The New Year looms. Multitudes will be resolving change. Resolutions always seem to center around self-improvement and healthier lifestyle choices. We hear all the standards but these aren’t the everyday list.

Eat real food. Sounds simple but if you shop a normal grocery, you’ll see most of the “food” there is processed, heavily. You’ll have to keep your wits to choose real food. That includes meat, dairy and fish that was produced using highly suspect methods that adulterates it. The task of eating real food now includes avoiding GMOs. They are pervasive. And eating real food is a joy. There is a positive impact on health when we eat nutritious food. It does a body good. Education is key. Learn about food. Most people don’t realize that even a commercial beefsteak has its unnatural components. Scientists now suspect that eating meat from livestock that is fed GMO food (which is most of them,) pollutes our bloodstream with an insecticide toxin. Conventional commercial meat is laced with antibiotics, too. Plus, it’s common for beef to be packaged in carbon monoxide to maintain that beefy red color. There’s a learning curve. Get on it.

Never dine out. Period. With apologies to friends in the industry, the odds of eating something healthful when we dine out are miniscule. Servings are too large and face it, ingredients are chosen for profit not nutrition. Half of every American’s food dollar is now spent in restaurants. That’s 100 percent more than in 1955. Aiming for a complete personal ban on dining out will at least give you some wiggle room for those weak moments.

Be positive. Every thought we have creates impact. There are no neutral thoughts. Resolve to keep your mind on track with the positive. It may take diligence but reverse any negativity. It takes monitoring thinking more closely. Aiming to see the oneness in all will help keep you positive. Benefits abound: greater creativity, better immune system response, better health outcomes and your happiness quotient will rise.

One lump or none? In 2013, dump sugar. Thanks to government subsidies of the corn refining industry, HFCS is unbelievably cheap compared to cane sugar, and has made its way into foods and beverages all over the world. Dare: Walk the bread aisle and find a loaf of bread that does not have high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient. Do you really need sugar in your bread? For better health, junk not just the much-maligned high fructose corn syrup but all refined sugars. Our cells need sugar but sugar occurring naturally in whole foods is a better way to consume it than the massive doses of refined sugar in processed foods. And not all sugar is the same. Cancer cells thrive on fructose over glucose. The cancer-sugar-diabetes connection is a complex one. The sugar industry was one of the first corporate propaganda adopters dating back centuries. The recent study, “High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes Prevalence: A Global Perspective,” published in Global Public Health, reports that countries using HFCS in their food supply had a 20 percent higher prevalence of diabetes than countries that did not use the additive. Read NY Times Magazine “Is Sugar Toxic?” Search Dr. Robert Lustig, Bitter Truth on youtube.

Avoid doctors and hospitals. This doesn’t include the times when healthcare is necessary but what about all the times it isn’t? Most doctor friends tell me their patients come in when they don’t really have to. Pharmaceuticals kill more people than heroin, cocaine and meth combined.

Get on up. Exercise may be on many New Year’s lists but how about just moving it. Sitting is hazardous to your health. There is indisputable evidence that people, including kids, who sit — just plain sit, whether in front of the TV, at a cubicle at work, in a car or semi, or a reception desk — are far more likely to die young than those who are active. And even fidgeting and doing housework will help. So if you find yourself sitting maybe get up and walk around a bit, like those Bluetoothed stockbrokers in the movies.

Eat good fat. Fat has been vilified for decades by trained nutritionists and the media. But fat — when it’s wholesome fat like properly sourced lard — is a valuable nutrient. Learn the difference between bad fat and good fat. It’s not trans versus non-hydrogenated. It’s more complex than that. Google and read “The Oiling of America” for starters.

Lights out. Radical as it may seem, retire within an hour of sundown and rise within an hour of sunrise. Living on Nature’s cycle will do you well. While you’re at it, get rid of the electromagnetically polluting CFLs you may have been sucked into.

Tea party. Pass Starbucks and brew the tea, a hot drink that is actually good for you.

Meditate Learning a real meditation technique is number one. Staring at a candle or listening to a recording isn’t it. Start by investigating transcendental meditation or Silva, two researched and long-established methods.

Be well.

Heartland Healing is a New Age polemic describing alternatives to conventional methods of healing the body, mind and planet. It is provided as information and entertainment, certainly not medical advice. It is not an endorsement of any particular therapy, either by the writer or The Reader. Visit for past articles.

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