Healthy New Year’s Resolutions To Jumpstart 2018

There’s something so magical about the start of a new year. It’s a time where anything feels possible and inspiration runs high. Of course, no time is the wrong time to change your life, and you certainly don’t need a new year to build on positive habits, but seeing your calendar start fresh is certainly an empowering tool for improving your world. Whether you’re starting a new workout routine, focusing on your inner health with a cold pressed juice cleanse, or tackling learning a new skill, New Year’s is where it’s at.

 

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Successful New Year’s resolutions are all about your attitude.

When embarking on a resolution, one of the most important things to remember is to be kind to yourself. When you’re choosing your resolutions, don’t think about what’s “wrong” with your life, think about what could be better about your life. This distinction may seem small, but it can make all the difference. When you approach your resolutions with a positive attitude instead as a form of punishment to “fix” a part of your life you perceive as broken, you’re much more likely to thrive.

Tell others about your goals to keep you accountable, and be especially devoted to your goals for the first 21 days of your routine to cement a new habit. Before you know it, you’ll be tending to your resolutions without even thinking about it. They’ll become second nature.
 

Refresh with a cold pressed juice cleanse.

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to dive into a cold pressed juice cleanse. A cold pressed juice cleanse can help your body function at its very best, and provides an excellent kick-off to a healthy new year. When you embark on a juice cleanse, you’ll want to consider your experience with the process and what your goals are for the cleanse. Many cold pressed juice cleanse plans suggest that you consume only juice for the length of the cleanse, though some do provide options for eating solid food - it all depends on your specific needs. (If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to consult your doctor and a juice cleanse pro, such as a Pure Green expert, before getting started.)
 
Lots of beginner cleansers start with a one to three-day cold pressed juice cleanse, because it’s a good amount of time for dipping your toes into the world of cleansing. If you’re no stranger to juice cleanses, you may want to opt for a longer plan, but three days is a perfectly fine timeframe for cleansing veterans as well. For many, a cold pressed juice cleanse is preferable to other forms of juice cleanses, because cold pressed juice is created with no heat—and that means that every last nutrient is preserved within the fruits and vegetables in your beverages.
 
A cold pressed juice cleanse can provide countless benefits, including clearer skin, weight loss, and an influx of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Cleanses also give a break to your busy digestive system, and allow your organs to take a breather from processing toxins.
 
The process is not always easy, and shedding all those toxins can come with some side effects. Prepare yourself for a potential bout of headaches, exhaustions, changes in your mood, sweating, dizziness, and digestive changes. Consider taking a day off work if you’re able, and remember that the tougher symptoms will soon give way to more energy and a renewed sense of health.
 

Add an extra cup of veggies to your meals each day.

Most of us aim to add more greens into our daily diets, but often fall short of making it happen. Hey, switching up habits can be tough! One extremely simple way to increase your veggie intake is to add just one extra cup of vegetables to your daily food intake. Once you’ve got this mastered, you might want to add even more veggies, but one cup per day is an easy way to start. (This habit would be even more beneficial to mix in once you’re easing back into solid foods after a New Year’s cold pressed juice cleanse!)
 
You could add a salad or extra cup of seasoned as a dinner side dish. You could enjoy carrots or sliced peppers for a midday snack. The opportunities are endless! One of the easiest ways to do this, of course, is to grab an extra veggie-filled cold pressed juice or two in the morning. You can enjoy it in the morning or at lunch time. One bottle of cold pressed juice can include up to five pounds of fresh fruits and veggies, and that saves you the work of preparing and chopping up your extra vegetable serving each day.

 

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Aim for twenty minutes of exercise each day.

Regular exercise can change your whole world. It can make you happier, reduce the risk of illness, and keep your immune system strong and healthy. If you’re intimidated at the thought of ramping up your fitness routine overnight, aim for something simple, like twenty minutes of exercise per day.
 
You can drop by the gym each day, or you can fit your exercise into your home life by taking a walk or run around the neighborhood or popping on an at-home workout video.

 

Stretch each morning before starting your day.

Morning stretches not only help you stick to your exercise goals by keeping your muscles limber and warm, but they double as a mindfulness practice. A few quick stretches after jumping out of bed wake up your body and mind. They also provide a calming sense of routine to focus on for a few quiet, peaceful minutes before your hectic day begins.

 

Incorporate juice into your fitness routine.

Cold pressed juice is a great way to maximize the benefits of your workouts. Even if you have no plans to dive into a cold pressed juice cleanse or even a regular juice routine, your fitness regimen is the one part of your schedule you’d particularly benefit from working juice into. It can make a major difference in the way your body benefits from exercise.

When you pair your exercise routine with healthy fuel for your body, the benefits of fitness are that much more incredible. Prep for a workout session with protein, complex carbs, and lots of hydration. This can help keep you energized through your workout and help to avoid muscle cramps and lightheadedness. A cold pressed vegetable-based juice, followed by a glass of water, is a great way to give your body the pre-workout energy it needs.

During your workout, continuously hydrate with plenty of water. If you’re planning for a particularly intense workout or will be sweating for more than an hour, you may want to consider fueling up with more nutrients as well. Small fruit-centered snacks or a fruit-based cold press juice can help do the trick.

After exercise, your body needs help recovering. You can help it along with more of those ever-powerful complex carbs and proteins. Fuel up with a meal that is filling and healthy, and top it off with a protein-filled cold pressed juice.

 

Start each day with a ginger shot.

Ginger shots are a great way to get your body ready for the day. Humans have enjoyed ginger’s powerful properties for thousands of years, and its delightfully zingy taste certainly doesn’t hurt either. Ginger’s powerful gingerol component is the secret to its benefits, and has incredible antioxidant properties.

A shot of ginger with lemon (and, if you’re feeling especially kicky, a bit of cayenne pepper), can provide incredible benefits like better digestion, fewer stomachaches, a healthier immune system, steadier blood sugar, and a ramped-up metabolism.

 

Make time for daily meditation.

Few things will have benefits as powerful as meditation. Meditation doesn’t need to mean sitting in total silence for an hour straight—just a few minutes a day to yourself is all it takes. Meditation can help you to react more calmly to the unexpected stressors that come up in life, and can help you to better listen to your body and mind’s needs. That small amount of time to yourself can lead you to better self-esteem, more patience, and a stronger sense of what your needs are.
 

Taylor Rohwedder