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With the New Year coming up, everyone is scrambling to come up with his/her New Years resolution. What if you told yourself that you WEREN’T going to make a resolution this year? Instead, what if you set out to make a change, not only in light of the the New Year, but a real, long-lasting life change?

Maybe that sounds a bit too scary, but try to think back to this past year and tune in to how your body felt. If you felt/feel tired, generally lacking energy, experiencing cramps, bloating and any other ache or ailment that I have not listed, then tell yourself that ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

It’s time to FINALLY do something about it!

You shouldn’t be waking up tired, or have a constant stomachache or bloating. Life is good. You’re alive and breathing and you should feel that way. Make sure the food you’re eating is alive and not completely deadened by chemicals and preservatives. Eating fruits, veggies and whole grains will make you feel better – TRY it. Check the labels – if you can’t understand what the ingredients are then you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

Do not let this New Year mean starting a strict diet for merely a month or two – it’s much more straining on your body to do that rather than working on changing your overall habits for the long term. Set a future goal that you’ll work towards in the years to come and strive to bring yourself into a healthy state both mind AND body. I know you can do it – you deserve to be happy and healthy at the same time.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask and leave any comments that you would like below.

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I’ve noticed that each time I go to a restaurant I’m more prone to getting a stomachache then when I cook at home. I started investigating what I do differently – besides knowing exactly what I put into my own meals. I began paying closer attention to my habits at restaurants and have found that I am more likely to eat larger amounts at a faster speed.

I have decided to do something about this because I WANT to be able to eat out. Don’t get me wrong – I love to cook – but sometimes its nice to “change it up” as I’ve talked about in past blogs.

I’ve made a conscious decision to eat slowly – even if everyone else is finished with his or her meal. I know that this will allow for a smoother digestion process and therefore I’m just going to be aware of it – end of story.

I know that when I eat too much food, my belly becomes very bloated and it doesn’t make me feel good at all. The only way for me to change this is to tune in to myself while I’m eating. Even if the meal is SO delicious that I want to gobble it all up, I know that if I just save the rest for tomorrow I will feel so much better AND to top it off, I’ll have a great meal for the next day!

I’m reading my body so much better now that I’m aware of it and the signals that it’s sending me. Pay attention to how you feel while your eating and let the food settle in before you make the decision to continue eating. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re actually full – so just go slowly and wait for the signals.

Your body has an amazing messenger system, so tune into it just like the text messages/emails that you constantly check every hour.

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