It’s that time of year again! Time to take stock and make goals for a better you in 2019. It’s true that most “resolutions” revolve around personal health and well-being, but trying to get healthy – while exciting in theory – can be tough to do. Taking the necessary steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle requires more than just making a list and tacking it to the fridge or your office wall. It takes diligence, discipline, and a desire to keep going.
When you think about it, a healthy lifestyle is really a series of decisions. These decisions are not always easy, but they are often simple. One way to think of the changes needed to accomplish your goals is not as a long line of losses, but as a challenging exercise in trade-offs. After all, moderation is key. Sometimes it’s about swapping one thing for another thing that is still satisfying but in a different way.
So, in the spirit of fresh starts and setting goals, we’ve compiled a list of potential alternatives that could make a substantial impact on your health and wellness in 2019. Instead of giving up everything then giving in after a few weeks (thus returning to old habits and complaints), here are a few simple exchanges you can make to help welcome in a healthier new year and a healthier new you:
Sub your afternoon latte for tea--
We would never ask you to give up coffee altogether (that would be hypocritical!), but do you really need that post-lunch caffeine kick? There are healthier ways to get an afternoon pick-me-up. We suggest herbal or green tea for a boost. Hot or iced, it can still feel like a treat and something to look forward to – a healthy ritual – as tea, especially green tea, contains antioxidants that have been proven to boost immunity. Besides, studies show you’ll probably get a better night’s rest if you hold your coffee habit to a morning routine then make the midday switch. Because, while there’s plenty of evidence that coffee has concrete health benefits, there’s just as much research to support a 2 p.m. caffeine cut off time is most ideal for combatting sleep disruption. Find a tea you love, like chamomile or peppermint, and sip the rest of the day away to your heart’s content.
Say no to processed foods and yes to satisfying whole foods--
It’s pretty common to want to cleanse your body of the extra carbs, sugars, and fats you took in over the holidays. And yet, it’s never easy. Processed foods or “junk foods” are often more convenient and crave-able, a guilty pleasure when you forgot to meal plan for the day or just don’t feel like going out. Sadly though, they do little to nothing for our health and wellness. Instead of trying to sample every donut, pie, or popcorn tin left in the break room, focus on giving your body the real fuel it needs – as opposed to empty calories that will cause an instant spike in energy only to significantly slow your engine a short time later. Don’t crash and burn before you hit February! Instead, eat satisfying whole foods and fats like avocados, nuts, brown rice, and Greek yogurt. If you have a sweet tooth, foods like sweet potatoes, most fruits, and dark chocolate will give you a nice, sustained boost. You’ll feel better, stronger, and have more energy to face what the day throws at you. Oh, and bonus points if you eat seasonally!
Swap out those negative thought patterns with positive affirmations--
Needless to say, we’re hardly a bunch of Zen master gurus around here, but we do believe in setting goals and clear intentions in order to make strides in healthy living. “Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result,” Michelle Obama writes in her book Becoming. When you tell yourself that positive things will happen, they are far more likely to happen. While scientific studies support this philosophy, you’ll likely find concrete evidence in a trip down memory lane. Perhaps there was a time you convinced yourself there was no way you could do something and then, sure enough, you couldn’t. Or the opposite: that thing you thought impossible, with the right amount of confidence, you were able to achieve after all. To quote another famous figure, Henry Ford, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” So next time you want to be hard on yourself, try a positive spin instead of self-defeating speak, and see what extraordinary things you’ll accomplish!
Drink mocktails instead of cocktails--
Dry January is gaining popularity with every year and for great reason. Giving your body and bloodstream a break from alcohol can be a healthy way to start the year off with a clearer head. But what about taking that mindset and putting it to use throughout the rest of 2019? Swap prosecco for sparkling water with a splash of your favorite fruit juice. Or discover the glory of ginger beer with grenadine and club soda. Not to mention spiced (not spiked!) hot apple cider when it’s cold outside. Even if it’s just once a month, you’ll save yourself some cash, calories, and a headache the next morning, too. After all, happy hour can still be happy with the right mocktail! There are many options that will trick you into thinking you’re drinking alcohol when in fact you are not. To prove it here’s a delicious and delightfully-named recipe we’ve tried and highly recommend: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cucumber-and-mint-fauxjito
Replace those messy air fresheners with a cleaner, safer, and healthier choice--
Wax melts can be a mess and a pain to clean up. Liquid diffusers sometimes spill, ruining furniture or clothing – plus, to work effectively they must be flipped. Candles drip wax, or worse, go up in flames… So, what’s the best way to clear the air in the new year? Pure Fragrance Co. to the rescue! Try our liquid-free, flame-free Spheres and Sticks for a cleaner, safer option in your home. The same goes for our line of car air fresheners. Our Car Vent Clips and Car Sticks are paper-based and contain no liquid, making them a cleaner option for your cars, trucks, and RVs. Our products are also healthier than traditional air fresheners. We use 100% fragrance and absolutely no crazy chemicals or unnecessary fillers that often contribute to fake smell headaches instead of fresh air feels. Seriously – check out Our Never List. The other piece of good news: they smell amazing! So, in 2019, make a truly fresh start with our better for you, better for your family air fresheners.