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January Blues

By Emma Ware

Happy New Year, a phrase so familiar as we entered 2019 and ended a kaleidoscope of holiday season activities. It’s time to reflect just how much we survived and what we wished we had done differently.

Every January, we want to make the New Year better than the last and we begin thinking through what resolutions we want to make (and keep) in this new year. It happens to all of us and what we seem to do most is think of all that we shouldn’t have done.

After leaving those awesome cookies for Santa could we deprive ourselves of those tempting treats? Do you think he would have been as excited to get celery sticks and a few carrots? Well, I guess we wouldn’t either. We can all relate to some over zealousness during the holidays.

Lets take a deep breath and look at all the positive changes we can make to get back on a healthy track. Our awesome bodies long for a rest after the assault they endured over the holidays! What would make them happy and rejuvenated is a wonderful soup fast.

I suggest once a week, say every Monday during the month of January. This warm, healthy and refreshing soup is filled with nutrients to restore balance and jumpstart your changes. Organic broths whether chicken or vegetable as a base for your soups begin the process. I recently had a client tell me how she makes her own broths using her Instant Pot with great success. Use colorful vegetables, onions, garlic, include chicken for protein, and for a starch add rice, pasta or potatoes. Finish by seasoning with aromatic herbs of your choice. Eat this wonderful soup all day and feel the benefits it provides your happy tummy!

That is just one change but fear not, here comes more. Without some type of exercise our bodies won’t rebound as fast so plan some fun movements to wake up our sleepy cells. Yoga or dance exercise classes with a friend make it all that much more fun. Time well spent on a brisk walk is heart healthy and even helps your blood pressure.

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