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A new start

By The Table Tv 1 min read

Have you made a New Year’s resolution? If you have you’re participating in a tradition that goes back at least 4000 years. The ancient Babylonians marked the beginning of spring—mid-March in the northern hemisphere—with celebrations, oaths of loyalty to the king and promises to the gods to repay debts ( Similarly, the Jews of the ancient world used the end of the autumn harvest to mark their new year—a tradition Judaism continues to follow today. The New Year is a time for setting wrongs right and plotting an ethical and spiritual path for the future (

It’s probably no surprise what the most common New Year’s resolution is today: lose weight. A US study ( found that most resolutions relate to self-improvement: get organised, save more money, quit smoking… You get the idea.

The desire for a new beginning is common. We want to make a clean break with the past and start afresh. And somehow life’s milestones are good times to reflect and renew—birthdays, anniversaries, a new job, a new house…

And yet opportunities for a new beginning are with us at nearly every moment. Whether it’s what we eat, how we speak to a family member or the attention we give to an everyday task, we’re making a series of everyday choices that add up to a life direction.

A healthy body is, of course, a basic building block of a balanced lifestyle. Here’s a handy way to remember what wholistic health looks like. Ready to make a NEW START?

Nutrition – research consistently recommends a plant-based wholefood diet.

Exercise – build strength and get that pulse rate up for at least 30 minutes per day.

Water – 6-8 glasses per day is great, more if you’re working up a sweat.

Sunshine – short periods of direct sun exposure every day will produce vitamin D. If you’re sunburnt you’ve overdone it.

Temperance – avoid bingeing and extreme health fads. Moderation is the key. When it comes to addictive substances, however, quitting is best.

Air – avoid cigarettes and smog. Open windows when you can. Get outside.

Rest – 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Don’t burn yourself out with overwork. Break the routine with a rest day once a week.

Trust in God – a heart at peace with the universe will have a positive effect on your physical health, not to mention your relationships and success at work.

Ready to make some changes? Even a small step towards a more balanced lifestyle will boost your mood and confidence and have you ready for more! Every day is a good day for a new start.