Just as keeping a journal is an excellent way to track progress and monitor growth, here’s a look back at the best of 2017. Perhaps you missed some of these top 5 blog posts or find them a refreshing reminder to honor your health in the New Year. Either way, my wish is that The Best From 2017 post stimulates you to take the next step on your path toward wellness and reinvigorates your commitment to living your most purposeful life.
THE BEST OF 2017
Here’s a look back at our top 5 posts from 2017 that you read, loved, marked as your favorite recipes, and shared with others:
Over the past 30-40 years, there has been a steady rise in the prevalence of life-threatening food allergies, which affects 5% of adults and 8% of children.1 The ideal timing to introduce solids in an infant’s diet is considered to play a key role in the development of food allergies. However, guidelines about . . .
Consumption of seafood during pregnancy is a controversial issue. Prenatal care providers and parents are equally challenged by weighing the cons of toxic buildup in fish and shellfish (herein referred to as “fish” or “seafood”) with the pros of essential fatty acids needed for fetal development. While fish contain a variety of nutrients that . . .
It may be time for a new definition of health. Health is an amorphous state that is in constant flux based on internal and external inputs that directly influence cellular functioning. The vitality of our cells then impacts how our organs and biological systems (e.g. digestive) function and how our biological . . .
Simplicity marries savory when it comes to oven roasted chicken. NOTHING MODEST ABOUT OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN There’s something incredibly comforting about savory herbs and a whole roasted chicken. This is a combination that commonly elicits feelings of Sunday dinners, table gatherings, and nourishing meals. And the aroma that fills the kitchen during roasting will . . .
Have you ever thought about using the low FODMAP diet to manage IBS symptoms? Digestive distress is your body’s signal that there’s an imbalance in your digestive system. In many cases, chronic digestive issues are actually quite common. The symptoms may range from everyday “irritations” to full-blown debilitation. And they often include symptoms such as gas, bloating . . .
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
Write down the top 5 actions, experiences, or thoughts that you achieved in 2017. Take a moment to sit with them. Smile and be proud of your accomplishments. Express gratitude to yourself and others who supported you along the way. Then, identify the skills and strengths that enabled you to be successful and envision using those same strategies to reach new successes in 2018.
NEW PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
Resolutions have a way of falling by the wayside and may even counter feelings of self-efficacy. This year, I invite you to join me on the margins of society. Let go of the need to formulate resolutions. Instead answer the following two questions with one word each:
- What color do you want to define 2018 for you?
- What word do you want to characterize 2018 for you?
No need to rush (it’s OK if you don’t have answers by January 1st). Don’t force answers. Let the answers come to you. You’ll know when you happened upon the correct answers. They’ll be what you need to continue in the positive direction on your journey toward wellness.
Once you have your answers, let the word and color permeate 2017. Maybe it means taking new actions, letting go of thoughts, adding or removing something from your life, finding strength in comfort or stepping outside your comfort zone, choosing a color that was not previously in your rainbow, and/or adding new color to your life. Whatever it is, just ride the crest of the wave and gracefully wash upon the shore. Build Your Stress Buster Toolkit by clicking here to facilitate this process.
Won’t you step into 2017 with me?