Ten Health Resolutions that Really Work

We all do it. We make grand resolutions on New Year's day and break them the next. Yet there are ways to make your healthy resolutions stick. Here are some ideas.

  1. Break it into baby steps. Most resolutions involve long-term goals, which can be daunting. If your dream is to get into shape, break it into small steps, like scheduling thirty minutes a day to exercise. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, it's healthier to engage in mild exercise such as walking every day rather than doing an über-workout three times a week. Signing up for classes in dance, aerobics or yoga helps because once you pay the fee, you'll feel motivated to show up. You'll find yourself slimming down without even realizing it.

  2. Make your resolutions concrete and action-oriented. Rather than resolving to eat a better diet, plan to eat five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Feel more energetic from eating right today, and that success will motivate you to do it all over again tomorrow.

  3. Try the one-day-at-a-time plan. If your goal is to feel more rested, choose one night a week to skip TV. Engage in relaxing activities like taking a warm bath or listening to music, and get to bed early, by 9:30 p.m. Drink a glass of warm milk with cardamom at 9:00 p.m. to relax your mind and prepare for an early sleep. Create a sleep-conducive atmosphere with Slumber Time Aroma Oil. The pure, essential oils of Sweet Orange, Marjoram, Lavender and Jasmine are blended in a precise formula to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. You'll make better choices when you wake up rested. And after you establish the habit of one night a week, you can add on another night, and then another.

  4. Make it fun! Find an exercise that is appealing to you, and foods that are healthy but tasty too. Join forces with a friend to cook a new recipe in the new year. Take a trip to your local health food store and select fresh, new-to-you ingredients to make a vitamin-filled but delicious meal. Reward yourself with great food shared with great friends.

  5. If your budget allows only one health product a month, the one that is most recommended is Maharishi Amrit Kalash. Considered the "cream" of all ayurvedic elixirs, it contains thirty-eight herbal ingredients and antioxidant flavonoids that nourish and support the health of the entire mind-body system. Research shows that it has remarkable antioxidant power, 1000 times more than vitamin C. And its range is far broader than antioxidants that are water soluble and work outside the cell membrane (such as vitamin C) or are lipid soluble and work inside the cell membrane (such as vitamin E). The herbal formula for Maharishi Amrit Kalash is so sophisticated that it contains both water soluble antioxidants that work outside the cell, and also fat soluble antioxidants that penetrate the cell membrane and work inside the cell to remove free radicals there. Researcher Hari Sharma, M.D. at The Ohio State University School of Medicine found it to be the broadest-spectrum antioxidant available today. He called it a full-spectrum antioxidant, because it can fight a much wider range of free radicals.

    You'll be relieving your mind and body of stress, cleansing toxins and restoring youthful vitality by taking Maharishi Amrit Kalash on a regular basis. And by joining the Health and Longevity Club, you'll receive free shipping and savings of up to 25% a month.

  6. Wish you could effortlessly feel inspired to meet your resolutions? Schedule a detox. It's easier to spontaneously choose the right foods when your body is free of impurities. It's also easier to exercise when sluggish toxins aren't making you feel tired. The most important thing to do is to prevent toxins from forming in the first place. Eating organic, whole foods is the best way to stop toxins in the digestive tract and at the cellular level. You can also improve your elimination system (which carries toxins from the digestive tract out of the body through the bowel and urine) by eating a cooked apple and figs in the morning. Figs have more fiber than any other food. Adding more organic greens and other vegetables to your diet — flavored with detoxifying spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander and fennel — also helps the body eliminate toxins.

  7. Looking to increase your energy in the New Year? Give the New Year a fresh start with Fatigue Free herbal formula. The herbs and minerals contained in Fatigue Free help improve the flow of energy and build new cells. Heart-leaf Sida (Country Mallow) and nine other herbs create a traditional energy tonic that helps the body regenerate new cells; Licorice, Nutmeg, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Long Pepper help improve digestion and supply a flow of nutrients; Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) helps the body recover from stress; and Zinc helps zero in on fatigue and enhances the bioavailability of other herbs. You'll feel a rush of energy and a new exhilaration for all the tasks you want to accomplish.

    Need an energy pick-me-up but don't want the caffeine? If you want the coffee flavor and energy boost without the caffeine, try Raja's Cup, an energizing coffee substitute that is brimming with antioxidants (according to research, it contains almost as many antioxidants as Maharishi Amrit Kalash).

  8. If your resolution is to lead a less stressful life, eating more walnuts, fresh coconut, milk and fresh milk products such fresh cheese (panir) and fresh yogurt drink (lassi), reduce stress. In general, eating a balanced diet and following a regular, moderate daily routine are formidable weapons against stress. Skipping meals or eating at irregular times of the day, on the other hand, can add to stress. The ideal ayurvedic routine includes a stress reduction technique practiced twice a day, such as Transcendental Meditation®, which helps set you up for clearer thinking and less fight-or-flight reactions.

    Watch your worries slip away when you take Stress Free Mind, an herbal formula that helps you overcome mental stress and fatigue. Bacopa, Dwarf Morning Glory, Gotu Kola and Indian Tinospora help to support learning, retention and long-term memory. Other herbs, including Pearl, Greater Galangal, Licorice, Jatamansi and Ashwagandha, increase mental energy and help you stay calm even when under pressure.

  9. Improving emotional health is just as important as boosting physical health. In recent years, modern science has accepted the fact that negative emotions lower immunity. There's even a name for the science that studies the mind's effect on the immune system: psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Research shows that negative behaviors such as spite, anger or rough speech trigger the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland to bombard the body with neurochemicals. These negative chemical messengers disrupt the digestive system and the immune system. So you could say that negative behaviors (which usually are preceded by negative emotions) directly attack and undermine immunity. On the other hand, positive behaviors such as sweet speech and giving to others flood the body with neurochemicals that have a nourishing, supportive influence on the immune system.

    The effect of behavior and emotions on health has long been recognized by the ancient science of Maharishi Ayurveda. In fact, certain behaviors are classified as elixirs (rasayanas) that are as powerful as any herbal mixture in boosting immunity. These include truthfulness, freedom from anger, non-indulgence in alcohol, nonviolence, moderation in exercise, calmness, sweet speech, engaging in meditation, cleanliness, perseverance, charity, religious observances and respect for the scriptures, loving and compassionate behavior, balance in sleep and wakefulness, simplicity, unconceited behavior, keeping the company of the wise, maintaining a positive attitude, self-control, and respect toward teachers and parents. The monetary cost is zero, while the dividends in health are infinite.

    A simple and delicious way to shift emotional stress to the positive side is to take a teaspoon of Organic Rose Petal Spread in warm milk or a yogurt drink. Roses soothe the heart, helping to reduce mental and emotional stress. Made of the petals of red roses, this exotic confection can be spread on breads or used in baking as well.

  10. Make a resolution just for you, like starting your day with a luxurious mini-massage. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, massage pushes out toxins, limbers the body for exercise, and increases circulation and blood flow to the brain. It's a way to pamper yourself and improve your health too. Use Youthful Skin Massage Oil (comes in two varieties — for men and women) to give yourself a gentle herbal energy infusion that wipes away fatigue, clears away mental stress and gets you going in the morning without caffeine.

Remember: if you perform a specific action every day, within a month it becomes a habit. And habits and behaviors that change gradually have a greater chance to actually stick.

The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.