Effective (and Painless) Bite-Sized Changes

Effective (and Painless) Bite-Sized Changes for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions have a bad reputation, at this point. I find that the wise way to commit to a better habit is by making it doable and easily repeatable.

Even if the long-term goal is huge like training for a marathon, there is a series of small actions that will eventually get you there. I enjoy thinking about those small actions and setting myself up for success in that way. 

When it comes to our health, acupuncture is a wonderful catalyst for positive change. By coming in to receive a treatment, you are taking a step toward clearing blocked meridians, moving stagnant energy/qi, activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is your healing state. Though many other steps may need to be taken in your journey, this one will prepare you and keep you centered.

Drink Chia Water

Chia water is easy, inexpensive, and so good for you. Try adding about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 2 cups of water; let it sit for at least an hour before drinking.

Not only are chia seeds high in omega-3 fatty acids, they are a great source of fiber which helps stabilize blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and adds bulk to the stool. It has 6 times as much calcium as milk!

Jazz up the recipe with lemon juice, maple syrup, or apple cider vinegar.

Eat Actual Meals

Diet and eating habits are some of the most common subjects for resolutions. This time, a good place to start is to only eat actual MEALS.

I want to emphasize the conscious ritual of plating your food and eating it at a table (or reasonable facsimile), which is an important step toward mindful eating.

Once you have mastered mealtime, you can commit to only eating at mealtimes which does wonders for keeping insulin spikes at bay. Of course, this might not be a good plan for those with certain medical conditions, so please make sure it is safe for you.

Pick Up The Phone

Relationships and community are easy to forget about when we get so caught up in career, duties, and distractions. The next time you have free time, perhaps on a long road trip or commute, reconnect with an old friend or relative via telephone.

The health benefits are there. Even if it’s just to give someone some unexpected joy, it’s worth it.

Here at ERCA, I always say that the kind of work I do can’t be done over zoom. I can’t text it or email it over to you. I’m actually happy about that. Real connection has no substitute.

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