Eat better, stop smoking, workout more…
Many of us know New Year’s resolutions are filled with commitments to living a more healthy, happy, balanced life. Exercising and eating healthy are all good and well, but what if your definition of “eating right” is actually dramatically limiting your success?
This time of year always has me on my toes. I have several friends and family members call me to tell me they are following a low-calorie diet, avoiding all fat, exercising every day of the week, and weighing themselves every morning. Then, in a few short weeks, frustration sets in and they follow up with, “I feel like I am doing everything ‘right’, but nothing is working”
Did you know that 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail?
That alarmingly high statistic is due in part to the lack of structure and accountability we set around our goals, but it’s also due to our misconception of what constitutes “healthy”.
Bear with me here. Are you someone who:
· Constantly feels fatigued and exhausted?
· Often loses focus, feel brain foggy, and frequently lose track of things
· Has a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning?
· Has a difficult time falling asleep or often wake up in the middle of the night?
· Has gained weight for what feels like no reason at all?
· Feels tired and bloated after meals?
· Craves sugar or caffeine to get through the day?
· Struggles with weight loss plateaus?
· Constantly feels stressed, anxious or overwhelmed?
If you answered “ugh, yes!” to any of these, your “healthy” lifestyle may actually be working against you. This New Year, resolve to understanding the science of your body.
Have you ever heard anyone mention the importance of digestion or gut health? Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? Your gut is often called your second brain.
Your gut microbiome is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria. These beneficial bacteria are capable of impacting your body’s ability to absorb vitamin and mineral, regulate hormones, digest food, produce vitamins, eliminate toxins, and affect your mental health.
So when you think about your general exhaustion, inability to lose weight, and uncontrollable cravings, consider the possibility that it has nothing to do with your "lack of willpower" and everything to do with your gut.
Before you decide to make this year consumed with counting calories, eating less to lose more, and over exerting yourself day in and day out, I encourage you to think about reevaluating the steps you're currently taking towards reaching your health and wellness goals. It’s not as easy as calories in calories out, but I promise making some tweaks toward a healthy gut is worth the work.
If you want to learn more about the state of your gut health, email me at Ali@NourishedAbundance.com. I’d love to talk more about you, your goals, and what we can do to get you one step closer to achieving them.
In Abundant Health,
Ali Boone, RD, LD, NTP