Most of us are back into the swing of things after the break of the
holidays. Not only are work schedules back to normal, but so
too are sleeping and eating routines. It's nice to occasionally indulge
in food and drink that you might not normally have, but with the new
year often comes a new resolve to eat better, exercise more, and learn
to control stress--generally to be healthier. So, here I am
as a reminder to you to take care of yourself!
But "I don't have the time", "I don't have enough money", "I have more
pressing issues to address first", "I'll get to it later"...I know all
of these excuses--I'm human too! Here's the thing--and you
may have heard me say it before, but it's worth repeating--you are the
most important thing on your To-Do List. If you've ever flown
in a plane, you've heard the description of what to do should the
ventilation masks drop down. You must always place the mask
on your face first before assisting ANY other passengers.
Yourself before your kids, before your grandparent, before the
attractive guy/girl next to you :). Why? Because if
you faint from lack of oxygen, then you are useless to the people that
you are trying to help. So maybe learning what foods are
ideal for you, addressing your aching back pain, finally getting rid of
those persistent headaches, or finding a great way to de-stress are not
as pressing issues as getting oxygen, but they are important.
Yet, we consistently seem to let other much less important issues get
in the way. If you truly want to be able to take care of your
loved ones, get ahead in your career, excel at a sport, and accomplish
your goals, then keep yourself healthy and you will have the energy to
do so and still be able to enjoy your time off instead of crashing onto
the couch to watch reality tv reruns at the end of an exhausting day.
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Popular New Years Resolutions
1. "I will lose weight"
This is the time of year that everyone
tries to make up for all of last year's guilty food indulgences and
lack of exercise. My gym is already packed, but I know that
in just a few weeks, it'll be back to usual with half the current
attendees. Every year new weight loss gimicks
arise--supplements to speed up metabolism, reduce appetite, block
absoption of fats or carbs. Every year new diets come
out--low fat/high carb, low carb/high fat, raw food, cabbage diet,
etc. Every year the average waistline continues to expand
even though at the same time so too does the weight loss
industry. Yet, it always comes back to a few basics: eat more
veggies; avoid processed foods, greasy food, and sugar; exercise more;
get enough sleep; address health issues. When asked if I do
treatments for weight loss, my answer is "no". Not because I
don't, but because it is not my focus. My goal is to help you
to become healthier. If your body is not in balance, we will
work to bring you back into balance (TCM treatments), and obviously part of it is
following the aforementioned principles. It doesn't need to
be confusing. It doesn't need to be torture. It
can, however, be life-changing to regain control of your health.
2. "I will eat healthy foods"
So, what exactly does that
mean? If you listen to the media, you are probably
confused. One moment you are warned about the dangers of
coffee and then next its antioxidant virtues are exaulted. We are told
to avoid soy products by some and eat more soy by others. We were once
told to avoid fats and everything was available fat-free.
That then became passe and we were told to cut carbs. Already
that trend is now fading. Should you follow California's raw
food diet? Should you be like Madonna, Joe Pesci, and Gwyneth Paltrow (before her pregnancy) and be on a
macrobiotic diet or follow Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Love, and Cindy Crawford on the Zone
diet? Why all the mixed information? Because we are
all individual. Just as one person's junk is another's
treasure, so too is it for our ideal food plan. Of course
there are some general guidelines that can apply to us all:
Peter Rabbit isn't the only one who should eat more veggies.
If it wasn't avaible for food
consumption 100 years ago, you probably shouldn't eat it. An
easy guideline is to shop the perimeters of the grocery store and avoid
Sugar should not be a "food
group"--i.e. limit your sugar consumption and if you have a sweet
tooth, try stevia leaf, a natural, non-caloric sweetener.
Eat a variety of foods--broccoli may
be healthy, but it's not meant to make up the whole veggie category.
Emphasize foods that are locally grown
as they will be fresher and more likely what your body needs.
Eat until you are no longer hungry,
not until you are full and certainly not until you need to loosen your
Eat regular meals--skipping meals only
makes your body think it should store more of the next meal as fat on
Chew, chew, chew your food!
Enjoy it! You'll help your digestion and likely eat less as
you'll allow your body to recognize when you've had enough.
Then there are the things that differentiate us and that you may need help to determine what you should eat:
Metabolism: Does simply looking at a
chocolate bar make you put on pounds, can you cram anything into your
gullet and never even need to change the notch on your belt, or are you
somewhere in between?
Ethnic background: All Asians are
somewhat lactose intolerant (shoudn't eat much or any dairy), but can
eat soy products. Some Europeans react badly to soy, but can
enjoy cheese without worry.
Lifestage: Children are not simply
little adults. Teenagers, young adults, mature dults, and
older adults all have varying dietary needs.
Special state: Pregnancy and
breastfeeding change dietary needs. Disease and illness make
some nutrients more important while others should be limited.
And of course there's also the ever-important matter of taste. While I
learned to overcome my dislike of fish, I will likely never eat brussel
sprouts no matter how good they may be for me. That's
fine. Food should be something that can be enjoyed, even
though we do have to remember more than just our tastebuds.
3. "I will exercise"
Don't like the gym? Go outside
for a brisk walk or run. Don't like the rain? Join
a fun activity like intramural volleyball, dance class, or martial
arts. Injured or in pain? Find an activity that you
can do like tai chi (ask me about the tai chi class I'll be attending
starting at Jan.22), get a trainer to help you rehab, and find someone
to help you heal (ahem, acupuncture is very effective! click here). We
were built to move, so move!
4. "I will stop smoking"
There are many methods to stop smoking
and you need to find what works best for you, but one thing for sure is
that if you want to stop, you can. Acupuncture offers body
and ear acupuncture to help curb cravings, improve lung health,
eliminate phlegm, and reduce stress. Food changes, herbs, and
a support system are other areas that TCM is helpful here.
Please let me know your 2006 resolutions and goals and I may be able to
offer you suggestions and support to make sure that at the beginning of
2007 you aren't just recycling this year's resolutions that you never
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