I’m one of those people who love to make resolutions on my birthday. September is my birthday month, which is cool because it’s the start of a new season. The weather starts to cool off and you feel that change is on its way. What better time, then, for all of us to re-evaluate and recharge?

I think I’ll take a cue from one of my favorite celebs, Beyonce, and take the next year to fully discover and pursue my passions and reconnect with what’s important.

One of these passions, which I have in common with my naturally curly family, is my curls. So in celebration of another blessed year on this earth, I will do the following to honor my body and, by doing so, my curls.

Curly Hair Care for the Whole Body

Despite fall fairs and candied apples, eating healthy is good for my body and my hair! Totally worth skipping this time around.

Reversing Bad Summer Habits

  1. Cut back on the sugar. I put enough sugar in my morning cup of Joe to sweeten 10 more cups, and this is no joke. Oh, and did I mention the bucket of hazelnut creamer that I put in before the sugar. Ok, this has to stop! Sugar is a known beauty saboteur. According to Prevention Magazine, too much sugar in your diet can lead to wrinkled and sagging skin.
  2. Eat fresh! And I do not mean at Subway! Rather, I plan to minimize the processed food that I tend to fall back on when pressed for time and replace it with — wait for it — real food.  What a concept!  I will now opt for more salads containing cancer-fighting tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant phytochemical that helps keep heart disease at bay. Tomatoes are also chock full of vitamins A, C, and E. This will be not only better for my health, but my wallet too, as tomatoes are cheap and easy to find or grow during the summer.
  3. Actually take my vitamins. I tend to be a collector, mostly of hair products, but lately of vitamins too. I have quite the stash of supplements that are collecting dust on my countertop right now. I owe it to myself, and my curly hair care, to be more consistent with taking my vitamins.
  4. Simplify! We’ve all heard the KISS principle – Keep It Simple, Sister. I don’t like to call folks stupid, so I’ll say Sister, instead. The point is, the more complicated your plan, the more difficult it is to execute, provided that you have a plan in the first place. So for me, the first step is to devise a plan. Then keep it simple, doable, and more importantly, be consistent with it. Easy right?

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Final Thoughts

My plan for the next year is to take better care of my health and well being starting with just a few simple, doable changes. As these changes become habits, I’ll re-evaluate yet again and maybe add a couple more.

What are your plans for renewal this fall?

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