By Lisa Metzgar

Wow, I can’t believe I am writing my New Year’s article for 2012!  Hope everyone had a fantastic 2011 and are ready for an even better 2012.

It seems like the end of the year is always a challenge for eating healthy…definitely not a challenge for eating. The holidays are filled with so many wonderful indulgences and it seems every year it is easy to just give in. Then January rolls around and we resolve to get back to eating healthy and going back to the gym. I found myself indulging in the “holiday diet” and am ready to refocus on my health and wellness.

It only takes a few little changes to make a big difference. Here are a few tips to get back on track and maybe lose those holiday pounds.

 

  • Start taking a good quality fish oil.  Fish oil can help reduce hidden inflammation in the body and helps balance insulin levels.  All those holiday treats wreak havoc and lead to imbalance.  The omega 3 oil, found in fish, helps lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, helps our joints, improves cardiovascular health, increases metabolism for weight loss, and improves our mood and mental functions.  Everyone can benefit from high quality fish oil.
  • Fiber is essential for good health.  One of the best fibers that I have found is Glucomannon.  Glucomannon comes from a root called the Konjac root and is an excellent source of soluble fiber.  Soluble fiber helps slow down the release of sugar into the blood.  It adds bulk to your digestive tract to help curb your appetite and adds beneficial bacteria that improve digestion.
  • Drink water.  You should optimally be drinking ½ oz. for every pound of body weight.  Water helps curb your appetite, improves cell function, detoxifies your body, and calms your nerves.  The winter months can be especially dehydrating so buy yourself a nice water bottle and keep it with you.
  • Take a walk.  Walking is one of the best exercises for weight loss.  It is not stressful on the joints and gets your body moving.  Add in a little bit of weight training to build muscle and watch your body get lean and mean.
  • Dr. Oz has suggested African Mango seed extract as a weight loss and cholesterol lowering supplement.  Research shows that it helps enhance the slimming signal of leptin which signals the brain to burn fat.  It is also a great antioxidant which helps reduce inflammation.
  • Replace your cooking oil with coconut oil.  Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) which prompt the liver to burn fat faster.  It also stimulates the thyroid hormone thyroxine which helps convert food to energy.  Add 2 tbsp to your daily diet.  You can cook with it and even add it to smoothies.  Make sure you get a good quality organic coconut oil.
  • Drink green tea.  Green tea is a great antioxidant helping to reduce inflammation, increases metabolism, and even has cancer fighting properties. If you are a coffee drinker try replacing at least one cup with green tea.

With just a few changes you will start to shed that unwanted holiday weight and feel more energetic.

Visit my website www.conceptsinwellness.com for more healthy tips for 2012!

Here’s to your health!

 

 

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