How are you getting on with your New Years resolutions?
Do any of them involve trying to eat more healthy food or lose weight etc?
If so then about now is normally when people start to lose willpower for these kind of resolutions. Don't worry if you fall into that category. Instead congratulate yourself on making the resolution in the first place realising that you have some improvements you want to make and try to work out why you may be struggling at the moment. A lot of people need help to keep resolutions or to really cement new healthier daily habits.
If you want to make a positive change to your diet might I suggest you strongly look at your relationship with sugar? Cancer research is supporting a Sugar Free February to help people try to break the cycle of regular refined sugar intake and I think that having a higher cause such as a commitment to a charity may really help. It could also be a great thing to discuss with your patients to facilitate them making better choices too.
Have a look here for more details:
I will be taking part, but that's because I have finally managed to make the shift to cutting out all refined sugar and plan to continue this as a life-long choice. So why not join me for February and see for yourself how much better you feel?
And I am really pleased to be able to announce that I will have an article in the next edition of Aesthetic Dentistry Today discussing exactly this topic in detail. I will be explaining the problems associated with refined sugar both for the teeth and your general health and then explaining ways you can reduce your sugar intake. If you want to find out more about that journal here is where to go:
If you want to know in full detail why and how I am doing this then you will have to wait for the c3000 word explanation in the article next month but here are a few motivating reasons for me:
Reduced risk of tooth decay, improved mood, improved energy levels, improved willpower, improved mental function, reduced risk of various cancers and other general health problems including mental decline states such as dementia and Alzheimer's and finally an improved sense of taste and appreciation for my food. Ultimately this all stems from me developing an increasing interest in understanding and controlling the fuel I put in my body. If this has sparked your interest then why not read into this more or I am happy to try to answer any questions you may have.
Dr Chris Harper