Happy New Year!
I think I can safely say that we are all ready to kiss 2020 goodbye and hope for a better 2021.
So today, I’m going to give you 21 simple ways to do just that. Many of these you’ll really enjoy, I promise. These are NOT New Year’s resolutions or promises you have to keep up.
I am not a fan of resolutions because let’s face it… just because you make it doesn’t mean you’re going to keep it.
In fact, only 8% of people completely succeed in achieving their resolutions. By January 15th, just a couple of weeks into the new year, research shows that 90% of people who made resolutions break them. And it only drops further from there.
But my big problem with resolutions is this… they make changing your habits into this big, scary, stressful thing that usually involves PAIN, and motivating yourself by pain never works.
Your New Year’s resolutions or goals need to be something that compels you, something that moves you down to your very soul. That way, when the challenging times come up – and if we’ve learned anything from 2020 it’s that they WILL come up – you have a purpose wrapped around your goals that will compel you to find a way to reach them, as opposed to abandoning them like so many people do.
The truth is, thinking about change is hard. Actually changing is EASY.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with making a New Year’s resolution but instead, why not make a shift in your mind right now, in this very moment, to change whatever it is that you need to change?
The key to avoiding going back to your old ways is to start by implementing one small change at a time. Maybe you can start with one or two habits, then once those become natural and you don’t even have to think about them, consider adding on another good habit.
If you had told me back when I was playing soccer that one day I would eat no sugar and mostly vegan, I would never have believed you! That was just too far from the way I was eating at the time. But by gradually cutting out sugar, then dairy, and then most meat, little by little it was easy. And I’ll never look back!
You could even make it a point to add one healthy lifestyle shift each month of the year. Just don’t move on to something new until you have mastered what you’re working on right now.
Working on more than one new thing at a time is a recipe for not succeeding at any of them. As soon as one thing is habit and part of your everyday life, it’ll be easy to add something new.
Even if you can only implement a few new habits over the course of the whole year, if you do those consistently and they last, it is way better than trying a million things all at once. Ultimately, that doesn’t sustain itself. You give up and get frustrated, just as I would have done if I had given up acidic foods all at once back then.
By adding and not taking away, eventually the good will outweigh the bad, and this is how whatever it is you want will ultimately become your habit.
So here are 21 simple habits you can add to your life in 2021. Choose just 1 or 2 as your new goal, start it now, and make sure to be consistent with it until you don’t have to think about it anymore.
21 Good Habits for a Better 2021!
1.Drink one additional glass of filtered, alkaline water each day.
2.Have a green smoothie with a couple of sources of healthy fat for breakfast every day for 2 weeks.
3.Try to cook one new, yummy alkaline recipe each week (get inspiration here).
4.Add flax, or chia seeds to at least one thing you eat every day.
5.Go raw! Eat more raw foods or cook/dehydrate under 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
6.Eat 2 more meals per week that are cooked at home instead of ordering in.
7.Replace dairy with almond and/or coconut milk and transition away from cheeses and yogurts made from cow’s milk.
8.Make a habit of having an afternoon snack of fresh veggies and hummus – cucumbers, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, or whatever your favorites are.
9.Toss out your vegetable and canola oils and cook using coconut oil instead.
10.Get off your sugar! Cut back the number of times you eat sugar by once per day (don’t forget: breakfast counts), then cut back one more after you’ve lost the craving.
11.Gradually replace junk foods and fast foods with alkaline foods. The more you eat them, the more you’ll want to eat them.
12.Eat more greens! Go for either spinach, kale, or another dark leafy green every day.Already eat them every day? Great! Go for twice or 3 times per day.
13.Start your morning with Alkamind Daily Greens and end your day with Acid-Kicking Minerals. This one simple change will alkalize your body, help you sleep better, reduce anxiety, and give you through-the-roof energy!
14.Make sure you are getting some good healthy fats in your diet each and every time you have fruit to balance out the sugar. Avocado, almond butter, and coconut are great sources of good-for-you fat to pair with fruit.
15.Say goodbye to sparkling water (or worse – soda)! Start making pitchers of spa water to have on hand all the time with your favorite combinations of lemons, limes, grapefruit, or cucumber.Just as delicious without the acid!
16.Replace meat in your dinners with hearty, substantial veggies a couple of times a week.Already eating lots of vegetarian meals? Try removing dairy.
17.Add one additional workout session in each week.
18.Go for a clean keto dessert with little to no sugar.
19.Eat your favorite alkaline veggies one additional time per week – you already love it, so why not eat it a little more often?
20.Feed your brain and heart the healthy anti-inflammatory fats your body wants with a daily dose of Alkamind Daily Omega-3.
21.Join us for the group Winter 7-Day Alkaline Cleanse, which starts soon! If you’re interested in slimming down, being more energetic day to day, getting stronger joints, muscles, and bones, and improving digestive complaints, you need to get off your acid. This whole food cleanse will get you there! It’s a great start to the new year.
The great thing about any of these habits you start is that they’re going to make you feel great. And once you feel great, you’re not going to want to go back!
Most important to remember is something I learned from Tony Robbins – your follow through comes from your STATE and your EMOTIONS! No matter what you start with, whether it is something from my list above, or something different that you choose, it needs to be something that is going to excite you, and you have to do it daily.
Keep your passion and your excitement for changes to come in the new year ahead and you will start to reap the rewards!
GET OFF YOUR ACID!