Replace Resolution with Lifestyle Change

This is the first of many health/fitness/nutrition posts to make this site even better for you, our BRC crew. Thanks to Christine MacLeod for this! Read on!

Happy New Year!

And with it, all the exciting and ambitious plans for the year ahead. I know how tempting it is to want to start a fresh new year with big goals and great intentions.

If you’ve got race goals planned for 2016 then you probably (and hopefully) have training programs in place to help you prepare. Many of these goals are more like commitments made last year and will bring to reality soon. What about the more abstract and general resolutions so many of us make each January to get healthy, lose weight or get into shape? Race goals have a clear timeline, a start and finish, and a shiny medal at the end to mark your accomplishment, and you’re motivated to do it again right away, if you haven’t already got another one planned!

Getting healthy is a choice and commitment you make every day, with every bite. So today, replace Resolution with Lifestyle Change, and make one lasting goal to become the most vibrant and healthy version of you possible. Implement one change each week or each month then master it so that it is second nature and part of your everyday routine like brushing your teeth.

You may already have something that you know you should do, you’ve been told to do, or that you read about and it made sense, Do it!

If you need a suggestion, I’ve got 2. Even if you only implement these two habits for the whole year you will reap amazing health benefits!

Simple, add lemons and dark leafy greens to your next grocery list. Don’t worry about the calendar, it doesn’t matter what day of the week or month it is – Just Do It! Lifestyle Change #1 – Every morning on an empty stomach drink warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice (to taste)

What’s in it for me?

– Improved digestion helps break down important proteins, to recover and build muscle – Improved bowel function – to help get things moving! – Help cleanse and detox your liver and eliminate toxins – Reduce heartburn and bloating

! Note: If using boiled water, cool down before adding lemon as the vitamin C is ! destroyed by heat

Lifestyle Change #2 – Dark leafy greens all day every day. Really! You can add them to your smoothies (spinach blends easily and won’t change the taste) Throw a handful in your bowl before adding soup, stew or chili. Add to omelets. Before each meal have a bowl of raw greens drizzled with olive oil (or even better flax oil) and balsamic vinegar. Add other veggies or not but don’t make it complicated or you won’t do it.

What’s in it for me?

– Greens are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, calcium, potassium, manganese, sodium, magnesium, iron, folate, copper – read electrolytes! – Boosts immune function, provides energy – Spinach is rich in iron and chlorophyll, key in blood and cell health – Bok Choy has a high concentration of cancer-fighting beta-carotene and vitamin A – Romaine is an excellent source of chromium essential for blood sugar control – Kale cancer-fighting and detoxifying

So many benefits don’t ya just feel better reading the list!

So plan your next trip to the grocery store, think about the ways you can add greens to your existing eating habits. Look forward to that refreshing lemon’aid’ every morning 🙂 Make a choice every day to do better than the day before and remember; Eat Well – feel well, sleep well, train well, recover well, race well…

See you out there! Christine

BTW – This time last year I did not make a resolution to run 3 marathons and improve my speed, but somehow I did. I guess it was surrounding myself with like-minded people – Shout out to all the runners of the BRC and RR marathon clinic who supported and encouraged me along the way to achieve more than I thought possible!

So surround yourself with like-minded healthy people to help you achieve your goals. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows” – Ralph Marston

Christine MacLeod, CNP Holistic Nutritionist – Creating Wellness in the Kitchen

~Photo credit: “Cherries at the market” Dave Emilio