Things to Cut Out of Your Life in 2018: Part I

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The New Year is upon us and with it, many a resolution is made—promises for the coming year. In your personal and professional life, it’s important to set goals and follow through, no matter how high or modest. Yet, for many, a singular resolution set, but not met, can leave you with a sense of failure. Rather than striving to meet one lofty goal, consider eliminating something that may be slowing you down or distracting you from achieving your full potential. In this two-part series, we first offer a few things to cut out of your life in order to improve your physical health.

Processed Foods
While we’re on the topic—know what you’re eating. If you haven’t started, it’s time now to begin to read the labels of the foodstuffs you buy at the grocery store. It may add 15 minutes to your shopping trip, but it will add a lot more to the quality of your life. Processed foods are foods altered chemically with additives and should be avoided. A quick glance at many labels and you are likely to see such words and ingredients as “bleached,” “aluminum,” or “high fructose corn syrup.” When it comes to ingredients, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Stick to fruits, vegetable, grass-fed animal protein, and whole grains. Obviously, we are obsessed with a certain green superfood; learn more about aloe vera juice benefits here.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
It’s hard to believe that in America the average consumption of high fructose corn syrup is 60 pounds per year, per person. From the time it came on the market in the 1970s, obesity rates have tripled along with diabetes, heart disease, cancers, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and many other health symptoms linked to poor diet and widespread inflammation. Is it a coincidence? Do your research and always read nutritional labels and ingredients. But if you’re going to read labels for just one ingredient, look for and avoid high fructose corn syrup. It may be your health depends on it.

Stress
Stress can affect your body, mind, and feelings, and even your behavior. Left unchecked and stress can lead to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Ways to relieve stress are within your grasp. Take a few minutes each day to write out the cause of what’s really stressing you and start to track it, which can help you eliminate it. Or just let it out—laugh, talk, cry with trusted friends or family. Learn to meditate, begin an exercise regimen, or take up a hobby.

Stay tuned for our next blog, and find out what you should cut out of your life to improve your mental health! If you want to get a head start, read our blog about aloe vera mood improvement.

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