They say hindsight is 20-20, yet the peak trending search dates for weight loss occur between December 30th and January 5th (alongside early April) meaning that most people seek to actively ignore healthy eating and lifestyle choices over the emotional desire of connecting with others and enjoying decadent foods during the holiday season. While this viewpoint can seem traditional and impossible to dismiss, the resulting misery that merits New Years Resolutions goes directly against the preventative wisdom that Lifestyle Naturopathy calls upon.
Basically, the big popular thing is getting healthy by doing nothing; becoming healthy and fit by sitting on the couch doesn’t work and never will.
Basically, the big popular thing is getting healthy by doing nothing; becoming healthy and fit by sitting on the couch doesn’t work and never will. Neither does selectively choosing to overeat, over-consume alcohol, sugar, fats, and salt, staying up late hours, avoiding the cold weather and living of guilt-inducing ideas of should rather than true determination.
Getting healthy ought not to be considered impossible. The most common statement heard today for why people feel unable to get healthy is that people say they do not have time. If you don’t have time to give to your health, what are you wasting your time on?
But there are solutions to achieving your goals, enjoying the holiday spirit, feeling alert and energized and making the most of the winter season while toning your body.
Here are simple tips to get and keep you on track:
- Eat fresh! In our day and age, we have full access to local, freshly grown foods in Montreal. Fresh green leafy vegetables are available even on the coldest of days. Read this blog post on winter greens to learn more.
- Get outside! Dressing appropriately is key for enjoying the winter winds, meeting new friends and not letting the weather get the best of you. Read this blog post for ideas on how to best benefit from winter activities that can get you smiling.
- Take up a new sport or hobby. Being creative and doing something new can lift the winter blahs when the world seems colorless and unyieldingly cold. Check out this blog post about healthy creativity to keep those ideas flowing!
- Rest up if you do get sick. Read about how to build your winter immunity to give yourself the best chance against falling ill.
If you don’t have time to give to your health, what are you wasting your time on?
Make the right choice for you today. A healthy way of life does not emerge from quick-fixes, avoidance or resolutions. Consistency, proper supplementation, and awareness are the keys to preventing weight gain due to holiday eating, achieving your fitness goals and feeling at your best.