25 -year-old Robert Parmer didn’t give up alcohol for your classic reasons. He didn’t get in trouble with the law, or get a stern lecture from a doctor, or have a relationship go bad.
He did it for his health, and to see if he could give it up. Parmer gave up drinking a six pack-a-night for one month. He felt so good, he extended it for two more months.
“Once I did start drinking again, I was a lot more mindful of using moderation and making sure I wasn’t getting so drunk that I had to figure out a ride home… (I was) using a lot better judgement and having like one or two drinks over the course of the night instead of however many it led to because I got too drunk,” Parmer said.
Parmer was inspired by Dry January, a campaign started in the UK in 2012. Two million people worldwide pledged to do so this year.
Len Horovitz, M.D., an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York said, “Even a glass of wine is 250-300 calories. If you multiple that times seven, that’s 2,000 calories a week. That’s about a pound of weight lost a week if nothing else changes and you simply eliminate alcohol.”
While this 30 day challenge may not change your life, it could change the trajectory of your life. It can install some new habits and behaviors that you can certainly maintain.
Could a text a day keep the doctor away? New and emerging technology has enabled smartphones the ability of helping patients with chronic diseases remember to take their medications.
Research at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia showed that a simple text message reminder can double the odds a patient will take their prescribed medication. This is great for those with illnesses that require medications over extended periods of time.
Would you subscribe to a text message reminder service? Let us know!
We may already be a month into January, but check out some of the biggest health trends for 2016 that are starting to emerge. While you might expect extreme ab workouts or crash diets, you may be surprised by the results. Folks are embracing minimalism, meditation and other balanced approaches to wellness.
Check out the 10 emerging health trends below:
- Bullet Journals – These have increased by 67 percent this year. You can set monthly or daily to-do lists that help you accomplish your goals.
- Meditation Space – Boutique studios are opening up around the country, so we shouldn’t be surprised that meditation has increased by 49 percent in the past few weeks.
- Going Minimal – Less is more this year. On Pinterest, pins that celebrated decluttering rose by 35 percent and those emphasizing a minimalist lifestyle rose 19 percent.
- 21 Day Fix – This program uses a color-coded system of containers that make it easy to measure food portions in addition to clean eating.
- Hourglass Workout – People are searching for workouts to tone your waist while also strengthening your glutes.
- Holistic – From natural cold remedies to essential oils, folks are very excited about holistic health. Be sure to check with your doctor on these remedies, as some natural cures can be dangerous for your health.
- Detox Teas – Research on detox teas is scarce. Some teas include ingredients that can create unpleasant side effects like stomach pain, diarrhea or insomnia. Instead, pour yourself a large cup of green tea. Green tea has been shown to help shed pounds, lower blood pressure and prevent Alzheimer’s.
- Cloud Bread – Â A low-carb, grain-free bread alternative is the new “cloud bread”. It’s made with eggs, cream cheese, cream of tarter and a little honey. People say it has a crispy texture after first being baked, but becomes soft and chewy when stored overnight.
- Dry Brushing – The new trend is rubbing dry skin with a body brush before taking a shower. Again, not a lot of research done around this one, but using a body brush can be invigorating and a great way to exfoliate.
- Jiu jitsu – With a combination of self defense moves and a calorie-burning workout, this is a winner.
Want to get fit in 2015? Check out these 15 tips for a healthier you.
- Write it down – understand what your goal is and write down your workout intentions at the beginning of each week.
- Vary your workouts – don’t do the same thing every day. Switch up your routine with a fast track workout one day, and a slow, steady run the next mixed with weights.
- Sleep more – in today’s overstimulated world, sleep is a basic core need that is most neglected.
- Commit to changing one thing about your diet – don’t do the “all or nothing” approach. Instead identify one thing you an improve and commit to it for one week.
- Exercise at least 20 minutes per day – rather than committing to 60 to 90 minutes at the gym, aim for just 20 minutes of activity each day.
- Add probiotics to your diet – supplement with a daily probiotic or incorporate more probiotic-rich foods in your diet like sauerkraut or miso.
- Eat healthy fats like avocados, olive oil and nuts.
- Chew your food – try to chew your food at least 20 times. Â You won’t be able to eat fast, which will force you to slow down and breathe while you eat.
- Drink more water – staying hydrated is important for maintaining healthy skin and weight. Sometimes we mistake hunger for being thirsty.
- Start eat day with a healthy breakfast.
- Never miss a workout on a Monday – this will set the tone for the rest of your week.
- Make your schedule more active – plan a walk in the park instead of meeting at a restaurant, etc.
- Try a new workout program or new gym.
- Don’t cut out entire food groups – think about eating healthier as a whole instead of elimination diets.
- Realize there’s no quick fix for health and fitness.
It can be a challenge balancing both work and your personal life. Take this quiz to help find a balance between the two.
- What percentage of Americans are willing to work while on vacation? A) 31%, B) 47%, C) 61%
- What’s the average commute time in the U.S.? A) 25 minutes, B) 50 minutes, C) 65 minutes
- TRUE OR FALSE: Today’s moms spend more time with their kids than moms in the 1960s.
- On an average day, how many men help with housework? A) 1 in 5, B) 1 in 10, C) 1 in 20
- Working long hours more than doubles your risk of: A) colon cancer, B) heart disease, C) depression
Answers via WebMDÂ http://www.webmd.com/balance/balanced-life-13/rm-quiz-work-life-balance
Skip breakfast and you may be hungry all day. Check out these 12 diet mistakes and how to avoid them via WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-diet-mistakes
- Relying on crash diets
- Skipping breakfast
- Losing track of your snacks
- Not snacking at all
- Loading up on low-fat
- Sipping too many calories
- Drinking too little water
- Ditching dairy
- Taking the drive-through bait
- Weighing yourself every day
- Setting unrealistic goals
- Avoiding exercise