Let’s Make Habits, Not Resolutions

We’re to that point in the new year where New Year’s Resolutions begin to fail and/or be abandoned. Yep, not even three weeks into the year and this is when most people have already quit on the “new year, new me” goals. This day has been appropriately dubbed “Quitter’s Day.”

While it is unfortunate that so many people don’t reach their resolutions, it’s important to remember that in order to achieve a goal that you set up for yourself, you need to build the healthy habits that allow you to get to the end goal; simply stating a goal doesn’t get you anywhere closer to achieving it.

So with Quitter’s Day now behind us, let’s take a bit of a different approach. Let’s look at healthy habits that we can build in our lives that will actually get our mind, body, and spirit to an overall better place as we continue on through life.

Healthy Habits To Build Starting Right Now

Here are some small habits that you can start forming now that will lead to a big difference in your health:

  1. Build on those steps –

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What Does ‘Eating Healthy’ Actually Mean?

“I’m going to start eating healthy.”

We hear this phrase a lot. Maybe you’ve said it recently yourself. Eating healthy is a common goal that many of us have when it comes to improving our life and our nutrition.

But what does “eating healthy” actually mean?

For some people, eating “healthy” may mean adding a salad to their dinner of fried chicken and fries. For others, eating “healthy” could mean that they only go through McDonald’s three times per week instead of four.

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Eating Highly Processed Foods May Cause Memory Loss

A new study out of The Ohio State University has found that a diet heavy in highly processed foods (or “ultra-processed”) may be linked to memory loss issues, which can eventually progress to an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Of course, a diet full of highly processed foods has also been linked to other health issues, specifically obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. 

What’s most concerning is that 70% of the average American diet is highly processed foods and almost all of the added sugar that Americans eat comes from those foods.

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Go Ahead And Pass The Salt: Your Body Actually Needs It

During the holiday season, there’s no doubt that you’ll hear, “pass the salt,” at least once or twice at the dinner table. The world loves salt, and since 70% of the U.S. diet consists of processed foods that are full of it, the average person is definitely consuming more than the recommended daily intake.

On average, most people already consume nearly one-and-a-half times the recommended daily amount of salt each day, and oftentimes we continue to pile it on our plates,

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Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency and a Worldwide Health Crisis

If you consider yourself a healthy eater, let me tell you this: you’re one of the few in this country.

Micronutrient deficiency affects over two billion people worldwide, and in the United States specifically, over 30% of people are deficient in at least one vitamin. This is, in major part, due to our diet; energy-rich but nutrient-poor foods now comprise over one-fourth of the standard American’s diet, and while people are increasingly exceeding their daily calorie allowance,

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Your Child’s Brain Will Thank You For More Fruits & Veggies

As we enter into the holiday season, people all over the country will count their blessings and be mindful of what they’re thankful for during Thanksgiving. The holidays also bring along with it delicious treats and excess eating, but that’s a topic to discuss another time.

Today we’re talking about the youth of the nation and their eating habits. As we recently discussed on the Truehope blog, the American diet is broken, with less than 3 percent of Americans living what is considered a “healthy lifestyle.” And,

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Pumpkin Is Good For Your Health, Just Not In A Latte

Move over, pumpkin spice lattes, we’re not talking about you right now.

While it’s true that autumn often brings to mind pumpkin spice lattes (or PSLs for short) as well as pumpkin pies on the Thanksgiving table, the actual pumpkin fruit–yes, it’s technically a fruit–actually has a lot of health benefits in its natural form. Even pumpkin seeds can be a great treat to snack on while watching Netflix instead of items like potato chips and other unhealthy snacks.

3 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

  1. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and low in calories.

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6 Ways to Cut Out Processed Foods From Your Diet

Processed foods are (rightfully) earning a bad rap. They are known for their unhealthy levels of added sugar, sodium, and fat– all ingredients that can lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. 

Processed foods are the archnemesis of good health, and yet, they make up over 60% of the American diet. And if you’re not sure if something is processed, ask yourself if it’s commercially packaged and not in its natural state. If your ancestors wouldn’t recognize it many generations ago,

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Autumn’s Effect On Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, & Health

The skyline of burnt orange, rich gold, and rustic red make the trees resemble a chalk drawing that’s so exquisite that you’re afraid to touch it for fear of smudging the image. The pumpkins adorn the thresholds, and the smell of sweet cinnamon is second only to the sights of people sipping apple cider, sitting around the bonfire, and cheering under the Friday night lights. It’s autumn, and your cozy sweaters are ready to report for duty.

The above description of autumn is nostalgic;

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Tips & Motivation for Conquering Lactose Intolerance

Not too long ago, I spoke with a 6th grade class about nutrition. When the school bell rang and students filed out of the room, one student stayed behind. “Hi!” I cheerfully greeted her when she walked toward me. 

What she said next floored me. 

She let me know that her bones are too brittle to play sports due to her lactose intolerance. She shared with me that she loves volleyball and all the sports her classmates pursue but that her doctor says her risk of fractured and broken bones are too great to play.

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