Getting Back On Track After the New Year: Healthy Tricks & Tips
Happy New Year! 2018 really flew by. It was a great year, but we are more than ready to see what 2019 has in store for us here at Integrative Acupuncture. We also can’t wait to help all of you achieve your health goals, starting with getting back on track after the holiday fun that probably derailed your normal routine, especially when it comes to your health. All of the Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s partying, traveling to visit family and friends, and eating out at restaurants more often than usual — these things can change your sleep and exercise pattern, cause weight gain, and increase your stress levels.
It’s time to dial back… Take a long, deep breath, relax, and reset for 2019.
Our first piece of advice to get your body’s digestive system back up and running. After all the sugary cocktails and desserts and multiple holiday dinners with lots of food, you’re probably thinking “I never want to eat again!” But now is the time when what you put in your body is most important.
Take a little hiatus from going out to eat, and cook at home instead. This allows you to control everything going into your food, and you’ll be ingesting way less sugar and salt than if you were to eat at a restaurant. Drink lots of water to rehydrate and flush out waste products and toxins, and eat foods that are high in fiber. Acupuncture is also very effective in helping to move along the digestive system. We also have an in-house board-certified nutritionist that can answer any of your questions regarding food and eating habits.
Once you’ve got the inside of your tummy taken care of, it’s time to work on the outside. Get back into your normal exercise routine — or, if you didn’t have one before, create one! Find a fitness plan that works best for you and your schedule, something you enjoy doing and will actually keep up with, something that challenges your body and mind. Everyone’s preference for exercise is different, and luckily there are many options. Work out with a personal trainer, join a local gym with group fitness classes, start up with Spin classes or yoga, or go for a run in your neighborhood on your own. There are plenty of mobile apps with workout suggestions and motivational mantras to keep you on your toes. Being active at least a few days a week will not only make you feel good physically, but mentally too. Along with developing a good exercise regimen, you should also aim to have a regular sleep pattern, and make sure you are getting enough shut eye every night.
Lastly, it’s okay if you fell off the wagon a bit over the last few months. It happens to all of us. So what if you had a few more spoonfuls of sinfully cheesy casserole than you should have and an extra slice of decadent chocolate cake and a during Christmas dinner? That was then and this is now. Don’t dwell on what you have done, focus on what you’re doing.