Tuesday, January 7, 2014

15 New Year Health Resolutions That Might Just Work

Arya Sharma Globe&Mail CartoonYesterday, the Globe & Mail ran a full page of Health Tips, one each from what they call “leading experts” (of who, I just happen to be one).

Here’s what the experts had to recommend:

1) Eat a pickle (rationale: fermented and preserved foods often contain bugs that may be good for you)

2) Don’t drink your calories (rationale: no benefits from drinking your calories that you cannot get from eating them)

3) Relax your mouth (rationale: unclenching you jaw helps you relax)

4) Walk (rationale: myriad health benefits of being more active)

5) Unplug (rationale: time to try other stuff – like reading a book)

6) Stop doing situps (rationale: bad for posture and your pelvic organs – does nothing to flatten your tummy)

7) Go to bed (rationale: sleep does wonders for your metabolism)

8) But set your alarm (rationale: waking up at the same time every day helps set your master clock)

9) Eat slowly (rationale: mindful slow eating is your best bet against overeating)

10) Breathe (rationale: slow breathing will help calm your nerves)

11) Clean up your kitchen (rationale: unprocessed and unsprayed plant-based whole foods are better for you)

12) Shake a leg (rationale: same as 4)

13) Use protection (rationale: helmets prevent brain injuries)

14) Invest in yourself (rationale: you need to make time to live healthier)

15) Take it outside (rationale: sunlight will improve your mood, memory and weight)

So there you go.

Don’t ask me for the actual evidence behind each of these – I’m sure it exists for what it’s worth – most of this stuff is really just common sense.

But then again, if things were really that easy, we’d be a nation of health nuts.

If you’ve made a resolution (and a full week into the New Year are still sticking with it) please feel free to share.

@DrSharma
Edmonton, AB

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4 Responses to “15 New Year Health Resolutions That Might Just Work”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ha Ha love it!

  2. Thoelen Dominique says:

    The messages are simple, but we just don’t do it … and there are reasons why we act like that …


    http://www.foodpolitics.com/ read the 7 january 2014 – post : “Today’s irony : butter”

    or :

    Deborah Cohen’s “A big FAT crisis, the hidden forces behind the obesity emidemic”

  3. Peter Mason says:

    It wasn’t exactly a New year’s resolution (it occurred on a December 3rd). After reading Walking, Weight and Wellness by my friend Dr. Martin Collis I strapped on my pedometer and walked for 10,000 plus steps. That was 7 years ago or 2590 consecutive days now that I have not missed a single day of getting 10,000+ steps, but only because I wear my Pacific Rim Wellness pedometer everyday and all day to hold myself accountable to my non-negotiable.
    I feel great for doing so and I think I have motivated a lot of people throughout the years to start walking, too, on a regular basis.
    In the words of Dr. JoAnn Manson, a professor at Harvard Medical School, “Walking may be as close to a magic bullet as you’ll find in modern medicine. If there was a pill that could lower the risk of chronic disease like walking does, people would be clamouring for it.”
    The sedentary life is killing us so it’s time to get moving!!

  4. Thoelen Dominique says:

    This reminds me to the topic “mismatch diseases” by Prof Lieberman

    http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/10/daniel-lieberman-story-human-body

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