A healthy start to 2016

Ok, it is that time again. We are all coming up with some incredibly breakable New Year’s Resolutions! The problem is that we all too often make resolutions that are extreme, such as “I will lose ten pounds in the first two weeks of January” which of course starves you and makes you miserable. So you bag the whole thing, feeling like a failure. lol

Or we join the gym, go faithfully for two weeks, then stop going, and pay every month but rarely show up, which makes us miserable as well!

So what is the problem?

We need to make one small change at a time.  Studies show that it takes a minimum of 21 days for a new habit to solidify, to become a stable routine. So I suggest to my clients that they make a list of twelve changes to their lifestyle that they would like to make- one for each month of the new year.

For example, instead of blithely and dramatically announcing to yourself and the world that you are going to lose 5 pounds a month, it works much better to decide on a rational and achievable change to your normal eating patterns. Perhaps you decide to make your twice weekly french fry order a monthly event! Or perhaps you decide to stop eating bread with meals. Perhaps you decide to only have dessert on Saturdays. You get my drift.

With each month that you have become accustomed to a change, you add a new one. So, although this does not show dramatic results right away, look at this as a lifestyle change. Again, research shows that lifestyle changes are the answer, not diets or dramatic sudden changes which shock the system and tend to fail.

Maybe you don’t want or need to lose weight, but want to increase exercise. I suggest you do not join a gym with an eye to working out an hour 4 times a week. Make a plan you can keep to, so that at the end of January you feel pleased and proud that you have achieved what you set out to. Start simply. Decide on something you can do, such as 10 each of five different exercises when you get up each day. For example, you might do 10 sit ups, 10 push ups, 10 side bends, 10 leg raises and 10 toe touches. The second month make this fifteen of each every morning. Third month join the gym and go twice a week for 45 minutes.

You have to sneak up on yourself!  Do what you will succeed at, even if it is small at first. You may even surprise yourself and speed up your initial plan do to your increasing success. And boy does that feel good!

I have one client who did very well with small increases to her exercise, small changes to diet, and small reduction in smoking. By the end of the year she had lost 20 pounds, had stopped smoking, and was walking half an hour every day. had she decided to do all those things in the firstonth, I doubt she would have succeeded.

And most importantly, she had made lifestyle changes that had become routine.

I wish you luck with your resolutions, and a very Happy and Healthy 2016 to you all!


About solomonhealing

Diane grew up in Oregon, and says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Her father gave her a guitar for Christmas when she was 13, and she taught herself folk and country styles, and started to write songs. At 19, believing her first talent was acting, she headed off to England, determined to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But life can take some funny turns. Before she could arrange an interview, she was literally “discovered,” playing her guitar and singing to a small, private, New Year’s Eve party at a London hotel. IMG_0005 2A BBC television producer was there, a screen test followed, and the result was a network primetime series of variety specials! “The Diane Solomon Show” of the late 70s, was a great success, and she quickly became a regular on British TV, with other specials of her own, and numerous guest appearances, including several Royal Gala Specials. She recorded 5 albums, appeared on countless radio shows, TV hosting, and musical theater productions. She headed four major UK Theater concert tours of her own, toured with Glen Campbell on three European tours, and opened for a major Kenny Rogers’ tour in 1991. IMGBut then life took another turn, this time not so fortunate. She was diagnosed with the infamous M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for the next three years was too ill to walk across the room unaided. For a total of seven years she struggled with half a life. In the darkest hours songwriting was her saving grace, and the title cut of her new CD, “Good Things Don’t Come Easy” was born of this troubled time. With the help a brilliant German homeopathic system of healing, plus nutrition and herbs, she regained her health. Diane was so impressed with these alternate therapies that she has since gained degrees in both nutrition and homeopathy, achieving a doctorate degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She practiced nutrition and homeopathy for fifteen years, using a combination of nutrients, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and diet and lifestyle recommendations. She describes dealing with people’s health issues as a kind of “onion layer” experience. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes are powerful, yet are in some way addressing the outer layers. They help enormously, but she has found that the major changes in people’s health comes from a deep homeopathic remedy, known as the constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is not an exact science, and thought, attention, focus, intuition, and yes, luck are involved in finding this remedy. When the right deep remedy is chosen, improvements in a client’s well being, both physically and psychologically, can be dramatic, even life-changing! Now focusing on writing, Diane lives in beautiful Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with her husband, Mark Carey. She writes soft country, folk, and classical ballads, playing both guitar and piano. She has written several non-fiction books fields of nutrition and homeopathy, plus has ghost-written and/or edited seven books for clients, in various fields. She has just finished a middle grade mystery/fantasy novel with her husband Mark, entitled The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain, due for publication Sept 30 2016. Kindle cover final oct 10 2015She has also recently published a book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, entitled, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. It was published in November, 2015, and was quickly the top selling book on Amazon in the homeopathic category. Sometimes called a “Renaissance Woman,” she writes, edits, researches, designs and builds gardens, always seeking more knowledge, more understanding, and more creative flow.
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One Response to A healthy start to 2016

  1. Do you think that if you walk/run a mile a day for a month that by the end of the month, your body won’t hurt from it?

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