The joys of New Year’s are countless — family, food, friends, present, good times and new hopes. Each one of us over indulge a little, even if the food is healthy! It is hard at this time of the year hard to say no to snacks being offered and second helpings, especially when surrounded by heaps of good food. Now that the holiday season is over and you’re feeling more stuffed than Santa Claus, here are a few things you can do to kick start your healthy 2015 and depuff a little.
During this time water is your BEST friend. If you have been drinking alcohol or filling up on soft drinks and juices, you probably feel very bloated and dehydrated. Drinking water helps cleanse your body, rehydrate it and make you feel more energetic. Don’t put it off, drink a large glass of water every few hours and before each of you
r main meals and see the difference it makes!
2. Eat Protein
You have probably been filling up on hearty holiday foods that are full of protein. If you lack protein, you may find that you are less satisfied
between meals and more likely to crave sugary foods and drinks – and you’ve probably had more than enough of those already! Add chicken breast, fish, eggs and beans into as many meals as you can. This will help to keep you feeling MUCH fuller for longer and curb those pesky cravings!
3. Start Cutting Back Slowly
Guilty of devouring cookies, refined carbs and chocolates at an all time high, as if they were going out of season? It’s time to cut back and slowly get back into your healthy habits – we emphasize the word ‘slowly’! Let’s be realistic, you aren’t going to go from eating what you want, when you want, to suddenly munching down on salads for every meal. Take it slow and start introducing small changes like cutting out soft drinks and alcohol, swapping white carbs to complex carbs and eating healthy snacks instead of junk. Focus on incorporating more protein and high fiber foods because they will give you the satisfaction of feeling full without overloading on calories.
4. Swap for Veggies
If you have been eating simple carbs with every meal you probably end up hungry and irritable if you don’t keep on eating. It can be so easy to go from having one bread roll with dinner to two or three. Try to swap your simple carbs for veggies that are high in fiber. These will keep you feeling fuller for longer and give your body the nutrients it is probably craving. If you usually have bread with breakfast try to make an omelette filled with veggies instead. I assure you it will be both tasty AND filling!
So now you know how to make yourself feel a little better after the Christmas season, you are probably making your New Year’s Resolutions. The hardest part about making resolutions is actually KEEPING them. If you want to have the best year you need to be as prepared as possible to make your resolutions stick. Here are some tips on how to keep your resolutions:
1. Be Specific
Don’t set vague goals such as “I’ll be healthy” or “I’ll save money”. This makes it harder to achieve because they do not have a measurable outcome. As an example, write down exactly how much it is you want to save and by what time. It also helps to decide that you will eat 2 more serves of veggies a day and quit soft drinks to be healthier and more specific.
2. Write It Down
Don’t just think about your resolution in your head. Physically write it down. Take it further by writing down the steps you are going to take to achieve it. A fun idea is to buy a pinboard and write down your goals on colorful cards and display them. This way you will have a daily reminder to wake up to.
3. Get In The Right Mindset
If your aim is to be healthier or to lose weight, slipping up and eating one slice of cake does not mean it is game over for the rest of the year. Mistake
happen and you can easily get back on track. Confidence is the key. Tell yourself you CAN do it, and you ARE good enough and you will soon start to believe it.
Don’t stop your progress before it has even begun by doubting yourself or saying you have already ‘broken’ your resolution. Create realistic goals for yourself. Know your limits, be aware of your weaknesses and focus on your strengths. These and a positive mindset are the keys to success in achieving your goals — not just for the New Year, but for all of life.
This being said, we hope you have a happy and safe New Year’s…Bring it on 2017!!
‘Til next year,