When it comes to New Year resolutions it’s nice to have some tips to help you get started on the right foot, from diet advice to finding motivation to exercise and time to focus on your health.
Is there a new trendy superfood people are now incorporating into their diet?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: There is, but there is always a trendy new superfood that people want to incorporate in their diets, because bottom line, everybody wants that quick fix. There is no superfood that is really out there that is working better than the others; they are all good for you, but mainly, you just have to get down to the basics.
Do you have a favorite diet plan that works for most people?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: I do. Mainly it is the old Atkins, the ketogenic diet. What it is, is that we should be eating meats and proteins, so your meats, your fish, vegetables, lots of vegetables, and a limited number of fruits, but we should be staying away from the carbohydrates, the rice, the potatoes, all the grains and cereals. The grains and cereals really are what are the detriment to our health. The diet plan that works for most people is, get on a basic healthy diet of protein, moderate protein, lots of vegetables, and intermixed with some natural fruit. That is really how our genetics have been for years and years and years, and how we should be eating. We didn’t really start getting sick until we started farming and using the grains; that is when a lot of these disease processes took over, because our bodies are not really designed to consume that.
What is the best way to motivate to start exercising on a regular basis?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: Each one of us has to figure out their own motivation. My motivation is, why I get up at 4:00 in the morning and I go out and feed my horses, come in and get a workout in, is because I want to walk my granddaughter, who’s three and a half years old, across the stage when she graduates as a chiropractor, and hand her her diploma. I’ve got another 20-some years, 25 years to go, so I have to keep myself in great shape. Truthfully that’s my motivation, so each one of us, as an individual, needs to decide what is his or her motivation. Do I just want to be healthy? I still play rugby every once in a while, and if I have a rugby tournament, that is a good motivation, because I want to go out and be able to compete and not embarrass myself. That works for me. Each individual needs their own motivation, but you have to dig deep and figure out what it is. Because if you don’t have that reason to be on the treadmill, to be working out, to be lifting those weights, it goes in spurts, you do it for a little while, and then it goes by the wayside and we’re back to where we were.
In terms of keeping our bodies healthy, how important is it for healthy people to schedule annual checkups with physicians, eye doctors, dentists, and chiropractors?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: It is important, and checkups are always good. The physicians and annual checkup is always a good idea. Eye doctors, again, annually check to make sure your eyes are healthy. Dentists, every six months get your teeth checked, make sure that you have good oral hygiene, and keeping healthy that way as well. With the chiropractors, you should be getting checked. Most people, the ultimate maintenance time for keeping people is anywhere between two to four weeks apart. Whereas it’s six months for your teeth, but you use your spine a whole lot more. In chiropractic, the best maintenance carries typically a two-week timeframe, and that is what we recommend for most of our patients. Some of them are once a month, and we do have the patient the pops in whenever they hurt, but that is like waiting till your machine breaks before you fix it, and before you maintain it. That’s not the best way to do things.
What are some new technological devices, like the Fitbit, on the market today, that can track and measure diet and fitness results?
Dr. Gary Weinstein: There’s so many of them. The Fitbit is a good one, Garmin has one that’s out that’s good. All of these things can help you. If you are a tech person, they’re great…get one. If it helps you to be able to measure and monitor and you need that kind of feedback, super. A lot of the younger generation, the tech generation, love those. I am not a big tech person, of course I’m 60 years old. I’m 60 years old and still playing rugby, so I keep trying to keep playing, being active, but at the same time, to me those type of things, they are not my motivational factor. I don’t need that type of feedback and reinforcement. But in a lot of cases people do, and it’s great, it’s super, use them.
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