Welcome to the December issue of Perfectly Interesting Health News. Each month we gather interesting health related news and condense it for a convenient way to keep our readers informed and inspired. This month we have –
- Tips on making and keeping successful New Year resolutions
- A must watch new movie
- Great recommended books
- Positive GMO and other news updates
- Information to help you safely detox after all the holiday “eatabrations”
This is the last edition of 2015 and will bring us into a new year, the most recognized time for resolutions and vows of change.
When you think of New Year’s resolutions what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Most likely it is weight loss/fitness. No matter what size, shape, or physical condition a person is in, they are always hoping to improve themselves in some way. Whether it be walk a half mile every day or run at least 3 marathons, the goal is similar and should be approached in the healthiest and most realistic way. Studies show that only 8% of those who make a new year’s resolution actually carry out their goal. Most often it only takes about two weeks to fall into old habits. Follow these tips (modified from the huffington post) and your chances of actually keeping your resolutions will increase dramatically!
- Set short-term goals for long-term results. Take it day by day and celebrate small accomplishments
- Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome. Make it fun and enjoyable
- Schedule time for your resolution.
- Employ the buddy system.
- Make yourself accountable – State your goals/Keep Records/Get an app!
- Modify your resolution if need be, it’s ok to have set backs
- Don’t Give up – it’s very common to have set backs but it is important not to let them take your sights away from your long term goal.
- Do what works for you and in the best way. Do not succumb to fad diets or other unhealthy ways to lose weight.
*Keep and eye out for our informative blog series about the dangers of Fad Diets starting Monday December 28th and running through Thursday December 31st*
Must Watch Movie (other than Star Wars)
In-between the Holiday specials, you might want to make time for this must watch movie: Consumed. It is a dramatic thriller that explores the issues of GMO’s in the real world. The story is centered around a working, single mother on a hunt to uncover the causes of her son’s mysterious illness. The plot includes the side stories of an Organic farmer, the CEO of a biotechnology corporation, two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery, and an ex-Cop caught in the middle of all the drama. Erin Brockovich describes the film as:
“Entertaining, relatable, suspenseful and informative, and a real eye opener to what is going on. This film has re-inspired and educated me. “ -ERIN BROCKOVICH
Recommended Health Site
Food Tank is a non-profit organization with the mission of creating a global community effort for safe, healthy, nourishment for all. More than twenty major institutional partners have joined their efforts and the group has a following of more 500,000 on various social media platforms. The values of the organization include educating, inspiring, advocating and creating change. They investigate environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty, share their finding with networks of people, organizations, and content and push for food system change.
Food Tank’s favorite books from 2015 :
This list includes Unprocessed: My City Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food by Meghan Kimble, a broke 26 year old city dweller who decided to go an entire year without eating processed foods! Learn more of her background and about the book in this book trailer:
Do you recall the approval of genetically modified Salmon by the FDA mentioned in the November issue of Perfectly Interesting Health News? There was an enormous uproar from advocates on the various dangers that this genetically modified fish could impose. One of the biggest concerns was the fact that labeling was not going to be required! Thankfully the Congress took a positive action this month in the favor of GMO free advocates. Congress approved a bill enforcing the FDA to label the GMO Salmon before it can become available to consumers. Read more here:
News Updates – Plastics
In our June edition of Perfectly Interesting Health News we discussed the detrimental effects that plastics have on our environment. Plastics are also a danger to our healthy in many ways. A while ago there was an article published about a woman who experienced significant infection of her gums and her dentist attributed the infection to the amount of plastic buildup under her gum lining. Where did this plastic build up come from? Toothpaste! Dentist began to speak up about the dangers of plastic “microbeads” in toothpaste, and thankfully they are now banned from all hygiene products in the U.S. as of December 8th 2015
Some countries are making the decision to ban the use of plastic bags, like Scottland-
The state of California’s decision to ban plastic bags is pending a vote in November of 2016-
Detoxing Recipes,Foods & Supplements
Ok, time to face reality- did you stray from your healthy diet this holiday season!? Well here are some great recipes to help detox your body to keep that sluggish-bloated-just let me sleep feeling away. Or they are great to start off your new year with a clean, detoxed slate!
30 delicious whole foods that naturally detoxify-
Detox Smoothie Recipes-
- New Year Detox Smoothie- From Nourishing Joy
- Green Goddess Detox Smoothie- From Perfect Supplements
- Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie- Ancestral Nutrition
Recommended Detox Supplements-
- 21 Day Detox Kit- Dr. Erica Lepore (overall body)
- Liver Detox- Perfect Supplement (liver)
- Spirulina, Chlorella, Aquatic Greens, Fermented Kale (overall body)
- All Natural Colon CLeanse- GHC (colon and digestive tract)
- Sonnie’s Bentonite Clay– (allover body)
Wishing all of you a safe, happy and healthy New Year! Thank you for reading!