10 Easy Ways to Start the New Year with a Clear Conscience

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you have had a restful (somewhat) and peaceful (as much as possible) holiday break, because it is a new year and fresh start if you want it to be. Or do you? January is the dreaded month of discipline for some…

Why do we have a hate-​on for January?

  1. It’s cold and dark
  2. We have to go back to work or our normal, less-​exciting routine
  3. We cannot justify our slovenly behaviour of overindulgence in sugar, chocolate, baking combined with little physical activity
  4. We are forced to acknowledge we have had a role in #3
  5. We are unable to talk ourselves out of #3 and #4 because everyone else is on a diet, exercising, or complaining about not wanting to do either
  6. The all-​or-​nothing behaviour that our species has been doing for centuries is ultimately exhausting to repeat and think about

Wouldn’t it be nice to go into January with a renewed sense of self that has been balanced and good during the holiday season without the frenzy of having to restart?

It would. It might also be a pipe dream.

10 Easy Ways to Start Your New Year with a Clearer Conscience

  1. Drink water.
  2. Eliminate white sugar for a few days.
  3. Have one caffeinated drink a day, preferably in the morning
  4. Bring your lunch a few times during the week.
  5. Introduce green vegetables into at least 2 parts of your day.
  6. Make sure that protein is a significant portion of each meal, whether vegetable or meat source.
  7. Try to eat more lean meats like turkey and chicken and or fish, possibly from organic sources.
  8. Forget you know anything about baked goods, cookies, or gingerbread men.
  9. Go to bed. Earlier than you have ever gone to bed before. You probably need double that amount.
  10. Try to be compassionate to everyone around you. How do you feel without cookies in your life?
  11. (Bonus) Remind yourself that if you mess up 1 – 9 you will do this all again next year.

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