They say the road to diet changes is just like the road to hell paved with good intentions. And well many of us may have experienced the truth in this statement.
We want to make a resolution to our bodies in the years to come not just in 2016 that we will take those good intentions and act on them. Your body and your mind are linked and so your health not only impacts how long you live, it also impacts the here and now on how well you will function. Function and performance may be something we think that only athletes care about, but what about how well your mind performs at a big business meeting or a stressful project? If you do not take care of yourself in a healthful way, you sabotage your potential for performing well as well as your emotional health. Emotional health can be very drastically affected by poor diet and more specifically poor blood sugar management has been linked to increases in depressed states. Here are our best tips for improving your health and putting into action a plan you will actually stick with.
Stay positive: meaning it is never to late to start a wellness routine in your life even if it is as simple as drinking more water.
Don’t try and change everything at once: just decide what you are going to do today, tomorrow and at the most this week. For example I am going to reduce my after dinner night cap of wine or beer by half.
Judgment and self loathing have no place in becoming healthy: Others have no right to make you feel bad about your current health state and neither do you, so be nice to yourself and no bad words in your mind either.
Make exercise convenient: choose activities you like doing and that you have the time to do. Most of us can not walk on the treadmill 4-5 hours a day like a super model so do not make that your goal.
Surround yourself with positive and motivated people: these people do not be a personal trainer. A friend that will take a walk with you or encourage you to make better healthy food choices will motivate you.
Journal what you eat, health goals achieved and exercise challenges: one person’s challenge may be a 5k; another a marathon and for some just stretching to prevent bad posture and journaling celebrates every one of these milestones.
Celebrate any and all victories whether it is you learning a healthy new recipe or just starting to get out in the sunlight more. Most goals fail because we are too hard on ourselves and want to see change overnight even though we know this is not logical.
When choosing exercise, consider more than cardio: weight training is healthy for our bones and our waistlines.
Choose plant based recipes to try: most people have mastered their protein category of foods but very few spend much time learning to make their vegetables as delicious. They tend to skimp on this part of the meal or skip it altogether which research tells us adds the real health benefits.