It’s the start of a new year – for many, an excellent time to make a new beginning and take the opportunity to implement positive changes in their lifestyle.
At the Budwig Center, our innovative treatments have a strong foundation in common sense: it’s impossible to find effective, long term cures for disease without a healthy baseline to fall back on. The ‘fresh start’ of a new year can be a fantastic motivator for healthy choices.
Common New Year’s Resolutions – The Budwig Way
It’s no coincidence that the most common New Year’s Resolutions around the world, according to Statista polls, are the same goals we hear from our clients at the Budwig Center, again and again. When people are faced with a serious disease, especially that loaded and emotive word ‘cancer,’ it is normal to reassess the things that are important in life and try to make positive changes.
The most common New Year’s Resolutions represent the things that are most important to people, the positive changes they wish to make. Although the top ten varies a little from country to country, culture to culture, the theme is always self-improvement. People want to be better, fitter versions of themselves, and they want to do more of the things that matter to them.
New Year, New Diet
One of a cluster of resolutions aimed towards improved overall health, better eating is consistently high on most people’s list of resolutions. This means that people already recognize nutrition as an essential component of good health, and this is one of the essential teachings of the Budwig Method. Knowing that improving your diet is an important positive change is the first step towards making that change. The basics of nutrition are well understood, and anyone can start to make healthy substitutions – a piece of fruit or a carrot instead of a sugary treat, or a handful of nuts instead of chips. The Budwig Diet follows the best evidence and advice for nutrition in health and is part of our cancer-fighting method.
A pragmatic approach to dietary changes is helpful – if you don’t feel like you can change everything at once, just try one healthy swap a day. Achievable, measurable goals you can stick to are better than the best intentions that get waylaid.
Get More Exercise
Tailoring an approach to your own lifestyle means you can stick to your resolutions. Again, a practical approach to change can be helpful – suddenly beginning an intensive gym regime might work for some people, but it definitely won’t work for others. Many of the people who come to the Budwig Center already have some reduced functional ability due to disease. So we encourage people to choose their own pace and do what suits them as an individual to feel the physical and mental health benefits of just getting outside, moving around, and breathing in the fresh air. The Budwig Center is happily situated on the Costa Del Sol, Spain’s beautiful South coast, and a little sun and sea air does wonders to the body and mind. We recommend symmetrical movements, like walking, swimming, cycling, and jogging. If you are starting from 0 with exercise, try to begin with a 30-minute walk every day. Pace yourself. Break up the walk into three 10 minute walking sessions with a brief rest period in between.
Known as the Obesity Epidemic, people of the Western world are getting bigger. Eating better and getting more exercise is the answer, and that’s exactly what the Budwig Center recommends to everyone. However, weight can be an issue in cancer care – many of our clients come to us after conventional cancer treatment, which can leave the body emaciated and gaunt. Some cancers are associated with significant weight loss, and great care must be taken to ensure that this is managed effectively. Nourishing foods, rich in vitamins, minerals, and a healthy balance of macronutrients, can go a long way towards making people well and provide a good grounding for fighting disease.
A healthy diet can provide all the nutrients needed for a good life, but taking supplements alongside that good food can optimize the body for wellness. Choosing vitamin and mineral supplements carefully is essential, and can help the body stay healthy, fight disease, and recover effectively. The Budwig Center uses specific assessment techniques to determine the best supplements for each person.
Spend More Time with Family and Friends
It can take a symbolic new start, such as a new year or decade, to really assess the things that are important in life. For some, it takes a shock – a diagnosis of cancer can be the shock that makes someone consider what they want. A diagnosis of a serious disease can mean that quality, not quantity, of life, is the most important thing. For many, quality of life means sharing time with friends and family. Socializing is well known to improve health in every way. Feeling that you’re an important part of people’s lives, having a role in your community, and getting the mental and physical benefits of just getting out and enjoying company, all contribute to longer, healthier lives. Some isolate themselves because of their diagnosis; others have explained that certain members of their family are a source of stress they are not able to handle. This is why at Budwig Center, we help our patients address emotional stresses to adjust their perspective and improve relationships.
Learn Something New
learning a language, an instrument, whatever engages your brain and stimulates your interest is great for long-term health. Learning something new can contribute to fitness and exercise levels – a martial art, a dance class tick all the boxes – health, exercise, a focused mind and an awareness of health and body. Many patients have found that it is easy to spend a lot of time reading and researching all the possible cancer treatments as well as symptoms and possible outcomes for their diagnosis. Being informed is certainly recommended, as long as we remember to stay balanced and use some of our energy also to enjoy growing spiritually. We encourage you to start the new year by taking good care of your body and your mind.
New Year, New You
Resolutions can be made with the best of intentions, but sometimes they fall by the wayside. Having achievable goals that can be measured and where the rewards are clear can really help. Ultimately, if something makes you feel better, you’re more likely to stick to it. The new year is an ideal time, a symbolic fresh start, to make positive changes in your life – improve your health, your outlook, and the lives of the people around you.
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