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Help with your healthy New Year’s resolutions

27 December, 2011

As the glow from the holidays fades away, perhaps you’re feeling…not quite yourself. If your nutrition, health, sleep habits or exercise routine have suffered during the past few weeks, you’re not alone! New Years is a time when many people also make a resolution to have a healthier lifestyle and perhaps lose some weight.  Galilee Nutritionals has a few easy suggestions to lift you right out of your post-holiday crash.

Most people overindulge—at least a little—during the celebrations, parties and family gatherings that we pack into our schedules at the end of the calendar year. Even those of us in Israel aren’t excused from late December temptations: two mainstays of Hannukah festivities are levivot (fried potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (donuts filled with jelly, caramel or other creamy delights). They are delicious, but definitely treats!

Whether too much rich food, too many sweets or too much alcohol is to blame for feeling sluggish or out of whack, it’s easy to get back on the right track. The most important element to an overall healthy lifestyle is balance. Here are some tips that can help you feel better.  

  • If your sweet tooth reigns late at night, pack your day with fresh, wholesome foods and plenty of water.
  • Control portion sizes, especially when it comes to high-fat or high-calorie foods.
  • If your job keeps you sitting behind a desk, try biking to work or walking during your lunch hour.
  • If you’re up late taking care of household chores one night, turn in early the next.
  • Find some stressbusters that work for you—and use them!
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask for help from your family, friends, neighbors or church community.
  • It’s always a good time to kick unhealthy habits like smoking.

As of 2010, more than 30% of the adult population is obese in 12 U.S. states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Obesity contributes to a host of health problems like heart disease, type 2 Diabetes and sleep apnea. This epidemic is shortening lives.

But there is no need to wait until you’re at your ideal weight to improve your health and overall wellness. Even implementing small changes in eating habits can positively affect your health. A study at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University found that even for individuals above their ideal weight, a healthful diet can contribute to lowering blood pressure, raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol readings and more.

While sensible eating is a key element to wellness, nutritional supplements can give you an extra boost to support your health—because try as we might, our diets are never perfect. Using the best from the natural world, such as high-powered antioxidants like resveratrol, can support your health and wellbeing.

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