here are herbs to help quit drinking, as well as 5 tips to help make it easier.
And, while you're trying to live better, let me suggest you get supplements from Vitacost (this link allows you to save $10).
Finally, some people resolve to get out of debt. Here are 23 tips to help. And don't forget to check out my blog regularly! After all, with everything from homemade basics and copycat recipes to DIY necessities to coupons to product testing and work-from-home opportunities, you're bound to save money! And hopefully my product reviews are also helpful (I know at least a couple people have made decisions based on my experience).
Alright, now to avoid getting in trouble, I need to place a disclaimer: I AM NOT a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, naturopath, licensed herbalist, etc. I am not suggesting you take any product (herbal, OTC, protein powders, etc). I provide this information, and assume you're intelligent enough to talk to your doctor and make up your own mind about what supplements to add to your regimen.
Well, that's it. Until next time.....