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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4 Healthy Ways To Help Curb Anxiety & Improve Mental Health

Anxiety is something that many people deal with every single day, and it can be a crippling vice to your overall mental health. It is estimated that nearly 20% of the U.S. population is confronted with an anxiety disorder each year, and those numbers have continued to rise higher and higher as we’ve had to deal with the COVID pandemic for the last two-plus years.

Unfortunately, many people tend to respond to “this is just normal life” when it comes to their anxiety,

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Probiotics and the Mental Health Connection

Most of us are familiar with antibiotics, and chances are you have been prescribed one by your doctor at some point in your life. As defined by the CDC, “antibiotics are medicines that fight infections caused by bacteria in humans and animals either by killing the bacteria or making it difficult for the bacteria to grow and multiply.”

However, while antibiotics are definitely helpful when you’re dealing with an infection, there are four important words to note in that definition above: “by killing the bacteria.” Unfortunately,

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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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Pandemic Brain Underscores The Importance Of Micronutrients

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the world as we know it. Millions of people from all over the globe have died from the coronavirus, and among those that have recovered from it, there is still a significant number of people that continue to struggle with “Long COVID” symptoms months and months after they’ve received the “all clear” to return to their normal lifestyle.

But what about those that haven’t gotten COVID-19? Are they affected at all even though they have yet to contract the virus?

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The Amount of Sugar We Consume Is Hurting Our Mental Health

America has a sugar problem.

Most of us will admit that we tend to have a sweet tooth from time to time, but when you actually look at the statistics surrounding sugar consumption in this country, the numbers are pretty jaw-dropping; the average American consumes over 70 grams of added sugar per day, which is well above the recommended maximum (38 grams for men and 25 grams for women and children).

The trends aren’t getting any better, either.

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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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