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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.

Edmonton, AB


  1. Ha Ha love it!

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

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  3. 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!!

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