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Bold Resolutions for the New Year

Andréanne Tremblay-Lebeau

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It’s something we just can’t escape! As December 31st approaches, we feel the need or desire to adopt resolutions that will get us off on the right foot for the new year. This tradition certainly has its upside, but we can all feel discouraged when those resolutions prove hard to keep. It’s important, then, to make resolutions that reflect our personalities and to vary them from one year to the next. Here are a few suggestions for original New Year’s resolutions.

Dare to try something new.
Have you always wanted to try hot yoga, scuba diving, snowshoeing, speed skating, zumba or snowboarding? Now’s the time to start! Take advantage of the new year to make room for something new in your life. You will surely discover new passions that will combine physical activity and fun: a winning combo that will supply you with a maximum of energy and vitality!

Adopt an herbal tea routine!
If you can’t manage to drink water all day long, don’t worry. You can adopt an herbal tea routine. Drinking 4 large mugs of herbal tea per day (morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evening) will go a long way towards meeting your daily requirements in terms of liquids (2.2 litres for adult women, 3 litres for men). Don’t forget that water is essential for a healthy digestive system!

Discover fibre… the kind you like!
Some people like whole-wheat bread, All-Bran type cereal, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta, but this is not the case for everybody. If these foods are not among your favourites, I encourage you to try other fibre-rich foods that you might enjoy, such as blueberries, jacket potatoes, nuts, green peas, raspberries, artichokes, prunes, dates, etc.

Become aware of your habits.
Before trying to adopt “classic” food resolutions such as reducing your intake of fried foods and desserts, take the time to assess your current dietary habits. Certain resolutions may be better adapted to your needs. Keep a food journal for a few weeks and try to target realistic changes that will allow you to do things such as improve your digestion, lose weight if necessary, or simply feel more comfortable about your body.

Take time for yourself.
To recharge your batteries and boost your energy and vitality, you need to take time for yourself. To achieve this, it’s important to free up an evening or half a day per week to pamper yourself, go to the spa, read a novel, get a massage, meditate, relax or do something pleasant. So make it a point to block out a period of time on your calendar every Sunday as 100% “me time”.

Happy New Year to everyone, and good luck with your resolutions!

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