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New Year New You

January 07, 2016

I know you are setting your resolutions for the new year, and I want to help you achieve your S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Do you have any health goals for the new year? If you read my blog from last week, you know that you aren’t alone in setting health goals for 2016. (S.M.A.R.T. Goals article from last week)

Here are my 3 strategies for helping you achieve any S.M.A.R.T. healthy goals you have for 2016.  

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Eat healthier to get more nutrients
  3. Feed your brain

How can these 3 strategies help you with any and all of your health goals? Let me explain.

1. Eat breakfast…...and don’t just eat any old thing for breakfast. Eat a power breakfast!  

Studies show men and women who consume around 30 grams of protein for breakfast are much leaner and healthier than those who eat less protein in the morning. A protein rich breakfast is a power breakfast. It fills you up and gives you will-power to avoid high sugar and carb foods like doughnuts and sugary lattes. A protein rich breakfast gives you brain power for the rest of the day because you aren't constantly craving sugar and carbohydrates. And finally, a high protein breakfast gives you workout power. Protein fuels the building and rebuilding of your muscle fibers when you workout.  


Use my recipes from the Sippers and Smoothie download to get you started on your high fat-high protein breakfast routine. Would you believe that these simple recipes have the power to turn on your fat-burners and your brain power for the rest of the day? They’ll even help keep your blood sugar stay stable and you’ll experience less craving! (If you're interested, here’s a few outside sources about how eating breakfast helps with blood sugar, diabetes, weight loss, and lowering cholesterol.)

 

2. Eat healthier to get more nutrients.   

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is very low in nutrients. Fast food just doesn’t provide the B vitamins you need for rour brain to work effectively and your body to run efficiently all day long. And what about antioxidants---you don’t find those in ice cream, cake or doughnuts. The best way to get these nutrients is from food, especially vegetables. I recommend 7-9 servings of vegetables per day. But even I fall short of this ideal sometimes. That is why I recommend a high potency multivitamin like Ultra Preventive X.


Ultra Preventive X is a  REAL multivitamin. It is not like the multivitamin that you buy at Trader Joe's or Costco. Although I do LOVE both of those stores; they do not make high quality and absorbable multivitamins. Many inexpensive multivitamins put VERY low doses of nutrients. The doses are so low that they aren’t helpful or therapeutic.

Another problem with cheap multivitamins is that they use low quality forms of the nutrients. For example, a cheap multivitamin will use Cyanocobalamin as a source of B12. Cyanocobalamin isn’t useable by over 60% of the population. Another common cheap ingredient is D2, which is also not useful. High potency pharmaceutical grade multivitamins will always have vitamin D3, which is the absorbable and bioavailable form of vitamin D.

 

3. Feed your brain.  

Have you ever thought about what you are eating and how it will affect your brain? If you haven’t, then now is the time to start. Each of your brain cells has a fatty acid capsule around the outside of it. If you are eating healthy fats, like Omega 3 from fish oil, then your brain cells and their protective capsules will be performing wonderfully. If you aren’t eating adequate Omega 3s, then those same cells will not be able to communicate very well. This will mean that you have brain fog, forgetfulness, moodiness and more. In fact, some medical experts believe that Alzheimer's is mainly caused by a lack of the right fats in your brain. As Dr. Dean says “Our brains seem to be designed to run on fish oil. We really shouldn’t be operating the all-important noggin too far outside the design specs, or nasty things could happen.” Well said doctor;  I couldn’t agree more.  

Food for thought: fish oil is my top supplement for dealing with chronic depression!

 

Conclusion

As I have outlined, these strategies will help you achieve any S.M.A.R.T. health goal you have set for 2016. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain more energy, or improve your brain power, these 3 strategies will help you achieve your resolutions.  

If you have a health goal and you want to know how these 3 strategies will help, drop me a comment or an email.  Do you need help setting your SMART health goals for 2016?  Set up a consultation with me!  I would love to help.


Other References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150812165923.htm

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uom-pbp032613.php

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/men-heres-another-good-reason-to-eat-breakfast/article4097525/

http://consumer.healthday.com/diabetes-information-10/type-ii-diabetes-news-183/skipping-breakfast-a-recipe-for-heart-disease-study-finds-678465.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201103/your-brain-omega-3

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/22/fascinating-facts-you-never-knew-about-the-human-brain.aspx



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