The nutrition experts at Unbeelievable Health – Founder Sarah Orecchia & Nutritional Therapist Sally Wisbey, are here to tell us how we can supercharge our wellness and make new-year-new-me a reality, without a single cliche or unrealistic goal.
We crave change, and to make things better. New Year is when we tend to go the whole hog on our quest for better health, better fitness, and frankly, better lives. But hammering out a long list of largely unrealistic goals is almost always a buzz kill (sorry) & often ultimately, pointless. Why do we usually just do this at the beginning of the year? A fresh start is sometimes just what the doctor ordered, after a job change, a move, a breakup, or after just simply boring ourselves to death with the same old routine and shoddy habits. When we need to recalibrate, the secret is to blow away the cobwebs, lay a good foundation, and begin with baby steps and a few good mini habits to set us on our way.
We all know health is wealth – it’s the starting point for everything. Nutritional Therapist Sally Wisbey & I had a good old pow-wow about the very best things one can do to ensure one is operating at full capacity in the new year and indeed, whenever you feel the need to mix things up a bit. We reckon jotting your strategy and thoughts down in a slick looking new journal is an excellent way to kick things off. Check out our food for thought below…
Who can focus on the juicy bits of life when you’re being dragged down by a shed load of STUFF that you don’t use or need & have to keep looking after? Cut the cord. I swear by The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay. It’s about a lot more than clearing your wardrobes. The book is a TOTAL game changer. Get ready to go from 0-60, fast. You will enjoy the ride.
There’s no way you can turbocharge up your act mired in stinking thinking & over pondering. Try Yoko Ono’s timeless suggestion – ‘try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life’. PS – that ‘anybody’ includes yourself!
Set Mini Nutrition Goals
Sally is a fan of ditching the dreaded diets & instead, committing to a number of little things like trying 2 new vegetables & fruits each week for example. Switch from juices to smoothies (juicing removes the beneficial fibre) & instead of swearing off sweets, for example, try cutting back on a few things that aren’t great for you – like sodas. You’ll feel better and soon other good habits may follow as a result, naturally – and not because you made a resolution about it!
Tackle Low Energy
Who can embrace life beleaguered with brain fog & fatigue? Sally is all for reducing sugar & refined carbs & eating less junk. She also suggests supplementing with a few great nutrients which are not usually found in a regular diet or multivitamin like bee pollen, spirulina, ginseng & rose hips (all found in Bee Energised energy & focus). You can do more & BE more when you’re not so run down.
Recharge Your Skin
Weather, overindulging and poor diet can affect the skin. Along with eating plenty of fruit & veg, Sally says it’s important to ensure that you are eating enough protein & good fats such as nuts, avocados and oily fish as they all help with plumping the skin and keeping it soft. If you suffer from acne, eczema or other skin conditions, she suggests trying bee propolis, which has many studies behind its use for skin healing and has natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, & inflammatory properties as well as heaps of antioxidants to boot (Find it in Bee Prepared Daily Defence). Also – ensure your skin products are of a good quality. Whatever you put on your skin goes in your body! We are both fans of Naturisimo who have one of the best edits around for natural skincare & beauty products.
Boost Immunity To Help Dodge Illness & Allergies
Now more than ever it’s easy to get run down & find our natural defences on a feeble footing. Sally advises taking it easy on sugar & coffee (matcha is a great substitute as it contains high levels of the amino acid l-theanine which is calming plus matcha & green tea have an abundance of health benefits). It’s also crucial to try to manage stress & to do at least some form of exercise daily. Along with eating well, Sally suggests adding in a few natural immune system modulators which are not usually found in a regular diet but are very nourishing for the immune system – like bee propolis, black elderberry, olive leaf & beta glucans, which can be very effective for strengthening natural defences (find them all in Bee Prepared immune formulas). Adding a probiotic & vitamin D will also help.
Baby Step Fitness
Instead of making empty promises to go to the gym 6 days a week, why not decide to try one new fitness activity or class every week or so & commit to doing 10 minutes of SOMETHING every day – sit-ups, leg lifts, a quick run, or anything you like. If you stick to it every day, you’ll find you often carry on to do more.
We all know about the colossal benefits of meditation. But sometimes it’s hard to take a chunk out of the day to do it. However, even a minute or two can have huge benefits. Our pal, Life Coach Mandy Lehto, informed us that a study showed reading an engrossing book for just 6 minutes can lower stress levels by 68%. Cooking and walking in nature have also been shown to reduce anxiety & improve wellbeing.
It’s the ultimate goal & the greatest thing you can do for your health & wellbeing. A few quick ways to boost happiness are by reflecting on all you have to be grateful for & be genuinely thankful, focusing more on the good in your life & helping & being kind to others, which has been scientifically shown to make one happier.
‘Elevate. Each day, live to elevate yourself, each day elevate one person. Make elevation your religion and you shall reach infinity.” ~ Yogi Bhajan