March is a brand new month and with that comes a topic change – diet! Most people have New Year’s Resolutions that start off with the best intentions, and then they fall by the wayside. I’m a smuggly – I usually make achievable resolutions – for example, the last two years, rather than make an all-encompassing goal like lose weight, I made a pact with myself to change three bad habits a year. In 2012, for example, I stopped drinking my beloved Diet Coke – I still miss it to this day, like an old friend, there was something comfortable about the way the can felt in my hand, soemthing soothing about the sound it made when I opened it…I’ll stop now…Last year, one of my goals was simply to have work/life balance. I was working far too many hours, and I had to learn to put a stop to it. It’s not to say that I don’t still work hard, but now I leave between six and seven instead of nine or ten. It’s just not healthy and I needed to learn to enjoy my life. Sometimes things happen that make you see how you have to make living a priority – the old work to live not live to work. This year, it was a more general goal – make my health my biggest priority and that’s why it’s a year of living the Dr. Oz way.
I selected March as the kick off point to trying different things with my diet for several reasons. People are inundated with diet messages in January – how many “New Year, New You” articles can you read? I also believe that after reading a lot that there is no one solution that will work for everyone, so you (along with your health care professional) need to work on what is the best plan for you and keep any health care concerns in mind. I have two myself – one is low iron – very easy to fix and the other is that I’m pre-diabetic, so it’s something that I need to work on. I’ve also been feeling a bit more low energy than I used to, and feel disgustingly, uncomfortably full after I eat certain foods and am hoping that what I learn this month will help. Make no mistake, like everything that I’ve learned to date, I’ll be continuing to incorporate what I’ve learned long after this month ends.
To that end, there will be two Oz recommended diets that I’ll be trying – one is Dr. Oz’s 2-Week Rapid Weight Loss http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/dr-ozs-2-week-rapid-weight-loss-plan-instructions?gallery=true – not because I want to lose weight quickly, but because it’s also a mini-detox and I am curious to see if I feel better on it. It also is really easy to follow. The other, also featured on The Dr. Oz Show is the DASH Diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. I don’t have hypertension – yet – but it does run in my family and this seems like a sensible, easy to follow plan that’s also liveable. I’ll also be using some tips from “You Being Beautiful” and filling in with interesting ideas from “The Good Life” – Dr. Oz’s new magazine with a couple of surprises thrown in so that you don’t get bored of me writing about how my smoothies taste.