It’s New Year’s Resolution Time!


My name is Tracy Hodge of Paths For Healing and I have studied Holistic Nutrition. I am partnering with Seeley’s Bay Chiropractic to help you walk your path for healing.


It’s hard to believe that another year has just begun! If you’re anything like me, you have great intentions in the new year to change your health or some other aspect of your life. In fact, each year- end in December, I work to set 100 goals for the coming year in each of 10 areas in my life. This sounds like a lot, but really, it is 10 desired outcomes in 10 key areas of my life with 9 supporting sub-goals that will help me to achieve those 10 main desired outcomes.

I prefer to call them desired outcomes as I have learned that there is a certain stigmatism with the word goals. It almost implies future failure. With desired outcomes, there is a feeling that they are already done and that you are at your current point on the path to that desired outcome. Does this feel much better to you? It sure does for me. I like to do everything that I can to set myself up for success. One thing that I have found very beneficial towards my success is changing my language.

Getting back to your New Year’s Resolution, the first step may look like you making the big commitment to begin a lofty exercise and eating program and then you joining the gym. Things begin well. You go to the gym each of your committed days for the first week and you stick to your new eating plan like glue. Then you check your progress by weighing yourself and you realize that you have only lost 1 pound or perhaps you even gained a pound.

The next week, you aren’t feeling quite as committed to your new goal since you haven’t lost that 10 pounds that you were wanting to lose and so you miss a couple of days at the gym and you decide that eating those candies or pastries as a cheat won’t hurt or perhaps you go to a birthday party and have a few beers. This week you weigh in again and realize that you are either exactly where you were last week or that you have even gained a pound or two. I bet that you’re feeling really discouraged now!

This leads to the following week where you decide that your new goal is just not attainable, I mean you tried after all and didn’t have any success, right? So, you give up and go back to your old way of life – perhaps coming home from work, crashing in front of the TV with take-out and believing that this is the way that life is meant to be. You resign yourself to gaining that 10 pounds or so each year.

I invite you to look at the release of 1 pound in a new light. Here is a visual of 5 pounds of fat compared to 5 pounds of muscle.

When you are working out, you are releasing fat and gaining muscle. Fat takes up more space. Muscle takes up less space, but weighs more than fat.

It is important to take pictures as well as measurements with a tape measure along with weighing yourself as this will give you an accurate picture of what is happening. Some weeks you may see weight release on the scale and some weeks you may seen weight gain on the scale, but your inches are going down. This is good news! This means that you have likely released fat (which weighs less and takes up more space) and gained muscle (which weighs more but takes up less space – hence the weight gain but the released inches). You can also check the way that your clothes are fitting to see progress. All of these combined strategies will help you to stay motivated on your new path.

A key aspect of weight release is good quality protein that is easily assimilated by your body. Your body is actually built in the kitchen and not in the gym. In fact, when you work your muscles with weights for example, you are actually tearing the muscle. It is with the quality nutrients that you eat that you repair those muscles and build strength which in turn assists your body to release fat. Your hard-working muscles need good quality protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat. Yes, I said that you need to eat fat – good quality fat. This does not mean vegetable oils. This means fat in the form of butter from grass-fed cows, coconut oil, avocadoes, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, olives, etc. Complex carbohydrates mean whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, oats, etc. I don’t recommend whole wheat for most people as they cannot digest it well.

fvmI invite you to look at this year, 2017, in a new way! What if you started thinking about health as a journey instead of a destination? What if you started taking small steps and working slowly towards a desired outcome? What if each small change that you made, over time, led to that desired outcome and it was easy? Think about it …. What if?

Health is a journey not a destination. When we diet for a short period of time and work towards a specific weight or size, we are treating our health as a destination. This is the definition of yo-yo dieting. Health is really, consistent, changes made over a period of time. I also believe that health follows the 80/20 rule.

What is the 80/20 rule, you ask? Well, it means that you eat well 80% of the time and have treats (as opposed to cheats) 20% of the time. Again, here we demonstrate that language is a huge part of the process. Over the coming year, I’m going to delve into what healthy eating means and how health is a lifestyle. It is not something that you do for a while and then quit.

Health means putting quality nutrition into your body each and every day. Health means having balance in your life. Health means having treats once in a while because it is a lifestyle after all. When you approach health in this way, you will achieve your desired outcome of a healthy weight and release weight in a healthy way for your body. Again, we see the importance of language. For me, weight loss means that I will find the weight again. With weight release means I am letting it go.

I invite you to look at 2017 differently. I invite you to link arms with me over the coming year and make your health a journey instead of a destination. I look forward to sharing more health information in the months to come! If you found this information helpful, I would love to set up a time to chat further about some other changes that you can make to begin your path for healing! My email address is and my phone number is 613-540-4515.

Happy New Year and here’s to your health!