Five Ways to Improve Your New Year with Turmeric
Many people start off their new years with a resolution of improving the state of their health or their lifestyle. Not too many people find it easy to follow that resolution, however, any New Years resolution is going to seem hard to achieve. People often build up the expectation of instant results and don't take into account that goals and lifestyle changes happen over weeks, months, and years. The number one killer of New Years resolutions is the loss of motivation after they don't see results in the first week.
Did you know that turmeric can help speed up the rate you lose weight and relieve several different ailments? From depression to weight loss, wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is fantastic to give the mid-January motivation loss a one-two punch.
Setting Achievable Goals
New Years is the time to make important resolutions that help you better the quality of your life and the life of those around you. Make it a great year by creating a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. Small, healthy habits can be formed and bad habits tossed. Changes in routine and simple practices can improve everyday health and help create a more balanced lifestyle. With a more balanced lifestyle, you will feel more motivated to continue making changes and healthy habits, from that point forward, you are unstoppable.
The New Year symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start. It is a time of setting both achievable and dreamy goals, the celebration of another chance. Make the best of this time to break down what goals are truly important to you and set achievable milestones.
If your goal is to lose excess fat, set a goal to first lose 10 pounds of fat in the first six months, then a goal to lose another 15 in the following six months. After that's all said and done, set a goal to retain a workout routine that helps tone and shape your body. If you achieve your goal early, you can reset your milestones.
1. Fried Food Temptations
Fried foods are hard to avoid in today's world, but they come with so many health risks. From the grease to carcinogenic burn marks, fried foods are downright unhealthy.
Did you know, however, that you can reduce the amount of grease carried in the batter and meat by using a home air-fryer?
For bonus points, sprinkle turmeric into your batter mix to reduce carcinogenic compounds known as heterocyclic amines.
While fried food is still not good for you, taking these two steps still helps reduce unhealthy grease and byproducts.
2. Reduce Your Risk of Melanoma
Turmeric is a wonderful preventative spice to add to your daily life. With regular use, turmeric may help reduce your risk of melanoma, a cancer that forms on the skin due to sun exposure or other skin damage. Turmeric has also shown to slow the spread of breast cancer into the lungs, possibly preventing a bad situation from getting worse.
3. A Recipe for Health
A quick way to take turmeric is in tea, and many people find the tea to be the most appetizing, aside from cooking the culinary spice in many of their meals.
To properly make turmeric tea, we've included a bullet-point list to help, as the method is a little different than putting a kettle on the stove and pouring water over.
Turmeric Root Tea
- Bring four measured cups of water to a boil
- Add 1 rounded teaspoon of ground (or grated) turmeric and reduce the water to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, strain the tea through either cheesecloth or a sieve.
- Add a pinch of black pepper to increase the bioavailability.
- Optional Step: add honey or lemon to taste.
Turmeric tea is amazing and can have some real health benefits if drank daily. If you choose, you can freshly grate your turmeric straight from the root to provide an amazing flavor and even more benefits. It is even possible (and some people prefer to) add a teaspoon of ginger to give it an extra boost in flavor and benefit. Ginger and Turmeric are in the same plant family and compliment each other very well.
4. Happy, Healthy New Years
Turmeric, along with other spices such as black pepper, ginger and oregano have been tested to actually improve how you think and how happy you are in general by increasing how receptive your brain is to endorphins. Of course, with any emotional new years resolution, it still takes hard work and motivation to achieve success. Culinary spices may change how your brain accepts new information, but it's up to you to change the way you think.
5. Energize Your Mind and Body
Turmeric is wonderful for helping energize your body for the day ahead. Combined with citrus water early in the morning, 30 grams of protein in your breakfast and a short workout, your days will be abundant with energy and any morning fatigue you experience will be lessened. Start the day on top of the world, ready to take on anything life throws at you.
Bonus: Snack-time Trials
Snack-time can be a difficult time for a lot of us. Whether we're watching a movie, at a friend's house or overall just have a craving for something to munch on, there aren't many healthy options available.
Luckily, you can make your own chips from bananas, apples, peaches and strawberries by thinly slicing them and placing them on a dehydrator.
If you are looking to increase your metabolism, try spicing them with turmeric, black pepper or ginger.
Wait several hours until all of the moisture has evaporated from your chips and enjoy!