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New Year’s Resolutions January 1, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

A recent issue of Lifestyles After 50 focused on resolutions for the New Year.  Here’s a quick summary of a few Lifestyle Changes that pay HUGE dividends.

*Increase your consumption of plant-based meals to improve your health and the health of the planet.

“One study showed that 20 servings of vegetables produce fewer greenhouse grass emissions than one serving of beef.”  

And vegetarian diets are budget friendly too!  Plus they reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and autoimmune conditions.  If you need ideas, click on Vegetarian Recipes in the drop down menu to the right.

*Cut back on your salt consumption.  Salt looms large in processed foods, including ketchup, soy sauce, canned soups and sauces, crackers, cereal, bread, pancake mix.  Read labels at the grocery store to check the sodium content.  Cooking from scratch at home allows us to monitor what goes into our food and goes a LONG way to keeping our sodium (and caloric) consumption in check.  And beware when eating out . . . most restaurants are a bit too friendly with the salt shaker!

*If health is a priority, set aside time to exercise.  Every day!  Walking, Dancing, Biking, Swimming, and Tennis are all excellent ways to increase endurance and improve cardiovascular health.  Resistance and strength training builds muscles and healthy connective tissue.  Balance exercises help prevent falls & improve posture.  Tai Chi and Yoga are excellent for improving balance.

Walking on land or in the shallow end of a pool increase lower body strength, decreasing the risk of falls.  Stretching exercises (including yoga and pilates) will improve joint mobility and freedom of movement.  Keep moving!

*And while you’re at it ~> keep breathing!

Meditation is a great stress reducer which improves our immune function AND our mental health and outlook on life.  Soon, you’ll find yourself smiling at things that used to annoy . . . OR for no reason at all.

*Declutter!  When it comes to “stuff” . . . less is more!  If you decide to pare your possessions, take it one drawer or closet at a time.  Stop when you have “just enough.”

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jill Weatherholt - January 1, 2019

I’ve been in a decluttering frenzy the past week…it feels so good. Happy New Year, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 1, 2019

I feel just the same when we jettison surplus stuff! Hope 2019 is off to a great start, Jill. We’re just back from a 3 mile walk on the beach ~ my favorite way/place to greet the New Year!

Jill Weatherholt - January 1, 2019

That sounds wonderful, Nancy. We’re in the low 70’s here today, so not a bad way to start the year. 🙂

nrhatch - January 2, 2019

That’s a great temp for January! Enjoy the balmy breezes!

2. rivergirl1211 - January 1, 2019

Yup. I should do all of that… should, but probably won’t!

nrhatch - January 1, 2019

I strive to never ever “should” on myself. 😛

3. Tippy Gnu - January 1, 2019

I don’t know. For me, just one serving of vegetables produces more green gas than a serving of beef.

nrhatch - January 1, 2019

TMI, TG! 🙄

4. Kate Crimmins - January 1, 2019

All good tips.

nrhatch - January 1, 2019

To ever-increasing HAPPINESS! 😀

5. granny1947 - January 1, 2019

All made sense until the meditation.

Smiling for no reason?

Could get one into a LOT of trouble.

Happy New year Nancy.xxx

nrhatch - January 1, 2019

I often find JOY bubbling up “for no reason” . . . and it never fails to make me smile.

Hope 2019 sends lots of fun stuff your way, KL!

6. anotherday2paradise - January 1, 2019

Great advice, Nancy. Can’t wait to get back to my Tai Chi classes next week.

nrhatch - January 2, 2019

The Holidays are not always Healthy Days . . . 😀

7. Behind the Story - January 2, 2019

Drove the last of my family to the airport yesterday. So today I did the laundry and finished putting away the Christmas decorations and restoring the house to its pre-Christmas look. I finished off some leftovers, and now I’m ready to get back to healthy living. Most of us could stand to eat more veggies, and I do love them. Happy New Year.

nrhatch - January 2, 2019

You sound so much like me/us. When company departs, even the well-loved variety, we put the house back to its pre-visitor status, clean the fridge of leftovers, and get the laundry done. Then we give a great big exhale: Aah . . . that’s better!

All the Best in 2019!

8. L. Marie - January 2, 2019

Like Jill I’ve also been decluttering. Though as I glance around my living room, I see that some elves have dropped off some clutter during the night that I will have to address.

nrhatch - January 2, 2019

Those darn elves! They need to pick up after themselves! 😛

9. Debra - January 4, 2019

Wonderful suggestions, Nancy. I think the evidence that a plant-based diet is extremely healthful and beneficial is indisputable. I have several vegan friends who are really committed way beyond what I’ve yet been able to achieve, but I sure do admire their dedication and in theory, I think they’re on target. Every year I try to do a little better! 🙂

nrhatch - January 5, 2019

Here’s to making choices that add to our health and happiness!

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