START THE NEW YEAR WITH HEALTHIER EATING HABITS
One of the most common new year resolutions is losing weight, and most people immediately think of hopping on to the trendiest diet wagon… Sorry to burst your bubble: It won’t work!
These diets usually promise a quick and easy fix for your weight loss, and the reality is that if it sounds too good to be true is because it probably is. There are no miracle products that will magically make your extra pounds go away; dieting not only makes people feel miserable and overwhelmed, but it usually results in nutritional deficiencies due to the elimination or restriction of important food groups. Following a diet will become boring and monotonous in the long run, and it doesn’t address the issues that made you gain weight in the first place, this is why most people end up regaining any weight they had lost initially. The bottom line is that you need to find options that can be sustainable and maintained for a lifetime, not just temporarily. What if I told you that by developing a realistic, healthful, balanced, and less restrictive eating style, you can feel better about yourself, have a healthier relationship with food, and enjoy one of the biggest pleasures in life: Eating! The following tips will help you move away from fad diets and start the new year fresh, with brand new healthy eating habits:
- Eat what you desire but always in moderation, don’t label foods as “good” or “bad”. That being said, be aware of foods that are higher in calories and fat so portions of those foods can be controlled. Healthy eating can be achieved while eating a wide variety of foods, food restriction usually leads to cravings, and overeating.
- You don’t need to clean up your plate! Learn to recognize when you are hungry and when you are full. Don’t ignore the signals that your body is giving you when it is time to eat or stop eating while you are having a meal or between those meals. This is the major issue with meal plans and apps that tell you when to eat, they make you forget how to recognize those important cues that our own body provides.
- Keep your pantry stocked with a variety of foods so when you feel hungry you don’t need to start scrambling to figure out what to eat and end up ordering out or picking up something quick on the
- Don’t skip any meals, this will only result in excessive snacking and overeating through the day.
- Reflect on what are the causes for unhealthy eating in your particular case, maybe a specific time of the day, an emotional situation such as being bored, angry, anxious or sad. Find helpful strategies to keep yourself busy during those times that can keep your away from eating (For example taking a walk or talking to a friend). If you feel it is necessary, find professional help to deal with issues related to food or eating that are preventing you from reaching your goals.
- Add more activity into your life, it is recommended to actively move for at least 30—60 minutes on most days of the week. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your daily activities, this activity should raise your heart rate and strengthen your muscles.
Always be kind and compassionate to yourself !
Don’t beat yourself up for not meeting your goals, instead think of
positive strategies to take your journey of developing a healthier
eating style day by day, find realistic options that work in your
specific situation and make you grow through that journey.
Healthier habits take time to be developed, so don’t get
discouraged and keep working on improving your lifestyle until
these new habits become your way of life.
Movement each day helps me feel better and more flexible.