New Year New You. Switch for your well being.

Have you started on your new year's resolution lists yet?

Don't forget to include something health-related  for a great start for the new year 2019.

Here are 10 easy New Year’s resolutions that can transform your health. 

1. Buy more from small, local businesses

You might love that soy mocha from Starbucks in the morning, but you should support those local cafes and coffee shops, too. Are there local shops that provide some of the things you always buy at large stores? 

Start small by locating a few items you could buy local. Is there a bakery on the way to work that bakes bread daily? Does that one, non-corporate owned deli by your house make fresh juice? Start going there. Vow to support local business as much as you can.

2. Use better beauty products

Make a resolution to check what ingredients are used in your beauty products. If animal products are used, or if the company tests on animals, vow to find a different brand. There are so many excellent, cruelty-free cosmetics brands out there.

3. Cut down on packaged food

Food companies love additives that give packaged foods a longer shelf life. Look closer at the packaged foods you consume. Chemically-made ingredients that are found in processed products, such as Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and diacetyl have been shown to cause cancer.

4. Eat breakfast every morning

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If you don’t eat it, one of your New Year’s resolutions needs to be to start eating it! Skipping breakfast is actually harmful for our health. Skipping meals can make us gain weight, so be sure to keep eating it, even if you’re embarking on any weight loss New Year’s resolutions.

5. Track your water intake

Make sure you’re getting enough water and make a resolution to track your intake. Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, and every system in your body depends on it. It is recommended to take at least 8 glass daily.

6. Stop eating high fructose corn syrup

This sweetener, used in candy, breads, cakes, and other foods, is not at all sweet for our health. Read the nutrition label on the packaged foods in your house, and throw away any that contain high fructose corn syrup.

7. Vow to buy the “unsweetened” product version

Take a look at what you like to drink and find out if there is an alternative with no sugar. If you want to lose weight, consuming too many sweetened products could be one of the culprits. Even foods that are considered healthy like almond milk can have sugar in it. Instead of buying the vanilla or regular, try the version labeled “unsweetened.”

8. Power down one hour before bedtime

Watching TV or emailing on your smart phone right before bed could be causing you to get poor quality sleep. Keeping the phone close to your bed while charging can still emit a light, which can hurt sleep as well. Light from electronics can delay the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. Power down electronics an hour before bedtime and give your eyes a break.

9. Try the “raw” product version

Cooking food decreases nutritional content, especially via the microwave. If a huge percentage of your food intake comes from microwaved food and processed products, you probably aren’t getting the nutrients your body needs. Eat food in its most natural, basic state to get the most nutrients from it. For example, eat a whole apple instead of pasteurized apple juice. Eat raw broccoli instead of boiling it.

10. Switch to reusable cloth pad

Your wallet, your body and the environment will benefit if you switch from disposable pads to reusable cloth ones. Athena Empowers ranges from varieties and comes in attractive colors too!

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