hand-1105331_1280If you’re like the 40+ percent of Americans who make annual New Year’s resolutions, then you’re probably considering areas for improvement in your life. And like the majority of respondents to a Nielsen poll conducted earlier this year, your number one goal may be to “stay fit and healthy.” Great news!

As a medical professional, certified health coach, and holistic health practitioner, I don’t believe there to be a better objective than this, which is why I want to help you see this through. Therefore, to assist you in being the healthiest you, I offer two New Year’s resolutions for true wellness:

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. If you follow my blog, you know that inflammation has its hands in everything, from Alzheimer’s to allergies and heart disease to arthritis. Don’t get me wrong; inflammation is necessary in order to fight what ails us, but only then is it helpful. When inflammation gets out of control and becomes a chronic issue, we open ourselves up to the problems above and countless more.

So how do we control the amount of inflammation in our bodies? The best way is by giving our bodies what it truly needs – healthy foods. Eliminate refined, processed foods as much as possible, including and especially sugar. Instead, go for whole foods like fruits and veggies, among others, which work in favor of our health by providing essential vitamins and nutrients.

Reduce stress. Stress is another big contributor to inflammation. It affects all bodily systems – those controlling your muscles, breathing, and even your reproductive organs – and when stress is constant, it can result in those larger, aforementioned problems. This is why you must get stress under control in 2016 in order to be healthy.

While eating a better diet as described above can also reduce stress, your best defense is to practice relaxation techniques. In “Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being,” published in JAMA Internal Medicine in March 2014, meditation was found to result in “improved stress/distress and mental health-related quality of life.” When part of an integrative approach like Ayurveda to balance the mind, body, and spirit, one should expect relaxation techniques to help them face stress head on and achieve optimal spiritual and physical health.

If you’re committed to meeting your resolution this year to be healthy, maximize your chances when you enlist the help of a certified health coach who can review your individual case and put together a personalized plan. This qualified person can help you implement programs that tackle these two objectives carefully and give you the time and energy you need to fulfill all of your secondary resolutions, like travel and living life to its fullest.

I welcome the opportunity to help you in your efforts to find true wellness. Contact me today to be the person you want to be in 2016.