So, how are those New Year’s resolutions going?
It takes at least three weeks to change bad habits, so if you started on New Year’s Day and have been consistent, you should be well on your way to ingraining those healthy habits.
There is a theory called the 21/90 rule. Commit to a personal or professional goal for twenty-one straight days. After three weeks, the pursuit of that goal should have become a habit. Once you’ve established that habit, you continue to do it for another ninety days. That behavior stands a better chance of becoming routine in your life if you follow that timeline.
It’s important to set achievable goals, and start with one change at a time. For instance, we all know that eating more of a plant-based diet — less fat, less calories, less processed food is good for you and goes a long way to improving your health.
More Sleep, Less Stress
We also know that a consistent, solid night’s sleep is important for our bodies to recover, heal, and grow. And we can’t talk about health without including stress. Stress accelerates our aging and damages our body and mind. It also leads to overeating, eating the wrong types of food, sleep loss, strained relationships, and a feeling of drudgery and discontent.
Physical and mental well-being are within everyone’s reach. Find the cause. Don’t just treat the symptoms. Too many over-the- counter medications are patches to ease symptoms but don’t solve the issues that cause them.
Have I just described you? If so, here’s how to move forward.
Pick one small thing and start with that. Easy wins will help you be successful with your overall plan.
I’m a list person. It’s easier to visualize what needs to get done, chunk it into small, achievable goals and timelines and then, the best part — crossing them off the list! Pick things that you have the most control over to reach your goal. If finances are an issue,…and these days they are for most of us….start by writing down what you spent in January and how much money came in. This is a powerful visual so you can see where you have control and where you can make adjustments to bring finances in line.
Cause & Effect
Everything is interconnected in our lives. For example, if you spend too much on eating out, cooking at home and incorporating plant-based menu ideas is a good way to: 1) save money (finances and stress); 2) eat healthier (weight and sleep); and 3) feel better about taking better care of yourself (physical health and mental well-being).
It’s as easy as downloading your local grocery store app, filling your shopping cart, and setting up a pick-up time. What a time saver!
See? Just one simple change ripples out to so many aspects of your life.
Meal prep can be time you spend focusing on you, feelings of gratitude for all that you have accomplished, the food that you have, the ability to eat healthy. It can also be a creative outlet by learning new techniques in prep, experimenting with new recipes and foods, and planning for your week in convenient ways. Who knew eating at home could tick so many goals?
Plant-Based Medicine vs. Pharmaceuticals
When we look at incorporating more whole foods and plants into our diet, we also want to look at plant-based medicine. Reducing or eliminating pharmaceuticals from our bodies is a great way to help support our systems to achieve balance and homeostasis. Many pharmaceuticals can be toxic and have harmful side effects. Our bodies don’t respond to these chemicals in a natural way.
Don’t get me wrong. As a nurse, I’m aware that some pharmaceuticals are needed to address crisis and acute issues. This is one of the miracles of medicine and has saved so many lives. However, if you are dealing with chronic issues or taking pharmaceuticals to treat the symptoms of an imbalance in your body, then you may want to explore a healthier option.
In that case, incorporating plant-based medicine is the more natural way to go. Your body recognizes plant medicine as support for its functioning and balance.
Cannabis can help you feel better, look better and sleep better. Did you know that promising research is being done on how cannabis can help prevent symptoms of dementia? Even years later, people who smoked cannabis in college are less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Cannabis can address so many of our imbalances, restore our well-being and keep us healthy. It’s a matter of consuming it in a form that best suits your needs. The old stigma of unhealthy stoners is a stereotype and part of the propaganda that has long been debunked. We are all smarter now and basing our lifestyle choices on science, not fear tactics. Anyone remember Reefer Madness?
You only have to look at the news to see that accidental overdoses are declining, use of prescription opioids is declining, and use of polypharmacy (a lot of prescriptions) is declining. More and more medical professionals, in all specialties, are seeing positive improvement in their patients that use medical cannabis and are recommending it to other patients.
That’s Where We Come In
We are here to help you navigate the new frontier of cannabis — rooted in science and experience. It is all very individualized and based on you and your specific needs.