The New Year brings The Fire Monkey

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey will start on February 8, 2016 – the second New Moon after the Solstice. Following 12 months of the dignified and surefooted Goat, the New Year of the Red Monkey is going to shake, rattle and roll!

The positive and negative quality of the Monkey Year 2016 culminate in a year where anything can happen. There is little point in storing up goods or planning one’s life. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Things will get accomplished, but largely through personal and individual efforts. Group movements, such as political upheaval or revolutions, will not make a mark during this year.

This cheeky animal bursts with exuberance, bringing a lightning fast pace and fantastical motivation. The Monkey increases communication, humor and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease. Business flourishes and risks tend to pan out. The Monkey’s gift is the ability to find unconventional solutions to old problems. Daring to be different can lead to success.

Talk is fast and cheap though, so be on the alert for deceptions. With so much mental energy zapping around, everyone needs to re-think their fitness program, diet and health plan. If you don’t have one, you definitely need to instigate some form of regular physical activity this year. The body was designed to move! Honor it! Stress needs to be burned off by going to the gym, swimming, yoga, water aerobics, dance, martial arts, team sports, tennis or long walks. When was the last time you did any of these things?

Although a lively, optimistic and progressive year where finances, politics, and real estate should see an upturn, there will be a decided undercurrent of insecurity. Everyone wants to work the shrewdest angle, get the best deal, and win big. However, business decisions made this year should be based on fact, not emotion. Problems and chicanery abound, so nothing this year should be taken for granted, whether politically, financially, professionally, domestically or emotionally.

A particularly auspicious time for new inventions, the Year of the Monkey is for taking risks and being rebellious, a year where agile, inventive minds, sheer guts and bravado will win out. Now is the time of courage, action, anarchy, and true devotion to even the wildest of schemes, a time to start new endeavors, for they are destined to succeed under Monkey’s influence. But a word to the wise: those who can hang on for the wild ride, outsmart the confidence-trickster, and bluff their way through will come out unscathed. Those who are dull or slow witted, and can’t handle the stress will come unglued.

On the individual level, do go ahead with your life. Move forward, make strides, and stretch out for what may lay ahead. The Year Of The Monkey 2016 is a time for business considered as risky, and here the seeds of unplanned success lays. Run with ideas, embrace the inventive, and don’t look back.

Remember that this year will reward the individual effort and those who place their trust in the group collective will face disappointment.

 

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To Detox or Not to Detox - That is the Question!

Are you trying to stop/start, give up/do more or less of something in 2016?

Like most of us, after the indulgences of Christmas, we start with the best intentions to have a healthier year.  This is good but many of us set goals with high expectations which unfortunately many will struggle to keep as they are unrealistic and unattainable.  The best way and only way to maintain health is to make lifestyle changes that can be incorporated and become part of your daily routine.

Here are my tips:

Cook everything from scratch, if its not homemade it has no place in your home!  Pack in as many vegetables as you dare, 'Ban the Beige' and enjoy a slice of homemade cake every now and again.

Eat 3 regular meals a day and NO Snacking! Generally think warm and cooked, especially at this time of year, and eat foods that are in season.

Cut our refined sugar.  All sugar does is create an inflammatory response in the body.  There are plenty of alternatives to use in cooking and baking.

Cut back on dairy products.  Keep them as a treat rather than a daily essential.  Dairy products are highly nutritious and as adults they are unnecessary and just creates accumulations in the body.

These are simple, achievable guidelines that will enable weight loss and a healthier life not just in 2016 but beyond!

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